(UPDATED BELOW: Check out the rain picture.)
ATHENS — The former Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, once remarked, “I wouldn’t ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was, you know, important – like a league game or something.”
This is why if you suddenly find yourself in a friendly flag football game one day and Butkus is on the other team, you should immediately stop and say, “Oh, look at the time. I forgot I have that thing
I need to do today.” And then leave.
Now, I realize this is college football and not the NFL. I’m not suggesting any player should ever intentionally try to hurt an opponent. But Georgia plays its fourth game of the season tonight against Arizona State, and I’m still waiting to see those things football fans love to see and hear things football fans love to hear: train-wreck collisions and grunts.
The Bulldogs are coming off of consecutive SEC wins over South Carolina and Arkansas. But they were the kind of offensive, up-and-down-the-field, play-like-your-hair’s-on-fire kind of games that are fun to watch but tend to give people like Butkus a headache.
Maybe this is what we’re going to see from Georgia this season. Joe Cox and the offense have figured out how to move the ball. But since opening with a strong effort at Oklahoma State, the Willie Martinez-coached defense has been shredded for 78 points and 912 yards in two games, including 721 yards passing.
Steve Spurrier and Bobby Petrino had their quarterbacks attack Georgia’s secondary without fear of repercussion – and seemingly without fear of getting hit. It doesn’t matter what the scheme is. The worst kind of defense is the kind that opponents don’t fear.
The Dogs are not feared.
Arizona State probably can’t duplicate the numbers the Gamecocks and Razorbacks put up. But how the Sun Devils attack will be interesting to watch.
That’s what I’m looking for this game. What about you? Hoping somebody on Georgia’s defense channels Butkus? I’ll be here blogging live, before and during the game, at least until I need to get busy on a post-game column.
Until then, below is a video memory from last year’s meeting between Georgia and Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., won by the Dogs, 27-10.
UPDATE: It’s pouring here. But, of course, guess what section is filled:
Knowshon Moreno, cleared for takeoff