Amid all the talk this week about bowl games and a prime-time telecast against Tech, Saturday’s game against Kentucky still looms large, prompting painful memories of the Dogs’ close escape in Lexington last year as the Georgia defense seemed incapable of stopping then-quarterback Randall Cobb’s runs out of the spread much of the time.
Cobb wound up with three scores and 82 yards rushing, and if it hadn’t been for an exceptional touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to A.J. Green and an interception by Demarcus Dobbs, the Wildcats would have upset the Bulldogs. At times, Cobb made the Georgia defense look the worst we’ve seen in the past couple of seasons, and that’s saying a lot.
This season, Cobb is no longer the starting QB for the Cats, but as a receiver and taking direct snaps out of the wildcat (dubbed “WildCobb”) formation, he has seven rushing touchdowns and four receiving. He’s only 2-for7 in passing but does have a 37-yard completion. Oh, and he ranks third in the SEC in punt returns.
The Athens Banner-Herald has a scary look at how good Cobb is, and while Mark Richt would be expected to dish up the pregame hyperbole on the upcoming opponent, it’s probably not that much of an overstatement when he says that Cobb “might be the most talented player in the Southeastern Conference today. We know what he did last year. He just about single-handedly beat us himself.”
What scares me the most is Georgia’s recent penchant for opening a game on defense playing like they haven’t a clue who they’re facing or what they’re capable of doing. I really hope the Dogs don’t spot Cobb and the Wildcats a couple of touchdown drives before figuring out he’s the most dangerous player on the field.
COX LOVES THE NIGHTLIFE
Georgia QB Joe Cox definitely seems to play better at night, the Bulldogs Blog points out, completing just 55 percent of his passes in day games this season (in which the Dogs are 2-4) while completing 62 percent in night games (in which Georgia is 4-0).
Cox addressed the subject of playing at night in Tuesday’s media briefing: “I like night games. I think it gives you a chance to get good sleep and to really just be able to relax on the way up to the game. It’s tough having early games because you wake up at like 7 or 8, you eat and then it seems like you are on the way to the stadium and you’re ready to go. You don’t really have a chance to think about anything or calm down or be able to relax. You really just don’t have a chance. I think everybody really enjoys night games being able to kind of sit around all day and think about what we have to do and get relaxed about it.”
That makes the upcoming 7:45 and 8 p.m. kickoffs against Kentucky and Tech sound like a break for the Dogs.