Playing Vanderbilt in Nashville Saturday is one of those “no respect” situations for Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs.
UGA is expected to win over the SEC’s designated jabroni, but other than notching another East Division victory it’s not going to do the Dogs much good in terms of getting back into that elusive national spotlight. If beating Tennessee in Knoxville couldn’t get the Dogs into the Top 25, it’s hard to see a win over Vandy accomplishing that feat.
Let’s face it, if the Dogs win big, as could certainly happen against a Commodores team that’s gone two games without scoring a touchdown, the reaction will be, “So what? It’s only Vanderbilt.”
Should Georgia struggle any against a decent Vandy defense, which does lead the country in interceptions with 14, it will merely reinforce the image of the Dogs as a team that can’t put away a lesser opponent.
And if the Georgia offense, defense and special teams all were to suffer an improbable implosion and the Dores somehow got one of their occasional wins in this series, well, things would get awfully ugly in Athens.
That’s not very likely, though. Probably what we’ll see Saturday is Georgia get up by two or three scores and then Mike Bobo will hand the game to Todd Grantham to finish off. And in this instance that shouldn’t draw many fan complaints. This isn’t a game where you want Georgia’s starters still on the field in the fourth quarter.
So what would I like to see Saturday while the first string is in the game? Aaron Murray and Tavarres King finally getting their timing right and connecting on a couple of long balls would be nice. Isaiah Crowell having a solid day while not getting any more banged up would be good, too. And backup QB Hutson Mason getting some playing time would be good for him as a player and also would mean the game is well in hand. Defensively, I’d just like to see Georgia continue the progress it’s shown in every game since that dismal opener in the Dome.
No one should pretend to be excited about a win over Vandy. But if the Dogs come out ready to play and take care of business, Georgia fans should be happy … even if it doesn’t impress anyone else.
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