What ESPN, national media said about Georgia after sloppy Missouri win
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What ESPN and the national media had to say about Georgia
For the most part, the national media and ESPN echoed what many Georgia fans said on Saturday. Sure the Bulldogs won by two touchdowns, on the road against an SEC East foe, but it wasn’t a performance that would’ve been good enough to take down an Alabama or Clemson.
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports compared Georgia exactly to Alabama, laying out why the Bulldogs could still take down Alabama and why they might not be able to beat the Crimson Tide.
“They should have finished the job last January, they know they can play with the Tide, and they would approach a rematch with the zeal of a crusade,” Forde wrote. “Nobody knows Saban like Kirby Smart. Why they don’t have a chance: Run defense. Austin Peay couldn’t challenge the Dogs’ defensive front seven and South Carolina wouldn’t try, but Middle Tennessee and Missouri have exposed some weakness up the middle. Georgia has surrendered 330 rushing yards the past two games.”
ESPN’s Mitch Sherman echoed something similar, as he pointed that Georgia was going to need a complete performance if the Bulldogs are going to beat LSU on Oct. 13.
As far as the College Football Playoff outlook, Kirk Herbstreit still had the Bulldogs at No. 2, as did the AP Poll.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 23, 2018
Three out of the four writers in ESPN’s playoff predictor penciled Georgia in the field as Andrea Adelson and Mark Schlabach both have Georgia ranked as the No. 3 team. Chris Low has Georgia as his No. 4 team while Edward Aschoff has Georgia out of the playoff. Schlabach also has Georgia ranked as his No. 3 team in his power rankings for ESPN.
Phil Steele still big on Georgia quarterback situation
Much has been made about Georgia’s quarterback situation, especially after how Jake Fromm struggled in the first half of Saturday’s Missouri game as he went 6 of 14 and threw an interception. But he did finish the game going 13 of 23 for 260 yards three touchdowns for the game. Factor that in with how Justin Fields has looked early on and Georgia still has one of the best quarterback situations in the country, according to Phil Steele of ESPN.
Steele ranked Georgia’s quarterback situation as the second best in the country, behind only Alabama. With Georgia being at No. 2, that puts them ahead of teams like Clemson, who will start freshman Trevor Lawerence on Saturday, Penn State and Oklahoma.
“So far this season Fromm is completing 72.5 percent of his passes (50 of 69) and has a 9-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio,” Steele wrote. “But if Fields was called upon to lead the Dawgs, I do not think there would be much of a drop-off — he is the more dynamic athlete of the two.”
The Bulldogs have put 40 points in every game so far this season and will likely get a chance to do so again on Saturday against Tennessee. The Volunteers have played two Power 5 teams this year and they have given up 40 points in both of those games.
Georgia takes home titles in Tennis but also loses to Texas A&M in two sports.
It was a strong weekend for both the Georgia men’s and women’s tennis teams. On the men’s side, Georgia won doubles titles at tournaments in both California and in South Carolina.
The women’s team saw three singles winners at the Big 5 Challenge in Fort Worth, Tex. Junior Marta Gonzalez and freshmen Meg Kowalski and Alee Clayton all took home titles this week for the Bulldogs.
The Georgia volleyball team split its two games over the weekend, as the Bulldogs beat LSU at home on Friday but then lost on the road at Texas A&M on Sunday. The Bulldogs are 10-3 on the season and 1-1 in SEC play. They next take on Ole Miss on Friday. That game will be played in Oxford, Miss.
The soccer team didn’t have the best weekend, as it was shutout in both games. Georgia tied with Missouri on Thursday night 0-0, and then lost to No. 2 Texas A&M on Sunday 2-0. following the Texas A&M loss, the Bulldogs are now 4-4-3 on the season and 1-1-1 in SEC play. They return to action on Thursday night when the Bulldogs visit Vanderbilt.
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