What the national media had to say about Georgia after its loss to LSU
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National Media comes down hard on Georgia, Kirby Smart after LSU loss
As just about every Georgia fan knows by now, the Bulldogs got stomped out on the road by LSU, 36-16 on Saturday. And naturally some in the national media have asked a ton of questions with regards to Kirby Smart and the Georgia football offense.
Paul Finebaum went on SportsCenter on Sunday morning to explain his thoughts on what Georgia must do to get back into the playoff picture. Georgia is now the No. 8 ranked team in the country.
“It’s tempting but I’m not going to,” Finebaum said on if he was going to write off Georgia. “If they can get back together again, and they did this last year after just getting eviscerated by Auburn, and almost won the national championship…What about Justin Fields? Everyone else is moving towards a younger, more mobile quarterback. Why isn’t Kirby Smart, because the schedule is going to get more problematic.”
Georgia’s next two games are both on away from Sanford Stadium and both Florida and Kentucky are currently ranked opponents. As for the quarterback situation, Jake Fromm completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts while also throwing two interceptions. Fields, Georgia’s freshman quarterback, did not have a pass attempt in the loss.
ESPN’s Chris Low made a similar point to Finebaum on Sunday as well.
“They recovered a year ago after their loss at Auburn, but will be hard-pressed to do so again this year given some of their sloppiness and inconsistency on offense,” Low wrote. “They still have to play at Kentucky and Florida in Jacksonville. And get ready for a ton of questions about the Dawgs’ quarterback situation, too.”
Both what Finebaum and Low said was pretty valid. However neither went as far as USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who stated that Alabama would never lose a game like Georgia did against LSU, while taking a shot at the UGA fan base.
Alabama never loses games like that. They just don’t,” Wolken wrote. “And even though Georgia is always going to have really good players and a high blue-chip count, the combination of talent and experience that got the Bulldogs to the brink of a national title last season was not something you can replicate every year. And when you go up against other teams with really good players, especially on the road, sometimes bad stuff happens.
“For a fan base that was undeservedly starting to get that invincible feeling, this was a crash back to a world of personnel problems exposed and coaching gripes empowered.”
If you want to bash the football team for not being Alabama, that’s fine. No time is Alabama and the Georgia fans didn’t really compare their current run of success to what Alabama has done. But to go after the Georgia fan base just seems weird and sort of unnecessary, even if the point of his whole column is to rank how miserable each fan base is at the moment.
Smart and the Bulldogs will have time to regroup following the loss as the Bulldogs are off this week, before heading to Jacksonville to take on No. 11 Florida on Oct. 27.
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