You can find my column on Georgia’s 13-7 win over Georgia Tech by clicking this link.
Below are my three “short takes” on the game
1 Mark Richt’s farewell? We don’t know that this was Mark Richt’s farewell as Georgia coach. We just know that not one Georgia official has dismissed that possibility, which seems strange. If the Bulldogs are keeping Richt, why wouldn’t athletic director Greg McGarity say that, just to put the team’s coaching staff and recruits at ease? If Georgia already has decided to fire Richt, why not announce that already? Or maybe McGarity just wanted to watch the team down the stretch before finalizing his decision. We’ll know the answer soon enough.
2. It’s about defense: This is not meant to short-change the accomplishments of running back Sony Michel (149 yards, one touchdown) or quarterback Greyson Lambert (who was an efficient 18 for 25 for 224 yards). But Georgia’s win over Georgia Tech, and most of its success down the stretch, should be attributed to the Dogs’ defense. Jeremy Pruitt’s defensive unit had a number of shaky moments earlier in the season and he appeared to be at the center of the internal strife on the Dogs’ coaching staff. But the Dogs’ defense improved greatly down the stretch, allowing only three offensive touchdowns and four field goals over the last four games. I know there’s some question about Pruitt’s future. But if Georgia lets this guy go, it would be a big mistake.
3. The running game: All indications are that Georgia will start a true freshman quarterback next season, recruit Jacob Eason (who already has signed his financial papers, although that’s not a binding agreement). Starting a first-year quarterback usually results in some headaches but at least we know he’ll have some good running backs to hand off to. Michel looked strong Saturday, rushing for 149 yards, a 6.2 per-carry average and a 34-yard touchdown on fourth-and-1 on the first drive of the game. If Nick Chubb can rebound from his serious knee injury, he and Michel will form a strong duo next season.
• McGarity mum on Richt, and Georgia’s win doesn’t feel like a celebration
• Johnson, Bobinski confident about Tech’s future
• Weekend Predictions: Dogs over Jackets in Bad Aura Bowl
• A new tradition, in the spirit of Furman Bisher: Giving thanks (to those who deserve it)
• Overreaction Monday: Richt’s status, Ryan’s fall, and does Tech have a chance?
• Georgia Tech loses Justin Thomas, ball and all hope
• Short takes: Jackets lose Thomas, fumble nine times (yes, nine)
• Weekend Predictions: It’s marshmallow opponent week
• Coppolella tired of being roasted, says, ‘We are not tanking’
• Roddy White has survived far worse things than reduced role in offense: tragedy
• Why are those Freeman T-shirts included in Braves’ clearance sale?
• Overreaction Monday: Richt’s ploy, Falcons’ bye, Braves’ salary dump
• Jeremy Pruitt’s defense is salvaging Georgia’s season
• Short takes on Georgia’s win over Auburn
• Simmons gone, and Braves’ offseason already looking like last one
• Weekend Predictions: It’s not a good time to invest in Georgia
• Former Georgia player Faloughi at center of Missouri protests
• Overreaction Monday: Kyle Shanahan, have you met Roddy White?
• Latest Falcons’ embarrassment is on Dan Quinn
• Short takes: This Falcons’ loss is on Dan Quinn
• Weekend Predictions: Dogs in middle of Dysfunction Junction
• Georgia’s finish, Eason status shouldn’t tilt Richt decision
• Richt should take over Georgia’s struggling offense
• Overreaction Monday: Loss-loss-loss means chaos all around
• Mark Richt has failed too many big moments — it’s time for a change at Georgia
• Falcons may be 6-2 but they don’t look the part
• Short takes: Sloppy Falcons gift-wrap game for mediocre Bucs
• Matt Ryan: ‘It comes down to me being better’