ATHENS — Are people making too big a deal about the laundry that Georgia will wear today? Sure they are (er, we are). But Georgia should hope that becomes the main story out of the game, rather than a redux of Nicholls State. Or even worse, Vanderbilt.
Las Vegas doesn’t think there’s much chance of that: Georgia remains a 23-point favorite as of Saturday morning.
Louisiana-Lafayette played well last week, and is looking for a second straight win in the state of Georgia. (It won in Statesboro last week.) But the Rajin’ Cajuns are still only 4-5, while Georgia has won two in a row, and looks like it finally things has figured out.
No one around Georgia will admit it publicly, but they really hope this is a game where some inexperienced players (who aren’t redshirting) can finally see some action. Receiver Tyler Simmons, for instance, has burned a redshirt by playing in just two games. Freshman defensive backs Tyrique McGhee and Mecole Hardman have played a lot on special teams, but not on defense. The second-team offensive line has only seen the field when there have been injuries. And the list goes on.
The last time the Rajin’ Cajuns visited Sanford Stadium, a Georgia freshman quarterback had three touchdown passes and ran for another. That was Aaron Murray’s college debut.
Georgia won that game, 55-7, in what was also the first game with a 3-4 defense. It was Todd Grantham’s debut, and ever since then the Bulldogs have had a Nick Saban protégé running the defense.
But that game, the opener of the 2010 season, was overshadowed by the absence of A.J. Green, who as it turns out was serving the first of his four-game suspension for selling his Independence Bowl jersey.
So, when it comes down to Georgia playing Louisiana-Lafayette, it all comes back to jerseys.