From The Field: Commodores, Gators and Vols

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From The Field: Commodores, Gators and Vols

A case of the flu kept me off the field for the Vanderbilt game. The fact that I was not there and how UGA dismantled Vandy leaves little for me to analyze. Sure there were mistakes, and tackling was an issue at times, but when your team waxes a conference opponent 55-0, it has been a good day.

I had almost forgotten how nice it is to have replays served up after every play, but no matter how great your entertainment system, the in-stadium experience remains unchallenged. Of course, my usual vantage point is the sideline, providing glimpses and sounds of the game that TV can never capture. 





Vandy has trouble fielding a competitive SEC team, but that does not mean its players do not play hard. They kept coming at the Dawgs on both sides of the ball until they finally ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. The Commodores do not have the talent to compete with the Georgias of the world, but they never quit. Getting beat is not the same as giving up.

Next up for the Dawgs is the much-needed bye week. Georgia has several players with injuries who can use this week to get back into game shape before the trip to Jacksonville for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party. 

Florida lost to LSU Saturday night, but the Gators will be ready for Georgia. They will be hyped and full of themselves, but it will not help. Florida is a few recruiting classes away from being competitive with the League’s top teams. That is not to say that Georgia is invincible, but if both teams play close to their potential, Georgia wins going away.





After last night’s big win over Bama, expect to see the upstart Tennessee Vols roll into Athens a week after Florida with a legion of orange-clad fans, sending ticket prices through the roof. The atmosphere will be electric. With national hype and championship implications, Georgia vs. Tennessee is the matchup that fans deserve. 

These are the games that UGA hired Kirby to win. Tennessee follows Florida, then Mississippi State and Kentucky. It is going to be a fun run..





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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.