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Georgia football-Kent State instant observations as Bulldogs play with their food in sloppy effort

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edited September 2022 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia football-Kent State instant observations as Bulldogs play with their food in sloppy effort

ATHENS — For the first time all season, quarterback Stetson Bennett had to take a snap in the fourth quarter. The defense needed to make a stop. The offense had to convert on a fourth down in the red zone.

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  • GaBoi69GaBoi69 Posts: 322 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Georgia will be ranked number 3

  • MontanaDawgMontanaDawg Posts: 1,819 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Yes, sloppy play off and on in every aspect the game...including special teams...again. Holes in the defense and a less than dominant O line. Hopefully this is the 'Wake Up' game the Dawgs needed...it's been way too easy thus far.

    Crossing my fingers for McIntosh's injury severity.

    Toughest week of practice yet coming up...

  • KudzuKudzu Posts: 352 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Great article on a disappointing game. Since UGA clearly played down to the opponent (although, all Georgia's miscues aside, KS was far better than I had expected... good coach who I'm betting we'll see at a more prominent program in the future), I'm hoping they play UP when they hit the back half of the regular season 😁

    Go (better) Dawgs! 🤙

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,548 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Kirby tried to warn us and no one was buying it. Biggest disappointment for me was their little RB breaking tackles on our much bigger guys.

  • DSOGDSOG Posts: 3 ✭ Freshman

    Honestly, a drop in the rankings is probably what they need. Ideally they don't pay attention to that rat poison anyway, and I'm sure they would say they don't. But against two outmatched opponents at home, they've certainly played like they've been soaking up all the accolades. Agree with Connor that going on the road to play Missouri may be a good thing for the team. They were clearly focused at S. Carolina. They need to learn to play more focused at home though or it's gonna bite them.

  • E_RocE_Roc Posts: 1,211 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    They sure did pick a good time to have what we can only hope is their worst possible performance. I wasn't able to watch the game (still at a loss as to why it wouldn't be televised with all of the network and scheduling options, but I digress), but from what I read it seems like there were some growing pains with this team that we might have been fooled into thinking wouldn't apply. I think we can reasonably assume the deluge of hype seeped into the players' heads. After a performance like that, it'll more than likely be dialed down and the coaches can get to work without that added distraction.

    As for the red zone issues, considering the teams against which it's been a problem, I wonder if they're just holding back on the play calling in games where there's no real threat of losing. Again, I didn't see this game so I'll ask those who did - does that seem like a likely explanation?

  • Oldddawg76Oldddawg76 Posts: 393 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Yeah. Not sure I'd go with that headline.

  • GaBoi69GaBoi69 Posts: 322 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Before the season.... Kirby said that they would not be hunted. That they will do the hunting. I guess he was wrong today. Kent State did the hunting and Georgia was the hunted.

  • HenddawgHenddawg Posts: 714 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I don’t believe they will fall in the rankings but the running game has to be a concern going forward. Just not much of a surge from the O line in all games so far. Really wish there was more of a test in the next few weeks but hopefully they regroup. Good to get a win but i believe we all wanted a bit more eye candy.

  • DawgCrazy76DawgCrazy76 Posts: 471 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I read that McIntosh was seen walking without a limp after the game so good news. Sloppy game and what's the deal with our elite OL? Just as the game was threating to be a blowout 3 turn overs in the 1st half kept Kent St. in the game and gave them gumption. Brock Bowers elite. Edwards and Milton looked good, Nolan and Dumas-Johnson also. Stick to the fundamentals.😎

  • UGA66UGA66 Posts: 4,107 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Again, my emotions got the better of me....although I had a terrible gut feel KS would hang in there. Had the game gone on in the fourth...UGA would have piled on the score. Hopefully, AP and College coaches see it that way. Definitely need AD Mitchell back and K-Mac. I do believe if OSU stomps their opponent...UGA will drop in the polls....just a hunch.

  • GoodtimeDawgGoodtimeDawg Posts: 468 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Tough game to watch no doubt, but this is the adversity that Kirby was mentioning. Glad it happened in a game where the win was not in question. This is obviously a team that plays up or down depending on the quality of the opponent. Yes, KS is a good team but they have been blown out in the other games they have lost this season and the dawgs just got sloppy. Hopefully no major injuries and the dawgs will be chopping more wood this week at practice. I think we will see a different team play Missouri and Auburn coming up. These guys will hunker down and play tighter and smarter ball going forward. Kirby will nake sure of that. I feel sorry (not really) for Missouri, they will get crushed by the dawgs next week as the bulldogs act out on their frustrations. It will be a beautiful thing to see. GO DAWGS!

  • brucelhunterbrucelhunter Posts: 19 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Every team has one of those days when they're not at full speed. Hopefully this will turn out to be that day for the Dawgs. It was a lot of fun to see Brock Bowers make it clear again that he's the real Dawg who should be in the Heisman race. Stetson is good on short passes only (Eric Zeier calls them long hanoffs), but can't throw deep and thus can't stretach out a defense. Beck definitely can do both.

  • GaBoi69GaBoi69 Posts: 322 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Adversity? This game should not have been close to encounter adversity. I would expect next week game against Mizzo to be more of a challenge than this game against Kent State.

  • DallasDawgDallasDawg Posts: 1,258 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited September 2022

    @E_Roc to re-explain what I'm sure has been explained many times, the SEC's TV contract allows ESPN to stream one (1) non-conference game per year for each team in the conference. The network chose this game to meet that requirement for Georgia. Also, Georgia was not "holding back" anything in this game. The threat of losing was quite real.

    My three observations:

    1. I thought we could easily stop Kent State without Jalen Carter. I was wrong.
    2. We really need to sign some elite receivers, ones who will catch the ball when it hits their hands. Thank God for Brock Bowers.
    3. Kirby Smart, as always, was spot-on about the quality of the opponent, despite what everyone else said and thought.
  • GaBoi69GaBoi69 Posts: 322 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Good teams do not play down to a team they should beat. They suppose to make a statement. Letting teams they are inferior to know they don't belong on the field with them.

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