SEC Football Q&A: Are the Georgia Bulldogs Overrated?
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It depends on what you mean by overrated. If you're talking about the No. 7 ranking, yes, Georgia's probably a bit overrated.
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Georgia isn't the seventh-best team in the country, nor was it the No. 6 team in the country when the preseason polls came out. It will, however, likely finish in the top 10 based on its easy schedule, so if we're ranking teams based on where we think they will finish, then the Bulldogs aren't overrated at all.
I don't put any weight in the Buffalo game. Georgia looked sluggish, no doubt, but the Bulldogs were very vanilla and didn't want to give Missouri anything to look at on tape heading into this week's showdown.
Georgia answered a lot of questions on Saturday, most notably who is going to step up in the running game.
Other than that being a positive, I think any other judgements formed based on the Bulldogs' game against Buffalo are just knee-jerk reactions.
We'll know more at about 11 p.m. ET on Saturday night.
How many snaps will Bama's 2nd team QB see on Saturday? RT @barrettsallee: It's SEC Q&A day. Send 'em in, folks!— Ben Swain (@thedevilwolf) September 6, 2012
Quite a few, that's for sure.
Phillip Ely got a few snaps toward the end of the Michigan game, and he'll probably get the entire fourth quarter for the Crimson Tide vs. Western Kentucky.
Alabama still needs to work on some things offensively, most notably familiarizing the newer wide receivers that will play significant roles with quarterback A.J. McCarron.
I'll go with 20 snaps, but only three passes. There's no sense in complicating matters late in the game with Arkansas looming on the horizon.
@barrettsallee do you see me coaching in the SEC again? Come on it's Q&A, you have to answer the question!— Fake Houston Nutt (@FakeHoustonNut) September 6, 2012
@barrettsallee here's a more serious question. Do you see DGB having any success this weekend against the Georgia D?— Fake Houston Nutt (@FakeHoustonNut) September 6, 2012
Yes, I do.
We know that starting cornerback Sanders Commings is still suspended; we know his replacement, former wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, is nursing a sprained ankle; and we think that starting safety Bacarri Rambo and starting linebacker Alec Ogletree will be suspended as well (although head coach Mark Richt has been speaking in code regarding those two players).
So, long story short, there's a lot of uncertainty on the talented Georgia defense right now, which bodes well for not only true freshman Dorial Green-Beckham, but for fellow wide receiver T.J. Moe, quarterback James Franklin and running back Kendial Lawrence.
It's going to be an interesting matchup in "The New Columbia" on Saturday night, and I expect a shootout.
Translation: DGB will have himself quite a night.
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