Man, I am some kind of exhausted today. Between beginning the new gig at Examiner and work being out of damn control, I'm just beat.
When AU has the ball
Well, what do they do? Aside from having a mediocre rushing game, they might as well just run out there and kneel on the ball a lot. The Kodi Burns experiment is going about as well as the Tony Franklin one, and if the Tigers didn't have Ben Tate and Brad Lester, they'd really be hurting for some offense.
Now, that's not to say that Burns is completely ineffective. He's rushed for a good number of yards this year, but the passing game has been somewhat lacking. In fact, since Auburn is so change happy, I would suggest they go ahead and begin calling themselves the penguins, because this team is definitely not getting anywhere through the air.
What scares me is if we don't go out there and play solid, assignment football. We'd better go hat-on-hat and shoot the gaps well, because the athletic ability of Burns will get us if we don't play as solid as we can defensively.
What I do like is the fact that Corvey Irvin, Rennie Curran, and Dannell Ellerbe called the defense into a players' only meeting and demanded more out of the unit. Whether or not that translates into actual play on the field is yet to be seen, but I'd be interested to see if there is any more excitement and swagger from the guys.
When UGA has the ball
Well, more of the same, really. The effort was there for sure, and aside from two untimely fumbles from MoMass, we played GREAT on the offensive side.
I'd like to see Stafford have the same type of mentally tough effort against Auburn because they have a much better defense than UK, especially in regards to their DEs. Our beat-up O-line is going to have their hands full. The good thing is that Auburn has not been as good stopping the run, but they are VERY GOOD against the pass.
Stafford's going to have to play mistake-free football, and we're going to have to ride this win through the legs of Knowshon Moreno in order to come out of Auburn with a win. Plain and simple, old-school Mark Richt pound-the-rock-to-milk-the-clock football is going to win this game for us.
What I think will happen
UGA's got a good team this year, and Auburn doesn't. I'm not being mean towards the Tigers, but it's true. I think the team that plays the smartest football is the one that walks away the winner, so whoever can play assignment football the best and keep the mistakes at a minimum will be the one that gets the "W" on Saturday.
UGA 38, AU 17
Until next time kids.
Be safe (and Go Dawgs!).