Final Thoughts & What It All Means: Georgia 41, Tennessee 0
Georgia shut down and shut out Tennessee, and now things are about to get really, really rocky for Butch Jones. Okay, now what?
Georgia 41, Tennessee 0
Prediction: Georgia 31, Tennessee 17
Line: Georgia -7.5, o/u: 48
And the Jim Bob Cooter era at Tennessee begins in 5 … 4 … 3 …
If you’re Butch Jones, and you have a press conference like that this week – complaining about the “negativity” and the “drama” and the “fake news” as he blamed the media – your team had better not come out with a performance like that.
The only one almost as upset as Jones after this? In terms of job status, Jacob Eason. Jake Fromm only completed 7-of-15 passes for 84 yards and a score with a pick, but he ran for two touchdowns and looked like the type of quarterback the program is about to build everything around.
It was obviously more than just Fromm. Nick Chubb ran for 109 yards and Sony Michel added 64 more with a score. The running game carried the Dawgs – Fromm didn’t have to press.
Depressing tweet alert …
The Georgia defense was swarming. Quinten Dormady looked lousy hitting 5-of-16 passes for 64 yards with two interceptions, but the Bulldog D was dominant. It was a special performance by a team that’s looking an awful lot like the No. 2 team in college football.
Before getting too angry at Tennessee, remember, Georgia really is that good. Whether it’s 41-0 or 2-0, it’s still a loss. It just looked a lot worse. This is a very, very good Georgia team that’s doing what Tennessee was supposed to do last year.
John Kelly continues to fight the good fight. The Vol RB ran for 44 yards and led the team with 47, but he didn’t have anywhere to go.
Okay, Tennessee. Now what? Remember, as much as this stinks, Tennessee is a miraculous play by Florida away from this being the first loss of the year. However, after struggling so much against UMass, and with the close call win over Georgia Tech, this isn’t where the program should be so deep into the Butch Jones era.
Now there are two weeks off, which should be special in terms of what Jones tries to do in his press conferences. The home game against South Carolina is as much of a must-win moment as they come, because Tennessee isn’t winning at Alabama the week after.
Okay, Georgia. Now what? At 5-0 with road wins at Notre Dame and Tennessee, now the Bulldogs can’t let down at Vanderbilt. Get by that, beat Missouri, and then the Cocktail Party – with an extra week off to prepare – will be for the SEC East title. There’s still a road game at Auburn to deal with, but with the way the Dawgs are playing, get to Atlanta vs. Alabama at 11-1 or unbeaten. There’s no excuse to do anything less.