It’s like Georgia is bored. It played bored against Vanderbilt, and it didn’t wake up for a quarter against Murray State – it didn’t have to. Now the world will fall in love with LSU and the Bulldogs will probably be pushed out of the No. 3 spot – it doesn’t matter. Arkansas State will be a decent tune-up before Notre Dame, but realistically, there shouldn’t be any issues until dealing with Florida in November.
There’s Jake Fromm. He didn’t do much in the Vanderbilt win, but he hit 10-of-11 passes for 166 yards and a score against Murray State. Once everyone warmed up, it was just a live scrimmage. All of the top backs got in a little work, everyone got to eat, and it was a good change to open it up.
The secondary got hit for 261 yards, but a bulk of it came on a 60-yard pass play for a score. It was one blown gasket – everything else was more than fine defensively. The other touchdown came off a pick six off of Stetson Bennett.
It doesn’t make up for the loss to North Carolina, but for one week, at least this was some fun for the Gamecocks. They got to open up the offense for 775 yards, score a ton of points, and they finished with a cathartic blowout before having to face Alabama. Most importantly …
Ryan Hilinski got his feet wet. He looked and played great, hitting 24-of-30 passes for 282 yards and two scores with a pick. The running game got to do whatever it wanted, averaging 13 yards per carry on the way to almost 500 rushing yards.
The team kept scoring in the fourth. This might not seem like much since it was garbage time, but the team has to learn how to close a whole lot better and play a full four quarters. Scoring 21 in the final frame matters.
Don’t get caught up in the final score. This is a good veteran Tulane team with a solid defense and enough talent to be a player in the American Athletic Conference race. The defense didn’t have any sort of a letdown after the Oregon game, stuffing the Green Wave passing game and only allowing two field goals. There weren’t any sacks, but the D did its job.
Bo Nix is a work in progress. He’s still just a true freshman in is second game – it’s going to take a little bit. He completed 19-of-37 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. Considering how good the D was, all that mattered was not making any big mistakes – he did that.
At some point it would be nice to see an offensive explosion. Again, though, Tulane has a defense, and so does Oregon. If the ground game doesn’t start ripping off big things in chunks against Kent State next week, though, then it’s time to worry.