What It All Means: Week 1
Now it’s about Georgia.
Clemson will be favored by double-digits in every game the rest of the way. It’ll look great on offense once it’s not playing Georgia.
Ohio State might have been explosive against Minnesota, but that was a – let’s just say – rocky opening. It’ll be fine, of course, and the schedule isn’t all that bad.
Texas A&M did what it was supposed to do against Kent State, Florida was good against Florida Atlantic, and let’s not get into a twist about Oklahoma quite yet after doing everything possible to give the season away to Tulane.
Other than Clemson, all of the big boys who really do have an honest shot at the College Football Playoff survived.
Georgia just got the win it had to have. Let’s see what it can do with it.
The defense was stifling – don’t dog DJ Uiagalelei or that Tiger attack for having to go against that.
Also, don’t dog the Georgia offense. Clemson’s defense might just be the best yet in the Dabo era.
The Bulldogs will start to get its skill parts back. The receiving weapons weren’t healthy for JT Daniels, and the running game had to go against the brick wall of a Clemson defensive front.
They still found a way to get it done, and the scary part is that they pulled this off and will get appreciably better later in the year when the receivers are healthier.
This isn’t to suggest that Georgia is about to have its 2019 LSU moment, but …
UAB, South Carolina, at Vanderbilt, at Auburn, Kentucky. That’s a whole lot of warm-up time to get ready for Florida.
Missouri, at Tennessee, Charleston Southern, Georgia Tech. That’s the finishing kick, so in other words, there’s no excuse for anything less than 12-0 if Georgia gets by the Gators.
Do that, and in a four-best-team sort of way, Georgia deserves be in the College Football Playoff no matter what happens in the SEC Championship.
But first it has to make the putts.
The narrative before the Clemson showdown was how suffocating the pressure on Kirby Smart was to win a game of that magnitude. He did, and now take all of those expectations up about 100 notches.
This might not be a national championship season – that Alabama thing looks frightening – but it’s Indianapolis-or-bust now for the Dawgs.
This is what you wanted, Georgia fans. Your team is now deep in the national title chase, and it’s not even the second week of September.