Really good game. Came down to the final play, in essence.
I hated rooting for Alabama, but it had to be done. UGA has two SEC losses, so we wanted UT to lose so they would have three. A three-way tie between two-loss UT, Florida and the Dawgs would have made me lose my Sonic chicken nuggets.
Besides, we not only wanted Tennessee to lose. We actually wanted Alabama to win. The only thing better than UGA somehow managing to win the East would be if won the East and got a rematch with Alabama and spanked them.
With all of the above said, did anyone else notice the preparation by Tennessee? Their offensive and defensive coordinators actually had a clue as to how to beat Alabama.
On offense, the Volunteers had guys in motion, sprinting through the backfield, making Alabama defend side to side. They didn't make it easy on the Tide's beefy defensive lineman by running straight at them.
And on defense, Tennessee crowded the line, while simultaneously taking away the deep pass.
No wonder UT was winning in the second half. They employed strategy.
Now, Alabama still won the game. But Alabama just out-athleted UT on the last drive. They came up with the 50-50 balls on the sidelines.
I would have been happy with that kind of loss to Alabama. Instead, Georgia got whipped. Looked like we hadn't prepared at all for how to beat them. Totally embarrassing to players, coaching staff, Dawg fans, and potential recruits.
Well, today we got our wish. The Tide beat the Volunteers. Things are set up almost perfectly for next Saturday. If we win, we'll be in first place in the East and in control of our own destiny.
Hopefully, with the bye week, we have a great game plan for defeating UF.