Monday, September 15, 2008

We're Number Three! We're Number Three!

No surprise really, that the Dawgs dropped to 3 in the polls behind USC and Oklahoma. The good news is that if this trend continues, and UGA wins out, we could be no lower than number 12.

In all seriousness, the game with the chickens has always (recently) been tough, and any road win in the SEC is a worthy victory. Keep focused on the game at hand, don't look ahead (unlike, perhaps, next week's opponent, ASU. Ooops) and take care of business one game at a time. Win the East. Win the SEC. And the rest will take care of itself, right?

It's a much better feeling to nitpick following a win, but these are the major causes for concern after three games:

  1. Return to the hands of stone. Outside of frosh AJ Green, we're seeing more of the "dropsies" from the receiving corp that's haunted us the last few years. Tripp Chandler, in particular, has resembled one of those statues on Easter Island. Even if you could see the hands, they would be made of stone. Sheesh.
  2. O-Line. Yep, we're injured. But there were fewer holes and more pressure up the middle than we need. Knowshon got every single yard the old fashioned way -- he eeeeaaaaarrrrnnnned it.
  3. D-Line. Are we getting the pressure on the opposing QB? Nope. Sure, we're keeping the scoring low, but the lack of a threatening pass rush could pose more problems down the road.
  4. Kickoffs. The well documented woes continue, and we can't continue to give increasingly talented teams great starting field position.

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