Georgia Football is 11-0 and has gone unbeaten in SEC play for consecutive years, but that 16-6 win over Kentucky wasn’t impressive. It was a boring, conservative win for the Dawgs, and while you need those sometimes, there were just too many garish things to keep us scratching our heads.
Blocking short-gain situations just didn’t do well against the Wildcats, and both sides of the ball played bend-don’t-break football. Georgia wasn’t on his A-game tonight. It didn’t have to be perfect, but it would have been nice if the Dawgs put it away sooner.
However, sometimes it takes fights to get things done, and Georgia has done that. Win and you’re in the playoffs. Georgia does, and sometimes it doesn’t matter how it happens.
It was ugly. That game was boring, but at the same time, the Dawgs accomplished something that hadn’t happened since 2011-2012 – going unbeaten in conference play for two straight years. Alabama was the last to do so, and they went on to win back-to-back national championships.
Georgia football played ultra-conservative but didn’t need much spice to beat Kentucky.
A lot of good things happened in this game, but overall it looked too conservative. Sometimes fans need to take a deep breath and realize that blowing teams 40 points every week is not sustainable. Georgia won by 10 points.
Doing what Georgia has achieved this year is tough and should be celebrated. While I think Georgia was overly conservative in that game, I understand why head coach Kirby Smart chose that game plan.
Kenny McIntosh was a bright spot for the Dawgs. He had 19 carries for 143 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 7.5 yards per touch, but Georgia walked away from him too often instead of just letting him run with it.
Overall, the Dawgs logged 247 yards on the ground and averaged 5.4 yards per touch. While that’s impressive, the offensive line struggled in short-range situations. If the Dawgs want to beat better teams, this issue needs to be fixed in the future.
Starting quarterback Stetson Bennett was down the line against the Wildcats. He went 13 of 19 for 116 yards and an interception. That performance is the fewest yards Bennett threw all season, and while he completed 68% of his passes, some of them just weren’t good. Bennett had a few questionable throws, including his pick, so it’s time to clean that up before the postseason.
Georgia moved away from its tight ends, which felt odd but was part of the Conservative game plan.
There wasn’t much pressure defensively, but the defense found opportunities to make stops. The only downside was that 99-yard touchdown drive from Kentucky. That drive hurt a little against that elite defense, but that’s about all they got from the Dawgs.
Smael Mondon Jr. led the team with 11 tackles. Jamon Dumas-Johnson and Malaki Starks recorded eight tackles. Chris Smith counted seven. The Dawgs finished the game with a sack and five tackles for a loss, so not much chaos happened, but it was enough to limit Will Levis.
There were still a lot of silly mistakes made, but overall, Georgia stayed ultra-conservative and still won by 10 points. While it’s okay to be disappointed not to have defeated the Wildcats, our fans need to remember, win, and you’re in the playoffs. A win is a win for Georgia and narrow wins count for no less than a blowout. The Dawgs did their job and now they have to win.