Monday, December 31, 2012

Capital One Thoughts

When this matchup was announced, I felt really good about it.  I've only seen Nebraska play here and there this year, but with both sides of the ball starting to click for us in the second half of the season, it seemed like we were in good shape.  But losing Jenkins for this game has me really worried.  Even though the conditioning has clearly been better this year, there have definitely been a couple of times where it seemed like our defensive front wore down late in the game.  Obviously the SECCG jumps to mind, but even the Florida game jumps to my mind as well...........Florida had actually driven the ball down the field pretty easily on us on that last drive, we were just fortunate that Jarvis was able to get in there and make a great play to knock the ball loose at the goal line.  But we were getting no push from the line at the end.

So, for me, I'd love to see us come out and jump on them early.  If we can put 21 points on the board by the early part of the 2nd quarter without giving up much, I like us going away.  But if it is still close going into the 4th quarter, we're gonna have a mess on our hands, and it will probably be up to the offense to win the game for us (this is the scenario I think is more likely).  I think they'll be able to move the ball on our defense, but I'm banking on our defense being opportunistic and making 2 or 3 big plays to give us a couple of extra possessions in the game and hopefully close the game out at the end. 

I'm going to say we win 38-31, with Jarvis making the biggest opportunistic play of the day, a sack on the game's final play to (A) seal the victory and (B) break Pollack's record.  How fitting of an ending would that be to his UGA career? 

This game is very big for the perception of UGA nationally.  Lose to Nebraska after the way they got blown out against Wisconsin, and all the doubters in the media are going to be right back where they were after the SC game.  The UF victory and playing 'Bama to a near standstill have pushed us in the right direction, now it's time to build on that with a solid out of conference victory.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  And GO DAWGS!