Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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November 12, 2012

Our Opinion: Blowout victory, timely loss are great for Bulldog Title hopes

AMERICUS — On Friday night there were many questions surrounding the Georgia Bulldogs football team, and there were also a few “certainties” in college football. Would the Bulldogs be able to keep up their dominating defense against an Auburn team hungry for an upset? Would the offense start quicker than they did against Ole Miss last weekend and Florida the week before? Lastly, would anybody be able to actually hang with the Alabama Crimson Tide in a game after their hard-fought victory against LSU in Death Valley?

These questions took a major turn on Saturday thanks to the Bulldogs’  dismantling of Auburn and the Crimson Tide’s less than impressive loss to Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies. All of a sudden the Bulldogs look unstoppable and the Crimson Tide actually seems beatable for the first time this season. The real question now is, can Georgia keep it up?

Aaron Murray and the Bulldog offense was absolutely unstoppable in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry on Saturday. Georgia scored on their first four drives and took a commanding 28-0 lead over the Tigers into the Jordan Hare Stadium visitor’s locker room at the half-time break. The Dogs then came out and pounded the ball against the worn down Tiger defense, burning the clock and grinding their way to the SEC East-clinching victory while still holding Auburn off of the scoreboard for the final two quarters.

Barring an unexpected Crimson Tide loss to Auburn this weekend, the SEC Championship stage will be set. The Bulldogs will travel to Atlanta for the second year in a row to take on an SEC West team for the SEC Title. The Bulldogs had an impressive first half last year in the SEC Championship before imploding against LSU in a lopsided loss, so they will be looking for a complete game effort this time around. Alabama, who has been the consensus number one team in the country for the majority of the year, now seems mortal. They can be beaten if teams take advantage of their young secondary and force A.J. McCarron to throw the ball when he would rather hand it off.

Will Aaron Murray finally have a breakout game against a top team in the Title Game? Will the defense be able to stop the talented running attack from the Crimson Tide? We believe the answer is yes.

If the Georgia Bulldogs team that has beaten their last three teams with dominating defense and timely offense shows up then we believe the Bulldogs have every bit of talent needed to beat the Crimson Tide. It is certainly not a given, but with the talent that the Bulldogs have on their roster it is definitely feasible. What is even more important than this game is that with some help from the top three undefeated teams, the winner of the SEC Championship game could play in the National Championship game and have the possibility to extend the SEC Title streak to seven. This is the type of game that separates the pretenders from the contenders, and we believe that the Georgia Bulldogs will show that they are a contender in 2012.

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