This wasn't a yardstick game. It was a less talented team that has experienced extremely little success on the road over the past few years taking on a more talented team that's extremely good at home.
The game on Saturday vs. South Carolina is a more realistic opportunity for success. The Gamecocks did topple Kentucky at home earlier in the week, but they are still the Gamecocks which means from week to week you never know what you're going to get.
The SEC schedule makers did UGA no favors in booking our first five conference games against the best five teams in the league...with 3 of those games being on the road. But the schedule does become more manageable after the trip to Columbia. Consider:
- Jan. 30 at South Carolina - winnable but tough
Feb. 3 - vs Arkansas (home) - winnable
Feb. 6 - Vandy (home) - winnable mainly because it's a home game
Feb. 10 - at Auburn - worst team in the SEC makes this winnable
Feb. 13 - South Carolina (home) - winnable because it's a home game
Not that you asked, but Georgia has the #8 strength of schedule in the nation according to WarrenNolan.com. Fox is trying to turn this program around the old fashion way...via blunt trauma. (kidding...I like the schedule)
BTW -- I know times are tough at newspapers, but not sending a single writer from the ABH or AJC to cover these road games? Seriously?
-- Bulldogs take a beat down - ABH
-- Georgia Remains Winless on the Road - Red and Black
-- What happened? - Daugman