Tuesday, January 3, 2012

3 Questions Answered: Michigan State

First things first, congrats to Michigan State. They took advantage of Georgia's mistakes and turned them into points.  They are the best bowl opponent we've faced in the Richt era and probably since Ohio State in '92.  They played extremely well in the second half and their last TD drive was a thing of precision. 
  1. Do we bring the 1st half team from the SEC Championship Game?  Well, we did for a while.  
  2. Which team will approach the Outback Bowl with the proper attitude? Both teams showed up to play. There was nothing to make me think either approached the game with the wrong attitude. 
  3. Will the drama at running back matter? Oh, God yes. I was wrong to think Georgia would do anything different. Hey, we saw Boykin and Smith run the ball some. We didn't do anything unique regarding scheme, play calling or philosophy, especially in the 4th Q. Clearly we weren't getting a push against their very strong defensive front, yet we kept running the ball when Michigan State dared us to pass. We never took that gamble late to ice the game. Very disappointing.
I'll get to the knee at the end of regulation and other things later. We played a tough opponent and lost a game that could have gone either way. Much like the South Carolina game, it was game we should have won. Unlike the South Carolina game, this loss happened on the sidelines and in the coaching box.

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