Monday chat wrap
November, 5, 2012
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com
We had another great chat today, so here's the wrap. Here's a preview if you were too down about T-Dog to turn on your computer this morning:
UGA vs. Oregon in the BCS NC game. That statement will be made when and "IF" UGA can pull it all together in the SEC championship game. Thoughts on that and beating the Tide?
Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
I still think Georgia would need two of the unbeaten teams ahead of it to lose if it's going to make it to the national championship. Beating Alabama in Atlanta might not be enough this year if there are three unbeaten teams. Georgia also needs to hope that Florida beats Florida State in a couple of weeks and LSU wins out. Georgia has the offense to beat Alabama's defense, but how will this team respond to a big game like that? The offense hasn't been great on the big stage and it has to be balanced and consistent to beat Alabama. But we found out that Alabama's secondary needs some work and Aaron Murray has the tools to hurt that part of Alabama's defense.
Was bama exposed or was it a one game issue?
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
I think we found out that Alabama's secondary needs work. Those corners didn't look great and Zach Mettenberger, who has taken a ton of heat this year threw for a career-high 298 yards and didn't turn the ball over. A&M provides quite the offensive test for Alabama ...
Scratches (D'ham, NC)
How bad did AJ McCarron hurt his Heisman stock vs. LSU last Saturday? His numbers were ugly, but I think a lot of voters might consider that last drive a "Heisman Moment" despite his earlier performance. He also managed to keep that no-INT streak going against one of the nation's best defenses. What do you think?
Edward Aschoff (12:07 PM)
I don't think it really "hurt" his chances. That last drive was the cliche Heisman moment for him. And he didn't turn the ball over. But look at Klein getting injured. If he can't make it back this weekend that could really change this not-so-thrilling race. I think it's going to come down to the next few weeks, not just Saturday.
Michael [via mobile]
Is MSST's lack of offensive production due to simply facing better defenses or just not executing?
Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I think we are finding out that this team just isn't as sound as we thought. The execution has been off in the last two games when the Bulldogs have the ball and the defense is a fraud. Against three quality offenses this season, the Bulldogs have been picked apart on defense. That soft schedule masked obvious issues this team has. The defensive line is getting absolutely no pressure up front. This team was in line to get 10 wins this year, but I just don't see it anymore. The execution has to improve soon.
How thin is the ice that Gene Chizik is treading on, and does it break if UGA runs over Auburn?
Edward Aschoff (12:11 PM)
It's pretty thin, but getting that win over New Mexico State was huge. Will it keep Chizik in Auburn? Not sure, but it kept him there this week and it's a week-to-week process for him at this point. Auburn isn't expected to beat Georgia, so a loss to the Dawgs probably won't really fit into the equation. Now a win could keep Chizik on the Plains. I think regardless of what happens, Auburn has a few decisions to make in December.
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