Usually, the best thing about a nightmare is waking up.
Usually, morning comes and your worst fears fade away. Usually, all the bad dreams and terrifying images didn’t really happen, and you’d only imagined the pain. Usually, the sun rises, the panic pales, and all is right again soon enough.
For the Georgia Bulldogs, waking up from the nightmare at Jordan-Hare presents a harsher reality.
Auburn trounced the Dogs 40-17, dominating every aspect of the game. Take a checklist of Georgia concerns at the start of the season and it’s very likely those fears came to reality at what was the ugliest little village on the plains for the Red and Black.
A 9-0 record, No.1 ranking, and a string of lopsided victories had nearly erased the anxieties Georgia fans felt to start this season. The Tigers provided a rude reminder.
In particular, two preseason question marks intruded into the Bulldog’s dream season.
After the initial drive of the game, Auburn’s defensive front continually exploited the Georgia line. The Dawgs managed only 46 yards rushing on 32 attempts, and quarterback Jake Fromm faced constant pressure against a Tiger pass rush that sacked him four times.
The poor showing was a setback for a group that had outperformed expectations going into the game.
Recall that after significant preseason shuffling, the Dawgs opened 2017 with new starters at all five positions along the offensive front, and that the group was also smallish. While those concerns diminished as the season progressed, they could haunt Georgia’s chances for a playoff spot because the unit was so soundly routed by the Tigers.
Perhaps Auburn is just that good, but even that possibility is galling for Georgia fans since several Tiger stalwarts hail from the Peach State.
Help should be on the way as consecutive stellar recruiting classes appear to be stockpiling offensive line talent for the Dawgs, but future stars won’t help when Georgia plays Alabama or Auburn next month in the SEC Championship Game.
This offensive line must play better.
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