Georgia Bulldogs Opposition Research, Week 7: So Nobody Wants To Win The SEC East, Then?

The Dawgs started the season 1-4 yet are now only a game out of first place in their division.

As of this past weekend, the SEC East officially completed its transformation into the third division of the ACC -- which means even a Georgia team that only recently snapped a three-game conference losing streak has a shot at winning the division.

KENTUCKY
Here's what a wild Saturday it was in the SEC: Kentucky knocked off the team that had just upset Alabama and snapped the defending national champions' 19-game winning streak -- and that was only the second most shocking upset of the weekend. Give the Wildcats credit for mounting a huge comeback win, but the fact that they gave up 472 yards of total offense in the process opens up a vulnerability for a Georgia offense finally hitting its stride.
Worry level: Steady.

 

FLORIDA
Urban Meyer may have achieved a reputation as one of the conference's most soulless, diabolical evil geniuses, but take heart, Georgia fans -- apparently the man's not above hiring his own WIllie Martinez. Urban's Willie is named Steve Addazio, and it appears that he made a big mistake in promoting Addazio from O-line coach to offensive coordinator following the 2008 season. Before this year, the Gators had been held to single digits on the scoreboard only six times in the previous 19 seasons; it's now happened twice in the past three games, the latest indignity being a 10-7 loss to unranked Mississippi State at home. The Gators may have started the season 4-0 while the Dawgs were starting 1-4, but the two teams now appear to be heading in completely different directions. 
Worry level: Down.

IDAHO STATE
Lost at home to Weber State, 16-13. Weber's been one of the better teams in the Big Sky Conference the past couple seasons, but that and two bucks will get you a grande coffee at Starbucks. (Prices in your area may vary.)
Worry level: Nonexistent.

AUBURN
Apparently "Dr. Strangelove" is one of Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's favorite movies, because he has acquired his own Doomsday Device on the Plains, and that device's name is Cam Newton. Newton's latest feat of destruction: 25 rushes for 188 yards and three scores, in addition to a 10-of-14, 140-yard, one-TD passing day, in a 65-43 firebombing of then-12th-ranked Arkansas. Have fun trying to stop that, Todd Grantham.
Worry level: Continues to climb into the stratosphere.

GEORGIA TECH
The final score against Middle Tennessee State indicates a 42-14 rout for the Yellow Jackets, but looks can be deceiving -- Tech only led 14-7 at halftime before their greater depth took over in the second half. Not that MTSU's 94th-ranked run defense was an accurate yardstick to begin with.
Worry level: Steady.

Looking back: While last weekend may have boded well for Georgia's future, it didn't make their past look all that good -- aside from Mississippi State, every one of the Dawgs' prior opponents of 2010 lost. South Carolina got punked by Kentucky, 31-28; Arkansas, of course, suffered the wild shootout loss at Auburn; and Colorado lost at home to Baylor, 31-25. By comparison, the two best performances were probably UL-Lafayette, who hung in there with Troy for four full quarters before losing by a TD, and Tennessee, who had an off week.

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