Sunday, September 20, 2009

Florida beats Tennessee 23-13. Loser: Georgia?

Everyone expecting Urban Meyer and the Gators to mutilate Lane Kiffin and the Vols had to be disappointed in the outcome of the game. Especially if they actually but money on Florida actually winning by +30. As it happened, The Gators only landed down a 23-13 beating as opposed to last year's Gator 49-10 manhandling of Georgia Credit there probably has to go to Lane's dad, Monte Kiffin, who has taken over Tennessee's defense.
While Tennessee came out short, it might turn out that Georgia is the real loser in this game. The conventional wisdom leading before the game was that Meyer would unleash the hounds...uh, Gators to decimate the Vols in reaction to Kiffin's prodding of Meyer and Florida during the offseason. The precedent for this was how Florida clobbered Georgia last year 49-10, allegedly in response to last year's Georgia victory/touchdown celebration. The fact that Tennessee didn't get blown out makes Georgia look even worse in hindsight.
If anything this game shows that Monte Kiffin may be a better defensive coordinator than UGA's Willie Martinez. Dawg fans were already upset over how Martinez's defense has pretty much underperformed in the past few years. Tennessee has had two straight close losses this year, but Georgia's 2-1, with the opposing team finding it easier to rack points than they should. Martinez doesn't have Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno to depend on to score on the offense. He may not have a job at the end of the year.

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