Last week Georgia absolutely blew doors on it's rival Auburn. This week Georgia was matched up with one of the worst teams in the SEC in Kentucky.
Common sense told us that Georgia would win big. Vegas thought so as they predicted Georgia by 30. As it turned out it was a much different story.
We found out before the game that second-string RB Carlton Thomas would miss the game due to "personal reasons" and then Isaiah Crowell, who has struggled with injuries throughout his freshman campaign, got his ankle rolled up in the first series of the game and would not return. The Georgia offense that looked unstoppable in the last two games did not show it's face today. Aaron Murray struggled as he seemed to be in a funk all day long and both Brandon Harton and Boo Malcome put the ball on the ground.
In the end that saying "defense wins championships" ultimately won Georgia it's first SEC East Championship since 2005. Kentucky scored a FG on their opening drive. Then they scored on a short field after a Boo Malcome fumble. After that, it was all Georgia's defense. In the second half Kentucky only put up 8 total yards.
What can you say about the defense? It just seems to all be coming together. The Dawgs are strong at the point of attack with John Jenkins and Kwame Gathers holding down the nose and the DEs are playing solid. The DBs are making plays. Bacarri Rambo is among the leaders in the FBS in INTs and was blowing people up today. Shawn Williams has been fantastic in run support and brings that nasty Safety attitude that Georgia fans remember from not long ago. The corners, Boykin and Smith, both had INTs today. Jarvis Jones might be the best defensive player in the SEC and since Alec Ogletree's return the Georgia LB corps has just been playing on another level.
After this peformance I think you have to wonder about the offense but it's the defense that gives you confidence that Georgia still might be able to accomplish something special and unexpected this year. Next up is Georgia Tech and it looks like it will be a close one. Georgia comes in on a 9 game winning streak and Tech is 8-3 despite losing three of their last five. One of the most intriguing match-ups happens next week as Georgia Tech's high octane offense takes on Georgia's dominant defense. Something has to give. We will have more next week as game day gets closer.