On a weekend when seven teams ranked in the top 13 in the country lost, five of them to unranked teams, any win is a good win. And while the Rebels kept the game close until the third quarter, the Dawgs ended up winning by a wide margin. My preseason prediction was Georgia 28, Ole Miss 21. At least I got the winner right.
The most encouraging thing to come out of this contest was the productivity of Georgia's running game. Senior Thomas Brown ran the ball 16 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns. It's great to see him doing so well, especially coming off ACL surgery less than a year ago. Freshman sensation Knowshon Moreno rushed 14 times for 90 yards and one touchdown. I believe that I heard the Dawgs' radio team say that the 328 yards gained on the ground was the highest total for the team in sixteen years.
In next week's game, Georgia travels to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers, who have already lost to California and badly to Florida. Still, Neyland Stadium is a tough place to play. It's also the scene of some of the most memorable plays in Georgia football history, including freshman Hershel Walker's demolition of Bill Bates and the David Greene to Verron Haynes "hob-nailed boot" play.
Excellent score of the week: Auburn 20, Florida 17.