Peach State Sports Blog

Time for Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets to bounce back

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets are off this week before hosting Duke on Oct. 29.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets are off this week before hosting Duke on Oct. 29. AP

Last week wasn’t a good week for the Georgia Bulldogs or Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Both teams had a chance to make a statement about themselves early in this season and possibly jump-start a special season.

Both failed, and it wasn’t pretty.

Georgia Tech was pushed around on both sides of the ball up front in the first half of a 26-7 loss to Clemson, while Georgia was pushed around pretty much everywhere in a 45-14 loss to Mississippi.

But really, this week’s games for both teams are much more important than last week’s. And this week’s games will be more telling about what kind of season both teams can have.

Last week, the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets both lost to better teams. Fans don’t want to hear that. They want someone to blame, and they want someone to point their anger at after those kinds of losses.

But sometimes, just sometimes, the other team is better, and that’s what happened last week. This week, that’s not necessarily the case.

Both Georgia teams have a chance to rebound in games that are at home and that are winnable against division opponents. Georgia hosts Tennessee in the SEC East, while Georgia Tech hosts Miami in the ACC Coastal. While the Volunteers and Hurricanes are both off to solid starts, the Volunteers aren’t as good as the Rebels, and the Hurricanes aren’t as good as the Tigers.

That should open the door for both Peach State teams to rebound from last week’s struggles.

Georgia’s warts were on full display against Mississippi: bad play on the offensive and defensive lines and in the secondary. But while Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs is a talented quarterback, he’s not in Chad Kelly’s league, and Kelly has many more dangerous weapons surrounding him in the Ole Miss offense.

That should allow Georgia to get some things done on defense, especially if it tackles better than it has early this season. Nick Chubb’s health certainly is an issue, but Tennessee’s defense isn’t scary, and the Vols’ trouble getting started early in games could be dangerous in their first road game.

Georgia Tech’s issues mainly came up front as Clemson’s mammoth defensive line swallowed up the Yellow Jackets’ option attack, especially in the first half. Miami is good, but the Hurricanes’ defensive front isn’t close to Clemson’s.

So the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets’ seasons aren’t done. Not even close. Yes, things looked bleak last week, but they can be bright once again with better performances Saturday.