5 Thoughts - Sugar Bowl
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1. Just because
Hawaii got blasted by Georgia, that doesn’t mean the little guy
shouldn’t keep getting a chance in the spotlight. Illinois got
crushed by USC. Other teams have lost big in BCS games, too. Hawaii
was way overmatched and out of its league, but if it goes 12-0 again
next year, give it a shot at a BCS game. If Boise State, Nevada, or
UL Monroe go unbeaten, they deserve one of the slots even if the
little guy keeps losing 41-10. Remember, the BCS isn’t a playoff,
and teams that play a schedule like Hawaii didn’t shouldn’t be
playing for the national title, but these are glorified exhibition
games. If a team is in D-I (or the FBS), then it has to be included
in the fun. However …
2. This was a huge blow to the non-BCS conference teams. It’d be one
thing to lose, but to appear to be so outclassed and with no prayer
whatsoever of being competitive from the start, this won’t help
future non-BCS conference teams looking for respect without a big
win under its belt. Hawaii only beat one BCS league team,
Washington, and played one of the worst schedules in America. Was it
overwhelmed by the game and the moment? Maybe, but it also looked
small-time compared to the mighty Bulldogs.
3. So just how good is Georgia? While many might dismiss the win
because it came against Hawaii, but don’t forget that this is the
same Warrior team that beat Fresno State 37-30. That same Bulldog
team beat Georgia Tech easily in the Humanitarian, and that same
Georgia Tech team gave Georgia a little bit of a battle in a 31-17
loss. While that might be reaching to make the win look better than
it was, Hawaii did beat three teams that went bowling. It was still
strong enough to go 12-0 with several pressure packed wins. This
might not have been like beating Florida or Wisconsin, but it was
still a Sugar Bowl victory. Georgia won’t give it back.
4. 2008 was supposed to be when Georgia regrouped and became
special, but now it looks like it could be positively dominant. The
receiving corps could use an upgrade and losing big-legged kicker
Brandon Coutu could be the difference between a national title type
of season and just a really, really good one, but the team is
loaded. Knowshon Moreno has to stay healthy and Matthew Stafford has
to take anther step and become the pro caliber quarterback many
think he can be, but the defense should be dominant out of the gate
and the offensive line should be dominant. This blowout over Hawaii
should set the tone for a big year with a buzz generated for the
entire offseason. It’ll be interesting to see how much respect the
team gets in the preseason polls.
5. Just generate pressure and you can stop any offense. Virginia got
to Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell early and seemingly had the game in
hand, it couldn’t get the same pressure late, and lost. Wisconsin’s
Tyler Donovan was banged around by Tennessee and the Badgers lost.
Colt Brennan never had a chance to breathe against a Georgia pass
rush that generated eight sacks and forced the action all game long.
Had Brennan got time to operate, he would’ve put on a show, but the
timing was thrown off all game long and the offense went into the
tank. Hawaii really does have stars, but they weren’t allowed to
shine because of the offensive line.