Soccer Hosts Mississippi State on Sunday

Doug Mendoza
September 25, 2017

Mississippi State is a ideal 3-0 against the spread while Georgia is 2-1. OK, Clemson, and that's about it.

Now Georgia looks not only like the best team in the SEC East, but a team that could realistically compete with Alabama. Beating Ole Miss and Texas A&M shouldn't be too much of an issue, and while the Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee games will be a little more challenging for the Tigers, they should still make these games more interesting and hopefully come out with wins. "We know he's going to put us in the right spots to make the right plays". And we don't play them again, I guess, because of the way the schedule works, for another seven years. "If you have a mature team they handle things like that well". So you keep moving forward, and you keep playing football. We've still got a lot to clean up. All roads to the SEC West title go through Alabama, so let's pray that the Tigers can shake things up and rewrite a new chapter in this historic matchup. The Seminoles, who were preseason No. 3 in the nation and are without sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois for the season due to injury, have not started 0-2 since the 1989 season (excluding the 2007 season when they vacated wins). The Horned Frogs won 44-31 in Stillwater for the first time since they joined the Big 12 in 2012.

No. 11 Georgia cruised from there, defeating their similarly-nicknamed cousins from the SEC West No. 17 Mississippi State, 31-3. Not with all of that speed and strength everywhere for the Bulldogs from around here.

Chubb rushed for 81 yards and a pair of TDs, leading a parade of Georgia runners who pounded Mississippi State.

Fromm handed off to Nick Chubb for what looked to be a routine run up the middle. Not only that, Georgia did so with something old in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, both preparing to sprint from Between the Hedges after this season toward National Football League glory, and with something new in the likes of freshman D'Andre Swift, auditioning here and there as the heir apparent next season to tailback greatness at the school of Herschel Walker, Terrell Davis, Rodney Hampton, Todd Gurley and others. Mississippi State travels to Athens on Saturday to face an undefeated Georgia team. He used every bit of his 5-foot-10 and 225 yards on this humid night to torture anything in maroon and white in his way.

After that, Georgia had a 7-0 lead just mere minutes into the game.

Etling finished 10 of 17 for 188 yards and two touchdowns, the longer one to Drake Davis early in the third quarter and the other to Stephen Sullivan in the second.

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None of the other playmakers stepped up outside of rookie running back Christian McCaffrey , who had nine catches for 101 yards. Benjamin suffered the injury in the first half when he was tackled from behind and had his leg pinned in an awkward position.

There was Fromm, for instance. The most telling statistic of the night was his six yard-per-pass average.

Key blocks on the perimeter on the play came from wide receiver Jayson Stanley and fullback Christian Payne to help spring Chibb. Even when times get tough, he's out there smiling, and he's just that calm, cool, collected guy that everybody knows. "We're going to run the ball down your throat, we're going to make plays and we did that (Saturday)". Both led to points for Georgia.

It wasn't that Georgia's win over Mississippi State isn't significant.

How early was all of that obvious? Nick Gibson was the most successful running back with 52 yards, but he did not enter the game until the fourth quarter, after the outcome was already decided. The noise was deafening in the aftermath, and we're talking about from the crowd and from the tackle. Mississippi State was headed for its first loss of the season.

Game over. Or so it seemed.

Perhaps the oddest note in this pseudo-rivalry: Georgia and Mississippi State met twice (in 1959 and 1961) at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, then known as Grant Field.

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