A cheerfully intoxicated Cody (still well enough to type legibly, kudos) posits that 2006 Georgia = 2002 Ohio State.
I really hated that Ohio State team.
Not because I hate Ohio State--uhhh, Brutus is on CFR's amazingly terrific logo--but because as great as that team was, they were also more than a little lucky. Purdue anyone? How about Illinois and some of the bogus OT calls? Or how about that little PI in the Fiesta Bowl? I know, I know, scoreboard, but c'mon.
Part of being great is finding a way to dominate a quality foe now and then and that never quite materialized for the so-called Luckeyes (er, unless 25-7 over Wazzou counts in the season's third game? At the end of the year the Buckeyes were doing this: 10-6 over Purdue, 13-7 over Penn State, 23-16 OT over Illinois, 14-9 over Michigan---razor thin margins if I've ever seen 'em).
Anyway, is this year's Georgia that kind of team?
The defensive numbers so far after three games against admittedly craptacular offenses (Western Kentucky, South Carolina, UAB):
203.7 yards/game allowed (56.7 rushing, 1.81 YPC, 147 passing, 105.4 efficiency)
Six turnovers gained (+1 total)
Those are good numbers but I'd expect better against the softest part of the schedule. A shutout is a shutout however, and the Dawgs own two of them.
Problem is, there's no Maurice Clarette on offense or a fourth year junior quarterback with honor society smarts in Craig Krenzel to balance that equation. Stafford is physically a superior quarterback than Krenzel, but his game hasn't caught up to that guy yet, not by a mile.
As always, we shall see, but I'll throw it out there for the water cooler crowd.
I'm apt to say nyet! but with a few more shutouts and some kind of life and consistency from the offense and I can change my mind.