The Georgia Bulldogs had a game to forget Saturday night at Death Valley. It was a showdown between #5 and #8, SEC vs. ACC, and Clemson came out victorious. The Tigers played a great game at home and have a lot to be excited about this season, but Georgia crumbled before the national spotlight. It was close on the scoreboard, but the Bulldogs lost long before the clock hit 0:00.
For a team that was supposed to have one of the best offenses in the nation, not much was clicking except for Todd Gurley. Aaron Murray wasn’t able to quiet his critics, but his offensive line can carry a lot of the blame for that. The biggest blow of the night came after Gurley’s first touchdown. The Bulldogs’ star receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, was celebrating with his teammates when he tore his ACL and ended his season. We didn’t know how serious it was at the time, as the disheartening news came Sunday. Now the question is what’s worse for Georgia? The opening loss to Clemson or the devastating inury to their number one wideout?
The loss to Clemson is something they can get past. There are a lot of skeptics, as there should be, but the Bulldogs faced this situation just last year. UGA lost to the Gamecocks early, but still managed to get to the SEC title game against Alabama where they came one play shy of a win. If they had beaten the Tide, you could pretty much say they would’ve gone on to beat Notre Dame and been National Champions. Georgia still is in control of their destiny. Even with the loss to Clemson, Georgia could still end up in that national title game.
That’s why I say the injury to Malcolm Mitchell is worse. Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs still have a TON of weapons on offense, but Mitchell was definitely one of their biggest. Georgia has a lot to work out this week in practice, the offensive line in particular, because you can bet that Jadeveon Clowney is somewhere salivating right now.
So cheer up Georgia fans! All is not lost. It was a heartbreaking loss, but a win against South Carolina could be just the remedy. You live to die another day.