Short takes on Georgia’s bodyslam of Troy (UPDATED)

Sony Michel runs for one of his three first-half touchdowns in Georgia’s win. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Sony Michel runs for one of his three first-half touchdowns in Georgia's win. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Sony Michel runs for one of his three first-half touchdowns. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

ATHENS — I’ll be back shortly with my column on Georgia’s 66-0 drumming of Troy. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes” on the game:

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full column on MyAJC.com.

1. WHAT THIS PROVES: Well, not much. Beating a winless team from a non-power conference (Sun Belt) that your athletic department paid $900,000 to for the experience of getting pummeled generally doesn’t register much in the polls. But it does count for something that Georgia buried Troy early and never let up. That’s not a common occurrence in the Mark Richt era. The Bulldogs have sometimes played down to the level of their competition, at least in the first half. Not Saturday. There was no obvious hangover from the loss to South Carolina. Georgia scored on its first seven possessions (six touchdowns, one field goal), as well as getting a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown by Isaiah McKenzie, to lead 52-0 two minutes into the third quarter.

2. THE OTHER RUNNING BACK: Todd Gurley, who (all together now) didn’t get the ball on first down in the red zone at South Carolina, opened the game with four straight carries, one going for 48 yards. But the tailback of the day  was one of his backups, Sony Michel. The freshman, technically No. 3 on the depth chart behind Gurley and Keith Marshall, ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns on only seven carries in the first half (a per-carry average of 19.7.). Michel has a great burst of speed and has shown an ability to make the first would-be tackler miss. With staying healthy being an issue for Gurley in his first two seasons, having Michel, Marshall and Nick Chubb to rotate in is a nice luxury.

3. SECONDARY IMPROVEMENT: Again, triumphs in this game shouldn’t be overstated. That said, Georgia’s secondary, the soft spot of this defense, rebounded nicely after some early hiccups. Troy converted three third-down situations on its opening drive: personal foul by J.J. Green (ejected) on a catch that was ruled out of bounds on third-and-nine; 25-yard completion on third-and-six; 19-yard completion on third-and-seven. But the coverage looked significantly less chaotic thereafter. In theory, the defense should improve as the season goes on.

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DIT
DIT

Let's just hope that the Tennessee's QB has a sore arm on Saturday. Secondary needs to get it together. I would hate to lose to Tenn. @ Athens this year.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Gators suck! Gators suck!!! I'm glad they lost!!!! Hallelujah!!!

dawginbama
dawginbama

I thought Driskel had become the QB they thought he was coming out of high school?  That dude makes Hutson Mason look like an All-American.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@dawginbama 


That is what Muschamp led everyone to believe this summer.  But there is a lot of difference between the practice field and the field on Saturdays.....and the one in T-Town.  John Brantley was the same way.  He was an all-American on the practice field when the defense could not touch him or put pressure on him.  Driskel seems to be the same.  But GatorNation is hoping that Treon Harris or Will Grier will soon take our five year QB nightmare away......and I think it might be Treon Harris that does it in the Roper offense.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@gtcaryd 


I think he is better than Tebow. Better passer and just as good a runner....and faster.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@gtcaryd 


Amari Cooper....more impressive to me.  But both were impressive this weekend......Heisman winning games for both....while the current Heisman winner sat due to a personality disorder and/or a lack of a moral conscience.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TampGator1 @gtcaryd

While gator hero A Hernandez sits in prison because of a mindset fully developed and cultivated by u of f.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tech will get beat soon enough!!! Tech sucks!!! Ugly uniforms and a high school offense!!!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  I dont understand why Johnson goes with that ugly color of gold; At brighter color would look so much better. But I thought those uniforms Tech wore with white helmets were the second best looking Ive seen.  UGA's red uniforms is always the best of course

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd Flat, have to admit my memory sucks pretty bad so i looked up the white helmet. It does look sharp, and i am not talking about the honey comb one.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  I think it was 2008 it was the white helmet and gold shirt white pants for some reason it wont let me post the picture

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd Yea, i found it.......i would love to see a uniform with just the old gold and white.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Haha! White helmets are plain and dull...it's so little league! The chickens helmets are ugly!!! Techs helmets are ugly!!!!

DIT
DIT

@gtcaryd - I called it last week. Jackets win by three. That's the one I get right all year. ha ha

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Watching the replay of MSU and LSU............that QB is very impressive. Don't schedule MSU for Homecoming while he is there.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd I will be surprised if Bama stays undefeated with Auburn, Ole Miss, Miss ST, and A&M still left on their schedule

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd I don't see how anyone will be undefeated........can i change my prediction that AU will win the west?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd Oh yea, i wasn't referring to that game, that old fart always has those guys ready to play. It is going to be a wild west division this year.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Birmingham__Jacket  of course and if UGA wouldnt have had all those injuries during the game it wouldnt have been close

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tech sucks!!!! Tech sucks!!!!! When do y'all play a ranked team??? What a bunch of losers

OH-IO
OH-IO

I wonder who's going to show up on the dog injury report?....or lack thereof

Dawg350
Dawg350

I wonder why you keep posting to yourself......idiot!!!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OH-IO what Qtr is your VHS tape on of Goff vs Over-Rated St?

OH-IO
OH-IO

tampa,


All THESE teams got votes. Not the gators:


Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State (2-1) 110; Penn State (4-0) 67; Clemson (1-2) 63; Washington (4-0) 62; Arizona (4-0) 45; TCU (2-0) 44; Marshall (4-0) 31; Georgia Tech (4-0) 27; Oregon State (3-0) 20; Arkansas (3-1) 17; Missouri (3-1) 13; Cincinnati (2-0) 13; Utah (3-0) 8; North Carolina State (4-0) 7; Boston College (3-1) 7; Louisville (3-1) 6; Boise State (3-1) 5; West Virginia (2-2) 3; Memphis (2-1) 3; Iowa (3-1) 


Notable:


Penn State

Tech

Cincinnati

Iowa


And.................


Marshall! 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


You failed to mention that Virginia Tech did not receive any votes either.  Florida lost to Alabama, which I believe did receive some votes.  And OHIO lost to at home to a team that did not receive ANY VOTES (that no votes Va. Tech team if you recall), a team that lost to two other unranked teams, one of which also did not receive any votes either.  So, basically, OHIO is not as good as two teams that did not receive any votes and one that did but remains unranked. How proud you must be, troll.


Easily kicking your sorry buck eyed arse with multiple hokified and yellowfied pellets.


Copying and pasting.........BIG TEN LEAST.  BIG TEN LEAST. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

350,


Indiana bests Mizzou!


SEC SEC LEAST! 

Dawg350
Dawg350

I still don't consider mizzou an sec team...they are a Yankee team just like Indiana.

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA has bought a home in the sec....mizzou is just renting one

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Dawg350 The won your lousy division last year and beat up the dogs between the hedges. Relive the glory.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Yeah and mizzou would beat your sorry buckeyes this year as well...I don't give a damn about this conference stuff!

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@OH-IO


The SEC least certainly is a weak division. How many games would Georgia lose if they played in the west. Better yet would they even win any games if they played in the west division? 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


Georgia Tech beat Va. Tech at their place.  Va. Tech loses to Eastern Carolina at the Holie palace.  And OHIO loses to Va. Tech at home.  And here you still are running your stupid mouth out your buck eyed sorry, hokiefied and yellowfied arse. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg350 


I know you want find it in a geography book, 350, but Missouri is in the SEC. And they did lose at home to Indiana.  Embarrassing for the SEC.  Just the truth, if that matters to you.  Also....your American History textbook will tell you that the Civil War ended a long time ago and all states have been re-unionized back into what is called.....THE UNITED States of America.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


That was last year, OH-IO.  Last three games against real football teams for OHIO (one being unranked and who lost to two other unranked teams)....makes a record of  0-3.  Relive the glory you troll. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dynasty


Georgia would compete to win against any team in the SEC West. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  I dont understand why people are surprised at Mizzou; do you really think they were going to be any good losing half their defense; starting QB; starting RB and 3 starting receivers?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Is geography the last name of your boyfriend? You keep talking about him