There is a lesson to be learned from the Alabama Crimson Tide’s domination of LSU in New Orleans–Don’t bet against Nick Saban twice. It was a foolish thing to do, especially when one considers that the Alabama head coach had over a month to prepare for an LSU team that he was already very familiar with en route to his third national championship. Alabama blanked the Tigers in the rematch by a final score of 21-0, as the Tide earned sweet redemption for their only loss of the season. The victory gave the University of Alabama their second national title in three years.
Picking Up The Pieces
As for the Tigers, LSU seemed to believe they could win the game last night on hype alone. Once the game kicked off, the Tigers did not look anything like the team that finished the regular season unbeaten on their way to dismantling the Bulldogs in the Georgia Dome for the SEC championship. However, the Bayou Bengals now have an entire offseason to figure out what went wrong. Alabama and LSU will likely begin the 2012 season ranked #1 and #2 which spells trouble for the rest of the Southeastern Conference.
Dawg Days Ahead?–Brian VanGorder returns to the SEC
Georgia has aspirations of competing with Alabama and LSU for a championship next year. For what it’s worth the Bulldogs are ranked number six in Mark Schlabach’s Way Too Early Top 25 on ESPN.com. After Monday’s developments Bulldog Nation will have to face an old friend beginning next season as well. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Brian VanGorder is the new defensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers.
When Mark Richt began his successful tenure at Georgia, Brian VanGorder was his defensive coordinator. VanGorder is known by Dawg fans for having coached Georgia defensive standouts such as Thomas Davis, David Pollack, and Greg Blue. Despite the fond memories of the hard hitting defense that he oversaw in Athens, the former defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons is now just another obstacle on the road back to glory for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Facing An Old Friend
November 10, 2012 marks the first meeting between Mike Bobo’s offense and Brian VanGorder’s defense. It will be important for Bobo and the Bulldogs to win the first battle while Auburn defensive personal is getting used to Vangorder’s style as he likely does not yet have the athletes to wage war against the Bulldogs. Georgia must be more creative and well balanced on the offensive side of the football if they are going to be a top tier program in 2012 and beyond.
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