SEC Notebook: Georgia lacks leadership; MSU fails to make a statement

Georgia is one of the best programs in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Yet, Georgia has underachieved for the last decade. The Bulldogs have played second fiddle to the Florida Gators in the SEC East, and now it looks like the Bulldogs are ready to take second chair to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Georgia is ten times a better program than South Carolina.

Pick your metric. Georgia has advantages South Carolina would love to have.

Georgia has more tradition; just look at Bulldog history and the names who have played for the University of Georgia.

Georgia is wealthier.

Georgia has a better recruiting area.

However, there is one thing Georgia seems to lack—leadership.

Watching Georgia play football these days reminds me of watching Alabama play football under Mike Shula.

Georgia deserves better than this. Georgia deserves to win football games in the fourth quarter instead of handing games away.

No doubt some ESPN talking head or AJC media lackey will spin the South Carolina loss as a valiant defeat for the noble Bulldogs. They might even talk about the improvements from the Boise State loss, and the strong character exhibited by Georgia.

You can’t spin a loss.

Georgia is in decline. South Carolina is on the rise.

Everyone likes Mark Richt, but there is no other person to blame for allowing Georgia to fall below South Carolina.

Mississippi State fails…again
Mississippi State failed miserably on the road against Auburn. The Bulldogs looked lost, confused and out-hustled. Sure, the Auburn defense looked bad, but the Mississippi State gameplan was even more inept—and Auburn’s defense made the plays when it counted.

If Dan Mullen and Mississippi State want to be taken seriously as challengers in the SEC West, the Bulldogs need to make a statement against a quality opponent.

Sooner would be better, or else Mississippi State will have to wait another year.