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jodeaux
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Kirby Benchmark Game
At this point in his career we're finally Alabama's equal in talent. In fact, going by the talent composite we actually have slightly more talent. So, both sides being equal we're going to see if we've improved since 2018. However, I don't actually think this game would be the final word if we lose.

This game is really answering the question of whether Bennett is good enough to lead us to a national championship. We're elite at every other position. If Bennett isn't a true difference maker and we lose then I think the only adjustment Smart should make is bringing in JT against UK to see if he's the guy that can beat BAMA in December.

Nothing else matters with this program right now. Every one of us knows we can win-out the rest of our schedule based solely on run game and defense. What we've been preparing for is BAMA.

It's good we're figuring out whether we're good enough early in the season, so we can make adjustments if it's not good enough. This is a high pressure game but not really. We can still attain all our goals for the season but it'll be interesting to see where we're at as a program and in particular our player development.
This post was edited on 10/13 at 11:03 pm


AlaCowboy
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Stetson Bennett IV has done a wonderful job for us but I don't think he can lead us to an NC. I am hoping Monken has been saving some schemes for a game like this one and we can surprise and confuse the Bama defense. I think our defense will keep us within range IF the offense can score 40 points. The Bama offense is hard to stop, even for our defense.


miledawg
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
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At this point in his career we're finally Alabama's equal in talent. In fact, going by the talent composite we actually have slightly more talent. So, both sides being equal we're going to see if we've improved since 2018. However, I don't actually think this game would be the final word if we lose.

This game is really answering the question of whether Bennett is good enough to lead us to a national championship. We're elite at every other position. If Bennett isn't a true difference maker and we lose then I think the only adjustment Smart should make is bringing in JT against UK to see if he's the guy that can beat BAMA in December.

Nothing else matters with this program right now. Every one of us knows we can win-out the rest of our schedule based solely on run game and defense. What we've been preparing for is BAMA.

It's good we're figuring out whether we're good enough early in the season, so we can make adjustments if it's not good enough. This is a high pressure game but not really. We can still attain all our goals for the season but it'll be interesting to see where we're at as a program and in particular our player development.
j

Honestly I think with this post you nailed every aspect of uga vs ua 2020. BAM!


lewis and herschel
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Bennett neither snapped the ball over his head nor got beat twice deep...


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GurleyGirl
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Our overall talent is probably close to most of the previous NC teams with the glaring exception of QB. I love Bennett. He plays with heart and is overachieving considering his lack of size and arm strength. But the truth is we have not had a NFL caliber QB since Matt Stafford.

The characteristics of a NC level QB in college football are pretty clear at this point: tall with a strong arm and athletic with the ability to stretch defenses horizontally and vertically and pick up first downs running the ball in critical situations. Two such QBs came from our state and won NCs for Clemson, Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence. Joe Burrow was the same type of QB for LSU.
We have superior recruiting but we need to focus on these type of quarterbacks: freak athletes who are also accurate passers who can quickly survey the field and make good choices; in other words great QBs who are are on the same level as our great defense and history of great RBs.


gulfportdawg
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Only thing that matters this Saturday is that Kirby and this team need to do what they haven't been able to do...beat Bama. Bama's offense is as good, or better than the last few Bama teams, so that's going to be a huge challenge for the UGA defense. A defense that can be beat with the deep pass. The UGA offense was a wreck starting with the Arky game, and has improved. But, it's the UGA offense that has shot itself in the foot in every game they've played this season. Can this offense put together a complete game? They obviously haven't so far this year. So, #1-UGA's offense HAS to play the game of their lives, if they want a chance to win Saturday night. #2- UGA's defense has to continue to play their asses off, and need to do a better job against the deep pass. Bama's QB and WR's are NFL legit, so it's going to be a really tough assignment. And, don't forget the Bama RB.

I just don't see UGA's offense scoring a lot of points, so the defense will probably have to win this game. Sorry, I know many will not like this post. It's my opinion, and we all know what "they" say about opinions.


Dawg4Life47
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
First time I am excited to play Bama and not nervous.

I think we come to play this one boys.


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jodeaux
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
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The characteristics of a NC level QB in college football are pretty clear at this point: tall with a strong arm and athletic with the ability to stretch defenses horizontally and vertically and pick up first downs running the ball in critical situations. Two such QBs came from our state and won NCs for Clemson, Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence.


BINGO

Most cases in football, if you don't have a difference maker at QB, you aren't going to win the big one. There are exceptions from time to time but game managers for the most part aren't getting it done.

I don't anticipate our defense letting us down.

I don't anticipate our running game to be non-existent.

This is the game to see if Bennett is the guy. If he doesn't look special out there and makes plays then JT gets the ball next week at UK, no questions asked.


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AlaCowboy
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
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Bama's offense is as good, or better than the last few Bama teams, so that's going to be a huge challenge for the UGA defense. A defense that can be beat with the deep pass.


Every time a Bama WR runs a deep pattern, we should sub a DB for whoever covered him. Have that DB ready to go in as soon as the play is over so there is no confusion if Bama runs a hurry-up offense. Fresh legs all the time.


Porter Osborne Jr
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
We should actually play the game and see why we win or lose before we fans make the decisions on who should be replaced


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bunkerhill
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
I remember in the 2018 game that the D was just gassed in the 4th Q when they made their comeback. I believe there is much more depth this year, hopefully that won't be a problem this time.


gulfportdawg
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Gotta try something. At least the Dawgs have enough depth to try that.


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meansonny
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
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I remember in the 2018 game that the D was just gassed in the 4th Q when they made their comeback. I believe there is much more depth this year, hopefully that won't be a problem this time.


We didnt have the linebacker play in 2018 that we needed.

We got gashed by mobile QBs all season.
The minute that Hurts came in, I was cussing. Spread the defense out with 4 downs to play to make something happen, we weren't stopping them. It is why I agree with not punting on 4th down. If bama controlled the punt return, we were going to lose.
They moved the ball 52 yards in 5 plays (and the only thing that held it to 52 yards was the goalline). Their last 3 plays were 15+ yards a pop.


jodeaux
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Am I the only one that's skeptical of the BAMA offense? I guess it's impressive putting up points against A&M but I think our offense could score the same amount of points on the teams they've played. I think they're more explosive but I don't think they're unstoppable.


lewis and herschel
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
No but their strength is our weakness and that is the long ball.

Not worried about their run game if all things are equal.

We need to get in Jones head early.


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WG_Dawg
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
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GurleyGirl


you hit the nail on the head. I don't really buy into the whole "we are more talented than bama" narrative that people and websites want to claim. Sure our 1-85 overall roster may be slightly more talented on paper, but does it really matter if our 70th guy on teh roster was a high 4* while bama's 70th guy was a mid 4*? That couldn't be more irrelvant. Games liek this are won with your top 15 guys, true game breakers that win you games. The fact is we have MAYBE 1-2 people MAX that would start for bama's offense. The flip side is our defense appears to be much better than theirs whihc you'd think woudl even out. But as we saw last year an elite offense can make even great defenses look subpar.

Our offense is good enough to win a lot of games, but bennett just isn't really a national title caliber QB IMO from what we've seen so far. If you're gonna have a stetson at QB it'd be ideal to have a 2017 OL/run game to go with it, neither of which we have right now.

I don't doubt that we can beat this year's bama team, this is maybe the weakest defense they've had since 2007. But I don't know if we can beat them twice. And if we do lose to them, be it once or twice, it will 100% because of our talent disadvantage.


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FlexDawg
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Y’all are crazy.

If Stetson can win against auburn and Tennessee then he can do it against the worst Bama defense I’ve ever seen.
This post was edited on 10/14 at 5:56 pm


TheJimBrown7
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
Since 2000 only about half of the teams to win a National Title had incredible QBs lead them there. Elite defenses is a much more common theme than having a NFL talent at QB.


GurleyGirl
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Georgia
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
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Since 2000 only about half of the teams to win a National Title had incredible QBs lead them there.


That's old news. The most recent NC winners all had elite QB's including Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa and Deshaun Watson.
But yea, having elite defense is definitely part of the equation.
Translation: it takes a complete team with great offense, defense and solid special teams.


lewis and herschel
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Member since Nov 2009
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re: Kirby Benchmark Game
None of Bamas QBs amounted to much, none of LSUs either, Burrow being an exception.

Even OSUs tend to wash out.

Great nfl qbs tend to come out of lesser programs for some reason.


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