For the record the rational side of me thinks Georgia will win tonight convincingly. But about eight hours prior to the kick off of the Tech-Georgia game I began to imagine what it would mean if Georgia gets beaten by Tech's "high school offense." For the uninitiated, "high school offense" is the snarky term that gets thrown around on blog sites by some dawg fans. The implication is that if you do not have players athletic enough or smart enough to learn complicated offensive systems, or if you are consistently over-matched physically by opposing teams (as often happens with high school programs) you create an exotic or rarely seen offensive system with lots of gimmicks. This gives your team a chance to at least score and perhaps even stay in a game without having to worry about your players not being able to (ahem) catch a forward pass. "High school" implies lack of sophistication and not being ready for big time football.
Tech fans have a different take on Coach Johnson's system. They see a brilliantly conceived and unique approach to playing the spread offense, doing what any good offense should do which is create a miss match at the point of attack as well as giving players a chance to run in space. The rationale is that all of this is provided without the "danger" of starting deep in the back field where a loss of yardage can suddenly shift the odds to the defense on succeeding plays.
But enough of that. Georgia is now officially 1-0-1 against Tech's so called high school offense. For the purposes of this discussion I rate last year's game a tie because, even though on the score board Georgia eked out a win, Georgia at best only fought the Tech offense to a draw. Save for an inexplicable dropped pass Tech probably would have won last year's game.
All of this has occurred with Georgia consistently ranked in the top ten in terms of NFL caliber players. Whether these players reach their full potential while still in college is an issue for Georgia fans to worry about not me. The bottom line is, why have these four and five star players had such a hard time with Tech the last two years? And what would it mean for dawg nation if once again their team falls to a high school offense? No one expects this to happen, including me, but it would be a truly devastating loss given the stock piles of talent Georgia keeps amassing and the constant sneering directed toward Tech's gimmicky team. Georgia has a good coach with an exceptional record but the same fans who call for his removal are the ones who deride Tech's offense. Should Georgia lose this could be a toxic mixture of ignorant bluster and irrational expectations.