Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray is the best pocket passing QB in the country, and that means that Georgia relies heavily on his ability to distribute the ball. When Murray has a good game, the Bulldogs have a good game; when Murray has a bad game, the Bulldogs have a bad game.
Unfortunately for Georgia, Murray had a dreadful game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. He threw for just 114 yards and zero touchdowns along with one interception. Injuries have devastated this Bulldogs by taking out most of their offensive weapons, but that’s no excuse for losing to a struggling team like Vanderbilt.
Don’t get me wrong; if I’m an NFL GM who wants to draft a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, I’m drafting Murray over every other quarterback available. He’s poised in the pocket and can throw downfield accurately with ease. He shows NFL qualities that Johnny Manziel couldn’t even dream about.
However, Murray just happened to have his worst game against a team that has been desperate for a marquee win since the heartbreaking loss to the Ole Miss Rebels in the Commodores’ opener. In the SEC, one loss can change everything.
The loss to Vanderbilt effectively ends the Bulldogs’ chances at winning the SEC East. There is a slight chance Georgia can still pull it off, but with only three games against SEC teams remaining for the Bulldogs, the Missouri Tigers would have to have a major collapse. Georgia just couldn’t overcome recent struggles to pull off a win that should have been the spark that put them back into the hunt for an SEC Championship.
Expect Murray to come back after the upcoming bye week stronger than ever. The game against the Florida Gators in two weeks will show what Georgia and Murray are made of, and every game is must-win from here on out for the Bulldogs.