Patterson: Kirby Smart Built A Boa Constrictor Buzzsaw

If Georgia loses to Notre Dame, it says more about the Bulldogs than the Irish, Chip Patterson says

The DA Show
September 20, 2019 - 11:23 am

While Jaylon Smith is supremely confident in Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish’s struggles against elite teams have been well-documented.

So, does No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) have a chance to beat No. 3 Georgia (3-0) in Athens on Saturday?

“I would give them a chance,” college football writer Chip Patterson said on The DA Show. “But I think that would say more about Georgia and its inability to really fulfill what I think myself and a lot of people are painting out to be a true, year-four, fully formed, Kirby Smart, boa-constrictor buzzsaw of a Georgia Bulldogs football team.”

Georgia won an SEC title and played for a national title in 2017, but is yet to get over the Alabama hump. This could be the Bulldogs’ year.

Or, then again, it might not be.

“It would be a Georgia thing if Notre Dame wins this game,” Patterson said. “Notre Dame is good. Notre Dame is fine. Ian Book is a solid college quarterback. He’s a little bit limited, and I think that their wide receivers – outside of Chase Claypool – kind of struggle to get open. Their run game is OK. Their run defense isn’t great. Notre Dame is really only elite, in my opinion, in terms of their secondary. But in this particular matchup, that’s not really what Georgia wants to do. Georgia’s strength, which is running the ball with D’Andre Swift and that loaded backfield behind an offensive line of future pros, goes against Notre Dame’s weakness, which is their run defense.”

In 2017, Georgia beat Notre Dame in South Bend and started 13-1 before losing to Alabama in overtime in the national championship. In 2018, Georgia started 11-1 before losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship and Texas in the Sugar Bowl.

This year, Smart has all he needs to win the SEC – and more.

“Everything has been fully cycled in, the recruiting plan has been put in place, Jake Fromm is your three-year starter – this might be the year for Georgia,” Patterson said. “And you look at Notre Dame, last year was the year. That’s why I think we see the point spread at 14. So is there a chance? Yes, but if it happens, to me, that says more about Georgia not being one of the three best teams in the country than it says about Notre Dame maybe being one of the three best teams in the country.”