1. WHAT WE LEARNED
Not much, really. Southern competed well for a half, but Georgia has a lot more depth and talent than Southern, which showed in the second half to no one’s surprise. When the Bulldogs made up their minds at halftime to go for the knockout, they were able to so in short order. Still, the Jaguars’ modest success running ball and slowing the run — as well as forcing two field goals — were feathers in their cap.
2. TRENDING NOW
October. Coach Dawson Odums said at the start the season that the Jaguars had to “survive” a September schedule that included two road games against FBS teams, a SWAC road game on a short week and a lone home game against archrival Jackson State. After going 2-2 and winning both SWAC games, they did about as well as anyone could have reasonably expected.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
Southern earned its $650,000 game guarantee — and maybe a little respect. In addition to picking up the hefty check, the Jaguars were showcased on the SEC Network. Despite being manhandled in the third quarter, they hung around for more than a half and avoided a wire-to-wire whipping like some SWAC teams experienced on the opening weekend. They lost, but they weren’t embarrassed.