That makes Saturday’s game at Mississippi State even more important than usual for Georgia. Reasonable fans will remember what Richt has done with the program and see a team this year that may be going through a growing season. After all, the program has a new defensive coordinator and a redshirt freshman playing quarterback. Also, the team’s best player — A.J. Green — hasn’t hit the field yet after being suspended by the NCAA for the first four games.
And the Bulldogs’ two losses have come to two pretty good — and undefeated — teams in South Carolina and Arkansas in games Georgia could have won. A play here or there, and the Bulldogs could be 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC, instead of 1-2 and 0-2, but most fans don’t want to hear that. They don’t want to hear that their team is improving, turning a corner or making progress.