Saturday is a MUST WIN for Jake Fromm

Thomas Mott
September 18, 2019 - 12:17 am

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For three weeks now, Georgia fans have silently been waiting for their football season to start. Yes, yes... they technically are 3-0 with big wins over Vanderbilt, Murray State, and Arkansas State. But those were cake-walk wins over two schools UGA had to pay to play and one who is a bottom SEC team.

This coming Saturday, UGA’s regular season begins with a prime time top-10 matchup between No. 3 Georgia and No. 7 Notre Dame.

This is a massive game.  It is the most expensive college football ticket of the season. Nose-bleed seats are averaging $350 dollars on second-hand ticket sites, and CBS used its one flex of the year to move the game to prime time.

With all that being said, not only is this a huge game for Georgia, this is a huge game for Jake Fromm.

Saturday night is the biggest football game in Fromm’s college career and I’ll tell you why.

  1. If Fromm loses this game, you can basically kiss UGA's Playoff hopes goodbye. Sure It’s early, but a Week 4 loss at home to a team they are favored to beat by 13 points would crush their playoff resume. Notre Dame has tough games coming up against Michigan, Navy, and Stanford. There's a real possibility they will finish with three losses. UGA could go undefeated, lose to Alabama in the SEC Title Game and still sneak in as a 4-seed. That won’t happen if they already have a huge home loss to Notre Dame.
  2. Fromm has struggled in the big games. I know this is a touchy subject, but lets just be honest with ourselves. Fromm had a 50 percent completion percentage and two picks in the 2017 National Championship Game. In the 2018 SEC title game sure he jumped out to a 28-14 lead in the third quarter. But in crunch time, late in the game he went punt-punt-punt-turnover on downs-incomplete pass to end the game. Finally, in the Sugar Bowl last year he only put up two touchdowns against Texas’s BIG 12 defense until he threw his third TD pass when the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter.
  3. This is Fromm's last shot. There is no next year. In 2017, Jake Fromm was a freshman. He had a lead in the Natty, team blew it and it stunk. But, he had years ahead of him in a booming Georgia program. Even last year’s SEC loss still meant that Fromm would come back for another year.

I love Jake Fromm. I think he’s going to make a great NFL QB. However, this is it for Jake. This is his last year. His last shot. Saturday is the biggest game of his career.

Lose and you’re basically eliminated from Playoff contention. Win and you are well on your way to a date with Bama in the SEC Title game and one last shot at the CFB Playoff.