Georgia makes a loud statement (college football winners and losers)

There was one, single thread running almost uninterrupted through all of last season. It started on Labor Day weekend when Georgia smothered a brand-name opponent in an NFC South stadium.

It continued until January with only one hiccup along the way — against a team the Bulldogs later clubbed to win the national title.

Georgia’s defense was not just a sure thing in 2021. It was The Sure Thing. And after Saturday? Sure, things look about the same.

The Bulldogs did just about everything right in a 49-3 rout of Oregon, a team coached by former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.

If anyone was going to have a notion of what was awaiting in Atlanta, it was the guy who would have been on the Bulldogs’ sideline a year ago.

It was hardly a defense-only effort. Georgia scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions. Stetson Bennett IV threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs averaged 9.2 yards a play, and they went 9-for-10 on third down.

Still, Oregon managed a mere field goal, and padded its yardage total into semi-respectable territory (313 yards) with a 100-yard fourth quarter