Film Room: How drops hurt Auburn vs. UGA — and in the first half of the season

The Tigers had chances go right through their hands, literally, on Saturday. And this isn't anything new for this offense in 2021.

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Auburn’s double-digit loss to Georgia on Saturday shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.

Georgia is built on elite recruiting talent, is in the midst of Year 6 under Kirby Smart and has been playing like the best team in college football so far in 2021. Auburn is a couple of tiers below Georgia in the Blue-Chip Ratio, is currently in Year 1 under Bryan Harsin and has been searching for consistency on both sides of the ball. For the most part, the result lined up with that setup.

But upsets or near-upsets happen all the time. An unranked Texas A&M team, left for dead after losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State, beat No. 1 Alabama a few hours after Auburn’s 34-10 loss to No. 2 Georgia.

Harsin preaches the importance of “controlling what you can control” — things that impact a game that have little to do with your opponent. And if there was a controllable that drew the ire of Auburn and its fans after the Georgia loss, it was definitely the drops.


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