Georgia fans stay upbeat after dreadful loss to Auburn

As devastating as UGA’s 40-17 loss to Auburn on Saturday may have been, it didn’t end the season. And some fans are carrying a level-headed approach following the first loss of the season.

“I think the Auburn game humbled them,” UGA sophomore Michaela Finlayson said. “I think we were already humble, but that really did it.”

Finlayson was at the game with her friend Sam Moore. The two were surrounded by Auburn fans, and as bad as that particular experience may have been, they didn’t relinquish hope.

“It just gets discouraging after a while,” Moore said. “It wasn’t fun. They can’t lose again. They have to win the rest.”

“I think they’ll beat Kentucky for sure,” said Meredith Brown, another UGA student. “We’re already going to the SEC championship so it’s still exciting, still way better than last season.”

Brown didn’t mince words when it came to Saturday’s showing, though.

“Whenever UGA starts winning, they gain momentum and they beat people by a lot,” she said. “Whenever they start losing, they just (get blown out). That was terrible.”

Finlayson took solace in Alabama’s performance. The Crimson Tide barely escaped Mississippi State with a win – 31-24 – on Saturday and while they’ll likely assume the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, that game proved previously unfound vulnerabilities.

“When Alabama played Mississippi State, they showed that they were human,” she said. “They made mistakes. We beat Mississippi (State) and they almost beat Alabama. They got their touchdown with 30 seconds left on the clock but they almost went into overtime. So I think we definitely have a chance if they work hard and stay determined, we can beat them.”

UGA student Willie Williams echoed the same sentiment. But even if UGA is upset in the next few weeks, or gashed by Alabama or Auburn in the SEC championship, Williams will keep cheering.

“We support them either way,” he said. “You’re only as good as your last game.”