SEC teams nearly always start slow. And no one in the SEC seems to freak out about it, because they pretty much always finish.
I've noticed this for years. (Would love to see some advanced stats on this). Back when we were in the Big Equation (and I used to get really bent out of shape when I felt our conference didn't get enough respect), I used to get excited week after week when the big SEC teams would be tied or even down to some unranked or even cupcake team - only to be let down when _______ (name the SEC team) would just keep grinding and pull out a win. It used to drive me nuts.
Last year, we saw this up close in the UGA game, where we were leading deep into the 3rd and wound up losing by 20. Today, UGA is doing the same thing against North Texas. (Two things from this: 1) SEC teams know how to finish 2) Georgia's defense is suspect and our chances of upsetting them increase.)
So could it be - now that we have had a year in the SEC - that our coaches have adopted this mentality and general game plan? The 'FINISH' T-shirts and motto that was espoused in the off-season would certainly suggest it. And our first two games this season seem to indicate it as well. We have either been down or about tied with our first two (lesser) opponents but wound up winning by a comfortable margin.
So, today and the rest of the season, if we happen to not look so hot early - RELAX. It's part of the plan.
We're SEC now.
Just finish, baby.