Hyperbole? Sure, a little. You can lose to Missourri and tell yourself it was all the suspensions, then still win the SEC East. But you won't believe that in your heart, and it certainly won't get you through Atlanta with a win.
Given our expectations this year, this game is as all or nothing as a conference opener gets, and we need a big game from the offense today. We need to buy time, and can't afford to trade losses for it.