On The Right Track

The Boise State game was a huge game for the UGA football program.  Playing a ranked team, on a neutral field and trying to get back to national relevance.  It was hyped up that way. 

The South Carolina was a huge game for the UGA football program.  Again, playing a ranked team, this time it was to see who would be in the driver’s seat in a mediocre SEC East, and more importantly trying to stop the bleeding after getting pummled by Boise State and avoid an 0-2 start for the first time since the Goff era.

The Florida game was a huge game for the UGA football program and Coach Richt.  In a year when the Gators were down and struggling under a first year coach, we had to beat the Gators this year, or it might never happen again in the history of hummanity.

But none of those games are as important as the Auburn game this weekend.  The ability to clinch the SEC East is the obvious reason of importance.  Winning 8 consecutive games doesn’t happen often in this league, and hasn’t happend for UGA since the 2007-2008 seasons.

But where this game is even more important is the fact we can get the program on the right track again.  Beat Auburn, you beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly two years. Beat a ranked team on CBS.  This would be the first time UGA has been selected by CBS outside the GA-Floirda game since 2009 (yes, we were on CBS against Auburn last year, but that had everything to do with Auburn being #1 and having the Heisman leader, not with UGA’s record).  Georgia was the reason CBS selected this game. 

We have seen the signs, but a victory over Auburn would just about seal it.  Ever since the 2008 Alabama game, the only time UGA has been mentioned by the national media, it has been about arrests, the coach’s hot seat, and how UGA has under achieved.  Now, the talking heads can talk about UGA winning again.  That has been far too long.

Georgia should beat Auburn, although the 12.5 points Vegas has the game as seems a little high.  But the Dawgs have to TCOB.  Like the above, “must win games”, if Georiga doesn’t beat Auburn, the sun will still rise on November 13, Mark Richt will still be coaching in 2012, and considering South Carolina doesn’t have a QB and must play a hungry Gator team, Georgia would still stand a good chance of backing its way into a SEC East Title.

Georgia is ranked 14th in the AP Poll, its highest ranking at this point since 2008.  Win out, be at or near the top 10 when you play LSU. 

Victory over the Tigers will all but clinch the East and finally Georgia will be on the right track again.  SEC title on the line or not, playing a game agasint your biggest rival is always improtant.  But the situation surrounding this game makes the 2011 version of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry the most important since 2002. 

The Dawgs just have to win.



9 Responses to “On The Right Track”

  1. 1 Thrilla November 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I wouldn’t say we’re on the right track, still 0-2 against ranked teams, were 0-6 last year, just beat a bunch of lousy unranked teams with 4 or more losses. In other words, 2010 all over again, beat bad teams, lose to good teams, that’s wrong track.

  2. 3 Thrilla November 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Sure, beat Kent & Tech, and beat LSU or Ark in the SEC Champ, and you’rre back on track.

    I don’t feel going 8-4 or 9-3, beating unranked teams, losign to ALL ranked teams, just like alst year, would be enough to retain Richt.

    Considering he hasn’t won one against a ranked team since 09′, I think going 0 fer again in 2010 would be the end of the Richt era at Georgia.

    • 4 Sanford222View November 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Since 2009, huh? Wow a whole season and a half.

      • 5 Corbindawg November 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        We had the Florida game on CBS, but that is on CBS every year regardless. The 2010 Auburn game was on CBS, but that had it all to do with Auburn and nothing to do with Georiga.

        The last time I recall is the 2009 LSU game in Athens being the last Georgia game on CBS. LSU was #4 and UGA was #14.

    • 6 Sanford222View November 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Guess what all these teams have in common?
      Penn St
      Kansas St.

      They have zero wins against ranked teams and are ranked ahead of Georgia.

      Teams don’t play many ranked teams each season so it isn’t that difficult to have a year without a win over a ranked team. Georgia could win out for the regular season and only have one win over a ranked team by winning the SECCG. They would likely knock both Auburn and Tech from the rankings if they win those games. Granted the SEC usually gives you the opportunity to play more ranked teams than most conferences. It isn’t Richt’s fault that UF, UT, & Aub are all down this year and that we are in the West rotation that gives us MSU and Ole MIss.

      • 7 Corbindawg November 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        You play the games that are on your schedule. We caught a big break by not having Alabma or LSU, but every 5 years we have Alabama and LSU and LSU and Arkansas the same season. Sucks that Florida had to play LSU and Bama this year, but we had to in 2003 and 2008. It is the way the cookie crumbles.

  3. 8 RedGuy007 November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Most teams, ranekd this year, that have not beat a ranked team, did beat a ranked team LAST year. We ain’t beat a dad gum ranked team this year OR last year. Time to buckle up and win one.

  4. 9 Colonial Dawg November 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Like your answer to Thrilla. Simple and matter of fact, no argument….if we beat Auburn we are headed back on the right track.

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