The Georgia Bulldogs (10-0, 8-0) easily cast aside the Tennessee Volunteers with a 41-17 rout in Knoxville Saturday and, with only Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech left on the regular season schedule, should cruise into the SEC Championship Game December 4 undefeated and with their #1 ranking intact.
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are a cupcake opponent, paid considerable cash to travel to Athens this weekend, fill out the UGA home schedule and take a beating for its troubles.
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Dawgs visit The Flats to take on Georgia Tech and the Waffle House/404 Experience they have going there. Waffle House food is remarkably consistent but the Jackets are not. They are 3-7, having beaten only Kennesaw State, Duke and North Carolina. They lost the season opener to Northern Illinois 22-21. For comparison, Michigan beat the Huskies 63-10.
One wonders if Tech coach Geoff Collins and his staff will be scattered, if not smothered and covered, by firings at the end of the season. The Jackets travel to South Bend to battle Notre Dame this week before tangling with the Dawgs and will not be bowl eligible.
The chances of either of these teams blemishing Georgia’s record are about as good as those of getting a glass of water from Milner’s water tower. The concept of elevated water towers or tanks goes back to before the Roman aqueducts and has worked worldwide for centuries – just not in Milner for some reason.
With its win over Tennessee, the Dawgs finished undefeated in SEC play for the first time since 1982. That team went 11-1, falling to Penn State 27-23 in the Sugar Bowl. The Nittany Lions won the national title as a result.
This year’s Dawgs have the best defense in the country and, as of Monday, the NCAA’s #4 ranked offense. Quarterback Stetson Bennett, a walk-on amidst a host of five star recruits, has enjoyed an amazing resurgence and emerged as the unquestioned leader of the Bulldog attack.
The stars seem to have aligned for UGA, which will likely face Alabama in the SEC title match. This year’s Bama team is just not the powerhouse we are accustomed to seeing so the shot at a national title, which has eluded the Dawgs for over 40 years, is there for the taking.
I remain cautiously optimistic.
Walter Geiger is a University of Georgia graduate and he is the editor and publisher of the Pike County Journal Reporter and The Herald Gazette in Barnesville.