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• Richt has won 115 games (losing only 39) in less than 12 seasons. He is one of only seven coaches in history to record 102 or more wins in his first seven seasons as a head coach.
• This will be Richt's fifth trip to the SEC Championship Game in 12 seasons. He's won twice. In 2003 he lost to LSU, the eventual national champion. Last season Georgia lost to No. 1 LSU.
• A win over Georgia Southern next week will give Georgia its 20th 10-win season in 120 years of football. Richt will own eight of those 20 10-win seasons.
Even last season, when Georgia started 0-2, and then won 10 straight to reach the SEC title game, Richt's critics would not be satisfied.
When Keith Marshall broke his 62-yard run, I thought that was his 2nd most impressive run of the evening. To me, his 3rd and 21 yard scamper for a first down earlier in the game is what probably, more than anything, caused the Tiger faithful to head for the exits. Keith Marshall has special speed. His top end gear is reached in a hurry; his body lean tells you all you need to know once he hits his stride. It's like he's trying to reduce drag. Wow.
It could happen:
To be the "real" champ, you need to beat the champ. Until some other conference hoists the crystal trophy, that metaphorical championship belt resides in the SEC. Winning a BCS title without beating an SEC team would be like winning an NBA title while an in-his-prime Michael Jordan was off shagging fly balls. (Deep down, Houston Rockets fans know this is true.)
Of course, in a few weeks the stance that the SEC needs to be represented in the title game may well become simple common sense. It always seems like there are too many undefeated teams to squeeze into the title game until, almost inevitably, most of them lose.
It won't take that kind of miracle for a one-loss SEC champ to make the game this year, and it shouldn't. Oregon must still play Stanford, Oregon State and a Pac-12 title game against possibly USC or UCLA. Kansas State has a road game at Baylor and finishes with Texas at home. The Irish host Wake Forest before traveling to USC. Is it really so hard to imagine two of those three teams stubbing their toe?
Meanwhile, Alabama and Georgia may well face off in an SEC title game that once again serves as a de facto national semifinal. Which is a great time to point out that when we have actual national semifinals (as part of the four-team playoff) in two years, there wouldn't even be any debate today about whether the SEC deserves a chance to win a title on the field. Yes, 2014 can't get here soon enough.
But until then, the king deserves every fair chance to defend his crown.
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Chris Conley is a guy that will have to step up given our receiver injuries, so it was great to see him get the first TD and have a great game overall. Tavarres King kept doing what he's been doing, and I keep telling people that the silent performer is good for a TD a game (and almost had two this week). Kind of freaked me out when I saw #15 galavanting over the field before I realized what was going on.
Marshall Morgan had a good day kicking the ball for once. Good to see him get back on track.
Rhett McGowan seems to be our new fair catch man, which given the woes in the punt return game I guess is acceptable.
The Georgia crowd travelled well, and man were they loud in the stadium. Great to see all those Dawg flags driving down and back on 85 Saturday. Kudos as well to the crowd for how long they stayed despite a lackluster 4th quarter to celebrate that hard earned Eastern Division crown. Mark Richt has put the Dawgs in the Dome for the 5th time in 12 years, and despite all the criticism you have to like that stat. Now it's time to go ink another SEC win, and eliminate a few more demons.
Just win games:
Georgia needs to worry about winning games. That’s it. Yes, Georgia completely dismantled a bad Auburn team yesterday and clinched the SEC East. Georgia will likely see another 1 loss team in Alabama that is still immensely talented. Do I think Georgia has a better chance at beating Bama after watching Bama the last 2 weeks? You bet! But I’m not going to get ahead of myself and crown Georgia a National Title participant at this point. Remember, this team still got housed 35-7 in Columbia and many voters will find that hard to look past. On top of that, a 1-loss SEC Champion is unlikely to leapfrog 2 undefeated teams to get into the game, so Bama is likely out as well.
Enjoy the season, Dawg fans! Don’t worry about whether we win the National Title this year or not… just worry about winning games!
[The Dawg House Truth]
First, Gene Chizik is done here.
I could tell you that sources have told me that (they have), but more importantly common sense tells us all that. The UGA-AU game, the “South’s Oldest Rivalry,” wasn’t a sellout. Next week, this place won’t be three-quarters full, and half of those people will be Boy Scouts with a free ticket.
This town and this school relies on the revenue from football, and it’s missing a lot right now. Should the powers-that-be elect to bring Chizik back, they’ll lose some big money guys. And that’s not happening.
Secondly, this is not a program in shambles.
True, the on-the-field product at AU is a mess after four years of Chizik’s work, but this roster has a boatload of talent on it and the facilities rival any place in the country. Good coaches could win almost immediately and could do so consistently for years.
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