It has been a pretty solid week of college football action already, yet Saturday morning has only just arrived. If you're a Peach State partisan, I don't have to tell you what day it is:
That's right . . . it's time for the Bulldogs' annual showdown with the Yellow Jackets to end the regular season. Although many scenarios remain in play, our focus should be on the Classic City Canines' efforts to claim their second seven-game winning streak over the Yellow Jackets since 1991. As always, your observations go in the comments below.
This is, of course, also the occasion for naming this week's Dawg Sports honorary game captain, Frank Sinkwich.
(Image from David Ching.)
A bit of history is in order. Heading into the November 21, 1942, slate of games, the Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, trailed by No. 2 Georgia Tech. In the biggest game in the history of the series, before or since, Georgia had the chance to avenge the Yellow Jackets' upset of 15 years earlier, when the Ramblin' Wreck dealt the 1927 Red and Black squad its only loss of the season, robbing the Classic City Canines of what would have been their first Rose Bowl berth.
Both squads came into the 1942 game knowing that the winner would represent the East in Pasadena with the national championship on the line. Matters were made still more intriguing when Georgia Tech's head coach, Bill Alexander, did not make the trip to Athens for health reasons. In his stead, the Golden Tornado took the field under the direction of assistant coach Bobby Dodd.
Sinkwich guided the 'Dawgs to a 34-0 romp over the Yellow Jackets. After the game, Georgia formally accepted the Rose Bowl bid and Sinkwich was informed that he had won the Heisman Trophy by what was then the largest plurality in history.
I'm not looking for today to be quite as stellar a day in Bulldog Nation as that day was . . . but, with the Red and Black hitting on all cylinders and the example of Fireball Frankie to guide the team, a win, at least, ought to be within reach.