Today, Mark Bradley sensibly posits the question, "UGA fans, what’s an acceptable result in Jacksonville?"
As I see it, there are only two acceptable results: a win or a crushing defeat.
Bradley broaches the relevant consideration: Willie Martinez. If we lose in a close game, I'm convinced we're stuck with Willie for another year. This cannot happen.
Think about it: We can probably finish up the rest of the schedule without getting blown out of the water because we're only really weak against the pass, and Kodi Burns is the only real passing threat left on the schedule. Heh. Anyway, we'd finish the year with 3 close losses that can just as easily be pinned on the flu, bad officiating, and playing the best team in our division (and, ultimately, maybe even the nation). That leaves only one humiliating loss to Tennessee, a rival who (a) gives us fits every year anyway and (b) surprised absolutely everyone with a break-out QB performance. It's just too easy for Coach Richt to talk himself into giving his long-time friend one more shot under these circumstances.
Make no mistake about it: if Willie keeps coaching we will continue to lose at least 2 games every year that we should not. It will probably even get worse -- now that all of Van Gorder's kids have graduated, no one on our D has been (or will be) taught proper fundamentals. Our offense won't keep bailing us out of games. Our recruiting will ultimately suffer. We'll go back to third place in our own division. Or worse.
At least if we were torched, there would no more excuses, and Coach Richt would be forced to upgrade at defensive coordinator at the end of the year. Some small part of me almost -- ALMOST -- hopes for a loss for this very reason, but Georgia beating those jorts-wearing, "Corch"-saying, smarmy SOBs would just be too sweet. (And our team has already had to deal with too much criticism from us this year. I can't stomach wishing anything bad on them.)
So, what do you think is an acceptable result in Jacksonville this year?