I figure it's now time for a post along the lines of, "we looked good beating a 1-AA team last week, so let's revive some hope for the season."
Not really, of course, but if you look at Georgia's position in the newly-mediocre SEC standings (and potential bowl destinations)... it's really not that bad unless we keep losing.
Georgia's SEC record is currently 3-3, which is good for sole possession of second in the SEC east. (Tennessee also has 3 losses, but only 2 wins thus far.) That speaks to how weak the SEC East is this year, obviously, but even if we were in the SEC West, we'd be tied for 3rd place with... you got it, Auburn.
So, if Georgia manages to pull it together and somehow beat Auburn and Kentucky, we'd be 7-4 and have a final record of 5-3 in the conference. Nothing any of us are going to be writing home about, but not shameful, given where we are now. If we lose to Tech, as I think we will, that puts us at 7-5. Florida and Alabama will both go to the BCS, which leaves a 2-or-3-loss LSU team for the Capital One bowl and a huddled mass of 7-5 teams for the remainder of the top-tier SEC bowl choices. (Auburn would be 7-5 if they lose to Georgia and Alabama, S. Carolina will finish no better than 7-5 in a best-case scenario, and neither will Kentucky or Ole Miss. Tennessee just might, but they're the only ones.)
So, Capital One goes to LSU, and the Outback selects the next East team. They'd probably take Tennessee, since the Vol fans would be more likely to travel in greater numbers to Tampa to play some
sucky middle-of-the-pack Big 10+1 team than Georgia fans this year. The Cotton Bowl takes a West team... Auburn or Ole Miss... and that leaves the Peach-Fil-A Bowl. A 7-5 or 8-4 (if we manage to beat Tech) Georgia team would be attractive to the Atlanta Bowl, mostly because they know they'd be virtually guaranteed a sellout. And if you told me at the beginning of the year we'd end up second in the East with an 8-4 record and a Peach-Fil-A Bowl birth... I would have taken it.
Nobody would be happy about it, and I imagine there would be quite a bit of hand-wringing about whether or not this would save Willie Two Thumbs' job (I don't think it would), but at this point, it's our best-case scenario.
What about a worst-case scenario, you say? No thanks... I'll stick with my very-guarded optimism until the result of the Auburn game is known.