No look around the SEC or at the national games of interest would be complete without the identification of the national game of disinterest, the one contest taking place in college football that is so lacking in intrigue that it would not inspire an otherwise neutral observer to expend the energy required to pick a side.
This week’s national game of disinterest is . . .
In 1977, the Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets both came into their year-ending tussle sporting 5-5 ledgers, prompting Lewis Grizzard to write in the Atlanta Constitution on the day of the game: "Tech-Georgia this year is like being married to a plain woman. She isn’t much to look at, but she’s all we’ve got." A third of a century later, we find ourselves in similar circumstances.
The defending ACC champions are 6-5. The defending state champions are 5-6. That level of mediocrity is a recipe for indifference. Oh, sure, I care, but that’s because the Red and Black are involved, and because it’s a rivalry game, although even I would prefer to have gotten this game out of the way earlier in the season.
While I will be in Sanford Stadium on Saturday night screaming my head off as I cheer on the ‘Dawgs, I cannot conscientiously claim that I would have a reason to care about this game if I did not already have it ingrained in me to take this outing seriously on its historic merits. Accordingly, although it pains me to do so, I must concede that this year’s edition of clean old-fashioned hate is, in fact, the national game of disinterest.