Let's get the week started off right with a nice set of links, shall we?
On this Monday morning following a trouncing of our archrivals, the Auburn Tigers, the Dawgs find themselves in an interesting situation. With Alabama falling to Texas A&M this weekend, there are only three undefeated teams left in the country. Marc Weiszer has a nice article detailing the road the Dawgs have in front of them if they want to have a chance to represent the SEC in the national championship.
The Dawgs only have three games left to play in the season, and as Kyle detailed in his postgame writeup, Georgia now has the chance to claim three different championships: a state championship, a conference championship, and finally, a national championship. Granted, we need a little help with the third piece, but hey, crazier things have happened.
Speaking of the remaining schedules of unbeaten teams, the third ranked Oregon Ducks are a particularly interesting case study. For one, the Ducks have only played one team who is currently ranked in the top 25 nationally, the USC Trojans. As it stands, however, the Ducks have three games left to play: against number 13 Stanford, number 16 Oregon State in Corvallis, and against either USC or UCLA (both ranked) in the Pac 12 Championship game.
The Ducks have been unstoppable this year, and until this point, they've amassed the third best rushing offense in the country. The Ducks have trounced everyone they've faced...even the team with the best rushing defense they've seen all year, the USC Trojans, who they beat by eleven points a few weeks back. The problem with all this, though? ...the Trojans only rank 48th nationally in rushing defense. Over the next three weeks, the Ducks will face the number one ranked rushing defense, the tenth ranked rushing defense, and either the 45th or 48th in UCLA or USC. Three ranked teams with three solid rushing defenses in a row? That's not easy...just ask South Carolina, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and Alabama.
In case you missed some of the articles around here this weekend, vineyarddawg posted his weekly On Notice piece, DavetheDawg ran through his fifteen thoughts with us, and Chuckdawg brought us his quick takes after the game. Three writers, three solid articles.
In honor of number three, it's also worth noting that our own number three, Todd Gurley, is just 27 yards away from becoming the third freshman in Georgia history to rush for a thousand yards. Gurley can easily eclipse this mark this weekend against Georgia Southern, when the Eagles come to town to receive what should be their third loss on the season. If you missed the preseason preview of the game, be sure to check it out here.
Finally, I'll leave you with a musical ensemble to start the week. American music group Three Dog Night, a name which references an Australian aboriginal phrase, had an impressive string of 21 top 40 hits within a six year span. The three lead members of the band, Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron, tallied three US #1 songs during their career, with one of the most famous being "Joy To The World." Take a listen to the song here, and enjoy the rest of the day and the beginning of the week...after all, we're celebrating a Georgia SEC East Championship, so 'joy to the world' indeed. Jeremiah was a bulldawg, after all...