In my 20 years of existence I have not experienced a season as stressful as this one. After a disappointing loss to Clemson we dismantled the Gamecocks and outlasted the Tigers, leaving the Dawgs a favorite in the SEC East. All we had to do was stay healthy, improve on defense, and not overlook lesser teams and the SEC East title would be ours as well as another shot at Bama and hopefully the national championship game. However, thanks to a group of upset hungry hound dogs our season took a crippling blow with the loss of more starters and our pride as
we beat Tennessee beat themselves in overtime. Follow that with losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt and our season and title hopes seemed to be over. This led us into a game against Florida where we played about 15 minutes of excellent football before Bobo called off the Dawgs and let the Gators mount a comeback before falling flat at the hands of Gurley on the final drive.
I couldn't help but start thinking after the Florida game about the "what ifs." What if the Dawgs hadn't taken their foot off of the Gator's throats in the second quarter? What would this game have looked like if Gurley had been 100% for the entire 60 minutes? This is something that the Dawg Nation and likely many other people are likely wondering going into the weeks to come. We know that the Dawgs have the potential to be great even if no one else does and I think that we are the scariest team in the NCAA.(What is there to gain by playing an unranked Georgia team that once had championship aspirations until being plagued by injuries?) The Dawgs seem to be long forgotten in the BCS race, but I believe them to be a team that has the potential to beat nearly anybody on a given Saturday when the stars align.
The Dawgs have proven multiple times to be a force on offense and the defense has made some tough stands when it had to and seems to have improved. We're the kind of team that nobody wants to play. Folks in the SEC know that our record does not resemble the caliber team that we have even if the computers don't. With Gurley back and the defense improving I can't stop thinking about how great it would be to obliterate a one loss Auburn and crash their comeback party before the Tide get the chance.
With that being said I am a Dawg that is praying for another chance at the Crimson Tide. They might be mighty as Goliath, but Aaron Murray and Co. have the fight of David. The Dawgs have yet to play four complete quarters of football and I believe that the best could be in our future, especially if given a chance against the Tide. I know that there would be a chance of us going home with our tail between our legs, but I can't shake the desire for redemption since last season's SECCG left my stomach in knots. These Dawgs are something special even if they do not get their shot at the title and will be remembered for the resilience that they have showed, especially Aaron Murray. The guy could have been a millionaire and the top QB in the draft last year and instead came back with unfinished business to a season highlighted by the injuries that we've faced. However, instead of hanging his head and saving himself for the NFL, he continues to fight on towards a prize unknown. It is his heart and this team's never quit attitude that leaves me with the feeling that there is still a lot of fight left in the Dawgs. Regardless of how the rest of the season goes, it is great to be a Georgia Bulldog!