In the aftermath of last night's Sugar Bowl, I am proud and pleased to present the last update of the Mark Richt Victory Watch for the 2007 season . . . or, perhaps, the first update of the Mark Richt Victory Watch for the 2008 season.
The Mark Richt Victory Watch now stands at 72. Coach Richt needs just 129 more victories to tie Vince Dooley as the winningest coach in Georgia history.
By becoming the first Bulldog coach to lead the Red and Black to victory in two Sugar Bowls with the most dominant postseason performance in school history, Coach Richt improved his record to 72-19.
After 91 games on the job, none of Coach Richt's predecessors could match that record of achievement. At the same point in their own careers, Harry Mehre (56-31-4), Wally Butts (66-23-2), and Vince Dooley (61-26-4) all lagged behind Coach Richt in wins and losses.
I'll be taking a look at the game in greater depth later . . . probably tonight, but possibly tomorrow. For now, we in Bulldog Nation should savor this one. Last night, the 'Dawgs served notice that they are a force to be reckoned with in college football. Georgia no longer may be considered merely a regional power. With the team on the upswing and their schedule becoming more national in scope, the Classic City Canines have made it clear that they are Southern Cal with a Southern accent.
There are 241 days remaining until the start of the 2008 season. Are you ready for some football?