Welcome to Wednesday, Bulldog Fans! It’s 4 days before your Georgia Bulldogs take to Dooley Field for the fifth time this season, and it’s 1 day after your Georgia Bulldogs are once again the finest in the land. Then there’s something about the Atlanta Braves breaking a curse and being World Champions. Whatever that means.
Georgia has consistently been confronted with opposing offenses that, on paper and with recent history, should prove quite the challenge. Each has been thwarted forthwith, sometimes with embarrassing results. The Classic City Canines face another (on paper) potent offense this week, as is their burden, and I believe they understand their marching orders.
Now onto news and notes of the Georgia Bulldog variety.
If you thought the using the words “assassin” +”pole” + ”monkey” + ”Texas football coach” in a search engine would yield anything remotely relevant, then you should immediately purchase a lottery ticket and use those measly winnings to set up your sports book ala Biff Tannen. Just comp my room when I come to town.
So the College Football Playoff committee released it’s initial rankings, and your Georgia Bulldogs are the #1 team in the land. “Our goals are still in front of us” applies here, but let’s face the fact that a little more is expected of this Bulldog class. I would like to personally laugh at Oklahoma’s #8 ranking, and pshaw at Wake Forest’s #9 spot. Then again, Cincinnati at #6 is sure to give your sports talk radio plenty to talk about for the next 4 days. Mileage will vary greatly on this one.
Basking in the glory of being #1? Coach Kirby Smart ain’t got time for that.
Coach Kirby Smart held his Missouri preview press conference earlier, and while dodging the expected quarterback and injury questions, he did have one intriguing answer. Asked that since UGA is SEC East Champion 4 out of 5 years, what did it take to get from “good to great”. His response: “a lot of hard work, a lot of great support from our fanbase and our administration, and a lot of recruiting.” Gee, I wonder why he would include that particular phrasing based on what else has been said around the SEC this week?
Georgia’s recipe for success has relied largely on dominating the lines of scrimmage. So how might the Bulldogs stack up against the Missouri Tigers? Wonder no more, as the intrepid folks at the Red & Black tally up the OLs and DLs.
I haven’t seen much press about this, but the University of Georgia is scheduled to honor former Bulldog Coach Mark Richt during the Missouri game Saturday. 145 wins in 15 years, 2 SEC championships, and literally hundreds of lives touched in meaningful and significant ways. Yeah, this is overdue. I just hope the game outcome is more 34-0 than 9-6.
Honors? Yeah, we got ‘em:
Nolan Smith was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis are two of the 18 semi-finalists for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player.
Brock Bowers is one of 8 semi-finalists for the Mackey Award, honoring the best tight end in college football. Not bad for a freshman (paraphrasing here).
You can talk about the accolades, you can talk about the rankings, I just know the Bulldog coaching staff is talking about which quarterback Georgia will face this weekend and the best way to attack a heretofore porous defense. And I’m okay with that. But if you have something to say, or news to report, lay it on us in the comments below. And as always...
per that Braves bit... I’m happy enough to say I was alive for both World Series. And while they were vastly different in the run-up and conclusion, they are equally as sweet. We can have nice things, apparently just not very frequently. And dare I say, I am fully prepared to say the same about UGA football should that come to pass.