I had an idea that was coming.
Watching the Georgia Bulldogs for the previous two weeks before last Saturday’s debacle in Oxford was a tell-tell sign.
I get the close games, but Nichols should have never been able to contain the line of scrimmage against a bunch of 3 and 4 star players. The Dawgs were lucky, yes lucky, in Missouri that several catches that would have been scores were dropped.
Despite a 3-0 record going into the Ole Miss game last week, Georgia could have EASILY been 1-2.
I got caught up with the “what-ifs” and my homerism placed bright sparkly glasses over my eyes preventing me to see the ugly truth.
I have never dreaded going to a game before. This Saturday, I am dreading. I keep telling myself that it’s not the result that will matter, but the journey and the opportunity to again be between the hedges. After all, there’s nothing else like it in the world.
However, knowing what can happen makes me ill. I have sat through Tennessee losses before. I was in Knoxville in 2007 when we lost 35-14, but what seemed like 150-0. If you’ve never been to a game with Tennessee, you could never understand the obnoxiousness of hearing Rocky Top. It’s played over and over and over and over and over when they do something good. I dread Saturday.
However, the one gleam in my eye is of that 2007 game. In my opinion, that team was one of, if not the best team in the country at the end of the year. Remember that was the year that “a team that doesn’t even win its division doesn’t deserve a shot at playing for the national title”. That should have said, unless you are Alabama, but I digress.
Following that embarrassing loss to Tennessee in Knoxville, Georgia went on a rampage. They knocked off every one of their rivals there on out, Florida, Auburn and Georgia before being placed in the Sugar Bowl. Everyone remembers what happened on Bourbon Street that New Year’s night. The Dawgs rolled and finished number 2 in the country.
It all started with an embarrassing loss on the road in a much published game. To top if off, the Vols were horrible that year. Let’s hope for a da ja vu moment on Saturday.
If Georgia can win, they have a shot at steering the ship straight. A loss will most likely send the Dawgs into rebuild mode. Coach Richt got fired for not winning enough, but he always took care of a few of those “red circled games”.
Folks, Tennessee is one of “those” games. I can’t recall a season in which the Dawgs didn’t defeat at least two rivals (Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Tech). If UGA loses Saturday, this could be a very disappointing year. Coach Kirby Smart ‘s honeymoon is being short lived. Dawg faithful would have minded a loss last weekend, but a total shellacking is unacceptable. I don’t remember the team every getting whipped that bad in a long, long time. It was without a doubt before Mark Richt arrived from Tallahassee.
If games were decided on paper, we have no chance. Good thing it’s not. Let’s hope for a big ol upset and me being able to put those rose colored glasses back on for the ride back down 316 Saturday night.
Lots of great games this week beside the one is Athens.
A LSU team will take the field without the Mad Hatter for the first time in a long time. It will be interesting to see how this team responds against a high powered Mizzu offense. I think LSU has a long road a head.
The Sooners travel to TCU in a must win game. If the Sooners don’t start to pick up some W’s Stoops could be on his way out of Norman.
Breaking!! Mark Richt is returning to Georgia! Well, sorta of. He will be bringing the Hurricanes to Bobby Dodd Staadium Saturday to play the Yellow Jackets. I’ma little excited to see how many red and black G wearing people are in the stands for that one. Not kidding, there could be more Georgia fans there than Miami, or heck, for that matter even Tech.
It’s time again for Potts’ Picks!
Last week was my best of the season, 8-2, which brings my yearly total up to 27-13.
Here we go!
Mizzu over LSU
Oklahoma over TCU
Texas AM over South Carolina
Alabama over Kentucky
Stanford over Washington
Florida over Vandy
Texas over Oklahoma State
Miami over Georgia Tech
Louisville over Clemson
Tennessee over Georgia
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