One Team Excited to be in Memphis

On a balmy, swirly winter day in the home of The King, blues and BBQ, UGA lost 10-6 to UCF. At 7-3, Mark Richt’s bowl winning percentage is now worse than his overall winning percentage (roughly 74%). Three short years ago today, GEORGIA was a national #10. Four years ago, we’d won a BCS bowl game by 31 and were an underrated #2 that was playing much better late that season than conference and national champion LSU.

The fourteen-year stretch of winning seasons is over. We are a paltry 6-7 and had one of the worst offensive outputs in a bowl this season, seemingly reverting to early season struggles at consecutive road games against S. Carolina and Miss State. The media and fan base were calling for offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to be fired at the time. Today, many are calling for the head coach to go.

Mark Richt has helmed Georgia for ten full seasons now, with much success over that decade. He has two SEC rings and has coached in three BCS games but currently had two progressively worse bad seasons in a row. He can’t withstand another. And Georgia opens 2011 with tough teams: Boise State in the Georgia Dome and then returning SEC East champion S. Carolina in Athens.

In fact, eight of Georgia’s twelve regular season games will be played in state. Georgia could play as many as ten games in Atlanta in 2011, should the Dawgs reach the SEC title game, lose it and be invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl (as commonly happens to SEC East teams in that situation.) The division is way down, making the potential rise back to prominence apparently easier. Richt simply must win big in 2011.