Georgia-Alabama Rivalry Undone

Perhaps the most storied program in the history of college football (certainly top 5), the University of Alabama does not regularly play it’s neighbor, the University of Georgia. There was a day and a time when Vince Dooley annually faced Bear Bryant, but that day has long passed. Since well before and throughout the entire 10-year Mark Richt era, that natural matchup has been scheduled like the rest of the SEC West, other than our oldest rival, Auburn. We see BAMA every few years, for a home-and-home. Richt’s non-divisional success was benchmarked with big wins against BAMA at home and on the capstone, and the beginning of his coaching staff’s downturn was a BAMA first-half smashing in Athens, that dropped the DAWGS from a national #1 ranking. Richt and company finished out that 10-win season ranked #10, and have faced a continuing steady decline since, to the clear low point of finishing 6-7 this past season. Georgia football plays at BAMA in the 4th game of 2012, though an SEC title game tilt is always a remote possibility in 2011. Now that, would be a huge game.

Mark Fox’s Hoop Hounds take on the Crimson Tide in basketball in the last regular season SEC game, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. With 20 wins, Georgia already appears NCAA tournament-worthy, but a big win on the road versus a division leader would cement our entry into the Big Dance.