Next Three Games for Championships

Auburn and Georgia have played 115 times, and UGA had not whipped Aubie that definitely since 1946. Leading the all-time series in total scoring by 38 entering the game and trailing in the series win column by two games, Georgia dismantled Auburn for our sixth win in the last seven contests versus our oldest rival. The series point lead was doubled, and Georgia can and should even the series by winning on the Plains next season. Replacing three starting offensive linemen appears to be the key for UGA this offseason, as essentially the entire rest of the necessary talent to win big returns with eligibility, besides Boykin. Our secondary is especially deep, and we should be able to come up with someone athletic enough to replace him and return kicks well. I love this team and so much of the talent on it is freshmen and sophomores. Georgia can compete for the next two national championships.

Now is time for the always startling annual news flash: College football season ends in three weeks! (Not counting bowls.)

The next three football games are all essentially championship games for Georgia:

1. Georgia plays Kentucky at 12:21 on Saturday for what will be for the SEC East title for one-conference-loss Georgia or the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. I’m pretty sure we can put that in the win column, as Vandy just blew Big Blue out and they have one conference win, against winless-in-conference Ole Miss. Last time Kentucky was in Athens, I was there and they beat us. Joe Cox played a great half and then a bad half, while our defense was burned by four future NFL weapons that pushed Kentucky to four consecutive bowl games. They are all gone and that only ever essentially just decent era of Kentucky football is over. We moved Kentucky from every other year Homecoming opponent rotating with Vandy, to always nearer the back of the SEC season. This gives us a breather in conference and ceases us ever having to play Auburn and then Tech directly after Florida as we sometimes did in past schedules with mixed at best results.

2. Tech in Atlanta at  noon. Georgia has beaten Tech for the Governor’s Cup nine of ten times under Richt, and he has never lost in Midtown Atlanta on the Flats. Grantham’s defense was gashed for 400 yards by Paul Johnson’s ground attack last season Between the Hedges. This year the D is ranked fourth in the nation and leads the nation in limiting teams to plays of twenty plus yards.

3. LSU-Bama-Arkansas in Atlanta at 4:00 p.m. for the SEC. Richt is 2-1 in league title games. 1-1 vs. LSU; 1-0 vs. Arkansas.