Can Golden Knights Further Tarnish Dawgs?
Looking back on the struggles of 2010, it is easy to see that GEORGIA could have had a much better season. UGA had only one close win, over a Georgia Tech squad that often plays Georgia close before fading. Not the same story in any of the other Georgia games. Georgia soundly defeated inferior competition in each of the wins against Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Lafayette and Idaho State.
The program lost six games, yet no team beat UGA badly. On the plains, undefeated Auburn pulled away late for their first win versus Georgia in five seasons. Florida edged Georgia in overtime in Jacksonville. And an early season four-game stretch of losses featured two tough SEC road defeats to solid teams (at S.Carolina, at Miss State), an utter collapse (at Colorado), and the season’s only home defeat (Arkansas).
Georgia’s streak of thirteen years with eight or more wins is over, but the bowl streak is still intact as Mark Richt attempts to go to 8-2 in bowl games. Liberty Bowl history has shown middling SEC squads annually defeating Conference USA Champions in close games, since the folks in Memphis affiliated with the strongest college football conference in the world five years ago. The SEC earned ten bowl bids this season and is off to an 0-1 start as Tennessee dropped a double-overtime thriller versus North Carolina in Nashville’s Music City Bowl.
Should Georgia win today against a strong UCF squad coached by old nemesis George O’Leary that won ten ballgames and features a stellar young quarterback, this would be the best team the Dawgs defeated in 2010.