Border Bash Kicks Up SEC Intensity
Speaking of kicks, Morgan better get his head correct and start splitting the uprights regularly again or it will soon cost us wins. He shanked two at Vandy, but our squad had too much overall talent this season to fold in the Music City. Much tougher destinations loom on the not too distant horizon.
We flat owned Carolina once…then we didn’t anymore. #7 GEORGIA, set to battle (1-1) South Carolina Between the Hedges this Saturday at 6:00 p.m., has somehow dropped a full 4-of-5 to the historically lowly Cocks in a half decade, while solidly outplaying all other conference teams in head-to-head competition over greater windows of time.
Let’s get deep into the program matchup numbers this week: Georgia is 3-2 versus BAMA (all under Richt, who went 3-0, then 0-2, with a big tilt coming this year). Dawgs have a solid 7-4 advantage over the talented Bayou Bengals of LSU (Richt a flat 4-4). Those powerhouses are the only SEC programs with a winning record over the University of Georgia in football, save Texas A&M. While Georgia is a game under .500 (2-3) to the Aggies, none of those games were played while A&M was a member of our league. Alabama owns a 25-37-4 mark over UGA and LSU is up slightly at 13-16-1, with those numbers greatly skewed by the fact that (in ancient times) LSU won the first seven meetings between the schools.
Tennessee (21-21-2) and Auburn (55-55-8) have identical win/loss/tie records with Georgia in football meetings, but the Dawgs have whipped the Rocky Toppers five straight times and those loud and proud War Dumb Eagle Tigers 7-of-9. These still look to be the two toughest road games on Georgia’s SEC schedule this season, though both have already struggled and neither had a good record last year.
Out of conference, we are done with Clemson for a bit and traditionally own them (42-18-4). Tech beat us to end our decade of Peach dominance and still trails mighty GEORGIA in-state (64-38-5).
Back in the great league: Vandy, 55-19-2; Kentucky 55-11-2. And Arkansas (10-4), Ole Miss (32-12-1) and Miss State (17-6) have struggled against UGA. As has new Mizzou (3-1), too.
Georgia has even won 3-of-4 Cocktail Parties, and we still hold an undeniable advantage over the Gators record-wise at 50-41-2. Drink that, Gators.
Which brings me full circle to dern Carolina, the proud program to claim one…exactly ONE division crown, one SEC East title (add one old days ACC title)…and that’s it as far as ever accomplished. Richt alone, by contrast, has appeared in five SEC title tilts, winning two.
This is an absolute must-win game for GEORGIA. We are 47-18-2 lifetime versus them and must push our advantage in the series to a full 30 games to realistically continue contemplating a big year. While Georgia has the longest streak of bowl appearances in the SEC and Richt has the best bowl winning percentage of any active league coach, this is the type of loss that has relegated UGA to lesser destinations many seasons. Again: This is 100% a must-win football game for UGA in 2015!
Spurrier still coaches them and their backs are against the wall, but that shouldn’t matter much Saturday in Athens. It’s time to establish our home field advantage in conference. GO DAWGS!!!