Next Year’s Champion?

Han Vance on Georgia football:

Georgia and Texas could meet again soon for much more glory. The flagship universities from my home states (Austin-born, Georgia-raised) scheduled a home-and-home for 2028-2029 in the Live Music Capital of the World and Between the Hedges in the Classic City, before Texas propelled forward, as Georgia got relegated to, this year’s sUGAr. The venerable New Orleans #NOLA Sugar Bowl featuring the classic football colleges at 8:45 p.m. EST on 1/1/2019, in a penultimate college football bowl game.

Natty a week or so later. Georgia was not all the way ready in 2018.

Long ago, late summer of 1970, I was born to a pair of Horned Frogs (of TCU) in a then-small city in Central Texas. My parents loved it there, and once the secret was out it boomed big. Me, too. I bloomed up in Ft. Worth, and in Louisiana in middle school, in the Peach State, before and after that, and then I eventually went to U-G-A (1990-1993 and (1996-1998), in Athens.

Glory, glory. 1785 forever!

#15 Texas is emerging, re-emerging and beat Oklahoma in the regular season this year in the Red River Showdown. #5 Georgia looks to be fully-loaded with Swift and Fromm and a maturing defense and beat Florida again in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, sweeping the SEC East in back-to-back years and barely missing the College Football Playoff.

Make travel plans early; don’t back out!

Here’s your next three CFPs:

2019 Season: Fiesta/Peach on 12/28/2019, then a New Orleans – could Ol’ Georgia be back so soon – national championship game on 1/13/2020.

2020 Season: Rose/Sugar on 1/1/2020, then a Miami national championship game to be played on 1/11/2021. Jake Fromm’s senior year at Georgia.

2021 Season: Orange/Cotton on 12/31/2021 and then a #Naptown Indy national championship game on 1/10/2022.

By then, I expect there to be an eight-team “college playoffSSS” slated. 3-Peat may be asking for too much, but I want at least one national.

But we have a game first, Texas vs. Georgia, in a rematch of the 1984 Cotton Bowl, won by Vince Dooley’s Georgia post-Herschel. 10-9. It was 10 to 9 in Texas…according to my Movado museum watch. GO DAWGS!!!

Let’s talk about the hear and now…wait, that’s the CFP. Let’s talk about Tuesday, instead. I’m getting extremely excited…about Tuesday night.

The motivation may be greater for Texas, but Georgia is on 2019, with a clear path and talent-level to win the national championship next season.

Texas has a 3-1 record versus Georgia in bowl games.

Check this: “The spread for the Sugar Bowl, which opened at Georgia -10.5, has climbed all the way to Georgia -13. Analytically, there’s no comparison between the two teams, says Sascha Paruk from SportsBettingDime.com. The Dawgs are ranked second in the F/+ ratings, behind only Alabama. Texas is all the way down in 29th. The disparity in the S&P ratings is even greater, with Georgia sitting third and Texas 36th. Texas +13 is the better value, though. Tom Herman is 12-2 ATS as an underdog and has lost just one game by more than 10 points during his two-year Texas tenure. He should be able to keep this game within two touchdowns.”

Good info. I have Georgia 10-9…just kidding. Dawgs win, but maybe don’t cover. Texas has a great coach, and I really admire his methods and strategy. Texas fights, hard, with a scrappy quarterback holding the reigns to their loaded offense. While Ol’ Georgia is playing without gone-pro Deandre Baker at corner and an all-world defensive coordinator (Colorado’s new head coach). Young corners Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell will have their hands full and simply are not used to no Baker taking half a field and not personally yielding a single touchdown in years. He won the Jim Thorpe Award, Georgia’s first, as the nation’s top defensive back. That is a huge loss, and the signals are not coming from Mel Tucker anymore. Looks bad.

Won’t be, though, because their defense does not love to tackle. And, Georgia features a perfect leader in QB Jake Fromm, a powerful and huge O-line we call The Wall of Georgia and SWOLYFIELD. Eventually, Swift and Holyfield wear them down, outscore them. Dawgs 34, Horns 24.

Hidden Gem: Dicker the Kicker versus our Rodrigo “Hot Rod” Blankenship.

(*Photo by Han Vance, taken at San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. in Poncey-Highlands of Atlanta, of “Skip’s American Pastimes” preview)