Dead Even (Tougher Stretches Out There)

Dead Even (Tougher Stretches Out There)

Han Vance on Georgia football: This should be easy enough up there. Although Georgia and Tennessee have split the last four meetings and have the exact same number of SEC titles (13), and are tied with a 50/50 record in the series, at 23-23-2.

I was with the quite kind Hilley folks in Athens last season for Georgia-Tenn. It was a less than perfectly-easy win considering, and I made plans then to attend Georgia at UT on Rocky Top, now. Since then I have traded that trip for one to the Cocktail Party.

(6th-generation UGA man Richard Hilley, in ATL)

Dead even. Right now. As I said. Ol’ Georgia and SEC powerhouse Tennessee.

The Bulldogs and Volunteers series has replaced the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry (with AU-barn) as the closest in all of sports, ironically, at a time when Tennessee is tanking and Georgia has surged into the tops of the pops with back-to-back 11-win regular seasons, for the first time in school history (1785).

The Vols – man, I used to HATE them – once beat Georgia nine straight times over 11 years, while squarely positioning the Bulldogs as third in the then-newly formed SEC East, 1. Florida, 2. Tennessee. Spurrier were to be king, and he won one total national championship. Tennessee finally broke through for one national championship (over Mark Richt at FSU) in the first year of the old BCS, the year after Peyton Manning took his 0-4 mark against the Gators and lone SEC title and sailgated off into the NFL, robbed of the Heisman by the yankee media.

Jim Donnan finally broke through against Tennessee in the only game which ever saw Georgia fans tear down the goalpost – I was there as a season ticket holder and then touched it on Herty Field as it was hauled into town. Exit the corrupt Ponzi schemer, after injuries and discipline problems hurt that promising season, when he had proclaimed this to be the year very early in it. Mark Richt lost the would-be FSU national championship to Oklahoma that football year, while technically the head coach of the University of Georgia, actually his first of four close-to-ultimate glory moments of his tenure while officially holding that top position: a trivia thinker for y’all to stump UGA friends with, folks.

Then, he beat, at big Neyland, mighty UT on the Hobnail Boot play. Here’s the helmet:

Kirby Smart is 2-1 versus Tennessee, lone loss the Hail Mary heartbreaker at Sanford.

After this, it is downtrodden South Carolina.

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Then, even worse-off-this-season le bleu Kentucky in the Classic City…Basketball School is an insult down here in the Deep South. Y’all.

A much tougher stretch starts: In Florida, after a second bye week. Then, resurgent Mizzou in Athens November 9th as I host the ATHENS LEGACY PARTY at “That Bar” downtown ATH for an all-day throwdown. At top 10 Auburn looks dicey. And, my grandpa’s Texas Aggies will be in Athens for our Senior Day.

But also, check out this interesting stretch where Georgia could play three-straight in my hometown of Atlanta proper (not the much more massive swath you may think of as ATL, which isn’t Atlanta): November 23rd CANINES vs CADETS in Athens, as mentioned. Nov. 30th in Midtown at Tech. Dec. 7th in the SEC championship game in downtown ATL, where we beat Bama by 10. And then off to the CFP, where the SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs could get the Peach Bowl back in downtown (Dec. 28th).

Won more gameGO DAWGS!!!

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