With the SEC East championship clinched, Georgia’s primary incentive against Texas A&M on Saturday will be to remain alive in the conversation for the College Football Playoff.
For the third consecutive season, Georgia will play in the SEC Championship game, and it appears the Bulldogs will face a third different opponent, but for now the focus must remain on the Aggies.
Texas A&M entered the season knowing that the road looked formidable, and nothing has played out less than expected. The Aggies’ three losses came against ranked teams – No. 3 Clemson, No. 5 Alabama and No. 15 Auburn. Clemson and Alabama were ranked at the top of the polls when they faced the Aggies, and Auburn was ranked in the top 10. After facing No. 4 Georgia, the Aggies play at No. 1 LSU the following Saturday.
On the other hand, Georgia is 3-0 against teams in this week’s CFP rankings – No. 16 Notre Dame (23-17 on Sept. 21), No. 11 Florida (24-17 on Nov. 2) and No. 15 Auburn (21-14 on Nov. 16). The Bulldogs and Aggies have played two common opponents. The Bulldogs defeated Auburn, but the Aggies didn’t. The Aggies defeated South Carolina, but the Bulldogs didn’t.
Texas A&M won its first three games against Georgia – in 1950, 1953 and 1954. Georgia won in Athens in 1980 and in the Independence Bowl in 2009. The 1980 game marked the home debut for legendary Georgia running back Herschel Walker. In that game, Walker broke his first long run as a Bulldog, a 76-yard touchdown run in a 42-0 Georgia victory.
Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action:
Date: Saturday, Nov. 23
Before the game: “Bulldogs Game Day” airs from 10-11 a.m. on WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News. Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein and Heather Catlin host the show each Saturday.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens
Records: No. 4 Georgia 9-1, 6-1 SEC; Texas A&M 7-3, 4-2
Television: CBS will televise the game. Brad Nessler will handle play-by-play, with Gary Danielson as the analyst and Jamie Erdahl the sideline reporter.
Local radio: The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network, heard in metro Atlanta on WSB radio (750 AM/95.5 FM). Scott Howard is handling play-by-play. Eric Zeier is the analyst, and Chuck Dowdle is the sideline reporter.
National radio: The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports. Ryan Radtke will handle the play-by-play, with Derek Rackley as the analyst.
Satellite radio: You can listen on Sirius XM Radio Channel 134/191.
Online: GTV on georgiadogs.com.
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