AUBURN, Ala. — Greetings from the most important Georgia football team in a long time. And the most important until four three weeks from now. Check here for regular updates, notes and analysis in the lead-up to the mammoth match-up with Auburn.
This will easily be the coldest it’s been for a Georgia game this season. The temperature here in Auburn is in the high 50s, but there’s a bit of a breeze too.
We’ll see if this has any effect on the game. Normally that cools down the passing games – pun intended – which you’d think would help Georgia, the less pass-oriented team. But the Bulldogs have played so well all season long, and it’s been warm for every game, that maybe you don’t want to mess with anything.
Or we’re just over-analyzing a game that’s already been over-analyzed.
National scoreboard watching
The picture for Georgia will become clearer after this game, but with so many important games elsewhere, the picture could also be clearer nationally – or more muddled – after today. So what to watch?
If Georgia wins the SEC championship, either as an unbeaten team or at 12-1, it will almost certainly be in the playoff. But otherwise …
Washington’s loss last night helped, as the Pac-12 would basically seem eliminated now, with every one of its teams having at least two losses.
The Big Ten is sitting preciously close to the same position. Its only hope now seems to be No. 8 Wisconsin, which is unbeaten and at 3:30 today hosts No. 20 Iowa. The Badgers haven’t exactly been impressive getting to this point, so a lot of people expect them to lose the Big Ten championship to Ohio State (or someone else). Still, the quicker Wisconsin begins losing the better for Georgia (or Alabama.)
The Notre Dame-Miami game of course has titanic implications. Who to root for in this one? The guess here is Georgia fans – those not rooting for Mark Richt for sentimental reasons – will pull for the Fighting Irish, because it helps the strength of schedule. Of course, this neglects that Clemson could end up 12-1 and the ACC champion, thus giving the ACC a playoff slot anyway, and if Notre Dame is 11-1 it could still end up getting in over the SEC runner-up. Even if it’s Georgia.
The Alabama-Mississippi State game will also be interesting, though obviously the Georgia vs. Alabama debate will likely play out on the field.
It’s a great day to be at home watching very important football games. Or to be covering one of those in person.
How big is this?
You need only look at press row. There are scouts from 10 NFL teams – the Seattle Seahawks sent two – and the game is being covered by The Washington Post, USA Today and other national outlets. (The Washington Post reporter is a sportswriter, by the way, not someone on the Roy Moore beat.)
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