ATHENS — Greetings from Sanford Stadium on a beautiful afternoon for football. Once this one is over, the course of Georgia’s season will be decided:
If Georgia pulls off the (mild) upset, the drubbing at Ole Miss is forgiven, and the Bulldogs are in the driver’s seat in the SEC East. Their next two games being at South Carolina and Vanderbilt at home, it would probably set the Florida game up to be the de facto division championship. Win today, and all of Georgia’s goals are still there.
But if Georgia loses, this basically becomes a rebuilding year. It would trail Tennessee by basically three games in the division (two losses plus head-to-head), and the rest of the season would be about bowl position, and prepping for next year.
So with all that as backdrop – some observations as the teams enter the stadium and begin warming up. This story will be updated continuously.
The referee for this affair will be John McDaid. I don’t know who that is, which when it comes to officiating is usually a good thing.
Senior safety Quincy Mauger is the cover man on Georgia’s Gameday program, or at least the one given out on press row. Mauger may not start today. But also on the cover (in the corners) are Verne Lundquist and Scott Woerner. Maybe that means Lundquist will call a big play for Charlie Woerner?
Also in the program: The senior spotlight interviews are Greyson Lambert and Reggie Davis. When you think of last year’s Tennessee game, a certain pass attempt between those two comes to mind, doesn’t it? (Ducking.)
A non-Georgia note, sort of: Yes, one of the televisions in the press box is set to the Miami-Georgia Tech game. A few people have peeked at it and taken note of Georgia’s former coach having a 28-14 halftime lead. The stadium television, meanwhile, doesn’t have any game on.
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