It’s hard to believe a team in college football can start the season 1-4 and still have a shot at going to an BCS game. That is what Georgia is finding out as they won this past weekend, while both Florida and South Carolina lost. Both Georgia and Florida have 3 SEC losses while South Carolina has two. Georgia’s offense and defense were clicking on all cylinders on homecoming Saturday as Georgia cruise past the Commodores 43-0. QB Aaron Murray led the way by going 15 for 24, 287 yards, and 2 TDs. The most impressive thing for a redshirt freshman QB, Murray has not thrown an interception the last two games. In addition, RB Washaun Ealey rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries for a touchdown. RB Caleb King, who normally shares carries with Ealey, served the first game of his two-game suspension following his arrest for failing to pay a speeding ticket.
Georgia has now won the last two games by a combined score of 84-14 with wins over Vandy and Tennessee. Looks like the defense is now on the same page with new defense coordinator Todd Grantham. Georgia’s defense has been able to create turnovers and control the time of possession. In addition, they have reduced their penalties by being only penalized 5 times against Tennessee and 3 times against Vanderbilt.
So what’s next for Georgia? It’s great to beat two conference teams at home. But Vandy and Tennessee are the weakest teams in the SEC as both will probably not be bowl eligible. Georgia must now go on the road and face an upcoming Kentucky Wildcat team that pulled off an upset last weekend against South Carolina. Two weeks ago, Kentucky took Auburn to overtime before losing 37-34. Georgia is 0-3 on the road this year so they will be looking for their first road win. They will face a team Saturday night full of confidence.
So how can Georgia still win the SEC East? They are going to have to win out their rest of their SEC games which includes Kentucky, Florida (in Jacksonville), and at Auburn – no small task. Their roadblock will be South Carolina as the Gamecocks have the tie-breaker over them by beating the Dawgs earlier in the season. South Carolina still has Vanderbilt and Tennessee, but the Dawgs have to hope that the Gamecocks lose to Arkansas and then at Florida. Sure, that is a tall wish list, but the way the SEC East is going these days, nothing would be that surprising.
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Written by Bob Ballard