In recent years, the Georgia Bulldogs have rarely been in the position they are this week. They have a chance to play #2 Auburn with a spot in the SEC Championship game on the line, but not for them. We all remember 2002, when Georgia had a chance to clinch its first trip to the SEC Championship game. The #24 Tigers lead the #7 Dawgs until late in the fourth quarter when David Greene found Michael Johnson in the corner of the end zone for the game winning score. Just like Mark Richt in 2002, Gene Chizik is in his second year as head coach in the SEC and seeking his first trip to Atlanta.
When the Tigers traveled to Athens to take on the Dawgs last year, the story was a similar one that we find this weekend. Georgia was 5-4 and had yet to become bowl eligible while Auburn was 7-3 and looking to create momentum before their showdown with Alabama. Georgia was able to earn a shootout victory thanks in large part to a touchdown saving play by Bacarri Rambo on what would have been the game tying touchdown. The Dawgs would drop their next contest to Kentucky before upsetting Georgia Tech while Auburn would fall to Alabama. Both teams finished the season with a record of 7-5. A Georgia victory would provide a lot of momentum for the Bulldogs heading into the annual match up with Georgia Tech. A victory in both games would mean a 7-5 record for the second straight year.
On The Plains this weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs will have the chance to throw a wrench in Auburn’s national championship dreams. A Georgia victory on Saturday coupled with a loss to Alabama in two weeks could potentially propel LSU into the SEC Championship (provided they win their remaining conference games). The Dawgs helped keep Auburn out of the SEC Championship game back in 2006 when a 5-4 Georgia squad took down the #5 Tigers 37-15. While I would definitely love for the Dawgs to be the ones playing for a shot in Atlanta, an upset victory would be even sweeter this season