In two days, Georgia will wrap up the 2010 season against Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl. To say this season has been a disappointment is an understatement. 6-6 is definitely not the norm and should never be considered acceptable in Athens. I thought about doing a full preview for the game, but to be honest, my heart isn't into it. Here are my quick thoughts about the game.
- Getting to 7 wins is important. Georgia hasn't had a losing record since the mid 90's. Just as 8-5 last year was much better than 7-6, 7-6 this year looks much better than 6-7.
- AJ Green's final appearance? The chance that AJ comes back is basically non-existent. We all know he is gone, so we should enjoy seeing him play in the red and black one last time.
- Freshman quarterback battle. The two best freshman quarterbacks in the country will be on display in this game. UCF's Jeff Godfrey finished #8 in the country in passing efficiency, one spot ahead of Aaron Murray. Both can run as well as pass, so it should be fun to watch each one attack the other team's defense.
- A Familar Face. George O'Leary lost his final game against Georgia as the Georgia Tech coach in 2001 when Billy Bennett hit 6 field goals in the Georgia victory. After losing the Notre Dame job for lying on his resume, O'Leary has done a nice job building the UCF program. It will be nice to see Mark Richt run his record to 2-0 vs. O'Leary.
- Improvement on defense. The Dawgs have had another month to work on the 3-4. With only a few seniors on defense, Georgia should only get better next year (especially if they get a big guy to plug in at DT).
- Georgia 38, UCF 24. The Dawgs should win this game. Central Florida may have a 10-3 record, but they lost the two games (NC State and Kansas State) that they played against BCS conference opponents. Of their 10 wins, only 2 (6-6 East Carolina and 7-6 SMU) came against teams that will be playing in bowl games.