The last time either Georgia or Georgia Tech failed to make it to a bowl game was 1996. Neither neither made it that season: Jim Donnan (Georgia) and George O’Leary (Tech) each were still cleaning up from the previous administrations (Ray Goff and Bill Lewis), and each went 5-6.
Could that happen again? For the Bulldogs, yes — and it could come down to how they fare against their last opponent: the Jackets. How’s that for a subplot in a rivalry game that otherwise will have little impact on the national bowl picture?
Tech (5-3) remains one victory short of bowl eligibility going into Thursday night’s game at Virginia Tech. Even if the Jackets lose, they’re not likely to go zero for four down the stretch against the Hokies, Miami, Duke, and Bulldogs. It’s just possible they end up in the same city that Georgia did last year: Shreveport.
But the Dogs (4-5) are in danger of having the season end on their home field in Athens. They almost certainly will defeat Idaho State this week. They probably will be significant underdogs at Auburn the following week. That will make them 5-6 going into the Tech game.
For what it’s worth, the schools have split the last two contests since Paul Johnson took over at Tech, and the road team has won the last three games.
Do you think Georgia will still make it to a bowl game, and how would you feel about it coming down to that last game? Also what’s your projection on the Dogs’ final record?