Georgia’s bowl life could come down to Tech game

Does Mark Richt have Georgia pointed to a bowl game? The Tech game may decide that.

Does Mark Richt have Georgia pointed to a bowl game? The Tech game may decide that.

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?

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Gator Fan

November 1st, 2010
7:58 am

I really hope UGA goes to a bowl game so that Richt will seem to have righted the ship and no changes will be deemed necessary

reebok

November 1st, 2010
7:58 am

both teams finish 6-6…yech.

Urban Meyer

November 1st, 2010
8:07 am

Dang it feels good to be a ganster

Red Panties Rick

November 1st, 2010
8:08 am

All the red panties in the world won’t help the dogs in this game. Adds even more incentive for Georgia Tech to win to keep the dogs from bowling, and by this point in the season the dogs will have fully laid down. Players always know when their coaching “has it” or not, and believe me, Georgia’s players know they’re not being led by winners.

powerhouse?

November 1st, 2010
8:08 am

Evidently all the sec coaches have figured out the ga offense…the d is not there so nothing to figure.

DGator

November 1st, 2010
8:10 am

Someone needs to claim first. First or fourth.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

November 1st, 2010
8:11 am

The Reporter: Mr. McGarity, do you think that you will get to a bowl game ?

Greg: I certainly hope so, if we do you can thank Mark’s new discipline routine. It’s a little Spiritualism combined with old time punishment, something like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hEh2NH6teY

Hal

November 1st, 2010
8:12 am

I would be embarassed to go to a bowl at 6-6. Money and some spin on recruiting is why they go. I wouldn’t travel to see it. ESPN2 was invented for bowls situations like this.

TB

November 1st, 2010
8:13 am

The thugs will be in the Toilet Bowl.

Joey

November 1st, 2010
8:15 am

I hope if we (UGA) finish 6-6, I hope we turn down any bowl invitation.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:16 am

No one expects Richt to get to a Bowl game this year with a Freshman QB and a brand new defensive scheme.

5-7 is expected.

If he does, goes 6-6 or 7-5, Richt once again shocks the world and exceeds expecations, if he goes 5-7, no worries, wasn’t expected anyways.

Long Odds

November 1st, 2010
8:16 am

Serious Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that Richt be fired. Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same question this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban and Meyer represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship would be at least 50:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it.

As they say in poker, “Read ‘em and weep.”

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:17 am

If Georgia finishes 6-6, and wins a Bowl game, then to match Saban’s 7-6 in 2007, the 1st year he installed the 3-4, ain’t too bad.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:19 am

5-7 = great coach
6-6 = great coach
7-6 = great coach

doesn’t really matter, Richt ain’t fired today, and he won’t be in 3 weeks, regardless of his 2010 record.

Jeff Schultz

November 1st, 2010
8:19 am

Your Ain’t-Know — Nobody expects a Spanish Inquisition! (Love Monty Python)

Choo Choo Charlie

November 1st, 2010
8:20 am

Richt’s finished rankings:
01- #22
02- #3
03- #6
04- #7
05- #10
06- #23
07- #2
08- #10

Baba O'Riley

November 1st, 2010
8:22 am

You left out ‘09 Choo Choo

Huh?

November 1st, 2010
8:23 am

Greg, coming into the season you expected a 5-7 season? Even with that Top 25 ranking at the beginning of the season? Come on, neither team lived up to expectations this season

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:23 am

Saban has 6 seasons where he went 6 or 7 wins.

It was bound to FINALLY happen to Richt, afdter 2 decades as a coach.

I mean, the 12, top 5 finishes at FSU, and the 6 top 10 finishes in 9 years at Georgia, you can’t keep expectations there forever, or you’ll spoil the fans.

Time for a 5-7 year.

Then a 7-5 in 2011 is an improvement.

Lower the bar, like Saban has done 6 times.

Herschel Talker

November 1st, 2010
8:23 am

Schultzie:

Frankly my dear Schultzie, who gives a darn? No one cares about a stupid bowl. Richt is a joke, this is 3 years running that we have to endure this nonsense, yet still everyone is making excuses for this ineptitude.

FIRE MARK RICHT

HT

Joey

November 1st, 2010
8:24 am

Greg = Katharyn Richt.

Get an editor

November 1st, 2010
8:24 am

Try running your headlines and your articles by a copy editor every once in a while.

RambleOn84

November 1st, 2010
8:25 am

Though I hate to admit this, it doesn’t matter.

UGA will beat Tech and at least be bowl-eligible.

The Jackets will be lucky to beat Duke with the way we’ve been playing.

Too bad for Nesbitt; he plays too hard and doesn’t deserve to be given up on by his teammates.

Dawglasville

November 1st, 2010
8:25 am

Yes. We finish 6 and 6. As much as we like to point out Richt’s failure against Florida he has been unbeatable against Tech. I know that the week off didn’t help us two years ago, I think that this team really needs a week off. Our speed on defense should negate the option and frankly, I know the record doesn’t show it, I think we are a better team than last year’s. Either way, we still suck.

DRJ

November 1st, 2010
8:25 am

Jeff…Dawgs will beat Tech if our QB gets cured from ochooptosis…the inability to see the number eight.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:25 am

Sports Illustrated, and most other polls, didn’t have Georgia pre-season top 25.

5-7 is about what Sports Illlustrated expected.

richt met expectations in 2010.

RambleOn84

November 1st, 2010
8:26 am

Greg,
You can’t give Richt credit for things that happened at FSU when he wasn’t the head coach.

That’s like Miami fans trying to credit Randy Shannon with national championships when he was a DB coach.

RambleOn84

November 1st, 2010
8:27 am

I’m wondering how much Richt paid off those boys over at collegefootballnews.com.

They were preseason #2 this year and even now are ranked right outside the top 25 at 30.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:27 am

Richt needs to use the last 3 games to get ready for 2011.

Lose them all, finish 5-7. Pull a Saban.

Then 6-6 is an imporvement in 2011.

Think like Nick Saban.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:28 am

I just did give Richt credit for what happened at FSU.

How many top 5 finishes did FSU have BEFORE OR AFTER Richt was on staff?

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:29 am

4-8 would be fine in 2010.

RambleOn84

November 1st, 2010
8:29 am

Greg,
You’ve been huffing too much paint. Richt is only comparable to Saban in your mind.

Saban is the best coach in America.

Richt is not a bad coach, but he doesn’t even deserve to be in the same room with Saban right now.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:30 am

Thank goodness for Sports Illustrated lowering expectations for Richt for 2010. Wihtout people like them, Richt would be in hot water.

But 4-8, 5-7, was expected.

GT Jake

November 1st, 2010
8:30 am

This Georgia Tech fan hopes you Dawgs fire him.

You’re much more likely to hire another Jim Donnan than you are a Urban Meyer.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:31 am

Actually, Richt has more top 10 finishes than Saban, and has won a higher % of games, and has never had a season with less than 8 wins, Saban’s had a bunch of em’. Not even close really.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:31 am

Did Saban ever have 4 top 10 finishes in a row like Richt did at Georgia?

NOT SO MUCH.

go cubs

November 1st, 2010
8:31 am

i am, as a devoted UGA fan, sick and tired of all you negative people on this blog, giving up and bashing mark richt. we can still win the SEC….do not give up hope.

mark richt is the greatest coach in the history of college football.
90 wins in 10 years is unparallelled by even Joe Paterno and Bear Bryant.
Plus he is a fine christian man.

he will win the national championship next year….just you wait and see.
cubs will win the world series and the dawgs will beat the gators in jacksonville.

go dawgs.
go cubs.

RambleOn84

November 1st, 2010
8:32 am

But Saban has TWO National Championships to Richt’s zero.

Who cares about winning regular season games? Championships are all that matter.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:33 am

Hope Richt goes 4-8 in 2010.

Then 7-5 in 2011 will be a HUGE improvement.

That’s the way Saban plays the game.

Think like Saban.

Reality

November 1st, 2010
8:33 am

Once again, as it has been year after year, UGA starts pre-season highly ranked only to drop like a rock throughout the season.

Once again, the 4 and 5 star talent from high schools go to UGA only to get arrested and lose games and eventually disappear.

Once again, the UGA fans wear blinders and will support Richt.

Too funny – and sad.

Mirk Racht

November 1st, 2010
8:33 am

When do the 2011 preseason polls come out? :-)

RambleOn84

November 1st, 2010
8:33 am

I’m pretty sure Greg is bashing Richt in an underhanded way. No one could actually be so dumb to brag about top 10 finishes and regular season wins.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:33 am

Richt’s coached in more National Championships than Saban.

BehindEnemyLines

November 1st, 2010
8:34 am

This GT fan hopes Richt stays in Athens forever.

JB

November 1st, 2010
8:34 am

Did to much thinking Sunday after our defeat……… Richt and Bobo always have our offense start slow with their well thought out game plan. That’s a joke by the way. We seem to have a lot of three and outs in the first half over the last three years. But notice how the offense clicks and scores AFTER we scrap the game plan and try to catch up from being 2 to 4 TD’s down. Does anyone else notice this……Tells me he wants to play not to lose vs. coming our with the peddle down and scoring. coaching. It’s killing us.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:37 am

Richt needs to take the pressure off of himself, and his team. His 90 wins in 9 seasons, and his 12 top 5 finishes at FSU, has created unrealistic expectations.

Go 4-8, and 2011 will be a great year.

SOS Dawg

November 1st, 2010
8:38 am

Mark Rict is weak as baby Tee Tee. This Guy needs to be canned.He will never win UGA a National Championship .

Joey

November 1st, 2010
8:38 am

Reality,

Thanks for caring. Now lay your head back down on PJ’s man-boobs and take a nap.

Greg

November 1st, 2010
8:40 am

Richt should realize how journalists view his record.

7-5, after a 4-8 season, is perceived as a GREAT YEAR.

7-5 after a 13-1 season, is perceived as a TERRIBLE YEAR.

This is the way Saban plays the game, and journalists LOVE NICK SABAN.

Even though NICK SABAN has 5 seaosn where he lost 6 or 7 games to LOWER EXPECTATIONS.

Give the team, and your family a much needed rest, go 4-8.

JB

November 1st, 2010
8:40 am

With the players leaving this team this year, 2011 will be about the same, maybe a win more or not. It’s just putting off the obvious. After 2011, that will be FOUR years of underachieving. McGarity will not call for Mark’s job 3 months into his. I’m just looking at this roster and worried about 2011……Bobo will even be back. Even Fulmer and Tuberville got rid of OC’s trying to stop the obvious.