ATHENS — Good morning, and welcome back to Victory Lane.
I’m typing this a couple of hours before kickoff, but I don’t think assuming a victory is too presumptuous. Big schools like Georgia schedule little schools like Coastal Carolina for mental and physical therapy, not because it’s going to launch them into BCS bowl contention.
And if there’s one thing the Bulldogs need, it’s therapy. They’ve lost two games. One was ugly (Boise State) and one was competitive (South Carolina), but 0-2 is 0-2 and the Bulldogs do not want to get to the point of ranking their losses this season.
That’s why this game is well timed. Coastal Carolina is an FCS (1-AA) team. It plays in the Big South Conference with the likes of Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian. Despite Georgia coach Mark Richt’s early week contention, the school is here for the paycheck ($475,000), even if the players want to win. The team is called the