Asked to name Georgia’s biggest SEC rivals, most fans quickly will say Florida first and Auburn second. Then maybe Tennessee, followed by South Carolina. Or should LSU rank above those two? What about Alabama?
As rivalries go, the usual weak sisters of the SEC East (Kentucky and Vandy) and the SEC West teams we don’t play that often (Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State) probably wouldn’t be anyone’s pick.
But the fact is that as tight as the battle for the SEC East title is most years, every conference game is important. Not equally important, because if, say, Georgia and Florida wind up with the same record in the East but Florida beats Georgia head to head, they take the division. Still, it’s safe to say that even games against Vandy and Mississippi State are more important in terms of the Dogs’ SEC goals than the annual nonconference game against Georgia Tech.
Overall, Richt is 48-19 in SEC games, with a 27-13 record against SEC East teams and 21-6 against the SEC West. (His nonconference record, of course, is a superlative 34-3).
So here’s today’s question: If Richt were to stay at UGA for many years and continue to have a winning record against every SEC team except Florida, would you rank him as the Dogs’ greatest coach? Or is a winning record against the Gators a prerequisite for achieving that distinction? Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or both.