Keeping bowl streak alive a worthy goal for Dogs

Georgia would benefit from the extra practice time a bowl brings, especially the defense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Georgia would benefit from the extra practice time a bowl brings, especially the defense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Goals are a changeable thing.

A week ago Georgia still had an outside chance at winning the SEC East. And now here the Dogs sit after the Florida loss, facing extremely long odds on being able to end the regular season with a winning record (which would require winning out, including a shocking upset of Auburn) and probably needing to suck it up against the in-state rival to even finish bowl-eligible at 6-6.

But in the current era of college football, even postseason eligibility is a moving target, and with 35 bowls this year requiring 70 teams, there’s a possibility that the NCAA might have to allow some 5-7 teams to go bowling.

And Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has made it clear that Georgia would accept a bowl bid even with a 5-7 record. “The SEC has certain obligations to fill certain spots to fill all the bowls,” he said. “Without question, as would any other Southeastern Conference school, if that’s part of our obligation, then absolutely we would adhere to those obligations if the conference asked us to. … We will certainly uphold our end of the deal.”

Some folks don’t see it Greg’s way. If that worst-case scenario were to play out — which I don’t think will happen — and the Dogs were to end up with a losing record, I’ve heard some Georgia fans (mostly of the old school variety) harumph this season that UGA should stay home even if offered a bowl. A team with a losing record hasn’t earned a bowl and doesn’t deserve such a trip, even to Nashville, Memphis or Birmingham, is how the thinking goes.

I emphatically disagree for a couple of reasons.

First, the biggest plus to playing in a bowl these days isn’t really the trip or the chance to add another win to the record as much as it is the additional practice time you get, which allows coaches to begin looking toward the next season and giving younger players some much needed reps. A struggling program like Mark Richt’s really needs that extra time, particularly the defense.

And then there’s the matter of keeping that string of consecutive bowls alive by going to a 14th straight postseason game. FSU has the nation’s longest bowl streak at 28, followed by Florida with 19, Virginia Tech with 17 and then Georgia and Georgia Tech with 13 each. It would be bad enough to end the season losing to the Jackets, without it also ending the Dogs’ bowl streak.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that 5-7 teams are going to be needed to fill out this year’s bowl roster. And as I said before, I think the Dogs are fully capable of winning two out of their last three and locking down a bowl spot the old-fashioned way.

But Georgia definitely should jump at the opportunity to extend this disappointing season, even with a losing record.

I know some of you don’t see it that way. Feel free to share your views in the comments. …

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saban

November 2nd, 2010
11:43 am

Hear the Dawgs are going to the Booger Eater Classic in Washington D.C.

saban

November 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

Or is it the Victoria Secret Bowl in gay Miami?

DawginLex

November 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

Greg McGarrity just fired the volleyball coach.

They had a bunch of players returning and underachieved in a big way.

Sound like a certain football team/coach?

If we end up 5-7, I bet Richt is gone.

He may “retire”. That would suit Richt’s nature. To unite the fanbase by stepping aside gracefully and allow a new coach to come in under the new AD. You know Coach Richt doesn’t want to be responsible for bringing UGA to a boiling point with a divided fanbase, upset alumni and donors holding back money.

He will retire before that happens.

If he wins out, look for him to make some more changes and come back roaring into next year.

Wait and see.

erika

November 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

UGA

November 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

We will win out. I have no doubt about that.

chiefdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:52 am

Capable of winning 2 out of 3 maybe, but doing it is a different story. I have no faith in this team winning another game.

MURPHY

November 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

Sad that we would accept a bowl game. McGarity: the only certain obligation you have is to turn this program into a an SEC competative,National power.Any thing less is unacceptable.Enough of the excuses. Just like my boss told me one day: “I pay for results not excuses!” This is how it works in the real world!

snotbubble

November 2nd, 2010
11:55 am

I just don’t know and I just don’t care anymore……….Come on 2011 !!!!!!

MURPHY

November 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

Win out? Wow thats amusing. Cam and the Tigers will eat us alive!!!

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Willy

November 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

You have got to accept any bowl offer. You are allowed more practice days than you get for Spring practice…. and we need it

bugsquacher

November 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Georgia will go 5-7. They will pound Idaho State, they will be embarrassed on national tv by Auburn, and with tears in my eyes, lose to Tech. What a shame this season has become, thugs in jail, coaches acting like fools on the sidelines (choke sign), players selling jerseys, too many big plays against us, etc…. bottomline, the leadership of this team is not getting it done. The near record back states the facts….. Until, someone at Georgia is willing to stand up and say enough is enough, we not only expect national championships, we demand them, ……… until that time under the current leadership, this football program will continue to spiral out of control. Just think we brought back the entire offense except the quarterback…. what a shame……. GET READY DAWG FANS…. ITS GOING TO BE A LONG OFF SEASON……. IF MAJOR CHANGES ARE NOT MADE….. THE PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GET PASSED BY BY TENN, AUBURN, AND MISS STATE….. WE WILL BECOME THE BOTTOM TIER OF THE SEC EAST……

Dawg_Mike

November 2nd, 2010
12:19 pm

Have we really regressed to this?
Please don’t answer. it was a rhetorical question.

Dean Tate

November 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

Those extra weeks of practice last December really helped us this year, didn’t they?

Frank Lane

November 2nd, 2010
12:36 pm

I think UGA beats Idaho State and Tech, and actually is good enough to upset Auburn but highly unlikely unless they lose Cameron. He is the Heisman trophy winner in my mind, because Auburn is a good, but not great team without him.

Four of UGA’s five losses turn on one key turnover each.

Bryan G.

November 2nd, 2010
12:38 pm

About the time Trey Burton had that 50 yard run, I thought about the 350 yards rushing Cam Newton will have against us.

D. Lusional

November 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

Isn’t there SOME way we can still win the SEC ? Let’s start beating our chests ! After all, everybody knows we’re the best team and best program ! And with the classiest coaches and fan base ! I’m gonna go ahead and say the SEC championship and Sugar Bowl berth is a SLAM DUNK ! Bank on it !

FaithfulDawg86

November 2nd, 2010
12:42 pm

Wow, Saban, your comments are almost as insightful as the idiot you’re pretending to be… Of course, we go to the bowl if we win a bid. It’s a financial and morale no-brainer decision.

dawggirl

November 2nd, 2010
12:42 pm

Not convinced we’ll end at 6-6, not in favor of going to a bowl – although the extra practice is a good argument. They certainly need all the practice they can get.

Re: the consecutive bowl record. Who cares? If we lose games, we deserve to lose the record too. You know what team impressed me as a left for dead and then came back? Lost to a fantastic team at a neutral site (usually lost in big national games), lost an embarrasing game to a junior team at home. That would be Virginia Tech. They have won ever since and haven’t looked back. Will most likely win the conference championship and get to a BCS bowl. Now that’s impressive.

deezcoons

November 2nd, 2010
12:44 pm

i just don’t care anymore. i’ve been let down for the last four years with this team. do you really think more practice under poor coaches will give positive results. i do not. fire mark richt

deezcoons

November 2nd, 2010
12:46 pm

also hope sanford stadium is half full sat. that’s the only thing that will get adams attention.

Sanford Drive

November 2nd, 2010
12:48 pm

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO RELAX!!!

I am just as broken hearted about the loss last Saturday, but I can also see the big picture.

Had we squeaked a win out in OT last Saturday, everybody would be elated with the “fine work Mark Richt did in this game”, despite 4 turnovers we would be pretending never happened. We are all hungover from the loss more because it is the 18th in 21 trips to “The Swamp East” in Jax.

Getting rid of Richt is NOT the answer. Call me a kool-aid drinker all you want, but this team is poised to be great before their years are done. I havent been as excited about a QB like Murray since David Greene first showed he had what it was doing to take.

Things could be worse….. We could be Georgia Tech fans knowing that their scheme is already exposed, and they arelosing the only man that semi-makes it work with Nesbitt, and will have to acclimate a freshman QB to the gimmick next year, while also losing their #1 “A-Back” to graduatiuon (in Management).

The future is brighter than you think, hours after a crushing OT defeat to our most hated rival. This weekend looks like it will be a cool, beautiful Fall day in Athens… come out and enjoy it and rekindle your love for OUR program.

GO DAWGS!!!!

deezcoons

November 2nd, 2010
12:52 pm

next year richt will be talking about how we have to replace our offensive line and aj and durham. so wait till the next year. excuses are all he has left

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

November 2nd, 2010
12:52 pm

Every now and then you need a really crappy season so you can appreciate the good ones. How many people were really ticked off at the 10 win season in ‘07? How many of the same people would love to have those 10 wins this year? Ga isn’t as bad as their record (neither is Fla). Other than the final scores, from a viewing standpoint, this has been a fun ballteam to watch. I’m not disappointed in the effort of this team, and I’m not completely upset at the way the season has played out. Colorado and Miss St notwithstanding.

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Bill,

To date, we don’t deserve a bowl. I have no faith or confidence that we’ll win out and now I’m thinking best possible scenario is 6-6. Hello Liberty or Smurf Bowl against a Fresno St. Is this what it’s come to? The once mighty Georgia Bulldogs begging for a place in the Poinsetta Bowl with a 5-7 record to match up against RoosterPoot University?

deezcoons

November 2nd, 2010
12:54 pm

other than the final scores? why do you think they keep score moron. you play to win the game. go play soccer loser

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

Stanford Drive

Yes I would still be calling for Richt to go if we had beaten Florida but, of course that is all academic now isn’t it?

PTC DAWG

November 2nd, 2010
12:56 pm

WE will beat GT…there is no other option.

PTC DAWG

November 2nd, 2010
12:57 pm

And probably play in Nashville vs Miami…

J Clay

November 2nd, 2010
12:59 pm

I would not call finishing 6-6 locking down a bowl spot the old fashioned way…come on Bill…

Will

November 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

I am still in shock. I thought we would play well and win big last weekend. Instead, we dropped passes and would-be interceptions that cost us big time. We are going to get throttled by Auburn as well. I’m afraid that this could be our first blow-out loss of the year. We are due one a year or more under CMR. Depending on the GT outcome will decide the fate of CMR and his staff.

Gator Bob

November 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Georgia is not a lock to end up 6-6.
1. will beat ID STATE
2. Auburn will have their way with UGA this year
3. GT game is not a lock by any means – heck – UGA was outplayed by Colorado ……COLORADO. It could happen.

The only times I ever root for UGA is;
- when it’s in Florida’s best interest to win
- when UGA is representing the SEC in a bowl (hell, I even root for Tennessee during bowl season)
- WHEN uga PLAYS gt — again -it’s an SEC vs ACC thing.

I think UGA played a great game last Saturday – both teams look bad early – but UGA fought like mad to win the game.

As far as the “CHOKE” – love it, shows fire in Granthams belly – NOT OFFENDED ONE BIT. If this was PEE WEE football and a DAD doing this – then the DAD would need to be horse whipped. This is big boy football – and funny to see people offended by this.

GO GATORS!

Bill Fan

November 2nd, 2010
1:03 pm

The gibberish about losing to GT is just that. The jackets are a bad team, and even though this is a rivalry game, UGA will win. Period. UGA isn’t as bad as their record, and GT isn’t nearly as good as theirs might suggest. Further, Tech is headed downhill. UGA will get better. Hang in there, guys.

reebok

November 2nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Tech fan here. The Jackets’ D line is atrocious. Sad to say (sad to me, that is) the Dogs could beat GT without ever throwing a pass. Both teams will end up 6-6 and going to crap bowl games, but at least Georgia will be state champs.

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Gator Bob

nice post

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
1:08 pm

Bill Fan

Colorado was a bad team. Heck even Florida was a bad team. Missy St isn’t all that great either. Tech is more dangerous this year than others because they shouldn’t beat us. All the more reason to expect they very likely might.

Delbert D.

November 2nd, 2010
1:09 pm

This same discontent was going on last year, and then Georgia won out.

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Delbert are you implying Georgia wins out?

VR Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

IF, I say IF, Mark Richt is fires or “retires” I wonder if we could lure Dan Mullen and Manny Diaz from Ms.St. I dislike all the Peterson from Boise talk…

VR Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Barry Gibb

November 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

Maybe a worthy goal, but it sounds like expectations are being lowered.

I’d rather aim higher–like BEAT FLORIDA or WIN THE SEC or, hey WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

Delbert D.

November 2nd, 2010
1:36 pm

ARdawg – No, I was simply reflecting on the similarity of the discontent over 2009 and 2010. I think Auburn will win, and without knowing who the bowl opponent would be I won’t even venture a guess.

Delbert D.

November 2nd, 2010
1:38 pm

Dan Hawkins was the progenitor of the Boise St. program, and he’s not doing well at Colorado.

D. Lusional

November 2nd, 2010
1:41 pm

ARdawg, are you disappointed that he wasn’t implying that ? After all, it would’ve given you an excuse to thump your chest ! I mean, LET THE CHEST THUMPING BEGIN !!!!

bugsquacher

November 2nd, 2010
1:43 pm

barry gibb,,,, you are right on the mark……. we are lowering our standards…… Georgia should be a top notch program winning National Championships…… are we now just wanting any bowl bid? and a break even season…… BS!!!!!!!

Wake up GEORGIA…… DEMAND MORE……

bill

November 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

All the extra practice time in the world ain’t gonna right his team…just sayin’.

bugsquacher

November 2nd, 2010
1:46 pm

WRITE IT DOWN……

Georgia beast Idaho State……. Gets embarrassed by Auburn……. Loses a close one to Tech…….

Get ready….. the Tech Nerds will be on us all off season……

UGADawg83

November 2nd, 2010
1:46 pm

It doesn’t matter Bill; you won’t be at the Bowl Game. You will draw your paycheck for writing about a game you watch on television. That fact you aren’t actually AT the game will not keep you from offering an opinion.

bugsquacher

November 2nd, 2010
1:47 pm

wow! 5-7 what a great year…… glad we did some soul searching last year and made those coaching changes…..

Im sure we will do more searching this off season…….

Keep drinking the kool-aid

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
2:03 pm

Delbert D.

and the fact you and others accept this is disheartening. We shouldn’t be having this convo every year after the Fl/Ga game….. donchya think?