Dawgs get a chance to ruin ESPN’s dreams and earn some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

BCS-logo-Black_BackgroundMark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs aren’t just up against Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide in their bid to win an SEC Championship and a place in the BCS title game.

Outside the Peach State, UGA is widely, if unfairly, viewed as some sort of interloper that really ought not to be in the national championship discussion at this stage of the season.

That’s especially true with the national sports media. ESPN wants a ratings-powerhouse Notre Dame-Alabama matchup in the BCS national championship game so badly that it can barely contain itself.

The self-touted Worldwide Leader in Sports is flat-out in love with the Fighting Irish this season, even above and beyond Brent Musburger’s obvious man-crush on Manti Te’o. And the idea of matching two of college football’s major ratings generators in the game for the crystal football has them practically drooling.

It was pretty obvious Saturday night on “SportsCenter” that the hosts had to keep catching themselves from saying that Notre Dame’s win over USC had guaranteed it a spot against Alabama in the BCS game. Almost grudgingly, they noted that the winner of the SEC Championship Game — and therefore the team getting a shot at the Irish in Miami — could be Georgia.

But their preference for the Crimson Tide was pretty clear — never more so than in a brief film montage touting the BCS game that consisted entirely of Notre Dame and Alabama footage!

The sports network isn’t alone in its obsession with wanting to see Notre Dame and Bama paired up in the BCS game. Georgia is continually downplayed in national sports media coverage as somehow not really being deserving of a chance to go to Miami. The Dogs tend to choke in big games, they note — and while that’s been true, for the most part, it’s worth pointing out that the most recent such big game in which Georgia played resulted in a Dogs victory. Over the sexy Gators, who were the No. 2 team in the country at the time.

The nattering nabobs on ESPN also keep trotting out that “soft schedule” criticism, completely ignoring the fact that the Alabama and Georgia schedules this season were pretty comparable. Thanks to the way the revamped conference schedule worked out, Georgia avoided the three toughest teams in the SEC West and Bama avoided the three toughest teams in the SEC East. Each lost a game to a team in its division. And each played three cupcakes and one BCS conference team in its nonconference schedule.

Still, if the Dogs win in the Georgia Dome, they get the trip to Miami whether ESPN likes it or not.

Overall, though, it’s a bizarre situation Georgia finds itself in. If they beat Bama, they play for the national championship. If they don’t, they probably won’t even be in a BCS bowl, as the Sugar is likely to give its SEC spot to the “sexy” Florida Gators (to use the recent Will Muschamp meme that is on the verge of moving from embarrassing to just plain creepy).

While a Capitol One Bowl berth, likely against Michigan, is considered the most likely destination for Georgia if it loses to Alabama, the Dogs could wind up relegated to a return trip to the Dome in the Chick-fil-A game.

No, it doesn’t seem fair for the loser of the SEC title game to fall that far, whether it’s Georgia or Alabama, and it’s an issue the conference should take up.

As Saban said Sunday night, “For either one of these teams it’s not really a great scenario. You play your way into the championship game, which means you’re the best team in your division; they’re the best team in their division. They played their way into the game by a total body of work for the whole season. It doesn’t seem quite right.”

So the Bulldogs might not just be playing for an SEC title and a chance to meet the Irish in the national championship game, or even for the national respect that so often has seemed just out of their grasp.

They could be playing to stay out of a mid-level bowl game for which they’d be drastically overqualified.

It’s been 30 years since the old “control their own destiny” line has meant this much for UGA.

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139 comments Add your comment

Hairy Dawg

November 25th, 2012
10:07 pm

I don’t give a damn what bowl we go to if we lose to Bama. Let’s win that game and go to the big one.

RealDag

November 25th, 2012
10:09 pm

Bama is too kind allowing us to play them in their championship game.

well said

November 25th, 2012
10:15 pm

GO DAWGS!!! ROLL THE TIDE!

I just hope whatever SEC team goes, the SEC team wins.
Because if the SEC team loses, I really don’t want to hear how “SEC” isn’t nothing…blah blah blah.

Dawgonemom

November 25th, 2012
10:16 pm

You hit the nail on the head. I am sick to death of ESPN’s love affair with all that isn’t Georgia.

Coach Gene Cheesedip

November 25th, 2012
10:21 pm

Will work for food!

zzggyy

November 25th, 2012
10:21 pm

I’ve often said that my favorite team after UGA is whoever is playing Notre Dame. I saw the ‘Dawgs beat them to capture the 1980 National Title. Nothing would be sweeter than “déjà vous all over again!’

mike on lake hartwell

November 25th, 2012
10:24 pm

G A T F A !!!

DP

November 25th, 2012
10:27 pm

“It’s been 30 years since the old “control their own destiny” line has meant this much for UGA.”

Bill King, if you understand this why don’t you understand why ESPN would be talking about a possible BCS championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame, 2 of the top 5 or so college football programs of all time? What has Georgia’s football program done historically, or even in the last 5 years, that warrants it being given equal billing with Alabama?

Proud-Dawg

November 25th, 2012
10:29 pm

UGA has to earn respect. While I agree with the bogus strength of schedule argument, UGA #42 & Bama #39, Nick Saban in general has been in this position before and obviously thrived. Richt and Murray need to show everyone in the nation they can handle the big stage. 1 more win and the Dawgs can play for the MNC! Go Dawgs

AugustaDawg

November 25th, 2012
10:35 pm

I too have noticed the way UGA is treated by the talking heads at ESPN. Can anyone tell me what UGA did to warrant this?

mike addington

November 25th, 2012
10:38 pm

Glad someone with a forum brought up BAMA’s soft schedule. First time I’ve seen it. thanks Bill.

masivatack

November 25th, 2012
10:40 pm

^^^^^ Hey DP

They have the exact same record this season against a pretty much equally favorable schedule.

I am pretty sure Bill understands what he is saying, as would you if you read the article. Keep on hyping your history and past accomplishments. Thats what always happens before you get whipped by somebody hungrier than you. God I hope that Georgia wins the game.

Not gonna guarantee it by any means, but I’ve got a feeling that the kind of stuff your are saying is whats going to give Georgia the motivation to whip the tide.

Say What???

November 25th, 2012
10:42 pm

Totally agree, Proud Dog. We are new to this place in college football and must earn our respect. And as it has been pointed out, we have totally whiffed when we had the chance in the past. But that is the past. While the past can help show what the future holds, it does not guarantee it. The pressure is on us and we have to step up. Come on, Dawgs! Finish the Drill!!!

Strat Cat Dawg

November 25th, 2012
10:43 pm

Notre Dame homer Tim Brown admitted on SiriusXM this morning Notre Dame would prefer to play Alabama because the Dawgs match up better against them.

Bill King

November 25th, 2012
10:46 pm

DP,

The BCS game matches the two teams that top the rankings at the end of the current season. Past glories don’t figure into it. I fully understand why ESPN favors Notre Dame-Bama, as I say in the piece: TV ratings. But that doesn’t make their skewed reporting any more tolerable.

Triple Lindy

November 25th, 2012
10:49 pm

Nice job, Bill.

GaterHater

November 25th, 2012
10:50 pm

ESPN is always obsessed with ND and hates on UGA whats new. Go Dawgs!

bh

November 25th, 2012
11:03 pm

it amazes me how the “criteria” used by the “talking heads” constantly changes depending on what the wind bags desire. The argument against UGA in 2007, was “they are the hottest team in the land BUT they did not win their own division, so they can’t be considered for national title”. This “criteria” was totally ignored last year with Alabama. It was being ignored this year with “sexy” Florida. And I even heard ESPN’s Rece Davis say that Oregon ought to be treated as an “independent” in the minds of the voters and if the voter thinks they are the best team, then they should vote them. What hypocrisy!

Sam

November 25th, 2012
11:06 pm

The reason for the lack of respect is that UGA has just not EARNED it. Face it, the UGA home crowd is pretty lame. Bama fans seem to come ready every game. Start worrying less about “respect” and go out and beat teams. The respect thing will take care of itself.
PS: UGA grad, probably unlike most posters here…

magloper

November 25th, 2012
11:11 pm

Just so you know. Alot of the nation hates Alabama and when the national media announces #’’s 10-1, they don’t speak glowingly of Alabama, they say “and Alabama”. No love fest for Bama. Personally they are sick of Bama but they probably do want them for ratings.

Rick James

November 25th, 2012
11:15 pm

@Sam

PS: UGA grad, probably unlike most posters here…
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Why is that so important? It’s what Tech fans do on UGA blogs. They either pretend to be Alabama fans or unhappy Georgia fans.

PS: This a blog nobody cares and it adds no credibilty to your comment.

DP

November 25th, 2012
11:17 pm

“While a Capitol One Bowl berth, likely against Michigan, is considered the most likely destination for Georgia if it loses to Alabama, the Dogs could wind up relegated to a return trip to the Dome in the Chick-fil-A game.

No, it doesn’t seem fair for the loser of the SEC title game to fall that far, whether it’s Georgia or Alabama, and it’s an issue the conference should take up.”

There are 6 SEC teams in the top 10 of the BCS standings. Florida has played 4 of the other 5 and was 3-1. After the SEC championship game, the loser of the game will have played 3 of the other 5 with a record of 1-2. So how would it be an injustice for Florida to get the SEC’s 2nd BCS spot? Losing the SEC championship game doesn’t make you the SEC’s second best team, as Georgia demonstrated last year by getting trounced 42-10 by LSU.

Alabama and Georgia were both huge beneficiaries of this year’s SEC schedule in which they only had to play 2 of the other top 5 teams while Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M and LSU had to play 4 each. Let’s not insult everybody’s intelligence by claiming it will be some sort of injustice for the Alabama-Georgia loser to get the #3 SEC spot (or maybe even lower) in the bowls behind Florida. This whining is unseemly.

Speed Racer

November 25th, 2012
11:28 pm

Did you notice the the crystal trophy was at the ND game last night? It was as if ABC-ESPN was ready to go ahead and give it to the Irish. And, did you hear Musberger’s breathless proclamation, “Notre Dame is destiny’s darling!”

Tide Rising

November 25th, 2012
11:43 pm

ND is the biggest name in college football and Alabama is one of the biggest names and is the team that everyone has been chasing for the past 3-4 years. The UGA brand is simply not comparable to these 2.

NCDawg

November 25th, 2012
11:56 pm

The gushing over Notre Dame is exactly why I despise them. They get 10X more credit for anything they do they their actual accomplishments deserve. It has always been that way. Notre Dame has played good football this year against a middling schedule. Stanford is the best team that they have played. If an SEC team played that schedule with as lackluster results as ND has, they would be no higher than 5th ..even if undefeated. The schedule would be trotted out and everybody would say it wasn’t worthy. ND is rated as #25 in strength of schedule. They did not play a top 5 team, and only 3 teams that will finish in the top 25. Oklahoma was their lone top 10 oponent and they were exposed as way over rated. Yes, Notre Dame is undefeated but by the standards applied to ANY other program, they would fall short of a #1 ranking.
If they were to beat the SEC champ then I would be the first to crown them national Champs but it isn’t going to happen. I feel for all the hype mongers because they will be sorely disappointed. You need look no further than W.Va to understand incredibly misplaced hype. They are a non factor now because they were exposed. ND WILL likewise be exposed.

ATLNative

November 25th, 2012
11:57 pm

Let’s just suit up, play some ball on Sat and let the tides fall where they may.

Jarvis4Heisman

November 26th, 2012
12:54 am

Would loving nothing more than to throw this into all of ESPN’s smug face. Brent Musberger is completely anti-SEC (to everybody on here that was wondering). He was quoted two weeks ago (during the broadcast of the Oregon-Stanford game) saying that the SEC needs to schedule a ninth conference game, that the SEC had an embarrassing slate of games that day. Yes, most of the conference’s games that day were pansies, but I don’t need to explain what’s so ignorant with that statement. Notre Dame is ESPN’s dream team this year and while the UGA neglect is too noticeable and can be easily pointed out on multiple occasions. I am totally ok with it. Our team is playing on a level they haven’t seen 2007 and they have installed confidence in me that I have not felt since we dismantled Hawaii. I have been very impressed with the team’s focus since we played ourselves back into Atlanta. All in all. Beating Bama and playing Notre Dame will feel that much sweeter knowing none of the ESPN CFB slime balls didn’t want it to happen. GODAWGS!

JeremyM75

November 26th, 2012
12:54 am

Bill I am a GA fan but u stated that the BCS would probably take the sexy Florida team. The BCS has no choice. If Georgia or Bama lose they will fall behind Florida and the rules state if a team finishes in the Top 4 they are guarenteed a BCS bowl. Only 2 teams can go from one conference unless both teams play in the BCS Championship and a 3rd team finishes in the Top 4. I don’t like the rule but that is the rule. The BCS doesn’t have a choice.

Jarvis4Heisman

November 26th, 2012
12:56 am

By the way Bill, loved the article. It couldn’t have come in a more appropriate time. As it seems most of us have seen and felt the same towards this “issue”.

Reality check

November 26th, 2012
1:22 am

Bill-
Alabama’s seniors are 47-5. I repeat 47-5 with 2 national championships, about to be a third and played with 2 Heisman trophy winners. Georgia will lose but there’s no shame, Alabama is on one of the greatest 4 year runs in the history of college football. That’s the story the talking heads see.

Defense wins Titles

November 26th, 2012
2:36 am

Fire sweet Lou Holtz!!! Granny is a Dawg hater because he could not beat Georgia at USCjr. without cheating. Holtz got caught and left for ESPN. Grannie started the Georgia Dawg hate at ESPN. Lou coach against Mark Richt’s Dawgs again. Jobs open at Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, and possibly Vandy if Franklin moves up ladder. Com’on Lou, want some of Dawgs, bring it Grannie.

Homeslice

November 26th, 2012
4:35 am

Over by the half! just like TECH!
GO DAWGS!
WE ARE WITH YOU!

We (did) Run The East

November 26th, 2012
6:18 am

Lets see, why would UGA have a problem making believers out of everyone. I think back to Oct 6, 2012, and SC smacked UGA in the mouth, and UGA rolled over and showed that soft belly, and said, “Please Mr Spurrier, don’t spank us so hard”, and Mr Spurrier did spank UGA and Coach Richt very hard. NO HEART. AL will roll over the dawgs. Dawgs deserve it less than ND

PigIron

November 26th, 2012
6:25 am

“Georgia avoided the three toughest teams in the SEC West and Bama avoided the three toughest teams in the SEC East. Each lost a game to a team in its division. And each played three cupcakes and one BCS conference team in its nonconference schedule.”

Right… The SEC East = The SEC West and Georgia Tech = Michigan.

Dream on…

Fair n Balanced

November 26th, 2012
6:50 am

Watching ESPN talk about ND is like watching cbs, nbc, abc, cnn talk about Obama. I didn’t enjoy either campaign.

Come on Dogs, just overcome all of this by winning the next two games!

Ty

November 26th, 2012
6:50 am

Notre dame’s schedule teams is all bcs schools but playing Navy, Pitt, Wake Forest, Boston College, Michigan State and a few others does not seem to be playing a tough schedule. Those teams are something like 70-57 in their schedule 12 being wins by ND does not seem to be a tough schedule. They should not be in the ncs game because they are not in a conference and get to pick their schedule vs the BCS softies. What a joke. The ACC is also a joke for letting them be part of it in the future not making sure they are on board 100 percent. What a candy program.

Dick Morris

November 26th, 2012
7:00 am

@Fair n Balanced

Don’t worry. the polls are skewed…

Yeah… That’s the ticket! ;)

Fair n Balanced

November 26th, 2012
7:05 am

DP: I see your point but see this: GA 17 – FL 9. And I don’t want to hear about an aberration of turnovers. If FL is all that, then why did they make so many turnovers? I’ll tell you why….GA made them make turnovers.

Now, go on and watch ESPN to gain comfort.

Greg

November 26th, 2012
7:06 am

Anyone that knows college football and says that any team in the SEC has an easy schedule is either lying or has an agenda (like ESPN)

Angry Old Man

November 26th, 2012
7:18 am

Are you Dawg fans always such whiners?

Just be glad that you got a shot. Nobody owes Georgia anything. You have to earn it.

Earn it on the field of play and no ESPN talking head will be able to take it away from you.

If you lose, then consider yourself lucky to get the Chik-fil-A Bowl. Lots of other 2 loss teams out there that would take it.

Proud-Dawg

November 26th, 2012
7:24 am

@We (did) Run the East…….and yet SOuth Carolina will always be just South Carolina. It’s like the 13 year old on Thanksgiving who just won at Wii bowling and now wants to sit at the big boy table. SCar history equates to that of Kentucky, so leave the big boy talk to Bama, UGA, LSU, Texas A&M and Florida.

P.S. – You need some banners in that industrial park you call a stadium, so go ahead and hang 35-7 because that’s all you got. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas

Angry Old Man

November 26th, 2012
7:39 am

@Proud-Dawg

You’re right. South Carolina ain’t got that much to brag about. They are certainly not an elite team.

Bama, on the other hand… Well, that’s a different story.

old junkyard DAWG

November 26th, 2012
7:45 am

All the talking heads at espn can kiss my bulldawg rearend,YOU HAIRY DAWGS NEED TO HUNKER DOWN AND GET SooooooooEM!

Big Crimson 75

November 26th, 2012
8:15 am

With all respect, Bama & ND are the 2 most storied Programs in College Football History.
Forgive a few pundits, if that’s the game they want.
All these pundits y’all hate so much, were rooting for UGA against Fla this year.

Respect??
It’s earned.
Beat Bama & ND, you’ll get all the respect you crave so dearly.

Big Crimson 75

November 26th, 2012
8:22 am

Wow!!
I must admit, I’m glad the UGA going to the Peach Bowl started here first.
It’s the dirty little secret facing UGA if they lose to Bama.
There are no guarantees the dogs get a better bowl.
Bama — BCS
Fla — Sugar
LSU — Cap One
A&M — Cotton(Jerry’s choice)
SC — Outback
UGA — Peach

THWGT

November 26th, 2012
8:23 am

I haven’t watched ESPN in years because of the way they report. Its all about what they want to see rather than who is really making news.

Georgia may not have a better chance in the next few years like they do right now to win it all. I can only hope that our offense isn’t putting it all on the defense as is usual under Bobo when it comes to big games.

GO DAWGS!!!

Hair E Dawg

November 26th, 2012
8:28 am

@Big Crimson 75

You are absolutely right about Bama being a storied program. I especially love the story about the Head Coach (Mike Price) leaving his credit card in a hotel with a hungry prostitute! Never even coached a game before he was fired. WHAT A STORIED PROGRAM!!!!

WOOT!

Macclenny_dawg

November 26th, 2012
8:44 am

Bill,
You hit the nail on the head. But one thing is for sure we control our own Respect!!! Win and were in. Lose and its more of the same for years to come!!! Coaches, players, and fans must go all out and give everything for this game. Bobo has to keep foot on the gas and start Murray out with some easy completions since he tends to come out to fired up. Murray is also gonna have to run some!!! Go Dawgs!!! Beat Bama!!!

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AltamahaDawg

November 26th, 2012
9:13 am

I haven’t heard ESPN say anything that Plenty Of Georgia fans haven’t said about Georgia this entire year in these AJC blogs. It’s kind of hard to complain about what other folks say, when folks see Georgia Fans themselves (althoughts it’s the noisy minority) so quick to downplay it’s team’s accomplishments.

Just need to get into the NC game, and the talking heads will fall in Love with whoever they need to. They would gush over Kent State if that what they got paid to do.