A while back, I broached what I thought was a worst-case scenario: What would happen if Georgia lost in Starkville?
We now know, and it hasn’t been pretty. The Bulldogs have since lost again, spawning all manner of anti-Richt screeds from folks like me. And now I’m thinking of an even worse worst-case scenario:
What happens if Mark Richt loses to the offspring of the man who hired him?
Understand: I don’t think it will happen. I don’t think Georgia will lose to Tennessee. But I didn’t think the Bulldogs would lose to Mississippi State, and not long ago I suggested UGA wouldn’t lose again until Oct. 30. (Missed by 28 days, I did.) Meaning: You probably shouldn’t listen to me.
I ask again: What if Richt loses to Vince Dooley’s son? What if Tennessee comes to Sanford Stadium and wins again? What if 1-4 UGA becomes 1-5 UGA?
I say again: I don’t think it will happen. But I’ve been covering the SEC since the ’70s, and I’ve never before been able to describe the Bulldogs as “1-4 Georgia,” so we’re operating beyond my frame of reference. And I’m not sure my feeble mind could accommodate a loss to the scion-coached Big Orange. I’m just not.