Chick-fil-A will at least consider Dogs

Talked with Gary Stokan, the president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, tonight.

Projections that Georgia will be the SEC representative in the game are just that — projections. Stokan said he has no idea at the moment which SEC team will be in the game, what with half of the league — literally — sharing 7-5 records.

“It’s certainly going to be interesting this year,” Stokan said, “probably more than in any of the 12 years I’ve been doing this.”

But Stokan did say that Georgia’s upset victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday moved the Bulldogs onto the Chick-fil-A radar.

A week ago, the bowl had Auburn, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee on its watch list of SEC teams. The Dogs joined the list Saturday night, Stokan said.

“We will take them under consideration for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, certainly,” he said.

The decision will come by Sunday (Dec. 6), bowl selection day.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl gets its choice of SEC teams after the BCS title game, the Sugar Bowl, the Capital One Bowl, the Outback Bowl and the Cotton Bowl make their picks.

The BCS title game will get the Florida-Alabama winner; the Sugar Bowl the Florida-Alabama loser; the Capital One almost certainly LSU; and the Cotton and Outback probably (not definitely) Ole Miss and Tennessee.

If everything plays out that way, then the Chick-fil-A will pick from among Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Auburn and Arkansas.

All are 7-5 overall.

A case can be made for Georgia, or for just about any of the others. Georgia is 4-4 in the league — the other four are 3-5 — and finished ahead of Kentucky and South Carolina in the East. In head-to-head games, Georgia beat South Carolina, Auburn and Arkansas (but lost to Kentucky).

Part of the equation, too, is which SEC team would make the most logical match for whichever ACC team the Chick-fil-A gets, or vice versa.

While the Chick-fil-A Bowl likes to fill hotel rooms in the process of putting together an appealing game, Stokan said that wouldn’t be a factor against picking the Dogs. Indeed, the Chick-fil-A had Georgia Tech in its game last year.

And while Stokan did not indicate that Georgia — or anyone else — is at the top of the Chick-fil-A’s muddled list right now, he did say that he thinks the Bulldogs’ season was too harshly judged by some critics before the Tech game.

He noted that three of Georgia’s five losses came against teams that at one time were ranked in the top 12 of the BCS standings: Florida, LSU and Oklahoma State. And Tech was ranked No. 7 in the BCS when Georgia beat the Jackets on Saturday.

“I think Georgia has played one of the five toughest schedules in the country,” Stokan said.

Behind the Chick-fil-A Bowl in the SEC pecking order are Nashville’s Music City Bowl, Memphis’ Liberty Bowl, Shreveport’s Independence Bowl and Birmingham’s Papajohn’ Bowl.

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Big Bob

November 29th, 2009
10:02 pm



November 29th, 2009
10:05 pm

suck on it Saint Simons….30-24


November 29th, 2009
10:06 pm

The Chick fil a bowl might be hesitant to take the hometown team, because we wont book as many hotel rooms in Atlanta… either way, i think an invite to the chick fil a bowl or music city bowl will be warmly accepted by all dawg fans… anything is better than Shreveport!!!


November 29th, 2009
10:08 pm

its easy. it comes down to if the NERDS lose in the ACC championship game. NERDS lose = UGA in Nashville vs UNC/BC. Nerds win = UGA vs Clemson in ChickFilA bowl.

Joe Coxs' shadow

November 29th, 2009
10:20 pm

We finally put it together last night, Clemson would be a great match up BC we lost to a while back UNC would be interesting….Wheres miami playing?


November 29th, 2009
10:22 pm

Hey, Dawgs! Here’s something we can work on in preparation for the bowl game (whichever it may be). Make a play and get back to the huddle; prepare yourself for the next play.

No more of this ‘Look at Me’ stuff, dancing around, beating your chest, and/or waiving for us to cheer. Just do your job.

Jax State Alum

November 29th, 2009
10:22 pm

I wanna UGA to play in the Saint Simons Bowl!!!!

Eat it St. Simons

November 29th, 2009
10:34 pm

((30-24)) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
364 more days to go, eat it St. Simons

Saint Simons

November 29th, 2009
10:41 pm


kauai dawg

November 29th, 2009
10:42 pm

I see chicken sandwiches falling from the sky….. I would love to face either Clemson, Miami or NC. Good matchup. I also would love to face either Notre Dame or Oklahoma or Florida State somehow…. Go DAWGS!


November 29th, 2009
10:44 pm

Get two free hotdogs and two free cokes when you purchase ACC championship tickets!

South GA DAwg

November 29th, 2009
10:55 pm

Let it be known SEC is the strongest conference. The bulldogs rocked the best the ACC has to offer at their own house. South Carolina killed the number two team in the ACC and Fl State never showed up to play Florida. Tech would not have won five games in the SEC and would have lost most of their players to injury. They were droping like flies playing against real men.


November 29th, 2009
10:56 pm

Jeff Sagarin BCS Poll has ranked UGA Number 17.

Kenneth Massey BCS Poll has ranked UGA Number 18.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll has ranked UGA Number 33.

Anderson – Hester Seattle Times Poll has ranked UGA Number 24.

BCS Poll has ranked UGA Number 28.

BCS Computer Polls have ranked UGA Number 24.

There are now no ACC teams ranked in the AP Poll nor Coaches’ Poll Top 10. Georgia Tech is no longer the top-ranked ACC team; Virginia Tech is Number 11 in both the Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll.

Clemson dropped out of the USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25.

SEC has Florida Number 1 in both Coaches’ and AP Polls. AP Poll has Alabama Number 2, and USA Today Coaches’ Poll has Alabama Number 3.

BCS has Florida Alabama Number 1 and Number 2.

UGA is projected for $5.6 million dollar Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the top-ranked ACC team

Virginia Tech, again pitting the top non-BCS ACC team against the 5th best SEC team.

Tennessee is projected for $3 million dollar Outback Bowl in Tampa against Wisconsin.

Nebraska who has not played any team in the BCS Top 33 except for 1 Loss to Number 11 Virginia Tech plays Texas to see if the BCS would pit Alabama Florida for both The SEC Championship Game and the BCS National Championship Game. A Nebraska win could bring that game up for the 1st time pitting 2 teams from the same conference in the BCS National Championship Game. Root for Nebraska, but they haven’t beat any team in the BCS Top 33.

Tennessee is Number 46 in the BCS Poll (UGA Number 28.) Tennessee beat no team in the BCS Top 25, no team in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25 and no team in the AP Poll Top 25.

ACC is 9-11 against BCS conferences.

SEC is 10-4 against BCS Conferences.

SEC 10-4 is by far the best of any conference against BCS Conferences, as no Conference has more wins against BCS Conferences and no Conference is close to the SEC Winning Percentage against BCS Conferences.

SEC is 31-6 against all 1-A teams. This, too, is by far the best of all conferences.

No BCS Conference team lost to any 1-AA team, except the ACC who Lost not once but twice to 1-AA teams.

SEC out of conference is 42-6 by far the best in the nation of all conferences.

ACC does not have a winning record against The SEC, The Big XII, the Big Ten (11), nor the PAC-10.

ACC is 2-5 against SEC this season so far.

There are only 2 conferences with top-ranked teams, The SEC with the Top 2 and the Big XII with 1 of the Top 3. After that, all the weenie conferences are ahead of every ACC team, every PAC-10 team, and every Big Ten (11) team.

TCU, Cincinnati, and Boise State are all 3 ranked ahead in every poll of every ACC team, every PAC-10 team, and ahead of every Big Ten (11) team.

ACC does not even have a Top 10 ranked team, again. None.

The same as it is every year.

Average BCS Ranking of every team in every conference shows SEC Number 37, Big East Number 40, PAC-10 Number 41, ACC Number 48, Big Ten (11) Number 50 and the Big XII dragging up the rear at Average BCS Ranking of Number 51.

Big XII is really really really really bad.

Notre Dame is 6-6 against a soft soft soft schedule. Notre Dame beat no Top 25 team in any poll. Just imagine losing to BCS Ranked Number 83 Michigan. Notre Dame’s best win is over BCS Ranked Number 56 team, Nevada for God’s sake.

TCU played a really soft schedule. They will obviously lose if they play any reasonable opponent.
Oregon. Thank Oregon of the PAC-10 for Losing to Boise State for why Boise State will take away the BCS at large big from the ACC.

UGA SoS is Number 6 in the nation with the win over Number 12 Georgia Tech.

Tennessee vols SoS is Number 44 in the nation with the win over Number 28 UGA.

Georgia Tech SoS is Number 48 in the nation with the win over Number 11 Virginia Tech; yet Virginia Tech is ranked AHEAD of Georgia Tech in both the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and ahead of Georgia Tech in the AP Poll.

4th best SEC team is UGA in the BCS Rankings at Number 28.

4 SEC East teams are 7-5 tied for 2nd in the SEC East behind Florida. 2 of those have a losing record in The SEC Kentucky and South Carolina. South Carolina is ranked way ahead of Tennessee vols at Number 31 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll which the vols are not in, and Number 35 for South Carolina in the BCS Poll. Tennessee vols are Number 46 in the BCS Poll because the vols beat no team ranked in the Top 25 of the polls. South Carolina beat no team in the Top 25 of the polls either, but South Carolina has far better wins than Tennessee vols with South Carolina’s win over Ole Miss and win over Climpsum Farmers to ruin the ACC Chumpionship Game with UGA’s major assistance dropping Number 12 Georgia Tech from any discussion of anything this morning.

SEC Rankings 2009 :

1.Florida 12-0. BCS # 1.

2.Alabama 12-0. BCS # 2.

3.LSU 9-3 BCS Number 13.

4.UGA 7-5 vs # 6 SoS and BCS # 28.

5.Arkansas 7-5 BCS # 30.

6.Ole Miss 8-4 vs # 59 SoS BCS # 33.

7.South Carolina 7-5 BCS # 35.

8.Mississipppi State 5-7 vs. # 1 SoS and BCS Number 44.

9.Tennessee vols 7-5 vs # 44 SoS and BCS Number 46.

10.Auburn 7-5 BCS # 48.

11.Kentucky 7-5 BCS # 51.

Ole Miss could get a better bowl bid than UGA at 8-4, but when you see SoS # 59 for Ole Miss and # 6 for UGA at 7-5, the nod goes to UGA.

UGA gets the 4th Bowl bid in The SEC. Clearly.

Every AJ-C sportswriter picked Georgia Tech. I picked GA to beat Tech and South Carolina to beat Clemson, relegating the ACC Chumpionship Game to nothingness.

South GA DAwg

November 29th, 2009
11:00 pm

I am so proud CMR grew a set of balls during ths game. He could have won 10 games if he would have done it sooner. Glad to see your head out of your a– for a change CMR. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

william cranman

November 29th, 2009
11:04 pm

Tim, please don’t ignore this question. How is it that the AJC does not have even one picture of Russ, the temporary mascot that was used at Saturday’s game? Am I the only one that thinks this is stunning? Please reply.


November 29th, 2009
11:16 pm


“UGAg fans need to get a life. Get over the fact that GT is going to completely destroy you guys tomorrow”

“With a week off to prepare, and a well rested Yellow Jacket squad, this should be a very good game as the triple option gets going in this one. Tech covers in this game against UGA. Paul Johnson rules in rivalry games! “

Ramble On:
“THWG! GT romps! 50+ on the pups.”
BuLLdawg –Forget stats that you worship to make your arguments. Ignore you and your ilk. Win and let things take care of themselves. Go Jackets! POUND THE HOUNDS!! THWG!!”

“bulldawg, Paul Johnson is making the lunatic fringe of UGA fandom literally go insane.”


“I work in athens I wear my Georgia Tech hats and shirts proudly and the lil bulldawgs never say a word but I love the way they look at me with hatred when I could careless about them. They are just another win on the season to me.”

Ramble On:
“My guess is that your punter, Butler will break all the UGA punting records tonight. I say he punts about 20 times for a total of 1000 yards. Now, that my UGAG friends is an accomplishment. THWG!”


“Tech will cruise to a huge victory today over UGA”


Perfect Option
“Ga Tech will win the game as well as the knock down drag out fight afterwards”

“Hey buLLdawg!! As you can see, we are all sooo upset and rattled by your fiction. Come back tomorrow and tell us all the other ways UGAy is superior to Tech, except in what this whole thread is about. UGA 17 GT 38”


. William Casey
“I hope that the Jackets beat the hell out of the Bulldogs. However, I’ll be happy if we win by 1.”


“I just can’t stand the Bulldogs. I wish we would break the old scoring record that we put up against Cumberland.”

Tony Barnhart

“Georgia at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is brimming with confidence as it goes for its second straight win over the Bulldogs. Georgia, meanwhile, there is no evidence that the Bulldogs can handle a tough, physical football game for four quarters. That is exactly what Georgia Tech will give them. Georgia Tech 38, Georgia 21.”


November 29th, 2009
11:21 pm

There has been an amber alert issued in Atlanta, GA. There are 11 individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 and they were last seen wearing gold and white jerseys. They go by the nickname Tech’s defense.

Tim Tucker

November 29th, 2009
11:36 pm

I feel sure we have a photo of Russ. I’ll check on that in the morning.

Cartoon Jacket

November 29th, 2009
11:38 pm

STOP!!!!! you are making me cry!!!
Diddy….take me home!!!
Diddy: “Shut up kid, you are home and in my GD basement…..playing video games like always. If you are skeered, turn off the damn Xbox!!”


November 29th, 2009
11:39 pm

I wish I was Barnhardt’s bookie


November 30th, 2009
12:16 am

Very impressed by the old school running game displayed by the Dogs. Can’t help but wonder if they would have had similar success against other teams on their schedule if their line had “gotten after it” as CMR says they did Sat night. Hope to see more of the same in 2010.


November 30th, 2009
12:48 am

Good one Kevin! #9 Jones,R….R stands for redemption..big time. Great game young man

Johnny DangerDawg

November 30th, 2009
1:28 am

You are right that a GT loss next week could put the Dawgs in the Music City Bowl. However, if GT goes to the Orange, I think Chick-Fil-A wants VA Tech. VA Tech is 9-3 and would be a lot more attractive than an 8-5 Clemson team coming off back-to-back losses.

Johnny DangerDawg

November 30th, 2009
1:32 am

william cranman,
I agree. We need some photos of Russ. In fact, I would rather read a whole story about Russ than read the 100th article about recruiting trips.


November 30th, 2009
1:34 am

Face it dawg fans no matter what you are going to lose the bowl game you are in. Your team played one game all season. That was your bowl game. Have fun in Shreveport!!! Savory your lone decent victory while you can!!!


November 30th, 2009
2:14 am

You are right about where Tennessee ranks. You just failed to mention one thing. Tennessee beat your precious dawgs to a fare-thee-well this year. The results are what they are. You can blow your horn all you want. It will not change the results on the field.

P. Bull Terrier

November 30th, 2009
2:55 am

BuLLdawg – Thanks for the outstanding post with all the BCS stats. Very interesting reading. Much more interesting than “UGAY stinks – Nerds lost – etc.”

I remember the days when we could find that kind of in-depth information in the AJC. In fact Tim Tucker used to be one of the best at compiling a bunch of facts and statistics into an informative summary. I miss those days.

Now all we get is Bradley’s “The Tech guy said something bad about your mother. Discuss.” and Schultz’s “Russ (the substitute UGA) claims Georgia girls are better looking than Tech girls. Discuss it amongst yourselves while we count the hits.

BuLLdawg , I don’t know how much work you did to gether your information, but if you have a blog of your own, I’ll be in line to be your first reader.


November 30th, 2009
3:29 am

BuLLdawg, it’s obvious you’re WAY too smart for most who post here. Thanks for all the info.


November 30th, 2009
5:04 am


November 30th, 2009
5:35 am

Everyone has zero respect for all the Tech fans who ran their mouth so loudly before the game, and now have instead hidden since the game.


November 30th, 2009
5:35 am

Josh Nesbitt was not injured. Neither were any of the other Georgia Tech crying little babies, who had to be carted off the field, every one of which came back to play in a play or 2.


November 30th, 2009
6:50 am

GT311….Don’t worry about UGA’s bowl game. We beat your ass ( again ) and that’s all that matters on this blog. Fool.

Topp Dogg

November 30th, 2009
7:04 am

GT still sux and so do Tech fans lol 30-24!


November 30th, 2009
7:50 am

Tech is overated! I loved it how we ran it down their throat all game long! Tech is soft. Their defense proved it last night. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Hunting Dawg

November 30th, 2009
8:11 am

St. Simons says… Waaaaaahhhhhhh!!!! ((((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))). We won’t hear from him again!!!

The win doesn’t change the fact that CWM needs to go and I hope the rumors are true that the entire defensive staff will resign today.

I think that CMR was very misdirected in his anger when the players gave him a Gatorade bath at the end of the game. Where was that reaction when it came to the poor playing during the entire season? He should of been like that when the defense was racking up personal fouls and letting teams get first downs on 3rd and 15 every game!

Go Dawgs!


November 30th, 2009
8:17 am

Hunting Dawg, That is one of the best posts I have seen this season. CMR wasn’t exactly steaming when Gamble body slammed the Tech returner 20 yds. out of bounds.


November 30th, 2009
8:31 am

30-24 glad it hurts so bad!!!! Tech might get to a BCS game, but they are still the second best team in Georgia. UGA owns Tech!!! always have, always will.


November 30th, 2009
8:40 am

30-24!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! I “think” CMR was mad about the gatorade bath because he knew he had to film the CMR Show after the game???????


November 30th, 2009
8:42 am

GT 311, 30-24!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! EIGHT out of NINE!!!!!!!! enjoy your ten wins in the Absolutely Can’t Compete (ACC)!!!!!!!!

More Confused

November 30th, 2009
8:59 am

confused- Was that a joke? Explain.


November 30th, 2009
9:01 am

Beautiful win yes and thankfully I don’t have to come on here anymore and read Saint Simons post. Now on to more important matters.

As for the Bowl game, yes I would like to see UGA in the ChickFila bowl best bowl available. However, one of the things I really enjoy about bowl season is getting to play teams from different conf. Personally I would prefer any of our options other than an SEC vs ACC matchup just for the fun factor of a truly different opponent.

Now I loved the win just as much as any dog fan but here are my thoughts following the game:
Why did it take 11 games to learn to not Joe Cox lose the game?

Why did Ealy not start earlier and what took C. King so long to learn he has to run hard at the college level? I hope it doesn’t require him to have that huge of holes to be successful.

Martinez still must go along with a minimum of Fabris included?

What in the crap was that screen pass call on 3rd and 4 at the end of the game? Why play for a 50+ field goal when all it took was a 5 yard pattern plus Cox has struggled with the screen all year. Just to me showed how our play calling and decision making still needs to be improved. A 55 yard fg attempt is never a high percentage option even with the best or 2nd best kicker in the country.

I agree with hunting dawg, where was that emotion for the tackling out of bounds that was displayed during the powerade bath? That’s what I want to see from CMR from time to time. I did love the way he worked the officials.

Where in the crap was the R Jones we saw saturday night all year?

crazy dawg

November 30th, 2009
9:05 am

If the Chick-fil-a bowl does not select Georgia as its host team then we as Dawg fans should start an eat more beef movement move on to the Music City bowl. Remember what happened the year after we played their CMR first bowl game. The same can happen in 2010.Atlanta would be great to spend the bowl game date with another ACC Team but if they dont want us to Hell with Chick – fil- a eat more beef. I am tired of those cows any way.

Call it Like It Is

November 30th, 2009
9:14 am

Again, GA does not deserve a bowl especially, a home game in the dome!

Gators roll to another SEC and NC!

Enough Said!

Judge Dawg

November 30th, 2009
9:25 am

UGA has been trashed by the AJC and should not play in Atlanta.


November 30th, 2009
9:26 am

senoiadawgs, you are right on the money I cant say it better. adding to that Bobo is clearly a stubborn idiot, how many times Smith should fumble before stopping feeding the ball to him. he is not a running back! he doesn’t carry the ball as a RB, and he proved he isn’t a good receiver either, stop the non sense. it is just unbelievable! it was a 1 inch difference between losing and winning the game on that fumble!


November 30th, 2009
9:28 am

I would love to see Georgia vs Miami at the chick-Fil-A, should be a classic

Michael G.

November 30th, 2009
9:59 am

Stokan will probably choose one of the other teamsfor the bowl out of spite for UGA not agreeing to move its home game with Tech to the Ga. Dome. Hotel rooms may be important for the city, but I thought the bowl game’s first priority would be to sell as many tickets as possible. With UGA as one of the teams, it would almost certainly guarantee a sell-out of the game.


November 30th, 2009
10:13 am

S. Ga, what was it that you saw Richt do in this game differently?


November 30th, 2009
10:16 am

what? Cmon people, that was the absolute worst Victory in Ga. history!Now CMR, will have leverage when it comes to keeping Martinez,and that pitiful defense!


November 30th, 2009
10:29 am

Tennessee will most likely get the better bowl pick before GA, KY, or SC. TN beat all three and KY beat GA. I know it will be hard to swallow, but TN ended up finishing #2 behind Florida in the East even though their record was the same as the others, but they get the tie breaker as they beat GA, KY and SC.