Bulldogs turn focus to SEC game, BCS shot

ATHENS — The state championship won, Georgia’s football team enthusiastically turned its attention to what’s ahead: the SEC Championship game against Alabama and, for the winner of that game, a shot at the national title.

“We’re fixing to go out there next week and play the game of our life,” said Georgia senior safety Bacarri Rambo, referring to next Saturday’s SEC title game in the Georgia Dome. “Because that is going to determine who makes it to the national championship, which was our goal for the season.”

“Definitely, that’s what the goal was at the beginning of the season. We had the road-to-Miami slogan and everything,” said freshman tailback Keith Marshall, referring to the site of the BCS title game Jan. 7. “It’s good that we can almost taste it, but we’ve got to stay focused and worry about the SEC Championship game.”

Ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in last week’s BCS standings, Alabama and Georgia stayed on their collision course for Atlanta by defeating their arch-rivals by a combined margin of 91-10 on Saturday. Alabama’s 49-0 rout of Auburn clinched the SEC Western Division title and a berth in the conference title game. Georgia had secured the SEC Eastern Division crown two weeks earlier, but its 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech kept its momentum strong and its national-title hopes alive.

The Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Dome, both bringing 11-1 (7-1 SEC) records. Oddsmakers last week projected Alabama as an early 7-point favorite. All of the BCS analysts agree: The winner goes to Miami.

Alabama has won two of the past three national championships, including last season’s. Georgia last won a national championship 32 years ago.

“We’re very confident. We play this game just like they do,” Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones said. “We put on our pads and shoes and everything just like they do. But definitely (there’s) respect. They’re a good program, and we respect them. I guess they respect us.”

They do, according to Alabama coach Nick Saban.

“Georgia’s got a really good team. They’re playing as well as anybody in the country right now,” he said on CBS immediately after the win over Auburn. “We’ve just got to keep focusing on the things that we need to do to play winning football.”

The Bulldogs put talk and thought of the SEC and BCS aside for a week of focus on the Tech game. Now they can talk and think about the SEC title game without denying what’s at stake: a BCS title game berth.

“We know this one game can make so much happen for us,” wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell said.

“The SEC Championship game (has) got to be our main focus; then we’ll worry about after that,” linebacker Alec Ogletree said. “But I know guys are excited about what could possibly happen.”

“This is the situation we wanted to be in,” tight end Jay Rome said. “And now we’re here.”

Georgia will be making its second consecutive trip to the SEC title game. The Bulldogs lost 42-10 to LSU there last season despite leading 10-0 after the first quarter. LSU then went on to lose to SEC West runnerup Alabama in the national title game.

“Last year was a little bit different for us,” Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson said. “I think we were a little bit happy just to be (in the SEC title game). And this year we’re coming, and we’re going to give it our all.”

“We’re ready,” Mitchell said. “I think we’ve got a high level of confidence to play in the game.”

Of Alabama, Robinson said: “They’re always well coached. They’ve always got some of the best players in the country.” And of Georgia, he said: “We have the same.”

The game is on.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

105 comments Add your comment

Birdhair

November 24th, 2012
8:20 pm

DawgFan

November 24th, 2012
8:42 pm

Go Dawgs. Beat Bama and take us to Miami

Rabbit

November 24th, 2012
8:48 pm

Can’t call it, but I have a feeling the game’s gonna look like GA/FLA earlier this season – a brawl, with turnovers deciding the game.
Go Dogs.

Bitter dawgs fan---trailer tramp hater

November 24th, 2012
8:57 pm

Finally—its time to kick the –little used car salesman

—-off the car lot and back to his trailer park

—AKA—-Tusk—ur—looserville——blahahahahahahahaha

———–REVENGE FOR BLACKOUT————

bobdawg

November 24th, 2012
9:03 pm

Will be decided on the field.

South Ga Dawg

November 24th, 2012
9:03 pm

Lets beat Bama, Dawgs! Thanks for a great win vs the nerds! Always makes my year! Go Dawgs! Finish strong!

Return to Glory

November 24th, 2012
9:05 pm

GATA: Go DAWGS !!!!

Finchdawg

November 24th, 2012
9:06 pm

I hear ya’, Bitter dawgs fan! Revenge for Blackout Night, 2008! Go Dawgs!

KilroyDawg

November 24th, 2012
9:15 pm

Couldn’t be more proud of a team. No matter what happens Saturday, this team has proven worthy of National Championship talk. Having said that, FINISH THE DRILL! Beat BAMA!! GO DAWGS!!!

BAMAMAN

November 24th, 2012
9:27 pm

nice win, but you got a GREAT team ahead ready to knock you out! I think ga is peaking, and bama will have a tough go…….is it ga’s destiny to win? bama is so well coached, but the tide’s secondary can be had + we don’t get enough push on the qb with our front 4…….we will have to blitz and can murray have an A game or will he fold? ga offense looks ok, good backs but they haven’t faqced a defense this good yet and ga’s defense is strong, can mccaron execute against it? will be tough

Dawg-Gawn

November 24th, 2012
9:31 pm

“Our Team” “Our Tme” “No Regrets”

“One Game” “One Score Board” “Dawgs Ball Out”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Troup Co. Dawg

November 24th, 2012
9:35 pm

I said it awhile back that the Dawgs were coming for ya Bama…and here we are standing at your doorstep! Go Dawgs!!!

Bamafan

November 24th, 2012
9:36 pm

The Dawgs are playing well. And I’m sure they will be fired up. BUT, i will tell you most Bama fans fully expect them to play like they always do in big games and roll over…like they’ve always done in since CMR arrived. The have zero history in being able to play in the big games and in the limelight. They are a very good team, and quiet frankly, if not for their history in these big games, I’d be a bit concerned. Murray played against 2 good defenses this year. Florida and South Carolina. He was not good in either game. Can’t wait for the game. Dawg fans will be stunned when they see more Bama fans than UGA fans at the game. Bama fans bought up the yearly renewable tickets back in 1992, thinking the game was staying in Bham. For some reason the SEC honored this even when the game moved to ATL. As a result, it will seem like a Bama home game!!!! Roll Tide Roll

make sense

November 24th, 2012
9:48 pm

UGA defense is not the same defense early in the year. Momentum is huge in any sport. No matter how great and dominating your opponent is. Bama has shown some vuneralbility on defense and offense. they’re still good now, so UGA better bring their best game. You don’t judge a team though over what they do over the course a season and who they played on the schedule, but what they do week to week. UGA has simply gotten better every week. And they are hungry and playing with an attittude. I’m not guaranteeing a win for UGA but I like their chances.

dg0358

November 24th, 2012
10:00 pm

Get ready for the Georgia-Alabama border war! Hide the kids! It’s coming and it’s gonna be scary!

JuneBaby

November 24th, 2012
10:09 pm

hop

November 24th, 2012
10:20 pm

it will be a great game being played by two outstanding teams.

Mark Richt has beaten Saben for the SEC Championship when he was at LSU.

I think history repeats itself once again ,as the Dawgs win it all by defeating the Irish for the big prize one more time!

Jackson

November 24th, 2012
10:27 pm

Alabama 31, Georgia 17

Brick

November 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

Bamafan, I agree we have played against 2 defenses, both stat wise are on the level of Bama, won one, lost one. But how many good defenses has Bama played this year? From what I have seen, 2 won one, lost one just like we did. McCarron led Bama down for a winning td against LSU, just like Murray did against UF who beat LSU by the way, but like Murray has done, against A&M, he didn’t come through in the clutch. I am not predicting a UGA win, but I don’t think its out of the realm of possibilities as most Bama fans seem to think, LSU and A&M exposed Bama’s pass defense.

mopardog

November 24th, 2012
10:47 pm

The Dawgs are gonna smack ‘Bama in the mouth. Its gonna happen really fast and its gonna hurt. It won’t be Roll Tide, its gonna be Steam roll tide! Go Dawgs!

Steve

November 24th, 2012
10:59 pm

Bama and ND in the NC game. The GREAT Florida Gators will move to #3 and get the BCS game. Leghumpers settle for the Outhouse Bowl.

Steve

November 24th, 2012
11:01 pm

Jackson, you called it correctly. Bama will bend the Leghumpers over break it off in them. LMAO……

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:05 pm

Our O-line has to hold up and that will be the key. We need to play at different tempos like we did today to keep their D off balance

KilroyDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:11 pm

Big talk Stephen. Shows concern to me. Bring it on Bama, and please be overconfident!! Dawgs playing as well as anyone in the country and very easily can win SEC and play for all the marbles!,
GO DAWGS!!!

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:16 pm

I think BAMAFAN brings up good PTs. Let’s play the game and see what happens?! Both teams had great years.

Steve

November 24th, 2012
11:17 pm

LMAO….. Richt will choke just like he always does. You beat a BELOW average ACC team today. Big deal. You will be beating a trail back to Athens with a loss and you will still have that joke of a head coach at the helm.

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:21 pm

Glad ND won which blocks the Gayters also!

me

November 24th, 2012
11:21 pm

wish he would have just played the game. No reason to talk.

Funny watching ND struggle against another 4 loss team.

And has there ever been more BS around this Mateio kid from ND? All the hype, then they show his stats for the game. 4 tackles, 1 pick. The pick was thrown right into his arms. He was also beat earlier on a TD. Munsberger and his ball washer Herbstreet are complete jokes.

me

November 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

If the Dawg OLine shows up, the Dawgs have a chance. I think AL or GA would beat the hell out of ND. ND can’t defend the pass and can’t pass. Other than that, they are #1. Yeah right.

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:25 pm

The real NC is next weekend. The SEC rep will destroy the “big10″ Irish. They look slow.

me

November 24th, 2012
11:26 pm

@Steve “LMAO….. Richt will choke just like he always does.”

Note the the inbreed, buck toothed fool named Steve: Richt doesn’t play.

Steve

November 24th, 2012
11:32 pm

That’s okay Bob, the Gators will get a BCS bowl game while the Leghumpers head to Tampa. By the way when was the last time the Leghumpers won a NC? 1980 what? LOL…….

Steve

November 24th, 2012
11:36 pm

Me, goes to show just how stupid you redneck leghumpers are. You have a coach who under achieves year after year and you allow him to hang around. Enjoy the Outhouse Bowl. By he way, when was your last NC? 1980 what? LMAO…… Talk about inbreeding……..

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:37 pm

STEVE, u sound like an upset Nerd from today’s game. Dr Bob is here for u. Let it all out buddy.

Steve

November 24th, 2012
11:42 pm

Wrong again Bobby. My team had no problem winning today. Now how many NC’s have the leghumpers won? Even though I hate Bama, I hope they break it off in you azz next week.

zebra

November 24th, 2012
11:43 pm

I always love all the pitiTech fans acting like they are Bama fans.

zebra

November 24th, 2012
11:44 pm

Poor Lil Techmites

zebra

November 24th, 2012
11:44 pm

Next year, no really

zebra

November 24th, 2012
11:46 pm

Even your arrogant coach hates your team- Go Big Yeller!

Steve

November 24th, 2012
11:47 pm

Zebra, can you actually read? Is is that hard to figure it out? I cannot believe that Dawg fans are that stupid. Really….. Is this what happens when one sleeps with heir sister?

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:48 pm

Actually we have won several SEC championships under CMR and due to the fickle polls during those years ( non Conf champ ) could not get into the MNC at the time. But as Spirrier says it’s all about the SEC, right Stevie? Glad your coach is a former DAwg, Stevie.

zebra

November 24th, 2012
11:48 pm

What is an heir sister?

D Child

November 24th, 2012
11:49 pm

“Bama fans fully expect them to play like they always do in big games and roll over…like they’ve always done in since CMR arrived. The have zero history in being able to play in the big games and in the limelight.”

Luckily the expectations of Bama fans will have no bearing on the outcome of the game. Richt has won 2 SEC titles and 2 BCS bowl games, so to say his teams roll over in big games is not at all accurate. Certainly they have struggled over the last several years, but at least act like you have some knowledge of history. Remember, UGA has beaten Bama 3 of the last 4…should be a barn burner next Saturday!

kme

November 24th, 2012
11:50 pm

1st hurdle….we beat GA Tech…HANDILY….42-10. Second hurdle…to play ‘BAMA in an all-out slugfest. Yes, this will be the game of all games…and talking about a brutal battle. I remember our 1980 NC with HW. He was good…and Gurshall can be better. If we make it to the NC vs ND, that would be awesome.
How bout them DAWGS….roll OVER Tide! hmmm…Ga is a 7 pt underdog…I say a slugfest…hmm, possibly GA 19 ‘BAMA 16.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…………….
DAWGS!

ShowMeYurTD's

November 24th, 2012
11:51 pm

National championship game next week! Go Dawgs! This is our year! CMR, keep ‘em focused and study the friggin A&M–AL tapes! Preparation is the key to steam rollin’ the tide. Whooo-Hooooooo..

BigDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:53 pm

Anyone who thinks Bama will blow out the Dawgs I will bet you your house it ain’t gonna happen, know why? Cause we will Sic Em, woof woof woof!!! Dawgs 30, Tide Roll 20

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:53 pm

STEVE, do you realize your Leghumper Coach is 0-6 in Jax as a player and now a traitor coach??? LOSER!!!!!!

BobDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:54 pm

Nite all.. GO DAWGS!!!! SIC EM….

BigDawg

November 24th, 2012
11:57 pm

Hey Spurrier, we’re going to the SEC championship game! Bahahahahahaha Gamecocks suck it!

ShowMeYurTD's

November 24th, 2012
11:57 pm

Did I really see kiffen call a time out and take 6 off the board? Geesh….Notre Dame over-rated is an understatement….I would put most SEC teams up against them. So much hype for the condoms and the Catholics….neither deserving. BAMA 28- UGA 37………ND 10- DAWGS 42. You heard it hear first.