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ATHENS – Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs finally return to Athens to face Tech. Here are our five things for Friday you need to know as you head into the weekend.
1.Georgia Stays Returns Home
Georgia hasn’t played much at home lately, but we’re getting Clean Old Fashioned Hate between the hedges this weekend. This is the quintessential look-ahead game for #1 Georgia. Another win is required for Tech to progress to a bowl.
That would be a hell of a turnaround for Tech. The massive 35.5 line makes that unlikely.
2a. What to look out for (UGA edition)
Georgia has a chance of a 12-0 for the second time in a row. That’s a major achievement for any program – certainly one set in the SEC. We haven’t seen Georgia go unbeaten in consecutive regular seasons in a very, very long time.
Meanwhile, the game with LSU (and beyond) is on the horizon. The Dawgs are already listed as a significant favorite to beat the Tigers. But LSU has played pretty well at times this season. Then again, they were pretty bad at times too — the Tennessee game says hello. Georgia is the betting favorite to win the national title. That won’t change much this weekend, we don’t think, but we’re close to the stretch run of the season.
Winning those two games would represent the “easiest” possible way to win everything.
2 B. What to look out for (Non-UGA Edition)
It’s a big weekend across the country – Rivalry Week is here. We saw a nutty egg bowl Thanksgiving night. We should expect the same kind of stupidity this weekend. Ohio State-Michigan, Notre Dame-USC and Iowa State-TCU are all big games this Saturday. Of course, Clemson-South Carolina and UGA-Tech are also important.
After this weekend we will know exactly what is going on ahead of the championship weekend. Who will make the playoffs? Who will need help? What a time …
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3. Quote of the week:
“Boys are excited and understand the importance of the game. We had a really good practice today and yesterday.” – UGA Coach Kirby Smart on his team’s preparations for the Tech Game.
4. Thursday Night Rundown:
The Egg Bowl has delivered again. Not Lane Kiffin again. Lane was so prepared on Thursday night that he twice called time-outs before the Rebels failed to secure a mandatory two-point conversion in the closing moments of the game.
Lane didn’t win Thursday night. At least there’s always Twitter. He’s undefeated there – do you think that helps tonight?
Pound for pound, this is the best rivalry in college sports — not just college football. These two fandoms may live together, but they are very different.
Ole Miss under Lane Kiffin has tweeted a lot and suffered a lot more losses than you might expect compared to the attention he gets. The Rebels have lost four of their last five games. Only a three-point win at the modest Texas A&M kept them from a full streak last season. Arkansas and LSU kicked Ole Miss’s ass so badly it makes you wonder what on earth is going on.
The idea of playing in a New Year’s Six Bowl was fun while it lasted.
5th castle of the week
At least it won’t rain. My curls of the week were more of a disaster than the end of Ole Miss’s season. At least we don’t have to deal with rain on Saturday. I can’t tell you how lucky I am that I won’t be raining at all games. You should be happy too. Castle of the week? Maybe next year. Pooh.