What the national media is saying about Georgia football heading into Missouri
On Thursday morning, Georgia and Ohio State announced the two schools agreed to a home-and-home series, set to be played in 2030 in Athens and 2031 in Columbus, Ohio.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit — who played quarterback for Ohio State — was thrilled by the news and praised both programs for the decision.
“Good for these 2 programs and AD’s for setting this precedent. Wow!!! Can you imagine those 2 game,” Herbstreit tweeted. “Hope this trend keeps growing nationwide. Love it!”
Good for these 2 programs and AD’s for setting this precedent. Wow!!! Can you imagine those 2 games?!?? Hope this trend keeps growing nationwide. Love it! https://t.co/lNwOwYNOtb
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 7, 2019
With the Buckeyes now on the schedule, Georgia will have three Power Five games every year from 2028 through 2031. During that time, Clemson, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State and now Ohio State will all come to Athens, to go along with Georgia’s annual rivalry contest against Georgia Tech. In 2030 specifically, Georgia will host Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia Tech.
“We are committed to playing in as many big games as possible, keeping Georgia on the national stage,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Matchups with a team like Ohio State are one of the many reasons great players come to Georgia.”
As for the current Bulldogs, they earned plenty of high praise for their performance against Florida. Georgia earned a 24-17 victory over the rival Gators, giving Georgia it’s third-straight victory in the series.
Herbstreit named Georgia one of his top-performing teams of week 10, while Cole Cubelic and Paul Finebaum also chimed in with their thoughts on Georgia.
My top performing teams of WEEK 10:
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 4, 2019
Time to start discussing this as a great defense. Caused problems all afternoon. OL got the job done. Saw 7 & 8 near the LOS often. Swift created when he had to. Fromm had time & hit some big throws. 55 was great at center. Cager pickup has been massive! Right back in it
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 3, 2019
What a wonderful win by Georgia. Fromm so clutch. Give Kirby Smart credit. Everything still possible.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 2, 2019
A big reason for Georgia’s success was the offensive line, as it held Florida to zero sacks on Saturday. The Gators came into the game leading the SEC in sacks. Because of that performance, Andrew Thomas was named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week, while Cubelic called Georgia’s group his top-performing offensive line of the week.
Week 10 SEC offensive line performances: pic.twitter.com/gGjdfvb6QU
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 6, 2019
Georgia debuted as the top-ranked one-loss team in the first batch of the College Football Playoff rankings and came in at No. 6. The Bulldogs still have some work to do to crack the top four, but some numbers aren’t so confident the Bulldogs will able to do it.
The Bulldogs have just a 14 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff per ESPN’s Stats & Info department. Georgia has a tough test against No. 11 Auburn on Nov. 16, a game with ESPN’s FPI only gives Georgia a 45 percent chance of winning that contest. The Bulldogs will very likely face the winner of Alabama-LSU in the SEC championship game.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich did wonder about Georgia’s possible validity as a two-loss SEC Champion and thus possible College Football Playoff contender.
“Would a two-loss Georgia get in ahead of a one-loss Pac-12 champ, undefeated Baylor, or one-loss Oklahoma, or a second Big Ten team? Many are quick to assume that the SEC champion would never get left out of the playoff — but this is how it could,” Dinich wrote. “Without beating Auburn, Georgia would be dependent on wins against Notre Dame, Florida and either LSU or Alabama to impress the committee. It might be enough for the CFP to see its first two-loss team in the top four. Might not.”
Before Georgia gets to Auburn, the Bulldogs welcome Missouri to Sanford Stadium on Saturday. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick on ESPN.
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