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Winners and Losers from Georgia’s bye week

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Winners and losers from Georgia’s bye week

Loser: Urban Meyer (and Ohio State)

This space is supposed to be reserved for Georgia football. And we’ll spend plenty of time talking about Georgia and its matchup against Florida this week, breaking it down from all the angles.

But watching Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes get curb stomped by Purdue on Saturday night was wonderful and something every Georgia and college football fan could enjoy.

Meyer certainly made life fairly miserable for Georgia fans during his time at Florida, but his general smugness and arrogance has rubbed most fans the wrong way for a while now. And that’s before we even bring up the Zach Smith situation from this offseason.

Ohio State getting rocked by Purdue accomplished two things for Georgia fans. First, it means that the Big Ten can really only get one team into the College Football Playoff, given that every Big Ten team has at least one loss now and the only two one-loss teams, Michigan and Ohio State, play each other the last week of the regular season. This makes things much easier for Georgia in terms of getting in as a one-loss SEC Champion.

And two, it’s always great to see one of the sport’s biggest villains — for the record, Ohio State is also a villain — just get destroyed. It was like a parade on Twitter. Even Todd Gurley took notice of how great the atmosphere was at Purdue on Saturday night.

For Ohio State and Meyer, Saturday was a miserable day. And because of that, most college football fans were thrilled.

Winner: Georgia fans looking for something to do Saturday morning

The Georgia-Florida game is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on CBS. But let’s say you’re in Jacksonville, Fla., well before kickoff and are looking to do something before the game. Well now you can stop by the College GameDay set and see what team Lee Corso is going to pick, as GameDay will be in Jacksonville.

This will be the first time since 2005 that College GameDay will be in Jacksonville. This is also the fourth time that College GameDay has gone to the Georgia-Florida game. But those past three trips have not been kind to the Bulldogs, as Georgia has lost all three previous appearances (1999, 2002 and 2005). The positive is that Georgia still went on to win the SEC Championship in two of those seasons, but a loss to Florida this time would make that very unlikely given that Georgia, Florida and Kentucky all have one loss.

It’s also worth mentioning that the last time these two teams were both ranked in the top-10 when they met, Florida came away with a massive 49-10 win. The Gators are ranked No. 9 and Georgia are ranked No. 7 in this week’s AP Poll. 

But still if you’re looking for something fun to do on Saturday morning, College GameDay should be just that.

Loser: College GameDay

With all that being said, I’m not sure I think College GameDay should’ve gone to Georgia-Florida. For one, the atmosphere is always better at an actual college campus than it is at a neutral site. Just look at the scene at Washington State last weekend. It’s going to be a big come down going from that to Georgia-Florida.

GameDay has already been to one neutral site game this year, as it was in Dallas for the Oklahoma-Texas game. But that game has the added bonus of having the Texas State Fair as a backdrop. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party isn’t exactly the same type of environment. And while the game should be great, for Georgia fans having College GameDay in Jacksonville doesn’t make the game feel any bigger or any more important.

Even if College GameDay went to Provo, Utah for BYU-Northern Illinois, this game was still going to be the most important game of the season for Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs. And I’m sure a number of Georgia, and Florida fans too, wish that they’d have visited Athens or Gainesville for a game instead of picking the neutral site.

Winner: Georgia’s end of season resume

Georgia didn’t play this weekend, but the Bulldogs’ end of season playoff resume got better, provided Georgia wins those games. LSU and Kentucky both avoided losses this weekend and Alabama continues to look like a juggernaut. While Georgia does have the 20-point loss to LSU on its resume, that’s a much better loss to have than a 29-point loss to a now 4-3 Purdue team.

The Bulldogs and Kirby Smart still have a long, long way to go to get to the College Football Playoffs. It has to, as of now, beat the No. 9, No. 12 and either the No. 1 or No. 4 team in the country just to get to Selection Sunday with a 12-1 record. But let’s look at the other Power 5 conferences. The Pac-12 has essentially played itself out of the playoff (Washington State is the conferences’ only one-loss team left).  The Big 12 and Big Ten have turned into two or three team races and those teams still will pick off the other. And the ACC might be the worst Power 5 league, meaning Clemson may have to win out to be totally safe.

Meanwhile the SEC has five teams that could still finish with a 12-1 (or in Alabama’s case 13-0) record. Georgia can be one of those teams and will have to knock off three of those other teams. It won’t be easy but for as much has been made about Georgia’s admittedly weak non-conference schedule, if Georgia wins out, it’s going to be in the College Football Playoff.

Winner: Fans who like to make fun of Baker Mayfield

So, Baker Mayfield became a meme on Sunday afternoon. The Browns were once again locked in a battle with mediocrity and seemed headed for a tie, this time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But then Tampa kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who missed a 40-yard field goal at the end of regulation, drilled a 59-yard field goal to win and send Cleveland to a 2-4-1 record.

Mayfield’s face really said it all. And the internet had a lot of fun with his reactions.

 

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