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Georgia keeps dreaming vs. South Carolina
The Georgia football video department has outdone itself again with another excellent hype video. Now that Georgia is No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings and every Dawg fan is imagining a national title, this video is aptly titled “Dreams,” and features highlights from the 42-7 win over Florida last Saturday in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
“It’s never been just about a dream, it’s about the work we do to keep the dream alive,” narrator/poet Mike Young says. “We don’t quit. We keep going. We don’t stop. We keep chopping. We don’t defer our dream. We keep working ‘til we see the dream be reality.”
Holding on to that No. 1 spot
Chip Towers of DawgNation breaks down some keys to the South Carolina game, including how much Georgia should depend on the pass, the effect South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley could have on the game, and the battle in the trenches. He also included this information about the last time Georgia was ranked No. 1 in the nation, albeit in the preseason AP poll, nine years ago.
They didn’t lose right away the last time they were No. 1. Based mainly on the way it finished the 2007 season – with a No. 2 ranking and blowing out opponents – Georgia opened the 2008 campaign ranked No. 1 in both The Associated Press and USA Today preseason polls. The Bulldogs won under the AP’s No. 1 banner on Aug. 30, 2008 (the coaches had already dropped them to No. 2), defeating Georgia Southern 45-21. But the pollsters weren’t impressed and UGA fell to No. 2 behind Southern Cal by the time it played Central Michigan Week 2.
I note that only because the Bulldogs could suffer a similar fate this week. CFP committee chair Kirby Hocutt said Georgia narrowly got the edge over Alabama in the first edition of the 2017 ranking. It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where an Alabama blowout of LSU coupled with a narrowish Georgia victory over South Carolina leads to the Tide and Dawgs trading spots in the ranking.
Speaking of the playoff, I’ve seen a lot of confusion from fans regarding Georgia potential destinations in a hypothetical CFP semifinal. Would the Bulldogs go to the Sugar Bowl or the Rose Bowl? The answer would depend on Georgia’s seed and which other teams are the CFP. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:
The committee tries to be as close as possible to tradition and region, so if there’s any chance of putting the Big Ten champion in the Rose Bowl semifinal game, then they will. (I’m already kind of discounting the Pac-12 champion for the playoff.) But ultimately they’ve done a pretty good job of putting the priority on the seeding rather than as if these were real bowl games. If Georgia were to win out then I’d bet it gets the Sugar Bowl, with the committee deferring to putting the No. 1 seed closer to home.
South Carolina ain’t played nobody
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has admitted Georgia will be the toughest team his team has faced this season, but it’s worth reiterating that the caliber of competition is getting ratcheted way up this weekend. From Josh Kendall of The State:
The Bulldogs are the first ranked opponent South Carolina has played this season. The Gamecocks’ four SEC wins have come against teams with a combined 1-18 conference record. South Carolina was 1-4 against ranked opponents in Muschamp’s first season as head coach.