I posted my latest, potentially final, update on Georgia’s bowl situation on Saturday morning. Then I had some more thoughts, and here they are:
1. No one at Georgia will publicly admit this. But you’ve got to think that if the choice is the Liberty Bowl, Shreveport or Birmingham, then Patrick Henry’s most famous quote applies.
2. Any talk of Georgia playing Miami in a bowl has petered out, and that’s probably to the relief of both schools. It’s hard to see Georgia benefiting from playing its old coach, and while Mark Richt sounded open to it last year after taking the Miami job, he skirted over it when asked about it earlier this week. It’s just too soon, is the sense I get from people on both sides. A lot of people have wondered whether Georgia tried to put the kibosh on it happening, but the reality is even if somebody wanted to make it happen this year, it’s hard to find a match-up. The Belk and Gator/TaxSlayer bowls will match the SEC and ACC, but Georgia was in those bowls over the past two years. The Music City is going to choose a Big Ten team this year. The Independence Bowl also matches the two conferences, but Miami played its way out of consideration for that, and is now probably headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. … Would’ve made a good story, but it would be a shock to see it happen now.
3. You know what would be neat, and what would get Georgia fans excited for a trip? If Georgia could be matched in a bowl with Texas A&M, like say in College Station. Yeah, they’re in the same conference. And yet since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, the two have never met, aren’t scheduled to until 2019, and Georgia won’t go to College Station until 2024. … Not being serious here, obviously. But sort of, maybe I am.