When our collective worst fear regarding Todd Gurley’s knee was confirmed a few weeks ago, Georgia head coach Mark Richt spoke glowingly of the star running back. The most obvious and accurate summation Richt offered: He loved the big games.
Although the legitimacy of the Georgia/Georgia Tech rivalry can be debated, the 2013 matchup was a big game if for no other reason than the large deficit that the Dawgs found themselves facing with a first-time starter at quarterback. In this particular instance, Todd’s love vested itself in all-out trolling of Georgia Tech.
As I watched this game, I was never terribly concerned. Georgia had trailed Auburn (a much, much, much, much, much better team than Georgia Tech) on the road in a much, much, much, much, much more hostile environment by a similar margin and made things pretty damn interesting. Sure, Aaron Murray wasn’t playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium against the Jackets and he did lead the comeback against the War Eagling Tigers. But this was Georgia Tech, not Auburn,
Even without Murray, the general consensus among Georgia fans was: Just wait for Gurley.
And he made us wait.
Through the game’s first 28 minutes Todd Gurley had eight touches for just 25 yards of offense. Then, on Georgia’s final drive of the first half he hauled in two passes for 22 yards and a score. Gurley was a non-factor again in the third quarter, accounting for just seven yards on three touches. And then, he was back. In a big way.
Three of his six fourth quarter touches resulted in either a first down or a touchdown. The overtime came, and Todd Gurley’s statistical line was unblemished:
4 carries, 50 yards, 2 TDs.
Yeah, he loved the big games.
Here are those four overtime plays. It’s all Georgia needed to cap off a brilliant comeback.
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That’s all I got/
That’s a serious question I have.
I understand the geographical convenience, but Clemson’s close and much more enticing as a potential rivalry game.
I understand the theoretical recruiting impacts, but Tech has never threatened Georgia in that field.
I understand the history of it, but does that matter in the college football playoff era when a late season win isn’t as valuable as a late season win over a real and consistent threat?
I wrote at length about this over at Bleacher Report, but what matters most in this instance is a hypothetical scenario. Pretend the following comes true:
- Arkansas wins today, propelling Georgia into the SEC Championship Game.
- Georgia wins out, including a win over Alabama in the SECCG.
- Enough teams are picked off or Georgia’s win over Alabama is enough to propel the Dawgs into the Top 5(ish) of the AP and Coaches by general consensus.
The Bulldogs would need, in this hypothetically but not necessarily impossible scenario, something to put them into a position to leapfrog an otherwise undisturbed Top 4 team.
Does a win over Georgia Tech do that? This year, maybe. But a double-overtime win over unranked GT (last year’s game) certainly wouldn’t. A 42-10 thrashing of the Yellow Jackets (2012) probably wouldn’t either.
The point is this: very little is to be gained from beating Georgia Tech late in the year. Perhaps something more impressive should be taken on.
Leonard Fournette Doing Herschel Walker Type Things, What Each Coach Would Bring To Thanksgiving, And More
Herschel > Fournette
I have watched the Leonard Fournette play several times, and still come to the conclusion that is was not near as awesome as Herschel running over Bill Bates. Bates was an All-American at UT and a Pro-Bowl selection for the Cowboys. Herschel did not run over some scrub DB from A&M, and Fournette is not even a top two freshman running back in the SEC. Here is the impressive (but not Herschel impressive) run from Fournette.
What do you think Mark Richt would have brought to Thanksgiving this year? That is tough question to answer, but I think Richt would have brought the deserts. Everyone likes them, but not everyone buys into eating the because they do not trust how good they are actually going to be. Here is what every SEC coach would have brought for Thanksgiving this year.
We do not watch Gameday to see who the guys pick. We do not watch Gameday to see a tearful story by Tom Rinaldi. We do watch Gameday to see the signs, and we have seem some of the best signs this year. The guys over at Busted Coverage put together a list of the best signs of the year, and you will not be disappointed. Here is the full list.
364 Days Of Pain
For 364 days I have been waiting for this game. I watched as Chris Davis returned the short kick 108 yards for a game winning touchdown, and I have still not been able to fully cope with it.
When I saw Chris Davis run back to have a chance to return the kick, I leaned over to my Dad and told him that he might return this if it is short. I wish I was wrong. When he slipped by the last Bama defender I lost it. I took off the shirt I wore that day and threw it in the trash. I even tried taking a shower to get the loss off of me, but nothing I did could get the feeling of having my heart ripped out taken away. Even to this day, when I am listening to sports radio there is a commercial that replays the radio call from that day. I deal with it EVERY SINGLE DAY. But saturday, my pain can finally go away.
They seemed to have misplaced the horseshoe from last season, and it could not have come at a worse time for the Tigers. Auburn lost AT HOME to an A&M team that Alabama beat AT HOME by 59 points. You can state that it was a “fluke” if you want, but then Auburn goes to UGA and gets embarrassed by a count of 34-7. Remember when Gus Malzahn said that Nick Marshall would “start in the NFL at QB” one day? Clearly, he is not the best judge of QB talent because Nick Marshall seems to have gotten more and more inaccurate as the year has gone on. If Auburn is going to pull the upset, they will have to see improved QB play from Marshall.
Alabama has improved week to week. After the WVU game the first week, I was not sure Alabama would win 9 games with Blake Sims at QB. Sims has proved to me (and college football) that he is a great leader, who keeps the defense honest with his legs. The Tide defense is just as improved ranking number 1 in total defense this season, and only allowing teams 63 rush yards per game. Alabama also has the best punter in the NCAA on their side with J.K Scott. Scott is the MVP for the Tide this season with his ability to flip the field. If Alabama can not turn the ball over, and play assignment football, they should have no problem winning this game.
For those thinking this will be a blow out, I am sorry that just wont happen. Just like GA/FL game (aside from this season) it does not matter how good either team is, it is typically a tough game. Auburn has the tools to keep this close, but they do not have the late game heroics on their side like last season. The worst pass defense in the SEC should see a heavy dose of Amari Cooper, and just like other teams, Cooper will have his way with the Tigers secondary. With the assistance of Amari Cooper and the Tide defense, my heart will finally be put back in my chest after last season’s disaster in the pasture.
Roll Damn Tide
MVP For Chubb
Nick Chubb is the best freshman running back in the whole country. Is he the SEC’s MVP? No, not yet. As great as Nick Chubb is, he has yet to play an entire season as the starting running back. Chubb could surpass Gurley as the best running back in the Mark Richt era, but this season the SEC’s MVP is Amari Cooper or Dak Prescott. Here are the chance Chubb gets MVP.
Iron Bowl Friends
It is no secret that there is a lot of hatred in the Iron Bowl, but even amidst all the hate we can find a bright spot. Two women diagnosed with cancer have found a beautiful friendship that gets stronger with each Iron Bowl. If you read anything today, read this touching story. The full story here.
Non Conference Rivalries
I love the out of conference rivalries that SC, UGA, and Florida have. UGA basically has two with Georgia Tech and Clemson, and those are some of the most hyped up games of the year. I would love for Alabama and Ohio State to play each and every year. Imagine Urban and Saban on opposite sidelines once again. It would be magical. Here are the must have out of conference rivalries.