No Fairy-tale Ending: Remembering Georgia’s Last Three Games and the Incomplete Season
If you stood on the outside and looked in at Georgia’s final three football games it would be easy to rave about the success of the team. From the outside in:
- The Bulldogs went 2-1 against their closest rival, the eventual National Champion, and top-25 team that was supposed to win the Big 10.
- Georgia dismantled Georgia Tech for the 11th time in 12 years, this time by a margin of 42-10.
- Georgia overcame a sloppy 2.5 quarters to defeat Nebraska (then ranked 16th) by fourteen points.
- Georgia’s lone loss during this stretch was sandwiched between the Tech and Nebraska games and was by four points (of a few yards) to the eventual National Champion.
From the outside looking in, it was one heck of an ending for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs.
But this was no fairytale for Georgia fans, players or coaches. The points above don’t accurately represent the following facts:
- Georgia was a few short yards (or a number of other breaks) from going 3-0 and beating Notre Dame for the National Championship instead of beating Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
- The Georgia Tech rivalry means next to nothing these days as almost every Bulldog fan under the age of 40 would rather beat Florida and Auburn than GT. Yes, Tech fans would still rather see Georgia lose on any given week than see the Yellow Jackets win, but that’s just how annoying little nerdy brothers are. A 32 point win over GT was nice to have, but didn’t add much value to the season.
- The Nebraska game was a harsh reminder of how ugly the season had been at times. Bo Pellini and his staff did a heck of a job with the gameplan, but Georgia came out largely unenthused. Talent and speed ultimately won out late in the game, but the first half was rough.
So, while I’ll always look back on this season with fondness, I’ll look back at it as somewhat incomplete. I can’t take away the accomplishments of this team (namely the impressive 12 wins), and I wouldn’t dare do so, but I also can’t fully be satisfied with the season. I’d love to redo the South Carolina game, I guarantee we wouldn’t see another outcome so favorable for the Cocks. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to redo the Alabama game; I don’t think the Dawgs would be that close again.
But maybe next year. Right?
Posted on January 21, 2013, in Blog, Georgia Bulldogs, SEC and tagged 2012 Season Review, Alabama, Capital One Bowl, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, SEC Championship Game, UGA. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.