Saturday, December 15, 2012
The BCS title game payout would have meant an estimated $600,000 more in revenue for the Bulldogs.
When Georgia came up short against Alabama in the SEC title game earlier in December, it cost the Bulldogs more than a national title shot. The difference in revenue for the Bulldogs between the BCS National Championship Game and the Capital One Bowl likely is about $600,000. As bowl season begins Saturday (Dec. 15), it's another reminder that the postseason -- especially the elite BCS bowls -- is very lucrative for college teams. According to available information and estimates, SEC champion Alabama will make about $1.925 million for playing Notre Dame in the national championship game on Jan. 7. Georgia, by virtue of its loss to the Tide, will play in the Capital One Bowl on January 1 -- a non-BCS bowl that has a far lower payout than …
Friday, November 30, 2012
If the Bulldogs beat Bama, they're likely headed to Miami to take on Notre Dame for the BCS title.
Well, here we are, on the brink of the SEC championship game, a game that many doubted the Georgia Bulldogs would reach this year, but which could propel them to the contest for the National Championship. The Bulldogs haven't won a national title since they beat Notre Dame in 1980, despite fielding one of the most consistently successful teams in the country. As Dan Wolken of USA Today put it, "There aren't many opportunities to put 30 years of frustration aside as a program, but Georgia is on the doorstep of one of them." To get in the door, the Bulldogs have to defeat No. 2 Alabama, no easy feat. Seth Emerson reports for the Ledger-Enquirer that the teams are pretty evenly matched, with Georgia bringing the nation's No. 1 quarterback in …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Bulldogs could coast to an SEC East title -- if they can get past the undefeated Gators.
So, in their last two games, Georgia got trounced by South Carolina and barely squeaked by the unimpressive Kentucky Wildcats. And yet, Bulldogs faithful are still talking about a shot at the SEC championship. Why? Because the Bulldogs have only one loss, and if they beat Florida on Saturday, a relatively gentle schedule gives them an opportunity to cruise to the SEC East title. The schedule is so favorable, an AP reporter suggested that Georgia "might be the most fortunate team in the nation." It might be better to be lucky than good, but are the Bulldogs good enough to beat a Florida team that wiped the floor with South Carolina, the team that wiped the floor with Georgia? Well, we know that college football isn't a linear proposition, …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Patch editors Chris Winston in South Carolina and Steve Burns in Georgia talk a little smack about which team will win Saturday's big SEC football game.
There may not be anything more important this weekend in Georgia and South Carolina than what’s fixin’ to take place Saturday in Columbia. When the Gamecocks and Bulldogs square off in Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. (ESPN) in the biggest SEC football matchup of the season. It may be the biggest game in series history. Both are 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the SEC. Both have national championship aspirations. And both have rabid fan bases that are not afraid to talk a little trash. Patch, which has 59 websites serving local communities in the two states, decided it wants to weigh in on the big game. Patch staffers Chris Winston of South Carolina and Steve Burns of Georgia offer up their own trash talk on the rivalry and the big game, and …
Checking this weekend's football action.
In the SEC, every weekend has at least one matchup with some title implications. And so it is Saturday, when No. 3 LSU travels to Gainesville, Fla., and a key game with the No. 10 Florida Gators. (Game time: 3:30 p.m., CBS). This one is particularly intriguing because the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) nearly have slipped up in an SEC road game already this season, escaping Auburn 12-10. And "the Swamp" is just as unfriendly. By contrast, Florida already has won in hostile territory, taking a 37-20 victory at Tennessee. Look for a low-scoring, defensive struggle. Both teams are in the top 5 in the SEC in scoring defense, yielding an average of 12 points per game. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is No. 8 in the SEC in passing (203 yards a game). However, the …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
How Saturday's SEC football games played on the Web.
A look at coverage, reaction after Saturday's SEC Football games: Georgia 51, Tennessee 41 Alabama 33, Ole Miss 14 LSU 38, Towson 22 South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17 Missouri 21, Central Fla. 16 Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Looking at Saturday's football action around the SEC.
The "Derek Dooley returns to Athens" story line is an old one, as Georgia ruined the storybook angle with a victory over Tennessee in Athens in 2010. However, Dooley -- son of legendary UGA coach Vince Dooley -- brings an improved Vols team to Athens on Saturday. (Game time: 3:30 p.m., CBS.) Tennessee (3-1, 0-1) opened its 2012 season with a 35-21 victory over N.C. State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. And the Vols also led SEC East rival Florida in the second half before the Gators pulled away, 37-20, on big plays and turnovers. Georgia is cruising at No. 5 nationally (AP), with a 4-0 record, 2-0 SEC. The Bulldogs have a quality QB in junior Aaron Murray, but also noteworthy is that UGA has allowed just 23 points in its SEC victories …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Second-ranked LSU taken to the limit at Auburn on Saturday where blowouts ruled the day.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Week 4 SEC Football Scores LSU 12, Auburn 10 Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3 South Carolina 31, Missouri 10 Florida 38, Kentucky 0 Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7 Ole Miss 39, Tulane 0 Rutgers 35, Arkansas 26 Texas A&M 70, South Carolina State 14 Mississippi State 30, South Alabama 10 Tennessee 47, Akron 26 Material from the SEC office was used in this report.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Looking ahead to Saturday's football action around the conference.
The SEC can claim the last six BCS national champions, and the SEC West is responsible for four of those. Two of those title schools will meet Saturday in Auburn -- the host Tigers, and visiting LSU. And when the Bayou Bengals won their title in 2007, the game with Auburn that season was seen as perhaps the catalyst for the title. How do you see this week's SEC games turning out? What are your impressions of the league in 2012? Tell us in the comments below. Many remember the dramatic third-down play late in the game, when LSU QB Matt Flynn threw into the end zone for a score that lifted LSU to a crucial win. Play it safe? Nah. (The play is included in the attached video, and appears at about the eight-minute mark.) This season, LSU is 3-0…
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Georgia wins easily, as does Alabama, LSU and South Carolina. Check out the video of Western Kentucky's win over Kentucky.
Georgia 56, Florida Atlantic 20: The seventh-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) set a school record with 713 total yards in dispatching 41 ½-point underdog Florida Atlantic (1-2). Quarterback Aaron Murray passed for a career-high 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns — two rushing and two passing. "The best legacy you can leave is winning games and winning championships," Murray told the Associated Press, as posted on ajc.com. "I want to be known for that — not just for throwing touchdowns and having a good game here and there.” Freshmen running backs Todd Gurley (111) and Keith Marshall (104) each broke 100 yards rushing. Florida Atlantic scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and forced a 14-14 tie before Georgia turned it on. Florida …