Georgia Football: Why Nobody Should Rule out Bulldogs for BCS Title Game

Luke PashkeCorrespondent INovember 18, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs is upended by J. J. Wicox #19 of the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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With the losses of Oregon and Kansas State, all the talk around the college football world has been focused on Notre Dame and Alabama.

ND and 'Bama and are the new No. 1 and 2 teams expected to be listed in tonight's BCS rankings and people are already buzzing about a possible defensive war between the Fighting Irish and the Crimson Tide in this year's BCS title game.

But just as the ever so tiresome Lee Corso says every time he's on television, "Not so fast, my friends!"

In the weeds lies a single loss Georgia team that has improved its play each week. The Bulldogs have recovered phenomenally from a rough loss to South Carolina earlier in the year and will likely find themselves sitting at No. 3 in the newest BCS rankings.

With that ranking, they should control their own national title destiny. UGA's last regular season game is next week against instate rival Georgia Tech.

Assuming the Bulldogs win that game, they would face Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Obviously in that contest, the two teams would be competing for a shot at the BCS title as well as a conference championship.

Had I told you the Bulldogs would be able to control their own national championship destiny a few weeks ago, you would have appropriately called me an idiot. However, the reality is that UGA and Alabama are in the exact same boat. Both teams have one more meddling game against their instate rivals and from then on, it's most likely winner takes all.

Georgia is headed by a strong offensive attack that includes two dynamic freshman running backs and a seasoned veteran at QB in Aaron Murray. Murray has a solid set of weapons around him and the Bulldogs could make life very tough for the Crimson Tide defense between his efforts and a strong running game.

Bulldogs' beat writer Seth Emerson had this tweet earlier Sunday, which showcases the major talents of this team.

Georgia statistically: Aaron Murray leads the nation in passing efficiency. Jarvis Jones leads the nation in tackles-for-loss per game.

— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) November 18, 2012

Behind Arron Murray and Jarvis Jones, the Bulldogs could easily take out the Crimson Tide. 

On defense,  the Bulldogs rely on a strong interior line and an aggressive pass rush from their outside linebackers. If UGA can stunt 'Bama's running game and linebackers like Jarvis Jones can put the heat on AJ McCarron, then there's no reason to believe that the Bulldogs can't handle the Crimson Tide. 

I expect Georgia to handle its business against a below average Georgia Tech team and I think that the comeback Bulldogs could very easily find themselves in this season's BCS title game in one week's time.