Wow! The No. 1 mighty USC Trojans are upset by the Oregon State Beavers. Obviously this means a new No. 1-rated team next week. Will it be Oklahoma, Georgia, or even Florida?
By the way, ESPN wisely chose Athens as the site of the network’s College GameDay preview show.
Saturday night’s game in Sanford Stadium offers two unbeaten top-10 teams, playing under the lights on national television, before a crowd wearing black, with a No. 1 ranking possibly in the offing for the Bulldogs if they beat the Crimson Tide.
Athens has not witnessed a game of this magnitude since 1983, a quarter-century ago, which is how long it has been since a higher-ranked set of opponents met in Sanford Stadium than will meet there Saturday night.
On Nov. 12, 1983, No. 3 Auburn beat No. 4 Georgia. And of the 149 games played in Sanford Stadium since, not one has involved two teams as highly ranked as Saturday night’s collision between No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 8 Alabama.
As can be read in Friday’s edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I think it’s going to be one of the easiest games to motivate for since I’ve been at Georgia,” said Mark Richt, in his eighth year as the Bulldogs’ coach. “If the guys’ blood doesn’t boil, if they don’t get riled up for this one, they probably shouldn’t be wearing red and black.”
The game will draw Sanford Stadium’s routine capacity crowd of 92,746, hopefully with enough gas in their tanks to get home afterward. Georgia said security will be beefed up as it always is for night games. University police warn fans to be on guard against folks selling counterfeit tickets. Seats were selling online on Friday for $284 to $642 apiece.
It’s time to play.
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