What I saw from Georgia this past weekend was something I haven’t witness since 2007. l I saw team with something to prove. I saw a team that truly, and honestly, wanted to win. The Bulldogs came out angry, mad, pissed off. They knew they had something to prove, having not beat a Top 25 team since they beat a Top 10 Tech team in 2009.
Since the victory I’ve heard everything from "it’s a bizarre UGA surge," to "Auburn should never have been ranked" (the later I honestly can’t argue with). But what I hear, what I see, what everyone else other than the BullDAWG faithful see is a team with a renewed fire and heart that declares it will not go down into obscurity and that it is willing to truly fight for its leader.
I pray the team to take the field this coming Saturday is the team that took the field this past. We are seeing a team with a resurgence, a team that is quite possibly the best Mark Richt has ever coached, and I know the abysmal Kentucky Georgia will face would love nothing more than to ruin an SEC championship run for a team, just in spite. I would, too.
This Saturday Georgia's coach has the chance to do something he hasn’t done in six years, and that’s return to the Promised Land and win, and it can happen, Bulldog Nation—don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Richt has truly been an inspirational coach in that he never gave up on his team, he believed in them and he helped to will them to eight straight wins (his best yet).
Has everything been perfect? Not in the slightest. We’ve seen a team struggle and fight to get to this point and finally find itself against an opponent who it knew it would not let ruin its chance at glory. This team has the makings—the genesis, if you will—of a truly remarkable team. Exactly what that 2008 team should have been.
But first, we have a downtrodden Kentucky to get by (and Tech, to a lesser extent). Kentucky will not forget the Bulldogs scoring five rushing TDs on it last year with one of the fumble twins, nor will it forget its last trip to Sanford Stadium resulted in a win. The Wildcats know what they can do, and the last thing that this elated and high-up Georgia team needs to do is forget that they know that.
This weekend does have the makings of a major upset, but it also has the potential to be the third straight 40-plus-point game before we meet the "Team from Atlanta" and then go back to the Dome.
Let’s all just hope that Aaron Murray and Co. keep their heads in the right place this week and show the nation that the Junkyard Dogs are back.