The Georgia Bulldogs have had a rough couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, they got past the Tennessee Volunteers in overtime, but lost several key players for the season. Among those were running back Keith Marshall and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley.
Then, without Marshall, Scott-Wesley, running back Todd Gurley, wide receiver Michael Bennett and others, Georgia lost for the second time this season, this time to the unbeaten Missouri Tigers in Athens. Georgia fell behind 28-10 before rallying to make it 28-26. But, the Bulldogs could get no closer.
The big question now is, where do the Bulldogs go from here? Their BCS hopes have basically been squashed, they are still very banged up, and it would be easy for them to mail it in the rest of the season.
However, don’t think that head coach Mark Richt or senior quarterback Aaron Murray will let that happen. They know that Georgia can still win the Southeastern Conference‘s Eastern Division (with some help), and that will be the goal for the rest of this season. And they will likely get Gurley back sooner rather than later, perhaps as early as this weekend.
The Bulldogs face the 3-3 Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday in Nashville, and if they can get past that game, they will get a week off to rest and heal before facing their arch division rivals, the Florida Gators, on November 2.
For now, the Bulldogs should focus on getting healthy and getting better, and they should hope for some help from their friends in the SEC East race.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.