The Bulldogs had to still be replaying in their mind last December’s SEC title game when they had the Evil Empire known as the Alabama Crimson Tide on the ropes. Save for a couple of yards, it would have been the Georgia Bulldogs slapping around Notre Dame in the BCS National Title game and hosting the big trophy believed to be SEC property. This was to be a season to correct those lingering thoughts and once and for all put Bulldog Nation in its place among college football’s elite.
The early-season Georgia schedule has been a gauntlet of high-profile, highly-ranked teams. The Bulldogs have paid the price through attrition by injuries that left the dogs hobbled and discombobulated. This injury wave would have made Colonel Potter of “Mash” fame grimace, and Mark Richt and the dog pound came crashing back to earth as a result, splintering any BCS aspirations with it. It has become the season of what could have been in Athens.
Auburn has been the surprise darling of the SEC, losing only once in Baton Rouge to a LSU squad who possibly peaked in that game. Taking advantage of a Johnny Manziel injury, the War Eagle out-dueled the Aggies of Texas A&M in a shootout and bring only one loss into the SEC’s oldest rivalry with Georgia.
The young upstart squad from Auburn has steadily climbed the ranks, and going from unknown to having an outside chance at the BCS title game has put a big smile on a fan base still smarting over their trees being poisoned at Toomers. The SEC is better when Auburn is relevant, and that is certainly the case this season.
Could the War Eagle be looking ahead to an Iron Bowl matchup with arch-nemesis Nick Saban and the hated Crimson Tide of Alabama ? If so, the mending Georgia Bulldogs would like nothing better than to crush Auburn’s BCS dream much the same way their dreams were snuffed out over the past five weeks. Make no mistake — Georgia has the artillery to spring the upset and would like nothing better.
Auburn is in the process of going from hunter to hunted, and it should be an interesting study to see how this young inexperienced War Eagle team can make that transition. The stakes are high for War Eagle nation this week and the Bulldogs of Georgia have nothing to lose.
My daddy always told me the most dangerous man to ever fight with is someone who doesn’t care if he lives or dies. Don’t be a bit surprised if Georgia rolls into the plains and puts a hurt on Cinderella this weekend, turning Auburn’s dream into a pumpkin.