So its hard not to look ahead and think of the scenarios and potential matchups and I get it. I'm guilty of it too. But those around me drag me into it as the single SEC/ Georgia fan they have to bounce their thoughts off of. Every time I get out of it, they pull me back in. You'd think that living out here it would be easier to just put your head down and take it game by game and not get into such ridiculous discussion. I don't have a group of likeminded GA fans to hang with and debate these scenarios. But there is a certain fan base out this a way, that really really needs us to boost their very suspect SOS. I'm talking of course about the bronco village. So instead of looking ahead with friends, I have to play look ahead and "what ifs" with Smurfs. From my recent experience every BSU fan is a true GA fan the rest of the way let me tell you. And there is nothing they would like more than to have Georgia not only go to the SEC championship game but win it all so they can claim at least one quality victory on that mushy schedule of theirs. To this end they have impressively learned and memorized the teams from east / west divisions. They can recite the tie scenarios and the criteria to break any said tie at the end. Since their games are never close and result in nothing to talk about, their conversations are instead about who's beating whom in the top 25 and beyond. Who had quality wins; bad wins;bad loses and quality loses; how they can climb the polls and what needs to happen to make the guys ahead of them fall. They know the mathematical equations behind the BCS and they all seem to be invested in SEC football. I even overheard some of them saying just how "tough it is to play in the SEC". The very argument they all love to hate when it comes from me has become a battle cry for their strength of schedule. This is all to serve their ego and their own SOS of course, and it puts me in the strange position of continually downplaying the significance of their victory over my beloved dawgs, but maybe some of this knowledge will stick with them after this season has been written to history.
Because of this vested interest in how Georgia does every weekend, I get approached by the normal cadre of Boise State fans who really really wants us to run the table. This is all hard to stomach by the way...To have what you've always looked at as your little brother offering words of encouragement is a flip of the table that I've still not gotten comfortable with. Especially during games with tweets or texts like:
"Georgia can do it, tell them to hunker down"
"They r looking better each week"
"keep your chin up, a win is a win"
"Your D looks awesome, that really helps Kellens Heisman chances...thankyou"
"I know how u feel about getting conservative, we only won 50 to 10 this week"Coming from a BSU fan this is patronizing and insulting, but such is my life out here. Last week even the freakin GARBAGE MAN decided to offer his words of encouragement on a BFI service notice that he taped to my trashcan..it read..." GO BSU! please keep winning your games bullpuppies"
(I will offer my response to him this Friday, suggestions are welcome)
So, where am I going with this?
BSU wants us to win the east, and they want us to upset ALA or LSU in the SECCG. They can then claim to be better than every team in the SEC and I know I'll undoubtedly hear that a million times. They will have a quality win to hang their hats on. Some of these BSU fans say its their only hope for getting to the the BCS title game. They are right, it is their only hope, But that's all it is: hope. There is no way having one strong win would catapult them into 2nd and earn them a spot ahead of a one loss ALA, LSU, OK, or Wisconsin. To their credit, most admit this. BSU to the BCSCG is not happening and its not what I'm worried about in this ridiculous scenario. What does get me thinking, and what does get me worried about this hypothetical turn of events you ask? Well, you know what else a Georgia upset in the Dome in Dec would potentially do? Georgia winning the SEC means SEC probably doesn't get to play for another National Title this year. Then we become "that guy".... The guy that stopped the streak.
Ok, so you might be thinking.."well even if Oklahoma and the Badgers go undefeated the rest of the way a one loss Ala/LSU might remain in the top 2 thus saving your precious streak." And that's certainly a possibility. So then, the utterly ridiculous look ahead scenario 2: the SEC champ ranked lower than SEC runner-up who then goes to and wins BCS national Title. Is this even possible? Wouldn't an SEC championship be kind of empty? Wouldn't that weaken the catapulting power of the SECCG? Either way, it wouldn't carry the same glory for me. Isn't it all so ugly?
Have I been breathing the desert air for too long? What say you? Would you want to be the guy who ends this unprecedented streak of National Championships for our conference? Would you want to win the SEC as one of the lowest ranked SEC teams to do so? Upsetting the natural balance of the College football universe by NOT having the SEC champion in the BCS title game? NO I don't....so there I said it. I don't want a asterisk by anything when we win it. (whenever that is) Not a loss to BSU on the schedule, not a "yeah but LSU/ALA really should have won it", nothing. I want to run the table from start to finish and bask in the glory of an undefeated season and championship like we deserve. Our conference brothers would point to this as the year Georgia hurt the SEC. The year that the dawgs interrupted/broke the streak or made a mess of the game. The asterisk to the SECCG winner playing for the BCS title. No sir, I do not want that. And its easy to say when you know in your heart this is not something you have to worry about. So lets get back to reality and its a better place to be, my head suddenly stops hurting; my stomach now settled...... Georgia is not good enough this year to pull off that upset even if we got there. I still think that despite the strong improvement since game one, there is probably a loss or two left on our schedule. No need to worry about any SECCG this year and breaking the streak.
Nope; better that Alabama make it 6 for the SEC this year, then we make it 7 next year.. How's that for looking ahead?