Saturday, November 26, 2011
Georgia hot heading into SEC title game
By Edward Aschoff
With Georgia's 31-17 win over rival Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs enter next week's SEC championship game against LSU riding a 10-game winning streak.
Quarterback Aaron Murray continued to impress with his arm, as he passed for 252 yards and four touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets managed 243 rushing yards with that deadly triple-option offense, but got just 73 after the half and turned the ball over twice.
Georgia now ends the season as one of the hottest and most underrated teams out there. Slowly, the Bulldogs have gotten better each week and even though they stumbled out against Kentucky last week, with the pressures of winning the SEC gone, they came out much more focused for Georgia Tech.
Even without standout freshman running back Isaiah Crowell, the Bulldogs were fine in the run game. They threw out defensive backs Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin, and even linebacker Alec Ogletree and came away with 128 rushing yards.
This is exactly the kind of win Georgia needed before heading back to Atlanta to face No. 1 LSU in the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs will no doubt be counted out of next week's game, but there is no denying that this team is as hot as ever and will thrive on the negativity thrown its way.
A lot of credit has to be given to this team and this coaching staff, especially head coach Mark Richt, for pulling together after starting 0-2. Some will harp on Georgia's less-than-intimidating schedule, but that was the hand Georgia was dealt. The Dawgs won the games they were supposed to and are headed back to the SEC championship game for the first time since 2005.
There are a handful of teams that would love to be in Georgia's shoes right now.