Georgia Bulldogs: Two Late Autumn Saturdays In Atlanta

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The #7 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1) strode out of Atlanta this past Saturday with a demonstrative win over hated rival Georgia Tech. They head back to Atlanta this Saturday.

If you say to a Georgia Bulldog fan in August that they will play two games in Atlanta that straddle the months of November and December, that fan may shout hallelujah. That fan may dance. Or both. Implicit in that statement is that Georgia has a road game at Tech and then will have already made it to the SEC Championship game. That’s the scenario in front of the Dawgs right now.

This past Saturday, UGA went to “historic” Bobby-Dodd Stadium and put the finishing touches on their “revenge tour” for this year. The 38-7 win for UGA was cathartic for many reasons. Not the least of which because it finally put to bed the 2016 disappointment. It put a bow on a mostly unblemished 2017 regular season. It was a clean, old-fashion beat down spiced up with clean, old fashion hate.

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Now, with eyes toward making that journey down 316 again for the second week in a row, Georgia reverts attention back to the team that gave them that one aforementioned blemish. Hated rival Auburn.

My brother recently described that first game against Auburn as such, “It was like being on a first date and passing gas in the car on the way to a restaurant in the first few minutes. It was already over before it started.”

While funny, that’s not technically true. UGA marched down the field on the opening drive and scored 7. The Junkyard Dawgs, then, held Auburn’s very proficient Offense to three straight FGs. The proverbial dam broke soon after, though, with an inexplicably long list of self-inflicted wounds, and the date turned into an episode of Forensic Files. It wasn’t pretty.

Folks thought the Georgia Tech match-up was the last stop on the Georgia “Revenge Tour”. Turns out it wasn’t even the last stop in Atlanta. It just happened to be the first.

If Georgia can fix many of the execution problems that bedeviled them on The Plains, they have a legit shot at winning the SEC Championship at The Benz Saturday. Auburn is a very good team, and is playing lights out, but those two teams aren’t 23 points different.

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The Georgia Bulldogs are playing two games in Atlanta in the months of November and December. Not a bad Autumn for the boys of fall in Athens.