No one saw this coming at the beginning of the College Football season for Georgia Football.
If someone had predicted that Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators would go into battle next Saturday in what is now a College Football Playoff elimination game, most fans would have called it blasphemous. And yet we are here. Last Saturday, Georgia Football went into their biggest test of the season against LSU and came out with a failing grade to show for it.
They were out-coached, they were bullied and were embarrassed in front of a big television audience in what was CBS game of the week.
Now they have a bye week to sit on an embarrassing loss and will have the chance to respond next week in Jacksonville.
But these are not last year’s Florida Gators they are about to face.
The Gators are coming off two wins against LSU, the team the Bulldogs just lost to, and Vanderbilt, in a game which they back from 18 down to win.
Their defense is legit and the offense, led by quarterback Felipe Franks, has been very efficient.
So how big is this year’s version of the World’s Largest Cocktail Party? Huge and it may be the biggest one yet.
Arguably, this game is similar to the 2012 matchup against the two rivals where Georgia, after being manhandled by the South Carolina Gamecocks 35-7, bounced back two weeks later, winning a thriller against the Gators 17-9.
The Bulldogs went on to win four in a row all the way to SEC Championship.
This year the stakes are higher. The loser is out of the College Football Playoff picture. The winner keeps their SEC Championship hopes alive.
Buckle up for a fun one.