The sun does not shine on the same Dawg every day. Rain is different.
Georgia won the electronic services national championship by going undefeated in 1980. Herschel Walker beat the SEC. Upstairs, Larry Munson shouted, “Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! “after one Pass and run 92 yards beat Florida. Looks like the Bulldogs will win forever.
In some ways they have. They’ve been going for the Six Bowls Festival, or better, for each of the past five years. They have won seven of their nine games over the course of the season. They have won at least 10 games in a season 13 times since 2002.
If Nick Saban’s parents have never met, that might be enough.
Instead, Georgia fans will shiver as they head to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Monday night, or watch at home, within reach of the liquor cabinet.
After the Bulldogs lost the College Football League final to Alabama due to an overtime bomb, and lost the SEC championship to Alabama in a far-fetched mock game, and were subsequently defeated by Alabama in the championship. This year’s SEC rivals after they’ve been #1 since early October… they’re back for more, with Guess Who’s On The Other Side.
“You can’t make up these things,” said Scott Woerner, who blocked two passes to Notre Dame the night Georgia won the 1980 championship. “We need to find a witch doctor.”
Georgia is bordered by five states. With the exception of North Carolina, every state has hosted a national championship since the Bulldogs have.
That was Tennessee in the first BCS title match in 1998, Florida in 1996, 2006 and 2008, Florida State in 1993, 1999 and 2003, Auburn in 2010, Clemson in 2016 and 2018, Miami five times and Alabama seven times. Even Georgia Tech, known to Bulldog fans as the North Avenue Commercial School, shared a championship in 1990.
“At the moment, Alabama is the school where you set standards,” says Woerner. “Georgia climbed the ladder. They are fully capable of winning. It just hasn’t happened yet.
“You have to treat every game as if it were the last in the world. We have Erk Russell, our defensive coordinator, a great guy. Ted Lasso stole all his things from him. He has the gimmick, the t-shirt. He knows the game is about motivation. If you are not the best, he will convince you that you are. “
Georgia had the best players. Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien, described the defense as “historically good.” At least seven defenders should be drafted, but then 23 Bulldogs have gone in the past three drafts, including five attacking defenders and three tight finishes.
One of those tight ends was Woerner’s grandson, Charlie. Another is Tre McKitty, the Chargers’ rookie.
“I just think it’s going to be hard to beat us twice,” McKitty said. “The boys played great against Michigan (in the College Football Playoff semi-final). Against Alabama, they just couldn’t put pressure on the back four. That opened up everything in the back. ”
That’s because the Bulldogs ran into the likes of Evan Neal, the 6 foot 7, 351-pound strike from Alabama. That has made it difficult for the likes of Jordan Davis, the 6-foot-6, 340-pound player for Georgia. Such glittering-legged giants are native to the Southeast and are rare in California. That will be the reality Lincoln Riley must face when trying to bring USC football into January.
“Alabama may have lost half of the game in the SEC this year and lost just one,” Woerner said.
So what is the difference in championship?
“We really have a great team,” Woerner said of his Bulldogs team. “We have 26 seniors, and every week someone else helps us win. Herschel missed the game Ole Miss and Carnie Norris ran for 150 yards. Lindsay has grown to great success in Florida. I had a big day at Clemson. We make no mistakes, we have exceptionally great teams, and we have eight defensive midfielders that we can rotate.
“I watch all of these matches and I’m surprised who shows up and who doesn’t. We did not appear in the SEC game. Michigan did not appear against us. I wouldn’t want to go into coaching today. “
Woerner was in the second row at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Tua Tagovailoa beat Devonta Smith with the OT encounter in the championship game in 2017. “Someone didn’t play Cover-2 right away and it was there,” Woerner said. “I was sitting next to an Alabama fan and he was quite difficult to handle. Luckily I let him live.”
No one will be in danger as Woerner sits “on the 50-yard line in my living room” and waits to see if the Bulldogs, just once, can shake off the rain.
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