November 22, 2009

Adam Krohn: How can things get any worse for UGA?

How bad of a season has it been for the Georgia Bulldogs? Well, they lost to Kentucky at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, marking the first time the Wildcats have won in Athens since 1977. I could stop writing here and that would sum the season up just fine. But while that simple sentence may be all Georgia fans need in order to know how bad a year it’s been for their Bulldogs, it won’t fill up enough column space (unless I use a ridiculously large font). So I must continue.

And it gets worse for the Bulldogs.

Though it was expected they’d lose to conference rivals Florida and LSU, the Bulldogs took it a step further and lost to low-teir East division rivals Tennessee and Kentucky. The loss to the Wildcats leaves Georgia with a 4-4 conference record, which assures them a third place finish in the SEC East, led by Florida (8-0). Tennessee and Kentucky — both have 3-4 conference records — play next week and the winner will leapfrog Georgia for second place in the standings because both teams own the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs. Ouch.

Still, it gets worse for the Bulldogs.

Next week comes a date against state rivals Georgia Tech in Atlanta. While the unranked Bulldogs are looking for win No. 7 and a shot at a better bowl game, the No. 7-ranked Yellow Jackets have already clinched a spot in the ACC title game and are looking for their first BCS bowl.

Despite Georgia’s offense being led by quarterback Joe Cox — the anti-Mr. Clutch — and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, the Bulldogs should put up points against a Jackets defense that has allowed 23.5 points a game, which ranks 53rd in the country among FBS schools. But on the flip-side, the Georgia defense — which ranks 75th in points allowed — run by coordinator Willie Martinez will give up more than enough points to keep the Bulldogs a safe distance from Georgia Tech and offensive mastermind Paul Johnson. The Yellow Jackets rank 12th in total offense with 449.64 yards per game.

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