Georgia football is on its bye week today. But that does not mean there wasn’t any action in the SEC East standings. I was trying to develop some old Western movie-style cliches in this blog, but I am exhausted. What have I done today? Nothing, I have just sat on the couch and watched football. I have only moved to eat. But it is my job to sit here and write about Georgia football; it’s my duty! So, let’s look at what the East standings are today.
Georgia is still the leader in the clubhouse in the East. The SEC’s only undefeated team had a bye before they took on the hated Gators. Should Georgia win against the Gators next Saturday, their upcoming game against Mizzou would essentially be for the SEC East title.
Speaking of the Missouri, The Tiger’s win over the Gamecocks this afternoon keeps them tied in second place. The Tigers’ only conference game and loss was at LSU’s hands. Mizzou gave LSU everything it had but came up short. The longer the season goes on, it looks like a major game will be played in Athens in two weeks. Sounds familiar? Georgia and Tennessee squared off a week after Georgia and Florida played. Furthermore, that game was for the SEC East crown. Will the Dawgs win it for the third year in a row?
Also tied for second is the Flordia Gators. The Gators have lost two games this year; they have only lost one conference game to Kentucky. For some reason, Florida fans believe they can upset the Dawgs down in Jacksonville and potentially win the East. A wise man once said, “They have a snowball’s chance in Hell to do that.” But anything is possible. But the Gators hope to play in the SEC Championship, and it all comes down in a matchup against the number one team in the country.
Tennessee and Kentucky are tied for 4th in the East. Kentucky also had a bye this week and did not play. But the Vols were in Bryant-Denny taking on the Tide. Tennessee had a 17-point lead that they choked away in the second half. Bama fans were posting about the past championships at halftime. Somehow, the Vols choked it away. Well, Josh Hepuel choked it away because of poor coaching decisions. The Vols are still dangerous because they could play a spoiler for Georgia. But we will see in three weeks if they can do that.
To round out the bottom of the East, South Carolina, and Vandy sit 5th and 6th. Poor South Carolina, coming off an 8-win season last year, many believed they were on their way back. Now, in October, they are fighting to have a winning season and get into a bowl game. I feel slightly bad for South Carolina fans, but then I am reminded of how delusional they are. So, I don’t feel all that bad.
Vanderbilt had a bye this week as well. That’s all I got on the Dores. There’s not a whole lot more to be said about them. Currently, the Commodores are 0-4 in conference play, and it does not look like they are going to get a win in the SEC. Now, I do feel sorry for the twelve Vandy fans out there. Poor guys!
For Georgia to win the East, it all comes down to the next four games. Wins over Flordia, Mizzou, and Tennessee would all but secure the East. The Dawgs will have to do without their best player, as Brock Bowers will likely still be out with an ankle injury. The Dawgs should be the favorites in every game by double digits and should win out. But it is nearing the end of October, and every college football fan can tell you October and November are full of surprises.