This past weekend was a treat for the state of Georgia when it came to football. As the college and professional seasons continue to grind out, the top football programs in the state, as well as the Falcons, made me proud to be a Georgian and I’ll tell you why.
The Falcons win after tough loss last week:
We all know about the Falcons inability to get just one yard against the Saints in Atlanta’s devastating loss last week, but this week was different, well, almost.
In a game against the Arizona Cardinals where the Falcons trailed most of the game and quarterback Matt Ryan threw a career-high five interceptions, the Dirty Birds somehow managed to get the “W.” Running back Michael Turner marched into the end zone from a yard out midway through the fourth quarter to lead the Falcons to a 23-19 victory Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Good news is the Falcons still have a huge lead in the NFC South and still look to be the top seed in the NFC. Also, this week’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals solidified the Falcons’ fifth straight winning season. In my opinion it doesn’t matter how you get the win, the important thing is that you get it.
UGA climbs within reach of the BCS Championship game:
With the No. 1 (Kansas State) and No. 2 (Oregon) teams both losing this past weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs moved up in the BCS standings. As of now, the latest BCS standings are Notre Dame moved to No. 1, Alabama to No. 2 and Georgia to No. 3. This of course means that the Bulldogs now control their own destiny.
All Georgia has to do is win out and they are guaranteed a spot in the national championship. Of course this won’t come as easily as some Georgia fans may have anticipated. First and foremost the Dawgs must take care of business with in-state rival Georgia Tech this weekend. This will mark the second straight week Georgia will face a triple-option offense.
To win a trip to the BCS title game, Georgia would have to knock off SEC powerhouse Alabama in the SEC title game, which will be played in the Georgia Dome. I think the outcome looks good for the Dawgs as long as they stay poised and minimize turnovers. Georgia has not played for a national championship at all in the BCS era, and last won the title in the 1980 season, so needless to say it’s been a long time coming.
Ga. Tech will play in the ACC title game:
With the announcement Monday that Miami will self-impose a postseason ban on itself in anticipation of NCAA sanctions, Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will play in the ACC title game. Tech will face off against Florida State on Dec. 1 in Charlotte.
This is huge for a program that has seen its share of struggles this season. Even though the Jackets won’t be favored in the ACC title game, I expect Paul Johnson to have some tricks up his sleeve, so who knows what the outcome may be for the Jackets.
So here’s the scenario. For the first time, both Georgia and Tech will be playing in their respective conference championship games in the same season. While the game carries heavy meaning, both teams will be playing for more in a week’s time. While the Bulldogs may be playing for a spot in the national championship game, Tech will also be battling for a possible spot in the Orange Bowl.
So folks, in the next couple of weeks, things should get interesting.