I don’t know if you caught Mark Richt’s comment about the SEC going to a nine-game conference schedule in football, but it seems he’s not a fan of the concept.
“These other schools have nine but they’re not going to have that 10th game that is a team that is BCS-quality or ACC-quality or whatever you want to say,” Richt said. “I wouldn’t be shocked to see that happen. I voted against it because if we have nine, plus Tech and then if we want to do something like Clemson like we did this year, you’re talking about 11 out of 12 games that are pretty stout.”
Richt does acknowledge that if the conference adds two more schools, a nine-game schedule is inevitable. Groo wonders what that all means for the future of the Georgia Tech series.
Is the Tech game untouchable in the world of nine conference games? I’d like to think so, but let’s ask the Aggies and Longhorns. If it came down to it with nine conference games, would you prefer to keep the Tech series so that interesting nonconference games are less frequent, or would you rather drop the series if it meant a larger variety of quality opponents?
If and when the SEC goes to nine conference games, Georgia would be crazy to drop the series. Let me show you why, in a nutshell.
SERIES RECORDS 2001-2012
- Georgia 11, Georgia Tech 1
- Florida 7, FSU 5
- South Carolina 6, Clemson 6
One of those is definitely not like the others.
Georgia gets the benefit of perception – Tech is a rival game, Tech is a major conference opponent, etc. – without taking on the burden of playing a team that mounts a serious long-term threat. The two worst teams of the Richt era notched wins over Paul Johnson’s two best teams. That’s pwnership, peeps. Why give that up as we move into an era of postseason by selection committee, when the Dawgs’ two biggest division rivals are giving up a head start almost half the time?