Richt was able to look down his bench and come up with replacements and the Bulldogs found some answers in tailback J. J. Green, who finished with 17 carries for a career-high 129 yards, and Brendan Douglas, who had 10 carries for 25 yards and a touchdown. He also grabbed his first career reception, a 32-yarder on a third-and-6 play with under a minute to play that moved the ball down to the Tennessee 13-yard line on the game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. With three top receivers out of the game, Rantavious Wooten and Chris Conley combined for 11 catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns and the Bulldogs won in overtime.Richt once again reached into his hat and pulled out a rabbit. So it is safe to say he must be the luckiest coach since Les Miles, or he’s a pretty good coach who has a pretty good recruiting staff that keeps the talent pipeline open and running.
Georgia can compensate, however, by turning back the pages of playbook to 2005. That year, D.J. Shockley leaned on two tight ends, Leonard Pope and Martez Milner, and it paid dividends with both being among the team’s top five in receiving, combining for 50 catches for 832 yards. In this set, Georgia had one tight end who was a better blocker in Milner, but made sure to harness the catching abilities of both Milner and Pope. They also combined to catch six touchdowns out of the 26 total for the whole team that year. Georgia leaned on the tight end and made it work.Now, with Jay Rome healthy, Georgia has an embarrassment of riches at tight end with two players, Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome who would easily be a No. 1 at most schools. While Lynch is more of a threat across the middle, Bobo would be nuts not to carve out some plays downfield for Rome, splitting him out wide and letting him showcase his athleticism.
USA Today reports that many are watching to see how the NCAA handles the specifics of the Clinton-Dix suspension, especially given the friendship between NCAA president Mark Emmet and Alabama coach Nick Saban.
Games: Florida-Georgia and LSU-Alabama.What’s at stake: In a word, “everything,” seeing as the winner of these two games will likely represent their divisions in the SEC title game. Whether it’s Florida or Georgia from the East or LSU or Alabama out of the West, the two teams that make it to Atlanta will be playing for not just a conference title come December, but likely a shot at the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif., as well. All four teams are currently ranked in the Top 25, with only top-ranked Alabama remaining undefeated. But one loss (so long as it doesn’t come in the Georgia Dome) won’t keep an SEC team out of the national title picture, as seven consecutive seasons with an SEC team hoisting the crystal football can attest.