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How 'Bout Those SEC Champion Georgia Bulldawgs!?

What an amazing season this has been. This team gave Tennessee their worst loss in Neyland Stadium history. They got Florida's coach fired mid-season. They beat the hell out of Georgia Tech. They made Auburn's ass quit in the 4th Quarter of the SEC Championship game only 3 weeks after getting romped in Jordan-Hare. 

And maybe most impressively, they gave us Georgia fans reason to takeover Chicago and South Bend to see the best college football game of the 2017 season.

There is no doubt that 2017 has been the best Georgia football season of the past 30 years. This fact would still stand if Georgia was not going to the Rose Bowl.

But, here we are, maxing out credit cards and getting ready to make our second bucket-list college football trip of the past four months, ready to visit another one of Western Civilization's great cities to see the Dawgs face off against this year's Heisman trophy winner.

It is all heady stuff, and I am just thankful that it is happening in a season of life where I have a job and ability to make the most of it.

From this Dawg fan's perspective, whatever happens from here on out is just extra. The SEC Championship is all I really care about. The Playoff is a contrived and silly money-grab from the kind of people that may well kill college football before long.

But would I be excited to see us win it? Of course!

So, with all that in mind, here are the storylines we will dive into for this week's PMGN:

1. Exuberance: It has never been Greater to Be a Georgia Bulldawg

2 Anticipation: Has Georgia finally "Arrived?"

2. Nostalgia: A look back at the 1942 National Champs who won the 1943 Rose Bowl 9-0 over UCLA.

3. New Opponent: Checking in on Oklahoma. (Which you may call "Georgia II" when you think about how that state came to be)

No doubt many of you are reading this week's notes looking for some kind of sage wisdom that tells why the Dawgs will triumph on Monday afternoon. Let me save you some time - I have no such wisdom. 

This week's issue is all about enjoying the ride. History says if you are reading this, then you will not live to see Georgia get back to the Rose Bowl. So soak it up.

The SEC Champs are clad in Red and Black and are playing beneath California Palms on New Year's Day. Even if we dare to dream that Georgia gets another game this season, I can't imagine it matching the mystique of this game.


ON TO THE NOTES!!

The 1942 Georgia Squad Practices Under Palm Trees Beofe Shutting Out UCLA.
  • Game 14: The Rose Bowl: Georgia vs. Oklahoma
  • Kickoff: Monday, January 1 - 5:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: The Rose Bowl (89,104). Pasadena, California.
  • 2017 Records: Georgia 12-1 (8-1 SEC), Oklahoma 12-1 (7-1 Big XII)
  • Rankings: Georgia #3, Oklahoma #2
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 - Bulldog Network | Affiliates | Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline)
  • Audio Stream: georgiadogs.com | Mobile
  • Satellite: Sirius 137, XM 190
OFFICIAL GAME NOTES



UGA DIGITAL BOWL GUIDE: THE ROSE BOWL



THIS WEEK'S BULLDAWG ILLUSTRATED

THIS WEEK'S SEC BANTER COLUMN

Georgia beat every team on its schedule this year and can play for its first national title since 1980, a game that will be contested in Atlanta, of all places.  A dream season indeed.

Oklahoma stands in the way of the Bulldogs’ dream, but the Sooners’ high-powered offense has not faced a defense of the caliber sporting silver britches and white shirts come January 1.

In fact, I’m not sure Oklahoma has faced an actual defense all season, as defense in the Big 12 is optional.

Heisman-winning QB Baker Mayfield is a challenge, for sure, but he must account for the speed that Roquan Smith and Co. will bring in Pasadena.  UGA’s top-10 defense is faster than Ferris Bueller sprinting home to beat his parents, and prior Heisman QBs facing top-10 defenses in bowl games are a combined 1-6.

POOR MAN'S PROGNOSTICATION

Game Week Prediction:

1. Georgia fans takeover. 

2. Baker Mayfield does not finish the game.

3. Nothing gets done in Atlanta for the first two weeks of 2018.

Georgia Wins 42-20
- Georgia claimed its 13th SEC title in school history with a 28-7 win over No. 2 Auburn in the second year of the Kirby Smart era.

- The 13 SEC titles ranks tied for second most in league history as Alabama has 26 and UT also has 13.

- The Bulldogs are now 3-3 in SEC Championship Games

- Georgia extends its edge in the series to 58-56-8 in the Deep South's oldest rivalry in this the 122nd all-time meeting.

- Also, this is the fifth that Georgia and Auburn have squared off when both teams are ranked in the top 10 and this was Georgia's first win.  

The Bulldogs came in ranked fifth nationally in Soring Defense, allowing only 13.8 points a game. Georgia held Auburn to 7 points in the SEC Championship Game.
                 
Chubb moved up to second in SEC history with 4,599 yards, trailing only Herschel Walker (5,259). Chubb and Michel already rank No. 2 and 3 in school history for rushing yards. Michel has 3,359 for his career.  

The Bulldogs came in today averaging 35.5 points a game including leading the nation in Red Zone Offense, going 44-for-45 with 33 touchdowns. Georgia was 3-for-4 in the Red Zone with a TD, two field goals and turned it over on downs with a 28-7 lead with under three minutes left in the contest.
 
Georgia is +5 in Turnover Margin, scoring 77 points off 18 turnovers.  The Bulldogs got 15 points off a pair of Tiger miscues. 
 
- Blocked FG: Junior DT DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle blocked a Tiger 31-yard field goal attempt with 8:13 left in the third quarter and Georgia leading 10-7. It was the first by a Bulldog since J.R. Reed did it against Samford this year. It was the third by a Bulldog in an SEC Championship game, joining Sean Jones (2003 vs. LSU) and Cornelius Washington (2012 vs. Alabama) and there have only been four in the history of the game.
 
Senior strong safety Dominick Sanders made his 51st career start which ranks third in school history for non-kickers, trailing only QBs David Greene (52 from 2001-04) and Aaron Murray (52 from 2010-13). PK Blair Walsh started a record 53 games from 2008-11.  On offense, sophomore Elijah Holfyfield and freshman Trey Blount made their first career starts while junior Jayson Stanley made his first of the year and sixth of his career.
 
- Redshirt sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship had six kickoffs with five touchbacks. For the year, Blankenship now has 82 kickoffs including a school record 60 touchbacks. Also, he had a 27-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead with 4:59 left in the half. He added a 35-yard field goal for a 13-7 advantage with 1:26 left in the third.
 
Captains: Captains were seniors Sony Michel and Nick Chubb and junior Roquan Smith.
Leading up to this game, much has been made of the 1943 Rose Bowl. Honorary Poor Man Frank Troutman of Buckhead went on that trip and several outlets interviewed him. Mark Schlabaugh of ESPN penned this fascinating article that included the following facts:

- The 1942 team voted amongst themselves to go to the Rose Bowl over the Sugar Bowl.

- The game was only allowed to be in Pasadena after the US Navy won the Battle of Midway, deeming it safe to have such a large gathering of people on the West Coast.

- It was a four day train ride out to California, air travel was restricted due to WWII. The fans in attendance were all local to Southern California.

- O.B. Keeler, the man who created the myth of Bobby Jones, was the AJC writer who accompanied the team out to LA.

- Georgia beat #2 ranked Georgia Tech to get the bowl invite. Can you imagine a Top Five matchup between the Dawgs and Jackets?!

- This gem: 

As the seconds ticked away on the clock, Butts cleared his bench to allow reserves a chance to play in the Rose Bowl. When 18-year-old guard Robert Poss reached the field, the referee reached into his pocket for a pistol to fire to signal the end of the game.

"The ref was fixin' to shoot that pistol," said Poss' son, Bobby, who played football at Georgia from 1969-71. "But my daddy said, 'Hold on, sir, I'm fixin' to run this play so I can tell my grandchildren I played in the Rose Bowl.'"

The referee waited one more play to fire his pistol. Bobby Poss said his dad talked about his one play in the Rose Bowl so much that his friends called him "Rosie" until his death in 1996.

- And this, a reminder of the Greatest Generation

Within a few weeks, Trippi and many of his teammates reported for active military duty. By the spring of 1943, all but 10 of the 43 players who made the trip to Pasadena were serving in the military, and many of them were fighting overseas.

Three players from Georgia's 1942 team were killed in action. William Burt, of Macon, Georgia, was shot down over Italy on May 25, 1944. Walter "Chief" Ruark, of Bostwick, Georgia, was shot in the chest by a sniper and died in Aachen, Germany, on Nov. 22, 1944. Winfred Goodman, of Atlanta, was reported missing while leading an air/sea rescue in the Philippines in January 1945.

A few other players were injured in combat. End George Poschner, who was Sinkwich's close friend from Youngstown, Ohio, was hit by machine gun fire during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium on Jan. 8, 1945. Medics couldn't rescue him from a snow bank for two days because of enemy fire, and Poschner lost both legs and several fingers but survived. He died in 2004 at the age of 85.

Trippi served in the Fourth Air Force and returned to play at Georgia in 1945-46. He signed an unprecedented $100,000 contract with the Chicago Cardinals and led them to the 1947 NFL championship as a rookie.

UGA Archival Footage from the 1942 Rose Bowl
FROM OKLAHOMA

- The Sooners are 12-1 on the year and are coming off a 41-17 win over TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game. It marked OU's third straight Big 12 title and 11th overall (all in the last 18 years).

- Oklahoma, which is still the only Big 12 program to qualify for the College Football Playoff, boasts the nation's most prolific offense. The Sooners lead the nation by averaging 583.3 yards per game and 8.4 yards per play. Only one team (Hawaii at 8.6 in 2006) averaged more yards per play for an entire season.

- The Sooners are led by Heisman Trophy hopeful Baker Mayfield. The senior quarterback leads the nation in completion percentage (.710), passing efficiency rating (203.8; would break his own FBS single-season record), yards per pass attempt (11.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass of plays of 20-plus yards (75), while ranking second in passing touchdowns (41), fourth in total offense per game (357.7) and fourth passing yards per game (333.8).
 

- The Sooners are making their 19th straight bowl appearance. Only two schools own longer active consecutive streaks of bowl appearances recognized by the NCAA: Virginia Tech (25) and Georgia (21). Oklahoma owns a 29-20-1 all-time bowl record.

- This will mark just OU's second appearance in the Rose Bowl. On Jan. 1, 2003, the No. 8 Sooners handed No. 7 Washington State a 34-14 defeat behind quarterback and game MVP Nate Hybl.

DRINK WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT! 

THE DAWGS ARE IN THE ROSE BOWL!

Georgia will wear WHITE on Monday.
 
Najee Bissoon RB 5-5 164 RSr. Houston, Texas (Houston Baptist University) (Summer Creek HS) - Named for a band instrument.

Kennedy Brooks RB 5-10 206 Fr. Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield HS) - Double last name

K'Jakyre Daley DE/LB 6-2 218 Fr. Riviera Beach, Fla. (Suncoast HS) - K'What?

Cody Ford OL 6-4 343 RSo. Pineville, La. (Pineville HS) - For a Louisiana kid, this is a very on-brand Oklahoma name

Creed Humphrey OL 6-4 310 Fr. Shawnee, Okla. (Shawnee HS) - Named for the music he was conceived to. Probably.

CeeDee Lamb WR 6-1 173 Fr. Richmond, Texas (Foster HS) - Not to be confused with his brothers Em Pee Three or Eight Track.

Baker Mayfield QB 6-1 220 RSr. Austin, Texas (Texas Tech University) (Lake Travis HS) What a bum.

Zacchaeus McKinney DT 6-4 280 Fr. Weatherford, Texas (Weatherford HS) Just read about Zaccheus at bedtime with my son. Who names their kid for a biblical tax collector?

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo DE/LB 6-1 240 RSr. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor HS) - Guzuntite

Charleston Rambo WR 6-1 167 Fr. Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS) - This one is a joke, right?

Trey Sermon RB 6-0 222 Fr. Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry HS) - I wonder if he knew Rodirigo...
 

COLONEL WAFFLES' GAMBLING PICKS, A RECAP

We went 60-35-6 for the season (63%), and went 3-3 last week.

HUNKER DOWN YOU HAIRY DAWGS!


That's All for This Week!

Go DAWGS!!! BEAT THE SOONERS!!!




To the Cause of the Poor!


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What is the Poor Man's Game Notes? These weekly emails are a hobby that serve as an unofficial version of the official game notes produced by the UGA Sports Information Department (UGA SID) ahead of each UGA football game. They are called the Poor Man's Game Notes due to the fact that they are irreverent, incomplete, often include typos, and are blatant rip-off of the outstanding work of the professionals at the UGA Sports Information Department. It is my great honor that we now include many members of the UGA SID among our community of "Poor Men" on this email. 
 
The best part of compiling the PMGN is the interaction I have with the fellow "Poor Men/Women" on the email list. Funny/crass emails among college football fans are one of the best parts of the football season, so please do not ever hesitate to email me if you see something worth commenting, (or if you think my smart-ass remarks have earned me some humble pie).

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