At 4-4, Georgia’s bowl eligibility suddenly isn’t a certainty

Georgia running back Nick Chubb, who was held to 20 yards, is brought down in the first quarter against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The Gators defeated the Bulldogs 24-10. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

Georgia running back Nick Chubb, who was held to 20 yards, is brought down in the first quarter against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The Gators defeated the Bulldogs 24-10. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The SEC has tie-ins with 10 bowl games, including, from top to swampland: Sugar, Citrus, Outback, TaxSlayer, Music City . . . (this is where you may want to cover your eyes) . . . Texas, Belk, Liberty, Birmingham and Independence.

It’s safe to assume Georgia will not be heading to a garden spot.

It’s not safe to assume Georgia will be going anywhere.

The Bulldogs’ offensive misery reached new lows in Saturday’s 24-10 loss to Florida. They rushed for only 21 yards, totaled 164 yards in offense, finished the game with 10 non-scoring possessions and went three-and-out or four-and-out nine times. As I wrote in a column, even rebuilding projects shouldn’t look this bad. To read the column on MyAJC, click here.

And here’s a question we never expected to be asking at the eight-game mark: Will Georgia even go to a bowl game?

The Dogs are 4-4 (including a narrow win over expected FCS fodder Nicholls State). That means they need to at least split their final four games to become bowl eligible (unless there aren’t enough six-win teams to fill all of the games).

Two wins aren’t a certainty, given the backdrop. A look at the remaining four opponents:

• At Kentucky: The Wildcats have won three straight (Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Missouri) are 4-2 in the SEC (5-3 overall). This will be a night game. Fans will be loud and excited, in part because the basketball season hasn’t started yet. Not only is this game not a gimme, as most would’ve projected, Georgia might be an underdog.

• Auburn, home: The Tigers were 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEC going into Saturday’s game at Ole Miss. They won four straight after a 1-2 start and almost certainly will be favored in Athens.

• Louisiana-Lafayette, home: Georgia will be favored and should win. But after FCS entry Nicholls State came into Athens and nearly won (the Dogs pulled out a 26-24 win in Week 2), are you going to assume anything? For what it’s worth: The Ragin’ Cajuns are 3-4 (2-2 in the Sun Belt).

• Georgia Tech, home: The Dogs likely will be favored but the Jackets have a better record (5-3), with games remaining at North Carolina, at Virginia Tech and home against Virginia. It’s a rivalry game. Weird things happen.

How many wins do you see there? One? Two? Three?

It’s probably best not to assume anything right now.

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Jse1960
Jse1960

Here is an interesting one for UGA fans. Jerry Palm's bowl predictions has UGA in the Belk bowl against......wait for it........Miami!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Jse1960

Pretty far-fetched--both teams would actually have to win a couple more games for that to happen. 

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

I would surmise what we see on the field is largely a reflection of what is (or isn't) happening off the field. Whether or not Smart can fix this mess appears to be very much in question at this point.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Hey TOHIO, do you guys have that Cam Newton outfit in your closet?

DerekGator
DerekGator

I predict they beat Lafayette and Tech.


GA is a top 20 job and they go out and hire some dude that has never been a HC, just because he touched Saban?  Very dumb, did they not learn anything from FL hiring Zook and Muschamp?  And don't give me that crap about Richt leaving the cupboard bare, GA has tons of talent. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


You are a jerk, lil wally. 


"Stay at the kid's table"


typical dog talk

Big Wally
Big Wally

@DerekGator Well, let me correct there junior.

1) Georgia's 2013 and 2104 recruiting classes, which were highly ranked, have had huge amounts of attrition.  A huge majority of those players who would be Senior's or Junior's now, are no longer at UGA any longer.

2) Didn't Jimbo Fisher win a National Championship at FSU without any previous head coaching experience?

3) An NFL scout has recently come out and said that UGA does not have a current senior on the roster who would be drafted in next year's NFL draft (Chubb is not a senior).

4) We have a Rhode Island transfer starting as our left tackle.  Here's a tip for you junior, Rhode Island is not a football powerhouse, they are not even an FBS school.  I'm sure you don't know what that is.


Stay at the kid's table junior and let the adults talk.

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; stay at the kid's table please.  You are not ready for the adults either.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

HE'S a jerk????????????

And how about YOU--the jerk of jerks?!

This one might take the cake. 

And you wonder why you're known as a lying hypocrite and a coward.

peanutgallery
peanutgallery

I've never understood the whole "bowl games" shtick in college football.


If you are not playing in the playoffs you are playing in a loser bowl. Who wants to watch two losers going at it?

Big Wally
Big Wally

@peanutgallery From a coaches standpoint, playing in a bowl game allows teams to practice more, it is almost like an additional spring practice.  If you are not playing in a bowl, you don't get those extra practices.  From a fans standpoint, it is a chance to usually play a team you don't play often if ever, and gives your team a chance to end the year with a win.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@peanutgallery

For the New Year's Six bowls it's ranking and $$$--BIG $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@NativeAtlantan57

Outta the frying pan and into the fire. He hasn't fared any better than Smart since his involuntary departure.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Hey TOHIO;  I'm sure you are wondering how I'm doing the Sack Schultz contest.

Welcome BigWally! 

  Score: 99 (out of 134)  Rank: 3

I know you two are novices when it comes to college football.  I'll try to share some of my vast knowledge of the sport with you two simpletons one day.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Wally....I figured all you shared with others were various STD's?.....talk about an obsession?

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Just like you "sense" I'm a tech fan?


Your "sense" is off. Way off.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Nope. Haven't given it a single thought. Don't care.


Call 5 or 6 and tell him since he's still sucking his thumb somewhere. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; I can sense you are too ashamed to ask for help.  Don't worry, I'll try to guide you and TO as best I can.  I can only do so much though considering what I have to work with.

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; I understand the embarrassment from your standpoint.  

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO: I'll try to help you out as much as I can.  Remember, you are not giving me much to work with.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Big Wally

Pretty impressive, BW. Can't say the same for myself this year, but I always enjoy the competition.

What's your handle in that contest?

OH:IO
OH:IO

Don't fret Bowl Season, dogs. 


You can always watch a replay of Boxscore's 2 FG classic in the Liberty Bowl loss. 

DunwoodyDawg
DunwoodyDawg

Dawgs need to go 6-6, but I'm not sure we can get there. This is not just about Kirby Smart, it's also about Greg McGarity. He hasn't exactly wowed everyone with his hires so far.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DunwoodyDawg

Whaddaya expect from the coward McGarity--a 17-year gator who immediately set about weakening the Dawgs' OOC schedule--in typical gator fashion?

dawg fan
dawg fan

I say 6-6 with wins over La-Lafayette and the nerds.  I think we lose to Kentucky and Auburn is going to be a beatdown of epic proportions.  I am definitely disappointed in the Kirby regime thus far and I was a big fan of bringing him on.  I'm just grateful that the world's greatest guy Mark Richt is having similar struggles in Miami or we'd never hear the end of it out of his fan club.  Kirby might not be the answer but that guy sure as heck isn't either.  Georgia football isn't going anywhere.  All the top talent in this state isn't going anywhere.  Kirby will get 3 years to get it done or we'll try something new.  This is how big time football programs operate.  Deal with it.  Go Dawgs!!

TOJacket
TOJacket

Dawgphlem....you guys look like a "big time football program"....Lol

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO haven't figured out that Google thing yet eh?

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TOJacket  We sure did against the defending ACC Coastal Chumps for some reason.  We'll wax that Techie arse Thanksgiving weekend too.  Eason will probably throw for 400 yards against your usually joke secondary.  As bad as we are he'll be one of the best QBs you'll see all season.  We got 99 problems but Tech ain't one, per the usual.  Georgia Tech=JOKE. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

The knocking on the door to greatness fan club is loud over on dawgnation. You would have thought we fired Saban with how they are talking

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


You are the one making the charge again and again. 


Prove it. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

UNC.......signature win. Lol

dawg fan
dawg fan

@FlatTire  I guess they missed where their hero is 4-4 at Miami and has lost to any and every team he has played with a living breathing pulse this year.  I guess they also forget how "re-energized" he supposedly was and all their big talk about all the wonderful things he was going to do at Miami.  He'll be out of coaching in 3 years.  The game has passed him by.  They need to let him go.  It's really sad how they can't let him go. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO @Big Wally

You need proof that your hero Woody Hayes whacked that Clemson player, lying hypocrite?

Meanwhile, the NFL continues to investigate E Elliot--another osu lowlife in connection with this summer's domestic dispute allegations.

Need proof of that, too, lying hypocrite?

How 'bout your school's perv band director? You oughta be able to relate to that.

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

For the love of all things holy, stop comparing Smart with Muschamp.  He's much more like Derek Dooley.  

TOJacket
TOJacket

Barbara is going to get mad at you!!!!

SaulK
SaulK

hopefully the dogs don't get stuck in that terrible belk bowl again---it's always cold and raining. Maybe they can get the music city  bowl---partying in nashville for a couple of days is good stuff.

Jse1960
Jse1960

Just a question...thought? Why would a top tier program hire someone who has never been an HC? Geoergia has Goff and Smart, UF Zook and Muschamp, people forget before Saban Bama hired Dubose and Shula. Not saying it's always a recipe for failure, Stoops and Richt have done all right. It just seems to be a reach.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Jse1960

Every HC got his start somewhere. If you insist on hiring only those with previous HC experience, you'd pretty quickly run out of candidates.

OH:IO
OH:IO

How does 4-5 sound, dogs?

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO,  Do you actually know what the 4-5 stands for or are you just repeating something you read somewhere?