To elevate itself to true national prominence. The Bulldogs have been in this position before, poised for a championship season, until they faced Alabama.
Eastern Kentucky (2-1) at Kentucky (3-1), 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network alternate channel): Kentucky plays an FCS team on the 100th anniversary of its first homecoming game. The broadcast team will feature Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Allie LaForce (sidelines). This is cool breezes, cold beverages, good people and good times.
Will Georgia seize the moment? That is a bad sign if you have a bulldog for a mascot. The Oregon Ducks are essentially out of contention after being blown out by Utah, and their two losses will be impossible to overcome. In 2012, the teams met again in the SEC Championship Game, which went down to a final play - a deflected pass that left the Bulldogs 5 yards short of the winning touchdown as time ran out. If they win the East and exit Atlanta with SEC hardware in December, chances are a CFP spot will be waiting for them. Legitimate national title contenders - year after year. Can Alabama pull off the balance between setting up the run and killing Georgia with it? The last time Alabama closed as a sportsbook underdog was in the 2009 SEC Championship tilt when they upset the overrated Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators.
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Griffith made his first seven field-goal attempts last season, but he missed a 24-yarder September 12 against Middle Tennessee State. (The Crimson Tide turned the ball over five times against Ole Miss, which was it's ultimate undoing.) If it can do those two things, and Greyson Lambert continues to manage the game and not make mistakes, Georgia will emerge as a heavy-favorite to win the SEC East. Their number most notably will include Georgia grad - and the daughter of one-time Bulldogs season-ticket holders - Lisa Lee. It has been quite a while since anyone could say that a Saban team has their back against the wall, but it is fair to say this Saturday against a good Georgia troupe.
It wasn't that long ago, Dillon Lee stood proudly in the home side stands of Sanford Stadium sporting a slightly different shade of red. How does all of this fit into our week four College Football Playoff projections? "We got off to a fast start, and when we were walking out of the press box to go down at halftime, a couple of Georgia fans started throwing a few stuff at me". I'm not a betting man, so I'll stay out of it, but man, do I want to see the over on this one.
The crowd in Sanford Stadium will be beyond fired up. Additionally, it must not have anything to do with academic rigor since Georgia Tech's academic standards for athletes are the same as for regular students. He's effective in their screen game, so you can't discount him as a receiver in any way, shape or form either.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban gets angry with defensive back... Subsequently, Georgia can't afford to turn the ball over and give Alabama extra opportunities to take control, which is a responsibility that largely falls on Lambert.
Sophomore running back and Heisman candidate Nick Chubb is shooting for his 13th straight game of 100-plus yards while the Bulldogs defense has surrendered only and average of 14 points per game. But I've been wrong before.