Not only did Georgia's 16-13 loss to Florida Saturday hurt its BCS aspirations, but it also put its fans in quite a predicament. Since the Bulldogs are in a three-way tie with UF and UT, UGA fans may find themselves rooting for the Volunteers, one of their most hated rivals.
If the Vols win out, and Florida loses one of its last two conference games against Vanderbilt and South Carolina, the Bulldogs would represent the SEC East because they own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tennessee in a two-team tie. Florida has the tiebreaker over Georgia.
SEC athletic directors will have the final say if all three teams win their remaining SEC games.
The Volunteers have dates against SEC cellar dwellers after matching up with No. 7 Miami Saturday. Tennessee faces Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky to close the season.
Defending champion Georgia probably has the hardest road to returning to the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs have an open date next week and finish off their season against Auburn on Nov. 15 and Kentucky on Nov. 22.
UGA and Auburn have played every year since 1992 and the home team has won only once - the Tigers' overtime victory in 2000.
Georgia's two remaining SEC opponents have a combined conference record of 5-5 while Florida's SEC opponents are 2-9, and the Volunteers' three foes are 2-12.
Each team's non-conference games will be a factor if the three teams do win the rest of their SEC games. Even if Tennessee beats Miami next week, a Florida loss to No. 3 Florida State and a Georgia win against Georgia Tech would likely sway athletic directors to vote for Georgia, which pounded Tennessee in Knoxville, 41-14.
- Compiled by Jeff Cohran
Wild, wild East heats up
Published: Wed Nov 05, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:34 p.m.