What We Know About the 2008 Season After Twelve Weeks

All right kids.  It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these, but here we go:

Mark Richt may be the dean of SEC coaches after the 2008 season is over.  No, seriously.  Prior to the start of the 2008 season, he had two coaches ahead of him.  One has already lost his job, and the other is on the hot seat.

Yes, Tommy Tuberville is on the hot seat right now.  Certain administration officials, given the chance to unequivocably support him and end any possible speculation about Tuberville’s future, respectfully declined to do so, instead issuing the usual platitudes about considering the coach’s full body of work and not evaluating the status of any coaches until the season is over.  That right there is a sure sign that the coach in question is in trouble.  Another negative factor for Tuberville is his propensity to go through coordinators (on both sides of the ball) like a fox goes through chickens.

Georgia is on track for a 10-2 record and the third-best postseason destination of any team in the SEC.  Lots of other programs in the SEC would kill to be where we are right now.  But here’s the thing:  A few years back we would have killed to be where we are now.  We thought we were past that point, but alas, that appears not to be the case.

So you still believe that only conference champions should be eligible to play for the BCS championship?  This is an idea that has been floated around ever since the early 00’s, when Nebraska reached the 2001 title game without winning its division of the Big 12 and Oklahoma reached the 2003 title game despite getting beat by four touchdowns in the Big 12 championship game.  It was this sentiment exactly that kept Georgia out of the running for the 2007 title game.

So what would happen if a conference-champions-only requirement was in force for the 2008 title game?  Brad Edwards over at ESPN.com offers this scenario in which we would be reduced to the spectacle of watching No. 5 and No. 6 duke it out for the national championship.  If this would be satisfying to you, then by all means keep on talking about making only conference champions eligible for the BCS title game.

While we’re on the subject of BCS doomsday scenarios, Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers what he believes would be the worst doomsday scenario possible given the present standings.  Kinda makes you wish that they would just scrap the whole BCS thing and implement my contract bridge proposal, right?

Notre Dame might still be going to a decent bowl this year.  Given Notre Dame’s remaining schedule, they are on track to finish 7-5.  Even at that, they are still attracting the interest of the Cotton Bowl, the Gator Bowl, and the Sun Bowl.  Must be nice.  Can you imagine Georgia getting into the Cotton Bowl or the Gator Bowl at 7-5?  Don’t think so.  Only Notre Dame can pull something like that off.  That’s why they’re Notre Dame.

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