As cheesy as that word may be, that is really the only word which can adequately describe the situation which Georgia finds itself today. Not so much because Georgia has had two big wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt (we suspected this would happen–we had our doubts, but when it did we were greatly reassured), but because the mayhem resulting from South Carolina losing to Kentucky and Florida losing to Mississippi State has made Georgia relevant. Just two short weeks ago, Georgia was 0-3 and dead last in the division. Now Georgia is only a half-game removed from the division lead, and actually has a somewhat realistic chance of winning the thing.
Of course, this is going to require a lot of help. largely because of that pesky tiebreaker which South Carolina holds. But it could still happen. In order for this to occur, three things must happen:
1. Georgia must win out. Duh.
This is going to be difficult. First, Georgia must travel to Lexington and beat a Kentucky team that just beat the team that beat the No. 1 team in the country (a team that Georgia could not beat) and came within a last-second field goal of taking Auburn to overtime.
Assuming Georgia survives that test, they must travel to Jacksonville to take on a Florida team that they have failed to beat in 17 of their last 20 meetings. Florida has showed themselves to be pathetic lately in losses to Alabama, LSU, and Mississippi State. But Florida could field a team consisting entirely of middle school cheerleaders and band members and still beat Georgia, even if Georgia were to start a Super Bowl MVP at every position.
And assuming Georgia survives THAT test, they must then travel to Auburn and beat a team that just hung a whopping 65 points on the #12 team in the country.
2. South Carolina, which has already lost to Auburn and Kentucky, must take two more losses, presumably to Florida and Arkansas.
3. Florida must lose once more, to Georgia.
If all of the above played out, then Georgia, at 5-3, would win the division outright. Florida and South Carolina, at 4-4 each, would tie for second, with Florida shading South Carolina by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. And even if Georgia took a loss to Auburn, the end result world be a 3-way tie which would nullify the head-to-head tiebreaker which South Carolina holds over Georgia. In such an instance, the same-division record tiebreaker would favor Florida and Georgia, who would each have only one loss in the division (Florida to Georgia, Georgia to South Carolina). South Carolina, with two division losses (Kentucky and Florida) would drop out. At that point the head-to-head tiebreaker would be applied. Georgia would control the head-to-head tiebreaker as a result of beating Florida.
Of course, none of this matters unless Georgia beats Kentucky today. And that is by no means a given. Let’s be honest: The three games that Georgia has won so far are games that Marion Campbell, Kevin Ramsey, or even Willie Martinez could have won. But today, Todd Grantham will earn that $750,000 a year salary by figuring out a way to stop Randall Cobb, who is by far the best athlete in the SEC East and would be the best athlete in the entire SEC if not for Auburn’s Cameron Newton (I refuse to defer to the popular fashion of calling him Cam Newton). If that does not happen, then forget that I said any of this.