ATHENS - A few early notes after the completion of the Dawg Walk:
- Yes, Georgia is wearing red uniforms, at least in warmups. But fans pouring into the student section are mostly in black, as are many in the rest of the stadium. (Though it's a long way from full.)
- The officiating crew today is the one led by referee David Smith. To this point, I don't know of any issues that Georgia has with Mr. Smith's crew.
- The wrestler Goldberg is here. He just conducted a pregame interview with Loran Smith.
Georgia Southern, wow
So the end of the Florida-Georgia Southern game was on pretty much every laptop in the Sanford Stadium press box.
I mean, wow. Who knew Georgia Southern would double Georgia's margin of victory Florida? Who knew Georgia Southern would have a margin of victory over Florida?
Obviously this makes everyone wonder about Will Muschamp's job status. Last week athletics director Jeremy Foley said he was "1000 percent" behind Muschamp, but this week you'd guess Foley will avoid saying anything.
Before this, I've thought the Muschamp hot seat talk was a bit ridiculous, because you have to take into account Florida's ridiculous amount of injuries. And maybe that's still the case. But ... a) Georgia Southern has a lot of injuries too, and b) the Eagles went 4-4 in the Southern Conference this year.
That's an inexcusable loss for the Gators.
Cold and windy
It's the final home game of a looooooonnnnggg season, and it's also going to be a cooooooooolllllddd night. The occasion calls for stretched-out words, people.
It's actually bearable right now, in the high 50s/low 60s, but it's going to drop quickly. It should be in the low 50s by kickoff, and is supposed to get as low as 40 by late tonight. Add to this a pretty decent wind, and it's going to feel pretty frigid. (I know this by watching The Weather Channel, which Nick Saban says is the only television he watches, in order to gauge what practice or game conditions will be like. Saban, by the way, was probably lying when he said that, but that's okay.)
It's senior night here, as we know, and unofficially Aaron Murray appreciation day. I'll have all notes from pregame festivites, and anything else pertinent.
Random non-Georgia thoughts
- If my coach of the year ballots had to be turned in today, nationally I would go with Duke's David Cutcliffe, with Baylor's Art Briles coming next. In the SEC, I'd go with Missouri's Gary Pinkel. Yes, you may ask where is Gus Malzahn. He's done a great job, no doubt, but we're also talking about the difference in programs and challenges at Duke, Baylor, Missouri and Auburn. One of those four does not belong. All that said, there's a couple more weeks left, and Missouri has a couple chances to lose (including tonight at Ole Miss) and Auburn has a chance to beat Alabama.
- I have to chortle a bit at the idea that A.J. McCarron should be in the discussion for Heisman, much less "the best ever," as Sports Illustrated's cover wondered this week. Look, McCarron is pretty good, but I'd argue that not only is he not the best quarterback in the SEC (it's clearly Johnny Manziel), I'd definitely put Aaron Murray over McCarron, and would also consider Connor Shaw. That probably puts me in a great minority, but ... so be it.