October 02, 2010
Colorado 29, Georgia 27. Never, under any circumstances, could you have convinced even the most impatient Mark Richt skeptic this summer that Richt might leave Folsom Field on a hotter seat than Dan Hawkins. Not that it was wholly inconceivable that Georgia would drop a night game in the Rockies in the middle of SEC play. But losing in Boulder and Starkville in back-to-back weeks? After losing to Arkansas and South Carolina? Nobody with Richt's track record and Georgia's talent could fall that far, that fast.
But here they are. There's not much to add to the reality of four straight losses, except that all bets are off. At this time last week, the silver lining to the Bulldogs' 0-3 SEC start was a schedule that offered four imminently winnable games in October – at Colorado, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and at Kentucky – to get on track before the Cocktail Party date with Florida. As of tonight, this season is officially off the track.
UGA may win another game at some point in that stretch. It may win two. But the odds of the Bulldogs winning the five of seven they need to scrape into their 14th straight bowl game aren't worth contemplating at this point. It would take a miracle (i.e. wins over some combination of Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech to close the year) to salvage this wreck. Short of that, the only question at this point is whether the dreaded losing season means the end of the line for Richt.