COLUMBIA, S.C. - Let's start off with this. Everyone at this game must be going to Heaven. We all just sat through Hell. That 90-minute stop-and-go traffic jam from the interstate. Ugh!
The cock is crowing now at Williams-Brice Stadium. How much will we hear the Gamecock during the game? Las Vegas says Georgia's going to win by 7. Media people are saying it'll be more. But with Steve Spurrier at the helm for South Carolina anything can happen.
It's 92 degrees right now. How will that affect play? How many players will leave with cramps?
Here's a few mid-week college football thoughts to whet your appetite:
THE GREATEST EVER? When Georgia head coach Vince Dooley retired after the 1988 season at age 56, he had done more than many other coaches ever will. He finished his career with 201 wins, 77 losses, six Southeastern Conference titles and a national championship.
Florida State's Bobby Bowden (78) and Penn State's Joe Paterno (81), who are tied for most career victories by a Division I coach with 374, are still active. What if Dooley had kept coaching as well?
Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno is creating more magic than Harry Houdini did. Moreno is making the Chippewas miss on the ground. And he just converted a key screen pass out of the end zone for a first down.
Defensive tackle Corvey Irvin fooled us. He's wearing No. 95 for injured teammate Jeff Owens instead of No. 99 on the roster.
ATHENS, Ga. -- A little less than an hour to play here and it's 212 degrees in the press box alone. How is Central Michigan going to handle this heat and humidity? We're talking about Cramp City, baby. Expect many delays today.
Another pre-game thought: How will being No. 2 this week sit with Georgia? I don't believe coach Mark Richt has run the score up on an opponent, but will today's game be a statement to Associated Press voters?
The post-game analysis came soon after Georgia's win Saturday over Georgia Southern. Friends, family, co-workers and even my pastor all agreed on one thing -- Bulldogs play-by-play announcer Larry Munson sounded horrid. To give the legendary "Voice of the Dogs" the benefit of the doubt, I was at Sanford Stadium. I didn't hear a single word. But if you can't trust your mother and your pastor, who can you trust?
Georgia looks like a well-oiled machine. The defense has stifled Georgia Southern on its first two drives. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs offense has looked good for the most part.
Matthew Stafford found freshman A.J. Green on a 36-yard post pattern, setting up Knowshon Moreno's 2-yard touchdown run. Later, Blair Walsh drilled a 52-yard field goal that would've been good from 62.
Per TV, we should be tipping off here about 2:36 p.m. CBS' Tim Brando is sitting on the court about 30 feet away. I bet he's wanting to know where to find some good sweet tea around here as well.
The teams are shooting around. The arena's not full. There will be a crowd probably north of 5,000 fans.
Here come the introductions. The ASU fans are chanting "A-S-U." The biggest game in Jaguar history is about to begin.
Winona State 13, ASU 9, 15:21 until halftime
I'm not sure where to begin. I'll start with this. I sent an e-mail to Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver this morning asking him about plans for the Jaguars whether they win or lose the national championship game Saturday. Here's his response:
"I have already started thinking about this and we will definitely do something to honor our hometown heroes!!!!! Go Jags!!!!!"
Less than 10 minutes until game time. The Jaguars are stretching. Alaska-Anchorage is shooting around the horn. About half the ASU fans are wearing their "Blackout" t-shirts. Fans are starting to file into the arena. It looks to be a smaller crowd than Wednesday's game, but I expect the arena to fill as fans from the nightcap will come in at the second half of this contest.
With TV broadcasting the game, there will be 487 timeouts. If nothing else, it will be slow. About to have the national anthem.