Colorado facing a much different Georgia squad

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ATHENS, Ga. --- When Georgia and Colorado played on Sept. 23, 2006, the Bulldogs were the defending Southeastern Conference champions and a top-10 team that ran its record to 4-0 that day.

The win improved coach Mark Richt's overall record at Georgia to 56-13 in five-plus seasons during which he led the Bulldogs to two SEC titles.

The Bulldogs' record since then under Richt is 35-17, including 1-3 this year heading into Saturday's game at Colorado.

In the aftermath of a 24-12 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday night that gave the Bulldogs three consecutive defeats for the first time in 20 years, even some long-time Richt supporters are wondering whether his time with the Bulldogs should be nearing its end.

"There's no doubt that it's the toughest bit of adversity that we've faced since I've been here," Richt said.

Georgia knows it won't get another SEC loss Saturday when it goes out of conference to play Colorado (2-1).

The Bulldogs already have more losses this year than they did in 2002, 2004 and 2007 under Richt, and as many losses as they did in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

For Georgia to extend its nation- leading streak of seasons of eight wins or more to 14 would take a big turnaround.

With eight regular season games to go this season, Georgia needs to:

- Go 5-3 just to finish the regular season with a .500 record and become bowl eligible.

- Win five games to avoid its first losing season since going 5-6 in 1996.

- Win three of its final five SEC games to avoid its first losing record in the conference since 1996. Georgia still has conference games left with Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, No. 7 Florida and No. 10 Auburn.

Reach Marc Weiszer


Saturday's games

- Miami at Clemson, noon (ESPN2)

- Georgia at Colorado, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports South)

- Georgia Tech at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

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