Even without playing a game, Georgia had a good Saturday for the first time in weeks.
South Carolina did the Bulldogs a big favor by upsetting Missouri 27-24 in double overtime.
“Yes!!!!! Thank God !! Missed field goal,” Bulldogs safety Tray Matthews tweeted after a 24-yard Missouri field goal missed off the left upright to give the Gamecocks the win Saturday.
“Thank you USC THANK YOU,” cornerback Shaq Wiggins tweeted.
Georgia’s annual game with Florida on Saturday has added intrigue again beyond the rivalry and the slew of injuries that have hit both teams hard.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt watched parts of South Carolina’s comeback win.
“I watched it early and it was really painful so I quit watching it,” he said Sunday. “Then I picked it back up when it was 17-7 and from that point on it was pretty painful as well, but at the very end it came out good. It was a wild game for sure.”
Both Georgia and Florida now have more hope in the SEC East race but still have work to do.
“Knowing that we’re still trying to win the East and we’re needing help and all that kind of thing, it certainly provided motivation for me so I would imagine it would provide motivation for the players as well,” Richt said. “I guess I’d say more motivation.”
Missouri (7-1, 3-1 SEC) still holds the East lead over South Carolina (6-2, 4-2), Georgia (4-3, 3-2) and Florida (4-3, 3-2).
BCS STANDINGS: Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama.
The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise. Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week. Oregon’s convincing 42-14 victory against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost it needed.
Oregon moved up to third from fourth in the computer ratings and remained second in both the USA Today coaches’ poll and the Harris poll to give it a .9517 BCS average.
Florida State, after routing North Carolina State 49-17, has a .9211 BCS average. The Seminoles are third in each poll, though they gained a little ground on the Ducks, and second in the computer ratings.
AUBURN: Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says quarterback Nick Marshall “should be OK” for the Arkansas game.
Lashlee says Marshall participated in Sunday’s brief practice but his right, throwing shoulder was sore.