BCS picks step on Dogs' paws

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By the time Georgia's players assembled at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, they heard enough bad news that they weren't shocked when the television talking heads delivered the verdict.

Georgia Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett (13) tries to keep North Carolina defensive tackle Aleric Mullins (97) at arm's length during the second half of a football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 27-25.  Associated Press
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Georgia Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett (13) tries to keep North Carolina defensive tackle Aleric Mullins (97) at arm's length during the second half of a football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 27-25.

But that did not stop the indignation and disappointment. Not even Mark Richt's announcement that they would wear black jerseys again could soften the sting of getting jilted by the BCS title game.

"I'd already accepted the fact that it was going to turn out this way," center Fernando Velasco said. "Just look at logic. Obviously just before they announced it, we were No. 4 and we were No. 4 for a reason. So when No. 1 and No. 2 lost, I'm not the smartest man in the world, but that means No. 3 and No. 4 go to the dance. But it didn't happen like that."

The Bowl Championship Series Championship Game skipped Georgia and sent the Bulldogs to the New Year's Day Sugar Bowl to play Hawaii. Georgia will be the home team and wear its black jerseys in the bowl.

Georgia had been ranked No. 4 last week by the BCS. On Saturday the top two teams, Missouri and West Virginia, lost. But on Sunday Georgia slipped a spot in the BCS rankings. LSU and Oklahoma jumped over Georgia with the Tigers going to the title game.

"It would have been a lot better to not know we were going to the BCS championship game," running back Thomas Brown said. "It gave us some false hope. Of course it kind of sounds biased, but I'm not in favor of the BCS system because it didn't work for us."

Before Saturday's upsets, most of the Bulldogs did not expect to have the chance at the BCS title game. But as the surprises mounted, a few started to dream about the near-impossible.

"I was watching it last night with Blake (Barnes)," tight end Tripp Chandler said. "We were having a good time, man. We were jumping up and down. We were thinking that we were going to get our shot. Last night I couldn't sleep. I was tossing and turning, thinking we were going to have the opportunity to hold that crystal ball and kiss it. Then poof it's gone."

On Sunday afternoon the USA Today coaches poll came out, and LSU had leapfrogged over the Bulldogs and into the title game against Ohio State. That gave Georgia warning that it would probably not go to the title game. Georgia coach Mark Richt also suspected that the BCS would skip Georgia and told his team not to expect the big prize during Sunday night's broadcast.

"I think a lot of guys are thinking now that we got, maybe not screwed, but kind of overlooked, just because we weren't playing in a conference championship game," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "We've got something to prove now."

Fox television announced Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl in the broadcast's first five minutes. Then it teased the completion of the matchup through three commercial breaks and the rest of the bowl slate. Fox completed the pairing with about 10 minutes left in the 30-minute broadcast.

"It was a complete tease," Brown said. "It was too long and drawn out. They should have come right out and said Georgia wasn't playing for the national championship. They should have told us we were going to the Sugar Bowl and gotten it over with."

Because Georgia is ranked higher, it will be the designated home team. Richt said the players will wear the black jerseys they wore against Auburn. Because game jerseys are part of the players' bowl package, they will get to keep them.

But the announcement did not produce the same excitement from the players as it did against Auburn.

"It's the Sugar Bowl. We're going to be pumped up whether we're wearing pink jerseys," Chandler said. "The black is something we like to wear. It's not a trick. It's not a hoax. It's not something we try to do to screw with our opponents. It's something our team likes to wear. It's that simple."

Georgia has won six straight games, the longest winning streak among the BCS top 10 except for unbeaten Hawaii. It finished in a tie with Tennessee for first place in the SEC East. But it had already lost to Tennessee and did not qualify for the conference title game. That failure to participate in a conference title game might meant the one-week's difference in the Bulldogs dates at the Superdome.

Reach Roger Clarkson at roger.clarkson@onlineathens.com.

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oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 12/03/07 - 12:33 am
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Flaw in the BCS system. Go

Flaw in the BCS system. Go Dawgs!

I_the_stranger
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I_the_stranger 12/03/07 - 12:37 am
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Georgia got screwed! However,

Georgia got screwed! However, there's nothing we can do about it so we should all just be greatful and enjoy the up coming game!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/03/07 - 12:53 am
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At least we are not Missouri.

At least we are not Missouri. Go Dawgs.

wildman
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wildman 12/03/07 - 04:30 am
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The BCS screwed it up again.

The BCS screwed it up again. The three best teams in America are:
UGA
OU
USC

Anyone of those three. Thankful to be in the Sugar Bowl, Go Dawgs.

nonumberplease
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nonumberplease 12/03/07 - 05:23 am
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I am a big dawgs fan, but

I am a big dawgs fan, but when you lose to SC what can you
expect. SC was 6-6, their normal range and we lost to them.
If you can't beat the gamecocks why should you go to the
championship game. I wanted ga to go just as bad as anyone, but facts are facts.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 05:35 am
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You called it nonumber. If

You called it nonumber. If the 'Cocks can beat the Dawgs anytime they want, the Dawgs won't ever get to the big game. (wait 'til next year) Go 'Cocks!

budstan
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budstan 12/03/07 - 05:52 am
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Go Patricia! Go Chickens!

Go Patricia! Go Chickens!

justputtin
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justputtin 12/03/07 - 06:47 am
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Anytime they want? possibly

Anytime they want? possibly for the last time. You need lots of tp to wipe that up pt.

huli
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huli 12/03/07 - 06:53 am
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This shows how much a playoff

This shows how much a playoff system needs to be put in place. If NCAA basketball and baseball do it why not football? Let each conference winner play with draws just like basketball and last team standing wins. Bowl games are rewards for teams who draw the biggest crowds so play them after the championship game.

CSRAider
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CSRAider 12/03/07 - 07:11 am
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go maryland!!!

go maryland!!!

WarEagle
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WarEagle 12/03/07 - 07:32 am
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I think the Dawgs had an

I think the Dawgs had an outside shot at the BCS Title Game and I was hoping they would have been selected. Just don't understand how LSU can leap-frog other teams to the number 2 position in the standings. I still think there should be a playoff for Division I just like they other divisions have. At any rate... GO DAWGS !

ThurstonHowell
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ThurstonHowell 12/03/07 - 07:32 am
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Incognito, what fan wouldn't

Incognito, what fan wouldn't be upset over this situation. Everybody knows that GA is one of the two or three hottest teams playing right now. I can buy the LSU over GA arguement but for two weeks they've been talking about how Ohio can't fall any places because they did not play another game yet GA fell two. Like I said, LSU probably deserves it more since they did win the SEC but Ohio's schedule was unarguably weak., no oponents in the top 20? If they were to play next weekend, cause who knows what you'll get 35 days from now, Ohio would be embarassed and UH wouldn't know what hit them. Go dawgs, long live Mark Richt.

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 12/03/07 - 07:45 am
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To all Gamecock fans: have

To all Gamecock fans: have fun sitting at home and reliving your victory over us. Maybe one day you will know what it feels like to go to a major bowl and win ten games again.

IenjoyFishing
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IenjoyFishing 12/03/07 - 08:04 am
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BCS! BCS! BCS!. How much more

BCS! BCS! BCS!. How much more does the dawg nation hate the ol' ball coach now??? hahaha

augustajacket
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augustajacket 12/03/07 - 08:09 am
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To believe Georgia had a

To believe Georgia had a chance to be in the title game is to be delusional. LSU won the Conference and lost only in triple over-time. You can't fail to win your division and expect to be rewarded. UGA didn't take care of business and paid a price for it. Until a playoff system is put in place, this is the way it will come down. I hope a playoff is in the woks, I would love to see the top 8 play in a year like this. USC however, would be the clear favorite now that they are healthy.

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 12/03/07 - 08:12 am
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Actually, I hate him less

Actually, I hate him less now--I almost feel sorry for him. He is a great coach and now his career will be marred by his time in Columbia. The administration of South Carolina mislead him by promising him a membership to the ANGC and did not deliver.

KSL
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KSL 12/03/07 - 08:19 am
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Bigdawg. I imagine that

Bigdawg. I imagine that Georgia's lack luster play against Tech did as much as the the losses to Tennessee and South Carolina. Georgia figured out a way to win, but they had a lot of luck. They didn't look like a team deserving to play for the national championship.

coco rubio
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coco rubio 12/03/07 - 08:23 am
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bcs = bs

bcs = bs

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 12/03/07 - 08:31 am
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kathysueloudermilk--we beat

kathysueloudermilk--we beat Tech by two touchdowns; in fact, we won our last five games all by double digits. I'm not saying we deserved to go--if you ask me Oklahoma got screwed over as well.

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travelp 12/03/07 - 08:47 am
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Georgia beat Kentucky and

Georgia beat Kentucky and Arkansas whereas LSU lost to them. In my eyes that makes us equal with LSU and I don't see how they could move ahead in the BCS standings just because the game they won happened to be the SEC championship.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/03/07 - 08:47 am
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When Georgia crushes Hawaii,

When Georgia crushes Hawaii, won't that put them at number 2 at the end of all the polling? That is better than being in the championship game and losing and ending up at number 3. Am I missing something here?

b1
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b1 12/03/07 - 08:48 am
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We made our bed, now we sleep

We made our bed, now we sleep in it. Not the end of the world. Look at ALL those teams behind us! We had a much better season than anyone could have imagined. I would like to be playing for the Big game too. I know we can play and beat any team out there. Let's show HI what the SEC is all about!
GO DAWGS!!!!!

tiredOFitALL
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tiredOFitALL 12/03/07 - 09:13 am
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i think Ga may get surprised

i think Ga may get surprised by Hawaii. Will not be the cakewalk they are expecting.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/03/07 - 09:21 am
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As I said on another thread,

As I said on another thread, LSU vs. Ohio State is better than a championship game between Missouri and West Virginia. Let's sip some lemonade.

KSL
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KSL 12/03/07 - 09:50 am
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BigDawg, you know as well as

BigDawg, you know as well as I do that the score in that game could have gone many different ways. Georgia did not look like a number one or two team that day. And that was the last game they played.

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cones 12/03/07 - 09:57 am
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People don't understand the

People don't understand the BCS so they trash it. The coaches poll is what usually screws the system, voting with their biases and with what happened most recently. They finally got their voting right this last time. If you look at the whole year, Georgia really isn't even a top 8 team. They may be hot right now but so what. They were beating teams that stunk it up at the end of the year, and barely sneaking by. LSU ans Oklahoma should be the game though.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 10:03 am
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Georgia will have a better

Georgia will have a better team next year, but so will South Carolina. Wait 'til next year. Go 'Cocks!

coco rubio
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coco rubio 12/03/07 - 10:05 am
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whatever...the bcs stinks big

whatever...the bcs stinks big time.....imagine the beauty of a true college football playoff.....take the top 8 teams.....use the bowl games as the quarter and semi finals.....have a true national champion........all the other college sports do it......even in the lower division football ranks.........are you kidding me? this would be the biggest thing in sports........it's time to do it......this year is perfect proof why the system is broken........fix it.

ALIAS728
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ALIAS728 12/03/07 - 10:07 am
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Oh cry about it you big

Oh cry about it you big Georgia Bulldog babies.... BOOO HOOO. You should not even be in the top 10 in the BCS. How can you want to go for the national title if you cant even win your own CONFERENCE???? answer that!!! The bulldogs suck.. Mark Richt said in the Vandy game after scolding them for jumping on the "V", we are not that kind of team we dont do that here. Then in the next game with Florida, the whole team rushed the field because mark told them to. What a contradiction. thats why i dislike Georgia Bulldogs. GO TENNESSEE!!!!

sonewall
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sonewall 12/03/07 - 10:12 am
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Didn't take Mark Richt long

Didn't take Mark Richt long to become as cliche as they come; Black Jersey's again? It was (yawn) boring the first time (not to mention a complete hack job...a 'blackout' was clever the first 23000 times every other school in the nation did it), but now the Puppies are going to wear it again? Here's to hoping Hawai'i blows the Puppies out!

GO HAWAII!

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