ATHENS -- Mike Bobo only tried a little to hide his bemusement. The Georgia offensive coordinator was being asked Saturday to break down Alabamas defense in anticipation of the SEC championship game.
Bobo smiled and kept his answer short.
I just told you what Im looking to do, and thats getting ready to play Georgia Southern, he said.
It might indeed turn out to be that Georgia plays Alabama on Dec. 1 in Atlanta; actually it is likely, unless Alabama somehow loses to Auburn, a woeful team Georgia routed Saturday to punch its ticket.
But the theme around the Georgia football program for the next two weeks is going to be about the next two games: Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. And even though winning those games is part of any hopes for a national title game appearance, head coach Mark Richt said the focus was elsewhere.
Quite frankly were not doing that right now, Richt said, when asked if he was talking to the team about the BCS title chances. We know were playing in Atlanta. We know thats settled now. But we know theres a lot of work in the meantime, which is the job of getting better on a daily basis.
The Bulldogs are kind of in suspended animation the next two weeks -- especially on defense.
The next two games are against option teams, meaning Todd Granthams unit has to concentrate on an entirely different kind of offense before the assumed matchup with Alabama.
When he was asked about how to approach that dilemma, Grantham alluded to the national title picture -- perhaps breaking a bit from Richts claim about not focusing on it.
These two games are critical, because you never could know what could happen, Grantham said. The only thing we control is the SEC. After that we dont control anything. But we can put ourselves in position that it could mean something even bigger as we move to Atlanta. So we understand that.
Georgia was fifth in the updated BCS standings, which were released Sunday, and is one spot behind Alabama. But if the Bulldogs are to have a shot at the BCS championship the path seems clear:
They must win the next three games.
Two of the three remaining unbeatens (Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame) must lose. BCS analysts agree that right now Georgia is unlikely to finish ahead of any unbeaten team.
So what are the chances of Georgia getting some help?
No. 1 Oregon has games against two, possibly three, ranked teams remaining: Saturday against Stanford, Nov. 24 at Oregon State and Dec. 1 in the Pac-12 championship game.
No. 2 Kansas State has two remaining games at Baylor on Saturday and home against Texas on Dec. 1. The Big 12 doesnt have a championship game.
No. 3 Notre Dames best chance to lose comes Nov. 24, when it visits Southern California. The Fighting Irish host Wake Forest on Saturday.
As for Georgia, it will be a heavy favorite in its next two games, both at home against in-state competition. First up is Georgia Southern, an FCS team which is 8-2 and coming off a 69-26 win over Howard.
I look at Georgia Southern as a winning program, Richt said. I dont really look at what league theyre in. I know a team thats used to winning is much more difficult to beat than a team thats not used to winning. Its just like Appalachian State goes to Michigan and beats them. Michigan may have been better off playing a Division I team or whatever you wanna call it that wasnt used to winning.
Right guard Chris Burnette (shoulder injury) is making progress, but Richt still wasnt sure if Burnette would be able to play against Georgia Southern.
We almost took him on the trip to act as an emergency guy. Earlier in the week we thought he was coming on the trip, Richt said. But then as we got closer he wasnt even able to play in an emergency situation. So we let him stay (home) and work on the rehab.
Aaron Murray posted this tweet on Sunday afternoon, Woke up a month ago and our house was egged. Woke up this morning as SEC East champs.