ATHENS - Georgia is back in control of its own destiny ... for a national championship.
Both of the top-ranked teams in the BCS lost on Saturday night, within minutes of each other: Kansas was routed by Baylor, 52-24, and Stanford kicked a field goal in overtime to shock Oregon, 17-14.
What a night.
That means that in all likelihood Notre Dame will move up to No. 1 in the BCS standings that are released on Sunday evening. And then Alabama and Georgia will almost certainly be the next two teams. The order isn't certain, but it doesn't matter since the two will meet in Atlanta on Dec. 1 to decide the SEC championship. (Assuming Alabama doesn't slip up against Auburn on Saturday.)
Georgia still has to beat Georgia Tech next Saturday in order to remain in consideration. And it figures to be a solid underdog to Alabama. Still, the amazing events of Saturday night turn a team left for dead after the South Carolina game into a team that has a real chance at the BCS championship game.
Georgia players were watching, and quickly registered their feelings via Twitter:
I love you Stanford.
- Quarterback Hutson Mason
Thank you Baylor thank you Stanford.
- Cornerback Sanders Commings
Yesssssssssssss!!!!!! The Murray household just went crazyyyyy!!!!!! #dawgsontop
- Quarterback Aaron Murray
Holy crap we are going to the natty.
- Receiver Michael Bennett
- Linebacker Amarlo Herrera
- Receiver Rantavious Wooten.
I just did have a heart attack.
- Receiver Chris Conley
Show me the BCS!!!
- Safety Marc Deas
We control our own destiny #DAWGSONTOP
- Linebacker Christian Robinson
Let's take care of business! Playoffs start now! - Receiver Rhett McGowan
Here. We. Go.
- Fullback Dustin Royston