With a 52-20 beating of Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks two weeks ago, Georgia coach Mark Richt now has a chance to do something Saturday that he has never done in his 15 seasons as the Georgia Bulldogs’ coach — beat Spurrier and Nick Saban in the same season.
Richt is 2-4 against Saban.
In terms of coaching experience and championship success, no conference is more stacked with top-tier coaches than the SEC. Between LSU’s Les Miles, Saban and Spurrier, the conference’s coaches have twice as many national championships (six) than the entire Big Ten (three). With all these Hall of Fame coaches going head-to-head year-after-year, it can be tough to compete, much less stay afloat, as Richt as learned all too well through his decade-and-a-half at Georgia.
However, for the first time since Week 5 in 2008, the No. 8 Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 SEC) are ranked ahead of both Saban’s and Spurrier’s teams. Georgia is even favored against Alabama on Saturday in Athens.
No one says it will be an easy game to win, but Georgia hasn’t had this good of a shot to win the SEC since Saban first arrived in Tuscaloosa.