One of the subtle things I appreciate about the SEC's football schedule is that the annual games are often around the same time every year.
That's the case for the Georgia game, which -- since it became an annual thing in 1968 -- has almost always been played in October, though generally about a week or two later than this. In fact, for many years we had our own Third Saturday in October, and it's even been more competitive than the actual TSIO over the last 11 years, with the Commodores taking three of the last 11. In fact, those three wins equal the three wins Vanderbilt had against Georgia from 1968-2005. Progress!
Ahem. Georgia comes into this game ranked #5 in the country, their highest ranking going into the Vanderbilt game since 2012. That game ended with a 48-3 final, and not for the good guys. (James Franklin's ability to get pantsed by really good teams is a part of his tenure we choose not to talk about.) But the most recent game in the series ended in a 17-16 win for the good guys, with Zach Cunningham ruining Georgia's homecoming by stuffing Isaiah Crowell on a 4th-and-1 to seal the game.
So, we've decided to return the favor by allowing them to ruin our homecoming this year. Georgia is 5-0 on the season and was most recently seen beating The Artist Formerly Known As Tennessee by a score of 41-0. So if we score points against Georgia, we can legitimately claim to have a better offense than them.
We're hoping to win, of course, but at least let us say we're better than Tennessee.
Game time is 11:00 AM CT (because of course it is) and it's on ESPN.