My advance from today's papers delves into whether this game can be a turning point for Georgia's season - or sink the team deeper into the morass.
A loss, and the team would officially be reeling, with more state-of-the-program questions awaiting Richt upon his return to Athens.
But a win could be the start of a turnaround, especially with an easier stretch of games ahead.
“It definitely has to be a turning point,” cornerback Vance Cuff said. “We definitely have to take this and build off it. We’re in a position where we’ve gotta win.”
Macon Telegraph sports editor Daniel Shirley, in his column, believes things could get worse for Richt, which would be unfair, but is the reality.
It’s amazing how quickly fans can forget what a head coach has been able to accomplish with a program, and it’s interesting how they can overreact to situations. But it happens, and it happens with every team, so it really should not be a surprise. After all, most fans are a little unreasonable about their favorite teams and don’t understand when they’re not winning games in bunches.
That makes Saturday’s game at Mississippi State even more important than usual for Georgia. Reasonable fans will remember what Richt has done with the program and see a team this year that may be going through a growing season.
And my breakdown of the Georgia-Mississippi State matchup.
So what do you think? Is this game really "huge" for the program and Richt? Or is that overstating it?