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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Give UGA Liberty or give it ...

... Well, keep it at Liberty.

Georgia has scheduled a teleconference for 5:30 p.m. to discuss its bowl invitation. At that time it will announce that it has officially accepted a bid to the Liberty Bowl, to face Central Florida.

This has been pretty much a foregone conclusion for the past week. Even the craziness of the last 24 hours with SEC bowl tie-ins didn't impact it, as the Liberty still had a choice between Georgia and Kentucky, the same choice it had before the dominoes started falling differently.

Central Florida (10-3) entered the rankings at No. 24 in Sunday's coaches poll. It's coached by former Georgia Tech head coach George O'Leary.

The game is Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Memphis.

A few more factoids:

- Georgia last played in the Liberty Bowl in 1987, when it beat Arkansas, then a member of the Southwest Conference. The Bulldogs were also in the Liberty in 1967, when it lost to N.C. State.

- Officially it's called the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. But as with all sponsorships that aren't the solitary name, we'll only be calling it the Liberty Bowl. (Exceptions: Outback Bowl, Capitol One Bowl, etc.)

- It's all about the ground game for Central Florida, which ranks 25th in the nation in rushing offense, and 10th in rushing defense. UCF is stingy in general on defense, ranking 12th in the nation in scoring defense.

- UCF quarterback Jeffery Godfrey is a dual-threat. He has rushed for 546 yards and 10 touchdowns this year, while passing for 2,042 yards and 13 touchdowns.

- UCF went 0-2 against BCS conference teams in the regular season, falling at home to N.C. State (28-21) and at Kansas State (17-13).

- This won't be the Golden Knights' first game in Memphis this year. In their regular season finale, they won at Memphis, 37-17.


Anonymous said...

"So going by that, in a few years Central Florida will be joining the SEC."


(seriously dude, stop)

Warren T said...

I think the game is at 3:30pm eastern, not 4:30. Liberty Bowl site reports as 2:30 (they're in Central TZ), and ESPN reports it as 3:30 as well.

I only post this b/c you had me excited it was at 4:30, not 3:30 and that would give us more time to drive that morning... :)

Seth Emerson said...

Thanks Warren, you're right. I corrected it.

Anonymous said...


Robert said...

So, Awwbarn and Chizik to the title game in year 2. Dawgs and CMR to the Liberty Bowl in year 10. Thank God we only have 1 more year of this crap.

Anonymous said...

six hours away from Atlanta. No thanks. TV it is.

Willb said...

Damn UCF didn't make the AP top 25 poll. Technically there number 26 in the ap rankings. They are ranked in the coaches poll but whenever you see a number next to a team on the tv it's always there ap ranking. The ap poll doesn't seem to count towards anything so I don't understand that.

It would be a good way to end the season beating a ranked team. Also there QB Jeff Godfrey has the best pass efficiency in the nation for a freshman I believe. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe him and Murray are the two most efficient freshman QB's in the nation.

We will be favored in this game but I don't think we should take this team lightly. There QB is very efficient and he can run very well. Also UCF nearly beat NC State, and Kansas St. Two pretty good teams.

Out of all the bowls that we could of went to this one might not be that bad. UCF is a good quality opponent. They are a ten win team, I only wish they were ranked in the ap top 25.

Btw Robert I would take Mark Richts second year Ga team that won 13 games over this years Auburn team if they played. Trust me if Chizik Is lucky enough to coach at Auburn for ten years his winning percentage will not even be close to Richt's at Ga. How short of memories some fans have.

You think Chizik is a better coach than Richt?

Robert said...


Chizik and his team gets it done when there is an opportunity. That 2002 Dawg team was something else, alas, no title appearance then and none following. The opportunities have been there, but we always fail miserably along the way (2005 Florida, 2007 S. Carolina) and cant "finish the drill". We will ever finish the drill under Richt? Doesnt look like it. Awwbarn pummels teams and they set their own course. I love CMR and our program, don't get me wrong. But we have fallen way behind. If we fail to sign at least 2 of the big 3 recruits (Crowell, Rome, Drew) I would almost question giving Richt another year.

Anonymous said...

You're right! Let's fire Richt right after signing day!


Anonymous said...

Why wait, fire him now...seriously!

Live from the Liberty Bowl said...

Using this Auburn team as a basis for comparison is pointless because the presence of Cam Newton makes the team an anomaly of sorts. We can debate all we want about the nature with which Newton arrived at Auburn, but the kid is an absolute freak as a college quarterback. The running ability is one thing, but as the season has progressed, I've been very impressed with his presence/movement in the pocket and overall delivery of the ball via the vertical passing game (as an aside, I think he has the potential to be a very good nfl qb, much better than VY or JR). Now, the character issues are a whole different subject...

My point is, how many wins does this Auburn team have without Newton? 7 or 8? I see Bama, Ar-Kansas and LSU all finishing above Auburn (in the West) without Newton, because they simply wouldn't be nearly as dynamic. The fact is, Auburn absolutely struck gold with this JUCO transfer. There are 5-6 2010 teams in the SEC that could/would be where Auburn is (undefeated, maybe one-loss) if you handed them Newton.

Just not a good comparison in my book.

Anonymous said...

Chizik was booed when he showed up at Auburn after he was hired.He had a losing record and would never beat out Bama the fans said. I keep this in mind when I hear fans say Richt will never win one.They used to say it about Dooley, fans get emotional and lose realistic perspective.