Great Expectations

I can’t believe it’s time for another college football season. It’s my favorite time of year; I love the atmosphere, the anticipation, and everything else that goes along with it. There’s simply nothing like college football.

But this year, something is different. Georgia is ranked #1 in preseason polls, and all eyes are on the Dawgs more than ever before. I can’t help but be excited, but I’m nervous as well. When you’re #1, there’s a huge target on your back…and there’s nowhere to go but down.

Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, the AP, and the coaches have all ranked UGA on top. ESPN even featured Knowshon Moreno prominently in their college football season preview issue. Even the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is in on the act, proclaiming this year as Georgia’s year. (Well…everybody but Terence Moore, but he’s not fit to write for the phone book, much less for the sports section of a major US newspaper. He says the Dawgs will win three games, but since he’s a complete moron, one can’t really take his opinion seriously.) The harsh spotlight and most intense scrutiny are squarely on the Bulldogs this year.

Will it really happen? Will we play for the crystal football this January 8? I’d like to think so, but I’m going to wait to celebrate until the time is right. The first two games — Georgia Southern and Central Michigan — ought to be cakewalks, but the rest of the season brings one of the toughtest schedules in all of college football. Particularly November 1: the World’s Largest Outdoor Tupperware Party (what else do you call it nowadays?!?!?!?); the Georgia-Florida game is attracting the greatest amount of hype ever. It’s gonna be a good one.

I can’t help but have a good feeling about this season, even though the target on our backs is huge. There’s nothing like a Saturday in the Fall when you’re a fan of Georgia Bulldogs football, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be an interesting year.