The last SEC football Saturday until Aug. 24 is here. On March 30, Vanderbilt held its Black and Gold Game, the first of the SEC spring games. In the first three weekends of April, we’ve seen 12 other teams in action. Now, there’s only one SEC spring game remaining: Georgia.
Did the conference and the ESPN family of networks save the best for last? Bulldogs fans certainly hope so. Many spring games are shaped around quarterback competitions, but there’s not question that the starting job in Athens belongs to Jake Fromm, who led UGA to back-to-back SEC East titles. There is, however, some interest in how he’ll look playing for a new offensive coordinator James Coley.
Speaking of the SEC East… will Georgia respond in any way to Dan Mullen? The second-year Florida coach told reporters that he has traditionally used the spring game announced attendance number to troll a rival. The example he gave prior to the game was 41,014 or 41,140. UF beat in-state rival FSU 41-14 last season.
Florida’s announced attendance last Saturday was 39,476. Gators fans came up with the 39 being a reference to UGA’s national title drought and 476 being the number of games Georgia has played since winning the 1980 title. As SDS senior columnist Connor O’Gara pointed out, there are plenty of numbers for Smart and the Dawgs to use if they choose to respond. UGA has won the last two meetings in Jacksonville 42-7 and 36-17. Smart’s Georgia squad beat Mullen’s Mississippi State Bulldogs 31-3 in 2017.
So, in addition to watching how the Dawgs look with new coordinators on both sides of the ball, there will be some interest in the announced G-Day attendance.
The Red and Black game is set for a 2 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.