Welcome to another Bagpipe Monday on One Foot Down! Friends, ESPN is taking their College Gameday road show to Athens, Georgia this week to highlight the biggest game of the week; #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #3 Georgia Bulldogs. There was basically about 0% chance that this wasn’t happening.
Whatever your feelings are about ESPN and College Gameday, it’s a big deal when they are there, and it means an absolute onslaught of news and content all week long. It probably means even more this week when you start listing off all of the unique and important things involved in this matchup.
That’s great and all... but don’t expect anyone to pick the Irish in this game — or really give them much of a shot. The Irish are double digit underdogs on the road in SEC country. Just about every talking head on that network is going to ride with Georgia. You won’t see Corso put on the leprechaun hat and dance around on Saturday morning, so don’t get shook.
Do you honestly believe Notre Dame will pull off the upset?
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They will patronize the Irish a little bit, but this is going to be a Georgia lovefest for the entire week. And that’s... okay. I mean, the Bulldogs are the #3 team in the country and they are legitimately really, really good. The game is in their house, and Notre Dame’s recent (and not so recent) history in big games like this is pretty bad. If the Irish were to win this game, it would be the biggest win since Florida State back in 1993.
It’s going to be all too easy for many outside of our Notre Dame bubble to not just pick Georgia — but with a ton of confidence. This isn’t a matter of conspiracy, or anti-ND bias, or whatever foolishness you want to attach to the game — most people think Georgia is going to lay waste to Notre Dame, and it’s understandable because of everything else.
I’m not trying to be a downer here, or trying to set you up for a loss. I’m just warning you of what’s to come via the media this week, and to say it’s probably a waste of your time to get worked up over it all.
You pipes are below the dancing Corso if you really need to see that this week.