Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Live from Athens: It could be a big day for UGA

This is a picture of Missouri. Georgia wants Missouri to lose. (David J. Phillip/AP photo)

Athens -- First, a few words about Charleston Southern. The Buccaneers aren't a terrible team. Fact is, they're 8-3. Fact is, they came close to beating Vanderbilt in Nashville, losing 21-20 to what is technically an SEC program. Fact is, they could make Georgia work for 20 minutes or so.

But that's where the interest, at least game-wise, figures to cease. Georgia is favored by 45 points. (By way of contrast, Clemson is favored by 40 over Georgia State in a game being staged not far from here.) It will be hard for Georgia to focus  on Charleston Southern, seeing as how they just beat Auburn by 27 points, seeing as how Georgia Tech awaits -- same time, same place -- next week, and seeing as how everybody associated with UGA just wants to get this over and go home to root for Tennessee to beat Missouri tonight.

I could riff a bit longer about the weather -- it's bright but brisk -- or sundry other things, but let's face it: There's not much to say about this game. I'll be here to monitor the happenings, and I'd appreciate the company. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.