You are: Georgia coach Mark Richt
Holy Herschel! You and the Bulldogs survive the toughest early-season schedule in the country. You slip by LSU at home on Sept. 28. On Nov. 2, you extend your winning streak against Florida to three games, and put yourselves in the driver's seat for the SEC East title.
You win the title and head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game, where you face Alabama. The Crimson Tide stuffed you five yards short of a berth in the national title game last year, but things are different this time around. Your young defense -- after surviving early challenges from Clemson and South Carolina -- has developed into a force that's as formidable as your offense. And after seeing running backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley every day in practice, the D doesn't find Alabama's combination of T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry to be so tough. A hard-fought, four-point win punches your ticket to Pasadena.
In the BCS title game, you face an old nemesis. Urban Meyer. He went 5-1 against you as the coach of the Gators and has led Ohio State to a 13-0 record. But after the teams you've beaten to get to this point, the Buckeyes offer little challenge. Linebacker Jordan Jenkins terrorizes Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, and the Buckeyes' decision to pack the box to stop Marshall and Gurley allows your quarterback, Aaron Murray, to throw for 350 yards and four touchdowns.
As you raise the crystal football toward the California sky, you hear a low rumble. It can't be thunder. There isn't a cloud in the sky. Somewhere in heaven, a face has been kicked with a hobnail boot and a metal steel chair is in need of repair.
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