A wild Saturday night moved Georgia that much closer to the BCS national title game before the clock struck midnight.
The Bulldogs got the upsets they were hoping for from teams above them in the BCS standings.
First, BCS No. 1 Kansas State fell hard to Baylor, 52-24, for its first loss of the season.
Then, No. 2 Oregon was next to drop from the ranks of the unbeatens, tripped up in overtime by No. 13 Stanford, 17-14.
That means No. 5 Georgia seemingly controls its own destiny to get to its first BCS championship game if it beats rival Georgia Tech Saturday in Athens and wins the Dec. 1 SEC championship game. The opponent in Atlanta is expected to be No. 4 Alabama, which still needs to beat Auburn Saturday to secure the SEC West title.
Georgia-Alabama would likely serve as an unofficial SEC national semifinal.
Notre Dame, the No. 3 BCS team, remained unbeaten with a 38-0 win against Wake Forest Saturday. It plays at Southern California next Saturday night.
“Notre Dame is now sitting pretty,” BCS analyst Brad Ewards said on ESPN radio. “If they beat USC next week, they’re going to be in the national championship game. If Alabama beats Auburn next week and Georgia beats Georgia Tech, then the SEC champion, the Alabama-Georgia winner, will be the highest-ranked one loss, and that would be the other team that I would guess you would call controls its destiny at this point. …That’s really all I can say for certain.”
The tweets came fast and furious from Georgia players in the moments after the win.
“Thank you Baylor, thank you Stanford,” cornerback Sanders Commings tweeted.
“Yesssssssssssss!!!!!!,” quarterback Aaron Murray tweeted. “The Murray household just went crazyyyyy!!!!!! #dawgsontop”
“I just did have a heart attack,” receiver Chris Conley posted on his feed.
Yes, the Bulldogs were fans of Baylor and Stanford for a night.
“Oh yeah,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said after a 45-14 win Saturday afternoon against Georgia Southern moved the Bulldogs to 10-1. “Absolutely. We’ll see what happens.”
What happened was close to chaos. Athens could be celebrating deep into Sunday.