ATLANTA -- They were seconds away and five yards short of a shot at Notre Dame in the BCS National title game. It would have been a chance to win their first national title since their 1980 win over Notre Dame.
Now, after fighting a favored Alabama team in the SEC Championship game down to the wire, the Georgia Bulldogs could be headed to the Cotton Bowl to face a team with four losses. Not even Alabama fans think that's fair.
"I don't like the way it's set up," said Tim Barnes. "I think Georgia should go to the Sugar Bowl instead of the Capitol One bowl or a lesser bowl."
They were following the lead of Alabama coach Nick Saban, who said all week it wasn't a fair selection process. Instead of the best teams going to the best bowls no matter their affiliation, they are evenly picked from different conferences. Only two from the SEC are allowed, and Alabama will be one. One-loss Florida will likely be picked for the Sugar Bowl, even though they lost to Georgia earlier in the season. Projections from ESPN and other sources show the Capitol One bowl picking Texas A&M, which would leave the Cotton Bowl to Georgia.
"I don't think it's fair to the Georgia players, their coaches, and their institution if they don't go to a BCS game," Saban said.
The selection process is made official at 8:30 Sunday night.