Trust me, I'm as excited as anyone to get Todd Gurley back this Saturday. Some antiquated rule has robbed us of four games getting to see the best offensive player to wear the G in decades. It pisses me off.
But if I'm Coach Richt, when I talk with my offensive coaches about who starts against Auburn I'm pondering two other very important points: 1) Todd Gurley knew it was a rule and broke it to the point that the NCAA gave him four games in purgatory, and 2) we haven't missed #3 that much in terms of production.
And that's because of one Nick Chubb. I think he's earned the start and I know I would give it to him.
Sure. Yes, you're right. I get it. Todd Gurley is the best player in the nation and it seems senseless not to start him in the biggest game of the season. More importantly, you're also right that it really doesn't matter; both Gurley and Chubb will get their carries in the game.
Still. I'd send #27 out there. If for no other reason than the fact that he's earned that honor and that this game would not have near the importance that it does were it not for these other numbers - four games, 102 carries, 671 yards, and five touchdowns.