This Saturday is an important one for Georgia for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s a game against your in-state rival. Also, and perhaps more importantly, a win would keep Georgia in the driver’s seat to be the No. 1 in the college football playoffs, which in turn would keep Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
Saturday is also an opportunity for this Georgia team to do something no other team has done in the program’s long history:
Complete consecutive regular seasons undefeated.
Georgia, of course, ended the 2021 regular season with an unblemished record before falling to Alabama in the SEC championship and winning the rematch against the Tide in the National Championship Game. This year they go into their last game of the regular season with an 11-0 lead.
Some teams have come close. In 1980, Georgia went 12-0 on their way to the title. The 1981 team went 10-1 in the regular season, losing to Clemson. In 1982, Georgia went unbeaten again in the regular season before losing to Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. They maintained their unbeaten regular-season streak through game 10 of the season, falling to 3rd-ranked Auburn in what was then the highest game in Sanford Stadium history.
It was already a historic season for Georgia. Just this past weekend, the Bulldogs became only the third team in SEC history to go undefeated in conference play for a consecutive season.
Kirby Smart commented on how great the performance was after Georgia’s win over Kentucky.
“It means something to this program. I have great respect for this league. You play those away games… Going unbeaten two years in a row shows the character of your team,” Smart told CBS after the game.
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A win on Saturday would add another line to an already incredibly decorated tenure for Smart in Georgia. An SEC Championship, 5 Division Crowns, multiple high-level Recruitment classes, and of course, the National Championship. Another national title is undoubtedly the main goal for the season, but consecutive undefeated regular seasons should not be overlooked. It’s an incredible sign of how elitist Smart has made the Georgia program. It’s not the dynasty Nick Saban built in Alabama, but as of 2022, Smart has the best program in college football and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.
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