Kirby One Win From Richt
Head coach Kirby Smart moved to 7-4 lifetime behind a third consecutive win, matching the longest win streak of his career.
Across the SEC landscape, the coach I consider the best in the division became the first ever to reach the SEC title game in his first two seasons, as dreaded Florida will again battle BAMA in Atlanta. This is by far the most common matchup in league championship history and should come as no shock to anyone who saw Florida shut us down 24-10 in Jacksonville. Tennessee’s upperclass laden dream team won nothing, after falling on hard times since the Hail Mary in Sanford. We are a notch below two-loss Florida and know what we have to do, who we have to beat and best to get where we want to be. We can do it!
Mark Richt went 8-4 in his first year as UGA head coach, so with one big Peach State Governor’s Cup victory, Smart can match that record before heading to a mid-tier bowl. As I discussed earlier today, the losses are piling up across the league and the bowl slotting is still way up for grabs below the top. As prime example, LSU now has the same number of losses as the Dawgs – although they have yet to yield over 21 in a game. We gave 21 inconsequential points to their state non-rivals in Athens, while Nick Chubb showed a return to 100% form and Joystick exploded for multiple huge plays Between the Hedges. It was the only “easy” win of the season for GEORGIA. Win next week and the program appears clearly headed in the right direction.
Lose and the light that came on with a win in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry against then #9 Auburn goes all the way out. Must win.
Noon. Athens. See you in the Classic City, where I will be selling my book in person. You can buy it now by mail at:
“Richt Era: 15 Years in Athens” ($17.85)