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In it’s history, Georgia has only won 2 National Championships. Those 2, were in 1942, and 1980. It’s been a long time coming for Georgia. If there’s a year where the Bulldogs can win it all, this is it. The Bulldogs have had one of the top recruiting classes, the last few years, but they just haven’t put it all together yet. Kirby Smart will be entering his 6th season as Georgia’s Head Coach, and this might be the best Bulldogs team that he’s had. Yes they haven’t won a National Championship under Smart, but he’s still turned this Georgia team around. He’s compiled a 52-14 record as Head Coach, and has taken the Dogs to the National Championship Game.
Let’s circle back, to the previous 4 years. In 2018, Georgia took down Oklahoma 54-48 in the semi-finals, to advance to the National Championship against Alabama. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-0 lead, but the Tide came back. The game eventually went to overtime, with Alabama winning. It was a tough one to swallow for Georgia. The following year, saw the Bulldogs again advance to the SEC Championship Game. This time, it was against Alabama. With a win, Georgia advances to the College Football Playoff again. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-7 lead, but again, the Crimson Tide stormed back, and eventually won the game 35-28. It was another crushing defeat for Georgia, and they were left out of the Playoff. What’s crazy to know, is that Alabama has only lead by a little over a minute, in the National Championship, and the 2018 SEC title game combined, and won both games. Crazy isn’t it? In 2019, Georgia advanced to the SEC title game, this time, it was against LSU, and lost that game. With a win, they would have advanced to the Playoff, but again, they were left out. Last season, was a bit of a turnaround year. Jake Fromm left early for the NFL, and the Bulldogs struggled at the Quarterback position, for most of the season. Then Kirby Smart, turned to J.T. Daniels, and he led the Bulldogs to 4 straight wins, to close out the season. Georgia didn’t have a shot at the playoff, even before Daniels took over, but if Smart would have started Daniels from the beginning, who knows how far this Georgia team would have went.
The Bulldogs only lose 3 starters on Offense; Trey Hill, Ben Cleveland, and Tre’ McKitty. They made arguably the biggest addition of the off-season, when they snagged Arik Gilbert from the transfer portal. He was rated the #1 TE in the 2020 Class, and had a nice Freshman year with LSU. He’s listed as a WR on Georgia’s website, so it looks like he’s making the move to the outside. Either way, he’s going to be a nightmare, for opposing Defenses. This Offense just got even more scarier. George Pickens tore his ACL a few months ago, and might miss a portion of the season, but should perform at a high level when he’s back. The Defense took a bit of a hit, loosing Malik Herring, Monty Rice, Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell, Richard LeCounte III, Mark Webb, and D.J. Daniel. Former Clemson CB Derion Kendrick, and former West Virginia Safety Tykee Smith, have also transferred to Georgia, via the transfer portal. With Georgia loosing pretty much their whole Secondary, Kendrick and Smith, are two huge additions. Georgia has everything in place, to win the Natty.