Analyst: Georgia Is Team With ‘Most To Prove’ In CFB

first_img Georgia football isn’t the first program that most would say “has the most to prove” in the sport, but Sporting News‘ Bill Bender argues just that.In his recent “unpopular opinions” column ahead of the college football season, he thinks Georgia needs to get over the hump sooner than later.From SN:You could say Alabama faces the most pressure considering last year’s 44-16 loss to Clemson. Maybe it’s Ohio State and first-year coach Ryan Day, or Texas, given the high expectations. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley also has to prove it with another transfer quarterback.The answer, still, is Georgia. Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma have won a national championship this century. Georgia hasn’t won since 1980, and they’ve taken Alabama to the fourth quarter each of the last two seasons. The Bulldogs still haven’t closed the door. Georgia remains the team best-equipped team to challenge Alabama and Clemson, but it has to prove it several times this season.Bender lists the Notre Dame game in Week 4, the Florida rivalry game, and a potential conference title rematch with Alabama as “hurdles” that Georgia needs to clear to really prove that it is among the two top-tier elites.That is certainly easier said than done, but its a reasonable ask if Georgia is to ascend to that level.[Sporting News] Kirby Smart yelling during a Georgia game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kirby Smart has quickly developed Georgia into one of the most talented, powerful teams in college football. Just two years ago, the Dawgs were a few plays from winning a national title.Unfortunately, it is hard to rise above the shadow that Alabama casts over the entire SEC. Outside of Clemson, Georgia has played Alabama as well as anyone, but has lost in two huge spots against the Crimson Tide in the last two years.We’re still very early in Smart’s tenure at UGA. It seems inevitable that he will win a title there, with how he’s gotten out of the gates so far.Still, with a nearly-40 year drought from the Dawgs’ last national title, there is clearly some pressure mounting.last_img read more

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