College football: What will a national title mean for Georgia?
For head coach Kirby Smart, playing in the national championship game on Monday will be a full-circle moment.
In his first-ever bowl game as Georgia head coach, Smart faced TCU in the 2016 Liberty Bowl. There, the Bulldogs had to rally to defeat the Horned Frogs in what became a close fourth quarter game.
Now, Georgia will meet TCU again in the national championship game after having to rally against Ohio State in the Peach Bowl semifinal to get there.
Last year, the Bulldogs ended a 41-year drought by winning the national title in what could have been enough to please the fan base and the school for a while!
But Smart didn’t look at the historic win that way. Instead, the veteran coach saw the victory as an opportunity to do something last year’s team didn’t do: win a national title and go undefeated!
Led by one of the oldest collegiate players on the field, quarterback Stetson Bennett, Georgia established themselves as an elite program in 2021.
If the Bulldogs can win another national title, they will become the first program in a decade to win consecutive back-to-back titles since Alabama in 2011-12.
Smart will also become only the third active coach behind Nick Saban (Alabama) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson) to earn multiple national titles.
The Bulldogs are set to take on TCU in the CFP National Championship game on Monday, January 9 at 7:30 PM EST at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
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