What’s at stake for Georgia today?

Yes, I believe UGA already has a Playoff berth locked up. The selection committee put the Dawgs at No. 1 even after Michigan trounced Ohio State in Columbus. Why? Well, the Dawgs have 4 decisive wins against teams currently ranked in the Playoff Top 25 while Michigan only has 2. That matters.

This game matters a lot to Georgia. It should. There’s a No. 1 seed on the line. Win on Saturday and the Dawgs will have all but locked up a semifinal game back at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Picture the fan disparity between Georgia and USC for a game played in Atlanta. Would it be 90-10? UGA fans wouldn’t even need to stay in a hotel.

Of course, that’s not on the mind of Smart and the Dawgs. More important is what last year’s squad experienced in this game. Georgia got trucked in the second half by Alabama. Remember, the Dawgs only have 1 SEC title since the SEC began its run of dominance in 2006, and it was the 2017 squad … who then got beat by Alabama in the title game.

There’s pride in that, and there’s also pride in going 13-0. That’s something that’s never been done in Georgia history. To think that the Dawgs could do that after losing 15 (!) players to the NFL Draft is truly absurd. That’s not something that we’re talking about as it relates to this specific game because Smart’s team is now plenty experienced, but it does speak to just how invincible the Dawgs appear to be right now.

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