Congrats, Georgia — you’re going to the Belk Bowl.

As great as it is for the Bulldogs to make another bowl game, with how the season played out UGA fans can’t help but think of missed opportunities for this team.

The SEC East was way down this season. South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee all managed just six wins apiece. Kentucky and Vanderbilt didn’t even make a bowl game.

Missouri? Georgia beat them 34-0.

Yet, the ‘Dawgs were on the outside looking in for the SEC Championship, losing out on their shot to play for a conference title against the best the SEC has to offer — the Alabama Crimson Tide.

And really, there’s no excuse for UGA to be where it is this bowl season. The opportunity was there for the taking for Mark Richt and his players, and they flubbed in the bigger moments.

Inexcusable losses against South Carolina and Florida — two teams Georgia was much better than this season — doomed the Bulldogs.

Is this Georgia team a three-loss team? The talent says no.

Hutson Mason is one of the more efficient quarterbacks in the SEC, Nick Chubb is arguably the top running back in the conference and the offensive line is an experienced and talented group.

Defensively, Jeremy Pruitt has coached the ‘Dawgs up better than most would have imagined in his first year and UGA performed above expectations.

But Georgia’s inability to beat inferior teams will continue a trend of meaningless bowl games for the Bulldogs, who haven’t played in a BCS bowl or what’ll now be referred to as a “New Year’s Six” bowl since 2008. At some point, these Belk Bowl and Outback Bowl-like appearances have to get old.

And with how the rankings played out this season, 2014 should have been a much better season for UGA.

But Charlotte, N.C. is where the Bulldogs are headed this bowl season, and while the Louisville Cardinals are a more than respectable opponent, the Belk Bowl is far from where a team like Georgia should have been playing this season — a bowl designation that won’t generate much excitement from Dawg Nation.

Unfortunately for UGA, not much will come from this bowl game except the off-the field drama of playing against Georgia’s former defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham.

No, this bowl game will just serve as a stark reminder to one of the SEC’s most storied programs that 2014 could have been a special year, but the ‘Dawgs just simply failed to capitalize on many of their opportunities and are now forced to reap their reward.