It only took two seasons for Kirby Smart to give his alma mater an SEC Championship. If not for a bad Cover Two call, Smart might have defeated his mentor in the CFB Playoff Final. Georgia should be in similar territory this fall.
The Best Thing Kirby Smart Said — Georgia was so close to another National Title. Instead they took a demoralizing loss on a second and 26 in overtime, a play Smart has been forced to relive a few times.
“Obviously I see it on replays and different ESPN highlights. I got to watch it early with the “Get Up!” with Mike Greenberg. I thought they might open with the SEC Championship, but of course not. That’s part of it. I think we embrace that as coaches. I think that’s something that you guys think about a lot, but not really us. We’re on to the next year.”
The Best Thing Kirby Smart Said (Out of Context) — “What pieces of the puzzle are we going to put in what place?”
Coach Speak 101 — “Iron sharpens iron.”
Georgia’s Scariest Player — Rodrigo Blankenship is the Bulldogs’ Wild Thing. The placekicker’s eyes pierce the souls of opponents while ripping the hearts out of fans with game-winning field goals.
They Gone — There isn’t one person in the BBN that is sad to see Nick Chubb and Sony Michel (finally) go to the NFL. The running backs broke Kentucky tackles for years, and unfortunately, the next group of Georgia running backs are just as good.
In place of the powerful Chubb is the son of the former heavyweight champ, Elijah Holyfield. D’Andre Swift is the complete package and will contend for First Team All-SEC honors as the Dawgs’ featured back.
A Good Problem — Georgia could be the first school to ever have three different top-ranked quarterbacks start in three consecutive years. Jacob Eason led Georgia to eight wins in Kirby Smart’s first season, but lost the job to Jacob Fromm last year following an injury. Eason is now at Washington, while Fromm, a guy who took his team to the National Title and beat the Heisman Trophy winner along the way, must beat out Justin Fields to keep his job.
About Eason — Lonny Demaree became an SEC star with the following interaction:
Q. With Eason, Fromm and Fields, have you ever seen a better stock of quarterback in your career?
KIRBY SMART: Yeah. If we had all three of them, we’d be sitting pretty good. Eason is gone. He transferred.
Good News for UK — It’s a home game?
Bad News for UK — All of it. Maybe you’re like Ryan Lemond and lean on the Cats’ close calls against the Dawgs under Rich Brooks, but I can’t. The almost National Champs from a year ago have reloaded and I don’t know how the Cats can stop that steamroller.
Fear Factor — 8.79
Georgia’s road trip to Lexington is sandwiched between The World’s Largest Cocktail Party against Florida and a rivalry match-up in Athens against Auburn. Kentucky is the perfect trap game opponent that could spoil the Dawgs’ fun (but that’s a big if).