Georgia Bulldogs Go Back-to-Back


Georgia Bulldogs’ quarterback Stetson Bennett, seen here celebrating.

Mary Kate Pinkelman, Sports Writer

After cruising through the regular season with a 13-0 record and SEC conference title, the Georgia bulldogs have finished their season strong, earning back-to-back National Champions and accruing the record of largest point differential in not just national championship, but also FBS bowl game history in their blowout win against the TCU Horned Frogs. The heavily anticipated game was somewhat of a letdown, with Georgia showing complete dominance in every quarter and TCU being unable to do much of anything to slow them down, offensively or defensively.

Georgia went into the national championship being heavy favorites and demonstrated why from the very beginning. Despite coming off a 1 point win against Ohio State in the semi-finals, the bulldogs looked as strong as they had all season from the very beginning of the game. Their defense, ranked #1 in all of college football, held TCU to 1 touchdown throughout the entire game and in all but 1 of TCUs attempted drives kept them to under 5 plays. The gritty defense and TCU’s underperforming offensive line led to Max Duggan, Heisman runner up and TCU quarterback, having his worst game of the season throwing 2 interceptions and only completing 12 of his 22 attempted passes. Despite an impressive defensive game, the Georgia offense definitely stole the show and managed to score on every single drive and achieve a total of 65 points over the course of the 4 quarters. The offense is led by senior quarterback Stentson Bennett, who was a walk-on at Georgia’s football program 4 years ago but has progressed his way up the ladder into becoming a Heisman finalist, and 2 time national champion. Bennett threw for 304 passing yards and contributed to 3 passing touchdowns-and his own rushing touchdown in the final. Although Bennett is not a highly ranked prospect for the NFL, he proved in the national championship that he is a smart player that excels under pressure, which are key traits of an NFL quarterback.

The complete dominance that Georgia showed in their final game of the season was not much of a surprise, as they had been excelling all season. Georgia started the season ranked #1 in the AP poll and remained in the top 2 throughout the entire season, only falling to Tennessee after their win against Alabama. Georgia consistently proved themselves week after week in the regular season with their only “close” game being against the University of Kentucky, where they still won by 2 possessions. Since being promoted after the 2015 season, head coach Kirby Smart has flipped the Georgia football program from an average SEC team to a dynasty of the likes of Alabama and Clemson.

Georgia is not done yet with its reign over college football as they hope to continue their 2-year undefeated streak into the 2023 season. With the 2nd ranked recruiting class for 2023, Georgia should expect to feel confident in the talent they possess, and as long as they use their players to their full potential, they are set to have another great season.