Georgia Taking An Unusual Route In Preparing For National Championship

Georgia Taking An Unusual Route In Preparing For National Championship

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Georgia Taking An Unusual Route In Preparing For National Championship

Georgia’s preparation for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is unprecedented, yet a convenient scenario for the Dawgs.

Though Georgia checked into the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Atlanta on Friday evening, Kirby Smart and the team were granted permission to travel back and forth between Atlanta and the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall football complex to conduct practices and meetings.

“We thought it would be best to be in our normal setting, which was to be in our meeting rooms, our training rooms, in our recovery rooms and on our practice field,” Smart said at the national championship media day on Saturday.

Georgia traveling between the game-site and its own facility is unusual, yet a convenient scenario for players and coaches. Seeing as this is technically a neutral site, it is surprising the College Football Playoff’s organization is allowing Georgia to make the 65 mile drive back and forth. Tuscaloosa is over 200 miles away, so even if Alabama wanted to do the same, it would not make sense for the Tide. Smart said this has nothing to do with trying to gain a competitive edge on his opponent.

“It’s tough to find places to practice here,” Smart said. “Once you say ‘go back to the Falcons’ indoor’ (in Flowery Branch) or Georgia Tech’s, we felt like we could be back in our place in almost the same time and obviously could be in a little more familiar place. We asked permission of the CFP and they granted that.”

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