With Kirby Smart On Top, Georgia Fans No Longer Need To Fear Upsets

With Kirby Smart On Top, Georgia Fans No Longer Need To Fear Upsets

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With Kirby Smart On Top, Georgia Fans No Longer Need To Fear Upsets


It’s no secret that under Mark Richt Georgia lost a lot of games it shouldn’t have. That’s why he is now coaching at Miami, and unfortunately, as seen last season, the same thing is happening down there as we saw in Athens.

Remember the days before Kirby Smart? The days when Georgia fans would not have even picked the Dawgs to win Saturday because of fear of history repeating itself and UGA blowing another game.

It was a valid fear.

But not anymore.

Under Kirby, those days are gone.

Now let’s not forget that we are only three years removed from constant heartbreak during the pre-Kirby days. With that said, it’s understandable we have as much fear as we do heading into big games like Saturday against South Carolina.

But in Columbia, Smart showed fans yet again why he’s the top Dawg, and why Georgia fans can rest easy the night before a big game.

We saw it last year against Mississippi State. Trap game, trap game trap game….practically every media member in the nation was using that stupid term to describe that game. What did Georgia do? Oh, you know, won 31-3 and silenced the media.

And as for this year against South Carolina…..It was starting to sound like the national media was an army of trained robots the way were all calling for this to be yet another trap game.

What did Kirby do this time?

Oh yeah, that’s right…he won 41-17 in one of the hardest places to play in college football.

I hate the term “trap game.” It’s an overused media ploy to strike fear into their readers. The more uncertainty you have about the game, the more reading you will do to reduce that uncertainty.

Just Google Charles Berger’s theory of uncertainty reduction if you want a lesson in communication studies.

SEC analyst and ESPN reporter Paul Finebaum – the greatest to ever do it – was in Columbia for the game on Saturday, and on Friday night he ran into some worried Georgia fans.

After Saturday’s game, Finebaum said that Georgia fans no longer have a need to worry about being upset. Not with Kirby in charge.

“I was in Columbia Friday night and ran into some Georgia fans and and they were nervous,” Finebaum said. “We’ve seen this before under Mark Richt they said, but Kirby Smart is not Mark Richt. This is a different program.

“They do have a few challenges left though with road games at Kentucky and Missouri, we’ll talk about those teams later and they also deal with Auburn, but this Georgia team believes in the upper echelon in college football because of Kirby Smart and mostly because of his recruiting.”

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