At 7-0, No. 3 Georgia is one of the best teams in the country. The Bulldogs beat No. 9 Notre Dame (6-1) in South Bend in September and have been largely unchallenged in SEC play, winning four games by a combined 170-45.
Kirby Smart, 41, has done an incredible job in just his second season in Athens.
“You can definitely tell that the bar has been set and the level of play is just on a whole other level – and I’m loving it,” former Georgia running back Musa Smith said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “The attitude, the atmosphere, the way that that defense is swarming like a hungry pack of wild dogs, the offense has been good, we have just a stable of running backs given that 1-2-3-4 punch – it’s just unbelievable right now. The momentum is awesome, and I’m just loving everything that I’m seeing right now.”
Georgia plays Florida (3-3) in Jacksonville this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. After that, the Bulldogs’ toughest tests are at No. 19 Auburn (6-2) on Nov. 11 and, potentially, a showdown with No. 1 Alabama (8-0) in the SEC Championship on Dec. 2.
Can Georgia win the national title?
“We’re going to keep that on the hush,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, it truly is something special right now, the momentum that we have. We got to take it one day and one game at a time.”
Georgia last won a national title in 1980 but came close in 2002, when Smith carried Georgia to a school-record 13 wins and a 26-13 win over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs went 5-0 against ranked teams that year, beating Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas, and FSU.
But they lost to Florida, 20-13, in Jacksonville in the first weekend in November.
“We finished the season strong, accomplished some great things and saw this Georgia program off on the right foot, but it was definitely tough, man,” Smith said of the loss to the Gators. “It was definitely tough. You look back on it and it’s like, we definitely should have had that game, and we would have been playing for all the marbles, all the chips and the marbles. That’s what any player wants to do: put all the hard work in (during) the offseason – blood, sweat and tears – and for the seniors on that team you definitely want to end it in the right way. Too bad it wasn’t for everything, the national championship, but we finished right. We went to the Sugar Bowl and were champions of that.”