The Georgia Bulldogs, a team that has always been viewed as the team that had enormous talent, but couldn't quite win it all. The Bulldogs have not won a college football national championship since 1980. After a great season last year, the Bulldogs came about as close to making a national title game as you possibly can. The Dawgs were stopped inside the ten yard line in last year's SEC title game as they came up just short against SEC champs and eventual national champions Alabama.
The 2013 season started with high hopes for the Bulldogs after the disappointing finish to last season. In a week one showdown with the Clemson Tigers these high hopes seemed to be falling short once again for Georgia. This all, however, has changed after an impressive four week span for the Dawgs.
The Bulldogs welcomed in fellow SEC East foe South Carolina in week two. The Bulldogs were considered a team in shambles after losing to Clemson and losing their top wide out Malcolm Mitchell to a torn ACL injury in week one. The Bulldogs rallied around quarterback Aaron Murray and defeated the Gamecocks to save their SEC title hopes and national title hopes.
The Bulldogs then had a bye week in week three before hosting North Texas in week four. The Bulldogs struggled in the first half against the Mean Green, but turned it on in the second half to pull away late. This set up a big time showdown between two top ten teams in the country. This contest occurred when the LSU Tigers traveled to Athens, Georgia.
The game against LSU for the Dawgs was a classic in every sense of the word. Murray had a career day for Georiga as he led the Bulldogs drive that scored the eventual winning touchdown in the last five minutes of the fourth. The Bulldogs won the classic shootout 44-41 in a game that will be remembered for years to come. This win to most was a shock to most, but nevertheless was a crucial win for the Dawgs to help save this 2013 season.
With the win over LSU, the Bulldogs are now in primed position to make another run at a possible national title berth. The Bulldogs moved up to number six in the coach's poll, the poll that actually counts towards the BCS standings. This was important because the Bulldogs are now ranked the highest amongst the one loss teams in the nation. The Dawgs are not only ranked higher than every other team with at least one loss, but ahead several big time programs that are still unbeaten on the season.
The Bulldogs played three top ten teams in the first month of the season alone. The Dawgs schedule now lightens up big time as they now only have to face one ranked team for the reaminder of their schedule. That one team is the Florida Gators and will a season ending injury to starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, they may slip by time the two meet in early November.
The collison course to a SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia may well be on it's way once again. The Bulldogs are in perfect position to redeem themselves from last year to beat Alabama and get to the national title game this year. Georgia will have to prove the doubters wrong and show that they can finally get over the hump and get to the big game and win it.
I believe Georgia has a perfect situation to make another run this year. Their schedule sets up perfectly, they have faced enormous challenges to help toughen them and the quarterback in Aaron Murray to lead them in his senior season. This has to be the year Georgia gets it done or they may not be back in this position for quite some time.
The Bulldogs have the talent to get this done, but will need to overcome their history and Alabama. I am not quit sold on this Georiga team being able to get it done on a natonla title stage, but stranger things have happen. The Bulldogs will need to stay healthy and take it one game at a time and they will be well on their way to a third straight SEC championship game come December.