Daily Dawg Thread – June 11, 2021: Read, Watch, Discuss UGA Sports.

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Daily Dawg Thread – June 11, 2021: Read, Watch, Discuss UGA Sports.

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Playoff Expansion is Happening

Here is what they have, so far:

“The working group was appointed by their management committee colleagues and has met over a two-year period to discuss possible new formats. The proposal calls for the bracket each year to include the six highest-ranked conference champions, plus the six highest-ranked other teams as determined by the College Football Playoff selection committee. No conference would qualify automatically and there would be no limit on the number of participants from a conference.”
“The four highest-ranked conference champions would be seeded one through four and each would receive a first-round bye, while teams seeded five through 12 would play each other in the first round on the home field of the higher-ranked team. (The team ranked #5 would host #12; team #6 would meet team #11; team #7 would play team #10; and team #8 would meet #9.) Under the proposal, the quarterfinals and semifinals would be played in bowl games. The championship game would continue to be at a neutral site, as under the current format. “

From: College Football Playoff press release





No More Excuses?

No more excuses for Georgia! The latest meme directed at Kirby Smart’s program suggests that Smart’s habit is to make excuses for his teams’ performances. I have attended or watched (2020) every one of Kirby’s postgame press conferences and almost all of his post-practice pressers, and I can not remember any excuse proffered by Coach Smart. If there ever were a time for excuses, it would have been the 2020 season.

Here is an example from this morning of the continuing “excuses” mantra:

“There are no more excuses in Athens,” Rittenberg wrote. “Georgia has the roster, both now and in the immediate future, to return to the CFP. If the Bulldogs’ four-decade national-title drought doesn’t end in the next three years, their fans should be massively disappointed.” From: ESPN on Georgia’s recent transfer additions: ‘No more excuses’ – DawgNation





Kirby’s early success caused everyone’s expectations to soar. Georgia went from mediocrity-with-periods-of-excellence to a consistent-contender-with-an-occasional-dip in six years – but it was the 2018 Rose Bowl/Natty Game experience that sent expectations into orbit – in year two.

Now Smart is about to field a team that almost all observers believe will have a voice in the determination of the national champion. 2021 is Smart 6th season as Georgia’s head coach – he don’t need no stinkin’ excuses.

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.