It’s the game Georgia fans have had circled since it was announced. For the first time since the greatest day in Bulldog lore, and for just the second occasion ever, Georgia will battle Notre Dame on the gridiron.
On January 1, 1981, Georgia defeated Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl to cap a perfect 12-0 season and win the undisputed 1980 national championship. Now 37 seasons later, the Bulldogs and Notre Dame square off in South Bend in the first of a home- and-home series that will conclude in Athens in 2019.
Both teams come in at 1-0. The Bulldogs defeated Appalachian State 31-10 in a game that featured a twist of fate. Through three series, Georgia’s offense was going nowhere. The Bulldogs finally picked up a first down when Jacob Eason was hit late out bounds, the play injuring Georgia’s sophomore starting signal caller. True freshman Jake Fromm came on at quarterback and sparked the Dogs, combining with the senior tailback duo of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, a dominating defense and superb special teams to lead the Bulldogs to an impressive victory.
Notre Dame got its season off to a sterling start in South Bend, routing upstart Temple 49-16. The Fighting Irish erupted for 21 first quarter points and kept piling on. Junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush was outstanding in his first start behind center, throwing for two touchdowns while amassing 106 yards and another score on the ground. He and tailback Josh Adams, who ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, give the Fighting Irish a formidable one-two backfield punch. With a bevy of tall wide receivers, a stellar line and defense, Notre Dame has high hopes in 2017.
Without question, the winner of this one will rightfully feel that it has laid the groundwork through two games for a potentially terrific season. It will be a high profile win for the Bulldogs or Fighting Irish – something the fans of both schools can cherish for many years, and a huge boost on all fronts for the victor.
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