It is the offseason and lists are the daily grist for sports media mills across the country. Recently, Sports Illustrated listed the top must watch ten games for 2017 and Georgia at Notre Dame is one of the early season picks.
The Dawgs’ contest with the Irish could be the beginning of the end for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who is on the hottest of seats after going 4-8 in 2016. On the other hand, Kirby Smarts Dawgs are viewed by most as a team on the rise, but a loss in South Bend could change perceptions quickly.
Here is what SI said about the game:
Coming off a disastrous 2016 season that saw his team go 4–8, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is on the hot seat going into this fall. A big early win against a Power 5 opponent would strengthen his case that last year was an aberration, but doing so with a new quarterback, Brandon Wimbush, may be tough.
Georgia, meanwhile, is trying to prove it’s a contender again this season after a mediocre 8–5 finish a year ago. In fact, the Bulldogs haven’t finished with more than 10 wins since 2012, but this group could the one to right the ship. Quarterback Jacob Eason, who started as a true freshman last fall, now has a year of experience to build on, and the Bulldogs’ secondary finished 2016 on an upswing it hopes will persist. Georgia is also counting on improved offensive line to get running back Nick Chubb back into pre-injury form.
There’s a lot to be sorted out for these two teams, but this game is likely to present an SEC contender hit its stride. And as great a story as a resurgent Notre Dame would be, the impending end of the Kelly era would be nearly as interesting.
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