Georgia football has nothing to lose this Saturday

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 10: Head Coach Kirby Smart (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 10: Head Coach Kirby Smart (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Georgia football takes on a team that many seem to think is the best Nick Saban has ever produced this weekend. That’s why they have nothing to lose.

I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a Championship game more than this one. Unlike every other big game this season, I actually feel calm this week. Every week this season, I’ve had a sense of nerves going in. The Georgia football team was expected to win every game after all and that does create some tension. Things couldn’t be more different this week with the Dawgs taking on a team that most sports writers have already anointed.

If you read anything from ESPN or Bleacher Report or any other major sports site, they’ll all say the same thing. Tua Tagovailoa is the best QB to ever grace the college game and this Crimson Tide football team is the best we have ever seen play football. Some even continue to do this ridiculous thing where the suggest that the Tide could beat a bad NFL franchise. It’s all silly, of course, a classic example of how sports writing is becoming just like news reporting where everything is either ‘the greatest of all time’ or ‘so bad they should just burn everything down’, but it does help take a lot of pressure of Georgia

Vegas has made Bama 13 point favorites. That’s actually a big compliment to Georgia because every other team that has played have been given more than two touchdowns and never even got close. Outside of Athens, everybody in College football expects this to be a blowout. That’s really not a bad place for Georgia to sit, to be honest.

Look, this Alabama team is really, really good. They’re better than last year and to be honest, Georgia is worse. UGA is the youngest team in the SEC and Bama is loaded with seniors and juniors who will be high draft picks after this season. Truthfully, UGA should not win this game even if it probably should be closer than the bookies think it will be. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t. Upsets happen all the time and Georgia is better right now than it has been at any point this season.

Georgia wants to win and they’re going to give everything. The likes of Deandre Baker and Jonathan Ledbetter did not come back to school to lose this game. That being said, all of the pressure is on the other side. Nobody else thinks that they stand a chance and that should help the Dawgs. They’re going to have the chance to cut loose and just play rather than worry about outside perceptions.

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There is a reason that Nick Saban has spent this week trying to make excuses for his team by saying that they’re ‘mentally tired’. Being the underdog is easier than being the favorite going into games like this. Right now that’s exactly what Georgia is and I think that’s a good place for them to be. It should make for a fantastic game that fans can enjoy because they’ll have just a little hope. If they lose, then the fanbase will move on, ready and expecting for next season. If they do pull the unexpected, then watch out, Dawgnation might just lose it’s damn mind in Atlanta this weekend.