They’d all deny it if you asked them, but Georgia football fans were nervous this week. Guided by forty years of informed skepticism, this looked like the kind of game that bit the Bulldogs so many times in the past.
Adding to Dawgnation’s general leeriness, too much seemed to be going well. After Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M last weekend, Georgia sat atop the college football rankings, No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.
The collective eyes would be fixated on Athens for the second time in three weeks with College GameDay making a return trip to the Classic City, and SEC Nation deciding to make the road trip with them.
Then, as if to rub salt in the wound of skepticism, a Dawgnation archnemesis, that dastardly Gary Danielson himself started showering the Dawgs with praise.
The anxiety levels were through the roof.
What’s going to go wrong?
What freak thing will happen that topples the perfect season and sends the road trip to Indy on a backroad detour?
It was all for naught. It was a Saturday in Athens for the ages and things couldn’t have gone much better.
The Georgia faithful showed up and showed out at both College GameDay and SEC Nation. The energy throughout campus was palpable and Lee Corso slipping on the Hairy Dawg headgear cranked the anticipation for the 3:30 kick all the way up.
Kentucky was stubborn, fighting Georgia football to a 0-0 draw after the first quarter of play, but the Dawgs turned on the jets and controlled the Wildcats the rest of the way, walking out of Sanford with a 30-13 win and their undefeated record intact.
There were seven notable takeaways from the Dawgs seventh win of the 2021 season.