Ever since Georgia football chose to fire former head coach Mark Richt, they wanted to let fans know that they wanted to take the next step, and be elite.
The Dawgs are sitting atop of the College Football Playoff rankings and have yet to be unbeaten this season.
Ever since the University of Georgia hired Kirby Smart to be the head coach of his alma mater, he has elevated this program into what it should have been for several years.
Smart has led the Bulldogs to four straight New York Six bowls, one of those being one of the most memorable games in Georgia history — playing in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the beautiful Rose Bowl in Pasadena in the 2017 season.
That is one of the most memorable in Georgia history due to the Dawgs playing the next week in Atlanta against the Crimson Tide in the national championship.
The Dawgs are looking to get back to that exact position this year, and after starting the season 9-0 and clinching the SEC East, all it’s going to take is focus and humility.
Georgia has three games remaining on their regular-season schedule, and then the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
For Georgia to get where they want to be, they will most likely become conference champs.
As we enter the final month of the 2021 season, we can start looking very closely at where the bowl game destination will be for the dawgs at the season’s end.
There are the two obvious choices, and then included is a worst-case scenario bowl game.
Georgia football could head to Miami for the semifinal Orange Bowl
For the Dawgs to get here, it will mean that they were selected to be a part of the College Football Playoff.
The Orange Bowl has been a historic part of college football since its birth in 1935, and they play it in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.
The most recent Orange Bowl for the Dawgs dates back to 1960 where they defeated Missouri 14-0, who were members of the Big Eight Conference at that particular time.
If Georgia does indeed win out the remainder of their games, this bowl would be the most likely to feature the Dawgs in it, as they would be the No.1 seed and, in all likelihood, would pick the nearest bowl location.
Dawg fans would most certainly be happy to watch their team play in this historic bowl game because it would mean Georgia is on its way to a national championship berth.
Georgia football could head west for the semifinal Cotton Bowl
The Cotton Bowl in previous years has had some very intriguing and eventful matchups, including last year’s dismantling of the Florida Gators, who got beat by the Oklahoma Sooners 55-20.
Who wouldn’t want to play in this year’s edition of the Cotton Bowl with it being a semifinal game and played in one of the most gorgeous stadiums in all of the country?
Georgia has only appeared in the Cotton Bowl three times. The last time came in 1984, where Vince Dooley and the dawgs defeated Texas 10-9. The Cotton Bowl would be a fun semifinal game as Dallas has plenty of amenities to entertain college football fans.
This one would require a farther flight for the Dawgs, but I am almost positive they wouldn’t mind it, considering if they won the Cotton Bowl, they would be playing for a game in Indianapolis on January 10th.
Not likely, but Georgia football could see third straight Sugar Bowl
Any other fan base would be thrilled to have the opportunity to see their team play in New Orleans on New Years Day, but not Dawg fans.
This scenario is the most least likely, but it could very well happen if the Dawgs somehow slip up and lose two games — God forbid that happens, but it very well could.
If that is the case, the most likely bowl destination for the Dawgs would be the Sugar Bowl.
The past two out of three bowl games the Dawgs played in have been the Sugar Bowl.
In the first one out of those two being in the 2018 season, the Dawgs played a very excited Texas team. The Dawgs had just zero interest in being there after being snubbed a playoff spot when the Dawgs had a disheartening loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship.
Georgia ended up losing to Texas 28-21, and that made them even madder.
The following year rolled around, and the Dawgs found themselves in a similar position. Being invited back to the Sugar Bowl, but this time to take on the Baylor Bears. In a game where George Pickens made a name for himself and Jake Fromm’s farewell game, Georgia beat Baylor 26-14.
In December, the loser of the SEC Championship game will most likely clinch the berth to this bowl game, and hopefully, it will not be the Dawgs.
Georgia is likely going to either the Cotton Bowl or the Orange Bowl, but that’ll happen if they win out or get into the playoffs as a one-loss team. The future is bright, so keep these three games in mind for travel purposes.