The Georgia football team doesn’t need any extra motivation because they provide enough of it themselves.
Georgia is 10-0 on the season, and for nine straight weeks, they have defeated opponents by at least 17 points.
They have dominated week in and week out, suffocating opponents and making them quit. No matter who the opponent is, the Dawgs are ready to play them and will act like it’s the final game of the season.
This inner confidence allows the team to mute outside noise. Georgia doesn’t care what people say about them or if other players talks trash about them — they’re confident enough to know regardless of what people say, the Dawgs are better.
Saturday’s game against Charleston Southern will be no different, and even if it’s senior night, they don’t need any extra motivation to want and beat the Bucs.
During Monday’s press conference, head coach Kirby Smart talked about this self-motivation and credited it to a lot of this team’s success.
"“I don’t need to worry about that with these guys. I really don’t. This group’s got great leadership. It’s an opportunity to honor the seniors. You get an opportunity to honor this group, it’s what you do, man,” Smart said in his Monday press conference. They’ve sold this program on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, you earn what you get on Saturday. And that opponent is nameless, faceless—doesn’t matter. It’s what you do. And I know everybody thinks that’s “coach speak,” but that’s what this group has done. They’ve gone out and practiced Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, regardless of who we’re playing, and they practice the right way.”"
Throughout the season, Smart has mentioned how well this team has practiced, which is a difference from some of his earlier teams. This team’s leadership is unmatched. They are the ones who challenge their brothers, and after the Missouri game, as Smart said, this leadership team stepped up and delivered the message of refocusing.
Georgia’s seniors want to win an SEC and national title, and it’s showing up in their results. They want to leave a legacy and do something that hasn’t happened in 41 years.
By practicing the right way, they don’t need any extra motivation to gear up for games on Saturday. After not getting a senior night last year, that alone gives the Dawgs a reason to play well.
This team is humble yet highly confident. After the Tennessee game on Saturday, Smart mentioned how this team doesn’t think they’ve arrived yet, and that statement alone should tell us everything we need to know about this team’s character.
Georgia’s players won’t believe they have arrived until they win it all, and wanting to achieve that goal has been enough motivation to get them to 10-0 overall for the first time since 1982, and that main goal is within reach. This team won’t stop until they get there, and none of them will allow the outside noise to sway them away from accomplishing it.