The Georgia Bulldogs are just 17 days away from taking on Ohio State in the Peach Bowl semifinal game in Atlanta. As one of the best bowl games of the year, there will be some special guests in the “A” for the big matchup. Not to mention, the recruiting services have done some reevaluating on players. Georgia also has seen one of its former women’s golfers make the LPGA, so it’s been a good few days on the news front for the Dawgs.
Each day we will try to find the best news surrounding our Dawgs and today it’s light hearted because those are the best news days. Any time Georgia can avoid bad news it’s a good day, and so far the Dawgs have been able to do that this December.
The Georgia Bulldogs keeps the news light 17 days ahead of the CFP semifinal matchup.
ESPN’s College GameDay usually picks one of the semifinal games to attend, and this year the HomeDepot crew announced it would be in Atlanta for the Peach Bowl. Ohio State is one of the crew’s favorite teams to visit as the Buckeyes are the most visited with 55 total appearances on the show.
Yup, the GameDay crew love the Buckeyes, so much like the Dawgs other GameDay appearance this year, they will likely overlook Georgia. All we have to say about that is — good, please doubt Georgia and let them work.
The Dawgs have just 32 appearances on GameDay, but it isn’t about the numbers today. Head coach Kirby Smart has transformed this program into one that GameDay picks, but this time, it wouldn’t surprise us to see the Dawgs get very little love. Who knows, they may shock us, but the crew will be in Atlanta for the game. The show will run from 9 a.m. to noon ET, but the Dawgs and Buckeyes won’t kickoff until 8 p.m. ET.
The Georgia Bulldogs gain another 5-star on 247Sports
247Sports and the other recruiting services update their recruit rankings a few times a year and on Tuesday they finalize the 2023 rankings ahead of Early Signing Day. The Top247 got reevaluated and among those who moved from a four to a five-star was safety Joenel Aguero.
His rating went from a 96 to a 98, giving him that hallowed fifth star, and giving the Dawgs a total of two 5-stars so far in this class. Aguero is now the No.32 overall player, the No.2 safety and the No.2 player out of Massachusetts.
Georgia is looking to close in on another elite recruiting class for the 2023 cycle, but have some work to do to close strong. While the Dawgs will finish in that top-3, probably No.2 overall, they have a lot of room left in the class to fill out, and it’ll be interesting to see who else they land.
The Georgia Bulldogs see one of its female golfers make the LPGA
Former Georgia All-American Bailey Tardy finished as the runner up in the final stage of Q-school to get her 2023 LPGA Tour card. She finished the event at 27-under, posting six rounds in the 60s, including a 65 in the final round. To have six of the eight rounds in the 60s is a huge accomplishment and it helped her secure her card.
She went 72-67-69-69 in the first four rounds, to put her five shots off the lead. Tardy followed that up with a 68-70-67-65 to secure her card. That final round was the low-score of the day, which had to make it feel that much sweeter. Tardy has been fighting for her tour card the last three seasons, never giving up while battling it out on the Symetra Tour.
She finished sixth on the money list in 2020, 12th last year and 11th this year, which put her one spot out of being able to join the LPGA. Those didn’t matter this year with her finish at Q-school, but what a story of determination.
Tardy was a phenom while at Georgia as she won the 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year and was a two time All-Amreican. She led the Dawgs to sweep the team and individual titles at the 2016 NCAA Bryan Regional, and would later turn pro midway through her senior season. We can’t forget that she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014, 2016 and 2017 as an amateur.