Jayden's Journal: Georgia wears crown
Coach Kirby Smart and his Georgia Bulldogs celebrate their second straight national college football championship on Jan. 9. Photo from Georgia's Twitter page
By Jayden Hewitt
On Monday, Jan. 9, the Georgia Bulldogs were crowned champions of NCAA football for the fourth National Championship in their history after a lopsided victory over TCU, 65-7.
It was one of the most boring, yet fascinating National Championship games I have seen in my 22 years. It was the definition of domination, in all facets of the game.
I watched and watched, wondering if what I was seeing was real. I have never seen such an uneven game on such a big stage.
Georgia put up 589 total yards of offense in comparison to TCU’s 188 total yards. Georgia also outrushed TCU 254-36, and won the time of possession battle, 36:59-23:01.
Those are just a few stats to show how it was the most lopsided victory in any bowl game, ever.
The game begged many questions. Why was TCU in the College Football Playoff? What would the outcome have been if the University of Michigan had played Georgia instead?
The largest question comes after Georgia’s second National Championship in a row; the first back-to-back champions since Alabama in 2011 and 2012.
That question is, “Has Georgia become the ‘new Alabama?’” Are the Bulldogs now on top of the NCAA football mountain?
The answer is yes. This is not to say Alabama isn’t still the Alabama we know, by any means.
Georgia has simply surpassed Alabama, which has set the standard for over a decade.
To put in perspective just how dominant Georgia was this year and last, Georgia outscored opponents 573-153 in 2021-22, and 616-214 in 2022-23.
For the math wizards, that comes out to an average of 38.6 points to the opponents’ 10.2 points in 2021-22; and 41.07 points to the opponents’ 14.27 points in 2022-23.
If that doesn’t help prove my point, only two teams came within four points of Georgia in the
2022-23 season. Those teams: Missouri and Ohio State.
For the time being, Georgia is king, but I have not forgotten about Alabama, which
will be angry, and ready to show the nation who has been on top for so long.
After all, Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart is a disciple of the Nick Saban coaching tree. Smart learned much of what he’s applying from Alabama Coach Saban, who is arguably the NCAA’s greatest football coach of all time.
Georgia doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon either. The Bulldogs have the number two
incoming recruiting class, according to 247Sports, second to, you may have guessed: Alabama.