Georgia Bulldogs: Dawgs Season Ends With Loss to Georgia Tech

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The Georgia Bulldogs lost a close game against Georgia Tech on Saturday ending a disappointing season for the Dawgs.

The Georgia Bulldogs regular season ended on a fitting note Saturday afternoon against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Kirby Smart led Dawgs had a late 27-14 lead and looked to be well in control of the game late in the 2nd half. The Jackets mounted a comeback scoring 14 unanswered points and winning the rivalry game 28-27.

Kirby Smart’s first season has come to a close and been a bit of a disappointment yet again for Bulldog’s fans. While Jacob Eason took noticeable steps forward the offense itself often struggled with Nick Chubb struggling to be the player he was for the Bulldogs last season.

That was in part due to an offensive line that rarely was able to open up holes. Often letting the defense into the backfield allowing Chubb to be hit two and three times before he ever made it to or past the line of scrimmage.

Judging Kirby Smart as a coach would be a bit premature though considering that the past recruiting classes that he has had to work with are not the talent that Georgia has seen in the past.  While it would be easy to judge Smart based on all of the close and tough losses that Georgia has suffered it is also worth noting that the level of talent Georgia has compared to a lot of SEC teams shows how little that Smart has had to work with early in his coaching career with Georgia.

Smart is a fiery coach who is not afraid to get after his players or the officials when needed. That is a needed change from the Mark Richt era and will hopefully help get more from a lower talent class that the Dawgs have had over the past few seasons. Adding Jacob Eason is a big acquisition for the Dawgs and a player that they will be looking to win an SEC title with in the next two seasons before Eason heads to the NFL.

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Despite the loss Saturday the Dawgs win against the Auburn Tigers helped qualify them for a bowl game though it is doubtful they will be playing a bowl of any note.