For the record, I expect Georgia to win its road game in South Bend this season, primarily for reasons stated in this post. So I have to say I kind of resent being lumped into this broad characterization of the fan base that cropped up in the AJ-C today:
There is almost a universal belief across DawgNation that a win in South Bend will confer a additional layer of legitimacy and success to Smart’s reign at UGA. And a loss could be just as harmful in the opposite direction.
This is a team coming off a 4-8 season we’re talking about here. The Four Horsemen, it ain’t. (Of late, it’s not even better than Charlie Weis.) But, somehow a win over a team that finished with the same record as Missouri will add a layer of legitimacy? Uh hunh.
Me? Not buying it. We all know what’s going to be written if Georgia leaves with a victory over the Irish. As far as a loss goes, it’ll be a pisser, but that, too, will be because a win’s expected — not to mention that if Georgia somehow recovers from the embarrassment and goes on as it did in 2011 to win the division, most of that will dissipate in the week leading up to the SECCG.
Find another narrative, fella.