So it has been multiple generations since the Bulldogs played in the Rose Bowl. In more recent history, they haven’t played in a premier bowl game in a decade. The other three playoff teams this season — Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma — have all appeared in the playoff at least once in its three-year history. Meanwhile, Georgia’s bowl destinations the past three seasons have been pedestrian: the Belk Bowl, the TaxSlayer Bowl and the Liberty Bowl.
“It’s a little hard to believe, but the guys that were here, we realized how far we’ve come,” senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter said. “It gives us the motivation to come out and work. We have chances to play for a championship and not just the Liberty Bowl.”
This time last year, few, if any, outside of Athens cared about the 7-5 Bulldogs heading to the Liberty Bowl. The only thing at stake was adding to the win column. A loss really didn’t matter. Georgia’s players went to Memphis, Tennessee, to have fun, eat ribs and play a football game. It was more of a vacation than a business trip.
That’s not the case this year, not with what can still be achieved.
“We’re there for one mission and for one mission only,” senior running back Sony Michel said. “That’s to win a football game and get back to the East Coast.”
I appreciate the stated attitude, but it’s still got to be a little surreal for guys like Carter and Michel.
That being said, and with apologies to Bobby Petrino, if the Dawgs win in Pasadena, I’ve got dibs on trademarking “We didn’t come to eat ribs”.