Georgia has opened the 2018 season with three wins, scoring more than forty points in each. I did a half-assed job of looking last night, but couldn’t find another start like that in Georgia history. (Brownie points to whomever can sleuth that out.)
As great as that is, there’s a strong likelihood that the best is yet to come. Consider that through his first 31 games, Kirby Smart only has the second best winning percentage among Georgia head coaches.
Coach Kirby Smart currently boasts a 24-7 record and a 0.774 winning percentage, having carded his twenty-fourth win overall over the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
At the identical juncture in their careers:
Vince Dooley’s 31st game as head coach resulted in a Georgia Bulldog win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets giving Coach Dooley a record of 22-8-1 and 0.726 percentage.
Coach Mark Richt was 25-6 (0.806) after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in his third season as head coach.
Thirty-one games in to his head coaching career Kirby Smart is one game behind Coach Mark Richt and ahead of Coach Vince Dooley by 2 ½ games. As of now, he is holding his own versus the two winningest coaches in Georgia Football History.
He’s recruiting way better than either of them did, so prepare to be left in the dust for good, fellas.
Before you engage in a serious bout of chest-pounding over that 40+ point streak, though, consider this.
I am still searching for the term to describe what Alabama’s offense did to Ole Miss’ defense in the first half of last night’s game. Seal-clubbing seems woefully inadequate.
The Dawgs boast an impressive +111 points differential after those three games. It’s only third-best in the SEC, though, behind the Tide’s +142 and Mississippi State’s +124. Tough neighborhood.
So, yeah, it’s hard not to be excited, especially about the long-term prospects, for Georgia football, but that SECCG, assuming the Dawgs return, is gonna be a real challenge.