A stat that is as astounding as it is frustrating:
The programs are on essentially equal footing, with one key exception: Alabama’s experience. Bottom line, that’s been the difference, twice now.
And before you tell me that’s BS, that Kirby’s been there plenty of times and knows what it takes, blah, blah, blah, I’ll tell you if there’s one thing I bet this staff never game planned for coming in was holding a two-touchdown lead deep into the third quarter. Hell, it’s alien territory.
There is sadness in the loss — especially the way the Dawgs lost — but there should be no shame. The first way you close the gap with the best program in college football is by matching them on the recruiting trail. The second way is with player development that’s just as good. Smart’s checked both those boxes. What’s left is translating that into playing the better game for a full sixty minutes. If Georgia chops long enough, it’ll get there, too.