The Georgia Bulldogs came so very close to accomplishing something truly historic this past season.
Had they not lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, they could have very well went on to win back-to-back-to-back National Championships.
Having your biggest rival cost you that chance is not something you get over easily – if at all…
Former Georgia running back James Cook has a very interesting opinion on how everything ended up playing out.
“We were supposed to be in (the playoffs) this year. If Georgia is in the playoffs this year, we win it all. And I think they didn’t want to see us go back-to-back-to-back … We lost one game to Alabama in the SEC Championship and haven’t been beaten in the whole season,” Cook told USA Today.
“It was like the same scenario my last year in college. We won every game and lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship, but we still got in and went on and won it all. But I just feel like they knew Nick Saban was gonna retire so they tried to sneak him in one.”
“But I just feel like they knew Nick Saban was gonna retire so they tried to sneak him in one." pic.twitter.com/ZBirGY8woI
— Sports Talk with JD (@SportsTalkJD) February 4, 2024
You have to forgive Cook for being so bitter about the matter.
The odds of the committee even knowing about Saban’s decision to retire, let alone letting it be the reason why they put Alabama in the Playoff are very, very low.
This is the most ridiculous take. So you think not winning the SECCG had nothing to do with it. Take some accountability and just say that you didn't get it done when it mattered the most. UGA wanted another handout like they got for their first NC. 🤣🤣🤣🤣☠️☠️☠️
— RealASharpe (@RealBirdman85) February 4, 2024
You won’t find a sane college football fan who didn’t think Georgia was one of the four best teams in all of college football this past season.
Did they “deserve” to make the Playoff – Absolutely.
As a matter of fact, you could make the strong argument that they were the only team that had a legitimate chance to beat the Michigan Wolverines.
That is not true at all. Saban would have told his team, if he were going to retire, win one for the Gipper. I wish they did know before the Michigan game, that would have been a lot of motivation to win. No one knew.
— Johnny Brooks (@Brooks_Johnny) February 5, 2024
However, circumstances matter, especially with the Playoff field being only four teams. (Thankfully, we move to 12-teams next season.)
The fact of the matter is Georgia lost the one game they couldn’t afford to lose.
Many people made an enormous deal about Florida State getting screwed by being left out of the Playoff … However, if there was one team that was truly screwed, it was the Bulldogs.
All season long, the Alabama fanbase has to endure the Texas loss, and Texas should should get in over Alabama because they beat them. Well, we beat Georgia, and nobody else could. Absolutely, we deserved to be in, and those are the facts!
— JAMES REDDICK (@reddickj01) February 4, 2024
Gone is the chance at a historic three-peat … That sting won’t be going away.
However, the good news for the Dawgs is that they will enter the 2024 season as arguably the best team in the country.
With Heisman Trophy favorite Carson Beck back for another year under center, there’s every reason to believe that Georgia will be hoisting the National Championship trophy once again.
Y’all tweeting this like Georgia deserved to make it 😂😂
— 🏀 (@TyKnowsBall) February 4, 2024
What are your thoughts on Cook’s theory?
Do you agree with him that the fix was in for Saban?
Let’s pretend Georgia did make the Playoff … Would they have beaten Michigan???