The Bulldogs barged into the national elite this season and figure to remain there a good, long while. The Tide still reigns supreme courtesy of Monday night’s win. But Georgia outplayed Alabama most of the game, got fewer breaks than the Tide and still could have – maybe even should have – won the title.
Bulldogs recruiting classes teem with talent, even at positions of depth. Precocious quarterback Jake Fromm is only a freshman, although as Alabama’s Jalen Hurts learned in the championship game, no position is safe. Georgia’s offensive line projects to mammoth proportions going forward, ready to match Alabama’s defensive front more evenly. Georgia’s coaching staff appears stable, and able to match Saban’s staff schematically and on the recruiting trail.
Georgia’s fan base dwarfed opponent supporters in both numbers and enthusiasm at every stadium throughout the season. Reason for optimism abounds. Future victories and titles appear imminent more than distant for Georgia.
All that is wonderful.
The Bulldogs and their faithful eventually will get past the championship game loss. But they will not get over it.
Some broken hearts never mend.
(You can follow Bob Epling on Twitter @bobepling)
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