Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) runs after a catch against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama, Georgia open as sizeable favorites in CFP semis

No. 1 Alabama has opened as a 13.5-point favorite over No. 4 Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl, according to the consensus Vegas odds.

Meanwhile, in the other College Football Playoff semifinal matchup, No. 3 Georgia is a 7.5-point favorite over No. 2 Michigan in the Orange Bowl.

Notre Dame, which was the first team left out of the four-team playoff, finds itself as a 1.5-point favorite against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Elsewhere, the Rose Bowl features Ohio State as a 6.5-point favorite over Utah, and the Sugar Bowl matchup has Ole Miss favored by 2 over Baylor.

After Alabama-Cincinnati, the second-largest spread of bowl season comes in the New Mexico Bowl, where Fresno State is favored by 13 over UTEP.

Two bowl matchups — Virginia-SMU in the Fenway Bowl and Miami-Washington State in the Sun Bowl — are considered an early pick’em.

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban walks on the field before the SEC championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama reclaims No. 1 spot in AP poll; Georgia falls to No. 3

Alabama reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Sunday, the same day the College Football Playoff committee made the Crimson Tide the No. 1 playoff seed.

The AP voters and CFP committee agreed on the top five: Alabama (12-1), followed by Michigan (12-1), Georgia (12-1), Cincinnati (13-0) and Notre Dame (11-1).

The Crimson Tide received 50 of 62 first-place votes after beating previous No. 1 Georgia 41-24 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Michigan received nine votes and Cincinnati garnered three.

At No. 6 was Baylor (11-2), which climbed three spots after beating then-No. 5 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 title game on Saturday. Ohio State (10-2) and Ole Miss (10-2) remained Nos. 7 and 8 respectively, Oklahoma State (11-2) fell to No. 9 and newly crowned Pac-12 champion Utah (10-3) rounded out the Top 10.

Oregon (10-13), which lost the Pac-12 championship game to the Utes on Friday, fell out the of Top 10 to No. 15. Iowa (10-3), dominated by Michigan 42-3 in the Big Ten title game, fell two spots to No. 17.

Re-entering the poll was No. 24 UTSA (12-1), winner of the Conference USA championship game Friday night over Western Kentucky, 49-41. Falling out of the Top 25 was San Diego State.

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle (9) celebrates with tight end Jahleel Billingsley (19) after an interception return for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

College Football Playoff: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati, No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia

Alabama is the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff and will face No. 4 Cincinnati, while No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia will square off on the road to the national championship.

The defending champion Crimson Tide and the Bearcats — the first-ever Group of Five team to qualify for the playoff — will meet in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on New Year’s Eve. The Wolverines will face the Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., that same night.

The winners will meet Jan. 10 in the College Football Playoff championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The College Football Playoff committee ranked Notre Dame (11-1) as No. 5, followed by No. 6 Ohio State (10-2).

Gary Barta, the CFP committee selection chair, said Alabama’s win in the SEC title game and a strong in-season resume led to the Crimson Tide earning the No. 1 seed.

“At the end of the day, the complete victory over Georgia, the committee came out of there with a strong consensus that Alabama was No. 1 and Michigan was No. 2,” he said.

Alabama won the Southeastern Conference title on Saturday with a 41-24 victory over previous No. 1 Georgia. Both teams finished the season with a 12-1 record. The Crimson Tide’s only loss was a 41-38 decision at Texas A&M on Oct. 9.

With its 42-3 drubbing of No. 13 Iowa on Saturday, Michigan won its first Big Ten title since 2004 and finished 12-1. A 37-33 loss at Michigan State on Oct. 30 kept the Wolverines from a perfect season.

Cincinnati did achieve perfection, running its record to 13-0 with a 35-20 defeat of No. 21 Houston in the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday.

Alabama is making its sixth appearance in the eight-year history of the CFP. This is the second appearance for Georgia.

On Jan. 8, 2018, Georgia had a 20-7 lead in the third quarter against Alabama, but freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa replaced starter Jalen Hurts and led the Crimson Tide to a 26-23 overtime win.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Georgia Bulldogs running back Zamir White (3) celebrates with Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) after scoring a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the fourth quarter Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia heavily-backed favorite vs. No. 3 Alabama

To Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker, his team’s plan for the Southeastern Conference championship game against Alabama on Saturday is simple.

“I just think we have to continue doing what we have been doing all season and everything will go as planned,” he said of the contest at Atlanta. “That being said, we just have to keep rushing the passer and it will all fall in place.”

It has all fallen in place this year for the 12-0 Bulldogs, who look to maintain their No. 1 ranking heading into an almost certain trip to the College Football Playoff semifinals. Barring a lopsided loss, Georgia’s spot in the CFP appears to be a cinch.

Unlike most of the last decade-plus, the No. 3 Crimson Tide (11-1) look like they’re in a win-or-else situation. By recent Alabama standards, this is not a great team, although most other programs would gladly take 11-1 and a top-3 ranking.

There have been a few close calls, though, particularly in last week’s epic Iron Bowl against arch rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide didn’t score until the middle of the fourth quarter and needed a 97-yard touchdown drive in the last two minutes just to force overtime, then survived four extra periods to beat the Tigers 24-22.

Given that escape, as well as narrow wins in November over LSU and Arkansas, Alabama is a 6.5-point underdog against the Bulldogs. It marks the first time in 92 games, dating back to Oct. 3, 2015, that the Tide hasn’t been favored to win.

Not only is Georgia a big favorite, 64 percent of the bets and 69 percent of the spread-line handle at DraftKings is backing the Bulldogs. However, that is down from 70 and 74 percent, respectively, on Friday.

Alabama hopes this game turns out as well as the last occasion as an underdog. It won 38-10 — at Georgia.

“It’s not often that Alabama is on the other side of that, but, hey, we have to control what we can control,” Crimson Tide left tackle Evan Neal said. “We’re approaching this game like any other game. We’re approaching this game with intentions to win.

“Obviously, Georgia is a great team, one of the best defenses we’ve seen all year. We’ve just got to prepare. Take it one day at a time so that on Saturday, we can go out there and execute.”

If the Tide are to do that, protecting quarterback Bryce Young is a top priority. Young absorbed seven sacks at Auburn, the fourth game this year in which he was sacked at least four times. Young has been sacked 33 times in 2021 and probably has avoided at least that many with his adroit movement in the pocket.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have had no close calls aside from a season-opening 10-3 win over Clemson in Charlotte. All of their other wins have been by at least 17 points, thanks to a defense that has yielded only 83 points.

The 49.5-point Over/Under at DraftKings has drawn split action, with 51 percent of the bets backing the Over and 51 percent of the money supporting the Under.

While the magnitude of this game is clearly different from any other Georgia has played to this point, linebacker Quay Walker said coach Kirby Smart’s message to his team is to take care of business.

“Keeping the main thing the main thing,” Walker said. “Focus on what’s ahead of us and everything else is going to play out how it’s supposed to play.”

Alabama leads the all-time series 41-25-4, beating the Bulldogs 41-24 on Oct. 17, 2020, in Tuscaloosa in the latest meeting.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia aims to knock No. 3 Alabama out of contention

To Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker, his team’s plan for the Southeastern Conference championship game against Alabama on Saturday is simple.

“I just think we have to continue doing what we have been doing all season and everything will go as planned,” he said of the contest at Atlanta. “That being said, we just have to keep rushing the passer and it will all fall in place.”

It has all fallen in place this year for the 12-0 Bulldogs, who look to maintain their No. 1 ranking heading into an almost certain trip to the College Football Playoff semifinals. Barring a lopsided loss, Georgia’s spot in the CFP appears to be a cinch.

Unlike most of the last decade-plus, the No. 3 Crimson Tide (11-1) look like they’re in a win-or-else situation. By recent Alabama standards, this is not a great team, although most other programs would gladly take 11-1 and a top-3 ranking.

There have been a few close calls, though, particularly in last week’s epic Iron Bowl against archrival Auburn. The Crimson Tide didn’t score until the middle of the fourth quarter and needed a 97-yard touchdown drive in the last two minutes just to force overtime, then survived four extra periods to beat the Tigers 24-22.

Given that escape, as well as narrow wins in November over LSU and Arkansas, Alabama is a touchdown underdog against the Bulldogs. It marks the first time in 92 games, dating back to Oct. 3, 2015, that the Tide hasn’t been favored to win.

Alabama hopes this game turns out as well as that occasion. It won 38-10 — at Georgia.

“It’s not often that Alabama is on the other side of that, but, hey, we have to control what we can control,” Crimson Tide left tackle Evan Neal said. “We’re approaching this game like any other game. We’re approaching this game with intentions to win.

“Obviously, Georgia is a great team, one of the best defenses we’ve seen all year. We’ve just got to prepare. Take it one day at a time so that on Saturday, we can go out there and execute.”

If the Tide are to do that, protecting quarterback Bryce Young is a top priority. Young absorbed seven sacks at Auburn, the fourth game this year in which he was sacked at least four times. Young has been sacked 33 times in 2021 and probably has avoided at least that many with his adroit movement in the pocket.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have had no close calls aside from a season-opening 10-3 win over Clemson in Charlotte. All of their other wins have been by at least 17 points, thanks to a defense that has yielded only 83 points.

While the magnitude of this game is clearly different from any other Georgia has played to this point, linebacker Quay Walker said coach Kirby Smart’s message to his team is to take care of business.

“Keeping the main thing the main thing,” Walker said. “Focus on what’s ahead of us and everything else is going to play out how it’s supposed to play.”

Alabama leads the all-time series 41-25-4, beating the Bulldogs 41-24 on Oct. 17, 2020, in Tuscaloosa in the latest meeting.

–Field Level Media

Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis (99) celebrates after getting his first career touchdown during the first half of a NCAA college football game between Charleston Southern and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. Georgia won 56-7.

News Joshua L Jones

Nothing else matters for No. 1 Georgia: ‘Win this game’

The way Georgia nose guard Jordan Davis sees it, nothing the undefeated Bulldogs have done this season matters.

The 12 previous wins, including the last 11 by at least 17 points? Doesn’t count for anything.

The defense’s dominating performance that rivals that of any unit in recent history, if not ever? Meaningless.

The best regular season in school history? That’s exactly what it is — history.

The current 16-game winning streak that’s the longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision? Throw it out the window.

“Look, we want to go 1-0, we want to make sure that we win this game,” Davis said. “This is the game we need to have and we’re going to prepare like champions.”

But this game isn’t just any other game. Not for Georgia (12-0), not for No. 3 Alabama (11-1). And certainly not for at least the half dozen teams whose standing with the College Football Playoff selection committee will be impacted by which team leaves Atlanta with the Southeastern Conference trophy on Saturday evening.

It’s simple for Georgia and Alabama — the winner will make the playoffs. But if Alabama loses to Georgia for the first time in seven meetings, the Crimson Tide could very well be left out of the four-team field, its run as national champion over.

Georgia is likely headed to the playoffs with a loss, as it is the lone Power 5 team that finished the regular season with an unblemished record.

The significance of a Georgia win over Alabama can’t be overstated. The Bulldogs have lost two SEC title games and a national championship game to the Crimson Tide since the start of Alabama’s streak over Georgia in 2008.

The teams last met in the 2020 regular season, with Alabama overcoming a 24-20 halftime deficit by scoring three touchdowns in the second half to rally for a 41-24 win.

But so much has changed since that night.

Alabama had eight players — quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris, Heisman Trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith, receiver Jaylen Waddle, offensive linemen Alex Leatherwood and Landon Dickerson, cornerback Patrick Surtain and defensive tackle Christian Barmore — taken in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Guard Deonte Brown and long snapper Thomas Fletcher got picked in the sixth round.

Georgia lost several key players, but only one first-round pick (cornerback Eric Stokes) and two second-round picks (cornerback Tyson Campbell and linebacker Azeez Ojulari).

Now, Georgia is a 6.5-point favorite against the Crimson Tide, who haven’t been this much of an underdog since Florida and Tim Tebow were 10-point favorites in the 2008 SEC title game, which Florida won 31-20.

Still, Alabama has averaged 42.7 points this year — two more than Georgia — behind Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Young (3,901 yards, 40 TDs, 4 INTs), receivers Jameson Williams (1,261 yards, 13 TDs) and John Metchie (1,045 yards, 7 TDs) and running back Brian Robinson (1,016 yards, 14 TDs).

However, Robinson’s status for Saturday is uncertain after suffering a lower-body pulled muscle in the four-overtime win over Auburn last week. If Robinson can’t play, it will be up to Trey Sanders, who was held for 23 yards on 10 carries by Auburn, to power the ground game. Sanders has rushed for 221 yards and two scores on 50 carries this season.

“I just feel like it’s going to be a tremendous challenge to play against them,” Davis said. “They’re big. We’re big. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got, and I hope they give us their best shot. They have a great unit.”

While the Bulldogs haven’t faced an offense nearly as explosive as Alabama’s, the Crimson Tide haven’t faced a defense that’s even close to being on par with Georgia’s because there isn’t one.

Georgia has allowed 83 points this season, an average of 6.9 points per game. The Bulldogs could have given up twice as many points this season and still be ahead of second-place Clemson, which allowed 180 (15 ppg).

The Bulldogs are also first in total defense (230.8 ypg) and red zone defense (54.5 percent), second in passing yards allowed (151.9 pg) and total first downs allowed (160), in addition to being third in rushing defense (78.9 ypg).

But Young isn’t fazed.

“I have confidence in my guys,” he said. “We all understand what it’s going to take. We all know offensively how good they are on defense.

“It’s a new chapter. It’s a new book for us. So we have to make sure we’re ready this week and that’s all we’re concerned with.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban shakes hands with Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart before the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj/CFP Images/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Smart downplays 0-3 record against Nick Saban

Georgia coach Kirby Smart couldn’t avoid the question.

For all Georgia has done in his six seasons, especially the last five when he’s led the Bulldogs to a 56-9 record, four Southeastern Conference East division titles, an SEC title and a national championship game appearance, he’s being asked about the one thing his team hasn’t done in three tries.

And that’s beat the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1), who the top-ranked Bulldogs (12-0) meet in the SEC title game on Saturday in Atlanta.

Smart’s Bulldogs have played Alabama, where Smart served primarily as defensive coordinator under coach Nick Saban from 2007-2015, three times.

He hasn’t beaten his former boss, despite the Bulldogs outplaying the Crimson Tide for the majority of the three games collectively.

Alabama defeated Georgia to win the 2017 national championship game and followed that with a victory in the 2018 SEC title game before a 41-24 win in the regular season in 2020.

“This year is this year, and every year is independent of the previous,” Smart said. “I don’t think there’s any overlap between the two. I know people want to make it that, make it some kind of overlap.”

In the first two games, Alabama never had the ball with the lead, yet won both. DeVonta Smith caught a walk-off, game-winning touchdown pass in overtime on Jan. 8, 2018. Jalen Hurts ran for the game-winning touchdown a year later, with the Crimson Tide’s defense securing the win as time expired.

Last season, Georgia led Alabama 24-20 at halftime in Tuscaloosa before the Crimson Tide outscored Georgia 21-0 in the second half to roll to a 41-24 win. It was the only time Alabama trailed at the half in any of their 13 games during their undefeated title run.

Alabama, with current New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones throwing for 417 yards, outgained Georgia 564-414. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, who is expected to start on Saturday, went 18-for-40 passing for 269 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Alabama has won six straight over Georgia dating to 2008, with half the wins coming in championship games.

Smart, of course, downplayed the past, choosing to focus on the present, where Georgia opened as a six-point favorite over the SEC West Division champion and third-ranked Crimson Tide.

“Our job is to go play the best possible game we can,” he said. “That’s what we’ve been trying to build towards this year. We haven’t played our best yet, and we think our best is still out there. That’s the goal.”

Saban agreed. But he’s also looking at the game as an underdog for just the second time in more than a dozen years. Then-No. 13 Alabama was a one-point underdog when it rolled into Athens to face then-No. 8 Georgia on Oct. 15, 2015.

Alabama won, 38-10, and two months later, Smart was hired to replace the fired Mark Richt. Alabama went on to win the national title that season to begin a run of three championships in six seasons.

“What’s happened in the past in games really doesn’t have a lot of impact on what happens in the future. You’ve got to line up and play well in this game,” said Saban, who is 24-1 against former assistants after losing to coach Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M Aggies in October. “What happened last year doesn’t matter. What happened the year before that doesn’t matter. You’ve got to play well in this game.”

No team has played well enough this season to beat Georgia, which remained the unanimous top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll for the eighth straight week. The Bulldogs are a week shy of tying Alabama’s record of nine straight weeks during the 2018 season, which ended with the Crimson Tide losing to Clemson in the national title game.

But Smart is concerned with Saturday.

“The years I spent at Alabama you could say that winning the SEC championship was just as hard as trying to win a national championship, and it’s one of our goals,” he said. “We want to put it on the wall here, and to do that, you’ve got to win the SEC. That’s what we’re focused on.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara celebrates with fans as he walks up the tunnel after Michigan's 42-27 win over Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Junfu Han-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan jumps to No. 2 in AP Top 25

Michigan moved to No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the first time since the 2016 season, thanks to its big 42-27 win over Ohio State.

Undefeated Georgia (12-0) remains atop the new poll, released Sunday. The Bulldogs captured all 62 first-place votes after their 45-0 drubbing of Georgia Tech on Saturday, while the Wolverines (11-1) moved up from No. 6.

Climbing one spot to No. 3 was Cincinnati (12-0), which will meet No. 16 Houston (11-1) in Saturday’s American Athletic Conference championship game.

Alabama (11-1) dropped a spot to No. 4 after its come-from-behind overtime win against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The Crimson Tide face Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday in Atlanta.

Moving into the No. 5 spot was Oklahoma State (11-1), which climbed from No. 7 after its 37-33 defeat of Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners (10-2) tumbled three places in the poll to No. 13.

The Cowboys will square off with No. 9 Baylor (10-2) next Saturday for the Big 12 title. With a win, Oklahoma State would stay alive for a potential berth in the College Football Playoff.

Rounding out the Top 10 were No. 6 Notre Dame (11-1), No. 7 Ohio State (10-2), No. 8 Ole Miss (10-2) and No. 10 Oregon (10-2).

Texas A&M, No. 14 last week, plummeted to No. 24 after a loss to unranked LSU sent the Aggies to 8-4.

Re-entering the Top 25 this week were a pair of 9-3 teams — Clemson at No. 22 and No. 25 Kentucky. Falling off the list were Wisconsin and UTSA. The Roadrunners entered their game against North Texas on Friday with an 11-0 record and the No. 15 ranking but lost 45-23.

–Field Level Media

Nov 30, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets mascot Buzz and Georgia Bulldogs mascot Hairy Dawg after a game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Top-ranked Georgia ready to feast on struggling Georgia Tech

Teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Saturday when top-ranked Georgia brings the nation’s longest current winning streak to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech, which has lost five straight games, including the last one by 55 points.

Georgia (11-0), which has won 15 straight games dating to last season, opened as a 35-point favorite against the Yellow Jackets (3-8), who haven’t defeated the Bulldogs in Atlanta this century.

The Bulldogs have turned Bobby Dodd Stadium into their personal playground during their 10-game winning streak on Georgia Tech’s campus dating to 1999, winning by an average of 16.1 points.
Georgia has won 16 of the past 19 meetings overall and the past three in a row by an average of 33.3 points.

“When I got here, there’s an ingrained, built-in belief that you had to beat your in-state rival,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. “We also had conference rivals, so it became you play on something so many times that it falls on deaf ears, if you say, ‘That’s our rival, that’s our rival, that’s our rival.’ We don’t get into that, because it loses its effectiveness if you use it all the time. Who’s not our rival?”

While Georgia was amassing 488 yards of total offense in a 56-7 win against Charleston Southern last week, Georgia Tech was shut out 55-0 on national television at No. 8 Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets mustered just 224 yards, gave up six sacks, had an interception and fumble returned for scores and gave up 45 points in the first 30 minutes.

If the Yellow Jackets struggled mightily to move the ball against the Fighting Irish’s 40th-ranked defense, how will they fare against Georgia’s top-ranked unit?

The Bulldogs lead the country in total defense (236 yards per game), yards allowed (2,596), offensive touchdowns allowed (seven), opponent touchdowns overall (nine). Georgia is also second in first downs allowed (151) and rushing defense (77.3), and third in passing defense (158.7).

Georgia Tech’s best offensive player is running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who is ranked No. 1 nationally in all-purpose yardage at 163.8 yards per game, 2.3 yards per game more than Central Michigan’s Lew Nichols and 3.3 yards per game ahead of Utah State receiver Deven Thompkins.

Georgia has ascended under Smart, who has led the Bulldogs to four SEC East Division titles, an SEC championship and an appearance in the national title game so far in his six seasons.

But Georgia Tech has clearly regressed under third-year coach Geoff Collins.

The Yellow Jackets finished with a losing record just three times in 11 seasons under Paul Johnson, but they are guaranteed their third in as many seasons under Collins, who enters Saturday with a record of 9-24 on the Georgia Tech sideline.

While Georgia is all but guaranteed a College Football Playoff spot with a win on Saturday, Georgia Tech won’t be playing in a bowl game for the third straight season, which hasn’t happened since the early-to-mid 1990s. Prior to Collins’ arrival, the Yellow Jackets had played in a bowl game in 20 of the previous 22 seasons dating to 1997.

“I get it,” Collins told reporters when asked about frustrations of Yellow Jackets’ fans. “I understand it. I’m frustrated. I’m as big of a competitor as there is in the game and so I’m frustrated. Even though we’ve made progress, it still hasn’t shown up in the win column, where we want it to be, where we need it to be and where it will be.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the sideline in a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

5-star CB Jaheim Singletary commits to Georgia

Florida high school star Jaheim Singletary, a five-star cornerback, has committed to Georgia.

The Bulldogs have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation less than a month before the early signing period, per the 247Sports composite. He is the fifth-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2022 and the No. 18 player overall.

Singletary, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound player from Riverside High School in Jacksonville, initially committed to Ohio State in January and decommitted on Aug. 1. He chose to make his commitment Sunday to honor his mother’s birthday.

He recently visited Georgia and Florida, which fired coach Dan Mullen on Sunday.

“I know I can go to a team where I can work hard and play for a winning team,” Singletary told ESPN of his decision to pick the Bulldogs. “I’ve been out (to Georgia) for a couple visits and I just love the way they play. The energy, the defense, it’s just everything. What Kirby Smart is doing with the program, it’s a great feeling.”

The Bulldogs (11-0) are the No. 1-ranked team in the country.

–Field Level Media