Why it is a good thing that Georgia is under pressure to win a national title

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Kirby Smart is looking to lead Georgia to a national championship this season.

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Georgia football under pressure to win it all in 2019

To be blunt, the way the last two seasons have ended for the Georgia football program have stunk. The Bulldogs blew fourth-quarter leads to Alabama twice and then failed to show up for a Sugar Bowl game against Texas.

To some, this might actually be a surprise. Alabama has won five national championships this past decade and made it to every edition of the College Football Playoff. Georgia has been to just one and has to constantly hear chirps about how it hasn’t a national title since 1980, whether it be from trolling fan bases or even opposing coaches. 

And while Alabama did get boat-raced by Clemson in the most recent title game, it does have a history of beating the Tigers. The two teams have met in each of the last four seasons, with both sides winning twice.

Georgia meanwhile has to yet to get over the Alabama hump. The Bulldogs have lost the last five times they played the Crimson Tide. Georgia last beat Alabama in 2007, Nick Saban’s first year in Tuscaloosa. Smart was still only a defensive backs coach and had yet to become Alabama’s defensive coordinator.

If there’s a justification for why Alabama could be ahead of Georgia, perhaps it is because Tua Tagovailoa will almost certainly go down as the best Alabama quarterback of all-time and to leave Tuscaloosa with just one title given the rest of the talent on the team would feel like a letdown. Especially when you consider some of the other quarterbacks Saban has been able to win with.

But there’s a very good argument to be made that Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm could end up being the greatest Georgia quarterback of all-time by the end of this season. And despite the recruiting success experienced by the Bulldogs, it is very easy to envision a world where the Bulldogs lose a number of key pieces from the offense this year, such as offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, running back D’Andre Swift and Fromm

Related: Where does Jake Fromm already rate among Georgia’s all-time QBs?

Until Georgia wins a national title, it is always going to be under pressure and scrutiny to do so. You can’t call yourself an elite college football program and continue to come up just inches short of winning the most important title.

Smart and his team know this. It’s why they’ve chosen to embrace the pressure. And given the talent and oppurtunity the 2019 team has, Georgia will once again be under pressure to win it all.

Georgia commit Tate Ratledge receives 5-star bump

Rivals.com updated its 2020 recruiting rankings on Tuesday. And one of the beneficiaries of the update is offensive tackle Tate Ratledge. The offensive tackle from Rome, Ga. is now rated as a 5-star prospect per Rivals, and the No. 13 prospect in the country. He is also rated as Georgia’s highest commit per the recruiting service, jumping linebacker Mekhail Sherman and offensive tackle Broderick Jones in the process.

Ratledge committed to Georgia last month, picking the Bulldogs over Tennessee. He and Jones are two of the top offensive tackle prospects in the entire 2020 cycle, meaning the future of the Georgia offensive line is in very good shape.

The Rivals re-rank also rejiggered the 247Sports Composite rankings as well. Ratledge only rose one spot, as he now rates as the No. 38 prospect across all recruiting services. Per the Composite, Sherman is still the top-rated commit, coming in at No. 10 overall. Jordan Burch, a major Georgia target, is now the No. 1 overall prospect in the rankings, jumping Bryan Bresee and Zachary Evans.

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