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Where does the SEC Championship Game rank among Georgia's top five wins of 2017?

Georgia football: The 5 best wins of 2017

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Georgia football’s top 5 wins

Keeping with our year-end countdown theme, which started Thursday with the top 10 plays of 2017, we’re taking a look at Georgia football’s five best wins of the season. By best I don’t mean the wins against the most difficult opponent or the closest games, although that’s taken into consideration. I’m talking about the most enjoyable wins of the year. Of course, that’s a highly subjective criteria, and everyone’s top five will be different. Let me know your pick down in the comments.

5. 31-3 vs. Mississippi State — From the flea-flicker touchdown on Georgia’s first possession to the goal line stand by second- and third-teamers on Mississippi State’s last, this win was complete dominance from beginning to end. It was also the win that opened my eyes to how good this team is. Highlights

4. 20-19 at Notre Dame — From a neutral perspective, this was the most entertaining Georgia game of the season. It had an electric atmosphere, big plays, plenty of lead changes and an exciting ending. From a Dawgs fans’ perspective, it was the night Athens came to South Bend, a night that will live long in the memory of every fan lucky enough to make the trip. Highlights

3. 41-0 at Tennessee — Three words: Shutout at Neyland. What more do you need to know? Highlights

2. 42-7 vs. Florida — The first quarter of this game is one of the most enjoyable periods of football I’ve ever watched in my life. It only got better from there, as I watched half of the stadium empty out with more than a quarter left to play. Highlights

1. 28-7 vs. Auburn (SEC Championship Game) — Not many college football teams get the opportunity to avenge a loss the same season it was suffered. But Georgia did, and it didn’t let the opportunity go to waste, winning the SEC Championship for the first time in 12 years and earning its first trip to the College Football Playoff. All told, it’s the most important Georgia win since the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Highlights

Coaching carousel updates

Here are updates on Georgia assistant coaches rumored to be potentially moving to new jobs after the season.

  • Tennessee’s wacky and wild coaching search came to a merciful end Thursday when the Vols named former Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt head man. Georgia DC Mel Tucker was a rumored candidate for the job. Expect to hear Tucker’s name linked with more head coaching gigs in the future.
  • Just because Tucker didn’t get the job doesn’t mean UGA’s staff won’t have some turnover in the wake of the Tennessee upheaval. Linebacker coach Kevin Sherrer, the final holdover from the Mark Richt era, will reportedly serve as Pruitt’s defensive coordinator in Knoxville. There’s no indication yet whether or not Sherrer plans to remain with Georgia through its CFP run.
  • Receivers coach James Coley was reportedly in the running for the offensive coordinator spot on Jimbo Fisher’s new staff at Texas A&M. It’s now being reported that Coley will remain in Athens, possibly with a pay raise coming his way.

4 Dawgs named SEC All-Freshman

Four Georgia freshman were named to the SEC All-Freshman team, and all four came from the offense. Quarterback Jake Fromm, the SEC Freshman of the Year, and running back D’Andre Swift earned the honor as well as offensive linemen Andrew Thomas and Solomon Kindley.

Mail time

Considering the season Georgia is having, a contract extension and fat raise is inevitable for Kirby Smart. But what will Smart’s new contract look like. Seth Emerson of DawgNation tackled that and a slew of other questions in his weekly mailbag.

Hey Seth with Gus Malzahn now looking to be making $7 million a year what is your best guess to what Smart is gonna make after this year?
– Chris Pugh

Less than Malzahn, but more than his current salary of $3.75 million. Much of it depends on how the playoffs go. Win a national title or appear in the title game, and that could push it well above $5 million. Keep in mind, though, Malzahn had leverage because of Arkansas’ interest. But if UGA isn’t proactive enough to agent Jimmy Sexton’s liking, you may see Smart’s name start to pop up for an NFL job. (He did coach there in 2006, after all.) But as I’ve written before, I don’t think Smart – and thus his agent – are going to push as much for his own salary to increase as they are for money to keep current assistants and hire more good ones, as well as for more money for facilities.

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