The Georgia Bulldogs have become the premier program in college football, ahead of Alabama, who has sat on the throne since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa over 15 years ago. Kirby Smart has taken everything he learned from his old boss and brought it to Athens, leading to back-to-back National Championships for the first time in the program’s history. Georgia is the new top dawg in college football, but is it too early to call them a dynasty?
At this very moment, it is a little too ambitious to call the Georgia Bulldogs a dynasty. Back-to-back National Titles is something only a few schools can claim and hasn’t been done since Nick Saban’s Alabama squad won in 2011 and 2012, but I think the general rule for any team to be considered a dynasty is winning at least three championships.
The New England Patriots were a dynasty, winning six Super Bowls with Tom Brady under center. The Golden State Warriors are currently amid a dynasty period, winning four titles. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs were a dynasty, capturing five NBA titles. And, of course, Alabama has been the most dominant of them all, winning six titles from 2009-2020.
I wouldn’t quite put Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs in that category yet, but it’s just a matter of time. The Bulldogs have a legitimate opportunity to win three national titles in a row, something that’s never been done in the history of the sport. If Georgia accomplishes that feat, there will be no questioning whether they are a dynasty or not. But even if they don’t, they have plenty of time to cement their status as one of the all-time great programs in college football history.
If Georgia wins one more title over the next few years, they should be considered a dynasty, and at this point, I don’t know who would bet against them. Kirby Smart has built a machine in Athens. They should be the favorite to win it all again next year, and I’m not sure that’s going to change anytime soon. Before long, Smart could be talked about in the same breath as the person who gave him his first opportunity as a defensive coordinator in Tuscaloosa.
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