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Is This Finally the Year For Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs?

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Coach Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs are predicted to win the SEC East again this year. But what does that really mean, Georgia? If you’ve been paying any attention lately, it doesn’t seem to mean all that much.

When Richt first arrived, the Bulldogs hadn’t won an SEC title in 20 years. In his 11 seasons at Georgia, he was able to lead his team to two SEC championship wins, in 2002 and in 2005. The Bulldogs have won the SEC East title the past two seasons, but each time they took that trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship it just didn’t work out. First getting thumped 42-10 by the LSU Tigers in 2011 and then barely getting beaten 32-28 by the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012.

The Bulldogs also haven’t won a national title in 32 years. It must be fairly frustrating for Richt to see SEC coaches Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Les Miles and even Gene Chizik all win national titles for their teams, while the Bulldogs are still stuck in first gear. Obviously, Richt wants an SEC and national title for the Bulldogs this year.

What is Georgia lacking that keeps it from getting to the finish line? Not much. The Bulldogs have a great quarterback in Aaron Murray, an impressive offense and a decent defense. They have plenty of talent to get them that national title they’ve been coveting for decades. Is this finally the year Richt and the Bulldogs take it one step further? Or will it just be another disappointing ending? We’ll know the answer to those questions by the end of the season.