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UGA, Red-hot and Black

By BJ Bennett
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Though Georgia is already in the final four this season, Wednesday was a sneak peak at all that still could be.

Georgia has the most momentum of any program in all of college football. In just his second year, head coach Kirby Smart has the Bulldogs fresh off an SEC Championship, ready for a Rose Bowl showdown with Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff and well on the way to signing perhaps the most-talented incoming class in school history. Already, Smart's Georgia is shaping the national narrative. Roses to recruiting, these Bulldogs are red-hot and black.

Though Georgia is already in the final four this season, Wednesday was a sneak peak at all that still could be. On the first day of college football's first early signing period, the Bulldogs' haul was a transformational one; players like quarterback Justin Fields, running backs James Cook and Zamir White, linemen Trey Hill, Cade Mays and Jamaree Salyer, along with defenders Adam Anderson, Brenton Cox and Azeez Ojulari, are considered among the very best prospects in the country. When it's all said and done, Georgia may have the nation's number one class.

The foundation is being laid for the Bulldogs to not just win, but dominate. Just as Nick Saban has done at Alabama, Smart, the long-time Crimson Tide defensive coordinator, is doing the same both on the field and off at Georgia. Any college football conversation, at this point, has to include the Bulldogs.  

There is elite talent coming to Georgia, but, perhaps more importantly, a dynamic energy that is defining the 'Dawgs. The country is caught up. 

On New Year's Day, Georgia will meet Oklahoma in a fascinating contrast of styles; Butkus Award winner Roquan Smith and the Bulldogs boast the nation's fourth-ranked defense, while the Sooners, with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, lead the game with over 583 offensive yards per outing. Even as Georgia competes in the College Football Playoff, recent trends suggest that such success may only be the beginning. 

The next generation, ahead of the "Grandaddy of Them All", will be watching; more so, they'll be ready.   

Fittingly, the national championship game will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The current center of the college football universe, however, may now lie roughly 70 miles to the east.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: / Twitter: @BJBennettSports