1. Georgia won the Sugar Bowl
This will get completely forgotten about by everyone outside of Georgia, but the program won the Sugar Bowl.
It was a necessary win.
No, the New Year’s Six bowls just don’t mean all that much, and Georgia suffered the honor of being fifth to get into a four-team tournament two years in a row, but it would’ve been a huge problem had it lost this.
Kirby Smart wouldn’t have been on any sort of a hot seat, but to lose in this year year, and then to miss again for a third straight post-season loss – granted, the one before was the national title – wouldn’t have been a good look.
With the win, Georgia went 12-2 to make it 36 wins over the last three seasons under Smart, and the most productive – maybe not the greatest, considering there isn’t a national title in there – run in the school’s history.
The Sugar used to be the gold standard for SEC teams, and it still means something to old school fans. Georgia hadn’t won a Sugar Bowl since drilling Hawaii in 2007.
The Bulldogs lost this year in a weird one against South Carolina, and it dropped the SEC Championship to LSU. That was it.
They might not always have been scintillating, but they were solid in New Orleans, relatively mistake free – Fromm didn’t throw any picks; Georgia won this year when that happened – and unlike the last two years, it closed on a high note.