For the first time since 1980, Georgia Bulldogs fans are waking up as national champions in the sport of football. After four losses for Kirby Smart against his mentor Nick Saban, all of which saw Georgia hold double-digit leads, Smart helped rally the Bulldogs with 20 4th quarter points including two touchdown passes for quarterback Stetson Bennett who had looked rather shaky before then. The Georgia defense was picked apart by Bryce Young for 369 yards despite throwing a lot of pressure at him but the bowed up where it mattered, in the red zone. The Crimson Tide had four trips inside the 20 on the night, but came away with just one touchdown in large part due to the pressure that they were able to get on Young. The Bulldogs also forced Young into a couple of key mistakes, including the game-sealing pick-six by Kelee Ringo in the final minute of the game with Alabama attempting to drive the field.
There's no denying that the transfer portal has changed college football over the last couple of seasons, as college athletics is going through a major overhaul with NIL, the portal, etc. Another major example of that was former Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler, who entered the season as the presumptive favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and be the #1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Rattler was benched during the annual Oklahoma-Texas showdown, and outside a brief stint against Baylor, didn't play much the rest of the way, as freshman QB Caleb Williams guided the Sooners to a 10-2 record, and a berth in the Alamo Bowl. After the season concluded, Rattler announced he was entering the transfer portal, after losing his starting job, and his head coach Lincoln Riely left Norman for Los Angeles, to try and revive the USC program. After roughly 3 weeks of speculation of where Rattler would land, we got that answer last night, as he announced he will be transferring to play at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are currently 6-6 and will compete in the Duke's Mayo Bowl against North Carolina, on Thursday, December 30th in Charlotte. Shane Beamer more than exceeded expectations entering the season, and with the transfer of Rattler, the Gamecocks could be in store for a big season in 2022. Richard Johnson from the SEC Network, joined Wilson & Norfleet earlier this morning, and when asked about what attracted Rattler to Columbia, Richard replied: If he has eyes on getting to the next level (NFL), and getting to the next level quickly, one decent year in 2022 at South Carolina, against the likes of Georgia, against the likes of Clemson, against some of the teams South Carolina will play next season, will be a rocket booster pack for him.