After watching their team flail their way to a 10-6 loss to UCF in the Liberty Bowl, an awful lot of Georgia fans wondered if their favorite SEC school had bothered to take their Conference USA opponent all that seriously ahead of time.
It's probably time to stop wondering, though, assuming this small tidbit from this Florida Today column is accurate (emphasis added):
Even the Bulldogs overlooked the Knights. Oh, they won't admit that. But at their recent team banquet, the Bulldogs presented its seniors with a plaque. Etched on it was the season record -- 7-6 .While we're not sure about having "more heart" than the Bulldogs, it's clear that the Golden Knights were the team with the more appropriate amount of confidence, that much we can say.
Keep in mind that Georgia entered the Liberty Bowl with a 6-6 record."That's part of what they do," UCF defensive back Darin Baldwin said. "They thought they were going to push us over, but we've got more heart than they do."
To be fair to Georgia, it's not entirely accurate to say that "they won't admit" they looked past the Knights; kicker Blair Walsh said as much after the game , claiming that his team had felt "entitled" to win a game against C-USA opposition.
But the honesty after the fact is only worth so much credit. The Dawgs would be better off next time simply giving their opponent the proper respect and focus to start with ... and maybe waiting until after the game to get the congratulations engraved.
HT: GTP .
UPDATE: OK, so maybe the engraving wasn't entirely borne out of overconfidence; a Georgia spokesperson said yesterday that the school annually adds a bowl win to the team's record on their senior plaques, with the expectation that they'll simply replace them (at the cost of $200) if the Bulldogs happen to lose the bowl game. UCF may have simply been the first team to catch wind of it.
But if you ask us: whether it's year-in-year-out policy or a one-time bout of cockiness, congratulating their players on a win they haven't won yet still certainly seems like the wrong message for Georgia to send.