This year’s Orange Bowl looked very similar to last year’s CFP national championship for Dawgs fans. The No. 6 Bulldogs (13-1) and the No. 5 Seminoles (13-1) were placed in this game after being the first two left out of the College Football Playoff.
Florida State had many key players opt out of this game to either prepare for the NFL Draft or enter the
transfer portal. The Dawgs dominated from start to finish against the new-look and inexperienced Seminoles squad.
Georgia outgained Florida State 673 to 209 in total yards and scored a touchdown on nine straight touchdown drives.
Kendall Milton was named the Orange Bowl MVP after gaining 104 rushing yards and scoring two touchdowns on only nine carries.
Georgia looked great in all areas of the game on offense and defense, and that shouldn’t surprise anybody.
Florida State featured a high-octane offense this season with quarterback Jordan Travis leading the way. They had elite weapons with NFL potential like Trey Benson, Keon Coleman, Johnny Wilson, and Jaheim Bell
Unfortunately, Travis went down with a season-ending leg injury and in turn ended the Noles season. That injury was the main reason why the Seminoles were bumped from the top 4 of the final CFP rankings.
They had to start true freshman Brock Glenn in place of Tate Rodemaker (transfer portal). Glenn had a rough outing going 9-for-26 (35% completion percentage) for 139 yards and two interceptions.
Offensive Player of the Game: RB Kendall Milton- 9 rushes, 104 yards, 2 TD
Defensive Player of the Game: ILB C.J. Allen- 6 tackles (4 solo), 1.5 TFL, 1 PBU
Carson Beck looked efficient as usual going 13-for-18 with 203 yards and two touchdowns. Beck recently announced that he will return to Georgia next season, because he wants to win a national championship as the starting quarterback. Beck finished with a great season, and with his return, Georgia will be right back in national title contention.
Gunner Stockton is now the backup quarterback for the Dawgs now that Brock Vandagriff has transferred to Kentucky. This was the most amount of playing time Stockton has ever gotten in a game, and he showed his potential in the air and on the ground. Stockton finished 6-of-10 with 96 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also ran the ball seven times for 46 yards. He showed that he could process coverage quickly and displayed great pocket awareness. When he ran the ball, he showed that he had quick feet and that he was a tough runner.
As another season closes, many Bulldogs will of course move on to graduation and potentially the NFL. There are a lot of guys on this roster that were key contributors to the past two national championships.
Some players with college eligibility still under their belt like Brock Bowers, Kamari Lassiter, Javon Bullard, Ladd McConkey, Tate Ratledge and Amarius Mims have not officially declared for the draft. However, you can imagine that they are heavily considering declaring for the NFL.
There are lots of seniors that have certainly played their game wearing a Georgia uniform. Sedrick Van Pran, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, Kendall Milton, Daijun Edwards, Warren Brinson, Tykee Smith, Zion Logue, Xavier Truss, Tramel Walthour, Nazir Stackhouse, and Dan Jackson strapped it up in the red and black for the last time. All of them have played a huge part in Georgia’s back-to-back national championship run, and they go down as the winningest class in school history.
It seems Georgia has the same narrative each off-season: They lose a lot of talent to graduation, the NFL, the transfer portal, etc.
But, they bring back an experienced and talented roster at the same time. Dawgs fans should be amped for next season, because Georgia looks to be back in the College Football Playoff next season especially with the new 12-team format.