Georgia vs. Alabama: 6 Questions 2015 game could answer

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Sep 19, 2015; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt reacts to a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated South Carolina 52-20. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Is Georgia Ready to Take That Next Step?

For 15 years, Mark Richt has coached the Georgia Bulldogs to a lot of success. He’s won nearly 75 percent of his games, and he’s got nine bowl wins, five appearances in the SEC Championship game and two SEC titles to his credit.

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For a lot of programs, that’s as good as it ever could get, but not at Georgia.

Georgia has played in and won national championship games before, but they haven’t been able to return to that level since 1982. Richt has come close, but hasn’t been able to shake the monkey of the “can’t win the big games” label.

If Georgia wins that 2012 SEC title game, we could be looking at an entirely different narrative here, but Alabama triumphed, and Alabama has continued to be the team to beat in the SEC. If Georgia wants to show they are ready to step up, then knocking down the reigning champs is the first big step.

The Bulldogs have been in this position before, with all the pieces seemingly in place to cement themselves as the best team in the SEC, but they always manage to shoot themselves in the foot. If they can’t get it done with this team, at home, in a game of this magnitude, they may never be ready for the big time under Richt.

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