Georgia ran the table during the 2021 regular season, finishing with an unblemished 12-0 record.
The term ‘trap game’ was used frequently last year during Georgia’s run. It seemed like almost every week college football analysts were hyping up Georgia’s next matchup as a potential upset, yet every week they were proven incorrect. Not only were they wrong in their predictions, but Georgia made them regret their words, beating every team on its schedule, sans Clemson, by 17+ points.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, Pete Fiutak of College Football News took a look at every SEC team’s biggest potential ‘letdown’ game for the 2022 season. For Georgia, Fiutak identified its November 12 visit to Starkville to take on Mississippi State as UGA’s potential letdown game.
But let’s be real, nobody – including Fiutak – actually sees Georgia losing this game. Fiutak mentioned in the beginning of the story that none of these teams should lose these games, saying:
“Each team should win these games below, but let’s just say the focus might not be there – these should be more dangerous than they need to be.”
Georgia will have just had back-to-back games against Florida and Tennessee before it plays Mississippi State. Assuming it wins both of those, there’s certainly potential that Georgia takes its foot off the gas the following week in Starkville.
“It’s an SEC sandwich game with Tennessee at home, then at Kentucky late in the season, In between is a Mississippi State team that might be very, very, very dangerous on the road in late November.”
The game that received the most hype last season as a potential trap for Georgia was its road matchup against Tennessee. Tennessee fans read about their chances of winning so much that they actually believe themselves they would beat us. What happened? Georgia stomped the Vols and left Knoxville with a 41-17 victory.
Last year, Georgia beat Arkansas and Auburn before having to play Kentucky, a rather similar situation to the 2022 Mississippi State game. People considered that game a ‘trap game’ for UGA as well. Georgia beat Kentucky 30-17. Two weeks later following a bye, we beat Florida 34-7 in another ‘trap game.’ Two weeks after that, following a win over Missouri, the Dawgs beat Tennessee 41-17 and silenced everybody.