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Kirby Smart Fears a Sun Belt “Crusade”

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The Georgia Head Man believes the Fun Belt is on a mission to knock off Power Five opponents.

South Alabama v Mississippi State
Joey Jones and the Jags had quite the party in Davis Wade Stadium after knocking off Mississippi State last fall.
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Here at UDD, we’re one of the few college football blogs that is not currently camped out in Hoover covering the madness that is SEC Media Days. Not much of what is said at this colossal four-day event is even newsworthy, but there was some interesting Sun Belt scoop that came out at yesterday’s events. Second year Georgia head coach Kirby Smart hit the podium and threw out some very kind words about programs in the Sun Belt.

Smart uses last year as a perfect example as numerous Sun Belt teams gave SEC programs fits. South Alabama beat Mississippi State, Appalachian State took Tennessee to overtime, and UL-Lafayette was respectable against Georgia. In each contest, you could easily make the case the team from the Sun Belt was the most physical unit as they were out to prove a point.

Per the former Alabama defensive coordinator, Sun Belt teams are on a “crusade” because “it is their mantra to win that game to mark their program”. This seems like a very planned statement by Smart as he wants to do everything in his power to keep his team from overlooking Appalachian State on Labor Day weekend. A decade ago App State knocked off Michigan, can they go “Between the Hedges” and knock off another highly ranked team? Kirby Smart is currently doing everything in his power to make sure the Bulldogs will not overlook the Sun Belt favorites.