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The University of Georgia is planning a
parade Saturday to celebrate the Bulldogs’ victory over Alabama on
Monday night to win the college football national championship for
the first time since 1980.
Chip Towers of the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday the preliminary plans call for the
celebration to get underway at noon ET followed by a gathering at Sanford Stadium, which is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. local
The Dawgs used a second-half surge to
score a 33-18 win over the Crimson Tide at Lucas Oil Stadium in
Indianapolis to secure the program’s second national title.
Georgia Parade Information
When: Saturday, Jan. 15 at noon. ET
Where: Lumpkin Street and Sanford
Stadium in Athens
Live Stream: TBA
Georgia has become the home of
championship parades in recent months with MLB’s Atlanta Braves
previously celebrating their 2021 World Series championship in
Fans were quick to note they hope the
Bulldogs’ buses move a little slower than those carrying members of
the Braves, which zoomed through downtown Atlanta en route to the
club’s Truist Park in nearby Cobb County:
Thomas D Bradley @ThomasDBradley
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The Dawgs opened the 2021 campaign with
a tense 10-3 victory over No. 3 Clemson, and then began a run of
dominance that saw them win all of their remaining regular-season
games by at least 17 points.
Alabama handed them their first loss of
the season, a 41-24 defeat in the SEC Championship Game, but the UGA
defense returned to form in Monday’s title game by holding the Tide
to 18 points.
Stetson Bennett and the Georgia
offense, which were held in check for much of the night, came alive
late with a pair of passing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take
control. Adonai Mitchell and Brock Bowers were on the receiving end
of the game-changing scores.
Kelee Ringo added a 79-yard
interception return for a touchdown inside the final minute to bring
an end to Bama’s comeback efforts and secure the win for the
It capped an impressive end to the year
for Kirby Smart’s group, which had blown out second-seeded Michigan
in the CFP semifinals.
Georgia and its fans will celebrate the
championship Saturday, but the work to defend the title is already
well underway. The Bulldogs own the third-best recruiting class in
the nation, according to 247Sports‘ rankings.
The Dawgs are scheduled to kick off the
2022 campaign Sept. 3 when they welcome Oregon to Mercedes-Benz
Stadium in Atlanta.