Mark Richt told his bunch of Dawgs that if they kept winning and doing what was needed they could return to Atlanta to defend their crown. But right after their loss earlier in the season to LSU it seemed difficult to believe.
"There was a lot of frustration," said Richt of the loss in Baton Rouge.
LSU still has a chance to win the national title and some have said that the Tigers could already be looking past Georgia and towards the Sugar Bowl.
"LSU has a lot of play for; they are still in the (national title) race," said Richt. "But we have a lot to play for too. Whoever wins the SEC championship has had a great year. We thought that we could play LSU in the championship game if we were fortunate enough to play in the SEC championship game."
So Richt and his staff have been waiting for this game ever since they left Baton Rouge. Well, not quite.
Georgia has been forced to run a lot of mathematical what ifs in their head, scoreboard watching, and winning against their final three opponents to get back to the Dome. The Dawgs did all of that and then needed a little help from Richt's buddies from Tallahassee.
"I couldn't help with that game," said Richt of Saturday's match up between the Seminoles and Gators. "Florida State just needed to avoid the mistakes that we made against Florida. But they didn't win that game for Georgia."
No matter if the Noles wanted to or not they were part of the equation that sent Georgia back to Atlanta.
"Everyone is excited about playing LSU again but we are excited about playing in the SEC championship game and trying to defend the SEC title," Richt said.