By Whitney Rivers Vaught
This Saturday, Georgia will attempt to win the SEC Eastern Division Championship for the first time in five seasons. A victory against Kentucky tomorrow will make the Bulldogs division champions, but it will be a bit bittersweet. This Saturday will be the last home football game of my college career.
At least this has been a season to remember. The Dawgs seemed to get out of the gate slowly, opening up at 0-2 after losing their first two games. After the 0-2 start, Sanford Stadium was not sold out for the first time in more than 10 years for the game against FCS opponent Coastal Carolina.
No matter how slow the start, the Bulldog’s loyal fans never left their side. My friends and I attended every home game and several road games. We even attended another SEC game during our bye week, just to show our support.
“My favorite part about cheering for UGA is the dedicated fans,” says Hannah Lech, a Bulldogs cheerleader. “If you are wearing red and black on game day you are immediately apart of this huge group that has just one goal in mind: to cheer the Dawgs onto another win.”
The cheering seems to have worked. The season quickly turned around, and Georgia has now won eight games in a row, heading into Saturday’s match-up against Kentucky. The game is sold out, just like 68 of the last 69 Georgia home games.
“Nothing is as exhilarating as the excitement and nerves that are shared among fans, players, and band members alike,” says Hannah. “The absolute best part of the game is being on the field and looking up at the thousands of people whirling their red pom poms at kick off.”
Kickoff is at Noon on Saturday. Hannah will be on the field and I will be in the stands, but we will both be doing the same thing: cheering for our Georgia Bulldogs as they bring it on home.
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