Bowl games haven't been springboards for Georgia under Kirby Smart

Photo by Travis Bell / Georgia sophomore receiver George Pickens, right, is a big reason the Bulldogs could have one of the SEC's top offenses in 2021.

A springboard into next season is often an element in bowl game conversation, and Georgia football coach Kirby Smart understands people will apply that to his Bulldogs entering Friday afternoon's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Cincinnati.

"Everybody tries to spin the bowl game as building momentum, and it is 100% an opportunity to build momentum," Smart said. "Everybody wants to talk about 2021 anyway. Once you're not in the playoff, that's what people want to talk about. They're going to talk about the next season.

"It will be way up high if we win and way down low if we lose, but the truth always resides somewhere in the middle."

The truth with Georgia in the Smart era is that bowl outcomes have meant very little when it comes to the next season.