Even the biggest Kirby Smart supporters couldn’t have imagined this kind of start to his second year.
The Bulldogs have opened the 2017 season on a tear, going 7-0 in their first seven games. Georgia has ascended to No. 3 in the polls and is one of just two unbeaten teams in the SEC. Alabama, Smart’s former employer, is the other.
Nick Saban, Smart’s former boss, had some glowing words to say about the second-year coach.
“I think he’s done a great job,” Saban said. “I think they have probably one of the best teams in our league.”
Georgia has also begun to rack up wins on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs landed the No. 1 recruit in the country for the 2018 class in 5-star quarterback Justin Fields. Georgia is also trending up for a number of top prospects and could end up landing the top class in the SEC.
As for the rest of the 2017 season, the Bulldogs have a challenging final five games. Georgia has its annual tilt in Jacksonville, Fla., against Florida on Oct. 28. Then, the Bulldogs have a November slate of South Carolina, at Auburn, Kentucky and then at Georgia Tech to close the regular season.
Smart reportedly earned more than $3.7 million last season, his first as a head coach, after spending nearly a decade as Saban’s defensive coordinator at Alabama. The two seem to be on a collision course for the SEC Championship Game.
In the previous edition of the SEC Country approval ratings poll, Smart saw a big bump and came in at 87.4 percent, good for fifth place. It was his highest approval rating yet.
Vote on Kirby Smart’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents who select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5 percent approval rating.
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