Kirby Smart, Brian Kelly recognize it’s good for college football when their teams play

ATHENS — Kirby Smart agrees that when his team’s matchup with Brian Kelly’s teams, it’s usually good for college football.

Of course, the two previous matchups between Kelly and Smart took place when the former was the head coach at Notre Dame. Georgia won both matchups as well, with the road win in 2017 propelling Georgia to the College Football Playoff that season.

“Both hard-fought, physical football games in both cases. Got a lot of respect for Notre Dame’s program,” Smart said. “I thought it was great college ball to have Notre Dame and Georgia matched in those two games.”

When the two sides meet on Saturday, Kelly will be in charge of the LSU program. The Tigers went 9-3 in Kelly’s first season, with the Tigers picking up a big win over Alabama to help clinch the SEC West.




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