Comparing Richt To Smart Part II
Here goes. I maintain that Richt only won 1 big game while at UGA. It is more than simply never winning a national title or beating a team that went on to win a national title (as Ole Miss and Auburn did to Florida in 2006 and 2008 and Florida did to LSU in 2003, and LSU did to Alabama in 2011).
No, instead I say that Richt in his 18 years of head coaching Richt only beat a single top 5 team, a single team that finished the season with fewer than 3 losses. That team was #5 (#6 in one poll) LSU who Richt beat in the 2005 Sugar Bowl.
Here goes: Smart has already matched this by beating Oklahoma. Who finished 12-2 and #3. And if you read part 1 of this you will know the best part: Smart matched (surpassed even?) Richt's accomplishment with a team that had a good bit less talent especially in the upper classes:
And yes, the fact that Richt had many more chances to knock off a top 5 team - again LSU twice in 2003 alone followed by Auburn in 2004, both Alabama and Florida in 2008 and oh yes West Virginia in 2005 - does matter.