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The hunger to end a long championship drought consumed the Georgia Bulldogs’ 2021 season—and they couldn’t have finally broken through in a more satisfying way. Georgia beat Alabama and Nick Saban to win its first national championship since 1980, and Sports Illustrated is celebrating the accomplishment with a special commemorative issue. The keepsake magazine covers every step of the journey, from a dominant regular season to the semifinal win over Michigan to the climactic victory over Alabama. Purchase Sports Illustrated’s commemorative issue online or on local newsstands now.

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To Georgia fans, the national championship game served as the whole Stetson Experience, from the struggles to the successes, the doubts to complete vindication. The former walk-on quarterback was the unlikeliest of leaders. Still, according to Senior Writer Pat Forde, Stetson Bennett’s confidence never dipped on the road to becoming a national champion.

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