Wrapping up a wild 2021 college football season

CBS Sports

The celebration in Athens, Georgia, was as big as Widespread Panic '98, Kirby Smart said. Wait, what's Widespread Panic '98?

"Google it," said an indignant Stetson Bennett, the quarterback who largely orchestrated Georgia's first national championship in 41 years, sending a gush of emotion through the Athens streets Monday night.

We did. Turns out the reference is from a legendary free open-air concert held a quarter century ago by a band that lives in the hearts of Athenians just like their latest national title.

"First thing I thought of was Widespread Panic," Smart said. "I was like … there's people on signs. There's people on poles. You can't see the street. I was pretty blown away. Hopefully, everybody is safe."

Twenty-five years ago, Smart was headed toward his senior season as a defensive back at Georgia. Who knows, he might have been part of the crowd that day? Not so secondarily, who would have thought that a Widespread Panic reference would be used to describe the widespread joy Dawg Nation is experiencing?

These are among the who-would-have-thunk-it moments that populated the 2021 college football season.

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