ATHENS, Ga. -- Kirby Smarts first year as Georgias coach has hardly been a rousing success.If anything, the Bulldogs took a step back after dumping Mark Richt.That raises the stakes even higher for the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech.Especially to our older fan base, the history of this rivalry is really important to a lot of people, Smart said Monday. Its really important to me. Its really important to this team.Beating Georgia Tech was never much of an issue for Richt, whose teams won 13 of 15 meetings against the Yellow Jackets. In fact, the Bulldogs probably have more heated rivalries with Southeastern Conference foes such as Florida and Auburn.But this is the one game Georgia fans dread losing more than any other.Smart is certainly aware of that heading into Saturdays contest between the hedges.A lot of passion and energy goes into this game on both sides of it, he said. We tell our kids all the time: `Youre remembered by what your senior class does and what your record is against Georgia Tech.Georgia hired Smart to win a championship, something Richt had not done in a decade, but the Bulldogs (7-4) didnt come close to accomplishing that goal in Year 1. Maybe thats to be expected from someone who had never been a head coach. Smart will be the first to acknowledge that its been a bit of a learning curve, having to deal with everything from practice schedules to player discipline to split-second decisions on game day.There are a lot of things that you learn, he said. You learn more about yourself. You learn about your team. You learn about your staff. You learn about things you like, things you dont like.Smart wants to build a program that dominates on the offensive and defensive lines, which is way his former boss, Nick Saban, does things at Alabama. But the Bulldogs are still several recruiting classes away from reaching that goal, which has been especially evident in their struggles to establish a running game.Even with the dynamic backfield duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia ranks only ninth in the SEC at 179.5 yards rushing per game. The play-calling of offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has also raised some eyebrows, most notably in a shocking home loss to Vanderbilt.Smart said some of the biggest changes hes been pushing are not apparent to those on the outside, and wouldnt necessarily pay immediate dividends.The practice intensity with which we go at things Monday through Friday is a big culture change that Im trying to set, he said. We are going to get work done these days and were going to work really hard and you have to trust that expending this energy, youre going to get to recover on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday before the games. And then as the season goes on, we try to cut back so that youre fresh for the game and you dont wear yourself out.For Smart, its also important to remain flexible, even while recognizing that there are certain standards that will be the same for every team.This team is different than the next team will be, he said. This teams got 11 seniors. This teams really young. Id like to think we are eventually going to have a mature team thats got guys that have played a lot, and I think you treat each team differently.Offensive guard Greg Pyke insists that Smarts philosophy is beginning to take hold, even if it doesnt necessarily show in the statistics.If you turn on the game and watch, as a team were just more physical, Pyke said. Ive really noticed that. Especially in my position group, you want to be very physical and control the line of scrimmage.If nothing else, Smarts energy and enthusiasm is apparent to everyone.I see all these photos of him jumping around on the sideline, Pyke said. Its like hes playing a game out there. He just brings that passion. He wants the guys on the team to do well not only in football but in life.While there has been some grumbling among Georgia fans about the record this season, Smart is the recipient of widespread support and an understanding that its going to take time to put his stamp on the program.Of course, a loss to Georgia Tech would undoubtedly erode some of that goodwill.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .---For more AP college football coverage: www.collegefootball.ap.orghttp://www.dolphinsrookiestore.com/Hats/ . -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was selected Monday to his second straight Pro Bowl, while guard Kyle Long made it after a solid rookie season. http://www.dolphinsrookiestore.com/Dolphins-Dan-Marino-Jersey/ . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. http://www.dolphinsrookiestore.com/Dolphins-Jarvis-Landry-Jersey/ .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. http://www.dolphinsrookiestore.com/Dolphins-Tj-Mcdonald-Jersey/ . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. http://www.dolphinsrookiestore.com/Dolphins-Walt-Aikens-Jersey/ . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season.The race for the Premier League title is approaching what looks set to be a dramatic conclusion, and weve got all the twists and turns covered over the next week. Tottenham cut the gap to leaders Leicester to five points with victory over Stoke on Monday Night Football - but a host of other crunch encounters will take place in front of the Sky Sports cameras this week.From the title chase to the race to fourth and the bid to beat the drop, heres what could happen across a further seven live games... Newcastle v Man City - Tuesday, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Rafa Benitez secured his first win as Newcastle manager against Swansea A game with repercussions at each end of the table, both teams will be looking to follow up impressive 3-0 victories when they meet at St James Park.Rafa Benitezs first win was crucial to Newcastles survival bid, and they could jump out of the relegation zone with another on Tuesday night. A 1-0 victory would put them on 31 points and -25 goal difference, level with Norwich, but Newcastle would have 36 goals scored versus 35 for Norwich.City will be keen to consolidate their top-four position, and a victory would give them a seven-point cushion over Man Utd, who play Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Liverpool v Everton - Wednesday, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Liverpool and Everton go head-to-head in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday Crucial cup fixtures for both teams means this Merseyside derby may not have important consequences as far as the league is concerned.But a win for Roberto Martinezs side could do plenty to alleviate the pressure on his shoulders, with three points potentially taking Everton back into the top half.Arsenal v West Brom - Thursday, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Arsenal were held to a draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Dropped points against West Ham and Crystal Palace has all but ended Arsenals title challenge, and they will be looking back nervously to Man Utd in fifth.If United beat Palace on Wednesday, Arsenal will be just one point clear at kick-off at the Emirates in the final match of our seven games in six days.Man City v Stoke - Saturday, 12.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Manchester City beat Chelsea 3-0 and are looking to finish in the top four Saturdays early game offers Manuel Pellegrinis team another chance to put pressure on Tottenham, and a third win in a week could put them into second place.ddddddddddddWith games to come against Southampton, Arsenal and Swansea, a strong end to the season for City will clinch a Champions League spot ahead of Pep Guardiolas arrival.Sunderland v Arsenal - Super Sunday, 2.05pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Sunderland could escape the relegation zone over the next week Arsenal face a quick turnaround from Thursdays match against West Brom, as theyre live on Sky Sports again three days later.Sunderland will be scrapping, but with Man Utd in FA Cup semi-final action, Arsenal will get the chance to establish breathing space in the race for Champions League qualification.Regardless of Newcastles result against City, Sunderland know a win at home to Arsenal will take them out of the relegation zone with four games to play.Leicester v Swansea - Super Sunday, 4.15pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Leicester are in action again on Super Sunday Leicester, who will be without Jamie Vardy after his red card against West Ham, will be five points ahead of Tottenham at kick-off.Victory over Swansea will put them onto 76 points, piling the pressure on Spurs again ahead of their second Monday Night Football match in as many weeks.Tottenham v West Brom - Monday Night Football, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 HD Tottenham are on Monday Night Football again, this time against West Brom Tottenham return to White Hart Lane, and depending on results, may have the opportunity to close to within two points of Leicester with three games to go.Its all set up for a dramatic finish, and you can see it live on Sky Sports. 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