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Something old, something new for Georgia: Nick Chubb's return and big-time wins for Kirby Smart and Jacob Eason

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Chubb rushes for 222 yards, two TDs in Georgia's win (1:38)

Nick Chubb runs for 222 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back after his knee injury last season as Georgia tops North Carolina 33-24. (1:38)

ATLANTA -- Not like calling plays and running things on just one side of the ball, is it, Kirby Smart?

Not like airing it out over and over and over against puny high school kids, is it, Jacob Eason?

You guys are now officially big-time. Kirby, you've gone from coordinator to SEC coach, and Jacob, well, your performance in Georgia's 33-24 comeback victory over North Carolina inside the Georgia Dome should have just clinched you the starting quarterback spot.

Now listen, neither one of you was perfect. This team wasn't perfect. There were some boneheaded penalties, some big drops, a little too much defensive bend and some poorly (over)thrown balls (Jacob!).

But that's OK, because you kicked off the 2016 season a lot better than some. Just look at your own conference. Tennessee needed overtime and a bounce-pass/fumble thing to beat Appalachian State AT HOME. Mississippi State lost to South Alabama -- another Sun Belt darling -- by blowing a 17-0 halftime lead AT HOME.

LSU traveled up to Lambeau and will promptly be hitchhiking home after a painfully U-G-L-Y loss to unranked Wisconsin. Arkansas had to come back and win against Louisiana Tech AT HOME. And currently, Florida's offense is slopping it up against UMass.

So, yeah, things could have been a lot worse. But you'll leave the weekend as the new favorite to win the SEC East because of how Tennessee and Florida looked. You have your best player back in Nick Chubb, who showed everyone that he's pretty much completely healed from last year's horrific knee injury by rushing for 222 yards on -- oh my goodness -- 32 carries. He also set the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game rushing record before the end of the third quarter when he hit 154 yards on 27 carries.

Oh, and he officially sealed the game with an explosive 55-yard run to make it 33-24 with 3:34 left.

That rumble moved those in the stands drenched in red to erupt before raucously chanting "U-G-A!" in front of a silent North Carolina crowd that prematurely chanted "A-C-C!" late in the third quarter.

It's cool, Nick, they're new to this celebrating thing.

Kirby, your defense held new UNC starter Mitch Trubisky to just 156 passing yards and kept him moving in all the wrong directions. You did get pushed around against the run, though, giving up 159 yards I'm sure the defense will pay for in screams and hand slams during film sessions.

As for you, Jacob, well, you'll get better -- a lot better. You had some really bad throws, and then you dropped one heck of a 51-yard pass into Isaiah McKenzie's hands. That came after your first touchdown pass -- a 17-yard shovel pass that we'll give you.

The bright lights spooked you a bit, but you've got the "it factor" and we're excited about that.

You and Kirby make a great duo. We're all excited to have you.