The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Georgia Bulldogs.
No. 3: Georgia Bulldogs
Spring Practice Starts: March 20
Spring Game: April 21
Georgia Bulldogs Spring Status
Let’s do it all again.
Florida and Tennessee might be better and stronger, and South Carolina might be dangerous, but this is still the star of the East, and it’s still good enough to be right there in the mix for the national title again. And with the last few recruiting classes, and again, and again, and again.
Now Kirby Smart and his staff have to see just how quickly all the young talents came come together and mesh around an already great core of players.
There are more talented running backs ready to go to replace Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the young linebackers can move, and there’s going to be depth to rely on with these young classes.
The talent across the board is undeniable, and the expectations are there to do what they did last year, and more. If Clemson could reload two seasons ago and win a national title, this Georgia program should be able to follow the same path.
Georgia Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Linebacker. Obviously, the quarterback fight between Justin Fields and Jake Fromm will take center stage, but when the linebacking corps has to replace Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter, Davin Bellamy and Reggie Carter, there’s a problem.
Can young talents like Monty Rice and Walter Grant be ready to become stars? Can the defensive line help the cause without Trenton Thompson and John Atkins? It’ll take the whole offseason to find the right pieces for the right spots.
Georgia Biggest Issue
The penalties have to scale back. It’s nitpicking, but the Bulldogs were flagged too often, getting hit for 95 penalties last season with six or more in 11 of the 14 games. Of course, playing two more games added to the total, but there was still a rise up after committing 74 penalties in 2016 and 67 the year before.
Georgia Biggest Positive
The backfield is loaded. There’s not going to be a wrong answer between Fromm and Fields – either quarterback would start for just about anyone else in the country – and losing Chubb and Michel really isn’t all that bad with D’Andre Swift leading a deep group. It’s Georgia. There will always be great running backs.
Really, Why Are The Georgia Bulldogs Ranked Here?
For just about anyone else, there would be a whole lot to be concerned about. There are too many key losses from last year’s epic team, there’s too much of a reliance on the young guys, and yeah, now this is the big boy team everyone is gunning for. Even so, the talent is too strong, the recruiting classes too good, and the coaching too solid to expect a slip, if any.