Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Georgia Bulldogs season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Georgia Bulldogs
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
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That wasn’t a one-off, Georgia fans. You’ll get a plenty of other shots at this.
Yes, of course, you can never assume a superpower program is going to win a national title – Oklahoma hasn’t won one since 2000, and it’s not like Texas, Michigan and USC have hoisted anything important over the last several years – but this is just the beginning.
I know, I know, I know – it was in Atlanta, it was a chance to take down Alabama, and it was as brutally heartbreaking as it gets to lose like that, but Kirby Smart has this thing set up for the long haul.
All it took was one little pivot, and now Georgia is right there in the discussion of the teams that can go into a season with realistic College Football Playoff-or-failure expectations.
Mark Richt did a magnificent job with the program, and he recruited as well as anyone. But Smart ramped things up just a wee bit more, he’s getting a few more of the elite of the elite guys, and as he proved last season, he can coach a little, too.
And now Georgia fans, welcome to the life. Be careful for what you wished for, because you just got it. Your team is at that level now, which means college football is zero fun, sir, unless this year’s team comes home from Santa Clara in early January with a neat new trophy.
Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia. That’s it. At the immediate moment, everyone else is shooting for the national title, but the Dawgs are in the high-rent district of being among those with the pieces in place to actually do it.
So while the words Tua Tagovailoa will forever send Georgia fans into a sad place, at least you’re there now. At least you now know that it’s not going to take the right break, the right year, or a magical team to win a national championship.
Now you know that Georgia can become the College Football Playoff national champion simply because – when it happens – it’ll be better than everyone else.
How good is Georgia? It loses the best linebacker in college football in Roquan Smith, has to replace two NFL starting-caliber running backs in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and has to replace seven starters on defense and a few key offensive linemen – and it might be better.
At the very least, the talent level isn’t dropping off a lick, mainly because the last two recruiting classes restocked the shelves.
Jake Fromm will someday be an NFL starting quarterback, and Justin Fields has even more talent. The running backs are strong, the receiving corps should be the best the program has had in years, and the offensive line has plenty of options to play around with.
The linebacking corps is loaded with speed and athleticism, the front three will be a rock, and corner Deandre Baker leads what could and should be one of the best secondaries in college football.
And now there’s a hunger there, even more than ever. Now Georgia knows what it can and should do, it knows it can really be national championship good, and it knows it has the pieces in place.
Oh yeah, losing like that really, really hurt. But it’ll make it that much sweeter when Georgia wins a national title – or several.