1. GEORGIA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
With four double-digit win seasons in the last five, Georgia has established itself as one of the current superpowers – with Kirby Smart taking things to another level over the last few seasons – and now the bar is set higher.
Being really good is fun, but the program hasn’t won a national title since 1980, was painfully close to getting one in 2017, and – please blow off the Sugar Bowl against Texas; teams just aren’t the same once they’re not playing for the big prize – were one of the four best teams in college football at the end of the last regular season.
There might be a little reloading to do at some positions, and the talent is a half-click below what Alabama and Clemson will bring, but it’s all there to make the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years.
The Bulldogs have the NFL starting quarterback in Jake Fromm. They have an NFL starting running back in D’Andre Swift. They have one of the nation’s best offensive tackle tandems, one of the nation’s best safety situations, one of the nation’s best kicking games, and one of the nation’s best recruiting classes to restock the shelves.
The receiver situation isn’t shaky, but it’s unproven after losing the top three targets. The defensive front seven has to get to the quarterback once in a while, losing a cornerback the caliber of Deandre Baker hurts, and the season might have to be deleted if something happens to Fromm.
But again, it’s all there to be among the top four teams in college football again. That includes the schedule.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 11
Outside of injuries, there’s no reason to not be 11-1 – there will be a loss along the way – for the third straight regular season.
It’s the SEC, and even Georgia can never take a road date at Vanderbilt for granted. Tennessee will be better, and home games against South Carolina, Missouri and Kentucky won’t be layups.
The spotlight will be on the Florida game, Notre Dame has to come to Athens, and the finishing kick of at Auburn, Texas A&M and at Georgia Tech will be dangerous. But there’s no LSU in the regular season slate, and best of all, there’s no Alabama.
The Georgia machine will keep on rolling. Keep putting out great teams, keep infusing the program with next-level football players, and eventually, it’ll be the right year when things break the right way.