We couched this last year with Florida, and we’re going to do the same thing with Georgia by starting out with this …
It’s all relative.
No, 2020 Georgia isn’t going 8-4, or anything like that.
We predicted that Florida would be one of the top ten teams in college football before last year started – but would be a slight disappointment because it wouldn’t win the SEC East – and Georgia will begin this season in the top five, if not top three.
The Bulldog talent level isn’t a problem after years of phenomenal recruiting, but there’s still a whole lot of work to do with ten players showing off at the NFL Combine, and with at least 13 starters expected to be off the Sugar Bowl-winning team.
And that’s the problem everyone has to deal with – there’s no spring football to figure out all of the parts of the puzzle that have to fit.
Boo hoo – at least 120 other teams would kill for Georgia’s talent level – even this team is going to have to scramble a bit if everything gets going late this summer.
Can and will the Bulldogs get it all together for Virginia to start the season? Yeah, of course, but unlike last season, they have to play Alabama, and they have to go to Tuscaloosa to do it.
They miss LSU and Texas A&M from the West, but they have to face Auburn in their annual showdown and they get what should be improved Missouri, South Carolina and Kentucky teams on the road.
They’ll be more than good enough to win any and all of those games, but again, it’s all relative. Finishing anything other than in the top four of the final College Football Playoff rankings will be a disappointment.
Georgia is going to keep coming into seasons as one of the five or six teams with a realistic shot at winning the national title. However, have a misfire like last year’s loss to South Carolina, finally be on the wrong end of the Florida showdown, lose to Alabama, or even have another season like the last two with an 11-1 regular season and a loss in the SEC Championship, and the CFP dreams are gone with two losses.