Georgia Bulldogs College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
It’s become too easy to focus on what Georgia hasn’t been able to do under Kirby Smart.
It hasn’t won a national title, it’s 0-3 against Alabama, it’s 3-2 against Florida, and for all the talent, all the NFL star power, and with everything in place to challenge for multiple national titles, there’s been just one trip to the College Football Playoff with one SEC title …
But Georgia has been knocking hard on that door.
2017 … 2nd and 26. Sorry, Dawg fans.
Georgia was one historic pass in overtime away from a national title.
2018 … Yeah, yeah, yeah, the fake punt, but it took a legendary performance from Jalen Hurts for Alabama to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship. (I still contend that the call could’ve worked – Justin Fields had three open receivers.)
If the Dawgs could have pulled through, they’re in the College Football Playoff and almost certainly go on to play for the national title.
2019 … LSU happened. Georgia- who lost the SEC Championship – and the rest of college football, ran into a buzzsaw. I’ll still argue that it was one of the four best teams at the end of the regular season despite finishing 11-2.
2020 … Alabama happened. I’ll still argue that Georgia comes up with at least 20 more points in the Florida game – a 44-28 loss – if JT Daniels was able to go instead of Stetson Bennett and D’Wan Mathis, and …
That’s the deal, though. That’s the genius of Alabama under Nick Saban, Clemson under Dabo Swinney, and throw Ohio State under Ryan Day and Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma in there, too.
It’s so hard to get to a College Football Playoff, much less win it in the era of Crimson Tide and Clemson dominance – and whatever that LSU juggernaut was in ’19 – but the powerhouse programs find a way to put themselves in the position for big things every year.
And so has Georgia under Smart – eventually that one big break will come.
The program has everything in place under Smart but the trophies in the case.
Set The Georgia Bulldogs Regular Season Win Total At … 10.5
There’s no reason for Georgia to not be in the preseason four-best-team discussion each and every year now, but it’s become the new early 2000’s-Texas under Mack Brown – all the talent, but always coming up just short.
Eventually, though, the Longhorns got the Vince Young season. Georgia fans are ready for their turn.
The defense is going to be another killer. Once again there’s NFL talent across the board – restocking the shelves through the transfer portal – and the offense should get back nine starters, not including WR George Pickens. The O got itself some new star players, too.
Clemson might be on the schedule to start the season, but there’s no Alabama, no Texas A&M, and no LSU.
The true road games? Three programs in transition – Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt – and Georgia Tech.
There’s no reason to not win the East, go 11-1 or better, and be in a position to get into the College Football Playoff with a win.
There’s no reason Georgia can’t win the national title.