Fresh off of College Football News‘ #5 preseason ranking for Georgia, Pete Fiutak doubles down today with this bit in his SEC preview:
Team That’ll Surprise
Georgia – It’s all relative. Georgia was No. 1 to start out 2008 and came up with a disappointing 9-3 regular season. Now the spotlight is off, with all the attention being paid to Florida and Ole Miss, but don’t go to sleep on the loaded Dawgs and don’t just assume they’ll take any sort of a step back just because it lost Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno to the NFL a year early. Of course, Georgia would likely be everyone’s preseason No. 2 team had Stafford and Moreno returned, but it’s not far off as is. The offensive line might be the best in America, the defense will be swarming, and the bevy of strong backs are good enough to carry the offense when the passing game isn’t working. There will be tests, the season opener at Oklahoma State should be the SEC’s best non-conference challenge, but no matter how that turns out, don’t be shocked if it’s Georgia, and not Florida, winning the SEC title.
I think it’s safe to say we won’t read anyone else in the general media who will come out quite as bullishly in the preseason about Georgia’s chances as that.