CFN’s 2010 Georgia preview is out, and Pete Fiutak might surprise you with how strong he feels the team is now.
This is pretty spot on.
The team will be far better if … it wins the turnover battle and if it stops screwing up. Georgia, with enough talent and speed to hang around with anyone in the SEC, forced two fumbles and picked off ten passes, while the offense gave it away 28 times. Alright, so takeaways aren’t necessarily indicative of success (Florida and Cincinnati only recovered three fumbles and Alabama came up with seven), but the knucklehead streak when it came to penalties didn’t help. The Bulldogs were flagged 105 times; only five teams got hit with more penalties.
He’s got the quarterbacks as the weakest unit and the offensive line as the strongest, both of which assessments are hard to argue with. If I had to nitpick, I’d probably rate the running backs a little higher and the linebackers a little lower than he does. I’d also make a bigger deal out of the transition on defense.
But like I said, that’s nitpicking. His definition of 2010 success is in line with what most of us are thinking now.
The season will be a success if … Georgia wins the SEC East. If you’re going to catch Florida, do it now. The Bulldogs might still be growing, too, but they have the schedule and just enough talent to win the division to get to the SEC title game. For a team with so many concerns, anything else would be gravy. If this isn’t a division-winning year, 10-2 with a January 1st bowl game would signal a big bounceback.
I might quibble with the “do it now part” a little, as I think 2011 is setting up very nicely as the year that the program can make a big run, but I can’t say I wouldn’t be happy if that’s how this year plays out. Damned happy, as a matter of fact.