There’s a paragraph in this John Pennington post about the doubters re: Mark Richt and the Georgia program that’s sort of a side issue I found more interesting than his main point. It’s where he writes
… Georgia has practically its entire offense back, minus quarterback Joe Cox. First-year starting quarterbacks in the SEC haven’t always had great success, but Greg McElroy managed quite well last year in his first season as a starter. Obviously, Georgia doesn’t have Alabama’s talent to put around Aaron Murray, but if the redshirt freshman can just be smart with the football, the Dawgs’ offense should be productive. [Emphasis added.]
I’m not trying to be overly presumptuous here, but is it really that obvious? I will grant you that ‘Bama runs out the best pair of tailbacks in the country, but it’s not like Georgia’s combo are slouches. Georgia’s receiving corps is better than Alabama’s. I’m hard pressed to see how you can argue that the Tide has an advantage on the line.
And don’t even get me started on this (not to mention that Georgia returns more starters responsible for those stats than does Alabama).