Here’s a really nice piece from Ed Aschoff that illustrates why it’s so hard to get a handle on what Kirby Smart’s program should be capable of this season.
Here’s the thing:
We think Georgia should be really good this year. Maybe not really good, but SEC East champion good.
Soon, a large contingent of media will likely pick the Bulldogs, who return 10 starters from a pretty solid defense and have a young superstar in the making at quarterback, to win an SEC East that’s still a mess.
You have the Nick Saban clone in Kirby Smart entering his second year as head coach after signing the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class.
Honestly, we (that’s media and your average consumer of college football) keep wanting to believe that when Georgia should win the division it should, well, win the division.
So 2017 leaves us with a red-and-back conundrum. Are we ready to confidently anoint Georgia as the SEC East favorites?
Confidently? Are you nuts?
The truth is we really don’t know and we won’t know for months. Those 10 returning defensive starters to a unit that ranked in the top five of the SEC in scoring, rushing, passing and total defense sounds so enticing. The fact that the sensational running back duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel returned to help uber-talented quarterback Jacob Eason kinda makes us want to pencil Georgia into Atlanta … twice.
But we have to show some restraint and patience.
Restraint and patience are warranted because we’ve been there before without the expected results plenty of times. At some point, you’ve got to cross the finish line if you want to change the perspective.
Make sure you read the quotes from anonymous SEC coaches Aschoff cites. There are plenty of logical reasons to expect a contender this year, but logic by itself doesn’t win titles.