When you put it that way…

Matt Brown makes a compelling case as to why the expectation that Georgia should win the SEC East isn’t an unreasonable one.

Basically, Florida and Tennessee proved last weekend that both are a mess, it’s too early to rate Kentucky and Vanderbilt as divisional powers, and…

It seems clear already that Georgia is capable of fielding a dominant defense, perhaps stronger than anybody but Alabama in the SEC. Nearly everyone returned from last year, and the linebacking corps in particular — led by Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy — has been excellent. They shut down what’s otherwise been a prolific Notre Dame running game, and they’ll be one of the toughest matchups all year for Nick Fitzgerald and Mississippi State.

The bigger questions are on offense, where freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has played solid football as the replacement for sophomore Jacob Eason, who is working his way back from the sprained knee he suffered in the Week 1 win over Appalachian State. Georgia brought back a fantastic one-two punch at running back in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel — with touted freshman D’Andre Swift joining them — but the rest of the offense was filled with unknowns entering the year, and that’s been complicated by the budding quarterback debate.

Both Fromm and Eason have shown flashes of high potential, and Florida has shown each of the past two years that winning the SEC East doesn’t require All-America quarterback play if there’s a great defense to lean on. Based on what we’ve seen so far this year, competent quarterback play combined with strong running and a loaded defense could be more than enough to carry Georgia far and allow it to return to the top of a winnable division.

It’s getting harder to make excuses this season, in other words, to explain Georgia’s failure to return to the SECCG.  Hopefully Kirby’s up to the challenge.

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15 responses to “When you put it that way…

  1. JasonC

    Yes, but…
    Like Ian Boyd pointed out the OL is still and issue and with the young QBs and WRs’ dropsies, I reckon UGA is gonna lose one because of the offense, despite the D and improved ST. This one looks like a possibility, but maybe not quite as harmful as to an SEC East opponent, but we’ll see.

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    • Got Cowdog

      MSU is tough, and it will be a good game I think. It’s been mentioned before, we can lose to the barn and MSU and still win the east. I would consider 11-2 and an east championship improvement. If we handle our business with a good MSU team, are we looking at Bama in the dome?

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      • No One Knows You're a Dawg

        Other than perhaps the Georgia game, Florida should be favored in every SEC game they play the rest of the season.

        I could see Georgia going 6-2 in the SEC, with losses to MSU and AU, but finishing 2nd in the East to the Gators despite beating them.

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        • steve

          Auburn? Have you seen what is going on down there recently? Once again Auburn has been able to convince the media that the next Cam Newton is their starting QB and once again everyone is asking….why do we listen to anything originating in that echo chamber of delusion? Auburn is the CFB equivalent to the King Has No Clothes. They are walking around with what they think is a reputation for a stellar academic and athletic compound when, in plain fact, they are no more than a commuter school with egg salad sandwiches and no bus stop benches. Auburn? Schadenfreude. For both Auburn and Butch ‘ I always have a plan’ Jones. Philosophical question of the day: When does 1 + 1 = 5? Answer: When you add Butch Jones to UT. The hate level toward each is a one until you mix them together….then it is at least a 5. The wind Butch releases when he talks dwarfs Hurricane Irma and the debris that is left is less than the Auburn FB program right now. Eat that Rodney. How you keep a job is an administrative Rubik’s cube.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Care to flesh that out? I don’t see how UF wins the East if UGA’s two losses are against west teams.

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          • Mayor

            Simple. Georgia beats FU but loses the 2 aforesaid games for a 6-2 record. FU loses to Georgia but wins the rest of its conference games for a 7-1 record. FU has already beaten UT. Very possible scenario.

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  2. UGA85

    I don’t think that UT and UF are markedly different than they have been under their current coaches. Jones continues to make in-game blunders, and McElwain continues to look mediocre and barely good enough. The difference for me, this year, is UGA. We look better than both teams. I think we can distance ourselves a bit from the East teams with our current coaching staff. The last cog in the wheel will be the O line, but I believe we are feverishly working on that unit; it should be great in a year or two.

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  3. Uglydawg

    Matt Brown failed to notice that Georgia has very good tight ends that have been underutilized to the point of it being criminal. But if MSU is surprised by a few lumbering TE’s making catches over the middle, then “criminal” becomes “ingenious”
    On the other hand, Brown fails to mention the O line. He does mention the QB situation, but downplays it with his point that the defense should be able to carry the team.
    With a great defense, and a questionable offense, Special teams may make the difference. I’ll almost say that Special teams WILL be the difference in getting a W or a L out of this game. So far, Georgia’s ST’s have been more than solid. If they are again this week, great!
    But still, until the offense gets better, this team is flawed and we’ll see some low scoring nail biters. If the offense suddenly blooms, the sky’s the limit.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Hell, we had Gurley, AM, Mitchell, Conley, etc., etc. on offense and still found ways not to win the sec east. If we finally get our ship together we’ll win the division in a cake walk!

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    • Mayor

      Westy, the truth is UGA has operated at a coaching defieciency with FU for decades. Maybe Kirby can cure that but history teaches that we can have the best players but if a rival has the better HC (and that translates to a better staff too) then the Dawgs come up short.

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      • Macallanlover

        Simply not true, FU had a coaching edge with SOS against Goff, but they also had better players for the latter part of that match up. Tebow alone, tipped the scales for a few years. To think UGA was simply out coached for decades is pure fabrication.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Based on the good Mayor’s pointing out of the obvious to me in the comments above, we can have a better coach and more talent AND beat the shit out of them yet not only can they can easily win the East but likely will thanks to douche booch and the inbreds. Half of their bleeping team is on the way to county. There is no justice in this world, Karma is a bitch and schadenfreude is apparently German for “Fuck you, Georgia.”

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          • Macallanlover

            But his example had FU winning the other East games and beating LSU and (arky?). Just isn’t going to happen, but theoretically possible. Also, I don’t see us losing to both MSU and Auburn based on what I have seen, but again, theoretically possible. Way too early see what happens down the road; like what I see with this UGA team. Defense and STs are championship caliber, offense isn’t but should get better as we move along. We are the best team in the East, but lots can happen.

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            • Got Cowdog

              You’re right of course.
              I’ll step off the ledge now. I don’t see us losing to both either. But TA&M did not impress and I’m still pissed off at the Tigers for firing Les for Farmer Fran. Oh well. Geaux Tigers!

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