There’s never a bad day for Dawg porn.

Pete Fiutak was all in on Georgia last year, so it should come as no surprise that he’s really, really all in on Georgia this season, too.

Make that really, really, really all in.

How good is Georgia? It loses the best linebacker in college football in Roquan Smith, has to replace two NFL starting-caliber running backs in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and has to replace seven starters on defense and a few key offensive linemen – and it might be better.

At the very least, the talent level isn’t dropping off a lick, mainly because the last two recruiting classes restocked the shelves.

Jake Fromm will someday be an NFL starting quarterback, and Justin Fields has even more talent. The running backs are strong, the receiving corps should be the best the program has had in years, and the offensive line has plenty of options to play around with.

The linebacking corps is loaded with speed and athleticism, the front three will be a rock, and corner Deandre Baker leads what could and should be one of the best secondaries in college football.

And now there’s a hunger there, even more than ever. Now Georgia knows what it can and should do, it knows it can really be national championship good, and it knows it has the pieces in place.

At this rate, I’m gonna run out of reallys next year.

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47 responses to “There’s never a bad day for Dawg porn.

  1. MDDawg

    I’ll be in my bunk.

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  2. Uglydawg

    Hubba!

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  3. Hill Billy Dawg

    Shower

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  4. Jim

    It was a great read right up until his predicted regular season finish of 10-2

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    • ASEF

      Queue sad trombone.

      I honestly don’t see how this team loses in the regular season. It will have a significant talent advantage against everyone but LSU and Auburn – and it will have a talent advantage in those games, just not an overwhelming one.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        We have a very young team with a void in leadership currently, with quite a few Tfreshman who will be in the 2 deep this fall. Sure, on paper we probably shouldn’t lose, but I just don’t see us getting through the season without a loss or two.

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        • ASEF

          The freshman thing doesn’t really scare me anymore. I’ve seen too many show out in a big way. They’re showing up with better technique, better strength and conditioning, and better football IQ.

          So, here’s 2018 in a nutshell:
          I think Georgia overwhelms 10 of its opponents with sheer talent.
          I think Auburn just doesn’t play well on the road without a sizable talent advantage.
          I think Smart and his lieutenants will coach rings around Orgeron and his staff. Or put another way – Orgeron has never demonstrated the ability to overcome a talent disadvantage with his game planning acumen, and Georgia has the clearly superior roster.

          Absent some regression by Fromm, some sort of sophomore slump, or a position group getting wiped out by injuries, I just don’t see a L on the menu.

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          • PTC DAWG

            In the last 10 years, how many SEC Teams have ran the table? I can’t think of many.

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            • dawgtired

              Ok, that’s the thing, that it is difficult to run the table no matter how good you are. Just because of the odds of a bunch of 19-22 year olds staying focused every Saturday. BUT, there is not one game we should EXPECT to lose or even feel like the underdog. We should feel favored at the start of every game (at this point, I’ll admit opinions could change a soon as the season starts). So, if the “any-given-Saturday” meme doesn’t bite us, yes, we go undefeated in the regular season.

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            • ASEf

              How many have had more blue chips than the rest of their division combined?

              Georgia’s not going to run into a team with 3 first round picks. Absent a run of injuries or Jake developing rhe shakes (or both), it’s hard to see how this team loses in the regular season.

              SC won’t have the horses, AU is in terminal 9-3 mode, and LSU continues its backsliding.

              And no one else on the schedule is going to be competitive by the 4th quarter.

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            • siskey

              Great point. Off the top of my head, the last SEC East team to run the table in the regular season was Florida in 2009. The last SEC East team to win every SEC game was Tennessee in 1998. So it has been a long long time.

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            • Biggus Rickus

              Not including the bowl game/playoff, Alabama in 2009, Auburn in 2010, LSU in 2011 and Alabama in 2016.

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        • I agree with 3rdandGrantham. On paper UGA will be better than everyone it plays in the regular season, but the leadership and experience void is real and I would bet that bites UGA in the ass at least once, if not twice.

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          • The leadership and experience void is the real x factor. Hard to put numbers behind it, but it is a legitimate influencer. I think a little bit of that played into the regular season loss to Auburn last year. So you just never know and you can’t count out those factors.

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            • dawgtired

              …and Kirby has let it known that he puts much into the hands of the player-leadership-role as deciding the team’s identity.

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          • HiAltDawg

            While I believe Freshmen arrive a bit more prepared to play than in the past, I’m old enough to remember Coach Dooley saying something like “for every Freshman you start pencil in a loss.” Luckily this year’s schedule (which we all HATE) allows for a lot of growing up to do even with roadies to the Columbia’s early.

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            • Red Cup

              Keep in mind Saban has had only one undefeated season. It ain’t an easy task, even when you have more talent than everyone.

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            • CPark58

              Ironic that Dooley would say that when his one and only undefeated season had a true freshman tailback. It’s worth noting that that freshman was one of, if not the, greatest player to ever play the game but a freshman none the less.

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              • HiAltDawg

                i know, I once pointed that out and was promptly told Herschel didn’t start his first game. According to Bill Bates he finished it, lol

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              • mbrooks

                Frankly, we have no way of knowing what the leadership void will be by kickoff, or if there will even be one.

                I can name five players right now that could effectively replace those we lost this year.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Glad to see your IM alive and well. 🙂

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  5. Russ

    Obviously a smart man and an excellent columnist.

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  6. 3rdandGrantham

    Only problem is he has us possibly losing to ‘a really, really good SCU team’ and finishing the season with 2 losses. Mind you, I also think we will lose 2 games in the regular season as well, but thus far during this off-season others aren’t exactly thrilled with my 2 loss prediction and feel I’m being far too pessimistic. I also have a slight quibble with his remarks that CMR did a fantastic job with the program.

    IMO we miss the playoffs this year, but the ’19 team, on paper, could end up as one of the all-time greats.

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    • If we lose 2, it will be very disappointing. It will mean the coaching staff didn’t do their jobs. We may very well lose 1, but our season starts in the SECCG. The future is now! I will think about 2019 about this time next year.

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  7. I have a hard time believing UGA can lose what it lost and get better this year, but I know that seems to happen at Bama each year. Perhaps I simply need to see it for UGA before I can believe it, but I think losing Roquan, Carter, and Bellamy plus the trio of offensive stars (and Wims) will have a noticeable impact,

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    • Argondawg

      This is exactly how I feel but I am a believer in Kirby but for UGA to put together back to back magical seasons would seal it for me. Do it once and you had a great team. Do it twice while replacing a lot of really talented players and you are beginning to operate consistently at the next level and the dynasty would be in its infancy.

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    • DawgPhan

      UGA is in a weird spot. Last they weren’t particularly great when it comes to S&P+, there were no really great teams, and UGA avoided major injury.

      Basically they had a good tailwind last season and damn near made the most of it.

      I suspect we drop a couple of games somewhere, but would go into every game expecting to win.

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  8. Kirby is not rebuilding, he is reloading. This team is going to Kirbstomp everybody in route to Atlanta where we get another shot at Bama.

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    • Russ

      That’s exactly what I see. The only caveat is key injuries (plural). I think we will have leaders emerge on defense and offense so that shouldn’t be a problem. The offense is more talented all around (the RB dropoff shouldn’t be that great, and the OL and receivers are better, plus more experience at QB). Defense has plenty of talent that played last year, so it’s not like we’re plugging in complete n00bs.

      I hope they continue to be told that Sackerlina is the OMGGREATESTEVAH!!1!!1!, and that they’re expected to brain fart a couple of games. Could they lose somewhere along the way? Sure, but I don’t see it at Sackerlina. Maybe LSU gets hot, but we’ll see.

      Basically, I expect to be back in Atlanta ready to kick Alabama’s ass.

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  9. TomReagan

    Hate to be captain obvious here, and I realize we’re only talking about the regular season, but going undefeated is hard. Saban’s only done it once at Alabama. I don’t believe Spurrier ever has. Granted, those are full season records, but still.

    We probably should win every game on there, but actually doing it is very rare. Let downs and turnovers happen to the best of teams sometimes.

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  10. CPark58

    Saban only ran the table once but it was in his 3rd year at Alabama coming off a 2008 season where Alabama came up short against perennial powerhouse Florida in the SEC Championship.

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  11. What’s the big deal, he is just stating the simple facts.

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  12. UGA '97

    Interesting that Pete makes our “2nd weakest schedule in the SEC” look much harder. Good news is that Fromm & Team will have been road tested in first 7 games, setting up an end of season run.

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    From virtually any perspective, be it talent, depth, experience, coaching stability, etc., the Dawgs have widened the gap between us and everyone on our schedule. Picking ‘leadership’ as a perceived weakness is b.s. – it’s only used because its impossible to measure.

    This team will be in the sec championship. You can take that to the bank. Once there, if we win the conference title we’re back in the playoff. I think the odds of that happening are pretty good.

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    • Otto

      For the 1st time in a long time, anything short of a SECCG trip will be a let down and the fans expect not to be let down or backdoor in. The question is, does UGA have enough for Bama?, but that is the case for all national title contenders.

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      • CPark58

        We know UGA has all Bama wants and more. The proper question we should be asking is, “Does UGA have enough to be favored by the big dark shady bettors in the next big match up against Alabama?” because then and only then will the scales(and momentum calls/no calls) be tipped in UGA’s favor.

        You can’t blame Alabama, they have earned the money going their way but if you want to be the man you have to beat the man.

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  14. Jared S.

    When is September gonna get here. SHEEEEESH.

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  15. Mayor

    To those that say UGA should win all its games this upcoming season because it is favored over every team on its schedule, I respectfully point out that there were years under CMR when the Dawgs were favored over every team on its schedule and….it didn’t happen. Winning them all it tough.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Well, I hope we’ve moved beyond Richt. That said, in every undefeated I can think of but one (Nebraska in 1995), there is at least one game where a team has to suck it up and win one when they don’t bring their A game…or get lucky and escape.

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      • Mayor

        Really? Moved beyond Richt? CMR was 8-4 in 2001 and 13-1 in 2002, total W-L 21-5. Kirby was 8-5 in 2018 and 13-2 in 2017, total W-L 21-7. Except for playing more games their respective records look an awful lot alike to me and CMR’s winning percentage was better.

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