Athlon’s preseason Top 25

The list has a few surprises.  (My Hoos at 25?  Hmmm….)

Georgia sees nos. 23 (Missouri), 20 (Auburn), 10 (TAMU), 9 (Notre Dame) and 8 (Florida) in the regular season.

Speaking of the Dawgs, who check in at #3, here’s what Athlon has to say:

Georgia fell short of a repeat trip to the CFB Playoff last season, but coach Kirby Smart’s team has all of the necessary pieces for a run at the national title in 2019. Quarterback Jake Fromm returns after throwing for 2,749 yards and 30 touchdowns to just six picks in a brilliant sophomore season. Fromm is supported by the nation’s best offensive line, and as usual in Athens, there’s no shortage of talent at running back. D’Andre Swift leads the way on the ground, with James Cook, Zamir White and Brian Herrien slated to round out a deep rotation. The biggest question marks on offense are centered on new play-caller James Coley and a revamped receiving corps. Coley was promoted after Jim Chaney left for Tennessee but hasn’t called plays since the 2015 season at Miami. Junior Jeremiah Holloman is likely to be Fromm’s No. 1 target, and freshmen Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens could contribute right away in the receiving corps. Georgia’s two-deep is overflowing with talent at every level on defense. The line has to get a little better versus the run, but sophomore Jordan Davis and senior Tyler Clark should push for All-SEC honors. Freshmen Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean and junior college recruit Jermaine Johnson join a linebacker unit that features Monty Rice, Brenton Cox, Adam Anderson and Tae Crowder. Replacing No. 1 cornerback Deandre Baker won’t be easy. However, Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell are both talented and poised to start at cornerback, with steady senior J.R. Reed providing support at safety. Rodrigo Blankenship one of the most reliable kickers in the nation. Matchups versus Notre Dame, Florida (in Jacksonville), Texas A&M and at Auburn are tough, but Georgia is likely to be favored in all 12 regular season contests.

No team is perfect, but, relatively speaking, there aren’t a whole lot of flaws there.

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21 responses to “Athlon’s preseason Top 25

  1. Rocketdawg

    This is the deepest roster I have seen at IGA in my 47 years. I feel like if we can develop a couple of more receiving options and avoid the devastating injury to a key player (Fromm). We will be fine. Ridiculous depth at LB and on the O-Line

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  2. W Cobb Dawg

    “Fromm is supported by the nation’s best offensive line.”

    And the nation’s best backup OL.

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  3. doofusdawg

    Pretty spot on analysis imo. The only thing he left out is that Camarda should be a weapon this year.

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    • Macallanlover

      Agree, adding touch on punts just short of the goal line could be crucial in 2-3 close games this season could be critical. He has a big leg but was weak in this area, and not as consistent as we needed in 2018.

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      • J.G.

        He really hurt us vs. Bama. Seemed like we punted three or four times from around the 50, and every one ended up a touchback. If Camarda pins them inside the 10 a few times, maybe we limp out with a W.

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        • Macallanlover

          It had to factor into the fake punt decision for Kirby. I think that one was thought out OK, except for trotting #1 out to throw it, but it may have looked like just a 25 yard risk to KS because of the inability to stuff them deep via punting.

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  4. My concern ,and it’s not a prediction, is what happens if we lose one of the games we’re favored to win? (yea ,I know all of em) Afterwards does this team look like the UGA v Aubarn SEC championship team or UGA v Texas in the Sugar bowl? We have great expectations and if there is a stumble and our expectations dashed we need to hope that this team is one that can pick itself back up and stay focused. Win the SEC and everything else takes care of itself. So sayth Vince Dooley…so endth the lesson.

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    • stoopnagle

      The former, so long as there is something to play for.

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      Kirby throws a game intentionally to keep his team’s attention. Notre Dame between the hedges is too high profile, but TAMU is the suspect as we don’t really compete with them for recruits and the win for TAMU could hurt Bama. Auburn is the backup plan for the same reason. I wrote this on the interwebs, so it must be true.

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  5. Doug

    Mayor, on behalf of my mom (Col ’71) and dad (Col ’72, Med ’76), I’m hoping UVA is back on a path toward at least some degree of relevance. At the very least it’d be nice to see them become yet another budgeted loss on Georgia Tech’s annual schedule. All throughout the Welsh years (and even the Groh ones), it warmed my heart that Charlottesville was where promising GT seasons went to die.

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  6. Mayor

    Looks like once again Washington State gets no respect. Iowa State #24 and UVA #25. Wazzou unranked.

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  7. Out of all those universities mentioned, only nd will have that ranking when UGA plays them…mizzou could very well have a higher ranking than 23 when UGA plays…the barners, maaaaybe in the 25, a&m possibly in the 15 – 20 area….FU…NFW…lizards might be ranked 8th with student athletes entering the “transport portal”…

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