I picked up my copy of Phil Steele’s 2019 Football Preview yesterday and I’ll have more to say about it tomorrow. One thing I have to note is that, while Steele is certainly complimentary about the Dawgs — he has Georgia third in his power ratings and fourth in his rankings after factoring in scheduling — there’s still something of a sense of being a little underwhelmed about them.
I can think of a few reasons why Steele comes off that way, but one is because I sense the existence of a sizeable gap between Georgia and his top two teams, which are Alabama and Clemson (duh). He’s hardly
along alone in that (duh, again). Here, for example, is Matt Hinton’s annual exercise in listing college football’s top 100 players.
It may not be definitive, but it is useful. Check out the number of players from those three schools who make Matt’s list:
- Alabama 13
- Clemson 7
- Georgia 4
It’s not that Georgia’s showing is unimpressive there. No other SEC program has as many as four on that list. It’s that ‘Bama and Clemson lap the field.
If you buy this as mid-June reality, Georgia’s got some player developing to do. That’s not to say it’s an impossible task, but a task it is.