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So, if Georgia does manage to break through this season and claim a natty, how much do you think we’ll hear about the Dawgs only pulling it off because Alabama got wiped out by injuries at inside linebacker?
Apparently, Dawgnation is putting its money where its mouth is.
The college football regular season is believed to be a formality, a four-month race that will inevitably end with Alabama and Clemson meeting again for the national championship.
Bettors, however, disagree. They’re invested heavily in Georgia being very much in the mix come January.
A survey of eight U.S. sportsbooks from around the nation showed that the Bulldogs have attracted just as much money from bettors as Alabama or Clemson to win the national championship — and, at some books, more.
More money has been bet on Georgia to win the national title than has been wagered on any other team at Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings. There are more bets placed on the Bulldogs to win it all than any team at William Hill’s over 100 sportsbooks in Nevada, New Jersey, Iowa and West Virginia.
Hope that ends well for all concerned.
Matt Hinton makes the case for… well, actually, nobody.
Honestly, it’s a crap shoot.
Burrow is probably the safest pick, given that he’s surrounded by the best team, but statistically speaking, he’s nothing to write home about. (His 2018 stats are a decline from his predecessor’s.) Mond looks to me to have the highest upside of the bunch (and a good quarterbacks coach in Fisher), but he’ll be working with a revamped offense that will have a shaky running game, so who knows how that will go?
I could go on — Bentley has been erratic and turnover-prone. Guarantano gets a decent coach, but has to play behind a very questionable offensive line. We’ve already seen Franks work his magic.
Who you got?
Mike Griffith parses a comment of Kirby’s to see an offensive future unlike any other Georgia offense we’ve seen.
But when Smart said he wants his offense “to be explosive, we want to score points,” the interpretation here was that Georgia may not take its foot off the gas as it often did last season.
“I think in college football nowadays you’ve gotta be able to score points,” Smart said. “You look at the best teams in the country they can do that. So we’ve got to be able to score points.”
Last season, Georgia finished fourteenth overall in scoring, at 37.9 points per game. The only season to surpass that was 2014, Bobo’s last, when Georgia scored 41.3 ppg, good enough for eighth. Piling on points has never been part of the Georgia Way, so to speak.
Now, like most of you, I happen to think it’s generally better for Georgia to keep the pedal to the metal longer than its offensive coordinators/head coaches have, but that and five bucks will get me a small latte at Starbucks. There’s a legitimate strategic point to that this season, at least early, since Georgia’s offense is generally considered to be a stronger unit than the defense.
Is it reasonable to expect the second string offense to pour it on? Historically, the role of the second string offense has been to run out the string. If Griffith is right, does that mean Smart leaves Fromm in a little longer than has been the case? Or is Stetson Bennett about to be unleashed?
Bill Connelly just published his updated SP+ (the ampersand is no more, alas) rankings, and the real story isn’t who’s at the top, but the SEC’s strength of schedule. Check this out:
Holy Mother of Crap. Those are national rankings. They’re real and they’re spectacular.
To put those in perspective, Missouri’s last place ranking in the SEC translates into a first place ranking in the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12 and third place in the ACC.