You’d think the average Georgia fan looking at the 2020 regular season schedule would step back and identify Alabama as the Dawgs’ biggest obstacle to making the playoffs this season, wouldn’t you? I mean, look at 2017 and 2018, right?
Biggest obstacle to playoff: Oct. 31 vs. Florida. Yes, the most difficult game on the schedule is the Sept. 19 trip to Alabama, but Georgia can lose and still have a chance to avenge the loss in the SEC championship — if it wins the East. And it’s not going to be as easy as the preseason predictions might lead you to believe. Georgia has defeated its SEC East rival three straight seasons, but on paper, Florida might be more deserving of the label preseason favorite in its division. The Gators return 12 starters from last season’s 11-win team, including quarterback Kyle Trask.
On paper, eh? Well, Heather’s ESPN colleague notes that Georgia returns more production than does Florida.
ESPN statistics junkie Bill Connelly released his list of teams with the most returning production. Georgia was ranked No. 59, with 65 percent of its production returning, 50 percent on offense (98th in the country), and 80 percent on defense (21st in the country). For reference, Georgia Tech is No. 2, Kentucky is No. 25, Tennessee is No. 50, Florida is No. 61, Auburn is No. 78, Alabama is No. 88, and LSU is No. 126.
But muh quarterback! Man, this is really turning into one “kneel before Kyle Trask” offseason narrative. Gator Nation has to be thrilled.