Athlon: “This is probably the toughest debate of the 2020 preseason prediction process.”

Previously, I posted a link to an Athlon piece from March asking the musical question “Who should be the early favorite in the SEC East for 2020?”.   Seven participated and the final vote was 4-3 in favor of Georgia over Florida.  A sample of their thinking indicates they thought it would be a close battle between the two.

The race between Georgia and Florida might be one of the tightest of any division in college football in 2020. Though neither squad is perfect (I’m a little worried about the Bulldogs on the offensive line and the Gators’ struggles in the running game carrying over from last season), both teams are worthy of a spot in the preseason top 10 and are legitimate playoff contenders. If Georgia hadn’t landed Jamie Newman (or a similarly talented grad transfer quarterback), Florida would have the edge. But coupled with arguably the best defense in the country, and a forward-looking change at offensive coordinator, the Dawgs should be considered the early favorites.

Forward to… well, now.

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This is apparently what passes for close now.  [NARRATOR:  It’s not.]  You can’t really use the schedule to explain the difference in talent level away, because even if the cross-divisional games play out as most expect, with Georgia losing to Alabama and the Gators beating Ole Miss, the division will still come down to the Cocktail Party.

All that’s left is believing this really is the year of the Portal Master™.

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16 responses to “Athlon: “This is probably the toughest debate of the 2020 preseason prediction process.”

  1. Cynical Dawg

    Magical thinking. “If I believe it, it must be true! It’s going to happen!”

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  2. dawgtired

    The pro-Florida crowd calls the gator’s schedule easy due to their superior talent over their opponents, but when it comes to Georgia, they tend to ignore that.
    That being said, I don’t want to have the same blind hope when it comes to the Dawgs. What would we say of a rival if they had a new OC, new QB, new starters on OL, unproven receivers – all on a previously stagnant offense, in a year with no spring practice?
    I want to believe but I feel I need to curve my expectations until I witness them play realtime.

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    • Uglydawg

      They won’t be “new” by the WLOCP.

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    • The OL may be new to start, but not inexperienced. The QB has 3 years of experience and offers 100% more run ability, the OC is not at his first rodeo, hes likely doing 2 years and going to HC. We have One of the best receivers in the nation and another 2 that can clearly do better in better design. Extra practice time has been a alloted and nobody got Spring camp.

      Alabama being early is gonna be quite a struggle but by mid season all of these things will be in good order

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  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    They’re gonna win the East because Sideshow Dan and his wife are making Tik Tok videos where they do 90’s hip dances at a quarter speed. That’s it. That’s the reason. It has more internal logic than any other reason I’ve seen from dummies like Brandon Marcello or Tom Fornelli.

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    • KornDawg

      Do recruits watch those videos and see a hip, happenin’ guy? Or an old dude trying desperately to identify with the younger generation? I’m not a recruit, obviously, but if I was, I’d prefer the guy be authentic. I doubt he’s bumpin’ {insert name of current popular hip-hop act here} in his SUV on the way to the football building.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Sideshow Dan the Clown is what we call “All Steak, No Sizzle” or “All Hat, No Cattle.”

        He’s as phony as phony comes, which is why I believe he’s not a good recruiter. Some recruits can’t see past the sneakers and the Tik Tok videos, but the really good ones and their parents can.

        Kirby on the other hand is as authentic as it gets. He doesn’t promise anyone shit. He says come play for me, get great coaching, compete for championships, and if you’re good enough you’ll play. I’m sure he adds some sugar on top of that to make it more palatable, like how he sees a player fitting in to what Georgia wants to do, but always with the caveat that they are the one who has to make it happen.

        That’s why Kirby gets far more blue chip recruits than MuLLLen. You can’t fake authentic.

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  4. TampaDawg

    Seeing these position rankings gives me some real confidence for Sept 19th. Yet, the more I think about playing on Labor Day and that short week of practice before ETSU then prepping for Bama, the more I think about the turd we laid against Vandy after the short week from the USCe hurricane game. Hopefully feasting on a cupcake after a short week will make me feel better…

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  5. RangerRuss

    For a delusional ditch lizard fan it’s simple math. 38 > 15.
    FTMF.

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  6. practicaldawg

    Florida fan looking into the Grand Canyon: “what gap? I don’t see a gap?”

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    How the heck are they ranking fu at #3 in talent? Their 2019 class was a bust, with the possible exception of Elam. Two 4-stars of the 2020 class are already gone. We gave Cox every opportunity to show what he had his freshman year and he was relegated to 3rd team once Ojulari recovered from injury. None of their (undersized) RBs have gained 300 yards in a season.

    When this lightweight bunch at fu gets punched in the mouth they are gonna fold like origami.

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  8. jt10mc (the other one)

    I really do hope that the narrative that the portal master is superior and they are going to win the east because they have a better schedule keeps being pushed…it only fuels Kirbo…

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