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.
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™.