Seth Emerson ($$) makes a good point about one benefit for Georgia in particular from the SEC’s decision to start the 2020 season three weeks later than originally planned.
It was long assumed that Georgia was one of the programs that would suffer most from not having any spring practice. New offensive coordinator, new quarterback, new starters almost everywhere.
But now, assuming the season does start on Sept. 26, the Bulldogs would have seven weeks of full practices, not to mention more than two months of walk-throughs and other football-related activities.
That’s why, if allowed by rules, Kirby Smart will almost certainly push to go ahead with practice. That doesn’t mean putting on helmets and pads right away. They don’t want to practice too hard and too long and risk injuries. But more time together means more time to install a new offense, and more time to gel.
That pretty much destroys the “no spring practice” ding so many have pushed at Smart’s program.
Between that and the presumed toughening of Florida’s schedule when the conference announces the 10-game format details, that doesn’t leave the Gators’ hopes resting on much more than the Portal Master™’s game day genius, Kyle Trask’s Heisman-worthy season and third and Grantham. Will that be enough to change the media narrative?