The first, from an Arkansas sports writer:
Arkansas 31, Georgia 28 Yes, the ultimate upset is the guess here, with heavy emphasis on guess. The thinking is the Bulldogs return very few offensive starters, and the quarterback situation seems fluid with a potential game-day decision on the starter. Also, University of Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman knows a lot more about Georgia than the Bulldogs do about Arkansas. It also might be hard for the Bulldogs to take a team seriously that last won a conference game 1,065 days before its game with the Bulldogs. Rakeem Boyd rushes for 143 yards and four touchdowns.
That constitutes little more than wishful thinking, especially as he goes on to predict a 3-7 season for the Hogs. I get it.
The second is a little weirder. Kipp Adams has the Dawgs going 9-1, but you’ll never guess where the loss comes in.
Kroger Field (Lexington, Ky.)
Series History: Georgia leads 59-12-2, having reeled off 10 straight wins over Kentucky.
After back-to-back-to-back physical battles, Georgia’s defensive front seven hits a buzzsaw in what could be the most underrated offensive line in the country. The Wildcats get to the second level more than anyone could have predicted and the Dawgs’ wideouts suffer several drops, including one that goes into a Kentucky defensive backs hands for a pick-six. This game could easily slip away from Georgia as the Wildcats showcase arguably the most efficient offensive backfield in the conference in Terry Wilson, Asim Rose, Kavosiey Smoke, and Christopher Rodriguez Jr.
Score: Kentucky 30, Georgia 28
That supposedly comes after a 21-20 win at Alabama. The Dawgs give up 30 points to UK and hold their other nine conference opponents to about 11 points per game. Sure, it’s 2020, but even so, that seems like a stretch.
Go ahead and make your predictions for the season in the comments.