Marc Weiszer does a good job assembling a few pundits who don’t buy into the “Georgia, if not now, then when?” narrative. As AP’s Ralph Russo says,
“All you can ask for from your coach and your team is to put yourself in position to be in that discussion every year,” Russo said. “Where Georgia is, they’re in that discussion every year. At some point, they’re going to have to beat Bama and it’s going to be very hard, or LSU. They are where they are. The idea it’s championship or bust this year, why? Why would it be championship or bust this year? They have two five-star quarterbacks that are coming after Daniels. The machine is rolling here.”
True dat. The only negative comment that sort of leaves a mark comes from LSU beat writer Glenn Guilbeau, who makes this point:
Offensively, Georgia has the talent “to be as good as anyone in the SEC,” Guilbeau said but he wonders if Smart is all-in on opening up the offense. “He’s had some quarterbacks in the past, but Kirby’s philosophy has not been to join the rest of the league from a modern-sense. Maybe he’s ready to do that. …They definitely have the weapons to make a mark this season.”
His pessimism isn’t misplaced, admittedly. If he’s right about it continuing, I sure have overestimated the impact the 2019 SECCG had on Smart. Call me a naive optimist, but I don’t think he is.