Pete Fiutak’s preseason look at the Dawgs is pretty good. As his quote in the header indicates, he’s not buying into no excuses narrative, but rather just acknowledging the level the program finds itself at these days.
There’s no reason for Georgia to not be in the preseason four-best-team discussion each and every year now, but it’s become the new early 2000’s-Texas under Mack Brown – all the talent, but always coming up just short.
Eventually, though, the Longhorns got the Vince Young season. Georgia fans are ready for their turn.
The defense is going to be another killer. Once again there’s NFL talent across the board – restocking the shelves through the transfer portal – and the offense should get back nine starters, not including WR George Pickens. The O got itself some new star players, too.
Clemson might be on the schedule to start the season, but there’s no Alabama, no Texas A&M, and no LSU.
The true road games? Three programs in transition – Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt – and Georgia Tech.
There’s no reason to not win the East, go 11-1 or better, and be in a position to get into the College Football Playoff with a win.
That’s a fair take. And he does hit on one stat from last year that probably does deserve more attention.
It’s hard to nitpick the 2020 Georgia defense.
It was amazing against the run, it only got roasted by the otherworldly Alabama and Florida offenses that burned everyone, and it consistently got the job done …
Except when teams got inside the 20.
It wasn’t a problem early in the season because Georgia just never let anyone go on a march. Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee combined to get into the red zone just twice, and the Hogs and Tigers each came away with a field goal.
The Bulldog defense held one drive inside the 20 without points, but it was a big one – a missed field goal in Cincinnati’s 24-21 loss in the Chick-fil-A Peach.
22 trips in the red zone, 21 trips that ended in opponent scores, including three Alabama touchdowns and three more from the Gators. Worst of all, out of the 20 times teams got inside the 20 over the final seven games, 14 ended in touchdowns.
Not everything was Stetson Bennett’s fault.