Honestly, the first thing I do when I get home with Steele’s Preview is check out where the Dawgs stand (or fall) in his top individual units rankings.
The good news is that Georgia is only one of two teams with all eight position groups finishing in the top twenty. (I won’t bore you by naming the other program, although it’s worth mentioning that Oklahoma just missed by finishing 22nd in special teams and Clemson was also 7 of 8, outside the top 63 in special teams.)
Here’s where each unit sits:
- Quarterback. Georgia is 11th, Ole Miss is second. Oklahoma is first.
- Running back. Dawgs are second, behind TAMU.
- Receivers. 20th. (Yes, receivers includes tight ends.)
- Offensive line. 7th. (Surprised? Maybe a little, but Steele sees a lot of talent at the position.)
- Defensive line. 2nd, behind Clemson.
- Linebackers. 4th, behind Alabama and Clemson.
- Defensive backs. 20th. Alabama is first.
- Special teams. 2nd, behind Alabama.
All in all, not too shabby.
Head to head, Alabama finished 5-3 against Georgia, but two of those units where ‘Bama ranked higher were back to back with the Dawgs. It’s close, in other words.
What do y’all think?