… is a post at the Mizzou blog Rock M Nation. And it’s definitely on the positive side.
Add in the fact that Georgia has plummed (sic) the transfer portal for elite tight end talent Arik Gilbert and it’s no wonder that Georgia is not just the favorite to win the SEC, but win a national title as well.
My money is certainly on them to do both.
Despite a couple of omissions (Pickens’ injury and Jordan Davis, who, honestly, I thought was kind of hard to miss), it’s definitely a fun read. There are also a couple of charts worth noting.
Georgia only had defensive problems with teams ranked in the top five in offensive SP+. (Insert “other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?” snark here.) I’m more interested in seeing that the defenses the Dawgs faced in their last four games were not as bad as some make out. South Carolina was, but Missouri and MSU were relatively respectable and Cinci was downright good.
That being said…
… JT Daniels has a sack issue. Last year’s sack rate was the worst of his career, and, given that he was pounded as a true freshman at USC, that’s saying something. Some of that — okay, maybe a lot of that — was due to him facing defensive coordinators who chose to sell out to stop Georgia’s running game, particularly, Mississippi State and Cincinnati. But as we saw on more than one occasion, Daniels had a bad habit of holding on to the ball too long. That’s something that needs fixing.
But don’t let that take away from enjoying the post.
This is one of the main reasons Georgia is looked at as a legit Playoff contender: this schedule is incredibly manageable. If they beat Clemson in Charlotte in the opening game – and, as I see it, they are going to absolutely detonate the Tigers – then UGA has a sleepwalk to an October 30th matchup with a rebuilding Florida team. Their West opponents this year is the plucky Arkansas underdogs that took every team to the limit but only won three games and an Auburn squad that is going under a total rebuild. South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee are all under construction as well and they get Missouri in Athens. Book ‘em for the one-seed right now.
Well, let’s see how the opener and the SECCG go, first. But I like the cut of your jib, fella.