The most optimistic take on Georgia’s 2021 season…

… 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.

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23 responses to “The most optimistic take on Georgia’s 2021 season…

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Is it rat poison when somebody else’s blog does it?

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  2. Mizzou fans saw what this offense can be when it’s humming. We tore their defense apart. Once we got going, they had no answer.

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    • RangerRuss

      I enjoyed that clip. Most of that O is coming back? Damn right!

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    • divingduck7

      Which made it all the more frustrating the Vandy game was canceled.

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    • bmacdawg87

      I don’t care how many talented receivers we have. We’re going to miss George. That dude is special.

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      • I totally agree. My only point is the more snaps were accessible for D-Rob after #1’s injury with a QB who has proven he can deliver the ball. The fact he didn’t think he could get enough snaps is telling about the quality of depth we have.

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      • JaxDawg

        Those were my exact thoughts when watching that clip. He may have been the individual I was most looking forward to watching this year. Maybe we get to see him one more time towards the end of the season.

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        • RangerRuss

          I know it’s unlikely, but I’d love if Pickens came back next year. Nothing like a talented, senior receiver that can handle a green QB’s wobbly goblin throws. I’ll be happy if GP is back for the rematch at historic Mark Richt Stadium though.

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    • Russ

      One of our best performances of the past few seasons given the circumstances. Season goals over, season-long pandemic bubble, last game of the season, 11 a.m. freezing cold start time, but Kirby had those Dawgs ready to play and they put a licking on a decent Mizzou team.

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  3. 81Dog

    Rat Poison is tasty and delicious. But… he ain’t wrong. Embrace the high expectations. You don’t think Nick is running from them, or Dabo, or Riley, do you? I would prefer that the players are not spouting constantly about how great they are (never been a problem), but I am fine with them BELIEVING they’re great. Just go out and prove it.

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  4. stoopnagle

    /frantically searching rooms at The Fontainebleau

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  5. NotMyCrossToBear

    He overlooked the SEC championship game as well.

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  6. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    What actually is good for these days? More garbage that had nothing to do with sports than sports, maybe?

    And because CBS is so damn cheap, ESPN really will rule our SEC CFB-loving lives forever now. Yay, us!

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  7. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “…they are going to absolutely detonate the Tigers…”

    From your blog to God’s feed. I am glad he didn’t equivocate.

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  8. aim260

    anyone else worried about playing on Kneeland turf come November? It’s bad enough in early October… #ThanksGreg

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  9. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Hope he’s right.

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  10. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    FWIW if FU slips (and I hope they do) Mizzou is positioned to become the #2 team in the SEC East IMHO.

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