Bill Connelly ($$), on this week’s SP+ ratings:
Georgia won’t get a revenge opportunity against Alabama until the SEC Championship at the very earliest, but if what we’ve seen through two weeks is any indication, the Dawgs might once again have the talent to challenge the big dog if or when given the opportunity.
Georgia’s 56-7 win against a UAB that had — past tense — a top-15 defense was a massive Week 2 statement, one that, combined with the predictable Alabama sleepwalk past Mercer, closed the gap atop the SP+ ratings a bit. Alabama’s ratings slipped a bit after beating a lower-tier FCS team, 48-14, but Georgia’s rose as well, and after trailing by 8.1 adjusted points per game a week ago, UGA trails Bama by only 1.8 points now.
It’s not that I’m holding out confident hope that this is the year Georgia takes down Alabama. It’s that I no longer think it’s crazy when somebody else suggests it’s a reasonable possibility.