Matt Brown makes a compelling case as to why the expectation that Georgia should win the SEC East isn’t an unreasonable one.
Basically, Florida and Tennessee proved last weekend that both are a mess, it’s too early to rate Kentucky and Vanderbilt as divisional powers, and…
It seems clear already that Georgia is capable of fielding a dominant defense, perhaps stronger than anybody but Alabama in the SEC. Nearly everyone returned from last year, and the linebacking corps in particular — led by Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy — has been excellent. They shut down what’s otherwise been a prolific Notre Dame running game, and they’ll be one of the toughest matchups all year for Nick Fitzgerald and Mississippi State.
The bigger questions are on offense, where freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has played solid football as the replacement for sophomore Jacob Eason, who is working his way back from the sprained knee he suffered in the Week 1 win over Appalachian State. Georgia brought back a fantastic one-two punch at running back in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel — with touted freshman D’Andre Swift joining them — but the rest of the offense was filled with unknowns entering the year, and that’s been complicated by the budding quarterback debate.
Both Fromm and Eason have shown flashes of high potential, and Florida has shown each of the past two years that winning the SEC East doesn’t require All-America quarterback play if there’s a great defense to lean on. Based on what we’ve seen so far this year, competent quarterback play combined with strong running and a loaded defense could be more than enough to carry Georgia far and allow it to return to the top of a winnable division.
It’s getting harder to make excuses this season, in other words, to explain Georgia’s failure to return to the SECCG. Hopefully Kirby’s up to the challenge.