The Georgia Bulldogs finally broke through with its first trip to the College Football Playoff. The team didn’t just stop there. A miraculous come from behind victory over Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinals led to a close, overtime loss to rival Alabama in the College Football National Championship.
There are huge expectations on the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia is at +600 in MyBookie to win the National Championship. That means coach Kirby Smart had better have his team ready. Consistent success is the name of the game for Smart. That’s something Georgia’s former coach, Mark Richt, could never accomplish.
Last season, we mentioned that Georgia wouldn’t have the much success in 2017, but we were so wrong. Will we the same performance? Or will they fall short and be forgotten in 2018?
Georgia Bulldogs Tries for Consistent Success
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I take a look at Georgia’s offense, defense, and its schedule.
The Bulldogs’ offense could be just as explosive this season as it was last season. The key is Georgia’s offensive line. The line is more experienced and it’s bigger. That means, even though both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are gone, Georgia will have no trouble rushing the football.
In regards to Georgia’s passing attack, QB Jake Fromm must increase his completion percentage. From completed over 62% of his passes last season. That must get up to around 65% or higher if Georgia is going to outscore teams.
Why does Georgia have to outscore teams?
Georgia must outscore teams because the defense is a mess. Sure, there’s talent on ever level. But, Georgia lost 8 of 11 starters from their defense. They must replace Roquan Smith at linebacker. They must also replace some players along the defensive line.
The secondary might also have some trouble. Neither the secondary nor the D-line are as deep this season as they were last season.
The schedule appears soft. Georgia battles Austin Peay, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, and Missouri in their first 4 games. Easy, right? Ah, but then things get a bit more difficult.
Tennessee on Sept. 29 is a key game. Georgia then must beat LSU in LSU on Oct. 13. A battle versus Florida looms a couple of weeks later. The other game that could bury Georgia’s season is Auburn on Nov. 10.
2018 Schedule for Georgia Bulldogs
- Saturday, September 1st vs Austin Peay. 3:30pm ET. ESPN.
- Saturday, September 8th @ South Carolina. 3:30pm ET. CBS.
- Saturday, September 15th vs Middle Tennessee. 7:15pm ET. ESPN2.
- Saturday, September 22nd @ Missouri. TBD.
- Saturday, September 29th vs Tennessee. TBD.
- Saturday, October 6th vs Vanderbilt. TBD.
- Saturday October 13th @ LSU. TBD.
- Saturday, October 27th vs Florida. 3:30pm ET. CBS.
- Saturday, November 3rd @ Kentucky. TBD.
- Saturday, November 10th vs Auburn. TBD.
- Saturday, November 17th vs UMass. TBD.
- Saturday, November 24th vs Georgia Tech. TBD
SEC Prediction: 2nd in the SEC East
I’m not sure Georgia has what it takes to win the SEC East. Yes, on paper Georgia is the best team in the division, but Florida will be much, much improved now that Dan Mullen is their coach. Not only that, but Tennessee has some talent.
Overall Prediction: New Year’s Day Bowl Bid
Even if Georgia doesn’t win the SEC East, they should still play well enough to garner a New Year’s Day Bowl bid. Now that Georgia is on everyone’s radar, they’ll get the nod over other deserving teams to play on New Year’s Day.