The Georgia Bulldogs have been known to have a great season the past few years, but they just cannot quite seem to get past the Alabama Crimson Tide. Head coach Kirby Smart and the Dawgs’ goal this season is to take it all, but can they finally race by the Tide?
Here are a few things that could make Georgia the team to beat in the SEC and potentially be the champs over ‘Bama.
THE RUN GAME
The Bulldogs are known for their top-tier rushing offense, and I don’t expect them to fall just short of that this season, either. They’ve got three top shelf running backs in D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien and James Cook, and an old/new addition to the backfield in Zamir White. White was the No. 1 running back recruit in 2018, but suffered two ACL injuries in both knees that cost him the entire season.
Now that he’s back, he will be just another notch under the Bulldogs belt to dominate the rushing game if Smart decided to give him touches in the backfield. White could potentially be a part of special teams as a starter this season. Their rushing offense was No. 1 in the SEC and 12th overall with 3,343 rushing yards and 30 rushing touchdowns.
With an all-purpose running back in D’Andre Swift and the strength of their backups in Herrien and Cook, the Bulldogs have nothing to worry about their running game this season.
Is Georgia’s schedule an easy one to navigate? Possibly. They will not see big competition until week four where they’ll face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who gave them a run for their money two seasons ago, losing to the Bulldogs only by three points. But they will host them at home this time around, which could potentially make a big difference .Georgia will run into a little bit of an obstacle when they face the Florida Gators, Auburn Tigers and even the Texas A&M Aggies, but all in all this schedule plays out fairly nice for them.
- Jake Fromm: Fromm completed 67.3 percent of his passes last season, threw for 2,749 yards with 30 touchdowns, and is looking to do better this season. In terms of INTs, he stayed in the single digits with just six to prove the accuracy of his arm. He’s not afraid to throw the ball with the speedy receivers that he has.
- D’Andre Swift: Rushing for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, Swift is set to do more damage on the football field. Even though UGA has two other running backs who handle the ball as well, Swift, the No. 1 running back on the depth chart, will carry more of the load.
- Rodrigo Blankenship: I know you’re probably thinking/saying, “Is she serious? The placekicker? A key player?” Well let’s keep in mind, good kickers win games too! Blankenship is not the one to count out. He has one some crucial games for the Bulldogs, he WILL be needed and he IS an important assets to Georgia. He could be the dark horse that could win an important game for this team.
I have the Georgia Bulldogs losing at least one game this year, but I didn’t get to the answer of who they’d lose to. Could it be Notre Dame, Florida, Auburn, or Texas A&M? I do know this, that one loss (if there will be)? It won’t come easy to that opponent.
The Georgia Bulldogs will make it to the SEC Championship, but can they become National Champions?