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Mark Richt has his Georgia Bulldogs primed and ready for a deep run into the SEC.
Even if he is missing a few superstars (Bacarri Rambo) early on in the season, UGA is still capable of getting by. Aaron Murray is one of the elite signal-callers in the game and he can take the Dawgs all the way to the promised land if he improves his accuracy (22 career INT, 59 TD).
The receivers and backfield are loaded with a bevy of playmakers (O-line needs to improve), but this team will be known for their defense. It has the capability of being the best not just in the SEC, but in all of college football.
Jarvis Jones off the edge teamed up with Alec Ogletree, Cornelius Washington, Michael Gilliard and Amarlo Herrera will form a fine group of linebackers.
Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins (Abry Jones, Garrison Smith too) are two beasts up front that are a load to handle. Boise State managed to protect against them in last year’s opener, but this UGA defense is smarter, stronger and much quicker compared to last season.
Malcolm Mitchell is playing some defensive back this season with Sanders Commings and Branden Smith expected to miss some time, but having a solid safety alongside Rambo in Shawn Williams will make them tough to beat.
This schedule is like heaven for SEC standards because they avoid Arkansas, LSU and Alabama for a second straight season. Outside of road trips to Missouri, South Carolina and Auburn (those won’t be easy), this schedule is perfect. Their annual neutral site game against the Gators could be a challenge, but Kentucky and Ole Miss are mixed in between the trip to Jacksonville.
If they were to run the table and or at least win the East, they would be taking on a top-five team from the West with a trip to the BCS National Championship on the line. We have seen UGA come up short numerous of times—is this the season they make the breakthrough?
Updated Way Too Early Projected Record: 13-1, 9-0 (BCS National Championship defeat)