Last year the Bulldogs held the No. 1 preseason ranking and struggled with lofty expectations. This year the Dawgs fly under the radar at the No. 13 spot.
Although the team lost household names Mathew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, they are still loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.
Fifth year senior QB Joe Cox will take over having made only one career start. But he will have plenty of talented receivers to throw to, led by SEC receiving yardage leader A.J. Green.
Green lead the conference as a true freshman and will be joined by Tavarres King, Michael Moore and top recruit Marlon Brown. Georgia’s receiving corps could be one of the nation's best.
Cox will also have a solid and veteran offensive line to keep him standing upright.
The line has combined for 99 starts as a group and will also pave the way for potent ground game even with the loss of Moreno to the NFL.
The Bulldogs will replace Moreno’s production with a stable of top flight talent lead by youngsters Caleb King, Richard Samuel, Carlton Thomas and highly touted frosh Washuan Ealey.
The biggest obstacle standing in the way of a birth in the BCS championship will be the strength of schedule.
Besides the normal tough grind of the SEC, the Dawgs must face non conference foes Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Georgia Tech.
Even with the tough schedule, I’m predicting the Bulldogs turn heads right from the start and upend No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater Sept 5.
Could this be the year the Dawgs upset Florida and surprise everyone with a national title game appearance?
Georgia’s top flight receivers, veteran offensive line and speedy and talented defense is why I pick these Dawgs to be the surprise team of 2009.