Forget Florida: Georgia Is the Clear-Cut No. 1

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IJune 20, 2008

I just picked up the latest Athlon Sports: College Football magazine to see that Florida is ranked number one.

I must say, this is ridiculous.  Yes, they have the reigning Heisman winner and a boatload of talent on both sides of the ball—but what about Georgia?

Tim Tebow is probably the most dynamic player in the country.  His numbers say it all—3,286 yards passing with 32 touchdowns, and 895 yards rushing with 23 touchdowns.  He's a freak, plain and simple.

But Georgia must have a secret to shutting down Tebow.  After all, they did limit him to 13 rushing attempts for negative-15 yards in their 42-30 win last season.

I also have to say that all Florida really lost this year was Andre Caldwell and Tony Joiner, but they lost against Michigan in their bowl game.

Florida's speed alone should have been enough to beat Michigan, but their flaws were revealed.  You can't rely on Tebow's arm to win games, and you can't rely on his legs either.

Florida has a very tough road this year, and even when they won the National Championship two years ago, they still didn't go undefeated through the SEC.

Now let's look at Georgia.  They lost only a couple of defenders.  They have a running back in Knowshon Moreno that could and should win the Heisman.  Matt Stafford has improved greatly on his freshman numbers and he is only getting better.  They have solid receivers and a great secondary.

Georgia is the real deal.

It will take a lot for both of these teams to go wire to wire, but when they meet on November 1st, that game will determine who goes to the National Championship game.

Georgia will have to rely on their defense more this year than last year.  Teams will be game-planning around Moreno and Stafford, and their defense, which ranked 27th against the run and 25th against the pass, needs to step up.

This is Mark Richt's best team ever at Georgia, and this could be one of his only shots at winning a National Championship.