Is This The Year The Drought Ends?

Dylan MartinContributor IIIFebruary 21, 2010

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Yes my friends, 2010 may hold the ultimate sleeper team one that could actually win the national title.

Georgia has been sliding since their loss to Alabama during the 2008 season. Since then Georgia has had a 14-7 record. Not so great for what was once such an elite program. Georgia has a much easier schedule and a revamped defense from last year, there is no doubt Georgia will do better than 2009. But a national title is also in reach for next year.

The Dawg fans know just how much a national title is needed, having not won one since the 1980 season. Mark Richt has had talk about being on the hot seat, but those are just rumors.

The 2002 season was a rebirth for Georgia football. The Dawgs finished 13-1 but missed out on a chance to play Miami for the national title. Mostly due to Georgia's 20-13 loss to Florida, a key game that kept Georgia from having a perfect season and becoming the first 14-0 team.

The 2005 season was a little tough with a couple of road bumps along Georgia's road to the SEC title. The Dawgs started out the season blasting Boise State, but at the time the Broncos were just another team from the WAC.

Georgia's perfect regular season was again ruined by the Gators, 14-10, and another 31-30 loss to Auburn. Georgia would hammer LSU in the SEC title game but was disappointed not to be playing for the national title and was upset by West Virginia.

Two years later Georgia would lose to South Carolina and get blasted by Tennessee but that was early in the season. Florida would not beat them this year as the Dawgs celebrated form begining to end. The Dawgs would go on a monster rampage by hammering every team that they played after that. However due to an earlier loss to Tennessee, Georgia would not play in the SEC title. At the end of the season many were wondering if Georgia was the best team in the nation.

2008 started out great with Georgia ranked number one in every national poll and a feeling on top of the world. But once again fate would work against them as a string of major season long injuries would doom the Dawgs. The defense would also start to fall out, giving up 45 points to rival Georgia Tech. The Dawgs would have a highly disappointing season but still get 10 wins.

If the defense plays well and the quarterback does fine then the crystal ball could finally becoming to Athens. The schedule is easy with the first game against a Louisiana team that went 6-6 last year. The other non-conference teams are at Boulder to take on Colorado, at home versus an FCS Idaho State, and the hated rival Georgia Tech.

 The SEC play is also much easier. LSU and Alabama do not play Georgia in the regular season. While Georgia does play Arkansas and Auburn from the west, the Arkansas game is in Athens, and the away team usually wins in the Georgia-Auburn rivalry. As for the east play, South Carolina is dangerous but should be a win. Florida and Tennessee are much weaker this year which could end in both Georgia wins.

 If Georgia does get through the regular season they will most likely gain a 10-2 or even 11-1 record. The SEC title would of course be Georgia's toughest test. If the Dawgs can win the SEC crown, they may just have enough to play for a much needed national title.