Georgia Football 2008:National Championship Bound

Pete PorterContributor IAugust 21, 2008

I know, seems like an easy pick being that they're number one. Every year it seems like the media wants to pick either Ohio State, Southern Cal, or some other overrated team. But I believe that, even with probably the hardest schedule in football, that Georgia will continue the dynasty of the SEC as National Champions. The schedule will present a few bumps along the way, but I believe that UGA has the depth and power to get it done, UNDEFEATED.

OFFENSE: On this side of the ball, the Dawgs are sound. They have a veteran QB in junior Matthew Stafford, who won't make the silly mistakes he has made in the past. The Dawgs are fortunate to have one of the best running backs core in the nation.

My Heisman favorite, Knowshon Moreno, has emerged as the team's "cheerleader" you could say, trying to pump up his teammates after every play. He will be backed up by highly recruited freshman Caleb King, who will get plenty of time on the field.

The wide receiver core has been something the Dawgs have needed to step up, and this year they will step up. Veteran seniors Mohamed Massaquoi and Kenneth Harris will be happy to welcome highly recruited freshman AJ Green, who will step up and show he's the real deal.

The big question is the offensive line. The Dawgs only bring back three starters, but only one true starter, Trinton Sturdivant. The O-line has plenty of talent to fill the holes and they'll get the job done.

DEFENSE: The Dawgs' defense in my opinion is one of the best in the country. At defensive line, the Dawgs are so deep that they will rotate six defensive ends and five defensive tackles. The leader of the D-line, Geno Atkins, is tenacious and will get lots of tackles and sacks. T

he linebackers, Dannell Ellerbe and Rennie Curran, though not very big, have a keen sense of the game, move well, and have emerged as the leaders of the defense.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Dawgs were disappointed at the departure of veteran kicker Brandon Coutu, but freshman Blair Walsh is up to the task. Asher Allen will be the returner for both punts and kickoffs.

Overall, the Dawgs will be sound. The real question is whether or not they'll survive their brutal schedule. After two easy dates with Georgia Southern and Central Michigan, a trap sets up with two road trips to South Carolina and Arizona State. 

After a home date with Alabama (should be as thrilling as last year), the Dawgs get a breather before a pivotal home game against Tennessee. The Dawgs then can't look past Vanderbilt, which shouldn't be a problem.

The following two weeks will be make or break for the Dawgs, with a road trip to Baton Rouge to visit the Bayou Bengals, and then one of the two biggest games of the year, the Cocktail Party against Florida. The winner could go to the national title, by the way.

The next week could be another trap with a road trip to Kentucky and Auburn looming in the distance, but the Dawgs won't be fooled. The road trip to Auburn will be another pivotal game, as both teams are national title capable.

The  regular season ends with the in-state battle (it won't be much) with Georgia Tech. Then the SEC Title game comes with a rematch against Auburn, and the Dawgs will edge the Tigers again to go to the National Title. There, whoever they play, the Dawgs will win the National Title.

PREDICTION: (12-0,8-0 SEC), SEC Champs, National Champs