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Worst Case Scenario: Georgia Bulldogs
Biggest Asset: Coaching, Scheduling
Although Georgia fans were, to say the least, disappointed with last year’s 9-3 regular season run, it’s hard to overlook the success Mark Richt has had. It’s also worth noting that he had never been a head coach before being hired on at Georgia.
Learning on the fly, Richt has accumulated an overall record of 82 wins and 22 losses: That’s a winning percentage of 73 percent. Richt has won four SEC East Championships, and 2 SEC Championships. His coaching ability, and boldness—see Florida celebration incident—have never been in question, in my mind.
Along with the strength of the head coach, Georiga’s schedule this year looks to be favoring a pretty good year. Last year, Georgia played South Carolina, Arizona State, LSU, Kentucky and Auburn away from Sanford Stadium. This year the Dogs play Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech away. This leaves their toughest games to be played at home. For a team with an inexperienced quarterback, this may prove to be pivotal.
Biggest Liability: Inexperience
Georgia was a victim of the “going to the NFL early” virus in my opinion. Both Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno never made it to their senior season at Georgia, and I think Georgia’s season and program is set back a year because of this.
Last year, either Moreno or Stafford accounted for 42 of the team’s total 48 offensive touchdowns... be sure you read that sentence again.
It’s safe to say that some Georgia young guns will be filling some very big shoes.
Where They Could Stumble: Oklahoma State, Florida, Georgia Tech
I wanted to predict that Georgia WOULD stumble at Oklahoma State, but the truth of the matter is that Mark Richt is yet to lose a season opening game.
Worst Case Scenario: 8-4
Worst Case Scenario is that Georgia opens with a loss at Oklahoma State, then goes on to lose against Florida, Georgia Tech and an additional team to finish the season 8-4. Richt is beginning to feel the pressure as the Bulldogs head into the postseason for the 9th straight year under Mark Richt.