Entering last season there were a lot of rumblings that coach Mark Richt was on the hot seat after a 6 – 7 season. Not anymore. Richt led the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship game, where he had the undefeated LSU Tigers on their heels for the whole first half of the game. The second half was a different story, but what Georgia showed was that their team is back and ready to win again.
While Aaron Murray will be the talk of the town for the Dawgs, the real focus for Georgia should be on defense. Last season Georgia allowed on average only 275 yards a game. That was good enough to have them ranked fifth overall. This season, Georgia returns nine of those defensive starters. Look out Connor Shaw. We all know the SEC favors ridiculous defenses, and this is definitely one of them.
Why Georgia should be ranked higher:
Aaron Murray and defense with nine returning starters. Seriously, SEC football at its finest. Not to mention, in ridiculous scheduling news, they avoid playing LSU, Alabama, and Arkansas. That’s a SEC East teams dream schedule.
Why Georgia shouldn’t be ranked higher:
There really isn’t a reason outside of the fact that the teams ahead of them will probably win their conference or just barely be better than them. The offensive line could cause them a few problems.
Returning Starters:5 Offense / 9 Defense
Best games: at Missouri, at South Carolina, Florida, at Auburn
2011 Total Offense: 39th
2011 Total Defense: 5th
2011 Turnover margin: 26th
Championship odds: 15:1
Projected record: 11 – 1
8. Georgia, 9. West Virginia, 10. Michigan State, 11. Clemson, 12. Michigan, 13. Virginia Tech, 14. TCU, 15. Arkansas, 16. Kansas State, 17. Texas, 18. Nebraska, 19. Ohio State, 20. South Carolina, 21. Stanford, 22. Oklahoma State, 23. Boise State, 24. Cincinnati, 25. Notre Dame