Few Points on Georgia
Han Vance on Georgia football: Imagine Georgia having to go for two to get the win and going for it and getting it. The Bulldogs have been basically that razor close to better season outcomes twice consecutively. Don’t blow a coverage, don’t try an ill-advised fake punt. As Kirby Smart was saying from Media Days, the 2019 SEC Kickoff: “[The] aggregate of marginal gains is about that small (gesturing very)” in the SEC. It’s a tough league, and the annual talking heads fest illustrated how and why.
While Ol’ Georgia tied the school mark for the most wins over a two-year span over the last two campaigns with 24 wins, UGA went undefeated at home and undefeated versus all SEC East foes for two years.
Georgia has a pair of juniors, Fromm and Swift, that are probably the tops of any passer-runner tandem in the nation. While Georgia had the youngest team in the SEC in 2018 and finished the regular season 11-1, many of those younger players are upperclassmen. “We’ve had team leader activities” [this offseason], Fromm said of the dynamic duo.
Georgia is on a two-game losing streak and poised for glory. Glory, glory. Georgia has seven home games in 2019, a neutral site contest and only four road games (Vandy, Tennessee, Auburn, Tech – none had a good record in 2018!). Georgia plays eight SEC games, with only three on the road.
James Coley takes over a Georgia offense third in the nation in offensive efficiency. That four-of-five offensive line starters and the line coach return to the Great Wall of Georgia is the key to success. Georgia lost it top four wide receivers and top tight end. D-Rob (who was strong as a freshman at Cal) and Tyler Simmons (who has had limited but regular playing time for years) will get long looks at leading receiver. Two freshmen wideouts have my eye in Dom Blaylock and George Pickens, while veteran tight end Charlie Woerner should have a huge role. Look for lots of passes to runners: Swift, Herrien, Cook, White.