Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Let’s take a look at where Georgia is projected to shake out in team rankings for next season.
Good things projected for UGA next season
When the season ends, most fans do one of two things: They either turn off football completely and don’t pay attention until spring practice or even fall practice begins, or they immediately begin sweating about the state of the team and how it will fare in 2017. Considering you clicked on this post, I assume you’re in the latter group and want to know exactly where Georgia is placed in all the early 2017 top 25 rankings.
All the normal caveats apply here. There are months until the season and injuries/signings/transfers/coaching changes can alter rankings drastically, but these should give you a good idea of what people in the media expect from the Bulldogs next season:
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Most writers cited Jacob Eason and the returns of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as reasons for Georgia’s high ranking, because duh. Many of the rankings also included Georgia’s highly touted recruiting class as a reason for high hopes, assuming some of those players are talented enough to fill holes next season. Jason Kirk at SB Nation thinks it may be enough to get Georgia its first SEC East title since 2012 and a trip to the Orange Bowl.
But as all Georgia fans know, the backbone of the team in its current state is the defense and its 10 returning starters, even though that did not get a lot of play in the writers’ reasoning, aside from the Dr. Saturday rankings at Yahoo. Peter Flutak at CFN also mentioned the defense as Georgia’s biggest strength, and it was probably the biggest factor for him ranking the Bulldogs seventh. Flutak also correctly noted that any success Georgia has next season will depend heavily on the offensive line.
“It’s all about the offensive line. There’s no excuse whatsoever for the offense to be so mediocre with Jacob Eason with a year under his belt, and with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to hand off to. But that line – it returns just two starters, and it has to be a whole lot better,” Flutak wrote.
When it’s almost the weekend and you’re excited about college football …
Then reality kicks you in the face.
Forecast looks mixed for the Dawgs
Mike Farrell of Rivals has been covering recruiting longer than just about any reporter out there. He’s seen it all in recruiting, so he typically has a pretty good idea of where a player might end up. Farrell released a new batch of forecasts on Thursday and it contained some possible good news for Georgia as it seeks to buff up its receiving unit.
In the case of uncommitted 4-star wideout Nico Collins of Pinson, Ala., Farrell places the Dawgs as the frontrunner to land Collins’ signature, with Michigan trailing behind.
“Georgia. I know, I know — Michigan has been the leader forever, but his visit to Ann Arbor was a long time ago. Georgia is hot on the recruiting trail and are closer to home. I just have a gut feeling that Kirby Smart pulls this one out,” Farrell wrote.
Farrell also gave his opinion on the recruitment of 5-star defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon, but things may not be looking as optimistic for Georgia in that department.
“Alabama. Georgia has a chance thanks to the week he just spent around so many Georgia commits in San Antonio along with the push he’s getting to stay in-state. But his visit to Alabama seemed to change things for him. Solomon has said he wants to get away from home and the lure of the Crimson Tide is strong. A re-commitment to Michigan is a dark horse,” Farrell wrote.
Lady Dogs almost upset USC
UGA women’s basketball team has slowly but surely improved as the season has gone on and it almost culminated in a stunning upset. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, as the Lady Dogs fell to No. 5 South Carolina, 66-63, on Thursday in Columbia. Haley Clark had a chance to tie it at the free throw line with less than a minute to play, but only made 1-of-2 attempts. Regardless, the fact that UGA was this close is a testament to how much the team has improved in the few weeks since that beatdown loss to Missouri.
“I’m proud of our girls’ effort,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said. “In the locker room, our message to them was this isn’t a feel-good loss for us. That was a game we could’ve won. I thought we had a good game plan and I thought the girls executed that game plan. We came out and had some possessions not go our way and we had some times that we let them go on a run, and we turned it over in critical moments. But I’m extremely proud of our effort. One of our keys to the game was rebounding the basketball and we outrebounded South Carolina, 40-34. I don’t think anybody thought that would happen. Our message to our players was this is what we have to do every game.”
If this is indeed how Georgia plays every game from here out, we’ll see a much more competitive team in the second half of the season than we saw in the first.
- 10 Georgia players on the clock this offseason (Jake Rowe, Dawgs 247)
- Georgia can sell new indoor facility to recruits — even without indoor slide or mini-golf course (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald)
- What does Alabama’s next great QB think about Georgia’s class this year? (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- Gymdogs trying to move past disappointing opener (Nicole Saavedra, Athens Banner Herald)
- ‘Dawgs on Tour: A ‘Dawg named Sony edition!(GlimmerTwinDawg, Dawg Sports)
- Towers’ Take: It may ‘mean more’ in the SEC, but the ACC was better (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
Some days you’re just not having it.
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