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Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (center) led the Bulldogs against Alabama in the National Championship Game to cap the 2017 season.

Enough Sunshine State static: Be thankful Alabama, not Florida, represents Georgia’s true measuring stick

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Enough Sunshine State static: Be thankful Alabama, not Florida, represents Georgia’s true measuring stick

Georgia should look west for its measuring stick, not south for a distraction.

Georgia should concern itself with climbing to college football’s summit, not be concerned about the static from a wounded rival.

The past few days have produced a fascinating dichotomy for Dawgs fans. On one hand, former Florida coach Steve Spurrier said the Gators can challenge Georgia in the SEC East this year, as relayed by DawgNation’s Brandon Adams. On the other, former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Georgia is “right there” with Alabama for SEC supremacy, as reported by DawgNation’s Mike Griffith.

You don’t need to be Albert Einstein to know which opinion is more on point.

Is it possible to mute everything that comes from the mouth of a current or former Florida coach?

It was humorous to hear Spurrier’s bizarre take. On Wednesday, I wrote about how the Bulldogs should grind the Gators for a while, after Florida coach Dan Mullen inexplicably said power in the SEC was shifting to the East. The Gators should be no more than a gadfly within Georgia’s shadow in the coming years.

But Beamer’s view is more interesting. It’s a huge compliment to say Georgia is “right there” with Nick Saban’s Alabama machine after only two years of the Kirby Smart era. Anyone not affected by mind-altering orange-and-blue Kool-Aid can picture the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide meeting in multiple SEC Championship Games in future seasons.

Is it possible for “right there” to become “better than” with time, when considering how Georgia stacks up against Alabama? Certainly. I’ve written how Bulldogs fans should dream big, and I’m not backing off that thought.

Of course, Georgia must break through against Alabama — or win a national title, whichever comes first (although one might require the other) — for the program to reach that next level under Smart. But it says something large about the Bulldogs’ position when the Crimson Tide, not the gasping Gators, are the more worthy adversary.

No static from Spurrier will change that reality.

Georgia players who will attend SEC Media Days revealed

SEC Media Days go down next week, and the players who will attend the gabfest in Atlanta were announced Wednesday.

For Georgia, wide receiver Terry Godwin, defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, and defensive back J.R. Reed will be there. Next week will be big around DawgNation as all the details from the Bulldogs’ time in the spotlight next Tuesday will be chronicled around these corners of internetland.

I think the best thing about SEC Media Days is that it represents the start of the final countdown before camps open throughout the conference. It has been a long, hot summer. But we’re nearing that last little stretch before college football delights us all during the most wonderful time of the year.

Hang on just a bit more, OK?

It’s not football, but SEC Media Days serves as a fine appetizer before the real thing.

Kirby Smart lands on notable preseason watch list

Smart has found himself in good company.

On Wednesday, The Dodd Trophy released its preseason watch list for the coveted coaching award, and Smart was included within the group. You can check out the full list here. But the other SEC coaches featured are Saban, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp.

Muschamp, in particular, is an intriguing mention. I’m skeptical about the Gamecocks’ ability to live up to the “spoiler” tag some have placed on them. But it wouldn’t surprise to see some noted experts pick South Carolina to upset Georgia — gasp! — when the teams meet Sept. 8 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

However, don’t sweat the groupthink, Bulldogs fans.

I still find it hard to believe that Georgia will lose will it travels east for that juicy early-season SEC matchup.

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