What the national media is saying about Georgia football heading into Tennessee game
At times this year, college football analyst Danny Kanell has been skeptical of Georgia. So much to the point that former Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards called him out over his ranking of Georgia in comparison to some the nation’s other elite teams.
But it sounds like the Notre Dame win really changed Kanell’s tune. So much to the point that he actually thinks if Georgia and Ohio State — who is fresh a 48-7 destruction of Nebraska — were to play this week, he would actually pick the Bulldogs.
And his reasoning has to do with the quarterbacks for Georgia — Jake Fromm — and Ohio State — Justin Fields.
Kanell called Fromm the most consistent quarterback in the country.
“I know exactly what I’m going to get out of Jake Fromm. I’m going to get accurate passing, he’s not going to make a bad mistake,” Kanell said on the Ryen Russillo Podcast. “He’s going to put your offense in a good situation.”
On the season, Fromm has 6 touchdown passes, a 75 percent completion percentage and has yet to make a turnover through the first four games of the season.
As for Fields, while Kanell did praise Fields’ performance to start the season, Kanell did add that he wants to see how the former Georgia quarterback would look against an elite defense.
“I know he’s been electric. I know he’s been good so far, but I don’t what he’s going to do against a caliber of defense like Georgia,” Kanell said. “So I would probably lean Georgia just because of the experience factor at quarterback.”
Russillo — who picked Georgia to win the national title at the beginning of the season — did agree with Kanell’s points, but added that he would actually pick the Buckeyes if the two schools were to play head-to-head.
Fields was at Georgia a season ago and did play for the Bulldogs. But he was never able to beat out Fromm for the starting job and thus ended up transferring to Ohio State in January. Both teams are unbeaten to this point in the season, with Georgia being ranked No. 3 and Ohio State coming in at No. 4.
As for what the rest of the national media is saying about the Bulldogs, the folks at ESPN aren’t as high on Georgia’s chances of making the College Football Playoff, as only three of their 14 polled writers had Georgia in the College Football Playoff come the end of the season.
Yahoo’s Pat Forde does expect Georgia to keep things rolling during the month of October, as he highlighted Georgia as one of the teams most likely to make it through the month without a loss. This is largely due to the schedule, as the Bulldogs face Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky. The Bulldogs are expected to be double-digit favorites in all of those games.
The month of November does get much tougher for Georgia, as it plays Florida, Missouri and Auburn in consecutive weeks.
Georgia will get a chance to impress once again this week as the Bulldogs take on Tennessee. The game will start at 7 p.m. ET and air on ESPN. Fields and Ohio State will play at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, giving national media types another opportunity to cross-compare the two quarterbacks.
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