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Kirby Smart and Georgia enter the year ranked as the No. 3 team in the country.

What the national media is saying about Georgia football prior to start of 2019 season

The Georgia football team begins its season on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff against Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs start the season ranked as the No. 3 team in the country in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

The Bulldogs are seen as one of the major titles contenders this season, as only Clemson and Alabama have better national title odds.

However, many see the Bulldogs as a team that might be a better betting option than either Clemson or Alabama. According to MyBookie.ag, the Bulldogs have 9-to-1 odds to win the national title.

ESPN’s David Purdum added that no team has had more money bet on it to win the national title at Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings than the Bulldogs.

A handful of national media types have picked Georgia to win it all this year, most notably ESPN’s Chris Fallica, The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel and CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee.

However, most of the College Football Playoff picks have Georgia making it as a second SEC team. This happened back in 2017, when Georgia and Alabama both made the playoff. The Crimson Tide went on to defeat the Bulldogs in the national title game that season.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach also had Georgia going to the national championship game in his bowl projections. Schlabach had Georgia squaring off against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, while Kyle Bonagura had the Bulldogs playing Texas in the Sugar Bowl.

At SEC media days, Georgia was picked by an overwhelming majority to win the SEC East. However, Alabama was picked by most to win the SEC West and the conference as a whole.

As for what some media members are saying about individual players, the SEC Network’s Chris Doering picked running back D’Andre Swift as his Heisman Trophy winner. Swift led Georgia in rushing a season ago, as he finished with 1,049 yards.

College football expert Clay Travis tabbed a different Georgia player as one to watch for the Heisman Trophy. On Lock It In on Fox Sports 1, Travis made a case for why Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm might be someone to watch.

If there is a single game people are looking forward to, it is Georgia’s Sept. 21 clash against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish made the playoff a season ago and the two teams played a classic matchup back in 2017. ESPN labeled the game as the top non-conference game of the 2019 schedule.

Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde jokingly previewed how the Georgia fan base might react if the Bulldogs were to lose the game. He did it for Notre Dame as well.

“We are doomed. We’ll always find at least one extremely important game to screw up,” Forde wrote from the Georgia perspective. “There is no escaping it, no matter how many five-stars Kirby Smart signs. So we might as well fire him now and move on. His new coordinators are terrible. I don’t even want to think about playing Alabama in the SEC championship game.”

However, Forde did mention that Georgia was one of his four playoff picks for the season.

The Bulldogs narrowly missed the College Football Playoff a season ago, as they were the No. 5 team in the final rankings. In addition to bringing back Fromm and Swift, Georgia brings back one of the best offensive lines in the country. The Bulldogs also signed the No. 2 signing class for the 2019 recruiting cycle, and 5-star prospects Nolan Smith, Nakobe Dean and George Pickens are expected to contribute early.

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