The Georgia Bulldogs ended their 2016 season on a high note Friday afternoon, defeating TCU 31-23 in the Liberty Bowl to cap off an 8-5 season. And because the internet waits for no one, people are already hyping Georgia as the 2017 SEC East favorites.
Though next season is still about nine months away, that hype derives from the fact that not only was the SEC East poor in 2016, but that Georgia returns many of its best playmakers, including QB Jacob Eason and RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. With all that talent coming back, it’s clear that the Bulldogs are the early leader to represent the East in Atlanta next season:
Big win for Georgia. That’s a solid team that should develop nicely and be the SEC East favorite in 2017.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 30, 2016
Georgia finishes 8-5 and things are looking good in Athens for 2017.
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) December 30, 2016
Y'all hear that? After the Liberty Bowl win, it's a midnight (hype) train to Georgia. https://t.co/aX5rDbFQT4
— Richard??Johnson (@RJ_Writes) December 30, 2016
Georgia's backfield next year will be Jacob Eason, Nick Chubb and Sonny Michel. Kirby Smart's squad will be loaded. ?
— Andre Perrard (@andre_perrard) December 30, 2016
GEORGIA BULLDOGS 2017-2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST
— Bonez (@TPhelps31) December 30, 2016
It’s a bit premature, to be sure, but after a big bowl win a little optimism never hurts. As Georgia fans well know, however, being the preseason favorite guarantees nothing once the real games start, so if the team wants to make good on this early hype they’ll need to look good on the field, and not just on paper.