With the official start of the SEC game on Saturday, most people listed Georgia as one of the top teams in the country. The Bulldog ranks fourth in the AP poll and third in the coaching poll. They are once again seen as a possible playoff team.
But now it seems that the Bulldogs are not even the favorite in their own department. The SEC announced on Wednesday the expected sequence of the completion team and the All-SEC team. A group of media voters actually chose the Florida Gators to complete the Bulldogs game this season. Florida got 53 first place votes, while Georgia only had 43.
When you consider a trip from Georgia to Alabama and the Alligator is not there, you can see some logic when making your choice. But many people seem to remember that the Bulldogs defeated Florida in three consecutive seasons, and Kobe Smart defeated Florida 3-0 in the head coach̵
This is why some people in the national media were really surprised when the poll results came out.
So wait-are you serious about things in Florida? pic.twitter.com/CUO89nTg2w
-Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 23, 2020
This is the average recruitment ranking based on Georgia and Florida.
How do 53 of 96 voters say Florida is better? pic.twitter.com/VsoCXwIEPV
-David Uben (@davidubben) September 23, 2020
Georgia also has 12 5-star prospects and 7 4-star prospects. This is more than 20% of the quota, and we have not even broken the four-star quality difference between the two programs. https://t.co/neSIF8wjAa
-Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 23, 2020
Before they actually completed under the leadership of Mullen, they bravely chose Florida to overtake UGA (https://t.co/aneaormsLj)
-Dan Clouds (@DanWolken) September 23, 2020
#RollTide and #Gators won the division championship. As Alabama received 86 of the 96 first-class votes, the competition in the Eastern region was even closer. Louisiana State University, which defended the national championship, had only 8 votes repeated in the West. https://t.co/O6Lg9xxJmw
-Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 23, 2020
W eareboredokay https://t.co/XNtX3dJaaL
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) September 23, 2020
-Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes) September 23, 2020
Georgia started the 2020 season on the road against Arkansas. Florida will visit Ole Miss. The Gators will indeed bring back quarterback Kyle Trask, and Georgia’s offense will look very different from the most recent iteration, as Todd Monken is the new offensive coordinator. D’Wan Mathis is also expected to start participating in the bulldog competition on Saturday.
Although the Bulldogs have a clear advantage on defense, Georgia may be the country’s highest defense. On Wednesday, three players were selected to the media’s first team all-SEC team, all of them on the defensive end.
Only two defensive players have been appointed to coach the first team, which clearly disturbs Kirby Smart.
Smart said at a press conference on Tuesday: “I don’t think we have too much hype for all SEC players on defense.” “I think all the better defenses are elsewhere because I don’t know we will Put, but maybe there are two people? I don’t know. Richard [LeCounte] Jordan [Davis] These are the only two I noticed in the award.
“For us to have all the great players, they will certainly not be recognized in that way. They played very hard last year. I think our defensive staff did a great job to put them in a good position.”
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Georgia is still expected to win the first game with a larger advantage. Vegasinsider.com lists the Bulldogs as the favorite on the 28-point road than the Razorbacks.
As for the long-term prospects, it largely depends on Monken’s success in integrating fingerprints in the Georgia plan. Expectations are high because ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg compared Monken with former LSU pass coordinator Joe Brady to LSU.
Rittenberg wrote: “Of all the key new coordinators of college football, perhaps no one has a better chance of making a Brady-like influence than Monken of Georgia.”
ESPN also released its predictors for the college football playoffs and gave the Bulldogs a 24% increase in their chances of entering the college football playoffs this season. The only teams with higher odds are Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Wisconsin and UCF. The predictor only brought Florida to 10% of the college football playoffs. Georgia and Florida compete against each other in Jacksonville, Florida on November 7.
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