No surprise here. Of course, if we’re doing projections, the Georgia Bulldogs could actually drop a bit in our SEC Power Rankings. After all, they did lose a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball, which makes things a bit interesting heading into this season.
However, they were still one defensive collapse away from winning the national championship last year. The returning SEC Champions are barely away from being No. 1 in our SEC Power Rankings, and the offseason did nothing to change that.
After all, the Dawgs kept their continuity with Kirby Smart as head coach, and although this doesn’t factor into these rankings, they did have the greatest recruiting class in college football history to bolster their talent. So the program is rolling like never before, and that’s enough to have them stay at No. 2 in these rankings for now.
Georgia has found its identity with tough defense and highly efficient offense. This team last year also showed a level of fire in big games that never existed while Mark Richt was there. The heartbreak of the national championship should be in the rearview.
This team won’t have much of a test to open the season against Austin Peay. The South Carolina Gamecocks on the road could be tough, but then they face MTSU. In fact, they don’t have a Top 25 opponent until the LSU Tigers in mid-October.
As a result, there’s not much these guys can do to move up our SEC Power Rankings for a while. But there’s a lot they could do to drop, so if they want to keep their success at a high level, they’ll have to keep their focus for a while.