Georgia Bulldogs College Football Preview
The Georgia Bulldogs enter the 2017 NCAA Football Season as a real contender in the SEC. Those question marks while debated all summer was put to the rest in the opening week as they fought through a potential upset matchup against Appalachian State to pick up a key 31-10 win to open the season.
When you look at this team it has everything on both sides of the football to not only put together wins but to take home the SEC East Title while opening the door for them to play for the SEC Championship. That type of talent has opened up the door for the Bulldogs to be a favorite for many fans who make football picks against the spread each week.
Rewind this to two weeks and the key to the team’s success would be how well Jacob Eason performs. Now just a week later, Eason was knocked out in the Bulldogs first week opening up the door for Jake Fromm to replace him. Now as we look at the season for the Bulldogs it will come down to how well Fromm plays and whether or not Eason can make it back.
Meanwhile the addition of one of the best recruiting classes in the country now has sports handicappers, fans and many sports betting experts to ride the Bulldogs bandwagon.
Here is our 2017 Georgia Bulldogs College Football Preview.
Georgia Bulldogs Offense Preview
Can the Bulldogs find a consistent offensive attack after finishing last season ranked 87th overall in total offense? While the growth of Eason as he entered his second season as the Bulldogs starter was supposed to help now the team will turn to Fromm for at least one game if not more.
Luckily for the Bulldogs, the team is built to run the ball with two potential NFL caliber running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michl who elected to return. The two combined for 1,970 yards on the ground and 12 total touchdowns. That success continued in the team’s first contest as the two racked up 183 yards on the ground and three total touchdowns.
While the team managed to get the win week 1, the team still has some concerns including at both the wide receiver position and along the line. The line stepped up to allow the running game to average five yards per carry but the receivers managed to pick up just 11 catches for 147 yards. If this continues to be the struggle it could be very difficult to compete with a top tier defense that can gear to stop the run.
One player in the passing game to watch is tight end Issac Nauta who may be one of players at his position in the country. Last season, Nauta averaged more than 12 yards per catch while finding the end zone on three different occasions. Another key player on offense could be Isaiah Wilson the five-star offensive tackle from New York.
Now the question is can Eason or Fromm take this team to the top of the SEC East?
Georgia Bulldogs Defense Preview
All they hype for the Bulldogs comes from a defensive unit that has the chance to be as good as any team in the country. That type of hype has them an early favorite as fans make their football picks against the spread to start the season. Why is the hype around the Bulldogs defense? It’s the fact the team returns ten of their eleven starters from last season on a team that ranked in the top 20 (16th overall) in the country.
As the team has concerns on the offensive line, there won’t be any issues for their defensive line as they return both Jonathan Ledbetter and Trenton Thompson. Both players are aggressive, physical and talented who can play the run but also force pressure. On the outside the team has NFL talent in Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy while their leading tackler Roquan Smith also returns.
In the secondary the team will turn to Richard LeCounte III to be a difference maker in his first year with the Bulldogs. LeCounte III was one of three five star recruits the Bulldogs landed his offseason. Along LeCounte, the team will rely on Dominick Sanders to return to his All-SEC form from 2015 to help bolster what could be a good secondary.
If the defense grows from last season, the Bulldogs could be a playoff team in 2017.
Georgia Bulldogs 2017 Schedule
September 2nd – Appalachian State
September 9th – @ Notre Dame
September 16th – SAM
September 23rd – Mississippi State
September 30th – @ Tennessee
October 7th – @ Vanderbilt
October 14th – Missouri
October 28th – Florida
November 4th – South Carolina
November 11th – @ Auburn
November 18th – Kentucky
November 25th – @ Georgia Tech
Key Matchups – Notre Dame, Florida & Tennessee
Potential Upset – Kentucky & Vanderbilt