2017 College Football Season Preview - Georgia Bulldogs
The Georgia Bulldogs are one of the many “trendy” teams going into the 2017 college football season. Coming off a sub-par (8-5) season, coach Kirby Smart and the bulldog faithful are looking for a massive step forward. With 18 returning starters as well as the third ranked recruiting class, the bulldogs are looking to answer the many questions that a lot of the analysts have for the team.
Jacob Eason in his second year as the Georgia starter looks primed to be one of the elite quarterbacks of the league. With the many ups and downs of last year, a big question will be how well can he transition into becoming the player that everybody expects him to be. In addition to Eason, Georgia arguably has one of the best backfields in college football in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. However, much like Eason, many fans are wondering if Chubb can return to his pre-injury caliber from 2014/2015.
A major problem for Georgia last year was their offensive line, being bullied by almost every team they played. However, with Pittman bringing in the biggest O-line class of 2017 including 6’7, 350lb Isaiah Wilson, can this front 7 finally be an asset for the bulldogs instead of a liability?
One of the bulldogs’ strengths from 2016 was their stout defense, and with the return of 11 starters, it appears that they won’t miss a beat with freshman 5-star Richard Lecounte replacing graduate Maurice Smith at the star position.
The Bulldogs 2017 schedule appears to be easier compared to some of their SEC partners. With away games at Notre Dame and Auburn as well as a neutral-site game against Florida in late October, Georgia looks to make a push for Atlanta. Can this be the year Kirby Smart finally pushes Georgia into the elite category after being out of the spotlight for the past few years?