Georgia Bulldogs 2021 College Football Preview
Record – 8-2
ATS – 4-6
The Bulldogs finished with a solid mark of 8-2 but lost the two games that mattered. They fell to ROLL TIDE in convincing fashion early in the year (L 41-24) and were smoked by the Gators in their yuuuge rivalry game (L 44-28). Florida represented the SEC East in the title game and the Bulldogs had to settle for a Peach Bowl date with Cincinnati. It was a struggle, but they prevailed (W 24-21). Things were a LOT better with QB JT Daniels under center and that gives the Bulldogs a lot of hope heading into the 2021 season. Let’s go!
Georgia Bulldogs 2021 Outlook
QB JT Daniels was just what the doctor ordered and provided the Bulldogs with a legit THROW GAME (67%, 10-2 TD to INT) once he was installed as the starting QB. Daniels will have essentially everyone of note back at WR and TE other than WR George Pickens who tore his ACL in the spring. His return date is unknown as we approach press time. Kearis Jackson and Jermaine Burton are both legit targets and they bagged a key transfer in massive TE Arik Gilbert from LSU. Everyone is back at RB and they have one of the most talented RB rooms in college football. #1 RB Zamir White has the potential to rip off a 1,000-yard season even with shared duty and note that the RB group is effective on the whole in terms of receiving out of the backfield. The OL loses a pair of starters and note that they allowed 20 sacks LY (#8 SEC sacks allowed per game) and paved the way for just 4.6 YPC (4.9, 5.9, 5.8 previous 3Y).
The Bulldogs got ripped up by a pair of elite passing attacks but led the nation in run defense for the 2nd consecutive season allowing an impossibly-low 72 YPG. Yup, that happened. There needs to be a pretty significant reload this year as only five starters return and just three of their top-eight tacklers. The good news is that Georgia recruits at an ELITE level and you know Kirby Smart can COACH EM UP. They’ll still be mighty tough vs the run as there is a ton of size up front and NT Jordan Davis is a total BEEEEEST (6-6 340, 1st Team SEC LY). The LB corps is loaded and brings back leading tackler Nakobe Dean and #2 sack man Adam Anderson (6.5). If there’s a weakness on D it might be CB (lost two doods to NFL) but bagging star DB Derion Kendrick from Clemson will definitely help. This is still one of the best defenses in college football.
PK Jack Podlesny hit 13/16 FGA in 2020 (3-3 50+) and punter Jake Camarda (46.6, 41.3 net) was one of the three finalists for the Ray Guy Award. The two primary KRs are back and note that Georgia was #5 in the FBS in KR average LY.
Overall – It seems unthinkable but the game of the year (regular season) may be September 4th when the Bulldogs battle Clemson! WHOA NELLIE. They miss Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M out of the SEC West.
Potential ATS Trouble Spot – UAB (September 11th)
This game is sandwiched between the aforementioned date with Clemson and the SEC opener (South Carolina). UAB can play ball, yo.
Season Win Total
Per 5Dimes August 1
Over 10.5 -120
Under 10.5 +100
Feels like a 10 TONNE STEAMER LOCK if they can beat the Tigers in the opener. If not, the ‘over’ still has life.
Georgia has had four players taken 1st overall in the NFL draft, the last one being QB Matthew Stafford (2009).
Kirby Smart hasn’t won the big one yet but he’s turned this program into a perennial National Championship contender. They’re loaded on both sides of the football and have a fine special teams unit as well. We’ll be surprised if they don’t find a way to make it into the College Football Playoff and they’re clearly one of a small handful of teams with a legit shot to win it all.
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