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At the end of the 2017 season national championship game the Georgia Bulldogs walked off as 26-23 overtime losers to the Alabama Crimson Tide after leads of 13-0 at the half and 20-7 midway through the third quarter. While it was a heartbreaking defeat fans, coaches and players were all eager for a future that seemed to promise multiple national championships. Instead that loss proved to be the high-water mark in the four seasons of head coach Kirby Smart. Not that things have been bad, as Smart has led UGA to 11 and 12 wins in the past two years. Last year ended with a Sugar Bowl win and final ranking of fourth in the country. Yet fans have been left wanting more.
2020 Georgia Bulldogs at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +801
Kirby Smart has certainly elevated the expectations of the Georgia program since taking over in 2016. Smart arrived as the understudy of Alabama head coach Nick Saban where he served as defensive coordinator. While at Alabama, Smart learned all of Saban’s secrets starting with the most important lesson taught in the Crimson Tide dynasty. Recruiting is the lifeblood of a national powerhouse program. Indeed, Smart has transformed Georgia into one the elite recruiting brands in all of college football. All of which has added to some of the frustration of UGA failing to reach the promised land.
2020 Georgia Bulldogs Schedule
Week 1: Monday, September 7, vs. Virginia Cavaliers (Atlanta, GA)
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, ETSU Buccaneers
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, at Alabama Crimson Tide
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, ULM Warhawks
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, Vanderbilt Commodores
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, at Auburn Tigers
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Missouri Tigers
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Saturday, October 31, vs. Florida Gators
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, at South Carolina Gamecocks
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, Tennessee Volunteers
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, at Kentucky Wildcats
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
2020 Georgia Bulldogs Regular Season Preview
Entering the 2020 season Smart’s recruiting prowess will be put to the test. Quarterback Jake Fromm has moved on to NFL after three years under center for Georgia. Fromm threw for a 141.2 quarterback rating with 2860 yards and a 24/5 touchdown to interception ratio in 2019.
Todd Monken has arrived as the new offensive coordinator to help usher in Fromm’s replacement and a more dynamic system. Last year Monken was the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He is best known for his days as the Oklahoma State OC and quarterback coach. While at OSU he helped develop Justin Blackmon as one of the best receivers in the history of college football.
Sophomore receiver George Pickens figures to be a top project for Monken. Pickens had 49 catches for 727 yards and eight touchdowns last year as a freshman.
Battling for the starting quarterback job are a pair of transfers. JT Daniels arrives from the USC Trojans where he was impressive as a highly recruited 2018 true freshman. He was injured in the 2019 season opener and lost for the year.
Meanwhile graduate transfer Jamie Newman arrives from Wake Forest. Newman did well at Wake Forest and is expected to be a potential number one draft pick for the 2021 NFL Draft. As a starter in 2019 at Wake Forest he led the Demon Deacons to a 6-0 start with 2868 yards passing and 32 touchdown passes. He also ran for 574 yards.
Also leaving a huge void is running back D’Andre Swift who ran for 1218 yards and 6.2 yards per carry in 2019.
The Georgia offensive line has developed into a key asset that is expected to carry over for 2020. Still there will be four new starters and they will need time, talented as they are. Smart has emphasized strong O-line play with considerable success.
Defensively the Bulldogs return six starters although the defensive backfield will have four new starters. This is where Smart’s recruiting prowess should pay off handsomely.
Defense will have to carry UGA for the first portion of the season. Monken will be tasked with quickly getting the raw but inexperienced offense quickly up to speed. Thanks to Smart’s recruiting Georgia should reload effectively.
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