The AP Preseason Top 25 came out Saturday, and Alabama was nearly a unanimous No. 1 except for two votes, but who’s counting, right? Georgia and Ohio State both received No. 1 votes, leaving Alabama with 58 of the 60 first place votes.
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Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett’s Louisiana Newspapers voted the Bulldogs the top team in the country, and here’s why, via AJC.
“I was surprised (more didn’t),” Glenn told me. “Georgia easily could have won it all last year and they return most of their offense and (Aaron) Murray from that team. And I think it’s good that they don’t return that defense. Sometimes it’s better when you don’t return players from a bad unit, you know? So I think that’s a good thing, too. And I just think it might be their turn. I think that’s what happens; sometimes it’s just a team’s turn.”
Even though Guilbeau cites the defense will be better, his main rationale is because Georgia’s offense is going to be special. The Bulldogs, led by Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley, will go toe-to-toe with Alabama and Texas A&M for the SEC’s most explosive offense. Will that be enough?
I’ve remained in the minority – like Guilbeau – thinking Georgia’s defense can improve upon last year’s underachieving stallion. Maybe they won’t have another Jarvis Jones, but collectively, with egos now gone, this group could gel into a better collective unit. The front seven should be better, and they may have to be to compensate for a younger, inexperienced secondary.
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