ESPN analyst says Florida, not Georgia, looks like the SEC's 2nd Playoff contender
There may not have been two more opposite openings to the season for a pair of rivals than Florida and Georgia on Saturday. Even though both teams won on the road, Florida fans have to feel a lot better on Sunday than Georgia fans entering Week 2 of the SEC slate.
Those openers also shaped the opinion of Heather Dinich of ESPN, who wrote that the SEC’s second College Football Playoff candidate looks like Florida, not Georgia.
“The question is whether Georgia and LSU are just working out some kinks or … it’s an Alabama-Florida SEC championship,” Dinich wrote. “Expectations were certainly higher for Florida this year (the media picked the Gators to win the SEC East), but it was only by 10 more first-place votes than Georgia. The Gators looked more than capable of widening that gap Saturday.”
While Florida put up a school record of 642 yards against an SEC opponent, Georgia benched starting quarterback D’Wan Mathis in the second quarter in favor of Stetson Bennett. The Bulldogs had 11 first-half penalties, and were just 1-for-12 on third down in the first half.
“Before Georgia thinks about the CFP, it needs to look like a contender in the SEC East,” Dinich wrote. “So far, Florida looks like the team to beat.”