The past three seasons, Georgia has won the SEC East title and been a fixture in the College Football Playoff picture. One analyst predicts that the Bulldogs might see some dropoff in 2020. publisher Pete Fiutak recently named one “potentially disappointing team” for all the Power 5 conferences. Georgia was his pick for the SEC. While Dawg fans won’t be pleased, Fiutak does open by explaining he isn’t expecting Kirby Smart’s squad to be out of the division title race:

We couched this last year with Florida, and we’re going to do the same thing with Georgia by starting out with this …

It’s all relative.

No, 2020 Georgia isn’t going 8-4, or anything like that.

We predicted that Florida would be one of the top ten teams in college football before last year started – but would be a slight disappointment because it wouldn’t win the SEC East – and Georgia will begin this season in the top five, if not top three.

Fiutak points out that Georgia, having lost many starters from last year’s team to the NFL, is one of the programs hurt by the most by the loss of spring practice:

The Bulldog talent level isn’t a problem after years of phenomenal recruiting, but there’s still a whole lot of work to do with ten players showing off at the NFL Combine, and with at least 13 starters expected to be off the Sugar Bowl-winning team.

And that’s the problem everyone has to deal with – there’s no spring football to figure out all of the parts of the puzzle that have to fit.

Fiutak defines disappoint as being out of the CFP discussion:

Finishing anything other than in the top four of the final College Football Playoff rankings will be a disappointment.

Georgia is going to keep coming into seasons as one of the five or six teams with a realistic shot at winning the national title. However, have a misfire like last year’s loss to South Carolina, finally be on the wrong end of the Florida showdown, lose to Alabama, or even have another season like the last two with an 11-1 regular season and a loss in the SEC Championship, and the CFP dreams are gone with two losses.

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