The Georgia Bulldogs are 6-0 and have dominated in three SEC games so far this year, rising all the way to No. 4 in the AP Poll.
Analysts have loved what they’ve seen from coach Kirby Smart’s team this year, and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is no different.
On the “Mike & Mike” podcast, guest host Booger McFarland asked the popular College GameDay analyst to pick the third-best team in college football (behind Alabama and Clemson):
“It’s a week-to-week thing for me,” Herbstreit responded. “For now, it’s a Penn State-Georgia debate as we sit here about Week 6. I’d maybe give Georgia a little bit of an edge based on what they’ve had to do with their schedule, going on the road against Notre Dame probably the game they’d put an asterisk next to.
“You still have a young quarterback, and he’s going to get into some situations that are going to be challenging for him to really see where he can be. So, as I sit here right now, I give Georgia a little bit of an edge because of the way the defense is playing and Fromm has been a great complement to what they’re doing in the running game.”
He then elaborated on freshman QB Jake Fromm, saying the young starter is probably the Bulldogs’ biggest area of concern heading into the second half of the season:
“At some point they’re going to get into a game that the quarterback is going to have to make plays when the world is watching and everyone knows, ‘OK, it’s 3rd and 7, can he do it?’ Right now, he’s throwing a lot off the play action,” Herbstreit said. “They’re establishing the run; they’re dictating when he’s throwing. They’re going to get into a game against Auburn — they’re going to get into a game maybe against Florida where he’s in those obvious passing situations. That’s my one concern for Georgia down the road.”
For now, though, the Bulldogs are rolling, and they should have another easy win against Mizzou on Saturday night before a Week 8 bye.
From there, the schedule gets tougher, but the Bulldogs have proven they are a force to be reckoned with this season.