Heather Dinich evaluates Georgia's path to a 3-peat, how Kirby Smart will handle the QBs
Heather Dinich believes Georgia has an easier path to the College Football Playoff this season than Alabama. Starting with Georgia having 4 home games to open the season, and Alabama playing host to Texas in Week 2, there should be an early glimpse at the outlook for the season.
During a segment on ESPN’s “Get Up,” Dinich said Carson Beck came out of the Georgia spring leading the quarterback competition, but that he would continue to compete with Brock Vandagriff for the role.
“Kirby Smart is the kind of guy who is not going to be afraid to make a quarterback change if he has to, to get the best player on the field,” Dinich said. “… I would expect to see Georgia back in the SEC Championship Game and among the top 4 teams.”
Georgia opens with UT-Martin, Ball State, South Carolina and UAB.
While Dinich didn’t address the game with the most at stake, many fans and media believe the test for Georgia this season will be at Tennessee on Nov. 18.
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Surprised she didn’t mention Ohio State as her favorite to win it all during the segment.
UGA definitely has an easy path to the CFP. Their toughest regular season game will be Tennessee, and either LSU or Bama in the SEC CG.
Depending on LSU or Bama’s record and ranking, it’s very possible that 2 of the 3 get in the playoff.
My early prediction is UGA and LSU will both be in the last 4 team playoff.
Beginning in 2024, UGA, LSU, and Bama won’t have to fear missing out on it anymore unless the bottom drops out.
Personally I agree LSU has a better chance. Bama has TN, Texas, and LSU along with auburn in Jordan-Haire. I wouldn’t be surprised if auburn and even TAMU gives them some trouble. Now LSU needs to focus on beating bama and a tough FSU team. So I could see another 2 loss LSU season and I could also see a very probable 1 loss season.
“UGA definitely has an easy path to the CFP. “
How is that? UGA has to make the SECCG then win the game so it really doesn’t matter which SEC Title winner (SECE or SECW) had the harder or easier regular-season schedule – it only matters the winner is the SEC Champion and all but guaranteed a CFP birth.
Secondly – the SEC East is every bit as good as the SECW if not better. Getting through UT, UF, USCar, UK and Mizzou (Vandy doesn’t count) is just as hard as winning the SECW Title.
Unless the Big-10, PAC-12, Big-12 and ACC all lay collectively eggs I don’t think we’ll see 2 SEC teams in the CFP. Between OSU, Michigan, Penn State, Clemson, Miami, FSU, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma St, USC, Oregon, Washington and Utah we’ll see the SEC Champion in the CFP versus 3 non-SEC teams.
If UGA goes 12-0 then loses the SECCG everybody will use the “easy schedule” as justification for UGA not making the CFP.
I think playing a harder regular season schedule is more advantageous than an easier schedule; a team should be stress tested before a playing a championship game. Again, UGA’s schedule isn’t as easy as UGA’s detractors like to frame it as but I wish UGA was playing a harder schedule; the SEC realignment changed it