Joel Klatt shares concerns with Georgia: 'The verdict is in'
Joel Klatt still believes Georgia is a viable national title contender but doesn’t think the Bulldogs are as invincible as they once were.
During a recent episode of The Joel Klatt Show, the FOX Sports analyst believes undefeated No. 1 Georgia is not on the same caliber as their past back-to-back national title squads.
Georgia edged host Auburn 27-20 in Week 5 on a late touchdown from Carson Beck to Brock Bowers. Georgia also had some struggles in a 24-14 home win against South Carolina.
“This Georgia team is not Georgia as we know them. It’s not. The verdict is in, at least in that regard. That doesn’t mean that they’re not good. It doesn’t mean that they’re not going to win the SEC and be in the Playoff,” Klatt said. “But this is clearly not the same Georgia of what we’re used to over the last 2-4 years, certainly the last 2 when there’s been back-to-back national championships.”
Klatt is factoring the difficulty of the SEC into how Georgia has looked. Yet, he doesn’t see the same core strengths from this season’s version of the Bulldogs.
“I buy into conference games on the road are hard…You were also bad at home against South Carolina. So now we have data. Now we have evidence. What is Georgia this year? They are a shell of what they were in the past,” Klatt said. “…The heart and soul of what Georgia was over the last 2 years was a dominant team in the run game, at the line of scrimmage, and on defense. That’s not the case anymore, at least not right now.”
Georgia will get another challenge in Week 6 when they host undefeated No. 20 Kentucky (7 p.m. EST/ESPN).