Defense Doomed Dawgs in 2013
Todd Grantham left Georgia earlier this year for the opportunity to work with Bobby Petrino at Louisville. The question remains whether the new Cardinals defensive coordinator wanted to leave Athens, or was he simply getting the hell out of dodge?
Athlon Sports notes Georgia gave up a school record for points last year, allowing the opposition an average of 375.5 yards per game. This total is the highest per game yardage given up by the Bulldog defense since coach Richt has been in Athens.
The Football Must Bounce Georgia’s way (Good Luck Would be Nice)
The Dawgs’ negative turnover margin (-7) kept them from building momentum last season. UGA lost games in agonizing fashion, and four out of their five defeats were by less than six points. Had Georgia been able to stay even remotely healthy, 2013 could have been a banner year for Bulldog Nation.
Avoid the injury Bug
The University of Georgia had a rash of injuries throughout last season. The Bulldogs played multiple games without their top two running backs and three best receivers. Eight wins may be considered a disappointment on the surface, but in reality it was a minor miracle.
A More Favorable Schedule
In 2013, Bulldog Nation made the trip to Death Valley in week one. This year, the Dawgs welcome the Tigers in the first game of the 2014 campaign before traveling to South Carolina. Without former quarterback Tahj Boyd, Clemson should beware of Dawg in just over 90 days.
The Bulldogs drop LSU, add Troy, and get a bye-week before heading to Jacksonville on November 1.
College Football Playoff Changes the Dynamic of Winning a Championship
Next season signals the beginning of the highly anticipated College Football Playoff. The Dawgs are among a select few legitimate threats from the Southeastern Conference which have a quarterback with starting experience on their roster. The new postseason format means earning a national championship will be even more difficult, but Georgia’s winning tradition means they are always in title contention.