Phil Steele projects Georgia Bulldogs to land in preseason AP top 10
College football fans are yearning for content at this point in the calendar. Those that don’t follow the NFL have bailed on any talk of the upcoming draft, and with spring practice still weeks away in most cases and National Signing Day in the rearview mirror, it is a dead period.
With that on the table, college football expert Phil Steele ($) set out to predict the preseason top-10 of the Associated Press poll. This is something that Steele does each year with impressive success, and any fan of the Georgia Bulldogs attempting to play the “no respect” card in the preseason may have trouble doing so.
Here is a snippet of Steele’s comments about UGA, while predicting that the Dawgs land tenth:
Last year seemed like a very disappointing year for Georgia and yet it still finished at No. 9. I don’t think the AP voters will put three teams from the SEC West in the top 10, as they will knock each other off, but UGA is the clear-cut front-runner to win the SEC East. At times last season, the Bulldogs looked like the best team in college football, and they return their star-studded backfield led by Nick Chubb and bring in another tremendous recruiting class. With Florida at a neutral site, they have just three true SEC road games this year, and while they do play both Alabama and Georgia Tech, I think UGA will be the No. 10 team in the preseason AP poll.
The headliner of the returning roster, as noted by Steele and many others, is running back Nick Chubb, who is already garnering Heisman attention. However, Georgia does have a gaping hole of uncertainty at quarterback and, to a lesser extent, wide receiver to contend with in 2015.
Still, Mark Richt and company just landed another wildly talented recruiting class and with a defense that returns a ton of talent under second-year DC Jeremy Pruitt, the ceiling is high. What do you think about Phil Steele’s assertion? Should the Georgia Bulldogs be a preseason top-10 team with their quarterback questions? Tell us in the comments.