The Georgia Bulldogs (and most of the country) feel like they played for the national championship during the SEC Championship game last year against the Alabama Crimson Tide. It’s hard to argue with that when watching the hammering that the Crimson Tide put up against Notre Dame after barely winning against the Bulldogs. If Georgia had won, they had a shot at making the BCS National Championship game. The Bulldogs should have another opportunity to go to the National Championship because of the relative weakness of the SEC East this season.
Georgia should dominate in the SEC East because they only have two other teams that have the potential to compete. The Kentucky Wildcats are hopeless in tough games and are in a transition period. The Vanderbilt Commodores are getting better, but are not good enough offensively to break through the Bulldogs’ defense; the same goes for the Tennessee Volunteers. The Missouri Tigers are still adjusting to the style of play in the SEC. All that leaves are the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators. South Carolina has an exceptional defense, but its offense will struggle against Georgia’s tough defense. Florida has the biggest chance to take the SEC East away from Georgia, but the Gators are still young and Georgia is too experienced all around.
Whether or not the Bulldogs win the SEC East will be solely dependent on how well they play against Florida and South Carolina, but Georgia returns too much talent to not beat these teams. Expect the Bulldogs to be one of the teams in the BCS National Championship talk at the end of the season.