Every team saw some level of disruption in 2020, with some conferences in college football refusing to play altogether. Even those that did play had to deal with postponements, players opting out, and a host of other issues that made the season a bit of a wash for some. All of that said, we saw a lot of teams battle through some serious adversity and deliver seasons that were perhaps a little better than expected. We also saw a couple show that they could well be very dangerous this coming season. The Georgia Bulldogs certainly fall into that category, and we need to look at what went down in 2020 to reveal why many see them as a legitimate playoff candidate this year. With all that in mind, let’s get right to it so you can plan your bets against their NCAAF odds.
2021 College Football Betting | Georgia Bulldogs Preview for the Upcoming Season
The Bulldogs in 2020
In a perfect world, it would have been JT Daniels under center for Georgia at the start of last season. The USC transfer had an injury that kept him out, though, with D’Wan Mathis getting the start and just not looking good at all. Georgia went through the first 6 games of the season with their 3rd string QB at the helm, going 4-2 during that run. By the time their blowout loss to Florida came to an end, Daniels was ready to go, and the Bulldogs looked like a different team.
Daniels looked outstanding in his return, leading the Dawgs to 3-straight wins to close out the regular season. He then led them to victory over a very good Cincinnati team in the Peach Bowl, but there were questions as to whether or not he would return this season, but he made his decision quickly and will come in as the starter in 2021.
The Bulldogs Odds and Outlook for 2021
You could argue that the Bulldogs have taken a bit of a backward step since losing to Alabama in the National Championship Game in 2018. The failed to win their division last season and were never really a playoff threat, but their current lineup and the way they closed out last season suggests that this could potentially be a bounce back year.
Under Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs have always been defensively sound, but the offense has left a little to be desired. That should not be a problem this season, though, especially with Daniels running the show. Losing George Pickens for the season is definitely a blow, but there are more than enough weapons on the ground and through the air for the Bulldogs to overcome that loss.
Georgia arguably has one of the best front sevens in college football, and they are going to be as aggressive and disruptive as always. Where things could prove to be a problem for the Dawgs is at cornerback. They lost their top 4 at that position in the offseason, and while it looks as though the group that they have in place are good, we won’t really know for sure until they get tested in the regular season. We will get to see what this team is all about right from the off, as they open the season against the Clemson Tigers. Georgia are in among the early favorite to win it all this season, with the bookies listing them at +500 to win the National Championship.