It’s officially that time of the year again. The College Football Playoff rankings were announced Tuesday and the Georgia Bulldogs are the No. 9 team.
This is the first time in the Kirby Smart era as head coach where Georgia has not been playing for a spot in the playoff at this point in the season. It always appeared that 2020 was going to be a bridge year for the team. They lost long-time starting quarterback Jake Fromm, star tackle Andrew Thomas, running back D’Andre Swift and a variety of talent to graduation and the NFL ranks.
At this point in the season, playoff hopes are all but gone, but there is still much to be completed in the remaining games for Georgia. They have an intriguing quarterback situation, where it appears that either JT Daniels will finish the year out strong and start the season next year, or things will reconvene once Brock Vandagriff arrives on campus. The team also has to find a way to impact multiple defensive players, a list that could possibly include Azeez Ojulari, Richard LeCounte, Jordan Davis and Eric Stokes.
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken will try to build on his early success at the university and, as always, the team will be looking to finish out the 2021 recruiting class with a few more big signings.
While sadly it does not appear the Bulldogs will be making an appearance in the playoff, don’t discount the fact that this team has a lot to play for, including solidifying their playoff chances for next season.