ESPN makes bowl prediction for Georgia football

ESPN makes bowl prediction for Georgia football

Georgia is widely considered a top-five team going into the 2022 season, if not the consensus No. 3 team behind Alabama and Ohio State. The Bulldogs sit in the No. 3 spot in the ESPN FPI and when the outlet released its bowl screenings on Monday, it had Kirby Smart’s seventh team returning to the College Football Playoff. ESPN predicts that the Bulldogs will make their sixth consecutive New Year’s Six Bowl and play Ohio State in the CFP Semifinal at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl.

The outlet then projects the Buckeyes to beat the Dawgs and face Alabama in the CFP National Championship. Kyle Bonagura said of Georgia:

Georgia and Alabama are machines. It doesn’t matter how many NFL players departed from their rosters, they’ve earned the benefit of the doubt and — as meaningless as preseason predictions are — deserve to begin the season in the top four.

Mark Schlabach chimed in on the Dawgs as well.

I think Alabama and Ohio State are head and shoulders above the other CFP contenders heading into the season, but defending national champion Georgia could get to that level by season’s end. The Bulldogs have to replace 15 players who were selected in the NFL draft and helped them win their first national title in 41 years. The losses are especially heavy on defense. under Kirby Smart, Georgia has reached a level where it simply reloads, but there might be some early growing pains. Still, it would be difficult to find a regular-season opponent that can beat the Bulldogs.

After Georgia finished the 2020 season at 8-2 and won its fourth bowl game under fifth-year head coach Kirby Smart, the Dawgs went 14-1 in 2021, making the College Football Playoff and becoming the first No. 3 seed to win the national championship. The semifinal win over Michigan was Smart’s third straight New Year’s Six bowl victory and the victory over Alabama was his 12th win over a top-10 opponent as a head coach. Georgia is set to open the 2022 season on Sept. 3 against Oregon in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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