UGA football: Assessing the Dawgs chances of another SEC East title

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Reason One UGA Football Doesn’t Repeat: Grueling Conference Schedule

The cross-divisional home game against Texas A&M last year has been replaced by Alabama on the road this year. Alabama is, of course, a much tougher opponent than Texas A&M and is favored by FanDuel by a touchdown.

In addition to Alabama, Georgia could see increased competition within its own division as well. Rivals Auburn and Florida both return their starting quarterbacks, now with a year of experience under their belts, in Bo Nix and Kyle Trask, respectively.

Kentucky will also be dangerous due in no small part to a smothering defense that is projected to be one of the best in the country. Plus, quarterback Terry Wilson Jr. may also be returning, though his health is a big question mark after missing most of last season with a knee injury. When healthy though, Wilson has impressed, amassing a 12-3 record as a starter.

If all that wasn’t enough, there are sky-high expectations in Knoxville for Jeremy Pruitt’s third season with the Vols. Jarrett Guarantano and Brian Maurer both return as viable options under center, and Eric Gray is one of the most underrated running backs in the country.

The competition is finally catching up in the East, and Georgia must show that they are up to the challenge should they want to hold onto their crown.