Georgia football has the most complete team in all of college football through seven weeks of play, and the gap between them and the rest of the AP Top 25 is not small.
While there is room for improvement, no team has been able to force enough mistakes to even remotely keep up with this elite team. Alabama is likely the closest in terms of eliteness, but after the loss to Texas A&M, it’s still up in the air, what kind of squad Nick Saban has this season.
So full disclosure, the Georgia-Alabama matchup isn’t one of the five on this list.
Instead, this list is more about how fans claim Georgia hasn’t played anyone this season and doesn’t deserve to be ranked No. 1 in the country.
The Dawgs are the only team so far in the Top 25 to beat four ranked teams, including then-ranked No. 2 Clemson, No. 8 Arkansas, No.18 Auburn and No. 11 Kentucky.
So hypothetically, if the Dawgs added any of these five teams to their schedule, it would give Georgia one of the toughest schedules in the country because they’re all ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Top 25. More than likely, if these teams took on the Bulldogs, they would have the same fate as the first seven schools Georgia beat.
What the Dawgs do is make teams look weak. They suffocate opponents and eventually make them quit. Opposing fans don’t see it that way, though. Instead, they see it as those four teams were overrated and didn’t deserve that ranking.
However, numbers don’t lie. When you have the No. 1 defense in the country, where opponents average just 207.1 of total offense and 3.55 yards a play, something isn’t adding up — are they not as good as their ranking suggests, or is Georgia just that dominant?
Since it’s the bye week, and the Dawgs are resting up for their annual rivalry game in Jacksonville next weekend, here are five teams that, if Georgia met this weekend, would embarrass them and come out victorious.
These teams are in no particular order, just five of the top-rated teams in the AP Top 25 that seemed like they would make excellent matchups.
If Georgia football met these five teams on the field, the Dawgs would embarrass them and come out on top, proving this season isn’t a hoax.
5: Penn State Nittany Lions
Up first is the No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions, who are currently 5-1 on the season.
With wins over Wisconsin and Auburn to start the year off strong, the Nittany Lions were a team everyone had high hopes for this year. Even with that loss to Iowa, this group could still find itself in the playoffs if they can get over the hump of Ohio State.
Defensively, they give up around 311 total offensive yards a game but rank as the No.4 total defense in the Big 10.
On paper, they are pretty strong, including one of their best players on defense, Jaquan Brisker, who is one of the best secondary players in the country.
He could give Stetson Bennett and the rest of that crew some problems if the Nittany Lions found a way to slow down the Dawgs’ rush attack.
The Nittany Lions have gotten by without having to score too many points because their defense has stopped teams, which is what you want, but at the same time, the offenses they’ve played aren’t the most efficient.
Georgia’s offense is, though, after averaging 8.9 yards a play against Kentucky, it’s obvious Penn State would struggle.
The Dawgs have far too many weapons that even if they contained a couple of those playmakers, another guy would step up and make it happen.
Defensively, the Dawgs would expose Sean Clifford or Ta’Quan Roberson and make them nervous all day long. Georgia leads the SEC with 25 sacks and has 122 quarterback hurries on the year, so Penn State’s offensive line would have their work cut out for them.
While Penn State is a well-coached football team, Georgia would blow out Penn State in the second half and beat the Nittany Lions 38-10.