The Georgia Bulldogs frankly have nowhere to go however down within the 2022 season off lastly slaying the dragon that’s Alabama final yr and successful the college’s first nationwide championship since 1980. School soccer oddsmakers count on one other potential title run this yr, nevertheless.
- Odds to win nationwide title: +475
- Odds to win SEC: +160
- 2022 regular-season win complete: 10.5
2022 Season School Soccer | Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia completed the 2021 common season unbeaten however misplaced as a favourite and the No. 1 staff within the nation to Alabama within the SEC title, sport 41-24. Bryce Younger carved up the nation’s top-rated protection, throwing for 3 touchdowns and operating for one more. The Bulldogs boasted a fearsome defensive unit that had allowed solely 6.9 factors a sport. Alabama had six offensive scoring drives — 5 overlaying at the least 75 yards, the opposite 62 — and completed with a staggering 536 yards in opposition to a staff that was giving up slightly below 231 per sport. Georgia’s Stetson Bennett threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns, however he additionally had two essential picks.
The Bulldogs nonetheless reached the School Soccer Playoff, although, and simply beat No. 2 Michigan 34-11 within the Orange Bowl semifinal. Georgia entered because the nationwide chief in Scoring Protection at 9.5 ppg whereas UM was averaging 37.7 ppg, and the Bulldogs dominated. UM tallied 325 yards on 63 performs. Georgia leads the nation in Crimson Zone Protection, and UM was simply 1-for-3 together with a fourth down cease on the UGA 6 within the fourth quarter. Bennett threw for 307 yards and three scores for UGA.
Within the nationwide title sport, the Dawgs beat the Tide 33-18 in Indianapolis. Georgia snapped a seven-game shedding streak within the collection with Alabama and head coach Kirby Good notched his first win over the Crimson Tide in 5 tries. The Bulldogs completed season with a 14-1 document, essentially the most wins in a season in class historical past.
Georgia did lose a variety of expertise on that traditionally good protection this offseason to the draft. 5 UGA defensive gamers had been chosen within the first spherical, a document from one protection within the widespread draft period. Defensive finish/exterior linebacker Travon Walker acquired all of it rolling as he went No. 1 general because the Jaguars. The full eclipsed the 4 Florida State defenders chosen within the first spherical of the 2006 draft and the 4 Miami defenders chosen within the first spherical of the 2004 draft.
The Dawgs did get excellent news with Bennett selecting to return to high school – though it’s no positive factor he even wins the beginning job once more. Bennett had the choice of leaving or returning for a sixth yr due to the NCAA offering an extra yr of eligibility as a result of coronavirus. He wasn’t thought of a very good NFL prospect. He comes off a yr through which he accomplished 185 of 287 passes for two,862 yards and 29 touchdowns to solely seven interceptions.
Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton are Georgia’s prime returning rushers with practically 600 yards and 4 touchdowns mixed. McIntosh added 242 yards and two touchdowns receiving. UGA has one of many nation’s prime tight ends again in Brock Bowers, who logged an All-America and Freshman All-America season with team-high totals and Georgia tight finish data for catches (56), yards (882), and touchdowns (13) in 2021.
Passing sport coordinator Bryan McClendon, who’s returning to the Georgia employees after a 6-year hole, inherits a deep and gifted receiver room. Ladd McConkey ranked second in catches (31), yards (447), and touchdowns (5) a yr in the past. Adonai Mitchell adopted intently with 29 grabs for 426 yards and 4 scores, together with the go-ahead landing within the CFP Nationwide Championship Recreation.
Senior OLB Nolan Smith, redshirt sophomore DB Kelee Ringo and senior S Christopher Smith are the Bulldogs’ three returning starters for final season’s championship season. Smith and Ringo began and ended Georgia’s 2021 season with pick-six touchdowns. Senior Jack Podlesny is again in 2022 for his third season as UGA’s prime kicker. Podlesny made 22 of 27 field-goal makes an attempt final yr and drilled 71 of 72 PATs.
Georgia opens with a really powerful take a look at within the 2022 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Recreation at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in opposition to Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 3. Oregon is coached by Dan Lanning, who was UGA’s defensive coordinator final yr. It is going to mark solely the second time the 2 packages have met. The one earlier assembly resulted in a 27-16 house win for the Bulldogs in 1977. The Dawgs have opened as 17.5-point favorites. Their different non-conference video games will probably be complete blowouts. Frankly, UGA isn’t more likely to be an underdog in a single sport till it attainable meets Alabama within the SEC title sport once more.
Georgia Skilled Decide
- 11-1 common season, return to SEC title sport