ESPN computers catch up with Georgia, Bulldogs’ schedule eclipses other CFP teams

ATHENS — It took ESPN’s “SP+” computer model a couple of years to catch up, but it finally has Georgia as its preseason No. 1 team entering into a season.

The formula, which takes into consideration returning production, recent recruiting and recent team history — many of the same things poll voters do — had Georgia No. 2 last year and No. 6 entering the 2021 season.

Breaking things down even further in the most recent “Post-Spring College Football SP+ Rankings” pay-site article, the Bulldogs offense is rated as the ninth-best in the nation, while the defense is No. 3.

The USC offense, featuring Heisman Trophy winner and Georgia recruiting target Caleb Williams, is ranked No. 1.

That might explain why an active Internet poll reflects more UGA fans would like to see the Bulldogs play the Trojans than other elite programs.


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