2017 Record: 13-2 (7-1) - Lost in National Championship
2018 Coaches Poll Top 25 Rank: No. 4
It's hard to imagine a more painful way to lose the national championship than the way Georgia did, suffering a gazillion bad breaks and then blowing a coverage late to fall in walk-off fashion. Heartbreaking for sure, but Georgia's window is far from closed.
The offense loses running back Sony Michel, running back Nick Chubb, wide receiver Javon Wims and left tackle Isaiah Wynn, but returns most of a strong offensive line as well as four of the best receivers in the country. Terry Godwin will lead a receiver room made up of speedster Mecole Hardman, Calvin Ridley's brother Riley and Cal transfer Demetris Robertson, a former five-star recruit.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm will have a bevy of options in the passing game, especially when you consider tight end Isaac Nauta and running back D'Andre Swift in the equation as well. Speaking of Swift, he and Elijah Holyfield should soften the blow of losing Chubb and Michel, as both players offer high-end potential as well, even if they aren't as polished as runners just yet.
Defensively, the Bulldogs will miss Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy, but return cornerback Deandre Baker, safety J.R. Reed and defensive linemen Tyler Clark, Jonathan Ledbetter and D'Andre Walker. The secondary should be as good if not better, but the run defense will remain a question mark until the linebackers prove they can replace Smith.
Georgia might not be as experienced as they were a year ago, but they are loaded with talent and appear poised for another run at a national title, especially if Fromm takes a big step in his development.