Georgia is getting a lot of love this offseason. From SEC fans who believe their schedule is cakewalk easy — it won’t be as easy as people think — to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, the Dawgs are a hot choice to win the SEC East, the SEC and maybe more.
Mark Richt isn’t putting too much stock in the preseason chatter, though. “Well, I hope they’re right. We’ve got potential. We really haven’t done anything yet. We know that.”
“Preseason predictions are fun to talk about, but bottom line is we’ve got to get the job done between now and when camp begins and when camp begins we need to hopefully have a very healthy and productive camp,” the coach said.
But could the favorite’s role mean more pressure for UGA? Senior safety Shawn Williams says yes:
“It’s great that people say that, but I think it does put a lot of pressure on us to go out and just win games. We always feel like we have a pretty good team and a decent chance of winning. We’ve just go to go out and do it each and every game.”
Expect the anti-Richters out there to pick up and run with the “we always feel like we have… a decent chance of winning” remark.
Last year, many folks expected Georgia and Richt to fail, especially after an 0-2 start to the season. Instead they won 10 games, captured the SEC East crown, and lost a New Year’s Day bowl game in overtime.
This year, most are expecting Georgia and Richt to succeed. And the latter is a tougher spot to be in than the former.