The Bulldogs are expected to be one of the better teams in the SEC come 2015, but they still find themselves classed in a group behind others in the conference. Our NCAA football odds preview is ready.
When we look over the college football odds, we see the Bulldogs priced out of the top 10 when it comes to everyone's chances of winning the national title when the playoffs are over and done with. They're available in the +2500 to +2900 range on the national scale, putting them right around 12th in the country.
When we zoom in on the SEC, things change. As Georgia is right near the top on the futures list to win the conference. Alabama holds the top spot, but the Bulldogs are right there too, listed at anywhere from +400 to +600 to emerge as the last ones standing.
Georgia Bulldogs: 2014 Recap
Before we "predict" the future, we need to have a better understanding of past events. How exactly did the Bulldogs fare? Where were they weak? Where did they find success?
Overall, it's hard to fault Georgia's 2014 season all that much. This is a team that finished with a 10-3 overall record, which included a rock solid 6-2 mark in the mighty tough SEC. The schedule never really lightened up for the Bulldogs, as their season debut came against #16 Clemson and they then followed that up with another meeting with a ranked opponent, this time being #24 South Carolina. The Bulldogs overcame the Tigers but then lost 38-35 to the Gamecocks on the road.
The team's other two losses came on a neutral field against Florida and at home in their regular season finale versus Georgia Tech (30-24 in overtime). Notable wins came at the expense of Clemson, Missouri (in a dominating 34-0 shutout win), Auburn (34-7) and then against Louisville in the Belk Bowl.
QB Hutson Mason did a nice job of managing the offense in his senior season, posting a 21:4 TD:INT ratio. He didn't have to do all that much, considering the Bulldogs featured two of the most talented running backs in the entire country in Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley. The latter is now in the NFL, but Chubb will return and will immediately be one of the select few challenging for the Heisman. Chubb was outstanding as a freshman, compiling over 1,750 total yards of offense to go with 16 touchdowns. It's scary to think what he'll be able to do with a year of experience under his belt, but it's safe to say the "reigns" of the offense now belong to Chubb.
Georgia Bulldogs: 2015 Look-Ahead
With Chubb leading the way offensively and another talented defensive group returning, we should be seeing a lot of good things out of the Bulldogs again in the 2015 season.
We'll know early on whether or not this Georgia team has what it takes to claim the crown in the conference and challenge nationally too. But, looking over the roster and knowing how strong the Bulldogs program has been in recent seasons, it's hard not to like their chances, along with the associated college football odds attached to their heads.
A lot of responsibility will fall on Ramsey's shoulders as he tries to take over the Bulldogs offense with success, but the presence of Chubb should help lighten that load significantly.
While we're not chomping at the bit to get in on the action when it comes to a futures wager on Georgia, we do believe you could do far worse. The Bulldogs have been at the top before and it wouldn't be surprising to see them return to the glory land again in 2015.