The 2023 college football season begins on Saturday and most of the usual suspects are considered the favorites to contend for the national championship.
There hasn’t been much parity atop the rankings in recent seasons, but these teams aren’t completely flawless.
Below, we highlight the biggest question marks and points of uncertainty surrounding the top 10 teams in the preseason AP Top 25 entering the season.
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AP poll ranking: 1
National championship odds: +225
There was no championship hangover for Georgia last fall. The Bulldogs lost so much talent from 2021, but were just as dominant in 2022. Will that be the case again in 2023?
On the heels of consecutive national titles, it’s hard to really nitpick the state of the roster. But there are a few minor concerns.
The obvious one is the inexperience at quarterback. Carson Beck was named the starter over the weekend to succeed Stetson Bennett. Beck has never started a game and has only seen action during garbage time. There’s also the fact that offensive coordinator Todd Monken took an NFL job and Mike Bobo is now back in the OC chair. The Bulldogs are mostly loaded at the skill positions, but will the new combination of Beck and Bobo be in sync?
Georgia coach Kirby Smart speaks with Alabama coach Nick Saban before the SEC title game on Dec. 4, 2021. (AP)
The health of Georgia’s running back group has also been a bit of a storyline this offseason. Kendall Milton has been dealing with a hamstring injury while Branson Robinson hurt his foot during the spring. Additionally, Andrew Paul is coming off a torn ACL.
On defense last year, Georgia seamlessly replaced eight players who were drafted into the NFL, including five first-rounders. This year, UGA has to replace five starters, including Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith and Robert Beal up front….
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Publish date : 2023-08-21 13:16:57
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