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TideFans.com has picked Georgia to finish with an undefeated regular-season record in 2014, but it only works if the Bulldog defense is for real and not just more smoke and mirrors. Georgia could ruin it all early by losing to Clemson in the opener, but the Tigers have just as many questions or more than do the Bulldogs. Georgia has changed defensive coordinators and is expected to have some of the best skill position talent in the conference, plus strong special teams. But Mark Richt’s teams seem to find a way to implode when expectations are at their highest.
The Bulldogs finally put it all together in 2012 and came less than 5 yards away from beating Alabama and getting a shot at a national championship. For 2013, Georgia returns virtually its entire offense from 2012, but there is trouble on the defensive side of the ball, and special teams must be improved. Georgia badly wants a rematch with Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, but the Bulldogs have tended to lose focus at times during the regular season under Mark Richt’s watch. A young defense will only make that task a more difficult one for Richt and his assistants to correct.Continue reading …