Georgia is overtaking competition in the SEC as college football’s new dominant program, according to Paul Finebaum, who points to the Bulldogs’ back-to-back national championships and superior talent advantage as key factors in the Bulldogs’ rise. Finebaum explained further this week McElroy and Cubelic.
“All of a sudden it seems like yesterday Alabama was No. 1 in the country and ‘Bama rode in preseason and now, Kirby Smart aiming for a three-peat,” Finebaum said. “Things can change so quickly. I think whether it’s reality or not, the perception out there is Nick Saban struggles upstream to stay afloat. I’m not sure if these are correct, but in reality, whether that’s true or not is perception out there. Kirby Smart is just another national championship away from a three-peat.
“This has never been done before, so enjoy getting that out of your mouth because in the real world — not Vegas — that’s probably not going to happen.”
Smart’s recruiting skills are one of the reasons the Bulldogs are the nation’s new It program.
“I think they’re way ahead overall because what you’re seeing is just an accumulation of tremendous talent upon talent,” Finebaum said. “If a player gets injured, if a player leaves, it’s not that difficult to overcome. This is where Alabama really was for most, not all, of Nick Saban’s tenure. Different schools come and go. LSU has come and gone. Others have been there like comets, in and out, but nobody but Alabama has ever been there a single year, and now Georgia is just in that place.
“They can catch up quickly these days because of all the things that are going on, but having a program like Georgia or Alabama is extremely difficult. They need continuity and that was really the problem in the SEC. Who had a coach for the number of years that Georgia or Alabama? I think the only one is Kentucky. And Kentucky has always been an outlier when it comes to football dominance.
Finebaum isn’t shoveling dirt on Alabama’s grave just yet, though.
Armed with the nation’s best recruiting league for 2023 on 247Sports, Alabama will once again be one of the nation’s front runners, and Finebaum has already picked the Crimson Tide to oust Georgia at the top of the SEC.
Georgia’s Dreipeat is questionable, he explained.
“I’m going to Georgia and Alabama,” Finebaum said McElroy and Cubelic after Georgia’s win over TCU earlier when asked who wins each SEC division. “And next year’s SEC winner is Alabama.”
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Georgia and Alabama will not meet during the 2023 regular season. Both are expected to be among the top five teams by the start of the season.