• Mary Harrison

Georgia ranked No. 1 in early Sports Illustrated rankings

Although the Georgia Bulldogs football team narrowly lost the National Championship to Alabama, Sports Illustrated declares them as the “kings of football” for the upcoming 2018 season, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In a “way-too-early top 25” released by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, the Bulldogs are projected to dethrone the current National Champs, the Alabama Crimson Tide, as the top team in the nation for 2018.

This comes despite that Georgia is also losing several star players. According to Sports Illustrated, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel (running backs who DawgNation credit with a combined 8,407 career rushing yards) will be gone next season. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also adds that Georgia will be short seven senior defensive players, including Dominick Sanders (who DawgNation states is tied “for most career starts in school history”), and linebacker Lorenzo Carter.

However, with Kirby Smart as head coach, Jake Fromm’s skill as a quarterback, and “the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class,” Sports Illustrated predicts that the Bulldogs will be a dynamic team that “nobody will want to cross.” Among the 2018 recruiting class for Georgia are six five-star prospects, including top duel-threat quarterback Justin Fields and top running back Zamir White, as well as twelve four-star prospects, according to Scout.com.

Other teams included in the “way too early top 25” include Alabama (number two), the Auburn Tigers (number five), the Florida State Seminoles (number 19), and Texas A&M (number. 25), coached by Jimbo Fisher, formerly of Florida State.