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What the national media is saying about Georgia football ahead of Oregon

The Georgia Bulldogs will be on the field for the first time this season as they face the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.

This game is one of the most interesting matches of the first weekend. No. 3 Georgia will be out after winning the national championship last season. No. 11 Oregon has a new head coach in Dan Lanning, who was the defensive coordinator for the Georgia team last season.

Considering the Bulldogs lost 15 players in the NFL Draft, this would be a completely different Georgia team. came.

But even on the defensive side of the ball, Athens still have a lot of talent. Jalen Carter is considered one of the best defenders in the country. Kelee Ringo is ready for his season big, as is his linebacker Nolan Smith, a senior outsider.

According to CBSSports’ Tom Fornelli, there’s still enough talent coming back to Georgia to make life very difficult for Oregon and its likely starting quarterback, Boenix.

“Georgia’s defense will continue to be one of the best in the country, even if they lose a player,” Forneri wrote. He did such a good job of recruiting that side of the ball.”

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Fornelli points out that Georgia is one of the countries with the best recruiting power in recent seasons. The Bulldogs have signed into the third-ranked recruiting class for the 2022 recruiting cycle, and freshmen including wide receiver Dillon Bell, tight end Oscar Delp, defensive end Mikel Williams and safety Malachi Starks all joined the Ducks on Saturday. Ready to make an impact in battle.

247Sports recently updated their overall team talent rankings for the 2022 season. Even with the talent drain from the program this offseason, Georgia still has the nation’s No. 2 team by this metric, sitting between No. 3 Ohio and No. 1 Alabama.

Georgia knows Sewell well, as the Bulldogs pushed linebackers hard in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Bulldog ended up missing out because he signed a duck.

Bulldog has a great deal of respect for Sewell and Justin Flo. It’s imperative that Georgia finds and gets them.

“They have a very talented linebacker room,” said Smart. “Both of the two kids we recruited here and tried to go here, we had pretty good internal linebackers when they decided to come. They’re talented because I felt strongly enough for them to come here and play.”

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Georgia is no stranger to the environment, with the Bulldogs playing at least one game each season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium under Smart. The Bulldogs hope to represent the SEC East in his SEC Championship Game in December as well, so it’s expected to be the first of his two games in Atlanta this year. increase.

But before that, Georgia knows it has business to handle on Saturday. The game is set for 3:30 PM ET and ABC will broadcast the game.

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