Alabama football: Georgia proves time is a flat circle

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Alabama football fans are used to this usual trope in the offseason

With months to go before the upcoming college football season, storylines can build without any evidence of their truth. Alabama football fans have seen this in the past, and it appears to be that time of year again. That time where every team has a chance to win it all, Alabama is on the brink of collapse and the Georgia Bulldogs are ready to rise from the ashes.

With UGA returning most of last year’s starters, many believe this is the year they put it all together. Richard Johnson is one of many who believe the Bulldogs could take over the SEC in 2021.

For Alabama football fans, this might feel like Deja Vu. When Kirby Smart took over in Athens, he was supposed to put the Bulldogs on the same level as the Tide. After they lost to Alabama in the National Championship Game, many believed that Jake Fromm and Justin Fields would help transition UGA into this new era. When Fields left, Fromm was still supposed to lead the Bulldogs to a title. Then it was Jamie Newman, who opted out before the season. Now, the pressure is on JT Daniels to do what no other Kirby Smart quarterback could do: beat Alabama football and win a national championship.

Fans are hearing the same lines as always. Georgia brings back a great defense led by Kirby Smart. Their quarterback took strides last year, so this should be the year where he shines. Georgia’s recruiting has been top-notch, and they should be able to finally topple the Tide. Still, this has never happened. Georgia has never been truly back.

Will this be the year it all changes? There’s a chance, but it hasn’t happened yet. Even with JT Daniels, Georgia has question marks at receiver and on the defensive front. They return a lot of players, but they also lost some key leaders from the 2020 team. Also, the 2020 team failed to beat Alabama football in the first place.

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Georgia seems to be on track to compete for an SEC title, but competing and winning are two different stories. We’ll see if this is the year that Georgia fans are finally proven right.