Going through last season as a Georgia fan is exactly why I know that a champion is only crowned in January, not in July. Florida certainly looks to have no question marks, and I understand why they are clearly the consensus number 1. But, they don't get the trophy until they earn it. There's no reason to think that UGA has no chance this season, and there's no reason to think last year's season was a complete disaster. Yes, we failed to meet expectations last year, but I have to take some solace in knowing that those expectations exist because of how far our program has come. And just because we suffered mind-blowing injuries, a tough schedule and probably didn't handle the hype as well as we should have doesn't mean that we should abandon the expectations that the Georgia program has developed in Richt's tenure. I fully expect to be vying for a spot in the SEC championship game because that should be the expectation every year in Athens... regardless of whether that expectation was met the previous season. Expecting excellence is what we should be doing as Georgia fans; however, that's not to say that there shouldn't be some level of rational thought applied when analyzing a season's outcome.
Preseason predictions are fun, and any reason to talk college football is great in my opinion. But, they should be treated as fun banter only, and should certainly not completely define a season. All I know is that I'm ready for some freakin football!!