I know USC reloads and does not rebuild. I know Ohio State has almost the entire team back and will probably make a third straight trip to the BCS Title Game. But, and a big BUT, with the SEC being the best conference in college football, there is no way you can start off the season and NOT give the top spot to the best team in the best conference. The SEC has won three of the past five National Championship (this does not include Auburn being shafted when 13-0 in 2004). If the BCS is the best of the best, than the SEC winning 7 of their past 9 appearances (outscoring other conferences the past four years in the BCS 161-62) is just the cherry on top of the Southern Sundae. So if anyone is make college football picks this season, it is nearly impossible to not give the SEC their proper respect and make the Georgia Bulldogs the #1 ranked team to start the season.
Georgia finished their season with a 41-10 massacre of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl and go into this year returning the following:
Starting quarterback Matt Stafford (who only lost one receiver from last season)
Starting runningback Knowshon Moreno
Oh yeah, and nine starters on defense
The only thing that could stand in the way of Georgia going to the BCS Title to play either USC or Ohio State will be their schedule. Toss out the SEC portion, which includes road games to South Carolina, LSU and Auburn, but they also play Arizona State (should finish 2nd to USC in the PAC 10) on the road and finish the season at home against Georgia Tech before heading to the SEC Championship.
It is hard to find a flaw in Georgia this season. They have depth across the board on a team that closed 2007-08 putting up close to 40 points in four of their last six games. Honestly, I think even the waterboy crew is all seasoned veterans! The Bulldogs are Johnny Detroit's #1 team in college football this year until the scoreboard says otherwise.