Georgia football – Bulldogs 2022 season preview, predictions & best bets

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

The Georgia Bulldogs finally beat Alabama last season and did so to capture the National Championship. It was especially sweet because for a while it looked like it would be the same old story for Georgia. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama in the SEC title game but had no trouble earning a spot in the College Football Playoff and soon got their revenge.

What will the Dawgs do for an encore? With the 2022 college football season beginning later this month, it’s time to break down the Bulldogs.

Catch our college football national championship picks, including a +8000 longshot!

Georgia Bulldogs 2022 college football season odds

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Georgia National Championship odds

Georgia is a +400 third favorite to win the College Football Playoff. That trails Alabama (+175) and Ohio State (+300).

Georgia Bulldogs SEC Championship odds

The Bulldogs are +155 to win the SEC title. Alabama is a -145 favorite. No other team has better than +1800 odds (Texas A&M).

Georgia Bulldogs SEC East odds

The Dawgs are massive -550 favorites to secure another SEC East crown. Florida is a +1000 second choice.

Georgia Bulldogs odds to reach the College Football Playoff

UGA is -110 to be one of the 4 participants in the College Football Playoff (not qualifying is -120). Alabama (-240), Ohio State (-255) and Clemson (+155) are the other teams with the best odds.

Georgia Bulldogs 2021 season recap

The year 2021 will go down in history for the University of Georgia. After a decade-plus of being bullied by conference rival Alabama, the Bulldogs bounced back from a 41-24 SEC Championship loss to the Crimson Tide to beat ‘Bama 33-18 in the national title game. UGA was led by one of the most dominant defenses of all time. The unit posted 3 shutouts, held 8 teams to single-digit scores and 2 others managed only 10 points (Auburn) and 11 points (Michigan in the Orange Bowl). Stetson Bennett more than held his own at quarterback (29 touchdowns, 7 interceptions) and Georgia once again cemented its status as Running Back U thanks to Zamir White and James Cook. This was quite simply the best team in college football both on paper and on the field.

Jared Smith has a HUGE 3-unit futures play for the upcoming college football season

Georgia Bulldogs 2022 college football season predictions

As is usually the case when a school wins it all, the Dawgs watched a whole host of star players depart for the NFL. Travon Walker went No. 1 overall and a ridiculous 5 defensive players were selected in the first round. On the other side of the ball, Cook, White and receiver George Pickens have also taken their talents to the next level. Still, head coach Kirby Smart doesn’t rebuild; he reloads. Georgia brings in another elite recruiting class to join Bennett, tight end Brock Bowers, running back Kenny McIntosh and linebacker Nolan Smith. It may take a while for this younger squad to gel, but the Bulldogs’ title defense should be alive and well by the end of the 2022 campaign.

Best Bet: Georgia Bulldogs to make the College Football Playoff (-110)

When making the College Football Playoff has longer odds (-110) than missing it (-120), it’s an opportunity that should be taken. It’s true that the path through the SEC is tough (much tougher than Ohio State’s in the Big Ten), but this is without question one of the four best teams in college football. Even if the Bulldogs lose twice (which probably won’t happen), they could still get into the tournament if they pass the eye test of the committee. This UGA team is like another Alabama; it can send a million guys to the pros and be just as good the very next year. I would sprinkle some on Georgia to repeat as national champion at +400 as well.

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