For over 40 years, Georgia has maintained its status as a national powerhouse without a national championship. Perhaps some recruits aren't even aware of a long-standing title drought, as the Bulldogs have earned 16 top-10 finishes in the final AP poll since winning the 1980 Sugar Bowl.
But is this the year that Georgia finally slays its decades-long playoff demons, and reaches college football's pinnacle? AP writer Ralph Russo believes so.
"I've gone down in print and picked Georgia to win a national championship this year," Russo told The DA Show on Thursday. "There's just a ton of talent there, NFL guys there. Do they have the offense, quarterback that will lead them to the promised land? They think they do, in JT Daniels -- the USC transfer. He had an entire regular offseason, which he didn't have last year.
"They had a normal offseason to implement an offense that creates a little more explosion. I'm picking Georgia. I understand people being skeptical, since they haven't done it since 1980 and they haven't gotten past Alabama. But I think one of these years, it's going to happen. And I'll take this year, while Alabama is breaking in a new redshirt freshman quarterback."
The Bulldogs' offense will be led by Daniels, who spent two seasons at USC before transferring to Georgia in 2020. Although the redshirt junior played just four games last season due to recovery from an ACL injury, he found success, completing 67-percent of his passes for 1,231 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. He also earned a Chick-fil-A Bowl win against Cincinnati.
No. 5 Georgia will open the 2021 campaign against No. 5 Clemson in Charlotte this Saturday. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, the Bulldogs currently have the second-best odds (+255) to win the SEC title and the fourth-best odds (+750) to win the national championship.
The entire football conversation between Russo and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.