I am glad that Corbin is an optimistic Dawg fan. He’s like a kid in a candy shop when Phil Steele comes out each year. He’s even fun to be around that first week of the season. There is no person in the world who genuinely thinks UGA has a chance every year quite like our close friend. Some folks don’t like the optimism, but I find it refreshing.
That said, I’m not as optimistic year in and year out as Corbin. Some years I get pretty hyped up, but others I border on pessimistic. This year, as Phil Steele has come out, I’m a little “on the fence.”
I know what PS says and I like what I read. Our schedule really is much more manageable than it has been the past few years. And yes, I do think that we’ll be better than last (we dang sure better be.) But I’m not ready to anoint us #9 in the country.
I think PS the best in the business. However, I question his appointment of UGA this year as SEC East winner. Primarily because he does not list a single UGA player on 1st or 2nd team Defense and that he is mighty confident that our phenom freshman running back will be just that. On the defense, I understand that Alabama has a lot of those positions locked up and that it’s a unit thing; I just hope our defense plays well enough to win 9-10 games this year. Maybe the slightly softer schedule will allow it. The thing is, there’s really no such thing as a soft schedule in the SEC.
I hope Corbin and PS are right. I’m not saying they’re dead wrong, I’m just a little more cautious. Either way, go get your copy so you can get your giddiness on this summer.