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Should Georgia be the favorite to win national title in 2018?

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Georgia came as close to winning the national title in 2017 as any team ever has without actually tasting champagne. The Bulldogs return talent throughout the roster, but must replace legendary players as well. This season will be national-title-or-bust for the Dawgs, so, will they get it done?

No. 1 reason for optimism: The development of Jake Fromm

If you’ve got a quarterback, you’ve got a shot, no matter the level of football. Georgia has a quarterback.

Despite starting out last season at No. 2 on the depth chart behind Jacob Eason, Fromm came in during the Bulldogs’ first game after Eason suffered a knee injury, quickly stealing the show in Athens. One 13-2 season, a national championship appearance, and an SEC Freshman of the Year award later, and Fromm has cemented his role has Georgia’s starter while Eason has transferred away to Washington.

Many see freshman Justin Fields — the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback recruit — as a legitimate threat to Fromm’s starting position. But after completing better than 62 percent of his passes and throwing 24 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, Fromm has done nothing to lose his job to the newcomer.

In just one season of work, Fromm has already garnered buzz as a potential first-round NFL draft pick in two years, and coming into the 2018-2019 season, he gets the benefit of a full off-season of starting snaps in Jim Chaney’s offense.

Following Georgia’s G-Day scrimmage, Fromm said his goal coming into the spring was to develop a greater mastery of the offense and to increase his comfortability in Chaney’s system, adding that he believes he accomplished both goals.

If Fromm plays at least as well as he did last season, Georgia should easily win the SEC East. If he improves, the Bulldogs should once again threaten for a national championship.

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