at Athens • Sept. 23 • TBA
Head Coach: Mark Richt (6th season)
2005 Record: 10-3/6-2 SEC
Series Record: First meeting
Question at quarterback: When Georgia lines up for its 2006 season, they will be defending the SEC title for the second time in four seasons, but the number one question on Georgia's football team is which quarterback will be the starter. Senior Joe Tereshinski, who has one career start, will get the nod at the start of the campaign, but young Matthew Stafford will get his shot if things don't go well for the Dawgs in September.
Title talk: If Georgia can get steady production from the quarterback, and its defense continues to be one of the best in the country, there is no reason Georgia can't successfully defend the SEC title. But if the quarterback controversy drags on all season long, the Bulldogs could be in for a sub-par bowl game.
Diamonds in the rough: The best Bulldog you have never heard of is cornerback Paul Oliver, who takes over as the top pass defender for the Bulldogs this fall. Oliver is big and fast, and it now looks like he's starting to live up to his potential. Asher Allen, a true freshman who returns kicks and also plays cornerback, should certainly be considered an impact freshman along with Stafford. After enrolling early, Oliver had an impressive spring in Athens.
Colorado Connection: This will be CU's first time in Athens, but Dan Hawkins and four members of the current CU staff played there in 2005 when they were with Boise State. Georgia won easily, 48-13, but BSU quarterback Jared Zabransky had six turnovers in the first half before getting pulled.
Players To Watch: DE Quentin Moses, a 6-5, 250-pound senior, is one of the best in the country. Sophomore WR Mohamed Massaquoi is primed for a breakout season. Most consider junior PK Brandon Coutu to be the second best kicker in the country behind Mason Crosby.