ESPN scribe (and UGA alum) Mark Schlabach has released his post-spring top 25, with the Georgia Bulldogs squarely in the middle of the pack.
The 'Dawgs are the fourth-ranked SEC team, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 LSU and No. 11 Tennessee, everybody's favorite pick this offseason.
Here are his thoughts on the new UGA:
2015 record: 10-3, 5-3 SEC
Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense, 1 special teams
Key losses: LB Jordan Jenkins, LB Jake Ganus, LB Leonard Floyd, DE Sterling Bailey, WR Malcolm Mitchell, G/T Kolton Houston, C Hunter Long, OT John Theus
Post-spring outlook: Freshman Jacob Eason, the No. 1 pocket passer in the 2016 ESPN 300, showed off his arm strength in Georgia's spring game. New Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart won't name a starter until preseason camp (or later?), but Eason is in the mix, along with senior Greyson Lambert and junior Brice Ramsey. The Bulldogs are also being quiet about the health of tailback Nick Chubb, who is recovering from a knee injury. If Chubb is healthy, and the Bulldogs can shore up their offensive and defensive lines, Smart might be poised to make some noise in his first season as a head coach.
Ole Miss isn't far behind at No. 14, opening day opponent North Carolina is No. 19, Texas A&M is No. 21 and Mark Richt's new program is No. 24. One thing is for sure, this season will feel a lot different than any Georgia football season in recent memory.