Summer is tough for college football fans. Site are full of lists (greatest mascots, best stadiums, quizzes, etc.), but a few interesting posts filter through the noise of summer. One such gem is this statement by Alex Scarborough of ESPN when asked to identify the biggest SEC X-factor:
When identifying the biggest X factor in the SEC, you could simply say “Georgia” and be done with it. With a new coaching staff, a deep well of talent and a relatively easy road in the East, the Bulldogs have a chance to shake up the conference. But to be more specific, there are two X factors to consider: Jacob Eason and Nick Chubb. We’ll start with Chubb. Before Leonard Fournette came along and Chubb went down with a knee injury against Tennessee, Chubb was the best back in the league. If he can get anywhere close to 100 percent, he and fellow running back Sony Michel could form the most dynamic backfield in college football. If they do, Eason’s role could get interesting. Georgia fans speak of Eason as a savior, a program-changing quarterback. He has a huge arm and a clear moxie about him. But he’s a true freshman and true freshmen don’t win championships. (See: Josh Rosen, Aaron Murray, etc.) If Eason can buck that historical trend and Chubb is healthy, the Bulldogs could have an offense capable of carrying them to Atlanta.
Well…that’s optimistic reading for the summer doldrums.