Can Georgia bounce back?

Our panel debates Georgia's fall, Manziel's season and biggest stock spikes

Updated: September 3, 2013, 12:09 PM ET
By College Football Insiders | ESPN Insider

Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel and Keith PriceGetty ImagesThree big games, three very distinct storylines.

As the 2013 college football season kicks off, ESPN Insider is rolling out "No Huddle," a weekly series in which a handful of Insider's college football reporters, analysts and scouts weigh in on the biggest questions of the week.

In the series debut, we'll take a look at whether Georgia can bounce back and compete for the BCS title, project how Johnny Manziel's season will play out and find out which teams' stocks rose and fell the most following Week 1.


1. Can Georgia bounce back from its Week 1 loss and compete for the BCS national title?

Travis Haney: Sure it can. It proved that a year ago, losing by 28 points to South Carolina and bouncing back to come within five yards of the BCS title game. But the Bulldogs will have to play better than they did at Clemson. Aaron Murray was off, the line in front of him was inconsistent. The secondary predictably struggled, playing as many young players as it was. UGA has South Carolina and LSU at home in the next few weeks. Win those games and no one remembers a three-point loss at Clemson.

Kevin Weidl: Even with the loss of WR Malcolm Mitchell for the year to an ACL injury, they have ample talent on offense and the veteran leadership in Murray to bounce back. What I worry about is an inexperienced defense that needs time to grow and, more important, their remaining schedule. They will most likely need to run the table by beating South Carolina, LSU, Florida and likely either Alabama or LSU again in the SEC championship.