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ESPN Predicts College Football's No. 1 Defense In 2020

A general view of Georgia's football stadium.

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

College football is still several months away from starting up again, but it's never too early to predict which teams will have success next season. ESPN analyst Bill Connelly recently shared his SP+ ratings for 2020.

The SP+ ratings for Connelly intended to be "predictive and forward-facing." He factors in returning production, recent recruiting and team's recent history into these ratings.

According to the SP+ ratings, the Georgia Bulldogs will have the No. 1 defense next season with a 6.4 rating. Kirby Smart is losing a decent amount of talent to the NFL Draft, but he also has plenty of familiar faces back in the fold.

Georgia can rely on veterans like Jordan Davis, Malik Herring and Devonte Wyatt to provide stability, while Nakobe Dean and Nolan Smith are expected to take that next step as sophomores. Another year of experience for defensive coordinator Dan Lanning should also help.

While the defense for Georgia should be productive, the offense is expected to regress.

The Bulldogs are losing Andrew Thomas, D'Andre Swift and Jake Fromm to the NFL. All three were key contributors for the past few seasons.

Overall, the projected SP+ rating for Georgia is ranked fourth in the country. Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are the only programs with a better grade.

Do you think Georgia will have the best defense in the country next season?