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ESPN: 1 Thing Georgia Needs To Do To Make Playoff

Kirby Smart reacting to a Georgia football game.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Georgia came awfully close to making the College Football Playoff last season. If the program wants to return to the postseason, they'll have to get past one huge obstacle.

The Bulldogs are loaded with talent this upcoming season with Jake Fromm expected to lead the offense. In addition to the junior quarterback, they have talented weapons like D'Andre Swift and Demetris Robertson.

Most projections have Georgia making it to the SEC Championship. However, the issue will be defeating Alabama for the conference title.

ESPN went through the biggest obstacle facing each top 25 program. For the Bulldogs, it appears that getting past the Crimson Tide will be their greatest threat.

From ESPN:

Is this the year the Bulldogs break through? All they have to do is get past Alabama, a thorn in their side the past two seasons, first in the CFP National Championship Game and then in the SEC championship game last season. Both times you could argue they've been the better team only to lose in come-from-behind fashion.

As long as the defense matures in a timely fashion, replacing veterans like Deandre Baker and D'Andre Walker, nothing should stand in the way of Georgia playing Alabama to get in the playoff.

The history between Alabama and Georgia is well documented.

Georgia has lost to Alabama in back-to-back seasons. The first matchup was for the national championship and the second was for the conference crown.

We'll see if the third time is the charm for the Bulldogs in 2019, should the two sides meet in the postseason yet again.