By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — It has been 10 years since Georgia's last Southeastern Conference championship in 2005.
For impatient fans, it's not enough that the Bulldogs have played in two SEC championship games in the last four years. Just making the trip to Atlanta isn't enough.
Georgia coach Mark Richt must pick a new starting quarterback in preseason practice. Even with that big unknown, there is great anticipation that 2015 could be a special season.
Nick Chubb's emergence as the next great Georgia tailback is the biggest reason for championship hopes. The big-play potential of several young linebackers in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's second season is another reason for confidence.
A Sept. 19 visit from South Carolina, which has won four of its last five games against the Bulldogs, will be crucial. A brutal stretch of October games begins with a visit from Alabama and also includes tough tests against improving Tennessee, two-time SEC East champion Missouri and Florida.
South Carolina, Alabama and Missouri visit Athens.
"Let's find a way to get to Atlanta," Richt said. "Let's get the job done when we get there and move on to the playoff. That's what it's all about."
Richt is entering his 15th season, and at 55 he's showing some signs of having the longest active run of a coach at a SEC school. He looks fit but he added a gray goatee during preseason camp and joked about his thinning hair.
"It's a lot cooler up top," Richt said with a smile as he rubbed the top of his head.
Chubb's power runs are the best bet to keep the heat off Richt.
He closed his freshman season with eighth straight games with at least 100 yards, including 266 yards and two touchdowns in the Belk Bowl win over Louisville.