UGA, Tech both make TSN’s top 25

August has arrived, which means it’s one month until college football season and time for the top 25 rankings to be released. OK, time for MORE top 25 rankings to be released.

This week it’s The Sporting News, and while there are dozens of such rankings each year, all pretty meaningless at this point, TSN does carry a little more weight with some of us than, say, the Hooterville World Guardian (Sam Drucker, editor).

Also, TSN’s ranking is notable to Georgia and Tech fans for a couple of reasons.

The Bulldogs, ranked by many in the top 10 (no. 6 by ESPN), barely make the top 15, coming in at 14.

And the Yellow Jackets, ignored by most of the polls, aren’t too far behind them at 21.

Here’s what TSN has to say about the local squads.

Georgia:

There’s a lot to like about the Bulldogs. They just need to put it together for a whole season—the back-to-back losses that began and ended their 2011 campaign made the 10 wins they racked up insignificant. But that’s easier said than done in the SEC.

Priority No. 1 is establishing some consistency at the tailback position. Isaiah Crowell has been dismissed from the team. That leaves another true freshman, five-star recruit Keith Marshall, in charge of ensuring a productive ground game. On defense, Georgia is loaded with linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, free safety Bacarri Rambo and cornerback Sanders Commings.

And Georgia Tech:

If the passing game develops with the newbies and the defense improves for third-year coordinator Al Groh, the Yellow Jackets could definitely push Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division. The schedule is a bit odd, with ACC contests in three of the first four games. If nothing else, the Yellow Jackets will know pretty quickly where they stand.

Coach Paul Johnson is encouraged by the improvement of individual players, including quarterback Tevin Washington. Right guard Omoregie Uzzi is likely to be an early-round draft selection.

Not surprisingly, The Sporting News has LSU ranked No. 1 and Alabama No. 3, behind Southern Cal.

Other SEC/ACC teams in the top 25 include Virginia Tech (5), Florida State (7), South Carolina (9), Clemson (15), Arkansas (18) and Florida (25).

So what’s your take on The Sporting News’ take?

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ramble

August 1st, 2012
7:12 am

As a jacket fan, I’d rather not be ranked going into the season.

Ekim

August 1st, 2012
7:18 am

I agree with Ramble. I’d add to that: I’d rather not play in conference three times in the first four games.

RUgolf

August 1st, 2012
7:44 am

Dawgs have any easy schedule this year, so they should be OK out of the starting gate. Tech is probably not going to do so well. Florida will end the season in top ten. LSU is going to have some QB issues. FSU is always overrated, so expect them to implode by midseason.

Southern Comfort

August 1st, 2012
8:23 am

Another meaningless poll. That’s why they play the games.

kingdaddy

August 1st, 2012
8:28 am

Joel,
Nice article and I think 14 is a better slot until we beat Missouri convincingly. If we lose, we can still recover but it will make for an uncomfortable season for Coach Richt. If we win, we’ll be 2-0 with an SEC road win under our belt and climb towards the top 10. I like 14. Not a bad spot for UGA to start in…

a country boy can survive

August 1st, 2012
8:28 am

tsn a little more realistic about uga than espn…who have you beat recently?

Neutral

August 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Has anyone noticed that UGa beats many teams that WERE ranked in the “top25″ sometime during the season (ex. GT, FL and Auburn in 2011) and then the naysayers chime in that UGa can’t beat a ranked team. Have you ever considered that they aren’t ranked at the end of the season partly because UGa kicked their a$$e$…….and booted them out of the top 25?

gt4ever

August 1st, 2012
8:41 am

Gotta be ranked to get to the top… Go Jackets…

JB

August 1st, 2012
8:49 am

I’ve never heard of 10 W’s being considered, insignificant.

HBTD!!!

PR

August 1st, 2012
8:51 am

I agree with ramble. Pre-season rankings mean nothing.

Go Dawgs

SiddyBoy

August 1st, 2012
8:51 am

ramble-guess you would rather be unranked at end of season !!!

Mr Smiley

August 1st, 2012
8:53 am

10 W’s are insignificant when none of them came against strong opponents. Another cupcake schedule for UGA = another insignificant 10 win season

DIT

August 1st, 2012
8:54 am

Maybe both teama can surprise everyone by being in the top 5 come the last week in November. OK, wishful thinking, but how cool would that be.

DIT

August 1st, 2012
8:56 am

For all of you talking about what happened last year, last year is over. Time to conentrate on this year. You could have won 20 games last year and that does not mean a hill of beans to what will happen this year.

RP

August 1st, 2012
8:57 am

I’m with TSN. 11-14 seems about right at this point.

Jacket1985

August 1st, 2012
8:59 am

To heck with the rankings……let’s just get started! Can’t wait to get back on the flats and watch the Jackets. I’m sure the Dawg fans feel the same way.

As for the poll, I’m surprised Clemson is not ranked higher. I despise them but they return a talented team.

Flo - Ri - Duh

August 1st, 2012
9:00 am

The Game Crocks ahead of the Dawgs? Not gonna happen.

jake from state farm

August 1st, 2012
9:04 am

UMMMM….khaki’s.

Joel Provano

August 1st, 2012
9:05 am

TSN’s lower ranking for UGA might have been influenced by the loss of Isaiah Crowell. He was still there when ESPN did theirs.

Honky Talkin

August 1st, 2012
9:06 am

UGA was 2-4 against teams with a winning record last season. With this year’s pancake schedule, anything short of 10 wins will make UGA more irrelevent.

gt4ever

August 1st, 2012
9:07 am

Everybody descent will be ahead of the Dogs… They have an average offense with a Defense that still hasn’t proven anything… Easy schedule will have most of the delusional dog nation foaming, just to be let down once again when they play somebody…. IMHO… Time will tell… If our Defense is better, then we could have a very special season….

That Dude Says...

August 1st, 2012
9:10 am

I’m just ready for the season start!!!!

Bob LaBlah

August 1st, 2012
9:11 am

That Dude Says...

August 1st, 2012
9:11 am

**to start**

ClemsonFan

August 1st, 2012
9:14 am

@Jacket1985, Thanks for the comment, but returning alot of talent is like having alot of potential . . . you still gotta get the job done, stay healthy, and have depth! I would rather stay out of the limelight and come up strong, than put an initial top ten ranking in their heads . . . let’s not forget WV (oh, that still hurts)

GT GRAD

August 1st, 2012
9:19 am

I still say game against teams ranked outside of the Top 100 should not be counted in computer polls or opinion polls.

I like the fact that GT is ranked in the preseason poll…….they deserve to be ranked this season AND the lower a team starts the more difficult it is for the team to break the Top 10 by the end of the season.

Everyone knows the rankings are no longer based on who the best teams might be going into the season…………the preseason polls are a combination of how strong a team is AND a prediction of how the team will probably finish the season based on HOW EASY THE SCHEDULE IS FOR THE GIVEN YEAR!!! sad sad sad

Dawgnlex is a complete tool

August 1st, 2012
9:21 am

Georgia Bulldoggies greatest team in the history of time. Mark “SAINT” Richt a good man. He bestest coach. Nick Saban is a cheater.

Flo - Ri - Duh

August 1st, 2012
9:21 am

Yes UGA lost 4 games last year but, believe it or not, they all ended up ranked in the top 10. My feling is that UGA outplayed two of those teams and should have ended the year with 2 losses rather than 4. Special teams need special attention this year.

GT GRAD

August 1st, 2012
9:22 am

Clarification……….I am a fan (short for fanatic); I do not expect GT will finish in the Top 10, but I would enjoy the season much more if it happens!

Columbus Dawg

August 1st, 2012
9:26 am

You can tell by the comments made about UGA in the article that Sporting News is still moaning about the Dawg’s not fulfilling expectations after giving them so much love in 2008. Sam Drucker holds more stock than Sporting News in my opinion, and as far as I know, the Sporting News will have NO say in Dawgs destination in 2012. Georgia has a better shot at a Natty this year than it has had in thirty years, much better than 2008. Junkyard Dawgs never more prevalent than this season. There may be more quality depth on this D than Georgia has ever had. Coaches raving about T.J, and Ramik Wilson, and Ray Drew will have a real impact before year’s end. UGA did not have people talking about it’s defense before the 2008 season started, it was all about Moreno, Stafford and A.J. Awesome defense is absolutely essential for title runs, no matter who you are. Everyone wants to cry about the OL, but there will be no need for tears, you all will see. Sporting News, naysayers, and haters give UGA little chance, but bet against the Dawgs this time around, and you may find yourself strapped for cash this holiday season.

UGADawg83

August 1st, 2012
9:28 am

gt4ever-a little spell checking goes a long way. Also it was a bit funny that most of your post was a put down of UGA and only 1 tiny statement about your own team. Typical Tech thinking.

Bee

August 1st, 2012
9:28 am

This Tech team deserves to be ranked and will climb throughout the season. Weak Jacket fans who prefer to be unranked, step aside and keep your weak opinions to yourselves. Its time to act like the perennial competitor for conference champion that we have been for the last six year. Go Jackets.

Jimbo Fisher

August 1st, 2012
9:28 am

I believe that 14 is too high of a ranking for UGA. Just saying

Jimbo Fisher

August 1st, 2012
9:30 am

There are too many concerns at QB

kingdaddy

August 1st, 2012
9:31 am

Good luck to GT this year. Hope you guys have a big year so the UGA/GT game will be relevant …

te29wr

August 1st, 2012
9:31 am

I do not know why you rate TSN so high and if you look at the last ten years their preseason forcast have been at the bottom at years end..Check it out Phil Steele, Lindys, and The Kickoff have been far more accurate at years end..OH by the way the sports writers have only been a little better with their guesses than TSN

Dawg Whisperer

August 1st, 2012
9:31 am

Well, it makes for great discussion but honestly who knows (except for Vegas that has UGA winning all of their games but then again, I’m not a betting man).

FLA DAWG

August 1st, 2012
9:34 am

Weakness in the backfield, an O Line that couldn’t open a hole for a mouse or hold a pass rush for krap and a special teams unit that displayed nothing special is what I see. The D improved alot and I hope we see a stellar D this season.

The Dawgs will benefit from a weak schedule until they run into good teams (like usual for the last four years) and then lose (like usual for the last four years).

I hope The Dawgs win the patsies and the powerhouses and I’ll certainly watch but I lost confidence in Richt and Bobo a long time ago.

Go Dawgs!

robodawg

August 1st, 2012
9:34 am

Rankings look pretty on target to me. Dawgs have too many question marks to be ranked too high — kickers, special teams in general, OL, running backs, and the less than full roster to name a few. #14 tells you that while this team could be great, there’s an awful lot that could go wrong.

Tech is certainly good enough to be dangerous. #21 tells you they should be taken seriously.

gt4ever

August 1st, 2012
9:36 am

and then there was ugadawg83….. I am so sorry my spelling has got you in a tizzy… I just stated the obvious 83… Don’t get your red panties in a sling…

AJC64

August 1st, 2012
9:38 am

Gators will surprise. Defense will be very tough returning 10/11 starters and 15 of top 16 tacklers. O-Line will be the big surprise and is a veteran group across the board.

UGA will suffer because of a very poor offensive line. Even with their cupcake schedule, they will lose 3 SEC games and will not win the SEC east.

Jimbo Fisher

August 1st, 2012
9:40 am

What is a King Daddy?

ha

August 1st, 2012
9:41 am

We are gonna do this we are gonna do that…Damn I did not know UGAY had so many players and coaches. Get a life you knuckle draging azz hats.

ha

August 1st, 2012
9:41 am

King Daddy what position is it you play at UGAY?

The Truth

August 1st, 2012
9:42 am

At least UGA won’t have to play UCF in a bowl game. As a matter of fact, we can’t remember when UGA won a bowl game…pretty sad.

Jim

August 1st, 2012
9:44 am

With this schedule UGA should go 12-0 in the regular season. Unless UGA wins all games by two or more touchdowns they will be odd-man-out in the national championship picture. Teams should enter each season defending their rankings. Pre-season ranking should reflect where you finished the year before and adjusted each week. It would be really nice to see Richard Samuel have a big year. Not much difference between a bench-warming linebacker and bench-warming running back. To all the dreamers of a USC/UGA National Championship game don’t forget Lane Kiffin told the world Tennennsee “would” beat Georgia and Mark Richt told the world Georgia “could” beat Tennessee if…..

Columbus Dawg

August 1st, 2012
9:44 am

AJC64, which of the one thousand four hundred and thirty two articles written by those same sports writers did you arrive at your opinion of the OL from? Like I said, the naysayers will know the truth soon, very soon.

Nick

August 1st, 2012
9:47 am

I wouldn’t yet say Keith Marshall is exactly “in charge of ensuring a productive ground game”. I really want to see this kid shine as I think he can and will but knowing CMR and his resistance to playing freshmen early and often (especially at the RB position) I doubt that will happen right away. Nor do I think the entire running game relies on him as they imply here.

dagadawgs

August 1st, 2012
9:49 am

Agree Fla Dawg! Love Richt the man, hate as coach

Jimbo Fisher

August 1st, 2012
9:49 am

@ HA UGAY has a new position for individuals like King Daddy. Whenever the dogs score a TD he has to bend over and the player that scores gets to kick him straight in the but.Depending on who the dogs play King Daddy can have a very sore behind.