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.
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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