Spring Top 25: Gators No. 1, Tech 13, Dawgs 14

 

 

We did our RE (Ridiculously Early) Top 25 back in January, just hours after Florida had won the BCS national championship. Now we’re done with spring practice and June will be here before we know it. So let’s do our Spring Top 25, which should give us enough to argue about between now and two-a-days in August.

Last season’s record and the previously rank in our RE Top 25 are in parentheses. So who did I leave out that belongs on this list?

Have a good weekend. See you Monday.

 

1—Florida (13-1, 1): Tim Tebow is back. The entire defense is back. There are no apparent weaknesses on this team. The only real concern is an Oct. 10 trip to LSU.

2—Texas (12-1, 2): Colt McCoy and the Longhorns will be motivated after coming up one-point short of a shot at the national championship last season.  They meet Oklahoma in Dallas On Oct. 17 and travel to Oklahoma State on Oct. 31.

3—Oklahoma (12-2, 5): QB Sam Bradford, the Heisman Trophy winner, came back to school for another shot at the national championship.

4—Alabama (12-2, 4): Crimson Tide has to rebuild OL but defense should carry this team a long way.

5—Southern California (12-1, 3): QB Mark Sanchez left early and nine starters are gone on defense. So what? Trojans reload and win the Pac-10 again.

6—Virginia Tech (10-4, 8): The defending ACC champions came out of spring feeling good about defense, QB Tyrod Taylor.

7—Oklahoma State (9-4, 7): Georgia fans need to remember: QB Zac Robinson, RB Kendall Hunter, WR Dez Bryant. The Cowboys are very good.

8—Ohio State (10-3, 9):  RB Beanie Wells left but QB Terrelle Pryor returns with eight starters on defense.

9—LSU (8-5, 6): Tigers bounce back with John Chavis as new defensive coordinator and Jordan Jefferson at QB.

10—Ole Miss (9-4, 16): Not sure if I’m totally on the Ole Miss bandwagon yet because LT Michael Oher and DT Peria Jerry are gone. Rebels do have a very good QB in Jevan Snead and a good schedule.

11—Oregon (10-3, 18): Mike Bellotti stepped down as head coach but Chip Kelly was the genius behind that offense. Will challenge Southern Cal in Pac-10.

12—Penn State (11-2, 21): People are telling me that Joe Pa might win the Big Ten despite losing 14 starters. We’ll see.

13—Georgia Tech (9-4, 13): There are some big holes to fill on the defensive line, but Paul Johnson’s offense will be even better in year two.

14—Georgia (10-3, 15): Still concerned about the defense and the running back position. The Sept. 5 trip to Oklahoma State is scary.

15—Florida State (9-4, 12): If the Seminoles can find a couple of receivers they will win the ACC Atlantic.

16—North Carolina (8-5, 14): Tar Heels also need some wide receivers but the defense (19 INT last season) will be very good.

17—TCU (11-2, 17): The Horned Frogs lost seven starters from the nation’s No. 2 defense but these guys are always good under Gary Patterson.

18—Boise State (12-1, 24): Broncos return QB Kellen Moore but have a tough opener with Oregon.

19—Utah (13-0, 19): QB Brian Johnson is gone but nine starters on defense return.

20—Texas Tech (11-2, 20): QB Graham Harrell is gone but Mike Leach always finds another quarterback to plug into his offense.

21—Cincinnati (11-3, NR): Only one starter returns on defense but QB Tony Pike is back on offense. Bearcats are still good enough to repeat as Big East champs.

22—East Carolina (9-5, NR): Sixteen starters, including QB Patrick Pinkney, return from the C-USA champs.

23—California (9-4, 22): RB Jahvid Best is the nation’s leading returning rusher. Seven starters are back on defense.

24—Notre Dame (7-6, NR): I’m not convinced the Irish are that good but the schedule, other than Southern Cal on Oct. 17, is very manageable.

25—Kansas (8-5, NR): With quarterback Todd Reesing coming back, the Jayhawks will challenge Nebraska for the Big 12 North.

 

 

473 comments Add your comment

rainman

May 17th, 2009
1:19 am

Richt has peaked, CPJ is on the rise.
I will take even money on Tech over UGa this year for any amount (sadly, it won’t be even money).

Kiffin Taunts The Gator!

May 17th, 2009
2:03 am

buckblue

May 17th, 2009
7:35 am

When was the last time bama won a SEC football championship?

TECH wins 1 of 7 by 3 : Now thinks it's God

May 17th, 2009
8:55 am

1 of 7 by 3 these are the stats.

WVU Mountaineer

May 17th, 2009
9:06 am

West Virginia University will rise through this list. Watch and see…

Steve Spurrier

May 17th, 2009
9:10 am

GEORGIA AT 14!
No freaking way!
They are not a top 25 team!

War Eagle

May 17th, 2009
10:00 am

The selections looks pretty good, hope Auburn can work their efforts into top 20 this year.
UGA and Auburn have rough schedules, but dawgs will win 9-10 this year.

Columbus Dawg

May 17th, 2009
10:37 am

It all starts with defense. There should be several teams in the SEC with pretty good ones. Florida has the crown, but it will so hard to hold on to. Bama will actually miss JPW,(go figure), and their OL losses will be a problem for them, at least in the first part of the season. UGA has actually got it better than Bama as far as what we have coming back. How no one is mentioning the fact that Bama lost the same two starters as UGA did, QB & TB, plus their best offensive linemen. Georgia’s defense will be at least as good as last year’s Bama defense, but nobody will acknowledge that fact because of WM. Dawg Fans rest easy the D will be back. Does anyone know why that in 2002, that most of the long, successful passes came on those little “hide behind your back” plays that David Greene did so well? The OL that’s what. By the time we have to put a first string line on the field, we wiil have that kind of line. This is why Cox will flourish, and Richt and Bobo know this. Cox is a technician, like Greene, and will absolutely have to have this kind of strong, deep line in order to play his game. Rest easy Dawg Fans we will have that kind of OL. Even if we have to run three running backs again, that will be alright. I know we have enough strong backs to combine for roughly 1800 yds. or so, and that will be all we need. Richt is talking a little bit about how we are going to bring pressure this year. Coach Richt said quote before spring began,”We are going to have to be honest with ourselves about where we are going to bring pressure from.” Now he is talking about the LB’s who are going to line up outside to help bring it. We saw it in the spring game, and it looks like it will help. My guess is that CMR is talking about this now in response to questions about his suspension of Justin, and the lack of healthy DE players right now. Rest easy Dawg Fans, we will bring pressure, from both the new LB scheme, and from the DE position. Our D will be so jscked up for that game in Stillwater, that while OK State will be better than when we played them in 2007, I believe our D will be in better form than in the early going of 2007, and will be wanting to show off a little bit. Rest easy Dawg Fans, an exciting year of Georgia Bulldog Football is on the way.

godawgs

May 17th, 2009
11:22 am

steve spurrier your a douscher shutup

Tommy O

May 17th, 2009
11:38 am

After looking at most of the post spring top 25’s, yours is the only one with UNC rated higher than East Carolina.
Other than the fact that UNC is in the ACC (which is a mediocre conference at best) what is your reasoning?

Charles

May 17th, 2009
12:18 pm

Hey Tony…Ohio State returns SEVEN starters on defense and FIVE starters on OFFENSE.. once again your cursory review of any other conference than the SEC is evident. C’mon…
UGA will be lucky to go 8-4…

thomas

May 17th, 2009
12:29 pm

florida, bama, and lsu are the top 3 teams in the SEC, therefore they are top 5 in the nation as well. I would put oklahoma and texas in the top 5 also. 1. florida 2. oklahoma 3. bama 4. texas 5. lsu

Bo Williams

May 17th, 2009
12:31 pm

Is it just possible that TJ Yates, entering his 3d year as a starting QB, could be a very, very good QB, assuming he stays healthy, and thus lead UNC to a very good season? While his receivers are inexperienced, I believe they were all 4-5 star recruits. ( Jones, Little, Mason, Pianalto (spelling).

Thomas

May 17th, 2009
12:33 pm

penn st will win it all

tell the truth

May 17th, 2009
12:52 pm

People make way to much of the Tech and lsu game. Anyone who watched the game knows the outcome of the game was the result of turn overs and poor field position by a very young and inexperinced team. Final stats: lsu less than one minute of time of possession advantage for game. Total yards gained; advantage lsu by about 10 yds. Be careful letting that game be an indicator for next year.

NEXT#13

May 17th, 2009
1:00 pm

A BETTER ? IS WHEN OR IF ga. WILL WIN ANOTHER SEC CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE NEXT DECADE!!!!

Denver Dog

May 17th, 2009
1:08 pm

I hope Tech does havd a good season. It looks like they will get by Jax State. After that, it is all left to chance. With full respect,if they defenses improve in the abiltiy to stop the hambone offense, then they could have a long year.

Dogs, well, after the first 4 games, it will be evern tougher. Ok State not only is good, but they want revenge for the Athens beat down a couple of years ago. ASU will be the same even coming to Athens. GT is tough as always. Conference schedule, who is not tough on that.

I think it is a little premature, to put the dogs that high considering how bad all the jacket low esteemers seem to want to post UGA. However if the dogs finish with 8 or more wins this year the coaches will have done a great job. It all depends on who wins at QB. The D will be solid, and whoever is running the ball will have a great time with the O Line. UGA should be back to 300 yards a game on the ground. As far as the gators go, they are the class of the country going in to the year. If they improve they will be in the big game, if they don’t, they won’t. At the end of the year, we will have 8 teams from the SEC in bowl games. I read where the national media wants to make the MAC and WAC part of the BCS. I guess this is because of the beatdowns the MAC gives Ohio teams each year, and how some of these great teams can’t handle the WAC. UGA did though.

UNC must have an easy schedule to be rated where you rated them, and ECTC must be off everyones schedule.

UT will be the suprise of the country. They have alot coming back and will be better coached than at any time since the mid 90’s. Sleeper team this year is going to be Arkansas in the west, and USC in the east.

Natiionally, watch for SO Cal late, and Mich. They don’t play any really tough games on the road, and should shine. My bet is that there is a big surprise out of the Big 12, and the PAC 10. Big Ten will have the big 3 plus one, and ND could be great. I’m kind of liking FSU /VT/in the ACC, and I think GT will be middle of pack there at best, Clemson could be a sleeper now that the pressure is off and Bowden has gone.

It all will not matter til next January, so let’s see what happens! Ladies and Gentlemen, let the games begin!

Denver Dog

May 17th, 2009
1:14 pm

Hey next #13, when is Tech going to win any championship? Get real

Paul

May 17th, 2009
1:41 pm

I think the top 25 looks pretty good… This is going to be an AMAZING season of college football. We get the three best qbs coming back, two top 5 teams that feel snubbed (Texas and USC), and another year of debating whether the SEC or the Big 12 is better! I can’t wait! Go Jackets!!

buckblue

May 17th, 2009
1:51 pm

I believe UGA has won a couple os SEC Football Championships since last the payroll tide won one in Atlanta….

ShutUpMutt

May 17th, 2009
1:54 pm

Hey Stoopid,

USC is yet to prove that they DON’T belong in the top 5. They are incredibly deep in talent and their coaching is superior.

ShutUpMutt

May 17th, 2009
1:58 pm

Denver Dog,

Tech has won a NC more recently than Georgia. What makes you think UGA can get a NC?

Tide rising

May 17th, 2009
2:06 pm

Buckblue,

What exactly is your point about when is the last time Bama won a national title. If you’re an LSU fan I can tell you we won’t go 45 years in between national titles. If you’re a dawg fan then they’re in a worse drought than we are as far as national titles. We won our last in the 92-93 season and we’ve won the sec title twice since the inception of the 2 team divisions.

What’s your point though? If you want to go live in the past and get into a comparison of various programs success then we can do that. Alabama is the winningest program of the last 100 years with 748 wins. I could go into a lot of other stats such as the fact that Bama has more bowl game appearances and vicotories than anyone, more sec titles by far than anyone, 9 legit national titles(4 consensuse, 5 split titles), etc. Do you really want to live in the past and get into an argument with a Bama fan about overall success? It is an argument you simply cannot win.

ShutUpMutt

May 17th, 2009
2:07 pm

Hey Truth Hurts,

You mutts were quite proud of your 3 point win against us a few years back, so let’s drop the “you only beat us by 3″ crap. Also, you can talk about how many more fans you have, but WE BEAT YOU IN YOUR OWN HOUSE and put over 400 yards rushing against you.

Are you seriously going to tell me that injuries are the reason we ran ALL OVER you guys? These were decisive 40-60 yard runs for TDs, not flukes.

King Tebow

May 17th, 2009
2:36 pm

ShutUpMutt,

Twas kind of funny watching Tech running backs run over, around, and through the Georgia Defense. Haven’t seen the Georgia Defense, if you can call it that, shredded like that since the Mountaineers ran over them like a freight train steamrolling a cardboard box. Anytime someone rushes for over 400 yards against you then you’ve clearly been manhandled, dominated, and physically pounded.

King Tebow

May 17th, 2009
2:39 pm

Take that back. I forgot about the Bammers pounding Georgia on blackout night. That was pretty funny also. After that game I was afraid I wouldn’t get to thrash the dawgs as I later did 49-10 because I was sure the Bammers had left Georgia’s limp, lifeless corpses strewn about the turf at Sanford.

heeldawg

May 17th, 2009
2:48 pm

To the Tech fan above who responded to my previous post (and who spelled “genius” as “genious,” genius):

Let’s get a few things straight.

First, I’m a Georgia fan, for sure. Got my undergrad degree there, as did my sister, my wife and both of my kids. You can throw in an uncle and a smattering of cousins, too.

I’m a UNC fan, as well. Did my postdoctoral training there. My wife’s uncle was an All-American basketball player for the Heels, and my youngest son was born in Chapel Hill. I’m therefore so “sidewalk fan.” I come by my fandom, and my moniker, honestly.

Here’s what you don’t know: I’m really a fan of good college football. I agree with you: Chan Gailey was not a good coach. He wasn’t a bad coach, but he failed to take the program to the next level. He recruited poorly in-state. Tech football suffered as a result. I also agree that CPJ is a very good coach. I followed him at Georgia Southern and at Navy and have always been impressed with his teams’ level of preparation. His teams come ready to go to war. That’s good football. I like that about him.

I predict he’ll win more games at Tech than any coach since Bobby Dodd. How’s that for fandom?

I have no issue with good coaching. I have no issue with things that are decided on the field. What I do have an issue with is stupid fans who feel compelled to make stupid comments about things that they are ill-informed about. And there’s a lot of that in this blog–all the time.

There are several Tech fans above who make dire prognostications about Georgia’s upcoming season–eight losses, a 40-point beat-down by Georgia Tech, etc. These are stupid comments because there is simply no rational basis for them to be made. Georgia returns most of last year’s very young team. Both lines–which were battered and bruised all year long last season–return almost everyone, including the keyplayers who were injured (Owens, Sturdivant, etc.) and missed the entire season last year. And the rookies (Ben Jones, for example) who stepped in and started last season as true or redshirt freshmen will be back, as well. As Bama showed last season, everything begins and ends with line play. Georgia was beaten by Bama and by Florida at the line of scrimmage (the Tech game was a little different–the Dawgs lost that one because of turnovers and poor tackling. And, yes, CPJ outcoached Mark Richt in that game). So to predict a catastrophic season of eight losses for next year simply doesn’t jibe with the rest of the Mark Richt era. His worst team ever won eight games and lost 4. And Georgia’s worst team in the last 45 years only lost 7 games. If the Dawgs can survive last year’s injury fest and win 10 games with a pair of patchwork lines, they’ll win their share this season.

I did NOT go out on a limb and predict that Georgia will beat Tech next season (although, FOR THE RECORD, that’s exactly what I think is going to happen. It will be close, and both teams will be good, but a better Georgia team will win that game in Atlanta next fall. Just MHO). What I DID say was that those Tech fans who think that Richt’s program is going to implode in the face of the Mongol hordes of Techdom (read into that what you will) are fools. Like Paul Johnson, Mark Richt is a very good coach. He’s not great (yet), but he’s good. You don’t average over 10 wins a year in the SEC and suck. Notably, he’s got a history of learning from his mistakes. He adapts. He made an error during the latter part of last season and stopped hitting in practice to avoid further injuries, and that hurt the team in the area of defensive execution. Richt freely admits that–told me so himself, in fact. He won’t make that mistake again. So you Tech fans who are anticipating a twenty-plus–game win streak to even up the series are in for some serious disappointment.

Finally, all of the name-calling and in-your-face bluster is mitigated by your insistence on anonymity (underscoring your inherent cowardice) and by your lack of intelligent, objective commentary (underscoring both your lack of factual comprehension and your deep-seated inferiority complex). I’ll spar with intelligent, thoughtful fans of any school any day. But, as the saying goes, I refuse to enter into a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

Grow up, jerk. Maybe then we can talk.

I’ll gladly see you on this blog on November 29–win, lose, or draw. Hope you will have hit puberty by then.

PHIL

May 17th, 2009
2:49 pm

AL is too high, VA Tech, is too high, OK ST is too high, OH ST is always too high, (as is most any team from that conference in the top 10. If they played an SEC schedule they’d be no better than 8-4 every year.), Ole Miss is too high, Oregon is too high, Boise State and ECU shouldn’t even be in the same rankings with real schools. Again, Bosie with an SEC schedule has a losing record. I will never understand why the people who rank these teams do so on a W-L record only. Boise State would be like MS State or Vandy in the SEC.
It’s Ludicrous to rank teams like that so high. Tech might have a good team, but they couildn’t play in the SEC week in and week out either. People who rank teams need to take into account who they play every week and not just their win loss record.

PHIL

May 17th, 2009
3:09 pm

And I just can’t let this go…………the FACT is that the UGA offense scored more points last year than the Trade School offense. The UGA special teams gave up the ball on the 6 and wonder boy Stafford gave up a pic 6. That wonderful offense that hung a whopping 10 on the third grade all stars and had to win by a field goal near the end, just isn’t all that special. How many did they score on LSU? They’d be another Vandy, MS ST in the SEC. UF would hang 150 on them by half time.

slimpickens

May 17th, 2009
4:03 pm

Tony, Do you remember the score from the Peach Bowl? Does 38 – 3 seem right? Did LSU play some directional school or was that an ACC power?
I just can’t remember!

Mister T

May 17th, 2009
4:06 pm

Dean,

I have been having to have a conversation about football. However, you seemed to be just like most of the uga bloggers on here that just want act like you are superior. Newsflash: You Are Not. I had just given a very detailed anaysis of why I thought Tech would be better than uga THIS YEAR. Not a history lesson of how things have been for the last eight or who has mor NC’s…blah blah blah. Who cares about that really? Oh yeah, you do because it makes you feel some houw superior. Just because there are more uga fans does not mean uga is superior.

If you are really one of those dawg fans that want to talk football, why didn’t you reply to even one of the points I made regarding positions and replacements and performances of the spring…oh yeah, spring doesn’t matter. Explain 40K fans in athens if it doesn’t matter. You think cmr like the performance on the field? doubtful.

I don’t know how long you have been following these blogs, but my take is that uga fans tend to jump on Tech blogs and talk trash. I thought that perhaps that it might subside after Tech did go into samford and beat the dawgs at home, but it didn’t last more than a week. I really don’t know if some tech fans do the same on uga blogs as I don’t usually frequent them. Granted this is a blog that was abut both teams, so I fully expected the trash talk to get thick. But I thought someone besides OTTO could at least engage about something football related not just team spirit related.

THWg!

buckheadbill

May 17th, 2009
4:08 pm

BASKETBALL, BASKETBALL, BASKETBALL, BASKETBALL. I’ve always wanted to do that.

Tom

May 17th, 2009
4:09 pm

Hey, where’s Kentucky? This is our year. If we didn’t have to play in the SEC and could play more Division AA games we’d be in the top twenty five I bet.

slimpickens

May 17th, 2009
4:26 pm

Bama Stan, I just heard that Utah scored again! Wow, what a game..

Tide rising

May 17th, 2009
4:30 pm

Heeldawg,

That was a reasonable, articulate post. But I feel it was kinda wasted on a Tech fan who thinks UGA will lose 8 games. Anyone who thinks UGA will lose 8 games this year is simply not a rational, reasonable person and does not understand football. I can see UGA going 7-5 with losses to good teams like UF, Ok St., LSU, Georgia Tech and an upset loss or even 2. It can happen if Cox gets hurt and a freshman qb is thrown into the fire unprepared. I can also see them going 12-0 by beating the teams they are supposed to beat and by upsetting UF. Its not that farfetched that they could go 12-0 or at least 11-1 with the players they have back especially in the interior lines.

The fact of the matter is that as you said and as I agree a team generally wins and loses at the point of attack on the line of scrimmage. UGA’s O-line reminds me of Bama’s O-line last year and on D they have 2 great bookend D-tackles coming back. Barring an epidemic of injuries losing 8 games would be a nearly impossible. More than likely dogs end up 10-2 regular season. But who knows? That’s why we play the games.

Tide rising

May 17th, 2009
4:33 pm

slimpickens,

Do you have anything intelligent you would like to say today or do you want to just throw barbs all day at other teams? Anyone can do that.

slimpickens

May 17th, 2009
4:45 pm

Tide,
I constantly hear how great Bama is and what a great coach you have and how many championships you have won, I still don’t see how you could have lost to a WAC team with all of those good things that you say you have. No barb just facts!

Preston

May 17th, 2009
4:54 pm

I have a feeling that since Murray enrolled early and immediately starting studying the playbook that Cox is only listed as the starter because he is a senior. I hope he is as good as he was hyped up to be out of HS and keeps the starting position by winning ball games but UGA is prepared to do what they have to do with Logan or Aaron.

Tide rising

May 17th, 2009
5:06 pm

Slimpickens,

Utah was a good team. Going 13-0 is still a tough feat in a decent conference like the Mountain West which has some very respectable teams in BYU, TCU, etc. People tend to forget that as a conference they went something like 5-1 or 6-0 against the Pac 10 this year (Pac 10 was unbeaten in bowl games at 5-0) and the Mountain West also went something like 5-1 or 5-0 against the pac 10 last year. Utah was never a team to be taken lightly and in doing so we got UTAH’d.

Everybody loses a game that people don’t think they should have lost. It happens. Just ask the national champion Florida when they lost to an Ole Miss team that at the time people had no idea just how good Ole Miss would end up being. As for all the championships we have and all that it is what it is. Do you want us to apologize for our tradition?

As for Saban being a great coach some Bama fans think he is while others like me think a little different. To me he is a good coach but not a great coach. He is however probably the single best recruiter in the country. Even he acknowledges in interviews that he thinks there are several coaches better than he is. His advantage is that he does have a sick work ethic and as I said is one helluva recruiter. All in all though he is simply one of many good coaches in the sec.

FL DAWG

May 17th, 2009
6:34 pm

Why will UGA be improved over last year? The offensive line will be very good this year and for the next several years. With players coming back from injury depth should not be an issue. While we will not have the talent or experience at RB, the O line will be opening up bigger holes to run through. Joe Cox will have more time in the Pocket to throw the ball than Stafford did. Cox will prove to be a solid leader and accurate passer. The D-line will also be improved with Jeff Owens and Geno Adkins in the middle, allowing DE to do a better job on the edge. As long as D line gets more pressure on QBs the less experienced DBs will not be exposed as much. LBs should be solid. The only question is how well will Willie teach them to wrap up. Forgot about the kicking game and the need to do a better job there that is the second question. Should Cox turn out not to be as good as I think he will be, then Logan Grey or one of the Freshmen will have an opportunity to step up. The dawgs will have a solid season.

nerds helper

May 17th, 2009
6:40 pm

im so sick of people saying Tech would lose more games in the SEC… the ACC was ranked ABOVE the SEC top to bottom last year.. Duke beat Vandy for Christ’s sake.. get over yourselves you SEC wankers

Bo Williams

May 17th, 2009
6:50 pm

UNC beat GaTech last year, shut them down. I believe they did it with their 2d team quarterback. Tech fans, don’t take the Heels for granted. I sense that UNC will have a stellar defense, plus Yates will start at QB for the 3d straight year. Running back situation seems to be better as well. What’ya think?

FL DAWG

May 17th, 2009
7:10 pm

Nerd helper, who has more NC in the last 5 years the A(ll)C(hildrens)C(onference)or the SEC? Yeah, I know 45-42, what a blow out. Even a blind hog can find an acorn every now and then.

SEC Rules

May 17th, 2009
7:18 pm

nerds helper,

The bottom teams in the acc may have been better than the 3 or 4 bottom teams in the sec but that is hardly saying that the ACC is better. They tied 6-6 and in the games that counted the sec whacked the acc in the bowl season. In a comparison of the 12 games played between the 2 conferences we easily outscored you as you won several squeakers while we blew out the ACC in most of the games we won. Your runnerup lost to our traditional doormat Vandy. The top tier teams in the sec are demonstrably superior to the acc and winning one game here and there such as Duke over Vandy is just plain silly.

Do I need to bring up Florida stomping FSU or Bama stomping Clemson 34-10 or LSU which won only 3 conference games stomping Tech 38-3. Also the sec won the bcs title for the 3rd year in a row and its 4th in 6 years. We went 6-2 this year in bowls and 7-2 last year while you went 4-5 this year.

Are you kidding?And the best you can come back with is that Duke beat Vandy? Is that it?

Bo Williams

May 17th, 2009
7:20 pm

SEC Rules – how did WF do against the vaunted Ole Miss Rebs?

FL DAWG

May 17th, 2009
7:23 pm

Given both teams overall record last year, returning players, questionable impact recruits, last years results in the UGA-GT game, and upcoming schedule, both UGA and GT are ranked about right. You could flip flop them based on overall record or leave them like they are based on head to head. The preseason rankings really don’t mean very much. Both teams will have the opportunity to move up based on their performance in the upcoming season.

FL DAWG

May 17th, 2009
7:26 pm

Techies please keep thinking your that much better than UGA.

macrotech

May 17th, 2009
7:42 pm

FL DAWG, ok…. ;0)

Brian Dawkins

May 17th, 2009
7:54 pm

ONE NAME…. C.J SPILLER. Clemson came into last season overhyped and with a VERY young offensive line. This season they begin unranked and with no expectations. They have THREE FOUR-STAR QB’s on the depth chart and TWO game changing speedsters in Spiller and Jacoby Ford. They will be running the wild hog offense and C.J Spiller will be touching the ball 65% of the time. REMEMBER… Clemson will be the suprise team this year and C.J will be in the Heisman talks at seasons end.

SEC Rules

May 17th, 2009
8:06 pm

Bo Williams,

I watched the Wake-Ole Miss game in which Wake rallied to win in the last minute at home with not 1 but 2 very questionable pass interference penalties. Or did you not notice that? Good thing for Wake that it was one of the early games of the season. Ole Miss lost most if not all of their 4 losses in the first half of the season. It was the last several games of the season that they really turned it on. You may not have noticed but they did have a new coach, new offensive and defensive system, and it usually takes several games to get into a good rythm with a brand new coaching staff. In any event it does look like the ACC earned another squeaker win over the sec. I’ll be sure though to get back to you shortly to see what the cumulative points scored for and points scored against between the 2 conferences adds up to. I’m very certain it will heavily favor the sec given all the blowout wins the sec had over the acc.