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

No BCS

May 15th, 2009
8:33 am

Not bad, but Alabama at number 4? Not only do they have to replace an OL, they also have a new quarterback. Bama loses first game to Virginia Tech and probably one or two more later in the season. Bama should be around 15. I’m not on the Ole Miss bandwagon yet either. I’d put them between 15 and 20. Penn State is ranked a little too high but agree with the “people” that they’ll beat Ohio State in Happy Valley and win the Big Ten again. Georgia has a lot of star power to replace…I’d put them between 20 and 25. It will be interesting to see where Florida State ends up with all the media attention surrounding the fate of Bobby Bowden’s wins. However they finish though I’d say this season is Bobby’s last. Lastly, Notre Dame should not be ranked at all. Southern Cal will clober them and I’d bet even Michigan hands them a 14 point loss this year. Like everyone else, you have Notre Dame on this list based on name alone.

Eric

May 15th, 2009
8:34 am

I think maybe UAT should be ranked just below Utah.

Eric

May 15th, 2009
8:39 am

Is Auburn still in the SEC?

Maddog

May 15th, 2009
8:40 am

I’m usually just interested in where UGA is ranked, and how the top 10 looks, but Ole Miss at #10? I think they’ll be good, but not top 10.

David

May 15th, 2009
8:44 am

I agree with most but Oklahoma St at #7? Yes they have a good offense with all the starters returning but they gave up a TON of points and there offense was playing against Big 12 defenses. See Ole Miss vs TT…

William

May 15th, 2009
8:45 am

Oklahoma lost all 5 starters on the OL. Bradford may be good, but if the OL is exceptional, it’ll be hard to complete passes laying on his back.

Steve

May 15th, 2009
8:46 am

How can you put F$U in the top 25, much less 15th in the country? Is this a going away gift for Bobby? At least you remember to put Oklahoma in your top 25 this year. I guess that is an improvement over last season.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
8:48 am

TONY BARNHART—-Just for fun, I posted three Youtube.com video links last night of “growling gators,” and 12 hours later that post is still awaiting “moderation,” whatever the heck that means:

“Atlanta Gator Your comment is awaiting moderation. May 14th, 2009. 8:17 pm.”

Given all the vile garbage that the AJC sees fit to permit some bloggers to post, this seems, well, a little bit inconsistent. Can you please explain what the AJC’s current “moderation” policy is, please, so everyone on your Mr. CFB blog understands? Did the Youtube video links, harmless though they clearly are, trigger some sort of automated censorship function?

F-Dawg

May 15th, 2009
8:48 am

Opening at Oklahoma State…not exactly a cupcake.

bank walker

May 15th, 2009
8:54 am

There is no way bama should be in at #4. Everything else looks peachy.

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
8:57 am

Ole Miss will sink like a rock and be out of the Top 25 by Mid-October. They have good skill position players on O and a decently stout D but their O line play will let them down. Snead is overrated and does not perform well when pressured. Sadly (or not!!) he will be severely pressured all season long.

hop

May 15th, 2009
8:58 am

okla state has no defense at all. they will not finish in the top 20 at season end,and alabama team destroyed by utah!

toney.. you have got to be kidding

the dawgs will defeat okla state just has ole miss beat texas tech.

this big 12 conference does not play any defense.

they will not score over 20points at most on the improved dawg defense.

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
9:00 am

Bama ain’t got no qwataback….another year of a twitchy houndstooth will be had 6 feet under the Bear’s tombstone.

stoopid

May 15th, 2009
9:01 am

USC is #5???!!!! They lose their whole team, including their starting veteran QB, they have no proven upcoming QB and more than 9 starters gone and they get put in at #5?? I call BULLSHI*!!

RD

May 15th, 2009
9:04 am

yaaaaawn….you’re really out on a limb there Tony. This is the most “safe-play” preseason poll I have seen yet. Obviously Florida should be #1, and a mix of USC, Texas, and Oklahoma should be at the top. Georgia Tech will not score 45 on Georgia again…Tech’s defense better fill the holes on the D line, or their higher ranking than UGA will look darn silly.

Ole Miss will surprise us all…don’t be surprised when they show up in Atlanta come December.

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
9:05 am

Good morning folks!!!

Did y’all miss me?

I think at some point last year there were about 15 Roswell Eds. Well this is the real me and I can tell you that AU doesn’t belong in the top 25——YET. Don’t forget that we were a QB away from being pretty good last year.

Enough of that. If you want to see what I’ve been up to and my daily musings please visit my website

http://www.BigEdsBlog.com

Started it a couple of weeks ago and I think y’all will luv it!!

Enjoy.

Danny

May 15th, 2009
9:06 am

Atlanta Gator

This is a football forum, not Animal Planet.

CharlotteGator

May 15th, 2009
9:07 am

Not sure LSU is the biggest concern. Tough game for sure, but it being pegged as their biggest game and the team’s desire to make up for the last visit to Baton Rouge will have them singularly focused. The bye week ahead of that game for us is HUGE as well.

I’m more concerned about the UGA game given that they have the bye week before and I could see our team not being as up for that game as they’d need to be. Ask Georgia if it’s possible to lose that game w/ the superior team. The Gators have won some games this decade they had no business being in (the Lito Sheppard return game, the Terrance Edwards drop, etc.).

The USCe game could be interesting as well. I remember that loss up there in Spurrier’s first year and I can see something stupid/crazy happening again.

I know we have a setup for great leadership and focus, but at the end of the day, they’re still college kids. Anyone remember how focused we were in college?

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:07 am

So a UGA team, with a bye the week before that is pretty much flying under the Radar, isn’t a “real concern”? Love it, keep it coming :)

By week

May 15th, 2009
9:09 am

UGA had a bye week before the Tech game and we know how that turned out….

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:10 am

P.S. I’m not usually overconfident about winning football games. However, we will stomp the cows out of the boys at OSU. Mark it down. The Big 12 is pretty soft as a football conference.

mightyKC

May 15th, 2009
9:10 am

he must have been joking…no Gator fans are worried about the pups.
All bark and no bite.

DawginLex

May 15th, 2009
9:11 am

Bama way too high. LSU too high. Okie state too high. Ole Miss about right but should be the highest ranked SEC west team by year end. SEC east is a 2 horse race with Fla/UGA.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
9:16 am

Yes, Danny, I know. I will try to restrict my use of Youtube video links to the two-legged variety of Gators in the future.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
9:16 am

Over ranked…Bama, Ohio St., ND.

Under ranked…Ole Missy, UNC, Utah.

NANCY PELOSI IS THE BIGGEST LIAR ON PLANET EARTH!!! (Tony you said Fridays were open for anything)

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:19 am

Atlanta Gator, It’s probably because it’s an outside link. On other forums and blogs, people will sometimes post up links to sites containing viruses and keyloggers. It can get pretty ugly in the wild wild west of the internet.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
9:19 am

Roswell Ed—-Your blog posts will simply not be the same without your selective use of BOLD type in this new AJC blog environment. Glad you’re back—-it wasn’t the same around here without you.

JB

May 15th, 2009
9:19 am

Dawgs go 9-3 and finish 15 th or so….They will beat Tech..Book it…

stoopid

May 15th, 2009
9:20 am

dawgs had a bye week before the UF game in 07 and we all know how that turned out!!

I was hopin for a topic on Spurriers comments bout CUM… any UF trollers on here have an opinion on what the ol’ ball coach had to say bout urban lyer??

m

May 15th, 2009
9:20 am

Tony…you are the biggest sec homer gomer there has ever been. 4 sec teams in the top 10…what a crock. And how in the helle can alabammmer be ranked #4 and ahead of a Utah team that beat the crap out of them.

The sec is the most overhyped and overrated conference in history. Last year the sec top to bottom was the weakest in history…and it is not much better this year.

The sec is the chan gomer gailey of conferences….thank God and Greyhound he is gone.

JB

May 15th, 2009
9:21 am

Ramble on………WE AGREE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
9:21 am

RxDawg—-Weirdly, the blog filter would let me post the video links one at a time, but not all three in a single post. My original post at 8:17 last night is still awaiting “moderation.”

Bama Dawg

May 15th, 2009
9:23 am

Roswell Ed – Still and Idiot!

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:24 am

Well, maybe not. I see Ed’s post went up just fine. *shrugs*

JB

May 15th, 2009
9:24 am

speaking of Pelosi, how’s this “CHANGE” working out for everybody ? ( it is open line Friday)

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
9:30 am

BAMA DAWG—Still and idiot? What the f does that mean?

I agree– Nancy Pelosi is a big fat liar.

http://www.BigEdsBlog.com is virus free unlike your mother!!

CharlotteGator

May 15th, 2009
9:30 am

Ol’ ball coach’s comments are what they are. At this point I feel like anything that gets said about Urban or the Gators has to just go by the wayside. When you’re at the top, people are going to take shots and do what they can to come get you or at least bring you down. I feel like the Gators need to enjoy the current level of sustained success with a little class but also an honest assessment that it’s unrealistic for it to last forever (see basketball). Responding to every dig, criticism, etc while we’re trying to do some unprecedented stuff is a waste of time.

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
9:33 am

How many times did I here “puppies annihilate Tech last year. How did that work out? BOOK IT. UGA fans should never us the word “book”, no matter the definition.

azcat225

May 15th, 2009
9:33 am

Just to keep things in perspective, particularly given some of the juvenile and barely-literate comments posted already, let’s keep Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich in our thoughts and prayers. Throw all the bricks you want at me, folks, but it’s just a game.

dawg68

May 15th, 2009
9:35 am

Everybody knows defense wins or looses games (ask UGA), FLA. deserves to be #1 I hate to admit that, but to rate Tech #13 and UGA behind Tech is a joke. Their defensive line needs to be rebuilt and UGA has 3 defensive lineman back from injury will have a big impact, besides Willie’s job is on the line this year. Everybody will study the LSU game and design schemes similiar to stop this offense. Tech will probably lose 4 to 5 games this year and especially their last game of the year at thr “trade school field”

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
9:36 am

How did those preseason rankings work out last year? It was all good until the “BAMA BLACKOUT”! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

bigdawg01

May 15th, 2009
9:36 am

I will keep my Freedom, Money, and Guns. All the rest can keep the “change”. Pelosi needs to burn.

M,
Will you please go away and take the LAMEST saying “God and Greyhound” BS with you. You are completely irrelevant and a total d-bag.

srr

May 15th, 2009
9:37 am

The SEC is like every other BCS conference — the teams don’t like to play other BCS schools on the road — and when they do, they lose more often than they win.

Oklahoma State at Stillwater will be a very difficult game for the Dawgs.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
9:41 am

Most ethical congress evah!!!

HAH!!!

Is a lie, really a lie, when everyone knows it’s a lie, and the person telling it knows everyone knows it’s a lie?

I never thought I’d say it, but to steal someone’s handle, “I’d rather be a dawg than a democrat”.

Admit it Tony, this is the first time evah, that you haven’t had a preseason ranking without UTenn and Awbarn in the top 25. You are making small strides on you bias.

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
9:41 am

What’s more uncomfortable?

Being waterboarded or listening to Pelosi’s excuses about what she knew about waterboarding?

The LOONEY LEFT????

http://www.BigEdsBlog.com

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:43 am

Roswell Ed, welcome back.

Bama Dawg, I really hate to say it, read your post. Proofread when possible, and I don’t obey that commandment nearly enough either.

Zombie Erk Russell

May 15th, 2009
9:46 am

There are no brains here. None. I need to eat… need to eat…

Must. Find. Brains.

Hey, does anyone have a link to Mensa’s home page?

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:46 am

For once, at least while sober, I will say something political. I would rather be waterboarded long enough to give up the Original Recipe at that KFC where me and my fellow dawg graduates work, than be stuck in a room with that woman for ten minutes. Why doesn’t she blink, creepy.

Sickened

May 15th, 2009
9:46 am

I’m sick of the left-wingers also. When are we gonna invade another country & start torturing again?

Huh?

May 15th, 2009
9:49 am

After getting my share of humble pie last year I make no predictions. I will only say that Oklahoma State is the least of my worries. Its out of conference, on the road, and against a top 10 team. As long as we make a respectable showing we could drop that game and it wouldn’t make or break the season. I don’t think we lose though. Mark Richt teams thrive in games like this. Plus, they are an overrated Big 12 patsy with no defense. Couldn’t resist.

No, as usual, I am more worried about the SEC slate for Georgia. If we beat OSU we could be poised for a letdown the next week against South Carolina. I’m sure LSU is a little tired of getting smacked around by us and will bring the A game. Tennessee is in Knoxville and only a week after LSU. And when was the last time we beat Auburn a mindboggling FOUR years in a row? It just doesn’t happen. As for the Gators: Foggettaboutit. It ain’t happening folks. The bye week will surely make it less painful than last year, but barring some catastrophic Gator injury a win is out of the question. I’m sorry.

We could be in for a rough year. Thank god and greyhound we’ve still got Tech to smack around. That will be fun. Can’t wait to see how they deal with that spotlight. I think they choke per the usual. Thanks.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
9:49 am

Preseason rankings working out…now it is on UF and Bama. It is way to early for rankings which I really loathe because if the preseason top 2 run the table then they’re a shoe in for the title even if someone else does as well.

OU’s OL really hurt I don’t understand why Bradford didn’t leave unless he really didn’t want to go to Detroit (can’t blame him there)

Any of the top 10 could go all the way. The reduced scholarships has really turned the seasons into a toss up.

IMO the NCAA needs to up the scholarships by 15 for the BCS schools and move these non BCS teams into their own division with a playoff.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:50 am

Pakistan looks like a nice fight. They even have nukes just to make it fair.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
9:51 am

What is the big deal about Chavis? Has anyone watched his prevent defense against the Cali teams the past 2 years. He makes CWM look aggressive.

azcat225

May 15th, 2009
9:52 am

Oh, and add my welcome back to your list, Roswell Ed.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:54 am

I think the Gators go all the way with the Pope conferring Sainthood to our blessed T-bow at halftime. That ought to boost the ratings.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
9:55 am

Sickened, when Obama gets caught with an intern and needs to deflect the the 15% of the media that’s not in his pocket.

gtforever

May 15th, 2009
9:57 am

GT is NO top 20 team….. They had NO defense last year when they had some players. Imagine what is going to happen this year, when they play a harder schedule… The offense can score, but they will not be able to carry the load every game. We only have ONE gimme game this year with JS. Coach will have a hard time trying to better the record from last year…. Time will tell.

Ken Keller

May 15th, 2009
9:59 am

DJ Fluker will fill in admirably at LT in place of Andre Smith. Trent Richardson will be as good as Glenn Coffee at RB and Greg McElroy will open up attack at QB with same blueprint as JPW last season: eliminate turnovers and put ball in Julio’s hands. Defense will be best in SEC. Bama over undefeated Florida in SEC championship. Meyer bolts to Notre Dame in 2010.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

RambleOn, it was no intern, it was a tele-prompter writer.

jabster

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

COFH will be good this year. Road to Tampa goes through the ATL when the Hokies visit. That FSU game in Tally is going to hurt. Paybacks to UNC and UVA. I predict 10-2 or 9-3, with one of those losses being to FSU. If we can beat VT we’re going to Tampa.

Dean

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

I’ll give this my vince Dooley impression. “We are just very honored to be considered worhty of the top 25. I can’t believe they actually think we may be good enough to finish as high as number 14. Golly, there are alot of tough teams on the schedule. Everyone overlooks Vandy and Kentucky but those teams are world beaters just like everyone else on the schedule. We will be very lucky to win half of our games, but maybe with a little luck and extra effort our boys can eak out an extra win here and there.”

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

Roswell Ed has been too busy building his Kodi Burns action figure collection to post on here.

Actually, maybe they should invent a new genre of toy specifically for Kodi called the “inaction figure”.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
10:01 am

Cuz, how bout Darfar, they pose no threat to us and it will make George Clooney happy.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
10:05 am

Our agreeing on things is getting out of hand RambleOn, maybe I will come over to the Dark Side with you. I hear you can get a bowl of soup in downtown Atlanta with my UGA degree.

Spike

May 15th, 2009
10:05 am

I hate to say it, but the Gators deserve to be #1 preseason. But have you all seen that panty waist schedule they have?

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
10:06 am

Am sure George Clooney makes a lot of Vol fans happy.

I have actually heard that Ed Orgeron turns into Ed Margerine every time he sees George Clooney on the TV.

Stumpy's Bear

May 15th, 2009
10:08 am

Drop Georgia to #20, Ole Miss to to Georgia’s #14 spot, Tech to #10, and are Alabama and VT really going to be top 6 good?

Monte Kiffin

May 15th, 2009
10:09 am

Lane, didn’t I tell you to make your bed?!

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
10:09 am

Why wasn’t Charleston Southern ranked in the top 25?

Monte Kiffin

May 15th, 2009
10:11 am

Lane, if you don’t play nice with Ed. i’m going to have to call Mrs. Orgeron and tell her not to let him come over to the stadium any more.

FloridaManiac

May 15th, 2009
10:13 am

Charleston Southern is actually seriously underrated. They are a power int he making in the Eastern Coastal Tidewater Conference. Phil Steele say they could go to a bowl.

ThereIsADoddinHeaven

May 15th, 2009
10:15 am

Bama and Ole Miss in top 10…over rated. LSU under rated should be in top 10 around 8. Bama lost too much offensively and the D will be very good but they will lose several games because they will lack firepower. Ole Miss will score but they want be able to stop the run and will lose for the complete opposite reasons of Bama.

Most over rated team on your list OSU! No way the Cowboys are a top 10 team. In fact, probably not even top 20. Say 22nd… You only put them in the top 10 in the effort to motivate your Dawgs to prepare. They will have a good offense but they simply lack the defensive strength to win against UGA, UT, Okie, TT or for that matter Nebraska. Shoot even Kansas and Missouri are likely as good. Is four or five losses worthy of a top 10 team???

UGA at 14 is also way too optimistic. Losses to USC, UF, LSU, GT and potential losses to ASU, UT, AUB, Shoot even Vandy and Ark have the potential to beat this team. RB position looks very iffy…Only one quality WR unless another develops and then there still will be a lack of depth. The secondary with Allen leaving looks suspect…shall I continue? Special teams? Defensive Line especially with the illegal druggies dropping out? If this is a top 15 team it shows either media bias (nothing new) and/or the best coaching job of Richt’s tenure. Otherwise, even coaching is suspect. With his talented teams should he not be able to perform higher?

Dawg Fud

May 15th, 2009
10:17 am

Yes, Tony we realize OSU is very talented and very good. Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

Monte Kiffin

May 15th, 2009
10:17 am

Lane, I know it’s embarrasing but at some point you are going to have to take showers with the other boys after practice.

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
10:18 am

I’ve been playing my Coleco Electronic Football game. Remember the vibrating one?

And Kodi Burns and Chris Todd are my QBs.

When Todd winds up the ball just falls there behind him and when Burns throws the ball it always hits the other team!!!

Trade School Junkie

May 15th, 2009
10:20 am

GT at 13 seems about right. UGA at 14 is laughable.
UGA with lose to OKst, Ark, and LSU, even before Urban lays another whooping on CMR. Thats 4 right there. And that doesnt count USC, KY or Auburn which UGA barely beat in 2008, even with 24 & 7. No, 2009 will look like a 7-5 or 6-6 season coming up for CMR. And for good measure, GT is going to D-E-S-T-R-O-Y UGA in Atlanta. GT won games in 2008 with an alomst all Freshmen and Sophmore roster. If you mutts couldnt do it with 24 & 7, what could possibly make you think you’ll do it in 2009?

No, 2009 is gonna be a thing of beauty: GT 56 UGA 18.

UGA bloggers will disappear after FL delivers loss #5 for the season. Its gonna be a great Fall, watching mutts crapping their pants, and throwing CMR under the bus.

JB

May 15th, 2009
10:22 am

Charleston Southern is a bunch of high school players that no one in Div 1 wanted. it’ll be a killing and that AD should be ashamed at UF, Hell, even my Dawgs are trying to upgrade their OOC games.
Even Tech has now helped out our strength of schedule…LOL Road kill to a game….

Miles

May 15th, 2009
10:23 am

Gators #1…Texas #2…not bad Mr. Banhart…not bad at all…pretty damn good!

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
10:26 am

I would rather play Colleco than Madden 2009. Then again I wear a thin tie and my wife’s dress have shoulder pads too.

What you need is the Gus Malzahn Colleco upgrade package. The Burns blip runs for its life and then throws long incompletions every play.

JB

May 15th, 2009
10:27 am

Dodd in Heaven…….I’ve got a thousand now that say’s Dawgs don’t lose 7. I know you hate us, but speak with your mind and not out your ass….

GT

May 15th, 2009
10:29 am

I wonder after watching the draft how good those players Tech lost really were. I thought they were very good but obviously some pro scouts differ, which is why I am thinking the defense for Tech is coached very well and will do fine. Taylor is one of the best freshmen safeties Tech has ever had. Tech has a way of hiding good players. Dwyer should be paraded for national honors after being ACC offensive player of the year his sophomore year last year, but I am feeling nothing for him out there. This is bad for the individual but great for the team. Georgia suffers to much expectation and it cost them national championships.

Ok. State is showing the world that money is the answer to a great college football program. That team is financed by T. Boone and while a school like Tech is under constant rule violations that you would expect from a football factory OSU is floating in money and sailing through all inspection like a preacher on Sunday morning. That right there is why the NCAA is no friend to college football.

One last question why is Gary Patterson not working for someone on the east coast. He has taken some of the worst conditions, unlike an Ok State and turned it into a nation powerhouse with very little notice from the national press. With all the opening in the SEC especially Auburn’s what does this guy do in a interview that turns schools off on him?

Gator teeth man

May 15th, 2009
10:30 am

Charleston Southeren is full of some slobber nockers. Dont let their small name fool you. Maniac is correct.

North Ave Dude

May 15th, 2009
10:37 am

mutts:

please explain exactly how you expect to beat OKSt, Ark, LSU, FL, hell, even USC or KY without 24 & 7. Seriously. And forget the GT game. Jackets will crush mutts in 2009. Stafford’s passing game C-A-R-R-I-E-D that team last year. No, by Oct 1st you’ll be talking about 2009 as a “rebuliding year.” LOL

JB

May 15th, 2009
10:41 am

GT……I too am amazed at the ball players that turn up at Tech. It’s a credit to the coaching over there.
These guys come out of nowhere and become good players. Tech, I will admit, gets very little hype from the paper or the media in general, although after last year that is changing some. Trust me, all Dawg fans are aware of Paul Johnson……good year last year….
it’ll be interesting to see what year two brings.

Drew-G-A

May 15th, 2009
10:48 am

I agree with your list for the most part Tony, I do think it’s funny how you say your still not sure about some teams, but yet still have them a little higher than they probably should be, but for the most part good list. I AM NOT DRINKING THE OLE MISS KOOL-AID. I predict LSU will win the west, their defense is gonna be scary with Jon Chavis there. As a UGA fan I’m more scared of them on the schedule this year than if we had to play Bama again.

george

May 15th, 2009
10:48 am

Georgia at 14???????????????????? HA HA HA HA no good running backs,suspect at best QB, 1 good wr and after that NOTHING, and even mr. college football says he has worries about the defense. PLEASE give me a break. Losses at Ok st, at GT, and UF. Home losses to LSU, and either USC or AU. That all adds up to a 7-5 record and a trip to the music city bowl.

CG

May 15th, 2009
10:48 am

Ole Miss should be higher than #10. For the first time in over 35 years, they have the coaching to live up to the hype.

Nativebird

May 15th, 2009
10:52 am

I guess all the Mountain West hula-bulew was just that, huh. and Yes, definitley AGREE. Just static.

If Tebow can keep his team’s head out of the clouds, Gators repeat. Chomp, Chomp.

rss3166

May 15th, 2009
10:56 am

Everybody is jumping on the Ole Miss bandwagon. It reeks of Georgia a year ago. How did that turn out? They will be good but they don’t have the talent across the board to win the west. And Nutt always manages to lose a game or two he shouldn’t.

JB

May 15th, 2009
11:00 am

george, that’s how we want you to think of us bro…….The players on Georgia’s team were wanted by every SEC power house. I hope you bring that outlook to the game….I printed your post and mailing to my neighbor who’s son is a student trainer and told to to blow it up and post in the weight room the week of the game. i don’t think we will OVERLOOK you this year. Nothing you say……

Frozen_Gator

May 15th, 2009
11:00 am

A 15th preseason ranked f$u team with an average QB,no proven WR or Backs, predictable defense, and a coaching staff in turmoil should win the ACC Atlantic?????? Wow, that must a very weak conference this year.

jason

May 15th, 2009
11:02 am

Rosewell Ed,What’s more uncomfortable?

Being waterboarded or listening to Pelosi’s excuses about what she knew about waterboarding?

The LOONEY LEFT????

http://www.BigEdsBlog.com

That was priceless. Dude I read the AJC blogs all the time. Good to see you back with your Zingers.

tidefan2

May 15th, 2009
11:02 am

I’m loving the way all the posters are saying Bama is over rated and have no quarterback. McElroy will be as good or better than JPW. With the defense Bama will have, they won’t have to score a lot of points to win anyway.

Mac

May 15th, 2009
11:03 am

Yes, they will. It’s because Meyer is the present day Bear Bryant and Tebow is the best player in all of college football.

Mikey

May 15th, 2009
11:05 am

Rumor has it that Charleston Southern is not drinking the kool aid. They fully intend to go into the swamp and score at least 3 points.
Troy will follow them the next week and score at least 3 more on the mighty invincible Teebo’s and Coarch Urban Meyers.

Afterward, ESPN will be slobbering all over the Points for(over 100) and points against(6)the mighty invincible Teebo’s and Coarch Urban Meyers team.
They will show the graphic over 100 times in the week leading up to the Lame Kitten massacre otherwise known as UT vs. UF on September 19.
I know I will be sitting like a zombie absorbing all the karma from ESPN as I can.
In closing I would like to gradulate the gator.
go gator.

rainman

May 15th, 2009
11:11 am

Poor UGay, they just can’t stand the fact that they are the inferior program in Ga. — maybe they could condense the playbook to match their intelligence. I laugh when they talk about GT’s defense being weaker. The D-line will have some new faces, but overall should be sound (Derrick Morgan was our best D-lineman last year). The linebackers and the secondary will absolutely be better. As to the offense — I think the over/under is 400 yds. rushing against the half-breeds.

Barry

May 15th, 2009
11:17 am

Hey Y’all:

The Gators will be something to deal with. Let’s be honest. They will be playing some real exciting football this year. And of course our Georgia Bullldogs will be in the hunt. But man the sleeper will be those Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket. If they get their defense upgraded where the likes of teams like LSU do not dominate them in bug games they are going to be a terror, especially iwth that exciting offense that they run. They are mre than a threat every game.

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This is a SECRET from a COLLEGE FOOTBALL FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

Trade School Junkie

May 15th, 2009
11:19 am

Barnhart is worried about OKSt???????? As if that’s all there is to worry about???? ROTFLMAO. I guess he’s trying to kiss arse to all his uga readers. serioulsy, UGA is gonna get HAMMERED this year.
Losses to:
1. OKSt (LOss: OKSt is on a title run, and UGA is victim #1)
2. USC (UGA only won 14-7 at home even with 24 & 7)
3. Ark (Loss: Petrino Rising)
4. AzSt (Probably a win)
5. LSU (Loss: Beatdown at home)
6. TN (Possible win)
7. Vandy (Possible win)
8. FL (hahahahahahahahaha)
9. TennTech (Homecoming…lots of p**ed off fans show up)
10. Auburn (Possible win, but doubtful)
11. Kentucky (Loss)
12. GT (GT 500 yds rushing and 4 INTs: GT 56 UGA 18 in a laugher)

Reality Check

May 15th, 2009
11:20 am

Overall, the rankings are logical based on last year, but I think Alabama is rated high based on losing quarterback and #1 Offensive lineman in draft. How LSU manages to continue to be ranked so high every year after losing record in conference is still a mystery to me. They had as bad or worse defense than Georgia last year. Changing DC’s must mean an awlful lot. As a Georgia fan we should probably start out in the 20-25 range until we prove last years defensive let down is a fluke. I am not ready to throw in the towell based on meaningless scrimmage spring game, I do beleive we have some quality running backs to plug in and also Joe Cox is an upgrade over 2006 when we started Joe T. The talent base on paper is as good as it has ever been under CMR so everyone predicted a total collapse is way off base in my opinion. It sounds from some blogs we have the talent of North Dakota State so why should we show up. I have posted before and echo JB’s prediction of 9-3, but would not be surprised at 10-2 or 8-4.

GT is a little overrated based on chick bowl embarrassment, but overall year 2 for coaches show significant improvement especially on offensive side which tech has unconventional offense. As they recruit players more suited to the option based system their Offensive production should be more consistent. The DL for tech is a concern since they are now in NFL camps.

North Ave Dude

May 15th, 2009
11:23 am

Face it mutts, its already over befor eit begins.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-VEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Lord of the Lizards

May 15th, 2009
11:25 am

FEAR the Charleston Southern Buccaneers!!…Or is that FEAR the Kiff??!!…either way…

Zombie Erk Russell

May 15th, 2009
11:26 am

I just crushed North Ave Dude’s little skull in search of brains. I didn’t see any. I need some brains. Trade School Junkie… no brains there either… Brrrainsssss.

Mikey

May 15th, 2009
11:26 am

Trade School Junkie,

Please put more salt on my fries and get back to work.
PS- Mickie D’s has a drug test coming soon for you based on your delusional post from above.

[...] this post-spring practice Top 25 rankings and five SEC squads make an appearance.You can read the explanations for his selections right here, but for our purposes, here are his rankings:1.  Florida2.  Texas3.  Oklahoma4.  Alabama5.  [...]

Dean

May 15th, 2009
11:28 am

Given the way the Tech’s postings are I don’t even know why our Bulldogs even try to field a team. Year and after year we are whipped by the boys in yellow and gold and we fail to ever accomplish anything. The facts seem so obvious as to why the Red and Black will fail year after year and there is absolutely no history to show that we can ever do better than last in our conference. Whoa is me!
For a team that finally won against UGA they sure spend alot of time talking about our program. I guess hatred is the best form of respect. I get the feeling that is what it really is isn’t it Techies? As much as it turns your little striped guts in and out you have RESPECT for our football team don’t you? That’s exactly why you can’t be pleased to see your rakning and talk about that. You have to talk about UGA. Deep down inside your inner soul bleeds RED and BLACK!!!

Mister T

May 15th, 2009
11:29 am

hop & rxdawg,

Did you watch the uga spring game? What exactly about the dawg’s performance on offense makes you think that OK State (or any anyone for that matter) will have to play that great of defense? They barely scored against the same defense only five months older and still coached by your “beloved” coach willy. Unless somehow over the past five months CWM and his d have transformed into Erk Russell and the junkyard dawgs I don’t think you can contain OK State or really much of anyone. The facts that you lost your two biggest weapons on offense tothe first round of the NFL and no obvious heir at rb…my guess is that the offense is now even more flaccid that the defense proved to be last season.

Prediction: uga loses 4 in regular season. If they start 0-2, they lose 5.

I think the Tech ranking is about right to start the season. Everyone realizes they have potential and will not be a surprise team this year. To get into the BCS they will have to earn it.

I really liked CPJ’s response to the question during/after spring (paraphrased):
Q: Are you concerned that your opponents will get better at defending the triple option now that they have seen it?
CPJ: Oh, I am sure the will, but we will get better at running it too.

The Tech spring game showed the offense has improved. It was much faster even with second stringers. The defense that had seen this offense everyday for 20+ days still couldn’t stop it.

To be fair, on the flip side the same token as my uga critique, Tech did lose three key DL’s. They were not on the same level as the weapons that uga lost on offense, but big shoes to fill. Did the Tech triple option just take advantage of the depleted defense? I really don’t think so. The D did make some plays and jumped some reads. That is part of seeing the TO everyday. I hope this experience will teach them to play assignment football every week.

The big question will be, “how many points will this offense be able to score against defenses that don’t get to practice against it every week?” I was at the Tech spring game. Dwyer and Roddy really didn’t play that much and Nesbit sat it out. There are a lot of weapons on this offense.

If they can keep the fumbles to a minimum…EXCITING!

Bruce Pearl

May 15th, 2009
11:30 am

Layla, So what time did you say Lane gets home??

jason

May 15th, 2009
11:32 am

Opinion on the SEC. UF is the unquestionable #1. UA, LSU, Ole Miss, you raelly don’t know what to expect. You have to go on recent history. Nutt, is a good coach, but his teams always drop a gimmie every year. UA, lost a QB, and their line. Lost some players on D. Saban, love him or loathe him he is one of the 5 best HCs in collage football. They will play sound D, and they will run the ball. Run it enough to work play action to Julio. I do think UA will lose a game to uneffectiveness by the offense. Lsu, luckiest Coack in football. But always has a good D, and playmakers on O. Lsu looks the stongest at this point as far as players coming back. The SEC west will be the stronger division in the SEC this year. Those 3 teams will battle and play some close games this year. I see the west as follows: 1) LSU 2)UA 3)Ole Miss.

As far as UGA, it’s not unbelievable that UGA can beat UF this Year. UGA does have the bye. But alot of things have to go right, and alot of luck has to fall on UGA. The thing with UGAis that noone can honestly say how they are going to show this year. The OSU game is going to say alot; whether win or lose. UGA had alot of players injured last year. They were held out of the Spring Game. So, there was really nothing to tell coming out of that game. I say UGA beats OSU, wins close over USCe. They should win all the way up to LSU. I think they beat LSU, but I worry about the let down coming when they play UT. I say 10-2 with losses to UT and either UF or GT.

Layla is a Gator

May 15th, 2009
11:32 am

So, how do you like my new Teebows??

Bruce Pearl

May 15th, 2009
11:35 am

Yeah, those fit you to a “T”

Huh?

May 15th, 2009
11:36 am

A question for the big mouthed Techies. How is a defense that gave up 80 points in its final two games going to get better after losing 3 of its best players to the NFL?

I won’t hold my breathe on this one. Tech fans are cowards. They only want their egos stroked and for everyone to tell them how great they are. They don’t have the balls to even acknowledge tough questions like that. This is the part where they start talking about how much their diplomas are worth and telling everyone who disagrees with them that they are trailer trash.

Tech fans = Total Joke.

Dean

May 15th, 2009
11:38 am

Anyone that puts alot of stock on the Spring game has little knowledge of college football. I can’t believe I have to say it but it’s a scrimage. It’s only been made popular in recent years becasue ESPN has started televising a few of them. It’s a glorified practice, not soemthing to judge how the season will go. Much like Georgia Tech’s game last year against Gardner Webb.

TechDan

May 15th, 2009
11:39 am

Huh? The answer to your question is: By reloading with better players, of course.

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
11:39 am

“At least we have Tech to smack around.” I think that dumbassss just woke up. But, What do you expect from a “hanger on” who didn’t even graduate from high school.

Gridiron Gators

May 15th, 2009
11:42 am

We are only here to dominate.

Layla is a Gator

May 15th, 2009
11:44 am

Gridiron Gators…really??

Huh?

May 15th, 2009
11:47 am

Huh? The answer to your question is: By reloading with better players, of course.

What better players? I want names. If they are better, why weren’t they starting last year? If they are good, why weren’t they put in more to relieve the starters that were obviously worn down towards the end of the season?

Such a rosy outlook by the Techies. It must be nice to live life with your head 6 feet up your butt.

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
11:47 am

Huh – I’m a Tech graduate. I make a lot of money. AND, I will WHIP YOU ASSS in front of your boyfriend. Name the time and place coward.

braveshater

May 15th, 2009
11:48 am

This is a terrible top 10. Alabama at 4? Please. Okie State at 7? Laughable. U media clowns sure do love USC, I mean does Pete carroll set u all up with blind dates or something when u go out there. Gimme A Break. #5, a whole new defense. New quarterback, I know the Pac-10 sucks but Wow. And Ole Miss hasnt proved a thing, they will lose another 3-4 games easy.

Tech vs Dawg

May 15th, 2009
11:50 am

CATFIGHT!!!!

Army Vet

May 15th, 2009
11:52 am

I think Florida will repeat as the NC. UGA will not stand in their way.

Huh?

May 15th, 2009
11:54 am

Huh – I’m a Tech graduate. I make a lot of money. AND, I will WHIP YOU ASSS in front of your boyfriend. Name the time and place coward.

I’ll meet you at Hamilton Homes housing project at midnight. See you then.

Gator teeth man

May 15th, 2009
11:55 am

Teebow will open a can of whup-a$$ on Charleton Southeren. Yall better watch out.

Dean

May 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

What time you due back in BoysTown?

Mister T

May 15th, 2009
12:02 pm

Dean,
Never said I didn’t respect the past teams fielded by uga. I think that they have had excellent teams. You on the other hand live contiually in the past and fail to acknowledge that uga appears to be about to have a below average team by the standards that you have set in the past. Hey, it happens to everyone. No one stays on top forever.

This blog is about prognostications for this coming season. Now those predictions should be based on the talent that is currently on the teams and the current talent’s past performances. That means that nothing past the last three years is really relevant with regard to the teams to be fielded this year..rising red-shirt seniors being the exceptions.

By all counts, uga should have had their best chance to win the sec & nc last year. They fell short of their potential. This year they really don’t appear, based on this past spring practice, to have the talent and experience to acheive thse goals.

Now if you have a prediction that the dawgs are going to win the sec this year, we are willing to listen to the reasoning behind why you believe that. But if all you have is because “Well, we have won 7 of the last 8!” and ” We deserved to be in the BCS champ game the year before last and got screwed.” then don’t bother.

That is as childish as Tech fans saying, “we have 4 NC and you only have two.” or “ours was only 19 years ago, your last was 29 years ago.” That is just sad.

So tell me why your dogs deserve to be even at #14 this year. Tell me how you possibly think the dogs are going to beat Florida this year.
Tell me how your defense is so improved that it could beat any high powered offense. Tell me how you hav replaced two NFL first round draft picks on your offense and are now as good as you were last year. Because tony’s Top 25 practically has uga ranked where they finished last year. How have they improved their team to the point that they have replaced Knowsean & Stafford? I just didn’t see it in their spring game. Maybe Washaun Ealy will be the second coming of Herschel, but I doubt it.

We know that you have beat Tech in the past, but that doesn’t help you THIS YEAR. Tech’s offense is better this year than last. Tech defense has a few holes that it has to fill, but uga has even bigger holes on offense to fill. How does that play in favor of uga beating tech at Grant Fireld this year.

Lets be honest

May 15th, 2009
12:02 pm

ThaMan- Let me guess??? You pay someone to whip somebody’s a**. You need to get off you bee hive and fly back down to the dirt dobbers where you belong. But I will congratulate you… you FINALLY beat Richt.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
12:04 pm

Jason, you are correct in that Les is the luckiest coach in the SEC. However luck runs out at some point and that LSU defense is starting to fall off. Chavis is past his prime. The new QB has one good game. Bama has time to iron out the new team before the meat of their schedule. Nutt makes it interesting but drops a game he shouldn’t to Ark. or Auburn. I’m going with Auburn.

Percy Harvin

May 15th, 2009
12:05 pm

All this reeding is giving me the munchies.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
12:07 pm

By all counts, uga should have had their best chance to win the sec & nc last year.

That wasn’t last year, it was ‘07 or one of the years under DJ or Greene. The OL was young and quickly banged up last year. The preseason #1 was the media hyping a team they didn’t get to vote into a national title game. The die hard fans knew UGA had a tougher road last year.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
12:08 pm

Summer is around the corner and the Jackets are buzzing out of their nests. Time to get a can of Raid. God knows most of us were not this idiotic when we beat UF in 2007. Most of us wanted to see if we could do two in a row. That answer of course was no.

SC

May 15th, 2009
12:11 pm

FSU has some talented young receivers, you just don’t know their names yet.

Mister T

May 15th, 2009
12:14 pm

So huh?

Did you even read my post? I acknowledged that Tech has holes. I used the same logic to critique Tech that I did uga with regard to the lost playmakers. Did you acknowledge that uga lost two first rounders?

How is uga better this year? I think Tech has reason to believe that they have at least fund starters to replace their holes on defense. They may have even found better players. uga lost the the #1 player in the draft at qb…a very important position especially with regard to how they scored 42 on Tech. they also lost the receiver he thre those td’s to…also one of the top rb in the country. They don’t even know who will be starting at rb coming out of spring. They have just as many questions coming out as they did going into spring.

Please use reason and not just try and shot loud and call names. How is uga better than Tech this year. They may be, but until they play all we have is reasoning and “because we one 7 of the last 8.” just isn’t going to cut it.

Mister T

May 15th, 2009
12:17 pm

Otto, thanks for the resonable comment. I will give you that injuries do play into it. I think uga’s team last year with this years schedule would have been better off. Admittedly, uga’s schedule was brutal last year and played out even more brutal that it appeared before the season started.

But with regard to this year, where do you see the dawgs? and Tech?

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
12:17 pm

JB and Ramble on,

If we’re going to talk politics then I would like to talk about the biggest hot spot of them all, the Middle East.

My great debate and issue is with Akhmed. Akhmed vigorously espouses the virtues of the single humped camel as a work animal. I vociferously defend the attributes of the double humped camel. Who is right? I also think Akhmed just covets the lesser single humped camel because in the 14th century Ali’s family stole a single humped camel and Akhmed and his descendants are still pi$$ed about it and want a single humped camel again.

Waterboarding vs listening to Nancy Pelosi debate

I would much rather listen to Nancy Pelosi than be waterboarded. Even though I don’t consider waterboarding to be torture it is rather unpleasant. BTW, to me torture is hacking off hands and feet, gouging out eyes, etc. Waterboarding is something we do to our own special ops troops and quite frankly I’ve heard of frat rituals that are more dangerous and painful then waterboarding. Still wouldn’t want to be waterboarded though.

Listening to Pelosi stumble and stammer through her press conference yesterday and contradict her was far more amusing than any sitcom I’ve seen lately. I’ll take Pelosi’s comedy routine over waterboarding anyday.

Roswell Ed, welcome back! As a Bama fan I thoroughly enjoyed your posts and you were sorely missed.

Atlanta Gator, when you get that gator growl moderated I would love to hear it. As I stated yesterday I’ve just seen them hiss but never growl.

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
12:20 pm

Huh – what is a housing project? I do large scale 5000 sq ft and up home subdividions. Is that what you mean? And did you mean Hamilton Mill? You d bag.

Charleton Southern

May 15th, 2009
12:23 pm

We’re gonna come into that Swamp and beat us some Gator tail!!! We’re stealing Kiffs game plan so we can get it done! FEAR the KIFF!!!!

Bjorn Borgasm

May 15th, 2009
12:25 pm

Tennis anyone?

Preston Parker

May 15th, 2009
12:27 pm

Just want to let everyone know out there, I am now on the Bobby Bowden Honor System…Yes your Honor, No your Honor.

Dean

May 15th, 2009
12:40 pm

Mister T,
Where did I say that UGA had even reached the top? You seem to be in a rambling mood. My posts was to the fact that Tech fans can only seem to discuss their hatred of UGA. Honestly, I have no idea where UGA will end up. That’s why the games are played. I won’t judge from a Srping practice how the new crop of starters are going to fair when they get on the field. Did I say that I expect to beat Florida? Nobody will expect to beat Florida next year. If anyone beats them it will be an upset. Goergia could fall straight down or they could suddenly be a top notch team. Same with Georgia Tech. The difference is that UGA fans generally want to talk football. Tech fans don’t want to talk anything except to try and bash UGA. I totally understand that feeling as well. One can drive through Atlanta and see all the UGA tags and flags in Tech’s hometown and see why Tech has an inferiority complex when it comes to UGA. When you guys want to have a open conversation about the sport of football then I would enjoy to talk about the success and failures of both programs. I don’t see that happening as it seems that Techies are more concerned with trying to throw out some trash. But, before addressing me get your facts straight about what I have posted.

BAMA STAN

May 15th, 2009
12:58 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Tony – I think this is a good starting point – based on who left for the pro’s, who is returning, and past records.

What we don’t know is who will come together and be the next Ole Miss (2008) or UGA (2007). Some team will gel along the way and play lights out at the end of the season.

As this being primarily a UGA post – I post my thoughts regarding UGA football – some are popular – and some – not so popular – but at least I am consistent. HERE IS MY CONCERN WITH UGA:
– Underachieve at some point every season.
– They seem to have peaked in 2005.
– 2009 – is a transition year – as Cox will lead – while the young QB’s get ready for play.
– IS UGA the FSU of the SEC???? They are now looking at teams that have passed them – desperately trying to get back the momemtum and edge they had in the early 2000’s. Fielding very competitive teams – yet something is lacking every year.

As an SEC Fan – and a Bama fan – I like seeing all SEC teams do well – except for Tennessee whining Kiffins. I even like Auburn to be strong – so that when we beat them – it means something.

As for UGA:
– most Bama fans don’t have any hate toward UGA
– more of a respectful relationship
– wish we could paly more often because they are usally very good
– competitive games – except for last year – when UGA was more into black jersey’s and #1 than working hard to develop a smashmouth football team – very embarrasing game for UGA and exposed UGA for what they were in 2008. At least you won your bowl game and did not get “UTAH’d”.

In 2009 – UGA could easily go 7-5. But if your defense grows some stones – UGA could win 10 games – and upset LSU – 11 games. However, based on the fact that UGA has a history of “let down” games every season – I predict they will win 7 to 8 games – and looking to 2010 or 2011 to be back at the 10 win level again.

As for Bama – our schedule is alot easier this year – big game against LSU. Even if we lose this game – we could have a better conference record as LSU has to play Florida. Our SEC East schedule is easy this year (TN, KY, SC).

Who is ready for kickoff????

Pago Flyer

May 15th, 2009
12:58 pm

Let’s see, the gaytors…another Heisman winner and another #1 finish.

Not Disappointed

May 15th, 2009
12:59 pm

The Jackets shoud have a good year & Oklahoma St. can be some if they find a defense. “Watch out pups!” ;-)

Saint Bobby

May 15th, 2009
1:01 pm

Preston, son, had you played for me in the dadgum ’90s, you woulda gotten a 5th and 6th chance to stay with the mighty ‘Noles as opposed to only four.

Say hello to your momma for me…

BB

Saint Bobby

May 15th, 2009
1:02 pm

P.S. Mr. Barnhardt, you haven’t called me in over 4 hours. Is something wrong, son?

BMoney

May 15th, 2009
1:07 pm

C’mon Tony, you threw Notre Dame in there just to drum up more responses from the fools reading your column. Guess it worked!

Reality Check

May 15th, 2009
1:10 pm

Bama Stan, some good points, but one disagreement. If UGA peaked in 2005 how did they finish #2 or #3 in 2007. UGA is one year removed from beating UF and Alabama in the same season. As for decline, based on talent base from experts UGA recruiting classes have been consistently top 5 or ten at worst so if the coaches do a better job coaching we should be all right.

Yes we have some issues, mainly with beating UF, but all UGA critics are trying to take one relatively down year and project that UGA is in state of decline. Most teams in the SEC have issues, Alabama is losing QB and top lineman in Country, LSU is starting a green QB and new DC, UT and Auburn have new coaches. The only team without issues is Florida on paper which is why they should be conference and at least national co favorites to win.

Collijo

May 15th, 2009
1:14 pm

My two cents….I’m not on the Ole Mrs. bandwagon either simply b/c the o-line and d-lines will be suspect like in past years. Snead will keep them in games….in the end they lose 3 or 4. Bama is way over-rated with a new QB that hasn’t played a down of SEC football and a O-line that lost 3 starters..I say 2-3 loses for them.
What I find interesting is that no one is talking about Auburn that should have a chip on its shoulders and a solid D coming back…sprinkle in some new additions on O and you might get the surprise team that everyone is looking for. I say 3 losses for Auburn – with a solid win over Bama by first year coach Chizik. Call me crazy… LSU wins the west with 2 losses, Bama, Auburn, then Ole Mrs.

UF is the team to beat in the East..but watch out b/c if Kiffen can get some emotion they could challenge – again they will have a solid D, and if they get the O going with the new additions (similiar to Auburn) they could make a run….I still see 2-3 losses. UGA is looking to be down the year with the loss of their two productive stars – look for 3-4 losses.
That’s my thoughts from Houston, Texas can’t wait to see it unfold!!!

Huh?

May 15th, 2009
1:19 pm

Mister T, you are a typical Techie talking out of both sides of your mouth. On the one hand, you are free to speculate out your bunghole that Georgia Tech will be better on defense and then turn around and say Georgia fans can’t do the same for their team. Typical Techie double standards. This is why I always question my sanity when I engage you clowns in a football discussion. I might as well be talking to a brick wall and that sort of thing can get you institutionalized.

I digress. To answer your question about how UGA will get better this year I have already answered it. We won’t be. Nevertheless, will still beat down your crap program at the end of the season. Its just an opinion. Yours is no better. I have never seen fans of a 9-4 team so freaking high on themselves. You act like your Southern Cal circa 2004. You are most certainly not. You are Georgia Tech and will continue to be our b!tch until proven otherwise. And no, last year’s 3 point fluke doesn’t quite cut it. Deal with it.

Jacket since 1997

May 15th, 2009
1:20 pm

OVERALL LOOKS GOOD..GO AHEAD AND GIVE UF THE SEC,GIVE THE JACKETS THE ACC,OU WINS THE BIG 12,AND DONT REALLY CARE BOUT THE REST…UGAG WILL STUMBLE AND BE 7-5 AT BEST,6-6 WORST…FEEL SORRY FOR COACH RICHT, ALL THAT TALENT AND STILL CANT PRODUCE…..FSU IS ON LINE 1 FOR YOU MARK.

[...] Respected college football guru Tony Barnhart came out with his spring Top 25 today, and he has the … Three other SEC teams make his top 10 – No. 4 Alabama, No. 9 LSU and No. 10 Ole Miss. [...]

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
1:22 pm

Now to a more dead serious post concerning the whole reason we are all on here, college football.

I think Tony’s top 25 is pretty reasonable with a couple of exceptions.

OK St is an explosive offensive team but defense is half the game and as the bowl season proved last year for the big 12 south their defenses are horrible and their offenses put up huge numbers in the regular season by playing against these horrific defenses. That’s why OU scored only 14 against UF when they came into the game having scored over 60 in the previous 5 games. That’s why TT got blasted by Ole Miss in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the 47-34 final score. That’s why OK ST. got a whupping in their bowl game if I remember correctly.

Texas was the only winner in a somewhat unimpressive last minute come from behind win over an Ohio State team that SEC teams destroy on a regular basis. OSU statistically dominated the game, especially in the running game. Still, with 4 or 5 starters returning on the O-line, a great qb, and always tons of talent I think Texas may be the only team that can challenge the gators outside of the sec west champion and possibly UGA.

OU also has to replace all 5 O-line starters. Replacing 2 or even 3 is not that big a deal but replacing 4 or 5 is. I think OU is overrated.

USC may or may not drop off a bit because of the loss of their qb. We just don’t know how good the new qb is. As far as losing 9 starters on D that’s not that big a deal although it will be early. USC is so loaded with talent that the issue for their D will just be inexperience in the first few weeks.

In the SEC Ole Miss fully deserves their accolades. I don’t understand why people can’t see this. Ed Orgeron did an extremely good job recruiting the talent now there. This team finished the last 4 or 5 games just like UGA did in 07. They weren’t beating people. They were destroying them. They lost Peria Jerry but are reputed by some analysts to have the best D-line in the country with Greg Hardy, Jerrell Powe, etc. These are futre NFLers for certain. Their LBs led by Patrick Trahan are also stellar. On O-line they lost Oher at tackle but monster recruit Bobby Massie should be able to fill in when he comes in. He is another Andre Smith in the making. The replacement at LG is some guy who is 6′7 over 300lbs and has a lot of experience. If there is one thing Houston Nutt can coach up it is the O-line and he has a proven record of producing several All Americans at the O-line position when he was at Arky. O-line is what he does. Ole Miss might have questionable depth but overall they have speed and talent at every starting position on both sides of the line of scrimmage and the best pure passing qb in the conference. Yes. As a pure passer he is even better than Tebow

As for my Bama boys our D will be even scarier, especially the 2 deep. All of our special teams players return including Arenas. Our only ? is on O-line where we replace 3 starters. No problem. Juco All American James Carpenter is set at Andre Smith’s LT position. DJ Fluker at 6′7 350 will likely back him up in the fall or if he can beat out Carpenter than Carpenter can slide over to guard. If he can’t then we will have 2 former 5 star rated offensive tackle recruits in Fluker and Tyler Love backing up our 2 starting tackles. Can anyone else say this about their O-line depth? At guard and center we will be equally deep. Our qb is fine, rbs and wrs are fine as are tight ends. The idea that we have only 4 starters returning on offense is extremely misleading. The new starters have played a lot of football Overall this team will be better and deeper than last year’s team so I think our #4 preseason ranking is absolutely deserved. That said let the hater’s rant.

UGA- They eerily remind me of last year’s Bama team in that they have a lot of great O-line experience coming back and it all starts with the O-line dominating the opponent. Their D gets better with another year of experience. Their qb will be fine. The dawgs always seem to have a bevy of tailbacks. They just need one to step forward. I’m not sure Caleb King is the answer but I do know that out of 5 or so big name rbs they’ve recruited at least one of them (maybe Washaun Ealey in the fall) is going to step it up. Marlon Brown could be scary opposite AJ Green.

Georgia Tech- Can’t remember if VA Tech is in their division or not. If so then it will be between these 2 teams for the ACC title. The loss of 3 good D-lineman is tough to overcome but in year 2 of their offense will be even better. Tech is on its way to being a good, competitive 9 win or more program. I wouldn’t be surprised if they won 10 or more games this year. Tech-UGA game will be one for the ages at the end of the year in my opinion.

Va Tech- 5 returning starters on Oline, an experienced returning D. Always great special teams. Have won 3 of last 5 ACC titles. Along with USC they are the only team to post 4 straight 10 win seasons. They will have a great team this year and fully deserve their ranking.

LSU- Overrated Way too many people are reading too much into 1 game against Tech. They seem to forget that this is a team that won only 3 conference games last year and lost several great D lineman and O-lineman. I was shocked to see that one of the reasons that Tony sees LSU as being great is the addition of freshman recruit Jordan Jefferson as qb. Is this the kid that had 1 good game against Tech or is this the kid that arrives in August and has never played a single down of sec football as a qb? If anyone thinks that an unproven freshman qb who’s never played a down of big time sec football is going to transform a team with 3 weeks of fall practice then I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll sell you. You have got to be kidding me!

Florida- Nothing much to say. What can you say? Clearly the best team in America preseason. Only 2 major stumbling blocks will be the seccg against Bama or Ole Miss and the national title game most likely against Texas. UGA could challenge them late in the year. I know gator fans are laughing but I do think UGA will find their next great running back by then and will challenge the gators. People think the LSU game will be a challenge but I don’t think so. Gators win in a romp.

SlimG

May 15th, 2009
1:23 pm

Everyone outside the top 15 seem real weak. Let’s not even talk about them. We should have the race for the chase. But seeing we don’t, Ok. St. will be exposed this year with Georgia running up the score. They will be forgotten like it should have been last year. Why would Lsu be ranked that high? Can’t see that one. And the rebels are way overrated. The ACC will be much improved this year with the SEC losing some ground. Only teams in the SEC I see making noise are UF, UGA, and BAMA. Look out for some smuck out west who doesn’t play anyone. We need a schedule that’s uniform for everyone based on last years performance.

Just curious, when the dawgs kill the cowboys at their place, how many people will say “oh they weren’t that good”? Currently ranked in the top 10? Don’t think so!

Jacket since 1997

May 15th, 2009
1:23 pm

HUH? DONT WORRY BOUT LAST YEAR, DONT POUR SALT IN THE WOUND, WE FINALLY GOT A COACH,AND A SCHEME THAT BLASTED YOUR D LAST YEAR..YOUR RIGHT ON THE FACT THAT YALL WILL SUCK THIS YR, AND WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS AT BOBBY DODD, ON THANKSGIVING WEEKEND..BEOCH.GO BACK TO UR JAILCELL.

Gator T

May 15th, 2009
1:24 pm

STOOPID IS AS STOOPID DOES….THAT’S PRETTY STUPID, ALRGHT….

Saint Nick

May 15th, 2009
1:25 pm

For EVERYONE saying Bama is way to high, GET USED TO IT!!!! Bama will be a mainstay in the top 5 year after year!!!!! The talent is DEEP and HUNGRY, Our defense will be a top 3 defense, and our offense will be better than last years that averaged 36 a game!!!!! Learn to deal with Bama being on top of the west, BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!!!! ROLLS TIDES!!!!

Gator T

May 15th, 2009
1:27 pm

BEWARE THE OPEN DATE, HUH DAWGS??? YAWN………..

BS Patrol

May 15th, 2009
1:29 pm

Tech has an inferiority complex when it comes to GA?
You a funny man!

USC

May 15th, 2009
1:32 pm

Huh? Yes, Tech did lose 3 d-linemen to the NFL, but the last time I checked 11 guys play on defense. If my math is right, that means that 8 other guys are coming back on defense. 8 guys that were either freshmen or sophmores. Does that mean that they will improve? I hope so! 8 guys improving and the 3 new guys holding their own is how the defense will improve. Of course, at GT our players seem to improve all the time. Can’t say that for all, though.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
1:32 pm

Huh?…I’d say 3 of our best players are J. Dwyer, Josh Nesbitt, and I’ll let you pick between D. Morgan, or M. Burnett. Where did they go besides your endzone? Huh? Huh? Huh?, Huh???

Where would you rank Roddy Jones, Huh? Huh? Huh?…

How many yards did Roddy gain against UGAg, Huh? Huh? Huh?…How many yards per carry, Huh? Huh? Huh?

What was the score of last years game Huh? Huh? Huh?

I think Barney Fife was a better deputy than you Huh? Huh? Huh?, certainly a bigger man, Huh?

Unlucky #13, huh Tony?

About right

May 15th, 2009
1:34 pm

Take it easy on the dawgs Tony; they missed a huge opportunity last year and blew it. Yep, Gators are the team to beat, LSU will be in the mix as well.

Preston

May 15th, 2009
1:36 pm

Boise State? GT? Come on now. Tech won’t win 8 this year with that flukie triple option. They were VERY lucky last season. Boise sucks!

Reality Check

May 15th, 2009
1:39 pm

Tide Rising good post with actual insight to back it up.

SEC top five coaches:
1) Nick Saban (Turned two programs into NC contenders in short time)
2) Urban Myer – Two NC’s after inheriting a talent rich program
3) Mark Richt- Winningest coach in SEC over last 8 years
4) Houston Nut- won at Arkansas and Ole Miss
5) Les Miles- won gift NC with talent supplied by Nick Saban

Just My thoughts, but not a bad top five coaches.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
1:39 pm

Collijo,

Bama’s new qb has never played a down? No, he’s actually 16 out of 20 passing for a couple hundred yards and 1 or 2 tds. He has experience just not a lot of it. But he has been impressive in spring and in the A-day game. You have to remember that he is a 4th year junior and has been groomed and learned the system over the last few years. He will be fine.

I would agree with you on Auburn being a decent team except for the fact that their qb play is terrible. Kodi Burns is NOT the answer. Also, their recruiting has dropped significantly since Saban came to the state and their defensive backfield is extremely thin. They are looking at converting a wr to db to get a starter. That is not good news. They are so think at LB they may have a freshman 2 star recruit starting at LB. This is not a deep nor talented team.

As for LSU winning the west. Sorry but I just can’t see it. They play Bama and Ole Miss on the road and in the east they play UGA on the road and they also play Florida. Both Bama and Ole Miss get avoid both UGA and Florida. Even if LSU were the best team of the 3 I just can’t see them winning the division due solely to scheduling which heavily favors Bama and Ole Miss this year.

Excusez-moi

May 15th, 2009
1:42 pm

Zut alors Preston – the pro style offense really worked well for preason champ.

Froggy the Gremlin

May 15th, 2009
1:44 pm

If ga wins 7 this year they will have over achieved.

Aaron

May 15th, 2009
1:44 pm

I love hearing all these puppies & kiffinite talk about how over-rated Bama is because of a meaningless bowl loss to Utah. I guess we were overrated when we waxed UGA & the Vols too…
It’s ok, I understand it’s probably just fear of the reality that Bama has a good chance of being better this year. Our QB will be better and will open up the offense more and the rebuilt O-line showed in the spring it can move the ball against what will probaby be the best defense it will see.

Mark

May 15th, 2009
1:50 pm

USC wins the Pac-1?? Shocking!!!! Starting QB gone and 9 of 11 gone on defense?? They’ll lose 1 game in an “upset” and win the Pac-10 without a challenge. Their schedule wouldn’t scare Parkview.

DawginLex

May 15th, 2009
1:50 pm

Dadgum, Rambler. You are making it harder and harder for me to hate you. You are a Democrat/Obama/Liberal hater like me. Heck, you even said you would rather be a Dawg than a Democrat.

There may be hope for us yet………………….

SlimG

May 15th, 2009
1:53 pm

Ramble, why the fixation with 16.9? Dude had a good game no doubt, but it’s getting a little scary. Are you gay?

Have you seen the dawgs schedule, great for a rebound season. Yeah, 3 loses is a bad season for the dawgs. Only one cupcake on this years outlook. How many D1 teams play this quality of opponents? Wow, look at all the ranked teams saint mark has on the docket!

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
1:56 pm

Huh – anytime somebody says anything intelligent to this d-bag called Huh, he says “huh”? Gradiated 5th grade with Jethro Bodine.

DirtyDawg

May 15th, 2009
1:57 pm

I’m gonna order up an extra batch of ‘crow kill’ this spring and put ‘em in the freezer cause there’s a bunch of guys, I assume guys, big-mouthin’ around here – starting with Barnyard hisself. Don’t know how you’uns like ‘em cooked, but there’ll be plenty of time to take orders…startin’ with OKState.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
1:59 pm

Tide rising—-Check out yesterday’s Mr. CFB blog. I was able to post the three Youtube video links of the growling male gators in three separate posts.

Enjoy! And never doubt me again. = )

DawginLex

May 15th, 2009
2:00 pm

Reality check,

Don’t pay attention to BAMASTAN. He is a moron of the highest order. You can’t reason with him so don’t try. UGA didn’t peak in 2002. If they did, they would not have won an SEC title in 2005 and had the 2007 season like they did. He thinks because Bama actually won a few games last year, they are now “elite” and a step above UGA.

They are not elite until they win 80+ games in 8 years with 2 SEC titles like UGA has done. Bama is a one hit wonder until they duplicate their success.

BAMA STAN

May 15th, 2009
2:04 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

To Reality Check – you make a good point about UGA being #2/#3 in 2007 – but let’s analyze the season – it was a season of two halves – and the pollsters are more forgiving if you lose early.

IN 2007:
– UGA lost to South Carolina
– Got absolutely embarrassed in Knoxville as the PUPS did not even show up.
-Outplayed by Vandy (Vandy was inside the 10 yard line putting the game away when they pulled another Vandy – they fumbled – UGA drives down the field and kicks a winning field goal. HEY – GOOD TEAMS FIND WAYS TO WIN THESE TYPE OF GAMES – GOOD FOR UGA.
– Beat Florida in an absolute classic game – Tebow played injured – limiting his play – however, as UGA knows – INJURIES ARE A PART OF THE GAME – YOU BETTER HAVE DEPTH!!!
– Beats KY, AUB and GT. None of these teams were great teams.
– DOES NOT go to the SEC Title game in 2007.
– Plays Hawaii – a team that could barely beat a HORRIBLE Washington team (their hardest game of the season) in the SUGAR BOWL.

The world is in love with UGA – they lost two games earlier in the season – beat Florida – and had a suck ass bowl opponent. They get ranked #1 for the next year and reality sets in – UGA was the 4th best SEC team last year ( a tribute to the depth of the SEC) and will probably be the 5th best SEC team this year (Florida, Bama, LSU. Ole Miss)

I would submit to you that your the David Green team in 2002 was – by far – the best team in the Richt era – was National Championship caliper – followed by the Schockley team that lost to West Virginia – then the 2007 team.

Teams go in cycles – and I sense that UGA may have peaked and is settling into SEC #4/5/6 – which is their historic positioning in the conference from an overall perspective.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:04 pm

it’s a chicken/egg thing, but I’ll take the bait. THE SEC DOESN’T PLAY OFFENSE!!! See ‘Bama vs. Utah. Also Florida’s O made the Sooner defense look respectable. And that’s your best team?

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:08 pm

The SEC only had 2 good QBs last season. One from Texas (Sneed) and one that was blessed with the most talented team around him in the country (Tebow). Tebow’s great, but his defense won that NC. That guy who went #1 in the NFL draft? The most sure-thing bust I have ever seen. I would bet huge sums of money on it…if I had any.

DawginLex

May 15th, 2009
2:10 pm

So BAMASTAN, by your logic, all those years when Penn State with Paterno went 7-4 you would have predicted that they were already at their peak previously? Then, as he always pointed out would happen, the team would grow together and win another national title or at least be in the hunt at 10-1 or 11-0.

That is a prime example of the flaw in your logic. If the system works, it works. It might not work at 11 or 12 wins EVERY YEAR, but overall, it works. That is where UGA is despite your Bama logic.

Gatorzone

May 15th, 2009
2:17 pm

Michael, who is your team?

Will

May 15th, 2009
2:17 pm

Big Tone,

You are skeptical of the UGA Defense??? Were you not at the GDay game??? Marcus Washington, Sanders Commings, Jeff Owens and Charles White will turn this unit into one of the nation’s best. OSU runs into a buzz-saw on 9-5 and the UGA D rolls all season long! All of the UGA Haters on the blog had better stop thinking my dawgs are go to be so lousy. We have just as much talent in Athens as anyone in the country! The queston is do we get a fire lit under our ass and play like the University of Georgia!!!!!!!!

Jaded Jacket

May 15th, 2009
2:19 pm

The following teams should have been excluded from the top 10:

Georgia
Penn State
TCU
Cincinnati
Eastern Carloina

The following teams should not be in the top 10:

Alabama
USC
Virginia Tech
Oklahoma State
Ole Miss

Boo Boo

May 15th, 2009
2:20 pm

The rumor is the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl is considering GaTech now.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:20 pm

Gatorzone why does it matter? I’ll tell you in a second, but tell me why it matters. Maybe guess first.

Jaded Jacket

May 15th, 2009
2:21 pm

The first list refers to the top 25, not the top 10.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
2:22 pm

SlimG, if I’m gay because of Roddy Jones. Then the way you fleabags talk about Herschel almost 30 years later would make Prez Hilton look like Hulk Freaking Hogan.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:23 pm

I enjoyed that comment “RAMBLE ON!!!”

Fat Phil

May 15th, 2009
2:25 pm

Tony…why still no love for the Vols??? Haven’t you hated on UT for long enough. I know we had a sucky season last year but this year will be different. “Fear the Kiff” will be the new motto for all SEC teams! I truly expect them to put a azz-kicking on UGA, UA, and possibly even Tebow! I know the QB situation is not good but we have a stable full of running backs who will pick up the slack. Good ole Rocky Top Tennessee…woooooooo!!!!

typical tech fan

May 15th, 2009
2:25 pm

WE BEAT UGA ONCE IN 8 YEARS!! GIMME A RING!! WE HAD OUR 1ST DECENT SEASON IN YEEEEARS!! GIMME A RING!! WE BARELY BEAT THE BEST TEAM IN THE STATE!! CROWN US “STATE CHAMPS!” WE PLAY IN THE HARDEST CONFERENCE EVER!! GIMME A RING!! WE HAVE PJ AND WILL SOON BE NAT’L CHAMPS!! WHY ISNT ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION TO US OVER HERE?? WERE AWESOME!! AND WERE GONNA BEAT UGA FOR-EV-ER!! GIMME A RING!! WE PRETEND TO NOT CARE ABOUT THE DAWGS BUT REALLY IT HURTS PHYSICALLY WITH HOW JEALOUS WE ARE THAT WE WERE A UGA CALIBER TYPE TEAM!

HAHAHA!! GOD I CANT WAIT TILL NOV!! I WISH YOU DOUCHES WERE OUR 1ST GAME!

Gatorzone

May 15th, 2009
2:26 pm

I guess it really doesn’t matter. I am just curious how you come with such a critical view of Alabama, Florida, and Oklahoma.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
2:27 pm

Mister T, I think Tide Rising is pretty much dead on a few posts up. I will add that UGA has a few DT coming back which will hopefully translate into making more plays at DE. UGA has plenty of LBs. The secondary was soft last year and that is UGA’s question mark.

Cox does not have the arm Stafford was but Stafford was good for killing 2 or 3 drives a big game by going for the long pass on 2nd and medium. Cox will be much more likely to go for the sure pass. The offense will depend on mistake free long drive football. IMO UGA will look alot like Bama last year with a better QB no disrespect to JP. Hopefully Marlon Brown looks alot like in Julio Jones, a physical target that can get yards after the catch. Moreno will be missed and we will see how these other backs come along. King and Samuel are not the game breakers Moreno was but Samuel gets the job done and it will be much easier with a solid OL. Moreno was good for 3 yards an average back wouldn’t get and he had alot of 3 yard carries.

As for UGA vs. GT, IMO GT played the underdog roll very well and GT always comes into that game fired up. UGA should be looking for revenge next year and UGA has a great road record. I like the attitude the game should create. If UGA’s DL is as good as hoped, UGA wins but it will be ugly as in a close game.

The GT offense should be executed very well next year assuming the OL holds up which some have said looks thin. I don’t know GT’s depth chart to dispute or confirm this. However, the one thing any UGA fan should have learned last year is that the lines are more important than the play makers. When Bama is rolling under Saban, Shula, Stallings or the Bear they always had a solid OL & DL and have not won a Heisman to date.

You can pick every team apart on that list OU with the OL. Bama replacing OL and QB. GT rebuilding the DL. Even UF by possibly putting Tebow under center more often and how much will Mullens be missed? Will Brantley get more playing time? If so will it mess up Tebow’s rhythm and leadership?

I’m still picking Bama vs UF for the SECCG but UGA or Ole Miss going would not shock me. Be careful picking LSU after 1 bowl game. Auburn looked really good after their bowl going into last year. We know how that turned out.

Maddog

May 15th, 2009
2:29 pm

RAMBLE ON – I knew if I read these blogs long enough I’d eventually find at least something we could agree on. Not only is Nancy Pelosi a liar, she’s a DAMN liar. What a total disgrace. Glad she’s not a UGA fan.

Jaded Jacket

May 15th, 2009
2:29 pm

Only MORONS type in all caps!

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
2:30 pm

dawginLex, it want be long before you’re a Yellow Jacket.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
2:32 pm

Michael,

Now I’ve seen it all. You mockingly make fun of Florida and ask of the sec “Is this your best team?” You are kidding right? They only won the national title. Is there someone perhaps that finished higher than Florida? Seeing as how the gators suck so bad that they finished no. 1 I guess you have a list of teams that are supposedly better than the best the sec has to offer.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
2:34 pm

YUCH, I’m going to take a shower…both Maddog and dawginLex said something nice to me.

Have ya’ll heard what the only man smarter than RAMBLE ON!!! said about her?

My boy Newt:

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7595688

Burdell

May 15th, 2009
2:35 pm

hey typical tech fan….
GT played in the ACCCG in 2006. That has to be considered a decent season and not too long ago…

The Grinch

May 15th, 2009
2:37 pm

You guys need to lay off Michael. He proudly wears the colors of his alma mater – The University of Phoenix online. Probably where he learned so much about football as well. Hey Michael, what bowl did your team play in last year? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Otto

May 15th, 2009
2:39 pm

Stan, no way to know until it plays out. The past couple of years have been injury snake bit with a QB that could use some leadership skill on the field. I am looking forward to seeing what the new guys can do.

Bobo killed UGA against S. Car calling screens and stuck with the ground game far to long against UT. However UGA was rolling at the end of the season. LSU won the national title on the field.

However, lets assume you and the GT fans are correct. If UGA falls to GT and UF regularly, CMR will adjust his staff or he will be let go. A new coach comes in and gets a much better starting point than what CMR had. UGA has everything needed to win on the national stage. I don’t think UGA will accept the mediocre teams that FSU has endured.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
2:40 pm

Burdell thank god and greyhound that ACCCG coach is long gone.

rok dawg

May 15th, 2009
2:41 pm

Tony:

Couldn’t agrre more about putting Tech ahead of UGA. After all, they put a 3 point licking on one of the most beat up football teams I have ever seen.

Clearly, Tech has better players, a better coach, and more motivation.

Poor Richt. Has only beaten Tech 7 out of 8, has 82 wins and only 22 loses, 6 10 win seasons, 3 SEC east titles, two SEC championshipns, and you so-called experts think the guy is a bumb.

Kepp it up, sir! We look forward to being an “underdawg” at Bobby Dodd!!!

Maddog

May 15th, 2009
2:41 pm

Burdell – I alway thought Tech put out pretty competitive teams under Gailey. They just couldn’t seem to get over that last hurdle. I do find it interesting that when GT won 9 games under Gailey many fans were still on his case because he couldn’t beat UGA. Johnson also wins 9 games but the win over UGA has some now raving about his greatness. He is cetainly a good coach, but I’d hold back on the “great” accolades offered by some. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:42 pm

Tide rising – It’s a light mock. I think Florida was very very good. Because of our current system, there’s rarely and absolute definitive way to determine who the best team is. Yes Florida finished #1, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding the team they played in that game. Texas didn’t get a chance to play Florida. I’m not a USC defender (beat the lowlifes in your own conference), but I would’ve been very curious to see them play Florida too. OU was a GREAT offensive team, but their defense looked HORRIBLE against a lot of lesser opponents. I know there are a lot of factors like that offenses often struggle in bowl games, and OU was totally healthy etc. but for their D to look crappy against bad to mediocre teams, then look very good against the best team from a conference that didn’t have any elite offenses smells kinda fishy.

I’m glad Florida won, and there’s a good chance they were the best team in the country, I just get tired of this idea that the ONLY reason the Big 12 puts up a lot of offensive #s is because our defenses are a joke. It’s a little of column A and a little of column B. One of our middle of the road defenses looked good against your best offensive team.

So let’s chill on all the exaggeration when hating on the rest of the nation, SEC. can ya do that please? Can you be fair?

Gatorzone

May 15th, 2009
2:44 pm

Otto, I think you are spot on about Cox. He could have more success than Stafford, simply because he does not have the “Favre” mentality.
And, no the good fans in Athens would not tolerate the FSU type of slide.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:45 pm

The Grinch – Oh you mean my team that won a BCS game? The one that only lost 1game? To a top 10 opponent on a last second play? The one that didn’t get a chance to prove they were the best? Oh ok, yeah I do wear the colors Burnt Orange and White, PROUDLY. How did your team do? I’m pretty sure they didn’t have a better record than us.

Preston

May 15th, 2009
2:46 pm

Boo Boo, they just accepted an offer to play in the Liberty Bowl.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
2:46 pm

Otto,

Yep. Looks like we do agree on some things. I had forgotten that the dogs had 2 great D tackles coming back. I was thinking mainly that they would have a great O-line but for some reason I can’t believe I forgot those 2 D tackles. You got Branden Smith coming in and besides CMR has been recruiting great so I wouldn’t fret too much over the secondary.

One thing that I had really noticed a lot last year about Bama and UGA is that both qbs had a bad habit of overthrowing on deep balls. JP Wilson overthrew a lot on deep balls just because he wasn’t that accurate on the deep ball. With Stafford I think his cannon just got the better of him sometimes when throwing deep. I can’t speak for Cox on his deep ball tosses cause I haven’t seen much of him but from what I have seen he at least should be more accurate on deeper passes than maybe Stafford. Same with McElroy at Bama. From what I’ve seen he has a lot better touch on deep balls than Wilson. Wilson was very accurate on short to medium range but just wasn’t that accurate on long passes.

It is amusing that Michael lists the sec last year as only having 2 good qbs in Tebow and Snead. I wonder where he was when Stafford was being drafted no. 1.

Michael, do you get to be the number 1 draft pick by being a bad sec qb?

gdawginkalamazoo

May 15th, 2009
2:48 pm

Didn’t we win 10 games last year? I am glad a lot of you naysayers have us “going down the tubes”, “dropping off” etc. Joe Cox will do fine. He would have been a starter at UT, Auburn, Bama or LSU and a damn good on too. We do have running backs and a healthy O-line at this time. The D will take last year personal and man up this year. I think the kids are more motivated this year after seeing Moreno and Stafford go in the first round of the draft. I think they will finally understand the opportunity they in front of them. No doomsday here.

Not on the Ole Miss bandwagon yet because I didn’t know they had a bandwagon.

Roswell Ed, welcome back. Good to see an Auburn backer back on here. After Chizek was hired everybody disappeared.

Atlanta Gator, sure they can growl but can they bark.

Gatorzone

May 15th, 2009
2:48 pm

Hey, Michael no one here is slighting UT(exas). But, they sure did not look like they deserved to be in the championship game based off of their squeak by win against a slow OSU.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:49 pm

Tide Rising – the NFL is all about physical measurables, not performance on the field. When half of the students on your campus don’t even believe in your QB, that’s a pretty good sign that you’re not great. As someone who lived in Texas while he was a H.S. QB, and as someone who happen to also live in Atlanta while he was a QB down the street in Athens, I know this guy is not the real deal. A rocket arm is not the only tool needed to be a great QB.

Preston

May 15th, 2009
2:50 pm

Tech will not have the success that everyone on North Ave is hoping for. LSU showed the world how to spank that high school scheme. Now someone please show us how happy you were to FINALLY win one against UGA and post “45-42″. It’s hilarious! 7 OUT OF 8 with another streak starting in 09′!

Gatorzone

May 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

Michael, You could be right about Stafford. HE could be either Brett Favre or Jeff George, and I tend to think he will look more like Jeff George.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

Gatorzone – I agree. Our performance really hurt our argument, as well as my argument that the Big 12 was the best. However, we still won and while OSU did get crushed the previous 2 years in a BCS game, they are actually a good team. I can’t make any excuses for my team. I just would’ve liked to see us have a chance at the NC. Despite all the talk that we wouldn’t slack off because we were disappointed, maybe that was the case. I dunno.

Nutt Hugger

May 15th, 2009
2:57 pm

Ask Florida and LSU, both who you have ranked above us, if we should be in the top ten. I am sure both would answer yes, just a hunch…..

Otto

May 15th, 2009
3:00 pm

Tide thanks, Stafford had a habit of rifling even the short ball resulting in drops or INTs. Cox has a much better touch to his pass. Even if the long ball is the same it will not be a factor as he will be less likely to go for it and the short passing will improve. Will Cox make it in the NFL? If anything he will be another JP signing after the draft. I see him going into coaching and being a good one from what I’ve heard.

JP was a good decision maker for the most part but not a great arm. I know the Bama faithful have their hopes up for McElroy and from everything that I have heard or watched he will be up there with Ole Miss’s Snead sp?. As others have said he some good stats in the game just not much of it and a 4th year Jr should be very mature.

Auburn needs to convert Burns to be in the slot and a wild hog type QB. He has no touch on his pass, should have had an INT in the spring game and missed a wide open receiver in the falt. Caudle can run Malzahn’s new offense and looked much better.

Gatorzone

May 15th, 2009
3:01 pm

nutt, if you are referring to the same Ole Miss team that beat UF in Gainesville and stomped Texas Tech, then yes. I agree

Pinocchio

May 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

“Love is a many splintered thing.”

Pinocchio

May 15th, 2009
3:05 pm

What the hell, it’s Friday.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

Michael,

While I will respect your opinion I will have to disagree with you on several pts.

1) You state the sec doesn’t play offense and cite one game. Bama’s 31-17. That’s one game! Are you forgetting other games like Ole Miss 47 pts against TT. Are you forgetting all the high scoring totals in the sec this season? Games like UGA 52-LSU 38, UF put up 49 on UGA, we scored 41 on UGA, 49 against Arky, UF put up big pts numerous times 60 against UK, 48 against FSU, I could go on and on. If we went 6-2 in the bowl season I’m sure our offenses had to do some scoring in order to win those games. Wouldn’t you agree? The sec had great offenses all season and as the bowl season confirmed with the lone exception of Bama. What you seem to be missing is the fact that these offenses were going up against great defenses.

2) We’ll agree to disagree on Stafford. If he fails in the pros he won’t be because he sucks. It will be because he’s playing for the single worst franchise in the last 50 years in the NFL. But to say he is overblown means that you are a better evaluator of talent than every pro scout out there most of whom agreed you should go no. 1.He not only has just a rocket arm but he is fast and mobile as his 40 time showed for a qb and as far as intelligence goes the guy scored a very high 38 on the wonderlic. What more do you want from the guy? It should also be noted that he played behind a patchwork O-line all season as lineman went in and out of the lineup in a rash of injuries. No disrespect but you are not smarter than pro scouts who do this for a living.

3) Your assertion that maybe UF wasn’t the best team at the end of the season and that maybe Texas should have been in a title game instead is wrong if you look at the bowls. The vaunted big 12 and those prolific offenses was destroyed in the bowl games. Ok State was destroyed if I remember correctly by double digits. Ole Miss destroyed TT by double digits, OU lost by double digits to Florida after scoring 60 or more in 5 straight games, etc. And Texas rallied to barely beat an Ohio State team that statistically dominated the game, especially on the line of scrimmage in the rushing stats on both sides of the ball. Keep in mind that this is the same OSU team that got blasted in 3 straighout blowouts to sec teams. If Florida didn’t deserve to be in the title game or to be named national champ at the end than pray tell who is more deserving?

MyWhiskeyClear

May 15th, 2009
3:16 pm

So uhh…anyone here feel like talkin about teams on the list OTHER than our in-staters?

I thought TCU was exciting last year. I know very little about them, but they intrigue me. Maybe they can be this year’s Utah?

Ole Miss…hmm…probably not.

Texas? Ah, now there’s a team. Maybe this year we can get straight answers to last year’s heated Big 12 vs. SEC screaming matches. Hopefully TX vs. Fla or TX vs. Bama can make an awesome BCS-NC game to watch.

USC (west) can go die in a fire…will someone PLEASE transplant this team to a conference that challenges them?

And Notre Dame? No. Don’t think so. Not yet, anyway.

And finally…I’m very afraid now that GT is finally being given rankings and media attention. The “surprise team” role is good in that no one prepares for us, and you can win games on that sometimes. But it sucks because even when undefeated a “surprise team” will never see a NC. So I guess if we wanna get there we gotta learn to handle hype. Here’s hoping we can repeat a nine win season and focus on beating the important ones – the Hokies.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
3:17 pm

That Michael kid, he’s real sensitive isn’t he?

LMAO at Michael

May 15th, 2009
3:19 pm

QUOTE OF THE DAY!

“the NFL is all about physical measurables, not performance on the field.”

Jus' Wunderin'

May 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but since the BCSCG is in Pasadena this year, where are the Little 10 and the PAC 1 going to play their annual Who-Cares Bowl?

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
3:23 pm

Michael,

I just noticed that you are a Texas fan. Nothing wrong with that. A proud and very respected tradition. Well, they are my pick to meet Florida for the bcs title this year so I think when its all said and done that more than likely you will get your shot at the gators early next year.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
3:23 pm

Tide also most of the time the SEC team is a lower pick in the conf. than the other conf’s team. Isn’t the Chicken Bowl ACC #2 against SEC #4. Cotton and Outback on rotation for SEC #2 against Big 12 #2 and Big 10 #2. The SEC puts 2 teams in the BCS, and plays the #2 (best team that doesn’t make the BCS) from the ACC, Big 12 and Big 10 and still goes 6-2.

DaddyDawg

May 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

You can always spot GT fans because most spend infinitely more time talking about UGA and evidencing their envy of the historical superiority of GA’s football program over Tech, rather than concentrating on a discussion of the merits of their own team, even when Tech is supposed to have a good team. Such a predictable, and shall I say Pavlovian (how ironic?!), response by many GT fans demonstrates not only their immaturity and their lack of sanity (monomania) but a failure to meaningfully support their team!!

Otto

May 15th, 2009
3:25 pm

Tide, also most of the time the SEC teams are a lower pick in the conf. than the other conf’s team. Isn’t the Chicken Bowl ACC #2 against SEC #4. Cotton and Outback on rotation for SEC #2 against Big 12 #2 and Big 10 #2. The SEC puts 2 teams in the BCS, and plays the #2 (best team that doesn’t make the BCS) from the ACC, Big 12 and Big 10 and still goes 6-2.

Scrolled and hit the blasted submit button again.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

gdawg~zoo—-Yes, Gators can growl. No, they cannot bark, at least not the four-legged kind of Gators. Why would they want to? Barking is for prey, not for predators.

God, I have become the Animal Planet blogger, haven’t I?

Michael

May 15th, 2009
3:27 pm

Tide Rising – Overall you’re making assumptions from things I didn’t necessarily say. But more specifically:

1. Like I said, in the very beginning, it’s a chicken/egg thing. Are our defenses bad or our offenses good? Same for your conference. Were there some high scoring games in your conference? Sure. There were some horrible teams, and your conference has tons of talent, blowouts are inevitable. Secondly, our conference should never be evaluated by Tech as long as Leach is there. They are a gimmick team with a coach who isn’t good enough to keep them consistent. I was not surprised that they jumped up and beat Texas, it happens occasionally. I was surprised when they continued that and beat a good OSU team. But once they showed their true colors by not even showing up against OU, I knew they’d get creamed in their Bowl game. Yes you did very well in your bowl games, but the more i watch bowl games, the less I believe they mean anything. There’s such a long layoff, some teams are happy to be there, some not. Yes, that’s slightly a cop out, but you know it’s partially true too. You have to take bowl records with a grain of salt. That being said, I was very disappointed with the Big 12’s bowl performance.

2. That’s such a cop out. So now because he’s on the Lions, there’s no chance his failure could be his fault? Not fair. What would I like from him? Leadership, character, touch on the ball. I’ve heard so many stories about how he’s not a great guy, pple didn’t trust him. How about a meaningful win? He beat Florida once when they were down. He beat Hawaii in a BCS bowl game (yes, I know it wasn’t their fault that Hawaii was the opponent). How about more than 1 300 yard passing game. I don’t care how great your RBs are or the style of your offense, if you’re gonna be the #1 QB in the country, you’ve gotta have more than one of those. No excuses. He is severely flawed.

3. My assertion was wrong? How can you say that? I didn’t make any definitive statements. I said “maybe”, anything is possible. In addition, I said they probably were the best. I reitterate my lack of faith in bowl results in response to your examples. However let me make 2 notes. Anyone who watched the NC game knows that that game could’ve gone either way, the score was not completely indicative of the gap between the teams. 2 Red Zone turnovers? Come on, if those don’t happen OU wins. I’m glad they didn’t but seriously don’t act like it was a beat down. Secondly, I will admit that Texas did not play up to par, I can make no excuses. However, we did win and unlike OU, we have won our BCS games. I also wouldn’t say OSU dominated us in ever statistic. It was actually a close game. We did poorly in rushing, but great in passing. They were the opposite. I never said Florida didn’t deserve to be in the NC game, they did most definitely.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
3:29 pm

Jus’ Wunderin’ wouldn’t they play the Rose Bowl a week before the Big Boys game.

Doug

May 15th, 2009
3:30 pm

You’re an idiot!

Michael

May 15th, 2009
3:31 pm

I don’t mean to come off as a jerk guys. I didn’t mean to get on here and just criticize. It’s just funny that within the first couple of comments, you already have someone from the SEC bashing the Big 12. I have to defend us. Like I said before, I live here in Atlanta and I am absolutely surrounded by insane SEC snobbery. It makes you go a little crazy.

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
3:31 pm

Atl Gator:

Confirmed:
You are officially the Steve Irwin of the Mr. CFB blog.
Congratulations.

Jus' Wunderin'

May 15th, 2009
3:32 pm

Otto:

(Who Cares)

gdawginkalamazoo

May 15th, 2009
3:40 pm

Atlanta Gator, Touche and zing! Good one my friend.

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
3:43 pm

Michael:

Don’t let it get you down.
I’ve been to Austin and I LOVED it.
Graet music disrict, great ‘cue, beautiful lake (Travis) and a progressive and vibrant city.
You academics are first rate as well, ranking above (just) UF’s consistently.
It’s just that we saw the media falling all over themselves last year reporting the blow out scores in your conference, while reading that your defenses were no better than 50th in the national rankings all season.
I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

Lame Kitten

May 15th, 2009
3:43 pm

To start things off in the SEC, i’m going to get hung 50+ points or more when i march into The Swamp on September 19th. However, i will be surprised if and when the OBC hangs a 50 on our defense in Knoxville on Halloween Day. If that is the case, UT will experience a house full of horrors in my 1st Season as Head Coach of UT ! !

After those experiences, i may want to hush up on my trap and not draw so much National Media attention.

stoopid

May 15th, 2009
3:44 pm

i miss Rational Citizen and his discussions on weed

gdawginkalamazoo

May 15th, 2009
3:47 pm

Michael, I would tend to agree that last season the Big 12 was the most exciting conference to watch. Probably will be the same this year too as the big names are back. The SEC is missing traditional powerhouses like Auburn and UT. Florida will win the SEC again and dominate the season. Don’t expect to see Tebow in week 2 though. After the Charleston Southern game he will be in NY to pick up the Heisman.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
3:47 pm

stoopid:

RC’s at the NORML conference in TJ this week.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
3:54 pm

Atlanta Gator,

I’m about to look up those gator growls. I’m sure I will be pleasantly amused. Trust me when I say I don’t doubt your posts. I think I got you beat on the blogging today. Just doing some paperwork and such inbetween blogging. This is the most blogging I think I’ve done in awhile.

Michael,

We will agree to disagree on things like Stafford. Personally, I wish the guy well and hope he will do well. I don’t mean to give him a cop-out by saying the Lions will still suck. Its just that I don’t believe Tom Brady, Joe Montana, or anybody can win with the Lions cause I just don’t think the ownership of that franchise knows what the hell they are doing.

Some of us SEC bloggers are a little harsh on other conferences and some of us do in fact not realize that football is in fact played outside of the sec. I appreciate all the conferences. I like the Pac 10 because its wide open scoring, a lot like the big 12. I like the big 10 because its more physical, 3 yards and a cloud of dust type of football. I like Boise which has made me a lot of money and I liked the WAC long before we got UTAH’d. I really like watching all the MAC games on Tuesday through Friday nights during the week. Their football is wide open and I’ve done much better betting on their games than say the SEC.

I will disagree with you on the bowl games though. Sure, you have teams like Bama who lay an egg sometimes because they are not in the bowl they want to be in or you have teams that lay an egg because of the imminent departure of their head coach to another team. But overall upsets happen during the season usually because a team overlooks another team either because they are looking ahead or because they just played one or 2 emotionally and phsyically demanding games and are due for a let down.

Not so with the bowl season. Even though there is a big layoff sometimes the 2 teams have each other as the sole focus until the game is played. There’s no looking ahead or having a letdown. There is also the added factor of conference pride, national tv looking on, the last game of the season and the last for the seniors that usually produces the best effort of the season by the players. That’s why I do put a lot of stock in the bowl season even if we got Utah’ed this year.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
3:55 pm

Colt vs. Tebow for Heisman:

If both are undefeated: Colt wins because he will have far superior passing yards, completions, etc. Volume essentially.

If one has a loss and the other doesn’t: obviously whoever is undefeated.

If both have one loss: Then it gets tricky. It would depend on the loss. To whom? How badly? etc.

I think it will be a fun race because if both teams have equal records I’d give the edge to McCoy, but I believe that Florida has a better chance of having greater team success.

Bradford won’t be in it because he really didn’t deserve it last year, people will try to right that wrong, and because the team probably won’t do quite as well.

Will Tebow already having a Heisman hurt or help him? I dunno.

It’ll be a fun race.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
4:01 pm

Otto,

Really good point! I kind of noticed this year in and year out but never really gave it a lot of thought. Your point is what is so amazing about the success the sec has had the last 2 years in going 6-2 and 7-2. It says something about our conference strength when the bowls think Vandy, the traditional doormat of the sec, would be a good match against ACC runnerup Boston College. And then of course Vandy wins. Our lesser teams usually are paired up against teams that finished ranked higher in their respective conferences and Vandy vs BC is the most notable example of that. I reckon they do that to make it fair. ;)

mcdawg

May 15th, 2009
4:01 pm

Its just beginning-our offense will be more productive this year and some of these younger guys on D are going to be turning some heads- the Dome in 2009

HS

May 15th, 2009
4:02 pm

Bama will better in 09 than 08 despite the losses on the offensive line. Saban has recruited better than any coach in the country the last two years and there are quality players that will step up and fill the holes. In addition, the difference in the size and strength between Saban’s first bama squad and last year was night and day, due to a superior strength program. I expect them to be even bigger and stronger this season. Mcelroy has a much better arm than Wilson did, he can actually hit Julio Jones in stride deep down the field.(See A day game). Most of Julio’s catches were underneath and he fought for the yards after the catch. Expect him to have 1000+ yds and 10-15 TD’s as a true sophmore.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
4:04 pm

Michael,

Finally something we agree on. The Colt McCoy vs Tebow Heisman race will probably be the most interesting storyline of this year and will probably parallel the run of their respective teams who I think will meet for the title. McCoy has 4 or 5 O-lineman returning so he will be well protected. Bradford I agree won’t be as much a factor, especially since OU lost all 5 starting O-lineman I think.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
4:06 pm

Michael:

Didn’t Bradford win it on “Volume, essentially” last year?

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
4:07 pm

Ooops. Utah is Mountain West not WAC. Boise is WAC.

North Ave Dude

May 15th, 2009
4:08 pm

Doug Roberson on upcoming 2009 GT season…and I quote:

“WITNESS THE POWER OF A FULLY OPERATIONAL SPREAD TRIPLE-OPTION OFFENSE.”

Run & Hide mutts. After GA loses to OKSt, Ark, LSU, and FL just for starters, you’ll be nothing but roadkill by late November.

In case you forgot, UGA had 2 full weeks to prepare for GT last year…and they STILL couldnt get it down. ROTFLMAO.

jumbotiger

May 15th, 2009
4:10 pm

Saint Nick

May 15th, 2009
1:25 pm
“For EVERYONE saying Bama is way to high, GET USED TO IT!!!! Bama will be a mainstay in the top 5 year after year!!!!!”

This is a keeper.

Geaux Tigers!
Go SEC

SlimG

May 15th, 2009
4:11 pm

Ramble, don’t be jealous about Walker. Everyone knows he’s the most recent Heisman winner from the state and on the last undisputed national championship team. And don’t give me this crap about Heisman being from Tech during the war. Nobody cares!

As for you being gay, the truth hurts I guess?

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
4:12 pm

Tide Rising:

Potato, Po-Tah-to,

Michael

May 15th, 2009
4:13 pm

Anonymous,

The short answer to your question is yes. But if you’re saying that he deserved to beat Colt because his numbers were slightly better in a couple of categories (yards, tds) then that’s an oversimplification. Colt did better than Sam in completion percentage (he set the all-time record) and was barely behind him in a lot of those other categories. Then you throw in his rushing stats, and he is completely on par based on stats alone. If the Heisman is an MVP award, then Colt was significantly more valuable to his team considering Texas had very little at RB and OU was overflowing with very good backs. Plus OU had arguably the best TE in the nation and Texas didn’t even have one. Seriously, Texas rarely used one. Not because they were doing the spread thing, or whatever, it’s because the 1st and 2nd string were injured for the year and 3rd and 4th were mainly blockers and horrible at catching. I think 3 of Colt’s INTs were because the TE couldn’t catch an easy pass.

rascal

May 15th, 2009
4:15 pm

I just want 10 wins for my dawgs. Who cares about beating FL or a National Championship? Just keep Martinez and Boobo and let’s consistently win 10 games. Yippee makes me sooo happy thinking about it.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
4:16 pm

Michael,

IMO OU had the best defense in the Big 12 and was likely the 2nd best team in the country. I hate to say that as a SEC fan I would like to have atleast the Top 2 or 3 teams in the country.

McCoy will most likely get the Heisman next year unless Tebow is winning by blow outs every week. However, Tebow’s stats are likely to fall without Mullens and Brantley taking more snaps. The award should be for the player that is the greatest help to their team, the MVP of CFB. The Heisman is a beauty contest not the MVP award it should be.

I am not convinced Texas will make it. Ohio St is starting to get my pick as they facing a rebuilding USC to get the media machine rolling early and then they can run the tables in the Big 10. Texas will be a front runner but will get tripped up somewhere. However now that I think about it UF will most likely drop a game somewhere and if UF and a Texas can run the tables they would be in the BCS Title game. A 1 loss UF should go over a 1 loss Texas. Mack Brown gets snubbed again and cries even more.

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
4:17 pm

Mr. T, I saw the spring game. I’m just not putting a lot of emphasis into that. What I am putting a lot of emphasis into was how we fared agains Boise St, at Arizona St., and yes Ok St when all of those openers were supposed to give us problems. Somebody else said it best Mark Richt teams thrive off of these type of games. I also am more concerned about the travel fatigue affecting us the following week against USC.

Karl Childers

May 15th, 2009
4:19 pm

That North Ave Dude isn’t even half as smart as me…..

Now I just have to find some mustard for my biscuits….

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…….

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
4:20 pm

“Bradford won’t be in it because he really didn’t deserve it last year, people will try to right that wrong, . . .”
I was implying that Tebow should have won on intangibles AND stats (not, again, as you asserted on “Volume essentially”) and that if, as you asserted above, “people will try to right that wrong,” then I suggest Tim will take home his second.

Collijo

May 15th, 2009
4:22 pm

Tide-Rising,

I’ve got to disagree about Auburn’s secondary depth…they’ll return 3 starters from last year and have another starter from 07 back from injury in Savage. Now Linebacker, they are thin but the starters will be among the tops in the SEC with addition of Eltoro Freeman – you will see several freshman in this lineup near the end of the year.

Offensively they get Pierre-Louis back from injury, and bring in a good recruiting class that ranked 15th/16th depending what service you look at – which not bad for a group of coaches that is now starting to put together a solid class….especially with the top 3 running backs in the country solid with them in all of their top 2.

While McElroy might have some experience its still not a every down starter. Missing 3 o-lineman will be the biggest detriment to the team and to the new QB. LSU has a deep line (O-line) and their Dline should be improved, I do agree their schedule is tough but whose isn’t in the SEC. Speaking of schedule Auburn’s schedule actually works to their advantage early with the new staff – (5-1) is not out of the question…9-3 overall / or 8-4 is very attainable for that squad. I’d be shocked if Bama wasn’t at least 9-3 with the schedule.

In all, I think the West beats up on each other for 2 losses for most teams.

Honestly I still believe that it’s Bama, LSU, and Auburn to fight it out and one good year for Bama does not make them the favorite. Proof is over the past 6 years….that leans LSU or Auburn.

By the way, lot of rumors now flowing on the internet about NCAA sanctions on Bama that will come out in about a month – one lawyer on a board stated this:

OK – Bunker – Book-Gate Penalties to hit soon, so pay attention… Reply

to what is and is NOT going to happen. I don’t want to hear the whining and complaining from TT et. al.

First: Book-Gate and all of the other issues [GadsdenGate, HooverGate, Bump-rule violations, MobileGate] are different. BookGate is very limited in scope. It only deals with one small issue. It was NOT a recruiting violation and it was self-reported by uat. The penalty of Book-gate will be relatively small.

PENALTY: Rumor says 2 years probation and 2 scholarships per year for a total of 4. Really, bookgate itself is not that big of a deal, other than it occured in a repeat offender window status. So what’s the big deal you say?

BIG DEAL: uat committed these violations while they were under the probation for Albert Means and Memphis. This gives the bammers a new 5-year repeat offender window. This makes any violations for GadsdenGate/MobileGate/Bump-rule etc all within the repeat offender window and makes their crime and punishment much more severe.

After BookGate, another PLOI will hit uat about Gadsden. That will take awhile. Probably, before that PLOI happens, the news medial will hit discussing GadsdenGate. GadsdenGate is a really big deal.

Many violations of the bump rule by Nick Saban will also hit in that or another PLOI. Too many schools have turned slick nick in to the NCAA for those violations. Individually, bump rule violations are no big deal, but numerous knowing and willful violations will get uat in trouble the same way it got Colorado a few years ago.

Remember, BookGate isn’t that big of a deal in and of itself. The 4 scholarship loss will be tougher than some think because spuat oversigned it’s class this year.

This is just step one. The real key here, is keeping the repeat offender window status open.

Has anyone heard anything about this?

Michael

May 15th, 2009
4:23 pm

Anonymous,

You’re assuming Tebow is a better leader and has more intangibles than the other two. I guarantee you that Colt does all the same things Tebow does, just without the media fawning over him. Check it out, mission trips, speaking engagements, work outs, vocal leadership. In fact all three are very similar dudes, except that Sam isn’t very vocal on the field.

obvious

May 15th, 2009
4:24 pm

DaddyDawg – whats that saying? pot calling the kettle black?

Gen Neyland

May 15th, 2009
4:27 pm

The Fighting Sioux of North Dakota have chosen a new name. One they hope will not offend any four legged mammal (living or extinct), potholes, refuse dumps in the desert or galactic black holes (our universe or theirs). They will be known as The Green Apple Splatters. No offense to fruit, okay..? Next on the agenda will be the ‘Noles…

Trade School Junkie

May 15th, 2009
4:28 pm

GT went 9-4 with brand new coaching staff, new offense, new defense, and played the whole season with Freshmen starting at almost every position, except the D-Line. Each loss last year reflected that inexperience.

You see, you mutts HAVE NO EXCUSE. With 2 weeks to prepare, the 2008 UGA team even with 24 & 7 and a veteran squad could not beat an almost all freshmen GT squad.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
4:30 pm

Michael, I agree Colt is as you say a great guy and leader. Bradford appears to be as well. It would be nice if the Heisman could have been split between the 3 last year. IMO McCoy gets the trophy unless Texas is a major let down.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
4:30 pm

Looks like I have some homework over the weekend!

Good Luck to all this fall, and yes, that includes you too, Michael.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
4:31 pm

Trade School Junkie , 20 something injuries and GT won by 3.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
4:36 pm

Otto,

Statistically… oh and on the field against that very same team Texas had the best defense in the Big 12. But we all know that when it comes to the BCS what happens on the field doesn’t matter. But in all seriousness, neither team had an elite defense and Texas wasn’t head and shoulders above OU, so whatever.

Hmmm are you slighting Colt? Like I just said, check out their personalities. Colt and Tebow are the same, Colt just gets less pub. As for stats, let me get this straight, the guy who QBs the team with the best Defense in the country and who was inferior in virtually every single statistical category compared to the other 2 finalists (Tebow) is more valuable to his team than the guy who had a mediocre defense, poor running backs, NO TE, and who actually outrushed the previous guy who became famous as a great runner? Sounds like Colt was more valuable AND more “beautiful”.

I agree with your assessment of Texas’ chances, although I don’t know about all that OSU crap. I’m not sure I trust Pryor to pass for a whole season. Texas cannot afford a loss because our OOC strength of schedule is so bad (thank you Arkansas, Utah and Wisconsin for weaseling out). A one loss Florida should get in over a one loss Texas, even if the SEC is slightly down. Well…what’s Florida’s OOC schedule like. Our SOS in conference might be comparable to Florida’s.

I’m sick of everyone calling Mack a whiner. Stoops does the same thing, if not more, and he’s hailed a fair and true. Every coach lobbies, although some coaches do it more by running up the score (Meyer). I don’t mind lobbying, just leave Mack alone.

macrotech

May 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

DaddyDawg, your 3:24 statement is MOST laughable! You just DID what you accuse Tech fans of doing! I assure you, there are plenty of fans of EVERY team that spit out predictable garbage! This preseason polling is a joke…in the end, these teams are going to have to go out there and earn their spots each week! There are a number of teams that can celebrate an optimistic outlook on the upcoming season, but if they think that their opponents are going to lay down because of their ranking; THEY are in for an upset! GO TECH!!! (I feel VERY optimistic) ;0)

FL DAWG

May 15th, 2009
4:44 pm

Trade School Junkie and North Ave Dude, please go to sleep on the Dogs. I hope CPJ and the team goes to sleep on them as well, regardless of what UGA record is. I agree with all of your comments,and especially the idea UGA is the weaker program of the two. UGA shouldn’t even show up to play the game. Owens and Atkins should have gone pro, The O-line will be horrible with more experience returning. They will not be able to protect the QB or open running lanes. Keep drinking the Kool-aid.

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
4:54 pm

Michael:

“some coaches do it more by running up the score (Meyer). ”

With all the 60+ point scores in your conference last year, isn’t that a little like the pot calling the kettle black?

It Came From The Swamp

May 15th, 2009
4:54 pm

Michael, I would like to invite you over for dinner…yeh you…for dinner…

Michael

May 15th, 2009
5:00 pm

haha, i knew I’d get some grief from the Gators on that one. Sorry, it’s not a knock on UF, just on him. Admit it, that dude is a jerk. I often feel like you need a jerk to win now days, but he’s a jerk none the less. The recent thing about not allowing former players to criticize anyone was crazy!?!?! Like Wilbon said, this dude has a God complex. But whatever he does, it works, so just chill. You can admit he’s a little slimey and still keep your NC trophy.

I’m out! Good talking with you guys.
Hook’em.

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
5:03 pm

Disparage our coach then cut and run?
Talk about sleazy . . .

Urban Warfare

May 15th, 2009
5:09 pm

Hey Michael, you’re not related to that Jackson fella are you??

It Came From The Swamp

May 15th, 2009
5:12 pm

Gee, I invite him for dinner and suddenly he’s gotta run! He’ll be runnin’ all right! He’ll be runnin’ zig zag tryin’ to get away!!!

Otto

May 15th, 2009
5:14 pm

Michael, It isn’t really that I trust Pryor but that they are in the Big 10. They also get a media boost with the USC matchup.

I think Tebow is better on the field but by a narrow margin and I admit I am biased. I would rather have any of the 3 at QB than Stafford or Cox. As I said Colt is the great guy you say he is. I am rather surprised the media didn’t give Tebow the trophy last year after the Ole Miss speach and UF winning big after that. To clarify not that is fair, just what I expected the media to do. IMO all 3 played to their team’s strengths as well as anyone possibly could.

Stoops does use the media every bit as much as Mack However Stoops comes off better and Mack continued to argue after the decision had been made. IMO Stoops lost the RRS when he went for it on 4th down against Texas. Stoops knew if he won big he could get back in the title race and did. He played the system perfectly. Also I have called for the SEC to change their tie breaker to reflect the Big 12’s since the debate came up before the Big 12 title game. IMO Texas weeker running game would have them much easier for UF to stop, in the end the system worked.

Losers Lane

May 15th, 2009
5:15 pm

Hey, anybody seen my wifes new Teebows? Anybody seen my wife??

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
5:16 pm

A quick off-subject query:

If the University of North Dakota’s mascots, the “Fighting Sioux” are being challenged as offensive, can the “Seminoles” of FSU be far behind?

Gen Neyland

May 15th, 2009
5:16 pm

Oh, and a big Welcome Back Kotter goes out to Roswell Ed…Also, nice to see your on my side away from the games…carry on.

Bruce Pearl

May 15th, 2009
5:16 pm

Could have sworn I saw them…err…I mean her, yesterday…

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:18 pm

I was under the impression that the Seminole tribe had give “the OK” to use Chief O as their mascot. Not sure if that is true or not, though.

Criminole Nation

May 15th, 2009
5:20 pm

G8R GRAD…so what if it is???…so “Sioux” me…

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:21 pm

Forget it Otto.

He’s off to some bar in midtown (Blake’s/Backsreet, maybe?).

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
5:23 pm

What, then, would the athletic program’s new mascot be, I wonder?

Feel free to chime in everybody!

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:25 pm

FSU’s new mascot should be the 99’s since that’s the last year they were relevant.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:28 pm

Hee, hee.

How ’bout The “We-Used-To-Be-A-Women’s-College-But-Now-We’re-Nots?”

Smokey Gets In Your Eyes

May 15th, 2009
5:30 pm

How about the VolBeaters?!? I’m sorry, forgot that names already been taken by Wyoming!

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:32 pm

Sorry, the “we-used-to-be-a-women’s-college-but-now-we’re-nuts?”

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:32 pm

Yeah, VolBeaters doesn’t work. Because of ‘98.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
5:33 pm

The Seminole nation is fine with Chief Osceola being the mascot, but digging him up from Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island is just a bit much.

Georgia Gator

May 15th, 2009
5:33 pm

How about the “Academic All-Americans”

Urban Warfare

May 15th, 2009
5:34 pm

How ’bout the “Fighting Molecrickets”??? That way they could still call themselves the “Moles” (close enought).

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:34 pm

Why are we talking about FSU again? Who the hell cares?

Georgia Gator

May 15th, 2009
5:34 pm

Or, “Tutors-R-Us”

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:35 pm

Haha the Moles. Love it.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:36 pm

The “Free-Diploma-With-A-Bowl-Of-Soups?”

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:37 pm

The Kleptomaniacs

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

Or, the “Couldn’t-Get-Into-UF’s?”

Bulldog

May 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

Ok, this is the way it is. LSU showed everyone how to stop Tech’s Offense. If Georgia can’t do it this year, every Georgia Fan needs to take their hat off to Tech. It is plain and simple. I assume that CMR will make WM and the defense watch that game several times. You make the QB have to make the play. Tech does not have good enough QBs to beat Georgia. But, they have good enough backs to do it. Stop the backs and Georgia will win. Make boneheaded plays and don’t stop the backs and you lose again.

It Came From The Swamp

May 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

Anybody seen Michael? I was gonna show him my mounted Portugese Water Dog.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
5:39 pm

We can always start it back up again monday.

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:41 pm

FSU is the Auburn of the ACC. It’s everybody’s backup school.

Jem77

May 15th, 2009
5:50 pm

No way UGA will finish in the top 25. They have no heart, and by mid-season, half their starters will be in jail or suspended. Warden Richt will try, but how do you mold a bunch of illiterate thugs and goons into a team?

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
6:00 pm

Oh Sanford, so cold and so true. Both of one of my college buddies sons had to enroll at Auburn, then transfer to UGA. It is more of an epidemic than the Pig Flu.

JP

May 15th, 2009
6:14 pm

Way off with Bama Mr CFB. Many analysts like yourself tend to rank teams based on numbers coming back in relation to last seasons finish. It’s never been the most exact formula. What your creating is your version of the top 25 poll Sept 1st.

When you talk about your Dogs you lament the OL problems & chemistry needed. But with Bama having to almost start over with 70% of it’s OL you have a different formula. Barney you need to be more consistent with your analogies.

Truth Hurts

May 15th, 2009
6:18 pm

Tech will lose five games this year….and the excuses will start and the finger pointing will be at evereyone except themselves. Georgia will absolutely hammer them at Grant field this year with over 60% of those in attendance wearing the red and black. Lets face it when you have to advertise in the AJC to sell tickets to your home games what does that tell you about Tech’s program….not even their great alumni come to their games….thier 45,000 seat stadium is always half full…pitiful. It amazes me that a three point win over a injury laden Dawg team has gotten the Tech fans as giddy as they are…..you can sure tell they don’t know how to act because it so rarely happens….they have and will always have a major inferiority complex about Georgia.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
6:27 pm

Collijo,

Your various Alabama recruiting scandals are all based upon rumors as you very plainly state. These are rumors began and exist on a world of their own on some Auburn forums and Tennessee forums. On Tennessee’s main forum its Tennstud, who has been saying stuff like this for years and years. Let’s examine each of these.

Hoovergate. Has absolutely nothing to do with Alabama. This is a high school deal and Hoover athletes have attended UT, Florida I think, Bama and maybe Auburn. The teachers where helping out students with grading so that they could get into any college not specifically Alabama. There is no Bama connection and if there was a letter would have been sent 2 years ago when this happened. This is old news and the NCAA looked into Hoover already.

Mobilegate and Gadsdengate. Both are figments of the imagination which is why you state no facts as to what happened. Once again some rival fans on other forums started rumors that Burton Scott of Mobile, Julio Jones of Mobile, Jerrell Harris of Gadsden, that all of these players had been bought Hummers and other cars. Who in their right mind believes that boosters can just flat out buy players Hummers and not think anyone is going to notice? Its an absolute absurdity and the fact of the matter is that none of these players own these cars. Burton Scott had an old tricked out Cutlass which got stolen in B’ham and he now doesn’t have a car. If they do own these cars then its news to them.

Bump-rule violations. In Saban’s first year at Bama he was accused by the Miami media of talking to a Miami area recruit for 5 minutes which is a 2ndary violation of the bump rule which states a cursory hello and goodbye is the only acceptable communication and should span a minute or less. Big freaking deal. The NCAA looked at it and said there is nothing there. This was 2 years ago. If there was something more serious a letter would already have been sent.

Last of all the bookgate. The university did a poor job of managing textbook distribution and several athletes across numerous sports were getting extra books to help out friends, girlfriends, etc. The athletes themselves did not benefit monetarily and thus no competitive advantage was gained. The school discovered this itself, immediately self reported, took immediate corrective action including suspending the players for several games so that no competitive advantage was gained, and punished the athletes in the other sports as well.

You have no idea what penalties, if any, will result from the textbook matter. As you yourself state this is all rumors to your knowledge. Even if we get hit with 2 schollies lost over 2 years that’s a very small slap on the wrist and is something we can live with. The bottom line is that this wasn’t institutionalized cheating or anything like that, the school found out the problem, reported it, and corrected it.

Last, you should stop and think about this nonsense. I realize a lot of people hate Saban but what you absolutely cannot deny is that as his years as a head coach at Kent State, Mich.St, and LSU there were no recruiting violations to my knowledge. None of those programs got into any trouble at all when Saban was there and obviously there was no resulting probation. What on earth makes you think he would all of a sudden need to start cheating at Bama. The Bama brand name and tradition speaks for itself. He doesn’t have to cheat. The idea that he ran clean programs everywhere else but all of a sudden is running a dirty program at a big name program like Alabama is absolutely ludicrous. When you can come up with something more credible than internet rumors started on Auburn forums and by Tennstud on the Tennessee forum please let me know.

Dorsey Hill

May 15th, 2009
6:30 pm

Tony,

If Georgia had Tech’s schedule would you still rank Tech higher? Doubtful. Pre-season rankings should be about which teams are the best on paper. The SEC has 5 top-ten teams, on paper, period. There are 5 teams in the SEC that would finish no lower than second in any conference in America save the Big 12, and then its no lower than 3rd. They should be ranked accordingly. If UGA’s, or any of these other 5 top SEC teams had a schedule where they played the Top two teams from every other BCS conference, it would, at the end of the day, be an easier schedule than the 8 SEC teams that each will play.

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
6:35 pm

Collijo,

Actually I was wrong. Julio Jones does own a car. If I remember correctly it was a 5 or 6 year old Ford explorer or some older model suv and was bought by his family and he owned it long before he ever committed to Bama. I’ve yet to see or here of this imaginary Hummer that other people seem to think that Julio owns. It doesn’t exist except on Auburn and Tennessee message boards.

BS Patrol

May 15th, 2009
6:35 pm

Uh Bulldawg,
Here’s another easy way to beat Tech. Score more points than Tech. You’ll win almost 95% of the time! Duh!

bob hughes

May 15th, 2009
6:49 pm

barnhart is just another nerd loving , atl biased AJC employee

bob hughes

May 15th, 2009
6:50 pm

nerd lover, nerd lover, nerd lover

UGA_4_Ever

May 15th, 2009
6:52 pm

Truth Hurts, Cuz and all you other idiot Dawg fans…Let’s use some facts when we argue our points. Name calling does nothing but make you look like a redneck. If UGA is better than GT or UF, say why instead of “your wife wears my wife-beater” or we beat you 7 in a row. Well geuss what, 2009 is a new year. UGA has a ton of talent returning from injuries, yet we’ve lost 3 of our offensive stars to the NFL. Lost some secondary. I think the defense will be greatly improved and I think the offense will take a step back. On the other hand, the trade school has lost folks on the defensive line and their o-line is thin. Otherwise they are just a year older. I think the Saturday after Thanksgiving will be a great game.

bob hughes

May 15th, 2009
6:55 pm

barnhart, you are such a nerd. We need to worry about Ok state, about like we need to worry about the rest of the Kandy ass teams from the west that we beat every year by 30 points. Just like you and your tech loving coworkers said we needed to worry about Boise state, arizona state, ok state and that powerhouse from hawaii that we destroyed. When are you nerd lovers ever going to figure it out?

Crazy4GT

May 15th, 2009
6:57 pm

UGA_4_Ever – Finally a bulldog fan that is not ranting & raving (of course there are enough GT fans that do it to). I liked your analysis. GT’s secondary should be tough. Linebackers improved, running game should be crazy. The o-line needs to get a lot better and the new guys on the d-line need to fill the gap. Our QB needs to be a little more accurate when he actually gets the chance to pass the ball.

Is it September yet?

AltamahaDawg

May 15th, 2009
6:59 pm

Obama needs whoever writes the headlines for the AJC articles as his communication director.

Crazy4GT

May 15th, 2009
7:00 pm

I’m beginning to think the ‘Bob Hughes’ doesn’t like Tony! Did Tony hurt your feeling Bob?

gatorman770

May 15th, 2009
7:00 pm

Gators will rule 2009…only if they don’t get a case of attention deficit and lose a game. If they drop one game with the weak non-conference schedule (due to a better team backing out, UCF I believe) and the relatively weak SEC-W schedule (due to the SECs whacko scheduling) they may win the SEC, but they will not get to the BCS game against undefeated or one loss teams with stronger schedules.

Sphincter of the House Pelousi is a senile lying witch! Is water-boarding really so horrendous compared to the islamic terrorist incinerating thousands of non-combatants at the WTC or beheading non-combatants? We utilized water-boarding in Vietnem (of course the VC liked to beat, break bones, and soak catured Americans in pools of feces, etc.)and I understand it’s been used since WWII. Our Sphincter of the House could use a good water-boarding to bring back her memory.

bob hughes

May 15th, 2009
7:02 pm

Barnhart, you are such a tech loving nerd. When will you ever figure out, every time we play one of these alleged powerhouses from the west, you and all your tech biased collegues think they are going to beat us. And everytime, we prove that you are nothing but, one more time, a tech loving NERD! We beat these CANDY A.. teams silly. Let’s list them: OK State, Arizona State, Boise State, and who could forget, HAWAII. Bet you picked those NERDS too. You are such a NERD!!!!!!!

bob hughes

May 15th, 2009
7:02 pm

Crazyfor GT, youa re a NERD!

Crazy4GT

May 15th, 2009
7:03 pm

Bob isn’t Barnhart a UGA grad?

Crazy4GT

May 15th, 2009
7:04 pm

I wish gatorman770 would open up and tell us how he really feels about the liar, uh I mean Pelosi…

Tide rising

May 15th, 2009
7:13 pm

Gatorman770,

Sphincter of the house. That is too funny. Thanks. Can’t wait to use that from now on when I discuss the liar, uh I meant Pelosi also.

I don’t think UF is out of it if they lose one game though. As long as they win the seccg they will be in the title game even if they drop one somewhere along the way. That’s assuming there won’t be at least 2 other bcs teams to go unbeaten of course. Starting out no. 1 if they lose they will not fall very far and would have plenty of time to climb right back to the top 2. They certainly won’t lose more than one regular season game so to me the only potential stumbling block even if they lose 1 game would be the seccg.

BS Patrol

May 15th, 2009
7:20 pm

News Flash Bob! Barnhart is a ga alumnus! Give him credit for admitting Tech is better.

Saint Nick

May 15th, 2009
7:26 pm

Bama wins the west Fla wins the east!!!! Bama goes 1-1 in the dome and goes to the Sgar AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME I FEEL SORRY FOR WHOEVER THEY PLAY!!!!!!

The Ole Ball Coach

May 15th, 2009
7:53 pm

Dawgs want win a game and CMR is fired ……. you read it here first folks!

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
8:04 pm

Uga4ever, I am a redneck. I thought you knew. Just checked my collar, yep, redneck.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
8:11 pm

I think the mat drills are outlawed by the Geneva Convention. When was the Speaker notified by our coaching staff?

Can you imagine Gitmo detainees doing mat drills. Okay, I will tell you anything you want. Please get me out of this cage and stop that coach from yelling at me. Merciful Allah let me out.

m=saintsimonslover

May 15th, 2009
8:21 pm

TB is older than me and he should know that the defense has more to say about your record than the offense and Tech lost their WHOLE defensive line and how in the HELL does he have them ranked so high?He has covered college football forever and still hasn’t learned!!

Chuck Uga

May 15th, 2009
9:18 pm

Ramble On, GREAT comment on Pelosi being a BIG LIAR!

As far as Top 25, who cares at this point. Most of this poll is reasonable except Alabama who will not end up in the Top 10 (LSU will beat them like a drum). Florid and LSU will likely play in the SEC Championship as a rematch unless UGA pulls a miracle 9or maybe South Carolina? Nah.) UGA will finish 9-3 or 10-2 in all likelihood. I do think they will edge Tech in Atlanta. I see an upset loss to Auburn though.

P

May 15th, 2009
9:32 pm

Georgia Baseball….going, going, gone! Another number 1 bites the big one.

dawes

May 15th, 2009
9:54 pm

i ranked the dogs no.11 tech no.15

VirginiaDawg1970

May 15th, 2009
11:06 pm

If Virginia Tech played in the SEC they would get thumped about three times a year. There is no reason anyone who has watched this team play over the last three years could have them ranked in the top 10. The hokies have replaced Notre Dame as the most consistently overanked team in college football. Oh yeah, ACC football has been a joke for about five years now. I think The Jackets will own it soon enough.

Rex

May 16th, 2009
12:17 am

If UNC-Chapel Hill is #18 and E Carolina is #22, then NC State should be ranked in the top 18. They will be the best team in the ACC Atlantic and were already the best team in the state of N Carolina in 2008.

tony

May 16th, 2009
12:58 am

UGA is a top 5 team talent wise, but a top 25 team coaching wise. I believe Mark Richt will continue to make poor decisions as he has in the past. Here’s a list of his poor decisions:

1)He didn’t replace Martinez after losing to West Virginia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl.

2)He red shirted his best rb(Moreno).

3)He let Stafford change the play at the line of scrimmage 95% of the time to impress the NFL scouts.

I believe Mark Richt will not put the best qb on the field when the season began. If Aaron Murry is not the starting qb to open the season, Mark Richt will once again prove that I am right about his poor judgement. Mark my word, at some point Aaron Murray will be the starting qb sometime this season if Mark Richt doesn’t red shirt him.

Jimmy in Gainesville

May 16th, 2009
1:05 am

As a loyal Georgia fan but a realistic Georgia fan, I don’t look forward to this season with Willie heading the D. I think it will be exremely tough against OS in the first game and he’ll never have a defense to stop anyone … especially Fla and GT. To tell you the truth, I’m dreading this year. I hope I’m wrong but we could easily lose five games if Willie’s D don’t turn it around. I still think Willie should have walked. O well, we still haven’t lost a game in 09 … we’re still undefeated.

ECU71

May 16th, 2009
1:52 am

macrotech

May 16th, 2009
2:21 am

UGA_4_Ever, thank you for your reasonable post…. sadly, there aren’t many of them out there regardless the team. Fla. will be the team to beat in the NC. LSU is set to have a great year (But you’re kidding yourself IF you think THEY figured out Tech’s offense…it was a game full of bad decisions and HORRIBLE special team play! They beat us down, make no mistake about it, but they didn’t ‘figure’ anything out). I believe that UGA is going to have a good ‘off’ season with eight or so victories. In short, I’m cool with the ‘poll’. However, I still contend that each team will have to prove themselves each and EVERY week! GO TECH!

armour all

May 16th, 2009
2:49 am

TONY, when are you going to break that bama probation story that all the bama radio stations want to give you credit for ?

hop

May 16th, 2009
6:26 am

mister t…historically one does not put much faith in spring game outcomes as the offense in particular is usually very bland.

dawgs have a history of having fairly good defenses and that will return this year.
georgia lost a many as 25 players last season and most of those veteran players did not play in the spring game.

i would not count my chickens before they hatch. dawgs usually have their better years when expectations are not very high!

PTC DAWG

May 16th, 2009
6:28 am

I have no problems with your top 25 as stated. I will say that Bama seems a little high based on their losses of QB and OL, etc…UF is the team to beat for sure….sometimes that doesn’t work out so well.

I DO have a problem with the GT fans who think UGA shouldn’t be in the top 25. IF you can give me tangible evidence that Richt’s team doesn’t deserve to be there, let’s hear it. Frankly, you are a disgrace to college football if you think that way..he averages over 10 wins a year..some of you folks need to get out more often.

Doc

May 16th, 2009
7:08 am

Miami will finish the season 11-1.

poopdawg

May 16th, 2009
8:19 am

4-9 tony , i don’t agree with. My sister could have picked your top 3. It’s amazing the love shown for the Tide. One good year and suddenly saban’s head turns into the bear. Please don’t underestimate what john parker wilson and the mammoth offensive line did for them until the bowl game. Both are gone in 2009. Inconsistency will be the killer for bama and lsu . Ole miss will be solid. If auburn can find a Qb from one of local high schools they will make some noise. Arkansas will be much improved. The west is wide open.

poopdawg

May 16th, 2009
8:26 am

Tech will surprise some people in 2009, i predict 6-6. I don’t care who is coming back.

Football expert in waiting

May 16th, 2009
8:28 am

14 of 25 of the minor league(college football) picks from the South. Same thing every year. At least it sells a lot of papers and magazines.

collijo

May 16th, 2009
8:33 am

Tide-Rising,

Man that was a question to someone in the know at Bama and I got thrown under a bus….WTF! Listen whether its rumor /or someone say like Finebaum talking about it as he did today on the radio (early show I think in B’ham..can’t remember show name) the fact is that something is up with the NCAA.

By the way I lived in Baton Rouge, working down there out of school, when Saban was coaching the corn dogs. Less we forget the grade scandal, that rocked LSU – Teacher gets fired for turning in the true story about grade fixing…now do I think that Saban had something to do with that – NO clue. But it was on his regime…..makes me say hmmmmm.

Enough of the rumor stuff – what I think is funny is the way you say the BAMA name will sell the school. What your not remembering is that Bama, until last year, was irrelevant (sp?). I mean we’re talking a middle of the pack team – now one good year and their National Power again. I don’t buy it – you’ve recruited very well, now we’ll see if you can do it 3-4 years in a row not 1.

I stand by my first opinion that Bama loses 2-3, LSU loses 2, Ole Mrs. loses 3 or so, Auburn loses 3….LSU wins tie breakers in a crazy Wild West season. Plays UF and loses in the SEC Championship…still goes on to Sugar.

Nachos

May 16th, 2009
8:52 am

Where is Auburn ranked? hahahahahaahhahaahhahaha

Jake

May 16th, 2009
9:03 am

Looks like a long year for Auburn and Tennessee.

Gator Mike

May 16th, 2009
9:26 am

I am a Gator who lives in Charleston, SC. I agree with everyone that UF playing Charleston Southern is a total joke, and I am embarrassed. We would be better off having a scrimmage to warm up for UT and lame kiffin than playing Chas. Southern. Fl, GA, AL, TN ,et. all have high school stadiums larger than Charleston Southern’s. I understand that we got stuck with Chas. Southern because wimpy George “Lier” O’Leary pulled his UCF team out of the committment they had to play the Gators for an opener this year. I heard that Foley could not get anyone but Chas. Southern, and I do not believe it. I commend UGA for going on the road to play OK St. and UT going to UCLA last year. BAMA, AU, LSU and ARK have done it. My Gators need to start going on the road like that. Playing Chas. Southern and Fl Intl. is an embarrassing joke.
Go Gators!

Jack Schitt

May 16th, 2009
9:51 am

Hi, most of you redneck UGA fans seem not to know me. My name is Jack Schitt and I want to say this…UGA SUX. You will be the new SEC East doormat since Stafford and NoShow are gone. Vandy will kick your azz to make if official. Welcome to the cellar boys!!! Now you can say you know Jack Schitt.

johnny reb

May 16th, 2009
10:06 am

The Rebels only issue is left tackle on offense. It may workout fine, but will know for sure after a few games. The defensive line will be stout again and the secondary will be much improved over last year.

LSU? Give me one reason why they are top 10? Green qb? All new dl? The Hat is the headcoach not Lombardi!

Paddy

May 16th, 2009
10:08 am

Notre Dame must prove it on the field before I can say top 25. Fla St will be good but not top 25. They have nobody to throw the ball to whatsoever. It will be load up and stop the run-time.

The Grinch

May 16th, 2009
10:09 am

To jack schitt

You’re definitely full of BS so I guess you’re living up to your name. Be careful, BS Patrol may find and arrest you. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

rainman

May 16th, 2009
10:09 am

Despite all the talk about Tech losing 3 players off the D-line, I firmly believe the overall defense will be better this year. Derrick Morgan will be picked higher by the NFL than the three that turned pro this year. Robert Hall and Jason Peters played alot last year and should be better. T.J. Barnes (6-7,353) looks ready to anchor the middle and I wouldn’t be suprised to see the true freshman J.C. Lanier (6-4,335) worked into the rotation. For depth at DT we still have Ben Anderson, Logan Walls, and Jason Hill. There is a long list of talented DE’s working to get their chance including: Anthony Eqbuniwe, Emanuael Dieke, Euclid Cummings, and Izaan Cross.

The main reason the defense will be better though is the talent and the depth at linebacker and in the secondary. Brad Jefferson, our best inside LB, was injured most of last season and will join Sedrick Griffin, Anthony Barnes, and Kyle Jackson – among others. I don’t know how all the DB’s are going to get adequate playing time. Headed by Morgan Burnett at safety, the list includes: Jerrard Tarrant (also injured last year), Dominique Reese, Mario Butler, Rashad Reid, Cooper Taylor, Deron Jasper, Mario Edwards, Cory Earls, etc..

[...] Tony Barnhart of the AJC gives his spring Top 25 for college football. [...]

lakebuzz

May 16th, 2009
10:16 am

For all of those who say “everyone will figure out GT’s offense, by looking at LSU film” does NOT know football at all. EVERY team that Coach Paul Johnson has either been the OC or HC has made its biggest improvement from year one to year two. In several of these years he didn’t have the same QB and skill players in year two. This year he does.

In the LSU game GT had three turnovers, a botched fake punt attempt, gave up an onside kick and still managed only 10 less yards of total offense…..I would say it was GT’s defense last year and it will be GT’s defense this year that determines how well they do! (GT’s defense STUNK the second half of last season!!!!)

jcamp12

May 16th, 2009
10:43 am

You people who are saying Bama is ranked to high do not have a clue. The QB(McElroy) replacing JPW is a 4th year junior and is one of those “Texas Quarterbacks” who broke Chase Daniels records at the same HS. Also, the offensive line who lost two starters will be just fine. They have plenty of talent to fill those voids named D.J Fluker or Tyler Love. Oh, and my favorite, the defense returns nine starters and will be one of the best in the country. So, TB I like your rankings and can’t wait til football season.

Buckeye Dude

May 16th, 2009
11:02 am

You all are wrong, mark my words, THEE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES will be undefeated at season’s end and win the title game. Go pound yourselves SEC.

buzzfan1936

May 16th, 2009
11:04 am

Reminder for those who keep harping on Tech’s loss in the Peach Bowl [the name I prefer]: Tech beat Georgia; Georgia beat LSU; LSU beat Tech. Sounds like a wash to me.

[...] Tony Barnhart of the AJC gives his spring Top 25 for college football. [...]

Tide rising

May 16th, 2009
11:23 am

Collijo,

In reference to the grade fixing at LSU once again that had nothing to do with Saban and obviously nothing became of it. No probation, nothing. As for Finebaum come on. The guy makes his living like anybody else in the media. He sensationalizes topics to get people talking. Its what he does. You acknowledge that its all rumor that Finebaum was talking about. Then you make a leap and state that it is a FACT that something is up in Tuscaloosa bases on these “rumors”. What???

Its fine if you think Bama is a 2-3 loss team this year. That’s your opinion and I’ve no problem with that. Then you state that what I need to remember is that in the early 2000s Bama was irrelevant and a middle of the pack team. Fair enough.

Now let me make you understand something. Bama was largley irrelevant in the early 2000s and was a middle of the pack team due to 5 years probation and the loss of 21 schollies which was the 2nd most devastating probation ever handed down. Even then we had 2 10 win seasons interspersed in there 2002, 2005 that you seem to conveniently forget.

What you need to remember is that in the 90s Bama was a national power and was 2nd only to Florida in the sec. The only thing that could keep us down was the probation of the 2000s.

Now that is over we are quickly right back to our accustomed position as the dominant team in the west and back to national relevancy. What you fail to understand is that barring playing with 21 fewer schollies Alabama will always be the dominant team in the west and an upper tier conference and national contender as well. That is a fact of life.

Tide rising

May 16th, 2009
11:31 am

jcamp12,

In regards to our offensive line issues there’s an interesting note that tells you how quickly we’ve built our depth on the O-line. It looks like former Juco all american James Carpenter is going to fill in comfortably at LT on the O-line. Assuming he can hold off the next Andre Smith when DJ Fluker 6′7, 350 lbs comes in the fall then Bama will have 2 former 5 star offensive tackle recruits who will be backups in Fluker and Tyler Love. Is there anybody else who has several former 5 star recruits who are backups? Or if Fluker is indeed the next Andre Smith he could take over the tackle spot and we could move James Carpenter inside to guard. That would be a truly mammoth O-line. The O-line also was able to move the ball effectively in late spring and in the A-day against the D that was the 3rd ranked D in the country last year. Bottom line is that our single ? is the O-line and we are looking pretty good there after all. Can’t wait till September!

0h bama

May 16th, 2009
11:37 am

i’m a homer,but the fact is, we,bama, will lose a couple of games. although we do have more of a div-II schedule. i hate that we don’t play anybody. LSwho is going to be very disappointed when their qb has that sophomore slump. ole missy, over-rated. auburn-irrelevant. ar-kansas, still no D. it’ll be fla-tex in the end..

BAMAPERRY

May 16th, 2009
11:55 am

It will be Bama vs. UF again in the SECCG, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.

Billy

May 16th, 2009
12:05 pm

Florida State at #15, huh? Well, you’re right Barnhart, if the ‘Noles can find a couple of WRs and keep everyone out of trouble, it could be a pretty good season.

lakebuzz

May 16th, 2009
12:49 pm

UGA using injuries as an excuse for losing to GT. VERY FUNNY. GT had its two starting senior OT’s miss this game (Gardner who was drafted by Miami, and SR. Brown. Another projected starter left the program early in the season (Dunman). Voss (center) and Claytor (RFR OT) both played with injuries. Josh Nesbitt had two sprained ankles. His quickness was probably 80% at best. On D we were missing two starting DB’s in Word-Daniels and Tarrant.

The difference in this game were UGA mistakes (Staffords pick six and Samuels KO fumble) and GT’s offensive execution.

CRY ME A RIVER on the injuries excuse!!!!

lakebuzz

May 16th, 2009
1:12 pm

Rainman – Tarrant wasn’t injured last year, he was guilty until proven innocent!! GT’s DB Group will be VERY GOOD!! If just one of our DT’s, Walls (3*), Anderson (2*), Peters (4*), Barnes (3*), Hill (2*), Lanier (4*) force a double team, our D will be VERY good because Derrick Morgan (1st round draft choice) will be doubled about every play. In terms of size we can go jumbo with Barnes and Lanier and be 30 to 40 lbs bigger than last year. On passing downs, Peters and Anderson are very quick and very strong and SHOULD be effective pass rushers. This will be more of a key to GT’s season than anything else. QB’s with time are much more effective than those without. It will be intersting to see if Womack has some more creative blitz packages with Cooper Taylor and his speed from the ‘Wolf’ position. Doesn’t need to go ‘tenuta’ extreme but creative blitz packages from the LB’s and DB’s could help in passing downs….

football fan

May 16th, 2009
1:36 pm

lakebuzz dont forget that GT was missing starting LB (Griffin) so the injury excuse is BS!!!!

Honestly and truly, i get tired of hearing about replacing the D-line is going hurt this team. Their backups would be starting for any other D1 school. If Robert Hall didnt severely break his leg in ‘07 he would have had the same type of production as Derrick Morgan the past season. And also the new DL has been in the program for 4yrs and has had significant playing time in big time games.
Tech ranking is bout right and UGA should be a few slots down probably around 18 or so. But i do see of both of these teams with 9 or more wins when they play each other in November. Go Tech

rainman

May 16th, 2009
1:46 pm

lakebuzz — yeah, I forgot Tarrant wasn’t injured — I’ve heard he has the most talent of any of our CB’s. Robert Hall is showing he can be pretty good at DE opposite Morgan. I too am looking forward to the wolf position (which I understand to be a hybird of safety and linebacker). Cooper Taylor will probably be #1, but when he was injured this spring, Mario Edwards and Anthony Barnes showed they could play the position also.

Kendawg

May 16th, 2009
2:20 pm

Your top three are pretty comfortable picks, but Ala at #4. Please. Not only is Andre Smith gone, but they have to find a new QB. I predict that Ala will lose to Ole Miss and LSU. I don’t know who they play in the East that could beat them, but Tenn will give them a good game. Also, Okla St will not wind up in seventh place. Not only will UGA beat them, Texas and Okla also will beat them. Notre Dame has one of the easiest schedules in the country and should wind up in the top 25, even though they will not be equal to anybody in the top 10 or top 15.

Kiffin Taunts The Gator!

May 16th, 2009
2:44 pm

Buzzfan1936

May 16th, 2009
3:58 pm

VirginiaDawg posted:

“Oh yeah, ACC football has been a joke for about five years now. I think The Jackets will own it soon enough.”

How to you explain the fact that the ACC has had more players drafted in the first three rounds than any other conference for several years now even though the ACC has only 11 schools vs. the SEC and Big 12 with 12 including such top 3 picks as Calvin Johnson, Matt Ryan, and Mario West?

K-Town Dawg

May 16th, 2009
3:58 pm

Tech fans are a riot.
I seem to remember winning plenty of football games before 24 & 7.
I also remember beating the gators EVERY year following their MNCs.

GT Rich

May 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

LSU beat GT because their D-line and LBs penetrated almost every play. We didn’t have a passing game to counteract it. There are not many teams that can bring that kind of pressure every down, certainly not UGA. The GT defense will be stronger at LB and in the secondary, but the new D-line can’t possibly make up for the loss of 3 seniors. Tech will do well in 09 because the offense will be running at a higher speed in year two (plus weak opponents help). GT’s Weaker D + better O = high scoring shoot outs. Cox = Tereshinksy, you can expect to see a UGA freshman step in by game 4….

Preston

May 16th, 2009
4:05 pm

Southern Cal and Ohio State are always overrated and GT will be exposed very early this season.

Preston

May 16th, 2009
4:08 pm

I agree GT Rich, Aaron Murray will be starting by mid season if UGA loses any early games. Sacrifice a season for the future.

Big Bee

May 16th, 2009
4:09 pm

JB, it is booked!!! How much and where do I pick up my money? Cash only please!!

74 Dawg

May 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

Preston

May 16th, 2009
4:43 pm

Fellow dawg fans, I didn’t mean to sound so pessimistic in my last post. I do have faith in Cox but if he does slip up Murray will be ready to start his college football carrer much earlier than most expect. It’s good to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Preston

May 16th, 2009
4:43 pm

Oops. I meant career.

Jeremy

May 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

Agree with a lot of this…there are quite a few question marks out there with a lot of these teams!!! One thing I will say is that I think you nailed Southern Cals spot because Mark Sanchez wasn’t exacty a veteran, and that defense will still be just as stout even though they lost all those studs! I think Georgia is a little high, and I really think Ole Miss is going to get hammered this year…Since when did you need a defense in the big 12 to be good? I think Georgia might be in a little bit of trouble having to deal with Ok State in Stillwater, especially when they are breaking in a new qb, and rb!

DawgManiac

May 16th, 2009
5:10 pm

Georgia will be a lot better than Tech, Oregon and Penn State. With an upset or two, the dawgs finish in the top 10. Tech will be back to mediocrity after that lsu blowout.

jltmilaftw

May 16th, 2009
5:36 pm

Would be safe to say that the biggest two regular season games will be the Florida-Alabama game and the Texas-Oklahoma games. Those two winners might meet for the national championship.

heeldawg

May 16th, 2009
5:39 pm

One game.

One win in eight years–a three-point one at that–and suddenly Tech fans are crawling out of the underbrush reeking of a whole decade’s worth of unwarranted hubris.

Trade school Junkie, you clearly know absolutely NOTHING about college football. Zero. Nada. Either that, or the junk that makes you a junkie is more hallucinogenic than LSD. Georgia had the most injury-plagued year of any college football team in my memory–a level of injury devastation that would have gutted most teams–and won 10 games (one more than Tech, mind you) and played in a New Year’s Day Bowl. Most of the players on that team–both the injured ones and the uninjured ones–return. A great recruiting class is coming in, as well. To predict a potential eight-loss season, which would be not only unprecedented in the Mark Richt era but also in the history of the last 40 years of Georgia football, is simply stupid wishful thinking on your part. Hope you don’t bet with that insight.

rss 3166, to say that “everyone’s jumping on the Ole Miss bandwagon” and that this “reeks of Georgia last year” is not exactly accurate. Georgia was picked by some to win the national title because of a plethora of returning talent (but the SEC Sportswriters picked Florida to win the SEC). Ole Miss is simply picked to be a good team–and they probably will be. They were last year, and they return a number of starters. People are picking Tech to be pretty good, too. Hardly comparable. And BTW, how did “that” all turn out? Again, Georgia went 10-3. Not a national title, but hardly a disaster. That was Georgia’s sixth 10-or-more-win season in the eight years Richt has been head coach. How many 10-win seasons has Tech had in the last couple of decades?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

And as for george, North Avenue Dude, Rainman, etc., have your fun now. You’ve earned it. Y’all won a game and had a ring made about it. But if you think for a moment that Georgia has gone away, or that CPJ will simply win all of his remaining games against the Dawgs by default, you’re in for a big old heaping helping of disappointment. Coach Richt has always been adaptable, has always learned from his mistakes, and he understands the importance of the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry. Don’t think for a minute that November 28 isn’t circled in red on his calendar.

Not one minute.

And all the talent in Athens didn’t just evaporate overnight. Sorry, guys, but Georgia’s got loads of it. And they are far, far better than you give them credit for.

One game. You’re basing your moronic commentary on the outcome of one very close game. So should we assume on that basis that North Carolina, who soundly beat Tech last season and returns 17 starters, will beat Tech by 50? Or that LSU, if they played Tech again, would beat Tech by 100?

You’re making assumptions that cannot be made on a rational basis. In fact, with Georgia returning about 25 players who have started at least one game, and with the Dawgs having much greater depth at virtually every position than the Jackets, you’re making assumptions that will bury you. What happens if a couple of Tech’s offensive linemen get hurt? Or, in the worst-case scenario, if Tech sustains a UGA-level injury hit next season?

I can tell you what would happen. And it ain’t pretty.

So talk while you can. But be careful–I’ll hold all of you accountable once the season starts.

OHSO

May 16th, 2009
7:00 pm

UGA is paying biggg bucks for a second tier program. Time for a CHANGE!!!!

Wes Stansbury

May 16th, 2009
7:03 pm

You get paid for this!?

JJ

May 16th, 2009
7:22 pm

OK….please tell me I’m not going to have to listen to 3 more months of people telling me “to worry about Oklahoma State.” Let’s get this straight….we all know OSU is a good team. They will be favored over UGA. This isn’t Boise State. We get it.

In other words, shut up about that Tony.

Everything else in the poll looks about right.

TechBuzz

May 16th, 2009
8:55 pm

Florida wins it all again, Tech finishes in the top 15, UGA makes it in at 25. Tech beats Georgia again, this time worse. Mark it down.

Heeldawg, you're asking for it AGAIN ....

May 16th, 2009
10:15 pm

Heeldawg, I’m going to rub your nose in it AGAIN in 2009 — Just like a I did in 2008!!!!!

YOU posted (long, and winded as you did above) last year after I posted with comments saying why Tech WOULD beat GA in ‘08, and why they will win MORE times vs. your beloved dogs under CPJ than they will lose. I was right and you were wrong, 1-0, and counting. And you will be wrong again in ‘09!!

You are a frigin’ joke to sit there and act like GA had sooooo many injuries while GT simply had very few if any. FACT for you Jack-Arse ….. GT had quite a few injuries of their own. Probably just as many people STARTED in games for GT as did for GA b/c of injuries. You make me laugh, you blow-hole!

I’ve got you “HEELDAWG” … and I’m going to make you choke on it again on 11/29/09!

From Heeldawg above …. “and with the Dawgs having much greater depth at virtually every position than the Jackets, you’re making assumptions that will bury you.”

Damn H-D, you’re good! Now what happened with all that talent in 2008 vs. GT???? What’s that? GA had sooooo many injuries!?! …. Kinda makes your MUCH GREATER depth point kinda ‘flimsy’… ESPECIALLY when matched-up against a SUPERIOR coach.

I’ll tell you again Mr. GENIOUS … PAUL JOHNSON KNOWS HOW TO WIN!!!!! Do a little research for yourself.

You & your beloved dogs will NEVER see the likes of a Chan Gailey prepaired squad while CPJ is roaming Tech’s sidelines. It’s not going to be fun for GA & their fans each year in late November, but hey, we GT fans can always be entertained by YOUR idiotic posts.

And just like I counter-pointed to you last year …. you said CPJ’s offense would fumble quite a bit; which they did. In fact, just like YOU said, they wound up near the bottom of the 119 D-1 schools in fumbles (I think GT somewhere around #110-114 in fumbles last season). Yet CPJ still managed to guide the team to 9 wins!! Now genious, what happens in 2009 when GT more than likely DRASTICALLY improves on it’s fumbles???

P.S. make sure you log in on 11/29/09.

Rich

May 16th, 2009
10:17 pm

Hey Dawg68 – we could tell you were a UGAg fan from your spelling alone. It is loses not looses as you called it: ‘Everybody knows defense wins or looses games’

Cuz

May 16th, 2009
10:28 pm

What flavor is that kool-aid you’re drinking TechBuzz? Mushroom?

Brett Shepherd

May 16th, 2009
10:30 pm

USC TROJANS ARE NEVER OVERRATED..HOWEVER THE SEC IS..CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW WE LOSE TO OREGON STATE ON THE ROAD..ON A THURSDAY NIGHT, AND IT COSTS US A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. YET 2 DAYS LATER, FLORIDA GETS BEAT BY A SORRY OLE MISS TEAM…AT HOME..AND THEY ARE THE CHAMPS? IT’S COOL…THE ROSE BOWL GAME IS THE BEST GAME ANYWAY. OH HOW I WISH MY TROJANS COULD SCHEDULE ALL SEC TEAMS..WE WOULD SHOW THE OTHER SEC TEAMS WHAT AUBURN AND ARKANSAS ALREADY KNOW..DONT MESS WITH THE BOYS FROM THE LAND OF TROY

OH AND I FIND THAT THE ONLY TEAM NOT OVERRATED WAS THE SORRY AZZ BULLDOGS..

Dumb Dog Fan

May 16th, 2009
10:32 pm

Come on Barnhart, everbody knows the dawgs should be ranked #1. What the crap are you thinking. We will slawter lsu and gators.
Siccem Dawgs, Woof woof!!

Something for ALL GT & Ga fans to consider.....

May 16th, 2009
10:33 pm

When it comes to offense in 2009, and based on what we all saw in the 2008 GT-GA game …… which teams has stands to improved MORE on offense between the two?

Let’s see, GA lost Stafford (career high in passing in the ‘08 game, 407yds 5tds), Massoquoi (career high, at least vs. GT, but probably in his career), and Knowshon (career high vs. GT), and yet GA still lost the game! How in the hell could that have happened?!!?

Now, GT lost…let’s see….hmmm……….NOBODY! That’s correct people, GT returns ALL 11 starters that beat a GA squad in which 3 stars had their CAREER games vs. GT if not in his ENTIRE GA career in the 2008 game. So it goes without saying that GT stands to improve on the offensive side of the ball waaaaaay more than GA.

Here’s the simple truth GA fans ……If GT is healthy going into the GA game in 2009, then the Jackets win again. This time without having to come from behind.

Cuz

May 16th, 2009
10:35 pm

Rich and Again, stay away from the brown acid. Oh and stay away from the towers during a thunderstorm.

We are stardust
We are golden
We are billion year old carbon
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Cuz

May 16th, 2009
10:37 pm

Something, Joe says pass the bong.

Cuz

May 16th, 2009
10:39 pm

Quincy said he wants a hit too. Dang mooch. Buy your own stuff dude, quit leeching.

Cuz

May 16th, 2009
10:51 pm

Tech that high school offense will only get you so far.

Heck it got you pretty good last year. Lets see if Coach Pajama’s can take you to the next level.

Your turn to say 45-42.

I heard from the girlfriend of a guy that knows a janitor that works at the Varsity, that he knows another janitor that cleans out the room next to the copier at the Tech Athletic Department, that the guy who is the janitor for the copy room said, at the Georgia-Georgia Tech game this year, Tech will retire the number 45 and 42 at halftime.

That is Awesome!

Billy Mays, legendary TV spokesman

May 16th, 2009
11:00 pm

Tired of getting your family jewels kicked up into your lower abdomen. You need some of Coach Johnson’s magic beans. Just a couple of beans and you will start thinking you can win the ACC, out recruit any other college in the state of Georgia, beat your in-state rival for the next hundred years and polish your hardwood floors in seconds. Yes Coach Johnson’s magic beans can do it all. And if you order before midnight tonight, we will throw in a 45-42 ring that still has the luster even after a tarnished Chic-fil-a bowl. Send $19.95 and your first born child to me care of Central State Hospital. Don’t delay, order today.

pensacola dawg

May 16th, 2009
11:24 pm

Playing tech at thier place is soooo scarey, 38000 OMG!

PTC Jacket

May 16th, 2009
11:24 pm

Cuz:
Are you serious? Looks like that pro-style offense with 4 to 5 star recruits works out great for UGA, except against the “high school offense” (recall Nov. 29th).

To all others that claim that Tech has a “high school stadium”:
Tech has about 17,000 students, and the stadium fits 55,000 people (if I’m correct. I’m not looking this stuff online, so I could be wrong). UGA has about 30,000 students, and what, 90,000 seats for the stadium? The ratio for both schools is close to 1:3, so actually, Tech’s stadium and UGA’s stadium proportionally are the “same size ratio” for it’s school. So much for that “high school stadium”, huh?

Diggity Dawg

May 17th, 2009
12:14 am

Did anyone else notice that Tony’s readers said that 24 of the teams in his top 25 were “overrated?” (The Dawgs, of course, are “underrated.”) Even a Tennessee fan can realize that math just doesn’t work, unless we think that South Carolina is a top 10 …… sorry, I couldn’t even finish that sentence as a joke.

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.

FL DAWG

May 17th, 2009
8:07 pm

An interesting point for UGA upcoming season(s), based on the depth charts, UGA will only have one starting senior this upcoming season in Joe Cox. The O-line will be comprised of Jrs and sophs which all have significant experience. UGA offensive depth chart (going 4 deep) only shows four seniors on the team this year. However, the defense line is loaded with seniors in Kade Weston, Geno Adkins and Jeff Owens in the Middle. The D-ends, LB’s and DB’s have two or three Seniors. The defense should be very good this year and the offense should be good based on experience on the O-line. This season and the next several should prove to be very exciting for Dawg fans.

SEC Rules

May 17th, 2009
8:42 pm

Bo Williams,

Wake won a squeaker at home over Ole Miss 30-28 in the second game of the season. They won on the final drive aided by 2 very questionable pass interference calls.

I looked at the schedules. It seems to me that out of the 6 games the sec won over the acc 5 of the 6 were blowout wins of 23 or more pts. Total buttkickings by 23, 24, 30, 34, and 35 pts. The only close game was Vandy over BC 16-14

Of the 6 acc wins over the sec 3 of the acc’s wins were squeakers won by 2, 3, and 3 pts, 2 were decent margin wins by Wake over Vandy by 13 and Clemson over S. Carolina by 17, and one was a blowout Tech over hapless Miss. State 38-7. Notice that your one blowout win was over our worst team.

SEC Rules

May 17th, 2009
8:48 pm

Bo Williams,

Yup. The final tally is in. Although the SEC and ACC tied 6-6 in interconference play 5 of the 6 sec wins came by blowout proportion while 3 of the ACC’s 6 wins were squeakers.

The final scoring tally. SEC outscored the ACC 318-205, a point differential of 113 pts.

nerds helper

May 17th, 2009
9:47 pm

just look up the conference rankings last year.. you will find the ACC ranked above the SEC… those SEC blowouts over ACC teams were all by Florida or Alabama… the rest of the SEC was a JOKE.. i mean come on.. Wake over Vandy? Duke over Vandy? crappy Clemson over S. Carolina? If Tech had UGA’s schedule they would have had a better record than UGA did and if UGA had Tech’s schedule they would have had a worse record… hell if you want to go by point differential UGA probably had a losing record last year

82dawg

May 17th, 2009
9:51 pm

8-4 would be optimistic for UGA this year. I see more like 7-5. We don’t have the talent or experience to outscore the points our defense will surrender like we did last year. Joe Cox will be capable, but not a star and Murray will be worked in; King, Samuel, Jackson & Thomas will run by committee and be above average; the OL will be better, but not great. All in all we WILL be rebuilding for 2010 when Murray steps in and targets Green, Charles and Brown. By then Samuel will be older, stronger and probably the main RB. Hopefully Soft Willie will be promoted to Associate Athletic Director in charge of…….Cheese Doodles, who cares, just promote him and let’s get a defensive coodinator in there who can coach these guys up!

BTW for those who say that Oklahoma St simply lacks the defensive strength to win against UGA…please check UGA’s inept defense. No way we outscore them, no matter what kind of defense they have.

SEC Rules

May 17th, 2009
11:55 pm

Nerds helper,

Looks like you are wrong once again in stating all of those blowouts were by Florida and Bama. 2 of these 5 blowouts were by South Carolina over NC State 34-0 and LSU over Tech 38-3. I could be wrong but I believe South Carolina finished last in the east division and LSU i believe was 4th or 5th in the west. LSU only won 3 conference games the entire year.

You’re bragging over the 2 wins over Vandy which has traditionally been the worst team in the sec?

Secondly, your assertion that if Tech had UGA’s schedule they would have had a better record is absurd. UGA had Bama and UF as 2 of their losses and the 3rd of course was to Tech. Every team in UGA’s division went to a bowl except South Carolina which went 1-1 against the ACC.

Thirdly, your idea that UGA probably got outscored overall is absolutely ludicrous. They lost by 3 to Tech. Bama beat them by 11. Only Florida beat them by an embarrassing score of 49-10. That’s 3 games lost by a total of 53 pts. I haven’t looked up UGAs 10 wins but I guarantee that their collective 10 wins are by a far wider margin than greater than 53 pts. I’m not going to look up the dog’s point differential though because I’m certain it would just make you look like an even bigger idiot than you already look.

Last of all your opinion that Tech would have done better than UGA if they had UGA s schedule and that UGA would have done worst with Tech’s schedule is an opinion that is not based upon facts. My numbers are based upon cold, hard FACTS. The only common opponent that they had to my knowledge was LSU. According to reality UGA whipped LSU by 14 in Baton Rouge while Tech got thrashed in their own backyard in Atlanta 38-3. UGA’s only 2 other losses were to Florida and Bama which is quite respectable as opposed to losing to whatever 7-5 teams Tech lost to. Man are you stupid. For the record I’m not a dog fan. I’m an Alabama fan.

Drew

May 18th, 2009
12:12 am

Tony…. Texas lost to Texas Texh by 6, not by 1. This is your job, do some research. You should be embarrassed.

Jim Veitch

May 18th, 2009
12:20 am

The holes will be filled on the (D) Line. The secondary and Linebackers will be much better. The entire Team will have more depth than last year. The weapons in the backfield will wear out Defenses this Season. The entire Offense will be more comfortable. Paul Johnson will lead this team to win as a team. We will win more than 9 Games in 2009. Georgia Tech will challenge for the ACC title this season. Georgia will lose 2 in a row when they come into Bobby Dodd Stadium in late November. When everyone thinks that they have the option game Defended. Marcus Wright, Bay Bay Thomas, and Roddy Jones will be open down the field with one on one coverage. This is gonna be fun to watch…Go Jackets ! Go Cowboys in week one !

Troy Cornwell

May 18th, 2009
7:56 am

I have suggestion in these tough economic times. In order to save $ and cutback on travel expenses, why doesn’t the SEC move the championship game to Gainesville since it looks like they’ll be playing in it every year :)

Rob

May 18th, 2009
9:42 am

Tony C – they should move the SECCG to Jacksonville just to watch the UGA people flip out. Apparently they’re afraid of that place now.

David

May 18th, 2009
10:15 am

How can you put FSU at 15 and not even put Miami in the top 25? Miami beat Va Tech last year and lost by 1 point to UNC. Are you not giving Miami any chance becuase of their first 4 games? You will be suprised! If Miami can win 3 or 4 of those first 4 games they will be ranked in the top 5 and top 10 with the latter being 3 wins. With that said it just further proves my point my should be top 25!

JenniferGO Dawgs

May 18th, 2009
10:21 am

The best thing is no one is expecting anything from UGA this year, this as opposed to last year, so you never know, when the pressure is off, who knows what can happen? I am just saying……..

Marble Rye

May 18th, 2009
10:46 am

Any ACC team being in the top-10 screams obligatory. Like the media is still trying to convince everyone the ACC has a national title contender. No ACC team should be ranked higher than 13th in any preseason until they win a national title. For god’s sake quit giving them freebies and make them work for it.

obvious

May 18th, 2009
11:03 am

SEC Rules – Your math has failed you once again… if you take out UGA’s first 2 games against DII schools, they got outscored 237-235 in the regular season… and you have proven his point that UF and Bama did most of the ACC bashing.. and Tech would obviously had done better than UGA.. they would have lost the two UGA did, and then they would have beat UGA.. so obviously they would have had a better season record

harve

May 18th, 2009
12:23 pm

Why does everyone have Notre Dame in their top 25? It’s about how good the team is, not how easy their schedule is. Also how is a Kansas team challenging Nebraska for the Big-12 North and Nebraska is not even ranked in your top 25?

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killcasualfan

May 19th, 2009
3:22 pm

It will be interesting to see if the SEC can rebound from the worst QB play in the leagues history. Tebow is obviously the exception, but Stafford would have ranked #7 in the Big12 QB ratings. It’s easy to look good on defense when you play sub-par offenses every week.

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SEC fears Saban

May 23rd, 2009
8:28 pm

Alabama’s defense will be as good as it has been since 1992. Mc Elroy will fill in nicely at QB and there is no shortage of weapons on that side of the ball.

If Bama takes that opener look out…..

andy allen

May 29th, 2009
9:25 pm

Are you kidding me? BAMA at number 5. They will lose 5 games this year!!!!!!!!!

Alan

June 21st, 2009
8:23 pm

So what’s the difference from Alabama losing a left tackle and Ole Miss losing a left tackle? Why isn’t it held against Ole Miss but is held against Alabama?

So what everyone here is saying is Alabama will suck without Mike Shula’s players?!

Saban’s replacing those guys with better ones.

And since when does LSU have any more experience than Bama at QB? By like, what, one game? Cast Alabama aside. Go ahead. Your loss!

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Alan

August 28th, 2009
11:21 pm

Watchout…a great southwestern horned lizard is going to come up and
BITE YOUR ASS!
Boooyea!
GO FROGS