How much love will/should Georgia get at SEC Media Days?

 

 

Mercifully, the college football preseason will officially begin on Wednesday with the start of SEC Media Days.

I can’t remember a year when we’ve had so many good story lines as we head to Birmingham/Hoover. But here are five burning questions that I’ll be trying to answer over the next three days at the Wynfrey Hotel:

1—How much love will/should Georgia get in Birmingham? And if you’re a Bulldog, should you care? Remember that a year ago Georgia was No. 1 in most preseason polls. But when the SEC media assembled last July they picked Florida. Of the 70 media votes, Florida got 36 as the projected champion followed by Georgia (18), and Auburn (13). LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss had one vote each. Alabama, which started 12-0 and won the SEC West, did not receive a vote to win its division or win the conference championship.

Florida, ranked No. 1 in most preseason polls, should be a pretty unanimous pick to win the conference. But Georgia fans should take heart in this:  Only four times in the past 17 years has the media correctly picked the eventual SEC champion:

Year—–Media Pick—–Eventual champ

1992—-Florida———-Alabama

1993—-Alabama——–Florida

1994—-Florida———–Florida

1995—-Florida———-Florida

1996—-Tennessee——Florida

1997—-Florida———–Tennessee

1998—-Florida———-Tennessee

1999—-Tennessee——Alabama

2000—-Alabama——-Florida

2001—-Florida———LSU

2002—-Tennessee—–Georgia

2003—-Auburn——–LSU

2004—Georgia——–Auburn

2005—-Tennessee—-Georgia

2006—-Auburn——Florida

2007—-LSU———-LSU

2008—-Florida—–Florida

 

2—Does Tim Tebow have another “speech” ready if things go wrong in 2009? Tebow’s speech in the moments after last season’s 31-30 loss to Ole Miss was so powerful that Florida has put up a plaque to honor it in the school’s football complex. So what does the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner say if Florida loses an early game this season? Florida will certainly be favored to win its first four games against Charleston Southern, Troy (although I hear Troy will have one of its better teams), Tennessee and Kentucky. After a week off, the Gators go to LSU for what promises to be a very intense football game. Tebow had better get a speech ready for after that game, just in case.

 

3—How will Lane Kiffin handle his first big encounter with the SEC media? Even the veteran coaches of the SEC will tell you that it was a little unnerving the first time they stood up in front of the assembled media horde at this event. Trust me when I tell you that they don’t have media blitzes like this at Southern Cal, Kiffin’s last college stop. Needless to say the new Tennessee coach has not been bashful when it comes to bringing attention to his program and getting the Vols on the minds of every high school recruit in the country. Now that it’s time to start getting ready to play, does Kiffin hold back because of his surroundings or does he let it all hang out? I say that recruiting season is over and it’s time to start thinking about the first game. I believe coach Kiffin will be a little understated this week in Birmingham.

 

4—Is Ole Miss for real? Ole Miss is the only team in the SEC West that has not played in the conference championship game since its inception in 1992. But a lot of people feel this is the year the Rebels finally get to Atlanta.  Four of the five magazines I use for research have Ole Miss in their preseason Top 10. The Sporting News has them rated No. 5. They have the second best quarterback in the league (Jevan Snead) and a bunch of guys who can really run. But they also lost a first round draft choice (Michael Oher) on the offensive line and a first-round choice (Peria Jerry) on the defensive line. That’s why I have them at No. 12 in my preseason poll. Ole Miss has the most favorable schedule in the division with Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and LSU all coming to Oxford. I will be very interested to find out where Ole Miss finishes in the preseason media voting when it is released on Friday.

 

5—Who is going to be the surprise team in 2009? A year ago it was Ole Miss, which became the only team to beat Florida and eventually knocked off Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. While I don’t think this team will win nine games, it looks like the surprise team could be Arkansas. The Hogs made great strides in the spring and finally have a quarterback (Ryan Mallett) who can make an SEC team sit up and take notice. Nine of 11 starters return from a very bad defense and that will keep Arkansas from having an Ole Miss-like season. But this team is going to beat somebody they are not supposed to beat. I also think they will go to a bowl game.

 

Programming note: I will be joining my CSS partners Bob Neal, Mark Schlabach and Sandra Golden to do our popular “Talkin’ Football” show from Birmingham during all three days in Birmingham. Starting Wednesday, the show will air live each day at 6 p.m., Eastern time, with replays at 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. the next morning. We will have interviews with every coach and break down the day’s activities. Please tune us in.

 

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All of these topics/questions...

July 21st, 2009
8:20 am

…have been broached ad nauseum by other writers/bloggers over the summer so far – guess you spent the last 6 weeks of your vacation plagerizing them so you could spew them for the next few weeks. And you have the audacity to compare yourself to Furman Bisher – SHAMEFUL!

Bill

July 21st, 2009
8:23 am

One point Tony.You are correct,only 4 out of 17.However 3 of those four have been Florida.

Lane "Shirt-Rippin" Kiffin

July 21st, 2009
8:30 am

I don’t see Ole Siss having enough talent & depth at every position to win the West.

Coach O said he was gonna meet me at Denny’s this morning for some Red Bulls & scrambled eggs. You can bet we’ll be ready today

Barn Rock

July 21st, 2009
8:34 am

As a long-suffering Ole Miss fan, I’ve learned never, ever to believe the hype about Ole Miss. We’ve been built up and then let back down so many times that I just try my best not to get too excited. Every now and then we somehow put together a banner season – like Eli’s last year there and also this past season. But they are way too few and far between.

I am actually a little disappointed at how easy our schedule is this season – I don’t think I’ve ever seen an easier SEC schedule. If we can somehow beat Bama and LSU, we could conceivably lose one or even possibly zero games – big talk for a team who lost to Vandy last season, I know, but with this schedule it’s possible. But I’m afraid that with this weak schedule, even if we win all or most of our games, I’m afraid we won’t be too highly rated in the BCS picture because of the strength of schedule component.

I think the biggest blow you could deal to an Ole MIss fan would be for us to go 13-0 or whatever, win the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, and then not be in the picture for the National Championship – just like Auburn a few years back. But then again, that sounds just about exactly like something that would happen to the Rebs.

Anyway, not going to get too excited. But for what it’s worth – Hotty Toddy! Go you crazy Rebels, go!

Got 12 but none in quite a long long time ....

July 21st, 2009
8:34 am

Looks like UF and LSU are the teams to beat …..

45-42, bleah

July 21st, 2009
8:35 am

yeah, they were also picked to win it 4 times when they didn’t. But to be fair, they also won it 4 times when they weren’t picked, which just means that Florida has been pretty good since 92. I feel so unclean after having said that.

CharlotteGator

July 21st, 2009
8:36 am

1 – Whether or not they get any love, UGA deserves some to be sure. Great OL and DL coming back (barring injuries), their middle LB is a beast, and the DB’s have experience. If the DC can get it together and take advantage of the athletes and coach up the talent, the D can be good which is the key to any good SEC team. Green is obviously a monster and Cox just has to distribute. The key will be what they get out of their running game. KM was a game changer and I could see R. Samuel having that type of impact. C. King doesn’t frighten me as much as #22 and I don’t know anything about W. Early (not sure about his name).

2 – While the speech was a nice moment, definitely don’t think it was as big of a deal as it’s been made out to be. Probably not plaque-worthy either. I think the speech fired Tebow up and galvanized the team, but a lot had to do with Spikes and the defense. They were not very good against Ole Miss and even struggled against Arkansas. People forget that the “what’s up w/ Florida” question was going on through the Arkansas game (which was close until some late TD’s broke it open in the 4th quarter). It wasn’t until the D put a hurt on LSU that the train really left the station, and in my opinion, the defense playing better is what turned it around. Of course, Tebow’s speech probably had something to do with it, but so did the D’s leadership, Charlie Strong, and the other guys on that team that were/are locker room and opinion leaders.

3 – Not even going to predict what Kiffin will be up to, but I will be tuned in just in case he’s in rare (or not so rare) form.

4 – Ole Miss being able to handle expectations is really the key for them. Clearly I’d love to see UF and Ole Miss matched up in Atlanta, but both teams have a lot of work to do to get there. Ole Miss has a chance, but they need to avoid injuries for two years in a row which is a tall order. Not sure they have the same depth as Bama, LSU, UF, UGA, etc.

5 – I’d agree that Arkansas will be better, but I’m also interested to see what SOS is going to do with South Carolina. Not sure I see many other surprise teams, of course, that’s probably why the would be.

Atlanta Gator

July 21st, 2009
8:41 am

Journalists? Making accurate predictions about the future? Pardon me, while I spit my coffee all over my computer from an uncontrollable spasm of laughter. Tony, I’m not jumping on you, but most journalists can’t get report the daily news in a relatively unbiased, factually correct and grammatically coherent manner, which is supposedly within their job descriptions. Asking journalists (and sports writers, if we care to draw that distinction) to be prophets is not only beyond their professional competence, it’s beyond their abilities as mortal men.

Okay. I’m done being preachy for the morning.

m

July 21st, 2009
8:43 am

Ga Tech is the only team in the nation with the guts to play 3 out of 4 non-conference games with the oh-so-powerful sec.

So when TECH wins all 3 sec games they will be the sec champions.

45-42….glad it still hurts so bad…and it is only the beginning.

GatorBait05

July 21st, 2009
8:52 am

I think people are really underrating UGA, how many times have we seen a national power reload after losing guys like Stafford and Moreno? A lot. Ask 2007 LSU…

TommyP

July 21st, 2009
8:53 am

CharlotteGator: Well done. Very good response. (from a Dawg fan)

GetOverIt

July 21st, 2009
8:54 am

Lets not forget that Ole Miss has backed out of a home and home with Georgia Tech, wanting to delay it. UCLA wanted nothing to do with them either for the season opener for the Georgia Dome.
I bet UGA wishes they could back out now that CPJ has them running full steam ahead.

CharlotteGator

July 21st, 2009
8:55 am

m,

Let’s see…

UGA – No choice on playing them or not. Given recent history, you probably should take them off the schedule

Miss. St. and Vanderbilt – Yeah, way to step up and challenge yourselves with these juggernauts.

I hate that I’m even responding to you, but that was crazy.

TommyP

July 21st, 2009
8:55 am

GatorBait05: I agree 100% that Georgia is underrated. It’s not like all of these top 10 recruiting classes have disappeared “Goff-style.” There is talent there, just unproven.

Our defense will be better, the offense needs to be steady. I think the key to the season is turnover margin and running game. I’m in the minority but feel Willie will turn the defense around.

Atlanta Gator

July 21st, 2009
8:59 am

In response to Tony, on other topics—-

(2) The Tebow “speech” was a unique moment, not to be repeated in context. If Tebow is to deliver motivational speeches, let him deliver it in practice the weeks before the LSU and Georgia games. I fear there is no room for a loss in the Gators’ quest for a repeat BCS championship.

(3) I suspect Lane Kiffin will handle himself well enough in his scripted moments, including his press conference. Rather than the gaffe-prone newby of recent reporting, I suspect he will spout the usual sports cliches. It’s the unscripted moments that have so much potential—-who could have predicted the elevator exchange between Kiffin and Steve Spurrier at the last SEC confab? Brilliant! The Evil Genius showed why he’s still the master of the verbal put-down. When confronted, Kiffin’s just not that fast on his feet. Makes me wonder how he will do when confronted with the need for a split-second coaching decision. . . .

(4) Yes, Ole Miss is real enough, but it’s been a long, long time since the Rebels’ one and only national championship in 1960 and their last SEC championship in 1963. The Rebs will be good, but it’s tough to go from SEC door mat to title contender in the space of two seasons. Color me skeptical.

(5) “Surprise team?” By definition, doesn’t “surprise” mean something that you could not have reasonably predicted? I think we’ve come full circle; now, we’re back to asking journalists to be the next Jeane Dixon.

Atlanta Gator

July 21st, 2009
9:04 am

As for “love” for the Dawgs, they will get about as much “love” as any team predicted to finish in the top 2 of the SEC East and the top 3 or 4 in the conference usually gets. What’s wrong with that? Has anyone not learned from last year’s media experience in over-hyping a pretty good UGA team that press-clippings do not win football games? The difference between a 10-3 SEC runner-up and a 14-0 BCS champion is focus, and pre-season hype substitutes over-confidence for focus. Makes me fear for my Gators.

Scott

July 21st, 2009
9:07 am

Who says that ‘Talkin Football’ is popular?

DawginLex

July 21st, 2009
9:08 am

Let others get all the preseason hype that they want. When folks tell you over and over and over how good you are, it takes a rare breed of athlete/team to not listen to it. Plus injuries and other factors come into play.

Florida is stacked and they have Timmy and a coach who is pretty intense. They have the best shot of withstanding the pressure cooker. It also helps that they have won it recently.

I hope the UGA players and coaches are listening to all the venom and negative shots being sent in the direction of Athens. It could serve them well.

Gen Neyland

July 21st, 2009
9:09 am

Personally, Media Days is interesting to a point. It can range from tabloid material to Pulitzer Prize reads. The ones being written about will be better off playing it close to the vest and leave the assuming to the assumers. Logic dictates this to be The Year of the Gator…then comes that dang thing called emotion to thwart the best laid plans…On another note, Tennessee is on the verge of losing another QB prospect. Jesse Scroggins from California is to announce between USC West and Tennessee tomorrow. Seeing how the campus of USC is about 20 miles from his home, which means Mom and Dad can ride mopeds to home games, I think he’ll stay west and fight through the well stocked stable of Pete’s QB’s for the job…It is strange that his decision comes on the opening day of Media Days though….

Gator Growl

July 21st, 2009
9:12 am

Well for all of you “Dawg” fans who were relishing the shots Paul Finebaum has been taking at Urban Meyer, today is your day in the bucket! Big article in the “Bama” papers (Mobile Register) about how Mark Richt could well soon be on the hot seat and go the way of Phil Fulmer and Tommy Tuberville. This Bama hack seems to be taking a swing at almost every coach in the conference as he goes down the list. Apparently, in Finebaums world, only Nick Saban can do no wrong. And strangely enough, he also seems to like Steve Spurrier probably because of their personal relationship and the fact Spurrier has been on his radio show.

Anonymous

July 21st, 2009
9:12 am

Little “m,”

When the three SEC teams that Georgia Tech beats in the same season are Florida, Alabama and Georgia, then you can claim to be SEC champs.

Until then, let’s try to keep the hyperbole to yourself.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

July 21st, 2009
9:13 am

Big Tone, I think UGA is flying under the radar, and teams will be surprised. I am confident that we will be successful this year.

Lane Kiffen will not have many friends in Birmingham. I think he has almost worn his welcome out in the Southeast, already!

Atlanta & Charlotte Gators, you are classy guys, with great posts. You are welcome at my tailgate, in Jax, anytime.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Shamus

July 21st, 2009
9:18 am

I find it amusing that the fans of various SEC schools on this blog are managing to have civil, mature conversations about college football, but the Tech visitors are the ones resorting to juvenile trash-talking.

Atlanta Gator

July 21st, 2009
9:23 am

Rowdy Roddy Piper—-Thanks for the compliment. Charlotte Gator has rapidly established himself as one of the better AJC college football bloggers, and I am humbled to be mentioned in his company . . . and to be invited to your tailgate.

Now, off to my day job. = )

CharlotteGator

July 21st, 2009
9:26 am

Gen Neyland,

Your last point definitely does raise some eyebrows. I could totally see LK having Scroggins declare for the Vols as a ‘kickoff’ to the Media Days for UT. Can’t say that I’d argue with that logic. I hope he gets over this PR stuff soon though. I know recruiting is ‘24×7, 365′ but I sincerely hope he’s getting down to the business of preparing this year’s team. Obviously, I’m not in Knoxville and I don’t watch that program, but I hope he’s not building and working for the team to be in 2-3 years and shorting the guys he’s currently got. Eric Berry is a once in a decade type talent that I’d hate to see in purgatory.

Rowdy Roddy,

Speaking of purgatory, now that I live in ACC country, I don’t think I’ll be going down to JAX anymore. I’ve been notified that apparently ‘real’ football is played in the ACC because of ‘parity’, and in the end who cares, nothing matters except basketball. :)

Thanks for the kind words…I really miss living in ATL/SEC country.

Long Dawg

July 21st, 2009
9:27 am

Last year and every year before that are continuing examples that pre-season picks don’t mean much. Georgia won’t get much love because Florida will overshadow everyone in the East but people who know the game know Georgia will be more dangerous this year than last year. Ole Miss is kind of a Cinderella story but they won’t get home before midnight and will turn into what they always are. LSU is always over rated and Alabama will win the West because they have as much talent and a better coach. Auburn and Tennesee and South Carolina are as much a mystery as ever and will be the jokers in the deck. They may not have great seasons but they will spoil someone else’s.

As for m, only a tech fan (after complete and utter destruction by LSU) would brag about playing SEC bottom dwellers Miss. State and Vanderbilt. Tech will lose two of the three games they play against the SEC this year. Vandy and Miss State will both be better than last year and tech is still tech. They will lose at least two games they shouldn’t.

Vol Man

July 21st, 2009
9:31 am

Gator Growl,

Finebaum is a Tennessee grad & has trashed Saban numerous times.

Anonymous

July 21st, 2009
9:31 am

Tony,

Your Twitter photo looks like the young version of Dorian Grey. Just sayin’.

Your pal,

Anonymous

braveswin

July 21st, 2009
9:32 am

The Gators should get all the hype, after all, they have earned it. From my perspective, I’m glad the Gators have had this run. Because without them it could have been the Vols. And trust me when I say no one would have wanted that. I have at least met some Gator fans that show class, can’t say that about the Vols. But I live in TN so what should I expect. This year the Dawgs will be good, make no mistake about that. However this year good may not be enough to unseat the Gators

Jeff

July 21st, 2009
9:36 am

given the fact that the media sleeps with Urban- it should be no surprise. Maybe their record at picking the champion would improve if they looked at the big picture instead of being a bunch of bandwagoners

bigdawg01

July 21st, 2009
9:38 am

It is refreshing to have decent, courteous ADULT conversations for a change. Honestly, the posts with all the back and forth BS have gotten a little long in the tooth. Here’s to another great season in the SEC.

Gator Growl

July 21st, 2009
9:40 am

Also, in regards to Kiffin, you could say the silence out of Knoxville has been quite noticable since the SEC meetings a while back. It is apparent that he has been muzzled, kaboshed by the Commish… Don’t expect any fireworks at Media Days but you might want to hang by the elevators just in case…

MBRT

July 21st, 2009
9:49 am

Gator Growl,

If you had been reading Finebaum’s articles over the last decade or so, you’d know he has been the most critical reporter of the Alabama football program and he’s usually right. There’s probably a good reason he has nothing bad to say about Saban.

.

Gen Neyland

July 21st, 2009
9:54 am

CharlotteGator : Eric Berry’s time at UT will not be for naught. The tutorship under John Chavis reaped huge benefits for Berry. The Tennessee D of 2008 kept many a game from becoming a total embarrassment. I think nothing but good will continue for Berry and the defensive unit under CMK. Even if it takes a year or two to right the offensive ship in Knoxville, the UT D should still make noise and grow. One of our questions that won’t be answered for a few weeks yet is will the offense help them out…Oddly enough, when Berry went to Tennessee, I think he had the ambition of practicing dentistry and I don’t mean dislocating opponents jawbones…

PBR=America in a can

July 21st, 2009
9:54 am

I think if Florida loses early (at LSU) they will repeat what they did last year after the Ole Miss. That being said Georgia has a really good chance to de-throne the Gators this year unless the injury bug hit again. Im looking foreward to see what Bobo can do with an experienced offensive line, because your QB and Off. Coordinator are only as good as your offensive line and we haven’t had a good one in 3 years.

RxDawg

July 21st, 2009
10:07 am

I used to watch Talkin Football on CSS when I had cable. I somewhat recently moved and now I have direct TV. I’d still like to see the show but I’m not sure I can because I don’t believe I have CSS anymore. Anyone out there know of a way?

Eric

July 21st, 2009
10:10 am

Until the games are played none of this matters. A team can have great players and great coaches, but if they’re not all on the same page their season will suck. Anything can happen. I know. I’ve seen it. There’s no point in trying to rank teams until they play. In fact, the rankings shouldn’t even come out until the end of September….or later.

Eric

July 21st, 2009
10:11 am

RxD. No way, no how you can see that show on Direct TV. Same here.

mcdawg

July 21st, 2009
10:12 am

hopefully not much and rightly so w/ UF and all the attention the west is getting

Huh?

July 21st, 2009
10:13 am

I would just like to point out to the haters that always claim Georgia is overrated that we have only been picked to win the SEC once in the entire history of the divisional format. ONCE you freaking morons. Will you please give this mindless babble a rest? Its just your imaginations running wild.

Thanks for listening.

Gator Growl

July 21st, 2009
10:17 am

MBRT…Was listening to one of Finebaums rants about Urban “lying about not going to ND” recently and he offered as proof of how coaches lie Tommy Tubervilles departure from Ole Miss to Auburn. Not one mention of Nick Sabans Miami situation(s). To me, if you’re gonna try and make THAT point, the FIRST example you would make would be Saban! Funny, how he convienently left that out… He constantly criticizes or makes fun of anything Auburn and has been on Ole Miss lately since they have emerged a favorite in the West and a big threat to Bama.

m

July 21st, 2009
10:26 am

You sec IDIOTS are the biggest HYPOCRITES in the world.

On the one hand you say that the sec is the toughest conference and that you can’ take anyone for granted and that every game is TOUGH.

Then TECH, the only team in the nation willing to play three sec games by choice and not by mandate, you start all this crybaby stuff about the sec bottom feeders.

The sec is a pussssy conference and they are ALL bottom feeders and TECH and UTAH and Wake, etc. have showed you this and will continue to show you that your conference is all hat and no cattle.

TECH….likely to be 2009 ACC and sec CHAMPIONS…45-42….glad it still hurts so bad.

RxDawg

July 21st, 2009
10:28 am

Huh? Your exactly right. Historicly, the dawgs are one of them most underated teams in the nation. By that definition I mean ending up the season rated higher then you started. Someone recently posted a site that spelled out each team in the nation and compared their preseason rankings to the final rankings. UGA was one of a few that averaged a higher ranking consitently. Of course….thats not what happend last year lol.

Eric, thanks. I was afraid of that. I was just wondering if they might have some internet brodcast somewhere or something.

Got 12?

July 21st, 2009
10:32 am

Gator Growl,

Finebaum says whatever riles fans up. If you listen long enough, you will hear him attack every SEC coach (except for Spurrier). He regularly criticizes Saban, Mal Moore, Bama’s Board of Trustees, and Bama fans. It’s just what he does. He hangs out with Spurrier, Saban, Tuberville, and lots of other coaches then rips them on the radio. Spurrier seems to be immune probably because he actually appears on Finebaum’s show from time to time. The other head coaches don’t.

Jim

July 21st, 2009
10:33 am

Ole Miss was the surprise team in 2008? Alabama goes 12-0 (winning in Athens, Baton Rogue, Knoxville and Fayetteville along the way….not sure that an SEC team has ever won on the road in those 4 cities in one season, could be wrong) and Ole Miss lost to Vanderbilt. Ole Miss got a vote to be SEC Champ in 2008 and Bama got ZERO votes to win the SEC West. Yet Ole Miss was the surprise team? Give me a break.

Parrish Walton

July 21st, 2009
10:35 am

Here is an interview Mr. Barnhart did with my website. Shameless plug, I know, but it is a good read.

http://www.spartyandfriends.com/?p=17022#comment-62371comment-62371

Dink

July 21st, 2009
10:43 am

Tony,

It’s time to ban m. He can never refrain from the juvenile name-calling or conduct a civil discussion.

Your blog is great but m continuously tries to ruin it, thanks.

Dawg'94

July 21st, 2009
10:43 am

I agree with Atlanta Gator. The Dawgs sure didn’t deal with the hype last year good at all & they did loss focus in the season & in some games. I believe the leadership is a lot better this year in Athens. The Dawgs, as well as 2 or 3 other SEC schools, have a chance to win it all this year. Of course, time will tell. The Oklahoma State game will tell a lot about the Dawgs. We’ll see. GO DAWGS!!

Will

July 21st, 2009
10:45 am

Big Tone,

My Dawgs won’t get much love at the Media Days. With Tebow, Myer and Spikes sucking all of the air out of the place I don’t see anyone getting much love except St Nick.

But that’s fine. Because up here in Athens we are quietly putting together one of the finest UGA defenses in the past 25 years. Under the radar guys such as Marcus Washington, Jeff Owens, Cornelious Washington, Branden Smith, Charles White and Sanders Commings have everyone in the “know” really excited. I think my dawgs surprise a ton of folks and resemble the 08′ Crimson Tide except we win the SEC championship.

Will

July 21st, 2009
10:51 am

Also, I would have mentioned Justin Houston but he is suspended for the first 2 games which really hurts.

SugarHillDawg

July 21st, 2009
10:58 am

m…I’m one of the few UGA alumni that agree with much of what you’ve said today. Tech had a remarkable year last year. No, I don’t for a moment believe Tech had superior talent to UGA last year, but the scoreboard doesn’t lie. Congtrats to the Jackets for a tremendous season last year. That having been said, let me finish by saying last season was last season. Savor, enjoy, etc. BUT – be prepared for some major payback this year from the young men in Athens. I’ll be at GF@BDS in November – meet me (I’ll be one of about fifty thousand at the game wearing the red and black) at the Techwood/North Ave intersection after we whip your fannies – loser buys Varsity postgame.

Gatorzone

July 21st, 2009
11:04 am

I would much rather be in UGA’s position this year (flying under the radar). They will be better than expected. I also think Kiffin is toning it down a notch since nothing new has come out in months. UT will be better than expected simply because Monte Kiffin is there. Arkansas may be the surprise team, but until PUTRID Petrino learns to coach defense they will not win consistently in the SEC.

Also, Charlotte I agree with your posting with the exception of Tebow’s speach. that is plaque worthy since they went on to win it all mainly due to his play in critical situations.
GO GATORS!!!!

Gatorzone

July 21st, 2009
11:10 am

Oh, and when UGA plays GT, GO DAWGS!

m, you need to grow up!

Tide Rising

July 21st, 2009
11:11 am

Gator Growl,

I can’t understand why on earth you think Finebaum is an Alabama hack. He’s a UT grad and while he obviously covers Bama and Auburn as the 2 instate schools this man is by no means a Bama fan or promoter. He has ripped Bama and everything Bama numerous times over the years. And yes, he has also promoted the idea previously and mockingly to Bama fans that Saban would be leaving tomorrow to go to ND. A lot of Bama fans hate the man with a passion.

You would do best to ignore the man. He’s just a rabblerouser whose current target just happens to be Urban. He’ll be back deriding Bama, Auburn, and everyone else in the sec except soon enough. But don’t call him an Alabama supporter. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Not Disappointed

July 21st, 2009
11:21 am

Tee Bow is a man among men. He will not be denied!

Miss is also good. It’s alot of good teams this year.

Ramblin Wreck!

Sleeze

July 21st, 2009
11:21 am

This clown ‘M’ is an embarrassment to the ACC, and I am an ACC fan. Gotta wonder what the “m” stands for… something to do with his right hand?

Frozen_Gator

July 21st, 2009
11:21 am

1) There is too much talent in Ga for uga to ever be a bad team, I think they will have a fine year. For them to have a great year they will need find something that they seem to lack a lot of, Team chemistry. If this is found and Cox can play SEC there’s gonna be a so-nuff throwdown in Jax
2)All seniors on that veteran UF team will take responsibility, no speech needed
3)Reality is coming closer and closer for Kiffen, I don’t think he will be too talkative
4)OM will great the 1st five games then with attrition they will fall off the scale and Alabama becomes the King of the West
5)Petrino is one fine FB coach and it will start to show

Miles

July 21st, 2009
11:27 am

Kiffin’s lack of experience, inarticulateness, immaturity, and upcoming disastrous season must be embarrassing for the SEC coaches amidst a professional and sophisticated atmosphere at The Wynfrey Hotel. Maybe Mike Slive can find him a room at Motel 6.

[...] the information wash over you like a soothing football fount.Now, the final notes for the morning:Tony Barnhart of The AJC asks five questions heading into this week’s media days (concerning Georgia, Ole Miss, Tim Tebow and Lane [...]

Tide Rising

July 21st, 2009
11:45 am

Tony looks right on in most of his projections.

In the east Florida is the consensus pick. I think we can all agree on that.

UGA will be better than expected. Seems the dawgs always excel when no one is expecting much from them and they have the horses back upfront on both sides of the line of scrimmage. They will be tough and the congrove computer picks them to go 7-1 in the sec.

The other 4 in the division could all end up with 6 or 7 wins and go bowling. It’ll be an interesting race for 3rd and the rest of the pecking order in the east.

If Ole Miss is ever gonna win the west this is the year. Schedule couldn’t possibly be set up any better for them but depth is their big issue. If we don’t win it then I would hope Ole Miss would break through and finally be the one to win the division.

Ark will be the surprise team in year 2 of Petrino. They won’t be worldbeaters but I can see them winning 7-9 games, beating some teams they shouldn’t beat, and go to a bowl.

LSU will rebound but the schedule is so tough it does them in.

Bama? If our O-line gels with 3 new starters then we’ll be very good. Early season matchup with a preseason top 5 or 10 Virginia Tech will tell us everything we need to know about ourselves.

Auburn and UT will be the 2 most interesting teams to watch. Will either or both of them rebound with new coaching staffs? Or will they both falter even worse than last year? Kodi Burns is not the answer at Auburn and I don’t think UT has an answer at qb. If either team had a decent qb I think it would make a 2-3 game difference in the win column. I got a feeling one or both of these coaches may just got fired after 2 years and certainly 1 of the 2 will be gone after 3 years.

Coastal Dawg

July 21st, 2009
11:53 am

How about that. Lots of civil and intelligently thought out comments about rival teams.

As a lifelong dawg fan, I always tend to be overly optimistic. This year is no different. I do believe that the dawgs will most certainly be better than last year. However, I am also a realist. UGA does have one of the more difficult schedules in the country, which could very well be their demise. I could easily see a few losses in their future.

On the other hand, UGA will have much improved offensive and defensive lines, if only due to those returning from injury. I could see Jacksonville having a much more competitive game than last year. But, unfortunately, even if we were to managage a win in this one, I still see the Gators taking the East and the SECC(can’t see anyone in the west getting the better of them), as my dawgs seem to always drop one at the most inopportune moments.

Looks like another MNC game could be in the works for them…..

[...] Mr. College Football himself, Tony Barhart, show that the SEC media is pretty off when it comes to picking the SEC champion at SEC Media Days. [...]

Gator Mike

July 21st, 2009
12:00 pm

As a Gator, I firmly believe that UGA will be very good this year. Last year the Dawgs had too many injuries; talked too much; and they had a 2 man show in Moreno and Stafford. They are being quiet this year for a change which is a strong point for them, and Coach Richt apparently has their attention concerning team discipline. This year they will be a team like the Gators were last year. Mark Richt is very shrewd, and anyone who takes UGA lightly will pay dearly. I sure hope my Gators understand that this year they have traded places with UGA. Before last season everyone trashed UF’s defense and praised UGA’s. Look what happened. Two years ago we had the stupid dance which was retaliated quietly last year with legal time outs. There will be a lot of intensity leading up to this years game, but not much trash talk from either team. the coaches will have their players muzzled for a change on both sides.
As for a surprise team, it is up in the air. If the Gators, Dawgs and Tide wax UT, the Rocky Toppers will be all over their rookie coach. If it happens, it will be fun to watch.
Go Gators!

m

July 21st, 2009
12:28 pm

Current headlines on the AJC.com….Raw sewage spews through UGAg campus…

Is that really news?? Why do you think it has been called THE cesspool of the south…forever??

45-42…glad it still hurts so bad.

Got 12 but none in quite a long long time ....

July 21st, 2009
12:34 pm

Long Dawg…how can LSU always be overated…..???
In the last 10 years…..4 SEC West Championships…..3 SEC Championships……2 BCS Championships……4-0 in BCS games…..???

You sure you were not talking about uga….they were picked number 1 on every magazine in the country except….Goodhouskeeeping and Playgirl

Tide4u2c

July 21st, 2009
12:41 pm

I do think Georgia should get alittle love but you know it probably will be overshadowed by the Gators. You can bet I will be cheering on the Dawgs when they play Tennessee and Auburn too.

Tide4u2c

July 21st, 2009
12:48 pm

I don’t thunk LSU is over-rated I just think they are just going to have to prove they can win instead of just being given the benefit of the doubt that they will.LSU has the talent and depth to win every game(except to Bama)but yet just seem to be slipping.

G8R GRAD

July 21st, 2009
12:57 pm

Tide Rising:
Good post. I agree with a number of your positions:

1) UGA will field a fine squad this year (as they do every year) and I think a 7-1 SEC season is easily probable.
2) Frozen Gator put it best,”All seniors on that veteran UF team will take responsibility, no speech needed.”
3) Regarding Kiffen, who cares.
4) Yes, Ole Miss is for real. As I’ve said before they are the “David” against the West’s two reigning “Goliaths.”
5) While Ole Miss may be the West’s dragon slayer, I partially agree with Tide Rising that AU will be this year’s surprise. They are truly flying under the radar (unlike Ole Miss). UT’s coach has drawn a bullseye on the Vol’s season with his mouth and they will suffer for it.

GO GATORS!

p.s. Didn’t it feel like football weather this weekend?

n

July 21st, 2009
12:58 pm

Current headline on AJC.com:

‘m’ still stands for moron and this guy proves it everyday!

Gary

July 21st, 2009
1:05 pm

1) UGA should get some love simply because they return a very good crop of players on both lines. Add to that a capable game manager in Joe Cox and UGA should have a very good year. Another reason is they are the only other team (outside of the stacked Gators of course) can even possibly be in the SEC East discussion. Look for the game in Jacksonville to have a division winning meaning to it just as the entire Mark Richt era has indicated.

2) Tim Tebow doesn’t need a speech because quiet frankly, that speech has been way overblown. Yes it was nice and for the leader of the team, it was needed. But people tend to forget or at least overlook that Florida was in a dog fight with Arkansas until early in the second half. What happened then? Well Florida finally found the answers to the issues plaguing their offense and installed a run game built around the speed with Demps and Rainey. Once that happened the Gators took off. And for that you can think Dan Mullen more than you can Tebow. I seem to think it could have been a combo of both, with more emphasis on the run game than on the speech.

3) I think Kiffin will be more reserved than his previous media dealings, but somewhere in my gut I just think he might have more arrogance than the Ole Ball Coach. However, how many more bridges can he burn than what has already transpired? At least this will be more interesting and fresh instead of the constant supoena threats issued to Phil Fulmer.

4) I think Ole Miss is real and should give LSU and Bama a run for their money in the SEC West. Houston Nutt is a under appreciated coach and always seems to get the best out of his players. Plus his teams always seem to show up for the big conference games (2002 SECCG not withstanding). Plus with a schedule that has all of your big dogs coming to Oxford to play instead of taking it on the road, everything is looking pretty good for the Rebels right now. Of course as all of us fellow UGA fans know, on paper is sometimes deceiving.

5) Sorry, I am not buying into the Arkansas hype basically because they don’t have a run game, no real deep threats for Mallet to throw too, and my local neighborhood high school could score 40 points on that defense. Look for Dan Mullen to get that offense at Miss State on some stable ground and to go along with a solid defense I think they could be a surprise team and make a few opponents sweat it out. Normally I would say Auburn, but I still need about 4-5 games in before I can make that assumption.

More ramblings……

- m, dude get over yourself already. When Tech plays SEC teams like LSU, Bama, UT, UGA, and Florida and somehow survive, only then can you claim anything over the SEC. Until then worry about how you are going to handle your own conference because that road looks a little tough and the Jackets could be in for a rough year.

- CharlotteGator, Gen Neyland, and Atlanta Gator……some very well thought out posts from each of you. You always seem to bring your A game to the blogs and it is great to blog with fellow football fans like yourselves even if we all root for different teams.

- Please can we all hold off on the questions on will this be your last year at such and such school and would you even think about this job if it came open? These kind of questions need to wait until after the season as they are nothing more than a distraction.

- Florida is the outright #1 team. Will losing Dan Mullen hurt that offense any or will their be an adjustment period to the new coordinator? Florida has two games that could be tough, LSU and UGA. They make it through both of them unscathed I think it is safe to say an undefeated season, 3rd NC, and a 2nd Heisman for Tebow will be in the offing. This will definitely cement Tebow’s legacy as the greatest college football player (with apologies to Mark Bradley)

jumbeauxtiger

July 21st, 2009
1:09 pm

1. UGA will get the respect it deserves which is a predicted 2nd place finish. I do think the Dawgs will have a 9-10 win season. We all know their D must improve but I also think if they can’t run the ball effectively it could be a long season. The OK State came is a big key to their season. I predict the Dawgs will win that game 28-24.

2. I don’t think the Gators will need a speech from Tebow. They are a veteran team with strong leadership on both sides of the ball. They know what they have to do. It is just a matter of performing and getting breaks. The only games they have any real chance of losing would be to LSU or UGA. Obviously they will be favored in those games though.

3. I don’t see Kiffin giving any fodder this week. I doubt he says anything cotroversial with the other coaches around.

4. Ole Miss has a good team but they don’t have the depth of LSU and Bama. Also, Nutt is usually better as the underdog. I also believe SC may upset them in Columbia in a Thursday night game early in the season. For those reasons I see the West being won by Bama or LSU with Bama having the edge due to the Tigers’ schedule.

5. I agree that Arkansas may surprise some. They very well could give LSU, Bama, Ole Miss and UGA problems when they play.

It is nice to see mostly civility on here today as mentioned earlier. I do enjoy posts by Atlanta Gator, CharlotteGator and Tide Rising among others.

Geaux Tigers
GO SEC

CharlotteGator

July 21st, 2009
1:26 pm

Gary,

My take on the Dan Mullen thing is that it’s a loss, but maybe not as big as most think. From an offensive game planning perspective, not much, because game-planning is a cooperative effort at UF which includes UM, the OC, and all the offensive position coaches. His play calling is obviously something we’ll lose, but you know how that goes, people are going to complain about that as long as footballs have air in them no matter who is in the booth. The biggest loss will be the relationship Mullen had with Tebow. Those two were close and shared a bond and Mullen seemed to calm Tebow down at the right times. All indications are that the new QB coach Loeffler has been great for Tebow and challenged him with a lot of new stuff (which has somehow energized Tebow if you can believe it), but you never know until the season starts. What’s the saying: “No plan survives initial contact with the enemy.” Obviously, it’s football, and nothing serious like the battles our soldiers are fighting everyday, but the spirit of the phrase I think transfers.

jumbeaux,

What’s the word on what Chavis is doing with the D? I know LSU’s defense was out of character last year and it’s turn around is a key to the success you want from the bengals. You feeling confident about it?

Any of the dawg posters,

What’s the word on Marlon Brown? Is he expected to step in to the #2 slot? I feel like I’ve read posts about #82 (I forget his name) or T. King stepping in but that it’s a battle. As a Gator fan, that’s the position that can sway how you stop the UGA offense. If there’s no legitimate threat on the other side (like MM was last year), it’s a lot easier to blanket AJ and load up on the run. I’d be comfortable putting a game in the hands of Cox to the FB or Cox to the freshman TE and rolling the dice.

Any of the other Gator posters,

Are you guys excited about Jeremy Brown? I’ve seen where UM has said he was farther along as a freshman than Jenkins was prior to injury. Any chance Brown, W. Hill, J. Jenkins, Debose, or Bostic see consistent time this year?

Tide4u2c

July 21st, 2009
1:31 pm

Ole Miss has the schedule to make waves in the west but for some reason I just can’t buy into the hype and I’m not sure they can handle it themselves.It would be better for them if they were flying under the radar but they are hyped by the media.Houston Nutt is going to have his hands full keeping their heads level about all of the hype.But I still think they could give LSU problems for 2nd place in the west simply because of LSU’s tough schedule.Arkansas has to play Georgia,Alabama,LSU and Ole Miss which I think hurts their chances of being the surprise team.So I’m going to stick with Ole Miss being the surprise team.It really would surprise me if Ole Miss won the west.

Tide4u2c

July 21st, 2009
1:47 pm

Tide Rising,

I agree with you about Finebaum.

ReptilesRule

July 21st, 2009
2:08 pm

CharlotteGator, I’m excited about all those guys but keep an eye out for Dee Finley on special teams! That guy is gonna create some havoc and probably a few fumbles as well. I don’t think even Tebow wanted a piece of that. He looks mean and he plays mean. He’s gonna knock a few blocks off. Also look forward to see Andre Debose this fall. If you haven’t seen his videos you need to. Just plain sick…

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July 21st, 2009
2:14 pm

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Tide Rising

July 21st, 2009
2:28 pm

Charlotte Gator,

I can’t tell you about the other gators but I did read an sec tidbit where Urban said that Bostic is already a better linebacker than Spikes which is really saying something. Obviously Spikes starts because of his experience but its scary to think the gators got someone who is already as good as Spikes and could step in without a dropoff.

Bill King

July 21st, 2009
2:55 pm

If Ole Miss is so real, why did they want to delay the series with Tech next year?

WakkaWakkaMAN

July 21st, 2009
3:43 pm

CharlotteGator has a head on his/her shoulders. One team people are leaving out of the mix as a surprise, though: Auburn. I’m not trying to ignite any flamers, but look at what we have here:

Auburn has a new coach and staff. People give a new coach a free season his first year because there are always growing pains. But several players on D were recruited by Chizick when he was the D-Cor under Tubs.

It’s Chizick. When people look at the new head coach, they see 5-19. But everyone forgets his ability to recruit and the phenominal coaching job he did at Auburn and Texas before going to Iowa St. With the new staff, who knows what could happen?

Despite what happened last season, Auburn has talent. Granted, Auburn had a poor season last year. That’s what everyone is focusing on regarding evaluating their talent. But personally, I chalk that up to coaching. I fall in behind Finebaum on this issue (I feel like I need a shower now). Tubs retired mentally a year before retiring. He didn’t recruit like he should, and it looked to me like he sat back and let his assistants run things. The talent is there, it’s just untapped.

Finally, Auburn always has the potential to surprise people. Underestimate them and you will always get bitten. Just ask the Gators. Mark my words, Auburn may not go to Atlanta this year, but somebody will get burned.

G8R GRAD

July 21st, 2009
3:54 pm

Hey Charlotte Gator:

“CharlotteGator has a head on his/her shoulders.”

Who would have thought that your name would cause such gender confusion?

RxDawg

July 21st, 2009
4:08 pm

Wakka I agree with you. Without any logic to back it, I feel slightly more worried about playing Auburn in Athens then I do about playing the mighty Gators in Jax. I just know the history of the game, both games. This year we have a bye before the game with the gators. Historicly, thats huge. Auburn is not a team we routinely beat up on. It’s in fact my favorite rival and it just feels that they are due. We’ll see how it goes soon enough.

Of course, this is just preseason.

CharlotteGator

July 21st, 2009
4:23 pm

G8R GRAD,

Yeah, didn’t fully think through picking the handle. I used to read this blog all the time when I lived in Atlanta. After moving to NC, I figured I’d get into the fray as a way to stay connected with SEC football/fans now that I’m in perguto….uhh, I mean ACC country. I figured G8R GRAD2 would be lame and a blatant antagonistic rip-off, so I took a cue from Atlanta Gator and Tampa Gator and just went with the place of residence. No worries though….only 16 days left until practice starts…..NCAA 10 is out so the season is oh so close and around the corner….can’t wait…

Tide Rising

July 21st, 2009
4:24 pm

WAKKAA,

I would tend to agree with you on Auburn maybe jumping up and surprising some people if they just had a qb but I just don’t see it in Kodi Burns.But if I’m wrong and if in fact Malzahn’s offense turns out to be as good as at Tulsa then maybe AU cold in fact make some noise this year and a lot of noise next year. If AU or UT each had a decent qb there’s no telling what they could do but I just can’t see either of them doing a whole lot because of that one position.

As far as talent goes the overall talent at both AU and UT slipped dramatically the last 2 years. Saban has completely dominated the state of Alabama and even took 3 of Tennessee’s top 5 recruits the year before. Both UT and AU traditionally always have gotten several good players each out of Georgia but Richt largely sealed off the top players in the peach state and out of the players left some went to Bama, Clemson, etc. that would normally have gone to AU or UT. UT did better this past year but the year before their class was abysmal with the exception of Eric Berry.

If either AU or UT could find a qb and get back to solid recruiting in the coming years then they could each get back to a competitive status. But overall in the last 2 years both have severely lagged UGA, UF, LSU, and Bama in recruiting.

Tide Rising

July 21st, 2009
4:30 pm

Charlotte Gator,

I think 99% of us get that its the city and not a girl. WAKKAA just didn’t know cause he’s probably just new. No biggie but if it bothers you I would suggest maybe CharlotteNC Gator or Gator in Charlotte. Personally, I myself have contemplated going to the handle jackass but then I wouldn’t want to rip off on the movie or tv show.

jason

July 21st, 2009
4:34 pm

I have to say that I have enjoyed reading the blog today. I used to come on here from time to time to read and post. I grew tired of all the B.S. being thrown out and had to step away. And as many of you, I needed my College Football fix and had to return. I have seen may A$$hole$ from different teams such as UF, GT, LSU, US, USEeast, and even from my beloved UGA. It has been a great day reading some intelligent posts from some outstanding football minds on here to day. ATL Gator, CharlotteGator, GatorMike, Some UA fans, and some Tech fans. So, Let’s get ready for some College Football, and keep up the good posts.

One other note to who made the comment about UF having a Frosh LB as good as Spikes… That’s damn scary for the rest of us in the SEC for the next few years.

Dennis

July 21st, 2009
4:55 pm

Georgia will be the suprise team by losing 6 or 7 games.

G8R GRAD

July 21st, 2009
4:57 pm

CharlotteGator:

Without exception, everyone that I’ve spoken to that has lived in your new hometown LOVED it. Clean, safe, great downtown entertainment district. Consider yourself lucky. I know what you mean about the season being so close you can taste it. Compounded by the mid-September-like weather we’ve had! Let’s get this show on the road!

GO GATORS!

mcswain

July 21st, 2009
5:00 pm

UGA will be the team to surprise folks this year. and i’m hearing of a lil rumor/truth floating around the gym in athens that i’m liking… will do some research and see if may actually happen..get back to ya

G8R GRAD

July 21st, 2009
5:02 pm

God.
I am officially a dinosaur.
I had to Google “NCAA 10″ to figure out what it was.
Just shoot me now.

G8R GRAD

July 21st, 2009
5:06 pm

I need a drink.

Long Dawg

July 21st, 2009
5:57 pm

I stand corrected. LSU is not always over rated. Just 2008 and 2009.
They sure put an a$$ whipping on the bumbling bees. Who by the way have lost their last 4 bowl games. I also heard they sol two more season tickets today. Now they are up to about 12 I think. Could be a record year. Most of the really strange tech fans only obsess about UGA but this weirdo m obsesses about the SEC too. He is really messed up. 38 to 3 on National TV to a 7 and 5 SEC team. tech will always be tech

aztec

July 21st, 2009
6:54 pm

i hope they get a lot of love tony, thats when they choke the best

Mark Richt is a Hypocrite

July 21st, 2009
7:07 pm

The media will show no love for my dawgs. The love will be shown to Urban Meyer,Nick Sabian, Les Miles and THAT NUTT Coach.during the season the ref’s and god will hate UGA even more.

M.S

July 21st, 2009
8:07 pm

without any explanations I think Georgia will be a traffic team and talking about revenge, I have the feeling that Georgia will go to Jacksonville smelling blood. fear the dawgs, Dawgs are rising!!

rustydawg

July 21st, 2009
8:13 pm

m – Please explain why beating Miss State and Vandy was an accomplishment?

GTvet

July 21st, 2009
8:33 pm

m –

please quit posting about GT. We had a great year last year, let’s build on that. We have never proved anything to the SEC. Hopefully last year was a start.
You make us look so bad with your biased and ignorant comments. Clearly you haven’t stepped foot on the campus so please don’t run your mouth about it.

With that said, I still want to beat the SEC every year of course!

dawggirl

July 21st, 2009
8:39 pm

Late to the party, but I just want to reiterate how enjoyable it was to read the nice, classy posts from Atlanta Gator, CharlotteGator, Tide Rising, Gator Mike, etc.

Except for Florida, I think the conference is one big toss-up. We don’t know if Georgia’s problems of last year will be fixed, who the frontrunner is for the West, how the Vols, Auburn and Miss State will rebound after their coaching changes, what Spurrier’s got up his sleeve this year, if Arkansas has the staying power, can Kentucky and Vandy continue to compete and get to bowl games, etc. I kind of like all the uncertainty and questions. The one thing that Florida doesn’t have is the element of surprise. Everyone knows they are unbeatable.

I’m still looking forward to the season. Is everyone else as ready as I am?

Boss Hogg

July 21st, 2009
8:57 pm

The best thing LSU did was replace Jarrett (Lotto) Lee at QB with Jefferson. If Jefferson is playing against UGA & Bama, LSU wins. Don’t forget Lee threw 2 pick 6’s vs UGA.

rustydawg

July 21st, 2009
9:05 pm

m – Well said GTvet. I know we’re wasting our time with m. Others have tried…..

To actually contribute, UF is clearly the team to beat because of the defense. UGA must improve drastically on that side of the ball. I can’t wait for UF vs. UT….

superDawg

July 21st, 2009
9:07 pm

Glad to see SEC teams sticking together.With that said let’s get this season off on a good note.SIC-EM DAWGS

jumbeauxtiger

July 21st, 2009
9:13 pm

Charlotte Gator,

Tiger fans are excited about Chavis and when he was not retained by Kiffin my first reaction was I was hoping Miles would go after him. I knew we desperately needed a veteran DC and a big plus as Chavis knows the SEC. I think the D will be much improved this year. We did lose some guys on the DL but alot of players had significant time on the field the last 2 years. LSU has alot of talent there. I think one guy that will have a breakout year is Al Woods. He was highly recruited and has played alot. Harry Coleman, a hard-hitting safety will also play linebacker. Patrick Peterson, USA Today’s HS Defensive player of the Year, started last season as a true freshman. Ryan Baker is someone that will be known before too long. He is another hitter who may have been our best player on kickoffs last year as a true freshman. My main concern is keeping turnovers low. We have the skilled players to move the ball we just have to keep penalties and turnovers to a minimum.

Paddy

July 21st, 2009
9:15 pm

It won’t be Arkansas, that COACH still live there.

Dawg Tired

July 21st, 2009
9:35 pm

Good discussion folks. Florida is clearly the class of the SEC right now. As for the Dawgs? Well, it is difficult to predict. Obviously the OL should be better this year. It also seems clear to me that Joe C is a good leader. He has always performed well when given the chance – see Colorado miracle finish three years ago. Will Joe C be able to do it as a starter? I think so, but admit some worry over the difficulty of the early games, especially at OK State. Getting off to a bad start could prove problematic for an unproven QB’s confidence. If successful early on, he and the team should get better with game experience. I think we’re OK at RB although we have taken an obvious hit talent wise.

As for the defense, I am very concerned about our defensive end situation. Our DTs are very good, but no defense can be really good without outside pressure on the QB in this day of explosive passing games (think OK State and no pressure from DE – not a pretty picture). Our best DE (based on the spring game) is suspended for 6 games. Our safety play has not been good lately. We lost our best cover guy to the NFL. Can the LBs and DTs make up for these shortcomings? What will be the effect of having to use LBs at DE? Can CWM get the defense to play smarter?

Will someone step up as a reliable place kicker? Hopefully Walsh returns to the form he showed early last season.

Should be an interesting season as these questions are answered. You must admit that playing in the best conference in college football is tough but mighty fun!

It is also enjoyable to be able to read and participate on these blogs when the jerk factor is kept to a minimum. I’m encouraged by the civility shown by those who obviously know something about college football.

Thanks guys!

Tbones

July 21st, 2009
9:45 pm

Watch out for those Razorbacks this year. We got better and better last year after each game and we started 13 freshmens. Ryan Mallett is a top QB, that was learning Petrino’s system thoroughly last year while he had to sit out for trensferring. The defense is a year older, plus we brought in some of the best cornerbacks and safeties in the nations. For the idiot who said we have no runninbg game, Michel Smith was one of the best RB in the SEC, and we brought in 2 more top RB. plus Green, and transfer from USC. Arkansas has the best TE in the SEC and Joe Adams is a speed demon with great hands at the WR spot. I’m not saying we are going to win the SEC West this year, and you may not like Petrino, but his track record of winning as a college coach speaks for itself, and Arkansas will go bowling this year with about 8 wins.

KCDC

July 21st, 2009
9:46 pm

TONY- YOUR INSIGHT INTO COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS VALUED, AND APPRECIATED..
BUT WHY THE MONIKER “MR. COLLEGE FOOTBALL”?
BEAR BRYANT, MAYBE. EDDIE ROBINSON, MAYBE. REALISTICALLY, HOW CAN
ANY JOURNALIST BE “MR. COLLEGE FOOTBAL”? PLEASE EXPLAIN. THANK YOU.

UGASlobberknocker

July 21st, 2009
9:52 pm

KCDC..is that the best you’ve got?

no dawgs/ no football, not even brainless bashing like most of the people on this board..only whining about Tonys nickname? Good grief..

Even the tech losers do better than that.

john '90

July 21st, 2009
10:12 pm

Charlotte Gator: I applaud your articulate posts. And I am a Diehard Dawg fan and grad. It’s just refreshing to read from someone who clearly “cuts through the weeds” and advances the discussion instead of drooping to drivel. That said, I’ll state the obvious: Everyone in the East will be chasing the Gators. You know, we know it and the teams know it. You guys are stacked, but anything can happen in the SEC, the greatest league in all of sports worldwide!!!!

FL DAWG

July 21st, 2009
10:38 pm

Great discussion by SEC fans as a whole and even some GT bloggers. The season is just around the corner.

1) Georgia does not deserve any love after the mental meltdowns we had last year, having to replace many of the skill positions including QB and still no solid DEs to this point. That does not mean UGA will be a doormatt, they just shouldn’t get the love (much like Bama last year).

2) Tim will not need a speech. The Gators are loaded with returning starters and the D is very deep, especially the DBs and QB. Brantley has not played much, but appears to be very capable should Tebow get hurt (and I hope he does not, he is a great player and individual).

3) Kiffin will most likely be very silent during media days, he should be preparing for the season and not pouring fuel to the fire. TN will be much better than people expect with Monte as the DC.

4) Ole Miss is a team that will draw the attention of everyone they play and ultimately this will be there downfall, not focussing on all 12 regular season games.

5) ARK is definitely a sleeper. However, TN maybe the one to pop up unexpectantly. They should have a very good running game to go along with a very solid D. Monte will coach these kids up and have them in the correct position to make plays. This team reminds me of Baltimore teams of the not so distant past that controlled the clock and played great defense. UT and ARK are the two teams that will step up and win some games they shouldn’t. With that said I hope UT loses every conference game.

Denver Dog

July 22nd, 2009
12:16 am

I would like to see Monty and Danny Ford meed again at mid field for another throwdown

archangeladidas

July 22nd, 2009
1:31 am

i just wrote a speech for Tebow just in case. “We will just take it out on uga.” GO GATORS!!!

bull-gator

July 22nd, 2009
7:33 am

1) Samuel, Cox, and the Defense carry UGA to a 10-2 record (losses to Fla and LSU) Maybe better, potentially could beat either Fla and or LSU. 2) No need for talk now. If Tebow and Spikes can’t lead by example, then there is no chance for a repeat. The real key is intensity on every snap. 3) Kiffin will borrow BHO’s teleprompter and read from a Slive prepared speech. 4) Ole Miss is for real. They kicked the Gators a$$ last year and beat Texas Tech. I pick them to be the SEC West champion. Snead is one cool customer. 5) Yes, Arkansas will be good, but I think the real surprise will be Miss State with a 7-5 record (losses to LSU, Ga Tech, Fla, Ala, and Ole Miss)

Just curious

July 22nd, 2009
10:35 am

Why does everyone seem to imply the Ole Miss victory over Texas Tech was some great accomplishment when all you hear about the BIG Tway-ELVE! is that they can’t play D? 47-34, the final score, backs-up what everyone says. In fact, 47 pts was the 2nd most pts scored by Ole Miss in 2008 behind the 59-0 blowout of …. U. Louisiana Monroe.

All the SEC chest-thumping is getting a little annoying. Play the games ON THE FIELD, and determine a CHAMPION, not in the minds and wallets of the greedy, athletically lacking media & corporate sponsors.

So Ole Miss beats FL at FL, and USC loses AT Oregon State, but FL is the better 1-loss team bewteen the 2 (USC-FL), and plays for the NC. Says who? Would the Gators have beaten the Trojans in 2008 …. we’ll never know. Now, for the other two, Ole Miss & OSU. They both finished 9-4, but Ole Miss is the better team. Says who? OSU’s 4 losses were @ Stanford, Penn State, Utah, and home to Oregon. Ole Miss’ 4 losses were @ Wake Frst & Bama, and home to South Caro & Vandy. I think most would agree that OSU’s 4 losses were better teams than Ole Miss’s losses. Now, would the Rebels have beaten the Beavers had they played in 2008 …. we’ll never know. But it would have been a good 2nd/3rd round game in a playoff system!

Let’s get a playoff system in place much sooner than later before too much of the SEC “kool-aid” is consumed.