Can Dogs end Alabama-Florida monopoly in SEC title game?

Early prediction: One of these two coaches will be meeting Alabama for the SEC title.

One of these two coaches will be meeting Alabama for the SEC title. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

The opening of the college football season is still six weeks away. But with SEC media days later this week in Hoover, Ala., I figured it wasn’t too early for an appetizer.

I realize this isn’t going out on a limb but my sources tell me there’s a pretty good chance Alabama is going to win the SEC West. So the point of this exercise is to determine which team will play the defending national champions in the conference championship game Dec. 4 in the Georgia Dome.

Where will Georgia finish in the SEC East?

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Yeah, yeah, Florida is the overwhelming favorite in the East. (Alabama and Florida have met in the last two SEC title games). But I really believe this will be a two-team race and the Bulldogs have a legitimate chance to make an upset run. Here’s some quick analysis, with the SEC East teams ranked by perceived strength.

It seemed pointless to put up a poll with the question, “Which school will win the division?” because it’s not like anybody is going to pick Vanderbilt, Kentucky or Tennessee. So the poll merely asks the predicted finish for Georgia. But if you really want to pick Vanderbilt, Kentucky or Tennessee, we’re saving a spot in the comments section for you. Just be prepared to be mocked.

(East teams with last year’s SEC record in parenthesis.)

1. Florida (8-0): The Gators should win their first four games (Miami, South Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky) but then play at Alabama and home against LSU in consecutive weeks. They’re enormously talented again (including tailback Jeff Demps), but the two biggest questions focus on the quarterback (you might’ve heard Tim Tebow is gone) and the coach (Urban Meyer returns after the shortest retirement in history. Meyer now says his health problems stemmed primarily from “esophageal spasms.” That’s a long way from a heart condition. Suspicious? A little. Regardless, we’ll see how he handles the stress. John Brantley, the new QB, has a gun for an arm but little experience. The Gators also lost defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (now the head coach at Louisville).

2. Georgia (4-4): Mark Richt, feeling some heat for the first time in his tenure, dumped three assistant coaches, including Willie Martinez, whose defense allowed an SEC high 25 touchdown passes last season. The Dogs will switch to a 3-4 under new coordinator Todd Grantham. He’s also expected to bring more fire, which is needed throughout the team. For all the concern about quarterback Aaron Murray being a freshman, it’s not like there’s a real danger of dropping off from a year ago. Add this: 1) The offensive line should be one of the best in the conference; 2) A.J. Green might be the best receiver in the country; 3) the running game, led by Washaun Ealey, should be strong; 4) the schedule is one of the team’s easiest in years. Key are early tests against South Carolina and Arkansas (games two and three).

3. South Carolina (3-5): The Gamecocks started last season 5-1 and then lost five of their last seven. They ranked 87th in the nation in passing efficiency and had the conference’s second-worst offensive scoring average (20.6), trailing only Vanderbilt. This explains why Steve Spurrier is 65 going on 80. It also explains why he has verbally pounded quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was sacked 37 times last season and had 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. South Carolina is a popular upset pick by some in the East but I can’t figure out why. The defense should be solid again but there’s no reason to believe the offense will be better, and the schedule includes games against Alabama and Arkansas.

4. Tennessee (4-4): No coach is getting more sympathy than Derek Dooley. He inherited a program in disarray after Lane Kiffin bolted for USC. The recent arrest of several players stemming from underage drinking and a bar fight made matters even worse. Three players already have been either suspended or kicked off the team. The Volunteers’ projected starting quarterback, Matt Simms, has a famous father (Phil) and brother (Chris) but he doesn’t come with great credentials himself. He played junior college football and then went to Louisville, where he was 4-for-10 for 39 yards with an interception before transferring. If Tennessee ever was going to get this bad, you just hoped it would be under Kiffin, not Vince Dooley’s son.

5. Kentucky (3-5): Joker Phillips takes over as coach for the retired Rich Brooks, who finished with four straight winning seasons (7-6 last year). But it’s not a good sign when the new coach comes out of spring football and has no idea which of three quarterbacks will start.

6. Vanderbilt (0-8): I’m not saying Bobby Johnson wasn’t a fine football coach and Vandy isn’t a difficult job. But when a school is coming off a 2-10 season and was winless in conference, a coach’s sudden retirement shouldn’t cause everybody to fall to pieces. The Commodores weren’t going to be very good anyway. New coach Robbie Caldwell inherits a team that ranked 110th nationally in scoring and totaled six offensive touchdowns in eight SEC games.

Coming later today: Can Georgia Tech win the ACC Coastal?


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Spiller Time

July 18th, 2010
11:47 pm

UF wins East again.

zzzzzz

AJGREENFAN

July 18th, 2010
11:54 pm

IF UGA, gets by SC and ARK early, they should roll into Jax undefeated. I’d have to think that’s the mindset of the coaching staff at this point……………I dont think those two early games will be easy by any means, but I have to believe CMR and his staff relish that opportunity to make an early statement against two teams that a lotta folks think can or will beat UGA, Bottom line for the Dawgs, is they need this season to re-establish their position among the SEC elite. I think they have to make it to the SEC Title game.

Tide Rising

July 18th, 2010
11:57 pm

Just can’t see it. I can see the dawgs having a good run and a 10 win season but I have a hard time seeing them beat both Alabama and Florida. Even if they upset Florida its asking quite a lot to beat bot of them in the same season.

Also Jeff it seems like you’re downplaying John Brantley. The guy was the national gatorade player of the year coming out of high school and has been preparing for 3 years for this job. He’s not a freshman but a well seasoned upper classman who will have a much easier time stepping into the fray than Aaron Murray.

Chris

July 18th, 2010
11:58 pm

Cautiously optimistic is the best way I can describe this upcoming season for Georgia. I hope all of the “national” ink stays right on Florida and Alabama and let’s Georgia gel into the kind of team my optimism hopes for. On another note, not a shot at Jeff, but the AJC’s coverage of the British Open on the website has been absolutely pathetic. Where is Stan Awtrey when we need him?

Jeff Schultz

July 19th, 2010
12:02 am

Tide Rising –Not downplaying John Brantley. Just saying there’s an unknown about him because he hasn’t started. But his talent is undeniable.

Benjamin

July 19th, 2010
12:05 am

Schultzie, I know you’re a sportswriter and I’m just a lowly hack that comments on your FB page from time to time, but is it “monoply” or “monopoly?” (I think there might be a typo in the title, in other words.)

Bean Counter

July 19th, 2010
12:07 am

If we can make it out of September without a loss we could potentially play a Fla team with 2 losses in Jacksonville. If that is the case the Fla game is nothing but bragging rights. I live for the day that we get back to beating Florida like we did in 70’s and 80’s. Enough is enough! GATA!

Benjamin

July 19th, 2010
12:07 am

To answer your query, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Georgia actually did win the East this season. A lot of it depends on the quarterback situation, but I think it’s going to be a weird year in the division; Florida’s potential to slip is as high as it’s ever been without Tebow and some of those other pieces returning (…and with Meyer’s uncertainty), and I don’t think there’s another team in the conference that just jumps out right now other than us as a potential contender on our side.

I don’t think we can beat Alabama, though, regardless.

AJGREENFAN

July 19th, 2010
12:08 am

What rule says UGA can’t beat both FLA and ALA in the same year. Tide fans act like they have the only team who can catch lucky breaks and win the SEC

Benjamin

July 19th, 2010
12:11 am

Either way, I don’t think the Gamecocks can hang, and I don’t think there are any other legitimate contenders to the SEC East throne this year.

I really wish we could put David Greene in a timewarp or somehow find him a fifth and sixth year of eligibility. We’re a great quarterback away from being national title contenders, in my opinion.

wiley

July 19th, 2010
12:11 am

I just dont see how a team with freshman QB can win the SEC east….when is the last time that has happened? Not to mention a new defense(lost a lot of players on D) and a new scheme(the 3-4). UGA fans are eternal optimists but I dont see them winning the SEC east. They could realistically get to 10 wins though…Murray just needs to play like a veteran…and that’s asking a lot for a young man that has never even played a game. Brantley has taken snaps at UF and watched a championship program win two titles…he knows what it takes. GT is in the same boat as UGA with the new defensive scheme and the loss of players. It should be an interesting year for football in the state of Georgia but I really dont see either program challenging for the league title. The ACC coastal looks like the strongest division in college football and the SEC east is still going to be the SEC east. Just my 2 cents.

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AJGREENFAN

July 19th, 2010
12:20 am

Wiley, 2 cents is about right……………..there are more factors to a college fball game or season than the play of a “freshman QB”. You have o lines who block, receivers who catch, running backs who run, defenders who defend and coaches who coach. You invoke the inexperience of Murray, while excusing the same in Brantley. Moreover, consider the schedules, actual talent, and match-ups. You people speak as if there are formulas out there that says: freshmen QB’s cant do this or that. If I remember a couple of years ago, ALA wasn’t supposed to contend, then suddenly they beat Clemson opening night and stormed past a number 3 UGA team………………

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
12:24 am

Jeff,

One other thing that’s an interesting stat. Last year Bama and Florida had an average point differential each of over 20+ pts per game vs opponents over the course of the season.

The dawgs point differential was +1 per game for the season. Last year was last year and this year is this year of course. But its hard to see one team making such tremendous strides in one year that their point differential and hence their won loss record would go from +1 per game from one season ago to winning the sec the next season.

Say if UGA was to end up being as good as Bama and UF were last year, go unbeaten and get to the seccg. That would mean a near 3 touchdown per game performance improvement one season later for a team that is starting a freshman qb and installing a brand new defensive philosophy. That’s a lot to ask for in one season.

UGAKev

July 19th, 2010
12:25 am

Georgia won the sec championship with a redshirt freshmen in 2002 with a lesser talented quarterback. This has NOTHING to do with aaron murray he will do just fine all he has to do is take care of the ball and just play solid. Its always about the defense…defense,defense,defense. Georgia is going to score plenty of points with an offense this talented. Georgia is more than capable of winning the east this year and Alabama is not a team that is going to runaway with the SEC…Alabama may not get the breaks this year that they got last year… Alabama was very fortunate last year.

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UGAKev

July 19th, 2010
12:30 am

Tide Rising, when you take away Jor cox and The defensive staff from last year it honestly does not seem like a far fetch thing

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July 19th, 2010
12:31 am

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Paddy

July 19th, 2010
12:34 am

Vanderbilt will beat UT. Thats it. They win one game and that is not good.

HugoStiglitz

July 19th, 2010
12:35 am

This is a pretty down year for the SEC east. If UGA is going to do it then they better do it now. Doesnt really matter either way. None of these teams are going to beat Alabama.

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Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
12:38 am

AJGREEN FAN,

I have to agree you that there are a lot of other factors and one huge thing in UGA’s favor is their strong O-line which will be very good. But I have to agree with Wiley on starting a freshman qb and here’s why. When we made our run in 2008 out of what seemed like nowhere our qb wasn’t a freshman. JP Wilson was a 5th year senior who was in his 3rd year of starting.

The difference between Brantley and Murray is this. Brantley has real game experience even if it was mop up duty. Over the last 2 years and including spring he has been the undisputed #2 qb and going into spring undisputed #1 qb. Typically a #2 qb gets about 20% of each weeks practice reps with the #1 offense. So for 2 years Brantley was getting a lot of reps and in spring he took nearly all the reps with the #1 offense.

Contrast that with Murray’s who spent his redshirt year with the scout team. You’re not getting any real reps as a scout team member. In spring practice he had to share reps in a 3 way qb race which diminishes the learning curve that you would normally get if you’re the surefire #1 guy. Over 15 practices splitting the reps with 2 other qbs means he simply didn’t get the practice time that you would like a future 1 starter to get. I’m just saying that overall his practice reps and total practice time is no where near the time that Brantley has had over the last 2 years and into this spring.Not even close. Not to mention Brantley’s real game experience.

gatorman770

July 19th, 2010
12:43 am

Barring major injurys to John Brantley and/or starting receivers, Brantley will lead East in passing and Gators will win the SEC East and Alabama will win the West, but neither will go undefeated.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
12:46 am

UGAKev,

Joe Cox was the best you had last year. If he wasn’t he wouldn’t have been the starter. He was definitely a much better option than Murray and my point is that if Cox was the best option and Murray was co-3rd team than what makes you think Murray has made such incredible strides in one spring practice that he will be better than what Cox was? From what I saw on these blogs most of the dawg posters thought Mett had won the job and looked better. Until he got suspended of course. And Gray wasn’t impressed much with Murray. He supposedly quit the team initially because he apparently felt he was better didn’t he? I watched the Gday game since I watch the dawgs a lot and it was obvious to me that Murray looked uncomfortable and certainly not in command of the offense. Quite a few dawg fans made the same observation.

Bottom line I think the dawgs look pretty good everywhere except at the all important qb position. Time will tell but he better grow up in a hurry if you’re going to challenge Florida.

Remarkable

July 19th, 2010
12:49 am

I am an optimist, but not an eternal optimist. I hope UGA wins the east, but I will have to see a month of games before I get too excited over the potential. I do see UGA getting better and better over the next three years or so. With the recruits that are coming in, we have tremendous potential, but that is a long way from winning. If we can run our way through the first three games, yea, we have a chance. However, even that chance depends upon a team finally learning to play defense. No Defense, No chapionship game!
ALSO: Remember we have an incoming freshman quarterback that isn’t too shabby. He may be the answer sooner rather than later if Murray isn’t up to it. It has happend before.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
12:54 am

“Alabama may not get the breaks this year that they got last year… Alabama was very fortunate last year.”

UGAKev,

What breaks did we get last year? We only had 2 close games the whole year. We didn’t get any breaks against AU. We just took the ball and went on a 72 yard drive in the 4th qtr to put them away.

Tennessee? If they can’t stop Terrence Cody from smashing through their O-line then so what? That’s not a break. That’s just football. As for getting breaks that game was all but over when UT got the biggest break of the game. Mark Ingram lost his only career fumble with 3 minutes left as he was rushing for a 1st down that would have put the game away by 2 scores even if we hadn’t scored again. Now that is a break and a big one for UT. And then UT recovers a lucky onsides kick after they score? Now that is a break. More like pure luck actually. How often does that happen? 10-15% of the time? Put away your nonsense about us getting breaks and getting lucky. There’s nothing lucky or fortunate about going 14-0 and winning all but 2 games by 2 or more scores.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
12:57 am

gatorman770,

Agreed. No one makes it through the sec regular season unscathed this year. Too much balance. Too many good teams and too many rapidly improving teams like AU and Ark.

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Dawg fan since birth

July 19th, 2010
1:04 am

As long and if UGA gets by USC and Ark then they will definately have the upper hand in the division. Even with losing to one of them i think they can keep the goal of winning the east.
And about Brantley he is tremendously talented and highly touted. And not saying that there is any comparison but I remember a highly touted red hed out of S.C. that was also in the system for 3 plus years. And you see how much trouble we had with that.

superDawg

July 19th, 2010
1:10 am

UGA beat ala.3 out of the last 4 times we played them.If UGA wins the east I say Ga. beats ala., provided they make it to the SECCG.Beating AU is not a given,infact I say AU beats the snot out of ala.

superDawg

July 19th, 2010
1:14 am

tide is for cleaning red underbritches.

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BAMA STAN

July 19th, 2010
1:16 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Until UGA beats Florida again – I will pick Florida to win the SEC EAST.

1. Urban quickly assembled better talent and passed UGA’s program in quick fashion.
2. Last two years – Florida has totally embarrassed UGA on the football field.
3. Although Strong is in Louisville – there is huge talent returning for Florida – both offense and defense. Brantley is a talent – been in the system – and Urban will tweak the system to fit Brantley’s strengths.

With that said – I thing UGA is positioned well for a very good 2010 season – and could pull the upset. A lot of IF’s have to happen:
1. Murray quickly develops into a good SEC QB (has a very good cast of players to support him)
2. UGA’s defense quickly adjusts to the 3/4 – and players understand their roles
3. UGA has to come out strong – beating South Carolina and Arkansas – neither will be easy. SC under Spurrier has played their best ball first half of the season – and Arkansas should be improved over last year.

If UGA has a very good season – this will help with recruiting – finishing out 2011 – but more impact on 2012 class.

At any rate – best of luck in 2010.

And one more thing……………………………………………………………………………………..

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Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
1:18 am

superDawg,

Nice stat. So what? We beat you 4 out of the last 7 we played you. And we lead the series between the 2 programs by a double digit margin 36-25.

So you think AU comes to Tuscaloosa this year and not only beats us but beats the snot out of us? Its late so I’m going to just assume you’ve been drinking all night.

superDawg

July 19th, 2010
1:18 am

If bammer aint cheating they aint winning.NCAA sanctions on the way soon,

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
1:21 am

superDawg

July 19th, 2010
1:14 am

“tide is for cleaning red underbritches.”

superdawg, did you mean red panties when you said red underbritches? Coming from a dawg fan that’s pretty funny given your recent history of red underwear.

superDawg

July 19th, 2010
1:23 am

Go back in your history book and see what team beat ala.in their nc champioship years it was UGA and it happened more than once.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
1:26 am

superdawg, What was that about cheating. you never let the facts get in the way of your argument do you? BTW, where is Bama in here?

CHEATING HALL OF FAME THE TOP 29 NCAA DIVISION I TEAMS IN TERMS OF ALL-TIME MAJOR INFRACTIONS CASES.

Source is NCAA.ORG (ncaa legistlative database of major infractions cases)

1. Arizon state 8
2. SMU 8
3. Auburn, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Whichita State, and Wisconsin all with 7 each.
4. Cal, FSU, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, and UCLA with 6 major cases each.
5. Baylor, Cincy, Colorado, Miami, Fla., Mich. State, Miss state, NC State, Texas-Pan American, USC, UTEP, Washington, and West Virginia all with 5 major infractions cases each.

Tide4Life

July 19th, 2010
1:26 am

UGA has been SOFT the last several seasons. Offense and Defense.

In 2010 – OK STATE was more physical and better prepared, SC should have won the game, Tennessee/ Florida /LSU/KY – just lacked mental and physical toughness. However, seemed to get it going at the end of the season against Auburn, GT and TX A&M – better late than never.

Last 4 season – 10-10 SEC EAST record.

Maybe Grantham will change things around for UGA .

What happened to the UGA teams that beat LSU 45-17 and could hang with Tennessee?

Coach Meyer is just a better HC than Richt. His teams are better prepared – physically and mentally – and Florida thinks of UGA about the same as UGA thinks of Ole Miss or Kentucky. Florida’s program is just at an all together much higher level than UGA.

Florida will win the SEC EAST and will beat UGA by a minimum of two touchdowns this year.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
1:28 am

superDawg

July 19th, 2010
1:23 am
“Go back in your history book and see what team beat ala.in their nc champioship years it was UGA and it happened more than once.”

Really? What years were those? I’m impressed if that were true but I prefer to live in the present. You can live in the past as in 1980 if you would like.

ugaclassof2004

July 19th, 2010
1:39 am

This season is going to be so boring. Personally I think the SEC has been down the last couple of seasons. Except for Florida and Bama, everyone else is middle of the pack. 6 teams last season finished 7-5 last season. And even Florida and Bama, who finished undefeated; weren’t all that dominant. Both of those teams would have lost games when the conference was at full strength: from 2002-2007. But since the UT’s, UGA’s, Auburn’s, and LSU’s were experiencing down seasons last year: Florida and Bama were still able to go undefeated, even when playing less than stellar football. That’s not their fault per se, but they certainly benefited from the rest of the conference being down.

If some of the other programs in the SEC were back to full strength, they could knock off the Gators and Tide. But that’s just not the case. In the East: UT is in rebuilding mode, UGA is stuck in neutral, and USC is soft. Gators can still win even with 2 losses. In the West: Ole Miss is rebuilding, Arkansas & Auburn have good offenses but bad defenses, and LSU is like a Cadillac without an engine: it looks good but isn’t going anywhere. It will be Bama and the Gators again. Yawn!

superDawg

July 19th, 2010
2:14 am

Heyward22

July 19th, 2010
3:18 am

I am a GT fan, but I am going to be as unbiased as I can here.

I still do not think that UGA will beat UF. Even though Charlie Strong is gone, UF’s defense is still nasty with talent, more so than UGA’s. We are not even sure if UGA has the personnel to run the new defense they are switching to. We know UF does because they aren’t changing the scheme. That’s a key that is getting a little overlooked by you Jeff. I know you mentioned but kind of tried to brush it off with the firey attitude of Todd Grantham, but with all do respect, the attitude is good, but its a worthless ploy until the game is played. Todd has never been a DC in the college level either and didn’t have such a good go of it Cincy, so let’s wait and see before we base any predictions on UGA’s defense based on just the DC’s attitude and what he “says” he wants to do. He talks the talk but can his personnel walk the walk?

I have also held that UGA is going to have a tough time @USCe this year. If Steve Spurrier was going to strike at the SEC East this is his year IMO. Let’s not forget that Steve Spurrier is a helluva coach and I would not be surprised in the least to see him pull a trick out of his sleeve. He’s got a pretty senior team with some experience and I think he can do a lot with that.

I don’t know. If I am a UGA fan, I don’t expect to win the East this year. New defense, new coaches, new QB, etc. I would expect 10 wins though. I don’t really see that as far reach. UGA will have a running game for sure behind the OLine. Green is one of the best receivers in the country, but you have to have a QB that can get the ball to him, but everytime I think about Murray I remember that horrible, horrible pass @UF last year for the Brandon Spikes pick six. Just no vision out there whatsoever and he looked very rattled.

These are just my opinions from a GT fan so TIFWIW, but right now there are just a ton more question marks about UGA than UF and USCe, so based on that I say UGA ends up third in the SEC East. I think UGA will be more improved in 2011 and they’ll be more equipped to challenge for the East.

hop

July 19th, 2010
4:18 am

there are many unknowns with brantley, he is not a running qb,but will force to be one since that is the gator offense.
the chance of injury is far better than with tebow who was built to be a runner brantley is not.
the lost of charley strong is huge and myers had many health issues last year ,and there are many unknowns about florida this year.

if uga can run the football with it’s strong O/line, dawgs will be in every game with two great running backs.the best wide-out in college football and four outstanding tight ends.

the defense could not be any worse than last year and they will be better as the year progresses.

the dawgs will have the easiest SEC SCHEDULE this season with alabama and lsu not there.

georgia will be a surprised team and who knows this could be the year!

Holy smoke blowing

July 19th, 2010
4:50 am

Jeff,

Its funny how John Brantley is a question mark but yet Murray will be fine because cant get much worse.

Funny how losing Strong will hurt UF but UGA getting a new DC will help because it cant get much worse.

Funny how Urban Meyer is a question mark even though he’s shown a pretty darn strong commitment to being back and brought in an all timer of a recruiting class after the “retirement” but yet Mark Richt is just under a little fire and even though his team has been spending more time in the headlines for arrest than athletics and the whole Atheletic Department is embroiled ina major controversy there wont be any distractions for UGA huh???

Funny how you gush about UGA’s OL but yet the Gators return NINE of TEN from their 2 deep OL that led the way for the Gator offense that was top 2 in the SEC in Total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense.

Stop pandering to your audience and take a closer look at reality.

Ted Striker

July 19th, 2010
5:09 am

#1 Reason UGA might win the division: UGA upgraded on defensive coordinators and UF downgraded.

#1 Reason UGA might not win the division: Todd Grantham, as good as he might be, hasn’t even had the opportunity to eat a pork sandwich and a bag of chips after a game at UGA.

destin dawg

July 19th, 2010
5:17 am

Tebow is gone so is Charlie Strong… Urban Meyer uses his kids … he wore out Percy Harvin.. Tebow had shoulder separations.. concussions.. used as a full back.. unprepared for NFL as a QB.. Renewed coaching intensity at UGA.. Granthan from the Cowboys… plus Belin and Lakatos … things go in cycles… this year will be Exciting… GO DAWGS !!!