Site says Georgia No. 21, Tech unranked going into 2011

If Georgia finishes higher than a 21st in the rankings next season, Aaron Murray will have a lot to do with it.

If Georgia finishes higher than a 21st in the rankings next season, Aaron Murray will have a lot to do with it.

It seems to be a race every year which media outlet can get its college football preseason rankings out first — kind of like which department store decorates for Christmas first.

Well, a site called NationalChamps.net has established the new standard: It just came out with its 2011 rankings, and we haven’t even made it out of recruiting. Or the bowl season. Or December.

Georgia fans — you’ll neither be thrilled nor surprised. Georgia Tech fans — get ready to rumble.

The No. 1 ranked team on NationalChamps.net’s rankings is Oklahoma, followed by Alabama, LSU and then the two BCS title game opponents, Oregon and Auburn (is Cam Newton coming back or something?).

The Dogs are ranked 21st, which seems about right given the uncertainty on defense and the offensive line and the likely departure of A.J. Green to the NFL.

Then there’s Georgia Tech, which didn’t make the site’s top 25 — or even the top 50.

The only fan base probably more upset is USC’s. The Trojans checked in at No. 43,  just behind Air Force, Kentucky and Northwestern. Enjoy, Lane Kiffin.

Preseason rankings mean little even in August. So you can imagine how little weight they carry nine and a half months before kickoff. But they do say something about perception. In this case, the perception is that the Dogs have something to prove and the Jackets’ 6-6 record this season is far closer to reality than the ACC title they won last year.

Do you agree? I’m heading out to Athens Tuesday morning to chat with Mark Richt, so I figured this would be a nice warm-up to a college football column later. What are your early — really early — thoughts on next season?

Below are NationalChamp.net’s rankings, including links to brief analysis.

2011 Top 25
Click on each team for breakdown

1. Oklahoma
2. Alabama
3. Louisiana State
4. Oregon
5. Auburn
6. Ohio State
7. Arkansas
8. Missouri
9. Stanford
10. Texas A&M
11. Oklahoma State
12. Michigan State
13. Wisconsin
14. Boise State
15. Nebraska
16. Virginia Tech
17. TCU
18. Florida State
19. South Carolina
20. Notre Dame
21. Georgia
22. Connecticut
23. Mississippi State
24. Michigan
25. Tulsa

Teams 26-50 depth charts included

26. West Virginia
27. Arizona State
28. Florida
29. Utah
30. Penn State
31. Texas
32. Maryland
33. Miami FL
34. Clemson
35. Pittsburgh
36. SMU
37. Tennessee
38. Miami OH
39. North Carolina State
40. Air Force
41. Kentucky
42. Northwestern
43. Southern California
44. Navy
45. Baylor
46. San Diego State
47. Iowa
48. Boston College
49. Southern Miss
50. Brigham Young

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489 comments Add your comment

Mike Smith

December 20th, 2010
6:25 pm

???

December 20th, 2010
6:26 pm

Not trying to be a dawg hater or not even mad that GT isnt even mentioned in the rankings but dont see how they can say UGA is the 21st ranked team after their performance this year.

Barkin'Dog

December 20th, 2010
6:34 pm

Dang… is it my eyes, or has GT been left off the top 50 altogether?

Yep… the Dawgs will be in the top 20-25 rankings to start the season. Question is… will they be there after the first game? I think they’ll not only beat Boise St., they’ll climb about 5-7 points in the rankings.

Mike Smith

December 20th, 2010
6:34 pm

It’s way too early to talk 2011. Like you said, Jeff, we don’t know who is going pro early, what the recruiting looks like, or even what players will do something to make themselves ineligible this year haha.

This poll seems to definitely not be taking into account players leaving early to the NFL. Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, and Stanford in particular could take big hits there. It’s hard to say for UGA at #21. Either they are saying AJ Green and Justin Houston are not returning, or the D wont be any better next year to help make a difference.

As for Tech, I think this speaks more to recruiting than being a blip on the radar. Roddy Jones will be the lone Gailey recruit left that helped Johnson win in those first two seasons. Allen and Nesbitt leave this year, and the talent coming in has not looked nearly as good.

RomeDawg

December 20th, 2010
6:36 pm

I absolutely LOVE college football and this ranking is absurd even by my standards. There are too many variables to have any idea of what a college football team for next year may look like.

collegeballfan

December 20th, 2010
6:37 pm

I have no problem with UGA as number 21. I still am trying to figure out how they did a 6-6 this season. After all 10 straight top 10 recruiting classes should be worth a 1- 2 at absolute worse.

GT not in top 50? New QB coming in and a newcomer at B Back? Yeah, not in top 50 is about right.

collegeballfan

December 20th, 2010
6:39 pm

Sorry. My 6:37 should be a “10 -2 at absolutr worse”.

picassokat

December 20th, 2010
6:41 pm

The only thing that can be said about UGA 2011, with any certainty, is that the schedule is about as favorable as UGA will ever see.

rxdawg79

December 20th, 2010
6:44 pm

I can’t believe the the defense isn’t listed on the site’s analysis as a “question.” I’m looking at 8-4, maybe 9-3. Will that get you a #21 ranking?

GT Alum

December 20th, 2010
6:45 pm

Iowa is 47? Are they losing key folks? Air Force is 40, so I guess Tech is supposed to lose their bowl. SMU is 36? I wonder how they came up with these.

Honestly, CPJ isn’t pulling in highly-ranked recruiting classes, the defense is middle of the pack and we’re losing Nesbitt, so I can see a lot of preseason rankings not liking Tech. Plus, a lot of people just don’t like option offenses, but these guys do have Navy at 44, which could be right. The 2 main things for Tech next season will be can they hold onto the ball and can the defense improve. The 2 main questions for UGA will be can the defense improve and will Green stay for his senior year.

SoCal Dawg

December 20th, 2010
6:48 pm

blazerdawg

December 20th, 2010
6:49 pm

UGA’s Green and Houston returning?

Sanford Drive

December 20th, 2010
6:52 pm

Just in case you missed it,

Here’s my IQ RANGE: 42-34 give or take a few points. :) Ha :) Ha :) Ha

Big B CH 99

December 20th, 2010
6:54 pm

I’m a Tech guy & there is no way we should be in the top 25. But we probably should be in the top 50, what are they predicting us to go 4-8 or something.

Personally, I don’t think UGA should be just out of the top 25. But, I think UGA will ALWAYS be in the preseason top 25, even if they went 0-12 the year before.

Old Gold

December 20th, 2010
6:54 pm

Georgia has a ton of talent and will field a good team. Tech has used up all of Gailey’s players and in his system..no really good players will come to Tech!

MagnaCarterGT

December 20th, 2010
6:57 pm

OH MAN ANOTHER PRESEASON POLL. I can’t tell you how badly I’ve been waiting for next season’s rankings.

lanier

December 20th, 2010
6:58 pm

rats I had Memphis ranked 1st

Terry Funk

December 20th, 2010
7:00 pm

If I owned the ajc you would have been in Seattle yesterday doing a live blog Jeff…but I don’t own the ajc…UGA at 21 is about right Murray will be REALLY good next year….that trumps AJ leaving and I think they’ll sign a stud JUCO NG on defense…Tech not ranked.??.are they still running that HS offense..??? what a shame…that only works at service academies and Div II

danbo

December 20th, 2010
7:00 pm

Will this get MR fired?

Adam

December 20th, 2010
7:03 pm

What else is new. Seems the norm for the morons to rank them only to lose 5-6 games and finish 50th. What is hysterical is ranking them with them losing 80% of their receiving offense. Good luck with that. Yeah sure someone will step up and replace aj and kris. Sure, and Santa will bring me a ton of gold for Xmas. LOL

witko

December 20th, 2010
7:03 pm

With Auburn losing its two best players and four members of its offensive line, #4 seems like a really big reach. Of course at this stage, one cannot have much of an educated guess.

Dawg_Mike

December 20th, 2010
7:04 pm

R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S to even mention pre season poll for 2011 at this point.

wesleywhatwhat

December 20th, 2010
7:05 pm

what site was it that ranked uga #3 in the preseason going into 2010? phil steele? athlon?

and where did SI rank uga going into the 2008 season?

only a moron pays attention to preseason rankings, especially when this season isn’t even over.

D A Double U G

December 20th, 2010
7:05 pm

Sounds about right to me.

Murray is great, and will go down as one of the best Dawgs in the history og UGA.

Honestly, who does Tech expect to be their leader?? Tevin Washington only beat Duke. I don’t see a true freshman coming in and taking ownership of their triple option junk either.

GO DAWGS!!!!
THWGT!!

Rick

December 20th, 2010
7:06 pm

ok navy and air force recruit better players than tech? ok. yeah. right.
to the moron talking about chan’s recruits. 1-2 chan recruits played this year and none played against ga and they ran all over you. if not for sloppy play and a missed extra point, you lose. but i am not surprised to read this from a typical ignorant ga blog poster.

jason

December 20th, 2010
7:08 pm

i see the idiots are already talking how they will beat boise. memo to the tards on here
this isn’t 2005 anymore.
you’re going to start 0-2 and by the time you get beat by boise, you’re top 25 ranking, if you’re in one will be gone for good.

Mike Smith

December 20th, 2010
7:14 pm

@Rick – they still lost to a UGA team having its worst season in nearly 15 years. So with Gailey’s players, Johnson wins 9 games his first year + beats UGA and wins the ACC his second year with 11 wins. Most of Gailey’s recruits left before 2010, and Johnson goes 6-6, gets pounded by Kansas and the ACC, and then tops it all off losing to a 5-6 UGA team. The current state of Tech’s program has everything to do with Gailey’s recruits leaving, and Johnson not replacing them.

Herschel Talker

December 20th, 2010
7:14 pm

Schultzie:

Mark Richt will take a #21 ranking, will turn in into a #41 ranking, will go 6-6, and finally we’ll get to can his sorry butt. 3 years too late.

FIRE MARK RICHT

HT

D A Double U G

December 20th, 2010
7:15 pm

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

John Kincaid on 680am The Fan radio: “So I assume you don’t have much down time playing at Tech, since the cirriculum there is so demanding

Anthony Allen (in avery heavy ebonic accent): “Uh, yessir. When I am not on the practice field I am always studying the playbook and watching films”

I SERIOUSLY COULDN’T MAKE THIS UP!!!!

BWAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

jason

December 20th, 2010
7:16 pm

mike smith-allen transfered in 2008 dumbass. cpj took over in december 2007.
tech’s recruiting this year is better than previous years.

GTBob

December 20th, 2010
7:17 pm

It looks like this poll assumes that all Juniors in college football are returning. Auburn at 5 is laughable.

wesleywhatwhat

December 20th, 2010
7:20 pm

for the sake of argument, let’s look at uga’s schedule in 2011:

LOSS 09/03/11 Boise State

LOSS 09/10/11 South Carolina

WIN 09/17/11 Coastal Carolina

WIN 09/24/11 Ole Miss

LOSS 10/01/11 Mississippi State

TOSS UP 10/08/11 Tennessee

WIN 10/15/11 Vanderbilt

10/22/11 — Open Date — —

LOSS 10/29/11 Florida

WIN 11/05/11 New Mexico State

TOSS UP 11/12/11 Auburn

TOSS UP 11/19/11 Kentucky

TOSS UP 11/26/11 Georgia Tech

NOT HAPPENING 12/03/11 SEC Championship

so, to review, uga starts the season 0-2.

if they win all four of their toss up games, they will go AT BEST 8-4, with losses to Fla, MSU, Boise, and USC. most likely they lose a couple of close games to GT, Tenn, Auburn or Kentucky.

most likely scenario: 8-5 or 7-6 after a possible win in a bowl game.

21st in the country at 8-5? not likely.

i know it's christmas time, but come on..

December 20th, 2010
7:22 pm

I’m a dawg fan through and through, but I honestly think that a #21 ranking to way too generous, and premature to say the least.

wesleywhatwhat

December 20th, 2010
7:22 pm

JB

December 20th, 2010
7:22 pm

Tech fired Ralph today after bringing that team back after two wins last year and gping 8-4 this year and being named ACC coach of the year . Maryland wrote a check for two mil………MARYLAND ! AD said the team wanted and needed new leadership and didn’t want Ralph to be a lame duck for 2011…… didn’t say turned it around….appeared he’s done that….Just wanted MORE out of the program…………..HELLO DR. ADAMS……We are a 6-6 NAME SEC Football school, but All’s Well in Athens……….GEEZ.

i know it's christmas time, but come on..

December 20th, 2010
7:22 pm

JB

December 20th, 2010
7:23 pm

That S/b MARYLAND Fired Ralph

wesleywhatwhat

December 20th, 2010
7:25 pm

if maryland can fire friedgen after improving 6 wins over last year’s record, and getting acc coach of the year, WHY DOES PAUL HEWITT STILL HAVE A JOB?

sure, we’re talking different sports but 67-93 in the acc isn’t getting it done.

gtne80

December 20th, 2010
7:25 pm

Agree with all comments about the difficulty in speculating at this point.

That said, it’s easy to see how UGA would rate a top 20 rating. Murray had a solid year as QB and the only player leaving that will be difficult to replace will be Greene (face it, the kid would be silly to return). The schedule next year is about as favorable as it gets. The SEC East should still be down. UF will be replacing a head coach. UT is still rebuilding.

Regarding my alma mater, even my skeptical nature finds it hard to believe that they don’t rate a top 50 ranking. We lose Nesbitt, but Washington will be about as seasoned a sophomore as can be found, having run the VT, Miami, UGA gauntlet once already. Groh’s defense will have another year to season. We get Maryland, Kansas, Western Carolina, VT, UNC, Clemson and UGA at home next year. Miami is replacing a head coach. VT, UNC, and Clemson are replacing long-term senior QBs. Johnson’s offensive system is not glamorous and with the down year in 2010, I can see why a casual observer would doubt, but any in-depth analysis would give Tech a chance at a decent year.

Samuel L. Jackson

December 20th, 2010
7:26 pm

Georgia is on their way up.
Rise Up!

JB

December 20th, 2010
7:28 pm

What’s going on in Athens is a slow death march…..Mark does not have the players or Staff to turn this around IN TIME. He has 3 ugly years in a row under his belt, and he has been caught in a talent gap that will not afford him time to fix it….Next year will be 6-6, 7-5 at best, and most wanted him gone this year. The ‘ He’s a great guy” is not going to save him much longer. He IS a great guy, but this is big boy SEC football, and we have fallen behind. Way behind. 2011 will be painful to watch. Every loss will be like a spike being driven.

D A Double U G

December 20th, 2010
7:29 pm

wesleywoowoo,

Remember when UGA lost to Kentucky, then turned right around and beat you Nerds the following week…….

yeah….. that was funny.

DawgFan55

December 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

It shows how far we have sunk (so quickly!) that I was PLEASED to see us ranked at #21! The ranking loses credibility when you read the breakdown and the top offensive player is listed as A.J. Green and the top defensive player is listed as Justin Houston. Unfortunately, I think we are about to see the last of both of these players.

There is reason for optimism with some of the young players, such as Aaron Murray. So we will just hang in there for another year.

wesleywhatwhat

December 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

“nerds”? really?

how sad is your life?

JB

December 20th, 2010
7:32 pm

The heat will be on Johnson next year also…..As Tech gets behind in games and can’t complete a pass, it’s gonna get old…..The first year with those GREAT athletes, it was something to watch. Without great Athletes, it’s div 2 football, and big boys will win every time.

D A Double U G

December 20th, 2010
7:32 pm

I honestly need to say a HUGE “Thank You” to Georgia Tech’s Athletic(sic) Director, for making the SHREVEPORT bowl tickets so darn cheap.

Several of my friend’s will be getting a ticket to the Independence Bowl this year is their stocking, as a GAG GIFT.

A good laugh will be had, and the ticket will then find the trash can. This is A) Funny, and B) Assuring that many more EMPTY seats in the Tech section.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

DawgFan55

December 20th, 2010
7:34 pm

Actually, JB at 7:28 pm said it much better than I can. Good job! BTW, can we PLEASE have one freakin’ blog without the STUPID UGA-Tech banter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB

December 20th, 2010
7:34 pm

We’re horrible………….and we’re beating Tech…..What does that tell you ?

Tech Fan Since 1950

December 20th, 2010
7:35 pm

Georgia Tech’s problem is not the triple option offense. We will be just as strong, if not stronger, offensively next year and I think our passing game will be much improved. Combine the #1 rushing offense in the country with even a slightly better passing game? Well, you get the picture.

Tech’s problem, and that has been the case for the last three years, is our defense. I think we will be better defensively, but the key to Tech having a better than winning season will be marked improvement on the defensive side. Folks love to knock the “high school’ offense, but those folks are just plain stupid if they do not recognize that with just the successful offense we have, we might not have lost a game the last three years if we had just stopped the other team more than a time or two defensively.

Jeff Schultz

December 20th, 2010
7:36 pm

Terry Funk — If I owned the AJC, I would’ve been there too. Alas, I’m just a pawn in these parts.