Bulldog Bites: UGA cracks Sagarin preseason Top 10

I’m still catching up on stuff from my time off, and that includes the Sagarin computerized preseason ratings released last week and published today in USA Today. 

Sagarin has USC at No. 1, followed by Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, LSU and Georgia at No. 7. The Top 10 is rounded out by Penn State, Virginia Tech and Oregon. 

The ratings, devised by Jeff Sagarin, a 1970 MIT mathematics graduate, are one of the six computer rankings used in the BCS poll. Sagarin’s ratings are a numerical measure of a team’s strength. Southern Cal’s rating, for example, is 95.75 and Georgia’s is 86.59. 

Oh, and Georgia Tech? Sagarin has them at No. 42 with a rating of 76.93.

Media Watch


Mark Richt video was balky. (Georgiadogs.com)

Mark Richt video was balky. (Georgiadogs.com)

The UGA Athletic Association unveiled the revamped Georgiadogs.com site today. It includes expanded video sections (including a seven-day-a-week Georgia Sports Daily news update), the promise of improved live video streaming and a multimedia section with numerous clips of past and present Bulldog greats.

The majority of the content is free to all users, but some archived content and most live content will require you to purchase the GXtra premium package. Many events streamed live as part of GXtra will subsequently be made free to the public in the archives. 

The site is certainly a lot flashier looking than before, although if you’re used to the old incarnation it might take you a couple of minutes to get your bearings. The video section seemed to have some first-day bugs in it still when I checked it out. I had to watch the same 60-second commercial for the site several times, though not when I played the inaugural Georgia Sports Daily. I never could get the Mark Richt post-practice press conference to play, however. 

Meanwhile, the new “SEC Weekly” TV program debuts at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU (which I’m happy to report DirecTV has added to my channel lineup). The one-hour studio program is hosted by Cara Capuano and features UGA’s own Matt Stinchcomb. 

The first edition of the program features a certain Florida quarterback who hasn’t been getting enough media attention and also takes a look at the Dogs’ Joe Cox. Also promised on this week’s show are profiles of Herschel Walker and UGA soccer sensation Carrie Patterson, the SEC’s offensive player of the week.

Dogs fans off to the races

Georgia Sports Blog points out that with the moving of Georgia’s game against Kentucky back into October next season, UGA fans once again will be able to combine a football road trip with horse racing at Keeneland in Lexington. That was a favorite tradition for many Dogs fans from the mid-1950s until the schedule changed in 2003 to put the Kentucky game in November. 

The blog points out that getting the Kentucky game out of November also will allow Georgia to schedule a weaker nonconference opponent on one of that months’ two open dates and have an off week on the other. It also will break up a run of four consecutive SEC road games like the Dogs faced in 2004 and last year. 

Right now Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 are open on Georgia’s 2010 schedule. One of those will be filled with the nonconference game.

40 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 26th, 2009
2:01 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahaahahaha


August 26th, 2009
2:05 pm

We are all creatures of habit. Bill will usually post at 7:00, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:00.
No mystery here.


August 26th, 2009
2:08 pm

Big deal Bill. They were preseason #1 last year and what happened? I will remind you:
Squeaked by South Carolina
halftime Bama game- Bama 31, Dawgs 0
Florida 49 Dawgs 10
Tech 45 Dawgs 42

University of Florida-National Champions


August 26th, 2009
2:13 pm






August 26th, 2009
2:15 pm

Is it bitter irony or poetic justice that the computer rankings have tech so low? I say a little of both.


August 26th, 2009
2:18 pm

Fat… Check
Boring… Check
Slob… Check
Horrible article… Check

At least you are consistent Bill.

Pago Flyer

August 26th, 2009
2:27 pm

Good news about Keeneland and the DAWGS/UK same day.

Saint Simons

August 26th, 2009
2:39 pm

What was Tech rated when they kicked uga butts!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha


August 26th, 2009
2:40 pm

Glory, glory! Can’t wait.
The official site needed a facelift.
Thanks, Bill!

Memo from the Kool Aid stand

August 26th, 2009
2:46 pm

To: President Michael
From: Damon Evans
CC: Vince Dooley

SUBJECT: New subscription-based UGA fan services


With all these new fee-based fan services, in addition to the upcoming SEC fee-based fan services, we are going to be rich.

We will bleed all those rednecks dry.

Right on.

Trade School Junkie

August 26th, 2009
2:48 pm

GT: Voted #1 in the State of Georgia, 45-42 !!



August 26th, 2009
2:57 pm

Jeff Sagarin is a moron. I’m a UGA fan and he is a moron. USC is far from the best team in the country, UGA is far from the #7 team in the country, and Tech is much better than the #42 team in the country. Moron and MIT don’t usually go together but in this case it fits.


August 26th, 2009
3:06 pm

How did Oregon get into the top ten?? By beating that weak team from OK in a bowl game?


August 26th, 2009
3:18 pm

It is a computerized system, using formulas and such. Any tech fan should be able to accept that along with your 42nd ranking.


August 26th, 2009
3:18 pm

I see Notre Dame is #48 on that poll. If they will 8 games, ESPN and NBC will want them to play for a national championship.

Tech is #42. Wow.

It is so great to be a UGA fan.


August 26th, 2009
3:19 pm

What was tech rated at the end of the season?

Dan A.

August 26th, 2009
3:27 pm

Bill, I had the same problem opening the Mark Richt press-conference video, but if you make sure you have pop-ups enabled for georgiadogs.com, the video will pop up in a 2nd window. Not sure why it has to pop up in a 2nd window, but it does.


August 26th, 2009
3:36 pm

If Tech wins 9 to 10 games this year ( as Richt does EVERY year), I’ll sit up in my chair and take notice. Very weak defense, no depth and no back up QB, who gets hit A LOT .Sounds like 8-4 at best to me.

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August 26th, 2009
3:50 pm

45-42 over UGA and then a 35 point loss to LSU. This is the greatness of GT football. Apparently, if I’m reading everyone’s articles properly on other sites, Georgia had the same team on opening day as they did at the end of the season and no one at all was ever injured.


August 26th, 2009
3:53 pm

Saint Simons, Tech has NEVER whipped Georgia’s butt. They squeak by every 8 or 10 games. That’s about it, DS.


August 26th, 2009
4:41 pm

the fact that GT was only 10 points from being 2-6 in their own conference may be the reason they seem to think that a 3 point win is a “butt kicking”


August 26th, 2009
4:43 pm

Well at least they don’t have the pressure of being #1. I just don’t see how they could stand that kind of pressure 2 years in a row. I am so relieved that the coaches don’t have to go through that pressure again. I tell you that #1 ranking had this coaching staff as nervous as a whore in church. I mean all that pressure, who could stand it?


August 26th, 2009
4:50 pm

Saint Simons go have more sex, maybe you’ll stop acting like the dork you are! Oh I forgot Tech girls run to give it to The UGA boys. That might explain 1-7 in the CMR Era.


August 26th, 2009
5:05 pm

Finally, a ranker who gives credit to the team (Georgia) with the toughest schedule in CFB this season– (unlike Florida or Notre Dame.) Ranking mid-majors like Bosie State and Cincinnati high because they play easy schedules is ludircrous and is the copout of the truly cowardly. Virginia Tech may be a top ten team, but uless they beat Alabama, they are more likely a no. 14-16 team.
The voters should pick the best teams now, not based on how the guess they might end up in December.


August 26th, 2009
5:31 pm

T. Washington is very good option QB and the defense is not weak so you better set up. Its going to be a great season.


August 26th, 2009
5:36 pm

It will be surprising if Notre Dame loses more than 2 or 3 games. They have one of the easiest schedules I’ve ever seen. They may be in the NC game. If so, they’ll get blown out.


August 26th, 2009
6:29 pm

Lets see where we all are say in 12 – 13 weeks. THAT is when it matters. That is when the major bowls extend offers and so we wait, till then. Tech loses over 3 games and they are OFF any bowl invitation list, cepting maybe the Blue Carpet Bowl played before 1, 200 screaming ( due to the frost bite ) fans. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Harry Dawg 73

SEC fan

August 26th, 2009
6:56 pm

It is sadly clear that the one thing that is not taught at Tech is how to win with class!


August 26th, 2009
7:03 pm

WOW! These are alot different than anything I have seen.

Big Dawg

August 26th, 2009
9:09 pm


Last year was last year, I wonder how many teams could lose as many starters especially several that would have been ALL SEC and a couple of All Americans and back-ups as we did last year and still win 10 games. Heck Florida didn’t have anywhere near as many injuries as we did last year in 2007 and with all that talent and they still lost 4 games but then rebounded to win the NC last year. I would say if we stay healthy this year we will surprise a lot of people. BTW Tebow is not healthy, a little inside info for you, of course he played hurt all last year having to get injections before every game in his non throwing shoulder and then surgery this off season. Now he has lower back problems which is a whole lot different. I think you need to put some actual analysis as to why you believe the Dawgs will not win the SEC this year.

Go Dawgs

Life coach

August 27th, 2009
1:20 am

Yes, yes, UGA you win 10 games. But lose all of the big games. No Nat Champ in 30 years. All that talent but no Nat Champ. What is your problem UGA? Anybody could take UGA’s talent and win 10 of 13 but still no big game wins and no Nat Champ. That is the real story.

Denver Dog

August 27th, 2009
1:23 am

I guess it is time to play if we are talking about Sagarin’s ratings. Who cares, bring on the games and let’s all worry about the happenings on the field and not on the computer, the ballots, or comments from morons.

Denver Dog

August 27th, 2009
1:26 am

Life Coach, anybody but you could do that. I don’t know that there has been an equal distribution across all the 120 teams for NC, but we have a couple during our time, and we will see if and when we get another. I think that CMR has done a real coaching job, his best was last year, and he doesn’t make up some bogus name like life coach to try and gain credibillity. He has earned his.

EE From GT

August 27th, 2009
6:56 am

The computer rankings don’t mean anything until after a few games have been played. Regardless, I’ll be happy if Tech stays in the Top 25. I feel strongly that all the pre-season polls have been band-wagon riding gone amok.


August 27th, 2009
7:01 am

Of course, UF slipped a little bit due to the proximity to Pacific ocean stat. Oh, and there is that likely to be in a feature film stat.


August 27th, 2009
7:07 am

As far as the “Can anyone beat UF” article, the answer is that mighty giants have fallen in the past. Remember the “Great Wall” that no one was supposed to be able to beat back in the eighties. Remember USC and Stanford (was it?). Honestly, I don’t remember a giant quite as mighty as UF this year, but they did lose their O-coordinator and a couple of lineman. That may not matter much, but it is just to say that they are not perfect. It is difficult for any team to go undefeated.


August 27th, 2009
9:47 am

Strength of schedule calculations like Sagarin uses are interesting, but there’s no way USC should be ranked ahead of Florida. I don’t know why the computers always seem to love the PAC 10, but this is my theory: the PAC 10 has too many mediocre teams that still manage to compile good win-loss records, while putting up lots of points, against even more mediocre teams (the bottom of the conference plus middling WAC and Mountain West teams), which in turn scrape by beating up on really bad teams (bottom of the WAC and Mountain West). All a computer can do is compute numbers. So, number of points scored and allowed, records of your opponents and records of your opponents’ opponents make the PAC 10 look like the nation’s toughest conference. Throw Ohio State on USC’s schedule and to the computer it looks brutal. But most every coach or news reporter who knows the game knows they’d rather play USC’s schedule than Florida’s schedule. And they still unanimously favor Florida over USC.


August 27th, 2009
4:20 pm

Are you sure it doesn’t have to do with the location of silicon valley?


August 27th, 2009
6:36 pm

“Florida Football” The tradition of Wake Forest and the Ego of Notre Dame????
Sickem Dog’s