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.
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.