Are Dawg fans’ BCS title hopes for 2011 realistic?

When will Mark Richt get to hoist one of these crystal babies like Nick Saban? Or will he? (Associated Press)

When will Mark Richt get to hoist one of these crystal babies like Nick Saban? Or will he? (Associated Press)

It’s that time of year between signing day and the beginning of spring practice when college football fans look ahead with optimism. That certainly applies in the Bulldog Nation, where many, if not most, fans appear to have concluded that the 2010 season will see an improvement in the Dogs’ on-field performance. A frequent refrain I’m hearing is that 10 wins, at least counting the bowl if not in the regular season, doesn’t seem out of reach, even with all the questions surrounding this team.

And if you then look ahead to 2011, with a year of experience at QB and the new defensive scheme established and battle-tested and a fairly advantageous schedule, well, the sky seems to be the limit in many fans’ estimation.

Yes, just three months after the debacle that was the game against Kentucky, some Dogs fans are daring to think BCS national championship in 2011. We’re nothing if not resilient. (Or deluded, I’m sure Bama and Florida fans will say.)

One of those true believer Dawg fans recently raised the issue with Olin Buchanan, Rivals.com college football senior writer, asking him when he saw Georgia winning another national championship. “I’m hoping 2011 is our year,” the fan added.

After retracing Georgia’s history winning national titles and having some years where a catch or two might have provided the opportunity for another, Buchanan didn’t exactly give the fan the answer he was hoping for.

“Most championship teams have strong defenses and reliable, experienced quarterbacks,” he noted. “This past season, Georgia had neither. Junior Logan Gray and redshirt freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger will compete to be this fall’s starting quarterback. We’ll have to see if one emerges as a reliable passer. Meanwhile, coordinator Todd Grantham was brought in to bolster a defensive unit that was the third-most generous in the SEC last season. Can he rebuild that unit back to usual SEC standards? Again, we’ll see.”

When do you see the Dogs winning the SEC and national championships again?

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His conclusion? “The good news for Georgia is that the program isn’t in crisis. Certainly, Georgia expects more than the eight wins it posted this past season, but that at least is a respectable showing. Still, there are too many questions at this time to project the Bulldogs as serious national championship contenders in two years.”

So how do you feel about Georgia’s prospects? Is a 10-win season this year the minimum you would find acceptable? Do you really think the Dogs, probably minus A.J. Green, can surpass Florida and Alabama out of the SEC and become a BCS championship contender in 2011? If not then, when? On the latter point, feel free to vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

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82Dawg

February 20th, 2010
11:49 am

No way in 2011

GeoffDawg

February 20th, 2010
11:55 am

I wouldn’t bet on it at this point but anything’s possible. We have more talent in house now than Nick Saban did when he took over at Bama and that didn’t take him too long. I wouldn’t completely discount any of the upper tier SEC teams in any given year.

UGAStudent

February 20th, 2010
11:59 am

SEC

February 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

Yes we can win the SEC in 2011 but no BCS natl. Don’t see it happening. But I would love to be proved wrong. Go Dawgs!!!!

Frank Lane

February 20th, 2010
12:10 pm

Anything is possible with a great SEC team. A play her or a play there and suddenly you are undefeated which means you play for the championship. At the top levels it certainly is a game of inches.

DawginOH

February 20th, 2010
12:26 pm

2011 may be a little early, but there’s certainly hope for the near future if the new QB and defensive scheme are all we are hoping they’ll be. Alabama is a pretty good example of why we have reason to be optimistic. They went from a probation-plagued and pride-damaging decade to national champion in only a few seasons after a major coaching change. And Georgia certainly has more talent right now than Alabama did when Saban took over in 2007. The Dawgs have all the tools to win a national title but it will all depend on the character of our players and coaching staff. I have faith in CMR’s ability to take this team to the top, but he can’t do it alone. I have very high hopes for the success of a new-look defense and talented young QB and see no reason why Georgia can’t at least compete for the SEC next year. Go Dawgs!

Ivan Vasilii Vladivostok, aka "Pasha dat GT a$$"

February 20th, 2010
12:27 pm

How about we start beating UF and UT and quit the damn BCS talk? I mean, let’s get to the top of the SEC first and then take on the nation.

Dave In Tampa

February 20th, 2010
12:47 pm

I agree with the “Let’s beat UF & UT first”

So many things have to fall into place for a team to win the NC. Scheduling, no injuries, a couple guys stepping up that were not suppose to do much, DISCIPLINE and fundamental fottball.

We have the talent in place. 2011 could be an interesting year, but let’s just take one game at a time. It’s a long ways out there.

thetideisrolling

February 20th, 2010
12:47 pm

Dream on dawg fans. Bama has got the national title sewed up for the next several years so get over it already. You’ve had one national title back in the 80’s (!) and you’re clinging to that. And I’m pretty sure that’s all you’re ever gonna get. Go ahead and erect that statue of Dooley because you’ll never need one for Richt.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

February 20th, 2010
12:48 pm

Same delusion they’ve had for the last 30 years. BWAHAHAHAHAHAH

Samuel

February 20th, 2010
12:48 pm

31 straight years this article has been written and 31 years in a row of “next year will be the year”

TD

February 20th, 2010
12:53 pm

thetideisrolling

I’ll take some action on that delusional post you made. Wrapped up for the next couple years???? Put the pipe down. Only thing you have sewed up is your bungholio. I’ll put $100 down that your not even in the NCG this coming year.

Stephen Harrison

February 20th, 2010
12:55 pm

Did anyone forget that bama just won the title with a first year QB!!!! So it can be done yeah its nice to have a veteran QB you feel comfortable! But David Greens Senior was his best in stats & play in my opinion but we didnt win the SEC or Nat Title Defense was good that year but some what inconsistant at times I mean if the ball bounced a couple different ways that year we might have won all the games we were in position to win all that year just like bama was EXTREMLY close to losing a few this year!! They by no means dominated everyone they played but they were consistant enough to be in position to win & they did, thats what has to happen to win all your games! We need to be in position & good enough to win all our games no more 20+ point loses & get a few lucky bounces!

GT3O

February 20th, 2010
12:55 pm

It’s easy to say that any college team will have a chance in (insert year) based on their new players. Fact is, just like any team, new players don’t always mean champions. There’s still many questions regarding the Bulldogs.

1. Nobody knows how Grantham is as a DC. He’s never done it college, and only once in the NFL and it didn’t go so well. He’s also never recruited in the Southeast and hasn’t had to recruit for at least 10 years at all. Lot’s of questions on that.

2. New QB that hasn’t played a down of college football yet. Don’t care about high school stats, rivals, etc. That doesn’t always translate. See Joe Cox, Gatorade POY, North Carolina two time player of the year, Scout #7 QB in the nation, AP all american, Parade all American, and had 40 TD passes, 31-0 as a starter with only 5 INT’s his senior year. Sounds a lot like Murray.

3. Will UGA have the personnel of defense to run the 3-4 so quickly for 2011?

Plus to think about 2011 you have to think that UF and Bama will be back to close to full strength. UF had a good class this year and Bama will be back around in 2011, if either of even go anywhere in 2010. I expect a small step back in 2010, but they’ll be good in 2011 too and UGA will have just as much competition.

I still think UGA’s year was 2008 and they laid a turd.

GT3O

February 20th, 2010
12:57 pm

Stephan Harrison,

Bama’s QB was a first time starter, but he was a 5th year senior so it’s not the same as Murray. Murray was a red shirt freshman, not a red shirt senior. Big, huge, difference.

Ghost of Bobby Dodd

February 20th, 2010
12:57 pm

Ah…hahahahahahahahahaha !!!! Are you guys serious, talking about national titles……ah hahahahahahahahaha…………Last time I looked………

Georgia Tech: 4 National Championships

UGA: 0 National Championships

Herschel Walker: 1 National Championship

If I were you guys I would be just hoping to win the conference………hahahahaha!!!!

Gatorbait 17-3

February 20th, 2010
12:59 pm

“Yes, just three months after the debacle that was the game against Kentucky, some Dogs fans are daring to think BCS national championship in 2011. We’re nothing if not resilient. (Or deluded, I’m sure Bama and Florida fans will say.)”

King, you are not delusional, you are crazy.

Bobby

February 20th, 2010
12:59 pm

Are you serious???? It has been 30 years!!! Georgia fans need to realize they have a good college program not great.

TD

February 20th, 2010
1:03 pm

Gatorbait 17-3

I’ve read a couple of your posts from other blogs and you claim to be a fair reasonable poster. Why get on here with your trash. No one brought up UF. This is for UGA fans talking about a possiblity.

I guess every year Gaytor fans are always ranked(I use that term lightly) the most obnoxious fans in the country. Go start your own blog. We don’t give a sheet about you.

thetideisrolling

February 20th, 2010
1:05 pm

To TD: You’re ON sucker! Not only will Bama win the National Title next year and the next, but they will also win the SEC championship. TD, you my deluded dawg fan, are like so many in this state: Clinging to that one NC back in the 80’s, that’s all you have to pin your hopes and dreams on. The “Go you Silver Britches, the Blackouts, the Junkyard Dawgs”, none of that crap means a dang thing. One national title and Bama has 13, yes, count them my friend, 13. And 23 SEC championships. Heck, Georgia Tech has more SEC championships than the dawgs do and Tech is in the ACC now! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Ghost of Bobby Dodd

February 20th, 2010
1:05 pm

Gators have no history….they have 15 years of fame……used to be the Vanderbilt of the SEC until of course they started offering UGA type degrees (undergraduate in underwater coloring)

TD

February 20th, 2010
1:09 pm

thetideisrolling a.k.a Tool

Great post above Tool. Yes, Einstein you would have to win the SECCG to go to the NCG. Moron. Talk about delusional. I never stated that we were going to win the NC so please read my post again. I just wanted to take up on that bet. Before this past year no one even heard from most of you Bama people. At least we will be talking about our team even when we only win 8 games in a rebuilding year. Now go crawl back under your sisters skirt.

KJ

February 20th, 2010
1:10 pm

“31 straight years this article has been written and 31 years in a row of “next year will be the year””

He’s not talking about next year, he’s talking about the year after. Please learn to read before you comment, TYIA.

“Georgia Tech: 4 National Championships

UGA: 0 National Championships”

LOL, you gnats are cute; you want full credit for your shared and leather-helmet era “championships”, while not giving UGA credit for any.

Ghost of Bobby Dodd

February 20th, 2010
1:17 pm

UGA claims as many national championships as they have seats in Samford and Son Stadium

thetideisrolling

February 20th, 2010
1:17 pm

To TD: That’s what I thought. You just can’t take the truth. And yeah, I think most of the country had heard of Bama before last year. Maybe a bitter person like you hadn’t but when you have won as many national championships and SEC championships as BAMA has, people have heard of you. You are a very bitter and small minded person when you can’t even have a conversation with someone, you have to resort to name calling. Truth hurts but facts is facts dude. Get over it.

Grandad

February 20th, 2010
1:21 pm

The 3-4 is not brain surgery.
Play hard, play fast…Git after their ast.
Why not 2010, that’s why they play the games!

TD

February 20th, 2010
1:21 pm

thetideisrolling

Dude, get a grip. I stated that you will not win consecutive NCs. The fact that you put winning NC before having to win the SECCG shows me your intelligent level. Not bitter at all. Bama had a great year, but it was the first one in 10 years that was worth a crap. That is the truth. Facts is facts….. Dude

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

February 20th, 2010
1:22 pm

Can you really save 15% or more on your car insurance by switching to Geico?

Does Alabama have trouble with the NCAA Committee on Rules and Recruiting Infractions?

Homer J Simpson

February 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

” Can you really save 15% or more on your car insurance by switching to Geico?

Does Alabama have trouble with the NCAA Committee on Rules and Recruiting Infractions? ”

D”OH!!!

Ghost of Bobby Dodd

February 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

Interesting fact: Sanford and Son Stadium was built by convicts….coincidentally half of the convicts were players for UGA’s football team

UGA continues this tradition to this day

The More You Know…****************

Tim Tebow

February 20th, 2010
1:28 pm

BAAAAAHAAAAAAAA This is the funniest thing i have heard or read of in months!!! What happened two years ago when your sorry a$$’s were ranked #1????????????????????????????????????????????

Rock E. Top

February 20th, 2010
1:31 pm

OMG!!! I so needed that laugh today! As if that would/could EVER happen! Y’all just keep livin’ in the past on the relic that is Herschel Walker, we’ll keep playin’ FOOTBALL! Go VOLS!!

VT

February 20th, 2010
1:32 pm

Hey Vowel, thanks for the scrimmage

Gillisee

February 20th, 2010
1:35 pm

Pop in that 1980 highlight tape if you want to see a National Title

http://imgsrv.wcbs880.com/image/DbGraphic/200901/1145908.jpg?1245799748

Ksihitij Shirotri

February 20th, 2010
1:40 pm

It will never happen, I will make sure of it, even if I have to stab every single UGA player with my samurai sword, praise Allah.

Who Will Challenge Them?

February 20th, 2010
1:41 pm

KJ

February 20th, 2010
1:43 pm

“What happened two years ago when your sorry a$$’s were ranked #1?”

Um, half the team got injured, hope this helps, Timmy.

Now go back to shilling for the religious right, and honing your clipboard-holding skills.

YU

February 20th, 2010
1:47 pm

KJ have to admit my friend that even to a Dawg your post was embarrassing. No reason to rip the guys religion. Especially when it was not really TT making that post

thetideisrolling

February 20th, 2010
1:49 pm

To TD: you’re a cry baby idiot.

TD

February 20th, 2010
1:52 pm

L.O.L. great come back there thetideisrolling. You showed me. Took you 40 minutes to come with that one huh? Guess I was right on the intelligent part huh.

Take care buddy all in good fun!

gtg236s

February 20th, 2010
2:05 pm

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111

JC in Powder Springs

February 20th, 2010
2:06 pm

Since CMR has won 10 games or more in 6 of his 9 seasons, it’s a VERY high probability the Dawgs win 10 in 2010 (and 2011 too). I don’t believe Bama’s QB McElroy was any better or worse than Joe Cox (McE was better coached and had better playcalling). Ingram is no better or worse than Knowshon. Bama and dawgs have similar talent – the difference has been coaching. Grantham, Lakatos and Belin won’t be a problem. It’s Bobo that worries me – he’s simply not an SEC-level OC. If Richt resumes playcalling or Dawgs somehow overcome Bobo’s lousy playcalling, and the kick-off team is better coached, the Dawgs have as good a chance as any top-tier SEC team of making it to the BCS title game.

Brewdawg

February 20th, 2010
2:06 pm

Damn, here we go again with all the haters getting on a UGA Blog. Anything can happen and it was not long ago that Bama was losing to Miss State and Vandy. As for Florida, who really cares about them anymore??

thetideisrollingover

February 20th, 2010
2:16 pm

Alabama has won 8 legit national championships, not 13. If that’s the case Oklahoma has won 17, but they only claim 7. By the way, UGA has won 2 national championships. Try doing a little research before you go spouting off at the mouth. Also, Alabama won’t even make it to the SECCG this year, just wait and see!

secondguesser

February 20th, 2010
2:20 pm

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you serious?!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOLOL!!!!!!!!!!

Doc

February 20th, 2010
2:22 pm

2011 LSU
2012 FL
2013 AL
2021 GA

Dawg Rule

February 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

Mark this down: GA wins the SEC east in 2010—florida’s way down and their coaching staff is in disarray. GA’s loaded with top quality talent and has the best defensive staff in the league. In 2011–GA makes a deep BCS run. The Dawgs are back!!!

Gulf Shores Bama fan

February 20th, 2010
2:42 pm

Georgia may be several years out from even winning their division, let alone a BCS title. Bama has given y’all the game-plan to beat Florida, so use it. Once you can win your division, then focus on the SEC Championship game. The Dawgs cannot even begin to think about a BCS title until UGA can beat Bama & Florida.

Since Vince

February 20th, 2010
3:09 pm

When CMR hits his Waterloo this year losing to South Carolina and to Tennessee then in about 3 years UGA will just might be able to contend for a championship.

Auburn Engineer

February 20th, 2010
3:09 pm

Auburn is going to surprise a lot of teams next year. AU has had 3 consecutive decades where an AU team came tantalizingly close to a national title (11-1 team in 1983 that beat 9 bowl teams, and the undefeated 1993 and 2004 squads). One of the reasons AU fans are so excited about next year is that the Tigers historically do very well when they are not picked highly in the pre-season. I think Cam Newton will be our Ryan Mallet. Alabama will not go undefeated, and Georgia will beat Florida next year. The SEC is going be very competitive next year.