It’s time for the annual venture out on a limb, as I was reminded the other day when my son decided to poll family and friends on the 2010 Dogs’ win-loss record.
What he found was a whole lot of enthusiasm for this team, with predictions of 10 or more wins the norm and several folks (including both my brothers) going all-out with visions of an undefeated season. Even that wasn’t enough for young Bill’s friend Rusty, who predicted the Dogs would go 15-0 by being invited to take on the Super Bowl champ after winning the BCS title. As my son noted, “Rusty may not have taken the exercise seriously.”
My son was actually the most conservative picker in his poll, going with 9-3. His view: “UGA spilts the S.C.-Arkansas games, with the loss not coming in Columbia, but rather to Arkansas, which puts up too many points and has just enough defense to pull it out. I’ve felt like this is a year where we have enough talent to beat anyone on the schedule, but also due to a new QB and defensive scheme enough things could go wrong in one day whereby the Dawgs could win in Jacksonville but lose in Starkville. So, I am picking a bonehaded loss to a far less talented Mississippi State. Finally, a strong Auburn offense proves too much in what will be one of the most entertaining games in the SEC this year.”
Of course, by a couple of days later Bill was telling me, “I am now leaning 10-2 with a Starkville win after all.”
That puts him in line with me, though I differ on one of the losses. I see the Dogs going 10-2 and losing to South Carolina and Auburn.
I think because of the loss of preseason prep time for the offensive line and Aaron Murray’s inexperience the Georgia offense will not yet be ready for prime time against the Gamecocks’ defense, and Garcia and the Ball Coach will hit a couple of big plays as the aggressive Dogs defense gets burned gambling a couple of times. I don’t see a high-scoring game in Columbia. I think the Dogs beat an Arkansas team that doesn’t have much of a defense. I also think Georgia will upset Florida and then likely suffer a letdown to Auburn for its second loss.
What do you think? Realistic? Delusional? Feel free to vote in the poll or share your own season predictions in the comments.
See you Saturday on the new Reed Plaza. Go Dogs!
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