Should Dogs be ranked as a Top 20 team?

We won’t know until August whether Mark Richt’s 2011 Dogs will crack the AP and coaches preseason rankings, but Georgia moved up in the post-spring practice edition of the Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 poll from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

Schlabach, who used to cover Georgia for the AJC and knows the SEC well, had seven conference teams ranked (more than any other conference), with Alabama at No. 2, LSU at 5, Arkansas at 11, UGA at 17, South Carolina at 19, Florida at 24 and Mississippi State at 25. South Carolina slipped from 15th place in Schlabach’s post-signing day ranking and Florida fell from 20th. Auburn had been ranked in the earlier listing but didn’t make the cut this time. Boise State, UGA’s opening opponent, ranked 7th.

Georgia’s placement was up one notch from 18th in the earlier ranking. Said Schlabach: “Bulldogs coach Mark Richt probably isn’t on the hot seat, but his program definitely needs to regain momentum in 2011. Georgia lost star receiver A.J. Green to the NFL draft, and then starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant suffered a season-ending knee injury during spring practice. Quarterback Aaron Murray returns for his second season as a starter, but the Bulldogs left spring practice still searching for a No. 1 tailback. Incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell will have a chance to win the job during preseason camp. The Bulldogs should be better in Year 2 of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme, especially if JUCO nose tackle Jonathan Jenkins is as a good as advertised. Tackle Kwame Geathers’ improvement during the spring was a big surprise. Georgia plays only four true road games (at Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech) and plays Boise State in Atlanta and Florida in Jacksonville.”

So what do you think? Does Schlabach have the Dogs too high? About right? There might even be a few folks who think they’re not ranked high enough (and if so please share the reasons for your unbounded optimism).

PAYOFF FOR COACHING OR RECRUITING?

A lot of eyebrows were raised when our Chip Towers reported that Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon had his salary more than doubled in the offseason, despite the Dogs ranking 10th in the conference in rushing in a losing season last year. But as Dawgs 247 pointed out, the raise for McClendon, which UGA says was a counter-offer to a bid for the coach from another school, came shortly after National Signing Day in February, and McClendon was the lead recruiter in Georgia signing Crowell.

Anyway, the news of the hefty raise certainly explains Richt’s heated response last week in Macon to a fan who harshly criticized McClendon.

“Bryan McClendon is a hell of a coach, he’s a hell of a recruiter,” Richt said.

Maybe the order of importance there should have been reversed.

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It Ain't Rocket Science

May 5th, 2011
10:49 am

A moment of Silence,

Take your own advice and take a lifetime of silence and abstinence from blogs. You post the same thing every time no matter the situation. Look up the word creative in the dictionary and try a little creativity for once.

PB

May 5th, 2011
10:52 am

Sorry to have to tell you Dawg fanz…..

Boise could be as good or better than last year.

The big question on the sports channels will be, “is this team better than last year?”

Quit taking comfort in thinking Boise will be worse, if they are worse than last year it will be by a marginal amount, marginal.

Returning 7 and O & D, with a lot of last years 2nd and 3rd stringers getting plenty of play time and competing for tops spots you’re gonna be facing a ruthless team competing against each other for the limelight. TRUST ME WHEN I TELL YOU THAT IS BAD NEWS FOR THE LIL DAWGS.

42-10……. Boise State quiets the Dawg crowd in minutes just like in Landover….

DawginLex

May 5th, 2011
10:58 am

I’ll take that bet PB.

42-10?

Seriously?

Boise has solid d-linemen returning but are lacking experience at receiver. They have a good running back and a solid QB who has run up stats against crappy competition. Georgia has dramatically improved its defense and is going to be fine on offense and has the best kicking game in America.

The game is going to be a war, not 42-10 either way.

AltamahaDawg

May 5th, 2011
11:07 am

Once again I see you passed on actually discussing what I said in favor of childish nose thumbing.

Here is the difference between you and me. I invite people to counter anything I say, in fact I hope for it because its fun to debate on a grown up level. You toss out something and get all offended when challenged on it or asked to back it up. That always seems very thin skined or a thin point in the first place. You are free to defend/clarify it.

Damn thing is, I was giving you an opportunity to correct your statement, which was actually worded opposite of your point.

The other thing was I was saying UGA should be ranked much higher based on the raw talent they have on paper, but folks ARE figuring in that the staff has struggled the past couple of years. (I disagree with you that they only have “just enough talent” to barely be ranked). Tell me where I am wrong.

DawginLex

May 5th, 2011
11:10 am

Boise had to come back to beat VT in the 4th quarter. The 2 guys who were the difference makers have graduated. And VT lost to a 1-AA team the next week and got blown out in their bowl game. Boise lost to Nevada later in the year.

They make their living playing 1 or 2 decent teams a year.

They are 0-4 vs the SEC.

Yet you say 42-10 while NOBODY beat UGA last year by a score like that?

And you say we are delusional.

Ron Smith

May 5th, 2011
12:55 pm

Is this a joke? UGA in the top 25? Predictions: Boise State 52, UGA 9; South Carolina 28, UGA 17. I really hope UGA is able to beat either South Carolina, Mississippi State or Auburn or ANYBODY with a winning record. Take out Costal Carolina, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss, New Mexico State, GA Tech. Those are suppossed to be “automatics” (see 2010 UGA vs Colorado and UCF, however). Figure losses to Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Auburn, Florida, Boise State. Top 25? Hardly

the PAINFUL Truth

May 5th, 2011
1:17 pm

It’s kind of sad to se me back on these blogs with classy Dawg fans. How long is it going to take me to realize that I am a loser? i am a car salesman at Carmax waiting on some guy named Sam to come back and buy a 16 year old Volvo from me so I can make a $50 commission. #1 Salesman? I’m #50.

I guess I should sit back and be grateful for my job that pays $12,000 per year and my cubicle right next to the men’s room. All the other salesmen laugh at me because they are better than me, i can’t compete with them and we all know it. I guess i’m lucky to be #50 even though there are only 50 of us.

It’s a different world now and I guess I just need to adjust my expectations and face reality.

Unfortunately, nothing will change for me. All I have going for me is posting my same old 5 paragraphs on the blogs. Calling UGA folks Dawgtards makes me forget my only encounter where I was naked with a girl other than my mom. She laughed out loud and ran away laughing.

I guess I need to get my head out of the sand and face reality. I’m an irrelevant car salesman who never could get into UGA. All those gorgeous blond coeds laugh at me when I walk by. When they come in to buy a car, they always tell the guy they are with to pick another salesman. That’s reality for me.

DawginLex

May 5th, 2011
1:18 pm

Ron Smith,

52-9

I’ll take that bet and own your farm.

Look at the scores from last year. No one beat UGA that bad and Boise sure isn’t going to.

FLA DAWG

May 5th, 2011
1:34 pm

AltamahaDawg,

I am so grateful The Great AltamahaDawg GAVE ME AN OPPPORTUNITY to respond.
Before giving someone “opportunities” or making comments / telling others to correct themselves learn to spell. (s-e-n-s-e).
Secondly, of your 6 entries under this column 5 have been to comment and “correct” others.
I rest my case.

Dawgs on Fire

May 5th, 2011
1:43 pm

This Ga team will be loaded from what I hear from my contacts in athens. Boise St? Get real—Ga will beat them like a rented mule in the Dome with 99.9% Ga fans, all liquored up from a full day of tailgating and partying around Atlanta. Ga beats USC in a close game and will likely lose only 1 or 2 games. Ga 10-2: you heard it here first!

AltamahaDawg

May 5th, 2011
6:26 pm

Then others should not say things that are not true.

AltamahaDawg

May 5th, 2011
6:34 pm

And half your comments have been pointless and childish barbs at me that avoided responding to what I actually said and certainly didn’t dispute any of it. Case, rested?

Jborodawg

May 6th, 2011
10:40 am

“…I agree with RomeDawgs (and JaxDawg) about the polls not coming out until the 5th or 6th week. Preseason rankings mean absolutely nothing. The ranking system period is a little questionable until the end of the year…”

Jborodawg

May 6th, 2011
10:42 am

Not to mention, the Dawgs ahead of the reigning East champs…S.C.?

Falcondawg

May 7th, 2011
3:26 pm

Hate polls all together but particularly preseason polls. Nothing like letting the experts tell us who they “THINK” will be good. Wait until midway thru to have any poll whatsoever. Let the games themselves establish that. Oh wait, we dont do that at the end of the year either to determine champion, so why be inconsistent. And does anyone really care about bowl games? I define them as an additional, glorified, pride game that means absolutley nothing in the big picture. Pride and $$ is all. Bowls would mean so much more if we incorporated the major ones into the playoff. The semifinal sugar bowl, etc. But lets just continue to let the computers and “experts” decide that for us. Some will say that the regular season is the playoffs, but tell that to baseball, nfl, soccer, hockey and every other sport in the universe that have on the field playoffs to determine champion. Hey my falcons would have won the NFC!! WHOOOHOOOO!!! No need to play the packers right?? right? i say again…no need to play the packers RIGHT??? I love UGA football and college football but really do DESPISE the system, and admit i wathced 0 bowl games outside of the UGA liberty bowl last year. But trust me, didnt watch that one too long either! LOL BTW, I believe UGA will have a good year at 10-2 and win a B(C)S bowl game. GO DAWGS!

lapdawg

May 10th, 2011
1:41 pm

now that we have Crowell we should be ranked above Bama. Undefeated season!!!