Seems like we get another preseason prediction or poll every couple of days, and so far there’s absolutely no consensus at all when it comes to Mark Richt’s 2011 Georgia Bulldogs.
Just in the past few days we’ve had the SEC’s sports information directors picking the Dogs to finish third in the SEC East behind South Carolina and Florida and Sporting News doing likewise. Georgia didn’t even crack the SN preseason Top 25.
And then there’s Phil Steele, one of the most respected college football analysts, who has Georgia as his upset pick to win the SEC East and ranks the Dogs No. 9 nationally.
On paper, considering the favorable conference schedule Georgia has, Steele’s prediction doesn’t look that unrealistic. But then you think back to the way Richt’s teams have underperformed the past couple of years and ponder all the question marks still hanging over this team and you can’t really fault the SIDs and Sporting News for their view, either.
I haven’t made my mind up yet how optimistic or pessimistic I’m going to be about this season. How about you?
Early in the season I didn’t think there was much likelihood that David Perno’s 2011 team would still be playing baseball come June, but the baseball Dogs persevered through arguably the nation’s toughest schedule and the loss of a key player to make the final four in the conference tournament and then last all the way to the finals of their NCAA regional before being eliminated by Oregon State. A tip of the cap to Diamond Dave.
Likewise to Chris Haack’s UGA men’s golf team, which made it to the NCAA final, only to lose to defending champion Augusta State, which was led by a former Bulldogs player.
And a big woof to UGA’s Marta Silva Zamora, the consensus national player of the year in women’s golf.
Not a bad finish to the spring sports scene. Go Dogs!
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