Another preseason pick likes Dawgs in SEC East

Blair Walsh topped one of ESPN's many SEC lists. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Blair Walsh topped one of ESPN's many SEC lists. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

ESPN.com’s SEC coverage team, Chris Low and Edward Aschoff, so far have spent the summer making lists. Lots of lists. They’ve compiled conference rankings looking at each position on the basis of team strength and individual players (Georgia’s Blair Walsh topped all SEC place-kickers, for example).

And after all that was done, they crunched the numbers all together and have come up with an overall ranking. As Aschoff explains it, “For our overall team rankings, we took all eight position rankings and found the mean for each team. Obviously, the lower score, the better — just like golf.”

Alabama came out on top, as you’d expect, and the SEC West dominated the top of the chart, with Arkansas second, followed by LSU. But Georgia pulled an upset by nudging out South Carolina for fourth place.

And, says Aschoff: “That gives Georgia the SEC East in our book. The Bulldogs also had 13 players ranked in our position rankings, with seven making it in the top five. Even with those offensive questions, Georgia has some pieces in place to make a real run in the East. The Bulldogs would feel right at home in Atlanta for the SEC championship game against Alabama (if our rankings hold true).”

So we can add that to the growing list of preseason picks that like Georgia in the East.

KEEPING DAWG FANS OUT

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has made an appeal for Jackets season ticket holders to purchase additional tickets to the game against UGA at Grant Field this season so as to keep tickets out of the hands of Dogs fans.

“Two years ago,” he writes, “you all responded en masse and our entire remaining allotment wound up in the hands of our season ticket group. The result was an overwhelming display of Gold and White support at that critical state rivalry game.”

Which Georgia still won, by the way.

He continues that with the last day for season ticket holders to exclusively purchase single-game tickets and request additional tickets to the Georgia game coming up on June 30, “we still have a long way to go to get all of these tickets claimed by our Georgia Tech faithful. Please take the time to purchase your additional Georgia tickets now and help us maintain that great home field advantage when we face the Dawgs.”

Yeah, I know. Pathetic, isn’t it?

Anyway, if the Tech faithful don’t buy all those tickets, they undoubtedly will be snapped up by Georgia fans. Of course, some Red and Blackers go so far as to buy Tech season tickets to assure a seat at Grant Field when the two schools meet. If you want to go that route, it’ll cost you $350 for the game you want and the six that you don’t care anything about. An additional TECH Fund per-seat contribution is required in some designated sections throughout the stadium, but not all of them. You can buy Tech season tickets here.

BEAT NOTRE DAME!

Kevin McCann writes: “Bill, UGA has fallen behind ND. Can’t let those guys win this thing. Re-post if you can and try to drive some traffic to vote. Thanks for what you do.”

Kevin is referring to the EA Sports NCAA College Football Traditions battle, where our mascot Uga is now up against Notre Dame’s “Play like a champion” sign. As of this morning, the Notre Dame sign was leading with 51 percent of nearly 43,000 votes cast. If you haven’t voted already, support Uga here!

Hairy RedcoatPLAYING IT OLD SCHOOL

As the brother of a Redcoat Band alum, I get a kick out of a vintage version of “Hail to Georgia” done by the Redcoats and the UGA Men’s Glee Club back in 1955 that UGA has posted online. Check it out and read about the history of the Redcoats.

Go Dogs!

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263 comments Add your comment

Blindog

June 25th, 2011
10:44 am

Shawn

June 25th, 2011
11:04 am

It will be a great year to be a Dawg!

This is too easy....

June 25th, 2011
11:04 am

What is pathetic is devoting half of a blog to a school you claim to disdain

This is too easy....

June 25th, 2011
11:06 am

Not to forget begging fans to vote in a meaningless poll to beat another school you clain to disdain

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 25th, 2011
11:17 am

This UGA team has the most raw talent we’ve had in Athens in a long time.One concern is that a lot of kids who will be counted on have little to no game experience.You can’t simulate real game experience through practice…you have to actually play in a game to acquire it.We have at least 7-8 kids expected to get some heavy rotation this year …getting their 1st taste of action on Sept 3.

Beast from the East

June 25th, 2011
11:22 am

The only thing I know for sure about the upcoming season in the SEC is that it’s going to be a close race in the East and the West. USC, UGA and UF all have the ability to win the East while UT has a chance to play spolier for each. UA, LSU and Arky all have the ability to win the West while MSU has the ability to play spoiler on that side.
Should be a heckuva year!

liking the dogs in the east

June 25th, 2011
11:25 am

has to be about the fulmer cup right? these dawgs aint going to win nothing. expect them to have a MUST WIN game against the jackets AGAIN in order to salvage their season.

toooo funny.

Beast from the East

June 25th, 2011
11:25 am

Tech Fans,
What does it say about the state of your program when your AD has to make a pubic plea to buy tickets so your arch rival does not outnumber you at home in your season finale? Support your team!

Joe

June 25th, 2011
11:25 am

The SEC LEAST doesn’t even deserve a spot in the SEC Championship game.

1eyedJack

June 25th, 2011
11:26 am

Maybe the GnaTs should advertise on Al Jazeera.

Time for a Change!

June 25th, 2011
11:27 am

I followed their player and team rankings as they were doing this and I have to agree with most of the rankings they gave. Well done! Go DAWGS!

Beast from the East

June 25th, 2011
11:31 am

Joe,
Why would that be? Because the East had one down year (2010)? In the last 10 years, the East has won 4 titles and the West 6. Hardly a lopsided affair.

beast, it says nothing at all

June 25th, 2011
11:38 am

other than we have 1/4 the number of fans than the dogs do. is that so hard to understand?

most folks are fans of schools they can relate to. most uga fans dont graduate high school let along college. so why would the be fans of a school that their kids could never possibly attend. ever!

if their kid did finish high school then they have a shot at going to uga and taking pe or pig farming or any number of attainable degrees for those students with iq’s south of 100. this pretty much explains the recruiting dominance by uga as well. not too many of their players are going to be rocket scientists or anything of that ilk.

at the end of the day when you look at uga players and fans you expect them to be able to say “would you care for fries with your hamburger sir?”

got it now?

Bawbie

June 25th, 2011
11:46 am

Fire Dave Perno. SC and Florida to play fo rNational baseball championship. Pathetic!

Mid Tier

June 25th, 2011
11:49 am

Who would of thought UGA would be battling it out with SC as a mid tier SEC team? Bub bye Mark Richt!

Beast from the East

June 25th, 2011
11:59 am

@beast, it says nothing at all,
Pretty lame excuse. Can’t fill up your own stadium in your beiggest game of the year so you have to resort to bashing your rival? It says plenty and so does your childish reply. By the way, I’m no Dawg fan……I’m a Gator.

Pompous phalanx

June 25th, 2011
12:07 pm

Please enlighten us, how many Tech football players are currently rocket scientists? The truth is most
leave Tech without a degree.

KeepCalmAndCarryOn

June 25th, 2011
12:15 pm

Bill, how many loops are contained in your family tree?

RimOut

June 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

I put the least amount of stock in this pre season pick.

1) It’s done by 2 people, lots of sampling error/bias
2) It puts great emphasis on top 5 players, who cares if your kicker & punter are top 5, doesn’t win game sin the SEC. Last 5 SEC leaders have not had the best kicker or punter.
3) We already knew Richt had great athletes, he just can’t coach them up, hence the 6-7 season without playing LSU or Bama in 2010.

Dirty Dawg

June 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

While we hope that young Mr. Crowell will have an impact this year and that Caleb will keep his nose clean and have his best year yet…but does anybody have any info on the kid who I’ll predict will become ‘The Camilla Comet’ – Justin Scott-Wesley? I mean the young man has speed – won the State 100 and 200 meter dashes and has 4.4 speed in the 40 – and according to some in the know can both avoid and break tackles. My question is ‘can he be effective at running back and is it likely that he’ll be given a ‘look-see’ there? Sure we can use the speed at WR, but at 6′1″ and between 210 and 220, seems to me he could be a running back in the mold of you-know-who.

Ca dawg

June 25th, 2011
12:36 pm

This set of rankings show what most reasonable people already suspected, namely that we ought to be fine and will have a good chance to win the east this year. Hbtd!

And beast from the east just owned that tech loser. Well done, sir.

DJ

June 25th, 2011
12:40 pm

Florida had a great boatload of “talent” last year.

Didn’t help.

old time dog

June 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

Beast, How about clear up something for us. What exactly do those extremely scholastic football players at GT take for classes? If those at UGA take pig farming and none of us UGA fans graduated from high school or college, please enlighten us further. My guess is GT players take up bee hive engineering 101 or the mastery of loss management engineering or something really useful. At any rate whatever your very clever answer might be, the fact remains UGA will continue to wipe their “trailer trodden” feet on GT’s brow anytime the two schools play. We realize you must be under quite some stress having a very poor excuse for a football program. Maybe if you folks took pig farming and lived in trailers you might improve. Please enlighten us with your very educated and important thoughts in the future. Mama is calling you boy.

Ca dawg

June 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

@rimout: can you be specific about the forms of bias and types of sampling errors you see? I don’t actually see any sampling at all– since the position means were drawn from the entire population of players rather than a sample of them, the possibility for sampling error doesn’t even arise. Sampling error isnt a problem if you have population data.

BigRedMac

June 25th, 2011
12:54 pm

I got 4-0 here:
Wins:
Coastal, New Mexico, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss

I got 2-6 here:
Wins:
Ga Tech, Kentucky

Losses:
Boise, SC, Florida, Auburn, Miss St, Tenn

Finish:
6-6 again, just like 2010.

Beat the teams with losing records, lose to the teams with winning records.

kb

June 25th, 2011
12:57 pm

@ beast from the east, I see Chris Martin left the gators program yesterday.Was he being going to get any significant playing time?

Roller

June 25th, 2011
1:01 pm

I got a porblem when 3 out 5 of UGA’s top picks were at non impact positions:
Punter, Kicker, kick returner

Also, Murray ain’t the best QB in the SEC, Mettenberger, LSU’s back up, beat him like a drum head to head when both competed over Spring. Garcia is a better big game QB than Murray, wins against Bama, UGA, Florida in same year.

Tight end? Big deal, Georgia throws 2 passes a game to Charles, they waste him, may as well not be on the field.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 25th, 2011
1:04 pm

LOL

Tech AD begging Tech fans to buy tickets

Please Tech fans demand that you drop down to division II and tear down the rest of that highschool stadium you have

Thats where you belong due to your lack of fan support

GFan

June 25th, 2011
1:08 pm

UGA has never won an SEC Championship with an out of state quarterback as the starter.

Murray is from Tampa Florida, David Greene, Belue, DJ, all were Georgia boys.

Coach Grohbo

June 25th, 2011
1:12 pm

Mr. Aschoff,

If you were picking who would win an SEC East soccer competition, you might pick UGA this year.

But SEC football is about the trenches, the running game, and the defense.

This is where UGA falls to dead last.

old time dog

June 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

Notice to GT, SC, AU, FLA and BS…..You will find UGA doing their talking by whipping your asses on the football field. Bring your best because we will. Let the best team win. For GT, we know you are just simply overloaded with all those extremely difficult engineering classes your players have to take while attending your prestigious school. You are absolutely the greatest thing going. That is why GT doesn’t have a good football team, right? eYe don’t think so.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 25th, 2011
1:19 pm

old time dog

I havent seen our best since Van Gorder

I wish I had your optimism but I dont

GFan

June 25th, 2011
1:24 pm

Home team has won the Tenn-UGA game last 4 match ups.

tenn is at home this time, not good.

Beast from the East

June 25th, 2011
1:27 pm

kb,
Martin was a back-up with not much promise for playing as I understand it. That leaves us with 71 scholarship players heading into the fall. Lots of attrition with the coaching changes over the last few years. Guess that’s to be expcted.

old time dog,
Regarding your 12:47 post, I think you have me confused with another blogger. I’m no Techie…….all Gator!

old time dog

June 25th, 2011
1:39 pm

Flat tire, eYe just can’t disagree with U. Van Gorder definitely lit some fire while he was here. It just seems unlikely that we won’t be staring straight ahead this season after the past few. If we don’t then eYe would hope coaching changes happen. Never been a Richt fan myself but eYe will hope for his success and that he has the capability of maturing into his position. To me he has been a disappointment but alot of UGA people evidently have liked him. eYe just have never believed he was a great coach but still believe in the bulldog spirit eYe guess.

jumbeauxtiger

June 25th, 2011
1:46 pm

LSU’s Sports Information Department has published a compilation of 18 preseason polls. The results:

2. Alabama
3. LSU
12. Arkansas
13. South Carolina
19. Miss St
20. Auburn
21. Florida
24. Georgia

Based on this Alabama is the favorite in the West while South Carolina is the favorite in the East. That said neither one is a clear cut favorite as I think LSU, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia could win their divisions.

8 SEC teams in the top 24 and 5 West teams in the top 20. It’s going to be an exciting year in the SEC.

Here’s the compilation link:

http://www.lsufootball.net/articles/2011-preseason-polls.htm

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

jumbeauxtiger

June 25th, 2011
1:53 pm

Beast,

I had no idea you guys are down to 71 players. That may be a problem later in the season. Hopefully you guys can stay as injury-free as possible.

Paul in RDU

June 25th, 2011
2:02 pm

jumbeaux
Interesting compilation from the LSU SID. The SEC rankings look about right to me. I don’t understand the love for FSU though.

Dawg Tired

June 25th, 2011
2:07 pm

Mid Tier must have gone to Tech. 4th in a 12 team conference (the best conference in the nation) is not mid tier. As you Techies say, “Do the math.”

James

June 25th, 2011
2:09 pm

………U thought it would be a great year to be a pup!GO GATORS.

jumbeauxtiger

June 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

Good point Paul. However I guess a case could be made that the teams behind the ‘Noles have questions.

Of course doesn’t everyone?.

old time dog

June 25th, 2011
2:15 pm

Beast from the east, eYe was actually replying to the individual that used the handle beast, it means nothing at all. Should have made that more specific eYe guess. How do U see your team doing this year? Feel we better be ready or be in for another long year. Hate losing to Fla. every year but U have a helluva program.

Destin Dawg

June 25th, 2011
2:36 pm

Key will be Grantham’s Junkyard Dawg Defense….. @ huge N.T.’s … plug the middle… Fast destructive L.B. “s…. pass rush = turnovers… kicking game = field position… S&C/nutrition = 4th Qtr… Go Dawgs !!! turn around.. season .. Project : Dome to Dome.. win”em ALL !!!!

GFan

June 25th, 2011
2:37 pm

UGA plays 5 top ranked teams in 2011.

Boise, SC, MSU, Florida, Auburn.

Richt is 2-9 vs. ranekd teams last 2 seasons, av 1 win per season vs. ranked teams.

So, go 1-4 against top ranked teams, 6-1 against non ranked teams, and finish a respectable 7-5.

Beast from the East

June 25th, 2011
2:49 pm

jumbeauxtiger,
It will surely be a problem if we have many injuries this year. Not much to be done about it other than to continue to hit the recruiting trail hard. We’ll have lots of underclassmen playing the next couple of years.

old time dog,
No big deal. To answer your question, I see both UGA and UF at about 8-4 and battling it out for second place in the East. We both could have good years, but we both have too many questions to answer to say for sure. UGA’s conference schedule is much easier than UF’s this year. We gotta play Bama, LSU, Auburn and UGA in October. OUCH!

Dawg 39

June 25th, 2011
2:50 pm

I was optimistic last year; Not so much this year. However, I still believe that Richt, Bobo, Grantham, & Co. are solidly connected to UGA & are not going anywhere. Tired of reading all the negative & incorrect comments about them & their future. Give it a break. Also, If the the OL plays up to its capabilities, my optimism will bounce back big time. GATA.

Still@theBAR

June 25th, 2011
3:03 pm

GFan
June 25th, 2011
1:08 pm

UGA has never won an SEC Championship with an out of state quarterback as the starter.

Murray is from Tampa Florida, David Greene, Belue, DJ, all were Georgia boys.

Didn’t STAFFORD (Texas) win an SEC Title?
No? But he was the #1 draft pick and He actually has played QB in the NFL?

UGA Student

June 25th, 2011
3:21 pm

I always appreciate “Beast from the East” ’s comments, he is classy and actually has something to say. Can we get the bitter tech and thin skinned UGA fans off of here? Those tech comments don’t deserve a response, and I would rather have a conversation about FOOTBALL with Beast or that LSU fellow than read comments from UGA fans that have been “stung”. If you know you aren’t stupid, then don’t pay them any attention. Most people on here will respect that, because they are UGA fans, or at least SEC fans (and therefore the best fans in the world).

Destin Dawg

June 25th, 2011
3:36 pm

S.C has no Q.B…

Tech Fan

June 25th, 2011
3:53 pm

Just something off the subject here. I was looking up my family tree and saw two German Shepherd’s were using it!