Are Dawgs a legitimate preseason Top 10 team?

sic em spirit shirtAnd now begins Mark Richt’s 2012 challenge: Managing high expectations for his team.

ESPN’s “College Football Live” has released its preseason poll, and five SEC teams are in the Top 10, including Georgia at No. 6. USC is tops, with LSU No. 2 and Alabama No. 3, Oregon No. 4 and Oklahoma No. 5. Behind Georgia in the Top 10 are Florida State, South Carolina, Arkansas (the voting took place before the fall of Bobby Petrino) and Michigan.

ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low thinks “Georgia seems a little high at No. 6. I think the Bulldogs will be very good, and they’re my pick to win the Eastern Division this season. But I don’t know that they’re the sixth best team in the country. To me, Georgia and South Carolina are just about dead even. Both teams should be nasty on defense again, and both teams have experienced go-to players on offense. At the end of the day, the Bulldogs have the best chance to get to Atlanta because they have the easier schedule and don’t have to play Alabama, Arkansas or LSU.”

I tend to agree with Low. Taking into account that all preseason polls are basically guessing games and nothing more, I think Georgia certainly has the potential to repeat as SEC East champ and be a Top 10 team but I’m not sure they should be ranked that high at this point.

What do you think? Do you see the 2012 Dawgs as a Top 10 team? Does “College Football Live” have it about right or is that too optimistic at this point?

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410 comments Add your comment

Raleigh

May 1st, 2012
10:46 am

First go dawgs

Dawg Haus

May 1st, 2012
10:48 am

Had the Dawgs finished the season a little stronger, I’d say the ranking would be justified. There’s still a lot of work to do.

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
10:49 am

“Georgia seems a little high”

It’s the brownies talking.

Frank Lane

May 1st, 2012
10:50 am

Number 10 seems about right

NC Dawg

May 1st, 2012
10:50 am

Top 10 definitely.

Nick Navarro

May 1st, 2012
10:50 am

Returning QB, stable of RB’s, solid WR/TE’s, strong interior D. If we can stay healthy and out of the courtroom, I don’t see why we can’t have a strong season. The East is down again too, so another good opportunity to get to the Dome. Bring on the Tigers!

Taco Meat

May 1st, 2012
10:51 am

I think the Dawgs are right where they should be.

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
10:52 am

“Mark Richt’s 2012 challenge: Managing high expectations for his team”

Didn’t we see this movie in 2008? We all know how that turned out.

OldFan

May 1st, 2012
10:53 am

Top 10 based on likely number of wins. Not Top 10 based on ability to beat other high quality teams.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
10:54 am

I am really starting to think that ESPN overrates UGA and FSU every year so that we all have something to laugh at at the end of the season.

bjohndawg

May 1st, 2012
10:57 am

I am a Dawg fan….and #6 seems high to me.
10-15 I would say.

#6 is a reach.
Especially with that line….MY GOD! That line! WE ARE SO THIN THERE!We will have to count on the freshman Theus! JUST a Freshman!!!

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:02 am

“Georgia and South Carolina are just about dead even”

The true measuring stick for the UGA football program – They are now equal to the South Carolina football program in stature. We just knew Mark “I can win games – just not big games” Richt would return UGA to its glory years. Congratulations.

Cuz

May 1st, 2012
11:05 am

We finish in the top 10 I will be happy. Very happy.

duronimo

May 1st, 2012
11:06 am

It’s way too high. Too many questions and a confirmed habit of not playing well (or not playing a complete game) against worthy opponents. You have to know what to do with your good players.

Joey

May 1st, 2012
11:07 am

Love my Dawgs, I too have high expectations. So, im going out on a limb and say yes. They SHOULD be the 6th best team in the country……

snoopy

May 1st, 2012
11:10 am

SEC and National Champs!!! you heard it here first!!! IC will be a heisman winner!!!!!!!! SIC EM

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:10 am

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
10:52 am

“Mark Richt’s 2012 challenge: Managing high expectations for his team”

Didn’t we see this movie in 2008? We all know how that turned out.

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Must be so depressing to be a Gator fan these days so they resort to coming on a UGA blog trying to talk trash. they will be lucky to crack the top 20 this year. Urban really did break you guys.

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:13 am

Wasn’t 2008 the last year that Florida was relevant in college football? Maybe 2009 when they were beaten by Alabama then we found out without Tebow they are nothing.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:13 am

Oh I forgot GT was top ten at one point last year and finished bottom 50

georgiasouthernalum

May 1st, 2012
11:16 am

After Missu it will be all down hill from there……

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:16 am

I sure wish we could be even with UGA or S. Carolina.
Man we can’t even get even with Vandy.
Muschamp do you hear the fat lady warming up?

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:16 am

Can’t think of five teams that return more starters on a 5th ranked defense and has a returning Junior at QB and a returning Sophmore at RB and has a better front 7 on defense. Everyone worries about the secondary but to exploit that you have to have time to throw the ball.

georgiasouthernalum

May 1st, 2012
11:17 am

When will UGA get real football schedule and play somebody?

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:17 am

Oh I forgot GT was top ten at one point last year and finished bottom 50

Now now. The real GTBob would know that GT was never in the top 10 last year.

beanster

May 1st, 2012
11:18 am

Four months and one week until SEC kickoff. Until that game is played, UGA deserves to be ranked about #19.

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:19 am

georgiasouthernalum

May 1st, 2012
11:16 am

After Missu it will be all down hill from there…
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I’m not worried about Missu. Everyone is worried about our secondary against Missu. Like I said you have to have time and they won’t with our front 7. Also, Missu ranked 61st on defense last year. That will not stop our offense. We should beat Missu something like 28-14.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:19 am

UGA will probably play at most, one ranked team this season. I still don’t think they end up in the top 10. They will lose to somebody they shouldn’t.

Bremen Dawg

May 1st, 2012
11:19 am

Maybe 10th but probably more of a top 20 team. Mark Richt still needs to prove the dogs can play with and beat anybody again.

big dawg

May 1st, 2012
11:21 am

We played only 4 ranked teams last year and LOST ALL 4. Haven’t really added anybody in particular but lost boykin and glenn. If we had an even average schedule we’d be a 7 – 4 team. This coming off a loss against central florida in the bowl game the prior year. We’ll always be a joke with our offensive play calling and never a factor in a big game.

Tony

May 1st, 2012
11:23 am

I think the Dawgs will be good, but they have a habit of underachieving, especailly when they are ranked pretty high in the preseason. However, with the cupcake schedule that they have, if they don’t win the East, some hard assessments need to be made. They will probably finish in the top 10 but are they really a top 10 team? That remains to be seen.

McDawg

May 1st, 2012
11:23 am

i like to start the year around 15th-i think it is too high but if we are undeafeated after USC its where we would be anyway

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:25 am

big dawg

May 1st, 2012
11:21 am

We played only 4 ranked teams last year and LOST ALL 4. Haven’t really added anybody in particular but lost boykin and glenn. If we had an even average schedule we’d be a 7 – 4 team. This coming off a loss against central florida in the bowl game the prior year. We’ll always be a joke with our offensive play calling and never a factor in a big game.

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Blah Blah Blah. Not a REAL Dawg fan.

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:28 am

GTBob -

Ever notice that when kerryb shows up our blog names get hijacked? I guess he is too shy to use his own when he posts under someone elses name.

mcdavidawg

May 1st, 2012
11:28 am

It will take some coaching, too bad we don’t have a legit coach.

Texas Baller

May 1st, 2012
11:29 am

No way in hell top 10. Soft schedule, soft coach, soft cornerback (BSmith) & soft QB. 3-4 slip-ups will wreck the season. And as written previously, a spiraling out of control mid year/end of year could doom Richt; a la Phil Fulmer’s swan song.

dougsmugsDOTcom

May 1st, 2012
11:29 am

SC’s best player, Ingram is gone. He single handily beat us last year. The other guy is good, but without the duel threat with Ingram, will his numbers suffer?

I like our D vs. SCs D. Toss in our new Running backs and I think we are the most legit in the east regardless of schedule.

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:29 am

big dawg

May 1st, 2012
11:21 am

We played only 4 ranked teams last year and LOST ALL 4. Haven’t really added anybody in particular but lost boykin and glenn. If we had an even average schedule we’d be a 7 – 4 team. This coming off a loss against central florida in the bowl game the prior year. We’ll always be a joke with our offensive play calling and never a factor in a big game.

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Wrong. Auburn was ranked when we beat them. Georgia Tech was ranked when we beat them.

DDPO

May 1st, 2012
11:30 am

UGA has been preseason #1 since The Iron Sheik was the World Wrestling Heavyweight Champion… What’s wrong with you people? These guys are DGD’s. WoofWoof

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:30 am

I can promise you without a doubt that I don’t hijack your names. I copy your comments and throw them back at you but I won’t hijack your name. Mainly because I hate it when someone doe’s that to me.

Vance Duly

May 1st, 2012
11:33 am

Until our offensive line proves it can block consistently against a good team, and until our new kickers prove that they can kick in high-pressure game situations, it’s hard to say “Top 10″ with much confidence, even with a favorable schedule. Plus, Coach Bobo has yet to prove that he can execute a game plan that involves 4 quarters of aggressive, “play to win” offense against a high-quality team.

For example, Missouri should not be able to hold Georgia under 35 points IF we attack their defense for the entire game. But, with Missouri’s passing game, our secondary issues and our defense’s tendency to fade some in the 4th quarter, it may require our offense to WIN the game instead of passively trying to “hold on” to a lead. …..GO DAWGS!!!

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:33 am

Wrong. Auburn was ranked when we beat them. Georgia Tech was ranked when we beat them.

I think he mean’t teams that finished ranked. Nobody cares about teams who were overrated in the middle of the season.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:34 am

Ever notice that when kerryb shows up our blog names get hijacked?

Hmm. Good observation.

dman

May 1st, 2012
11:36 am

i guess its possible with the cream puff schedule they have, buffalo, missouri, florida atlantic, vandy, i dont think i have to go on from there just pull the schedule up. they could legitimately go 10-2 possible losses to s.c. and fla. or tenn. cant see them losing to all three.

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:37 am

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:33 am

Wrong. Auburn was ranked when we beat them. Georgia Tech was ranked when we beat them.

I think he mean’t teams that finished ranked. Nobody cares about teams who were overrated in the middle of the season.

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Are you going to tout Georgia Tech players and fans are mind readers now. He said we played 4 ranked opponents last year. That’s all he said. Georgia played six ranked opponents and went 2-4 last year.

Don't go to Alabama

May 1st, 2012
11:40 am

When you go to Alabama to play football, you are promised NFL riches. When you are promised NFL riches, you don’t worry about grades. When you don’t worry about grades, you end up working at Krystal. Don’t smell like onions at Krystal. Avoid Alabama.

tell me again

May 1st, 2012
11:41 am

LOVE my Dawgs but the short answer is no. Not a top ten team until we at least beat SC.

Hunting Dawg

May 1st, 2012
11:41 am

I hate to say it but the ranking is too high and until CMR & staff prove otherwise, they’ll be outcoached in one or two important games and lose when they shouldn’t. All you folks can bash the GT and Florida bloggers that come on here all you want but unfortunately they bring up valid points when it comes to UGA football. I want the Dawgs to win a SEC title as well as a NC but we’ve been down this road before and found the bridge was out. Some teams can jump the bridge but CMR & staff slammed on the brakes and fell into the creek. I need to give credit to Smokey & the Bandit on that one. The focus of this blod was whether or not UGA is ranked properly or not. I say they’re too high but would love to be proved wrong! Go Dawgs!!!

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:42 am

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:33 am

Wrong. Auburn was ranked when we beat them. Georgia Tech was ranked when we beat them.

I think he mean’t teams that finished ranked. Nobody cares about teams who were overrated in the middle of the season.
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Georgia played only 3 teams that finished in the top 25 BSC rankings last year. You can’t help your schedule and how sorry teams like Tech,TN, and KY will be on your schedule. UGA’s schedule was not much different than it has been the last 15 years.

DawginLex

May 1st, 2012
11:45 am

Too far up the rankings to start in my opinion. Somewhere around 12 sounds right.

I have expectations that UGA will do very well in 2012.

The defense will be loaded and will lose a ton of players in 2013 to the NFL.

To me it’s no more excuses time in Athens

chazzo

May 1st, 2012
11:45 am

#15 would be a good spot, both realistic (considering line and kickers) and good for the team. Hopefully, these guys will keep their heads about them and realize all this polling stuff in huey, unlike that the numbskulls who self-destructed after the preseason #1 ranking.