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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GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:46 am

Are you going to tout Georgia Tech players and fans are mind readers now.

No, its common sense and most statistical websites show that UGA played 4 ranked teams last year. Why? Because they used the ranking at the end of the year. And they went 0-4 against those teams. If you want to pretend that Auburn and GT were great teams last year though, go right ahead.

Flo-Ri-Duh

May 1st, 2012
11:47 am

Question marks about the OL and missing 3 starters in the backfield on defense leaves doubts that the will get past Missouri. There is no way that all these SEC teams that play each other will be rated that high at the end of the season. Either LSU or Bummer will be #10 or worse and Arkansas is vulnerable due to the coaching situation and the loss of most of their WR’s to the draft. The Game Crocks will be better on offense but worse on defense due to the loss of their best players to the draft. Lattimore is returning from a serious knee injury and won’t as effective as before for at least half the season. It takes 1 1/2 years to two years to recover from so a serious injury.

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:47 am

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.

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Like I said, you can’t help how sorry the programs are on your schedule. The SEC sets the conference schedule and it has been the same for years. We are always going to have Tech and a couple of non-conference teams. During the 2000’s the east was the strongest in the SEC and the West the weakest. It has now flip the last few years. It will flip back again sooner or later. Also, UGA will not lose to USC, UF, ans especially not TN in Athens this year. TN will be lucky to stop us from scoring aa many points as we want to against them.

ARdawg

May 1st, 2012
11:47 am

Were the Florida Gators “surprisingly” absent from the list? Why no, they were not.

Who cares or gives a fat rats @zz what CFL’s preseason poll/beauty contest indicates? USC seems to be the darling already

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
11:48 am

You can’t help your schedule and how sorry teams like Tech,TN, and KY will be on your schedule.

True, you can’t, but that doesn’t change the fact that UGA did not beat any good teams last year.

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:49 am

Hunting Dawg -

That is not how this blog operates. This is for Kool-Aid drinkers only. Anyone contrary to that opinion will be scorned and ridiculed. The leaders of the club, AltamahaDawg and DawginLex, have yet to arrive today so it has been rather bland so far. Check back later.

Desert Fox

May 1st, 2012
11:49 am

Dawg Haus

May 1st, 2012
10:48 am

Agree w/Dawg Haus. Still a lot of questions about this team. Big ?? is special teams, new kickers and will they be better on KO and punt return coverage. It was awful to watch last seasons ST play. Even w/the infusion of new RB’s there may be a drop off in an already anemic running game. The departures and suspensions may cost them a game or two early on in the season. When Murray was on he was good but when he was pressured he made some game losing decisions. Not all his fault with some of the questionable playcalling from upstairs.

As good as the D looked in games they also looked desperate in the 4 losses last season. Part of that may be a letdown by under performing Offense. They have big kids but lack the strength and conditioning when compared to AL D players.

With few exceptions, based on last seasons performance and wins and losses, No. 6 is wishful thinking. Just being realistic here. Too many unanswered questions and the whole summer to go for players to stay out of trouble which could make things more gloomier if they lose more to suspensions, etc. You also have to consider that the opposition in the SEC for the most part will be improved making W’s a little harder to come by. They’re more like a top 15 team at this point in time.

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:52 am

Flo-Ri-Duh

May 1st, 2012
11:47 am

Question marks about the OL and missing 3 starters in the backfield on defense leaves doubts that the will get past Missouri. There is no way that all these SEC teams that play each other will be rated that high at the end of the season. Either LSU or Bummer will be #10 or worse and Arkansas is vulnerable due to the coaching situation and the loss of most of their WR’s to the draft. The Game Crocks will be better on offense but worse on defense due to the loss of their best players to the draft. Lattimore is returning from a serious knee injury and won’t as effective as before for at least half the season. It takes 1 1/2 years to two years to recover from so a serious injury.

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Why are you people worried about Missu? It’s like UGA fans have to find something to worry about all the time. We will beat Missu and show them what big time SEC football is all about. Are you worried about them because they beat up an ACC team in their bowl. Come on, your giving a freshman receiver against an experienced defense too much credit. Also, their 61st ranked defense has to figure out a way to stop our offense. Not going to happen.

UGA Insider

May 1st, 2012
11:52 am

I like the fact that we stunk up the world at the end of last season. The 2008 team had too much pressure which lead to it’s demise. This team really has no pressure and can go out and just play.

UGA Insider

May 1st, 2012
11:54 am

UGA will be undefeated and ranked #2 in the country when we head to Jax! After that I have no idea what happens…

Book it!

go-BRAVOS

May 1st, 2012
11:54 am

I hope the Dawgs have a great season and always pull for them. Having said that, I am not a blind homer who thinks that just because their my team they will win every game. Some of you on here think if someone points out facts that they are not true fans of the team. I want the Dawgs to win a MNC and the teams in the Richt Era, while very good most years, are just not Championship quality. Discipline issues every single year, always lose games to teams they should beat, and they cannot beat high quality teams. While it sucks to admit those things they are facts that cannot be ignored.

I HOPE they win it all this year; however, I’m reminded of that ole saying “hope in one hand and crap in the other, and see which one fills up first”.

Go Dawgs!
GO BRAVES!

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:55 am

Speaking of DawginLex, she has arrived, be it just a little bit late today. Hope you got a good nights rest Nancy. Try not to be so cranky today.

ARdawg

May 1st, 2012
11:55 am

Desert fox

It would appear we can get through the first couple of games with the suspensions. Although you bring up some good points in the kickers, ST and I’m still not sold on the Oline, traditionally we stumble when we shouldn’t and I expect we will next year but I am ready to gulp a few swallows of the kool-aid

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:56 am

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:49 am

Hunting Dawg -

That is not how this blog operates. This is for Kool-Aid drinkers only. Anyone contrary to that opinion will be scorned and ridiculed. The leaders of the club, AltamahaDawg and DawginLex, have yet to arrive today so it has been rather bland so far. Check back later.

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If you relish in doom and gloom pessimistic Dawg fans, then this is not the place for you right now. Wait until they check in because that is all they are. The sky is falling, the sky is falling.

DawginLex

May 1st, 2012
11:56 am

“Georgia seems a little high”

It’s the brownies talking.

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.

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.

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:49 am
Hunting Dawg -

That is not how this blog operates. This is for Kool-Aid drinkers only. Anyone contrary to that opinion will be scorned and ridiculed. The leaders of the club, AltamahaDawg and DawginLex, have yet to arrive today so it has been rather bland so far. Check back later.

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Her are examples of SSIGator’s blog posts.

Shots at UGA and Richt. Accusations toward other bloggers that are not true and personal shots at me and Altamaha not to mention her favorite Kool Aid line.

Now you tell me who is the idiot here?

It’s SSI hands down.

Still looking for Florida in these rankings.

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:58 am

UGA Insider

May 1st, 2012
11:54 am

UGA will be undefeated and ranked #2 in the country when we head to Jax! After that I have no idea what happens…

Book it!

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Here is a little hint for you – UGA has not beaten UF two years in a row since the 80’s

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
11:59 am

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
11:58 am

UGA Insider

May 1st, 2012
11:54 am

UGA will be undefeated and ranked #2 in the country when we head to Jax! After that I have no idea what happens…

Book it!

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Here is a little hint for you – UGA has not beaten UF two years in a row since the 80’s

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The 80’s have returned. UGA is on the rise while Florida sucks again.

Newman

May 1st, 2012
11:59 am

kerryb

May 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

Who is Florida going to beat us with to stop that 2 in a row? New QB, no Rainey, no WR’s, no Ronald Powell, no RB to speak of. Who do you have that’s going to beat us?

DawginLex

May 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

Be careful what you say to SSI. She is not in good graces with normal Florida fans who think she is a bonafide idiot for showing up here everyday to embarrass herself.

You see, she went to Flagler College, not UF(Class of 1956)

She needs Midol in a big way. And dementia meds

dawgfacedboy

May 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

UGA insider- I’d say a top 10 preseason ranking, picked to win the East, and a schedule that resembles a jv high school team should be enough pressure to choke.

DelusionalDawg

May 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

This poll is wrong. The mighty dawgs must always be ranked number one. All Georgia high school players should stay in state and play for the mighty dawgs.

Go Ifs!
Wolf! Wolf! Wolves!

dawgfacedboy

May 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

WHo are the “go to guys on offense”???

DawginLex

May 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

Later boys and SSI

Have fun TROLLING

Mike

May 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

in a word.. No

evillurks

May 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Any other team in the land with THuga’s schedule this season would be consensus #1 across the board.

But reality is that even with the easiest SEC schedule in history FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW (!!!!!!!)….THuga will still wind up with 3 or 4 losses and forgotten by mid season.

Contractor

May 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

Georgia hasn’t proven it can beat top competition, so I am in agreement that #6 is a little high at the moment. If we can beat Missouri convincingly, wear out the teams we should, and beat a good South Carolina team, then it would be justified, but right now it’s all premature. I think we have a great team will outstanding potential. Unfortunately, until Mike Bobo turns it up a few notches I feel as if Georgia is in line with a close loss and upset potential in the wrong way.

SSIgator

May 1st, 2012
12:09 pm

DawginLex -

You can save yourself the trouble looking. UF is not in the poll, but I believe the subject of the article was UGA’s ranking was it not? Nancy, Nancy, Nancy . . what are we to do with you if you do not stop cranking around? Why don’t you go have some lunch. Maybe a glass of your favorite wine and a salad with the girls. Then, when you come back later you should feel much better.

DIT

May 1st, 2012
12:12 pm

Bid deal where the pre-season rankings are. Let’s just put Florida #1. Stupid polls should not be anywhere in place until after the 6th game of the year. By that time we will know who can play and who can not.
Feloow UGAer’s, I would not get too excited at this #6 ranking because it does not mean squat! Let’s see how we are playing by the 6th game.
We have way too many holes to make a run!

dawgforlife

May 1st, 2012
12:12 pm

okay…the ranking is a bit too high I will admit that, and its true we did fold our tents and go home against MSU; however, doesn’t anyone rememver just how close we came to drilling LSU. It shoulod have been 21-0 at half-time…yes, we misused our opportunites…but, were young as all get out…LSU not a single first down in the half. Lack of quality depth and younth blew us out in the second half; but, at 21-0…LSU would have had to pass insteand of running and the game is a whole different story. It has to be proven on the field no doubt…but, I like this teeam…as far as the scheduling…WE DO NOT PICK WHO WE PLAY…and yes I do hate it when people on here refer to their team as “we” when they haven’t suited up for 30 years…but, the points are still valid…

Jacket99

May 1st, 2012
12:17 pm

Are preseason polls legitimate?

Alphare

May 1st, 2012
12:18 pm

all those rankings are crab shoot. Don’t be surprised if BSU beats UGA again this year.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
12:18 pm

however, doesn’t anyone rememver just how close we came to drilling LSU

You lost 42-10. When you lose by 32 its pretty hard to argue that you almost drilled the other team.

Cobb Dawg

May 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

UGA might be a little high at 6. Anybody thinking Alabama might be a little high at 3?

SC

May 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

How can you get excited about that schedule?

FRED Russo

May 1st, 2012
12:20 pm

As long as we have this coach we will never be a serious top 10 pick.

Don't Go to Alabama

May 1st, 2012
12:21 pm

SSI needs some new material and needs to get a life.spending all your time on a uga blog and calling folks a girl is childish and immature and speaks of someone who has serious mental issues. get help son

beanster

May 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

Good question, SC. I think all of this “cake” schedule talk is way overblown.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
12:23 pm

UGA might be a little high at 6. Anybody thinking Alabama might be a little high at 3?

All of the SEC teams except LSU are a little high.

Alphare

May 1st, 2012
12:23 pm

dawgforlife,

if you end your half with 21-0, your finally score would be 42-21 instead of 42-10.

Can you not mention LSU when you are trying to pump up UGA fans?

ARdawg

May 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

*All of the SEC teams except LSU are a little high

So says the expert? :)

DIT

May 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

What do y’all think about So. Cal @ the #1 spot!
I look forward to seeing them lose 2 to 3 games, but the way ESPN & the media loves them they yet still make it to the NC game.

Harry Truman

May 1st, 2012
12:32 pm

Hey y’all…….it’s Mizzou, not Missu. Go Tigers

Don't Go to Alabama

May 1st, 2012
12:32 pm

Bama won’t be in the top 10 after michigan beats them

beanster

May 1st, 2012
12:32 pm

“all those rankings are crab shoot. Don’t be surprised if BSU beats UGA again this year.”

The likelihood of BSU even playing UGA this year is about the same as the likelihood of a Tech win versus UGA this year. Somewhere between slim and none.

DIT

May 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

Gotta comment here. If anyone thinks that Bama will fall off just because they won the NC last year, well, I have sqamp land to sell you in the Mojave Desert.
I’m not a Bama fan at all, but there is way too much talent on that team to see them fall off. (ok, it would be nice to see, yet won’t happen)

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

So says the expert?

Do you disagree with me? Bama at 3 seems a little high considering the people they lost. Arkansas is obvious. Most UGA fans in here are accepting that UGA is rated a little too high. That leaves South Carolina who do not play an easy schedule this year and is always a bit of a wild card.

ARdawg

May 1st, 2012
12:35 pm

So Cal being #1 is further proof the poll is extremely flawed. UGA in the top 10 is a stretch. Maybe, maybe not. Many unanswered questions.

I don’t particularly care for Bama but I don’t see Michigan beating them

Don't Go to Alabama

May 1st, 2012
12:36 pm

DIT-2010 says Hi too much talent lost and lsu is loaded and game is at lsu

AltamahaDawg

May 1st, 2012
12:36 pm

On paper, strengths and question marks, Preseason #6 is too high. Might not be a bad prediction for the year, though.