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

Alabama Jack

May 1st, 2012
3:18 pm

Don’t worry. They will always dominate the Fulmer Cup rankings.

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
3:19 pm

Gt bob…you are speaking of Natl Champ caliber programs with the exception of Vandy which would win 7 or 8 in your conference and beat you more times than not. Where are the Natl Champ caliber teams in the ACC? …………..Crickets Bob??………Another day of looking foolish it appears.

dawgfacedboy

May 1st, 2012
3:20 pm

I’ll ask again, who are our “go to offensive players” mentioned in the article??

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
3:22 pm

Gt bob…you are speaking of Natl Champ caliber programs with the exception of Vandy

So you think that Florida, Tennessee, and Auburn are going to be competing for the national championship this year?

Don't Go to Alabama

May 1st, 2012
3:24 pm

Georgia had zero points last year and 3 this year in fulmer cup so i guess that blows your theory right alabama jack?

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
3:27 pm

Anything is possible…in the year before AU UF and UT won knowbody expected them to win…were not even top 10 preseason….the SEC is a different animal because of recruiting…talent and support.

tiger

May 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

of course uga is a pre season top ten team, they are every year.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
3:39 pm

Anything is possible…in the year before AU UF and UT won knowbody expected them to win…were not even top 10 preseason….the SEC is a different animal because of recruiting…talent and support.

Those teams, along with Vandy went 26-25 this year. I am going to take a wild guess and say that unless Cam Newton comes back, none of those teams are even going to be all that competitive this year much less compete for the National Championship.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
3:41 pm

the SEC is a different animal because of recruiting…talent and support.

You also need to drop the view point that the SEC is composed of space aliens that do not operate under normal human conditions. Just because Alabama and LSU are really good doesn’t mean that any team in the SEC can become the best team in the nation overnight.

Cuz

May 1st, 2012
3:43 pm

Just our luck we win the SEC East. Beat A&M in Atlanta to be SEC Champs. Get the BCS bid for the Championship game versus Oregon and the world ends on Dec 21. Yep, typical Dawg luck.

Contractor

May 1st, 2012
3:46 pm

GTBob,

You’re out of your league with you perception of all of those team’s abilities. No one thought Alabama or Auburn would win National Championships the past two years, but they did. Each year there are teams all around the country that come close to pulling it off. Does Houston ring a bell from last year? Do I think they were as good as their ranking or record, heck no, but it didn’t matter since they won games. Auburn, Tennessee, and Florida could pull a rabbit out of their hat, especially with the recruits they bring in every single year. I definitely believe these teams are better than 98% of your league with the exception of Clemson and Virginia Tech, and we all know how both of those teams fall off at the end of the year, so you really can’t talk about their ability to play for a Championship either. But like I said, I think you are crazy to believe the ACC has tougher teams than the SEC. The bottom tier SEC schools could win 7-8 every year in the ACC as mentioned before in a post.

Chris

May 1st, 2012
3:46 pm

Until we prove that we can beat the teams we are supposed to beat….upset some along the way…we are better off not ranked at all. UGA has not met expectations in the past 6 years……we dont need to be ranked anywhere- lets not forget we are 0-9 against the top 20……..enough already….

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
3:49 pm

Bob did you expect Cam Newton to help AU win a Natl Champ? No you didn’t. Records 26-25 are meaningless….on average 10 SEC programs will finish in the top 25 talent wise in recruiting….so top talent plays top talent. For example Bob…does it matter if UGA h as s the 6 th rated class in the nation. Not at all when 3 other SEC teams have higher regarded classes. SEC is elite on all levels….that is why you have A NATL CHAMP EVERY YEAR. On years ypu dont you have teams with an arguement that they should have and would have been your NATL CHAMPION Bob?

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
3:51 pm

Lets not speak ill of programs that are of higher caliber than anything the ACC has to offer Bob. If you spew this crap in front of their fanbases they will bury you in the debate process just as, I do and Dawg fans do daily

harold

May 1st, 2012
3:52 pm

THIS SCHEDULE IS A CAKEWALK.

ARdawg

May 1st, 2012
3:53 pm

GT Bob

On our earlier discourse, I never said Carolina will knock off anyone. I personally think Carolina flash in the pan has just about played out. The Evil genius hasn’t the motivation or moxie and SC will slide back into the Missy St depths of the east. I think Arkansas is going to win some games and I will state, they’ll beat either Bama or LSU, possibly both.

But I do agree with you that it’s pretty fruitless having 5 SEC teams in the top ten when they’ll play each other 10 ways to Sunday. Depends on how one looks at a poll as in, how they are ranked when they start or when they finish

Dumbo

May 1st, 2012
3:53 pm

GTbob….you are a absolute loser, just like Tech…so go back to Tech world blog and tell all the other little jerkoffs that you never come to a UGA blog…..jerk

Dawghater

May 1st, 2012
3:54 pm

Sure UGA can be in the top 10. UGA is always in the top 10 starting in March through August. Hey, better yet put them on the cover of SI as the Preseason #1.

That worked real good the last time that happened. Put up or shut up!

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
3:55 pm

Bob…all the SEC teams that won became the best overnight….UF in 05 and 07 were not that good. Same with AU…same with Bama in 10…same with UT the year afyer Manning left Knoxville

GATiger

May 1st, 2012
3:57 pm

This is hilarious, strength of schedule alone (or lack of it) would be enough to keep UGA out of top 20! But don’t worry about winning college games, as long as you place players in the NFL it’s all good. (LOL)

GATiger

May 1st, 2012
4:00 pm

UGA may make it back to SEC championship game by sheer ease of schedule, but will be destroyed by LSU again. The Tigers will take it all this year. There is no way USC (CA) would be LSU or Bama!

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
4:06 pm

No one thought Alabama or Auburn would win National Championships the past two years

Alabama was ranked number 2 in the country to start the season and received first place votes in each poll. I am pretty sure somebody thought they would win it.

Contractor

May 1st, 2012
4:07 pm

GATiger,

I guess it doesn’t really matter what you think your team will do, but if they can’t win the National Championship game then your post just make you sound like an idiot. LSU is a great team, but if last year taught you anything, it would be to root for your team, but just not sound ignorant and pathetic in your posts before the results are final, and especially on a Georgia blog.

Buckeye

May 1st, 2012
4:09 pm

Hey dogs,

Top 10? Isn’t this the time of year where you are SEC SEC Least Champs only to get whupped up on in the Dome and lose to a) Conf USA or b) The Big 10 in your bowl game?

Contractor

May 1st, 2012
4:09 pm

GTBob,

Make all of the small talk comments you want, but your original basis of thought about the ACC overpowering the SEC is mindless and pathetic at best. As a Tech supporter, and probable intelligent guy, you have no football sense if you truly and firmly believe the ACC is tougher all around than the SEC. Note that I said all around, not just best two teams.

Buckeye

May 1st, 2012
4:10 pm

You dogs will fall to Superior and Vandy. Heard it hear first.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
4:11 pm

Bob…all the SEC teams that won became the best overnight….UF in 05 and 07 were not that good. Same with AU…same with Bama in 10

Florida was ranked 12th and 13th after the years you are speaking of. Bama was 10th. Making the jump from top 13 to best in the country is obviously smaller then making the jump from unranked/losing record to best team in the country. The only real outlier was Auburn, thanks to a once in a lifetime player joining their team for one year.

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
4:11 pm

Oh and Bob..LSU 03….didnt even play in the SEcC Champ in 02…UF…didnt play in SEC Champ in 05 or 07….AU….didnt represent he west in 10…. Oy yeah…LSU didnt play, in the conf title game in 06 before they won it all in 07. Stay in the basement Bob….it is simply to easy…..biyter old tech man. It is not going to get any better for you

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
4:13 pm

Being ranked 12th and 13th is hardly sets anyone up with the idea they are abt to win a Matl Champ….lol…i am sure the ACC Champ lucks up and finishes 13 on down years nationally

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
4:13 pm

As a Tech supporter, and probable intelligent guy, you have no football sense if you truly and firmly believe the ACC is tougher all around than the SEC.

I never said anything close to this. I said that I could reasonably argue that GT’s schedule is tougher then UGA’s. Which I can. UGA’s schedule isn’t a very good representation of the SEC. I will admit that.

ARdawg

May 1st, 2012
4:14 pm

Contractor

GAtiger already sounds like an idiot and they haven’t yet played a game.

GAtiger the sound of that beyotch slap administered on you by Bama in the NCG is still resonating. It’s slapped you pure stooopid.

ARdawg

May 1st, 2012
4:15 pm

Did anyone see the Suckeyes on that CFL poll? I didn’t think so

bucket

May 1st, 2012
4:17 pm

Wow. I see “UGA Obsession Disorder” is still alive and well. I guess it’s catching like Spring Fever. Everyone with that disorder exhibits the same symptoms. They live on UGA message boards and talk about how terrible and irrelevant the Dawgs are! Troll on!

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
4:17 pm

Being ranked 12th and 13th is hardly sets anyone up with the idea they are abt to win a Matl Champ….lol

If you finish that high, it’s safe to say you have a pretty decent football team. If you are returning the right players then you have a shot the next year. If you go 5-7, then you need a little more work then that. I am surprised you would argue against this.

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
4:18 pm

I have just given you fact Bob…of what competing at a higher level….a championship level is all abt….or as you and the bug community who like to use Star Trek terms….competing in outer space…aliens and such…

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
4:23 pm

I have just given you fact Bob…of what competing at a higher level….a championship level is all abt

I think you confuse facts with opinions. Your opinion is that the 14 teams in the SEC are the best 14 teams in college football and anyone of them can win the championship at any time. Im not sure anyone agrees with that but you are more then entitled to think it.

bham dawg

May 1st, 2012
4:25 pm

the bammers seem to forget their preseason top 5 ranking when they went 3-8. Guarantee you UGA never falls that far.

BLT

May 1st, 2012
4:29 pm

Now that’s a better headline!

Contractor

May 1st, 2012
4:32 pm

GTBob,

Georgia Tech
11-3
8-5
6-6
10-4
4-8
2-10
7-6
3-9
10-4
10-3
4-7
2-10

77-75

Georgia
3-9
8-5
1-11
6-7
5-7
11-2
5-7
7-6
2-10
8-5
8-5
11-3

75-77

These are the records (2011)(not in schedule order either) of the teams Tech and Georgia play this year. Seeing as Georgia won 2 more games last year and lost 1 less game than Tech, our team made your team’s numbers look better, and your team’s numbers brought our numbers below yours. And since we are playing such a weak schedule, what does this say about your team’s schedule? It’s all in the numbers GTBob.

BLT

May 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

What’s the speed of light?

DIT

May 1st, 2012
4:36 pm

How about that scotch tape?

einstein

May 1st, 2012
4:37 pm

3x faster than the speed of sound

George Stein

May 1st, 2012
4:42 pm

I feel relatively certain the speed of light is a bit more than 3x the speed of sound.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
4:44 pm

And since we are playing such a weak schedule, what does this say about your team’s schedule? It’s all in the numbers GTBob.

It says that UGA’s schedule is slightly weaker then GT’s. Thanks for running the numbers for me. You also left out that we play three teams that finished in the top 25 last year on the road. UGA plays one overall.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 1st, 2012
4:44 pm

Bob you are simply a moron not befitting of the fine academic institutions that you espouse as football programs. The ACC from top to bottom simply SUCKS. Sure they have some teams that might occasionally beat an SEC team but not regularly.

bham dawg

May 1st, 2012
4:45 pm

LogicalUS

May 1st, 2012
4:46 pm

Short answer…No.

UGA is a 15-20 level team who has way to many issues to be considered as a Top 10 team. Without the ACC level of a schedule they would be on track to finish with their usual 8-9 wins.

Let’s not forget that they are relying heavily on a defense coming off giving up 37.5 pts a game in its last two outings and which often underperformed vs the inflated predictions last season. Add with that the program is still inflicted with a serious undisciplined and lack of commitment from its players will preclude it from reaching Top 10 status.

No other way to characterize that four 1st level secondary\LB corp members lack the basic committment to not get suspended before even spring practice is complete.

Cdpridg

May 1st, 2012
4:46 pm

Reread Bob…did I say anywhere that the 14 teams in the SEC are the 14 best in the nation. Bob when you find that….post it for us all…..Bob as a kid did you ever have a toy that yoi didnt like but you played with it anyway to pass the time? That is exactly how I feel about you.

T D

May 1st, 2012
4:46 pm

Great High School football players with great High School coaching.

GTBob

May 1st, 2012
4:47 pm

The ACC from top to bottom simply SUCKS. Sure they have some teams that might occasionally beat an SEC team but not regularly.

I love the irony of this post.