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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Old Dawg

May 2nd, 2012
6:37 am

“To me it’s no more excuses time in Athens”

You keep saying that, Dawginlex, but what are you going to DO about it. Still blindly support your Coach? I reached that point a couple of years ago, and now I am a proud member of the “Fire Richt” crowd. I support our team – but they are getting short-changed by our coach.

GO DAWGS!

Dawgs #6

May 2nd, 2012
6:47 am

GA should be ranked 6—they are easily the best team in the SEC east and should start the year behind Alabama and lsu. Look for a big dog upset over alabama in the SEC title game! This Dog D may be the best in the country.

John

May 2nd, 2012
7:00 am

Same old story. Will the “O” line step up or not ?

AltamahaDawgracy are you?

May 2nd, 2012
7:11 am

proud member of the fire Richt club. Are you serious? And you have the nerve to ask him what he is going to DO about it? Not even seeing the hypocracy are you.he expects before you guys stop stupidl

Not sure how many more times DIL, has to complain and mention what

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2012
7:16 am

applogies guys. my laptop keyboard drives me crazy. Not even sure how that merged over.

any way.

DIL. Not sure why you guy accuse him of being “blindly loyal” thats stupid. That is just a total absnce of an honest discussion. he complains about a number of things. he states what he wants/expects.
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that he does not PRETEND that he will DO something in real life, or be in some club that will accomplish jack squat is your problem, not his.

Across the wide Missouri

May 2nd, 2012
7:16 am

Missouri 42, Georgia 13

Piney Woods Pete

May 2nd, 2012
7:20 am

The athletic history of UGA is full of so many sordid, sleazy incidents – dating back to Vince Dooley and continuing through Mark Richt – that it’s impossible to overlook. The school has come to stand for drunkenness and lawlessness, coddling of illiterate low-class athletes who should never have been admitted to college, and rampant cheating by coaches.

UGA and Mark Richt are an affront and an embarrassment to all decent people in this state. The athletic history of UGA is full of so many sordid, sleazy incidents – dating back to Vince Dooley and continuing through Mark Richt – that it’s impossible to overlook. The school has come to stand for drunkenness and lawlessness, coddling of illiterate low-class athletes who should never have been admitted to college, and rampant cheating by coaches.

UGA and Mark Richt are an affront and an embarrassment to all decent people in this state.

Old Dog

May 2nd, 2012
7:38 am

“Not sure why you guy accuse him of being “blindly loyal” thats stupid. That is just a total absnce of an honest discussion. he complains about a number of things. he states what he wants/expects.”

Yes, he/she expresses dissatisfaction with the way things are going – but what is the solution? I can’t DO anything directly; I don’t have the authority to Fire Richt. But I can make my voice heard, and if enough people screamed loudly enough (or better yet, quit buying tickets or tuning in), then I think Adams and McGarrity would eventually listen (maybe). Right now they don’t care because a large portion of the fan base are complacent – accepting of mediocrity. I don’t know how many times I have seen it on here – I think the DAWGS should be playing better, but, you know, Coach Mark Richt is a good man and a Christian, and I know he is trying his best, and WHO would you replace him with, and yada, yada, yada. At some point we have to accept that he is NOT getting it done and go another route.

I saw on one post where they were defending Bobo (and by extension, Richt) by saying the problems of turnovers were on Aaron Murray. WHO KEEPS HIM IN ALL THE GAMES – THAT’S RIGHT, BOBO AND RICHT!

BoZo N. Richt

May 2nd, 2012
8:10 am

Underachievers perennially

BoZo N. Richt

May 2nd, 2012
8:20 am

Todd Grantham is a prime example of what good coaching does. Now, what about Dumb and Dumber – BoZo and Richt

Chris

May 2nd, 2012
8:36 am

Blah blah blah…….until this team beats a decent team ranked somewhere in the Top 20 and beats the teams we’re suppose to beat- it doesnt matter where we are ranked…at the end we will be no where to be found. Same crap just a different year. How in the world could anyone with half a brain rank this group #6?? A qb that is known for costing us big games, a running game that looks like mid level high school, a running back that “all of a sudden” gets it and is going to try to win the Heisman (I would be happy if he could just stay in the game longer than 2 plays) and a coach that is soft and plays not to lose more than he plays to win……with a great defense (when they all can play) probably equates to 9-3…possibly 10-2 if we get lucky….8-4 would not be a surprise with Murray tossing pick 6’s

Jeff

May 2nd, 2012
8:39 am

Maybe the band can learn to play “Bring in the Clowns” every time Murray and Crowell trot on the field……

Joey

May 2nd, 2012
9:17 am

Dawg#6, I admire your optimism, but what makes you think we will beat Bama, or even SC and Mizzou?

Before you get too giddy over a preseason ranking, keep in mind Richt’s teams ALWAYS, every year, lose one or more games they shouldn’t. If that doesn’t knock you down a notch or two, remember the fact that we NEVER beat a favored team anymore.

But fear not, with this schedule, another magical, 10-win season is achievable anyway, provided we win a bowl game for the first time since ‘09, which will probably be enough for the fan-boys of Mark Richt to get weak-kneed . . .

Chris Mike

May 2nd, 2012
9:21 am

The right ranking for the dawgs is #10. Our qb is okay, but he has not won a game that really meant anything. Our o-line will develop late in the year, just like when knowshon line did his coming out year. Wr and te is going to be our best on the offensive side. Two pro like te and speddy wideouts. With that said our short qb should not make as many mistakes. Rb will be good, it won’t look good at first but as season goes crowell finish as our season leader rusher. Many won’t like that, but he is talent. Defense should be great, they will carry us the first three games until the o-line develop. It won’t matter about who is tarting at the db position. Hell I could play safety for that defense. At the end of the day Ga will lose a game they should have lost, but that Mark tradition as a head coach.

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2012
9:23 am

So we are clear, you believe calling for Richt to be fired, during the offseason, May 5th, in a newspaper sport blog read by nobody but other bloggers is DOing your part? just want to be sure we all understand that was your point.

As opposed to DIL, who simply talks about any number of fan issue in that blog. But not joining the proud memebr of the Fire Richt club.

Did YOU stop buying tickets? Where are YOU screaming loudly enough? On the phone, email, mail, in person? No, of cource not. But still pretending to be doing that.

Seems to me that if you are so damn convinced and do absolutely nothing about it, YOU are the problem. You are a far worse than him. You think you should DO something and do nothing. he does what he believes is the logical thing. YOU are the one doing exactly what you accuse him of.
He’s just dumb, (if we believe that). You are knowingly hypocritical.

I think your opinion is fine for you. I disagree with it, but thats really beside the point. And thats a fair debate. But I am tired of you folks trying to blame others in here for not DOing what you don’t DO, and pretending that you are the only ones that have the best interest of Georgia at heart, and we are all just stupid losers if we don’t whine in a blog every day. PersonallyIi think your point about firing Richt has WAY more to do with your own ego, than it does about what is best for Georgia, but if you say it’s selfless, ok. I tend to go with the vast majority of fans, and the players, coaches and administration. That’s a pretty big group of folks that I trust DO have the best interest of Georgia at heart.

Jeff

May 2nd, 2012
9:25 am

We will be lucky to have a “magical” 10 win season……Missouri and Carolina are most likly losses. Doubtful we can beat UF two years in a row (though Murray does seem to play well against them if he can avoid turnovers), UT is due for a signature win and the fact we ALWAYS lose to someone we should not especially in Athens, this game could be it……Tech is WAY overdue…..all in all 10 wins is no guarentee by any streach…..used to be we could look at the schedule and automatically count wins- with the exception of perhaps Buffalo and Fla International- I would not count anyone out…..especially after the Central Fla debacle

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2012
9:25 am

Who keeps him in the games…………seriously? as opposed to what? Putting in some imaginary QB?

Woof

May 2nd, 2012
9:29 am

Until last year we had not defeated our top four rivals (UT, FL, AU and GT) in the same season since 1981. It will be at least that long before we do it again.

old dog

May 2nd, 2012
9:34 am

I am a Dawg through and through…..we will have a good team. however, our o-line will not quite be up to snuff with the toughest out there.

Question.....

May 2nd, 2012
9:36 am

I keep seeing this “10 win” dream. Could someone please tell me what “10″ games do you see on this schedule that you can honestly “count” as a win? I only see 2 possibly 3 that I would say are anything close to a “count it as a win”.

Question.....

May 2nd, 2012
9:38 am

Before you answer……lets remember we were literally a bounce away from a loss at Vandy……..KY was one Murray disaster again last year in Athens from taking a win (and we had the SEC east on the line no less).

ARdawg

May 2nd, 2012
9:40 am

Woof

You and Jeff should form yourself a circle jerk. Pessimism is find and dandy if that’s your position but neither of you give UGA any credit. Are you really a fan?Your 1981 stat and statement is about as useful as tittsz on a bull. Every season and team is different. We beat them all last year and still only a mediocre season. In 1981 we were playing for an NC

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 2nd, 2012
9:47 am

ARdawg

May 2nd, 2012
9:47 am

Question

You are only counting the cupcakes? Vandy and Ky were ugly wins last year but wins just the same. IMHO we are not a #6 team, in fact wouldn’t make the top 10 maybe 15. The schedule is soft “now”. TN, AU and FL could and very likely come on strong. The Georgia program is well ahead of those and should win, doesn’t mean they will win or to count them a win. None of the games are, thats why they have to be played. Well, except GT

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

Please!!! Please!!! Please keep the blogs coming…..this is great stuff and thanks to Mr. King for attempting to spray High Karate on Cowsh#%.

truedawg

May 2nd, 2012
9:56 am

Top 10, not #6. They have unaswered questions on the O line and kicking game. I see improved RB play and loaded with passing targets. The front 7 will be one of the best in NCAA. Even with these questions I see them winning the EAST. Only Bama and LSU look better. If the kicking and Oline comes together, I can see a season with one loss very possible. So one paper (as always) top ten looks good. Play the games and see If these Dawgs have aggression, conditioning and heart. GATA!! Go DAWGS!!!

kingdaddy

May 2nd, 2012
10:07 am

All I hear are a bunch of troll babies crying because an outside sports mag. thinks Ga. will be pretty good. You haters can’t stand to see or hear anyone say anything good about the Dawgs. Poor ol Nerds…

kingdaddy

May 2nd, 2012
10:10 am

Countryboy
Can you try alittle harder to not be so stupid???

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2012
10:11 am

Question, anybody that says the teams on our schedule, Tn, Au, UF, (GT), even Ky, Vandy, don’t “count” simply has no credibility as a Dawg fan. Frankly that logic wouldn’t fly as a fan of any program.

We may as well lose them all. we already have by your standard. The schedule is what it is, and those ARE top quality SEC teams, and rivals. Not every team, every year, can be a nation championship caliber opponents.

Please take your “espen tells me what to think” attitude to another board.

(BTW< your "before you answer" caviat, did not back up your point. In fact it practically contradicted it)

Question.....

May 2nd, 2012
10:22 am

Altamatha Dog
Question, anybody that says the teams on our schedule, Tn, Au, UF, (GT), even Ky, Vandy, don’t “count” simply has no credibility as a Dawg fan. Frankly that logic wouldn’t fly as a fan of any program.

Who said they dont count??????????????? Read the post, I said what teams could you “COUNT” as a win on our schedule….NOT anything about they dont count.

We may as well lose them all. we already have by your standard. The schedule is what it is, and those ARE top quality SEC teams, and rivals. Not every team, every year, can be a nation championship caliber opponents.

Exactly my point! No way can you look at our schedule and assume 10 wins like most are saying on here!

Please take your “espen tells me what to think” attitude to another board.

Learn to read before you start calling someone out dude….

Question.....

May 2nd, 2012
10:29 am

AR Dawg…..exactly my point. No one in their right mind can look at our schedule and “assume” 10 wins which is what most folks are saying on here. I cant even look at the schedule and “assume” 5 wins to be honest. You’re right, thats why we play the game.

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2012
10:38 am

I stand corrected. My appologies.

That “doesn’t count” meme has been floated about in here before and your wording was confusing, but thats on me, not you.

On a related and ironic note: I agree with you.

Question.....

May 2nd, 2012
10:49 am

Altamaha Dawg…..I agree, if you spend anytime on this blog it can and does leave your head spinning HA!

kingdaddy

May 2nd, 2012
10:50 am

We all have the right to an opinion and none of us know what will happen this year. One group (that Ga. probably beat the crap out of) says, “Dawgs Su*k “. The other group is loyal fans who see most of their team returning with an easy schedual. Who’s right, who’s wrong? It should be a fun year for the fans…

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

I love the double standard.

When we approach the season, Auburn, UT, Miss St and florida were all “up and coming programs with coaches better than Richt who could come to Athens and win right away.” “Look for UGA to get drilled by all of them.”

Then, after we beat all of them, our schedule is all of a sudden “a cupcake filled joke”.

Give any thought that the reason these teams didn’t do so well and didn’t end up ranked is because we beat them and pinned a loss on them?

Never thought that college football is about confidence and momentum and that 1 loss usually leads to 2nd guessing and leads to additional losses?

You TROLL boys can’t have it both ways.

Use some logic for once

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

And on a futher related note, although I defended dawginLex, I disagree with what he sad thsat opened that up.

Going on record to suggest that anything short of 13-1 will be unaceptable is foolish at this point IMO. Disappointing is what he technically said, but I think the imnplication was that 13-1 is the mimimal standard and to be anything;less is backing up.

#1, having a terrible year, then following it up with 10-4, then 12-2 would not bring out pitchforks at any rational fan rally.

#2. lets look at what that would be: That would be one season loss, win the east, and then winning either the SECCG or a likely BCS caliber bowl game. And finishing around 5 or 6 nationally.Or an undefeated season, losing the conference game and to somebody like USC in the Sugar bowl. Either way, a pretty impressive season.

#3. we have no idea how things will pan out with other teams or our own health.

I vote for 13-1 too. But to claim that anything just short is just a bunch of excuses ignores the reality of College Football as we know it.

JimDawg

May 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

That may be a pretty good pick for the Dogs’ year end ranking, but it’s too high for preseason. Too many questions on the OL, the secondary, and the special teams. Even though they play a favorable schedule, they still play several games (Missouri, S. C. Auburn) that could go either way with the inexperience in those key positions noted earlier. I see them as a 10-15 ranked team right now. If they survive early and get key people back and gel like last year they could do very well in 2012. Assuming there are no serious injuries or stupid mistakes by students. Big ifs.

ElvinBishopBand

May 2nd, 2012
11:14 am

Just enjoy the high ranking for the most part it means somebody thinks you have a pretty good team or could have one regardless. You just need to be in that top 15 from the get go so you can inch forward as others get beat and that is a good thing. UGA doesn’t know how to win big games at this point due to they’re lazy and soft and that will never change under Richt. The Alabama staff has completed the review of Mizzou and the inside info is that offense will cause major problems for SEC teams in year 1! They do things nobody else has ever done in our conference and it will take some work to get used to what they do. Bama will play them later in the year so we can see more but you guys have them right off the bat. Again this is not my thinking but the inside spill from the Bama staff. You have been warned.

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

alt

It depends on how the season plays out.

I see no reason to lose to anyone on the schedule outside of SC at SC. Even there, I believe we are better but it is on the road and late enough in the year that Lattimore will be pretty close to 100%.

So if we go 11-1 and play LSU a close game in the SECCG and lose then win the bowl game, we are 12-2.

I won’t be happy at all but me being unahppy does not equate with firing Richt.

I will still be unhappy in that we have blown the best opportunity since 2002 to win the BCS

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

May 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

DawginLex writes:

Give any thought that the reason these teams didn’t do so well and didn’t end up ranked is because we beat them and pinned a loss on them

If you were the only one who beat them then they would be a good football team and end up ranked. However, logic dictates that since several teams beat your opponent as well then, no, they were not a good football team and that is the reason they did not end the season ranked.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

Athens has no expecations for winning. and accepts mediocrity.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 2nd, 2012
11:41 am

@Rock Paper……the best thing to do is ignore the ignorant rants and comments from Dawginlex (aka Dogtard)

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 2nd, 2012
11:42 am

Ok, let’s breakdown the offensive line, special teams and what Rambo and Ogletree are planning to occupy themselves for the first 4 games of 2012. Feedback?

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 2nd, 2012
11:49 am

The bottom line is UGA could not step up and win the big ones, and lost to most ranked teams in 2011.

- Lost to Boise in the opener in their own backyard
- Lost to Spurrier again, he owns this program (including Florida)
- Drilled by LSU in the SEC title game, even though UGA did play a competitive first half, but Miles stepped on your throat
- Lost to MSU in triple OT, when UGA had the game put away

Now, that is a failure of planning and execution, which boils down to coaching. If you are happy being optimistic about being associated with a program that typically goes 8-4 or maybe even 9-3, then you are on the right site.

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

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

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Interception idiot

I guess you missed this post???

How do you function day to day being so ignorant?

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
12:01 pm

Never thought that college football is about confidence and momentum and that 1 loss usually leads to 2nd guessing and leads to additional losses?

************************

I love how you didn’t copy my whole post.

What are you, a Jehovah’s witness who takes one Bible verse and applies it to everything to suit your agenda?

philSC

May 2nd, 2012
12:02 pm

who cares? they will lose 2 and then get destroyed by BAMA or LSU in SEC Championship ;) ))))

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
12:04 pm

So which was it interception dude?

The teams were going to “drill us” according to you.

Florida
Miss St
Auburn
UT

They all have better coaches than Richt. They were sure losses or “getting drilled” according to you.

Yet somehow, Georgia won?

Same prediction you are making this year.

Just because you hate UGA and Richt.

You are a IDIOT

philSC

May 2nd, 2012
12:04 pm

THe differemce between BAMA and UGA is that BAMA has 13 more Natl Titles and would have fired CMR 8 years ago!!!!

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
12:04 pm

phil

YOU obviously care