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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DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
12:06 pm

Bama has 6 titles voted on by the 5 dudes at the lunch counter of Tuscaloosa Drug and Sundrie. The teams all lost their bowl games. Not real national champions

Dogs Smell

May 2nd, 2012
12:21 pm

Based on the schedule yes, based on talent NO !When you dont play ranked teams you show nothing. when Georgia does play ranked teams they lose. End of story. Over rated every year.

BobDawg

May 2nd, 2012
12:31 pm

Last year from mid-season on the top 10 teams never moved down/out of the top 10 and you were effectively locked out… I’ll take a top 10 ranking all day long in no particular order….

aw

May 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

4th best team in the SEC played for the SEC title. Go Dawgs. The Western division should just form their own conference! Beat Florida more than every 5 years then I will say UGA has returned.

A Law Dawg

May 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

Way, way, way too high. For some reason ESPN believes polls should measure the eventual W-L record of teams. The polls are supposed to measure the relative strength of teams. Georgia’s defense should be lights out, again, but Georgia still has too many unanswered questions. Can the team make half-time adjustments? Can the offense win a game on its own, and not just count on the defense to hold onto a tiny lead? Has strength and conditioning improved enough so that Georgia can not run out of gas in the fourth quarter? And most importantly, can Georgia beat a highly ranked team in an important match up? I bleed red and black, but I haven’t seen these dogs compete at a top level in a long time. I think they’re a top 20 team, but not in the top 6.

I’d like to see Georgia come in under the radar this year. They have a clear path to #1 – win the division, win the conference, with the big one. That should be goals number 1, 2, and 3. Let the pressure of a high ranking go to another team.

7576DAWG

May 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

When Georgia plays a great team they will have to play defense for 60 minutes as they found out in the SEC Championship game. I think we have such a defense this year. The reason Alabama was so great last year was because of a defense that was great for 60 minutes. GREAT DEFENSES WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Now, what about the offense? You need a Quarterback that is a leader enough to chew up some clock and score enough to win. You don’t need a great Quarterback to win Championships but you do need one that will not lose the game for you. You need a patient, smart one.
This year there are no great Quarterbacks in the SEC except the Missouri Quarterback if he is healthy but they lost a lot in Graduation and they don’t have a very good defense. They will try to out score their opponent , the Big-12 way. Conner Shaw at South Carolina looked great at times but terrible at time so the jury is out on him. The question is has he learned to not be a part of the problem. Aaron Murray for Georgia is the same. If Florida can find a Quarterback they will be good but I still think they are at least another year away as a team if not two years. Tennessee is a mess and unless someone great steps forward they are a few years away at best.The season for Arkansas , LSU, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia will be determined on which one has a Quarterback that will step up and minimize mistakes. Mettenberger has a chance of being great at LSU and I think would be starting ahead of Murray if he had not messed up when he was at Georgia. He paid his debt and I wish him the best but Richt definitely did the right thing in kicking him off the team. If it had been my daughter that he assaulted I would have demanded jail time and a felony record. I don’t know anything about how good the defense is at Texas A&M or Missouri but they will find out real fast that the defense is what makes the SEC great.

Tyler

May 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

Georgia is a little too high right now. There are still quite a few quesiton marks left that have not been answered. 1.) Can Georgia’s o-line be productive? 2.) Can we run the ball successfully and consistenly? 3.) Can Aaron Murray be consistent on a game-to-game basis and reduce the turnovers? 4.) Will our players stop getting in trouble and can they stay healthy all season long?

Tyler

May 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

7576DAWG: “This year there are no great Quarterbacks in the SEC except the Missouri Quarterback if he is healthy but they lost a lot in Graduation and they don’t have a very good defense.”

-Don’t forget about that kid at UT. Tyler Bray is a pretty good QB

Bama Roll

May 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

Bama blows out ga in the sec title game—mark it down. This bama team may be better than last year’s team!! Nick’s reloaded for another title run—#15!!!

macon dog 1

May 2nd, 2012
1:45 pm

with florida and tennessee way down and Ga’s easy schedule, the dogs should win the east easily again and play lsu for the title. With a big bowl win, Ga should go 12-2 or 11-3 and finish in the top 10.

Question.....

May 2nd, 2012
1:50 pm

Most likely: 9-3 (Missouri, Carolina, Florida)

Could happen: Missouri, Carolina, Fla, Tech (they’re WAY over due for an upset)

Wishful thinking 10-2 (if Murray doesnt kill us with Turnovers) Missouri, Carolina

When PIGS fly…..12-0

Question.....

May 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

14-0 SEC Champs/National Champs: When H freezes over

Woof

May 2nd, 2012
1:54 pm

UGA going 14-0 in 2012 would be like Vandy winning the SEC or Indiana winning the Big 10 or Washington State winning the Pac 12 or need I say more…

DawginLex

May 2nd, 2012
2:10 pm

Arkansas or LSU will be in the Dome not Bama. Lost too much talent

Ark/LSU is being played in Fayetteville for 1st time since 1992.

Don’t underestimate Tyler Wilson, especially now that Davis is back at RB

trueUGAfan

May 2nd, 2012
2:26 pm

Off subject, wanna say R.I.P. Junior Seau, USC legend and NFL great…

trueUGAfan

May 2nd, 2012
2:29 pm

Preliminary report “suicide”

Columbus

May 2nd, 2012
2:49 pm

Well, since UGA is going to win the SEC this year, they are MORE than a legitimate top 10 team. They are a top 5 team. The defense and the balanced offense will carry this team all the way.

I would prefer a lower ranking to start the season in one aspect, so they do not believe the hype, but on the other hand, not being ranked in the top 5, puts the right amount of urgency and focus on the mood of the team, Not too much stress about living up to the ranking, but just the right mindest and confidence to beat the stew out of everybody. One thing that does suck is having to open up the season playing the toughest opponent of anyone in the SEC. Its game 1, not game 3. BUT if UGA pulls it out against Missouri, they will go undefeated and win the SEC. Mark that down and I will be here in November to make all you haters and non-believers eat crow. Or eat mine if necessary. But it wont be. I have been watching SEC football for too long and the team is that good and the schedule that friendly. Sure we have new kickers but the OL will be fine, the running backs will be AWESOME. The defense will be the best in the nation. Murray will the least INT’S of his career. The DB’s are thin but Mitchell will help out tremendously and the DL and LB pressure on the QB’s will help the DB’s look better than they are.

UGA’s SEC Championship game ride started a year early by winning the East in 2011 and that experience will be HUGE come this year. The next 5 years will be the best run in UGA history and just as good and possibly even better than 1980-1984. And we dont have Herschel. We have a complete team and the strengths will makeup and cover for the weaknesses. The ONLY thing that could do us in is the special teams play. The gave up so many points against LSU and SC. That MUST be fixed. There is nothing that can be done to cover that weakness in a close game. It will be corrected I beleive.

Lookout SEC for the Georgia Bulldogs. It IS the DECADE of the DAWG!

Top 10? Top 5. And maybe #1 in the nation when it is all said and done. The defense IS that good. The offense is that balanced and skilled and if a couple of receivers step up to fill Mitchell’s shoes….UNSTOPPABLE. You hear that BAMA and LSU?

I want that LSU rematch….that would be AWESOME and since UGA and LSU have been to the SEC championship game more than ANY team in the SEC over the last decade, that would be fitting. UGA will be there. Will you be there LSU?

jsmooth

May 2nd, 2012
3:23 pm

Let’s just take this season, day by day, game by game. On paper, even Tech looks decent, well maybe not Tech, but, you know what I mean. UGA has some holes to fill and who knows who will step up and who will be the real “dog” of the season. I expect tough games at Mizz, USC, FL and maybe UT. Tech will be Tech, so, nothing to worry about there. Who knows, maybe Vandy will be decent again. Game by game.

harold

May 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

THE WEAKEST SCHEDULE UGA HAS EVER HAD. COULD COST THEM A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

David Granger

May 2nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Preseason rankings don’t mean bibbidy-squat, and frankly…I’d rather NOT see us ranked especially high. If we WIN games…and look going doing it…we WILL be ranked highly at the end of the season, which is when it really counts.
The last time we had a real high pre-season ranking, the team actually started believing it. And we ended up having a wretched season, especially considering the talent we had on that team. Georgia doesn’t seem to do well when we’re favored.
Worst part is, even the Georgia fans…who should know better…start running our damn mouths and talking smack like them damn punk programs. And I hate to see Dawg fans acting like that FSU or University of Miami scum.
Rank us down there around 17 or 18th. Good place to start, and if we win we’ll be ranked where we should be at the end of the season.

Brad

May 2nd, 2012
4:24 pm

It may be high, but I want to see us too high. It’s the best way to get into BCS games at the end of the year since pollsters want teams to finish where they started. Easier to jump those 3 or 4 spots at the end of the year if we start at 6.

7576DAWG

May 2nd, 2012
4:24 pm

Tyler
Tyler Bray is good but not great. The rest of the team is in shambles. It will take as much as 3 year for Dooley to get it right at Tennessee and I don’t thunk he will be given that long. I see him as an escape goat. The next coach will be the real deal. They should have never gotten rid of Fulmer.

Rick James

May 2nd, 2012
4:36 pm

@georgiasouthernalum

When will UGA get real football schedule and play somebody?
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Somebody like Georgia Southern?

BCS Tiger

May 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

JOEjuh football… . . . LMAOO!!

Rowdey_Red_Pachyderm

May 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

Just poking my trunk in here this afternoon, but you dawgs had a lot of talent go pro as well this draft what 7 total I’m thinking?

Hearing anything out of Mizzou that should be a fun game?

Was Caleb King the worst, or was it Jasper Shanks or Washout Ealey?

May 2nd, 2012
5:31 pm

Fire Richt and hire Caleb King. Then, when players get in trouble, King will beat them to death. Make an example of a couple of them, and the others will straighten up real quick.

Go down, Sheba

May 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

When will UGA get real football schedule and play somebody?

Answer: Never

Zackariah

May 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

I could make the case that the DAWGS are ranked too low. Who did Oregon, Oklahoma, or Florida St beat last year? Arkansas has coaching issues and the talent on UGA is better than what SC has. The OL and secondary should be the only issues for UGA. The secondary will be fine once the suspension are done. Is our talent that far off from USC, BAMA, and LSU? I put this on the QB. I keep hearing how great he is so he needs to make the guys around him better and win some big games. We have an easy schedule. 12-1 should be the worst case for the regular season.

Larry

May 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Dawgs win it all! Dawgs win it all! Dawgs win it all! Dawgs win it all!

Snoop Dawg

May 2nd, 2012
6:01 pm

Richt is an incompetent coach. So he and Bobo will insure that the team does not reach its potential this year just as they have done each of the past several years.

Pass the koolaid DawginLex and AltamahaDog! Spout some dated irrelevant statistics to us that show that Richt is really a genius college football CEO…

btw, how is Preacha Man’s graduate level study of the game of football progressing since Greg McCavity relieved him of all his other administrative dutiies so that he can focus like a Bill Clinton laser beam on football?

Snoop Dawg

May 2nd, 2012
6:05 pm

Larry, the only thing that Richt will win is the Fullmer award (again).

sports

May 2nd, 2012
6:28 pm

UGA is a ligit top 5 knothead

goodnight Irene

May 2nd, 2012
6:53 pm

@Zackariah

Oregon would have beaten Georgia like a drum if you guys hadn’t cancelled so you could play power rangers in the dome against Boise, who handled you quite nicely for a WAC school. Try beating a good team before you run that mouth of yours.

Yellow Fuzz

May 2nd, 2012
7:22 pm

hahahahahahahahahahaha

Yellow Fuzz

May 2nd, 2012
7:25 pm

I think the dogs should be ranked number 1. Preseason National Champions (for what?the 5th timne in 6 years? Hahahahahahahha….hahahahahahaahah . Hahahahahahahaha

the sad thing is...

May 2nd, 2012
7:52 pm

if UGA had to play any of the big 3 out west, you wouldn’t be ranked in the pre-season top 10. Thats the difference from where LSU and Bama are to where UGA is. Their schedules have little bearing on their expectations. They expect to win and play for titles. UGA just hopes they catch a break with an easy schedule.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

May 2nd, 2012
8:13 pm

With Adams now leaving UGA

UGA football might become better

Danny

May 2nd, 2012
8:22 pm

I like the dawgs to do well. I think their defense will be awesome even with the suspensions. Whether they contend or not will rely on Murray. If he can throw in the 65% or greater comp with less int’s we will be right up there with the best in the country. I believe our running game will be the single biggest improvement with Malcome, Crowell and Marshall running hard every play. Everything rides on the SC and Fla games, nothing new there.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

May 2nd, 2012
8:25 pm

Danny

Its not up to Murray

Its up to Richt; you know Richt hasnt beat a great team since 2005 Murray was what in 8th 9th grade
Murray isnt the problem

Joe

May 2nd, 2012
8:53 pm

Georgia would be better served not to be ranked. That would give an incentive for the team to climb the rankings each week instead of defending their ranking each week.

01HAWK

May 2nd, 2012
8:56 pm

1980 was so 32 years ago

Will your kids kids see UGA win a BCS Title ?

Sun Devil Dave

May 2nd, 2012
9:22 pm

Dawgs # 6? To High boys. Ya’ll going down, but as usual will bounce back after tossing the hot potato to the opposing team a couple of times. Look on the bright side, at least you’re ranked.

AltamahaDawg

May 2nd, 2012
9:25 pm

How about this Snoop. Pick something I have posted and prove where I was wrong.

Oh right. That’s not exactly your style.

@01 hawk

May 2nd, 2012
9:27 pm

New age bama fan with zero class, act like you won something before, or perhaps , being a new bama fan you’re unaccustomed to winning, good to have a resurgent bama in the SEC.

Spike 80DF

May 2nd, 2012
9:28 pm

This poll must be wrong because I don’t see tech’s powerhouse program listed on there…

Torching a Blunt With The Bulldog Nation

May 2nd, 2012
9:44 pm

Dooley is an “escape goat.”? Heh Heh. That’s cute, 7576. I think I’ll add that one to my vocabulary.

VA DAWG

May 2nd, 2012
9:46 pm

I’d say that was about right if we didn’t have so many players in the weeds!!

Brainiac

May 2nd, 2012
10:17 pm

@ Zachariah:

I hate to be the one that breaks the news to you but there ain’t gonna be no 12-1 Regular season for the Dawgs cause they ain’t got but 12 games scheduled.

Footbal Guy

May 3rd, 2012
6:15 am

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ole yeller

May 3rd, 2012
7:54 am

The Jury is out on the “O” being a top 10 team BUT not the “D”. A top 5 team on “D” for sure. Few team in the BCS circles will match up with the DAWGS IN 2012 on the “D” side of the ball. They should be nasty all season and playing with a chip on their shoulders, count on it.