Where do the Dawgs belong in the preseason rankings? (Updated)

oval G logoThe players are back in Athens, students are preparing to move into the dorms next week, and the AP and coaches’ preseason rankings are just around the corner.

In the meantime, a couple of fresh rankings are out: CBSsports.com is sticking to what most have predicted by having UGA in its Top 10, ranked No. 6. However, the Sporting News differs a bit, putting Georgia at No. 14, noting that while there’s “a lot to like about the Bulldogs,” Mark Richt’s program still needs to “put it together for a whole season … easier said than done in the SEC,” and establish “some consistency at the tailback position.”

Update: The USA Today coaches’ poll came out Thursday, with Georgia ranked No. 6.

So, what do you think? Richt’s program returns a loaded defense and an experienced quarterback and receivers and generally is favored to win the SEC East again, but is rebuilding its offensive line, continues with the backfield turmoil and still has that early-season suspension question to answer.

We’ve discussed this before, but let’s take a fresh look in the wake of the summer’s events. Are the Bulldogs a legitimate Top 10 team, or is the Sporting News closer to the mark?

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257 comments Add your comment

Lazarus

August 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

No way we are a top 10 team. NO WAY! Wherever you think 9-4 gets you is where we end up. 23rd? Maybe 21st since we are in the SEC.

Overrated Dogs

August 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

Hell Vandy would be top 10 with that schedule. Dogs lose 4 this year and as usual wont finish where they strted.

To Tell the Truth

August 3rd, 2012
10:28 am

They do not deserve to be ranked as the lost their bowl game and they have not won squat like a NC in 30+ years! Therefore, until they actually win something worth winning, they do not even deserve a mention. Every year it is the same ole same as the media gives them a lot of love, and yet, they fail to produce.

Enough Said!!!

ARdawg

August 3rd, 2012
10:48 am

Tech Trolls on a UGA blog are D0U<hes

OldFan

August 3rd, 2012
10:51 am

Really don’t understand how a team that has lost to all its top competitors over the past couple years, that has lost its top running back, O-line experience, punter and field goal kicker, and has a QB yet to lead the team to a signature win is ranked so high. Granted the D should be impressive, and the schedule is the easiest in the SEC—but come on now!

tell me again

August 7th, 2012
12:01 pm

gt bob. you mean like the way Tech rises in the polls each year while playing nobodies in the weakest league in the country?

tell me again

August 7th, 2012
12:05 pm

texas dawg ~ you pretty much said a mouthful. Until this program gets back to getting signature wins, any ranking above 15 is too high. There’s been something missing in Athens the last few years and it hasn’t been talent. It’s a wait and see scenario as far as I am concerned. Hoping to be surprised in a good way this year.