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

ghosty

August 1st, 2012
11:03 am

Scrambledog

August 1st, 2012
11:04 am

I say around 8 or 9 sounds about right ……. Go Dogs………Sic ‘em !!!!!

Brandon

August 1st, 2012
11:04 am

Somewhere between 10-12 I think is reasonable given the returning talent. I think 6 is a little too high to start with given the uncertainty in the secondary for the first couple games and the newbies on the O-Line.

Bryan G.

August 1st, 2012
11:05 am

around 10 is probably right.

Jason

August 1st, 2012
11:06 am

dale

August 1st, 2012
11:07 am

A fair assessment by Sporting News. I think some recruits are watching closely. Can Richt and company put it together for a full season?

Munson - Dead and Gone Forever

August 1st, 2012
11:09 am

around 22 is where we will be when we lose to Mizzou!

Maddawg

August 1st, 2012
11:10 am

around 10 is fine for me, a ton of talent, but have to prove we can put it together. Will need to stay healthy, put a formidable offensive line together(we will know what they are about the first few games because if they struggle with the first few teams it will be hard to do anything against the likes of usce, uf, and especially if we make it to the sec champ game), fix special teams, consistent run game, a lot of questions to fill early on and some luck to stay healthy, but if they can do that and put everything together definitely have the talent to play with anyone, can not forget 2 fresh kickers in the punt and kick game which can win or lose some close ones

WI Dawg

August 1st, 2012
11:11 am

Top 10…maybe 7-9 but hey…if we take care of business in Mizzou….top 10 for sure and then ur 5-0 going into Columbia to lay the Ole Ball Coach. And after we take a W out of Columbia….who’s gonna beat us then…the stinkin’ Gators?? Come on!!! That Def that’s supposed to be so good will be on the field for 55 of the 60mins of the game. lol

ghosty

August 1st, 2012
11:13 am

Bill,

Mark Richt’s team of late, don’t finish in the top 10, so I wouldn’t rank them there. Heck, Richt hasn’t beaten a top 20 team since 2009, so he doesn’t deserve to be ranked in the top 20 until he does.

Mark Richt is 0-9 vs. teams that finish in the top 25 since 2009.

The schedule, Richt will face 5 teams that will finish with winning records (Missouri, GT, Auburn, South Carolina, Florida), Richt wins only 40% against teams with winning records since 2009.

Richt is 0-2 vs. Surrier since 2009 (Lattimore has run for nearly 400 yards in 2 games), and Richt has never beat Fla back to back.

So that’s 3 losses.

And then you have teams like Tenn, Vanderbilt, GT, who have excellent special teams coaches. UGA’s special teams were close to the worst in the nation in punt return defense, kick return defense, and field goal percentage.

Murray also turns the ball over a lot, has committed 23 turnovers in 27 games.

Marvin

August 1st, 2012
11:17 am

This topic seems like chum for trolls. But – I think Sporting News has it about right. We don’t deserve anything higher unless and until we beat somebody (Mizzou).

Tech_Fan

August 1st, 2012
11:26 am

Around 10-13. The defense gets them there to that spot. Don’t really know what kind of production will come out of the backfield

WI Dawg

August 1st, 2012
11:26 am

can someone explain to me how it is that we have non-UGA fans commenting about UGA on this blog??? Not saying they are not free to come here…..just confused on how a person that is not a fan can take the time to come on to a site that they are not a fan of and give comments about UGA. I mean….u will not find a person that dislikes Florida as much as I do (and my 5 yr old daughter…haha)….but I could never take time out of my day to go on to a Gator site and comments on how much they stink. Hmmmmm. Just basic losers? Kids?? Can soemone shed light on this for me? lol

MRcollectingchecksandlovingit

August 1st, 2012
11:27 am

TSN is probably close. I expect Georgia to once again lose to and decent team they play.

Tech_Fan

August 1st, 2012
11:28 am

@wi_dawg

Im bored at work and nothing is being posted on Techs site

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
11:29 am

“The players are back in Athens”

and

The Athens-CC Police are on full alert

and

The attorneys are on standby

schmeckdawg

August 1st, 2012
11:31 am

If we can get through the first 4 games undefeated and get everybody back on defense, then I think our ranking is a little low. If we trip on either games 2 or 4, then I think that we are just about right! Also, our OL is going to have to step up big time!!!!!!!!

WI Dawg

August 1st, 2012
11:33 am

@Tech_Fan

LMAO…..I never knew that there was that level of bored! ;) But understood…..I guess. Looking forward to seeing you guys in Athens this year. Go Dawgs!

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
11:34 am

“an experienced quarterback”

at turnovers and interceptions

wacky

August 1st, 2012
11:36 am

SIXTEENTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… @WI Dawg… bc ppl like ghosty have no lives and they have nothing to cheer or be excited about with their own sorry excuse for a team so it makes them feel bigger and better to come and demean and argue like a 5 y/o on a rivals board.

wacky

August 1st, 2012
11:37 am

AND ESPECIALLY ssigator

RxDawg

August 1st, 2012
11:39 am

For me it’s simple. If we have about the same team as last year AND we can actually run the football this year then I think we are a top 5 team. If we can’t run, then we should be ~ 15 spot or so.

BG

August 1st, 2012
11:40 am

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
11:41 am

“some consistency at the tailback position”

They have had that in recent years – consistantly recruiting star power with entitlement issues.

Dawg258

August 1st, 2012
11:43 am

SSI – Has no QB, No RB or No WR’s
Enjoy your season!
Back where the majority of your history has been …. Gator fans do like to bring up the past right?

Columbus Dawg

August 1st, 2012
11:45 am

Hey gator, I will go out on a limb here and say that most in the Dawg Nation, outside of these blogs are expecting Murray to step up to another level of outstanding play this season. Oh, yeah, and he was good enough to whip your team in Jax last year. I would not run my mouth if I were you, UGA will take back the momentum in the series this year. UF will be tough, and I am not going to down play your team, I just think the Dawgs rise to occasion in a very important year for the Dawgs.

Dawg258

August 1st, 2012
11:45 am

Entitlement issues sounds like those big stars you been recruiting on the defensive side and where are most of them???
GONE!

Spanky

August 1st, 2012
11:45 am

WI Dawg, you really have not seen anything yet! You will be amazed at the haters and the jealous tech fans!…GTBob should be drooping around any minute now,..cutting and pasting awaaay!!

Schmeckdawg hit the nail on the head…OLine is where it starts!!

Texas DAWG

August 1st, 2012
11:46 am

Not where you start it’s where you finish! That being said…..Based off the last three years I think our ranking is to high……LOVE my dogs but the fact of the matter is in the last three years we have beaten the bad teams and lost to the good ones….Does Murry have a win agaisnt a team that fisnihed in the top twenty?????Can our special teams get better?????

With the talent we have we should run the table this year….no reason….tied of the excuses…get it done CMR!!!!

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
11:47 am

“Where do the Dawgs belong in the preseason rankings”

They are right where they are every year at this time – Pre-Season National Champions. Enjoy it while you can. UGA fans only have one month left before reality hits.

WDE

August 1st, 2012
11:48 am

As long as we are ranked ahead of the Gators its all good…

Dawg258

August 1st, 2012
11:50 am

SSI – go out on a limb….. Whats going to happen in your season this year game by game? including thoughts on the end of october game.?? We all want to get this prediction down….
own up to it!

minnesota dawg

August 1st, 2012
11:53 am

I like them under the radar so they can sneek up to number 1!

murfdawg

August 1st, 2012
11:53 am

I’ll get back to you after the SC game and give you a ranking then. I think we have the talent on defense, but Murray and Bobo have not instilled a lot of confidence that they can win big. Murray is 16-11 and Bobo has screwed up the second game of the season every year. If the freshmen running backs can produce 200 yards per game, we have a chance to be really good. Of course, this is all predicated on Bobo giving them the chance to run the ball and not have Murray throw the ball 80 yards down field every play.

Until Murray and Bobo show me they know how to win big games, we will stay around 8-4 maybe 9-3. I’m afraid Bobo has turned into the new Willie Martinez. But feel free to contact me in Dec and tell me I was wrong. I hate it when I’m right!!!

gratefuldawghead

August 1st, 2012
11:55 am

Around 10 is fine. Funny how ghosty mentions Tech as a team that can beat Ga! Go Dawgs

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
11:55 am

Dawg258 -

Whats going to happen in your season this year game by game?
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Good question. I have no idea. As far as the UF/UGA game goes though, if UGA can win two in a row over UF for the first time since the 80’s then maybe someone outside of Athens will be impressed.

Vance Duly

August 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

#12-#15. We need to prove that our offensive line will get the job done for a change, that our group of tailbacks will get the job done, that our 2 freshmen kickers will consistently get the job done, that we can survive whatever the final suspension list is for the early games, and that Coach Bobo will coach 4 aggressive quarters, foot on the gas, until the game is over. That’s a lot to prove…. GO DAWGS..!!!

Columbus Dawg

August 1st, 2012
12:13 pm

SSIgator makes a valid point, and Georgia MUST beat Florida this year, make it two in a row, and get the monkey and the media off it’s back. I am one who feels that the Dawgs will do just that. The 2012 UGA -Florida game will in my opinion will be one of the biggest games in UGA history as far as restoring the Dawgs prominence among national powers. The depth on D will unrecognizable to most Dawg fans this season.

WI Dawg

August 1st, 2012
12:16 pm

There’s an old saying…”you will never lose the game if the other team doesn’t score”….hats off to the Dawgs D!!! Yea, we have a few suspensions but we return 10 of 11 from a top 5 def from last year. Just sayin’….and look at that 1st half of the LSU game…that should not go overlooked. We just need for the O to keep them off the field for the whole darn game. Read …running game a must…hence offensive line and freshman backs better step up!!

Dawg258

August 1st, 2012
12:17 pm

SSI – Funny you have a lot to say about someone elses team but nothing to say about your own….
FYI – I live out of Athens, I’m in Jacksonville just a waiting. lol
I guess we can put any stock in your blogging if you cant break out some predicitons on your own team, just others…. no substance!
Next!

OldFan

August 1st, 2012
12:20 pm

Dawgs are not a legitimate pre-season Top Ten. They may earn their way there, but with several downsides looming large, they’ll need to prove a few things, yet. Should be fun to watch.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
12:25 pm

A team that hasn’t beaten a ranked team in over 2 years, has a patched up offensive line, no quality tailback with any experience, a QB with turnover issues, and several players suspended to start the season are a top 10 team? Has college football really fallen that much?

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

Dawg258 -

Hmmm, let’s see. I believe that the article is about UGA . . .

“Where do the Dawgs belong in the preseason rankings?”

Yep, I was correct. It is about UGA.

David Granger

August 1st, 2012
12:27 pm

No higher than 15th. If we get rated any higher, both the team and the fans will start to BELIEVE that pre-season rankings actually mean something…and it’ll screw up both groups.

Jinx

August 1st, 2012
12:27 pm

I look at it this way.

We lost to South Carolina by 3 points.

We lost to Michigan State by 3 points.

If we could correct why we lost those 2 nail-biters, we go 12-2 instead of 10-4, it was that close in 2011 to being a top 10 finish.

Also played the #1 ranked team as tough an anyone for 2 quarters, then we kind of fell apart to to self inflicted mistakes on punt return and the offense made some costly turnovers in the 3rd quarter.

As for punt return, either kick it higher, or out of bounds next time. As for the offensive turnovers, take a sack or be more careful with throws especially on your own side of the field. If you do commit a turnover, hold them to a field goal on red zone defense.

So, I’d say this team is a top 10 team.

DawginSewer

August 1st, 2012
12:39 pm

Weees winess these alless. Ruggs, Fuffs, Ruffs.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
12:39 pm

Quick trivia question for everybody. In the CBS Sports poll only one team in the top 20 hasn’t beaten a ranked team in the past two years. Anybody want to guess who it is?

WDE

August 1st, 2012
12:47 pm

@GTBob 10 out of 11 and counting…fall far Bug..

Rambling Wreck 150

August 1st, 2012
12:49 pm

Will it make any difference when the Yellow Jackets smash that turnip truck from ‘athens South Carolina East once again?

No friends the only legitimate division #1 team in this state and city will take them down to the mat for a full count!

Dawg258

August 1st, 2012
12:49 pm

SSI – I understand the article was about UGA…. I asked you about your team…..
Since you have nothing but bashing UGA in your blogs posts lets get it marked down now at the beginning of August —— > What is UF going to do this season and what is your season prediction???
Don’t skirt it, Put it down.

Desert Fox

August 1st, 2012
12:51 pm

My heart says top 10 but my gut says TSN has more realistic view at 14. With all the turmoil over the off season, player attrition for whatever reason, a depleated roster, new key position players and awful special teams play that has not been properly addressed, all valid reasons for not being a top 10 team this early in the season. Can’t rely on the passing game if you don’t have established running game. In order to be a top 10 team you have to have both. Dawgs not there at this time.

Jinx

August 1st, 2012
12:53 pm

Offense, Murray needs to see if he can set records for number of passes without an interception. If in doubt, throw it out, to the short safe outlet and make a small positive gain.

Defense, Grantham needs to hunker down in the red zone as his number 1 focus. Limit to field goals.

Special teams, kick punts high with hang time and no return or if you can’t do that, punt them out of bounds. No more big punt returns.

DawginLex

August 1st, 2012
12:56 pm

should not be any polls until 10/1

chazzo

August 1st, 2012
12:56 pm

I think about #12 is the ideal spot for a dark horse contender. To high in the top ten and there is a good chance of egos getting inflated. Objectively speaking, with an easy schedule that may be harder than many are thinking, a questionable O line, more or less unproven RBs, and new kicking specialists, I would have a hard time putting the Dawgs any higher than #10. The D definitely keeps our guys in the top 15. Love the game and the game will you, Dawgs!

bubba4dawgs

August 1st, 2012
12:57 pm

@ Jinx: I agree with you regarding last season! We never should have lost the SC game nor Mich. St. The Murray fumble caused it in the 4th qtr. when the DAWGS were leading and the “no block” on Clowney leaving him an open walk to Murray, shaking him like a rag doll which caused a touchdown for SC. I mean to say that Clowney wasn’t even touched! He was totally ignored! It was like giving SC the game! Oh, and the player in front of Clowney was all-SEC! Clint Boling.

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
1:00 pm

Dawg258 -

SSI – I understand the article was about UGA
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Well, I guess that settles it then. When and if Bill King writes an article about UF I will be sure to comment on it. Meanwhile, since you seem to have a keen interest in UF, go to gatorzone.com and you can read all about them.

82DAWG

August 1st, 2012
1:00 pm

No, UGA is not a top 10 team. Top 20, maybe. I expect no better than 10-3 or 9-4 this year as this team has not shown any ability to beat top teams. And losing to Michigan State was an epic embarassment.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
1:01 pm

@GTBob 10 out of 11 and counting…fall far Bug..

Yes. 10 out of 11. UGA has lost 10 out of their last 11 games against ranked teams. Thanks for pointing that out.

North Georgia Dawg

August 1st, 2012
1:03 pm

Honestly, I’d say that sounds about right. Our issues on the o-line should keep us out of the top 10 for now. Our defense and passing game should carry us early on and I’d say 14 is a good ranking. If the line starts to gel, and Marshall starts to get in a groove, maybe we can sneak into the top 10.Go Dawgs! Beat Florida again!

Jinx

August 1st, 2012
1:08 pm

Last year, we had to play four top 10 teams (Boise, South Carolina, LSU, Mich St), lost 2 nail-biters by a field goal, got beat pretty soundly in the other 2, this year we only play one top 20 team (South Carolina), so that be a big difference. We did beat Auburn and Georgia Tech, when both were ranked in the top 25 atht the time, so we should be ok with #25 Florida, and Sporting News has Georgia Tech #21.

DawginNash

August 1st, 2012
1:12 pm

SSI – I think Dawg258 is subtly asking you why you feel a need to come on to UGA blogs to stir the pot. Is it necessary? Fun? Please explain.

Same for you, GTBob. I do not understand the culture of anonymous web-bashing of those with whom you have no allegiance or connection.

Bama Man

August 1st, 2012
1:17 pm

Between 10 and 15 is where I see UGA for now. If they get their running game going and avoid injuries, they may go up to 6 or 7. Murray is a good quarterback and the defense should be deeper.

North Georgia Dawg

August 1st, 2012
1:18 pm

GTboob, how bad will Tech lose to Georgia this season? More or less than last year. And I’m sure their defense is in for yet another terrible season.

DawginLex

August 1st, 2012
1:22 pm

dawg258

You will never get a direct answer from SSI(aka elvira). She won’t put herself in a spot of having to defend what she writes.

Plus she will never admit that Will Muschamp would kill to have Aaron Murray as his QB.

This is also the only blog left on all the AJC blogs where she is allowed to post because she has been banned from all the others. She has also been banned and thrown under the bus on numerous gator sites. That’s why she tells you to go there and post because she can’t.

Shot by her own troops

Her next brilliant move will be to call me Nancy and to go change my tampon.

Best thing to do is ignore her. She gets a cheap thrill from being on a blog with men.

Oh yeah, she will call Richt a bartender too even though all that crap was done prior to Bobby Bowden leading him to the Lord.

Mobile Dawg

August 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

History may or may not repeat itself, the coaching staff is usually directly responsible for a couple of losses each year, not having the team prepared to play, roster mismanagement, game day coaching decisions.

I say they don’t belong in the top ten until they prove it. If we’re undefeated after USC we deserve the ranking, we looked nothing like a top ten team last year except the first half of the SECCG, “defensively”.

Mobile Dawg

August 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

Lex, maybe someone should hijack SSI and say only good things about the Dawgs, now that would drive her crazy.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
1:33 pm

SSI – I think Dawg258 is subtly asking you why you feel a need to come on to UGA blogs to stir the pot. Is it necessary? Fun? Please explain.

Since you asked me also, I will answer. Fun.

Fools Gold

August 1st, 2012
1:34 pm

Until we dont get clobbered in the Big games becuz we dont deserve a ranking in the top 25.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

GTboob, how bad will Tech lose to Georgia this season? More or less than last year. And I’m sure their defense is in for yet another terrible season.

I don’t make any score predictions until at least mid season. Who knows how well GT will be playing or who will still be on UGA’s team at that point.

Gary

August 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

I think the ranking of 14 is fair if you just look at W&L’s. If you look at how it happened and the teams we will playing this year I have higher expectations. Boise was ready and better but we don’t face them this year. I think the SC loss was a fluke last year and not a mistake that will occur again. Lat is still recovering from his injury and we did pretty good against a heathy Lat last year. Couple of dumb plays cost us the game. We also have more time to prepare for SC. Mizzu will not be ready to face Georgia’s defense. I am not worried about them. We should be able to move the ball against them. Florida will be tough as always. We should be able to beat them on paper but that never seems to translate to the field. I think we will win all in the in conference we won last year. Auburn may seek revenge for last year but I am not sure they will be able to. Tech will loose again. We will face LSU again in the SEC. Bama, while loaded will fall again to LSU and will not get a second chance this year thanks to USC going undefeated (Trojans). We will loose to LSU again. We just don’t have four quarters against a team with that much depth. I expect one regular season loss, probably Florida. A loss in the SEC. Hopefully a bowl win, but you don’t know until you meet your opponent. Still upset by the Mich State tripple over time win. Should not have lost that game.

About the criticism of not beating a top ten team. I am pretty sure that if we had beaten any team in the top ten, they would not have been a top ten team except LSU. We lost four game to teams with a lowest ranking of 11. Two were very close. Two were not.

People keep harping on our schedules and yet that speaks volumes. Bama only played two top 25 teams and lost one of them and was gifted a second chance. Florida played 3 top 25 teams including Ga at 19 and FSU at 23. SC played 3 including GA, Ark 5, and Neraska 24. LSU had a tougher schedule playing Bama 1 twice, Oregon 4, Ark 5, GA, 19.

DawginNash

August 1st, 2012
1:39 pm

GTBob – Touche. To each his own.

AltamahaDawg

August 1st, 2012
1:41 pm

Sounds like he skirted it. Pun intended.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

Lat is still recovering from his injury and we did pretty good against a heathy Lat last year.

Yeah, he only had 176 yards rushing against UGA last year. You guys really shut him down.

UGA Insider

August 1st, 2012
1:50 pm

Kolton Houston is OUT. Special teams are the worst in country. Until CMR can win a big game I am going to say #20 or #22 in country. Mainly I say this because we had LSU beat until CMR decided to start kicking it to Honey Badger. Any coach with that thinking cannot be taken too serious.

Gary

August 1st, 2012
1:57 pm

GTBob, is it really that sad on North Ave that bashing the failures of the dawgs is better that discussing any hope for your own team. As a Dawg fan I would never troll a Florida site. They own us. We have a lot of work to do until I will be ready to talk smack to a gator. Yet you seem to just be able to sit in a chair and role one insult after another at a team that kicks you in the nuts and steals your lunch money every year. I find it facinating. We never hear from Vandy, Ketucky, or Ole Miss and yet you keep coming back. Do you really thing you are better than Vandy? I mean I know Vandy is a better school, but as a football program they are simply a victim of their conference. I am sure they could have picked up an ACC title or two over the years if they did not have to face the SEC schedule. So what is it. What makes Tech fans so quick to attack a school that simply dominates them. I mean, at least with Bama they have only beaten us once recently. We won the previous 4, but they can hang those Crystals over us. What do you have? Auburn. We are damn near even recently except the Trophy (not sure the NCAA should have let the happen). At least SC one the last two games and can talk trash. What brings you here?

fishook dawg

August 1st, 2012
1:58 pm

Murray 23 turnovers in 27 games and he’s suppose to be our best QB.

Gary

August 1st, 2012
1:59 pm

Didn’t say we shut him down, but we were the only team that faced SC at full strength and really should have won.

TBDawg

August 1st, 2012
2:03 pm

I think #6 is about right and we should keep that ranking until we lose a game. Remember, it is hard to get to #4 even if we win 10 games. We need to be in top 4 in order to play in NC game.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
2:09 pm

Yet you seem to just be able to sit in a chair and role one insult after another at a team that kicks you in the nuts and steals your lunch money every year. I find it facinating.

The result of the UGA/GT football game is never going to influence the amount of posting I do on the AJC blogs. Your fascination will continue. And no I don’t think GT is better then Vandy. In my opinion Vandy is the class of the SEC and I would gladly trade several ACC teams for them. You guys want Florida St?

It is August El Leg Humperos!

August 1st, 2012
2:15 pm

#1 as usual because it is preseason.

Dawg pounders

August 1st, 2012
2:35 pm

Why tech fans & gator meat fans always jump on our site to c what’s goin on with us
All they do is hate like hell bc they don’t have anything else to do with there sites

evillurks

August 1st, 2012
2:38 pm

UGA….where the offseason and pre-season hype are the highlights of the year!!!!!

DawginLex

August 1st, 2012
2:38 pm

It is August El Leg Humperos!

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Another Tech TROLL with the IQ of a banana.

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
2:57 pm

What’s the matter Nancy? No lunch with the girls today? Or did you spill your pinot grigio in your salad and then pout about it when they wanted to charge you for a replacement? I do wish for just once that you could arrive here in a more civil mood. Why you feel compelled to hurl insults and call people names as soon as you begin posting is not very becoming of you. Poor darlin’ try and cheer up.

7576DAWG

August 1st, 2012
2:59 pm

Murray having 23 turnovers in 27 games is very bad but the most glaring deficiency would be the percentage of Screen Pass in-completions or if completed went for a lose. I don’t know what the percentage is but it has got to be less than 20%. That one offensive failure with Murray as the Quarterback tells a lot about Bobo and must change.
Murray has got to prove he deserves to LEAD our Offense this year or Mark Richt needs to prove that the best players will play and that means trying another Quarterback. I hope with all the camps that Murray went to he will show a tremendous improvement which will prove Georgia deserves a top 10 ranking. I think the Defense , kicking game and running game will be very good. The biggest question mark will be the Leadership we get from Murray and Bobo.

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
3:04 pm

Gary -

“As a Dawg fan I would never troll a Florida site. They own us.”
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Uh, oh Gary. When AltamahaDawg and Nancy read that, it is all over for you bud. No more Kool-Aid and banished from St. Markus Rectumus Society.

DawginLex

August 1st, 2012
3:13 pm

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
2:57 pm
What’s the matter Nancy? No lunch with the girls today?
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See what i mean?

So predictable.

She is so unimaginative that she posted Nancy even after I predicted that she would call me that.

Really sad.

dawggirl

August 1st, 2012
3:17 pm

I’d say they should be ranked about 12 to start the season. Of course, preseason polls are absolutely meaningless and aren’t worth the paper they are written on.

North Georgia Dawg

August 1st, 2012
3:19 pm

One way of the other, whoever is in charge needs to give UGA an answer of the status of Kolton Houston. A one year suspension is often related to steroids, is it not? Like the linebacker on Georgia Tech. So what is taking so long?

whatya got loren

August 1st, 2012
3:20 pm

Truth is our schedule really helps us.

Looking at last year the SEC is so close. For that matter each year. A play here a play there and much can change. We could have lost to Tenn, Vandy and Fla just off the top of my head to name a few.

A good to great year boils down to if we come together as a team. Our concerns with OL, DB and kicking are rather huge areas to say the least. If folks step up we will be fine and this could be a great year… again due to our schedule and proven and unproven talent.

Go DAWGS!

North Georgia Dawg

August 1st, 2012
3:22 pm

Having someone on the line like Kolton Houston could be the difference in winning or losing a game. The dude had a great spring and would have played last season if not for the NCAA violation.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

August 1st, 2012
3:40 pm

UGA hasn’t won a bowl game in years. UGA barely beat a bad Gator team.
So yes, another pre-season #1.

WDE

August 1st, 2012
3:44 pm

We beat hell out of the gators and the bugs last year…its time to rinse and repeat.

Texas DAWG

August 1st, 2012
3:49 pm

Last years SC game……

1st Half……we let a 290 pound run a fake punt what…65 yards for score…..and while he is a DGD boykin flops at an attempted tacke. him…

2nd Half

IC fumble…they run it back ti I think the 5 yard line….. next couple plays score
Muury int…they run it back close to the 10 yARD line…next couple plays score
Murry fumbles… they score…..

I watched the game last night on you tube…….we should have beat SC by 21 points!!!!!!!

I will belive in Murry if we go into the SC game undeated and he leads our team to a win!

DIT

August 1st, 2012
3:50 pm

I’m one that believes the polls should not even be mentioned until after week #8.
By that time everyone will know exactly how good/bad their team is. A 7-0 start means absolutley nothing if you go to lose the next 4 out of 5.
Right now I don’t if someone ranks the Dawgs at #2 or #20 or not at all. Let’s see how they are playing at week #8, then rank them or not.

The ones that get made at the trolls on here, just don’t respond to them. By responding to them you play right into their hands and the more they will get thier jollies posting crap on here. AT the same point the UGAers that post crap on the tech blog and then come back and complain have no room to do so.

Russell Hall

August 1st, 2012
3:51 pm

6 seems too high and 14 seems too low. Split the difference and call it 10.

Go Dawgs!

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
3:57 pm

WDE -

“We beat hell out of the gators”
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Easy on the KoolAid. Don’t think that UGA coming from behind in the 4th quarter to win by four points against the worst UF team since the 80’s would qualifiy as “beating the he!!” out of the Gators, but it was a win. Bravo. If UGA manages to do it again this year and make it two years in a row, maybe someone outside of Athens will notice.

tulevol

August 1st, 2012
4:02 pm

UGA does as well at expectations as the Vols do, which ain’t good. That said, the schedule looks great for the Dawgs, no excuses for your coaches this year. I can’t wait for football to start, and I like reading Shultzie, Bradley and Bill’s material, sometimes it is pretty funny stuff! Good luck!

WDE

August 1st, 2012
4:05 pm

Funny SSI when you won in the 4th quarter against our freshman QB two years ago reptile nation crowed you beat hell out of us…and vs the worst team UGA fielded in a decade. Don’t like the bricks Nancy don’t toss them…and we own you reptiles and series record and you will never catch us.

WDE

August 1st, 2012
4:07 pm

@tulevol I think your bunch will be a lot better this year…I fear you will be our “trap” game this year. Anyway you should be better.

Dawgman89

August 1st, 2012
4:11 pm

Mid teens seems about right. Unproven on the O-line, unproven kickers, unproven running backs, and suspensions early in the year on the defensive side. You’ve got to earn the ranking and if we start 4-0, we’ll find ourselves situated nicely in the polls.

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
4:11 pm

WDE -

Sorry. I fogot. All of the UGA fans are still in their Pre-Season National Champions mode. Enjoy it for another month.

tide roll

August 1st, 2012
4:29 pm

The better question is : How in the hell are we in this predicament!? 68 on scholly and of those probably TWO are SEC caliber offensive linemen, A true FRESHMAN punter and place kicker, and NO SPECIAL TEAMS COACH. No Crowell and suspensions out the Wazoo. The next best question is: Forget preseason rankings, How will strength of schedule factor in if the DAWGS, and this will be a miracle, are in a position to qualify for a four team playoff? Because your schedule is a joke! Let’s go out on a limb and say 32 years and counting. Sheesh,what a program!

Big Dawg

August 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

With the schedule before us…we should be ranked #1. Who is more likely to run through the whole schedule? Only USCe and UF truly stand in our way and we will be favored in both. Likely 2 to 3 points against USCe and 4 to 5 against UF. Everyone’s picking LSU #1 but they likely lose one of several tough games they play. I guess you could argue USCw as another team with a soft schedule that will be favored in every game and should run the table. I can see why Mark Bradley picked those two for NC game…favorable schedule, top tier talent. Losing three should end Richt’s career here but we need to change our name to the felines since Richt keeps hanging around (dying) even with no reason to keep him. Best program in America with a mediocre coach. Most top programs fire these types of guys in search of someone that can lead them to elite status but we’re happy with such performance. Go figure!

ARdawg

August 1st, 2012
4:36 pm

Probably somewhere in the middle Bill but, I don’t see a top 10 team as yet. #6 is quite over the top and I would prefer to be ranked 10-1. Thats striking distance enough if the Dawgs are for real

Big Crimson 75

August 1st, 2012
4:37 pm

Ga has all the makings of a Top 10 Team.
Talent, Coaching & schedule.
This is the Year the Country finds out what A. Murray is all about.
Replacing Crow is no problem. The D should be solid. Special Teams could cost ga a game or 2 this yr.
Nationally, this should be a top 10 Team. Problem for the dogs, they still are looking up at 2 better teams in the SEC.
SEC power rankings :
1. Bama
2. LSU
3. Ga
4. Arky
5. SC
6. Fla
7. Aubie
8. A & M
9. UT
10. Mizzu
11. Missy St
12. Vandy
13. Ole Miss
14. Ky

tide roll

August 1st, 2012
4:39 pm

I will say the same thing day in and day out because I’m not inteligent enough to think of anything else!

Dawg Tired

August 1st, 2012
4:39 pm

I would put us somewhere between 20 to 25 given the o-line and running back situation. One injury among this extremely thin bunch could be devastating. IF defense is gutted by suspension early on that also may spell trouble big time.

amen big dawg

August 1st, 2012
4:39 pm

well said. i see 9-3 (missouri,usc,florida) and don’t forget that Auburn has Van Gorder who has been in the NFL while CMR is working on “cutting edge football” (aka, seven step drop on every pass play and tailback sprint draw on 3 and long.) CMR couldn’t bring home the hardware with Greene, Pollack, Smith, Shockley, Moreno,or, Stafford.

DIT

August 1st, 2012
4:44 pm

“This is the Year the Country finds out what A. Murray is all about.”

I could not agree with you more on that. His maturity level will dictate the kind of season UGA will have. As long as he is not playing chuck and duck.

Old Dog Class of 80

August 1st, 2012
5:07 pm

I’ll get back to you after seeing them play a couple of games. Or should I rate the Dawgs based on the last game I saw (Michigan State).

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
5:16 pm

I rank us at number 10 since Richt is assured to lose 2 ballgames that he should win every year

ARdawg

August 1st, 2012
5:23 pm

DIT

If Murray isn’t running for his life, that shouldn’t be a problem

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
5:35 pm

1. The offensive line had 4 NFL draft picks on it blocking for Murray including Charles, so the 30+ sacks wern’t the o-line’s fault, Murray has to get rid of the ball and have that clock in his head.
2. Murray needs to know before every play starts where his last resort receiver is, and hit him quick if he senses too much pressure. Don’t be greedy and throw it up for grabs downfield when you’re under pressure.

If Bobo isnt working on this, and fixing this, which bobo did not fix in 2011, then expect more of the same from Murray.

Big Crimson 75

August 1st, 2012
5:50 pm

DIT — Murray certainly had some impressive stats last yr.
What’d he toss — 37 TDs??…maybe more.
One issue I constantly see with the dogs, 3rd down execution.
There is nothing wrong with punting the football!!
If the D is as good as advertised, punt & live to play another down.
Cut down on the turn-overs!
Ga should run thru the East, but their not as good as Bama or LSU.
No shame there.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
5:50 pm

Ga has all the makings of a Top 10 Team.
Talent, Coaching & schedule.

You got two of the three right. If UGA had coaching then they wouldn’t have left the top 10 at any point in the last 10 years and would have some crystal football to look at.

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
5:56 pm

At a career .74% winning %, Richt is still better than Sbana, Miles or Spurrier when it comes to wining percentage, so, I’d say ranking UGA pre-seaosn #6 is a little low, since Richt wins a better % than Saban or Miles.
http://www.coacheshotseat.com/WinningestActiveCoachesIA.htm

KJ

August 1st, 2012
5:56 pm

Yes Bob, because any team with a decent coach never leaves the top 10, ever.

Did your mother have any children that lived?

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
5:59 pm

DIT — Murray certainly had some impressive stats last yr.
What’d he toss — 37 TDs??…maybe more.

35. Along with 14 INTs. He was ranked 26th in passer rating, 46th in yards per game, and 73rd in completion percentage. Yeah, impressive.

Big Crimson 75

August 1st, 2012
6:01 pm

Bob — as I said, nothing wrong with punting & playing D!!!

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
6:02 pm

Yes Bob, because any team with a decent coach never leaves the top 10, ever.

If a good coach has the overwhelming amount of talent that UGA gets just because they are UGA then they would always be in the top 10. Imagine if Nick Saban were at UGA.

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
6:07 pm

Bob — as I said, nothing wrong with punting & playing D!!!

True, there isnt. The SEC strategy of having the best defenses and the worst offenses in the country has paid off with championships. It makes for extremely boring TV though.

Big Crimson 75

August 1st, 2012
6:16 pm

Bobby — Speak for yourself on what’s entertaining Football!!
Some of us enjoy preventing other Teams from crossing mid-field, for almost an entire game!!!!

As for Saban at ga — that’s blasphemy!
Reality is Bob, you’d kill to have Saban on the Flats. Gone would be the exile into mediocrity your current Coach has taken y’all to.
Their is only 1 Saban, we’ve got him & y’all can’t have him!!
Tech couldn’t afford him anyway, Bob.

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
7:16 pm

Among coaches who have been head coaches for at least 10 seasons, Mark Richt ranks No. 4, ahead of Miles, Saban, and Spurrier.

I’d say Richt should be pre-seaosn #4 because his win % is No. 4, he did it all in the smashmouth SEC, and he won a better percentage than any other active SEC coach.

Note:
Urban Meyer’s win % was starting to dramtically nosedive when he left Florida, had he stayed on for 4 more years, Richt might be ahead of him, Urban knew it, and headed for and easier conference where he could dominate and stay for 4 or 5 years and keep his win % up.

UGA preseason national champs?

August 1st, 2012
7:32 pm

My guess is over 90% of the posters on any particular blog proclaiming Georgia preseason NC are not Georgia fans.

Check for yourself, and see if my number is close. They are easy to pick out by their anti-UGA rants.

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
7:32 pm

Urban Meyer went 8-5 at Florida in 2010, as he started to get past that 5 year mark, his win % dropped to 62% in 2010. And with Alabama, LSU, Auburn, and Georgia on his schedule in 2011, and John Brantley instead of Tebow without Percy, Urban wanted no part and quit.

Richt, to his credit, has stayed at one school for 11 years, when you do that, you’re going to have some down years due to scheduling, injuries, transfers, suspensions, and the like.

Richt’s win % in his first 11 years as Head Coach, is probably higher than all but maybe 10 coaches in NCAA history. And Richt did it in the HARDEST conference.

Saban’s record after 11 years, 91-42, won 68%.
Richt’s record after 11 years, 106, 38, won 74%.

Not shabby.

McBride

August 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

#55. At best.

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
7:40 pm

Urban Meyer’s record after his 1st 5 years was 48-11, 81% win percentage
Mark Richt’s record after his first 5 years was 52-13, 80% win percentage

Mark Richt is right there, over his first 5 years, with Urban Meyer, over his first 11 years, ahead of Nick Saban, Miles, and Spurrier.

ET Dog

August 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

with all this top dream team talent, the dogs should be ranked in the top 5 easy. With a couple of upsets, the dogs will win the SEC and play usc for the title—book it.

Top Dawg

August 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

Top 50 for sure

Big Crimson 75

August 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

Yoyo — I don’t care what numbers you find & throw out there, Richt isn’t a better Coach than Saban or Urban & reality is Miles has won the big one, Richt hasn’t.
Now, if I had to pick between Richt & The Hatter, I’d probably choose Richt.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

Plastic Yoho

Take a look at Richts record against top 10 teams

Not that great

and his record against top 25 teams are just about 500

That is what really counts

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
8:04 pm

At this point, his 11th year, Richt is better than Saban was after 11 years. That’s all we can compare. Richt & Meyer were even after each’s first 5 years. You can’t compare Richt’s 11th year to Saban’s 22nd, Saban has a lot more experience than Richt and he has started to peak in his 19th-22nd seasons.

Saban had a bunch of bad seasons in a row in his formative years as a head Coach, like the 6-5, 6-6, 7-5, 6-6 4 year span early on in Saban’s career. Richt has never had a 4 year span anywhere near that one of Saban’s. Richt had a 4 year span of top 10 finishes at UGA, something very few coaches have done in their first few seasons.

Looks like UGA is set up for the next few years to go on one of those top 10 runs. Florida and South Carolina arn’t at Richt’s level right now. You got Murray for 2 more years, Marshall & Gurley for 4 years. Mitchell for 3 more years. Great QB’s in the wings in Mason, Lemay, and Ramsey. Another top 10 recruiting class. And that’s just the offense. The defense is loaded with 4 and 5 star talent all across the board and getting better every year.

LakeDawg

August 1st, 2012
8:11 pm

UGA has top 5 talent, but until CMR shows he can get one of his teams to play to their potential, they probably should be ranked from 10-12.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
8:24 pm

PlasticYoyo

Did you really just say this “At this point, his 11th year, Richt is better than Saban was after 11 years”

Richt hasnt even sniffed the National Title Game

Saban has won 3….3333333333333333333333333333333333333!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In that time span

Please dont post; you really make other fans who come on here laugh at UGA fans with comments like that

And FL isnt at the level UGA is um you need to do some better research Richt had a losing record against Ron Zook; he beat Zook after zook was fired; Meyers comes in year one and beats Richt; FL has been down several times in Richts tenure and Richt cant win against sorry FL teams;

And just to inform you

Under Richts 11 years; he has put more players in the NFL than any other school in the SEC during that time span and have we even appeared in a National Championship game nope

Lay off the kool-aid bud

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
8:25 pm

While Richt was on staff at FSU, they finished in the top 5, 14 seasons, IN A ROW.

Richt left after 2000, and FSU has never finished in the top 5 since Richt left the staff.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
8:30 pm

So with that statement Richt should go back being the offensive coordinator and lets find a coach right?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

Oh and while Richt ws on staff at FSU who did FSU play every year in the ACC that was any good; oh yea 2 teams FL and Miami who he hardly ever could beat and those 2 teams werent in the ACC

LOL

Keep them coming

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

Florida isn’t ranked above UGA in any credible pre-season poll, they arn’t on Richt’s level right now. South Carolina isn’t either. Both UF & SC play LSU, UGA doesn’t, so no one really will honestly predict SC or UF to finish higher than UGA, unless they’re out of touch with SEC football.

At SEC Media days, the coaches and journalists BOTH picked UGA to finish No. 1 in the East. Like I said, UF & SC, in 2012, arn’t at UGA’s level.

SC plays 6 top 25 teams, there’s no way they’ll finish in the top 10, they have a schedule like UGA played in 2011, although not as tough, as UGA faced 4 top 10 teams in 2011.

LakeDawg

August 1st, 2012
8:40 pm

I think one of the problems Richt has had is that football doesn’t consume him. He has other interests. As a man, that is commendable. However, in the cuthtroat SEC that leaves him down a notch. I get the feeling Richt has done some soul searching the past couple of years and has committed himself to taking the next step in his career. Normally, Richt relaxes when he has a good year. I don’t get that feeling from him this year. He’s acting like he has unfinished business. He has gained some maturity, also. We might be in store for a big year. I’m cautiously optimistic, even though I’ve been very critical of Richt in the past.

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
8:41 pm

UGA got 132 votes to win the East at SEC Media days, SC got 72 votes, UF got 12
LSU got 139 to win the West, Bama got 72.

Like I said, it’s UGA in 2012, by a WIDE MARGIN with people who know SEC football.

Nationally writers, might think SC and UF are on UGA’s level, but the folks who follow the SEC the most closely, say UGA is LEAPS better than SC & MILES beyond UF.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
8:45 pm

Plastic Yoyo

Wow you must have drinked from the kool-aid fountain at work today

Richt has never beat FL 2 yrs in a row even when UGA was the better team for example in 2002 and 2003
UGA has been the better team agains SC the last 2 years and we have lost those last 2 games

You do know Richt has never won the SEC outright ever; he has had to have the help of other teams to get beat to get into the SEC championship game

Please stop drinking from that water fountain

UGA Never Handles High Expectations

August 1st, 2012
8:50 pm

Kick’em to the curb! Disrespect’em. Then, they’ll win it all!

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
8:50 pm

UF garnered 12 votes at SEC Media days, UGA got 11x more votes. I don’t think UF will win the East in 2012.

FLA DAWG

August 1st, 2012
8:51 pm

Over the past couple of years I’ve not followed as much college ball as I normally do. This is because of the nauseating losses to teams like Michigan State, UCF and absolute slaughters by Bama and LSU as well as poor execution, dismal playcalling / gameday team preparation by coaches / fan acceptance of Richt and Bobo / etc.

From what little I have read it appears The Dawgs have the possibility of a fine Defense this season with a seasoned QB (whom I believe is much better than many give him credit for), a vacuum in the backfield and a younger, less experienced O Line than we had the last couple of years that played so poorly. Throw in the (Nothing) Special Team and it becomes obvious the only reason we are picked to win the SEC East is our weak schedule.

Will this be another year of beating the patsies and getting pounded by the good teams?

If so, will Richt finally unload Bobo?

I guess it’s too late to remove Richt with the new contract.

What about McGarity? Has he proven himself successful by any measure of UGA Football Program improvement?

Alot of questions. My humble opinion is that Richt staved off his departure last season by a weak schedule and may do so again.

Dawg Nation has become wiser and a 10 – 0 win streak against patsies sandwiched between double bookend losses against good and great teams won’t cut it this season.

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
8:55 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville -

Two observations:

1) PlasticYoyo is the second coming of Patrick

or

2) PlasticYoyo is Patrick’s son or daughter

I can’t decide which, but keep digging. Maybe you will find out.

claytondawg

August 1st, 2012
9:02 pm

Wish I could say something better here. But, being realistic: We are NOT a top ten team, YET. Do we have the talent? YES. Is the talent used correctly? Sadly, no. However, really looking forward to the season, and will hopefully change my attitude. Go ‘Dogs!!!

LakeDawg

August 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

There is no doubt that this is the year for Richt to accomplish something. If he has another year like last year, then it will be obvious that he has reached his plateau and it will be time to look elsewhere for a head coach..

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
9:04 pm

FLA DAWG

Please read Plastic Yoyo’s comments; that will cheer you up because UGA is picked to win the east by sports writers

Since the all knowing media has picked UGA to win it is safe to say that you can buy your SEC championship tickets with no worries that UGA wont be there

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
9:08 pm

Lake Dawg

Be prepared for 2 losses against either FL, SC, Tenn; yep I said Tenn and a possible Missouri or Aub; but I lean more toward Aub than Missouri

Im going with FL as a loss since Richt goes down there and leaves the field when the 1st QTr begins
And SC since Spurrier is the superior coach and has not equal talent as UGA but enough talent to coach out a win

LakeDawg

August 1st, 2012
9:14 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

Oh, I’m prepared for two or three losses. But I’m HOPING for a 12-0 season. I will not be surprised with two or three losses, but I think there is an opportunity for much more and I sense we might get much more. Of course, that might just be wishful thinking.

The games that scare me in order: FL, SC, AU, and TN. I think we take Mizzou to the woodshed.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
9:19 pm

LakeDawg

I agree with taking Mizzou to the woodshed but I also remember OK St and Boise St sorry but we had better talent than those teams

Yea 12-0 should happen with our schedule and talent level but Richt and Company have shown year after year that they cant beat a good team and they lose to a team they shouldnt have even lost to

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
9:26 pm

Yes, Murray should be top level, even Heisman level in 2012. ESPN’S Heisman Predictor Formula predicted Murray as the 2nd highest player in the country to win the Heisman. The website that’s all over the Heisman, Heisman Pundit, has Murray in the pre-season top 5, and these guys know their stuff.

LakeDawg

August 1st, 2012
9:30 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

If we play against Mizzou like we played against OK ST and Boise, we will get beat and CMR should be fired on the spot. I don’t think it will happen, though. However, I’ve been wrong before. I thought the Dawgs would play well against Boise and they were totally unprepared.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
9:30 pm

Plastic Yoyo

I just read on Kool-aid illustrated that UGA will win the National Title this year

SSIgator

August 1st, 2012
9:32 pm

PlasticYoyo -

Patrick. Patrick, is that you or is it one of your siblings?

JB

August 1st, 2012
9:38 pm

12-0 or 9-3. It will be more about the players and luck than coaching just based on the last 2 -3 years.

PlasticYoyo

August 1st, 2012
9:45 pm

The only thing that will derail UGA is losing the turnover battle. Really, that’s the only thing that stopped UGA in 2011, went 10-0 when won the to battle, 0-4 when lost the TO battle. That’s my only caveat to picking UGA to win the National Championship. But if Richt is as obsessed with winning the to battle, especially in the big games, as he was in 2007, it will be a magical year.

You wonder if Richt will figure out what the main thing is in the big games, and it’s turnover margin.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 1st, 2012
9:48 pm

LOL

The only thing that will derail UGA is Richt and Bobo’s conservative play calling

kingdaddy

August 1st, 2012
9:52 pm

Flats
I don’t see UGA as a top 10 until they beat Missouri, and UF again. The S.C. game will be interesting. Looking for a win there to crack the top 10. If lil stevie manhandles us, I think it will effect CMR & CMBs future here no matter what we do the rest of the year. I don’t really see us losing bad, but it could happen. We win at S.C., we deserve top 10 billing. If we just lose, we don’t fall far because S.C. should be ranked ahead of us anyway. We beat Auburn 45-7 and I don’t think they improved that much. UT isn’t ready yet, and Vandy is here at home. I’m hopeing UF will be ranked when we meet and we have to beat them back to back for me to think UGA deserves a high ranking. Everything after the S.C.game should move us forward. All this pre-season guessing is really just that. Means nothing, just keeps us toned up for the beginning of the season. One month baby…Oh yeah, there’s GT, but do we really need to go there???

Mobile Dawg

August 1st, 2012
10:09 pm

LakeDawg, I have zero expectations this year. The mark of a well coached, well prepared football team is to compete with teams that have better players successfully, i.e. Boise State. The mark of a poorly coached team is UGA, a shortage of scholorship players, multiple suspensions, inexperience at critical positions, etc. We’re still expected to be strong, imagine what we could be if we had a strong coach.

Duncan Hines has the best Brownie Mix

August 1st, 2012
10:11 pm

We should be ranked around 12 or 13. Need to work our way to higher positions in the rankings.A win over Mizz and USCe on the road will put us in a chance to go 12-0.However,knowing the current coaching staff and past history in large games;I must predict 9-3 or 8-4. We will lose to USCe and the Gators.One unforseen loss to Auburn or Vols.Only way this does not happen;Richt must change his coaching style and go for the high scores when he has a team down.He always plays not to lose the game unstead of winning the game.Hope I’m wrong but you have to show me big improvement over the past season(no wins in big games).Michigan State game still in my mind.

t2go

August 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

Have to agree with some of the posts…..I am not sold on Murray and I am pretty sure Bobo is pretty bad. Hate to be negative. I love Georgia and Bulldog Football…but Bobo is so preditable…this post sounds predictable…I have heard it from so many others….Why is Richt so stubborn?! Sticking with what doesn’t work well past the time that it has become painfully obvious!? Bobo goes for the giant play on first, then runs it straight up the middle on 2nd…then its third and long!!! ALWAYS!!! Why does Richt not walk up to the booth and slap him in the back of the head!? All I have ever heard from local and national media is how great Murray is….don’t get me wrong he IS a good quarterback…but he also has this amazing ability to shoot the team in the foot….he gave SC the game last year, and I put a few other losses squarely on his shoulders due to his inability to avoid GIANT mistakes…LSU’s comeback(and eventual clock cleaning) was aided by him giving it to them inside the Dawgs 20. Richt just sticks with the plan..through thick and thin….honestly our winning 10 games in a row last year may have been the worst thing that could have happened to Georgia Football in the long run….because we are still saddled w Richt! I think the Sporting News ranking is spot on unfortunately. Have you watched the replay of the Michigan State game?!!! It is unbelievable that Georgia found a way to loose that game!!! It is just so disheartening…..Georgia has been stuck in the swamp of mediocrity and under achievement for a looooong time. I have said it before but this dates back to the year we had Stafford and Knowsean and we got THUMPED by Alabama in Athens…..that should have been a wake up call…..but is wasn’t. IT is clear that Georgia has been being out coached for years. And last but not least…WHY DO WE NOT HAVE A SPECIAL TEAMS COACH???!!!! AND WHY DO WE ALWAYS SEEM TO NEED HELP ON O LINE!!???? WHAT IS THE PROBLEM HERE!!????

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scotwoerner

August 1st, 2012
10:32 pm

Kingdaddy- u make me laugh.we already deserve topto based on our D returneses and Heisman Candidate, Murray! We’ll slaughter Missouri! FLA? CMON, scared of Will? HAHA

kingdaddy

August 1st, 2012
10:49 pm

There are a lot of things I don’t understand about Coach Richt. The biggest is why we continue to have problems every year with ou O-line? Are they not important to CMRs offense? We seem to be on the verge of elimination before we even begin playing. After last years problems, why are they being repeated? It’s not time to panic but when will we go into a season with too many o-linemen? When will this become a priority for CMR, when it’s too late???

kingdaddy

August 1st, 2012
10:59 pm

Scot
Çome on man, we got to be real. Until we beat some really good teams, like a top ten team or even a team that’s ranked ahead of us, do we deserve a really lofty ranking? Come on, be honest. I believe in this team. I just think if we win, the rankings will take care of themselves. Don’t talk it, do it…

GTBob

August 1st, 2012
11:40 pm

Yes, Murray should be top level, even Heisman level in 2012. ESPN’S Heisman Predictor Formula predicted Murray as the 2nd highest player in the country to win the Heisman.

The delusion of UGA fans seriously has no bounds. Murray for Heisman?!?

PlasticYoYo

August 1st, 2012
11:52 pm

Phil Steele & Athlon both have UGA at #8, CBS has UGA at #6, I think UGA comes in on the Preseason AP Poll at #6. Also, I wouldn’t call ESPN’S Heisman Predictor software program a “UGA FAN”, really, a computer is fan of UGA? Nor would I call the folks at Heisman Pundit UGA fans, both who say Murray is a top 5 Heisman candidate. This is about as unbiased as you can get evaluation of Murray’s national expectations for 2012.

William

August 1st, 2012
11:54 pm

Realistically, I think we should be ranked 15th or so. We sure do have a lot of question marks to be ranked in the top 10. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. I hope I’m wrong. Go Dawgs. GATA.

GTBob

August 2nd, 2012
12:02 am

This is about as unbiased as you can get evaluation of Murray’s national expectations for 2012.

I couldn’t care less about ESPN’s BS pre season hit generating predictors. Do you personally think Aaron Murray will go from not even being one of the top 15 QB’s in college football last year to being the Heisman winner? If that is the case I guess Tevin Washington is a Heisman front runner also.

Teniia Dog

August 2nd, 2012
1:41 am

mark this down–GA wins 10 games, win the SEC east again! These dogs are for real!!

Doesn't Matter

August 2nd, 2012
3:16 am

If the Dawgs win them all they’ll be playing for the NC, just like any other SEC Champion. Where they start isn’t nearly as important as where they can finish.

7576DAWG

August 2nd, 2012
3:39 am

I think this will be the last year for Bobo to prove he deserves to be Offensive Coordinator . Georgia could have at least 2 or 3 position coaches replaced after this year unless they show big improvements.McGarity nearly pulled the trigger last year on some of the coaches. The next three years, after this year will be a lot harder because of the tougher schedule. The addition of Texas A&M and Missouri will make the SEC very difficult. When the SEC already was way harder than any other , two more very good teams were added. Only one or two losses in a year will be a great year for anybody. The SEC will have at least 10 teams in bowl games this year and maybe 11.

14 Titles

August 2nd, 2012
7:05 am

georgia should win the weak sec east

alabama wins the sec west

alabama blows out ga for another SEC title—I’ve lost track of how many bama has won

RTR!!

joe

August 2nd, 2012
7:53 am

look at LSU and Alabama’s offensive lines and then look at Georgia…. no comparison !
Somebody is not getting it done in recruiting/coaching/depth/talent of the OL

Dawgfan

August 2nd, 2012
8:19 am

Hey ghosty, you should spend more time worrying about your bumblebee’s and less about the DAWGS. We will win 11 games this year and play for the SEC Championship. The bee’s, on hte other hand will really start feeling the effects of Coach Man Boobs pathetic recruiting. The bee’s have been on a downward slope in recruiting for the last 4 years. How is it that they offer recruits who don’t have any other offers. What does this tell you. You can’t blame the kids, they NEVER thought they would have a D-1 offer and they jump at the chance.

To Tell the Truth

August 2nd, 2012
9:23 am

Should not be ranked!

Joey

August 2nd, 2012
10:12 am

If we beat Mizzou on the road, yeah, around 10th. Until then, about where we ended up last season -19th or 20th.

Our last two games last season proved that we still are not ready to play with the better teams – and haven’t been since ‘07.

We will know in week 2 if we can once again go on the road, play well on the national stage, like we did early in Richt’s career, or if we continue the trend of the last 4 years, and lay another egg.

We’ve lost every big game since the beginning of ‘08, mostly in blow-out fashion. Richt better turn that trend around in the next 5 years – else he may not get extended past 2020 next time . . .

SSIgator

August 2nd, 2012
10:25 am

My hope is that Florida can be competitive.We have a new offensive coordinator and a head coach who posted the worst record since Galen Hall.Our best defensive lineman is out for awhile. We won’t beat LSU or Georgia or FSU and probably will lose to Tennessee and South Carolina.
I can work on my golf game while everyone else wonders what happened to Tim Tebow.

Joey

August 2nd, 2012
11:22 am

When it’s my time to “go” my dying wish will be that Plastic YoYo (Patrick) loses his computer rights at the library permanently, so that he no longer try to convince anybody (but his mom and dad at supper) that Mark Richt is a better coach than Saban and Myer because of winning %.

Maybe Richt will coach 1 more year than those guys, and you can include that in your silly arguments . . .

“Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”

Vince Lombardi

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2012
11:29 am

I think everybody is overestimating our talent level right now. It had fallen off a good bit. It seems to be building back up, but as I see it, our best talent is our younger talent. On both side, but it’s much more obvious on the offensive side. We may BE a top 10 team, but as of today, ranking them top 10 seems premature. Of cource that is my take completely in a vacuum, and said without looking at specifically what other teams should be. At first glace, I don’t think that list is much longer than10-12 teams.

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

The misunderstood thing about that oft used quote from Lombardi, is that he meant from a participation standpoint. As a player, a coach. To them, winning IS the only goal.

He never intended that to be a directive to how fans should behave, or live vicarously through the game.

Joey

August 2nd, 2012
11:44 am

I only used it as an argument to a fan that loves winning % – I bet Lombardi never checked on his winning %, nor Richt either.

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2012
12:08 pm

Yea, I wasnt really even talking about that. Sometimes I just springboard off of your comments. I figure you will endulge me more than some others.

..although it does seem odd to me to counter with a quote that winning is the only thing that matters, as a dispute when somebody mentions the importance of winning %. But no, I doubt any coach really hangs thier hat on that, when facing each opponets the next time.

harold

August 2nd, 2012
12:13 pm

IF UGA IS NOT #1 AFTER THIS “CAKEWALK SCHEDULE” ( UGA ONLY PLAYS 2 TEAMS IN THE TOP 25) RICHT NEEDS TO GO.

QueDawg

August 2nd, 2012
12:14 pm

Agree with the 2 genius’ above, losing % is SO much of a better indicator of coaching ability than winning %.

Guess all those experts picking Richt to win the East, or ranking UGA in the pre-seaosn top 10 arn’t as smart as the above 2 posters.

QueDawg

August 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

harold, in the referenced Sporting news, in this article, I believe Georgia actually faces 3 top 25 teams (Florida + South Carolina + Tech = 3), if you throw in the SEC Chamnpionship and the Bowl, it will be 5 by the end of the year.

Snoop Dawg

August 2nd, 2012
12:25 pm

Judging player talent, UGA is a top 5 team this year.

Judging coaching talent and leadership, UGA is a bottom 20 team.

So, when you mix it all together, you will get a typical Richt year: Lose to the good teams, beat the patsies, probably blow another unexpected game to a mediocre team. Get embarassed in any playoffs and bowl games.

The beat goes on…

In a democracy, the people deserve the government (or team) that they elect…

Columbus Dawg

August 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

Well, deserving or not, UGA #6 in 2012 USA Today Coaches poll. LSU #1, Alabama #2

PlasticYoYo

August 2nd, 2012
12:31 pm

1) Talent Developer:
a) From a development standard, Mark Richt has sent more guys to the NFL than Saban or Meyer did over the same span.
b) Mark Richt also has coached 2 Hesiman trophy winners, and a 3rd guy who finished runner up.

2) Win %:
Richt has a higher winning percentage than Saban, Miles, or Spurrier.

3) Top 5 finishes as an Asst coach:
A) 14 seasons in a row at FSU FINISHING IN TOP 5 NATIONALLY RANKING
B) O top 5 finishes after Richt left in 2000 at FSU

4) National top 3 finishes as Head Coach:
Richt has had 2 in 11 years at Georgia

By any of those pretty standard measurments of coaching pedigree, Richt’s in his own league as a coach.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

August 2nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Of course UGA should be a Top Ten team. Here’s why…
Top Ten recruiting class for the past ten years.

Columbus Dawg

August 2nd, 2012
12:50 pm

South Carolina #9, Arkansas #10, Florida #23, Auburn #25.

Columbus Dawg

August 2nd, 2012
12:54 pm

Every sports pundit’s #1 Southern Cal #3.

PlasticYoYo

August 2nd, 2012
12:56 pm

USA Today’s Coach’s poll out today, UGA #6.
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/usatpoll.htm

So that’s USA Today Coaches & CBS, UGA #6
Athlon & Phil Steele, UGA #8

Bill, you should disallow any blog poster here who says UGA is less than #8 pre-season, due to their ignorance of college football.

GTBob

August 2nd, 2012
12:56 pm

South Carolina #9, Arkansas #10, Florida #23, Auburn #25.

lol. We will see how that holds up. Also lol at Notre Dame. Apparently if you are in the SEC or your name is Notre Dame then you are ranked in the preseason by default.

why not, as if anyone here has influence

August 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

National Champs!

ARdawg

August 2nd, 2012
1:16 pm

“lol. We will see how that holds up. Also lol at Notre Dame. Apparently if you are in the SEC or your name is Notre Dame then you are ranked in the preseason by default.”

If you are in the ACC or your name is Georgia Tech you aren’t ranked in the top 25 by default

why not, as if anyone here has influence

August 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

gtbob…..you forget to add michigan, ohio st., and texas to every preseason list, every year, no matter how bad they are

ARdawg

August 2nd, 2012
1:19 pm

Geeze GTBoob, does your pe6!s envy ever end?
“lol. We will see how that holds up. Also lol at Notre Dame. Apparently if you are in the SEC or your name is Notre Dame then you are ranked in the preseason by default.”

If you are in the ACC or your name is Georgia Tech you aren’t ranked in the top 25 by default

why not, as if anyone here has influence

August 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

Constipated, visor coach in SC votes for Duke every preseason….true

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2012
1:25 pm

To say there are only 4 team in the country that have more “talent” than Georgia right now, is how you always put it……….delusional. And voters have no agenda at this point, if they thought we had a terrible coaching staff, they wouldn’t be putting Georgia in or near the top 10.

No need to keep repeating it over and over. You don’t like Richt. And thats all you know or care about. Topic = Richt, plus some trite filler. We got it. Great debate. But the rest of us enjoy talking about the other 2 dozen things, if you don’t mind.

oh yeah

August 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

As long as dumba.s, gasbag, tide detergents, illiterate LSwho’s, thug miami cheats, and jean short lizards aren’t there at the end of the season, it will be nice

oh yeah

August 2nd, 2012
1:30 pm

I feel the love for football season!

oh yeah

August 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Bill King is a Damn Good Dawg!

GTBob

August 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

gtbob…..you forget to add michigan, ohio st., and texas to every preseason list, every year, no matter how bad they are

Oh yeah. Texas especially. They pretty much just take the same 25 teams every year and put them in some random order. By the end of the season everyone laughs because they weren’t even close.

AltamahaDawg

August 2nd, 2012
1:48 pm

Preseason ranking are not meant to be a prediction of how it will finish at the end of the season. Obviously there are fluid variables that affect that. They are ranking at that point in time, (thus the name pre-season) so obviously the stronger team will continue to show up. And its hardly random. Maybe in your circles they laugh at that, out of ignorance.

GTBob

August 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

Preseason ranking are not meant to be a prediction of how it will finish at the end of the season.

Then why does UGA get such a huge boost because of their weak schedule? They are expected to beat all of those terrible teams so they are ranked higher than they should be.

LMFAO

August 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

GT BOBBY, you are hilarious…and you have no shame. You back a loser and you talk smack…

gbal

August 2nd, 2012
2:40 pm

At this point in the season with OL status being unknown I dont see how any knowledgable writer or poll could pick UGA in the top 10, so I thinks 14 would be closer to right.

I think the polls and writers are setting us up for a dissapointing season. That said, anything could happen.

IF
1) we get by Missouri
2) have our Oline jell in those first three games
3) get our D back to full strength
4) Get that momentum going early but at the same time STAY HUNGRY …All about attitude at that point going into SC. ….

……We will go into the SC game with a chance to prove that we are a top 6-8 team.

NOW… I dont see how anyone could pick us this high BUT…. Id rather be over ranked than under ranked as long as it does not go to our kids heads like it has gone to some of our fans!!!

James

August 2nd, 2012
2:56 pm

After being paid around $25 million, Richt/UGA will continue to fall behind pitiful South Carolina. I suspect we will finish around 15, 5th in SEC. Bobo will blame inexperience on O line, Murray will go pro, and Richt had his disciples will preach patience next yr. with a new QB. Ground Hog Day. Give Richt a raise!! Bless you all

gbal

August 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

GT BOOB – That is a very legitimate problem …. with the press and voters, not with UGA. You have not heard any UGA official or players say that UGA is a top 10 team. The coaches poll is confidential but I bet CMR did not put UGA at 6 on his vote??/

Bama= home of the T-bag special

August 2nd, 2012
3:21 pm

@James myself and the rest of the Bull Dog Nation don’t give a rats azz what you think…we clear on that?

kingdaddy

August 2nd, 2012
3:34 pm

You got to give GTBOB cred, he’s got stones, lol…

Where's Tech

August 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

Not there….just like all the trolls should be. If you cannot brag on your team do not post. Tech, much like their fans, are just simply irrelevant. Go away gnat lovers

ARdawg

August 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Little tiny ones kingdaddy but, stones nonetheless

GTBob

August 2nd, 2012
4:34 pm

Not there….just like all the trolls should be.

Hey now, we are 28th. Probably a little higher then we deserve but its a start.

secskools

August 2nd, 2012
4:35 pm

Until they actually beat somebody (ranked) they shouldn’t be anywhere near the top 50.

ARdawg

August 2nd, 2012
4:36 pm

GTBob and likely a helluva lot higher than you’ll finish

whatever

August 2nd, 2012
4:42 pm

With the powder-puff schedule that UGA has – there should be NO REASON or EXCUSES why UGA can’t finish at least 10-2 and win the SEC-East. WHO DO THEY PLAY?? Not Alabama (skipped out on that one), or LSU, or Arkansas. And Non-Conference?? WOW – what national powerhouses UGA plays – powerhouses like Buffalo, Florida-Atlantic (you mean that have a men’s football team??), Georgia-Southern, and GT – wow, what an easy schedule. Oh yea, I forgot, they play in the SEC so they MUST have a very tough conference schedule: Let’s see – Vandy (easy win), Tenn (not the UT of Fulmer days), SC (maybe the only TRUE opponent UGA will play this seaon), KY Jellies (annual slug fest??), FL (no, not the UF of years past, another easy win), Ole Missy (enough said), and Auburn (wounded eagles).
So – even a mediocre UGA team should be nothing less than 10-2 with THIS schedule.

ARdawg

August 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

whatever

There is a soft schedule in the SEC, UGA’s, really? Tell me Nostredumass how it compares to Tech’s?

We must get real about UGA

August 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

In the SEC you win big with stellar line play on both sides of the ball and with depth. UGa will not have the latter and we will have to play the first team O line all game long and that is why we wear out. We are physically beat at half time. See LSU, see MSU and such.

Until CMR hires a staff that can attract big time O line players with more than one kid like Theus is, we will continue to struggle into the top 12 teams in USA> CMR will not win big ever with 5, 6 or 8 ONLY O line kids.

Go Dogs.

James

August 2nd, 2012
5:32 pm

More Richt fans than Georgia fans on here

icedawg

August 2nd, 2012
6:45 pm

14 would be a good starting point. OL has been the weakest area on the team for the past couple of years. Not much of a running game the result. Opposing teams with good run defenses can focus on shutting down the pass. Until the OL proves it can run and pass block the Dawgs should be ranked in the second tier.

Smitty

August 2nd, 2012
6:49 pm

preseason polls do have one advantage when you are ranked higher…if you lose you don’t fall as far…if you win you climb faster

The "Cuse"

August 2nd, 2012
7:11 pm

UGA has such an easy schedule they should win at least 9 games . Should be not ranked in the top 20. They’re not good enough to win the SEC Champ. game. UGA making the NCAA 4 team playoff is the same as Boston College winning the ACC basketball tournament over Duke, UNC and Syracuse and making the final 4. not gonna happen

House Man

August 2nd, 2012
7:22 pm

UGA ranked in the top 15 is a farce

Statues R' Us

August 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

…. beat the Buffalo Bulls

FLA DAWG

August 2nd, 2012
7:56 pm

DAWG NATION,

This will be another LSU or Bama NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR in my opinion.
These coaches have half the tenure (or less I believe) than Richt and have already won the BCS Title.

AND RICHT!?

ZERO!

Richt and Bobo = formula for failure in my opinion.

Tide Rising

August 2nd, 2012
8:24 pm

I’ll put the dawgs at no. 15 because they play in the east and their schedule is so obscenely easy. Now if they played in the west I wouldn’t even rank them in the top 25 since they would automatically have 3 losses right off the bat and probably lose 4 or 5 overall. Lets just hope they don’t get to the SEC title game only to lose by 30+ points again to either LSU or Alabama. And please don’t let them lose another embarrassing bowl game to a middling big 10 team or Central Florida. Sheesh.

dawgs1966

August 2nd, 2012
8:25 pm

Probably “safe money” that the Dawgs will be 6th or better – for the Fulmer Cup!

GB's Hamburgers

August 2nd, 2012
8:31 pm

This is a typical Georgia team. Short handed along the offensive line. Questions about special teams.
Good backs but no holes. Quarterback gets beat up because of offensive line. Has difficulty functioning against good teams. Coaches outschemed as games progress. We’ll beat the cup cakes and play a good first half against better teams. As I said a typical Georgia team … unfortunately.

hashbrown dawg

August 2nd, 2012
8:55 pm

10 things about UGA’s linebacker coack Kirk Olivadotti

after reading the above headline in today’s ajc is there any doubt as to where chip towers went to school?

lmao tooo funny!

kingdaddy

August 2nd, 2012
9:07 pm

14s about right. Lose and fall fast, win and climb slow. Yeap, 14s about right…

flintriverdawg

August 2nd, 2012
9:31 pm

riverdawg sez 12th realistically going in……..so much has to happen to finish top ten………it wont take long to tell either………….GATA !

Jamey

August 2nd, 2012
9:35 pm

#5 ranked looks about right.

D6

August 2nd, 2012
9:36 pm

I’d put the Dawgs pre seaosn at about #5.

Bronx

August 2nd, 2012
9:36 pm

Got UGA at #5 in NYC.

Hoss

August 2nd, 2012
9:37 pm

Yep, #5 is about right. Seems like we’re all on the same page.

Kit

August 2nd, 2012
9:38 pm

I got Georgia pre seaosn No. 5.

99

August 2nd, 2012
9:39 pm

UGA will come in at @ top5 on AP Poll, have to, this team is not worse than that.

Mobile Dawg

August 2nd, 2012
9:44 pm

I just don’t buy the “easy” schedule theory. We still play Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee, traditional powers. We play Vandy, UK, both teams which have played us well the last few years. South Carolina, is quickly becoming one of our biggest rivalries, especially with Spurrier. Then there’s GT, even though we’ve owned them they have played us tough most years recently. Mizzou is an unknown, like Boise last year. That’s eight games you have to show up prepared to play, something we haven’t done consistently in quite a few years.

Fair n Balanced

August 2nd, 2012
11:34 pm

Expectations too high. Ga has never performed well with such expectations. Ozl still a big question. No proven running back. QB gives up too much to defenses that result in points. Suspensions already, how many to come? Can’t beat SC over there. Mo will be tough. Fl getting better as is AU. We lose 3 easy and maybe 4. Doesn’t matter where we start in polls, we will end up 23 if we can manage 9-3. This won’t be a great season. It’s back to mediocreville.

kingdaddy

August 3rd, 2012
5:54 am

Fair and Balanced?
You sound like a huge UGA fan, lol. Not one positive statement in your “Fair and Balanced” post. You sound more like a typical lib on MSNBC describing Mitt’$ chances to become POTUS, than you do as a Fair & Balanced football fan. Guess what? YOUR “SPIN” STOPS HERE, LOL…

kingdaddy

August 3rd, 2012
6:11 am

Àccording to UGAs opponents, we have nothing to be proud of. We are the worst of the worst. Not one redeeming virtue. No talent or integrity anywhere to be found not even a snowballs chance in hell.
Wow people, get a life. The COACHES RANKED UGA #6 IN THE COUNTRY! Maybe that means the rest of the country sux. Maybe it means the COACHES who voted the Doggies #6 don’t know as much about football as you do. Maybe it means all you haters are just jealous and are either dishonest or just don’t know what you’re talking about. Haters gotta hate…

Dogs win SEC

August 3rd, 2012
6:38 am

This may be the best dog team in 20 years–the dogs are loaded on O and D–they should easily win 10-11 games and will beat alabama in the SEC title game. The dogs are back!

kingdaddy

August 3rd, 2012
7:02 am

Bill
I think starting @ 14 and “working” our way up, is fair. We win in Missouri and we’re @10-12, b. By the time we play the Chickens, we’ll know if we deserve a #6 rating. Good things come to those that win…

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

August 3rd, 2012
8:06 am

“The players are back in Athens”

and

The Athens-CC Police are on full alert

and

The attorneys are on standby

We’re ready to do our part too!

TownDog

August 3rd, 2012
9:28 am

Ga beats USC by 10, blows out florida and wins the SEC east. SEC title game: Ga upsets lsu by 3. GA v. southern cal for the bcs title!! This is the year.

Tan Farkenten

August 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

AAAAA
You taking your boyfriend to Chic-fil-A today? Pucker-up!

AceDawg

August 3rd, 2012
9:34 am

Without suspensions and with Crowell, I’d say UGA has top 5 talent. Regardless, they have a ton to prove and a #15 ranking would be more fitting.

After all, even last year UGA was challenged to the brink by Florida, Vandy, etc, in addition to losing to every good team they played. I’ll be quietly optimistic but still need to see it to believe it.

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.