Bradley’s Buzz: For 2010, SI has Tech 8th, UGA 22nd

Will Georgia again outrun the Jackets in 2010? (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Will Georgia again outrun the Yellow Jackets in 2010? (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

You’ll never guess who’s No. 1 in SI.com’s college football power rankings for 2010. Actually, you will. Alabama is the easy choice, same as Florida was easy in preseason 2009. (And who was preseason No. 1 in 2008? Why, Georgia.) But the top spot isn’t why we’re here. It’s to focus on the locals, both of which appear in Andy Staples’ Top 25.

Georgia Tech is No. 8. Georgia is No. 22. I’d say that’s too high for the former, about right for the latter.

I reserve the right to amend my opinion in light of developments — if, say, either one finds a defensive coordinator, or if Herschel Walker forgoes his MMA dreams to reclaim that fourth year of collegiate eligibility — but I’d say, as of Jan. 14, 2010, that Tech will dip slightly in 2010 and Georgia will rise a bit.

My take on Tech: It won’t be bad on offense — quoth Paul Johnson: “I’d be stunned if our B-back doesn’t gain 1,000 yards next season” — but Demaryius Thomas is the irreplaceable part, not Jonathan Dwyer. Given the nature of his offense, Johnson isn’t apt to find another receiver half as good as Bay-Bay. (Johnson inherited Thomas, it must be noted, from Chan Gailey.)

The defense will surely benefit from a new coordinator, but not many defenses can lose its two most gifted players and spike upward in production. Through these long-range lenses, I can see Tech winning nine games next season and finishing second to Virginia Tech in the ACC Coastal.

One word of caution, however: The Coastal is going to be tough. Three other teams are included in Mr. Staples’ rankings: Virginia Tech at No. 9, Miami at No. 14 and North Carolina at No. 18. And the Jackets must play two of the three on the road.

As for Georgia: I could see the Bulldogs winning nine games if things break right. The offense could be terrific if Georgia finds a quarterback. One note: The past two times Mark Richt has entered a season with a new quarterback, his teams have finished 9-4 and 8-5. And I’m thinking Aaron Murray (or Logan Grey, or Zach Mettenberger) won’t quite have the impact Matthew Stafford did at the end of 2006.

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The defense lost a big-timer in Rennie Curran, but Marcus Dowtin should fill that tackling-machine role. At issue is how fast the new coordinator, assuming Georgia finds one, can make a difference. My guess: Soon, but not overnight.

Mr. Staples has only one SEC team rated above Georgia  in the SEC East: Florida is No. 11. Only two SEC West teams are in the Top 25 — LSU is the other, at No. 23 — and Georgia doesn’t play either. If Richt can find the right quarterback and the right coordinator, the door is open. But I, as suggested in yesterday’s post that was loved by one and all, see South Carolina as the team primed to give the Gators the hardest run.

Oh, and if you’re wondering which team will win at Sanford Stadium on Nov. 27, here’s your final score:

Georgia 27, Tech 24.

584 comments Add your comment

Clint Castleberry

January 14th, 2010
6:19 pm

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:20 pm

I’m not shaking in my silver britches. As everyone knows, I’M THE WORLD’S BIGGEST TECH FAN!!!!

Yes, I am indeed kidding.

ugaaccountant

January 14th, 2010
6:21 pm

Tech – No way they stay that high with all of the talent leaving including early NFL entrants. As you show, the schedule isn’t looking bright for them either.

UGA – That’s an appropriate ranking today, but we will increase once we get our coaching staff filled in.

GTfan

January 14th, 2010
6:21 pm

Good job Brownie

January 14th, 2010
6:21 pm

Tech will win

Clint Castleberry

January 14th, 2010
6:22 pm

I’m a life long Tech fan and I don’t see how Tech should be in the Top 10. I think they will take one step back next year and hopefully two steps forward in 2011. UGA sounds pretty close. New DC, running backs looking good. But no QB with any experience. That will make things tough.

ARLINGTON VA DAWG

January 14th, 2010
6:22 pm

Mark,
Just saw the Coach Tuberville let the whole Texas Tech coaching staff go. Checking out the D Coordinator, and Special Teams Coach Eric Russell might be worth a shot. Heck, their stats are much better than Willie’s, but that’s not saying much.
GO DAWGS!

carrolltondawg

January 14th, 2010
6:22 pm

Wisconsin Jacket

January 14th, 2010
6:23 pm

Stephen Hill will show everyone that he’s pretty darn talented next year. He had a great freshman year and now he will be the #1 guy. Look for Hill’s production to increase next year filling the hole BeyBey is leaving.

Jona

January 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

saban

January 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

Georgia is done.

Mark Richt going after my boy is not permitted.

I will allow a number of Alabama prospects to carry out my commands at tech next year. CPJ is one of my boys.

Georgia will be lucky to win three games.

I will see to that.

He can just get his own hairdresser.

satan

Jona

January 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

Enter your comments here

Habersham Dawg

January 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

Until Georgia and Tech prove otherwise on the field of play in 2010, then their starting positions appear to be fair, although, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they don’t swap positions by the end of 2010.

carrolltondawg

January 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

i missed it by a min! Oh yeah Dawgs win by two touchdowns.

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

Clint Castleberry — first under the wire. Kudos.

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

I believe it was 1994, drock. Thanks for asking.

Technophobia

January 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

Thanks for picking UGA over Tech in 2010. You missed the last two so I’m taking that as a good omen. lol

Bremen Dawg

January 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

I think they have us (UGA) about right but Tech I don’t know about. Tech is loosing some key players too and will be building a new D. I see them at about 16th.

Nerd Central @ North Ave

January 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

We’ll just see about that. With a good coordinator, this team is going to be pretty much unstoppable! UGA better hope CPJ doesn’t find a decent DC. I’ll bet you are all shakin in your silver britches right now.

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

Somebody’s going to have to catch a lot of passes to offset Bay-Bay’s loss, Wisconsin. But Stephen Hill was very good in his role as the DA on the original “Law & Order.”

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:27 pm

Wasn’t it 30-24, Gordon? (Just trying to help.)

I picked it 42-27, Tech. As you probably are aware.

Nerd Central @ North Ave

January 14th, 2010
6:28 pm

Not only is my Institute rated higher in academics, but its also rated higher in football as well. Yeah!!!! You know how it stings UGA fans, don’t you?

Wisconsin Jacket

January 14th, 2010
6:28 pm

I’d say he aged pretty well then wouldn’t you Mark?

FullMetalJacket

January 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

I’ll take that ranking right now and just skip the season. The Jackets have a very challenging year ahead of them, which should result in a good record but probably not another ACC ring. The Dawgs had better take their ranking also. They have quite a few holes to fill also.

Nerd Central @ North Ave

January 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

Next year: GT wins 35-20. Tech will not punt during the entire game. Tech players will run around the field with the hedges in their mouth (again).

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

Yes he has. And few remember that Stephen Hill also led the IM force during the first season of “Mission: Impossible.” Then Peter Graves — Mr. Phelps — took over for Mr. Briggs (Hill).

Wisconsin Jacket

January 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

In other off topic news Brookwood High School Alum Sean Johnson was just drafted by the Chicago Fire with the 51st pick overall. Congrats to Sean!

glass half full dawg

January 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

Stafford was a true freshmen his 1st year.
Shockley was a senior with game experience.
David greene was a redshirt freshmen,but 1st year under richt.
Cox chose uga over duke…nuff said there…
Murray was highly recruited and had a year and a half( came in last jan) to prepare…..
Schedule in uga’s favor this year.
Get a win in Columbia and build some confidence and watch out…….
Just sayin….

Bremen Dawg

January 14th, 2010
6:31 pm

Get that Big Ol’ O line going early in the season and run the freaking ball and let that new Q get some reps and it could be a 10 win season. We have the O line and backs to do it. Get that running game going and a freshman can look pretty dawg gone good. Do you think McElroy is that good off a Q, nope just has a heck of a running game and that makes him look good.

I’m just saying…..

drock

January 14th, 2010
6:31 pm

Mark, what year did you drop the kinky hairdo?

Nerd Central @ North Ave

January 14th, 2010
6:31 pm

Ayers is going to put the clamps on AJ Green. That is, if he’s man enough to play. He wasn’t man enough this year.

DawginLex

January 14th, 2010
6:31 pm

I can see UGA being very good on offense. We have 10 starters returning and lots of depth, especially catching the ball. Hopefully, we will go back to RUNNING THE BALL. The defense will be OK with the new DC. Don’t forget about Richard Samuel moving to linebacker.

As for Tech, I expect their offense will still be good but the defense, not so much.

Both teams could have 9 or 10 wins when they meet. wouldn’t that be cool?

Nerd Central @ North Ave

January 14th, 2010
6:32 pm

Nerd Central = this year’s St Simons. Get used to it all year, baby!!!!

UglyOldDog

January 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

Kinda early for this, where’s Boise ranked?

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

The South Carolina game is massive. It always is.

Nerd Central @ North Ave

January 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

We are good at football and Calculus. You are good at drinking beer.

Gordon

January 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

Almost 20 posts in and still no reminder of the score from November 28th? Come on, Dogs!

Dawgs2010

January 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

Georgia rebounds and takes the East, but goes down to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

T-MAN

January 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

Mark don’t see a big drop off in offense for the jackets,the wild card is going to be the DC…any improvement in defense will help with the dawgs and Tech…..next weeks going to be exciting for both programs….thurs at ths lastest for naming DC’s

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

No. 2, UglyOldDog.

Clint Castleberry

January 14th, 2010
6:34 pm

I just don’t see how Tech would be ranked higher next year after losing their best 2 players on offense and their best 2 players on defense. Hopefully, someone knows something I don’t.
I always thought UGA was a WAY better team than how they looked. They just killed themselves with bad penalties and way too many turnovers. I will concede that on defense they looked out of position sometimes to make a play, but CMR finally fixed that problem.

JB

January 14th, 2010
6:34 pm

Bad D and it’s coming back without it’s best players. Ugly!

Good O but it will be without many of it’s best players.

I’m thinking 7 or 8 wins, at best.

If UGA has a QB, and I think between the lot of them, they do. The O could be stellar.

I’m truly not worried about the DC thing. Many are having fits, which is silly. We’ll have a good man and we’re pretty deep.

9 – 10 wins, minimum.

BTW, we’ll be 9-1 over the maggots, come the end of this season. :-)

HBTD!!!!

ARLINGTON VA DAWG

January 14th, 2010
6:34 pm

Where does Blake Simms stand with his recruiting?

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:35 pm

I don’t think Tech lost its two best players on offense. Josh Nesbitt was the best player on the O this season.

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:36 pm

Yes, South Carolina lost to UConn. But Alabama lost to Utah in its bowl last season. How’d Alabama finish in 2009?

Fried Chicken-eaters

January 14th, 2010
6:36 pm

NOBODY CARES!

Clint Castleberry

January 14th, 2010
6:37 pm

Nesbitt was definitely the MVP. Well…two of the better players :)

Atlanta Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 14th, 2010
6:37 pm

We have lost our ice hockey team…..AGAIN!

DawginLex

January 14th, 2010
6:37 pm

I care about fried chicken. Especially on Sunday

Mark Bradley

January 14th, 2010
6:37 pm

The other two were bigger NFL prospects, but Nesbitt was the main man.