Coaches’ poll has Tech 17th and UGA 21st – flip ‘em, I say

Is it me, or are Buzz and Paul Johnson wearing the same expression? (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

I ask: Are Buzz and Paul Johnson wearing the same expression? (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

The preseason USA Today coaches’ poll has Georgia Tech ranked No. 17 and Georgia No. 21. Those are, I submit, fairly accurate appraisals of the two teams’ relative strengths. Except for one thing:

I’d flip them.

I think Georgia is going to be better than Tech. (I’ve picked the Bulldogs to go 9-3, Tech to finish 8-4.) I think both teams will finish third in their respective divisions. (I see Georgia and South Carolina having the same record but the Gamecocks getting the second-place nod because they’ll beat the Bulldogs on Sept. 11.) I think Georgia will beat Tech in November.

Other observations: Iowa is underrated at No. 10; Miami is overrated at No. 13; North Carolina is underrated at No. 18; Auburn is overrated at No. 23. And I’m a little surprised Florida is No. 3, but that actually comes as music to these ears given that I’ve picked the Gators to win the BCS title. (I’m a Gator fan from way back. Just ask the Urban Crier.)

But the biggest shock to me is South Carolina. It’s nowhere in the poll. (Actually, it’s 10th among teams Also Receiving Votes, which would put it 35th.) I think the Gamecocks are going to be really good. And yes, I’m aware that this marks the 75th consecutive season that somebody has said, “I think the Gamecocks are going to be really good,” only to be wrong 73 times. (Carolina actually was really good in 1984.) But obviously my fellow coaches don’t see it that way.

Oh, wait. I’m not a coach. Sorry. Sometimes I get confused.

814 comments Add your comment

Dave

August 6th, 2010
10:22 am

Mark is delusional….

DAWGFAN

August 6th, 2010
10:24 am

GEORGIA DAWGS WILL WIN THE NATINAL CHAMPINSHIP THIS YEAR MARK IT DOWN IT WILL HAPPEN COACH RICT IS THE BEST COACH IN THE COUNTRY BAR NONE AND NO ONE CAN BEAT THE DAWGS BECAUSE THE DAWGS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE WHOLE COUNTY WOOF WOOF WOOF

Mark Bradley

August 6th, 2010
10:24 am

I’m so delusional I had this dream Dave was “first.”

Dave

August 6th, 2010
10:26 am

You’re a tool, Mark.

bob

August 6th, 2010
10:28 am

You all suck.

uga_b

August 6th, 2010
10:29 am

The real shame is that this poll actually has bearing on the BCS.

Ignernt

August 6th, 2010
10:30 am

I can agree with flipping them. But I hate to break it to you, MB, but South Carolina won’t be as good as you hope. I’m think 8-4 at best, but more likely 7-5.

hello

August 6th, 2010
10:31 am

Well good thing mark is always wrong! This pretty much assures Tech of finishing ahead of UGA!

Don

August 6th, 2010
10:33 am

8 reasons why the braves won’t squander this lead. HAhahaha

90% of what this guy writes turns out to be WRONG.

Paul Johnson

August 6th, 2010
10:33 am

Bradley, I’ll punch you right in the face!

Mike

August 6th, 2010
10:34 am

7-5. The most overrated team in the history of College Football will lose to South Carolina, Arkansas, UF, Auburn, and GT.

HEYMAKER!!!

August 6th, 2010
10:34 am

i totally agree Mark my man…..not to start the UGA/Tech blog bashing but in terms of the two teams overall i’d flip em too.

Tro-Gen Man

August 6th, 2010
10:35 am

Well, I don’t know about the actual football being played, but I would certainly rank UGA’s team ahead of Tech in S T Ds.

That is some type of “leadership” the UGA Athletes have had in recent years.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 6th, 2010
10:36 am

Carolina will be good this season. The defense is legitimate and if they get Lattimore moving the ball on the ground and Garcia improving his Comp % and smart with t he ball they are dangerous.

UGA has to be very carefull those two weeks against USC and Arkansas, those two are huge for the season. A slip up against both could tailspin the season.

Joey

August 6th, 2010
10:36 am

Ummm, Don, the Braves are still in first. Just sayin . . .

Don

August 6th, 2010
10:37 am

Bradley isn’t talented enough to write for the Paducah Sun. Somehow he landed here. Must have been a bribe or nepotism. How lucky we are to have such a talented doofus write garbage each week for us.

Dawglasville

August 6th, 2010
10:37 am

I hate that the South Carolina game carries so much weight. I know that we are not Florida or Alabama because neither fan base of those programs would ever be sitting around saying, “If we get past South Carolina…” All we can do is cheer (at least as poor people anyway). Go Dawgs.

sogadog

August 6th, 2010
10:38 am

And Dawgfan will win the national spelling bee.

Don

August 6th, 2010
10:39 am

2 games Joey. Bradley also said the phillies would struggle with their recent losses i.e victorino and howard. Yep, they sure are. Just completed a 3 game sweep on the marlins in Miami. They will be tied by the weekend.

Chad

August 6th, 2010
10:40 am

Why does superdawg only bash tech on tech blogs and not post on his own blogs?

ATL XMAN

August 6th, 2010
10:40 am

with more than half the players on techs team mostly div 1aa players look for them to slip really quick out of the top 40. i can see nesbitt getting banged up early because he will running the ball 80 percent of the time.

Bradley G

August 6th, 2010
10:40 am

I’d pick the Dawgs around 15th. All that experience on offense around a talented QB plus a defense that can’t be any worse then 2009’s bunch has me thinking a 10-2 year.

Ward Gailey

August 6th, 2010
10:41 am

Finally, some decent mention of the Gamecocks, my alma mater. I get so tired of GA this, GA that, even to the detriment of Tech. I know they are the flagship U, but please give me a break.

Andy

August 6th, 2010
10:42 am

Mark

I admire you for sticking with your Gamecock pick. You are like a captain that is either going to save the ship or go down with it. Time will tell which one you will be. I think you are going down. SC always seems to screw it up. I think their QB is going to have a meltdown this year.

The UGA downward spiral continues

August 6th, 2010
10:43 am

UGA losses this year
South C
Arky
Colorado
UF
Albarn

We will hear the same whining as we did last year re Murray. There’s a reason he didn’t get any playing time last year.

ATL XMAN

August 6th, 2010
10:44 am

the phills were supposed to be up by 10 games by this time when the year first started. the braves are sitting pretty. the phills are losing the better players and soon will start to play like it. tons of time for them start playing bad.

Howell

August 6th, 2010
10:44 am

6 road games for UGA this year when you add the game in Jax.
UF has 4, excluding Jax, which I feel is a home game.

Playmakers!!

August 6th, 2010
10:45 am

LLOYD CHRISTMAS

August 6th, 2010
10:45 am

I pick the Dogs at #64

David M

August 6th, 2010
10:46 am

Why is the ga sc game a noon kickoff? I thought it was always a night game.

Jack G.

August 6th, 2010
10:46 am

The poll is only a guesstamate. It will be subject to many adjustments before the season ends.
when play begins is when adjustments will stsart.

Mark Bradley

August 6th, 2010
10:46 am

I would agree, Ignernt, that nobody ever went broke betting against S. Carolina. Good thing I don’t bet.

Ted Striker

August 6th, 2010
10:46 am

Joke. By. Coke.

Dawgman19

August 6th, 2010
10:46 am

Florida will not win the BCS title this year. No Tebow means No title. South Carolina will be actually good this year and not fade by week 3. Tech’s “glory days” are about to be over when Nesbitt gets hurt halfway through the season and the offense falls apart. Then next QB coming in will not be near as good. He will be white and slow. Will be able to run the option effectively but the backs will be the only threat to hit big gainers or score on a consistent basis. Still skeptical of North Carolina after the offense I witnessed on the tube last year. Pretty awful until the end of the year. Think Auburn could be pretty dangerous come November. Dawgs will be good but D needs to make a statement early and often. GO DAWGS!

Don

August 6th, 2010
10:47 am

atlxman
According to who? They were up by about 7-8 at this time last year and the braves were considered a much better team than last year.
memo to you. the braves have lost prado, their best players and medlen, their 3rd best pitcher in the past week.

ATL XMAN

August 6th, 2010
10:48 am

the only teams on the schedule that are equal to uga is fla and ala and with our players being the more experienced, look for uga to win the east. no way they lose to arky or south carolina much less a div 1aa filled team in ga tech

Don

August 6th, 2010
10:48 am

Should say are considered a much better team.

Joey

August 6th, 2010
10:48 am

While you looking in your crystal ball, Don, can you get me the Powerball numbers. Thanks in advance.

Jack G.

August 6th, 2010
10:49 am

I think I have the destinction of being blocked on MB’s Blogs. I wonder why?

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HugoStiglitz

August 6th, 2010
10:49 am

I think 17 and 21 are fine for either Tech or UGA. Both should feel lucky they are ranked. UGA has the blueprint for a mediocre season in front of them and GT is trying to replace tons of talent. I think the coaches were pretty nice to both of them.

Eric V

August 6th, 2010
10:50 am

Div1aa ATLX? Are you really this stupid? 2 players taken in the first round of the draft last year? You didn’t have a player taken until the 3rd or 4th round. Idiots like you is why so many look down on uga.

History disagrees

August 6th, 2010
10:50 am

Dear MB:

“Really Good” teams don’t lose to a 4-6-1 Navy team.

Yours,

History

East Atlanta

August 6th, 2010
10:51 am

Surprised (and pleased) that with all the UGA bashing that goes on, the Dawgs are in the preseason poll. The best part is, we’ll get to sort all this out on the field. Bring on the Saturdays, says I!

Cuttysark

August 6th, 2010
10:51 am

We will have to see what happens at the end of the year, but I think that it’s great for both schools to be ranked in the top 25 to open the season. We are looking forward to another great football season for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Mark Bradley

August 6th, 2010
10:51 am

The Navy game was a fluke, History disagrees. Came after S. Carolina had beaten Notre Dame and before it played Clemson.

Don

August 6th, 2010
10:52 am

5 18 24 36 45 and the powerball is 29

Mark Bradley

August 6th, 2010
10:53 am

Why does any game kick off when it does, David M?

Television.

The true Robert

August 6th, 2010
10:54 am

DAWGFAN, you moron, do you know the difference between COUNTRY and COUNTY. I will agree that the Dawgs are the best team in the County, but not the Country.
I assume from your ignarance that you are a Uga grad.

RambleOn84

August 6th, 2010
10:55 am

As a Tech fan, I’d like to disagree with you, but I’m not sure I can.

In my gut, I believe that Tech will have another 10-win season under Johnson, but we do have a very tough road schedule and neither our O-line nor D-line have a lot of quality depth yet…

As far as South Carolina, I’ll believe it when I see it.

I definitely agree Iowa is underrated…their DE, Clayborn, is an absolute stud, and their O-line is always as solid as it gets. I think they will definitely be better than Wisconsin, who is being picked above Iowa.

Miami’s success all depends on pass protection. Jacory Harris has great skills and great receivers to work with, but he completely implodes when he gets hit a few times.