SI unveils its Top 25. A tip: Don’t bother looking for Georgia

Even South Carolina gets a cover shout-out. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Why, even South Carolina gets a regional cover shout-out. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Sports Illustrated’s college football issue should be arriving in your mailbox any moment. (I’d be out checking mine as we speak if, for the first time since 1968, I hadn’t let my subscription lapse.) But for those who can’t wait, here are the highlights:

Seven SEC teams are included in SI’s Top 25. Georgia isn’t among them.

Alabama and LSU are in the top three. (The Tide is SI’s No. 1 pick, which makes sense given that the magazine declared Alabama a dynasty back in January 2010, whereupon Bama went out and finished fourth in the SEC West.) South Carolina and Arkansas are in the top 10. Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida are ranked between 21st and 25th.

Georgia is nowhere, man.

I’m not trying to suggest I’m smarter than the folks at SI. (I’m not smarter than anyone anywhere.) But I should report that I’ve been asked to compile the Top 25 for the ol’ AJC’s college football preview, and – spoiler alert! – I can attest that the Bulldogs are included. (Auburn, FYI, is not.) I have an SEC team ranked No. 1, but it’s not Alabama.

I can understand why some publications – the Sporting News is another – don’t believe Georgia will be a Top 25 team. On Jan. 1, 2011, I wouldn’t have, either. But I believe the dynamics have changed. I believe the Bulldogs will have a very big year. And I’m never wrong. Except for all those times when I am.

By Mark Bradley

283 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

August 17th, 2011
10:12 am

Who cares about a ranking now?

There should be no polls until the 1st week of October.

All I am waiting on is the opening games to tell us all where UGA is at that point. We will know a lot more about Georgia after 2 games than probably any other team will know about themselves simply because of who we will have played.

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DawginLex

August 17th, 2011
10:14 am

And for the 1st time ever, I was first

GoldenRod

August 17th, 2011
10:15 am

Jackets should be ranked no lower than #17. Vad Lee is the next Joe Hamilton!

Mark Bradley

August 17th, 2011
10:16 am

Kudos, DawginLex.

Columbus Dawg

August 17th, 2011
10:19 am

There is a reason why SI’s poll is not used to determine BCS formula. What a joke of a publication…Except when it’s swimsuit time!

JackDennis

August 17th, 2011
10:21 am

SI has fallen prey to dawgs annual superior recruiting before. They’ve learned their lesson. Georgia: Where 5 stars come to be undeveloped.

Buckeye

August 17th, 2011
10:22 am

DawginLex,

You Da Man!

Steve

August 17th, 2011
10:22 am

First and foremost: preseason polls are nonsense.

With that said, if Auburn is going to be in the top-25, UGA should be as well. I understand the urge to have the defending national champions in the top-25, but the 2011 version of the Auburn Tigers will be a shell of the 2010 team.

But, again, refer to my first point. There should be no polls at all until the first week of October, at the earliest.

Buckeye

August 17th, 2011
10:23 am

Columbus dog,

Rarely do dogs and I see eye to eye but I’m rught there with you an the swimsuit issue.

Dave from Buford

August 17th, 2011
10:23 am

I’m good with it … they’re not particularly accurate most of the time and when they leave the Dogs off, we usually have a good season.

Buckeye

August 17th, 2011
10:24 am

Dawgin,

And where will the dogs fall on Oct 1 after an 0-2 start?

ATLSEC

August 17th, 2011
10:24 am

They finally relize Georgia has always been overrated in the past, they are probably ranked as they very well should be (between 25-35). Didnt have a good year last year and you cant rank on a thought that the team’s dynamics have changed? Are you kidding?

honest_abe

August 17th, 2011
10:24 am

sweet! no SI jinx. sorry cocks looks like you get it this year. heh

Remarkable

August 17th, 2011
10:24 am

Mark Bradly,

You Da Man!

ChopAttack

August 17th, 2011
10:26 am

Auburn being ranked is what is hilarious.

Murat

August 17th, 2011
10:26 am

Mark, Are you going to put UGA at their Customary #13 spot they seem to get every year. Regardless, we will find out after the first two games whether this Georgia Team is worthy of a Ranking.

DawginLex

August 17th, 2011
10:26 am

We will be 4-1 or 5-0 on Oct 1st

Buckeye

August 17th, 2011
10:27 am

It seems yahoo sports has decided it’s Miami’s turn. Appears far FAR more wide-spread than Tressel and Pryor’s antics.

Should be a good build up for the National game on ABC w/ Ohio State and Miami – the Coach cheats vs. the entire program over a decade cheats.

Perhap Polin could become the title sponsor again” The Polin Weed-Cheater Bowl.

ANTOINEFORD

August 17th, 2011
10:27 am

The Cocks are #7, baby. Read it and weep!

OzoraDawggie

August 17th, 2011
10:28 am

We going to take those Boise bizatches like UGA takes smokey’s gal.

DawginLex

August 17th, 2011
10:28 am

We are slowly getting to the point where Richt is going to win that elusive national title.

2002 title will be awarded to #3 UGA after Ohio state and Miami are ruled to be the cheatingest 2 programs ever assembled.

ANTOINEFORD

August 17th, 2011
10:28 am

The Gamecocks are #7, baby. Read it and weep!

Dawg Trainer

August 17th, 2011
10:28 am

SI should do something useful and put out their Top 25 swimsuit models. That would be a bit more credible than the football poll.

ANTOINEFORD

August 17th, 2011
10:30 am

Bow down to the ultra-talented Gamecocks, you fading dogs!

Dog Island Gator

August 17th, 2011
10:32 am

Mark,Your predictions are like GA FL football games, you win one every so often. Last year GA should have beat FL. This year even more so with a new coach and system. But they won’t. Fl will surprise everyone and play rough n tough even with the nations toughest sch.

Mtn Dawg

August 17th, 2011
10:32 am

What do they know. Auburn ahead of UGA is an indication that SI is not keeping up.

BRING ON THE SMURFS!!! GO DAWGS!!!

ANTOINEFORD

August 17th, 2011
10:33 am

USC 31, UGA 10

Mark Bradley

August 17th, 2011
10:34 am

I don’t have Georgia No. 13. Close, though.

gallredsobgyn

August 17th, 2011
10:35 am

Lex – The UGA faithful have been saying this for a long time. Where’s the beef?

GTBob

August 17th, 2011
10:36 am

Auburn goes undefeated and wins the MNC and you don’t think they should be ranked. UGA has a losing season and loses a boat load of talent and they should be ranked. Do you realize just how homerish this blog is? The only evidence I have see for why UGA should be ranked is “I have a feeling about this team”.

Herschel Talker

August 17th, 2011
10:36 am

DawginLex:

Giving UGA the 2002 title is the only way Richt will get anywhere close to sniffing a title. He is a fool. I applaud his recruiting efforts for our future, but we need someone with braincells in the head coaching spot.

HT

ANTOINEFORD

August 17th, 2011
10:36 am

The garnet god known as Jadeveon Clowney is gonna make that lil QB of yours moan.

Spanky

August 17th, 2011
10:37 am

Mark, why is it that you get all the cool stories? You rock, bro!

Spanky

August 17th, 2011
10:38 am

Did Alshon get fat?!

DC

August 17th, 2011
10:39 am

Mark do some investigation on AU and you’ll see that they are not in bad shape as you think…we have had several years of excellent recruiting…

Are we going to be dominant like last year? No…but don’t think we are some pushover…but you have a bias against AU so I would expect as much…

Should UGA be in the top 25? No. based on the past two years of how they performed…but don’t worry uga fans..they will be in the top 25 sooner rather than later…if they go 2-0..

MarkBradley'sRagingClue

August 17th, 2011
10:40 am

Mark, you serious about ranking LSU number one? Have you ever seen Jordan Jefferson play? Not only do they have the toughest schedule in the SEC this year, they also have MENSA member Les Miles as their coach.

Also, your note about Alabama finishing fourth in the West isnt all that telling given that they lost three hard fought games in what would be describe by anyone (non-media or extreme homer) as a rebuilding year.

ANTOINEFORD

August 17th, 2011
10:40 am

Alshon is 2011 version of Calvin Johnson.

Columbus Dawg

August 17th, 2011
10:41 am

These loudmouth chickens are a hoot. You all will be very unhappy in Athens this year. The Alabama folks are very confident that there is nothing to the suitgate thing, I guess we will see. Danny Sheridan is supposed to name the bagman on Finebaum show this afternoon, rumors are that the Yellawood man and Freddie Weygand are involved.

BullDogMike

August 17th, 2011
10:41 am

MB, we won’t know for sure if the dynamics have changed until after the smoke has cleared from the first two games……actually, the first game will tell us.

DawginLex

August 17th, 2011
10:42 am

HT

You could make a case that every year since 2001, an SEC team should have been national champions and that includes us twice

2005-If DJ doesn;t get injured, we go undefeated and we would have been left out of the Texas USC game. But since USC cheated, we could have played Texas instead of WV. We might not have won but it would have been a good game.

History also shows Auburn should have won the title in 2004

intheknow

August 17th, 2011
10:42 am

Everyone knows that having SI rank you high is the KISS OF DEATH. Just look at thier past history. Rankings don’t mean a thing until the end of the season.

Douglas Dawg

August 17th, 2011
10:42 am

Who cares about SI or any other pre season rankings….. Pumped about Septemeber 3rd! To me the smurf game is huge. After last years season, and all the hype about off season work outs and the team getting rid of “cancers” a loss to Boise will be hard for the guys to overcome mentally. We really need to start 1-0 and then see where we go!

DawginLex

August 17th, 2011
10:43 am

Columbus

Freddie Weygand?

Has he got eligibility left?

I swear that boy played every year for 10 straight years

ANTOINEFORD

August 17th, 2011
10:44 am

Alshon got fat from eating up SEC DBs last year. 1,517 yards in 2011.

DC

August 17th, 2011
10:44 am

i hate when stupid chat eats your post…

Columbus Dawg

August 17th, 2011
10:44 am

These loudmouth chickens are a hoot. You will not be happy in Athens this year. Alabama folks are convinced that suitgate is a non-story, I guess we will see. Danny Sheridan is supposed to play “Name the Bagman” on Finebaum show this afternoon. Rumors are that the Yellawood man and Freddie Weygand are involved.

DawginLex

August 17th, 2011
10:44 am

Alshon Jeffrey couldn’t hold Calvin Johnson or AJ Green’s jockstrap and he is nowhere close to Julio Jones either.

And you chickens call us delusional

BullDogMike

August 17th, 2011
10:46 am

SC fans, you need to win at least one SEC championship in your lifetime before you start telling everybody how great you are at football.

Norm Van Broccoli

August 17th, 2011
10:46 am

Alshon Jeffery looks like he’s about 40

WDE

August 17th, 2011
10:46 am

@Herschel Talker your 10:36 comment means you will never have a shot at HC at UGA..and Mark I don’t understand how Auburn can’t make the top 25 until they lose a game…heck they are as much as I hate to admit it defending champs…you have to let them defend IMHO before you strip them of the title…