Bulldogs No. 64? ‘Just plain ridiculous’ ranking draws rebuttals

Thought you might get a kick out of reading a couple of rebuttals to the Orlando Sentinel’s ranking of Georgia’s football team as No. 64.

First, from Barrett Sallee of CollegeFootballNews.com:

A blog post in the Orlando Sentinel got the Georgia Bulldog fan base up in arms Tuesday –- and rightfully so.

In their College Football 2010 Countdown, the newspaper ranked the Georgia Bulldogs No. 64 … one spot behind Ole Miss and two spots behind Mississippi State. That puts them among the 25 worst BCS teams in the country.

Georgia is a bit of a mystery this season. They are breaking in a new quarterback, installing a new defensive scheme and replacing six starters on a defense that was dreadful last season. But ranking them at No. 64 is just plain ridiculous. A favorable schedule and an above average running game will get the Bulldogs into the top half of the SEC in 2010, which is a far cry from No. 64.

It’s a Florida-based paper, so the rivalry between Florida and Georgia probably plays into the low ranking a bit. But come on … if you’re going to poke the rival, at least make it believable.

And from Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union:

Luckily for Georgia, the Bulldogs don’t compete in the SEC West.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, they’d finish dead last this coming season.

One of the most respected sports departments in our state has unveiled a bold (comical?) prediction.

In its countdown of ranking all 120 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams, the Georgia Bulldogs are the 64th-best team in the country heading into the season. That clicking sound you hear is Mark Richt frantically stapling the printout to any bulletin board he can find on campus. Word is he wallpapered the team’s locker room with it.

Now, we all like to make bold predictions, and no one knows for sure how any team’s season will play out. But Georgia 64th? Really?

There are only three SEC teams the Sentinel thinks will be worse than the Bulldogs (Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Kentucky).

To twist the insult knife further, according to the Sentinel, Georgia would be the ACC’s seventh-best team in its rankings. Uga VI is rolling over in his grave.

To rank that low, Georgia would almost have to be a 6-6 team. . . .

To me, it’s more likely Georgia goes 10-2 over 6-6. But that’s the only beauty of the preseason. No matter how wild the prediction, nobody is wrong yet.

Except the Sentinel.

Just 66 more days of silliness, by the way, until the season opener in Sanford Stadium.

243 comments Add your comment

Smokey the Bear

June 30th, 2010
6:06 am

First! Now I can go to work!

Smokey the Bear

June 30th, 2010
6:07 am

False alarm… I called in sick

joe

June 30th, 2010
6:20 am

You Tech fans need to shut up, you havenet won a national title in 20 years! woof, woof,woof

JB

June 30th, 2010
6:20 am

They meant Georgia Tech I’m sure…..

Mr. G

June 30th, 2010
6:34 am

Joe,

I wouldn’t say that too loud given the fact that the bulldogs haven’t won a title in 30 years….even though the Tech championship is a paper championship!!!!

Coach BoBo

June 30th, 2010
7:04 am

64 makes sense for that program

Chris Low

June 30th, 2010
7:07 am

Groundhoggator (FLorida)

Fill in the blank: – At the end of the year – __________ will become a household name. (like Ingram was last year).

Chris Low (1:57 PM)

I’ll give you one from the East and one from the West.In the East I’ll go with John Brantley at Florida.In the West, I’ll go with Pernell McPhee at Mississippi State.My special bonus pick is Orson Charles at Georgia.
Enter your comments here

jdog

June 30th, 2010
7:08 am

I’ve heard the Florida papers are hurting for business. I also heard the’re trying to save money and are using paper made of hemp…

Chris Low

June 30th, 2010
7:08 am

David (Auburn, AL)

Chris, little bit of a broad question across the entire conference. Which team do you think could have the biggest surprise season this year, and who would you pick? Maybe a prediction for their final record and bowl appearance?

Chris Low (1:53 PM)

Georgia, especially if the Bulldogs get steady play from redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray. My prediction for the Bulldogs is 10-3, which includes winning their bowl game.

KG

June 30th, 2010
7:08 am

Sounds about right…

destin dawg

June 30th, 2010
7:11 am

that should be a great motivator….. because we’ve got alot of experienced talent coming back.. proven new coaches on defence … I can only think of maybe a dozen that should be ranked ahead of the Dawgs … hey we had a bad year but I’ll bet they will be in top 10 at the end of year and go to a major bowl…. Go Dawgs !!!

Nub

June 30th, 2010
7:16 am

Thanks Orlando Centinal …… just what DawgNation needed….. Woof……. woof ….. Woof….!!!!!

Btw ….. They are just ticked that we are plucking up some talent down there ……. Had the misfortune of visiting gainsville recently and it’s being very nice calling it the swamp …. Should call it Septic Tank………!!!!!!!!!!!

OrlG8r

June 30th, 2010
7:24 am

Absolutely….No respect…..
And rightfully so…………….

reality

June 30th, 2010
7:34 am

That’s about right. I see 8-5 with losses to FL, USC, GT, TN and Auburn.

Pago Pago Dawg

June 30th, 2010
7:42 am

Wouldn’t it be nice if the DAWGS could beat UF/UK and UT?

Really, Reality

June 30th, 2010
7:48 am

The more rival fans post the better we look. Morons just plain and simple.

Spike

June 30th, 2010
7:48 am

Reality.. You are looking through your rose colored Tech glasses if you see that many losses. Keep dreaming.

alcoadawg

June 30th, 2010
7:49 am

Who cares what they think in Orlando? Their world revolves around a talking mouse and seven dwarfs. Phil Steele (a real sports analyst) said on ESPN that, except for Oklahoma, UGA is his “dark horse” pick to win it all.

AMSTERDAM SAM

June 30th, 2010
7:49 am

Reality – inane drivel springs from insane drivelers who are jealous. Unless you are a Gator, Richt has a winning record against your precious team, so what is your point and what facts are they based on. I live in the real world – and you? Reality?

One, two, free, fo, fi, them der Gator don't take no jive!

June 30th, 2010
7:51 am

Why do some Dawg fans feel the need to blame UF for what some idiot at the Orlando paper said? The players just need to quit with the stupid penalties, turnovers, sideline and off-field antics and PROVE their worth ON THE FIELD! That will shut up all the naysayers. In the meantime, it’s all just filler for the fans until the season arrives.
Good luck Dawgs, and see you in Jax!

fprex

June 30th, 2010
7:52 am

One of the biggest problems the “experts” have in making predictions is that they tend to look back instead of forward. Projecting becomes a “blast from the past.” The teams at the top are normally predicted to stay there. My grandma can make predictions like that.

This one sure is different and going out on a limb. But there’s also substance to what he’s saying.

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

Chad

June 30th, 2010
7:52 am

Show the guys who agree with it. They are out there Timmy.
You’re team ended at 7-5 pre bowl last year. Could have been much worse. You weren’t in the other receiving votes section at one point which puts you ranked at least in the 40+. Considering the no experience, like our pres, qb you have coming in, it’s close to be accurate. This guy couldn’t beat out Joe Cox and you think he will be some stud. LMAO.

Cuz

June 30th, 2010
7:54 am

Just red meat for the Gator Nation. Heck I hope the Gators take the JAX game for granted. We might slip up on them if that happens. I think we win at least nine. Only time will tell.

StupeDog

June 30th, 2010
8:00 am

That ranking appears way to high to me.

SOGADOG

June 30th, 2010
8:02 am

Given UGA’s turnover margin ranking and penalties ranking last year, if those two areas dont improve 64 may not be that far off.

Rob

June 30th, 2010
8:03 am

Seems about right to me

@ SC Loss
Ark Loss
@ CU Loss
@Kent Loss
Fla Loss
@ Aub Loss
GT Loss

Rob is funny

June 30th, 2010
8:07 am

Rob is either an idiot, drunk or knows nothing about football.

suwaneedawg

June 30th, 2010
8:09 am

Let the “experts” keep telling people that we are going to have a down season. This sort of talk is going to keep on adding more bite to our team. Rob, please put down the crack pipe and go to work.

Paddy

June 30th, 2010
8:11 am

I know we are not 64th. I also know we are not top 10 like the Gators. Lets not pop off till we beat somebody good. I also know that Tech is alot closer to a top 10 than we are. Lets stop talking and start beating some butt on Sat afternoon! Then we can talk!

Andrea Adelson

June 30th, 2010
8:12 am

What is the big deal? I write for the most respected newspaper in the State of Florida, whatever that means. Maybe we should write about college football twice a year, just when the bowl games are played.

The ghost of John Heisman

June 30th, 2010
8:12 am

Tech had their best shot last year and blew it. It won’t get any better for the nerds.

Dixie Clear

June 30th, 2010
8:12 am

’bout right.

Jeremy Fowler

June 30th, 2010
8:13 am

Danggit! I didn’t think anybody read the Orlando Sentinel outside the greater Orlando area. I guess you now know why Coach Meyer spoke to me the way he did, I’m an idiot.

midland Dog

June 30th, 2010
8:15 am

Most experienced offensive line in the nation.
Best receiver in the country!?
Best kicker tandem in the country!
Two great running backs.
I wouldn’t think the Dogs can’t win a few games this year.

CHDawg

June 30th, 2010
8:19 am

Der Gator,
I agree with you! Why would the Gators need to plant hatred through one of their state’s papers? This is the work of the Orlando Sentinel, and Urban, for all of his faults, deserves none of the blame here–he threatened the OS with not being able to come out to practice because of perceived problems with the OS himself. I think Urb would join in my exclusive ranking of the Orlando Sentinel–64th best newspaper—(drum roll please)…in the state of Florida. (Just after the Goofy Gazette down at WDW). For the board, it really doesn’t matter what the Dawgs are ranked, or what some big mouth thinks of CMR–if we win all of our games we will likely be in the NC. If we lose three games, we’ll have a season about like last year. CMR is a great coach, and you don’t give out report cards until the final grades are tallied. The Dawg fans bad mouthing him and Murray will simply change their anonymous nickname and pretend they loved them all along when we are in the NC and Murray is in the running for the Heisman next year–I believe in thinking positive!

reality

June 30th, 2010
8:23 am

Sorry…i forgot…loss to Ark…7-6.

dawgcrzy

June 30th, 2010
8:24 am

I’m no shrink, but it seems Florida fans are using laughter to hide insecurities they may have

Atlanta_Dog

June 30th, 2010
8:25 am

It’s amazing how Tech fans like to chime in on our success when we whip their a%* every year. Look at their recruiting from the past 2 years and you can tell where they are heading. Johnson is surviving on Gailey’s talent. Just wait. You can’t recruit like they have and expect to have good teams.

Urban Meyer

June 30th, 2010
8:32 am

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair to Georgia fans that He did not also limit their enthusiasm.

70 Dawg

June 30th, 2010
8:33 am

I think the Orlando writer has been spending too much time over at Disney World with Goofy and Mickey. He should go on over to Fantasyland and apply for a job. He’d be a natural.

Urban Meyer

June 30th, 2010
8:35 am

Hey dawgcrzy, you’ve won 3 games in 20 years. Congradulations, you’ve actually taken “stupidity” to another dimension.

Old Tech

June 30th, 2010
8:36 am

Maybe the Sentinel was confused by Bulldog Nation’s I.Q. of 64?

wiley

June 30th, 2010
8:37 am

This is really funny. Who cares what a Florida paper says. Come on September hurry up and get here!

Sweat Socks

June 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Shut up about it, people! The players can answer for themselves.

hatfieldgeoff

June 30th, 2010
8:41 am

I am sure it is hard enough for women to get into sports writing, but it will only be harder after Andrea Adelson put this ranking together. She said (she is already trying to defend herself on the Orlando Sentinel blog, never a good sign for a reporter) that she read all the preseason mags and looked at strength of schedules etc and came up with 6-6 for UGA. I guess she means she looked at all of them and ignored them. At least she let the poor guy who wrote the few paragraphs about UGA off the hook. She admitted she put the rankings together. Well were only one spot better than Kentucky and two behind Mississippi St. but then their coach is a former Gator assistant. Yes she covers the Gators for the Sentinel and I guess she wants to stay on the good side of the UF fan base.

tim

June 30th, 2010
8:42 am

64 is dead wrong here puppies….you are at least 24th or 25th..still stinkin, but not as bad. I say that you’re season will end very early with losses to Carolina and Ark…and yes girls Miss St will upset you’re butts in Starkville….you’ll lose to the Gators..then Auburn and at least 1 more loss probably to Tech…looks like a 6-6 years puppies deal with it

dawgcrzy

June 30th, 2010
8:44 am

Hey Urban, Tebow is gone,most of your defense is gone your dc is gone I guess we should just give you the sec and the nc trophy. It will be 4 out of 21 this year…douche

Paddy

June 30th, 2010
8:47 am

Atlanta_Dog I just don’t see what you see. Johnson recruits players that fit his system. If they fit, they win. We (Dawgs) out recruit most schools and may not be in the top 25 when the season starts. Boisie St does not out recruit us. They where #3 last year and will probably be #3 pre-season this year. CPJ has a track record. He is a fine coach. He knows what he likes in a player and could care less how many stars are attached to a guys name. I don’t care for Tech I am a Dawg fan. But give the guy his due. He won with Gailey’s players. What tells you he won’t win with his players. I may be wrong but your logic misses my little brain.

UGA is Just Fine....

June 30th, 2010
8:49 am

Chad–A. Murray couldn’t beat out J.Cox?! Do a little homework son. Murray wasn’t completely healthy until the week of the Vandy game. He missed a lot of valuable throwing time during summer workouts which set him back, and with only 4 games to go there was no way CMR was going to burn his redshirt at that point.
As for the Orlando Sentinel, I’m not surprised by anything that comes out of that rag. The only things that paper is good for are:
1. Wrapping fish
2. Lighting it and using it to get your kingsford charcoal going!
Go Dawgs!

NotaUGAFan

June 30th, 2010
8:51 am

Sounds ’bout right to me. By Opening Game, probably five of UGA’s Twenty Two starters will either be on probation or in jail. That takes some of the oooomph out of the flow. Sorry boys, y’all are just a second tier team in the SEC……you’ll never be better because of the type of athletes you recruit…..they can’t read, they can’t think, they can’t make decisions and all of this carries onto the football field.