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.