Richt on poll: ‘I hope we play well enough to move up. That’s the plan.’

From AJC correspondent Andy Johnston in Athens:

Georgia will begin the football season No. 23 in the Associated Press media poll, which was released this morning. It is the Bulldogs’ lowest preseason AP ranking since being unranked entering the 2001 season, coach Mark Richt’s first in Athens.

“I’m thankful we’re ranked,” Richt said after this morning’s practice. “It’s important to be ranked. I hope we play well enough to move up. That’s the plan.”

The preseason rank marks Georgia’s return to the AP poll after falling out on Oct. 4 last season. Georgia started the 2009 season No. 13 but was not ranked after the fourth week of the season.

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 21 in the USA Today coaches’ preseason poll, released earlier this month.

Georgia is among six SEC teams, the most of any conference, ranked in the AP poll. Two SEC teams are in the top four: No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Florida. Arkansas, which will play Georgia in Athens on Sept. 18, is ranked No. 17.  LSU is No. 21 and Auburn No. 22.

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163 comments Add your comment

Sweat Socks

August 21st, 2010
11:26 am

Master of the obvious.

RomeDawg

August 21st, 2010
11:35 am

Why does he even bother answering questions?

SD Dawg

August 21st, 2010
11:38 am

Fair ranking giving the new QB and defense. Not hard to move into the top ten from #23.

Dawgmess

August 21st, 2010
11:40 am

Well, at least they run ask Chipper what he thinks about it … yet.

Stanfield

August 21st, 2010
11:40 am

Rankings before the season starts is just a good conversation piece. Five games into the season is when they really start gaining importance.

Dawgmess

August 21st, 2010
11:41 am

didn’t run that is

RunningDog

August 21st, 2010
11:47 am

If we beat SCAR and the Hogs, we’ll move past Tech in the polls. However, if Tech does beat UNC in Chapel Hill, it might be a tight race between the Jackets and Dawgs all season. Congratulation to our rivals, but take it from me, you don’t want to celebrate preseason rankings too much.

Ohios fake

August 21st, 2010
11:50 am

14 days and counting.

JacksonvilleDawg

August 21st, 2010
11:52 am

The only place for the dawgs to go is up. The season hasn’t even started and everyone is couting them out. I understand why they are ranked where they are, but look at this poll 6 weeks into the season when the polls really take form.

Termigator

August 21st, 2010
11:55 am

JDawg, 6 weeks into the season you will be 4-2 and unranked.

Gratefuldawghead

August 21st, 2010
11:59 am

I like being the UnderDAWG going into the season!
HUNKER DOWN DAWGS!

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
12:02 pm

Termigator it doesn’t matter what we are ranked if I remember correctly last year we were unranked and stomped a mudhole in the ACC “champs” azzes…its simply a matter of the higher we are ranked the bigger the mudhole you get. JacksonvilleDawg your spot on!

The Jet

August 21st, 2010
12:02 pm

Richt will move up the poll fast, crack the top 10 by week 3, be #1 by Nov. 1.

Gratefuldawghead

August 21st, 2010
12:03 pm

Termigator.. 6 weeks into the season Florida goes down against Alabama and YOU Will be saying “If only we had Tebow” :)

Big Bob

August 21st, 2010
12:05 pm

Termigator, six weeks into the season the DAWGS will be undefeated. The gators won’t be able to say that as you are in for a 4 loss season. Mark it down.

Termigator

August 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

Gratefuldawghead, most of us are glad he has moved on. You maybe correct about the Alabama game, but I assure you we will have a return match against them here in the ATL.

Termigator

August 21st, 2010
12:10 pm

how2, you own the nerds.

RickW

August 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

What did you expect him to say? “That ranking is wrong!! We are much better/worse than that”?? He said what I think he should have said. I don’t put much stock into motivational tools, but being ranked so low does give the team a chip to put on their shoulder.

By the first full weekend

August 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

Foks …………this pre season poll stuff means nada, nothing. CMR is right ……..win and move up. The ratings will change on the first full weekend of ball, anyway. They will matter starting 9/6/10.

UGA or Oregon or Idaho, ALabama, LSU or U of F or SMU could all be ranked at # 56. If they win all of their games or in UGA’s case, by playing in the SEC, winning say 10 ………… UGA will be in the top 12 or so. Then, win the NY Day bowl and end up around 7th or 8th, possibly. Then and only then do the polls matter. This goal should be UGA’s target ………..period. NY Day bowl win.

Under Obama’s way of looking at the polls ………the more games that you lose, then the higher rated that you “should be”. After all, some other school ( rich school) recruited the best kids and you “could not reach your potential” ……..so you lost every game. Right?

So far, college football has not sunk to those low achieving depths ……….. yet.

Go Dogs and let us win at least 10!!!!!

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
12:17 pm

Termigator I truly hope the Gators beat Bama this year during the season that being said see you in Jax..hey how is the Gator camp going so far I keep asking SLgator but he never tells us if anyone has been hurt or how the team is coming together so far?

Gratefuldawghead

August 21st, 2010
12:24 pm

Termigator…Glad you got the East locked up …Georgia hasn’t beat you but 45 to 39 times…don’t worry about us!

Termigator

August 21st, 2010
12:26 pm

Thanks how2, I actually root for you guys everygame but the obvious one. We have had the usual bumps and bruises and a few surgeries, but only to backups. Brantley has looked exceptional and the enterior D line, LB’s and DB’s are looking good. The only concerns are with the two DE’s which might prompt more use of the 3-4 which has been part of the scheme for the past several years. Probably the biggest concern will be having Brantley avoid injury. If that happens, all bets are off.

Termigator

August 21st, 2010
12:27 pm

Grateful, the games still must be played, but the last two decades reflect current talents more than the past 84 years do.

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
12:29 pm

Yeah I for one think Brantley should do pretty good, but if he hurts the fall off is even greater for you guys that us..it can’t be as hard to replace Murray who I thin has a ton of talent but after all has never seen a down of action in the SEC than to replace Brantley..man is it just me or is this the toughest two weeks in the year coming up !

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
12:31 pm

that should be “if he gets hurt” and I think he has a ton of talent”….new keyboard , the sun was in my eyes, I swear she didn’t look that fat with her clothes on..just pick an excuse.

Termigator

August 21st, 2010
12:32 pm

Can’t wait to start. Had to get off the blogs for a few weeks to try to make it pass faster. I am more excited about this seasons start than any since 2006.

Beast from the East

August 21st, 2010
12:39 pm

Doesn’t matter where you start…..only where you finish. I am pulling for the Dawgs to get the job done and be undefeated heading into the WLOCP. It’ll be a blast if that happens. Take care of business up in Columbia and against that scumbag Petrino and it’ll happen!
Go Gators!

Nurse Ratchet

August 21st, 2010
12:42 pm

By the first full weekend Idiotic comment. No place for your stupid political comment on here.

Urban & Nick & Les

August 21st, 2010
12:46 pm

Markie Boy…. its time to stop hoping and start doing or the new AD is going to tell you adios!

Celia

August 21st, 2010
1:05 pm

Attention, everyone, especially dawgtards. We will now observe a moment of silence in memory of Saint Jan Kemp, who exposed the shameful practices at UGA that were initiated and carried out by Vince Dooley. Dooley’s image as a coach and a nice guy were forever shattered during the trial, not to mention the one million dollars that dawgtards had to pay Saint Jan. These practices of recruiting morons and coddling them for four years, them tossing them out like garbage, are still going on, but at least the world knows what’s going on now.

And now, the moment of silence…

Thank you. You may resume your normal activities now.

Dirty Dawg

August 21st, 2010
1:12 pm

It’s as simple as it’s ever been…dominate the teams you’re supposed to beat and beat, pretty or ugly, the teams that are supposed to beat you. We’ll be fine – obviously depending on injuries and how young Mr. Murray and the defense performs – in fact if the cards play out as they very well may, we could be in the SEC Championship game and then we all know what can come from that.

Teams should start ranked -----

August 21st, 2010
1:14 pm

as they finished the year before. After the first game would come the teaberry shuffle. In other words they are defending their ranking for the first game at least. This would also show the level of coaching to replace they losses from the year before. Just a though.

good ranking

August 21st, 2010
1:16 pm

I think it’s easier to move up from this position, than to start in the top 5, and stay there all season.

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
1:26 pm

Celia this just in …Reggie Ball STILL can’t count to four!

Glenn

August 21st, 2010
1:26 pm

If the Dawgs can run the ball like they did the last four games last year and give the defense time time gel they are going to be bad to the bone. To be successful all we have to do is take care of ourselves. Dont worry what others do, just take care of what we can control. Go Dawgs

OEJ

August 21st, 2010
1:27 pm

I know a lot of people say dawg fans say the same thing every year. I’m not one of those fans. Last year after we lost to Oklahoma St. I knew it would be a long season. I have been following UGA and how they are doing in practice since the new coaches arrived. All the feedback form the players have been good. Without them saying anything you can tell they are happier with the new coaches. The defense will be better than last year, but they wont be a great or #1 defense either. I think they will surprise a lot of people. The play of the defense will determine what kind of season we have. People can say what they want but EVERY team still has to take it one game at a time because anything can happen. When you think about it its about where you are ranked at the end of the season.

destin Dawg

August 21st, 2010
1:54 pm

Parade mag.. “College A LIST”… this week…”don’t need to attend a fabled Ivy school to get a big-league education”… UGA rated #3 in Large public schools… where you get the “best of both worlds”.. social scene and big sports atmosphere.. great education…. Go you smart Dawgs !!!!!!

Still@theBar

August 21st, 2010
2:14 pm

Parade Mag is so known for it’s indepth articles on Education, right? Uga ain’t no Ivy League anything, but it is #1 for Drunk Fake Blonde Surburban Bimbos and Redneck White Frat Boys. UGA produces more school teachers than any college in Georgia. The state sucks in education so that should tell you all you need to know about UGA compared to the IVY LEAGUE.

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
2:20 pm

Still@theBar and yet you haunt the UGA blogs what not a lot of sports blogging on the Harvard or Yale sites..or won’t they let you on? You always play the race card well its good to know bigots inhabit the Ivy League as well.

Still@theBar

August 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
1:47 pm
UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT let me ask you this .which team has graduated a QB that can’t count to 4 wait that right he didn’t graduate he was declared academically ineligible after the game (funny how they figured that out AFTER the UGA game and didn’t play in the bowl game that year ? And one more thing Ol’Al may have coached a super bowl but he ain’t suiting up this Nov and we will run it down the Bugs throats. I mean baring major injuries how can you doubt it, our line will be bigger and more experienced as will the same backs that hung 300+ yards on you last year…what reason to you have to think you can stop that yeah your defense might be better this and I hope it is but it not going to be able to take the pounding your best hope of a win is to out score us you won’t stop us…and when CPJ starts passing just head for the exits its going to get ugly.
How2fish why don’t you stay off the TECH BLOGS then? A…HOLE.

Still@theBar

August 21st, 2010
2:38 pm

How2Fish you call out other people for doing the same crap you do. How2BStupid should be your name. Many people post on all the team blogs. I give you this you use the same name most of the time I think.

PHIL

August 21st, 2010
2:46 pm

Something has to be done about the way teams are ranked. I haven’t seen the rankings but I assume there are teams such as Boise State ranked highly. Boise State would need a great day to compete with MS State. Something needs to be done.

bamaguy

August 21st, 2010
2:49 pm

Teams Should be Ranked: I have said that for years, begin the next year where the previous one ended. If you were number one, you are number one until some beats you (I said that before Alabama was #1). But these rankings sell newspapers, magazines and bring views to sports talk shows, so they will never end.

GIven that, I think the best place to be ranked at the beginning of the season is around 8 or 9. You can easily move up but you don’t have a bullseye on your back.

Fudge Packer

August 21st, 2010
2:54 pm

I think that a bunch of POLL SMOKERS came up with this garbage system. Let UGA play TCU or BOISE STATE or OREGON. Good God this system sucks and so do all GAYTOR fans.
Did you cheaters really count the ARKANSAS game as a win last year? Pathetic Cheats.

Still@theBar

August 21st, 2010
2:55 pm

Richt on Poll? I didn’t know Richt had time to race! I bet Richt drives a Toyota sponsored by Playtex.

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
3:14 pm

Still@theBar wrong Sir the last time I was on a Bug blog it was to offer condolences about the death of a former Tech player.I only play on the UGA centric blogs the one you referred to was on the AJC sports page entitled Tech ranked 16 UGA 23rd…I didn’t see that as a Tech blog. What I would NEVER do it go to a Ivy League blog and bash their football programs.so tell you what big guy I’ll stay on the UGA centric blogs and your haunt the blogs centric to whatever benighted school you follow and we will be cool. The only time I cross swords withe the Bugs/Gators/Bama/UT fans is on a UGA centric story. Since there are so many of them there is easy to think I’m out there looking for a fight.

Yellow Buzz

August 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

We’re stuck in metro… watch businessmen leave for the suburbs 5/6 PM. everyday.. here we are crime , no women.. sirens all night, scared to go out …. it leads to depression… causing bipolar mental disorder… 2fish.. we’re just jealous.. on your blog all the time

how2fish

August 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Yellow Buzz one word of hope for you brother…..transfer!

Still@theBar

August 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

HOW2 then you are STUPID. The article was filed by the UGA grad, but TECH Beat writer Doug Roberson aand posted under TECH. That means you were on the TECH BLOG. I don’t expect you to the Big TECH at the top of the Article because you are to BLIND to see the problems of drinking in Athens.

FLA DAWG

August 21st, 2010
3:58 pm

“I hope we play well enough to move up” !?

Huh, we damn well better!