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Georgia, you're on the clock

Posted on: August 1, 2008 10:03 pm

So now it's on for Georgia, a program that has never been a preseason No. 1.

The Bulldogs debuted at on top of the coaches' poll Friday, which is nice for about 13 seconds in the SEC. Now the pressure builds. The Bulldogs will face something eight coaches this season who have won national championships. The schedule is tougher than breakfast steak. And how weird is this: Florida is ranked No. 5 but was picked over Georgia in the preseason media poll to win the SEC.

Only two teams in the last 10 years have gone wire to wire, USC in 2004 and Florida State in 1999.

 The good news: Five of the last six preseason No. 1s in the coaches' poll have at least played in the BCS championship game. USC broke a streak of five in a row last season.

The breakdown of the last six preseason No. 1s:

2002: Miami lost the BCS championship game to Ohio State

2003: Oklahoma lost the BCS championship game to LSU

2004:  USC beat Oklahoma (preseason No. 2) in the BCS championship game

2005: USC lost the BCS championship game to Texas

2006: Ohio State lost the BCS championship game to Florida

2007: No. 2 LSU beat Ohio State (preseason No. 10) in the BCS championship game. Preseason No. 1 USC finished No. 2 in the coaches poll.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2008 2:17 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Give you credit Trojanman USC has been good the last 7 years and i'll agree some SEC teams do hide (Florida,Georgia,ect) but my team don't hide the Vols will play anybody anywhere wish we could get a game with you guys going to UCLA this year wen't to Cal last year so don't say everybody in the SEC hides.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2008 2:06 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Coaches arent stupid they vote for whose on there scheduel hopeing to get a quality win. I personaly don't think they have time to vote the polls come out Sunday night or Monday morning how can they go over there own game film analize it watch film on there next opponet analize it stratagize with there coordinators and somehow have time to vote for a top 25 maybe these guys do earn there millions.

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 1:35 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

UGA didn't exactly take the easy route on the non-conference games.  Aside from the traditional Georgia Tech matchup and the Georgia Southern game, UGA's other non-conference game are two-time defending MAC champions Central Michigan and #16 ranked ASU.

Put it in perspective--USC's highest-ranked conference opponent this year is ASU, which it plays at home.  UGA is is using one of its open dates to travel 2000+ miles to play the same team on the road.  Yes, USC did schedule Ohio State as one of its non-con games, but you also have powerhouses Notre Dame and UVA on your road schedule, which collectively won exactly one game more than Central Michigan.  USC didn't even bother scheduling a 12th game, so you can't mock UGA for scheduling Georgia Southern when USC will be playing the practice squad in non-contact jerseys for a 12th game.

Having said all that, I'd personally pick UGA and USC as the two best teams in the country, and, while I'd take even money on UGA in a game on a neutral site, I see it as being a very close game.  USC has athletes who are just as good as UGA's, but I'd give the edge to UGA just because UGA is likely to have played several teams that are nearly as good as USC, while USC will have played, at most, one team at UGA's caliber (OSU), and that very early in the season.  When two championship caliber teams meet, the edge usually goes to the one that's faced more teams of that caliber during the season.  That's not USC's fault, it's just that the rest of the PAC 10 just isn't that good.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 1:09 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Oregon would have at least played for the NC had Dixon remained healthy. Not only that, he should have won the Heisman. I can't wait for football to start so we can get over this North/South, Big Ten/SEC smackdown and start talking about FOOTBALL! Yes, the SEC had a dominating year last year and the Big Ten was down BUT that was last season. As for the PAC-10, I got nothing against you guys, Cal beat up on my UT Vols last season (whose record would indicate they were the second best team in conference) and I can't wait to start the season against UCLA.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 12:37 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Ya Ya Ya!!! and if the Oregon Ducks could have kept only 2 of their 7+ starter's that had season ending injuries last year they would have been National Champion's hands down, no question they couldn't be stopped, ask the beloved Michigan Wolverines. lol.............Go Ducks

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 12:32 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Awesome dude!  Someone just took the words from my mouth before I could spew them........LOL!!!  PAC10 is similiar to SEC in contrast to how tough it is to play in the respective conference. The SEC contends they have the most dominant defense, and for the most part are pretty solid at defense. "But" try to put that defense against an Offense like Oregon or USC and see what happens to it........USC will destroy all comer's this year hands down!!! I'm a Duck Fan, but I know what's coming to us all this year.  "A large size AssWhippin'"....and with that said     &
go Ducks..................and go PAC10

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 12:25 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Anybody's conference in the SEC. Too tough to tell who will show up to the big games all year.........Go Ducks

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 12:13 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Gentlemen, use common sense here and throw away your silly jeolousy. I don't even live in SEC country and I can tell you there is no comparison. It's like NFL-B and everyone else is just college. Don't hate, just appreciate. The NFL does. Look at the rosters. No comparison. I'd love to say the Big 12 and Pac 10 were close, but they're not. The ACC, nope. The Big 10... are you kidding me?

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2008 11:25 am

Georgia, you're on the clock

i guess it's good that the only thing Ohio State fans have going for them is dogging an SEC team to start the season, because everyone knows they won't be able to at the end of the season. The cupcake schedule (other than USC) that they play I'm sure they will be playing another SEC team and the outcome will be the same. Live it up know while you can!!!!

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 10:42 am

Georgia, you're on the clock

i just don't understand why some non-GA fans are acting so surprised with the #1 ranking. everyone's been saying that they'd be pre-season #1 since last season ended.

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