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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: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2008 10:10 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Georgia has a tough schedule this year they will end lossing to florida or some other team in sec this year. In my believe usc or ohio state or flordia or a sleeper clemson or missouri tigers could be num 1.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2008 10:08 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Gadawgs my hat is off to you, that was very well written and right on the money about Ohio State. I am tired of all these OSU fans beating their chests about being the best team and playing in the Big Ten. We all know it's the Big 2 or Little 11, not the Big Ten.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2008 10:04 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Gadawgs1 that was a very well written statement and right own the money.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2008 9:54 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

How many top 25 teams does USC play every year?  I'm guessing you won't get past 2 most years.  The SEC continuously has 6 or 7 teams in the top 25 EVERY year while the Pansy 10 is just cupcakes.  Nuff said. 

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2008 8:42 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Because this is the preseason poll for 2008........last years results are negligible.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2008 8:03 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

For Georgia you missed Georgia Tech.  Also Central Michigan finished in the top 25 last year and appeared in a bowl.  Georgia Southern played App State for the IAA championship and played them better that say Michigan!   Playing Arizona State in Arizona will be tough also,  but I believe the Georgia Defense will prevail and will let the offense shine. 

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2008 7:52 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

I am a Bulldog and I  would like nothing better than to see Georgia play USC in the championship either.   The Bulldog defense has a lot of speed and power through the lineup and as much attention as Moreno and Stafford get, the defense was what made the touted Florida, Auburn and Hawaii offense look way below average.   Georgia's offense is real good, but the defense will win it for Georgia.  They are a very balanced team.  The only question mark may be starting a freshman placekicker. 

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2008 6:31 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Hey Dawgsfan4sur,

I love the Dawgs too, actually went to school there and met Mr. Dawg"Herschel".  Lot of pretty women too.  Let's take it a week at a time starting with the Gamecocks in mid-Sept. We owe them a little payback for last year. Next we have Arizona St. on the road, by the way, Lee Corso picks Ariz St to win this one. Mark Richt is a great road coach, I see us winning this one by at least a TD.  Next is Bama, Saban may be using last years loss as the motivation, but it is Athens and the crowd will be behind us.  Then its Tennessee, we owe them some payback nothing else to say there, they will be starting a green QB too, so I like our chances.  It will get tough at LSU, but again, another green QB and its a 50/50 chance game, either way, maybe we can get lucky and steal one on the raod in Death Valley, hope its not at night.  Then it back to Jacksonville, this game should decide out fate.  If we lose to LSU then we are angry and looking to demolish the Gators.  If we are undefeated then our confidence is high. Another 50/50 chance game.  Then its on the road to Auburn where historically the visitor wins. I like our chances against Vandy and Kentucky and GA Tech.  The test will be LSU and FLA, whereas if we can at least get a split we an gonna play for the all the marbles in the SEC championship game, likely against LSU again, maybe Auburn.  To think of The Dawgs playing in Atlanta for the SEC championship, with even one loss, would be enough to propel us into the Nat'l Title game.  The crowd would be sooooo wild.   We have a shot, don't keep believing the schedule will kill us, one week at a time. 


Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2008 6:16 pm

Georgia, you're on the clock

Meyer hasn't had a solid opportunity to focus on ball control since he's arrived, but that's not a fault of his coaching philosophy. UF hasn't had a great RB presence in Meyer's tenure, so ball control has been shelved for the playmaking abilities of the other skill positions on the Gator offense. If Emmanuel Moody, Kestahn Moore, Chris Rainey or Mon Williams (anyone, please!) can contribute on RB-by-committee basis or through a great individual performance, this offense will be a complete scoring machine.
As for depth on the defense, UF took some hits with the release of Hornsby, transfer of Finch, injuries to Curtis and Munroe and the qualifying issues with Dee Finley, so safety depth is ultra-thin. Despite that, the starters (Wright and Thomas/Black/Hill) should contribute and the rest of the defensive side has shored up nicely in depth since the exodus of players from UF's NC-winning D in '06. But I would say that Meyer hasn't ignored the defensive side either, it's just hard to replace 8 starters in one year. This should be a different D this year.

I really hope UF v. UGA is a #1 vs. #2 affair; this rivalry is in need of some rejuvenation (which to most UF fans would be a humiliation in JAX this year for the bush league celebration antics last year). It's time to remind Georgia who's been the relevant SEC east power the last 20 years.

Go Gators, and see you at the Cocktail Party, Buttsniffers.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2008 6:14 pm
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