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Georgia football has new starting point in preseason USA Today Coaches AFCA Poll

SystemSystem Posts: 7,416 admin
edited August 2022 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia football has new starting point in preseason USA Today Coaches AFCA Poll

ATHENS — Georgia ended last season on top of the college football world, but the Bulldogs opened ranked No. 3 in the first USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll released on Monday.

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  • BornADawgBornADawg Posts: 614 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Alabama rightfully deserves to be ranked 1st or 2nd in everyone’s preseason poll. What I can never understand is how Ohio State keeps getting these top rankings playing in the mediocre BIG10 and always good for at least one meltdown against an inferior opponent every year. Then, if they do make the playoffs more times as not get their butts kicked. Just an overrated media darling program. Go Dawgs!

  • BubbaBillBubbaBill Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    This exact same poll on August 10, 2021 had the following:

    #1 Bama

    #2 Clemson

    #3 Oklahoma

    #4 Ohio State

    #5 Our Awesome Georgia Bulldawgs

    Question: HOW DID THAT WORK OUT?!?!?

    Go Dawgs (National Champions)

  • pepinpepin Posts: 52 ✭✭ Sophomore
    edited August 2022

    All right genius @BornADawg tell me who should have been ranked higher than Ohio State all those years. Georgia? Well no because in the entire playoff era they managed to avoid 2 or more losses in the regular season twice (2017 and 2021). LSU? Sorry, 2019 was it for them. Oklahoma? Even worse playoff record than Ohio State. Notre Dame? Same. Oregon? Only made the playoff once. Clemson? Fine they are #2 to Alabama but who else?

    Yes, Ohio State generally loses to Clemson and Alabama but everybody else generally does too, with LSU in 2019 and UGA in 2021 being the exception. Not the rule. If you want to change that narrative, then UGA needs to win games that matter more than once every 40+ years.

    If your gripe is specific to this season - UGA not being ranked preseason #1 or #2 - well then yeesh. Ohio State can say that outside of Olave and Wilson they have all of their best players back including QB CJ Stroud, likely the #1 overall draft pick. Can UGA say the same? No, teams who lost 5 #1 draft picks (including the #1 overall pick and an Outland Award winner among their entire starting DL), PLUS (outside of the first round) their #1 and #2 RBs, the Butkus Award winner at LB and their best cover corner (not to mention still another LB who would start for any team in the country other than UGA and Alabama) as part of 15 draft picks overall cannot say that they have their best players back minus a couple of guys. Even better for Ohio State: neither Olave or Wilson wasn't even their best WR last year. They have the guy who led them in receiving by 600 yards back this year.

    Look, I have to be honest. Ohio State is one of the few teams in college football with an OL good enough to block UGA's front seven generally (though not last year) plus Ohio State's WRs versus UGA's secondary is not one that favors UGA. You really do need to hope that the first round playoff game is Alabama versus Ohio State. That would put UGA against Clemson, whose OL they can dominate just like last year.

  • BornADawgBornADawg Posts: 614 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    You’re the everyday know it all pepin so you have me pegged all wrong. You’re the resident genius here. Go Dawgs!

  • natejawsnatejaws Posts: 162 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Alright @pepin

    1) The people that OSU usually loses to are the same ones you are knocking UGA losing to in the regular season. Has anyone won the NC since 2015 that is not 1 of those 4 schools? OSU is a paper tiger beating up other paper tigers in their conference.

    2) OSU (and Oklahoma even more) doesn't deserve to continue to get the benefit of the doubt based on prior performance (recent results applies to everyone not named OSU and OK). Here is a list of results of OSU's results when playing in the BCS and playoffs (year of the season, not the year of the bowl game):

    2002: W 31-24 vs Miami

    2006: L 41-14 vs Florida

    2007: L 38-24 vs LSU

    2014: W 42-35 vs Alabama

    2014: W 42-20 vs Oregon

    2015: L 31-0 vs Clemson

    2019: L 29-23 vs Clemson

    2020: W 49-28 (Played only 6 regular season games. Should have been left out due to lack of games played)

    2020: L 52-24 vs. Alabama

    They are 4-5 on the biggest of stages (UGA is 3-1 fyi) and that number shrinks to 1-3 when playing the SEC. This isn't to say they are not deserving of SOME love but to continue to give them a pass really frustrates some UGA fans, when UGA lost to the same teams but actually kept the game closer. 1 loss in the B1G or any other conference is worse than 2 losses in the SEC.

  • 87dawg87dawg Posts: 362 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    You remember when they used to say Alabama would be number 1 until someone beat them and now that someone did they are still number 1?

    And what has ohio state proven that keeps getting them ranked higher? I must have missed them in the playoffs this past year.

  • BubbaBillBubbaBill Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited August 2022

    @Pepin,

    You are correct that UGA doesn’t have players who are preseason picks to be #1 in the NFL draft like Stroud, but how did your amazing logic work last season when the Dawgs had the #1 NFL draft pick who wasn’t even on any preseason All SEC teams? In fact, none of our 5 amazing 1st round picks were mentioned on preseason All American and/or All SEC teams. Interesting this upcoming season we have light years more higher ranked players (preseason) than we had last year…..so your logic needs some work….lots of work 😉. Go Dawgs!!!

  • BigDawg61BigDawg61 Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Dude...they actually left a couple of UGA guys off "the list", to make room for OSU, BAMA, USC and Clemson players...just because of the team those guys play for. And they put some on, just so they can say how inclusive and diligent they were in the selection process.

    Those "LISTS" are a freakin' joke. Period. That includes the USA/TODAY Coaches Poll and The AP Poll. BTW, Where was Cincinnati? LOL. The "Power of 5" got their CFP representation in 2021...now the media's love affair with the likes of Cincinnati and SDSU is over. Back to business as usual. LOL

    As far as I'm concerned, with the CFP, the only thing that matters, is reality. The perception of the media, is irrelevant and if expressed with bias, before the season even starts...intrusive and misleading. Focused on influencing an end result.

    If you take a team like...say, Cincinnati. And, rank them #1 to start the season. You know they probably won't lose a regular season game, so, based on precedence, they won't fall out of the Top 4 before the end of the season and will be in the CFP.

    Same with BAMA. If they are ranked #1 to start the season...in the end, they could actually lose 2 games and get in the CFP....if one of those losses came early in the season against a team, such as, Texas. LOL Don't think these media guys are ****. They've been manipulating Polls for decades.

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