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ESPN FPI slots Georgia in as the No. 3 team in preseason rankings

SystemSystem Posts: 10,657 admin
edited April 2023 in Article commenting
imageESPN FPI slots Georgia in as the No. 3 team in preseason rankings

Georgia has won back-to-back national championships. In doing so it has beaten Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and LSU in each of the past two seasons.

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    Oldddawg76Oldddawg76 Posts: 393 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Well good for the espn fpi...

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    PopeyethesailorPopeyethesailor Posts: 443 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    If one counts Texas in the SEC, (which they will be, next year), that's 4 of the top 5 teams being from the SEC. Let the "SEC is overrated!" crowd howl at that.🤣. Have to squeeze Ocryo State, in there, to build up the tears, for later in the year.

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    EastmandawgEastmandawg Posts: 145 ✭✭✭ Junior

    all sounds good until they meet up with an SEC team……only 1 win all-time versus the SEC (bowl games)…….Arkansas victory was vacated, total is only one.

    Iron sharpens iron, you want to be the best…..you have to play the best, consistently.

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    PerroGrandePerroGrande Posts: 6,142 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited April 2023

    Well, the good news for Dawg fans is that ESPN FPI also picked the Dawgs to finish 3rd behind Alabama and Ohio State last year in '22. In '21 they picked UGA to finish 7th behind Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, Iowa State, Ohio State, and TAM. The one thing ESPN has shown is that they seem to have a bias built into their program which favors OSU and Alabama. They obviously had an extreme bias against Georgia, but a little of that has unwound after the back-to-back Nattys. They don't want to look flat out **** again.

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    khummelkhummel Posts: 858 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    What that "formula" doesn't account for is the Georgia culture, AKA Kirby effect... every bit as important as the other factors. Go Dawgs!

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    E_RocE_Roc Posts: 1,228 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Haha. Ok. Where have I seen this before...

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    CClayC88CClayC88 Posts: 126 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Except we're #1 in ESPN's Way Too Early Top 25. Where's the bias in that?

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    reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,651 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Why do I get the feeling that even if SB was returning UGA wouldn't be picked #1?

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    kylnmeg10kylnmeg10 Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Only reasoning behind it that I see is, top 3 recruit well. But all 3 have unproven QBs. Guess UGAs is the least? Doubt that. If QB play was top determining factor, LSU would be tops. But he was also inconsistent. So just another tOSU/Bama bias. If Clemson hadn't got thumped by SC and Tennessee, sure they'd be up in the top 4 also.

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    Michael_ScarnMichael_Scarn Posts: 1,471 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Oh this ESPN FPI is a thing of beauty! It's better than roses on St. Valentine's Day, maybe even better than a brand new Lambo. Why? It's the greatest locker room material one can imagine. Kirby will use this #3 ranking to the hilt!

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    CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 695 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I honestly doubt this has anything to do with alleged "bias against Georgia." But I am confused by the fact that Georgia's behind OSU and Alabama. After all -- even though Georgia's losing a lot of talent -- it's returning considerably more than production than either OSU or Alabama.

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    saldivensaldiven Posts: 64 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I wonder why people bother with these things. They don't have that great a track record at predicting the way the season ends.

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    GBALGBAL Posts: 763 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited April 2023


    Preseason FPI / Final rank

    Bama 1 5

    O St 2 4

    UGA 3 1

    Clem 4 13

    ND 5 18

    Texas 6 25

    OKL 8 NR

    12 of the top 25 preseason ESPN FPI finishes with no ranking.

    ...... as ta's on a bull.

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    CClayC88CClayC88 Posts: 126 ✭✭✭ Junior

    The projection is also taking into account our strength of schedule which stinks so bad I can smell it from a country mile away

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    UGA66UGA66 Posts: 4,159 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Why ESPN FPI, you must have missed it...UGA has a new mascot ...Boom! Surely that would have boosted the UGA rating? The built-in ESPN bias is getting moldy. Come on.

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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior


    How do you figure that UGA is returning more production than Ohio State?

    Ohio State and UGA both lost their starting QBs so that is a wash.

    Ohio State returns their top 3 RBs where UGA lost their #1.

    Ohio State returns ALL of their WRs and TEs except Smith-Njiba (who basically didn't play last year) where UGA lost their 1A TE Darnell Washington as well as their #2 and #3 WRs Kearis Jackson and Dom Blaylock.

    The only area where Ohio State lost more than UGA is the OL, as the Buckeyes lost 3 starters to UGA losing 2 starters and a key reserve that started 14 games in 2021 (basically a slight difference there).

    Not saying that Ohio State should be preseason #1. UGA should be. But Ohio State returns a pair of 1000 yard receivers plus 3 tailbacks with over 500 yards (one of them with over 800) despite none of them being healthy for more than 8 games.

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