Georgia was picked 12th in the USA Today coaches poll released Thursday afternoon.
What do I think about that? Not much.
I’m not one to say preseason polls are meaningless. You best be represented somewhere in the preseason Top 25 to be in position to be in the Top 4 at the end of the year. But it’s not a requirement.
I’m trying to remember where Auburn was this time last year. Can somebody remind me?
Anyway, here’s the assessment of the Bulldogs by Eddie Timanus, who compiled the capsules for USA today:
12. Georgia: The good news for coach Mark Richt and Co. is Todd Gurley has the potential to be the best back in the nation if he can stay on the field. The bad news — that’s been a mighty big ‘if’ for the seemingly snake-bitten Bulldogs, whose 2013 campaign was derailed by injuries and agonizingly close losses. On the plus side, QB Hudson (sic) Mason got plenty of live reps and will be ready to lead in critical early tests. Big things are expected from the LB corps, featuring seniors Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Hererra.
Yes, he misspelled the first name of Georgia’s starting quarterback, Hutson Mason. But other than that, I can’t argue much with his superficial logic.
Again, the fact that the Bulldogs are represented near the top 10 is a good sign for having the potential to attain their ultimate goal, which is to be among the Top 4 at the end of the season. With the first two games being against Clemson and South Carolina, they’ll move up — or down — quickly.