Posted: 1:30 pm Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Georgia tabbed No. 12 in coaches’ preseason poll 

By Chip Towers

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.

175 comments
CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

Do they play college football in Columbus ohio? I have been here for 10 days and no signs of football dna.

To any recruit even thinking about Ohio Buckeyes.......stay in the SEC where you know football is important and the snow plows are the exception not the mandated rule..........

jc_dawgs
jc_dawgs

Dawgs need to go 10-2 and win the east. Do that....and your playoff will start with that sec championship game. Win that....and the goal of reaching the final 4 is met. 

The SC game will be huge. The loser...will have a very tough road ahead to win the east.

Samoan Redcoat
Samoan Redcoat

We like pre-season polls, they're fun.  We always print off the pre-season polls and then compare with the final

polls...always some big surprises......rather have UGA at 12 and not any lower...it would be pretty hard getting to top ten ...

OH-IO
OH-IO

At least they're ranked....for now. 

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

It looks like they followed the media's lead, got us behind SC, and I think they came in at nine or ten. I think Carolina takes care of A&M, if not, then they aren't what they are being made out to be anyway. The game at Columbia will be the biggest game of Mark Richt's career IMO. M. Mitchell's knee going to make him miss some practice time, M. Bennett missed two games when he had his knee scoped after his ACL surgery. Hopefully Mitchell will only miss two or three weeks. This will be where the bye week before SC becomes HUGE for him and Justin. UGA can beat Clemson without Mitchell and Scott-Wesley, but they'll need at least one of them against SC.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

M.Mitchell is out again, he is referred to as a star receiver but i can't remember when he last caught a pass. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

DIT
DIT

Not a fan of PRE-season polls myself. They just don't mean anything. However, if I had to fill one out I would have UGA around #20. Defense wins championships. This defense has a lot to prove. Pruitt did a lot with FSU's defense in 1 year. It would not be fair to expect the same out of him in the 1st year with the group we have. Yes, I would love for them to prove me wrong. I refuse to get my expectations up until they can prove to keep a good team under 15 points.

Dawggie
Dawggie

Thomas, your statistics on our HC don't matter a whit to those in charge at UGA - the UGA Athletic Association.  They love Mark Richt, and you may as well get used to the idea that he will be our HC until HE decides to retire.

The only thing we can hope for is that one day, there will be so much talent on the field, and on his staff, that even Richt won't be able to mess things up.

In other words, a guy like Pruitt may actually coach-up the talent in Athens, another guy may actually bring our STs up to a college football (rather than Jr High) standard, and lastly that Richt himself will stop putting on the headset when we are on offense, and turn Bobo loose with the playcalling.

If Bobo and Co can put up 50 points, let them do it instead of taking the foot off the gas with a 10 point lead.

It won't happen this season, but maybe one day . . .

CHDawg
CHDawg

Hopefully the new defensive staff will make a difference. I think they will, and I think we will have a good defense this year!  Hutson didn't look too good against Neb, and he looked bad against Tech in the first half. Talk time is almost over; we will see how good he really is on the field.  The offensive line is again a big question mark for me. If they do a great job, Georgia will contend for several titles. If they have another mediocre year, we will likely struggle on offense. We should have the position players to play with anyone.

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

overated school ,overated coach,overated team....st rheich will produce same old results and still make his overrated pay of 4 million

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Clemson shouldn't be much of a problem for a talented UGA team in Athens, especially with 4 starters suspended.

I'll be most impressed however if Georgia walks out of SC with a W.  Don't see it happening.  SC has had a better football than UGA past 2-3 years.

nscvials
nscvials

Bama rednecks believe they have 15.  Georgia fans insist they have 16.  The problem with Georgia's 16 is that they are all Pre-Season Championships.  Once actual play begins they immediately start talking about "next year."  

DrWombat
DrWombat

the dogs should be ranked a lot higher than 12---richt needs to put this poll on the bulletin board to motivate his team after this insult.

Dynasty
Dynasty

He misspelled Hutson's name ostensibly because the national media doesn't really have much respect for Georgia football. With no national titles in 34 years why should they?

GFJacket
GFJacket

Nope....on talent alone Georgia is a top 10 team.

If Gurley stays healthy and their defense gels around the new DC they have a shot at the SEC East title.

Beyond that, it is all a crapshoot.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Dawg Fans better make their hotel reservations in Orlando with backup in Tampa for Jan 1 before they are all gone. Go Dogs

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

Who came up with this?  Some of those dope-smoking, idiots in Colorado?  UGA will never break the top 20.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@CallingOutWhiners Buckeyes are not delusional during the off-season. Camp starts soon. You, in the other hand, already won recruiting (Dream Team X), the off-season National Championship and are making your annual run at the Fulmer Cup. Oh, I almost forgot the Bachelorette National Championship. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@CallingOutWhiners I guess that's the reason Tressel and Urban raided the states of Georgia and Florida at will and had/has top 5 recruiting classes. 


BTW, it snows and there are ice storms in Athens and Atlanta too. The difference? In Atlanta you get stuck on 316 and 285 and have to abandon your car and walk for miles to the nearest Quicktrip. 


You're not too bright, are you whiner?

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@ColumbusDawg  You put waaaay to much stock in the chickens.  First, yes they will beat A&M, but not because South Carolina is that great but A&M has fallen off (their D will be even worse than last year but now they don't have quite he O they had with Johnny toothpick at the helm),  Second we should beat them, and no that game will be far from "the biggest game of Richs career, give me a break - that wont even be top 15

DawginCO
DawginCO

@DIT  No one holds good teams under 15 any more.  20 is more like the new benchmark.  The defense will be better, the question is how much better and how quickly.  The SC game is looming very large.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DIT I think you are right on target there DIT.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawggie Richt won't be able to mess things up? Uncle Marks not going to like that.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Thanks for sharing.....

now go back to your AA meeting, you worthless, miserable P.O.S.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Birmingham__Jacket 


Maybe you didn't see the UGA/USCe  game last year...........oh, nevermind!!!  "Jacket" explains your

reason for posting!!!!!!!


How many SEC East Championships have USCe won in those past 2-3 years??? I believe UGA won all but one of those!!!!!

Andrew0523
Andrew0523

@nscvials What are you talking about? I have never heard a Georgia fan say that...ever. Idiot.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Infraredguy another broken record poster...skip, skip, skip...PLEASE get some new material...go dogs

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@OH-IO @CallingOutWhiners 


Suckeyes are delusional  A L L T H E    T I M E  until they play one of the few REAL TEAMS ON  THEIR SCHEDULE such as Michigan State!!!


That late-season nose-dive showed the world what  Tattoo U.  really is!!!! So I hope y'all enjoyed that 2-game losing streak  during  the OFF-SEASON.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@gtcaryd


I wonder if tom brown pays to promote his blog on a dog blog?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Yeah, he only gets paid $ 3.5 million a year to be 54-26 the latest half a dozen years now with 11 arrests/suspensions already 2014.