In the wake of a one

Obviously, as with any race, it’s more important where you finish than where you start, but that preseason #1 ranking is still a thrill for any Georgia fan right now (even someone like me who isn’t a proponent of preseason polling in the first place).

The good news, historically speaking, as this AJ-C quiz shows, is that a #1 start leads to a fairly high finish at season’s end.  The not-so-good news, as Paul indicates, is that it’s a tough position to defend over the course of the year.

I hate to keep coming back to that schedule thang, but if you take a look at this post at Sunday Morning Quarterback, it’s hard to escape the reality that three of the top five contenders (Ohio State, Oklahoma and Southern Cal) have a clearly easier row to hoe from our current vantage point than do either of the SEC candidates.  Other than that (yeah, yeah…), the Dawgs are clearly valid competition for a slot in Miami.  But as SMQ concludes, it’s hard to escape the fact that the stakes in the OSU-USC game will be enormous.

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UPDATE: The Jacksonville Times-Union’s Gene Frenette believes the #1 ranking is a cause for rejoicing if you’re Mark Richt.

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4 responses to “In the wake of a one

  1. Chuck

    That’s the one thing that is really broken with college football–inequitable schedules.

  2. Chuck,

    I agree. However, if you look down the road at future schedules the fascinating thing is that the better programs that have bigger stadiums are now under intense fan pressure to give their fans a little more on the non-conference schedule front.

    To that end, check out the future schedules of Southern Cal, Ohio State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Miami. Here:

    http://nationalchamps.net/NCAA/future_schedules/

    The new model seems to be schedule 1 gorilla game a year and then hit your conference schedule. Even Ohio State is participating with upcoming games against Miami, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma.

    It still doesn’t compensate for having a weak conference. Much of that is cyclical. But it’s a tiny step forward in a broader broken process.

    Shrink Div I to 90 or so teams and ban Div I-AA games. That’s the only real answer.

  3. Shrink Div I to 90 or so teams and ban Div I-AA games. That’s the only real answer.

    Agreed – except I’d go all the way down to eight ten team conferences.

  4. Will

    “But as SMQ concludes, it’s hard to escape the fact that the stakes in the OSU-USC game will be enormous.”

    True, but not as enormous as the WLOCP between our undefeated Dawgs and the undefeated Gators. SECCG and MNC on the line. ;-)