I’m trying to wrap my brain around The Sporting News‘ 2007 preseason prediction for Georgia and am having a helluva time making everything add up.
Let’s see… TSN predicts that Georgia will lose in upsets to Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech – but ranks the Dawgs 14th in the country and has them going to a New Year’s Day bowl game (Capital One) to face Penn State.
I’m not sure that computes.
First, I can’t imagine that the Capital One would take any team with four regular season losses, so I have to assume that TSN expects Georgia to win its remaining games to finish 9-3.
Except that would mean going 7-0 against the rest of the SEC.
Including Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina.
Which would mean that Georgia would hold the tiebreaker against the three if any of them finished 7-1. And only one of them could, since all three would have losses to Georgia.
So doesn’t that add up to Georgia winning the SEC East and playing (but losing) in the SECCG? Would the Cap One take a 9-4 Georgia team?
And how would you feel if Georgia lost to Vandy for the second year in a row (it’s been 50 years since that happened) and Georgia Tech, but beat Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama in the same season? Has the latter ever been done before?
By the way, TSN ranks Florida #5. Weird.
What am I missing here?