I don’t think it’s any big secret that I find preseason polls to be a complete waste. That goes doubly for pre-preseason polls, like this one from ESPN’s “College Football Live”.
Still, if that either reflects or shapes public opinion on how the early season rankings go, it’s evidence that if you’re Mark Richt and your goal is to make your team nationally relevant again, it’s hard to come up with a better schedule than Georgia’s 2011 one. Richt’s team comes out of the gate facing the number five and number eight (yeah, South Carolina at eight is a major stretch) teams on that list and play both without leaving the state. Win those two and the Dawgs should find themselves sitting top twelve or so nationally. The next part of the schedule is manageable, leading into a bye week before the Cocktail Party. After that, it’s three straight home games and the finale at Tech.
In short, it’s a national championship schedule. The question is whether the team can live up to the schedule.