Damn, CBS.

Now this qualifies as a bold SEC preview prediction.  (As noted, written by Jerry Hinnen, as voted on the CBS Sports college football panel.)

Coach of the Year: Mark Richt, Georgia

Is it now or never for Richt? On paper, Jeremy Pruitt’s experienced, talented defense should be the best the Dawgs have enjoyed in years, and Nick Chubb gives Richt’s offense the kind of backfield bell cow his best offenses have always been built around. Meanwhile, no other SEC East team looks nearly as complete, and the West champ will have run a far more taxing divisional gauntlet. If Richt can’t end the Dawgs’ SEC title drought in 2015, it’s fair to ask when he will — but that’s also why it’s never been more likely that he actually will.

Great googly mooglies.  As much as I’d like to go there, I can’t bring myself to click the keys.  But as my mom used to say, Jerry, from your lips to Gawd’s ears.

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35 responses to “Damn, CBS.

  1. Rick

    So stupid. People cannot wrap their brains around how pointless it is to try to conclude anything from one year when the metric is ‘did they win a national championship?’

    Vegas odds on UGA winning are 35 to 1. We have roughly a 3% chance of winning a title this year, and a 97% chance of not winning. The SEC team with the best odds of winning (Alabama) is still 85% likely not to win.

    National titles over a one year period are almost random, folks. There is nothing else to say on the matter.

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  2. FtWorthDawg

    I love the “wording” they use. They can never seem to give Coach Richt a compliment without a backslap to go with it. I guess if he doesn’t win everything then he’s on the hotseat again. There seems to be no middle ground anymore,

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    • JCDAWG83

      Richt doesn’t need to win “everything”, he needs to win the SEC championship. Georgia has too many built in advantages to go more than a decade between SEC championships. I don’t know how you can say there is no middle ground, Richt has been living in the middle ground since 2005.

      What exactly do you want from them? Maybe; “Richt is the greatest coach in the country, he consistently almost wins championships”?

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      • SlobberKnocker

        “Georgia has too many built in advantages to go more than a decade between SEC championships”

        So by that measure, every coach we have ever had failed.

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        • AusDawg85

          To add to that Slobber, since ’92 when this 2 division thing started, Bama won and then went 7 years, then 10 years before their current run of championships. Florida went 4 years then 6 years between their great runs. TN has not been back. LSU and Auburn didn’t appear in the ’90’s, but do keep repeating every few years since 2001.

          Speaking of “since 2001”, LSU has been to the SECCG 5 times, more than anybody except…

          …Georgia.

          If the 15%er’s battle cry is “Mark Richt doesn’t close the deal!” then peace…we hear you. It’s also why most of us think he can keep getting us back and will eventually win it…again.

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          • RocketDawg

            Amen Brother!

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          • JCDAWG83

            Am I understanding that you think Georgia has been more successful since 1992 than Bama, LSU, UT and Florida? If so, I want you doing my annual reviews at work.

            I guess the 85%ers battle cry is “close enough!, give everyone a raise and a contract for life!”. More power to you. I guess life is much easier when you set low expectations.

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            • Macallanlover

              You are entitled to your quirky, negative viewpoints (and obsessive focus on one specific issue that you seem to have) but you have no right to judge people you don’t know. I not only haven ever been accused of having “low expectations”, but I suspect there is a high degree of certainty that I have exceeded your every accomplishment in both sports and business. Based on your comments here, I doubt you have ever been close enough to the top to evaluate what makes successful people tick, much less have been in the position to evaluate them. Doesn’t mean you cannot have an uninformed opinion though.

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            • AusDawg85

              Good job JC. I hand you some rope and you quickly hang yourself with it. Your inability to understand facts continues to be a challenge for those of us responding to your single-minded diatribes. I clearly pointed-out that a valid criticism of Richt is that he is getting us to the SECCG since 2001 but we’re not winning it as often as our rivals in the West. Just tossing a bone to you to chew on, but instead you gag it.

              I would never perform a work review for you…I’d have fired you long ago for an inability to learn.

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        • JCDAWG83

          Dooley won 6 in 25 seasons, I don’t know about Butts, Richt has 2 in 14 seasons. If you’re happy with 10 years between championships, good for you, you will be easy to please.

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          • RocketDawg

            I am not sure where you work but unless it is as a professional asshole you are completely underemployed.

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          • You contend that UGA’s historical achievement level exceeds that of the past 14 years and then you admit you do not know about the achievements of one of our Hall of Fame coaches?

            Dooley went eight years between championships at one point, then another six years without a championship then retired. Dooley benefitted from coaching in an era in which teams could be co-champions. Had that been a possibility we would have been co-champions in 2012 and it would have matched Dooley’s drought.

            By the way, Butts coached UGA for 22 years. He won the SEC in 1942, 1946 (as a co-champion, as we would have been in 2012 without an SEC CG, as inButts’s era’s rules,) 1948 and 1959. That is 11 years between championships for a freaking Hall of Fame coach.

            I am not knocking Butts and Dooley. Both deserve to be in the H of F, but our historical level of achievement prior to 2001 isn’t at the level you contend.

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  3. Eh, who knows. Things influence games and seasons that can never be predicted. You never know when you’ll lose your starting RB and 3 WR’s to the worst turf in the SEC (all in the same game). You never know when you’ll get the game-changing “apologize for it on Sunday, and let’s look at it in the offseason to make sure we get it right” bad call from the refs. You never know when you will have to play in a hurricane or get a game postponed due to a hurricane. You never know when your best player will be suspended for writing his name on things for cash. You never know when your kicker’s girlfriend starts boning somebody else and he becomes a basket case.

    Crazy stuff happens, man. But short of the worst case scenario where UGA just goes to pot, Mark Richt will still be the head coach in 2016. There is a lot of hand-wringing out there, but I think that is mostly because there is nothing else of interest to write about UGA in 2015. Nobody knows how the QB situation will play out. Nobody knows if Schotty will be any good. Nobody knows if there will be sufficient depth at WR, DL, and in the secondary to hold up for 12,13,14,15 games. Nobody knows…. but, we can fill some column space with more hot seat talk with Mark Richt, so let’s do that. And, we tie that in to our season projection, so it’s killing two birds with one stone. Is it all or nothing for Richt? Maybe. We think he’ll win it anyway, so who cares because you clicked on my page and read my article.

    Georgia is the best team in the East going into the season. If they beat the Eastern teams and split with Alabama and Auburn, then they’ll represent the East in Atlanta with a shot at making the playoff. If they choke one up against somebody they shouldn’t, or if they don’t split the West, then they open the door for someone else to take the division just like they have the past two seasons. I would be disappointed with 9-3 again. I would be content with 10-2, so long as Tech is one of the ten. I would be very happy with 11-1 and a trip to Atlanta. I would be apoplectic with 12-0. I am expecting 10-2 and hoping for 11-1, but I know that Richt’s law (if something crazy can happen to derail a season, it will) is in full effect.

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    • JCDAWG83

      “Georgia is the best team in the East going into the season.” That should read; “On paper, Georgia is the best team in the East going into the season”.

      Let’s see how things look on Sept 19th, then we’ll have a pretty good feel for where we actually are.

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  4. Gaskilldawg

    Clay Travis at outkickthecoverage.com has us in the playoff, losing to OSU in the final

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  5. UGA85

    We should have the best offensive line we have had in years, one of the best running backs in college football, senior kickers, and a very talented and well-coached defense. We should win the SEC this year. It should not be a stretch to pick UGA. Championship football in Athens. I like the sound of it.

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    • Seems like every time our OL is suppose to be good it ends up being a weakness and after the season we all wonder what went wrong.

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      • RocketDawg

        Stacy Searles no longer coaches at UGA. If Rob Sale can coach like he recruits then we will be just fine. Not to mention that Will Friend was able to stockpile a lot of talent over the last few recruiting cycles.

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      • Macallanlover

        It has happened before that is true. Something about this team seems different to me but we will not know for a few weeks. As good as we might be along the OL, Alabama will be the ultimate test, that is a great front 7 we will face. That is one game that will test them, our QB, the passing game, and Schotty. I expect a low scoring game from both teams, and it won’t necessarily mean we aren’t decent on offense.

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  6. Skeptic Dawg's Better Half Relative

    Please, can we get a Skeptic Dawg take on this!?! Please!!!

    Also, as I read Hinnen’s words, I have to wonder if we have heard Skeptic wax negatively poetic about Pruitt at this point. Can anyone confirm or deny?

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  7. Should the D be the best in years?? Pruitt may well be the next big thing but the D needs to improve a lot and we need some freshman to be a big part of that.

    On O, I don’t know what to expect of Schottenheimer and his offense since we haven’t seen game 1.

    I keep seeing phrases like “all the pieces in place.” Are they?? New QB whose name we still don’t know. New OC we haven’t seen coach game 1. DC going into his 3rd season and who I’m still waiting to have our D where many say it is. Then the personnel and position questions. We’ve seen champion level hype before but this is at an all time high. This is just setting Richt and the program upon a pedestal, based on hype, just so all the experts can tear it down if it doesn’t work out.

    I’m a hopeless optimist, but, damn.

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    • AceDawg

      Pruitt is only in year #2, so therefore UGA is set to shower down a storm of pain on the SEC this year that will have Nick Saban wondering if its time to tell Kirby Smart he is ready for a head coaching gig. Of course, Pruitt will laugh off the Bama DC offer, knowing that he can only eclipse Saban as his opponent.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Pruitt’s 2nd year, not 3rd. But I agree with what you say.

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  8. AceDawg

    Rather than focusing purely on W’s and L’s, I’ve always based my judgments on whether UGA looks competent and formidable. Based on the off-season success in recruiting, minimal injuries, minimal arrests, and seemingly improved weight training and nutrition, these Dawgs should be formidable in 2015. The question is whether Schotty makes the offense more competent by overruling Richt at critical moments and whether Pruitt’s defense progresses in year #2 the way we expect it to. There is a reason to think that the 2015 Dawgs will also be competent and serve some real beatdowns on big name opponents.

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  9. Mayor

    I love all this happy talk but truthfully the Dawgs are probably a year away. That said, if they beat Mizzou and run the table on the other East teams, then split with Bama and Auburn, they likely will win the East. If they lose to Mizzou, Mizzou likely wins the East. Whether the Dawgs can win the SECCG even if they win the East is another big question but, if they do, they WILL be in the four team playoff.

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  10. “…and the West champ will have run a far more taxing divisional gauntlet.”

    And so it begins. The “the [SEC champion, from the East] faced an [SEC West champion who was ranked in the top 4] team who ran a far more taxing divisional gauntlet” and is thus worthy of a second SEC bid to THE PLAYOFFS.

    Better be ready to go 3-0 vs. Bama this season….

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    • Macallanlover

      Reasonably possible the SEC will not get one spot in the abbreviated playoffs this season. Don’t see anyone with less than 2 conference losses.

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      • JCDAWG83

        ^^^this^^^ If the other P5 conference champs have 1 or fewer losses and the SEC champ has 2, the committee will gladly leave the SEC out of the playoff.

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