The biggest riser from last season’s final poll is Georgia.
Filed under Georgia Football, The Coaches Poll Is Stupid.
I’m wary about LSU, but other than that, not much to argue over.
I think MICH at 9 is odd. That team lost something like 14 SENIOR starters. An absurdly experienced team is gone.
True. S&P+ has them at 10, FWIW.
Cult of the Coach.
Yeah. But they’re really playing well.
On the one hand, tons of returning talent, Georgia should be one of more improved teams. On the other hand, Georgia was significantly worse than it’s record last year by S&P+, so even a big step up might not crack the top 25.
They have anointed Alabama again.
As much as I’m tired of seeing it, who can really argue against it?
Philes are crying all over Georgia….Canes bringing up the rear!
So, the poll either thinks the freshman class is going to make a contribution or it thinks the coaching will be butter.
Or, they just put the same 15-18 teams in the top 25 every year and sprinkle in 7-10 hot newbies.
We bring a lot back, and players generally improve year to year.
Another 3 – 4 years….and we will be back to at least where were (avg. rank). “Voluntary rebuild” takes time. Be patient…# The Process.
Yeah, because we were always ranked in top 5 every year right?
Final Coaches Poll rankings after Richt had “righted the ship” in 2011:
Smart may not work out, and I certainly wouldn’t have hired him as my first choice, but can people stop trying to rewrite history? Richt was a good coach, but he wasn’t fired for no reason.
Bad year, good year…bad year, good year…..bad year, ? (Fired). Let’s see how Kirby can do coming off a bad year….even in the select period you posted on Richt, he proved he could. When looking at Richt, look at the entire body of work…not a bad career. The last I looked, I believe his average rank was #9 could be wrong…but I believe that is what it was. Also top 5 in wins (active coach).
To me, Richt proved he could coach….Smart is trying to prove he can…& I certainly hope he does. He has his chance, I hope he proves it.
Keep moving those goal posts.
Keep your eye on the ball….
That’s about where we should be. Say what want about James Franklin, but dude can flat out coach.
Yeah, I remember when we were using interns for a coaching staff with the WR coach as HC and beat them with the worst 10 win team in the history of football.
That team PSU had last year would probably beat our 2015 team like a rented mule.
I understand, the sins of Ped St. are already stripped away and they are a media darling again. However, when you break down their ’16 schedule name me a decent squad they beat aside from tOSU (a flukey backdoor win at that) and Wisconsin in the B10 Champ.? I maintain their sched was cream cheese soft.
I understand you dont like Franklin, but you have give credit where credit is due. He won 10 games ( knock on wood) as he is bringing that program back from near death.
I don’t concern myself much with Franklin, it’s that circus/sham of a college that gets under my saddle. And my point stands about the schedule that allowed such a season.
I’m guessing you feel that way about our 2015 schedule as well. We didn’t beat any team worth a crap but yet you some on here who keep beating the we won 10 games drum. At least PSU beat a ranked team last year.
I believe we were 2nd biggest riser to UTexas.
I call shenanigans. One SEC team in top 10. That may be realistic, but four from the Big X? cough, cough….
So this poll is made from the opinions of coaches that volunteer to answer it, I wonder, at this busy time of year, how much thought they put into it. I’m sure it varies coach to coach..of course….but we’ve heard the stories where a coach decides he “doesn’t have time for this shit”, and has a flunky fill it out for him.
On the other hand, some coaches see it as a way to upgrade their SOS and Dawg grade others.
Still, it’s pretty interesting.. LSU, AU, UGA, and UF all kind of packed in there together.
Conspicuous by it’s absence is Notre Dame. Also Ms. State. I think both are top 25 teams.
I’m admittedly paranoid and a conspiracy theorist.
This is an early “Dawgrading” of the SEC to keep any SEC team that doesn’t win the conference out of the Only Four…while making it possible to say something like this.
“Wisconsin, lost two games to two top season picks. Ohio State and Michigan. Georgia lost only to Alabama in a close one in Atlanta, but didn’t face a top ten rated team in the regular season. So Wisconsin should get the berth.
(no, I don’t think Georgia will be undefeated going into Atl..if they get there at all…but whoever the SEC runner up is will get this kind of treatment from Herbie and the boys)
Don’t think coaches don’t try to manipulate this stuff. Some of them do.
And don’t think “the committee” is made up of geniuses who can see through coaches polls and think for themselves. It isn’t.
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“I’m admittedly paranoid and a conspiracy theorist.”
Who could ask for anything more
Who has higher expectations, Smart or Herman is the question.
I’m guessing Herman. Just reading GTP convinces me that most UGA fans are in a “wait and see” mode. After last years debacle, we’re hopeful but not confident…most of us…I think.
Smart. Year 2 bump. Huge class. Kirb-Dawg has momentum, but does he know what to do with it?
Herman has a new locker room, one of Kirby’s cast-offs at RB, and a messy but promising situation. He’ll slay a big game (OU), but he’ll lose a game he should win. Does it every year.
App State got more votes than the North Avenue Trade School
Can you guys enlighten me where the love for Auburn comes from? Any reason to think they’ll win more than 8 or 9 this year?
They allegedly have a quarterback to run Gus’s Chew-Gum-And-Point-At-The-Ground-With-Vigor Offense.
The usual reason: Gustav has another pre-season Heismann winning QB
I thought that after can’t miss prospects Jeremy Johnson/John Franklin/Sean White, pundits would have learned to pump the brakes by now. Here’s to Stidham guiding them to mediocrity!
AU Defense will be stout. Russell & Brown up the middle are studs.
I wanted to remember previous coaches preseason polls so I looked up that last ten.
Previous Georgia rankings in Coaches Preseason Polls:
I got curious of where we finished. Two of the UR were others getting votes. Still doesn’t count.
I had the same curiosity but was afraid to look. 😑
Beat Florida. Then talk.
Is the record shown predicted or the previous season?
7 first place votes for Clem? Snort.
Any time that we get any love at all, it scares me. I hope we’re better than 8-5 because if we are 8-5 or worse, we won’t be as high as 15.
Agree my butt-admiring friend. I would rather we start off unranked every season and work our way up. The rankings will take care of themselves. If we win in the SEC, we’ll make the ranking…
Brace yourselves. Another spat of “UGA is the most consistently overrated” posts is coming.
Sounds about right based on the few questions we have to answer and our issues last year, but we will finish higher than that. Michigan, AU, and State Penn look to be the most over rated to me, unless you count the entire Big 14 as a team. But it is the Coach’s Poll so who pays it much attention, is there a worse poll in the entire country? Cannot believe it has survived this long; a joke, particularly when the season begins.
And here I am just hoping we beat Vandy.
“Give them credit, but I think everybody can see that Georgia’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. I’m very proud of this team and this university, and we’re not going anywhere.’ — Kirby Smart, AJ-C, 1/9/18
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