Any day now

I discussed this post when it published back in February, but in light of yesterday’s bravado from Mike Bianchi, it’s worth revisiting.

Bianchi, you may recall, served notice to Kirby Smart that his time may be coming to an end.

Plus, it doesn’t help that Smart may have met his match in Mullen, who turned UF’s program around in one season and is starting to challenge Smart’s superiority on the recruiting trail.

Well, let’s revisit that superiority for a moment, okay?

From a recruiting perspective, Georgia is the Alabama of the SEC East. There is no competition. The Tide are quantifiably the only team in the Dawgs’ recruiting zip code, this year reclaiming the No. 1 ranking as the only team capable of topping UGA.

Georgia’s 2018 class was the first to unseat the Tide as No. 1 overall for the first time in seven years. The Tide rebounded to get the No. 1 class, but the Dawgs are No. 2. We know what Alabama’s doing is sustainable. It’s pretty clear that what Georgia’s doing is too.

But building a roster that’s Tide-level also means something else: they’re wrecking shop comparative to all of their direct rivals. And Georgia’s doing just that.

Georgia’s five-star lead over the rest of the East is 15-4 since Smart has gotten it rolling. This type of recruiting dominance is slightly different from Alabama when you compare the Tide to the SEC West. Alabama never lapped its division this way. Bama’s best three-year stretch since Texas A&M joined the league was from 2013-2015 when they signed 18 five stars. The rest of the West signed 24. That obviously includes teams like LSU and Auburn.

Alabama has dominated the West on the field even though the West has at least kept within range as far as recruiting goes with those strong recruiters. But what do you think the Dawgs are gonna do with their advantage?  [Emphasis added.]

That’s a good question for Bianchi.

By the way – and I know it’s early — a quick look at the current 247Sports Composite for 2020 shows Georgia with one five-star commit and Florida with zero.  Mullen’s challenge seems to be going swimmingly so far.

(h/t for the reminder)

26 Comments

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26 responses to “Any day now

  1. Don’t let logic get in the way of Bianchi’s impassioned truthiness

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    • Bianchi must think Mullen is the reincarnation of the OBS. If that were the case, Foley would have pursued him when they hired Agent Muschump. If that were the case, they would have hired him when they hired the Sharkhumper.

      The only thing the OBS and Dopey Dan have in common is that they wear visors.

      Mullen isn’t going to outscheme Kirby as Spurrier did with Goff while making his comments about Goff’s recruiting.

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      • Should the hc @ FU ever catch lightning…the mentioned scribe would seem like a absolute genius and in return, would have a direct hot line to any droppings in the lizard city….

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  2. GruvenDawg

    There is a little turmoil down in Gainesville. He might have gotten close to us in blue chips in 2019 but how many of them are going to be on the roster come August? May they wander in the wilderness that is pre- 90’s Florida football from here to eternity.

    I really hope Kirby takes Dan shooting his mouth off personally this year. Hasn’t been Kirby’s style to run up the score on a SEC opponent. I hope he makes an exception to that this year.

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  3. stoopnagle

    #ftmf

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

      Again, just say it. You’ll feel better.

      FUCK THOSE MOTHER FUCKERS!!!

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      • Macallanlover

        Sounds too Florida-ish for me. I will leave it to you to represent that portion of the UGA fan base to act in that manner. I just quietly enjoy our continuing to stomp those folks and listening to them whine and stomp their little feet while I confidently smirk at their frustration. Being the best doesn’t mean being the loudest, or crudest; in fact, it is the opposite.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

          Yeah, in the Marine Corps we never took the time to care about the wine and cheesers of society playing passive aggressive word games, we just said what we meant.

          I say what I mean. I can say it pretty, and I can say it plainly, it depends on the situation.

          The Gators deserve plain talk.

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        • stoopnagle

          Those are your head coach’s words.

          Now, watch this drive.

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      • S

        LOL. Excellent reference there, Corch.

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  4. Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

    Mike Bianchi also wrote glowing columns about how Muschamp and McElwain were great, how UCF is the true 2017 National Champion, and how UCF and USF should replace MSU and Ole Miss in the SEC.

    I know many people here have a grudge against Mark Bradley for some reason (if the Tech fans hate him, too, it’s generally a good indicator he doesn’t have it “in” for UGA), but Mike Bianchi is a true, carnival barking jackass.

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  5. Normaltown Mike

    On one hand, I can see that UF folks can point to prior eras and recruiting rankings overselling Georgia but on the other, who in their right mind thinks that Dan Mullen is in the same zip code of coaching & recruiting prowess as Spurdog or Urbz?

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  6. Calling Georgia’s natty a fluke because of the Scott touchdown in Jax is some lazy ass trolling. Almost every national title season needs a break or too to get over the hump. This Bianchi guy represents the lowest form of sports journalism. Thanks in large part to him and his constant declarations of unfairness to UCF, there was a chance for on-air violence at the Cocktail Party last year because a bunch of UCF asshats were planning an “invade college gameday” rally. Luckily it was called off at the last minute when threats were made at them in social media. I don’t click on his articles and I hope none of you do either.

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  7. If we just sign that one 5-star guy, that will give us infinitely more 5-star players that currently on the Gator roster.

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  8. Speaking of ill-informed trolling masked as bravado, we haven’t heard any cannon shots from the eastern border recently.

    Where are you, Lamecocks?

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

      They’re actually a bit humbled. Right now, most of them are bitching about their schedule being the toughest in the nation, and have little time to sound off cannon shots in our direction.

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      • Maybe they have finally learned the hard lesson that claiming the national championship in May usually doesn’t go well when the September reality sets in.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

          I doubt it. I think they’re just really, honestly worried about their schedule. It’s living rent free in their head 24/7 right now, kinda like Kirby living rent free in Mullen’s big grape. I’m sure they’ll be back to normal programming next Spring.

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          • Lamecock fans in May 2020:

            “Georgia is coming to the Willy B! We’re going to spank them because SANDSTORM and 2012!”

            In the meantime, the talent gulf widens a little more in 2020, and they got run out of the Dead Cockroach by what is likely Kirby’s worst team of the next 5 years.

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  9. UGA '97

    We have the Jimmies and Joes, now tighten up the Xs and Os.

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  10. TomReagan

    We will have to keep it up on the field to maintain this, though. To be this elite you are going to have to regularly be in the playoff. The gap between the elite and everyone else is going to continue widening with the 4 team playoff and that group will be harder and harder to remain in.

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  11. Rebar

    i hate to be a downer, but all of that superior talent got waxed by Texas in our last game.

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  12. Mike Cooley

    Ha! Good response, Biggus.

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