Steele previews Steele’s Preview

The mag isn’t in the stores quite yet, but Phil Steele is already out there on the promo trail.  If you’re a Georgia fan, sounds like he’s calling for more of the same.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Bulldogs will crash the party as the SEC second invitee.

“SEC Country is OK with it, but the rest of the country is like, ‘Oh my goodness,’ but I’m picking two SEC teams this year. When you look at Georgia, they are loaded both offensively and defensively. They’re a better team than they were last year. And last year, they gave Alabama everything they wanted in the SEC Championship Game.

“I think you have an undefeated Georgia and an undefeated Alabama battling for the SEC title game. I still think the loser makes the playoffs.”

Steele picks ‘Bama to avenge last year’s defeat to Clemson in the national title game.  Sigh.

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26 responses to “Steele previews Steele’s Preview

  1. chopdawg

    Sounds like a very good season to me.

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  2. Jim

    We’re going to pound Alabama when we play them.

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  3. Debby Balcer

    Picking us to fall short maybe a good thing, the team has more to prove this way.

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  4. Senator, there is no “sighing” in UGA football, let the bamers digest that “rat poison”…me personally, will be more than DELIGHTED to be in the seccg with zero losses…

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  5. Debby Balcer

    Being picked to fall short maybe a good thing. It gives the team more to prove.

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  6. Greg

    Don’t want to see two SEC teams in the playoffs….no reason we have to beat Bama TWICE. The committee needs to get it right….its national, not regional..

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    • Otto

      The committee is getting it right, a region dominates the game.

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      • Greg

        but how do you know if a region dominates if they are not matched up with other teams??

        If Bama and UGA (SECCG) play again and we win, Bama should be eliminated from playoff considerations. We proved that we were the better team that day, time to give the rest of the country a crack at the dawgs. No reason to give Bama a second chance at it….if you start doing that, the conference championship games have just been rendered useless.

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        • No reason to give Bama a second chance at it….if you start doing that, the conference championship games have just been rendered useless.

          When the day comes that the CFP only accepts conference champs, you’ll have a valid argument.

          Right now, you don’t.

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          • Greg

            Then why play it (other than money)??

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            • It’s supposed to be the four best teams in the semis, regardless of anything else.

              You’ve got five power conference champs and only four slots, so you’re never going to be able to make it all about conference champs, anyway, and that’s before you get to Notre Dame.

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              • Greg

                Understood….just saying that when you get down to picking the best four. Make the conference championship games count for something. No reason for let’s say…a Georgia to have to beat a Bama again in a MNCG.

                We already know that if the Dawgs beat Bama in the SECCG, the dawgs are the better team….that day. They should be eliminated. Give other teams from other conferences a chance, make it national.

                No perfect system, but work with what you got or know and move on (Dawgs better team). Otherwise, open it up to more teams and eliminate the conference championship games….and if you do indeed decide to do that, you are still back to elimination anyway…no second chances for say a Bama.

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                • Well, first off, they do count for something, in the sense that it’s another data point from which to evaluate the merit of the playoff contenders. If the loser of the SECCG is still one of the best four teams, then it’s still one of the best four teams.

                  As far as “give other conferences a chance”, you’re arguing that the CFP should be about rewarding the most deserving, rather than having the best. I’m not saying you’re wrong — after all, your value judgment is just as valid as Bill Hancock’s — but it’s not how the selection committee is charged with rolling.

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                • Greg

                  I get what you are saying, but in my view…the only “data point” the committee should use, is the scoreboard. Again, no perfect system….I just think there should be stronger emphasis on conference champs when considering the 4 best team. The loser of a conference championship game should be automatically eliminated from playoff contention….as we have it now (format).

                  More about money than fairness imo…..”same as it ever was”.

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                • 1smartdude

                  I think you said it yourself….”.when it gets down to picking the best four….” it’s not about picking the best three and then someone else. It’s about picking the best four.

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    • Uglydawg

      And suppose Georgia loses to an undefeated ND but wins the SEC?
      Are you going to argue that ND shouldn’t have to beat UGA twice?
      Are you going to say that a one loss SEC champion shouldn’t get in because another team in the playoffs has already beaten them once?
      I understand your thinking, but if both the conference champs (E and W) are clearly top four teams then they shouldn’t be punished for losing a championship game.
      The playoff selection committee is not charged with giving viewers a regional balance, but giving the best four teams a berth in the thing. Even if all four of them are from the same conference..(of course it will never be, but in principle that should be the rule). The Best Four Teams

      Since ND doesn’t have to win or even play in a conference championship game they have a huge advantage (but that’s a different point, I know)..
      If the SECCG is seen as an absolute eliminator for the loser, then it is effectively a playoff game. That’s not right…Not when Clemson will be playing a cupcake in their ACCCG and ND isn’t even having to compete.

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      • Greg

        “And suppose Georgia loses to an undefeated ND but wins the SEC?
        Are you going to argue that ND shouldn’t have to beat UGA twice?”

        Don’t know, would need to know how the other 128 teams season played out. Saying that based on the system we have now, make the conference championship games count….or just discontinue them. But if you do indeed discontinue them, the guessing…or “eye test” gets much tougher for the best 4 teams.

        “The playoff selection committee is not charged with giving viewers a regional balance, but giving the best four teams a berth in the thing. Even if all four of them are from the same conference..(of course it will never be, but in principle that should be the rule). The Best Four Teams”

        in the scenario we are talking about (UGA beats Bama / SECCG). There should be no reason to play them again, they’ve been eliminated. Give the rest of the country a chance (outside of SEC). You can compare and contrast all you want (Bama second chance), but in my view, they should be eliminated from considerations. Give the other teams from other conferences a crack at it, make it national…..not regional (that’s been played out).

        Make the conference championship games played on the field count for something….or just discontinue them.

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        • Uglydawg.

          So you want the CCGs to be part of an expanded play-off? That’s effectively what you’d be doing. So conferences should eliminate championship game and have a “Tied for First” title to two teams.
          And what about teams that don’t have to compete in a CCG?
          The purpose of the playoffs is either to make everyone happy with teams representing each region…regardless of how bad they are…
          OR…to reward the best four teams with a berth.
          You seem to favor the former and I can see that but it’s not a playoff, it’s a tournament.

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          • Greg

            I’m okay the way it is set up now, love the CCG. Just saying that if you are only considering 4 teams for the playoffs, the loser of their CCG should be removed from consideration…..unless there are some extreme extenuating circumstances.

            Give other teams from other conferences a chance at a national” title. We do not know how other teams would match up with a Georgia (example). We do know how Georgia matches up with Bama (example)……the dawgs beat them, move on.

            Teams not playing in a CCG, should not be considered. IE, Notre Dame. Don’t think you will ever get any of this perfect, just saying under the current format…. no 2nd chances for say a Bama.

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            • spur21

              Let’s assume a UGA / Bama SECCG. UGA leads the entire game then fumbles and Bama kicks a FG to win in the closing seconds. Bama wins UGA is left out of the 4 team playoff under your format.
              I think you would need to be peeled off the ceiling if that happened.

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  7. Otto

    Pulling for anyone to beat Bama, and Clemson and 2 other P5 Champs to run the table.

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    Picking bama to be in the championship game is really going out on a limb.

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  9. Jack Klompus

    Who did he pick last year?

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  10. Spike

    Beat Florida.

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  11. FlyingPeakDawg

    If undefeated UGA and Bama meet, Kirby will need to throw the SECCG to get his troops attention for the playoff run. Hope he doesn’t wimp-out and go for the first win. Tough call and all the more reason I think he’ll throw the TAMU game instead. Place your bets accordingly.

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  12. UGA '97

    I got 12-1 lsu 4th seed, Michigan 13-0, 3rd uga 13-0 2nd, Clemson 13-0 1st. LSU playing at Bama is not going to be intimidated at Bryant Denny- & Tua gonna have a tough night vs Delpit.

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