There are few more pointless exercises pundits go through this time of year than quibbling with teams that are overrated and underrated in the Coaches Poll, because there are few more pointless exercises these days than the Coaches Poll itself.
But I have to tip my hat to CBSSports’ Tom Fornelli, who’s managed to achieve pointlessness squared with his take that Georgia is over-ranked by one spot.
Georgia is in a somewhat similar position as Michigan here. For the most part, I believe the Coaches Poll got the top 15 right. Sure, I’d move a couple teams up or down a spot or two, but there’s nothing egregiously wrong with it. One of the bigger of their small mistakes, in my mind, is having Georgia at No. 3 ahead of Oklahoma at No. 4. Georgia is talented and good enough to win the SEC and get to the playoff. But should it start the season ranked ahead of an Oklahoma team that has won 46 games the last four seasons, at least 10 games in 16 of the last 19 seasons, and been selected for the last two College Football Playoffs (and three of the last four)?
Well, since we’re taking a walk back through recent history, how did the two do the last time they faced off? And while we at it, how have they fared lately against Alabama?
But apparently I digress, because he’s rolling.
No, it shouldn’t. Particularly when you consider that last we saw the Bulldogs, they were losing to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. And spare me all the excuses about Georgia not caring about the game because they felt they should be in the playoff. That’s an excuse for losers, and this Georgia team isn’t full of losers.
I’ll spare him all the excuses if he’ll recall that Oklahoma lost to Texas last season, too.