Speaking of all that’s left is believing this really is the year of the Portal Master™, you’ve got to read this puff piece from Gator Land to get a taste of that belief.
The average unit ranking for Georgia is 2.14. The average unit ranking for Florida is 5.42. The Bulldogs have the same average per unit as Alabama who is picked to beat Florida in the SEC Championship.
Just looking at this and what the editors at Athlon Sports might be thinking, it seems this is either a huge endorsement of the coaching ability off Dan Mullen and his staff, or it is a huge indictment of the coaching ability of Kirby Smart and his staff.
Certainly there are other things to consider when picking winners and losers in the preseason like their schedule and who they might play before the big games, but their opinions on the players of each team and that level of difference should really be the biggest determining factor. It wasn’t in this case.
Fans of the orange and blue can only hope that the Athlon guys are right in what they think about how the season unfolds. Maybe a win by the Gators and a subsequent trip to the SEC Championship Game would make a lot of folks take a further look at the rosters and see that maybe they were a little closer talent wise.
Then maybe Mullen could pull a Steve Spurrier who made a habit of whipping Georgia every year in Jacksonville. Spurrier used to mock the recruiting acumen of Georgia back then and say things like this quip… “Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”
Sure, that could happen. And then maybe monkeys will fly out of my ass.