Noise in the narrative

I know y’all saw that the preseason Coaches Poll was released yesterday.  It’s a worthless exercise, of course, but it does serve as an early picture of what the general group-thought shapes up as before a single ball is kicked in anger.  Along those lines, it’s hardly a surprise to see Georgia ranked fifth, behind number one Alabama and number two Clemson.

What is a little surprising to me is to find some pushback bubbling up from the pundit ranks.  Here, for example, is The Athletic’s Ari Wasserman, arguing that Georgia, at five, is underrated ($$).

Underrated

• No. 5 Georgia: Perception is a major part of this poll. You could make the case that Georgia is one of the most underperforming programs in the sport given its recent results when compared to the amount of talent on its roster. Maybe thinking this is Georgia’s year is a trap — we’ve all heard the 1980 jokes — but it’s a natural one to step into. The Bulldogs have perhaps the most talented roster in the country. They have a quarterback with starting experience in former five-star prospect JT Daniels. And they added key transfers to their secondary in Tykee Smith from West Virginia and Derion Kendrick from Clemson. Also, Georgia has a very favorable schedule and won’t have to play Alabama until the SEC Championship Game if it works out that way. Georgia has all the pieces to be a team that should, at the very least, be ranked in the top three before the season starts.

Barrett Sallee expresses a similar sentiment here.

Underrated: No. 5 Georgia

Georgia hasn’t been able to break through that glass ceiling under Kirby Smart, but that should change this year as the Bulldogs are loaded from top to bottom. It starts with quarterback JT Daniels, who now has a full year operating in Todd Monken’s offense after working through issues and not seeing the field until the final month of the season. The running back room is loaded, the wide receiving corps in versatile and dangerous, the offensive line is stacked with talent and we don’t have to worry about Georgia’s defense at all. If you want to look at the most complete teams right now, Georgia and Oklahoma are the two that should come to mind. It seems like it’s just a knee-jerk reaction to rank Alabama and Clemson in the top two based on their history of replacing stars with stars. Georgia doesn’t even have to worry about that this year.

That’s all going to be overtaken the second Georgia’s opener finishes, of course, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt.

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22 responses to “Noise in the narrative

  1. Derek

    I don’t think there are many coaches who would bet on OSU to beat Georgia on a neutral field. Preseason polls are bs.

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  2. Godawg

    Rat poison.

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    • moe pritchett

      Rat Poison indeed. Ya know these kids are feeling the pressure. “You’re the best ever so you better prove it.” Damn.

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  3. Has the preseason poll become a measure of what the coaches see at the end of the year – the final 4 – rather than a measure of where the teams stack up entering the season? If so, you can totally see how the coaches get to those 4. I personally would have UGA at #3 right now (but #1 in our hearts) if I had a vote.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I posted my top 5 below, before I read your post…I put OSU 2nd mainly because of the way they manhandled Au with a lake last year.

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      • I can see that. I don’t know enough about who is going to play QB at anOSU to say whether they should be considered 2 or 4. Maybe that’s why I would have Clempson at 2 right now if I had to make a call.

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  4. practicaldawg

    Media: this should be UGA’s year since it has all the pieces

    Also the media: we expect UGA to be the 5th best team

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  5. Hogbody Spradlin

    What good is an underachiever clickbait column if it’s only about the 5th ranked team? Gotta be able to be on both sides, sometimes in the same day, to get readers to patronize your advertisers.

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  6. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    I love CFB, but I hate preseason polls more than anything else involved in this sport.

    Especially because in this era of the CFB Playoff, the polls don’t matter, making preseason polls even more stupid than they normally would be.

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    • The only reason the polls matter before the CFP rankings come out is they represent a cross-section of perception of where a team lies. I would assume they are close to a representative sample of what the members of the committee are currently thinking.

      I’m not a fan of the preseason polls either.

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  7. Ran A

    Truth – play Clemson the first game of the season. We could be 10th in the poll; go out there and do business and your in the top 3. After that – it’s just hold the course and beat all those teams you should beat and listen to people bitch about the schedule that Georgia has.

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  8. akascuba

    Hopefully that Zamir White photo the Senator posted this morning was just after he was told the coaches poll says Clemson is better than your team.

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  9. PTC DAWG

    I’d rank them this way, Bama/OSU/UGA/OU/Clempson.

    And speaking of underachieving, aTm is in the lead on that IMHO. Re the SEC anyways.

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  10. Texas Dawg

    With Clemson and Bama on the schedule (assuming SECCG) the rankings don’t mean a whole lot at this time. Take care of business on the field and the rest will take care of itself. The pre season rankings are good only for stimulating conversation.

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  11. Terry McCullers

    I thought I’d ever say this about UGA football. But being #5 should be bulletin board material for this rooster. Said it many times we’re equal and better in spots than any teamin the country.

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  12. Harold Miller

    Quick question. Do the coaches have to prove they filled the poll out, or is it still possible the the Equipment Manager’s do some of these?

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  13. uga97

    Poll hindsight is 20-20?

    Jeebus, cut&paste-same- articles-about-uga-over-and-over season is over.. Time for toe to meet leather.

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