2021 College Football Team Talent Composite

It came out last night.  Georgia is number one.

It’s the second straight year, and the margin has widened.

Commence the “if not now, when?” takes.

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59 responses to “2021 College Football Team Talent Composite

  1. Biggen

    It is time… But that’s also such a high bar.

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  2. jhorne2000

    What’s up with Bama only having 76 ?

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  3. Illini84

    And Luke Ford gets the first catch of the season for the Illini!!

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    • rigger92

      My parents and their extended families have been Chicagoans for over 100 years now, I happened to be in the transplant era to ATL. We moved to Alpharetta in ‘81 and I was 11.

      I’ve always wanted Illini to be good but they never have been. They look pretty solid today even though there is some adversity out there.

      I have always hated that they are another orange school. Last time I was there was about 8 years ago rigging in a new cath lab at the hospital. Cold as hell, I paid some Mexican guys to shovel snow so I could drive the forklift around the loading dock.

      Anyway, I’m watching and I hope they win. They are definitely leaving it on the field today.

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      • Down Island Way

        What’s way cool about the Cubbies was the display of a “Cubs Win” on the city transport system…”W” was and should always be displayed…$$$ have decided other wise around Wrigley Field…..

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      • Illini84

        I don’t know about “never” but “not often” for sure. Luke got a TD and then got hurt. Oskee-wow-wow!

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      • Illini84

        They pointed out that we won the Big 10 20 years ago and, instead of the Rose Bowl, we got LSU in the Sugar and got boat raced.

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    • Texas Dawg

      And also his first TD of the season

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  4. Jack Klompus

    Can we get a redo with all of our injuries?

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  5. practicaldawg

    The truer narrative should be “if we can’t keep Stetson from being the starting QB on a roster that’s loaded everywhere else now, then when?”

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  6. MGW

    I maintain that the big difference is the number of those guys who have turned out to really be stars AND stay healthy. We’re currently at zero. Amazing recruiting leading to amazing depth and a ton of very good players, but no new Gurley, no new AJ Green, Pollack, Roquan, etc.

    We gotta have one or two of those emerge on both sides of the ball.

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    • classiccitycanine

      I looked at the Athletic’s Top 50 Draft prospects and Alabama has more than us even though they’ve had 10 first rounders in the past two years and we’ve had 3 or 4 . Kirby just isn’t as good at talent development as Saban. That has to change if we’re going to win it all.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Serious question, not being snarky or argumentative. I thd NFL evaluates draft prospects based more upon athletic measurables such as speed, explosiveness. size, etc rather than performance, then would coaching technique not be a significant factor in drafting players? How is one staff better at developing those draft characteristics than another?

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        • charlottedawg

          College production is extremely correlated to draft order and the fact that bama consistently has its players drafted earlier (and has more post season all sec and all Americans) is an extremely relevant metric that they are developing players better than we are. And by extension why we can’t beat them . Their 5 star guys are going in the first round. We have a long list of 5 stars who have solid careers but never develop into game changing all sec / 1st round guys. Adam Anderson, Nolan smith, Ringo, Jalen Carter are all following in the footsteps of guys like Tyson Campbell, Richard lecounte, Issac nauta, Trenton Thompson, etc. Big time 5 star recruits (smith and Thompson were the #1 recruit in their class) who have decent but not spectacular college careers and by extension get drafted in the lower rounds or not drafted at all and don’t live up to the hype. By don’t live up to the hype, Note that 247 assigns 5 star recruits as guys who they think are future first round picks hence why there are 32 5 stars every year.

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      • MGW

        I’m sure Saban has a way of getting the max out of his players and I’m not saying Smart is on exactly the same level. The talent is developed just fine in my opinion. Draft numbers are definitely reflective of talent, but also of overall team success and talent at other key positions. You have a great line, your RB gets lots of yards. You have a great QB, your receivers look great, and good WR’s do the same for a decent QB.

        The problem is you can’t develop a Roquan, Gurley, Pollack, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, Tebow, or Tua. You can waste those guys by not having enough supporting talent (see AJ Green and Leonard Fournette) , but you can’t just “develop” someone to be THAT kind of good. By and large, the player either is or is not that good.

        And if you look at Auburn’s last national title, a handful of those guys (and a little luck) can trump all the quality depth in the world. They had Fairley and Newton, and a bunch of other players who were just good enough, but about half of whom definitely wouldn’t have found a starting spot on Bama’s or Georgia’s current squads. You just gotta have a some of those guys, and they’re worth a lot.

        I’m not saying our development is perfect, but that ain’t why we don’t have a proven star on this squad yet (aside from the injured Mr. Pickens and possibly the MIA Gilbert).

        My hopes are highest for JT Daniels, Adam Anderson, and Jordan Davis as far as most likely candidates to step up. The LB and RB’s have enough candidates that one guy out of those two groups turning into something special wouldn’t surprise me at all, and would be extremely helpful, especially at LB (having even a Roquan “light” would be tremendous this year).

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  7. theorginaldawgabides

    These numbers aren’t complete. Just clicking on Bama roster link reveals 14 five stars and 61 four stars. That’s a whopping 75 blue chippers on one squad. No doubt a record amount. Our numbers appear to be accurate though, I suspect the ranking will change regularly when all rosters are updated.

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  8. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    15-0 from where I sit.

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  9. vidaliadawg

    According to A. Murray, it’s another 3 yards and a cloud of dust year. I really hope that’s his Munsoning. If so, I want my last 9 months of excitement back.

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    • pantslesspatdye

      I could see our game planning going that way, unfortunately. My blood pressure will be high Saturday. That said, man I’m excited about Saturday!

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  10. rigger92

    Wow, makes me nervous though. If we don’t have an offense that can score and keep the defense off the field this will be a repeat of ‘20.

    I forget the numbers, but didn’t our D have to defend a lot of plays per game? I seem to remember that TOP was a problem for us against top 10 teams?

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  11. uga97

    Too bad 6 of those ain’t playing Clemson.

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  12. tiledawg92

    Wonder what this list, minus “injuries to starters,” composite ranking would look like ?? We always have the injury bug, usually on offense.

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  13. RangerRuss

    Everything is coming up Georgia. It’s gonna be a good year. Championships are just icing on the cake.
    GATA !!

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    • Down Island Way

      Whether it be this year or when ever…WTF, off sides here (Tyler Simmons) or holding there, WTF..”old lady luck”, has a huge lot to to with the out come…whether you have the advantage at the long snappah position or not isn’t the question…”Put when you hold up the trophy, does the confetti get in your eyes”…

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      • RangerRuss

        I would just like to see UGA vs Bama games called fairly and competently. It may be beating a dead horse; but, it’s not whining if it’s true.

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        • Teacher Martin

          Bama gets the benefit of the doubt no matter who they play. Until Saban is gone that’s the way it will be. Thus UGA will never beat Bama as long as Saban is there.

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        • Down Island Way

          Let’s do at mm 88 bayside, bring those b’ham officials…it’s played in our (my) back yard…should be equal…in fact let’s do on a thursday afternoon/evening so that everyone can catch an adult beverage of choice and the sunset…

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  14. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    How can FU be at #7? I saw what they had coming back in the bowl game last season. They had the guts of the turd offense leave and now they are piecing together send stringers on O. The D was not good last year and unless those returners suddenly got good over the last nine months there should be limited improvement on D. I’m still predicting a 7-5 or 8-4 regular season for the handbags.

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  15. charlottedawg

    For those that say recruiting and stars don’t matter note that every national champion started the season in the top 10 of the team talent composite. Or put another way, even though nobody has played a down, no team not on this list is going to win the national championship this season, the 2021 national champion sits somewhere on this list.

    That being said development certainly matters and Kirby and his staff need to improve significantly on that front in order to beat Alabama as that’s a huge reason why he hasn’t been able to thus far.

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    • gurkhadawg

      Clemson’s 2016 NC team was 13 or 14 on the above list. Obviously it was an exception to the rule, but it shows what a great job the Clemson coaches did. As much as it hurts to say that.

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  16. rigger92

    Nice hard nosed “manball” win for IL. UCLA treating Hawaii like we did.

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  17. rigger92

    Ehh, great afternoon of IL winning and UCLA beating the snot out of that Island out there. I’m about to make mashed potatoes and filet mignon. Good primer for week 1. Steamed broccoli too. Gotta light the grill.

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  18. akascuba

    As already stated the list does not reflect actual availability of players counted. Yeah injuries are part of the game. Like turn overs they are not shared equally. So far Georgia’s not on the plus side for game one.

    The offensive losses for game one are at top level players. Start with the teams best WR, the experienced leader of the O-line at center and the combination of two extremely tall receivers who together present a threat no other team has.

    Add or deduct all that talent at once it makes the offense a different team either way. If the next man up thing always worked they wouldn’t rate players.

    Not being negative it’s just a fact now that we are here the hill is a lot steeper this week than it looked two months ago. I still think the Dawgs win its gone from a comfortable high scoring win to a hard fought slobber knocker win.

    GATA and beat everybody.

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  19. I always say, you still have to play the games.

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  20. RangerRuss

    Gunnar Stockton and Rabun County vs Pace Academy on ESPN2. Seems to be a better brand of football than what was on earlier today in the college ranks.

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  21. gurkhadawg

    Can you fuckers believe kickoff is less than a week away?! Hell yeah! It’s my favorite time of year. The time when we have the maximum amount of Georgia football ahead of us.

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  22. J.R. Clark

    Next time I’m at B-M I’ll have to check that out along with all the recruiting national championships in the trophy case! Thanks.

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  23. Production to talent ratios for Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina are incredible — zero 4 or 5 stars for either. What’s the prevailing narrative about how they do it?

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    • Ok six 4 stars for Cincy, but you get my point. Curious to hear thoughts on reconciling that with the prevailing “Jimmies and Joes” narrative, especially when we see how often the Scott Frosts of the world fall flat when they get the call-up to a real talent pool.

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