Posted: 6:07 am Thursday, July 10th, 2014

ESPN’s future power rankings: UGA is No. 8 

By Mark Bradley

"See if you can get me higher grade than 7.9, Jeremy." (Curtis Compton/AJC)

“See if you can get me higher grade than 7.9, Jeremy.” (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Not content simply to dissect the here and now, ESPN Insider has turned its collective eye toward the next three college football seasons. Travis Haney and an illustrious panel — recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill, playoff maven Brad Edwards, former quarterback Brock Huard and esteemed former colleague Mark Schlabach — have cast votes and (big shock here) Alabama is ranked No. 1 going way, way forward.

Florida State is No. 2, Ohio State No. 3. Then come SEC reps LSU and Auburn. Then comes Southern Cal, then Oklahoma. Then comes Georgia.

The panel assesses five categories — coaching, talent, recruiting, title path and something called program power, which essentially entails tradition and fans and intangible stuff like that. Georgia gets an 8.6  (of 10) on recruiting, 8.2 on program power, 7.9 on coaching and talent and 7 on title path.

The coaching grade, Haney notes, constitutes a gain over last summer’s rankings. Writes Haney: “Maybe the boost is as a result of the upgrade at defensive coordinator, from Todd Grantham — who was considered overrated by even those on the payroll — to FSU’s (Jeremy) Pruitt.”

Then there’s this discouraging word from Luginbill, once a Georgia Tech quarterback:

It’s as down talent-level-wise on defense as I’ve seen certainly in Mark Richt’s tenure. They don’t have depth. … I don’t know outside one or two guys that would have started for Florida State last year. Coaching is one thing, but they’ve got to replenish their depth and talent pool.

Then this summation from Haney:

Richt has no doubt been a consistent winner, but not being able to break through in a big way has kept Georgia from pushing the teams listed above. Will it remain that way, with Bulldogs fans wondering what five more yards in the SEC title game two years ago would have done for the program and ultimately Richt’s legacy?

Beats the heck outta me. What do y’all think?


504 comments
MireyaRCrane
MireyaRCrane

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Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

Keep drinking the koolaid, Bark!

Dawg350
Dawg350

8 guys won't qualify for the chickens! It's over spurrier!!! Columbia is nothing but a cesspool! Hahahahahaha! 2014......sc 0-12!

TravisBickle5150
TravisBickle5150

GED350 still showing that fabulous intellect for the world to see.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Thulsa's comments worth repeating. The truth hurts, eh 350?


Georgia a top 10 program? Seriously? This is a program that has garnered all of 2 SEC titles in 30 years and 1 national title since 1942. Looked at from the perspective of actual on the field accomplishment this is a middle tier program. There are 5 other SEC programs that have a BCS title -Bama 3, UF 2, LSU 2, UT 1, and AU with 1 and arguably what should have been a second one in 2004. The dawgs haven't even made it to a BCS title game let alone win it. Actual accomplishments are what matter, not the usual UGA smack talk before the season begins. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

All of you who are doubting jj green...I got news for you guys...green will be better than JHC! Jhc wasn't a world beater at UGA. Pruitt wanted jj green at FSU, Pruitt knows talent and green is stout for his size and was a shut down corner in high school....,.,so y'all beware of the dawg in 2014! We gonna shock the nation!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will win the national championship in 2014&2015..... Maybe even in 2016. We are starting a new era.....a new dynasty! Believe in the G baby!

grillkicker
grillkicker

34 straight pre-season national championships!!! pathetic really...uga is NOT a top 10 program...was in the early 80's but that was a long time ago...uga is Clemson with dumber fans...

JaySly
JaySly

The chicks at uga, auburn and ole miss---hottest in the SEC!!!!


next best:  alabama, tennessee

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

"UGA will be national champs in 2014 baby! Book it!!!!!"


Seems like they've been saying that every year for Lord knows how long. It's a statement never to be taken seriously. But it is a statement to be taken as a good joke. 

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

Georgia a top 10 program? Seriously? This is a program that has garnered all of 2 SEC titles in 30 years and 1 national title since 1942. Looked at from the perspective of actual on the field accomplishment this is a middle tier program. There are 5 other SEC programs that have a BCS title -Bama 3, UF 2, LSU 2, UT 1, and AU with 1 and arguably what should have been a second one in 2004. The dawgs haven't even made it to a BCS title game let alone win it. Actual accomplishments are what matter, not the usual UGA smack talk before the season begins. 

RockyTopp
RockyTopp

The Tennessee Vols will be National Champs in 2014 baby! Book it!!!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will be national champs in 2014 baby! Book it!!!!!

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Unless the DAWGS can shore up the secondary this year, and somehow find some depth, I don't think they can be strong enough  to be a top 10 team. Coach Pruitt comes with a bundle of credentials but he hasn't got a lot to work with this year, and he has to hope to pick up some highly rated secondary players in this years class coming up. Even then, we have all seen what a disaster it can be to have freshmen starting at a critical position like that.

Of course Coach Pruitt might be able to get them better prepared even if they are young, which is not something Coach Grantham was noted for during his tenure here. I think Coach Pruitt will not try to get them to do things they aren't prepared to do yet if ever, and I don't believe he will change the formation almost every play like Grantham felt was necessary. I guess he thought it would confuse the offense but I think all he really did was confuse the defense.

Having said all that, I think we will see the defense have a little more toughness to them, and we will see some Jarvis Jones type plays and hits from the young men. One thing I don't think we will see is all of the looks of confusion and being out of position that we saw from last years team. They played tentative a lot of the time, because they didn't feel sure about the formation or it put some of them out of position so far, that they could have been standing on the sidelines. I don't think Coach Pruitt will allow that, and I think the players have confidence in him as a coach, which is half the battle.

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

No, UGA is not.


It does not have Top 10 facilities.


It does not have a Top 10 coaching staff.


It may have Top 10 talent....some years.


At best, it is a mid level SEC team.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Why aren't you making fun of all the chicken commits that won't qualify??? Since you are so big on education!!! Wait I know why you want do that. because you are nothing but a UGA hater you mindless twit.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@Hangonsloopy This might blow your mind, but recent results tend to matter more than what happened in the 40s.  UGA has the 4th best record in the country in the Richt era, playing in the most difficult conference.  Also the "smack talk" is coming from ESPN analysts, not UGA fans.  They are a top 10 program, no matter what you or the other useless trolls bleat about on here.


His post sucked, all your posts suck, choke on it.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Yeah you would repeat it because you can't come with any new material of your own there French fry.

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA is a top 15 team of all time 768 wins....12 sec conference championships...2 southern conference championships. 27-18 bowl record.....so go chew on that sloppy!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Sloppy......yawn^^^^^^^^^^^^

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 Just teach him how to knock a 4th and 23 pass down.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Your team is very very very very very very pathetic!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@JaySly UGA just won the 2014 Chick NC, they are on a roll now.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bama can't stop the spread! Hahahaha!

Dawg350
Dawg350

In your pathetic dreams slaw dookie

RockyTopp
RockyTopp

@Dawg350 The only thing for sure in 2014 is that you are an IDIOT. BOOK IT!!!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Your unbiased opinion amounts to nothing but horse manure

Dawg350
Dawg350

I don't give a damn what he does at Louisville you smart aleck

Dawg350
Dawg350

Too bad for you tech will never win that. Haha

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 They can't stop the spread? They have broke more NC trophy's than yall have ever won.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Least I'm not coward like you are bro,....Tennessee hill billy redneck

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 I know, we will have to settle for most successful.

Dawg350
Dawg350

That's the past bubba. Look it how they got curb stomped in their last two games...I think that trend will continue this year...west Virginia will upset the tide

Dawg350
Dawg350

What he posted was still just an opinion dip stick!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Yeah you're right...successful in prostitution

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Dawg350

Are you drunk. Alabama is a 24 point favorite in that game.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Point spreads don't matter.."upsets happen every year! Y'all are the sad ones!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dumber and dumber with two very dumb comments....what a shocke

Dawg350
Dawg350

Go eat a bag of rats nerd boy....