Posted: 8:43 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Some ESPNers see Georgia as a playoff team 

By Mark Bradley

Everyone pictured thinks Georgia will do well, too. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Everyone pictured thinks Georgia will do well, too. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

The Worldwide Leader leads the world, duh, in analysts on its payroll. This week ESPN prepares for the onset of the college season by asking its many voices to predict the end. Given that Georgia wasn’t even picked by the SEC media to win its division, it comes as a bit of surprise that the Bulldogs are ESPN’s second choice to win the SEC.

Five of ESPN’s 23 assessors picked Georgia. South Carolina and Auburn each drew two votes. The other 14 went to Alabama.

Moving forward, we note that six of the 23 put Georgia in the inaugural four-team playoff, though only Desmond Howard foresees the Bulldogs winning their semifinal and he has them losing the title tilt to UCLA. (Because we all know Jim Mora is such a big-game coach.)

ESPN Insider Travis Haney surveys 20 coaches and finds that Georgia is also a semi-popular playoff choice among that group. The top four picks are Florida State, Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma. Then comes Michigan State. Then comes Georgia — ahead of South Carolina and Auburn, both of which are ranked about the Bulldogs in the preseason Associated Press and USA Today polls. (Georgia is 12th in both.)

From one apparent dissenter, via Haney:

One coach told me that first-year DC Jeremy Pruitt is “a year away” in terms of setting things up his way. “This isn’t FSU,” he said, referring to the talent-rich group Pruitt took over in 2013.

The Leonard Floyd-led UGA front seven is strong, but some coaches are wondering about the depleted secondary. Even veteran CB Damian Swann doesn’t receive rave reviews. “He’s soft,” one said. “He doesn’t go after anyone.”

Moving elsewhere on ESPN.com, we find that Phil Steele, who has named Georgia his No. 1 surprise team for 2014, lists the Bulldogs among his “best bets” to win the national title. At 25-1, Baylor is Steele’s first choice. Georgia, at 18-1, is No. 2.

Finally, the ESPN offshoot Grantland surveys 10 of its analysts. Two pick Georgia to make the playoff. Andrew Sharp picks Todd Gurley to win the Heisman Trophy and Gurley’s team — pause for effect — to Win It All. Although Sharp does, to be fair, offer a caveat: He went with Georgia, he writes, “only because picking FSU would be far too boring.”

From myajc.com: Is Georgia’s run of underachieving about to cease?

From our college football preview: A game-by-game look at Georgia’s schedule. (I pick the Bulldogs to go 10-2.)

From the same college football preview: A breakthrough year for Georgia. Er … maybe.

287 comments
Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawgs will win the sec this year baby! Book it!!! Let's go! I'm emotional,...I'm full of passion...and love the mighty G baby!

SinceVince
SinceVince

Clempsuns defensive line dominated our offensive line last year and expect more of the same. Will Friend is a bad hire just as Grantham was. The weak link for UGA is the offensive line.

RulerIAMBAMA
RulerIAMBAMA

How do you spell mediocre?...Answer: G E O R G I A   B U L L D O G S.  Georgia will never make the 4 team playoff field under richt's watch. Never!


Roll Tide!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Andrew Sharp will be getting a lot of press, a pay raise, and more exposure on ESPN if he gets this one right.

I certainly want you to be right on this one Andrew.

Go Dawgs!

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

"Some ESPNers see Georgia as a playoff team" = "Some Low-Information Voters see Obama as a good President"


I rest my case.

OH-IO
OH-IO

Best match-ups in the BCS Bowl Games ? 


You mean like # 3 UGA vs # 24 Florida State 2002 season ?


You mean like # 2 UGA vs # 19 Hawai'i 2007 season ?


Those are our only BCS Bowl Wins.


-tom brown


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No wonder dogs ride coattails


Hunk
Hunk

It's all based on recruiting at this time of the season.  But UGA being in the SEC should help their cause if they win some key games and don't loose more than one.

MikeS777
MikeS777

I honestly want only one thing with this playoff...total chaos.  I want the top 10 full of worthy teams.  This 4 team playoff represents a minor compromise by the CFB power brokers who really don't like to see the money get into too many hands.  They can pretend to have a "playoff", basically keep the old system in place, and be just as exclusionary as before.

1)  4 teams means they can still dodge the "BCS Busters" that continue to perform in big games better than power conferences like the ACC and Big 10.  Remember it was Utah from the Mountain West laying waste to Nick Saban and Bama long before Bob Stoops lived up to the hype for the first time in 10 years.

2)  There are 5 power conferences, so someone will get left out.  The brand names will continue to get voted in.  That means no Baylor if things play out like last year, and I wouldn't be surprised if Bama made it in over Stanford.  Based on last year's final rankings, I bet FSU, Bama, Auburn, and Michigan St. would have been the 4 teams.

3)  The rest of the bowls can continue to invite power programs over the best matchup under the excuse they are worried about ticket sales.  Sorry but Boise St. will fill a BCS bowl as much as anyone.  They won't have any problems selling tickets unless they push in two low ranked teams like they did Va Tech/Michigan in the Sugar Bowl a few years ago.  Yeah I'd rather see that over Kellen Moore vs Kirk Cousins.  What a shaft.

Wake me up when this thing gets serious and goes to 8 teams.  Take all conference champs plus top Independent in the top 15 of the rankings.  Fill in any remaining spots with the highest raked at-large teams available.  Seed by ranking.

Win your conference with a good record and you're in.  Lose and take your chances with an at-large.  Its all in the team's hands.  UCF with one loss last year was #15 and is in.  Power 5 conference winner with 2 losses or less and you're going to be in the top 15.  Same with Notre Dame.  No more politics and crying.  Just finally a chance to see who's really the best in CFB.


LostGoat
LostGoat

the dogs beat clemson by 10+ -- gurley runs all over that weak D---Ga wins 10-11 games, wins the SEC east easily, plays alabama for the sec title.  Take it to the bank.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

Wouldn't both Tech blogs, Uga blogs and the columnists be a lot less frustrating without Oh-io and the name changing Wiener?

Both fan bases deserve better than these two fools just out to aggravate everyone.

I subscribed to the AJC but not coming back until they find a way to rid us of them.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Only 237 comments? Come on trolls this article has been up since this morning! That the best you can do?! Oh I forgot the two main trolls are Oh-io and GTBob and they can only do so much. I'll cut them some slack.

CaliDawg
CaliDawg

OH-IO = St Simons, St Simons = OH-IO...hide it any way you want. Fraud.

Guyon
Guyon

UGA plays Clemson and South Carolina early which is a manly schedule, but their schedule  will make it tough to earn a playoff spot. I wish others would start with  manly schedules.

BRAVES2143
BRAVES2143

The only thing for certain is there is a team out there that no one thinks will be all that great but  come the first week of Dec they will be one of the 4 in the playoffs.  Someone will pull an Auburn and maybe it will be UGA but before making plans it might be best to wait until after the SCarolina game because they could just as easy start the season  0 and 2 as 2 and 0.  Clemson may have lost Boyd & Watkins but Stout will be fine and they could very easily be better then last year and the same goes for the Gamecocks especially now that the Clowney circus has left town.   Georgia is going to be better too but they have questions  so thinking right now for 14 and 0 before even watching them is crazy.  

Waredawg
Waredawg

Amazing, the "schoolyard fighting" begins even before the 1st kickoff. Let's not have any intelligent discussion or reasoned critiques, just hurl playground insults at each other, akin to "my Dad can beat up your Dad" or "my Mom is prettier than yours".


And to Mr. OH-IO, what are you doing on this site? Nobody in the state of GA could give a rat's behind about Ohio State. You guys play in your conference and let the SEC/ACC fans argue/discuss their teams to their heart's content. If your buckies win their conference and make the 4 team playoff and win, brag all you want, but until then your smack talk reminds me of an envious child. Be more concerned about whether the Big Ten (just change the name) is going to go 0 for Ohio in NC games in the next decade and less concerned about whether "the ohio state" (what pretension) is better than 

UGA or Tech or the SEC in general. We don't play each other. Worry about your own conference, don't live vicariously through ours.


As to the childish GA/Tech bickering, it's embarrassing. (A caveat, I'm a UGA professional school grad,but grew up a Tech fan in high school, and still root for their success.) Why do we have to get such satisfaction  trashing the other team. Logically, it would benefit both teams to be 11-0 each year when they played each other for  the playoffs, rankings, bowl games etc. And if both teams were consistently 

good to excellent each year, I bet each would mutually benefit with the recruiting of in-state talent. Local kids would never even look out of state because there are more in-state options. And finally, which would give you more satisfaction, beating a bad/mediocre Dawg/Jacket team or keeping your hated rival out the playoffs. Who really gives a crap about knocking Tech out the Weed Eater Bowl.                     


So save the childish carping to GA/Tech week, the rest of the season praise, criticize, analyze your team as much as you want, ignore the other. Trust me us Dawg and Jacket fans have enough to worry about with regards to own teams, and if Tech is really good, beating them will be so sweeter.




Dawg350
Dawg350

The weak link for Paul Johnson is TECK!!! Lol

Dawg350
Dawg350

Whatever! How many rushing yards did we have. The missed cheap shot FG lost UGA the game son. Get a clue big bubba Rodgers

HotDawg
HotDawg

Yeah roll turrrds Harvey updyke

HotDawg
HotDawg

Slaw, all your posts are as stupid as those same voters.

Rest on that d-bag.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Ohio St. is sinking faster than the Titanic.

They'll still win with their cupcake schedule. Ga St. would win with that schedule. But Bucknuts will be sitting home, like 125 or so other teams watching the playoffs.

PigIron
PigIron

@MikeS777

Who cares if losers get left out of the playoff? If there is an 8 team tournament, then the regular season needs to be limited to only 10 games. We already have too many games with the 4 team tournament. In order to go back to a 10 game regular season, the conferences should be limited to no more than 10 teams so that they'll all have a chance to play one another. This would require a rule change to allow the conferences to have a playoff with less than 12 teams.

All of this is possible, and I don't doubt that it will happen eventually. I just hope they don't try to go to 8 or 16 teams in the playoffs without making the other changes necessary to limit the total number of games played within a season.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@MikeS777 


Best match-ups in the BCS Bowl Games ? 


You mean like # 3 UGA vs # 24 Florida State 2002 season ?


You mean like # 2 UGA vs # 19 Hawai'i 2007 season ?


Those are our only BCS Bowl Wins.


Don't hold your breath that you hate the new system because you think there should be a 10-team play-off.


This is what I wanted all along as I stated every post when the BCS started.


+ 1


If you're not 1 of these 4 teams, you have arguments against you that you're not a # 1 pretender.


The only place UGA is a # 1 pretender is here on the AJ-C blogs, as we have no hope this season having to beat 5 Top 10 teams.


That's hogwash.

MikeS777
MikeS777

For the record, no I don't think just any conference winner should get in.  Take Wisconsin for example a couple of years ago.  They won the Big 10 because Ohio St. and Penn St. were ineligible.  That passed them into the championship game with 5 losses where they upset Nebraska.  No they weren't ranked nor would they deserve a shot at the playoff.  Give them a New Year's Day bowl, but they clearly didn't bring it most of the year.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@LostGoat  You left out winning the Super Bowl, ticker tape NYC parade, and meeting Obozo in the Rose Garden. (now I know why your name is LOST Goat.

keendaddy
keendaddy

GTQBdefender,

that's exactly what they want. Don't give in because of childish post.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@CaliDawg I don't know if he's "St Simons" or not but I do believe he's a Georgia Tech supporter. I just don't believe this Ohio State facade because nobody from Ohio or that supports Ohio State gives a damn about UGA football. At least not this much to where they comment on every article every day all day long about UGA. We've only played Ohio State once in the history of the Earth. We won, but there still isn't enough history for a proclaimed Ohio State fan to seem so jealous of UGA. A Michigan board or Michigan State board seems more like his calling but for some reason he makes it his duty to talk about UGA. That's fishy as hell.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@Waredawg You can have these discussion. Just remember not to feed the trolls.  Anyone Ohio St. related in these comments section is trolling hard.  Nearly all the posters with "gt" in the name are basically doing the same, just not close to as badly as the buckeye crew.

GTBob
GTBob

@Waredawg This is all very kumbaya hunky dorry pie in the sky, but this is the AJC blogs. It aint happening. If the trash talking between UGA and GT fans gets to you then you may want to find somewhere else to post.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Waredawg


 THE has been part of THE Ohio State University's formal legal name since it's founding in .....wait......1870.


You are not only a pompous judgmental blowhard but an ignorant one at that. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Oh io....in one post you say you don't " live in the past". Yet another post you say "word".

You're living in the past with that one Bucknut.

Dawg350
Dawg350

How was your date with buckeyes 1 last night?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OH-IO   it might be helpful if you stop watching Goff beat Over-rated st everyday; 


maybe watch highlights of those big time wins vs Indiana Illinois Wisconsin Minnesota Youngstown St Perdue Indiana Iowa Northwestern Michigan St

Waredawg
Waredawg

@OH-IO 


Just because it was an old act of the legislature doesn't make it any less pretentious. Although it might be a fine academic school, maybe even the equal of UGA, if Harvard and Yale can get along without a "the", your school probably should drop theirs as well.

No matter what people in Ohio  think (or wannabes), it sounds silly and arrogant to the rest of us.


As to my "ignorance", at least I'm not trolling on a site that could less about buckie football. If I was me I'd be less concerned about teams you don't play and couldn't beat even if you did and more concerned about why the Big Eleven (or whatever it is now) has only won one NC in the last 30 years and 2014 ain't looking so hot either.


And for the "playground brawlers", if you want to play " my Dad can beat up yours" at least back it up with some facts/ analysis, or even better actually comment on the article at hand. By the way I see GA at 10-2, although if we start 2-0 I'd revise upward. As for SEC

East, SEC Championship or payoffs , who knows?  - too much turnover in SEC this year and we still have Richt. And that's a whole nother subject, one that doesn't concern "the OH-IO whatsoever. And from now on, just call me "The Waredawg" - per south GA proclamation.

GAObserver
GAObserver

@OH-IO Get your facts straight sir!  


The Ohio State University was named the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College when it was founded in 1870. It was decided at that time by a vote of the Board of Trustees that the college would be in Franklin County and, by another vote, placed on the Neil Farm. The first classes began September 17, 1873 with twenty-five students. The name of the college was changed to The Ohio State University in 1878, just in time for the first commencement on June 19 of that year.


Seems that such a huge fan of them would know the schools history.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@FlatTire


Na, I prefer to look forward and not live in the past, say 1980?

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Waredawg


ware dog -  you sound more like a blog commish wannabe to me. 


Bask in the glory of your 2 paltry BCS Bowl wins, 1980, Red Panties and Jan Kemp

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OH-IO  look forward?  Over-rated st has to win 4 games now to win a national title 



1 top 25 team every year on the regular season schedule

A conference championship game

2 top 5 teams


not 1 and the north east media voting you in

OH-IO
OH-IO

@FlatTire Quick your whining and go take another look at tom brown's post.