Tuesday, June 2, 2009

UGA Leading the Way for CFN's September Buzz

The guys over at CollegeFootballNews.com have an interesting Tuesday roundtable today...which program is getting no attention today, but will by the end of September?

Two votes for UGA (Pete Fiutak/CFN and Hunter Ansley/DraftZoo.com) and a picture of Rennie Curran says the roundtable likes the Dawgs.

Proving that BNE can post a picture of Rennie Curran too...with the ball...take that CFN

Fiutak: Am I too much of a wuss if I take Georgia? I have a gnawing feeling that Mark Richt has the type of team good enough to hold Oklahoma State in check in the season opener, beat South Carolina, Arkansas and Arizona State to be a strong 4-0 at the end of September and be ranked fifth in the nation going into the LSU showdown.

Ansley: ...But the team that will be back in the national spotlight after losing three major offensive stars to the NFL is Georgia. Somehow this team gets overlooked every time they lose a few players to the next level. When David Greene left Athens, no one expected DJ Shockley to lead them to the SEC title, but he did. There weren’t huge expectations in 2007 when the Dawgs found their way to a Sugar Bowl blowout. And here we are again, with Georgia likely to find a home in the middle to lower half of the first preseason polls. But a solid season shouldn’t be surprising. Georgia always seems to thrive when they fly under the radar. This is a team that has won 10 or more games in six of the last seven seasons.

Richard Cirminiello of CFN likes Arkansas in September and I can't say that I disagree with him. I think Bobby Petrino will find success in Fayetteville and that usually begins in the second year for good college coaches. Of course, Georgia travels there on September 19 after tough games against Oklahoma State and South Carolina, while Arkansas is coming off a bye week after opening with a cupcake. In other words, Arkansas is preparing for Georgia right now.


MT said...

How many SEC teams are we playing that are coming off of bye weeks when they face us? I never got my all-SEC refrigerator calendar this year...

Earl said...

Good question, MT.

Starting with the second game of the season, I've listed who Georgia's opponent plays the week before:

South Carolina: at NC State on Thursday night (two extra days)

at Arkansas: BYE week

Arizona State: UL Monroe

LSU: at Miss. State

at Tennessee: Auburn

at Vanderbilt: at Army (interesting)

Florida (Jax): at Miss. State (Dawgs come off BYE week)

Auburn: Furman (Dawgs play Tenn. Tech the week before)

Kentucky: at Vanderbilt

Tech: BYE week