Poll analysis: Jackets have tougher schedule than Bulldogs this season

Georgia coach Kirby Smart takes the field with the red team during the G-Day game in Athens in April. Georgia is ranked 15th on the college football coaches’ poll that was released Thursday. (David Barnes/dbarnes@ajc.com)

The best thing about football preseasons is nobody has lost a game yet and therefore anybody can say pretty much anything about any team or conference and not be wrong … at least until kickoff.

So with that as a disclaimer, here’s this: If the preseason Top 25 college football coaches’ poll that was released Thursday turns out to be somewhat accurate, Georgia Tech will play a much tougher schedule this season than Georgia.

The poll not surprisingly listed Alabama (49 first-place votes), Ohio State (5) Florida State (4) as the top three teams, with Clemson (7) being picked fifth behind (I say overrated) USC. Georgia is ranked 15th, and Tech ranked among those in the “also receiving votes” category (18th among those teams).

Looking at the poll and the schedules of the local teams, here’s how it breaks down:

Georgia Tech plays five teams ranked in the poll and two others who received votes: Clemson (5), Georgia (15), Miami (18), Virginia Tech (22) and Tennessee (24) in the Top 25, as well as Pittsburgh and North Carolina.

The Jackets’ other five opponents are Jacksonville State, Central Florida, Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke.

 Georgia plays only three teams in the poll and three that received votes: Auburn (13), Florida (16) and Tennessee (24) in the Top 25, and Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech.

The Bulldogs’ other six opponents are Appalachian State, Samford, Vanderbilt, Missouri, South Carolina and Kentucky.

Of course, most of this goes to perceived strength of conference, and ACC coaches are all about gloating these days, since Clemson (ACC) beat Alabama (SEC) in the last college football championship game, and there wasn’t another SEC team after Alabama in the final top 12 of either poll in 2016-17.

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: “We’ve been a tremendous basketball conference, now we’ve become a great football conference. … In my opinion, the best one in both.”

The Dogs would appear to have an easier road to success this season. But that won’t factor in the weeks of the Auburn, Tennessee and Florida games.

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

but Ohio State's forecast is understandably murky. The last time we saw the Buckeyes, their offense failed to score as Urban Meyer suffered the first big-stage embarrassment of his coaching career.

Bawahwahwahwah

ads1172
ads1172

These polls are stupid and meaningless. Coaches don't know crap about other teams and their aides that fill in don't either. A perfect example is comparing gt to app state. 

App state ahead of gt in the overall receiving votes part. SO they are ranked higher. 

Ga is a 14-15 point fav today over app state. If gt opened at uga, that line would probably be ga by 4-7. Gt finished the season strong, has a solid qb coming back who played great against vt last year. Has a lot of starters returning and is ranked the equiv of 43. Ridiculous. Watch this too. Gt will beat tenn who is favored over gt by 3-4 points. WIll gt move to 24 in the moron coaches poll? Nope. They'll creep up to 30th in other receiving votes. Shouldn't even have a poll come out until week 4 or 5

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BillyBarnard
BillyBarnard

OBVIOUSLY, SCHULTZE-  BECAUSE THE JACKETS HAVE TO FACE THE DAWGS

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Dogs will get 9 wins in 2017, 2nd in SEC east ,it will come down to the winner of the UGa /Florida game to decide the East. 

RLSmith
RLSmith

What else is new?  Dawgs never play a tough schedule and still lose 3 -4 games a season.  Most over-hyped program in history.

96JB
96JB

Ohio pit state plays 9-10 patsies a year, year in year out

OH:IO
OH:IO

@96JB


Ohio State plays in 1st tier bowls or playoffs year in year out. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Oh, look, lying hypocrite, you've "forgotten" once again to mention how osu performed in its last (highly undeserved) playoff opportunity.

Go ahead, gutless, tell us all about it.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Funny, dogs will blow their horns about at Notre Dame.


Yep, the same Notre Dame that is in the "others receiving votes" category. Otherwise known, as dogs well know, as "un'.


Note 4 B1G in Top 10. 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH:IO Thats a freaking joke Four lil ten in the top ten. And they say there is a SEC bias in the media.I notice that no one in the B1G has north dakota state on their schedule anymore.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Buschleaguer @OH:IO


No, coattail riding happens after a fellow conference member wins something and dogs et al chant "SEC! SEC!" 


I'm just pointing out facts of the Poll. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Now, lying hypocrite, tell the good folks here how your disgraceful team has performed against the "SEC! SEC!" in bowl games.

OWN that shameful record, lying hypocrite. It's all yours!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

And speaking of bowls, might as well share the score of your highly overrated team's most recent postseason appearance--in which it soiled its pants disgustingly for all the nation to see.

You remember, don't you, lying hypocrite? I mean, it was only a few short months ago.

Go ahead now, tell the folks all about. It'll be embarrassing, no doubt, but you of all stooges should be able to handle that--given how often you embarrass yourself on these blogs. 

Right, lying hypocrite?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@ads1172

Which has zero to do with oh:io's constant belittling of teams/conference that dominate his team. That's what makes him the AJC's chief lying hypocrite.

GT2015
GT2015

Error correction: Appalachian St. got 12 votes

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@GT2015 Schultzie doe not Consider Sunbelt conference teams worthy of mention in his columns. Still thinks they are in the FCS division not the FBS.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Six wins from cupcakes:


 Appalachian State, Samford, Vanderbilt, Missouri, South Carolina and Kentucky.

USMC2841
USMC2841

@OH:IO Wins?  Somebody must have forgotten to tell Vanderbilt that last year.


UGA can't seem to solve the east as well as others.  The last team in the state to beat the East cellar dwellers, Vandy, is located downtown.  The last team to beat the East Champions, FL, are down in Statesboro and they did it without completing a pass.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH:IO Speaking of Hostess Treats

Army ,Unlv, Maryland, Indiana, Rutgers,Illinois  an equal amount of sweets on the Buckeye schedule. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Why don't you tell the folks how many wins your team has against that cupcake S Carolina, lying hypocrite?

Go ahead, tell 'em! Don't be a pu**y about it. Man up for the first time in your cowardly life.

Then when you're finished, tell them how many wins your team has against UGA.

And when you're done with that, you can tell them how many wins your team has against FSU.

And you can wrap it all up by telling them how many wins your team has combined against all three.

Don't be gutless again, lying hypocrite. Put it out there for all of us to see.

And don't hesitate to let me know if you need a little help with your research.

96JB
96JB

State plays 9-10 cupcakes, year in year out. Good luck against Indiana state

OH:IO
OH:IO

dogs will be in the "received votes" and then just "vote" as in singular, by October's end. It's what dogs do. 

USMC2841
USMC2841

@OH:IO I'll differ.  If the Neutered Dames beat the dogs the media will establish the Dawgs as a quality program and declare ND a powerhouse.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@USMC2841 @OH:IO


Got it. And I will certainly root for it. An Irish "quality" win which will certainly diminish as the season rolls along. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

dogs #15


Fitting

PTC DAWG1
PTC DAWG1

@OH:IO You really like to follow UGA football stuff....we appreciate the support..always good for a bunch of comments....shows you're paying attention.  

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@GTroller Lucky the Jackets do not have the Mountaineers on their schedule this year.It could be ugly!

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@Buschleaguer


Yea, it can get ugly for teams that have no clue how to defend the TECH offense. Just ask the Vandy and KY defensive coaches from last season.