Georgia Gets No. 1 Ranking in Coaches Poll, Inevitably Easy Storyline Soon to Emerge

Only two teams have gone "wire-to-wire" in the short history of polled college football: Florida State in 1999, and USC in 2004. Georgia, you're on the clock. Despite an insurrection at SEC Media days with sportswriters bizarrely flipping the offseason consensus and voting Florida the likely SEC champion, the USA Today coaches poll has tagged Georgia as the preseason No. 1. ↵
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↵Corpulent sportswriters the nation 'round rejoiced, of course, since the easiest storyline in the world has been written: the "shock" of Georgia's first loss, which given their surroundings in the SEC could come at any time to any team. (Laugh not, lest you get hit by the ritziest, most expensively attired mascot in the SEC.) Okay, well, it's not likely, but it's possible. Why, it only happened, what, two years ago? What did that look like again, exactly? ↵
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↵Ah, like that. Now that we've poured the proper amount of salt onto an old wound, let's move to the good news: Georgia has not only the talent to ball through an SEC schedule, they also obviously have the media momentum on their side. This represents a truly vital element in the equation since, in college football, we hold a season-long beauty contest to determine a winner and not a scientific, rational, and fair playoff. The 12th man on the field at all times for teams looking for a BCS championship is their Q rating in the eyes of poll voters, and with the one slot the Dawgs clearly have an All-American rep working the pressbox already. ↵

↵One closing note: For the first time ever, we don't see a Steve Spurrier vote for Duke at 25. Sad panda face follows the demise of one of the preseason's only quality running gags. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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