Is there already Georgia fatigue among college football fans?
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Is there already Georgia football fatigue among college football fans?
People are sick and tied of the New England Patriots. They win too much, their head coach is insufferable and they’re universally hated. New England fatigue is very real, as demonstrated by this week’s Super Bowl being the lowest rated since 2009.
Georgia should aspire to have that level hate and envy from opposing fan bases, mostly because it means that the Bulldogs will have won multiple titles. Alabama has that level of fatigue. Clemson is getting there as well.
But Georgia might be closer to that fatigue from a national level while also skipping the part where it wins multiple titles.
A number of college football fans — whether they want to admit it or not — rolled their eyes at Georgia football when its players chimed in during the College Football Playoff semifinals. Those same fans no doubt got a lot of enjoyment when Georgia didn’t show up in the Sugar Bowl against Texas. The final polls saw Georgia finished tied with Florida at No. 7 in the AP Poll and at No. 8 in the Coaches Poll.
And it looks like on some level, the shine has already worn off for Georgia. ESPN’s Tom Luginbill wrote an article predicting which five non-College Football Playoff teams from 2018 could close the gap and possibly derail Alabama and Clemson. Recruiting played a big part in Luginbill’s selection of teams. And Georgia somehow did not make the list.
The five teams listed by Luginbill where Florida, Texas A&M, Texas, Penn State and Ohio State. Georgia has a better recruiting class ranking than all of those teams, and Texas, Penn State and Ohio State all have worse recruiting classes in 2019 than they did in 2018.
Florida no doubt has picked up some hype, going 10-3 in its first season under Dan Mullen. And yes Florida is recruiting better than it was a year ago, when the Gators signed the No. 14 class in the country. But the Gators are still sitting outside the top 10 of the recruiting rankings, and let’s not forget that Florida lost by 19 when it played Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla.
It’s worth remembering that Georgia is poised to sign a top-3 class for the third consecutive season. Kirby Smart is the only coach in the country that can say that at the moment. And in addition to all that talent coming in, the Bulldogs still bring back a quarterback who threw for 30 touchdowns last season, a running back who topped 1,000 rushing yards and perhaps the best offensive line in the country.
Georgia should aspire to reach New England Patriot level of hate from opposing fan bases. But until the Bulldogs take down Alabama and Clemson, they should be seen as the best option at ending college football’s duopoly. And that’s something college football fans as a whole should get behind.
John Rhys Plumlee handled the business side of college football recruiting better than anyone
At the end of the day, recruiting is a business. Georgia fans saw that first hand on Monday night when quarterback John Rhys Plumlee flipped his commitment from Georgia to the Ole Miss.
The move makes a lot of sense for Plumlee, given that Georgia had asked him to take a blueshirt. That means he would’ve had to pay his way through school until Georgia put him on scholarship until the fall. The Mississippi native was the No. 13 dual threat quarterback in the country and had scholarship offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida State and Mississippi State.
Plumlee remained committed to Georgia as long as he could. Per DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, had he been able to enroll early, Plumlee would’ve been at Georgia. But the Mississippi standout also excels at baseball. When he was planning out his senior, playing for his high school team was something he wanted to do. And while some recruits can do it, it’s not that easy to completely re-route your entire schedule. Georgia needed bodies at spring practice and Plumlee just couldn’t be there.
By sticking with Georgia, Plumlee endeared himself to a lot of a fans. He no doubt would’ve been a fan favorite for Georgia fans had he stayed with the Bulldogs. And beyond being just a football standout, Plumlee is a pretty sweet musician.
Nothing better to close out Early Signing Day 2.0 with than a new @PlumleeJohn on the piano. The UGA commit plans to wait until the latter signing day to make his move final. Something pretty unique about this guy. 🎥: @HornLakeFB coach Brad Boyette pic.twitter.com/m2aeJZeABk
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) December 20, 2018
Georgia doesn’t play Ole Miss over the next four seasons, and it’s very unlikely that the Rebels and Bulldogs meet in the SEC championship game. With that in mind, I hope Georgia fans root for Plumlee at Ole Miss. Personally, I would’ve loved it if he could’ve stayed a member of Georgia’s class. But I understand why he flipped his commitment. His opportunity at Ole Miss, or any of the other schools, was just something he couldn’t pass up.
Plumlee’s decision to flip his commitment from Georgia wasn’t personal. In another timeline, Plumlee comes to Georgia and proves to be a capable back-up for Fromm early on in his time at Georgia. But at the end of the day, recruiting in college football is just a business. For both Plumlee and Georgia.
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