What the national media is saying about Georgia football heading into week 3
Even with a lackluster opponent for the second week in a row, there are still plenty of takes and thoughts about the Georgia football team in the national media this week.
In ESPN’s power rankings, Mark Schlabach actually dropped Georgia a spot to fourth as he slotted the LSU Tigers into the No. 3 spot. There is solid reasoning for this as the Tigers just picked up a road win over Texas this past weekend.
Schlabach did still have Georgia advancing to the national championship game in his bowl projections. ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura had Georgia playing in the Orange Bowl against Virginia. If that were to happen, the Bulldogs would play Virginia in the final game of the 2019 season and the first game of the 2020 season, as the two schools open in Atlanta next year.
As for where Georgia ranks in some other power rankings, Danny Kanell is once again lower than most on the Bulldogs.
Kanell did move up Georgia in his rankings. To eighth. Behind a Michigan team that needed a missed field goal and double overtime to beat Army.
This did not sit well with former Georgia great Terrence Edwards, who called out Kanell over his perceived bias.
Danny, we can’t take you serious anymore if you still got Michigan in your top 8. Classic click bite. You might as well FSU in the top 8. https://t.co/OHrLSLkmUW
— TE Wr Academy (@TEwracademy) September 8, 2019
ESPN’s Heather Dinich put out a ranking of College Football Playoff matchups that she thought would have the greatest appeal. And the Bulldogs were one of the more higher-ranked matchups, as Dinich has a possible Georgia-Ohio State matchup at No. 2.
The reason for this would be the relationship between the quarterbacks of the two schools, as Jake Fromm beat out Justin Fields for the starting job last year.
“Fields signed with the Bulldogs as the No. 1 recruit in the 2018 ESPN 300, but with Fromm entrenched as Georgia’s starter, and allegations that a former Georgia baseball player shouted racist remarks at him during a football game, Fields moved on,” Dinich said. “He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA and is showing why he was such a highly-touted prospect. Fromm, who is Mel Kiper Jr.’s No. 25 2020 draft prospect, awaits his first big test (Week 4 against Notre Dame).”
Georgia and Ohio State have both gotten off to undefeated starts so far this year. Dinich also listed Alabama-Georgia as the No. 6 matchup. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide have met in each of the past two seasons, with both games being played in Atlanta.
Only two of the 14 writers polled had Georgia making the College Football Playoff, down from five a week ago. It is important to note that that the writers are making their playoff picks after week 2 of the regular season and not what they think they will be at the end of year.
Yahoo’s Pat Forde did slide Georgia out of his playoff top four, and still included three SEC teams, as the LSU Tigers took Georgia’s spot.
For those who might be worried about how the national media perceives Georgia and LSU, the Bulldogs will have a chance to garner their own national acclaim, as the Bulldogs take on Notre Dame next week. The Fighting Irish are ranked as the No. 7 team in the country.
Much like the LSU-Texas game, Georgia will have a primetime opportunity to impress the college football world, as the Bulldogs and Fighting Irish kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 21. There is also a real chance that ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Athens for the first time since 2013.
Georgia takes on Arkansas State this week, the game scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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