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Georgia keeps dreaming vs. South Carolina
The Georgia football video department has outdone itself again with another excellent hype video. Now that Georgia is No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings and every Dawg fan is imagining a national title, this video is aptly titled “Dreams,” and features highlights from the 42-7 win over Florida last Saturday in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
“It’s never been just about a dream, it’s about the work we do to keep the dream alive,” narrator/poet Mike Young says. “We don’t quit. We keep going. We don’t stop. We keep chopping. We don’t defer our dream. We keep working ‘til we see the dream be reality.”
Holding on to that No. 1 spot
Chip Towers of DawgNation breaks down some keys to the South Carolina game, including how much Georgia should depend on the pass, the effect South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley could have on the game, and the battle in the trenches. He also included this information about the last time Georgia was ranked No. 1 in the nation, albeit in the preseason AP poll, nine years ago.
They didn’t lose right away the last time they were No. 1. Based mainly on the way it finished the 2007 season – with a No. 2 ranking and blowing out opponents – Georgia opened the 2008 campaign ranked No. 1 in both The Associated Press and USA Today preseason polls. The Bulldogs won under the AP’s No. 1 banner on Aug. 30, 2008 (the coaches had already dropped them to No. 2), defeating Georgia Southern 45-21. But the pollsters weren’t impressed and UGA fell to No. 2 behind Southern Cal by the time it played Central Michigan Week 2.
I note that only because the Bulldogs could suffer a similar fate this week. CFP committee chair Kirby Hocutt said Georgia narrowly got the edge over Alabama in the first edition of the 2017 ranking. It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where an Alabama blowout of LSU coupled with a narrowish Georgia victory over South Carolina leads to the Tide and Dawgs trading spots in the ranking.
Speaking of the playoff, I’ve seen a lot of confusion from fans regarding Georgia potential destinations in a hypothetical CFP semifinal. Would the Bulldogs go to the Sugar Bowl or the Rose Bowl? The answer would depend on Georgia’s seed and which other teams are the CFP. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:
The committee tries to be as close as possible to tradition and region, so if there’s any chance of putting the Big Ten champion in the Rose Bowl semifinal game, then they will. (I’m already kind of discounting the Pac-12 champion for the playoff.) But ultimately they’ve done a pretty good job of putting the priority on the seeding rather than as if these were real bowl games. If Georgia were to win out then I’d bet it gets the Sugar Bowl, with the committee deferring to putting the No. 1 seed closer to home.
South Carolina ain’t played nobody
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has admitted Georgia will be the toughest team his team has faced this season, but it’s worth reiterating that the caliber of competition is getting ratcheted way up this weekend. From Josh Kendall of The State:
The Bulldogs are the first ranked opponent South Carolina has played this season. The Gamecocks’ four SEC wins have come against teams with a combined 1-18 conference record. South Carolina was 1-4 against ranked opponents in Muschamp’s first season as head coach.
Advanced stats back up the notion that South Carolina ain’t played nobody. The Gamecocks haven’t faced a team with an S&P+ ranked higher than 35th, and their last six opponents are all ranked 72nd or worse in S&P+. Georgia is ranked third. This is gonna be a whole new ballgame for Coach Boom and his team.
UGA hoops led by Yante Maten in scrimmage win
Georgia hoops opened the newly-renovated Stegeman Coliseum with a 112-74 win in a scrimmage against Valdosta State. No surprise, Georgia’s leading scorer was star forward and preseason All-SEC selection Yante Maten. The senior finished with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Maten is gaining recognition on a national level this preseason. CBS Sports ranked him as the 22nd best men’s college basketball player this season. From Gary Parrish:
Maten scored at least 30 points three different times last season. He’s been mostly overshadowed by better NBA prospects in the SEC. But the 6-8 forward has averaged at least 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds each of the past two seasons.
Rayshaun Hammonds looks good in Athens debut
Although he’s far from gaining any national notoriety, a player making a name for himself in Athens is freshman forward Rayshaun Hammonds, who finished the scrimmage with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“He’s talented. He can shoot the ball, he can get to the rim,” Georgia senion Juwan Parker said. “He’s left-handed, which always gives you a slight advantage for whatever reason on the court. That will help him immensely and translate to the SEC game. He comes in to work every day. He’s there mentally and he’s definitely there physically.”
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