Preseason projections are among some of the most useless things published, whether it be rankings, Heisman Trophy candidates, or – as in this case – bowl games. The Sporting News published their annual bowl projections, and the Georgia Bulldogs landed in an all too familiar Spot.
According to the soothsayers over at TSN, Georgia will wind out (once again) in the Outback Bowl to face the Wisconsin Badgers.
In other words, another 9-win season against another Big 10 also-ran.
Here’s the good news. The Dawgs have played in the Outback (Hall of Fame) Bowl five times, and are 3-2 in those games, including a 2-0 mark against the Wisconsin Badgers.
But that’s just throwing stats out there. The more important thing here is, are the Bulldogs destined for nothing but Outback and Capital One Bowl appearances? This team should be looking at those games as something that happens once in a while, not a regular post-season occurrence.
Now since the Sugar Bowl is a College Football Playoff Semifinal this year, it has no SEC affiliation, but it would be nice to see Georgia filling one of those spots. But even if Georgia doesn’t get invited to the playoff party, it would be nice to see them in one of the premier bowls of the season.
Oh, and the Sporting News says Oregon will play Oklahoma for the National Championship.
I’ll wait…finish laughing…
But that’s why all this preseason chatter is pretty much just throwing darts at a moving target. Personnel changes, injuries, and teams that play way over (or under) their heads happen every season. Meteorologists are more accurate than the preseason polls and publications.
OK, Phil Steele tends to be pretty accurate, but he’s an exception. I could tell you where he has the Dawgs playing their bowl game, but then I’d have to kill you.
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