What The AP Preseason Poll Means For Georgia
The AP Top 25 Preseason Poll was released last week, and the 2017 college football season is in full swing this Saturday. The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked at No. 15 this year, the exact same slot as the coaches poll.
This makes Georgia the highest ranked team in the SEC East.
UGA began last season ranked No. 18 in the AP preseason poll, but after a lackluster (8-5) season, the Bulldogs dropped out of the top 25.
Though many consider UGA’s 2017 schedule as one of the nation’s toughest, it is interesting to see that only three of Georgia’s opponents this season are actually ranked. Auburn is the highest at No. 12, Florida at No. 17 and Tennessee rounds out the list at No. 25.
So just how accurate are these preseason polls?
In the wise words of Nick Saban from last week’s press conference, “I don’t even know why we play. Why do we even play? Why do we even have practice? I mean you guys got all the answers. I mean how guys are going to be how they’re going to do.”
Per usual, Saban is right. We can sit here and make a thousand predictions for the year without even seeing a down of football. But in reality, preseason predictions really are just….well, predictions.
A lot can change over the course of a football season. No. 18 today is just one upset shy of being unranked. The results of the first week of college football can completely destroy an entire offseason work of predictions, especially when you have an Alabama vs. Florida State matchup on week one.
We all know that ‘close’ only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. However, preseason polls seems to fall under the same principle. You never never truly know how a team is going to perform until they get between the whistles.
The full AP Preseason Rankings are:
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- South Florida
- Kansas State
- Virginia Tech
- West Virginia
- Washington State