Georgia is getting a lot of love in the national media to be No. 1, 2 or 3 in the preseason polls. But last week at SEC media days Florida got 36 votes to win the conference championship while Georgia got only 18. So what’s up with that?
My evidence is only anecdotal but, based on some conversations in Birmingham, here is my theory as to why there seems to be a disconnect between the national media and the SEC media when it comes to Georgia.
1. A lot of national media saw Georgia beat Hawaii-and fell in love: Most of the national college football writers and broadcasters came to New Orleans early to get ready for the BCS championship game. So they were in the Superdome and watched the Bulldogs just totally destroy undefeated Hawaii on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl. Now Hawaii wasn’t a very good team by SEC standards and Georgia’s defensive coaches knew going in that the Warriors’ offensive line couldn’t block them. Georgia was very impressive that night and that carried over into the post-spring rankings. Georgia was somebody new with an impressive coach, great talent, and fun to watch.