Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer used to be our BEAT WRITER here when he started out at the AJ-C. Honestly, he and I had it out on his blogs quite a bit when he was here. But he has mellowed in his old age.
The same can NOT be said about me, however.
I find myself agreeing with Mark Schlabach NOWADAYS !
That’s a good improvement !
ESPN Pre-Season Poll January 13, 2016 :
# 2 Alabama
# 7 LSU
# 11 vols
# 13 Ole Miss
# 17 North Carolina
# 23 Coach Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs !
So we are ranked last of 5 SEC teams 2016, and we hopefully face-off against another in SEC Championship Game and ANOTHER in a bowl game. I certainly am looking forward to playing in our 1st Meaningful Bowl Game to end ANY season both teams ranked at the Top of the Final AP Poll instead of both NOT ranked at ALL !
Regular Season Games 2016 :
# 17 North Carolina Peach Bowl Chick-fil-A Kick-Off Classic 9-3
# 13 Ole Miss 9-24
# 11 vols 10-1
So we will know all about this team, our Coach, and Jake Eason by October 1 2016.
I believe most other observers will rank Florida as well both pre-season and by the time we play them although I agree with Mark Schlabach that they were NOT very impressive 2015 with this new guy Jim McElwain and he is desperate for a QB.
Halloween is a day and a half after we play Florida on Monday October 31 this 2016 year.
We play them Saturday October 29 2016.
His predecessor went there to that hellhole 16 times and lost 11 times.
Auburn is November 12 and we have them here along with Georgie tek yellowjackets here November 26.
1 of those 2 will be ranked as well along with Florida and it shall not be Georgie tek yellowjackets.
Missouri and South Carolina also will be fun games with new coaches like we have.
So, lots of tests.
Sept. 3 North Carolina (Atlanta)
Sept. 10 NICHOLLS STATE
Sept. 17 at Missouri
Sept. 24 at Ole Miss
Oct. 1 TENNESSEE vols
Oct. 8 at South Carolina
Oct. 15 VANDERBILT
Oct. 29 Florida (Jacksonville) at the site of the annual Gator Bowl wish it was NOT !
Nov. 5 at Kentucky
Nov. 12 AUBURN 1-game advantage all-time Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry !
Nov. 19 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Nov. 26 GEORGIe tek yellowjackets
12-2 Georgia Bulldogs of Coach Kirby Smart 2016 season.
I do NOT want to average 4 losses the next 8 years.