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Who Needs a Blogpoll Week 12: Mark Richt is vindicated as Kirby goes full-Georgia

That was predictable, wasn’t it?

There is no joy in Athens.

We’ve had our suspicions here that mmmaybe Georgia was not as good as we were told to believe they were. Why? Besides the terrible East, there’s a wildcard that has nothing to do with stats or play on the field: You can take Kirby out of Georgia, but you can’t take the Georgia out of Kirby. Yesterday’s result was as predictable as the one-sided way it happened was not. Auburn was more physical, more disciplined, better coached and simply better team. Georgia is a very good team, a top 10 team. But that glaring softness on the interior of both lines, long a problem under Richt, was on full display again yesterday. And, after getting the gameball following Miami’s 41-8 thumping of No. 3 Notre Dame, you know Mark Richt had to sit back and smile. At least a little. He earned it.

Elsewhere, Alabama survived its predictable biannual hangover in Starkville. Nothing to say about that one which doesn’t involve a metric ton of f-bombs, cursing Brian Daboll to the flames of perdition for those first 49 minutes, and saying some ugly personal things about a defender who shall remain nameless. I’m taking the high road here...Publicly, at least.

In flyover-land, Oklahoma continued tearing through Top 10 teams like an EF5 on the Kansas prairie. That TCU game was not as close as the score. Wisconsin put on a defensive masterpiece in Madison — 66 yards allowed, to continue their quiet asskicking of everything they face. And out west, Wazzu, Stanford and USC have gotten over their midseason funk. It very much appears that the Coug-Trojan classic of a month ago will be your P12CG rematch. When Washington’s offense isn’t pooping itself, the defense is. Who’da figured Jake Browning would regress this far. The DOOGs loss shuts the P12 out of the playoffs. If your options are, say, a hypothetical two-loss USC or a two-loss Auburn who do you take?

Conference rankings:

  1. SEC
  2. Big 12
  3. ACC
  4. Pac 12
  5. Big 10

Playoff Prediction:

  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Notre Dame Wisconsin
  4. Washington Ohio State Clemson Miami


Rank Team Last week
Rank Team Last week
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1
2 Oklahoma Sooners 2
3 Miami Hurricanes 5
4 Wisconsin Badgers 6
5 Clemson Tigers 7
6 Auburn Tigers 11
7 Georgia Bulldogs 3
8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4
9 Washington State Cougars 12
10 USC Trojans 13
11 UCF Knights 10
12 TCU Horned Frogs 8
13 Oklahoma State Cowboys 15
14 Memphis Tigers 17
15 MIssissippi State Bulldogs 16
16 LSU Tigers 23
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 20
18 San Diego State Aztecs 21
19 Stanford Cardinal --
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 24
21 NCSU Wolfpack --
22 Iowa State Cyclones 14
23 Michigan State Spartans 18
24 Penn State Nittany Lions 25
25 Boise State Broncos --
Dropped out
Toledo Rockets
Washington Huskies
Virginia Tech Hokies
Considered Michigan Wolverines
USF Bulls
Arizona Wildcats
Washington Huskies