Saturday, November 24, 2012

Georgia vs Georgia Tech Recruiting Rankings Make Bulldogs Win No Surprise

UGA's wins on National Signing Day Makes wins in November easy
UGA defeated the Yellow Jackets 42-10 on Saturday for their fourth straight win in the series, and it could have been a lot worse since the Bulldogs pulled their starters for the last 10 minutes of the game.

Georgia scored easily on their first possession after getting to midfield on the opening kickoff return.

The Jackets responded with a drive down to the one yard line before fumbling having the ball ripped out of their players' hand after carrying two defender for several yards. Georgia Tech would not get any closer than this Saturday.

But the outcome of this game was decided back in February, the last four February's in fact.

I could have coached UGA today and won.

 I am not taking anything away from Mark Richt (still don't understand why UGA fans want to fire this guy every year), but it is a fact I could have been on the headset and beaten Georgia Tech today.

Over the last four years Georgia's recruiting classes have ranked 6th, 15th, 5th, and 12th by Rivals.com.  Over the same period, Georgia Tech's have ranked 49th, 43rd, 41st, and 56th.

That is a huge talent disparity that even a coach as good at X's and O's as Paul Johnson cannot close.  

Georgia vs Georgia Tech Recruiting Rankings Last 5 Years From Rivals.com


School 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 5 yr avg 4 yr avg Weighted" Avg
Georgia 7 6 15 5 12 9.0 9.4 8.9
Georgia Tech 49 49 43 41 56 47.6 47.3 46.5

I have used what I am calling a "weighted" average to incorporate all five classes which could still be on the respective rosters.  It gives 11 "points" among the five classes - 1 for 2008, 4 for 2009, 3 for 2010, 2 for 2011, and 1 for 2012.  The rankings for the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets don't change much with this ranking either.

Georgia Tech has many reasons why it does not recruit at a level near what Georgia does - some self inflicted, some note.  

Paul Johnson likes to dismiss recruiting rankings whenever they are brought up, but on Saturday they were staring him right in the face (and bodyslamming his recruited players to the ground in the process).

Yellow Jacket fans should save their angst for losses to other schools and in other sports to Georgia. 

Until Georgia Tech can close this talent disparity, results like Saturday's will continue against UGA on the gridiron.  

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