But perhaps there's also a case to be made for quality rather than quantity. It's worth pointing out that, according to Rivals.com's annual rankings, Auburn averaged the 10th-best recruiting class in the nation over the past three years with all those recruits, South Carolina the 18th-best -- while Georgia, with 20 fewer total recruits than either of those rivals, averaged the ninth-best class (including a top-five haul earlier this year that only went one scholarship over the limit). The key, then, is getting the most out of the talent you do bring in.
Clearly there's a case to be made that Richt hasn't done that over the past few seasons. But he seems to recognize that better conditioning and coaching, not rampant oversigning, is the key to getting the Dawgs back where they belong. If those two factors can help the class of 2011 (along with the veterans on Georgia's roster) achieve their full potential this season, nobody's going to be going over scholarship counts with a fine-toothed comb come January.
Auburn is not good at basketball, so UGA kind of did earn a bye. Though the Plaigles took the Dawgs to overtime this season, the Wargers' only victory of any note at all came against the Florida St. Seminoles. Other than that, Auburn's win column is made up of a bunch of SEC West teams and schools you've never heard of.
To say that Georgia has historically struggled against Kentucky would be an understatement. The Wildcats lead the series by a count of 112-25 with a sparkling 54-5 record against the Bulldogs in Lexington. If Georgia can take anything positive into the game it is that eight of those 25 lifetime wins against Kentucky have come in the last 10 years.
If the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl can pull it off, it can pair the Dawgs with the Clemson Tigers. As foreseen and hoped for by Dawg Sports about two weeks ago, the first-ever December matchup between the two old rivals could be in the works. They’ve played 62 times, but have only met off-and-on for the last couple decades. . . .
To increase our chances of seeing this one, let’s root for the Maryland Terrapins. A strong finish by the Terps could lure the Meineke Car Care bowl to pick them over Clemson, leaving the Tigers to likely play Georgia.