Just saw this from our counterpart to the north. One of the bloggers over at SB Nation Atlanta says that Georgia is the "Greatest College Football State In America."
As 'proof,' writer Jason Kirk points out some interesting facts and opinion about the college programs in the state of Georgia.
The trouble is, the nuggets he offers are quite weak. We highlight some of his claims here below, but for a laugh or two, go read the whole thing.
His assertions are in italics, and our comments follow.
College football season begins with the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff, and basically ends with the SEC Championship - both in Atlanta.
-- The CFACK has only been going for four years, and it is still struggling to find programs who want to play in it. Meanwhile, the actual calendar year begins with the Outback Bowl, and teams actually want to participate.
-- The SEC Championship is usually won by Florida. The Gators have played in ten, and won seven. Georgia has won two of three.
Georgia has two of the 14 winningest programs ever, and two of the top 10 in bowl wins -- no other state can claim either.
-- Yep, by simply being around longer, Georgia and Georgia Tech have won a lot of games. But if that's the way we do it, Florida's teams have more wins than Georgia's - both in bowls and regular season. In percentage of wins, the programs in Florida and Georgia are actually pretty close.
Georgia has three neato team rivalries - Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, and the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
-- Perhaps he's never heard about the Sunshine Showdown, the Seminole War Canoe Trophy, the Florida Cup, the Shula Bowl, Florida State-Miami. And those are just the intrastate rivalries. We can also lay claim to the WLOCP, which is actually played in Jacksonville.
Georgia has two of ESPN's 18 (#14, #18) 'most prestigious' programs.
-- Kirk fails to mention that Florida has three in the top fifteen, and Florida State & Miami are in the top 10.
He says both GA teams ranked in last year's final top 25 and this year's preseason rankings.
-- Don't know what he was looking at, but they did not. Last year, Tech finished No. 13, while Georgia was in the 'others receiving votes.' Meanwhile, Florida was ranked No. 3, Miami ranked No. 19, and Florida State 'received votes' - a down year for the Seminoles. For preseason 2010, all five teams were in the top 25.
Georgia claims two Heisman trophy winners and six FBS national titles in six different decades.
-- Florida has seven Heisman trophies and twenty-three national championships.
I think we've done enough here.
Don't get me wrong. Georgia is a great state, Atlanta is big, and Savannah is a pretty cool place. I even like peaches, peanuts and Vidalia onions. And a Chick-Fil-A sammich sounds good to me right now, too.
But no matter what yardstick you use, I don't see any way anyone can claim that the state to our north is the 'greatest' when it comes to college football.
What do you say?