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Blog: Strength of schedule (present and future); Mitchell back and forth; rival talk

So a college football playoff is now officially on the way. All we have to do now is wait until the 2014 season.

A selection committee will pick the four teams using factors such as won-loss record, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion.

Strength of schedule will also be considered.

“I think strength of schedule is going to be a very important part of this,‚Äù BCS executive director Bill Hancock told USA Today. ‚ÄúWho did you play? Where did you play them? How did you do? I think you are going to have to play a good schedule in order to make it into a playoff.”

Clearly, Georgia’s 2012 nonconference schedule wasn’t set up with that in mind, but athletic director Greg McGarity can beef it up in future years. Georgia has Clemson (and Georgia Tech of course) on the 2014 schedule.

There’s been much made of the fact that Georgia avoids Alabama, LSU and Arkansas from the SEC West this season.

The nonconference schedule stacks up this way, according to the final Sagarin ratings from last season:

–Georgia Tech at No. 56.

–Georgia Southern at No. 81

–Buffalo at No. 135

–Florida Atlanticat No. 190.

There are only 246 teams ranked in the ratings that have been used in the BCS formula.

Georgia’s SEC opponents are South Carolina (No. 10), Missouri (No, 16), Florida (No. 29), Auburn (No. 33), Vanderbilt (No. 42), Tennessee (No. 50), Kentucky (No. 85) and Ole Miss (No. 103).

CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman ranked Georgia tied for 10th among easiest nonconference schedules for 2012.

Georgia was still sending out emails on Monday with tickets available for the Buffalo, Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt games in September.

Malcolm Mitchell will be working as a cornerback this preseason to get ready for early time on defense this season.

Summer workouts are a different story.

Quarterback Aaron Murray said the sophomore is also catching passes from him.

“This summer, yes,” Murraysaid. “He’s already been working with us. He just goes out there. He’s always out there. Playing DB, playing receiver. If we have a ton of DBs out there, he’ll just move over to receiver. If not a lot of DBs are out there, he’ll play DB. He just goes back and forth pretty much.”

Murray said Mitchell still knows all the offensive plays and runs routes.

“He’ll be ready to go offense or defense this season,” he said.

The Deep South’s oldest rivalry carries over to North of the border apparently.

The Winnipeg Free Press detailed some trash-talking that former Auburn cornerback Demond Washington directed at former Georgia receiver Terrence Edwards.

Edwards is a star for the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“He’s an Auburn guy and I’m aGeorgiaguy so there’s a mutual rivalry there anyway,” Edwards said. “It’s just one of those things when a Georgia guy and an Auburn guy get together…”

Taking some vacation time before things get cranked up again. SEC Media Days and preseason practices will be here before you know it. The twitter feed should be quieter than normal during the down time, but you can follow me at Twitter.com/marcweiszer

 

 

 

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