Team preview: Georgia

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Mark Richt is one of 10 but not one of 20, which leads one to wonder, why?

With nine victories last fall, Georgia's leader stitched his name on a very short list of head coaches who have won 60 or more games in their first six seasons. Walter Camp, Pete Carroll, Urban Meyer and Barry Switzer are among the nine other coaches on the list; Steve Spurrier, Bear Bryant, Nick Saban and Bobby Bowden conspicuously are not.

Yet out pops a curious "Power Ranking" last May from Rivals.com that rates the top 20 college head coaches heading into 2007. Meyer and Carroll rightfully sit one and two, respectively, and the next 18 names include the nouveau riche (Rutgers' Greg Schiano) and the perceived up-and-comers (Wisconsin's Bret Bielema).

But Richt is nowhere to be found, and it's not just an isolated incident. The Sporting News published a similar list of BCS coaches last April, and Richt ranked 23rd, behind luminaries like Nebraska's Bill Callahan, NC State's Tom O'Brien and Jim Grobe of Wake Forest.