Analyst: Georgia Is Team With ‘Most To Prove’ In CFB

first_img Georgia football isn’t the first program that most would say “has the most to prove” in the sport, but Sporting News‘ Bill Bender argues just that.In his recent “unpopular opinions” column ahead of the college football season, he thinks Georgia needs to get over the hump sooner than later.From SN:You could say Alabama faces the most pressure considering last year’s 44-16 loss to Clemson. Maybe it’s Ohio State and first-year coach Ryan Day, or Texas, given the high expectations. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley also has to prove it with another transfer quarterback.The answer, still, is Georgia. Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma have won a national championship this century. Georgia hasn’t won since 1980, and they’ve taken Alabama to the fourth quarter each of the last two seasons. The Bulldogs still haven’t closed the door. Georgia remains the team best-equipped team to challenge Alabama and Clemson, but it has to prove it several times this season.Bender lists the Notre Dame game in Week 4, the Florida rivalry game, and a potential conference title rematch with Alabama as “hurdles” that Georgia needs to clear to really prove that it is among the two top-tier elites.That is certainly easier said than done, but its a reasonable ask if Georgia is to ascend to that level.[Sporting News] Kirby Smart yelling during a Georgia game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kirby Smart has quickly developed Georgia into one of the most talented, powerful teams in college football. Just two years ago, the Dawgs were a few plays from winning a national title.Unfortunately, it is hard to rise above the shadow that Alabama casts over the entire SEC. Outside of Clemson, Georgia has played Alabama as well as anyone, but has lost in two huge spots against the Crimson Tide in the last two years.We’re still very early in Smart’s tenure at UGA. It seems inevitable that he will win a title there, with how he’s gotten out of the gates so far.Still, with a nearly-40 year drought from the Dawgs’ last national title, there is clearly some pressure mounting.last_img read more

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Fermel Maverick range nominated for Swedish Steel Prize 2017

first_imgFor developing the Maverick range of dedicated light duty vehicles (LDV) for mining, which provide maintenance, repair and lifecycle advantages never before seen on the market, Fermel has been named a finalist for the Swedish Steel Prize 2017. The Swedish Steel Prize is an international prize that honors the art of engineering and innovation in the steel industry. Fermel, from South Africa, is one of four finalists for this year’s prize, which will be awarded during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on May 11.“We identified this opportunity on the basis that new mining legislation and tighter safety requirements were due in the not too distant future, and we knew the commercial units would soon be under pressure,” explains Corné Wehr, Product Design Manager at Fermel. The resulting Maverick range of LDVs is designed specifically for the harsh underground mining environment.  It is an uninhibited mining vehicle that can be used for a wide range of applications and outperforms current offerings.In total, roughly 90% high-strength steel is used in the design of the Maverick range of vehicles. The combination of high-strength steel and wear-resistant steel provides improved safety and wear resistance, as well as higher payloads of up to 2.5 t without compromising the vehicle’s fatigue life.“In essence, the desired outcomes for this product would not be easily achieved if we did not have advanced high-strength steel materials as an option, as conventional methods would compromise the vehicle characteristics to the point that our product offering would have been very limited and possibly very difficult to sell,” explains Maxine Penn, Director of Sales and Marketing at Fermel.The jury’s motivation for selecting Fermel as a finalist for the Swedish Steel Prize 2017 is: “Fermel has developed a unique range of multi-purpose vehicles for safe transportation in mines. The vehicles meet new, more stringent safety legislation and are intended to replace the re-built standard vehicles currently used. Design optimisation of the entire vehicle, including the car body, has given superior performance regarding personal safety, higher payload, agility, damage resistance, reliability and service life. All these benefits are achieved by extensive use of advanced high-strength structural and wear-resistant steels.”For nearly 20 years, the Swedish Steel Prize has recognised and rewarded small and large companies as well as institutions and individuals who have developed a method or product that utilizes the full potential of high-strength steel. The winner will receive a statuette by the sculptor Jörg Jeschke and a cash prize of SEK 100,000 that SSAB encourages to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.last_img read more

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