The SEC’s top five “Trap Games”

 

Everybody can look at a team’s schedule and pick out the tough games. But can you recognize the “Trap Games?”  Those are games that may not look difficult on the surface, but when combined with travel, the opponent the previous week, or some other factors, it becomes a game where the favored teams could trip up.

After looking through the SEC schedules, here are my recommendations for the Top five “Trap Games” for 2009. If you have some you think are better, feel free to share them:

 

1. Arkansas at Florida, Oct. 17: The Gators will be coming off a monster game at LSU the week before. If Florida wins the Gators will be 5-0 and still ranked No. 1. But they will also be pretty beat up after a very physical football game. If the game was in Fayetteville it would be extremely dangerous for Florida. But who thought Ole Miss was going to win The Swamp last year?

2. Tennessee at Alabama, Oct. 24: Under normal circumstances this would probably be a comfortable win for the Crimson Tide. But Alabama has the big showdown at Ole Miss on Oct. 10. Then the Tide hosts South Carolina on Oct. 17. Alabama will get a week off on Oct. 31 in order to rest up for the big home game with LSU on Nov. 7. But before that week off they host Tennessee. The Alabama players will be looking forward to that week off after playing eight straight Saturdays. Tennessee will be rested after a week off and Lane Kiffin will probably still be looking for his first big win. What better way to get it than to beat one of your oldest rivals?

3. Georgia at Arkansas, Sept. 19: Georgia will open the season with a difficult game at No. 11 Oklahoma State. Then they come home for what is always a tough game against South Carolina on Sept. 12. Then the Bulldogs have to get on a plane and go to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Hogs’ SEC opener. Arkansas will have had the previous week off to rest up. This is a dangerous game for Georgia.

4. LSU at Georgia, Oct. 3: This is not a trap game in the classic sense because it is a pretty even matchup and Georgia is playing a home. But it is a game where LSU could be clearly looking ahead when they get to Athens. LSU should be 4-0 and ranked in the top seven.   And if Georgia stumbles a little out of the gate, it could be a game that the Bulldogs HAVE to win. Still, a lot of the talk that week in Baton Rouge will be about LSU’s home game with No. 1 Florida the following week. It’s silly to say that LSU will look past Georgia. But when you’re getting ready to play the defending national champs, it can sometimes be hard to keep your focus on the job at hand.

5. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, Oct. 3:  Vanderbilt knocked off Ole Miss 23-17 last season in Oxford. Vanderbilt returns 18 starters and is expected to be better this season. Ole Miss will go to Nashville the week before they host Alabama, which could be the biggest game in Oxford since Eli Manning’s last home game against LSU in 2003. The Rebels, who aren’t used to playing in such big games, could be easily distracted.

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T

August 12th, 2009
6:40 am

Why is it silly to say that LSU will look past Georgia? Believe it or not Tony, Georgia doesnt strike fear like you want to think? Can you say 49-10?

U

August 12th, 2009
6:45 am

T

it’s pretty early in the morning to be smoking that funny stuff. I think UGA struck fear into the kitties last year in Baton Rouge. I can say 49 – 10 : UGA 49, LSU 10 !!

m

August 12th, 2009
6:48 am

The sec does better when they play each other. When they go out of conference, when they play quality teams (which is rare, they usually get the crap beat out of them.

The ACC and sec played 10 games in the regular season last year…the ACC won 6. This year they play 7 games between the ACC and sec and once again the ACC will win.

The sec is a top heavy overrated overhyped conference.

Bill E. Goat

August 12th, 2009
6:49 am

As a Gator fan the Arkansas game scares me but I think the real trap game on our schedule is @Kentucky the week after the emotional buildup and commencement of beating the brains out of Lane Kiffin and UT.

Gator Mike

August 12th, 2009
6:49 am

Tony, I completely agree with your assessments on the 5 aforementioned games. You make some excellent points.

'Bama 1

August 12th, 2009
6:54 am

Bill E. Goat, What brains? Anybody who runs their mouth like Kiffin does, before ever playing a down in the SEC, don’t have any!

Spike

August 12th, 2009
7:01 am

M has once again amply illustrated his overwhelming ignorance about football. And he did it all by himself.

Long Dawg

August 12th, 2009
7:03 am

M=god and greyhound. This guy is desperate for someone to talk to. Uses multiple identities and spews the same thing every time. M also = idiot. Dumb@$$ look at the ACC vs SEC all time record. It is not even close. Look who is winning national championships and playing in BCS bowls. You can deny the facts but it doesn’t change them. 50 of the ACC wins last year vs the ACC were against Vandy and Mississippi St. Denial is a sign of mental illness so you should see your shrink.

Georgia’s schedule is full of traps. SC is always tough, Arkansas will be out to make a statement that they are back, so will Tenn. and Auburn. Tech always plays their best game against Ga. because it is the only game that gives their program any meaning.
We’ve gotta focus and play one game at a time. Forget everything else, one at a time.

T-Bo

August 12th, 2009
7:12 am

Based on your comments, Tony, Georgia could start the season 0-3 with losses against Okla. State, South Carolina and Arkansas. That’s not likely, but still possible, which shows the shaky position the UGA program is in.

Not Disappointed

August 12th, 2009
7:29 am

Georgia vs South Carolina is going to be a good game as usual. The outcome of the game depends on Quarterback & Running backs.

Vandy vs Ole Miss should be a good one to watch!
Nevertheless “College Football is at hand Gents!”

Go Jackets!

reebok

August 12th, 2009
7:35 am

I agree on the Vandy-Ole Miss game…Georgia-LSU will be a great game this year! I don’t see S Carolina being a threat to anybody…’trap’ game or otherwise.

gator mike sucks

August 12th, 2009
7:35 am

Hey Gator Mike, you take yourself way too seriously. You trying to prove your football knowledge. What a jack @$$. Save your expert analysis for the Gainesville blogs.

Saint Simons

August 12th, 2009
7:36 am

Forbes ranks UGA # 171 in its story on the best colleges and universities in America – GT is # 501 – hahahahaha, oops – I mean wah, wah, wah!!!

SimpleDawg

August 12th, 2009
7:37 am

T-Bo, go over and get in the tickle pile with m, g & g, st.s, and all of the other morons.

Saint Simons

August 12th, 2009
7:40 am

Oh hell, Tony – you could have taken any 5 games in the conference and made them trap games! And to think you get paid for this drivel and you continue to compare yourself to Furman Bisher. Shame, shame, shame, and, same to those who continue to think of you as Mr. College Football – this column proves that anyone can write anything they want – all an expert is someone with a briefcase more than 1 mile from home!

UGASlobberknocker

August 12th, 2009
7:53 am

Ole Miss at SC 3rd week of season on a Thursday night..The first real test for an overhyped Ole Miss team. That one looks like a land mine to me.

UGASlobberknocker

August 12th, 2009
7:54 am

If this were Survivor, St Simons wold have been voted off of the island years ago.

Jim morrison

August 12th, 2009
7:57 am

Hey gator mike sucks, F U!

Take your sorry GA loving self back to putting your head in the sand. You having nothing to say to another Gator fan until your team actually wins a NC! Uh, 29 years since the last one isn’t it?

See you for another beat down in Jax again this year.

Enough Said

Eat Your Words

August 12th, 2009
7:59 am

You’ll all be eating your words when Ole Miss runs the table and goes 19-0 after winning the SEC, ACC, and Big 10 championship games before also shutting out Florida 72-0 to win the National Championship in January. Vandy?!? Ha! Ole Miss will probably beat them about 147-3.

Houston Nutt makes Ed Orgeron look like a fat, crazy coonass . . . hey, wait!!!

alottoprove

August 12th, 2009
8:01 am

For UGA the first trap game is their first SEC game when Darth Visor comes to town. Expect a silly meltdown or poor play by UGA.

weaintthere yet!!

August 12th, 2009
8:04 am

UGA better catch balls and better quit throwing picks. Practices are already proving its gonna be a loooooooooooooooooooong season for the dawgs.

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August 12th, 2009
8:04 am

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JB

August 12th, 2009
8:09 am

Sorry…..let’s switch to the ACC early…….A trap game will be Tech AT Duke…..The trap will be a friend will ask you to go, and you will be trapped into watching it. Now that is a trap game !

Saint Simons

August 12th, 2009
8:20 am

Good one JB!

Don Ho

August 12th, 2009
8:20 am

Tony,

You have to be kidding! Alabama overlooking the Vols? After Lance Thompson & Lane Kiffin running their mouths?

This game is circled on the schedule BIG TIME.

Funny Money

August 12th, 2009
8:31 am

GT grad wages – avg. starting: 58,900 (#2), mid career avg: 105,000 (#3)

uga grad wages – avg. starting: 43,900, mid career avg: 81,500

http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges/top-state-universities.asp

How could any game in the SEC be a trap game? They are so superior to every other league that how can they POSSIBLY overlook anyone in their own MIGHTY league? Remember, Duke > Vandy

Bama Aaron

August 12th, 2009
8:36 am

I agree with Don Ho… Bama will not be overlooking UT. After all the talk the Vols coaches have done in the past off season that game will be circled for some special treatment.

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8:37 am

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TommyGator

August 12th, 2009
8:41 am

Tony, Agree with most of this. Gators must not snooze on any Saturday, but Arky is the most dangerous “trap” for UF IMO. I predicted the Ole Miss “problem” last year and have had Arky circled as the potential overlook for this year.

As far as UT & Bama…. I don’t believe ANYONE will overlook the vomiteers this year. Little laney has made them a target game for ALL the big boys.

SavannahJacket

August 12th, 2009
8:42 am

Tony….I have no idea why anyone refers to you as Mr. College Football. This must be a name that you gave yourself. All you are is an Old, Past his Prime, UGA fan that probably comes to work drunk. Could you possibly be more bias with anything that you dribble. “I will be traveling to NY today…. I have to see what other people are saying so that I can write about something that I don’t understand….. uh..Go Dawgs”

Any why do you always lean forward in your picture? Is it to hide the second and third chin with the butt chin. Get a Life!!! Loser.

Reality Check

August 12th, 2009
8:45 am

You tech fans need a Reality Check, we let you win cause we felt sorry for you! And Forbes list of top schools says it all, everyone knows employers value a degree from UGA more than one from yech, everybody knows it!

GT Alum

August 12th, 2009
8:53 am

Tony, whats up with the man crush on Petrino??

superDawg

August 12th, 2009
8:55 am

Every game UF plays is a trap game go everybody.As far as tek goes they will be trapped in their own house NOV.28,09 with nowhere to hide.DAWGS ROLL BIG.

David

August 12th, 2009
8:55 am

GO HOGS!!!!!!!!!

Brew

August 12th, 2009
9:00 am

Tennessee is a trap game for Bamer? Sickening. I have to disagree a little Tony. Under “normal circumstances”, we’d be scraping Bamer off our shoes like gum. One of the reasons Fulmer got to stay so long without another SEC title was that he owned the Tahd. Once he let them back in the series, it was another sure sign he had to go.

Jerome

August 12th, 2009
9:03 am

The bulldog is the second dumbest breed of dog……No wonder UGA picked it as their mascot. Goes in line with the students there.

Mort Merkel

August 12th, 2009
9:04 am

The Gator rallying cry against UT, “Remember Pahokee!”

Joe

August 12th, 2009
9:05 am

Hey “T”- you’re an idiot. Up till 1991- UGA sure struck fear in UF. We were the prime reason you never won a SEC title till 91. Trust me- as in all series, the tide will turn again- it has already started…been back and forth the last few years

Got 12?

August 12th, 2009
9:05 am

Yesterday, Va Tech’s leading rusher tore his ACL and will miss the entire season. Before the injury, Bama was favored by 6. I wonder what the spread will grow to now? This will also obviously affect the ACC-C race.

Boss Hogg

August 12th, 2009
9:06 am

Keep running your mouth superDawg, it makes you look more stupid. BTW, didn’t we hear this last year. UGA has no trap games. They will trot out their press clippings & just intimidate everyone like the blackout did against Bama.

Brew

August 12th, 2009
9:08 am

Dang

I forgot Bamer leads the series with the Vols 45–38–7

Georgia Nole

August 12th, 2009
9:10 am

Since the SEC is such a superior conference compared to all other, shouldn’t all the games be trap games? SEC homers talk up lowly Mississippi State, Auburn and Vanderbilt like there are reincarnations of Notre Dame teams from the 1930’s coached by Knute Rockne.

At least in the ACC we admit which teams are garbage (Duke, Maryland and maybe BC this season). I guess if SEC fan didn’t make every team in the conference out to be amazing the media would stop drinking the Kool-Aid and a bit of reality would creep into the discussion.

Georgia Nole

August 12th, 2009
9:12 am

@ Got 12: I think with VT’s leading rusher out for the season Tech should be the odds on favorite to win their division and make a trip to the ACCCG.

Brew

August 12th, 2009
9:14 am

Thanks for stealing my name. What was your record against Fulmer? Look at the series when he was coach from beginning to end.

SEC4Life

August 12th, 2009
9:16 am

Long Dawg,

I totally agree with you in that most of UGA’s games are traps, ESPECIALLY SC and Arkansas. I don’t know why, but UGA keeps SC in the game every year with weak offensive play for the first 3 1/2 quarters of the games. Arkansas is definitely out to make a statment this year as well. While UGA was clearly the better team last year when they played LSU I don’t see this year’s game being anything like last year’s drubbing. I love the Bayou Bengals, but when you have a Harvard transfer @ QB and he’s backed up by an undisciplined #2 QB who’s not even on the team anymore, what did you expect would happen? Although the game will be played between the hedges this year, look for it to be a lot closer than last year.

The game that scares me the most is the season opener against Okla. State. Whoever scheduled their opener against [arguably] the 4th best team in the Big 12 needs to be fired. I watched a few of their games last year and the Cowboys are an extremely dangerous team. Their TE and WRs could give UGAs DB’s problems. Look at it this way, UGA lost the #1 spot in the polls after winning their “cupcake” season opener last year, I wonder how far they’ll drop if they should happen to lose their season opener this year?

SecIsFootball

August 12th, 2009
9:17 am

Brew….The last 2 year BAMA has owned UT and the games were not even contested. Fulmer was a NC winning coach who you traded in for a bumbling moron who cant keep his mouth shut. Looks for UF, UGA and BAMA to put a lot of points up on Kiffin this year. I am confident in saying that after this season, BAMA’s record against UT will be 46-38-7!

dbc

August 12th, 2009
9:18 am

I predict the Dawgs WILL NOT have any problems with South Carolina this year. Instead of opening up with a laugher, UGA will be up and game tested by a strong Okie State team. The Dawgs won’t have the luxury of easing into the season — they’ll have a seriousness and purpose about them they don’t normally have early on. This mindset will set the tone.

Zizzle

August 12th, 2009
9:18 am

Bobby Petrino is a sleaze bag loser of a coach! Florida is safe from that loser. The two winners are Florida for the easy win this year over Arkansas and the Atlanta Falcons for having a real man like Mike Smith coach the team!!!!

VanDSIRROM

August 12th, 2009
9:18 am

Tony, the Ole Miss game at Vandy is a real “trap” especially if Miss wins big in Columbia the week before. No question that the Rebels will be looking forward to Alabama in Oxford. Vandy has beaten Ole Miss 3 out of the last 4. This year could make it 4 out of 5 and may knock them out of the top 25.

Georgia needs to be concerned about their Vanderbilt game. It comes after the Bull Dawgs play ‘on the hill’ where deadend Lane very much has their attention and before their BIG game in Jacksonville. Tell me they won’t be looking ahead to Florida. This is a “trap” game for sure and the ‘Dores are still ’smarting’ over the last game in Nashville with the ‘late in game’ fumble on the 10 yardline.

[note to Funny Money: When you rub Vandy's face in Duke doo, stop and recall the Music City Bowl when Vandy beat a team that played for the ACC Championship last year, Boston College.]

AFnPC

August 12th, 2009
9:19 am

1. Won’t even be a game; Florida wins BIG! 45-13
2. If Bama finds some offense, this won’t be close either. Without offense from Bama, this game won’t have any at all and may resemble the AU-Tenn game last year 13-12…38-9
3. Georgia loses this one by 10 or more…24-13
4. Georgia wins a close one. 24-21
5. Vandy lacks a couple of things, mainly a QB, WRs, and RBs…Ole Miss has the offensive firepower to outscore Vandy, 17-3.

funnymoneyisanidiot

August 12th, 2009
9:25 am

GT – one win in 8 years
UGA – 7 wins in 8 years

GT – 0 ACC titles this decade
UGA – 2 SEC titles this decade

Otto

August 12th, 2009
9:26 am

Tenn. is not a trap game for Bama. The Vols will be worse than expected. Saban will not be looking past the Vols after everything the Lame Duck coach has said.

UGA ar Arkansas does not setup well for UGA. UGA is on their 2nd long road trips in 3 weeks. Arkansas is coming off a bye week with just a warm up game before that.

Miles

August 12th, 2009
9:26 am

Arkansas @ Florida…huge game! HUGE!

T

August 12th, 2009
9:27 am

Joe.. 1991 ???.. LOL.. are you kidding me?? You have to go that far back to crow about something?? LOL.. I bet you are one of those with the 1980 National Champs tag on the front of your truck too… LOL…

Flordia has OWNED Georgia for two decades… two decades… Georgia will never be better than you have seen.. Richt is simply not a top tier coach.. I know its hard to take… but you have all the data you need.. Florida has won 2 MNC in the past 3 years.. Georgia??? 1980 and fans pointing to success as far back as 1991… LOL.. unbelievable..

Chris F

August 12th, 2009
9:29 am

Brew do you really believe that crap you bent over and spewed out your a$$? You’ve been tippin’ some homemade brew. Tennessee has NEVER dominated Alabama! Tennessee used to be very competitive but you are now on a downhill slope with no return in sight. Fulmer didn’t let Alabama come back in the series, they came back in spite of him.

Tony, I really have to disagree on about 3 of your 5 picks as trap games. Bama will destrot UT and Arkansas has no chance of even compeing with Florida or GA.

M, I don’t even know what to say to you….You are just dumber than dirt!

Otto

August 12th, 2009
9:31 am

Vandy lost to Duke the week after UGA and the week before UF. Vandy turns around after some time off and downs Boston College. It just proves my point yesterday of a brutal SEC schedule.

Dawgaholic idiot

August 12th, 2009
9:35 am

Will Mark Richt leave for Miami after a bad year?

funnymoneyisanidiot

August 12th, 2009
9:37 am

SEC4life – Ok St doesn’t have that beast of a TE anymore. Not to say they didn’t reload with someone else but I know the threat you are thinking of, Pettigrew I think was his name.
Hopefully that will reduce the offensive force

Tide4u2c

August 12th, 2009
9:38 am

I just can’t see Alabama overlooking Tennessee.Alabama would have to have some serious injuries to lose that game.Tennessee is not going to have a strong team and then add in a new coaching staff with 1st year growing pains on top of it.Oh don’t get me wrong, Tennessee would love to beat Alabama but it ain’t gonna happen.Tennessee is not as in as bad of shape as Auburn but it is still pretty bad.

Chris F

August 12th, 2009
9:38 am

Richt wont leave because he is OK being competetive. He doesn’t care about dominance. He wont get fired either, he’s kinda GA’s Alumni darling.

Ramblinwreck1378

August 12th, 2009
9:41 am

Here are some more legitimate collegiate rankings.

Georgia Tech – #35
Georgia – #58

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/national-search/page+2

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/national-search/page+3

I’m sure even you dawgs aren’t stupid enough to argue that Georgia is even in the same league as Georgia Tech when it comes to academics. But then again, neither are they on the football field, the basketball court, the baseball field…

Good lord

August 12th, 2009
9:43 am

Tony, your writing is PREDICTABLE. It goes like this

[Statement]. But [contradicting statement]. Learn not to start every other sentence with “but” and I’m sure you’ll rise above the third tier of writing.

Chris F

August 12th, 2009
9:43 am

Brew you are bringing up a whole decade plus 2 years. You seem to forget that Bama was severely handicapped with sanctions and heavy scholarship losses when TN “dominated” them. You will never “dominate” Bama again mark my word. If that is UT’s biggest claim to fame then OMG you really are pathetic.Last year fulmer was still there and saban brought alabama up regardless.

Will

August 12th, 2009
9:48 am

Good blog Big Tone, I agree with your assessments. But I think a great UGA defense will help us squeak by Arkansas to make us 2-1 or 3-0. But let me say this, after that game I look for our offense to really click on all cylinders and for UGA to go on a big-time run. One that could possibly lead to a victory in the Tebow Bowl. All of these UGA haters need to understand something, this UGA team is going to be nasty and definitely someone you do not want to play. On defense we will have fresh LB’s every other play to punch you in the mouth. We will also have some of the most ferocious hitters in the secondary led by Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo. Up front we will be super nasty with the big 3 and my boy Marcus Washington coming off the edge. Tony, who in the SEC who is not named The Gayturds has a better lineup than that? Damn right, nobody!

Brew

August 12th, 2009
9:50 am

Chris, first you say we never dominated you, then in another post you have to concede that we did. Thanks for coming around.

Bamafan

August 12th, 2009
9:50 am

Alabama fans will NOT let bama’s football players forget the game with the vols one new york minute
after boy blunder ran his big mouth. ROLL TIDE FOLKS!!

JWalker

August 12th, 2009
9:52 am

South Carolina vs. Alabama is a trap game. The week after Bama has the big showdown at Ole Miss and the week before Lane Kiffin shows up on the schedule for the first time. SCarolina could spring the upset there.

David

August 12th, 2009
9:53 am

Tony, do me a favor. Try to write like your not a bulldog fan. You know and I know Ga beats them at Arkansas. The record bears that out. It is tough trying to prove you are not a Ga homer isn’t it? You and Matt Stewart share notes don’t you? At least he doesn’t try to fake it.

Chris F

August 12th, 2009
9:56 am

Brew you didn’t notice the ” ” around dominated? There was nothing to dominate alabama was almost non-existant.

GT Alum

August 12th, 2009
9:56 am

Which of the Kentucky and Mississippi State games are “trap” games, Tony? Might as well include some of those if you’re including Vandy, Arkansas, or even Tennessee for that matter.

Tide4u2c

August 12th, 2009
9:58 am

Brew Alabama is no longer on probation with scholorship reductions.This is a new Bama team that is finally loaded with talent and alot more depth than them days you were happy about.Your idea of beating Alabama with one arm tied behind its back are over.It was a rough bumpy ride and we paid paid for it but that is behind us now.

Chris F

August 12th, 2009
9:59 am

JWalker I have said from the beginning if anyone was a trap for Bama it would be SC. UT doesn’t stand a chance.

Got 12?

August 12th, 2009
10:00 am

JWalker,

You are right about USC being a trap game for Bama. That game is also Bama’s homecoming game.

armchair

August 12th, 2009
10:03 am

Good grief; Mr. Barnhart is about as astute as a sack of rocks. To write that the UT-Bama game is a “trap” game is one of the dumbest points I’ve read on a sports blog in a long time. Mr. College Football indeed. Tennessee v. Alabama game is one of the biggest rivalries in the country, and so it is NEVER a trap game. Preposterous. Bama plays South Carolina before the Tennessee game, then gets a WEEK OFF before LSU. That is about as far from being a trap game as any game could be. Please.

Beyond this, there are no REAL trap games when SEC teams are playing one another–they are all tough, every week, and everybody know that.

Chris F

August 12th, 2009
10:04 am

brew, not only did we lose scholarships it gets worse. were banned from bowl appearances also. kinda hard to get up and play with little talent and nothing to look forward to. if you were a high school player and you had 3 or 4 teams wanting you and one of those was alabama during their sanctions most likely you wouldn’t even consider it. they lost more than just scholarships, they also lost players desire to play for them.

Got 12?

August 12th, 2009
10:08 am

Phat Phil was/is a POS (and I don’t mean “Point of Sale”). After losing a bidding war with Bama boosters for Albert Means, he became a double-top-secret, undercover witness for the NCAA against Bama in exchange for immunity. The ensuing probation allowed Phil to “dominate” Bama. (Nevermind the fact that everyone “dominated” Bama during that period.)

Got 12?

August 12th, 2009
10:12 am

Chris F,

We also lost potential coaches for the same reason. That’s how we ended up with Mike Shula. Shula did the best he could but he should not have been in that position.

Jim morrison

August 12th, 2009
10:15 am

Every game is a trap game.

The bottom line is to prepare and not lose focus of the goals.

Win the SEC should be the 1st goal.

Enough Said!

SimpleDawg

August 12th, 2009
10:17 am

Everyone had better be aware of R Can Saw this year….Bobby Putrid hasn’t had time to pi$$ off all of his players yet, and he is a very good offensive coach….heck he’s just plain ol’ offensive, period. They are a very dangerous team. They will be inconsistent, but don’t catch them on one of their good days.

The Warrior Chickens will be a tough out early in the season, until their lack of quality depth catches up with them.

The Dawgs will surprise….even with all of the talk about how surprising they will be.

Bamma vs. Va.Tech will be a big indicator of what each team has…or doesn’t have.

Rocky Top will crumble….should be a great year for the Vowel haters. Daddy Kiffin will have to continually wipe Lil’ Lane’s nose…bloody nose.

Ole Miss will be the most talked about team each week because you could make a case for a win or a loss every time they take the field.

Should be a lot of fun…..except for Miss. State.

SEC4Life

August 12th, 2009
10:18 am

@ Funnymoney – You’re right, Pettigrew is the WR I was thinking about.

UGA’s schedule (just my OPINION, not stating it as a fact)

Wk 1 OSU – Too close too call
Wk 2 SC – W (but barely)
Wk 3 Ark – Not sure
Wk 4 ASU – W
Wk 5 LSU – LSU’s QB play could be key
Wk 6 Tenn – W (Kiffin’s putting waaaay too much pressure on the Vols)
Wk 7 Vandy – I give the nod to UGA, but I wouldn’t rule Vandy out. Vandy usually plays UGA the same way SC does.
Wk 8 UF – Please
Wk 9 Tenn Tech – W
Wk 10 Auburn – W
Wk 11 Kentucky – W; Just checked and saw UK has 4 Freshman QBs
Wk 12 GT – Hopefully (after 12mos.)WM will have figured out how to combat the option. GT’s passing game is atrocious, so if you contain the option you essentially contain the Jackets.

Dawg Props

August 12th, 2009
10:20 am

The dawgs will beat Arkansas easy—I’m not worried about that game at all. UGA has twice the talent and better coaches. The only 2 games I’m worried about are Florida and LSU. The rest of the games should be pretty comfortable wins for the Dawgs—best D and oline in the SEC baby!!!

KNelson

August 12th, 2009
10:21 am

Anyone who looks past UT is a fool ! They may not have an offense yet, but the defense will be top 5 in the nation. Georgia couldnt score in the Spring game much less will they throw points on UT. Only a true optimist thinks UT could beat UF this year but the rest of the SEC will have their hands full!

Tide4u2c

August 12th, 2009
10:34 am

No team should be over-looked but KNelson how is the vols going to have a top 5 defense with a 1st year coaching staff?You think the vol players have picked up a totally new defense this soon?Being a Bama fan I can say our players still have’nt grasped all of Saban’s defense yet.And yet the Tennessee head coach runs his mouth knowing he should be warning Vol fans about the problems tennessee faces so that vol fans won’t have too high of expectations in his first year.

elcubismo

August 12th, 2009
10:34 am

Clemson fans laugh when SEC fans say South Carolina is always tough. One thing we know is that South Carolina is not tough, because another thing we know is that Clemson is not tough.

But hopefully Dabo and Steele will make us tougher.

NW

August 12th, 2009
10:35 am

M – Are you aware of Mark Richt’s record against non SEC opponents? Maybe you’d like to familiarize yourself with Florida’s? Or LSU’s perhaps? Just not sure which SEC teams you’re lumping into that erroneous statement you made.

southgadawg88

August 12th, 2009
10:37 am

I am more concerned with Tenn and Aub than anybody else.These are not trap games but games against rival teams where we may be caught napping.

Tide Rising

August 12th, 2009
10:37 am

Jwalker,

You probably had the most astute observation as far as trap games goes. South Carolina is definitely Bama’s trap game. Its in between 2 huge games, we don’t regard Carolina as a big rival, and strange as it is Bama tends to lose focus and not dominate at home.

Look at our biggest wins last year and every one of them was on the road except Auburn. Look at the games where we got lazy and complacent (ole miss, uk, tulane) and you’ll see that they were all home games and games in which we were favored by decent margins. Carolina game definitely scares me.

unemployed

August 12th, 2009
10:37 am

The SEC is loaded this year, every weekend a good game to watch.

Brew

August 12th, 2009
10:38 am

So, when Fulmer went 10-2 you guys were on probation for all 12 yrs? Really? I know probation is just a fact of life for the Tahd, but you had time off for a little while right? Get your panties out of the wad. My point was how bad for us that Tony (wrongly) asserted that we’re a trap game for you guys even with such a great rivalry.
Also, don’t use Lane as a crutch to get excited. Most Bamer fans hate us second behind the Barners, and we’re moving up fast and that’s all it takes. It’s not a trap game. It wasn’t a trap game for us when Fulmer was rolling you…most were close.

Tide Rising

August 12th, 2009
10:44 am

Brew,

Fulmer did very well against Bama. Maybe you can convince the UT people to hire him back on that sole criteria. He will find that beating an Alabama team that’s at full strength with some coaching stability as opposed to the coaching carousel we went through in the 2000s is a whole different deal. He’ll find that beating someone who is not playing with half a deck as far as schollys is a little harder to do also.

Fulmer also beat UGA 9 in a row under. Different story beating the dogs with Richt isn’t it?

Gatorzone

August 12th, 2009
10:48 am

Zizzle, great point! I HATE what Putrido did to the Falcons! I hope Every team this year embarrasses his arrogant a$$!

shannon1776

August 12th, 2009
10:51 am

Way to give us insight we couldn’t develop on our own!!! Gee wiz. TB, let me give you a clue: We already KNOW going to Ark will be tough. You say nthat game looks easy on the surface?? If YOU think it does, you need to step down and take retirement now.

Tune in next week when Tony tells us the Florida game will be a tough one for UGA!!!!

GT Alum

August 12th, 2009
10:53 am

Come on now, SEC fans, every game is a trap game? You don’t really believe that nonesense, do you? The only thing that can’t be debated is that the SEC puts out 2-3 of the best teams in college football, year in and year out. But its parity is dropping like a rock every year…

Trade School Junkie

August 12th, 2009
10:53 am

GA most likely losses will be:

1. OKST: This one’s a SLAM-DUNK. OKST is gonna crush the dawgs.

2. Ark: Hell, even UGA homer Barnhart is worried about this game.

And to put that fact in perspective, in 2008 Barnhart predicted GA would beat BOTH Bama AND FL. Even after the Bama “funeral,” Barnhart STILL predicted GA would beat Florida. What a joke.

If UGA-homer Barnhart couldnt see the Bama & FL beatdowns coming, then you can go ahead and mark down any GA “trap game” as an iron-clad loss.

Petrino is a much better gameday coach & OC than Richt or Bobo. Even with the lesser talent level Petrino has now, Ark will win this game. I expect more of an Offensive shoot-out in this one. I think Ark has the edge, if for no other reason than GA has Martinez as DC. A Martinez-led D is at a decided disadvantage agaisnt a Petrino-led Offense.

FL:
While nothing is 100%, this one’s as close to a 100% lock as you can find for another loss.

LSU or Tenn:
GA will likely drop one of these. Maybe not both.
As I have stated before, Tenn & Ark, will be THE surprise SEC teams this year. That being said, one of these teams is likely to knock GA off. Oddly enough, I give that nod to Tenn.

So, 8-4, and perhaps even 7-5.

So, drink up fans, Barnhart’s all the Kool-Aid you can drink.

Tide Rising

August 12th, 2009
10:53 am

Brew,

Our 2 probations that cost us severe schollarship sanctions were in the late 90s 15 schollies lost, and again in the early 2000s 21 schollies lost. For Pete’s sake everyone was whipping us then. Even Miss. State had a 3 game winning streak over Bama and Auburn and LSU thoroughly dominated us in the 2000s. What’s your point?

The series has always been streaky and before Fulmer’s run against us we had a 7 game unbeaten streak over the vols. What’s the point in living in the past with all this?

You’re just mad because when Bama is at full strength as we are now its a little bit harder to beat us and you’re probably mad because the last 2 games simply weren’t even competitive.

dawgfacedboy

August 12th, 2009
10:54 am

Dawgs 6 point underdogs against OSU.

Pole Smoker

August 12th, 2009
10:55 am

Paul Johnson is pure, unadulterated man. He gave me a rim shot I’ll never forget!

GO JACKETS!!!!

GT Alum

August 12th, 2009
10:59 am

Tony, when are you going to wake up and write a column about the lack of parity in the SEC?

GatorGuy

August 12th, 2009
11:00 am

M- Oklahoma was a pretty good team. How did the SEC do against them last yer?

Denver Dog

August 12th, 2009
11:05 am

Rambling Wreck, you are right when it comes to engineering. You guys forget that a university has more than one school. That is why Tech has fallen from it’s once vaunted academic position. The world is more than drawing lines, and plotting numbers, and make believe theories about where a number falls on an axis. However, there is a lot to be said for designs of falling bridges and parking gargages and the quality of eductation that went into the engineers. I guess from reading these blog entries, that communicaton skills is not taught there either.

I think the biggest trap games are for UGA the First 4, for UGA the second 4 and for UGA the last 4. I look at that schedule and do not see how in the world we can be on the field with anyone on the schedule. Big 12, Pac 10, ACC, and SEC. I guess we should quit playing Tech and start playing teams from real conferences. So for all of you last year folks, this is next year.

UF will not lose to anyone until they face UGA, and FSU. Those are the only teams on the schedule that may play them tough.

Alabama will lose to LSU, and to Ole Miss

SC will beat someone early then fade

Vandy will not beat UGA

Arkansas will not beat UGA

LSU will lose to UGA

Tee Martin

August 12th, 2009
11:05 am

Hey Brew,

My car broke down again. Can you or another Tennessee fan please wire me several hundred dollars again to get it repaired? Make sure its a Tennessee fan who doesn’t have season tickets so that the NCAA cops will gloss over it again and say its okay.

Ramblinwreck1378

August 12th, 2009
11:13 am

It’s funny how SEC4Life’s post, he doesn’t post any losses for Georgia. Every game that he honestly thinks they’ll lose, he puts some garbage description next to the game. Way to go.

chazzo

August 12th, 2009
11:14 am

Great points. It is going to be a very interesting and exciting season. I am counting on lots of close games and upsets. I predict that UGA will lose an obvious big one (LSU or UF) and a less obvious one(Ark, Auburn, Kentucky). Of course, I want to see them win everything. I have also said all along that UGA will surprise some folks this year. I am sticking with a 10-2 prediction.

HH

August 12th, 2009
11:17 am

Georgia will have a lot of close games as long as Willie remains the defensive coordinator. Probably a lot of not-so-close games as well. Hopefully the “problem” of Willie will be solved at the end of the year, and then the focus of attention can turn to another impediment to progress: Bozo.

gatorman

August 12th, 2009
11:19 am

Tony…..think about it. Jawga is the trap game for the Gators. Florida plays at Miss. St. the week before where they always have trouble. Jawga has an open date before the Gators. Then the week after they play a directional school. Jawga will have 2 weeks to prepare and a week off after to heal up. Plus…it’s Florida vs. Jawga!!

Go Gators!

Frozen_Gator

August 12th, 2009
11:20 am

Tide Rising…..With all due respect to the Tide nation (daughters graduated from there)I get a little sick and tired of of all the talk of loss of schollies when on probation. If you were capped at say 75 for the duration I would have some compassion but you never were, there were plenty of scholly players to compete.

Saban ran AT LEAST 9 players off this year because he signed way too many players on purpose, however we gripe at Ole Miss.

Fla signs 16 because that’s the room they have, Ala runs off minimum of 10 to make room. So when you gripe about lost schollies on probation remember you probably shouldn’t have been able to use them anyway.

Rob

August 12th, 2009
11:24 am

JakeDSname

August 12th, 2009
11:25 am

Gutless Florida schedules Charleston Southern to start off the year. Sorry creepy reptiles. Gutless. Gutless.

Paul Johnson

August 12th, 2009
11:28 am

GT should have the following results this season:

Jax St – W
Clemson – L by field goal in last seconds
Miami – L due to fumbles & interceptions
NC – W in a close one because we’re at home
Miss St – W because they’re the SEC door mat
FL St – L by significant margin (crushed)
VT – L (embarrassed)
VA- W
Vandy – L in 3rd overtime by 6
WF – W
Duke – W
UGA – L as fans file out of stadium in 2nd quarter

Gator Fan

August 12th, 2009
11:29 am

JakeDSname

Elon cancelled their game with us & Agnes Scott wanted too much money. Charleston Southern was the best Foley could do on such short notice.

Go Gator!

Pole Smoker

August 12th, 2009
11:34 am

Paul Johnson set a trap for me that I’ll never forget. Oh what a night!

GO JACKETS!!!!

Got 12?

August 12th, 2009
11:37 am

Frozen,

You’re failing to take into account the full effect of scholarship reductions. Yes, there is the obvious loss of scholarships but it also stifles recruiting. And, as I mentioned before, it keeps the better head coaches from accepting the position. Additionally, our probation included a post-season ban which resulted in reduced revenue.

Do you think it was just coincidence that Bama won the SEC Championship (1999) then, of all a sudden, was dominated by almost every team in the conference for the next six years? Nope, it was the scholarship reductions and other restrictions.

charliedawg

August 12th, 2009
11:38 am

Techies – Both UGA and NATS (that’s North Avenue Trade School) are both rated as Tier 1 schools in the US News Ranking, so I would think that is in the same league, but that’s just me. As for the salary, I think I’m at the midpoint of my career and make 2X that, and I have not shared my earnings with anyone, so call me skeptical of those stats.

So, not only do you suck on the athletic field, you are also losing ground in your sacred cow of academics.

We’ll see you on the Flats with all of the other UGA fans.

Got 12?

August 12th, 2009
11:42 am

Frozen,

And for the record, Saban ran off four players for violating team rules. The high school coach of one of the players confirmed it was the player’s fault and hoped teh player would mature at another program. I can only assume the same for the other three.

The others left the program due to medical reasons or not wanting to sit on the bench.

Tide Rising

August 12th, 2009
12:02 pm

Frozen_Gator,

Not griping about the probation and ensuing scholarship reductions. We got caught and paid the penalties. I am simply pointing out to brew that beating a sanction plagued football team that everyone else is also beating is not that big a deal. That’s all.

As for Saban he oversigned twice on purpose. The first year he signed 31 and people complained. But after academic casualties,, 2 players choosing pro baseball, 2 players being kicked off permanently for felonies, etc. we actually came in 1-2 under the limit. Seems Saban knew what he was doing all along and that the complainers suddenly fell silent.

As for the 9 players who just left 4 of them transferred because they were no longer welcome because they broke team rules. A couple of these players had frequently been suspended for breaking team rules. Of the 5 left 3 or 4 of them I don’t remember which went on medical redshirt because of career ending injuries. 2 were left and they were players who had already graduated and were buried on the depth chart. They transferred because there was no chance of playing time for them and they had already gotten their degrees. Nothing wrong with going somewhere that you can get playing time. Your assertion that they were “ran off” is a little inaccurate and misleading except for the ones who were breaking team rules.

The bottom line is that 3 players had to gray shirt and will enroll in January because there is no room. These players were apprised of the possibility of gray shirting well in advance of committing and they have no problem with that since they would have been redshirted anyway had they been on campus. Also, they would have easily fit into the class except 4 players (Bowman, Lacy, Sentimore, Kirkpatrick) who Bama knew were had a lot of coursework to do before qualifying all ended up qualifying. It was believed that at least 2-3 of these players were so far off that they wouldn’t qualify in time.

Last, with all due respect I get a little sick and tired of people griping about Saban, his oversigning, and his management of the scholly numbers. Frankly, its nobody else’s dam business how he manages the numbers. All anybody else should be concerned about is that Bama, like everyone else, has only 85 players on scholarship by the cutoff date for fall practice. And he does.

ReptilesRule

August 12th, 2009
12:05 pm

Being a champion…Tony, it’s never easy is it?? If it was easy, even Georgia would do it.

CitizenK9

August 12th, 2009
12:07 pm

The rest of the college football nation has serious conference envy when it comes to the SEC. We get the best players, produce the best teams, attract the most fans, have the best rivalries, biggest TV contracts, and on and on. The only SEC team to lose a bowl game last year was Spurrior’s worthless bunch. Have GT fans forgotten the LSU smackdown in their own backyard.? It figures, playing in that patched-together mess of mediocrity- the ACC. Or the beatdowns UGA has given to all the Big Ten teams in bowl games. And tell Okie St, the SEC is 6-3 vs. the Big 12 in recent bowls and we beat them by 21 (favored by 6) in 2007. We don’t have a superiority complex- we are superior. Go Dawgs !

SEC4Life

August 12th, 2009
12:10 pm

@ Ramblinwreck1378 – Check it again ‘Wreck… Weeks 1*, 3, 5 and 8.

CitizenK9

August 12th, 2009
12:10 pm

Has Florida ever produced an undefeated team ?

MyView

August 12th, 2009
12:23 pm

I think it is silly to say LSU will look past UGA because UGA hung 52 on LSU last year in Tiger Stadium. Not to mention what happend the last two times LSU traveled to the state of GA to play the Dawgs. 45-16 and 34-14. I don’t think the Gators will be on the minds of LSU that weekend.

Da dawg pound

August 12th, 2009
12:25 pm

CitizenK9,

Florida has never had an unbeaten team. That’s why their big thing is to go undefeated this year. As good as they are now you have to realize that they’ve only been good for 19 years. For the rest of their history they have always been a joke. You wouldn’t know it if you talk to Florida fans though. They have this delusion that they’ve been good forever and have a history like nd or usc or michigan.

Jefferson

August 12th, 2009
12:25 pm

That UGA 1/4 back floats the ball.

Frozen_Gator

August 12th, 2009
12:33 pm

Tide Rising……..If you want to say that because of probation we didn’t get the quality of athletes in sufficient numbers to compete like an Alabama team should, I agree. As far as numbers go I bet most years on probation you were in the 80’s the same number as most teams carry, that’s alot different 75,75,75 throughout the probation.

As far as Saban’s first year you didn’t have many go pro, so I am led to believe that you graduated close to 25 that year and I buy that. But what about year two and three?

This recruiting practice must be important to the league or the commissioner would not have addressed it and made changes.

Lee Dawg

August 12th, 2009
12:34 pm

This is a “no brainer folks”! Every game is a trap game if you don’t show up! Ask Florida if they were prepared for Ole Miss last year. Ask UGA if they if they were prepared for Tech or Bama. Ask Bama if the were ready for Utah. It can and will happen every week! COME ON FOOTBALL SEASON!

Gatorzone

August 12th, 2009
12:36 pm

Dadawg pound.. What is relevant? The last 30 years or the last 100? Of course Gator fans are proud, 3 National Championships since 1996 in football, plus 2 in basketball. What do you expect? All Gator fans should hang their heads because they were not competitive before I was even born? Get real.

G8R GRAD

August 12th, 2009
12:38 pm

Things that make you go,”Hmmmm.”
Good article, Tony.
Although being a consensus #1 makes every game a “trap game,” doesn’t it?

haberv

August 12th, 2009
12:43 pm

What you guys are missing in this article in regards to the trap game theory is the schedule. Take UT-Bama for example…on paper Bama should roll, but so should’ve UT in this game two years ago. UT has an open date the week before Bama and even a Bama homer should realize that UT’s defense has been top notch for years. Talent isn’t off on D and the Tampa-2 is similar to the aggressive style that Chavez ran. Combine a new offensive system that will improve production plus an 8 consecutive games Bama will be on with a new line (Flucker is having issues also) and new qb and this will be a difficult game, no question.

NW GA Dawg

August 12th, 2009
12:58 pm

Actually I think UT is a bit of a trap game. A much better team than Tenn (LSU) comes to Athens the week before Georgia goes to Knoxville. If Georgia were to be fortunate enough to put a whippin’ on LSU (which I don’t expect–I’d just like a “W”), that could make Knoxville even more treacherous. UT isn’t going to be very good this year; however that didn’t stop them from upsetting the Dawgs the last time Georgia thumped LSU in Athens a week before Rocky Top came to town with 2 frosh QBs (as I recall UT was a 15 pt underdog that day). Big potential trap–especially if UT “struggles” in some of their earlier games which will be expected. Fortunately UGA won’t be UT’s first big SEC home game. That dubious honor falls to Auburn.

DirtyDawg

August 12th, 2009
1:09 pm

Traps hell, with Georgia’s schedule it’s one tough game after another. We’re not looking for excuses already, but face it, if we beat everybody we play this year they ought to award us the NC trophy without a game – let the #’s two and three play an exhibition.

southgadawg88

August 12th, 2009
1:10 pm

Also let’s be honest the top 5 in the SEC can be elite but the rest of the league is not much better than any also ran from the ACC.Big10 or 12 or Pac10.MSU,Vandy,Kent,SC and ARK are not going to scare many teams no matter what conference they are in.Ten and AUB have a proud history so I expect them to be back soon.There is going to be even more separation between the top of the pack and the bottom feeders this year.

wonz11

August 12th, 2009
1:12 pm

I just moved to Arkansas from Georgia. I get Georgia football. I see why you would call this a trap game Tony, but I think it will be quite clear after watching it that Arkansas is just flat out better than UGA this year. I have plenty of respect for the UGA program, and I guess I would even consider myself a fan. That said, the best you could call this game is catching Arkansas at the wrong time as far as UGA goes. Hogs take it going away, and there is no “trap” to it.

haberv

August 12th, 2009
1:17 pm

UT will be back soon if you look at recruiting alone. Rocht isn’t what changed UGA, it was Garner and as long as Martinez stays there UGA will never be elite as their talent suggests. Tech proved that last year along with Saban. All SEC games are tough and the balance of the conference is improving all of the time. Come on, Ole Miss at preseason #10? USC, Vandy, Kentucky no longer cupcakes either.

Tide Rising

August 12th, 2009
1:18 pm

Frozen Gator,

On the schollies losses we took them spread out over 3 years so we went from 78 to 72 to at 1 pt 64 players. Then we gradually added back players. The cumulative effect keeps you down for 5-6 years because by the time you get to add schollies back in you can only bring in 25 guys at a time. Our senior class this year is the first full senior class not affected by the probation of the early 2000s. That’s how severe it was. Last year we only had 9 seniors because of the probation. Enough of that though. I’m sick of it.

As for the 28 max limit I think its a horrible rule and it should be 30 due to academic attrition alone. Nutt was the only one abusing it and pretty much said so. He signed 37 knowing most wouldn’t qualify because he wanted to build relationships with junior colleges.

The school that pushed the most for it is Auburn and ironically enough they are the ones suffering because of it. They only have 71 scholly players in camp right now due to attrition of all sorts and kids not qualifying during the summer. So now because of this rule they will be screwed for some time to come and will have to hope that of the next couple classes that just about everyone qualifies and that there is very little attrition. Playing with 71 while everyone else has 83-85 is a huge disadvantage.

The reason I think this is a bad idea is because to me its better that Bama oversign and have 3 kids have to grayshirt and wait a semester than it is for Auburn to have 14 open slots that could have gone to kids that need scholarships and would love to living the dream of playing college football. That’s 14 kids that are sitting at home and in most cases come from families that can’t afford to send them to college on their own. I wonder what people think about the flip side of the argument. JMHO of course.

Paul Johnson

August 12th, 2009
1:40 pm

Tide Rising and Frozen Gator, LET IT GO!!!!!!!!! Nobody cares!!!!!!!! Cease and desist!!!!!!!!! Gracious!!!!!

Tide Rising

August 12th, 2009
1:54 pm

Paul Johnson,

Its all good. We’re not even arguing. We’re just talking football and football related issues. Besides, I’ve always enjoyed Frozen_gators posts even if I may respectfully disagree with him on this one.

LambertDawg

August 12th, 2009
2:05 pm

T, its fair to say LSU can fear Georgia, not as much as Florida, but they can still fear GA. its not like LSU has had Georgia’s number or anything…

2004: Ga 41(?)- LSU 14

2005 SEC CG: Ga 34- LSU 14 (GA was underdog)

2008 @ Baton Rouge: Ga 50 something- LSU 30 something

Tebows a Home

August 12th, 2009
2:14 pm

Florida fans are ghey.

Tebows a Homo

August 12th, 2009
2:14 pm

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Poor Arkansas

August 12th, 2009
2:22 pm

Arkansas doesn’t stand a chance against the rest of the SEC. As a Hog fan, I just hope all those other teams go easy on them and don’t mess them up too much. This team won’t pose a threat to anyone. I just hope they can beat Missouri State, as it could be their only win of the season. I’m not even sure why they are in the SEC, especially with a coach like Petrino, who couldn’t win in the NFL. If you can’t win the Super Bowl in your first season as a head coach in the NFL, especially when you lose your key offensive threat because he was having dogfiths in his house. You have to use that to pull your team together, to become something special. He failed, however, and now we’re stuck with him. Poor us.

Please, SEC fans, tell your coaches to not even suit their starters up. The Arkansas game is the perfect opportunity to rest your star players and get the younger kids some experience. Heck, go ahead and suit up some recruits so they can get the “genuine” experience. They’ll really appreciate it.

Artie

August 12th, 2009
2:29 pm

Mark it down now…the ‘Pokes ABSOLUTELY CRUSH the ‘dawgs!!!

jessica

August 12th, 2009
2:41 pm

go dawgs!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

August 12th, 2009
2:48 pm

Wouldn’t you hate to have your team’s mascot nicknamed the “‘Pokes?!!!”

David G.

August 12th, 2009
2:51 pm

Hey T, learn how to spell. Or did you go to GA which speaks volumes.

Tide Rising

August 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

Who are the “pokes”? Artie didn’t say.

ThaMan

August 12th, 2009
3:12 pm

Denver Dog – there’s some dust under the Coke machine and one of the mops fell off of the rack out back. Could you take care of that for us please? Thanks. The Engineering Department.

Trap Games « The Blog Hawgs

August 12th, 2009
3:36 pm

[...] on August 12, 2009 Tony Barnhardt, aka Mr. College Football, has his list of the SEC’s top five trap games of the season.  The Hogs are involved in two of those games.  While I don’t see UF being [...]

Jacket Girl

August 12th, 2009
4:01 pm

Denver Dog,

What is eductation?

Wood Hughes

August 12th, 2009
4:29 pm

Nope, not UT as Bama’s trap game. After an extremely tough and emotional 3 point upset win against Ole Miss at Oxford, Spurrier will come in and show his evil genius in the REAL trap game for the Tide the week BEFORE the Ugly Orange Hillbillies come in to litter Tide Town.

Tide4u2c

August 12th, 2009
4:40 pm

Yeah why all the hate toward Saban? O.K You are not a Bama fan nobody is asking you to be either.But for real why all the Saban hate especially if you are not an Auburn fan or Tennessee fan?Auburn fans have been the kings of Saban/Bama slander since Saban arrived so don’t believe all the false rumors they’ve been spewing. Is it because of the media? Come on you people you know how the media can be.

I am not a fan of your team but that does’nt mean I hate your coach. I actually have respect for most of the SEC coaches and think it is good for the SEC to have such great coaches.Even if you did’nt like how Saban came to Alabama so what,many other coaches have denied they were leaving a team and then did and yet not nearly the hate directed at them coaches.

I say mainly because of the media, people hear stuff over and over and I guess it effects them.In Saban’s defense, Saban was focused on getting his team into the playoffs at Miami at the time he made his statement, he wanted his team focused to win, it would’nt have been fair to the players if he had said yes I am interested in the Alabama job,etc.Even LSU fans should be over it by now, Saban did’nt leave them for Bama and Saban had said before he left LSU that a NFL head coach was his dream job – a point the media left out.

I believe Saban regretted leaving LSU for the NFL once he got a taste of being a NFL head coach, it was not what Saban thought it would be and he missed college football.Yet he could not come back to LSU and Bama needed a coach.We seen what he did to turn around LSU, we knew how he was a recruiting machine, we knew about how he does’nt let his assistants talk to the media and that if a reporter does’nt ask a good question or asks hypothetical question he does’nt like it.

Maybe it really has nothing to do with Saban and people just hate Alabama because of what Alabama represents in college football.Come to think about we’ve had a bullseye on our back for along time way before Saban.

TigerHou

August 12th, 2009
5:25 pm

Someone above on this page said the SEC is overrated. Well, not only do you have to win the conference championship to get the BCSCG or a BCS bowl, them you take on another highly ranked.

I’m trying to remember who has won the BCS trophy this decade. Oh yeah, it was 2 lousy SEC teams. Both Florida and LSU have 2 a piece. Crappy conferance and WAY overrated.

darkhollow deecee

August 12th, 2009
5:38 pm

Whoever thinks the SEC is overrated is smoking and drinking through their ears! When the SEC loses non-conference games it is our worst teams against some other conference best! Top to bottom it is not even close! And the fact that you say that tells me that m stands for MORON! The SEC has 3 teams not powerful all the time and I bet you can’t name 3 teams in your conference that are powerful! You sound stupid! Go back to the ACC and wait for basketball season m. Not even worthy of a capital letter! You probably play table tennis for competition! Stay off football sites because you make football fans look bad being so dumb! Respond if you are not crying like a wimp!

BIGBOY

August 12th, 2009
5:46 pm

OU and USC as well as OSU have won a NC and they do come from crappy conferences.

darkhollow deecee

August 12th, 2009
5:49 pm

All SEC haters,keep it up! I love it when the confetti comes down and all teams in the SEC get a share! Don’t you wish your sorry a.. conference had a good idea like that! Do you think all of these brilliant coaches decided to go to the SEC for hype! SEC! SEC! SEC!

JCDore

August 12th, 2009
6:05 pm

VU-OM a trap game? Hmmmm….I guess we could be looking ahead to Army.

Frozen_Gator

August 12th, 2009
6:44 pm

Tide Rising……..You are a gentleman and I much enjoy your posts…….Go Gators/RTR

spence537

August 12th, 2009
7:02 pm

i dont want anyone to give the hogs respect so will be taken lightly and as for rich tradition i do believe we have that as well!! i cant wait till sept 19th vs georgia i have been predicting that game as an upset all spring and summer and i really dont think it will be that close! Georgia wasnt that great with stafford or knoshawn who do they have now??

Eddy Gattis

August 12th, 2009
7:10 pm

Alabama could lose to Tennessee – but the “trap” game is South Carolina – sandwiched between Mississippi and Tennessee –

It’s homecoming – so the old ball coach will beat on hig guys about disrespect –

Win or lose against Mississippi the week before – and the Bama emotions will be shot –

And there’s the “look ahead” factor for the Tennessee game –

It’s that little squad from Columbia – with the great head coach – and the underdog mentality – that could be too easily overlooked –

It’s not who you beat – or who you lose to – it’s who sneaks up on you – and from that definition, South Carolina is worth watching out for if your the Crimson Tide.

Jim morrison

August 12th, 2009
7:19 pm

Bottom line!

Florida rolls through their schedule with ease.

GA will be lucky to win 7 Games!

Gators win another NC, SEC, & another Heisman for the trophy case.

Sorry guys, but they are that good and plenty of depth.

Give them props as they will not lose focus.

Enough Said!

Angry White Man

August 12th, 2009
9:01 pm

41-30

Black Out!

Slightly Educated Conf

August 12th, 2009
9:44 pm

sec only conf where one team beats another

joe taxpayer

August 12th, 2009
9:52 pm

Again Mr. College football T.B. tells us nothing we do not already know.

Soothsayer

August 12th, 2009
10:57 pm

UF, reeling from the upset loss to Ole Miss the week before, still pounded Arkansas 38-7 on the road in 2008. What makes you think they’ll struggle at home against the same team?

Hogules

August 13th, 2009
2:26 am

Soothsayer,
While UF did pound the Hogs at our place, it wasn’t until late in the second half, when an undermanned Razorbacks defense couldn’t hang did the Gators pour it on my Hogs.

Bobby Petrino and his staff have recruited well and our two deep roster will be vastly different than it was when we played last season and that will make a HUGE difference.
Also Ryan Mallett will be eligible and our receivers who were true freshmen last year will be battle tested and a year older……………..and bigger.
Our weakest link on defense last year was our secondary and with the Juco additions to the back of our defense, coupled with 5 star CB recruit Darrius Winston, Tebow and his receivers will find play pitch and catch a little more difficult this time around.
I’m not going so far as to promise a victory for my Razorbacks, but I will tell you right here and now that it won’t be another slaughter like last years contest ended up being.

TommyJack

August 13th, 2009
8:01 am

Dawgs will continue to over recruit and under perform.

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ackerman17

August 13th, 2009
10:05 am

You know Ole Miss turned the ball over SIX times last year against Vandy. I wouldn’t expect the same this year. Vandy only had 202 yards of total offense.

PTC DAWG

August 13th, 2009
10:27 am

I flat out don’t see LSU overlooking UGA….UGA has won 3 in a row, and 6 of the last 8 vs LSU.

jumbeauxtiger

August 13th, 2009
11:06 am

LSU will certainly not be overlooking UGA. We know Athens is a tough place to play and the Dawgs have an outstanding program. I am looking forward to being there.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

LIFE LONG DAWG

August 13th, 2009
12:13 pm

TRAP GAME #1 IS FOR THE GATORS AT THE COCKTAIL PARTY

DON’T SLEEP ON THE DAWGS

LIFE LONG DAWG

August 13th, 2009
12:22 pm

#1 TRAP GAME IN 2009 COCKTAIL PARTY

DON’T SLEEP ON THE DAWGS

Seminole

August 13th, 2009
4:58 pm

The trap game for UF is the season finale when FSU comes to town.

Rick Trickett: People are not going to like seeing us roll into town. I am looking for five guys who will hit people in the mouth.

JCDore

August 13th, 2009
5:53 pm

I would say Vanderbilt caused 6 Ole Miss turnovers.

Yeah, VU had 202 yards of offense. I wouldn’t expect the same this year.

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Orange Lightning

August 14th, 2009
12:58 am

Bama fans: So what your really trying to get at, is that the your time to get caught cheating is right around the corner, again. Trying to keep up with the Jonses? Saban$$$… Illegal Recruiting$$$$$$…
When you do finally get the death penalty what are you going to do? I don’t want to imagine that one. This could be a great book.

Trade School Junkie

August 14th, 2009
10:22 am

This article is just too funny for its ompletely dubious pretense.

Folks, there is ONLY ONE trap game for the whole damn SEC.

It the OKST vs GA game.

Aside from Ark vs TxAM(which Ark is gonna win), there are NO OTHER BIG 12 vs SEC GAMES in the regualr season. Big 12 & SEC wont face off until bowl season.

So, if a top Big 12 team (OKST) beats a “top” SEC team(yeh, I know, as over-ratd as they are now) (GA), then the Big 12 will have “a voting edge” on the SEC when the BCS Bowl voting begins at end of season.

The BCBS voting will have to look back at THIS GAME. Dont think it wotn matter. Its gonna be HUUUUUGE when the final BCS voting starts.

Despite the volume of Kool-Aid being poured out by blind homers like Barnhart, THIS IS THE TRAP GAME OF THE YEAR.

And, OKST is gonna CRUSH ga in Stillwater.

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Jim morrison

August 14th, 2009
11:08 pm

Hey Seminole,

You gotta be kidding.

FL State will not be a threat to the Gators in the Swamp.

Enough Said!

chuck

August 15th, 2009
1:35 am

woo pig sooie

Jay Rock

August 15th, 2009
7:25 am

Hey, FzIZZLE – you still out there?
This is an SEC board, and has nothing to do with your ‘07 falCONvicks. While you’re looking up the NFL, try looking for a job. I hear they’re hiring in Phillie, where you can catch up with your boy.

dan

August 16th, 2009
9:07 am

Why am I the only one that thinks that Auburn could be a trap game? They have talent, even if they only finish like 7-5. Their have been stranger things that have happened in that rivalry. 1996 OT win by a 5-6 UGA team game? 1999 38-21 beatdown by a 5-6 Auburn team in Athens? You can throw the records out when those two teams play.

Paddy

August 16th, 2009
12:02 pm

Don’t worry about the Hogs. “That Coach” still lives down there. NUF said.

Mancreature

August 16th, 2009
1:51 pm

Last season the ACC improved to an all-time winning percentage of .182 in 11 BCS games, by far the worst winning percentage of all college football conferences (second-to-last is the Big Ten at .421 in 19 games). The Mountain West is undefeated but has only played 2 games. The SEC (of course) leads all conferences with a .710 winning percentage in 17 BCS games. The SEC has never lost a BCS Nat’l Champ. Game (5-0).
For ACC fans who say these numbers just support the notion that the SEC is just a top-heavy conference, you could look at conference records in all bowls. Last season the SEC was 6-2 and the ACC was 4-6. I guess ACC fans are putting their pride in the 2 teams that didn’t make a bowl, Duke and Virginia. The previous season the SEC went 7-2 in bowls and the ACC went 2-6. The year before that the SEC went 6-3 and the ACC went 4-4.
I don’t see how anyone could rationally argue the premise that the ACC is the media darling of college football. Why else would they continue to receive media coverage and place so many sub-par teams in bowl games.

Mancreature

August 16th, 2009
2:18 pm

No team has a tougher schedule than South Carolina.
The only teams on their schedule who didn’t make a bowl last season were SC State (who went undefeated in their conference) and @ Arkansas, a team who beat LSU in their last game last season.
Other away games are at NCSTATE, UGA, BAMA, & TENN.
SCarolina’s bye doesn’t come until after their last SEC game against Florida.

7-5 would be a great record.

Yo Moma

August 17th, 2009
2:30 pm

I worry most about UF. I wonder how UGA will win more than 1 of the last 5 games! The great Football wins at UGA mean more to me than the fact that I will always make a whole lot less than a Tech grad for the rest of my life.

Yo Moma

August 17th, 2009
2:33 pm

Sorry; that was mean spirited. But I felt like I just had to remind people that your school wining football games is great but it is not a key to a successful life.

Mark

August 19th, 2009
12:52 am

Tony,

I can’t wait to hear your apology to Ole Miss fans when they shock the world against Florida in the SEC Championship! No love for the Rebs! Please don’t jump on the bandwagon once we roll through the Tigers and Tide in Oxford! Stick with your Bama pick all the way!

Jim morrison

August 21st, 2009
11:43 pm

Hey Mark,

You must be on crack!

Gators will not lose this year as the SEC, Heisman, and NC are a sure bet!

Enough Said!

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