There was never any doubt on UGA-FLA in JAX

Five burning questions as we head into the weekend:

 

1. UGA-FLA stays in JAX. Was there ever any doubt? I know a lot of Georgia fans were intrigued about the prospect of playing the Georgia-Florida game on campus or even in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. And trust me when I tell you that Gary Stokan and the Atlanta Sports Council put on the full court press trying to convince Georgia athletics director Damon Evans and President Michael Adams that moving the game to Atlanta is something they should try once—if nothing else but to keep the revenue generated by the event in the state of Georgia. But never underestimate the power of the South Georgia Bulldogs. This is their game. And there are simply too many in the Bulldog Nation to whom the Jacksonville trip is a tradition worth keeping, regardless of the results on the field. The Georgia fans have done their part and turned out faithfully year after year in Jacksonville. Now the team needs to do its part and figure out how to beat the Mighty Gators.

 

2. Will Ryan Mallett have enough time to throw? The Arkansas quarterback had a good SEC debut last week as he lit up the Georgia secondary for 408 passing yards and five touchdowns. Well, Mallett may have played his first SEC game last week but his real SEC debut comes Saturday when the Hogs go to Alabama. Mallett looks like a very good quarterback but he has never seen speed on defense like he will see against the No. 3 Crimson Tide. So the short answer to the question is “no.”

 

3. Will LSU finally turn its offense loose against Mississippi State? The Tigers have been less than impressive in their three wins over Washington (31-23, although that one looks a little better now), Vanderbilt (23-9) and Louisiana-Lafayette (31-3). But some folks around the league have suggested that Coach Les Miles is waiting for crunch time before he shows us what he really has under the hood. In the next three weeks LSU goes to Mississippi State, Georgia and then returns home to play No. 1 Florida in Baton Rouge. It would appear that time has arrived for the Tigers.

 

4. How confident is North Carolina as they come to Georgia Tech? A year ago, when the rest of the ACC was still adjusting to Paul Johnson’s option attack, North Carolina gave up a bunch of rushing yards (326 on 54 carries) between the 20s but allowed Georgia Tech only one touchdown. That one came on an 85-yard run by Jonathan Dwyer in the fourth quarter. Other than that one big play, Georgia Tech did not have a snap inside North Carolina’s 23-yard line. Nine starters return from that Tar Heel defense. So I would say North Carolina is very confident as they arrive at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

 

5. How close is Miami to being the Miami of old? I talked to Hurricane coach Randy Shannon this week and he’s not prepared to say that Miami is all the way back. But the No. 9 Hurricanes, who thumped Georgia Tech 33-17 last week, will get a very good measuring stick on Saturday when they go to No. 11 Virginia Tech. The key to the game will be how well the Miami offensive line can protect quarterback Jacory Harris. Harris was rarely taken out of his comfort zone against Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech is very athletic and aggressive on its defensive front. Miami has lost in five of its last seven trips to Blacksburg

 

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Frank Lane

September 24th, 2009
8:14 am

Arkansas is going to surprise someone this year. Mallett has great vision and arm strength, but it may not be Alabama. If I were a betting man I would definitely take Arkansas and the 17.5 points.

Herodotus

September 24th, 2009
8:15 am

Tebow fumbled.

Diamond Dave

September 24th, 2009
8:17 am

“Tradition…regardless of the results on the field.” Did I read that right?

Mikey

September 24th, 2009
8:17 am

Tony,

One more question:

Will Ole Miss validate their ranking tonight?

PTC DAWG

September 24th, 2009
8:17 am

Bama and UF, neither are beatable…LOL….

Re #1, good job by the powers in charge.

ParrisIsland Dawg

September 24th, 2009
8:21 am

There’s nothing like beating FL in Jax. If we get over our mental block we have the athletes to do it.
GATA

RedKneckerson

September 24th, 2009
8:25 am

I think UGA is gthe best football program in America. (historically or current)

Jim Mora Jr.

September 24th, 2009
8:32 am

Chris

September 24th, 2009
8:33 am

I personally think the UGA-FLA game should have been changed. Keep it in Jacksonville every other year to save tradition but move it Atlanta, or a home and home every other year to add an extra home game that Athens needs.

To say the South Georgia DAWGS demanded it to stay in Jax. just doesn’t make much since. I’m from south Georgia and have traveled to Jax. and Athens for a game. Unless you live in Brunswick, is traveling really that big of a deal for south Georgia fans?

I’d much rather go to a game at Sanford Stadium than Jax. A couple of hours difference in travel, big freakin deal! I think we should have kept tradition and mixed it up as well.

I hope this isn’t an athletic director that is to scared to make tuff decisions. Case in point….Willie Martinez. He has got to go Damon. If not, he will bring this program crashing down.

quaildawg

September 24th, 2009
8:36 am

Tony,
One question I have yet to see asked by any scribe. When is Tebow going to walk up under center? I recall Meyer making a big deal about that in pre-season and as of yet I don’t believe it has happened. That being said the issues he had last weekend in the passing game were obvious in that Tebow was very average when having to drop back further due to UT’s pass rush or when he was pressured period.
Just curious.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 24th, 2009
8:39 am

It’s Thursday, what time does Tech kick off? Can I still get a free Coke and hot dog if I get a ticket at the walk up window?

winderdawg

September 24th, 2009
8:40 am

Enter your comments here

CharliePell

September 24th, 2009
8:43 am

The Miami of old would have robbed a bank by game 4….

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2009
8:44 am

Coming off the loss to Georgia Arkansas will be hungry wanting to make up for that tough loss with a win against Alabama a team that dominated them last year.It is just that Mallett will be facing a strong defense and won’t be able to put up enough points to win in the end and I think Mallett will throw an interception in this game.Arky likes to set up the run with the pass but they may try to change things up some.Meanwhile Alabama’s offense with Greg McElroy leading the way along with a strong running attack will be able to put up enough points on the Arkansas D to win.I’ll say
Bama 40 Arky 17 maybe 20 with a late field goal.

It is time for LSU to show us what they’ve got. They’ve got Miss St a team they should pretty much dominate on both sides of the ball.LSU has alot of talent and should be able to put this game away atleast by half time.The score should be something like LSU 45 Miss St 6. But LSU has’nt showed us what they can do yet so I’ll say LSU 27 Miss St 14.

As far as Miami I am not buying they are back yet until after this game with Virginia Tech.I don’t think the Miami offense will be able to put up alot of points on the Hokie D and I think it will be a close game. I’ll say Virginia Tech 24 Miami 21.

gatorcali247

September 24th, 2009
8:45 am

Dont get your hopes up for too many wins in Jax, UGA fans. Tebow leaves but Brantley is the real deal and better passer, UF will be loaded next year too

Otto

September 24th, 2009
8:48 am

Keep UGA/UF in Jax. The Dome has no atmosphere, and is generally a terrible place to watch anything. I have been to games in the Dome, Athens, and UGA/FL in both Athens and Jax. Something is special about Jax and CMR’s road record proves that winning the game is not about location. Keep the S. Ga fans happen and use it as a platform to recruit Florida players as they have.

The Atlanta Sports Council needs to go away, first giving Bama more of a presence in Georgia than they had before with the Kick Off Game and now trying to move UGA/UF.

gatiger2

September 24th, 2009
8:51 am

I personally see the Ga – Fla game in Jax much like the Auburn – Ala game once played at Legion Field. At some point because of the ” results on the field ” you have to do something to change that. There is nothing like home field advantage, no matter how great the party or how convenient the game to South Ga is. Ga will win now and then down there. Ga won’t win consistently until its played in Athens and where ever the Gators want to play their home game. I don’t understand not wanting to play in Athens. Just my opinion.

GeezusDawg

September 24th, 2009
8:53 am

GA-FL should change to home and home and we should pick Clemson back up on the schedule. It’s unfortunate that the “tradition” of the Clemson rivalry was dismissed so quickly, but the Jax “tradition” can’t be touched.

Tony, why in the h3ll do you have sugardaddie.com advertising during your CBSC show????????

Jonnyboy

September 24th, 2009
9:01 am

So this is Georgia football. You would rather play your home game in Florida. Denying the local economy of the windfall from out of town guest. Denying your fans and football team the Saturday campus experience. Yeah sounds that the powers to be really know what they are doing. This is college football not the NFL. I would be more than up set if my team auctioned off one of it’s home games every other year.

SEC4Life

September 24th, 2009
9:03 am

As a GA resident and loyal Dawg fan, I was buying AD Evans’ rationale for keeping the game in Jax until I saw one thing:

CBS agrees to televise the game nationally through 2016.

Don’t insult my intelligence by saying “tradition” was the leading factor in fighting to keep the game in Jax. I don’t care if the ticket allocations are 50/50, this is (and always will be) a home game for FLA. The game could be played in Orlando and it would STILL be a home game for FLA. “Money” made this decision, plain and simple.

And also don’t insult my intelligence AD Evans by saying that keeping the game in JAX can serve as a good “recruiting tool” for UGA in the state of FL. Are you freakin’ kidding me? Guys from FL aren’t looking to come to UGA. I take that back, top-flight FL recruits aren’t breaking down any doors to get to Athens. Think about UGA’s top three offensive weapons from last year: Stafford (TX), Moreno (NJ) and AJ Green (SC). UGA actually recruits better in states other than FL. If I’m a highly-touted recruit in FL, and I have FLA, Miami and (clears throat) FL ST to choose from, why would I go to Athens?

This game needs to alternate sites between Atlanta/Athens and FL in the worst way. AD Evans dropped the ball on this one. The city of Jax needs this game b/c the Jaguars are close to folding and they need the revenue. Not to sound cold-hearted or anything, but that shouldn’t be a concern of AD Evans or President Adams for that matter. They needed to decide what was in the best interests of UGA.

richtfan

September 24th, 2009
9:05 am

keeping it in jax is a huge mistake tony. mark richt is unfortunately not controlling the program to his liking.

Auggie Doggie

September 24th, 2009
9:09 am

Jonnyboy, How many NFL games are played at neutral sites?

outkasted

September 24th, 2009
9:09 am

since jevean snead is the best or 2nd best qb in the SEC…. he should have no problem with south carolina and their avg defense… theres no way ryan mallet will throw a completion for a score on that alabama defense…. blah blah blah… south carolina will win tonight and arkansas will beat alabama…by the way tony all the games are real sec games… last i checked they count in the record books….kentucky is going to give florida all they want to see too…its funny how alabamas only big win came against a va tech team who cant score in practice let alone a game…what about a trap gm for LSU since they come between the hedges next week…the so called florida defense thats 22 deep let a team who can’t throw and dont even trust their qb to throw run the ball down their throat if TN had any type of passing game…..the U is back and in the hunt…

CharlotteGator

September 24th, 2009
9:09 am

1. Keep the game in Jax. If UGA wins this year, I imagine all the “move the game” discussion goes away and is replaced with “we’re back, the tide is now turning to our favor…the Gator run is over esp. since Tebow is gone.”

2. If Alabama cares about this game, then no, Mallet is done. If they sleepwalk, then it’ll be close until their alarm buzzes and wakes them up. That D is stout and the offense is finding its legs/identity.

3. I hope its true that they’re staying vanilla until the ‘real games’. I don’t think you can just flip the switch in football and then turn on your ‘good’ offense at a moments notice. I suspect reality, however, is that they’ve just not found their rhythm. I know Miles can be a bit reckless, but I can’t imagine he’d hold back his offense to not “show” anything.

4. I couldn’t begin to tell you anything about UNC football. All people up here seem to care about is who is better Delhomme or Romo. That and the race coming up on Oct. 17. The only thing I’ve heard re: UNC football are UNC alumns complaining that the atmosphere in their stadium is dead because the students won’t get rowdy or into the game. That and that they have a ton of injuries on the OL.

5. Like others have said, I think this week will be a good indication. The previous two games they were fighting for something (i.e. state bragging rights, revenge, etc.). Now they’ve seen some success so the true test will be in how they handle that with a tough road game this weekend. If they’re 4-0 after beating Oklahoma, I’ll start to believe. They’re a young team though, and like all others, how they handle success will dictate their season.

Fleischman in Chattanooga

September 24th, 2009
9:12 am

Hoping Ole Myth gets their a$$es kicked tonight…

Meet me in the bathroom big boy

g8trb8

September 24th, 2009
9:13 am

you can play the game at parkview high school, the results are still going to be the same…the “superior” team doesnt always win, it is the team better prepared and more hungry.

TS

September 24th, 2009
9:16 am

I’m sure some South GA Bulldog boosters with deep pockets put a couple phone calls in to the appropiate places this week. IT was the correct decision. Florida-Georgia needs to stay in Jacksonville. The Dawgs are always calling us Gators out for not having any tradition but that’s what this is. Tradition. 49-10 is the reason this was back in the spotlight. Now let’s move on.

Gibby

September 24th, 2009
9:17 am

outkasted- that’s just plain silly. Arkt beats Bama AND the Chickens beat Ole Miss. I know you’re a UGA fan and these results would make your team look stronger, but come on. Are you also picking the Houston Cougars not to lose another game this year????

84 dawg

September 24th, 2009
9:18 am

CBS televising the game isn’t exactly what we want given the way we play down there. Maybe we could move the start time to 3AM and nobody would notice the annual a$$whipping we sustain year after year.

And Gator fans, spare me the scarey Brantly talk. The “Just wait till Tebow leaves-Brantly is the better quaterback” makes you sound stupid. Weren’t you guys screaming bloody murder because the Evil Genius had the nerve to vote Snead all SEC instead of the sainted Tebow. Now you tell us you have a better QB on your depth chart-uh ok whatever. Enjoy your success. Your program is admittedly miles ahead of ours, but stop bragging about your backup QB.

CharlotteGator

September 24th, 2009
9:19 am

Just my opinion, but you can’t complain about the recruiting edge Saban gets by playing the Kickoff Classic in the GA Dome, and then turn around and say playing in Jax gives you NO recruiting benefit.

When I look down the UGA roster I see some pretty decent players from FL.
- Bryan Evans (ok, he’s suspect, but I imagine he’s the best option if no one’s taken his job after the last couple of games)
Orson Charles (UF would kill to have him on their squad right now)
Aaron Murray (isn’t he one of the anointed future star QB’s?)
Rantavious Wooten (aren’t people asking for him to get on the field)
Carlton Thomas (all you heard about was this guy after the spring game)
Shaun Chapas (you guys love your FBs and he’s a good player)
Michael Moore (he’s emerging this season as a legit threat)
Jeff Owens (isn’t he your best DL?)

Gibby

September 24th, 2009
9:22 am

84dawg- I agree an the Tebow thing. Saying “Just wait til you see this Brantley kid play” is akin to saying “We won’t miss Stafford, we got Joe Cox”.

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2009
9:23 am

Well next year Dawg fans it will be LSU using the GA dome.Alabama starts a home and home series with Penn St.

Alan

September 24th, 2009
9:25 am

Urban Meyer is laughing his butt off at the fact that some misguided Dawg fans have insisted on keeping the “tradition” of a game that’s 45 minutes from the UF campus, yet still counts as a “neutral site” in the eyes of recruits and pollsters everywhere. Folks, this isn’t the eighties anymore. Playing the Gators in their backyard EVERY year is a serious mistake. Simply too good a team with too much talent to give ANY kind of an advantage to them. The Jax money has spoken.

CharlotteGator

September 24th, 2009
9:26 am

84 dawg,

Completely agree. There will be a good drop-off after next season. That’s not to say Brantley won’t improve and be a good maybe great one, but it’s going to take time and he’s going to have to grow into it throughout next season. He might throw a better ball then Tebow, but so did Chris Leak and I don’t suspect there are many people putting him above Tebow. In fact, I remember him getting booed during Tebow’s freshman season (yet another example of a vocal minority embarrassing its own fanbase).

Hawg Molly

September 24th, 2009
9:27 am

SEC4Life….

So Aaron Murray, Orson Charles, Jeff Owens, Geno Atkins, Rantavious Wooten (need I go on?) are not “top flight FL recruits”? I beg to differ. Hopefully Charles breaks more than UF’s crystal trophy this year….like their hearts. Go Dawgs!

Denver Dog

September 24th, 2009
9:29 am

Ga Fla in the right place, right now! It was a great discussion, but it is over and done. As I have said many times before, if anyone doesn’t think that college football is about money, think again!. Leading up to the Spurrier era, all you ever heard was the Gators wanting to go home and home. This game is in the right place, right now, for the right time.

I’m not sure about Mallet. If they spent the spring and summer preparing for UGA, and didn’t win, who knows how they will perform. UGA showed that Ark can not run the ball, and can’t beat you passing. I’d say Tide rolls big time.

LSU will be ready for the next few weeks and beyond. There is no doubt that they are loaded with talent, so we will see how long it takes the big guns to start shooting.

How confident is UNC? All I can tell you is that Charlotte Gator is right on in his analysis except he left out the main thing about the fans up there, they are not counting down for the Panthers, they are counting down for the start of college basketball season. That is the sport up there, and it won’t be long til Butch realizes that and gets another real job offer. As far as Saturday, you can expect the Bees to be ready for the Heels. THey have a lot to prove now. The offense has been slowed and exposed, and now they have to show something different.

I’m not sure abut Miami, but they will be on the road this week. We will see if they are for real or not. They beat Tech, but they had a revenge factor, and Va Tech may not have the offense that they need to beat Miami. We will see though won’t we.

SEC4Life

September 24th, 2009
9:31 am

I’m also looking forward to watching Ole Miss tonight to see if they’re really worth the hype. I watched them a few weeks ago and I wasn’t that impressed.

Not to live in the past or anything, but if Tenn had a better QB then last week’s game would’ve been a lot closer than what it was. Meyer knows it, and Kiffin knows it too.

DawginLex

September 24th, 2009
9:32 am

SEC 4 life,

I think Orson Charles would disagree with you big time. So would Aaron Murray.

Eric

September 24th, 2009
9:34 am

Too bad about JAX. Atlanta would be a great venue for that game..and Atlanta deserves it. No one supports the Dogs more. Much as I despise that jerk in Fayetteville, I’d really like to see the Hogs beat the toilet paper/washing power gang. Va Tech is not all that. Miami will prove it. WDE!!

SEC4Life

September 24th, 2009
9:36 am

I stand corrected with regards to Charles, Wooten and Atkins.

We won’t know about Aaron Murray’s potential until next year.

m

September 24th, 2009
9:38 am

Tony, again you have the dumbest blog on the net.

North Carolina is confident??? That is all you got???

Are they as confident as Clemson was???

By the way Tony, when are going to point out that Georgia Tech is the ONLY team in the country confident enough to VOLUNTARILY schedule 3 teams from the mighty ess eee cee?

Thank God and Greyhound that the sec of coached, chan gomer gailey, is gone forever

shakazulu

September 24th, 2009
9:39 am

As a Gator growing up in Jacksonville, I was always amazed at the number of Georgia supporters in and around the area. And yes Tony, these are very influential folk who enjoy having the game there. As long as the results of the game remain one-sided, as has been the case since Spurrier, many UGA people will complain about the location. But, having grown up around the series in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, I can tell you that my perception is a bit different…when the Florida wins were a bit more scarce!! Kudos to the UF and UGA folks for keeping a great thing intact.

Jimmy

September 24th, 2009
9:40 am

Enter your comment Coach Richt wanted game moved. Can you imagine AD’S at Ala, Fla, Texas, Oka, USC, telling their coaches, we don’t care what you want?

AltamahaDawg

September 24th, 2009
9:41 am

Jonny, every town is always somebody elses “local economy”. The Coast of Georgia gains more from this economically than Athens would every other year. That’s just a false argument.

And you truly don’t think the players and fans get more from this “experience” than what one more home game would bring. How is 1/6 so much better experience than a truly unique event? That mighty subjective. I’d have to disagree as somebody who has been to plenty of both.

Tide4u2c

September 24th, 2009
9:41 am

I am not buying the Ole Miss hype but when I look at their schedule I could see them winning alot of games based just on that. If Ole Miss is as good as having been advertised and pumped up all pre-season they should pretty much dominate South Carolina tonight.I’ll definately be watching to see.

Denver Dog

September 24th, 2009
9:43 am

In the words of the Wizard of Oz, Pay no atteniton to the girl behind the “m”

Denver Dog

September 24th, 2009
9:45 am

Tide 4 us to c . I really don’t think that Alabama has any room to speak about someone elses schedule.

Todd

September 24th, 2009
9:45 am

Hey, dumbas..s that are still proposing in this blog that the game be moved and you give your proposal, do you not understand that the deal has been done?

Tony, the point missing is what MR said prior and now his “I know nothing, I just want to show up and play the game” Seargant Shultz impression is hillarious.

Hey Coach Richt, did you see how the Kitty handled himself prior to going down to the swamp? His dimeanor seemed to help out the outmanned Vols.

bbdawg

September 24th, 2009
9:45 am

Enter your comments here
I just hope that Evans negogiated better traffic control, more police and a more hospital environment.

Gen Neyland

September 24th, 2009
9:45 am

Okay. Some here perceive UGA-FL in JAX to be an away game for Georgia. Logistically, I’d agree. Yet I thought I’d read where CMR said it doesn’t matter to him where they play UF, they need to play Florida better. And isn’t UGA’s road game record something like 1,500-4 under CMR..? Groundhog Day looks like it’ll continue. Learn from it instead of fighting a battle that’s out of your control. Those that get into this event should relish the opportunity (see Buck’s Photojam from JAX one more time, you guys) to be a part of it.