Can Georgia handle a little praise?

 

 

Five burning questions as we head into the weekend:

 

 

1. Can Georgia handle a little bit of praise? Last week’s win over Auburn doesn’t erase all of the of the problems that Georgia has had with this football team. Those problems are still considerable. But Georgia has not won two straight conference games since it beat South Carolina and Arkansas way back in September. Can the Bulldogs, who got a little love this week, handle it and take care of business against Kentucky? Can they build on it and actually play well for two weeks in a row?

 

2. Can LSU get excited, or even interested, enough to win at Ole Miss? If LSU beats Ole Miss on Saturday and Arkansas on Nov. 28, the Tigers will finish 10-2 and punch their ticket to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on New Year’s Day. But LSU is not going to a BCS game because No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Alabama are both virtual locks to be there (and one conference cannot have more than two teams in the BCS). LSU had a serious Alabama hangover last week before finally beating Louisiana Tech. Last season the Tigers stumbled at the end, losing to Ole Miss and Arkansas to finish 7-5. Ole Miss showed some life last week in totally destroying Tennessee 42-17. LSU fans won’t be happy with another lackluster finish.

 

3. Will Clemson take care of business against Virginia? I remember two years ago when all Clemson had to do was beat Boston College to clinch the ACC Atlantic. But the Eagles and Matt Ryan had other ideas, winning 20-17. This Clemson team appears to be different. The Tigers and C.J. Spiller have scored 38 or more points in each of their last five games. Spiller has become a human highlight reel and shows no sign of slowing down against a Virginia team (3-7) that packed it in a long time ago.

 

4. Why is Alabama playing Chattanooga? Why is Florida playing FIU? I understand why Alabama is playing the Division I-AA Mocs (6-4). Auburn, its next opponent, has this Saturday off and the Alabama-Auburn game is on Friday, Nov. 27, instead of Saturday. So if Alabama can’t have a week off like its state rival, then it needs to have a pretty stress-free game. Florida also has its big rivalry game on Nov. 28 against Florida State followed by the SEC championship game on Dec. 5. Remember that a few years ago the SEC changed the rules and now REQUIRES schools to play on the last Saturday in November instead of taking the week off before the SEC championship game.

 

5. Is Tennessee going to bounce back against Vanderbilt?  Tennessee was on a nice little roll when the Vols got on the plane last Friday and headed to Ole Miss. They had trounced Georgia. Lost a 12-10 heartbreaker to Alabama and then crushed South Carolina and Memphis. The energy around the program was high. Then three players get arrested for armed robbery and the Vols get trounced (42-17) in Oxford. Then this week the story broke that a player was cited for shoplifting earlier this month. Coach Lane Kiffin needs to get this thing out of the ditch and beat Vanderbilt and Kentucky to finish 7-5.

 

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200 comments Add your comment

Jambi

November 19th, 2009
6:37 am

cal

November 19th, 2009
6:40 am

tebow loves bj’s

Tim Tebow

November 19th, 2009
6:41 am

so does tony!!

Big time?? Not

November 19th, 2009
6:51 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

[...] Tony Barnhart of the AJC asks if Georgia can handle a little praise? [...]

Dog Island Gator

November 19th, 2009
7:05 am

Tony’s trying to find a little love for his pups at the end of the year. Just like ground hog day…every year.

FactuAll

November 19th, 2009
7:08 am

is anyone on this forum an LSU fan? that program baffles me. they have as much talent as anyone in the SEC, but are underachieving. I haven’t heard any rumblings like you’re hearing at UGA, but the situation is similar.

Miles and staff are great recruiters, and I know Chavez is an outstanding DC…..but something is missing.

Big Time?

November 19th, 2009
7:09 am

Georgia sucks. Kentucky wins easy.

FactuAll

November 19th, 2009
7:12 am

Dog Island Gator

haven’t talked with my friends in the great state of Florida lately. what is the mood in Gainesville going into the SECCG?

I had to buy a few dinners after last year, but am hopeful that Bama can pull it out this year.

it should be one of the best games of the season/decade.

Dog Island Gator

November 19th, 2009
7:13 am

Coach Kiffen

November 19th, 2009
7:24 am

I am not a liar, I just dont tell the truth!

Nachos

November 19th, 2009
7:25 am

Can Georgia handle a little praise?

Can Tony Jabroni handle a sackful with cheese?

joe taxpayer

November 19th, 2009
7:26 am

UGA beat an Auburn team that has played 11 straight weeks,unranked, and on the road. Every ranked team UGA has played they have lost. Who knows how they will play against Kty. After 10 games this team is still unpredictable. Why? Is it because of the coaching staff? The way the staff was hugging each other you would have thought they had accomplished something.

Coach Kiffen

November 19th, 2009
7:26 am

Rashad Jones thinking of turning pro? bwhahaha, I thought they canceled the xfl?

SimpleDawg

November 19th, 2009
7:34 am

The Dawgs can handle a little love, but the Techies can’t….they’ve enjoyed the Dawg death watch waaaay too much. Georgia beats Kentucky, but this should be a shoot out…again.

Clempson beats the Wahoos to validate their ticket to the rematch with GIT. Frank Howard always called Virginia, “White Meat”. The enthusiastic Dabo Swinney will not allow the Tigers to lose focus when they’re so close to realizing one of their major season goals.

LSU vs. Ole Miss should be quite a ball game….as long as Ole Miss keeps Jevan Snead off of the turf. He tends to play scared if he gets hit a few times early in a game. Surely, Dexter “The Vexer” McCluster can’t have another game like he did against Tennysee…..can he? Daddy Kiffin had no answer for all of that wiggle and speed in open spaces.

Tennysee should beat Vandy…..provided that Thug U doesn’t lose too many more of their delinquents or felons-in-waiting. Lil Lane has found that college recruiting is a real crap shoot.

OSU vs. Meechigan has certainly lost some luster…..

How ’bout UConn being a “must win Game” for the Goldie Domers…..talk about losing luster. Wait until Stanford gets a hold of ‘em.

Dog Island Gator

November 19th, 2009
7:34 am

FactuAll, The mood in Gaisville and the whole Gator Nation is captivated. The Gators are within reach of a third NC in the past 4 years. They are undefeated this year. And all the pundits do is pick Alabama to win everything. We are anxious,excited and elated over the accomplishments of our Gators. And Tim Tebow. He’s been as exciting to watch as Hershel was in his day. Pick who you want. Our hearts and joy are with our Gators to finish the drill.

Mikey

November 19th, 2009
7:36 am

Here’s another burning question Tony:

Would NuKeese have been suspended for a half or a whole game if he was a gator?

Dale

November 19th, 2009
7:47 am

I’m an LSU alumni. But to see what they put on the field this year, with lackluster play, half assed execution, and we have beaten NOBODY GOOD YET ! Time to wake up our new AD and have some changes made. With our talent and 4-5 star athletes, we beat Louisiana Tech by 8 points ? What do they expect us to do ? Keep paying fees for a less than product ? Time to let the season tix go, stop tailgating at the stadium and do it at home and make them feel the ‘money’ factor ! Football is our money machine and we have bumbling Jarrett Lee as our QB ? Enough ! We need more coaching, more hard ass in your face chewing outs and realize we are playing way below our potential. I went to the game last week–third quarter I saw droves leave ! Droves ! Where does that come from ? We need to get current with the team and the coaches–both are letting us down !

kenny d

November 19th, 2009
7:55 am

My response to this article is WHO CARES?
1. who cares; UGA is irrelevant this year (just ask Pollak)
2. again who really cares; LSU coach is really class-Les and Ole Miss is still only good when a Manning is at QB
3. who cares; Clempsum wins in a blow out – UVA is only going through the motions; this is the most pathetic group of players that I can remember
4. Who cares; this is business as usual – Its the SEC for god’s sake; their OOC schedules are full of these cream puffs
5. the only people who give a damn about this game live in Shotgun shacks in back woods of the Appalachian foothills

Slim Pickens

November 19th, 2009
7:56 am

………Josh Nesbitt for Heisman

BCS

November 19th, 2009
8:01 am

Georgia has offered to play for free if they will let them into the BCS National Championship. BCS says OK! So, its the Dogs against whoever ends up #1.

FIU Alumni

November 19th, 2009
8:04 am

To see my alma mater mentioned in Mr. College Football’s Column, WOW!; Bring on the GATORS!

TommyJack

November 19th, 2009
8:09 am

Dale, are you two people?

Eric

November 19th, 2009
8:11 am

Two more burning questions: Why do those two southern power houses Georgia State and UAT have a game scheduled for next November? Has the SEC noticed that Friday the 27th is NOT the last Saturday in November?

Tide Rising

November 19th, 2009
8:12 am

The Kentucky game will be hard fought. It won’t be easy but I think Georgia beats the mildcats when its all said and done.

LSU and Ole Miss? Right now I would have to favor Ole Miss slightly because they are at home I think and because Ole Miss seems to have picked it up in the 2nd half of the season just like they did last year. They’ve got some momentum going over in Oxford.

Bama is also playing Chatanooga because we really couldn’t find a more respectable team to play 10 games into the season. Its hard to get a decent middle tier team to take off from their regular conference schedule to play an out of conference team this late. Georgia had the same problem and had to schedule Tennessee Tech in the 8th or 9th game of the season.

UT-Vandy- UT wins handily because Vandy can’t score against a pee wee team. UT may be distracted because of the robbery arrests and the rancor surrounding Kiffin being caught in another lie. Kiffin should seriously consider a hiring a PR person to speak for him. Every time he speaks he seems to lose even more credibility if that’s possible.

David

November 19th, 2009
8:14 am

With the season nearing the end… I’m really bummed. Let’s add a 13th regular season game!

neb dooh

November 19th, 2009
8:15 am

the better question is did ga grow up from the second qtr on i think the dogs grew a chest hair against the war tigers hey tony i will take you 2 and 2 at the rock and give you strokes on the par fours

College fan

November 19th, 2009
8:15 am

1. Who cares, a team with no discipline, and is irrelavent
2.LSU wins in a squeaker
3. Clemson never lives up to their expectations, and only wins by 7
4.Soft schedule, just about everyone is doing it.
5.Tennesse trounces Vandy

Shug

November 19th, 2009
8:17 am

As I an aside, I mention that I vowed never to attend another major league baseball game after the 1981 strike. I recall many other people making the same vow. I’ve not broken my word on the subject. Can others say the same?

GeoffDawg

November 19th, 2009
8:19 am

One thing to note is that the fourth player was also a freshman like the first three. By the time Kiffin gets an entire team recruited by his staff, the team photo will be a virtual line up.

GW

November 19th, 2009
8:20 am

I don’t hear the Dogs getting much love from the AJC, bloggers or fans. Where are you hearing it Tony?

College fan

November 19th, 2009
8:21 am

On another note, whats the over under on the criminal lock up on the Tenn. team. They are playing catch up to UGA at this point, but they are rallying.

GeoffDawg

November 19th, 2009
8:22 am

Good point Mikey. At least Nu’keese didn’t try to literally blind someone.

Gator Boy

November 19th, 2009
8:22 am

Tony,

I just heard Tebow is en route to the space shuttle to repair the shuttle’s thermal shields, but will be back in time for the FIU game.

Dang.

College fan

November 19th, 2009
8:23 am

GW, i think its because as most of us know that Auburn is an average team that the dawgs squeaked by. Most people arent buying this win as rallying cry. Just a win over an average team.

Huh?

November 19th, 2009
8:23 am

UGA getting praise? Where? By who?

They beat Tennessee Tech and a miserable Auburn team. Nice going, Dawgs.

Asheville Dawg

November 19th, 2009
8:24 am

Prized Tennessee recruiting class of ‘09, suddenly looking like a little less that they were. Can you say police lineup line. Alabama and Florida have non SEC games against “Little Sisters of Mercy” so they don’t stub their toes on one of their poor Patsies.

D

November 19th, 2009
8:25 am

What the hell…Do they not have trash cans in Athens?

Give It Up

November 19th, 2009
8:26 am

4 thousand tickets, 4 thousand hot dog wrappers, and 4 thousand coke cans strewn across North Campus…

kenny d

November 19th, 2009
8:26 am

I didn’t think anybody cared, so I missed a couple of mortgage payments… who knew?

athensdawg

November 19th, 2009
8:27 am

consistency? the only way you are going to get consistency is for mark ray donnan to put it in his gameplan. and then, the only way that is going to happen is if the players execute.

has anyone here noticed that bobo’s play calling is just like Donnan…..
One series we run every play – until something doesn’t work, then we abandon the run and pass.
The next series we pass every play.
The only different is that Bobo is incapable of calling a drive that just moves the chains on a regular basis. Once he gets the ball outside his own twenty, he has to start throwing bombs. I’m sorry, but we dont have the vertical passing game of the Raiders of yore, or even Bartkowski to Jenkins and Jackson. I think a lot of the SEC DCs play man coverage on us to suck bobo into throwing the bomb….sure, they may give up one td…but over the course of the game, he will throw so many that it will get you several 3 and outs…

daveo

November 19th, 2009
8:39 am

I love BJ’s too!!!

BubbaHawkins

November 19th, 2009
8:41 am

I’ll always love the Bulldogs but the lover’s spat won’t end until CWM is gone.

Thunderbolt Patterson

November 19th, 2009
8:41 am

Looking at the picture on the main page, it is clear that a lot of UGA fans couldn’t care less about their school. And you wonder where the trailer trash jokes come from???

DP

November 19th, 2009
8:41 am

Auburn, a team with little depth, was playing their 11th consecutive game last week and Georgia had to come from behind to beat them at home. Kentucky had some key players injured for big chunks of the season (Lindley their outstanding DB, the QB Hartline) who are now back. Georgia is playing without their biggest offensive weapon A.J. Green. Kentucky has 2 playmakers in Cobb and Locke that Georgia can’t match.

I think the game is a pick ‘em. If Georgia loses it won’t be because they couldn’t handle praise or looked past Kentucky.

12 & 21

November 19th, 2009
8:42 am

Eric you continue to be proud of your inbred ignorance. Yes UTC is a joke but lets remember the bottom feeders you barndwellers feasted on to get to 5 – 0 before reality came crashing back in. Please eat lots of turkey next thursday so you can sleep through the @$$ kickin that is coming to the ugliest little village on the plains.

Alphare

November 19th, 2009
8:44 am

Kinda agree LSU is underachieving with the talents they hauled in. The QB position has been weak since Russell left, and the coaches are not doing a good job working around the weakness.

But don’t feel too bad, Georgia has hauled in the same level of talents and nobody can tell they even have any talents. That’s bad coaching, my friends.

GeoffDawg

November 19th, 2009
8:47 am

DP – If Georgia loses, it will be because of poor coaching and scheming, not for lack of depth or talent. If you think Georgia doesn’t have the talent to match up with Kentucky, you’re smoking some of that blue grass.

MIke

November 19th, 2009
8:48 am

I think Nukese and Edwards were hanging out with Jimmy Johns and Jeremy Elder too much!

loel

November 19th, 2009
8:51 am

Who asked to add a 13 th game… college is not about football,,, its about education…