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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Ed McQ

November 19th, 2009
8:55 am

From Shug: “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?”

Yes, I can. And with the Gwinnett Braves just up the road, I saw some good games this year without paying an arm and a leg for everything.


November 19th, 2009
8:56 am



November 19th, 2009
8:57 am

Alas, no and no, Tony.


November 19th, 2009
8:57 am

I think it’s a little late for any kind of “love”. This program has been on a downward slide since the Alabama game last year, and it is going to continue that way until Mark Richt makes some significant changes.


November 19th, 2009
8:57 am

The Dawgs are down and irrelavent to college football news. But let’s get some class and quit kicking them.

Ellie Mae

November 19th, 2009
8:57 am

Dawg Death Watch is on!

UK 31, UGA 28.

Make your reservations for Shreveport now.


November 19th, 2009
8:59 am

Why is Mark Richt still at UGA? Why hasn’t he been sacked?


November 19th, 2009
9:00 am

Eric – get your lube ready son. Your gonna need it come November 27. Its gonna get ugly barn boy.

36-0, more to come.


November 19th, 2009
9:00 am

Shrug have you seen attendance looks as if alot of people have done the same.


November 19th, 2009
9:03 am

GeoffDawg, I didn’t say Georgia doesn’t have the talent to match up with Kentucky. I said I thought the game is a pick ‘em, i.e. there’s not much of a gap in the talent. How many teams do Dawg fans have to watch their team get steamrolled before they realize that the recent recruiting classes have not lived up to their ratings? Coaching and scheming is part of the problem but not all of it.


November 19th, 2009
9:05 am

FactuALL, the difference in the rumbling here in Athens and the non-rumbling at LSU is the fact they have won something lately, namely, a Sec West, SEC Title, and BCS Title. That usually gives you a couple of years. We on the other hand, have underachieved, beginning with the Sugar Bowl after the 05 SEC Title. Even in ‘07, we still lost to average UT and SC. Underachievers…..


November 19th, 2009
9:07 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.”

Part of the problem is QB. LSU had Perriloux(sp) ready to take over for Flynn in 2008. We all know the talent he has but when he was kicked off the team in May of 2008, we had no QB without any real experience. You can’t be a championship team if you don’t have good QB play. In addition the co-defensive coordinators, which was a bad move by Miles, was another major reason for going 8-5 last year. The D is much improved though. LSU gave up 103 points to Florida and Georgia last season and in 10 games thus far in 2009 has given up 137.

I felt in the offseason that LSU was a 9-3 team and if they went 10-2 that would be a very good year and a huge improvement. LSU has struggled at times on offense this year because Jefferson was very inexperienced and we lost Herman Johnson, an All-American guard, and a great blocking fullback in Quinn Johnson. Miles made a good hire in Chavis. One thing I do give Miles credit for is in most cases he hires good coordinators (ie Crowton, Pelini). Tiger fans fuss about Shepard not playing much but from what I have seen he is limited to what he can do and is simply just not ready. I believe he will be a great player in 2010.

All of this said, LSU has enough talent to beat Ole Miss and Arkansas. If we don’t it will be a disappointing season and there will be alot of unhappy LSU fans.

Geaux Tigers


November 19th, 2009
9:07 am

FactuAll November 19th, 2009
7:08 am

Really? An 8-2 LSU team whose only 2 losses are to the #1 and #2 teams in the country, and it is the same as what is going on in the UGA program? Dude…lay off the herb!!


November 19th, 2009
9:11 am

Yeah, Geoffdawg; a guy eye gouging in a football game is WAY worse than…say…armed robbery.

joe joe

November 19th, 2009
9:12 am

Hey Dale,
Southern Cal, UGA, & Oklahoma have as much or more talent than LSU. Watch what you wish for.

Whopper Dawg

November 19th, 2009
9:12 am

The Auburn and LSU QBs were UGA’s best players all year. Of course, 1/4 Willie has been our opponents’ best player all year.


November 19th, 2009
9:13 am

1. UGA needs a big win this weekend vs. Kentucky. If they go out there and barely win 28-27, then they’ll get whipped against Tech.But if they go out there and win handily, I think they’ll give Tech all they can handle. But I’ll tell you one thing, UGA better not fall asleep vs. the Wildcats. Joker Phillips is a good OC and Rich Brooks has recruited good talent the last few years.

2. LSU better not take the Rebels lightly. Ole Miss beat them 31-13 last season, and even though have underachieved this year, they still have a LOT of talent on that team. McCluster is a beast!

3. I can’t ever figure Clemson out. But I’d like to think they can beat Virginia.

4. Alabama and Florida’s schedules are jokes. UGA needs to take note.

5. Vols should beat Vandy, but the Kentucky game could be a tough out.

Not Disappointed

November 19th, 2009
9:13 am

Georgia has improved and will win two in a row over Kentucky, but don’t expect the pups to have three wins in a row. Especially against my Jackets.

LSU vs Ole Miss should be a good grudge fight. It depends on who’s offense show up. I think LSU wins by 3 or less.

Clemson should take care business early on Virginia but expect CJ Spiller to click for the first three quarters and then take a rest. Clemson vs South Carolina should be a old deep southern fist fight.

Alabama and FLorida rolls…….

Tenn vs Vandy. This should be easy and fun for Coach Kiffy to get his team back on the winning side; moreover the “Right side of the Law.”

obscure reference

November 19th, 2009
9:15 am

12 and 21,
Please explain the 12 titles again. I am but a mere Auburn fan who has a hard time with math so please explain how UA counts 12 titles one more time.

Bottom feeders you say…LaTech lost to LSU #10 by 8…WVA got as high as #21 with loss to the #5 team and UT who took you…well you know how that went. AU had a rough season, depth and talent stacked against us, but we are a world away from where we were this time last year. Odds are against AU next week, but I wouldn’t look past us to FL.

Congrats to Saban on his first back to back 10-0 seasons. I said earlier in the year it wouldn’t happen. I was wrong.

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neb dooh

November 19th, 2009
9:20 am

yes the dawgs can handle a little praise now on offense they need to th row a few more routes to te and rb on defense for tech cover all 5 ol up front using owens at nose atkins and weston over guards and de on outside shoulder of tackles do not let tech line block downfield if possible must alternate curran gamble and washington in middle take olbs out cover wings with jones and banks corners are the same evans at safety


November 19th, 2009
9:26 am



November 19th, 2009
9:28 am

The players and the university deserve some praise, the fans don’t. The dawg nation as they call themselves, have no regard for anybody. They don’t appreciate the players busting their butts to win a game. They don’t appreciate the coaches staying long hours looking at films and preparing for a game.Oh they stand up and clap when a kid gets up or is carried off the feild after an injury. And then only worry if he’s gonna be OK for the next quarter and can help the team WIN. They get drunk, party, and trash their campus. Which is a damn shame because UGA has a beautiful campus, with alot of tradition. UGA has one of the finest vet schools in the nation. Not to mention forestry, law, and many other courses. But its all about FOOTBALL, and WINNING.All that unemportant stuff can go to hell. Right dawg fans?


November 19th, 2009
9:28 am

joe joe,

UGAY has no talent. Did you miss the whole season or just start last week? To even mention them with those teams is an insult. Time to get a clue!


November 19th, 2009
9:29 am

DP – We’ll have to agree to disagree, you stated that Cobb and Lock couldn’t be matched by UGA which I heartily disagree with. UGA should have the talent to match Kentucky with their second string out there. Watching defenders constantly out of position and not reading simple keys to tip you off to run/pass is a coaching problem, not a talent problem. When Georgia’s performed well this season, it’s been mostly due to great individual efforts from players, not from a decent gameplan.

Blue – If that happened anywhere besides the football field, it’d be called aggravated assault which would be on par, felony wise, with attempted armed robbery. All the players involved were being thuggish but at least the victims in Knoxville weren’t at risk for having their vision seriously damaged.


November 19th, 2009
9:32 am

How is LSU underachieving? Their only two losses are to the #1 and #2 teams in the country. One on the road and one a very tough, physical game at home. They’ll finish 10-2 and go to a very respectable bowl game…

Bama and Florida schedules are just fine. 8 SEC games + a conference championship are enough. Florida can’t help it that FSU is in the tank and Miami won’t schedule. Last year the Gators played Miami, Hawaii, and FSU. South Florida hits the schedule next season…ask FSU how soft the Bulls are…

Clemson is playing like a team possessed… CJ Spiller would get my Heisman vote right now. GaTech is in for a fight in Tampa with the Tigers… come to think of it, Tigers and Jackets could be just the game the ACC needs to get that championship thingy going. Finally an entertaining matchup.

Dawgs getting love? meh, I don’t see it…


November 19th, 2009
9:32 am

Go Cats! Stuff the mutts. We beat Auburn too. So it will be a sweep in both football and basketball.


November 19th, 2009
9:33 am

Well, unless of course, they got a pellet in the eye. Then I’ll buy your argument.


November 19th, 2009
9:36 am

I hear UK is without Randall Cobb this week–the Dawgs will appreciate that. I think UGA understands that a win this week should put them in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan 1 as the SEC East #2 team and they get the job done.

LSU and Clemson take care of business.

Bama deserves an off week before the Iron Bowl; but, UF should be getting hammered. Charleston Southern, Troy and Florida International all int he same year? Any other team would be crucified for having a schedule like that.

If UT can get enough players out of jail to field a team this week, they shouldn’t have any trouble with Vandy–a bowl team a year ago that’s winless in the SEC this year, amazing.

Nasty Nate

November 19th, 2009
9:37 am

And the only game Tech can sell out is UGA? So Sad.

Atlanta Gator

November 19th, 2009
9:42 am

1. No. This Dawgs team desperately needs a rhetorically forceful coach who can rally the troops. They are just as likely to lose on or both of their remaining games, especially after defeating Auburn last week. This team has a problem, but it’s not a lack of talent.

2. If LSU can’t get excited about playing an SEC divisional rival, the Tigers need to hang it up now. They can play for and 11-2 record and a lot of pride. We will see.

3. Even money. The Cavaliers hate the Tigers. Clemson better remember that, because the Tigers have a two-decade history of choking when the ACC championship is on the line.

4. The scheduling of Alabama and Florida’s opponents for this weekend is understandable, given the SEC rule requiring a game the weekend before the SEC Championship game. Charleston Southern in the second week of the season was no understandable but for the cancellation and rescheduling of USF.

5. Tennessee needs to finish Lane Kiffin’s first season with two wins, and they should be able to do it with their remaining schedule IF the Vols play to their full ability. If not, an upset could happen. This is the SEC afterall.

Atlanta Gator

November 19th, 2009
9:43 am

Clay—-No need to apologize for scheduling Troy; they are a respectable football team. Charleston Southern and Florida International, on the other hand . . . .


November 19th, 2009
9:46 am

Hey joe taxpayer you wrote “The way the staff was hugging each other you would have thought they had accomplished something.” I think a win over Auburn or any team is an accomplishment. GO DAWGS, BEAT KENTUCKY!!


November 19th, 2009
9:52 am

DP – 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

Don’t forget Auburn is down to 4 scholarship LBs. UGA had to come from behind to get the win when their defense was tired. I am picking UK in this one.

Ole Miss had 20 something players miss practice with the the flu. Remember it only takes a few days to drop 20 lbs but weeks to get it back. LSU has not won a convincing game all year. I am going with Ole Miss.

LSU still makes the Outback and Ole Miss to this Cotton. GT goes to the Chicken Bowl where they get UT. UGA to the Capital One.


November 19th, 2009
9:55 am

Atlanta Gator – I don’t think CMR needs to change his rhetoric or coaching style to be successful but he does need to step up and make his staff accountable when the job isn’t getting done. It’s no coincidence that his best stretch was when Brian Van Gorder was the DC and he was personally calling the offensive plays. He needs a better and/or more experienced staff, not a louder yelling voice.


November 19th, 2009
9:56 am

Atlanta Gator the problem is Bobo, Fab, and CWM.

UGA early in the game gets 3rd and long against UF and Auburn. What is the call? A draw.

Chris Todd at one point 9 for 9

Auburn returns a kickoff for a TD.


November 19th, 2009
10:01 am


I really don’t consider close losses to Florida #1 and Alabama #2 to be a disappointing season. They played both games really close. Unfortunately, they played the two best teams in the nation.

Saint Simons

November 19th, 2009
10:16 am

Uga screaming ((((((( i have fallen & i can’t get up)))))))


November 19th, 2009
10:18 am

Dogs can’t talk Saint Simons. You’re thinking of that robot one from Doctor Who.

The Ghost Of Leonard Post-Toasties

November 19th, 2009
10:20 am

And, to continue Tony’s fine article….

Number 6 – Who will win the “Most Likely To Attract Thugs” title in the SEC? The Bulldawgs and the Volunteers are locked into one of the tightest competitions in years for thug recruits. The “Tennessee 3″ added a member to become the “Kiffen Quartet” this week, but the Dawgs still offer sideline gansta rap dancing while behind on the scoreboard, drving without licenses, and opportunities to sell rings on e-bay, provided the Shreveport Bowl gives rings anyone wants to buy. It’s a close one – WHAT’S A THUG TO DO??

Number 7 – Will Al Davis be desperate enough to draft Reshad Jones? Sure, Reshad has earned his nickname “Cheap-Shot” Jones, and he would be a nice fit with the Oakland Playas, but don’t forget those Rap-Sheet Bengals in Cincy might want the services of a cheap shot artist as well.

Number 8 – Pulling Against The Home Team? It’s one thing to rant and rave about firing a coach. That’s normal in lean times. But you know its bad when Dawg fans actually are depressed to see their team beat Auburn because they fear it only prolongs the agony that has become of Willie and Fabris at UGA. There’s more than a few Dawg faithful pulling for KY this Saturday, and more than a few who view the inevitable clock-cleaning adminstered by Paul Johnson’s Jackets as necessary surgery. As they say around the old medical school – sometimes you have to hack off a limb to save a body.

up and onward

November 19th, 2009
10:24 am

yes a little love for the Dogs todays, a song dedicated just for that:

Elliot Ness

November 19th, 2009
10:24 am

1) Yes they can, and the question is will they be all that they can, or will the youth and inexperience cause them to revert to undisciplined, careless play.

2) LSU, should win easily. The question is which OLE MISS team will show up. Hot and Cold is the Houston Nutt signature.

3) Clemson and Yabo Dabo Doo will take care of business. They have alot to play for and UVA is playing for the coaches job. Next UVA coach Derek Dooley.

4) Becuase they can, and becuase the media lets them get away with it.

5) The mean machine should handle Vandy without much problem.

Should be an intersting weekend to say the least, could be that the entire UGA staff is on the line, as well as that of Mich, UVA, Notre Dame, Colorado and Illinois.

Go Dogs


AD Waits

November 19th, 2009
10:26 am

If the SEC requires teams to play on the last Saturday in November, why does Vandy have a bye on the last Saturday in November this year? Not that they would be in the SECCG anyway…just wondering.



November 19th, 2009
10:27 am

All you SEC fans enjoy the Dogs down year. While it has been tough for us and we hope to see changes, we have the faith in CMR to do the right thing after the season. If he does not, then he will own the situation lock, stock, and barrel. Look for a different attitude from this team over the next three games and that does include a bowl game.

Miami Vice

November 19th, 2009
10:30 am

What is up with this Saint Simons character?

If Alabama and Florida are such great programs, why can’t they find some respectable teams to play in these OOC games?

One Less player that Lane Kiffen has to take to Michigan to play in the big house?

Call it Like It Is

November 19th, 2009
10:38 am

You just can’t help throwing hate Florida’s way can you?

Bottom line they have won 20 straight games!

Beat everyone on their SEC schedule, next, is Bama! They don’t win pretty, but WIN THEY DO!

Gators win another SEC and NC!

Enough Said!

Christian Dior Dogg

November 19th, 2009
10:39 am

Tony, our beloved Dawgs should annihilate Kentucky, because their uniforms are just tacky!

The only question is, what color helmets will our boys wear?

Palatka Bob

November 19th, 2009
10:41 am

Can anyone remember a team with a weaker schedule than Florida’s which has stayed “#1″? No doubt Florida is strong and deserves a top 10 ranking but Charleston Southern? Florida International? Troy? Gator fans will take the rank but it is a little embarrassing for college football.

Sonny Crockett

November 19th, 2009
10:46 am

Miami Vice, you’re nuts.

In addition to their SEC schedule, Florida plays FSU every year. Although FSU has had a couple of off years, nobody looks to schedule them as a creampuff. I guarantee you there will be some hard hitting in that game, and anything could happen.

Thunderbolt Patterson

November 19th, 2009
10:54 am

“In addition to their SEC schedule…..”. They played LSU…that’s it. Other than LSU, what’s the highest raniking SEC school the Gators played this year??????????