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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killcasualfan

November 19th, 2009
10:59 am

Tony, glad you finally recognized the myth of the “SEC weekly grind”. While the rest of the country is in the weekly grind of their conference schedule at this time of year, most SEC schools have every other week off. LSU had a bye week Oct. 17, Tulane Oct. 31, LA Tech Nov. 14. All this while virtually playing nobody during September.

Thunderbolt Patterson

November 19th, 2009
11:00 am

I wish the NCAA would schedule all the OOC games.

jumbeauxtiger

November 19th, 2009
11:14 am

The Dawgs should be able to beat the Wildcats, will likely lose to GT and then go to the Outback or Chick-Fil-A. Lose to UK and they will end up in Memphis, Birmingham or Shreveport.

LSU will have Jefferson, QB, T-Bob C and Dickson, TE back in the starting lineup against the Rebs. The Tigers are a better team than Ole Miss but whether or not they play like it remains to be seen.

Clemson will take the Cavs and sets up for once an interesting ACC title game.

We all play rent-a-win teams like Bama and the Gators have on Saturday. As a fan they are not much fun and no doubt both sides can’t wait for the SECCG.

Lane found out in Oxford that it’s a major challenge getting players up every week. This is not taking anything away from the Rebs who played well.

Millie in Royston

November 19th, 2009
11:21 am

UK is going to hand Richt his next – but far from last – beatdown this year. It will be ugly, and “FOR SALE” signs will start pooping up in Mark Richt’s front yard, to be followed by a sea of signs after Tech puts an azzwhupping on him a week later.

UK 38, UGA 24.

You Dawg fans make sure your Tivo is working so you can replay the SEC championship game over and over!

dagnabit

November 19th, 2009
11:23 am

Urban handles that major challenge every week. This year. Looks like Bob Stoops and Brian Kelly are going to duke it out for the Notre Dame job. To bad for Jawja. It might be 2030 or so before the bulldogs even have a chance to win in Jacksonville.

Millie in Royston

November 19th, 2009
11:26 am

I’m sorry, I forgot to post the Tech-UGA score.

Georgia Tech 59, UGA 24. Tech will substitute freely in the 3rd quarter to give the Dawgs a break and to rest their starters for the ACC championship game.

jumbeauxtiger

November 19th, 2009
11:27 am

Otto

November 19th, 2009
9:52 am

“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.”

I believe you have this backward. The Cap One has the first pick after the BCS and Sugar and will take the highest ranked SEC team. That currently leaves only LSU. If Ole Miss beats LSU and Miss State then they would be ranked and I believe the Cap One would take the Rebs. If UGa goes 7-5 and UT beats UK and Vandy I think the Outback will pick the Vols and the Dawgs go to Atlanta. If the Vols lose one of these games and UGa is 7-5 I believe the Dawgs would go to Tampa.

The only scenario I see the Cap One possibly taking UGa is if the Dawgs win out to go 8-4, LSU loses to Ole Miss and State beats Ole Miss.

The Cap One, with the 3rd pick, will not invite an unranked SEC team. I think there will be only 3 SEC teams, maybe 4, ranked on bowl invitation day. Thus the pickings for the Cap One will be slim.

Millie in Royston

November 19th, 2009
11:27 am

From dagnabit: “It might be 2030 or so before the bulldogs even have a chance to win in Jacksonville.”

Maybe sooner if they fire Mark Richt and the other bozo coaches. :-)

20 wins in a row

November 19th, 2009
11:33 am

Great season Dawgs, very respectable. Don’t forget to send cards and gift baskets down to Gainesville in appreciation of your friends, the Florida Gators, for finishing out the SEC regular season undefeated.

Willie Martinez's Mixer

November 19th, 2009
11:41 am

Willie Martinez invites you to a Mixer to watch the SEC Title Game and kick off the 2010 season
December 5, 2009
4 P.M.
4117 Defenseless Avenue – Athens, Ga 30605
B.Y.O.B.

David Granger

November 19th, 2009
11:41 am

Georgia will beat Kentucky, but it’ll be a much harder game than it should be. Under Coach Richt, Georgia never seems to blow teams away, even teams that we are significantly more talented than. Don’t know why…

Coach O

November 19th, 2009
11:42 am

1. Can Georgia handle a little bit of praise?

Kentucky is banged up. Winning two weeks in a row won’t cut it. Can they win 3 in a row? That’s the relevant question.

2. Can LSU get excited, or even interested, enough to win at Ole Miss?

They’d better. This could be a close game, but if it is, then Coach Miles might want to polish up the old resume.

3. Will Clemson take care of business against Virginia?

I’ll be shocked if they don’t. Cavs are 3 & 7 — and the 3 aren’t that impressive…

4. Why is Alabama playing Chattanooga?

There’s a long history between the coaching staffs at these two schools. Bama is doing them a favor by sharing the wealth with the Mocs. Doesn’t hurt to schedule a tune-up game prior to the Game Formerly Known as The Iron Bowl either.

5. Is Tennessee going to bounce back against Vanderbilt?

Shouldn’t have to bounce very high to handle this year’s Dores. Heck, even GT managed a come-from-behind victory over this squad. ;-)

GeoffDawg

November 19th, 2009
11:44 am

20 wins in a row – Florida’s been playing football for over a century now, correct? It’s about time they had an undefeated season. Hope Bama doesn’t ruin the celebration for you.

JHillsman

November 19th, 2009
11:51 am

Tony I was aware of the rule the SEC had in place that every team had to play on the final Saturday in Novemeber. I actually like that rule but what loophole did Vanderbilt find, they are off on Nov 28th. I mean we know there chances each year are not great but I’m interested to know what loophole they found?

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
11:58 am

“Randall Cobb is questionable, at best”

Rich Brooks, quoted by the AP in today papers.

Coach O

November 19th, 2009
12:04 pm

JHillsman,

Vandy’s ‘trick’ was finishing the season without a bye week. They will have already played their 12 games.

Browncoat

November 19th, 2009
12:16 pm

suwaneedawg

November 19th, 2009
12:23 pm

Millie, time to put down the Marlboro and leave the trailor for a bit of fresh air. I would not talk trash until you get past the ACC Championship game. Until you get past this “it’s all about beating UGA” mind frame how can you GT fans be taken seriously? You can’t even sell out your home games for Gods sakes! Redneck and stupid is no way to go through life Millie. Leave the trailor.

johnny weissmuller

November 19th, 2009
12:31 pm

I’d rather be 10-1 with a legitimate shot at winning my conference and going to a BCS bowl and have 2 people in stands than 6-4 (best case end up 7-5, worst case 6-6 in the reg season) and have 90K fans in the building

This will be Richt’s first time losing two straight years to both UF and GT

Get ready for it

Porty

November 19th, 2009
12:32 pm

Those questions are burning? Seriously Tony, no one cares about any of those questions. You are reaching…………again. You’ve really mailed it in this year.

Will

November 19th, 2009
12:40 pm

Big Tone,

I think my UGA D has finally turned the corner. Plus the fact that Marcus Washington and Sanders Commings are finally playing more.

Now get this……… UGA will not only trounce Kentucky but beat GT then win the Outback Bowl! Then I can say something I have wanted to say all season. All UGA haters can kiss my UGA ass!

The American People

November 19th, 2009
12:44 pm

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” – President Obama.

johnny weissmuller

November 19th, 2009
12:44 pm

…and what will you say if you lose 3 straight and end up 6-7?

Ga boy

November 19th, 2009
12:49 pm

I think it’s just wonderful that Barnhart is finally giving some love to the Dawgs. He has treated them with no respect all year. By golly it is long time coming Tony. You should be ashamed of yourself.
heh heh

Ga boy

November 19th, 2009
12:57 pm

Tony you are missing a real opportunity here. This is the perfect time for you to drum up support for changing the rule on limits of 2 conference teams in BCS games. I think you could make a wonderful case for allowaing both LSU and Mississippi play in the BCS games along with UF and Bama. Hell it’s our birthright here in the south. You can do it Tony. Everybody knows that even Vandy would beat Texas or TCU or Cincy etc. It’s the SEC afterall. Once another team saw a SEC across the field they would just fold. Just tell em who you are Tony – Mr SEC err Mr College Football.

Go Tech610

November 19th, 2009
12:58 pm

Praise….Praise for what? Beating an Auburn team that is just as unranked as UGA. Praise for winning the battle of the unranked?

Christ, UGAg wins one game and every one is quick to praise them.

Not me, they are unimpressive and irrelevant. Period.

Go Tech610

November 19th, 2009
1:01 pm

Will, “Big Tone,

I think my UGA D has finally turned the corner. Plus the fact that Marcus Washington and Sanders Commings are finally playing more.

Now get this……… UGA will not only trounce Kentucky but beat GT then win the Outback Bowl! Then I can say something I have wanted to say all season. All UGA haters can kiss my UGA ass!”

UGA’s defense has turned a corner. WOW! they played a good game. Turned the corner? Hardly. If Auburn would have kept running the ball they would have won that game.

UGA’s run defense is soooo weak. GT is going to eat that defense right up.

gatorman770

November 19th, 2009
1:03 pm

Hey Mikey would Riche suspend University of Georgia safety Terreal Bierria (arrested in the killing of a Louisiana man in a suspected dispute over drugs) a half a game or a whole game if he had done it in Athens? I see no reason to bring up all the felony arrest of a former UGA quarterback in Texas, but the point is there’s been serious crimes committed by UGA players over the years and UGA still leads the SEC in arrest over the last 4 or 5 years, albeit most have been alcohol or traffic violations as have most of the Gators arrest have been.
Urban had 1 low life player steal a dead girls credit card and a (former Atlanta or Dekalb county HS gangbanger) steal a lap top and both players were kicked off the team.
Spike’s stupid retaliatory attempted eye gouging (after having his eye gouged and helmet ripped off by thugdawgs) is not even close to the UT players attempted armed robbery and it would take a real pea-brain to compare the two.

G8R GRAD

November 19th, 2009
1:05 pm

December 5th is HUGE.

Ga boy

November 19th, 2009
1:10 pm

Hey gatorman770 – get your head out of your butt pal. What about 24 arrests in the Gainesville penitentary town. I love your hypocrisy though

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/2009/06/janoris-jenkinscharge-misdemeanor-affray-and-resisting-arrest-without-violence-for-his-role-in-a-may-30-fight-outside-a-down.html

jawga boy

November 19th, 2009
1:11 pm

hey Ghost……. now hold on there. Wait just a minute ….. how bout ranking Rashad with Mr. Brandon ( hand in yo face) Spikes?

Doo dah- Doo dah

November 19th, 2009
1:12 pm

Hey gatorman770 – get your head out your butt pal. How about 24 arrests over the last 4 years in the Gainesville Penitentiary town? I love your hypocrisy though!!

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/2009/06/janoris-jenkinscharge-misdemeanor-affray-and-resisting-arrest-without-violence-for-his-role-in-a-may-30-fight-outside-a-down.html

Kip

November 19th, 2009
1:17 pm

GT4EVER

November 19th, 2009
1:34 pm

“Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes”

UGA = 4 teeth, 4 losses, 4 million pounds of trash on campus after every game.

FRED

November 19th, 2009
1:41 pm

TONY I MAY HAVE MISSED IT BUT HAVE YOU COMMENTED ON THIS UGA COACHING STAFF LATLEY??

go tech

November 19th, 2009
1:59 pm

“Can UGA handle a little praise?”

Yes; their Gymdawgs are fantastic!!

Big Time Gogzugger

November 19th, 2009
2:00 pm

I think that Florida will beat my Crimson Tide in the SEC title game but will lost to the team it plays in the National Championship game.

Otto

November 19th, 2009
2:01 pm

Maybe I had Cap. One and Outback mixed up. I think LSU goes to Florida if they are ranked higher, which could happen even if OleMiss wins, and LSU usually travels better. Ole Miss to the Cotton. It could go either way and we’ll see how the season pans oout.

weatherdawg

November 19th, 2009
2:17 pm

It is better to keep your mouth(or computer keyboard) shut and let people think you are a fool than to open your mouth(or keyboard) and remove all doubt. Unfortunately, a whole bunch of you UGA haters have removed all doubt. Sad–very,very sad.

GT

November 19th, 2009
2:20 pm

For Georgia it is a ordinary SEC game not Auburn, sandwiched in between Tech and Auburn. Georgia is seriously not a good team and thinking they can just show up against Kentucky will get them beat. The team has no character and it will come out Saturday.

LSU kind of comes from the same barrel of fish. Hell they almost lost to Georgia because they joined the pups in their favorite game of acting like big, big two year olds. Is it just impossible to coach dumb jocks that think this is all about them, or is the coaching that bad. I think we are seeing a fat and happy recruit at these five star resorts call SEC schools that never achieve anything, they are, in their minds, already there. Then you have TB and the posse keeping them out of any meaningful games outside their conference, with the exception every once in a while like Alabama and Utah, so they only play other fat and happy superstars and let the rest of us eat cake.

DawginLex

November 19th, 2009
2:27 pm

How the hell do you know what kind of mindset UGA will come out with on Saturday? Are you in the huddle at practice? Are you in the locker room?

You dam well better hope that GT lives up to the hype and beats us because if not, you will have lost to the worst UGA team since 1996.

Lose to UGA and beat clemson and UGA becomes ACC champs as the 5th or 6th best SEC team.

Gen Neyland

November 19th, 2009
2:42 pm

weatherdawg : They come in many forms. You have the ones that follow a script, the ones that follow the leader and a few that love to incite all by themselves. Every now and then, one comes along that offers up constructive critisism and is quickly lumped into one of the ’standard hater-blowhard’ groups. We need to be able to discern the difference. What I’ve noticed is that people can’t generally talk football talk but are real good with accusations and inuendo. Aw, but’s it’s a blog…

Jason

November 19th, 2009
2:45 pm

Don’t worry dawglex
The only way we lose to you guys is if nesbitt and dwyer aren’t playing. So you got no chance. Keep dreaming though.

Atlanta Jacket

November 19th, 2009
2:47 pm

Florida plays the weakest and wimpiest out of conference schedule in college football. I expect Alabama to whip their collective butts in December. I won’t be surprised if FSU gives them a run for their money – even without Ponder.

GT

November 19th, 2009
2:50 pm

Why insult the 1996 team, if this team loses to Tech it may be the worst Georgia team since Dooley. Yet driving out of Athens Saturday night I did not gather they knew that. They were too busy cheering the victory over the worst team Auburn has had in years to notice they were bald men fighting over a comb.

iamurdaddy

November 19th, 2009
2:59 pm

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

Really, last time I checked Bama’s SoS was 25th in the country. And that’s BEFORE the SECCG and the BCSNCG, so eat a turd you mutt-sucking darsh.

Russ

November 19th, 2009
3:02 pm

Is it just me, or has anyone noticed that Georgia will have played four teams in the top 12 by the end of the season? That’s one third (for you engineers) of the best teams in the country. Fla will have played two (prior to the bowl). Ala will have played two. Tex will have played one. Georgia Tech will have played zero.

Granted, Georgia will probably have lost to all four of their top twelve opponents, but isn’t that what kind of team we have this year. An easier schedule and a bounce or two here and their, such as in the LSU game or the Oka. St. game may have produced a two or three loss team, but would it really be any better?

People need a little perspective. Ever hear of a rebuilding year? The sky really is not falling.

ratherBgambling

November 19th, 2009
3:07 pm

Congrats to UF for 20 victories in a row, 19 by double digits.

With UGA it is always an excuse: the ref, the schedule, our coach sux.

Your pathetic!

Johnny Test

November 19th, 2009
3:10 pm

1. Georgia wins convincingly….31 to 13.. Ground game and defense continue to improve.
2. Clemson does as well…31 to 17.. Then they beat Tek in the ACCC.
3. LSU loses to Ole Miss..LSU is in a going nowhere stupor and Ole Miss is feeling their oats..
4. Alabama and Florida cruse.. Then Alabama beats Fla in the SECCG
5. Vandy upsets Thug U… 17 to 14. Two more Vols arrested for impersonating decent human beings..

It always amuses me to see so many tek fans in disguise are on this site blogging about UGA and how no one cares and how irrelevant the DAWGS are. How relevant will the Dawgs be if they upset the Jackets on the 28th? We will never know because the Jacket fans will disappear… guaranteed!

Gen Neyland

November 19th, 2009
3:13 pm

Russ : You want to see tough schedules, see Tennessee 2010…The stretch between 9/11-10/30 will look steep by today’s standard.