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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Dink

November 19th, 2009
3:19 pm

Gen Neyland:

Very tough schedule. Who will QB next year? Don’t you lose all of your OL as well? Good luck.

Russ

November 19th, 2009
3:24 pm

Gen Neyland, looks like a 4-4 start. Least Vol fans wont be calling for Lane’s job.

juvenal

November 19th, 2009
3:34 pm

male singular,”alumnus”…female, “alumna”…alumni is plural; college grads used to know that…

U-no

November 19th, 2009
3:40 pm

I predict, Kentucky bites the Puppies in the arse and wins this weekend. Fatheads wearing helmets make for confused thinking. And, it will be hard for the Pups to keep from looking past Kentucky to the next weekend. The defense will go to sleep one too many times and Willie will have more to explain.

Sam

November 19th, 2009
3:49 pm

I hope Tennessee loses the rest of their games. Maybe Elane Kiffin will find a little humility.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
3:51 pm

Might be of interest to UGA fans -

Selected NCAA Passer Ratings
(Min 15 att/gm)

# 3 Mallett Ark. 164.96
# 8 Tebow UF 154.00
#15 McCoy TX 147.99
#19 Todd Aub 147.12
#23 Robinson OkSt 142.55
#29 Jefferson LSU 139.78
#36 Cox UGA 138.36
#40 McElroy Ala 137.24
#41 Crompton TN 136.32
#50 L.Jones OU 133.22

Papa Dawg

November 19th, 2009
3:51 pm

Couple of weeks ago the DAWGS were blasted for playing Tenn. Tech, now this weekend the #1 & #2 teams in the nation are playing WHO.
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southridgegator

November 19th, 2009
3:56 pm

understand Kiffin is going to handle his shop-liftin thug internally. Wonder what the—– that means? anybody know?

Papa Dawg

November 19th, 2009
3:57 pm

Enter your comments here

dawg07

November 19th, 2009
3:58 pm

Don’t think Alabama deserves to play for national champion with their schedule. Remember Auburn a few years ago when they were undefeated with a weak schedule,

Papa Dawg

November 19th, 2009
4:01 pm

Maybe Kiffin understands now why nobody else wanted some of his star criminals I mean atheletes. Coach Richt for one does a little charactor check.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
4:12 pm

southridgegator – He may think about it internally?

Gen Neyland

November 19th, 2009
4:27 pm

Dink : 2010 will actually be CLK’s first team offensively. Many players on this years squad were CPF’s and they will be leaving. There are some OL returning in 2010 that have play time but yeah, many gone. MLB has taken a real beating. #1 and #2 are down and a true freshman got thrown in apx mid way during USC East game, I believe it was. Tennessee will be very young next year all around and the schedule isn’t favorable. Personally, I’m giving CLK 3-4 years to make a difference happen. We’ll see from there…

Out of Town

November 19th, 2009
4:33 pm

I guess we’ll never get an answer to the Vandy schedule question.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
4:45 pm

Out of Town – Nov. 28 is the 42 anniversary of the discovery of the first pulsar. It’s a big deal in the Vandy Dept. of Astronomy.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
5:01 pm

Passer efficiency rating update:

Nesbitt GT 156.4, but he’s averaging 11.4 att/gm, not enough to qualify for the NCAA list (minimum 15 att/game)

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
5:12 pm

30-21, UGA covers 8.5 pts., and o/u is 51.

Big B CH 99

November 19th, 2009
5:16 pm

One of the reasons that everybody says the SEC is always the best conference is b/c U never hardly get to see a good SEC team go up against a good non-SEC BCS opponent in the regular season, most SEC teams play 4 OOC cupcakes, the only halfway decent OOC team Florida plays is FSU (having a bad yr).

Most SEC teams (w/ the exception of UGA this yr) are scared to play anybody OOC, b/c if they did & lost, then people might start saying that another conference is as good or better.

Ga boy

November 19th, 2009
5:30 pm

Big B CH 99

Hear hear pal- you are spot on.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2009
6:16 pm

FSU can win *if* their replacement QB can remember where he left this 5 stars, and if Mickey Andrews lets Greg Reid freelance for 3 pick-6s.

jesse james

November 19th, 2009
6:16 pm

Rest in Peace UGA II – We will miss you!

jesse james

November 19th, 2009
6:39 pm

I apologize for blog at 6:16. I meant Rest in Peace UGA VII – We will miss you!

No brainer

November 19th, 2009
7:00 pm

RIP UGA VII

The University of Georgia’s beloved English bulldog mascot, who died of congestive heart failure Thursday, Uga VII, a replacement has been found – however fans of the Bulldogs are not happy.

About 100 mourners silently watched Uga VII’s body was laid to rest at Sandford Stadium, unaware that a replacement had already been christened Uga VIII.

Unfortunately, due to a poor telephone connection a Bullfrog will be the new mascot of the Bulldogs – forcing many to consider a name change for the Football team.

“What happened was that I called a pet shop and asked for a Bulldog – but the line was bad and anyways they sent a Bullfrog!” said Georgia president Michael Adams. Uga VIII is indeed a Bullfrog.

He’s a good one though.

Adams continued “Uga is a very powerful symbol of strength and tenacity, this new animal will be a unifying element for the entire Bulldog, I mean Bullfrog, Nation.”

Georgia fans though say that they do not want to be represented by a frog and are angry.

“It don’t sound right” said one fan, Matthew Mckunty of Athens “I ain’t saying ‘Sic ‘em, Uga. Ribbett! Ribbett!”

Adams though says fans won’t know the difference after a few drinks.

“We are going to dress him up in the outfit and drag him around on a bit of rope – lets not make a big deal out of this – I think Georgia Bullfrogs sounds good – forget Bulldogs. We are the Bullfrogs now.”

RealityRose

November 19th, 2009
7:05 pm

Tech(Poser)Redneck,
You percieve well! (a thunderbolt of truth)

OcreBugMan

November 19th, 2009
7:22 pm

Johnny Test,
Are you talking about the same kind of disappearing act the dawg fans put on when they lost the four games this year and kind of ’slunked’ out of these ‘venues of loss’ ? Or is it the same dissappearing act they performed after their beloved team laid an egg at their own ‘loss venue’ (Sanford Stadium) against them mean ole Yellow Jackets last year? Now before you get your little ole pink panties in a great big ole wad, it might be best if you have a little (heart to heart) with your not so loyal, but enormously honest dawg fans who aver with all the red and black blood they can spare that the dawgs are rather pitiful. Them disloyal dawg fans sure seem powerfully honest and they can’t all be GA Tech fans as some of your more frivolous dawg lovers have frequently opined that GA Tech only has two fans. So swallow up big boy and face your own critiquers.

Alert Alert

November 19th, 2009
7:31 pm

A friend told me today that he just bought a book called the History of Gator football. I haven’t seen it but you have to wonder, how long can a book about Gator football be? Here’s a team that didn’t show up until 1990 and I mean NOTHING from them. The rest of the SEC was playing ball and the Gators wouldn’t hit a lick. And here’s a team with a losing bowl record and have fewer players in the Hall of Fame than their own state’s former women’s school (FSU). I expect my buddy will finish it while having his evening meditation and will probably keep where it belongs, next to the toilet with the Sears catalog and some old comic books.

No brainer

November 19th, 2009
7:34 pm

Enter your comments here

Greg

November 19th, 2009
7:56 pm

This column really shouldn’t be linked to GT’s page, just Georgia’s. Really, outside of the kidney-stone belt, and ESPN (who went “all-in” on the SEC), who can honestly look at the SEC and say “that’s the best conference, top to bottom, in the country?” Georgia-South Carolina was the most entertaining SEC game I’ve seen this year, and it clearly wasn’t a case of two quality teams fighting for the win, but instead two ADD teams forgetting to take their medicine at different times of the game. UF gets exposed in the title game this year… UF=Ohio State of recent memory

RealityRose

November 19th, 2009
8:00 pm

Russ,
You have spoken well! It is likely that Georgia will be a bit better next year by a game or so, but in 2011, they have a far better chance at an SEC or NC title. Georgia fans are going to have to be far more patient. The makeup of UGA’s offensive line is : Boling-Soph, Glenn-Fr, Jones-So, Davis-Jr.
J. Davis-RFr.; The makeup of receivers: Green-So, Moore-Sr, White-So ;The makeup of the QB: Cox-Sr., The make up of the fullback: Shapas-Jr.; The makeup of the tailbacks: King-So, Samuels-RFr, Ealey Fr., Thomas-RFr, The makeup of punter: Butler-So, The makeup of kicker:Walsh-So
The Defense has 4 senior defensive tackles: Atkins, Owens, Weston, and Wheeler. Linebackers. Abry Jones FR and DeAngelo Tyson-So have played a good bit this year. Linebackers Curran and Washington will be leaving.Dowtin is a So. Our two safties, Rashad Jones and Bryan Evans will be leaving. Prince Miller, a corner will be leaving. Vance Cuff will be a senior, Brandon Smith is a freshman, Boykin is a RFr. Except for the defensive line, this is a very young team. Hold on Georgia fans, a championship is brewing.

Jackets Win

November 19th, 2009
8:11 pm

Dale, you’re NOT an LSU alumni. You’re an LSU alumnus.

TechCrybaby

November 19th, 2009
8:21 pm

jesse james, there’s a real danger that Ugga VII will NOT rest in peace.
If the human Dogs lose to Kentucky, he’ll float transparently above Sanford, and HOW-OOOOLL !! Have they buried him yet? I’d like to say a few words over him.

Coach O

November 19th, 2009
8:33 pm

Likely Losers in the SEC this week:

UT Chattanooga loses to Alabama
MSU loses to Arkansas
Auburn doesn’t lose this week
Ole Miss loses to LSU
FIU loses to Florida
Kentucky loses to Georgia
South Carolina doesn’t lose this week
Vandy loses to Tennessee

Coach O

November 19th, 2009
8:51 pm

Greg

November 19th, 2009
7:56 pm

Really, outside of the kidney-stone belt, and ESPN (who went “all-in” on the SEC), who can honestly look at the SEC and say “that’s the best conference, top to bottom, in the country?”

The vast majority of Americans watching football:

http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2009/11/19/tebow-effect-cbss-sec-beating-abcs-football-coverage-in-ratin/

Why do you think ESPN went “all in”? They aren’t a non-profit, you know.

Eric

November 19th, 2009
9:46 pm

I predict Roswell Ed will fondle my junk tonight

Joe Coxs' shadow

November 19th, 2009
9:58 pm

We laugh at all you idiots bashing the Dogs, what the hell do you know? We are rocking the rest of the year so shut the hell up and watch me light up the scoreboard!!!!

G8TR

November 19th, 2009
10:15 pm

Alert – Keep living in the past and complaining about which teams have history and which don’t. If nothing happened prior to 1990 for the Gators, I guess those UGA victories over UF weren’t so important either. The truth is that nothing much has happened for UGA since 1982 or so. To today’s kids, Herschel Walker may as well be Doak Walker.

Fleischman in Chi Towns bed

November 19th, 2009
10:24 pm

Hey mutts…. give me your cell # and I’ll call you from the SEC championship game… we know you wont be going anytime soon.

Chuck Uga

November 19th, 2009
10:36 pm

Hey Tony,
Are you trying to imply that Tennessee got their butts kicked by Ole Miss because three guys got arrested?!! How long have you been a sportswriter? Ole Miss has a much better team that Tennersee, that’s why they won big (and just wait until NEXT year when Kiffin has even LESS talent to work with). Hate to break it to you, but Fulmer is gone. So is the respect and success that he generated. Laney Kiffin isn’t going to come close to Fulmer’s success. And I am waiting for you to write an article about the last coach to succeed and hang on to his job when following an SEC coaching legend (who was fired, resigned or retired) in the past 50 years. I’m waiting (hint: it won’t take long to compile that list!)

Coach O

November 19th, 2009
10:41 pm

Phil was legendary primarily for being phat.

Paul in RDU

November 19th, 2009
11:04 pm

Chuch Uga – The last coach to succeed when following….

Les Miles seems to have done passably well succeeding Saban

josh vol

November 19th, 2009
11:38 pm

RIP Uga. Vol fan here, but have great respect for the GA mascot. Lot of trash talk about the stupid idiots and Kiffin. Flavor of the week I suppose. Bottom line, I love the passion, and the barb’s back and forth. GA certainly cannot be proud of their arrest record. Anyway, sad to lose a great mascot, but GA football lives forever, along with its great tradition. A few weeks ago, most folks in Ga would take the fire Kiffin had over lack of D Willie any day.Well, mascots and idiots come and go, but the traditions of both UT and GA will live on.

PHIL

November 20th, 2009
2:47 am

Anyone wonder why OK is 6-4 and Stoops is being begged not to go to ND while people want wholsale changes in our staff?? Knowing several OK catfish noodlers personally, it makes me ashamed that the Okies are smarter than our fans.

aarh

November 20th, 2009
5:25 am

joe taxpayer- Don’t try to take away anything form UGA’s Au win. I’ll admit UGA hasn’t had a great season. AU was ranked in one of the polls going into that game, & they did have the #1 offense in the SEC. So I think, given they way they fell in a 14-0 hole early…it was quite impressive the way they came back & won…after having such a tough yr. They could have packed it in, but they didn’t.

Florida "Geeter"

November 20th, 2009
8:19 am

This just in: Urban Meyer’s plane is circling South Bend……

mightyKC

November 20th, 2009
8:48 am

i realize LSU isn’t blowing people out, but their only 2 losses were to the #1 and #2 teams in the nation, and they had a shot against Bama.

That’s not too shabby

123456789

November 20th, 2009
9:22 am

these are burning questions? oh well.

1. nope. kentickly wins in a squeaker.
2. nope.ole miss Miss wins close.
3. yep. clemson…in a beatdown.
4. cause their pu$$ies. no sec gets to 10 wins without cupcakes.
5. yep. tenn…in a beatdown.

Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
10:34 am

“ Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com lists Dwyer, a junior, as the best running back on the board and the No. 8 overall NFL prospect. Bunting called Dwyer “a violent runner who exhibits good vision between the tackles and has the initial burst to separate from defenders at the second level.”

There must be some mistake. Dwyer plays in that “gimmick”, “high school”, “triple option” system that no blue chip recruit with aspirations of playing in the NFL would ever consider………………Hahahaha. Some dog nation bloggers on here are wrong about absolutely everything. See you azzholes on the 28th and bring all those top 5 recruiting classes with you! LOL.

45-42

Joe Bob Thibodaux

November 20th, 2009
11:11 am

GT, I think Jumbeautiger has described LSU pretty well. LSU has great
talent, but the QB situation has been a big problem this year.
I wasn’t expecting LSU to be as good as they have been this year,
instead, I was looking for great things in 2010. Therefore, I am
happy with the LSU Tigers this year but, since they have won–
however ugly at times, I hate for the party to end.The Bayou
Bengals were really banged up after BAMA with the loss of Scott,
but these Tigers still want to win. I think that the LSU Tigers win
by 2 in a low scoring thriller. McCluster gets carried off the
field.

Crimson Crush

November 22nd, 2009
2:39 am

After ALL THE CHEST BEATING Dawg fans have pounded away at becuase they managed to make it up to mediocre level I will LOVE the fact that they have to settle for PURE SUCK . I witnessed a mountain of silly azz Dawg fans talking smack abou the Tide when they fell down to the Georgia level . Now I egt to see what Dawg fans act like when they fall to Georgia levels LOL

OcreBugMan

November 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

You’re question,”Can UGA handle a little praise?” was completely the wrong question. The question should have been, “Does UGA deserve a little praise?” Since Saturday’s Kentucky meltdown, I believe you have your answer.