UGA’s Murray fine; it’s the O-line I’m not sure about

Another crazy weekend: So what did we learn?

1. Georgia’s Aaron Murray is going to be fine. It’s the offensive line I’m not sure about: Georgia’s 31-24 loss to Arkansas proved once again that in the SEC, the difference between winning and losing is very small. Georgia made a good comeback to tie the game and put itself in a position to win. It had the ball on what should have been the final possession. The worst thing that should have happened is that Georgia didn’t score and the game went to overtime.

But on third down the running back whiffs on a pass block and the quarterback gets sacked. Arkansas gets the ball back and  a safety takes the wrong angle on a tackle and Arkansas breaks free for the winning touchdown. Two plays. Arkansas made them. Georgia didn’t. That’s it.

But here is the good news for Georgia. The Bulldogs have a quarterback. Everyone I talk to in this league likes the upside of Aaron Murray. He’s learning the position and is going to make mistakes. What I want to know is when is this veteran offensive line going to start blocking like one? Georgia ran the ball 41 times for 139 yards at home against an average defense from Arkansas. Yes, six sacks figured into that total. Still, that’s not good enough. Yes, it would have been helpful if A.J. Green had been there to stretch the field. But he was not there. He’s not going to be there Saturday in Starkville. Georgia just has  run the ball better than that.

2. Another tough weekend for the ACC: Georgia Tech took care of business within the league beating North Carolina on the road. But out of the conference it was second straight tough weekend for the ACC. The ACC went 1-4 in head to head meetings with other BCS teams: Clemson lost to Auburn, Duke lost to Alabama, Maryland lost to West Virginia, and Wake Forest was trounced by Stanford. The lone winner against BCS competition was N.C. State, which had a solid win over Big East team Cincinnati on Thursday night in Raleigh.

Florida State beat BYU (Mountain West) and Virginia Tech took care of East Carolina (Conference USA) to salvage something out of the weekend.

If you’re keeping score at home, and I know some of you are, the ACC is now 1-9 against non-conference BCS teams in the first three weeks of the season. In the first two weeks of the season the ACC lost to LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Kansas, and Southern California. Kudos to the ACC for scheduling those games. But you gotta do better than 1-9.

3. Clemson-Auburn was a game for grown men: Auburn’s 27-24 victory against Clemson in overtime was one of the hardest hitting games I’ve seen in a long time. Two guys got carted off with serious leg injuries. Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker took a shot to the back (it was a legal shot, I might add) and showed tremendous grit in playing throught the pain. Auburn showed a lot of maturity in coming back from a 17-3 halftime deficit to win. Clemson showed, with running backs Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington, that the Tigers are going to be a force in the ACC Atlantic. It was a good old-fashioned street fight and I loved every minute of it. Just sorry that it came down to the Clemson kid missing a field goal. That’s a tough way for anybody to lose.

4. Florida is not a Top 10 team: The Gators may be worthy of their No. 8 national ranking (in the coaches poll) before the season is over, but right now Urban Meyer just has an okay team that is just trying to find its way. The good news if you’re a Florida fan is that you have enough talent to line up, play ugly, and win every game on your schedule–except for the Oct. 2 trip to Tuscaloosa to play No. 1 Alabama. The toughest remaining games after that (LSU, South Carolina) are at home. One thing I did learn watching the Florida-Tennessee game in Knoxville on Saturday: Florida’s receivers are pretty average. I thought they would be better.

5. I’ll bet Houston Nutt wishes he had never heard of Jeremiah Masoli: All I know is that since Jeremiah Masoli was clearned to play at Ole Miss on Friday, Sept. 3, almost nothing has gone right for the Rebels and Houston Nutt. Ole Miss just got absolutely gashed on Saturday by Vanderbilt 28-14. The Rebels are 1-2 with Fresno State coming to Oxford this week. If they can’t win that one, they are probably looking at 4-8 at best. Masoli has played reasonably well in the first three games. But the defense, which was supposed to be the strength of this team, is simply not getting it done.

BONUS WHAT WE LEARNED

Tennessee is what we thought they were: When I looked at the Tennessee team Saturday afternoon at Florida, I saw a bunch of guys who should be playing at Middle Tennessee State. I’ll give the Volunteers credit for this: They played hard for 60 minutes against Florida and were still within striking distance of the Gators in the fourth quarter. They didn’t go in the tank when adversity hit like they did against Oregon.

But it’s been a long time since Tennessee was this thin in SEC caliber talent. Things don’t figure to get better any time soon. After UAB this week, Tennessee plays at LSU, at Georgia, Alabama at home, and at South Carolina in the span of five weeks. Even if Tennessee comes out of its first eight games at 2-6, the Volunteers should be competitive in their four November games with Memphis, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. The question is if Derek Dooley can hold this team together mentally. They may be so beat up physically when November gets here that it won’t matter. 

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869 comments Add your comment

A Big Dog

September 20th, 2010
11:57 am

More Dawg arrests….Oh A Bama Pole Smoker in or out of Drag

Gen Neyland

September 20th, 2010
11:57 am

E-Vol : Love your attitude but I think it’s over the tiptop. The Vols have put together a sandlot squad for 2010. I don’t mean that in a critical way, it’s just the way it is. 4 that never started a game on the OL, the loss of two hoss’s on the DL, Simms is Simms, a converted WR at a corner, a rebuilt ACL at MLB, RBs, ST’s, the list is endless. Yeah, we have some freshmen playing too, and some waiting in the wings (Bray, Palardy, Darr, Neal for examples), but we’re gonna bleed in 2010. Keep the faith but smack talking 2010 is not in our best interests, not to UK, Ole MS, UGA, USCe and even Vandy. Support our team but let it go. It’s a war of words we can’t win this year.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
11:58 am

still anxious to hear who PapaDawg is talking about when he says “on top this year, not so good next year” ?

atlvol55

September 20th, 2010
11:58 am

With the fanbase, the facilities, and the incredible in-state talent, UGA should be a top 5 or top 10 team virtually every year. Sorry GT, UGA is very rarely going to lose an instate player they want to Tech….Georgia has an unbelievable advantage with the rich talent in this state.

That being said, UGA is only a couple of plays from being undefeated. Murray is better than I thought. He just has to learn to feel the pressure instead of trying to look down and scramble like high school. That is something that can be fixed with more playing experience….I think with Green back, UGA will actually be pretty good this year….

What is this world coming too, I’m actually defending Georgia.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:00 pm

Little Dog likes to talk about poles for some reason. At least you’re not afraid to say whats on your mind..

BamaMan

September 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

Took in games at UNC and Duke on Saturday. I’ve got to admit, UNC has the facilities, personnel (albeit missing 7 super-caliber defensive players), and atomosphere to compete with and to play w/anyone in our league (SEC), with possible exception of us (Bama). I had heard a lot about Chapel Hill and the university, but it was actually more than I expected. I can see why Butch Davis can recruit well there.

how2fish

September 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

Gen Neyland good post and your team showed a lot of heart against the Gators last week.If we don’t prepare and show up to play they will beat us for sure.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

I want to know if Grantham has received flowers from Ryan Mallet yet? He should be thanking him for the Heisman race. So far we have moved Lattimore into the race, and put Mallet’s name a lot higher on the board. Who is our next victim?

480 yards passing/3 TD’s????? Ohhhhh boy.

TIRED OF BEING NICE

September 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

I’M NOT CALLIN OUT ANY FANS BUT SOME ON HERE NEED TO TAKE THE
BLINDERS OFF!!WE ARE NOT EVEN BETTER TAHN KENTUCKY IN FOOTBALL
ARE YOU KIDDIN ME. STOP SETTLEING FOR LESS THAN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
GAME! WE KEEP SETTLEING FOR THE CAPITAL ONE BOWL, INDEPENDANCE
BOWL OR WHAT EVER LOWER TIER BOWL WE’VE BEEN IN THE LAST 4YRS

3rdn8

September 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

@ TIRED OF BEING NICE

I’m not blaming anyone. I’m guessing there are plenty of the usual suspects that can be blamed.

My point is this: when you’re having to start a RS Freshman at QB, you accept certain givens….one of those givens is a limited playbook.

Auburn currently has one of the best athletes I’ve ever seen playing QB. But….he is learning on the job. Malzahn can’t open the playbook (yet) because Newton would be overwhelmed.

If you look at Bama last year, you saw the same thing. It was McElroy’s first year as starter. He struggled big-time at mid-season, and McElwain kept the play calling very vanilla. This year, McElroy is slinging it all over the field.

I don’t know what the problem with UGA’s recruiting is (that is…no Soph, Junior, Senior QBs)….what ever it is can’t be changed at this time. They gotta dance with the guys who are here.

I thought Bobo called a pretty good game. I only questioned the plays late in the 4th when Murray had no check-down receivers.

how2fish

September 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

TIRED OF BEING NICE take the cap lock and the blinders and shove them where the sun don’t shine.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

Tired of being nice, why don’t you try blogging with crayons next time? Thanks for sharing your infinite wisdom with all of us.

bb

September 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

The ACC is having a tough year OOC, but it should be pointed out that 8 of those 9 losses to BCS OOC opps have been ranked. Only the Big 10 has played as many as 4 against ranked BCS opps (and they are 1-3 in those games). The ACC should be commended for playing, by far, the toughest OOC slate of any conference so far this year.

Of course playing and losing those games, doesn’t help your rep. You need to win some of those games. I get tired of hearing how big and bad the SEC is when they beat the Duke’s of the world, or worst yet another Sun Belt team.

MURPHY

September 20th, 2010
12:05 pm

We just dont look like even an average football team right now.This program as it stands reminds me of the days of the Goff era.Plenty of talent but coaches not able to get the talent to perform.Our running backs are horrible-not impressed with the way they run-Big lack of speed.I did see a bright spot with Murray and our recievers. I sure hope we can get alot better before Rocky Top comes to town or it could get real ugly.

PapaDawg

September 20th, 2010
12:07 pm

More dogarrest, any college team you DUMBA–

how2fish

September 20th, 2010
12:07 pm

bb let me see if I follow your logic the ACC is to be praised for their OOC and your right they should be. However you take a shot at the SEC for playing a ACC team? Sorry that confuses me.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

PapaDawg, who is the dumb—- again? Every college team is “on top this year, next year not so much” ?? Did you fall off the stupid tree and hit every branch?

timmy

September 20th, 2010
12:10 pm

here’s how you do better than 1-9

you schedule like the SEC does

SEC only has 2…FREAKING TWO…road games vs. the BCS in the first three weeks of the season. Bama at Duke and Kentucky at Louisville. Those two opponents are a combined 2-4 and generally recgonized as the crap of their conferences.

the ACC, on the other hand, has sacked up and gone on the road to play five teams in the top 25

the simple answer is for the ACC to schedule creampuffs like the SEC and watch the rankings roll in.

Dawg H8R

September 20th, 2010
12:10 pm

ga gator- Those thug assed gayters won two,with a prison lineup! Bama has last year! What’s the point, that Mike Dodo is BETTER than we think?! Or that he is what he is, and the gayters are a pile of dope dealing/ life threating terrorists!!! Wouldn’t they be labeled as domestic terrorists if they
didn’t play football?

ga GAYter- YOU STFU, please.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:10 pm

So Georgia for example was “on top last year, but this year not so much.” Or was it not so much last year and this year they are on top? Or neither?

Sun Belt Champs

September 20th, 2010
12:11 pm

UGA fans bash the ACC, but the puppies have only proven they can beat teams from the Sun Belt.

PapaDawg

September 20th, 2010
12:11 pm

Moredog arrest you have to be a Tech Geek who has nothing to add to a football blog because you don’t know a thing about the sport

3rdn8

September 20th, 2010
12:12 pm

hey timmy….

er….you miss the Bama-PSU game, and AU-Clemson?

3rdn8

September 20th, 2010
12:14 pm

Timmy

LSU-UNC, UT-Oregon

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:15 pm

PapaDawg, I’m not the one who threw out a “on top this year, next year not so much” comment about the Georgia Bulldogs. And although I’m not a “Tech geek”, I do think they will find a way to beat ya’ll this year. You guys are an embarrassment to the SEC.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 20th, 2010
12:16 pm

Gen Neyland, so which RB of yours are we going to put on the Heisman watch list?

TIRED OF BEING NICE

September 20th, 2010
12:17 pm

i am just a big a dawg fan as anyone on here, i’m just asking
why aren’t fans feed up with this sorry Bull$#&@ every year
from our beloved head ball caoch!!! we are not prepared and
are not well conditioned go back and look @ the tape, when will
it change?? thanks some one finally heard ME!!!!

Bud

September 20th, 2010
12:18 pm

We need to build the biggest,fastest,meanest,ugliest,DEFENCE in the nation. We need killers out there. Players who can go out there in shorts and t shirts and barefooted and play. We need to hurt people. If someones offence fears us the battle is already won. Send a recruiter to Samoa. That tiny island has 65,000 people (1/2 of Sanford stadium) with 4 players in the NFL.

PMC

September 20th, 2010
12:18 pm

I think Georgia has a bunch of guys that should be playing at Middle Tennessee State TOO.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:19 pm

TIRED OF BEING NICE, call 1-800-hooked on phonics and fire whoever is homeschooling you.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:19 pm

You, too, Bud. Help is only a phone call away.

3rdn8

September 20th, 2010
12:19 pm

@ TIRED OF BEING NICE

I for one have enjoyed your posts.

I’m just glad you don’t have to print them out. Your ink-cartridge budget wuld be enormous.

how2fish

September 20th, 2010
12:20 pm

timmy that was laugh out loud funny..SEC cream puff and the rankings will go up..Dude pass what it is your smoking.Sun Belt Champs sorry to burst that bubble but two mid tier SEC teams beat hell out of the ACC division champs last year…

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 20th, 2010
12:20 pm

I am surprised at how not one person has brought up how Gamble quit on the 3rd and long Ark had to bit%h to the unpire about being held. This ain’t basketball, shed the damn block and make a play. He was not held, and if he would have had more DETERMINATION he would have been able to make the play.

Ole Ball Fan

September 20th, 2010
12:23 pm

Rank the current SEC coaching staffs: My picks 1) Bama 2) Fla 3) SC 4) Arky 5) tie: UGA / LSU and hearing footsteps from 7) Miss St. UGA superior head coach w/ weaker staff.

TIRED OF BEING NICE

September 20th, 2010
12:25 pm

@ more dawg arrest
who died and made you the dodo monitor

crackDaddy

September 20th, 2010
12:26 pm

Even if LeMay ends up at UGa, and that is a “big if”, he is sucking hind tit in the national HS QB of the Year (even if he were playing). There are two big time QB’s in SC and NC that are going to be even bigger recruits: Marquise Williams, QB, Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.): Williams, the UNC verbal commit, and the Mavericks have outscoring their first three opponents 161-6. Williams has led the offensive onslaught by throwing for 760 yards and 17 touchdown passes while rushing for nearly 300 more.

Justin Worley, QB, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)The Tennessee verbal commitment threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-2 win. Worley is completing nearly 65 percent of his pass attempts this season with 14 touchdown passes in three games.

3rdn8

September 20th, 2010
12:26 pm

Ole Ball Fan

Bama fan here, but would have to include the AU staff in the upper tier. Think that Chizik has done an o/s job to date. Starting from scratch (thanks Coach TT), and having Saban entrenched a few miles away ain’t a job for the weak at heart.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:26 pm

Yep, Mississippi State favored by 2 over Georgia. Just looked it up and the “other” Bulldogs are definitely the favorite.

Coach O

September 20th, 2010
12:28 pm

@timmy

The only way for the ACC to schedule “creampuffs” would be for them to avoid playing ANY OOC games.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:28 pm

I think Mississippi State is a lock only giving up 2 at home. They are the most improved team in the SEC, especially playing at home.

REA

September 20th, 2010
12:29 pm

Tony the game didn’t go into overtime…

PapaDawg

September 20th, 2010
12:29 pm

Don’t you just love these blog grammar police. Please get a life, we’re talking football not English 101.

G8R GRAD

September 20th, 2010
12:29 pm

Gen.:

“KerryB : This blog is an open forum for all things college football. That’s Mr CFB’s way. Although you may want it to be about UGA, it’s not and blessedly, will never be. The back slapping, atta boy UGA blog would be the Junkyard Blawg down the hall on the left. Enter at your own risk…”

:-D

PapaDawg

September 20th, 2010
12:30 pm

Enter your comments here

GeorgiaBoy

September 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

Hey, DawgH8R,

Dude, anger management.

3rdn8

September 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

G8R GRAD

does that mean my post re: John Kerry is inappropriate?

Coach O

September 20th, 2010
12:32 pm

Mississippi State will be a scrimmage for UGA.

Georgia may be down, but they’re not THAT far down. I expect a beatdown. State should thank Ole Miss for bumping them (temporarily) out of last place in the West.

More Dawg arrests

September 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

I guess grammar is like football, some days you’re on top of it and the next day not so much. Right PapaDawg?

Doug UGA 1983

September 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

UGA, Please establish an identity on offense and put big freshman Ogletree at safety.
How could he be worse.
Doug UGA 1983