The reality: Georgia is just not very good

Wow! September has flown by! So what did we learn on Saturday?

1. Georgia is just not very good: I could spin it for you Bulldog fans, but I won’t. You could rationalize the South Carolina loss.  It was on the road and Georgia was playing a new defense against a great, young running back. You can explain the Arkansas loss and praise Georgia’s comeback to tie the game in the fourth quarter. But after Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State in Starkville, I can only come to one conclusion: Georgia is just not very good.

I see an offensive line that has underachieved. I see running backs that are pretty average. I see a defense that really doesn’t have the personnel to run the scheme that is being employed. Yeah, Georgia was missing its star player (A.J. Green) who finally returns this week. That is a factor, but it doesn’t explain everything.

Mississippi State played hard and deserved to win the game. I’m not taking anything away from them. They played with a sense of urgency after two straight losses.

I thought there would be a sense of urgency for Georgia’s players to avoid an 0-3 start in the SEC. I was wrong.

Georgia fans have a right to be upset. Georgia should be better than this. But you need to know that Mark Richt is going to be the head coach at Georgia in 2011. He deserves the opportunity to fix whatever is wrong with this football team and this program.  Now if things don’t get better Richt  may have some tough decisions to make when this season is over. Let’s see how the season plays out.

2. Russell Wilson is the real deal: Wilson sliced and diced the Georgia Tech defense but you know what? Wilson is going to do that to a lot of defenses this season. With a quarterback like Wilson a team has a chance to win every Saturday. Suddenly, N.C. State’s Thursday night date with Florida State (Oct. 28) and visit to Clemson (Nov. 6) look a lot different.

Georgia Tech needs to put that game behind them and try to get on a little roll here with Wake Forest, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee coming up before a trip to Clemson. If Georgia Tech is going to get back in the ACC race, the Yellow Jackets have to protect the passer and the Joshua Nesbitt has got to throw it better.

3. There is a reason that Alabama has won 18 straight games: Some teams just know how to win despite adversity. Alabama’s defense was being carved up by Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett for about three quarters on Saturday in Fayetteville. But head coach Nick Saban was patient. He and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart made a couple of adjustments to get more pressure on Mallett. Then they decided to smash mouth the Razorbacks and wear them out. The result was a 24-20 victory and No. 1 Alabama stays undefeated with Florida coming to Tuscaloosa on Saturday. It was an impressive thing to watch. Alabama beat the No. 10 team last week and plays No. 7 Florida on Saturday and goes to No. 22 South Carolina on Oct. 9. If South Carolina had beaten Auburn the Gamecocks might have climbed into the Top 10 giving the Crimson Tide three straight games against the Top 10 in consecutive weeks.

Bottom line on Alabama: After jumping out to a 20-7 lead, Arkansas really wanted to win that game. Alabama expected to win the game.

4. Keep your eye on Stanford at Oregon: Oregon won a hard-fought game over Arizona State but when the coaches poll came out Sunday Oregon had jumped over TCU into the No. 4 position. And if Oregon can beat No. 13 Stanford (4-0) at home on Saturday, I predict the Ducks just might make Boise State uncomfortable in that No. 3 spot. Stanford, meanwhile, is just kicking everybody. The Cardinal’s 35-0 win over UCLA (which trounced Texas 34-12 last Saturday) looks even more impressive now. Stanford’s Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in the Pac-10. Florida-Alabama is the game of the week, but Stanford-Oregon is a close second.

5. Auburn showed me a lot of grit on Saturday: I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure that Auburn had enough left in the tank to beat a team like South Carolina. The Tigers had been in a real slug fest the week before against Clemson. I thought fatigue would catch up with them in the fourth quarter. But quarterback Cameron Newton is turning out to be everything they hoped he would be. And the Auburn defense hung tough, held Marcus Lattimore to just 33 yards, and got the turnovers when they needed them in the fourth quarter. After Louisiana-Monroe this week, the Tigers have a couple more shootouts coming up with Kentucky in Lexington on Oct. 9 and Arkansas home on Oct. 16. Then they get LSU at home on Oct. 23.

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WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:34 pm

interested

AGAIN

Why can a Florida team, who played Citadel, go to the championship but Auburn can not?

Bama Jake

September 27th, 2010
1:36 pm

Gatorbait 1-1 says “The only two teams in the SEC that matter are Florida and Alabama.”.

After Florida gets humiliated Saturday by Alabama.. Auburn and Alabama will be the only two SEC teams that matter! The East SUCKS this year. Face it.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:36 pm

interested

One more interesting fact: Only two schools have gone undefeated TWICE in 30 years of SEC play.

Wanna know who those two schools are?

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:37 pm

Bama Jake

Phil Steele had a prediction of Bama and Auburn both being undefeated for the Iron Bowl.

HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE!!!!!

bamaguy

September 27th, 2010
1:37 pm

I think, thanks to Auburn, that an undefeated SEC team will never be left out of the NC game again. Because there are so many good teams in the SEC. I mean if Auburn, LSU, Florida or Alabama end the season undefeated look at how many top ten teams they would have had to beat.

Joe Six-Pack

September 27th, 2010
1:37 pm

I don’t see any particular reason for concern Dawg fans…

…why the sidelines were full of the usual dancing (with exclusive Sturdivant end-zone dance moves) and the usual smiles and occasional flashes of gang signs…

..and on the field of play? Why you have to admire the spunk of those Dawg defenders…no matter how many yards they give up on each play, they jump up and beat their chests like Tarzan of the Apes…nobody ever looked any better while giving up huge chunks of yardage, no sir.

…meanwhile, back at the ranch in Athens, yet another arrest. Why would a Thug-wanna-be ever consider going anywhere else. That Rodney Garner sure knows how to pick ‘em!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:38 pm

bamaguy

Since 2004, even a two loss LSU team got to play and win the championship.

Gatorbait 17-3

September 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

Here the most likely Georgia record this year——lose 2 of the 4 games with Colorado, Tenn, Vandy and KY. Definite lose to the Gators, who have a bye to heal and get ready for Richt dance troop.

Auburn is also no chance, but Tech could save the season, but that is only a 50-50 chance.
That’s how Richt ends up 5-7 or 6-6 best case.

icedawg

September 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

Is wasn’t that long ago that Alabama was the conference doormat after having been on top for so long. Every program has its ups and downs. UGA had some great year under Dooley. He actually brought the program up, way up from what had been historically. Mr. Richt’s record speaks for itself. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the “what have you done for me lately” crowd are always out there and always vocal, but hardly worth noticing. A few good recruits at the right positions and a coaching change at the OC position and this program can be back on its feet moving in the right direction. Mr. Richt knows how to coach. His record speaks for itself in spite of last year and this one that is soon to be one we will all want to forget.

crackDaddy

September 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

How “equal” are Clemson and Auburn? They looked “completely equal” to me.

interested

September 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

WDE-
I don’t make those decisions. But it was widely reported it was the out of conference schedule that kept Auburn out of that game.

OR it could have been the 2 years of probation the school was put in in april 2004 for CHEATING! You want to bring up cheating as an argument for the school? Wow, keep calling others dumb or not smart… it’s workin for ya. LMAO!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

“I don’t make those decisions. But it was widely reported it was the out of conference schedule that kept Auburn out of that game. ”

Auburn had Bowling Green on the schedule and BG pulled out at the last min. Auburn had to find a quick replacement which isn’t their fault. Now, with that said, Auburn STILL had a tougher SOS than both USC and Oklahoma.

“OR it could have been the 2 years of probation the school was put in in april 2004 for CHEATING! ”

Auburn was not on probation in 2004, dumb a$$.

“ou want to bring up cheating as an argument for the school? ”

Bama was put on probation as well as USC. Auburn was on probation in 1993.

Retard, thy name is interested.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

“How “equal” are Clemson and Auburn? They looked “completely equal” to me.”

Yet Auburn won.

LHardingDawg

September 27th, 2010
1:44 pm

Welcome back Auburn people. It’s been a while since we have heard from y’all.

Gatorbait 17-3

September 27th, 2010
1:45 pm

Bama Jake

Have you forgotten 2008 so quickly? You won last year, congrats. You are favored by 7 this week and likely win, but I doubt you can beat the Gators twice in one year—–see you in Atlanta.

BTW whats up with love for Auburn, aren’t you going to beat them too? Now if you really think that Bama is the only team that matters in the SEC, you are in for a rude awaking.

Jerry's Wife

September 27th, 2010
1:45 pm

“Karl would you like a muffin?”

“No thank ye”

“Would you like some coffee?”

“Coffee makes me a mite nervous when I drink it. Um-mmmm.”

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:46 pm

interested

I know you’re not a bright gal, but Auburn was on probation in 1993. Now, if you can conjure up a calculator maybe you can do some subtraction that you should have learned in the third grade.

2010
-1993
______

17 years ma’am. It was 17 years ago when Auburn was last on probation.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

Gatorbait 17-3

Thanks for sending Cam Newton our way!

SEC Fact Finder(the real one)

September 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

A one loss SEC team would be placed in a BCS Title game before an Undefeated Boise St team was the common thread being spun this past weekend on ESPN, and ABC, however from the writings on another blog it seems that Timmy Brando is so anti BCS that he says he would like to see a TCU and BCS both in the BCS Title game to shut down the current system. With that talk you can pretty much mark it down that Timmy boy will be taking Vern’s spot next year as play by play guy and someone else will be hosting the CBS pregame and half time shows.

Lets play this out as it sits now….LSU loses to Auburn at Auburn, Florida loses to Alabama at Alabama, Alabama loses to LSU at LSU, Auburn loses to Alabama at Alabama, and throw in Florida has home games against LSU and South Carolina….then the Championship game ..if a team comes out of that with one loss they deserve to be in the NATIONAL TITLE game. Now I DID NOT say that is how the games would turn out..just saying if these teams won their home games in those games…ALOT of what if’s in these games the next 8 weeks..

bamaguy

September 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

If a one loss SEC team gets in the NC game over undefeated Boise, Senator Hatch will “have a come apart”, as my grandmother says.

Could be worse

September 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

Imagine this season, Dawg Fans, if UGA had to go to Tuscaloosa and play a night game in Baton Rouge!

Chili Dog

September 27th, 2010
1:48 pm

I knew you could do it

Noticed you are more than willing to dissect LSU with very pointed remarks and insults. While they are 4-0 and beat the same Miss St. by 3 touchdowns.

But for your beloved dawgs…
“it’s the recuiting services fault for giving false expectations”

Oh really?

joemoedee

September 27th, 2010
1:48 pm

3rd QB in 3 years, new defensive scheme… My expectations were tempered going into the season. Add in missing AJ Green for the first four games, and you get the start they’ve had.

I can’t see how a different coach with these players would equal a better start. Arkansas has better, more experienced talent, Carolina’s talent has been together for some time now. Mississippi State is a team they should have been able to beat, but going there on the road isn’t as easy of a task as it was in years past.

Every coach has down years, it’s fact. Vince Dooley’s teams didn’t finish in the AP top 25 13 times. (And only did 12 times) So far, Richt is 8 out of 9 years. (And looking like 8 out of 10) He’s been a very successful coach.

As far as great coaches with down years, take Tech for example. I think everyone can agree that Paul Johnson can get a lot out of limited talent. Tech lost a lot of their star players in the draft. They’re 2 and 2, with their two wins coming against a FCS team, and a UNC team missing tons of defensive starters.

At the end of the day, I highly doubt you trade out either Paul Johnson and Mark Richt for someone else and the teams magically are undefeated.

interested

September 27th, 2010
1:49 pm

“The most recent instance of wrongdoing on the Plains occurred when Auburn was placed on two years’ probation on April 27, 2004. The N.C.A.A. news release announcing the latest penalties against the Plainsmen stated that, during the probationary period from April 2004 to April 2006, “the university shall continue to develop and implement a comprehensive educational program on NCAA legislation and submit periodic reports to the NCAA,” including “a preliminary report that sets forth a schedule for establishing this compliance and educational program.”

“At the end of the probationary period,” concluded the N.C.A.A. (with emphasis added, by me), “the university’s president will provide a letter to the committee affirming that the university’s current athletics policies and practices conform to all requirements of NCAA regulations.” Finally, the Division I Committee on Infractions noted:

As required by NCAA legislation for any institution involved in a major infractions case, Auburn University is subject to the provisions of NCAA Bylaw 19.5.2.3, concerning repeat violators for a five-year period beginning on the effective date of the penalties in this case, April 27, 2004.”
If the Committee on Infractions determines “that a major violation has occurred within five years of the starting date of a major penalty,” the institution guilty of such conduct shall be deemed a repeat violator and may be subject to increased penalties.- Tony Barnhart

Deflect, deflect, deflected… don’t let the facts get in the way of a good argument huh WDE?

Bama Jake

September 27th, 2010
1:49 pm

Gatorbait 1-1. We definitely could beat Fla twice in one year, no problem. But I think it’s at moot point, because I believe SC will beat you and we’ll play them in Atlanta. Don’t count your chickens… well, you know.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:51 pm

“Deflect, deflect, deflected… don’t let the facts get in the way of a good argument huh WDE?”

LOLOL!!!!! If Auburn is on probation then why are we racking up in great talent, going to bowl games etc?

interested

September 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

WDE- keep calling me ma’am and show your pettiness… hide behind your computer and call people names… Keep acting like a 10 year old! you are doing your school proud.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

“The most recent instance of wrongdoing on the Plains occurred when Auburn was placed on two years’ probation on April 27, 2004.”

Uh……I don’t remember reading, hearing or seeing anything about Auburn being on probation, ma’am.

Try again.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

“WDE- keep calling me ma’am and show your pettiness… hide behind your computer and call people names… Keep acting like a 10 year old! you are doing your school proud.”

Poor whittle baby.

bamafan

September 27th, 2010
1:53 pm

Hey War Eagle – Auburn was undefeated in 1957 and 1993, and was on probation both years. In fact, per NCAA records, Auburn has been on football probation more than any other school.

Beast from the East

September 27th, 2010
1:53 pm

Bama Jake,
Don’t count your chickens either, my friend. Bama has to play UF, LSU, Auburn, UT, etc. Seems like you’re chalking up some victoires before the games are played. Will Bama make it to Atlanta? I think so, but I wouldn’t be willing to put money on it….would you?

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:53 pm

“If the Committee on Infractions determines “that a major violation has occurred within five years of the starting date of a major penalty,” the institution guilty of such conduct shall be deemed a repeat violator and may be subject to increased penalties.”

Bottom line: There is and was, no probation on the plains of Auburn. But please, continue to try to dig up something.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

“Hey War Eagle – Auburn was undefeated in 1957 and 1993, and was on probation both years.”

Yet Auburn won the championship in 57.

interested

September 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

You are exactly why people root against your school (Aub).
I’m done proving you wrong and having to respond to your change of subject rants.

Go annoy someone else.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

“In fact, per NCAA records, Auburn has been on football probation more than any other school.”

Check it again, the last time I looked, there were several schools ahead of Auburn. You guys were on the list as well.

SEC Fact Finder(the real one)

September 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

One of the funniest lines I have read in awhile was on another blog yesterday…now I did not say this but it was so funny…it was about Georgia recruiting and recruiting guy Coach Stacy Searls:

Secretary: “Hello Coaches office”
Caller: “Yes I wanted to speak to Coach Searls”
Secretary: ” I am sorry, Coach Searls just recieved the first copy of Recruiter Insider and is setting up his recruiting schedule for this month.”
Caller: “You mean to tell me Coach Searls uses it to evaluate players?”
Secretary: “Yes, Sir, he would not where to start without it.”

Now who wrote that is down on the Bulldogs and their recruiting staff. So this talk about Richt recruiting seems to be hitting home to many in the Bulldawg nation.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
1:57 pm

“Auburn has been on football probation more than any other school.”

WRONG!!!!!

List:

7 times: Oklahoma, Texas A & M

8 times: Minnesota, Wisconsin

8 times: Arizona State

7 times: Auburn
6 times: KENTUCKY, Georgia

5 times: Alabama, Miss State

7 times: Florida State

interested

September 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

“Check it again, the last time I looked, there were several schools ahead of Auburn. You guys were on the list as well.” -WDE

See my 1:55pm post and read it again.
YOU ARE SO FREAKING DUMB, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO I ROOT FOR.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

“YOU ARE SO FREAKING DUMB, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO I ROOT FOR.”

Ma’am, when it comes to retarded, you are Rocky Dennis.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
2:02 pm

“You are exactly why people root against your school (Aub).”

I must be really powerful if everyone roots against Auburn because of me! LOL

SEC Fact Finder(the real one)

September 27th, 2010
2:03 pm

BamaJake…as a Alabama guy first and a SEC FAN second…..I really wish our Fans would let others smack talk and let the play on the field speak for itself. If you have not notice we have Florida, USC, Tenn, LSU, and Auburn all left as well as the guys in Maroon from Starkville and a team from Oxford who seasons it would make by beating Alabama…Just sit back and read and keep the smack talk in your pocket then after a win you can beat on whoever you want..thanks

bamafan

September 27th, 2010
2:03 pm

Thanks War Eagle – I was wrong and you proved it. I apologize for my mistake. I am embarrassed that Bama is on the list. However, the 7 times Auburn has been on probation are somewhat at odds with your earlier statement that there ….”is and WAS, no probation on the plains of Auburn…..”
Your 1957 National Title was awarded before the Coaches Poll decided not to award to teams on probation. Your 1993 team was not as fortunate. Good bye Sir and good luck with your Team this year.

Gatorbait 17-3

September 27th, 2010
2:04 pm

Bama Jake

Just want you to give a quick lesson on the Atlanta game.

SEC Championship games

MVP

1992 Alabama 28, Florida 21 83,091 Antonio Langham, Alabama

1993 Florida 28, Alabama 13 76,345 Terry Dean, Florida

1994 Florida 24, Alabama 23 74,751 Ellis Johnson, Florida

1995 Florida 34, Arkansas 3 71,325 Danny Wuerffel, Florida

1996 Florida 45, Alabama 30 74,132 Danny Wuerffel, Florida

1999 Alabama 34, Florida 7 71,500 Freddie Milons, Alabama

2000 Florida 28, Auburn 6 73,427 Rex Grossman, Florida

2006 Florida 38, Arkansas 28 73,374 Percy Harvin, Florida

2008 Florida 31, Alabama 20 75,892 Tim Tebow, Florida

2009 Alabama 32, Florida 13

Looking at the SEC championship record make you look like a bit of a fool, Florida and Bama appear dominate the SECCG.

Head to head the Gators lead 4-3, but the Gators have also won the SEC Championship 7 times to Bama’s 3. If you notice the Gators have represented the East 10 times, Bama the west 7times.

Just pointing out some facts so you don’t get too big for your britches.

Auburn'82

September 27th, 2010
2:04 pm

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!! Please stop making our school look bad.
We get it, you have a small penis and because of it you have to argue with everyone because you think you’re a genus.
Just stop.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
2:05 pm

bamafan

Give it time, I’m sure Bama will be on probation again. I have no idea what that statement “interested” posted was about. Auburn was not on probation in 2004 and if they were they’d have been banned from bowl games and lost scholarships. Never happened.

As far as 1957, they won the title.

Chili Dog

September 27th, 2010
2:06 pm

Very clever Tony. In your first paragraph, you write:

“You could rationalize the South Carolina loss. It was on the road and Georgia was playing a new defense against a great, young running back. You can explain the Arkansas loss and praise Georgia’s comeback to tie the game in the fourth quarter. But after Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State in Starkville, I can only come to one conclusion: Georgia is just not very good.”

It wasn’t someone else explaining and rationalizing the opening losses away and playing to the base. It was YOU.

The you follow it up like your some kind of guru, and have to break the bad news to the fans that the dawgs suck.

They could see it the whole time, you were the one spinning it, Mr. Homer.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
2:06 pm

“WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!! Please stop making our school look bad.
We get it, you have a small penis and because of it you have to argue with everyone because you think you’re a genus.
Just stop.”

Ah, “interested” changed her blog handle. Nice. Gotta love the retarded.

bamafan

September 27th, 2010
2:09 pm

War Eagle – judging from experience, Auburn’s odds of being placed on probation again are just as great (or greater). As for 2004, perhaps Auburn was locked out because nobody likes Auburn.
The team is good, the history is good, but the fans suffer from inferiority complexes. Get over it and just win some more games.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
2:13 pm

“Auburn’s odds of being placed on probation again are just as great (or greater).”

And you know this how?

“As for 2004, perhaps Auburn was locked out because nobody likes Auburn.”

Oh, so the title game is about being liked? LOL

“The team is good, the history is good, but the fans suffer from inferiority complexes.”

Says the guy who’s schools fans worship at the feet of a dead coach. RIGHT!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
2:14 pm

“Get over it and just win some more games.”

1: I didn’t bring it up.
2: I’ll get over it when you guys stop looking for the next Bear.
3: We are winning games.