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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Programming note: We’ll break down the weekend’s action and bring out the analyst’s couch for our friends from Georgia and Georgia Tech on today’s “Barnhart and Durham” at 10 a.m. on 790 The Zone. Please come join the fun. www.790thezone.com

753 comments Add your comment

Buffalo Burgers

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

60-39-5
30-24
73-66
8 of 9
Things that still make me laugh (like when I drive by Bobby Dodd “Stadium”)

Dane

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Hey Tony you guaranteed a ga win last week. Liar.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

“Auburn road trips are ahead. And it will be a long walk home….”

????????????????????????????????????????? How so, Ms. Charlie?

Dawg_Mike

September 27th, 2010
9:40 am

@ gdawginkalamazoo- Thanks for the belly laugh this morning. I needed it.

I totally agree. Ealey cannot cross the goal line with the ball.

Mike

September 27th, 2010
9:40 am

Time for BooBoo to go. The offense has stunk ever since he’s been there.

GaGator

September 27th, 2010
9:40 am

jumbeauxtiger

Just checked and Bama is a 7 point favorite and I’ll still take, Georgia is 2 point favorite over Colorado–geeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Charlie Bama

September 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Ok, I smell him now. Thanks!

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Interesting insight on UGA from http://www.RollBamaRoll.com “Thoughts from around the SEC”:

Richt gets Croomed, or Mullened, or whatever. And, a few hours later, another player gets arrested. At this point, UGA is 2-7 in their last nine SEC games, and frankly any remotely competent team should beat them. The season is over for the Dawgs, and it’s really just a matter of the recruiting fallout and whether or not Richt can do enough in the final eight games to return for an eleventh season in Athens. And, as an aside, I’ll point out that Georgia has wasted the career of AJ Green just like Tennessee wasted the career of Eric Berry. Two once-in-a-generation talents for those programs, and they were wasted on bad teams led by washed up coaches.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:42 am

“5. In retrospect (i.e. after UGA’s loss to MSU), USC was not as good as we all thought. Didn’t Aub start 5-0 last year?”

I KNEW IT! Every time Auburn beats a ranked opponent, arm chair qb’s go with “oh, well “said” team was just overrated.

Hey, Bama tard, if USC was overrated, then Arky is overrated. How about that?

Moron

Freddie

September 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Ga will lose one of it’s next 3. They will lose to Fla and Aub. They may lost to Gt or Kty.
I see at least 6 losses. I see 6 for gt. Both teams could be 6-6 or maybe 5-7. Thank goodness for the Falcons.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Cam Newton Named National Player of the Week

Against South Carolina, the SEC’s top run defense going into Saturday’s game, Newton rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 35-27 win. He also passed for 158 yards and two TDs to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

With the Tigers trailing 20-14 at halftime, Newton did his best work in the second half, accounting for three of his five touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.

“He has been a great addition to our football team,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “I think he has handled all of the circumstances really, really well with a lot of class. He was a huge reason we won the football game, let’s not make any mistake about it, but there were a bunch of others out there that did it, too.”

Chizik’s comments could be an understatement — Newton leads the SEC in rushing and in passing efficiency.

MS. Bully

September 27th, 2010
9:44 am

I love all the fans who keep saying that Georgia has more talent than MS. State. You need to go back and reevaluate your thoughts just like this idiot who picks each weeks winners. Just go ask #3 what hit him at the goal line when his helmet went one way and the ball went another. MS. State proved who are the real Bulldogs of the SEC. Why does the AJC block comments on every Georgia player arrested?

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:44 am

I love how Bama fans talk about how great it was for Bama to come back from the half and win the game by 4 points over Arkansas, who by they way beat UGA with a minute or so to spare.

Auburn beat MSS, who beat the living crap out of UGA, AND South Carolina who beat the crap out of UGA.

Face it Bama fans, you now have some competition and it’s name is Auburn.

Dawg gone gittin' it

September 27th, 2010
9:45 am

“Georgia’s not very good” May we add: “Tony’s not very good at his scoring and win-loss predictions.” You’d loose your butt in ‘Vegas.

Gen Neyland

September 27th, 2010
9:45 am

Over the last, say 30 years, what has been the average tenure of a HC in the SEC..?

John

September 27th, 2010
9:45 am

Despite Barnhart’s “revelation”, the AJC sportswriters and everyone else will continue to pick Georgia to win each game while claiming that the teams that beat them are simply overrated. Unbelievable.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:45 am

“Why does the AJC block comments on every Georgia player arrested?’

Because UGA pays them to do that. Joke.

Wake me up when CMR kicks a real player off the team!

September 27th, 2010
9:45 am

Another day and another dawg arrested.. And true to form, CMR finds it within himself to kick a player off the team. Too bad its a scrub that didn’t even make the trip to Starkville! CMR is soft as baby doo. Slap the good players on the wrist and make an example out of the scrubs and walk ons… Nice.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:46 am

“Welcome back to the blog Auburn fans. We’ve missed having you around. Congrats on an impressive win.

That said… RTR!!!”

Well, seeing that Bama was missing for 15 years, same to you! LOL

Little Nicky Satan

September 27th, 2010
9:46 am

Hey Dawg Nation. After I win a 2nd in a row MNC in January 2011, I think I’ll be tired of all the winning at Bama. I will need a new challenge.

I can be had for a cool 8 million$.

Think about it.

Snoop

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Richt’s main problem at UGA is, the players have no respect for him. He has been effective at recruiting talented hoodlums, like Danelle Ellerbe and Odell Thurman, but he has made no effort to keep them in line. Richt has had well over a hundred arrests during his tenure. Some were relatively minor, some were felonies. In almost every case, Richt applied NCAA minimum punishments, usually suspension from the first game of the season, which was with teams like GA Southern and LA Lafayette. Richt’s low point was sending the team on the field to frolick in the end zone in 2007. That set a horrible example of bad sportsmanship and would have gotten most coaches fired. The whole program is in disarray, and the problems are bigger than Richt could ever correct. Most of these problems can be traced right back to Michael Adams, who is a self-promoter with no leadership qualities at all.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

“Over the last, say 30 years, what has been the average tenure of a HC in the SEC..?”

For Bama, it’s about 2 years. Everyone else it’s about 8-10.

Bledsoe

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Just how many more years are you Richt apologists going to give him. His best years are behind him, and this year is a colossal train wreck.

Sack Richt and the coaching staff now, or we’ll be having this “next year” discussion for aeveral more years.

And get rid of AJ Green and Washaun Ealey now. If Richt is indeed serious about cleaning up his team’s behavior, send these two punks home now.

Gen Neyland

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Mr CFB may have picked UGA straight down the line, but in all honesty, I’ve done the same with Tennessee. But I’m partial. WAIT A MINUTE..!

DostaDawg

September 27th, 2010
9:48 am

Tony,
No sht, buddy. Our players are trying to run the show. They dont respect Richt. Thats painfully obvious. Here’s whats happening in the “close knit” family.

1. Richt and Grantham arent getting along well. Richt toned Grantham down after the sideline tirade in the LLF game. We will lose TG because of that. Either we are committed to winning or we arent. We need a TG on the sideline.
2. There is a big dissention in the locker room. The players are wanting Wooten, Aaron White, and Geathers to be playing lots more. THey are saying the coaches are showing favortism to other players.
3. We have got to sit Ealey. Bring on the scout team rb’s. I dont care who it is. And our O line is horrendus. For a bunch of JR.s and SR’s we look horrible.

4th. WE ARE THE UNIVERSITY OF BY GOD GEORGIA, WE HAVE RESOURCES OUT THE ARSE. WE SHOULD BE DOING BETTER THAN THIS. DEAD ASS LAST IS UNACCEPTABLE.

Scott

September 27th, 2010
9:50 am

Why didn’t Ealey jump on the ball after he fumbled it. He stood up looked at it and watched the MSU player jump on it. All he has to do is grab it and it’s a TD. That is coaching. That is a lazy idiot.

LHardingDawg

September 27th, 2010
9:50 am

Let Coach Richt win a few games and all of you guys with be back on the band wagon. Fair weather fans are a dime a dozen, look at all the new Bama stuff everywhere, but real fans are priceless.

David

September 27th, 2010
9:51 am

Tony: They (Georgia) just not want to be very good. Every SEC game this year, they let the other team take the lead early 7-0, then for some reason the defensive plays better for most of the rest of game.
Believe it or not special teams kill us, a punt hits a player downfield really made me cry for a few minutes because I was at Starkville to see this happening. Things I see why this team does not want to be good and Tony I going to be honest with you and it does not matter who you play.

1) SEC: You got to play 4 quarters of defensive, if you play 2 or 3 quarters you will lose every game. Defensive wins games!!!
2) You cannot turn the ball over at all on the road or in the red zone; Georgia both road games and same person fumble the ball on the 4 and 1 yard line when our offensive is moving the ball better than any top team.
3) Defensive cannot just walk to their position while the other team is ready to snap the ball. Our DB are moving around so much that they cannot adjust to the offensive. I do not see great defensive around the nation do this only Georgia. Most of the time Georgia was just lucky to stop the play; however on third down I see the defensive again not set right or moving around into the wrong position to make a big play. Last game position, LB could not get to the corner, and DB are making all the tackles except Houston at times. First game mistackles on that South Carolina RB.
4) They just want to want it MORE than the other team! Sorry, Tony I just do not see that we lose our edge some where out there. We are waiting for something to happen, and it may never happen. Well, the meantime, we are 1-3 record going to a place we never been to and expect to turn it around. Check Colorado website, they will be ready for Georgia (like Mississippi State) beating Georgia will make their season. No excuses GEORGIA, you just have to play Georgia Football and I mean Georgia Football of the past where the other team knew they have to play a perfect game to beat Georgia or they would lose, it is completely 180 degrees in the other direction now.

BAMA dude

September 27th, 2010
9:51 am

Auburn beats Missy State by a field goal, ekes one out in OT against Clempson, and ekes one oout at home against South Carolina. Now they’re contenders.

Arkansas crapped the bed in the 4th against UGA, they had manhandled them before that. I’m guessing they beat Aubie by 7-10 points.

dbc

September 27th, 2010
9:52 am

To JB @9:07 This is a fact stated by Grantham in an interview several weeks ago. CMR asked him to tone it down. Don’t think Markie Boy’s virgin ears could take all the F-bombs.

Bottom Dwellers

September 27th, 2010
9:52 am

Hahaha. Now you are all alone.

Couldn’t happen to a better bunch of losers and delusional fan base

Southeastern Standings
East Conf All
Florida (7) 2-0 4-0
South Carolina (20) 1-1 3-1
Vanderbilt 1-1 1-2
Kentucky 0-1 3-1
Tennessee 0-1 2-2
Georgia 0-3 1-3
West Conf All
LSU (12) 2-0 4-0
Auburn (10) 2-0 4-0
Alabama (1) 1-0 4-0
Arkansas (15) 1-1 3-1
Mississippi State 1-2 2-2
Mississippi 0-1 2-2

0-3 in the SEC

September 27th, 2010
9:52 am

See, it rhymes. How low can you go?

SECFan

September 27th, 2010
9:53 am

I don’t really get the whole unabashed adoration of Mark Richt, but I assume it has more to do with his persona than anything else. But if Richt doesn’t turn it around somehow, they will fire him – and it’s not because he’s not a nice guy, or didn’t get a fair shot, or didn’t have the resources, or anything like that. It’s business, really, not personal.

ratherBgambling

September 27th, 2010
9:53 am

The Gators will be those Bammers!

Book it!

JB

September 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Mobil Dawg…………..Your post @9:19, second paragraph, was right on…..ALL Dawg fans ought to read it…….It’s explains a lot about the three year slide. You would think AT SOME POINT in the last three years the slide would stop…….I look back at the Talent Knowshon and Stafford had, we just didn’t have a team around them. Without them, this implosion would have happened 2-3 years ago…………Seeing Auburn in year two under their NO NAME coach they brought in gives me hope. They are not a super star staff, just pretty good football coach’s. What a difference at Auburn…

0-3 in the SEC

September 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Do we still have a mathematical shot at the SEC?

Ted

September 27th, 2010
9:54 am

baba dude
you eaked one out against ark and should have lost. you will over the next 2 weeks. you’re not the best team in the country. oregon is

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:54 am

“Auburn beats Missy State by a field goal, ekes one out in OT against Clempson, and ekes one oout at home against South Carolina. Now they’re contenders.”

And that same Miss ST team beat the crap out of UGA, who by the way, was picked to win the SEC East. Also, that same ClemPson team is second best in the ACC.

Oh, and every single sports “analyst” picked USC to beat Auburn by 2 touchdowns.

But please, keep talking down Auburn and how Auburn is this and that. We’ll just keep winning.

Autiger

September 27th, 2010
9:55 am

Tony,can we please talk about something other than UGA? You’re having a bad season, just accept it and move on. I would rather read about the other teams in the SEC and other conferences.
The Oregon-Stanford game is a good start and I would like some analysis on that and the Florida-Bama game.

Also, what about LSU? Good win for them against WV.

Or how about how much of a disappoint Colorado’s coach has been?

Please expand your topics because its getting depressing hearing about UGA every week.

dawgfan

September 27th, 2010
9:56 am

The lack of urgency has been missing since long before this past Saturday. Its becoming apparent that the writing has been on the wall for awhile now. This is a program that just goes through the motions and is on auto-pilot. WHEN, not if, Richt gets the boot, I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired from coaching. The fire just isn’t there anymore. Sad, but true.

PappyHappy

September 27th, 2010
9:56 am

A couple of ingredients missing from UGA Saturday evening were: LEADERSHIP; DISCIPLINE; & COACHING! Feel sorry for many of the young men on the UGA team! Seems like Richt is racing to reach his minimum level of mediocrity (he may have found it in 2010)!

Mr. Bitter

September 27th, 2010
9:56 am

Do you think UGA will charge $5,000 per season ticket next year? Oops, I meant $5 per ticket.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:56 am

“Arkansas crapped the bed in the 4th against UGA, they had manhandled them before that. I’m guessing they beat Aubie by 7-10 points.”

“guessing” is the key word there. Bama fans aren’t great with facts.

Arkansas beat the Dawgs with a minute to go and Bama barely got passed them with a 4 point win.

Bottom line: Bama fans are delusional.

Please

September 27th, 2010
9:57 am

Could someone name one, just one, UGA player that could make the first string at Bama or Florida. It’s a stretch to name one that could make the second string. None of the running backs would even make third string. This tells the story of how bad things are in Athens and it won’t get better anytime soon.

bamaguy

September 27th, 2010
9:57 am

Nice to have two teams from Alabama in the top ten. Looking like the Iron Bowl will be the “game of the year.”

Barnyard

September 27th, 2010
9:57 am

How dumb do you feel for spending all that money on tickets now?
Enjoy Ken and Vandy losers.

JB

September 27th, 2010
9:57 am

FireRicht.com

September 27th, 2010
9:58 am

Terrible LOGIC and certainly not worthy of Mr.College Football. Richt needs to go; should go; and has had 10 years to get rid of the problems. His greatest win…Hawaii! GET REAL!!! The most talented team in the nation at underperforming three years in a row!!!! Burn me once…make no change. Burn me twice get rid of Martinez. Burn me thrice….Sorry I am just not that big of a FOOL. RICHT NEEDS TO GO NOW!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!

September 27th, 2010
9:58 am

bamaguy

Would be pretty awesome to have Auburn and Bama undefeated at the Iron Bowl.

Tom

September 27th, 2010
9:59 am

Auburn has 4 road games this year? How is that possible? They will lose at least one of the next two.