Five Burning Bowl questions (non-New Year’s Day edition)

This time around, we really have six bowl courses on our post-season menu:

**–Pre-Christmas: Very light appetizers (Beef O’Brady’s, Poinsettia, Hawaii, etc.)

**–Post-Christmas:  A decent house salad but the crutons are a little soggy (Little Caesars Pizza, Texas, Armed Forces).

**–Pre-New Year’s Day: Now we’re getting to the good stuff. Lobster bisque with just a touch of sherry. (Chick-fil-A, Liberty, Sun, Music City).

**–New Year’s Day: Still the main course for me. A fine filet from Ben Benson’s in New York. (Capital One, Outback, Gator, Rose, Fiesta).

**–Post New Year’s Day: An unexpected course of sherbet to clear the palate and extend the bowl season: Jan. 3 (Orange), Jan. 4 (Sugar), Jan. 6 (GoDaddy.com…I did not make that up), Jan. 7 (Cotton), Jan. 8 (BBVA Compass), Jan. 9 (Fight Hunger). We’ll have a taste but not consume it all because we’re  really waiting for…….

**–BCS Championship (No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon): The perfect dessert. A Bannanas Foster from Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.

In that spirit here are my five burning questions for the non-New Year’s Day bowls. Feel free to pose your own:

1. Does A.J. Green go out with  a bang? I’m never comfortable with absolutes but I do feel confident in saying that A.J. Green is the best wide receiver to ever play at Georgia. It’s hard not to wonder how Georgia’s season would have gone had Green been there from the beginning. Central Florida (coached by George O’Leary) is a good team but there is nobody like Green in Conference USA.  Send him long early and often and he’ll make a bunch of big plays in his final college game.

2. Does Florida State have an answer for South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore? Florida State was third in the ACC in rushing defense (127.3 ypg) and  eighth in passing defense (221.2 ypg). But the key to Friday night’s Chick-fil-A Bowl is going to be Florida State’s ability to contain freshman running back Marcus Lattimore (99.8 ypg), the SEC’s No. 2 rusher behind Auburn’s Cameron Newton. If the Seminoles can hold Lattimore to under 90 yards they can win the game. But if Lattimore goes over 90 the Gamecocks will get a couple of big plays off the passing game and they will win.

3. What will be the total yards passing in the Music City Bowl? North Carolina’s T.J. Yates (from Marietta’s Pope High School) closes out a good career on Thursday when the Tar Heels play Tennessee in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. Yates, who started hot as a freshman and then struggled a couple of years (injuries were a factor), began the 2010 season by throwing for over 400 yards against LSU. He finished the season with 3,184 yards and 18 touchdowns. Tennessee freshman Tyler Bray became the man down the stretch of this season as Tennessee won its last four games to become bowl eligible. I say the total passing yards will be over 700.

4.  Will Ralph Friedgen go out a winner? Friedgen, the former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator and now the head coach at Maryland, his alma mater, is being forced out after a season in which he was named the ACC Coach of the Year. He is one of he most brilliant offensive minds of this generation. He also has a lot of pride. The Terps play East Carolina today in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. Look for redshirt freshman quarterback Danny O’Brien to have a huge day and for Friedgen to walk off that field a winner. Don’t be surprised if the big guy gets a little emotional in the post game. Under that rough exterior he’s a softie when it comes to his players.

5. Can something, ANYTHING, good happen for Clemson? No matter how you slice it this has been a disappointing season at Clemson (6-6). Clemson was really good on defense as the Tigers led the ACC and were ninth in the country in scoring defense (17.8 ppg). Led by an extraordinary player in DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson has allowed only eight touchdowns by opposing offenses in the past seven games. Yeah, Clemson did miss C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford (now in the NFL) but the Tigers should have been better. Clemson plays South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, just a short hop up I-85 from campus. The Tigers and coach Dabo Swinney need to win this one to make the quality of life in the offseason just a little better.

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Beast from the East

December 29th, 2010
8:21 am

1…..Yes
2…..No
3…..600
4…..No
5…..No

Murphy

December 29th, 2010
8:29 am

Clemson,S. Carolina,Maryland all win. UGA wins big!

Innocent Bystander

December 29th, 2010
8:29 am

Sounds like a bunch of empty calories. I think I’ll just stick to my diet this year. If we refuse to watch it, then maybe there will be a better menu next year?

TommyP

December 29th, 2010
8:29 am

LOL What the hell was the first part of this blog? You need an editor to take a look at these, Tony, ’cause most would’ve taken one look at the opening of this and said, “Uhhh, I don’t think so, Tony. That’s not funny, cute or impressive, which is what it looks like you’re trying to be.”

Beast from the East

December 29th, 2010
8:30 am

Murphy,
The only ACC team I picked to win their bowl game was NC State. I say the others fall.

Snoop Dawg

December 29th, 2010
8:37 am

The Dawgs will put an exclamation point on the very worst season in the history of UGA football on New Years Eve when they get embarassed by George O’Leary and Central Florida. Who would have ever thought that we would have sunk to such depths? O’Leary will make Mark Wrecked look like the imposter that he is.
Is it possible that Ralph Fridgen could be hired as the Dawgs’ offensive coordinator next season? Oh yeah, I forgot–he probably doesn’t fit into Richt’s “system.”

Columbus Dawg

December 29th, 2010
8:42 am

One of the biggest excuses for having this pitiful group of underacheivers at UGA play in this joke of a bowl was that the extra practice would be beneficiary to the 2011 team. Okay I’ll bite, so play the players and schemes that will be used in 2011. Forget sending Green deep, he won’t be there to help save Richt’s job in 2011. They should start players who will be contributing in 2011, with an emphasis on getting an OL that can open holes for a running back, if possible. If this turns out to be nothing but a showcase for A.J. Green’s NFL jump, then I will promptly turn the game off. I have heard many UGA people say this same thing. I hate to say it, but I really do not think Richt thinks that he has been running the program wrong, therefore I don’t see him changing the way that he will approach certain aspects that have led to the state of UGA’s decline. The large contributors to the Georgia Atheletic Program will be expecting a zero tolerance approach to disiplinary issues, and the fan base in general will put a lot of stock in the 2011 recruiting class. This will be McGarity’s first preseason with the Dawgs, and he and Richt will field very pointed questions about the direction of the program this spring.

benadawg

December 29th, 2010
8:44 am

A.J. Owes the dawg fans another year, but he will likely go pro,He will be forever remembered as being the best reciever, mostly because he is a playmaker, Aaron Murray will be the next playmaker with Crowell and Ealey behind him, AJ will miss out on some fun times…..Go Dawgs!!!

Murphy

December 29th, 2010
8:47 am

Beast,

I picked Clemson,NC State and Va Tech. The Va Tech was a toss up for me.Im hoping Tyroid plays his azz off. Rolled the dice a little

dawgfan

December 29th, 2010
8:49 am

AJ will put life and limb on the line to make some death defying catch and morons will still call him selfish and act like he owes them something. That’s my prediction.

Murphy

December 29th, 2010
8:50 am

I still think A.J will stays one for year.Houston I dont have that feeling with.

Murphy

December 29th, 2010
8:53 am

*aj stays for one more year

dawgfan

December 29th, 2010
8:55 am

Case in point: See benadawg.

benadawg, AJ doesn’t owe you, me, or any other fan a single solitary thing. Who do you think you are pal? AJ answers to his family, coaches, teammates, the university, and the man up stairs. That is it. You have done nothing for him and he doesn’t owe you anything. Like anyone in their right effing mind would do, including yourself, he will forgoe his senior year and enter the NFL draft. And YES, it is all about the money. This is America. Love it or leave it.

I get so sick of some of my fellow UGA fans whining about people leaving early for the NFL. Its embarassing.

Dawg_Mike

December 29th, 2010
9:02 am

Tony,

Clemson and NC don’t play until THU and FRI.
Tonight brings a very intriguing contest between OK ST and ARI. No commentary on this one?

Dawg_Mike

December 29th, 2010
9:03 am

Oh, and AJ is long gone. Get over it. Move on.

Junior Samples

December 29th, 2010
9:03 am

most of those bowl dishes give me gas.

did enjoy the one in Shreveport though

I’m sure Saint Simons did too!

Fan of the Game

December 29th, 2010
9:05 am

I loved it in the old days. When you had the Cotton, Rose, Sugar, and Orange Bowls on New Year’s Day. That was traditon and I am a traditionalist. You really didn’t care who won the NC. If you won you bowl game that was great. Not much attention was paid to the NC. Then came the Fiesta and Outback on New Years and then the Gator Bowl was on New years. I have no problem with the other Bowls, they are for the players and it should be something for them to look forward to. But like this year you have one or two bowl games each night because of TV. We are worried about kids missing class and we have bowl games until Jan. 10. Soon it will run until Feb. TV rules the roost. And how about Maryland going bowling just across the street. The kids deserve better. they were 8 and 4 and you 6 and 6 teams going to alot warmer bowls. Bowl system is a mess caused by TV and all this commercialism.

Murphy

December 29th, 2010
9:06 am

Dawg Mike,

Move on? Just stating an opinion-Not obsessed with it.

swimdawg68

December 29th, 2010
9:07 am

AJ will go out with a bang, I still believe the NCAA probably cost us 2 to 3 games in the first 4 games by keeping AJ off the field. Ohio State is finding out what it will be like to lose key players for games, (most of them will go pro and thumb their nose at the NCAA). By the way, what’s up with allowing these guys to play in the bowl game? I smell it has something to do with TV and Money. Aaron Murray will set a UGA record for most TD passes in a single season passing Stafford throwing several to AJ.

UGA will not lay an egg like the “trade school” did, we have far more pride than that and we do not deploy a high school offense. We should win by 2 to 3 TD’s.

The NCAA has already demonstrated how money and TV can play in rulings with their explination of the one day suspension of Newton at Auburn, what a joke that was. Recently read a long article on Auburn and Bobby Lauder a big Auburn booster, after reading this article documented with facts about players being paid to play in the past, I expect the other shoe will drop on Auburn and Newton down the road. There is a reason the FBI is still investigating. It is sad because Newton will be long gone (Reggie Bush) and Auburn and it’s players will pay the price. I will pull for Auburn against Oregon (because they are SEC only), but sadly I think this Championship will be tainted some day.

Fan of the Game

December 29th, 2010
9:16 am

The NCAA is as corrupt as any organization there is. Pryor will not serve one day suspension. AJ got screwed whether you are a UGA fan or not. The Cam Newton ordeal may be the worst ever. Even worse than the SMU situation. If I am SMU, I am watching this situation closely. The Boosters run the show at Auburn, just like when they went to hire Tuberville’s replacement and the AD didn’t even know it.

Columbus Dawg

December 29th, 2010
9:17 am

Hey dawgfan you are right in that A.J. does not owe anyone in the Bulldog Nation anything, but Mark Richt does. Richt has hauled more money out of UGA than any coach, for any sport in UGA’s history. He does not seem to know how to handle the players, or get what he needs from them once they have signed with UGA. The football program as a whole has suffered embarrassment from all sides, from the academic issues to all of the arrests, and for that matter on the field for the last several seasons. I can remember a very large contributor making the comment that he had never been so embarrassed as when Alabama made Richt look like a fool with that stupid blackout business in 2008. Gimmicks are not supposed to be relied upon to win football games. These people believe that tough, hardnosed football is what is important. We have not seen nearly enough of the latter in Athens for several years now.

Nick

December 29th, 2010
9:19 am

How many games will Georgia lose in 2011, 5 like 2009, 6 like 2010, or 7?

War Eagle 30082

December 29th, 2010
9:19 am

swimdawg68:

Provide the link to this “article” about Auburn. I’d like to see what “facts” are available to some writer that are not available to the NCAA.

Fan of the Game

December 29th, 2010
9:21 am

Columbus Dawg – I have and will support Coach Richt because I have seen the potential he has as a head coach. But it is time to get on some ass, whole people accountable on and off the field. Get recruits with heart (like a David Pollock) and quit worrying about how many damn stars they have. Let Grantham be himself like in the first game of the season when he chewed Rambo out. All Richt needs to do is think about the late Erk Russell and what he stood for. Have fun but get after their ass and if you don’t sub for them.

DC

December 29th, 2010
9:21 am

oh geez…lets not get into this again…

Innocent Bystander

December 29th, 2010
9:23 am

@War Eagle 30082

You don’t want to know anything bad about Auburn and your chances of convincing non-Auburn fans to view the world through your orange and blue colored glasses are slim to none. Just shut up and enjoy your magical season — Auburn paid good money for it.

VOLinATL

December 29th, 2010
9:23 am

TommyP: You don’t have an editor for a blog…that’s kind of the whole point!

Nick

December 29th, 2010
9:24 am

UGA will go 6-6 in 2011, loses to:
Florida, SC, Boise, MSU, Auburn
Tenn/Kent or Tech

Who Cares

December 29th, 2010
9:25 am

Who cares if Aj stays for another year. He played in 3 of the 6 games uga lost. UGA has many more problems than AJ. It starts with terrible coaches, lack of talent and size on both lines, and the most overated head coach in the country. Anyone with any knowledge of the UGA program knows that billy graham rode VanGorder’s coat tails for 5 years. VanGorder’s defenses saved RIcht’s ass 4 or 5 games per year, and this was when billy was calling the plays. Now that VanGorder isn’t around to bail out this clown and his favorite assistant BOOBOO, UGA is and will be a joke in the SEC. Richt and these pitiful coaches can’t recruit, this was on display in last year’s class, and it will raise it’s ugly head again in Feb. when this so called DREAM class is actually that, just a DREAM. Drew, Wright, Tuitt, will all commit to Auburn, and they will line up 4 (4 and 5 star stud d.l. from Ga.for the next 3 years to stuff UGA). But RIcht and the clown Garner will sit there and say you can’t sign them all, and we are proud of the guys we got. This has been going on for 3 years now, and Garner is getting his ass handed to him by Tracy Rocker at Auburn, who coaches the D.L. for Auburn. So not only do these recruits not want to play for UGA, they don’t want to be coached by Garner. Too bad A.J. can’t take Richt and this pathetic coaching staff with him next year, but UGA fans can only DREAM of the day when Richt and co. are gone.

joe

December 29th, 2010
9:28 am

in 1994 true freshman Peyton Manning led UT to a victory in the Gator Bowl over Virginia Tech (now an ACC team) 45-23, setting the stage for a super mid-to-late 1990’s run for the Vols including one national title and 2 SEC titles. If true freshman Tyler Bray leads UT to a romp over ACC team UNC tomorrow, the Vols are set up nicely for a similar run over the next 3-5 or so years.

Reality

December 29th, 2010
9:29 am

A strict diet plan is in order for Mr. College Football.

collegeballfan

December 29th, 2010
9:33 am

Does anyone seriously believe that Green, who sold his jersey for $1000, will turn down a couple million to go to the NFL? Does anyone seriously believe that?

Would you turn down a couple million to remain in your current job? Well?

rough rider

December 29th, 2010
9:34 am

I think UGA will beat CF. If somehow they should lose, at least it won’t be 6 straight bowl losses like the nerds.

Murphy

December 29th, 2010
9:37 am

joe,

UT is gonna be a force in the SEC East-starting next year.Dooley will hev them rolling in 2011

Alphare

December 29th, 2010
9:39 am

UGA is a team thru the past few years usually has a couple of good players, while a good team usually has a bunch of impact players as BAMA did last year.

As a result UGA’s limited impact players usually get all play opportunity and thus pile up all kinds of good stats. As to how good they are, who knows? they definitely look good for NFL draft.

Phillip Fulmer

December 29th, 2010
9:39 am

Joe, would love to have some of that hillbilly weed you are smoking. Bray beat Vandy,and Kentucky, so don’t get your hopes up too high. Tenn. has always beaten Vandy and Kentucky, as well as looked great in the month of Nov. when they play nobody to finish out the season. Tenn. doesn’t have the talent to compete for an SEC title now, nor will they have the talent for 3 or 4 years, that is if Dooley makes it that long. By the time your skinny little q.b. gains some muscle and some weight, he will be a sr. and he will leave with Dooley with 4 years of pre Jan.1 bowls. Tenn. will never dominate with Dooley, hell, they will never dominate like i did, that is until the ole ball coach arrived at fl. So pass the bomb, and stay off the blogs. you are making a fool of yourself.

dawgfan

December 29th, 2010
9:42 am

Fair enough Columbus Dawg. I sometimes wonder if Richt’s heart is still in it. I never bought in to that crap that he was Mr. Cool Calm Collected Nice Guy. You don’t win on the road in the SEC like he did early on without a serious competitive streak in you. It was like, tell Richt he can’t do something and then watch him do it. But he seems to have lost that edge for sure and its trickled down throughout the whole program. Oh well. At least we can still make the Techies cry, for whatever that’s worth. Not much obviously.

Gator Mike

December 29th, 2010
9:43 am

Ohio State and the pompous, under achieving Big Ten (soon yo be with 12 teams) are now in the category of Southern Cal. Their AD is really a jerk if he thinks the players did not know the rules.
Allowing those guys to play in the bowl shows the pompous attitude of the NCAA, Big Ten and OSU. It is probably only an NFL audition for Pyror and some of the others because they will most likely bolt to the NFL after this season.

Skitty Fritty

December 29th, 2010
9:44 am

The AJC homepage has a headline about a real life “Frogger” hit by SUV. Guess where the “Frogger” incident happended – Clemson, SC. Nothing good ever happens in Clemson, even their “Froggers” get run over!

James

December 29th, 2010
9:45 am

Absolutely no way Georgia wins more than 6 games in 2011.

Skitty Fritty

December 29th, 2010
9:47 am

James:
You are so negative. I hope you don’t get your wish and UGA has a great 2011 but have fun being negative. It’s all how you look at the future – half full or half empty!

Larry

December 29th, 2010
9:50 am

I wish Auburn fans would just STFU.

Next…why would AJ stay? If he leaves this year he can sign a contract under the old Collective Bargaining agreement. If he comes back, he will sign a contract under the new CBA which will likely include a rookie Salary Cap. While we all would like to see him making nutty catches for another whole year…he would be really really stupid to stay.

I mean he would be stupid to stay–even if we gave him Cam Newton-like money!

The Man Upstairs

December 29th, 2010
9:53 am

I want some answers from you, AJ. Let’s have ‘em!

The Man Upstairs

December 29th, 2010
9:57 am

Get used to it, Larry…or Curly or Moe, or whoever the hell you are, or think you are. Auburn fans won’t shut up and they shouldn’t. Auburn had and is still having a great, well deserved season. Auburn fans should be shouting “War Damn Eagle!” from the rooftops. All the hate and ridicule coming from idiots and morons such as yourself is disgusting and unwaranted. So, Stooge, why don’t you STFU!

swimdawg68

December 29th, 2010
10:00 am

Hey War Eagle 30082 go to http://www.Theclevelandfan.com and click “buckeyes” the article is titled “The Fall of Bobby Lowder and The Fallout at Auburn” written by Dan Wismar (he is not from Alabama or Georgia). You will probably learn more about the documented culture of corruption at Auburn than you wish to understand. Again, there is a reason why the FBI is still investigating. You and all the “Turkey Buzzards” out there can stick your head in the sand but eventually it will all come out about Newton. As I stated, the NCAA was driven by TV and money in their stupid one day suspension of Newton, quite frankly, I am insulted the NCAA thinks the average college football fan is that ignorant.

Larry

December 29th, 2010
10:03 am

The Man Upstairs…I don’t appreciate you associating my Christian name with the 3 Stooges in a sad attempt to insult me. You can do better than that surely.

And what should I get used to? Auburn being in trouble with the NCAA? Will do.

Until then enjoy your rented Heisman Trophy and National Championship. They will both be repossessed soon.

James

December 29th, 2010
10:04 am

I don’t see Georgia getting out of 2011 with less than 5 losses.

Level 1 Competition:
Boise, SC, Fla, Auburn, MSU

Georgia will lose at LEAST 3 of these.

Level 2:
Ole Miss, Tenn, Kentucky, Georgia Tech

Georgia will lose at LEAST 2 of these.

Level 3:
The rest of the games

Georgia should win all of these, but you never know, remember Colorado?

James

December 29th, 2010
10:11 am

georgia’s 2011 schedule:
Aubrn 13-0
Boise 11-1
SC 9-3
MSU 8-4
Florida 7-5

All 5 are better teams than 6-6 Georgia. Should be 5 losses.

Then you have:
Kentucky 6-6
Tenn 6-6
Ga Tech 6-6

All 3 of these teams were 6-6, like Georgia, at Georgia’s level.

Should get losses to 6 or 7.

Don

December 29th, 2010
10:21 am

Ralph Friedgen for OC at UGA? That’s makes WAYYYY too much sense to be realistically considered. Would he do it? Probably. Would it cost a lot of money? Who cares, we have it. Will CMR do it? Not on your life. I think this is one of those situations where Mr. McG needs to stop in and say…look Mark, I know you’re loyal to your assistants, but here it is. Hire Mr. Friedgen, make Bobo your QB coach and move on…or be prepared to yoke your future to Mr. Bobo as OC. That seat isn’t nearly as hot this year as it will be next year. Look for change “A” after the bowl, or expect change “B,” at the end of next season. Come the Auburn game, CMR and the Dawgs had better be able to win the East with a win over Auburn. Out of the picture at that point, and he’s a goner. Mark my words.

Skitty Fritty

December 29th, 2010
10:21 am

James:
Why will Auburn be feared next year without Newton and Fairley. Why will Boise be feared with the loss of 10+ seniors. Why will Florida be feared with a new coach, scheme, etc.
I don’t think Auburn or Oregon were pre-season #1 going into 2010. Wasn’t Florida and Alabama picked to play in the SEC championship game. Wasn’t Texas picked to play in the national title game.
Go ahead and stay negative and have a miserable life but I think 2011 will be better than 2010.