We’re live from Athens (and Dogs need to channel Butkus)

Can this guy get his defense ...

Can Willie Martinez get his Georgia defense ...

(UPDATED BELOW: Check out the rain picture.)

ATHENS — The former Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, once remarked, “I wouldn’t ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was, you know, important – like a league game or something.”

This is why if you suddenly find yourself in a friendly flag football game one day and Butkus is on the other team, you should immediately stop and say, “Oh, look at the time. I forgot I have that thing

... to play a way that would make Dick Butkus (51) proud?

... to play a way that would make Dick Butkus (51) proud?

I need to do today.” And then leave.

Now, I realize this is college football and not the NFL. I’m not suggesting any player should ever intentionally try to hurt an opponent. But Georgia plays its fourth game of the season tonight against Arizona State, and I’m still waiting to see those things football fans love to see and hear things football fans love to hear: train-wreck collisions and grunts.

The Bulldogs are coming off of consecutive SEC wins over South Carolina and Arkansas. But they were the kind of offensive, up-and-down-the-field, play-like-your-hair’s-on-fire kind of games that are fun to watch but tend to give people like Butkus a headache.

Maybe this is what we’re going to see from Georgia this season. Joe Cox and the offense have figured out how to move the ball. But since opening with a strong effort at Oklahoma State, the Willie Martinez-coached defense has been shredded for 78 points and 912 yards in two games, including 721 yards passing.

Steve Spurrier and Bobby Petrino had their quarterbacks attack Georgia’s secondary without fear of repercussion – and seemingly without fear of getting hit. It doesn’t matter what the scheme is. The worst kind of defense is the kind that opponents don’t fear.

The Dogs are not feared.

Arizona State probably can’t duplicate the numbers the Gamecocks and Razorbacks put up. But how the Sun Devils attack will be interesting to watch.

That’s what I’m looking for this game. What about you? Hoping somebody on Georgia’s defense channels Butkus? I’ll be here blogging live, before and during the game, at least until I need to get busy on a post-game column.

Until then, below is a video memory from last year’s meeting between Georgia and Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., won by the Dogs, 27-10.

UPDATE: It’s pouring here. But, of course, guess what section is filled:

rain 001

You're looking almost live at Sanford Stadium.

Knowshon Moreno, cleared for takeoff

1,236 comments Add your comment

FalconUGAFan

September 26th, 2009
3:34 pm

Bat Masterson

September 26th, 2009
4:00 pm

Reshad Jones hits people, of course he gets penalized for it.

Bigboy

September 26th, 2009
4:01 pm

LSU is overrated.got the feeling so are Ala and Fla

Bigboy

September 26th, 2009
4:12 pm

Add Mia and FSU to that list too.

honest_abe

September 26th, 2009
4:14 pm

ok bigboy then tell us .. who isn’t?

Chris

September 26th, 2009
4:15 pm

Nice game for GT dawgs. You talked a lot of trash about tech last week. And saying lsu is overrated is bs. It’s called PARITY. So LSU is overrated. What happens if they beat your dawgies next week and GT destroys miss state in starkville?

Bottom line is you DON”T judge a team by one game. GT is much better than that game against Miami. And miss st is not as bad as people think. And there IS parity in football so anything is possible.

VT beating miami now 14-0
S fla beats FSU
This is going to be an exciting year for the NC. I think NO TEAM goes undefeated. Chaos in the BCS will ensue.

Chris

September 26th, 2009
4:16 pm

And I think S fla could hang with the gators. Hey they beat Charleston S by the same amount of points. LOL

45ACP

September 26th, 2009
4:17 pm

Mississippi had trouble moving the ball on USCe.
Alabama is having trouble on offense vs Arkansas.

Just how good are the Dawgs on offense?

honest_abe

September 26th, 2009
4:17 pm

this is “college” football. teams can have their ups and downs. you’re just not going to see a team dominate every week…

as for bama’s vaunted defense… sure looks like it starts with their front 4. as soon as houston and washington start getting some pressure georgia’s d will look a lot better. how bout lsu giving up 24 points to …. miss state?

honest_abe

September 26th, 2009
4:21 pm

if the past 3 weeks have taught college football fans anything its that you should appreciate a win no matter how ugly. so georgia hasn’t been dominant on defense, uga fans should still be happy they’re 2-0 in the sec instead of b*tching about the d. seriously though get behind the team…

Mark

September 26th, 2009
4:21 pm

I know this is a GA blog but does anyone know what happens if GT beats VT and Miami loses to VT, which looks likely now and all teams only have 1 loss in conference to each other? What are the breakdowns for the tie breaker? I know the first is head to head and that will be gone and next is conf division losses and that will be gone too? I wonder if it’s ranking. Which means OOC games will be very important. Please no snide remarks from UGA fans. I’m just asking if anyone knows and not trying to ruffle any dawg hairs.

SS

September 26th, 2009
4:24 pm

It’s funny how college games work. GA SC in a shootout. GA ARK in a shootout. SC OLE MISS in a low scorer. Bama Ark in a low scorer so far. You just know if Ga played bama it would be a shootout. Where do the defenses go? Weird.

honest_abe

September 26th, 2009
4:25 pm

wow that arkansas d looks stout. lol…. its all relative folks.

bass stringerfish

September 26th, 2009
4:27 pm

If we don’t get pressure on the QB to include sacks, we will never be feared. The run Defense seems to be stout, but the pressure on the QB means the DB’s have to cover too long. We’ve played 2 good QB’s who given the time to throw will do exactly what they ended up doing to us. The Dawgs need to find someone who may get beat on the run now and again, but will flat out get after the QB. It starts there IMO for our Defense.

41 38 49 38 45 24 37 41

September 26th, 2009
4:29 pm

willie is still a joke you blind homers!

reebok

September 26th, 2009
4:29 pm

Mark, my friend, you are just setting yourself up for all manner of abuse from (shall we say) passionate Bulldog partisans? Anyway…

Good luck tonite, Dogs, show ‘em how we play football in the South. See you on The Flats in November!

Matt

September 26th, 2009
4:30 pm

Good luck tonight Dawgs. This from a tech fan. I want you to win out so it will sting even more when we beat you!

I wonder since it doesn’t rain much in AZ, if that will have an impact on the sun devils.

45ACP

September 26th, 2009
4:31 pm

Mark

September 26th, 2009
4:32 pm

Reebok
Well being a tech fan, I am accustomed to entering the bee’s nest. Haha.

Just thought I would ask. And good luck tonight. Mark made a good point about the rain. Don’t forget your rain coats! And throw that trash in the can! :)

Sonny Clusters

September 26th, 2009
4:33 pm

“Live from Athens” reminds us of a live bait store we was always going to when we was playing ball together and going fishing after practice. It’s good that the AJC is still doing some live coverage of some games and some news every now and then. We was wondering if it’s raining yet and if the field looks good for the game?

45ACP

September 26th, 2009
4:33 pm

I think that was for basketball but you should be able to find it there.

Mark

September 26th, 2009
4:33 pm

I meant Matt made a good point.

hamburger lips

September 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

The rain will bother spooned Joe Cox. Pick 6 galore Joe boy! Mark it down!

Mark

September 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

45 Thanks. I found the link. It would go to bcs ranking, which means ooc games are HUGE!

Mark

September 26th, 2009
4:39 pm

Looks like heavy rain in the first half and maybe clearing out for the second half of the game.

Chained Dawg

September 26th, 2009
4:44 pm

Glad to see LSU play Awesome D near the end and hang on to win. Dawgs need to care of business tonight then get ready to knock of LSU.!

Chained Dawg

September 26th, 2009
4:47 pm

Wow what a trick play Bama ran on ARKY. UGA should try this with Logan Gray to AJ Greene! Bama 14 Arky 0

Bigboy

September 26th, 2009
4:51 pm

My point about being overrated is there are no real dominate teams out there right now.Everybody can be beaten.

Rafey El Savier

September 26th, 2009
4:52 pm

How will ASU handle a wet field? Can UGA stack the line and handle the pass?

Rafey El Savier

September 26th, 2009
4:53 pm

Nice win by GA Yech. Nesbit looked awful tired at the end.

Sanford Drive

September 26th, 2009
4:54 pm

Willie M looks like a douche in that picture – mostly because he is, in fact, a douche.

Rafey El Savier

September 26th, 2009
4:55 pm

Here’s a different approach on our “D”. Is Gardner the real problem? Has he submarined Martinez?

Chris

September 26th, 2009
4:57 pm

Big boy that’s called parity.

Mark

September 26th, 2009
4:59 pm

Nesbitt was dead tired. The play calling on offense especially in the red zone was sketchy. PJ needs to work on that. That heavy rain/storms is going to be hitting Athens right at 7. Could be a delay for the kickoff.

CJ

September 26th, 2009
5:00 pm

Braves win! Go cardinals!

Cuz

September 26th, 2009
5:01 pm

Jeff, did you take your galoshes? You don’t want to make your Mom mad.

oldmanfan

September 26th, 2009
5:01 pm

The dawgs should not have any problem tonight.Joe Cox can do the job.After seeing Moreno run and jump over people, we all got spoiled. Someone at runningback, or tailback needs to step up and play with reckless fury. And I think after the way Tenn. played the gators, it just shows the gators CAN BE HAD. If the dawgs play a perfect game in that one they can win.

Mark

September 26th, 2009
5:02 pm

I sure hope this rain doesn’t cause any more deaths. Sheesh.

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2009
5:05 pm

ASU players on the field now. They just gathered for one of those group hug thingies — while standings on the “G”!

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2009
5:08 pm

Sonny –How are they bitin’? … It’s a gentle mist here. And the field looks green.

Mark — Not sure I’ve ever actually owned a pair of galoshes. They just don’t make a fashion statement for me.

Odella Dean

September 26th, 2009
5:09 pm

Im tailgating here at the north campus have seen only 3 styrofoam coolers float by.

Bigboy

September 26th, 2009
5:11 pm

I want GT to do well.they are still GA boys for the most part..I hope they win the Acc..besides that would be good for our SoS!!

45ACP

September 26th, 2009
5:11 pm

After supper time,
I would go down to the railway station and wait on ole #9

Whoooooo, Whooooo

Cuz

September 26th, 2009
5:13 pm

Standing on the G, the unmitigated gall of them.

Mark

September 26th, 2009
5:14 pm

Bigboy
Feel the same way for ga. And this year with the parity we are seeing, sos will be even more important.

Cuz

September 26th, 2009
5:14 pm

45 did you get something in the mail today?

Rafey El Savier

September 26th, 2009
5:14 pm

I like my gall fried with red eye gravey.

45ACP

September 26th, 2009
5:17 pm

Muchas gracias!
Rock on….

Stinger

September 26th, 2009
5:17 pm

You guys kill me talking about other teams being over rated. Did you ever look in your own back yard at your team? It is absolutely mind boggling that UGA could be rated. You haven’t played anyone and looking at your schedule, won’t play a good team until Florida.

Mark

September 26th, 2009
5:19 pm

FSU and Miami schedule S fla. But the gators won’t. They are scared of them and for good reason.
S fla will be my second team!