Georgia will go 9-3 this season, and here’s how

Georgia coach Mark Richt faces a tough start to this season. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Georgia coach Mark Richt faces a tough start to this season. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

(This appears in the AJC’s college football section on Sunday.)

(Click here to read here how and why things spun out of control for Georgia Tech last season)


Sept. 3, Boise State (Ga. Dome), 8 p.m.

No. 5 Boise State has been outscored 121-40 in its past three games against SEC teams: Georgia (48-13 in 2005), South Carolina (41-14 in 2002) and Arkansas (32-13 in 2001). I like the Broncos anyway. I’m not sure Georgia’s defense has an answer for quarterback Kellen Moore (left), and as terrific as Aaron Murray is, I suspect it will take a little while to get used to life without A.J. Green. The Dogs’ cast of running backs is obviously thin (and Carlton Thomas is suspended for this game). If freshman Isaiah Crowell comes out like a wrecking ball, all bets are off. But I’m betting not.

Prediction: Bulldogs lose.

Sept. 10, South Carolina, 4:30 p.m.

Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Gamecocks’ 17-6 win over Georgia in Columbia last season. On paper, No. 12 South Carolina should repeat as SEC East champions if Stephen Garcia doesn’t mess things up. But he very well might. The Dogs should be a little more comfortable in Athens than in the Georgia Dome. They’ll also feel a bit desperate after the opening loss to Boise State. The defense steps up just enough, and Murray will make one more play than Garcia in the end.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Sept. 17, Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.

If the Dogs are 0-2 going into this game, Sanford Stadium is going to look like Tombstone, Ariz., post-shootout at the OK Corral. Either way, this one is a gimme. Coastal Carolina is an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) school that plays in a 9,000-seat stadium. The Chanticleers play these games for the paycheck — and to strike fear in their health insurance company.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Sept. 24, at Mississippi

The Rebels finished 4-8 last season after going 19-8 in coach Houston Nutt’s first two years, and they’ll be no better this year. Strange, considering the coach annually signs like 7,000 players for 20 spots in recruiting every year. Not much is expected from the Ole Miss defensive front, so this is a good chance for the Dogs’ offensive line and Crowell to get rolling.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Oct. 1, Mississippi State

Notwithstanding the losses to South Carolina and Arkansas that preceded it, Georgia’s 2010 season really fell apart with its 24-12 loss in Starkville (its first loss to Mississippi State since 1974). At 0-3 in the SEC, the season was over. That won’t be the case this time. No. 20 MSU lost some guys along the defensive front, and winning in Athens is something they’ve done only twice (1914 and 1956, with Georgia winning nine straight at home since).

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Oct. 8, at Tennessee

So things are rolling now, right? Four consecutive wins since the loss to Boise State and 3-0 in the SEC? Now comes trouble. I know. It’s Tennessee. But freshman quarterback Tyler Bray won four of his five starts down the stretch (16 touchdowns, seven interceptions), and coach Derek Dooley (left) gets his players to play hard, if not always smart. Mark Richt’s Dogs have been shellacked in their past two trips to Knoxville (combined score: 80-33). And I don’t believe Georgia will win every game it’s supposed to.

Prediction: Bulldogs lose.

Oct. 15, at Vanderbilt

Vandy ranked 110th in the nation in offense last season, and the wonder is that there were 10 teams worse. The Commodores scored 96 points in eight SEC games. Auburn scored 306. But at least Vandy beat Ole Miss. If the Dogs’ defense doesn’t smack Vandy, coordinator Todd Grantham may not want to board the bus afterward.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Oct. 29, Florida (Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m.

A game against Vandy and a bye week is about as good a setup as Georgia can have against its annual tormentors. But last year it had Vandy and Kentucky leading into Florida Week and still lost to a Gators team that had lost three straight (including 10-7 at home to Mississippi State). Florida won’t be great this season. But the offensive resume of new assistant Charlie Weis tells us that he’ll probably make something of quarterback John Brantley.

Prediction: Bulldogs lose.

Nov. 5, New Mexico State

Here’s your reach for positive karma. The last time Georgia played New Mexico State was in 2002, when Richt won his first SEC title in Athens. The Aggies are dreadful. They lost games last year by scores of 42-10, 42-16, 59-0, 52-6 and 59-24. Another walkover.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Nov. 12, Auburn

That guy at quarterback for No. 23 Auburn is gone. So is half of the defense. All together, 18 starters are gone from the BCS title team. You can’t take anything away from a coach who goes undefeated through the SEC and wins a national championship, but we’re about to find out how good Gene Chizik really is. Expect the Tigers to run the ball a lot with Michael Dyer, but he won’t be enough.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Nov. 19, Kentucky

Coach Joker Phillips said, “I expect us to be in the title race longer than we have been.” I’m not sure what that means. Five minutes? But Georgia can’t laugh too much. This used to be one of those automatic wins, but not anymore. The Dogs are only 3-2 in the past five meetings, and there have been way too many chaotic moments against Big Blue.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Nov. 26, at Georgia Tech

Since Tech upset Georgia and ripped off pieces of the Sanford Stadium hedges in Paul Johnson’s first season, the Dogs have won the past two meetings. The Jackets probably won’t be as bad this season as some forecast. But it’s difficult to know how far along Tevin Washington and/or Synjyn Days will be at quarterback, and we can be fairly certain Murray will be very good for Georgia.

Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Saturday, Boise State (Ga. Dome), 8 p.m.
No. 5 Boise State has been outscored 121-40 in its past three games against SEC teams: Georgia (48-13 in 2005), South Carolina (41-14 in 2002) and Arkansas (32-13 in 2001). I like the Broncos anyway. I’m not sure Georgia’s defense has an answer for quarterback Kellen Moore (left), and as terrific as Aaron Murray is, I suspect it will take a little while to get used to life without A.J. Green. The Dogs’ cast of running backs is obviously thin (and Carlton Thomas is suspended for this game). If freshman Isaiah Crowell comes out like a wrecking ball, all bets are off. But I’m betting not.
Prediction: Bulldogs lose.

Sept. 10, South Carolina, 4:30 p.m.
Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Gamecocks’ 17-6 win over Georgia in Columbia last season. On paper, No. 12 South Carolina should repeat as SEC East champions if Stephen Garcia doesn’t mess things up. But he very well might. The Dogs should be a little more comfortable in Athens than in the Georgia Dome. They’ll also feel a bit desperate after the opening loss to Boise State. The defense steps up just enough, and Murray will make one more play than Garcia in the end.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Sept. 17, Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
If the Dogs are 0-2 going into this game, Sanford Stadium is going to look like Tombstone, Ariz., post-shootout at the OK Corral. Either way, this one is a gimme. Coastal Carolina is an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) school that plays in a 9,000-seat stadium. The Chanticleers play these games for the paycheck.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Sept. 24, at Mississippi
The Rebels finished 4-8 last season after going 19-8 in coach Houston Nutt’s first two years, and they’ll be no better this year. Strange, considering the coach annually signs like 7,000 players for 20 spots in recruiting every year. Not much is expected from the Ole Miss defensive front, so this is a good chance for the Dogs’ offensive line and Crowell to get rolling.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Oct. 1, Mississippi State
Notwithstanding the losses to South Carolina and Arkansas that preceded it, Georgia’s 2010 season really fell apart with its 24-12 loss in Starkville (its first loss to Mississippi State since 1974). At 0-3 in the SEC, the season was over. That won’t be the case this time. No. 20 MSU lost some guys along the defensive front, and winning in Athens is something they’ve done only twice (1914 and 1956, with Georgia winning nine straight at home since).
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Oct. 8, at Tennessee
So things are rolling now, right? Four consecutive wins since the loss to Boise State and 3-0 in the SEC? Now comes trouble. I know. It’s Tennessee. But freshman quarterback Tyler Bray won four of his five starts down the stretch (16 touchdowns, seven interceptions), and coach Derek Dooley (left) gets his players to play hard, if not always smart. Mark Richt’s Dogs have been shellacked in their past two trips to Knoxville (combined score: 80-33). And I don’t believe Georgia will win every game it’s supposed to.
Prediction: Bulldogs lose.

Oct. 15, at Vanderbilt
Vandy ranked 110th in the nation in offense last season, and the wonder is that there were 10 teams worse. The Commodores scored 96 points in eight SEC games. Auburn scored 306. But at least Vandy beat Ole Miss. If the Dogs’ defense doesn’t smack Vandy, coordinator Todd Grantham may not want to board the bus afterward.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Oct. 29, Florida (Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m.
A game against Vandy and a bye week is about as good a setup as Georgia can have against its annual tormentors. But last year it had Vandy and Kentucky leading into Florida Week and still lost to a Gators team that had lost three straight (including 10-7 at home to Mississippi State). Florida won’t be great this season. But the offensive resume of new assistant Charlie Weis tells us that he’ll probably make something of quarterback John Brantley.
Prediction: Bulldogs lose.

Nov. 5, New Mexico State
Here’s your reach for positive karma. The last time Georgia played New Mexico State was in 2002, when Richt won his first SEC title in Athens. The Aggies are dreadful. They lost games last year by scores of 42-10, 42-16, 59-0, 52-6 and 59-24. Another walkover.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Nov. 12, Auburn
That guy at quarterback for No. 23 Auburn is gone. So is half of the defense. All together, 18 starters are gone from the BCS title team. You can’t take anything away from a coach who goes undefeated through the SEC and wins a national championship, but we’re about to find out how good Gene Chizik really is. Expect the Tigers to run the ball a lot with Michael Dyer, but he won’t be enough.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Nov. 19, Kentucky
Coach Joker Phillips said, “I expect us to be in the title race longer than we have been.” I’m not sure what that means. Five minutes? But Georgia can’t laugh too much. This used to be one of those automatic wins, but not anymore. The Dogs are only 3-2 in the past five meetings, and there have been way too many chaotic moments against Big Blue.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

Nov. 26, at Georgia Tech
Since Tech upset Georgia and ripped off pieces of the Sanford Stadium hedges in Paul Johnson’s first season, the Dogs have won the past two meetings. The Jackets probably won’t be as bad this season as some forecast. But it’s difficult to know how far along Tevin Washington and/or Synjyn Days will be at quarterback, and we can be fairly certain Murray will be very good for Georgia.
Prediction: Bulldogs win.

372 comments Add your comment

StevoDeg

August 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

I just dont see us losing to florida or tennessee. neither of them are looking any better than us. i know theyre both emotional games, but whatever.
And also, the countdown on ajc has the boise st game starting at 9 ET, but everywhere else i check has the game starting at 8 ET. 8 ET is just coverage right?

Cuz

August 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

Undefeated baby. Dawgs roll.

me

August 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

Cuz

August 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

Well, we are undefeated now.

Cuz

August 27th, 2011
8:07 pm

What is a Chanticleer? Will Ortho keep them out of the lawn?

Melissa

August 27th, 2011
8:08 pm

I don’t agree with GT/UGA prediction. lalalalalalala

Prison Mike

August 27th, 2011
8:10 pm

Agreed on the predicted loss Florida, that’s pretty much a given from here on out until we actually show up. Just don’t think we will roll over a third straight time against Tennessee. They are still extremely young at almost every position and may have to start as many as 4 freshmen on defense. Never a good sign, so because we have a veteran QB and a defensive coordinator that knows how to make adjustments, I don’t think we lose to UT.

Worm

August 27th, 2011
8:11 pm

10-2..Agree except for tenn.

Richie

August 27th, 2011
8:14 pm

IF Uga wins their first two games and that’s a big IF, they have a good chance to run the table the rest of the way

country boy

August 27th, 2011
8:15 pm

I just don’t see us whipping SC Jeffey boy. They are more talented and MUCH better coached. Ballsy pick on your part in the FLA game.

Cuz

August 27th, 2011
8:17 pm

The flipside is if we stomp Boise we will be overconfident when the Ol Ball Coach comes to town. I think we split the two. Lose to Florida, I won’t predict a win until the week of the game, part of the JAX Convention I signed in 2002 with Gator the Dawg Catcher. Beat the rest, some closer than others. Then lose to Bama in the SECC.

It is August. The time of year that a Dawg fan dreams of great things. Then the season starts and dashes our hopes. Insert sad smiley face here.

Athens Dawg

August 27th, 2011
8:28 pm

We’ll see how this Boise State prediction works out next week. No more talking. I’m tired of predictions, and talking, and the hype. Let’s just strap it up and go.

Glenn

August 27th, 2011
8:32 pm

Jeff your wrong again, Dawgs go 12-0 unless they get a trip somewhere and that is easy to do. They lose to Alabama unless they get luck. Saban is the best football coach in the NCAA or top three anyway.

Glenn

August 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

Alabama in the Title Game

buzzDawg

August 27th, 2011
8:46 pm

Dome to Dome in 2011.

Dawg48

August 27th, 2011
8:50 pm

Jeff if you can predict the future this well can you email me the winning loto numbers and don’t forget the power ball number also! Thanks! If it happens their may be a little something extra in your check next week!

NRBQ

August 27th, 2011
8:51 pm

A little more research would serve you well before pontificating on a subject most dear to your readers, Jeff.

Please check out the teams “down the stretch” that Bray put up his good numbers.

Jeff.. you are wrong..

August 27th, 2011
8:54 pm

Georgia will not beat South Carolina
Georgia will beat Tennessee
Georgia will not beat Florida
Georgia will not beat Georgia Tech

Post it on your wall … Georgia finishes 8-4 this year. (possibly 7-5, not so sure they beat MSU)

WALLY

August 27th, 2011
9:02 pm

I READ THIS ARTICLE, BECAUSE I WAS HUNTING SOMETHING TO READ. I HAVE FOLLOWED COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOR ABOUT FORTY AND NOW I HAVE JUST ABOUT LOST INTEREST. COLLEGE PLAYERS ARE JUST A BUNCH OF SPOILED BRATS WHO THINK THE WORLD OWES THE A LIVING. GUA SHOULD HAVE FIRED COACH RICHT LAST YEAR. HE IS NOT IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS SPURRIER, SABON, MILES.ETC.

Hit Someone

August 27th, 2011
9:03 pm

Is every reporterin Atlanta a Georgia homer? How does a 6-7 team who lost their best players warrant such praise. Murray didn’t beat a team last year with a winning record. Garcia meanwhile did something that Ga. appears incapable of, beating Fl.

Potter

August 27th, 2011
9:06 pm

The inferiority complex exhibited by the nerds from ga tek is absolutely a joy to watch/read.

Dawgs- 45
tek- 24

Potter

August 27th, 2011
9:08 pm

hit someone,

you obviously do not follow UGA sports if your reason for UGA being bad this year is based on what they did last year.

but i am glad you feel that way, so you can get angry when UGA wins games. Quit obsessing over teams that own you.

smyrnabob

August 27th, 2011
9:10 pm

7 days until this prediction goes south.

Joe

August 27th, 2011
9:10 pm

I gotta say this makes me feel pretty good. If this prediction was given by someone that actually knew what he was talking about, I’d be upset. Given it’s being given by a guy that has zero in terms of football IQ and writes solely for shock value, I’ll go with my prediction of 11-1.

Dawg Man

August 27th, 2011
9:11 pm

National Champs this year and the next 5, we are loaded, Murray will be Heisman, Boise might even forfeit, rather than be run off the field by the Dawgs!!!!!. I heard S.C., Tennesee, Florida, Auburn and GT are trembling at the thought of playing us, look for one or more to forfeit, instead of being run off the field by the dawgs!!!! Get the scrubs ready for alot of playing time against our championship team!!!!

wild one 13

August 27th, 2011
9:12 pm

CMR will be at the SEC Championship game! I just don’t think the team will be with him.

tony

August 27th, 2011
9:15 pm

I watched the replay of the Miss St, SC and Ark games 4 times each. Had Ga ran the ball more in those games the outcome would of been different. The defense played better than what the record indicate.

If Crowell gets 20 to 25 carries a game, I believe we will go undefeated. If Murray pass on 1st and 2nd downs like he did last season, I think they will lose 2 games. The SEC won 5 straight NC because those teams had a good running game and a dominate defense.

thedawgbone

August 27th, 2011
9:16 pm

If you are sick of the ajc, and clowns like Jeff Schultz and Mark Bradley, go get your Dawg news at http://www.thedawgbone.com

Links you to EVERY piece of dawg news from several outlets, and includes links to countless blogs, updated hourly.

Get away from the immature rift raft that takes place in these comments.

Coach Grohbo

August 27th, 2011
9:17 pm

Georgia loses the three games you mentioned, plus South Carolina (again), at Ole Miss, Mississippi State (again), at a vastly improved Vanderbilt, Auburn (again), and at Georgia Tech.

Dome to Done.

1eyedJack

August 27th, 2011
9:18 pm

Jeff, tell us again how you did in the “Sack Schultz” contest last year.

Howard

August 27th, 2011
9:18 pm

Jeff…agree with most of predictions…I like Boise State and like you, think Kellen Moore will pick apart the UGA secondary. They also have a super running back, a solid offensive line and one of the nation’s best defensive lines. They will be a load for Georgia…I’m wondering why UGA agreed to this game in the Dome. I’m telling you…Boise State on grass in the Georgia heat would have made this a seven pt. spread. Boise State on artificial turf is no fun. Oh, saw the famed blue turf a few years ago when we were there…it is freaky how dark blue it really is. Bet you didn’t know that blue artificial turf supposedly holds heat better than green…seriously I read in a Sports Illus. when they did an article on the changes in artificial turf since the old astroturf days…go figure.

dale morphy

August 27th, 2011
9:21 pm

It all comes down to defense. Richt and Bobo have shown their hand: they run a vanilla pro-style scheme and hope to win on special teams and talent. That plan works with a shut down defense; it is suspect with a mediocre defense and a disaster with a bad one. Georgia is weak at linebacker and unproven in the secondary. 8-4 and the head coach search begins.

Athens Dawg

August 27th, 2011
9:22 pm

Howard, how you think Kellen Moore gonna pick UGA apart? They have most of their starters returning and those windows will be a lot tighter than Moore is used to in the WAC. The DBs are faster in the SEC than in the WAC. I bet Kellen throws at least 2 picks.

Somewhere in time

August 27th, 2011
9:23 pm

9-3? Whoa, looks like Schultz has been hitting the Kool-Aid pretty hard. But he’s on the money about the losses to Boise State and Florida. Those will be humiliating beatdowns for the red panties team.

Athens Dawg

August 27th, 2011
9:23 pm

UNPROVEN IN THE SECONDARY??!!! Do you know what your talking about DALE?! Brandon Boykin isn’t proven? Sanders Commings isn’t proven? Bacarri Rambo isn’t proven? What?! We’ll see in a week though. I bet everybody on here looks stupid.

wild one 13

August 27th, 2011
9:24 pm

The Dawgs had to take the Boise game to help put a stop to other SEC schools coming in Ga and using the game to recruit Georgia’s best high sdhool players.

Potter

August 27th, 2011
9:28 pm

Kellen Moore can pass, but so can 85% of every QB the Dawgs have faced the last few seasons.

Boise State lost Austin Pettis and Titus Young, who accommodated for about 90% of Kellen Moore’s passing last year.

The dawgs are a better team with AJ Greene, but without him we will be utilizing our stable of TEs and other VERY good WRs more.

If we have ANY success running the ball early, then spread the receivers out… Boise’s D will have NO CLUE what hit them.

We are Georgia. We are NOT Idaho, Nevada State, or Wyoming

Athens Dawg

August 27th, 2011
9:29 pm

I wanna know why Boise is obviously the HEAVY favorite? I just don’t get it. I heard the same crap about Hawaii. Same crap. WAC and SEC is just not the same! But if you guys don’t want to see it that way, you’ll see it next Saturday. I swear you will. Georgia is hungrier than ever, the players want it bad and if this game comes down to who wants it more, UGA wins by a mile.

I think everyone believe Georgia will win but just don’t want to admit it. That’s called a hater. They know UGA will win but they wouldn’t dare come on a UGA blog and admit that. I think it’s funny. LOSERS!

Coach Grohbo

August 27th, 2011
9:30 pm

I agree Georgia has a proven secondary.

They have proven they can not tackle or cover on third down.

TampaGator

August 27th, 2011
9:33 pm

Here is solid Dawg logic for you:

Georgia is better than Florida this year. Reasons to support this:

1. Georgia lost a couple of key players off last year’s team. Florida also lost a couple of key players off their team. Therefore, Georgia will be better.

2. Georgia lost both of their starting RBs’ and a freshmen will carry the team this year. Florida has their 3 best RBs returning (Rainey, Demps, Burton). Therefore, Georgia will be better.

3. Georgia lost their all-world receiver to the NFL and has no one to replace him except a freshman that runs fast in 7 on 7 drills in the summer. Florida returns all of their receivers and has added a redshirt freshman (Dunbar) who woulld have started last year if he had not been injured. Therefore, Georgia is better.

4. Georgia has little depth and a couple of talented starters returning on the OL. Florida has little depth and a couple of talented starters returning on the OL. Therefore, Georgia is better.

5. Georgia lost its best DL to the NFL and returns the players who didn’t so much last year and their savior at NG can’t stand the summer heat. Florida returns its best DL (Jaye Howard) and their two 5-star DL (Floyd and Easley). Therefore, Georgia will be better.

Georgia moved their strong safety to ILB for on the job training. Florida has a preseason all-SEC ILB (Bostic) in the same postion. Therefore, Georgia will be better.

Georgia has a CB who runs very fast that can’t cover anyone. They have another one that is very good….then very little proven talent beyond that. Florida has two steady CBs (Brown and Riggs) and a lot of depth behind them, including a future star in Marcus Robertson (who can cover superman). Therefore, Georgia is better.

Georgia has a strong safety who, well, know one has really heard of. Florida has Matt Elam who has made many preseason watch lists at SS and was a highly recruited 5-star player out of HS and trained behind Ahmad Black last year…who is now playing in the NFL. Therefore, Georgia is better.

Georgia has Murrary at QB, who has never beaten a quality SEC team, and has Bobo as his OC. Florida has Brantley, who has never beaten a quality SEC team, and has the best OC in the country teaching him how to play QB well in the pro style offense that best fits his talents. Therefore, Georgia will be a lot better.

Georgia has two All American type kickers and an excellent return specialist. Florida has an excllent place kicker and a very good punter and several, really fast rerturn specialists. Therefore, Georgia is much better.

Finally…..Georgia has the remarkable HC that could not motivate his team to beat a horrible Florida team last year…with an OC that most Dawg fans hate with a passion. Georgia has a new coach who can motivate a turtle to run faster than a rabbit….and a OC that has 3 Super Bowl rings while serving as the Patriots OC….and who turn Brady into an All-World QB from a low round draft choice and 3rd string under the previous OC……also turned a struggling QB into an excellent QB at KC last year. And is working with John Brantley and the Gator offense now. Therefore, Georgia will be a lot better.

18 out of 21 and counting.

Herschel Talker

August 27th, 2011
9:33 pm

Schultzie:

9-3 with yet another loss to Florida spells the end of Richt’s coaching career in Athens. Mark it down.

HT

dale morphy

August 27th, 2011
9:34 pm

Athens: There were still missed assigments galore in the secondary last season and I don’t see any dramatic upgrades. Unless the defensive line is vastly improved the dawgs will not be able to put enough pressure on the qbs to bail out the secondary. Go back and watch the Tennessee or Arkansas games from last year. The linebackers are so weak it is going to be near impossible to incorporate alot of bliztes, so you are right back to relying on the secondary to blanket their men for 8 to 10 seconds. No secondary can do that in the SEC. You’re right, we’ve got the studs in the secondary, they just haven’t yet performed up to expectations.

Coach Grohbo

August 27th, 2011
9:36 pm

Boise is a heavy favorite because they are 26-1 over the last two seasons.

What is Georgia? 14-12?

TampaGator

August 27th, 2011
9:38 pm

that should be…….Florida has a new head coach who can motive a turtle to run faster than a rabbit.

Sorry…..but I think a lot of people are seriously underestimating the talent on Florida’s team….that is being seriously coached up this summer.

But time will tell…..one week to kick off.

JUST BEAT BOISE and SOUTH CAROLINA. Then come to JAX undefeated, please.

Mike

August 27th, 2011
9:38 pm

Im not agreeing with this. Yes UGA should look at this schedule and say 10 win season, but the defense has to show up this year to do that. If not, every single one of these games can be a loss, not just the Cocktail party and a trip to UT (where the defense missed the bus). UGA has had a good enough offense over the last 3 years to be an SEC contender. The running game struggled last year, but they put the points up to win several games they lost.

The defense under Richt between from 01-07 gave up 30+ points on a handful of times total (maybe 4 I think). From 08 on, they have been giving that up and more on an annual basis. If Grantham’s D does not deliver this year and get the teeth back it needs to keep opposing offenses out of the end zone, then every one of these games outside of Coastal Carolina and New Mexico St. should be considered toss ups.

wild one 13

August 27th, 2011
9:40 pm

@ Tampa Gator, you are just as wrong as you can be,

about the kickers!

Mike

August 27th, 2011
9:41 pm

UGA will go nowhere without a better defense. If its not back to 07 and prior form, every game on this list other than Coastal Carolina and New Mexico St. is a toss up. 01-07 UGA gives up 30+ points 4-5 times total. Since 08, they’ve been doing that and more on an annual basis.

LakeDawg

August 27th, 2011
9:41 pm

Must beat Florida! grrrrr

Bus Drivers Dawg

August 27th, 2011
9:43 pm

Joe sure knows how to pick em!
Thank Goodness for UGA Sports.com—I’m sure glad this Rag isnt our only access to news on the Dawgs!—Everything here is OLD, not News !

wild one 13

August 27th, 2011
9:43 pm

I only wished the rest of the team played as well as special teams does for the Dawgs.