LIVE: Dogs, Richt have chance to start roll, cool ‘hot seat’

Welcome to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, site of today's "Hot Seat Bowl."

Welcome to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, site of today's "Hot Seat Bowl."

OXFORD, Miss. — Welcome to one of the coolest spots on the college football landscape.

Seriously, for anybody who never has witnessed a football game at Mississippi, it’s worth a visit. It’s a pretty campus, cozy stadium and one of the best tailgating scenes in the nation (”The Grove”).

Football — that’s another story. Georgia plays Mississippi today, and nobody knows what we’re going to get. Both Mark Richt and Houston Nutt are feeling pressure. The Bulldogs rebounded from opening losses to Boise State and South Carolina last week to bury Coastal Carolina 59-0. But really, wins over Coastal Carolina generally don’t win over a fan base. SEC victories do.

The scene in, "The Grove," the tailgating site outside the stadium.

The scene in, "The Grove," the tailgating site outside the stadium.

And what really turns off a fan base are losses to Vanderbilt, which is why Nutt is catching even more flak than Richt. The Rebels are coming off a 30-7 loss to Vandy. The reaction has been so bad in and around Oxford that a group of Ole Miss supporters calling itself, “Forward Rebels” purchased full-page advertisements in five area newspapers, asking that Nutt be held accountable for the football team’s problems.

Relatively speaking, things aren’t so

Fear not, the "G" was well represented in "The Grove."

Fear not, the "G" was well represented in "The Grove."

bad for Richt. Nobody has bought an ad. But he and the Dogs need a win today. Georgia has a chance to begin to dig out of an early season hole in the next four weeks with games against the Rebels, Mississippi State (home), Tennessee (road) and Vanderbilt (road). That at least would give the Dogs some momentum going into the Florida game.

Some are referring to this as the “Hot Seat Bowl.” (We took a slightly different approach in Weekend Predictions.) Richt mocked the labels earlier this week, saying: “I knew that would happen. That was pretty easy to predict. You’d think they could have thought of something better than that. I think a couple of kindergartners could have figured out that one.”

Georgia needs to win, and win impressively today. The Rebels are ranked at or near the bottom in most statistical categories, including scoring offense (11th), total offense (12th), total defense, (11th), rushing offense (11th) and rushing defense (11th).

Historians, take note: The Dogs have won eight straight in this series. Their last loss came in Athens in 1996. Their last loss in Oxford was in 1995, Ray Goff’s final season.

Richt said earlier in the week, “I think we’re a team that is on the rise, but we’ll see. We’re going to play that first SEC game away from home and get a better feel for what kind of progress we have really made.”

Games against Ole Miss generally aren’t used as measuring sticks. But he’s right: At this point, a road SEC win over anybody would qualify as the most positive sign of the season.

One late note: Flanker Rantavious Wooten did not make the trip. According to sports information director Claude Felton, Wooten has a concussion as a result of a recent auto accident. We’ll try to get more information about this later.

And with that, I turn it over to you. I’ll check back shortly. Fire away . . .

By Jeff Schultz

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1,009 comments Add your comment

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bardawg

September 24th, 2011
11:04 am

just a fan

September 24th, 2011
11:07 am

bardawg

September 24th, 2011
11:07 am

I’m on a streak, 3 times in the last week I’ve seen quick on the draw. Hopefully the Dawgs will take care of business and hand the Rebels their a$$ in a sling

just a fan

September 24th, 2011
11:08 am

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

31-10 Dawgs over Ole Miss Black Bears

[...] News Sources wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt [...]

just a fan

September 24th, 2011
11:11 am

Jeff when are we going to get this party started

Alphare

September 24th, 2011
11:12 am

it doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

Alphare

September 24th, 2011
11:13 am

it doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

But the biggest scheme of all things is how UGA sells their tickets.

Dennis G. Berdanis

September 24th, 2011
11:15 am

This game is about more than Richt being able to squeeze out a win. The Bulldawg faithful need to see improvement in the troubleing areas. Blocking. Tackling. No turnovers. Lose and it really is time for Mr. Richt to pack it in and get those travel broshures.

BillfromDacusville

September 24th, 2011
11:16 am

Could not be happening to 2 better teams than these 2–wish they still had ties–then both could claim they didn’t lose–

bardawg

September 24th, 2011
11:19 am

Dang ,2nd. Coach Richt would’nt have to retort (see comment about “Hot Seat Bowl “) in the manner he did if he would just simply do his job, and coach these guys up. The man paces the sideline apparently seeking his own pulse.Anyway, I’m just another frustrated Dawg fan hoping the season can be salvaged

TheAntiMe

September 24th, 2011
11:20 am

The Rebels are ranked at or near the bottom in most statistical categories, including scoring offense (11th), total offense (12th), total defense, (11th), rushing offense (11th) and rushing defense (11th).

Wow, Jeff, you really do pay attention to statistics and numbers and junk. No wonder you went 12-0 last week in the contest. lol – And all this time I just thought that you were using your lucky coin that you got for a prize from that box of Lucky Charms several years ago. :)

Meanwhile in Atlanta,

September 24th, 2011
11:23 am

Undefeated and Ranked Georgia Tech
takes on North Carolina.

tonyb

September 24th, 2011
11:23 am

Georgia is a much better team than advertised., Historically, Mark Richt coached teams have struggled out of the gate, but start to hit their stride in late September to early October. I believe the same thing is happening here. They should beat Ole Miss by 3 or more TD’s. Georgia is going to be a handful for any team facing them from now to the end of the season,. Not saying they will run the table, but 9-3 is a real possibility.

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2011
11:25 am

bardawg,
You still get to claim first. Whatever those things are, they don’t count.
As Mr. Bradley would say, Kudos!

[...] News Sources wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt [...]

Steve

September 24th, 2011
11:36 am

Jeff, what is Oxford like? I hear there is some serious talent down there. Did you get a chance to check out The Grove?

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2011
11:36 am

“I think a couple of kindergartners could have figured out that one.”

Kind of like the playcalling, Coach Richt?

Sorry……he shouldn’t give us material that easy.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2011
11:36 am

Doesn’t look like much of a crowd. A message to Nutt?

War Dang Dawg

September 24th, 2011
11:37 am

Another Saturday with Mark Richt as our head coach…sigh.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2011
11:38 am

Beast – Check back on Carvell’s blog; I left you something there.

Corch Richt

September 24th, 2011
11:38 am

Loss to Vandy? Been there.

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2011
11:39 am

GameDay guys all picked the Dawgs.

Steve

September 24th, 2011
11:41 am

Delbert D I hope you are wise enough to know he took that picture probably at 10 AM.

Fire Mark Richt

September 24th, 2011
11:41 am

“I knew that would happen. That was pretty easy to predict. You’d think they could have thought of something better than that. I think a couple of kindergartners could have figured out that one.”

Is it just me or does it seem like every week Richt has something snarky to say? Coach, why don’t you try winning for a change and save us the condescension.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Yeah, that wasn’t very astute of me. It must be the time zone thing.

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Delbert,
I saw that. Pretty cool stuff. I wasn’t around yet (1967), but it’s interesting to read about the history of the game. Of course, being a Gator, we didn’t have too many fond memories before SOS arrived on the scene. Since then, it’s been an absolute blast!

Steve

September 24th, 2011
11:45 am

I like the big word, astute. Well done.

Steve

September 24th, 2011
11:45 am

Jeff must be boozing it up in The Grove.

B'dawg

September 24th, 2011
11:49 am

Drivers education should be mandatory for all football players wanting to play ball in Athens

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2011
11:50 am

Ole Miss gave up 5 sacks against Vandy. That will be exploited, I think.

Beast from the East

September 24th, 2011
11:50 am

Steve,
The Grove is the place to do it! If you’ve never been, you need to take a trip at least once. Great gameday atmosphere, cordial fanbase and lots of beautiful women. Tailgating heaven!

#25 and climbing

September 24th, 2011
11:51 am

Georgia vs Mississippi

This game is now known as the annual “Go SEC! Bowl”

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2011
11:52 am

We get to do the ESPN3 thing and watch 2 games again.

Steve

September 24th, 2011
11:53 am

#25 and climbing? Who has Tech played??? Will be funny to see what VA Tech, Clemson, and UGA do to Tech. Final record = 8-4 before losing their annual bowl game.

beatdowns galore

September 24th, 2011
11:58 am

If Richt doesnt beat Ole Miss worse than Vandy did then he should get his walking papers. For some reason I think UGA struggles today. UGA better score those style points or Richt should be canned!

Mtn Falcon

September 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Jeff must not have made it yet from the grove. Just a few more he says!

Steve

September 24th, 2011
11:59 am

UGA 34 Ole Miss 17.

Steve

September 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Take pictures Jeff!

Mtn Falcon

September 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Its on TV Delbert

Mtn Falcon

September 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere btw for any that care.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

Huggins picked WVU over LSU? I don’t think so. He’s wearing a WVU shirt, though.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

Mtn Falcon – I know, but with the computer, I can watch 2 games. Watching 1 and recording the other is hard; I have to work to not see the scores scrolling across the bottom.

Steve

September 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

Anyone know why Houston Nutt went from Arkansas to Ole Miss? Seems like a downgrade to me! Kinda like Rich going from UGA to Vandy.

oompa loompa dawg

September 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

Let Lemay play……. Murray is a bust and hasnt beat a team with a winning record.

Einstein

September 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

UGA will win today. My goodness guys, UGA is not a bad team.

Steve

September 24th, 2011
12:07 pm

Einstein, I agree. UGA has two losses to two top 10 teams. Not like they lost to Vandy. UGA will be a top 10 team next year.

B'dawg

September 24th, 2011
12:09 pm

Georgia better score TDs in the red zone today. They have to get up early and stay on the gas BOO BOO!!

Bj fussell

September 24th, 2011
12:11 pm

When is this dam game going to start