LIVE: Another win keeps Georgia in SEC East hunt

Another "partial sellout" flows through the gates at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Another "partial sellout" flows through the gates at Vanderbilt Stadium.

NASHVILLE — If I’m a little slow getting this live blog started, it’s because I just ate about 27 pounds of barbecue — the combo plate of ribs, pulled pork and brisket — at the Wildhorse Saloon. Seriously, it’s some of the best Q I’ve ever had — and I’m sure I’ll be sweating it out in the middle of the night.

PETA did not endorse my lunch. But I will.

PETA did not endorse my lunch. But I will.

Most of you probably have been to Nashville at some point. For those who haven’t, I highly recommend it. Watching Steve Spurrier and South Carolina almost blow a game at Mississippi State is about the only thing that prevented this from being a perfect day. That is to say, they didn’t blow it. The Gamcocks got a touchdown pass from Connor Shaw to Alshon Jeffery with 3:50 left and escaped Starkville with a 14-12 win. A South Carolina loss and the door to a division title would’ve blown open today

Elvis, Elvis, everywhere. (How much BBQ could he put away?)

Elvis, Elvis, everywhere. (How much BBQ could he put away?)

for the Bulldogs.

South Carolina already has endured turnover at the quarterback position (Stephen Garcia was kicked off the team) and Saturday saw running back Marcus Lattimore suffer a sprained knee in the fourth quarter. After the game, Spurrier told the media Lattimore’s injury “could be serious. He could be out a while.”  The Gamecocks are off next week before resuming Oct. 29 with consecutive SEC games against Tennessee (road), Arkansas (road) and Florida (home).

The Opryland grotto. The river is completely natural.

The Opryland grotto. The river is completely natural.

So going into tonight’s game against Vanderbilt, the Dogs (3-1) trail South Carolina by (4-1) by a half-game in the SEC Eastern Division, with the Gamecocks still holding the tiebreaker edge. Florida (2-2, 4-2) kicks off against Auburn tonight at the same time as the Georgia game.

For Georgia, this game against Vandy really is about making the Florida game mean something. Losing the first two games of the season to Boise State and South Carolina basically left the Dogs with little to no room for error.

That's my wife on the left, posing with Steve Spurrier, I think.

That's my wife on the left, posing with Steve Spurrier, I think.

It’s understandable if you’re still not sure what to think of this team. Since starting 0-2, the Dogs have won four straight over Coastal Carolina, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Tennessee by a composite score of 130-35 The three SEC wins have come over schools that entered the weekend with a combined conference record of 0-7.

If Georgia struggles tonight, something is wrong. The Commodores have lost their last two SEC games (Alabama, South Carolina) by a combined 55-3. Their offense is awful, their defense decent. It shouldn’t take a lot of points to win this.

For what it’s worth, Georgia is 51-18-2 all-time in the series and has won 15 of the last 16 meetings. The Dogs’ have won nine straight in Nashville since their last loss in 1991 (27-25 under Ray Goff).

 OK, that’s it for now. I’m going to do some laps. I’ll be back shortly for the duration.

 

By Jeff Schultz

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1,818 comments Add your comment

chick

October 15th, 2011
6:18 pm

Love the pictures. Regarding the one with the wife, you clearly outkicked your coverage.

chick

October 15th, 2011
6:19 pm

And first whatever that means.

Vandy man

October 15th, 2011
6:20 pm

Let’s go Commodores!

Buckhead Bulldog

October 15th, 2011
6:26 pm

Jeff Schultz

October 15th, 2011
6:34 pm

Tech’s about to lose at Virginia.

mooky stank

October 15th, 2011
6:35 pm

Jeff Schultz

October 15th, 2011
6:35 pm

Jackets lose at Virginia 24-21.

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:36 pm

MUTTS suck………………………………………..dawg bones…………………….

mooky stank

October 15th, 2011
6:37 pm

Richts gonna be wearing that just smelled a fart look all day today,. GO VANDY!

UGA fan

October 15th, 2011
6:39 pm

is the game not televised tonight?

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:39 pm

How do you contact the AJC about getting on a blog and break a Ban? Mark Bradley is a JOKE.

Yo Dog

October 15th, 2011
6:39 pm

UGA is irrelevant. Like the Braves, a great season for them is mediocrity with any other major program.

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:41 pm

UGAfan you don’t know? You are just a sidewalk redneck fan. Do you have your GED?

Jeauxseph

October 15th, 2011
6:41 pm

UGA Fan comcast ch 848 if you have the cast

UGA fan

October 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

5150 UOAD great one man, i was just asking…

chick

October 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

Thank you Virginia

UGA fan

October 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

thank you Jeauxseph

Go dawgs

October 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

ESPN3.com has the game online if you do not get FoxSports South

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

Do you have Cable or Internet? Try to get FSS on your beer can antenna.

Buckhead Bulldog

October 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

5150 UOAD – Dang dude! You are on here as much as I am whenever we have away games. What’s up? You let wife go shopping all day while you burb the baby? : ) Just playin’…tough game for y’all today. Sorry!

Jeauxseph

October 15th, 2011
6:44 pm

Jeff, HBC looks a little taller than I remember him.
Also, is that look representative of his demeanor earlier this week during the press conference? Just sayin..I believe you beat me to it

Our Hallowed Saint

October 15th, 2011
6:45 pm

I know all of you will want to observe a moment of silence in tribute to Saint Jan Kemp, the courageous lady who exposed the remedial studies fraud run by Vince Dooley and carried on today by Mark Richt.

1eyedJack

October 15th, 2011
6:45 pm

Go Dawgs!! Sic ‘em!

UGA fan

October 15th, 2011
6:47 pm

get lost 5150 UOAD, your a tool, im not a redneck nor do i try to sound tough on an internet blog,

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:48 pm

She & I never married. We have just been together for 18 years. My time is mine and her is hers. I do what she wants and she does the same for me. We work around each other’s needs and wants.

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:49 pm

OK uga fan…………..

deeznuts

October 15th, 2011
6:51 pm

Nice blog…I hope the dawgs dont come out flat..i think this team still has something to prove..a win against the UF and the season will be a win for me..oh yea and a better bowl trip..the last 3 have sucked..that is just my 2 cents..go dawgs

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:51 pm

CPJ didn’t call a good game or Tevin still held the ball instead of making a few good pitches. YES a TUFF GAME.

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
6:57 pm

Will BOBO call more Runs in th 1st half than the 2nd half? Run early and often. BOBO is a Fool driving a Roush Mustang 500 after learning how to drive a pinto.

1eyedJack

October 15th, 2011
6:59 pm

5150, 3 points is a “beatdown” in nerd lexicon. You got out-rushed so you can’t even claim a moral victory. ;)

Kramer

October 15th, 2011
6:59 pm

as always, the haters are out in force. Glad you continue to follow us as always.

The Natue Boy

October 15th, 2011
7:00 pm

The dawgs better not come out flat, they started out 0-2…and they have the next weekend off…they s/b fired up…and not pouting that the Gamecocks won..(that’s my job) JS…I hope your wife doesn’t have to ride in the car w/ you back to Atlanta tonite…you’ll be rotten…(that plate looked awesome) GO DAWGS!!

Jeff Schultz

October 15th, 2011
7:01 pm

UGA Fan — Game is on Fox Sports South.

Jeff Schultz

October 15th, 2011
7:01 pm

5150 — You have to contact individual blogger and plea your case.

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
7:02 pm

ok jeff thanks

Gorilla Biscuit

October 15th, 2011
7:04 pm

The Americans are about to invade Sicily.

Dawgs 5-2

October 15th, 2011
7:06 pm

so jeff is it a hostile environment lol

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 15th, 2011
7:07 pm

WOW!!! u did good in the wife dept. And she did what in the degenerent….

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 15th, 2011
7:08 pm

Scraped the bottom of the bowl?

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 15th, 2011
7:08 pm

So did mine.

Jeff Schultz

October 15th, 2011
7:11 pm

QB was 3-for-3. For a net of 4.

Dawgs 5-2

October 15th, 2011
7:11 pm

3 and out great job defense hell yeah

The Natue Boy

October 15th, 2011
7:12 pm

Both of the anouncers are male….coudn’t resist….

Jeff Schultz

October 15th, 2011
7:12 pm

Samuel running. Crowell out.

Buckhead Bulldog

October 15th, 2011
7:12 pm

I wonder what plays waterhead is gonna call this first series?

VandyBrainPower

October 15th, 2011
7:15 pm

Did anybody notice the Vanderbilt students with inbreds painted across their stomachs. There are more players from Georgia on their team than any other state, idiots. I thought vandy was a smart school

Joe Tess Fish House

October 15th, 2011
7:17 pm

Jeff Schultz

October 15th, 2011
7:17 pm

Officially no word on whether Crowell is being disciplined. All Georgia officials will say is that he is going to play.

jack

October 15th, 2011
7:17 pm

Did I miss something,, is Crowell playing tonight ?

5150 UOAD

October 15th, 2011
7:17 pm

Mark Richt has RUINED the BEST FG kicker in the nation. Walsh’s MIND is MUSH thanks to Bobo nad Richt.