LIVE: Gamecocks win, Dogs try to stay ahead in SEC East

It's Saturday in Athens. Can Georgia extend its winning streak today against Auburn?

It's Saturday in Athens. Can Georgia extend its winning streak today against Auburn?

ATHENS — Hello, and welcome to any place but State College.  I considered not posting the pregame blog until after the South Carolina-Florida game, but figured this would give some of you folks an outlet to comment on that game until Georgia and Auburn kicks off at 3:30.

As I wrote earlier in the week, the Bulldogs are in a position that didn’t seem plausible two months after they started the season 0-2. They have won seven straight and, at 5-1 in the SEC, sit one-half game ahead of South Carolina (5-2) in the SEC East. Forget the contributing circumstances (Georgia’s soft schedule; the Gamecocks losing their Marcus Lattimore and Stephen Garcia losing his mind). All that really matters is if the Gamecocks lose and the Dogs win today, Georgia is division champions.

Even if both teams win, the Dogs need only win next week’s home game over Kentucky to assure themselves a spot in the conference title game.

UPDATE: South Carolina won 17-12, so the best Georgia can do today is stay one-half game ahead of the Gamecocks.

So about today. Auburn obviously is not nearly the force it was last year with Cam Newton, but the Tigers aren’t nearly as bad as they’re made out to be. They rank near the bottom of the SEC in most defensive categories. They’re allowing 400.7 yards and 27.7 points per game. But the statistics are skewed by lopsided road losses at Clemson (38-24), Arkansas (38-14) and LSU (45-10).

The Dogs’ biggest challenge will be stopping the run. Auburn is No. 2 in the conference in rushing at 191.1 yards  per game, led by Michael Dyer’s 109.9 average.

The best way for the Dogs to counter that: Attack with their own running game. Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome should be rested. They’re all back from their one-game suspensions. Credit to Crowell for stepping up and publicly apologizing earlier in the week. He never would confirm that he was out because of a failed drug test, but said, “I just want to say that I made a mistake, and it will never happen again. I want to apologize to my family, fans and the Bulldog Nation.”

One last thing before I turn this over to you. Last week, coach Mark Richt had not said anything to the media about the running back suspensions at his weekly Tuesday news conference. A press release was sent out two hours later. So this week, Richt’s news conference ended with our Chip Towers asking Richt, “Is anybody suspended this week?” It was a completely appropriate, as well as humorous, question, given the backdrop, and Richt took it that way. Everybody in the room laughed, including Richt, who even turned to long-time associate athletic director of sports information director Claude Felton and joked, “Why did you let him ask one more question?”

But immediately following that conference, Richt went into another room for his standup interviews with television stations. When one person with the first question asked if any player was suspended for the Auburn game, Richt became irritated and called the reporter “unprofessional.” I’ve posted the video, via the Red and Black, below.

It just shows you that sometimes it’s not the question that irritates a coach or player as much as it is the timing and delivery.

Postscript: Richt phoned the reporter later and apologized.

I just figured the incident was worth addressing since the video was circulating on the Internet and I’ve been getting some questions about it via email. No big deal.

OK, that’s it for now. And as I post this, South Carolina leads Florida 14-3 at halftime.

And now, the floor is yours.

By Jeff Schultz

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1,421 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

Jeff it would appear that every halftime show’s lead today is “Paterno and Penn St”. When will they move on do you suppose?

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

And 3rd? heh heh

Ugadawg

November 12th, 2011
2:04 pm

Go Dawgs!! And as much as it pains me to say it, go gators for this one day only.

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:04 pm

Is Richt getting a bit Spurrierish with the reporters?

ZinoDawg

November 12th, 2011
2:04 pm

Go Dawgs! GATA!

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:05 pm

Ain’t looking good for those lowly Gatahs, Go Gatahs, Go Corch Ervin Meyers

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:05 pm

Draggin' Fly

November 12th, 2011
2:06 pm

Muschamp looks lost. Wonder how patient the Gator Nation will be. Saw familiar calls for Kirby Smart on another blog. heh.

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:08 pm

firewillmuschamp.com coming soon?

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:09 pm

under construction heh heh

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:11 pm

Man a lot of TRUE DAWG FANS on the blogs……………..why not at the game? It is funny some of the same UGA fans are on the blogs today with UGA having a home game. I guess we just have the REAL DAWG FANS that like to chat. Maybe they couldn’t get a title pawn on their 78 Trans AM on blocks beside the trailer this year to afford UGA tickets.Dawg fans please start collecting empty cans so you can at least turn them in an maybe have enough money to BUY a ticket to the UGA v GT. We would love to have you stop by and chat before the game too.

smart dawg

November 12th, 2011
2:12 pm

Connor Shaw is having a good afternoon.

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:12 pm

Don’t feed the trolls

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

Gators with all their players can’t score on USC. How did those gators with a 1 leg QB get the lead on UGA? USC is the hurt team and looking better than the dawgs did against the gators.

Joey

November 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

Well, the odds get better that we won’t have to see much more of SSIgator. So win today then beat Tech and GT Joe and GTBob disappear.

This thing is in UGA’s hands now – no excuses.

Go Dawgs!

Just win!

Draggin' Fly

November 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

5150 hoping Dawg fans finally result in a sellout at the Flats. Heh.

Duck

November 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

Was the question, are there any players suspended for the Auburn game?

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:15 pm

Jeff

A little troll housekeeping now would go a long way in keeping the blog civil. Good time to ban 5150 or GT Joke or whatever he’s going by today

Joey

November 12th, 2011
2:17 pm

UOAD, can’t do the 520 mile round trip any more. Had a ‘79 Trans Am – traded for a ‘82 Vette. Don’t act like a troll, cause you’re not.

RJ Voorhees

November 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

5150 is a sad Tech fan whos best friend growing up was a calculator.

WaSean Limbaugh

November 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

@ POAD or UOAD however you like to be called. UGA sells out all of it’s games so there is no way every fan can get a tkt
Now tech is a whole nother story……………….

Draggin' Fly

November 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

More probably a slide rule.

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

ARdawg…………..crying so soon? Shouldn’t you wait until the red pantie and skirt wearing MURRAY gets hit before you start crying?
Why are you not at the game? I thought you are big DAWG supporter? Not enough money for PBR, Cheetos, and gas to make the trip?

WaSean Limbaugh

November 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

@POAD or UOAD we sell out our games how about your team

Steve

November 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

Betting line has dropped to 11 1/2. UGA 31, AU 21.

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

RJ, he hasn’t grown up. He has the mentality of a 12 year old *whispers* He’s a bit “touched” in the head, bless his little heart

Steve

November 12th, 2011
2:20 pm

5150 I forget, what was the Tech score Thursday night? Also, that game was not soldout? How pathetic can a fan base be?

WaSean Limbaugh

November 12th, 2011
2:20 pm

wonder why you are so enamored with urine?

smoking 1 with Crowell

November 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

What will be the lil dawgs excuse today when War Eagles pick there bones…..

Leonards Loser

November 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

The “Sybils” with multiple names and personalities, come east today to continue Dixie’s longest running show against the red clay canines. In recent seasons those dogs have taken care of business, until last year, when the catbirds got a bagman to rent a frontman for a few months. And now that the doo-rag is gone the canines are looking for a 1st place blue ribbon, Best In Show.
With that tenacious junkyard defense, those dogs are gonna hit on those kitties harder than a woman in a room with Bill Clinton (or Hillary for that matter).
As for the other side of the pig ball, the plainsmen (’nother Sybil) have lost their main wannabe wrestler from last year and will allow the dogs to cross their goal line more times than Mexicans cross the border.
Red clays chew up that flightless bird.

Leonards Loser……Auburn 13-31

VT>GT

November 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

how can you try to talk smack when your team just got humiliated on National TV in a Prime Time game with out a sell-out
PATHETIC

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

WaSean………….that is far from true and you know it. I am 100% sure there were tickets for the NMSU game. you could donate more money to the Hartman fund and get some tickets.

Really do you guys think Vegas has it right with this crazy spread for THIS game? Not that is can’t happen, but history is not on Vegas’ side with this spread.

Troll Power Ratings

November 12th, 2011
2:24 pm

@5150 UOAD: The Georgia game will be sold out. Your team could not sell out an undersized joke of a stadium last Thursday night for a nationally televised game against a top ten opponent and conference rival. Thanks for caring.

Jeff Schultz

November 12th, 2011
2:24 pm

ARdawg — Excellent question on the halftime shows. I would think it will die down a little bit this week (pending more breaking news) but in the big picture the story will linger for years — years — because of criminal and civil suits.

smoking 1 with Crowell

November 12th, 2011
2:26 pm

Man at the ugly cheerleaders..uga women ugly!

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:26 pm

COME on guys you can do better.

i will come with some barbs, but I ask questions too.

Jeff, has a good and enjoy the game. better you than Bradley.

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

troll……………..why don’t you just use 1 name and stick to it?

We honor our lady's name

November 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

Attention, everyone, especially dawgtards. We will now observe a moment of silence in memory of Saint Jan Kemp, the courageous lady who exposed the shameful practices at UGA that were initiated and carried out by slimeball Vince Dooley. Dooley’s image as a coach and a nice guy were forever shattered during the trial, not to mention the one million dollars that dawgtards had to pay Saint Jan. These practices of recruiting morons and coddling them for four years, then tossing them out like trash, are still going on, but at least the world knows what’s happening in Athens now.

And now, the moment of silence…
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Thank you, you may resume your normal activities now.

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

Jeff

And it should if nothing but awareness. However, not on the halftime shows too. ESPN seemingly can do nothing but All State Penn all Paterno, all the time

Steve

November 12th, 2011
2:28 pm

UGA women are ugly???? Wow you MUST be smoking something. Some of the hottest women ever go to UGA.

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:28 pm

**doesn’t feed trolls**

ARdawg

November 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

One would have to be living under a rock like UOAD and GT Joe to not have heard that “news” story by now

smoking 1 with Crowell

November 12th, 2011
2:31 pm

When will the new Ms. Kemp report come out?..it won’t be long..

Instant Dawgma

November 12th, 2011
2:32 pm

Good call Leonard…..Ya’ll have a wonderful Saturday fellow Dawgs!!
And tough luck the rest of you jealous haters….keep on steaming and don’t forget to take your medication.

Katrina

November 12th, 2011
2:32 pm

Auburn 27, UGA 24

Joey

November 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

And one more moment of silence for our neighboring technical school who just can’t seem to stay off of NCAA PROBATION for more than a couple of years any more! We don’t expect you to win anything, but you could lose with dignity!

Please, CLEAN UP YOUR ACT, GIT!

smoking 1 with Crowell

November 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

no the good looking women are rented..

Draggin' Fly

November 12th, 2011
2:35 pm

Clowney..late hit.

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2011
2:35 pm

ARdawg then how does you wife get her food?

Look at the girl busted for selling Dope and LSD. Is that a HOT woman? I think Not. UGA has plenty of bowzers don’t kid yourself. They could well fill the Uga dawg house and people wouldn’t know the difference.