LIVE: Georgia leads LSU 10-7 at halftime, goes for SEC title

Here's Georgia stepping all over LSU -- the logo -- before the game.

Here's Georgia stepping all over LSU -- the logo -- before the game.

No, I don’t know if Isaiah Crowell is going to play. (Figured that question might come up.)

Welcome to the SEC championship, or, as we like to call it: “The Game That Nobody Three Months Ago Figured Would Include Georgia.”

As coach Mark Richt said at his news conference earlier this week, “Well, I guess we could be out recruiting today.” This being the better alternative.

Les Miles and Mark Richt prepare to arm wrestle for SEC trophy.

Les Miles and Mark Richt prepare to arm wrestle for SEC trophy.

There’s not much left to write. You can go to AJC.com/Sports/UGA to catch up on some of the terrific blogs written this week by Chip Towers and Tim Tucker, and I’ve listed the links to some of my columns down below.

But here are a few bullet points going into the game (4 p.m. kickoff).

The Georgia offense: If the Bulldogs (13½-point underdogs) can’t run the ball against LSU, their chances to pull an upset significantly decrease. No running game means no effective play-action and little chance of keeping the Tigers’ defense off-balance. That said, Aaron Murray has been strong of late and will need to continue to spread the ball around to all his receivers.

Crowell: We’re probably not going to know until kickoff whether he is playing. Yes, rumors have swirled most of the week on Twtter and message boards about the strength of his health, his head, an altercation that may or may not have taken place in practice, a suspension, etc. All I can tell you for sure is that nothing has been substantiated. Coach Mark Richt has remained mum on the status of all of his running backs since Wednesday. Crowell was at Friday’s walk-thru at the Georgia Dome and is on the Dogs’ dress-0ut list. Athletic director Greg McGarity said Friday he knew nothing of a suspension and told Chip and I, “I’d know, wouldn’t I?”

Barring turnovers, I think Georgia keeps this game close for at least three quarters. The Dogs’ defense has been strong against the run (which is LSU’s strength). The question is what happens in the fourth quarter. The Tigers’ depth on the line and at running back enables them to rotate players and wear down opponents. LSU has outscored teams 115-28 in the fourth quarter and 229-61 in the second half.

Finally, I know a lot has been made of the fact that LSU probably will be in the BCS title game, win or lose (barring an unlikely blowout win by the Bulldogs, which could make voters think twice about putting the Tiers in). I doubt that will have any impact on the Tigers’ play. They’re undefeated and they have a chance to win an SEC championship. Those two things alone will keep them motivated.

Yes, Georgia has a legitimate chance to win this game. But it will take an almost error-free performance, and even then maybe a couple of turnovers.

That’s it for now. If and when we learn something more about Crowell, I’ll post it here.

Georgia blogs from this week:

Georgia’s ascent a positive sign for future

Weekend Predictions

After Boise State, Murray foresaw Georgia in SEC title game

Georgia has far better than ‘puncher’s chance’ against LSU

By Jeff Schultz

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3,008 comments Add your comment

Wvudawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:19 pm

Macclenny_dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:21 pm

Let’s get it on!!!

Chili Dawgs

December 3rd, 2011
2:26 pm

Hold on, is Georgia Southern having a hard time with a second-year football team, at home?!

Leave the football to the big boys in North Georgia.

Shawn

December 3rd, 2011
2:27 pm

Time to show those boys from the west that UGA was not the lucky team to have not met ARK, Bama, and LSU……they are lucky they did not have to face UGA. Go Dawgs!!!!

Cuz

December 3rd, 2011
2:29 pm

GO DAWGS!

Beat the LSU yankees.

cattle dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:30 pm

I want to see how the dawgs stack up now against a really good team. If we get some turnovers who knows what can happen. Go Dawgs

cattle dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:31 pm

Enter your comments here

GeauxLSU

December 3rd, 2011
2:32 pm

Maybe Aaron Murray will transfer to FSU after he loses today: http://www.campusmack.com/colleges/georgia/smacks/68

Edvis

December 3rd, 2011
2:32 pm

The BCS system is worse than the old bowl system for deciding the best team in college football — you heard it here first. Georgia probably would have to beat LSU, then Alabama and Houston, to be considered for the title game. But LSU could lose to Kentucky and tie with Arkansas late in the season (or was it the other way ’round?), then not even have to play the hottest SEC team in the SEC championship to get to the BCS game. And that decides the nation’s best team?

Mobile Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:33 pm

Couldn’t make up our mind whether to go or not, atmosphere must be great now. I hope the Dawgs know what they’re in for and are focused. LSU will welcome the Dawgs back to “big boy” football, are we ready for prime time?

Will the line block for Crowell if he plays, or would they teach him a hard lesson and let him get “killed” a couple of times to show the kid “just who is boss”? I have doubts as to whether he even plays.

Looking forward to watching the game and hearing from everyone. Go Dawgs.

P.S. Southern Miss is finally introducing Houston to some big boy football. Not so fast on the Sugar for Houston.

Cuz

December 3rd, 2011
2:35 pm

Bill Sherman was the first head coach of LSU. We need to keep those dang Yankees from burning down Atlanta again.

Rally around the Dawgs against those dang Yankees!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 3rd, 2011
2:35 pm

You doggies are going to LOSE and BIG!

Can’t wait to see all your STUPID faces!!!

PerroGrande

December 3rd, 2011
2:37 pm

“I’m calling out every player for UGA. We going to smash y’all…. #Perfection is what we play for 13-0.”

Russell Sheppard started talking smack on twitter…maybe Dawgs should forfeit in fear?

Mobile Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:37 pm

Edvis, if you’re looking for “fair” it comes around once a year, usually in September.

Cuz

December 3rd, 2011
2:39 pm

Supersize that order, mutt
December 3rd, 2011
2:35 pm

You doggies are going to LOSE and BIG!

Can’t wait to see all your STUPID faces!!!

You do know this is an internet message board and you cannot see our faces don’t you?

Must be that Tech edumacation.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 3rd, 2011
2:42 pm

I just have to go downtown or look at the funeral procession of dawgie flags drudging up !-85. Gonna be a long drive home, dog turds!

Tech Tony

December 3rd, 2011
2:42 pm

If I had to gameplan against LSU, my first tactic would be sugar in the gas tank of the Tiger buses.. Since LSU is now at the Dome, it’s too late for that.

Limit your turnovers, get rid of the ball quickly, and play mentally tough (meaning no silly penalties) and you can make a game of it. Fail to do those things and it’ll be the LSU-Arkansas game repeated–close for a half but out of hand in a hurry come the end of the third quarter.

Good luck to you.

82Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:42 pm

Hey Supresize …at least UGA is playing today…what is Tech doing? My guess is looking for their order of pocket protectors…

45ACP

December 3rd, 2011
2:43 pm

God gets a personal play by play from Larry Munson. How sweet is that!

Cuz

December 3rd, 2011
2:43 pm

Mobile, the fair comes in late July or early August in Minnesota. Too big a chance of snow in September.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 3rd, 2011
2:44 pm

Real clever, 82dawgtard. Can you even afford tickets with your cow-humper’s salary?

Bogey

December 3rd, 2011
2:45 pm

Alright, Jeff, is he dressed or not?

Cuz

December 3rd, 2011
2:45 pm

Munson: Oh my God have you ever seen a bigger mismatch?

God: There was this kid named David once.

Cuz

December 3rd, 2011
2:46 pm

humping cows pays good money Supersize. Don’t knock it til you tried it.

45ACP

December 3rd, 2011
2:47 pm

Cuz…Very good!

82Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:47 pm

@ Supersize…money not the issue, it is called responsibilities at CHOA….shove it geek or the next needle I order will be for you.

Geez, supersize...

December 3rd, 2011
2:50 pm

…aren’t you one of the Tech faithful always complaining about UGA slime going on the Tech sites – and now, without any dog (so to speak) in the hunt, here you are maligning UGA without provocation…and at your age…betm your wife is really proud…

ARdawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:50 pm

To LSU

Bring it

Git 'er done, DAWGS.....

December 3rd, 2011
2:51 pm

..with apologies to Larry the Cable Guy…

Big Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:54 pm

Goliath was favored by 40 points over “Little David”…Shug Jordan. Look how that turned out!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 3rd, 2011
2:54 pm

Stop whining, bullpups. The only difference between this game and your first game at the Dome is your jerseys today are even uglier, and your fans are even drunker and stupider, and they’re all going to spend the night in jail.

LSU 100

U Gay 3

Lazer

December 3rd, 2011
2:55 pm

Jeff, is it true that they have canceled the game and rescheduled LSU to play the Falcons? You know, because LSU is unbeatable and upsets are so rare in college football.

5150 UOAD

December 3rd, 2011
2:55 pm

JEFF My MAN. Thank You for having the BLOG.

Dawgs should keep it interesting.

Houston trying to keep it close. back to within 7.

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Have fun dawgs. It should be an entertaining game.

Field Goal Jesus

December 3rd, 2011
2:55 pm

Blair Walsh 12 – LSU 45. Get ready for your second beatdown at the dome UGA!

Eat and Tweet

December 3rd, 2011
2:56 pm

Heard Crowell still has the munchies…….

5150 UOAD

December 3rd, 2011
2:57 pm

DAWGS will not get HOUSTON as a cupcake Bowl game opponent no matter what happens in the DOME.

Mobile Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:58 pm

Cuz, didn’t know that about the fair, I went to the funeral service of a friend of mine in Milwaukee in January and there was no burial service. Ground was frozen.

Lazer

December 3rd, 2011
2:58 pm

Field Goal Jesus…you’re crazy if you think Blair Walsh makes 4 field goals. Jeez man, did you even watch a UGA game this year. Stay ignorant, LSU, stay ignorant.

The Turd Pickler

December 3rd, 2011
2:58 pm

in about 3 hours all the talking and commenting from UGA fans will cease once LSU sucks the air out of the GA Dome.

LSU 34, UGA 13

Mobile Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
2:59 pm

love the creativity of the trolls, it’s part of the entertainment of blogging.

Boo Boo the Clown

December 3rd, 2011
2:59 pm

Mike Bozo will get schooled by this LSU defense. Its gonna be a Clinic!

5150 UOAD

December 3rd, 2011
3:00 pm

SEE I told you guys CUZ and BAYLIE were in Minnesota not Michigan.

CUZ I hope our prayers for Baylie were answered. Have fun today and take your mind to a happy place.

Lazer

December 3rd, 2011
3:00 pm

Turd Pickler…do any of you actually read these blogs…this blog is going to light up with the “Fire Richt” crowd after a UGA loss.

Mobile Dawg

December 3rd, 2011
3:01 pm

Mark Richt has a lot at stake here, I don’t think Bobo fails today. Richt and the Dawgs play for pride.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

December 3rd, 2011
3:01 pm

Thank you Southern Miss for torching Houston and keeping a crap team out of the BCS! Houston would have been another damn Hawaii had they had the opportunity.

Puff n Stuff

December 3rd, 2011
3:01 pm

Crowells new nick name……..

Dawg '85

December 3rd, 2011
3:02 pm

Kid that blocked punt for Southern Miss. has best name in sports… Furious Bradley!

Edvis

December 3rd, 2011
3:02 pm

Thanks Mobile and Cuz. Fairness doesnt exist, intelligence does but only occasionally. Even in a playoff system some teams get a better draw. The BCS is hypnotized by the SEC!

I can’t complain too much because Georgia won their long-ago title in the midst of a flawed system with other legitimate but once-defeated claimants.

Vain Jangling

December 3rd, 2011
3:03 pm

Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to stop sniffing glue.

Lazer

December 3rd, 2011
3:04 pm

Glad to see Houston and Keenum lose…anyone that throws for 9 TDs in a game is an a-4ole. Stay out of the BCS and let a real team play.