LIVE: Georgia looks to make quick work of Buffalo, move on

Thirty minutes to kickoffs. Fans may want to get here quick before blowout starts.

Thirty minutes to kickoff. Fans may want to get here quick before the blowout starts.

ATHENS — For the first time since November, I can begin a blog with, “Good morning from Sanford Stadium.” The Georgia Bulldogs plan to have the Buffalo Bulls for a light lunch.

Let’s get to the important stuff:

• 1.) It’s humid. I mean, really stupidly humid. My iPhone right now says 81 degrees (projected high in Athens: 93). But it feels more like a sauna on July 1 than the almost-fall cooling temperatures of Sept. 1. Logic suggests this will affect Buffalo more than Georgia, not that we would have attached any trace of suspense to today’s outcome even if it was 72 degrees with a soft ocean breeze. (The point spread is 37½. I say the Dogs cover. See the rest of my picks here).

• 2.) This is the first game for Russ, The Temporary Mascot, as Uga IX. I’m hoping this ascension to full time means the poor dog finally gets insurance benefits. I had to crack up at athletic director Greg McGarity’s statement the other day: “Russ has endeared himself to the Georgia people over the last three years. His dedication to duty when called upon has been exemplary and it’s fitting that he takes his place in the official line of Georgia mascots.”

People. The dog is in a crate. What’s he going to do? Make a break for it and hop a bus to Starkville?

(You may now commence with your cyber attacks on me for making Uga jokes.)

• 3.) This is a good chance for Georgia to test its depth on defense and try some players in different situations. Five defensive starters are expected to miss the game: Cornerback-wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (sprained ankle), cornerback Sanders Commings (suspended two games for domestic battery), linebacker Chase Vasser (suspended two games for DUI), linebacker Alec Ogletree (violation of team rules) and safety Bacarri Rambo (violation of team rules). Georgia has never confirmed reports that the Olgetree and Rambo both failed drug tests or that they have been suspended (and for how long).

• 4.) I’m most interested to watch the Dogs’ offense, particularly the play of the offensive line (which I believe ultimately will determine what kind of season they have) and the effectiveness of freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. As much as the excommunicated Isaiah Crowell was undone by off-the-field issues, most recently felony gun charges, he easily was the best running back the Dogs had.

That’s it for now. I’ll post any updates on the lineup and suspensions as warranted. Now, I may head down for a pre-game chat with Russ.

Welcome back to college football.

The cyber venting lines are open.

By Jeff Schultz

1,078 comments Add your comment

heartofdarkness

September 1st, 2012
11:13 am

It’s like playing an empty chair

mike addington

September 1st, 2012
11:20 am

I wanna see the backup QB. CMR talks about loyalty all the time. Is that just for a few people? what about the kids who work their butts off and sacrifice 4 the team. Matson derserves playing time. Looking for C Washington 2 have monster year. Go you Junkyard DAWGS

Not Disappointed!

September 1st, 2012
11:23 am

What’s the spread? I have the Dawgs winning by 30!
Have a good game and no injuries!

Ramblin Wreck Out!

Sargeant Hulka's Big Toe

September 1st, 2012
11:26 am

Matson will not play unless Murray is injured. He is redshirting to put a year between him and Murray. If it is a blowout Lemay will get playing time.

Sargeant Hulka's Big Toe

September 1st, 2012
11:27 am

The spread is 37 1/2

Fidlin1

September 1st, 2012
11:28 am

Keep Russ cool. We don’t need to be looking for a new mascot.

hope they have a passing game.

September 1st, 2012
11:32 am

The 3rd string db’s need some work since they will be starting against Missou next week.

Orange12

September 1st, 2012
11:33 am

A good game to pad their averages.

heywood...

September 1st, 2012
11:34 am

go dawgs. GATA. hello again jeff. lookn fwd 2 hearin fm u 2dy.

Trandall19705

September 1st, 2012
11:37 am

What a festive morning. Every opening day is filled with so much hope and excitement but something feels different this year. This team and this year will be special. I’m looking forward to soaking in all the glory. Gonna enjoy it to the fullest! GO DAWGS!

bubba4dawgs

September 1st, 2012
11:37 am

I wanna see us forget Isaiah Crowell! He’s history and is now in Montgomery, Ala. where I hope he’ll get his life together! Sure, he ran for 850 yards and will probably do more than that at Alabama State. Whatcha say we let him drift off into the sunset and go on and not waste print on him. It’s a shame so much time and second chances he was given. He does not deserve any more from UGA! GO DAWGS!! P.S. Gurley and Marshall just might make us totally forget him! By the way who was Washaun Ealy??

The truth

September 1st, 2012
11:38 am

Jeff…have a little respect! You knew when the white smoke appeared from The Old Chapel that a new Pup had been chosen; Russ who took the name UGA IX. All hail the new Pup! ;)

mike addington

September 1st, 2012
11:43 am

Congrats to Glenn 4 working hard and getting drafted. Hope he does great. Also, I am so glad that IC transferred and regret that he didn’t work out at UGA. His attitude was a distraction 2 me while watchig the game, and I imagine to the other players who needed to have their focus on the game.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

September 1st, 2012
11:44 am

Murray should have a great game since beating little sisters of the poor is his thing…..good teams then not so much. It’s documented. 1980….Oh My that is a long time ago.

Fair Weather Fan

September 1st, 2012
11:53 am

Jeff, aside from the weather report would you bet heavy on UGA?

oldbird

September 1st, 2012
11:56 am

Glad Russ was finally promoted. I remember back in the Dooley days when Otto filled in admirably, for UGA IV, I think. Jeff, anyone who bashes you for the UGA joke has no sense of humor. And I am a Dawg alum.

Cuz

September 1st, 2012
11:56 am

I see a close game right before the kickoff with the Dawgs pulling away shortly after the game clock starts.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot aka UGA IX

September 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

Jeff, I am all set and I hope you can stop by. I don’t mean to flaunt it but I will be showing my brown a$$ if I get on camera today. I have forgiven Coach Richt but I will keep my eye on him just the same. Big Bad Bruce (RIP) never had an a$$ painting but he didn’t trust Coach Richt either. One thing I have learned since I’ve had a full Uga pass down here on the sidelines and that is Coach Richt better keep his eye on Coach Grantham because I think he wants the top job. I think he likes me though because he lets me eat any doughnuts he doesn’t get to.

LDawg

September 1st, 2012
12:07 pm

Russ deserves it – after all, he has lasted longer than a couple of the past chosen UGAs.

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2012
12:09 pm

Fair Weather Fan — No. As a general rule, UGA not a safe “cover” team. But I think they will.

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2012
12:10 pm

Russ — I got your back (brown and all).

Dr J

September 1st, 2012
12:11 pm

So tired of suspensions and untimely injuries. Went all off-season without a significant injury and 2 days before the game Mitchell gets hurt. What are the odds? Anyways, I hope these guys can get back before next week because Missouri is gonna be throwing the ball all over the park. Better get ready.

just get it done

September 1st, 2012
12:15 pm

I agree with you on that one jeff

Dr J

September 1st, 2012
12:15 pm

Something is fishy about that Mitchell injury. Just doesn’t seem right. How can one of your best players get injured in a walk through, non-contact practice?? He survived scrimmages, full-padded practices, but sprains an ankle in a walk-through? Hmmmm…fishy.

GATiger

September 1st, 2012
12:16 pm

Cuz, you’re a funny guy. If it stays close after kickoff, Russ might be your new HC.

45ACP

September 1st, 2012
12:16 pm

Some things are worth waiting for. Go Dawgs!

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2012
12:17 pm

Dr. J — The flip side: Even if Mitchell has only a slight ankle injury, it’s not worth risk of playing him. More about next week.

Big guy

September 1st, 2012
12:21 pm

Dawgs always do well against these type opponents. Remember Wake Forest?

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2012
12:24 pm

Third and 7 and they run? A little conservative. Or scared.

Fair Weather Fan

September 1st, 2012
12:25 pm

Looks like a bunch of empty seats in the corner of the upper deck.

45ACP

September 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

Jeff – Would you please use your power and influence to make the Meebo Bar go away?

Mike

September 1st, 2012
12:27 pm

Did Andre Ware really just say Penn Wagers was one of the best officials in the SEC??

Dr J

September 1st, 2012
12:27 pm

Ken Malcome is a physical, tough runner!

Fair Weather Fan

September 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

Jeff,are the bulls as slow as they look on tv?

5150 UOAD

September 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

Where are all the Drunk Fake Blonde White Chicks? :)

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2012
12:29 pm

I like the call and King had him beat but throw was long.

Big guy

September 1st, 2012
12:30 pm

How was that it holding?

Fair Weather Fan

September 1st, 2012
12:30 pm

Looked like he was trying to hit wooten

Dr J

September 1st, 2012
12:30 pm

Bennett has the best hands on the team. Hands down. Remember that catch he had vs. Florida last season on 4th down for a touchdown over Florida’s best corner??

45ACP

September 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

Too much adrenaline.

Dr J

September 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

Todd Gurley!!!!!! MY GOD A FRESHMAN!

Big guy

September 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

The peacocks are strutting

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

That’s some impressive powerful running there by Gurley. Touchdown. 7-0. That took 3 minutes.

dawggirl

September 1st, 2012
12:33 pm

Welcome to college football, Todd Gurley!

Fair Weather Fan

September 1st, 2012
12:33 pm

Fair Weather Fan

September 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

He doesn’t look girly when he runs

5150 UOAD

September 1st, 2012
12:35 pm

Have to run a freshman the upperclassmen SUCK.

Tyler

September 1st, 2012
12:35 pm

Impressive run for Gurley’s first touchdown! And I bet Marshall Morgan will always remember his first bizarre PAT

Andy

September 1st, 2012
12:35 pm

Russ took the “Rudy” route to the big time. Walked on, earned playing time due to injury, and got his scholarship. Way to go Russ!

5150 UOAD

September 1st, 2012
12:38 pm

WOW Dwags D players already talking crap and pushing players after the play is over.