LIVE: Georgia goes for SEC East clincher against Auburn

Georgia hopes to have something to celebrate on this field when the game ends.

Georgia hopes to have something to celebrate on Auburn's field after tonight's game.

AUBURN, Ala. — Hello, and welcome to something you probably didn’t expect five weeks ago when Georgia got body-slammed at South Carolina: A potential SEC East Division-clinching game against Auburn.

Every trend and statistic says the Bulldogs should win this game. Easily. But if they needed any reminder that anything can happen on a college football Saturday, just check the Florida game.

I stopped at an Auburn tailgating spot to watch a few minutes of Florida’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette, and the Gators were trailing 20-13 with just under four minutes left. I figured, worst-case scenario, Florida ties it and I’ll watch overtime in the press box, so I walked away. But as I walked into the box, the Gators were kicking an extra point following a blocked punt and return for the go-ahead touchdown.

So much for that monumental upset. Nonetheless, it should serve as a monumental warning for the Dogs — and it’s certainly easy fodder for coach Mark Richt’s pregame speech.

OK. The Tigers stink. They’re 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the SEC. A brief summary of their statistical woes: They rank 13th in total offense (305.2), total defense (428.7) and scoring offense (19.2), 10th in scoring defense (27.3), last in rush defense (199.2) — no reason to wonder about Georgia’s plan of attack — last in sacks allowed (29), last in third-down conversions (28.8) and 13th in turnovers (20) and turnover differential (minus-nine).

In short, there’s probably no reason for Gene Chizik to refinance his home because he’s going to be putting that sucker up for sale soon. It would be an upset it Chizik wasn’t fired, especially with a drumming by Alabama still expected to come at the end of the season.

(As I write this, Texas A&M just took a 20-0 lead over Alabama. Like I was saying …)

No such problems for Richt and Georgia. The Dogs had the perfect confluence of events following their 35-7 loss to South Carolina: 1) They didn’t faceplant in the next three games; 2) They beat Florida; 3) South Carolina imploded. So here we are, with Georgia on the verge of clinching its second straight East title and a trip to the Georgia Dome.

Before I open the cyber-venting lines, here are a few links from this week to pass the time until kickoff:

• The setup for this game from Chip Towers.

• How the backdrop for these teams (and coaches) was flipped two years ago, by Tim Tucker. (Auburn was on the was to a BCS title with Cam Newton; Georgia was on the way to a 6-7 finish.)

• The work of the UGA’s offensive line to protect Aaron Murray, by Chip.

• The Dogs will face their last two defensive coordinators (Brian VanGorder and Willie Martinez), by Tim.

• My column on Richt’s disclosure that he will need hip replacement surgery, thanks to an old swing set injury.

• Finally, here’s my prediction for the game (and other sound investment advice) in Weekend Predictions.

One last observation: Chip, Tim and I encountered far less traffic than usual for an Auburn game. Could be an indication of the crowd for this one.

That’s it for now. Commenting opens in 3 … 2 … 1 …

By Jeff Schultz

786 comments Add your comment

Benjamin

November 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

First. And go Dawgs!

mikeaddington

November 10th, 2012
4:58 pm

anything goes with this rivalry. I expect a great and close game

Thomas

November 10th, 2012
4:59 pm

GGOO DAWGGSS

Mr. Rolaids

November 10th, 2012
5:04 pm

Hey Kool Aid Drinkers…… Dawgs dreams are going down the drain. Bama is getting whipped and the talk of getting to the MNC are going out the window.. Dont be surprised if UGA slips up today anyway .

Mr. Rolaids

November 10th, 2012
5:06 pm

That loss (beatdown) to South Cackalacky stings huh………

Draggin' Fly

November 10th, 2012
5:08 pm

Take another Rolaids. Bama just scored.

Buzz 2011

November 10th, 2012
5:11 pm

Jeff, how did the GT pick work out for you?
oops, oops, oops..Take the points.. 68 points..

Swami SEZ

November 10th, 2012
5:12 pm

Derek Dooley is toast.

Draggin' Fly

November 10th, 2012
5:17 pm

If I was toast, I’d be offended by the comparison.

bob

November 10th, 2012
5:18 pm

If Richt loses today he should be fired immediately…..

Dawgs Eat Tiger Meat

November 10th, 2012
5:21 pm

I can’t wait to beat some Tigers azz! Go Dawgs!

joe jenkins

November 10th, 2012
5:30 pm

I agree bob…most defintley…everything is on theline

Tampa Gator

November 10th, 2012
5:31 pm

Sick in bed and not in THE SWAMP today…..along with several thousand others……..and the Gators looked horrible until the last 4 minutes today. Florida simpy has one of the worst offenses in the country without question…..along with one of the best defenses and special teams in the country….without question. But LA-Layfayette crushed LA-Monroe last week…..so they really are not that bad a team. But Florida almost embarrassed themselves and the SEC today. You’ve got to be ready to play every week, no matter who the team is.

Georgia will crush Auburn tonight…..without question.

Bama will come back and win tonight……as A&M never wins a big game they are leading early.

Vampire Bill

November 10th, 2012
5:31 pm

Tough game probably but dawgs will prove to be the better team from start to finish. 30-21 dawgs

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 10th, 2012
5:32 pm

Hey Jeff maybe you can tell us why the AJC no longer updates columnist Twitter tweets.

Megs

November 10th, 2012
5:33 pm

If Richt loses today he should be fired immediately….

He will, but he won’t be.

Jeff Schultz

November 10th, 2012
5:36 pm

Buzz 2011 — Wait, I said TAKE the points. So I was right. (Also said they’d lose, so that’s another matter.)

Jeff Schultz

November 10th, 2012
5:38 pm

Chef Tim — Not sure what you mean. Sports home page has Twitter stream but moved to bottom left of page.

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 10th, 2012
5:40 pm

Jeff your latest tweets on this blog page are 31 days old.

Jeff Schultz

November 10th, 2012
5:45 pm

Oh, my page. Yeah, brought that to their attention a week ago (when I noticed). They were working on it, as far as I knew. Thanks.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
5:49 pm

Is it time to go to the High Dive?
How is that PMS Murray Heisman campaign going?
How many PEE TESTS do you think UGa did before the Auburn game?
All the UGa Pot heads miss the GSU game and ar back for TECH….

Hairy Dawg

November 10th, 2012
5:51 pm

Ha! If Bammer looses to Tammy Ammy then Dawgs have locked up best in SEC. Best in SEC means winner is national champs. All we do is beating this here sorry War Tigers and get Cheese Dip headed to his a firing.

Go Dawgs and Coach Richt. Show them what being Christian means.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
5:55 pm

JEFF you are Full-O-Crap…..you siad TECH would LOSE but take the points……………………Georgia Tech at North Carolina: The Jackets are 1-0 without athletic director Dan Radakovich. See, I’m all about the positive. It was either that or point out Tech’s four wins have come over 2-9 Presbyterian and three ACC teams with a combined conference record of 4-12. Oops…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Heels win, but take Tech and 9.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

Jeff 0-1 in the picks Head Up
Jeff……..I HATE to say it but Falcons lose too.

Jeff Schultz

November 10th, 2012
5:59 pm

Put in timeout/blahblahblah — That’s what I said, doofus. Take Tech and the points (win) but Tech loses (lose). How many languages you need me to translate that into for you?

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:01 pm

Jeff I know what kinda CAR you drive…..You told US…LOL

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:02 pm

Jeff after Jan 1 will you do the COUNT in Chinese? LOL

Sic' 'em DOGS!

November 10th, 2012
6:03 pm

Since 1853, Auburn University is where Atlanta parent’s send their children when they are denied admission to UGA or Georgia Tech!

Draggin'

November 10th, 2012
6:04 pm

He’s a Techie, Jeff. Do you know Mandarin?

Benjamin

November 10th, 2012
6:04 pm

Note to self: don’t troll Jeff Schultz….

lol

Jeff Schultz

November 10th, 2012
6:07 pm

DawgNole

November 10th, 2012
6:08 pm

Hairy Dawg
November 10th, 2012
5:51 pm

Ha! If Bammer looses to Tammy Ammy then Dawgs have locked up best in SEC. Best in SEC means winner is national champs. All we do is beating this here sorry War Tigers and get Cheese Dip headed to his a firing.
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Ignorant post. UGA’s ONLY hope of sniffing a NC is to beat a No. 1-ranked and undefeated Tide. You better hope Bammer comes back, which they’re in the process of doing.

Jeff Schultz

November 10th, 2012
6:08 pm

One hour before kickoff. If these thing is a sellout, 80 percent of the crowd is outside.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:08 pm

jeff what did they serve for the Media Meal in Auburn?

Jeff Schultz

November 10th, 2012
6:09 pm

Just ate one of the worst hot dogs I’ve ever had. Passed on the mystery meat being served. Glad I stopped at Subway on way down.

davidinloganville

November 10th, 2012
6:09 pm

i love watching the officials adhering to Saben’s rants about slowing down the up tempo teams…

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:10 pm

JEFF………..like in Athens the DRUNKS are still at the TAIL GATE watching their HOPES and DREAMS on the BAMA GAME.

DawgNole

November 10th, 2012
6:11 pm

Jeff Schultz
November 10th, 2012
5:59 pm

Put in timeout/blahblahblah — That’s what I said, doofus. Take Tech and the points (win) but Tech loses (lose). How many languages you need me to translate that into for you?
______________________

Good response to a dope. Hopefully he keeps up his imbecile drivel enough for you to ban him. He’s useless on here.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:12 pm

Jeff SUBWAY?………..i guess a KRYSTAL is a dangerous place to eat in the SEC….LOL

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:13 pm

dWagNole you were so nice to me on the TECH live game blog….

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:15 pm

I got a dWag to bet $100 that UGa would win by 30+……..

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:16 pm

Looking like McCarron’s Heisman Hope are fleeting if Bama loses….

DawgNole

November 10th, 2012
6:16 pm

Put in Timeout by . . .
November 10th, 2012
6:13 pm

dWagNole you were so nice to me on the TECH live game blog….
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You must’ve been making some sense over there. Better lay off the sauce; got a long way to go tonight.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

KingDaddy…………Where YOU and mustang Sally? Dwag48 are you not here?

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 10th, 2012
6:19 pm

DwagNole haven’t even started the Sauce……The Bulldog isn’t ready for the BBQ sauce to be applied just yet…LOL

War Mongrel

November 10th, 2012
6:27 pm

TAMU…yet another SEC west team UGA will never play…Johnny Football is a better qb than yall boy Murray right now.

Walker T

November 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

Jeff- maybe the Auburn fans are still watching the Tide game outside??

Walker T

November 10th, 2012
6:33 pm

Johnny Football just converted a 3rd and 9. Great throw and catch. And a 15 yard penalty on the Tide

War Mongrel

November 10th, 2012
6:37 pm

field goal kickers as a a species suck….

Mr. Rolaids

November 10th, 2012
6:38 pm

The beatdown to South Carolina looms large……..