Dogs fans want top teams in Athens

While scheduler Arthur Johnson confirmed to the Athens Banner-Herald that UGA has been approached about playing a nonconference game in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in 2010, it’s apparently still not a done deal. Johnson said the Dogs, who travel to Colorado that season, still have two schedule spots to fill for 2010, “preferably at home.” Sounds like Georgia’s not going to jump on that dome offer unless it’s really sweet.

In the meantime, Johnson told the ABH, the New Mexico State Aggies have accepted an eye-opening payday of $925,000 to come to Athens for a Nov. 5 game in 2011, between the Florida and Auburn games. That’s the most UGA has ever bribed, er, paid a visiting team, but that’s apparently what schedule fodder costs these days. This will be the Aggies’ fourth trip to Athens, with the Dogs having posted big wins over them in 2002, 2000 and 1995. 

That will make for a less than compelling schedule in 2011, when the Dogs’ nonconference slate also will include Louisville and Coastal Carolina in addition to the Trade School, and the rotating SEC schedule has us playing the two Mississippi schools that year. 

So far, UGA’s effort in recent seasons to branch out from mostly playing designated losers with directional names in bolstering its nonconference schedule has produced middling results, with the likes of Boise State, Colorado, Okie State, Arizona State and, a few years down the road, Clemson. But in talking with Dog fans, I hear a definite yearning for the program to kick it up a notch and schedule a top name, preferably to a home-and-home deal, not a one-off in Atlanta.

The team mentioned most often by fans? Easy. Texas (where it’s still 10 to 9). Apparently a lot of the Bulldog Nation would like to see the Dogs matched up with the Longhorns and wouldn’t mind a trip to Austin at all. Other names that come up frequently in such conversations include Michigan (the Dogs were last in Ann Arbor for Vince Dooley’s major upset in 1965) and Oklahoma. USC’s Trojans, not so much. What with the distance involved, that seems like a better bowl match. 

Speaking of bowl games, Collegefootballnews.com has come up with a fanciful “way too early” set of predictions for the coming season’s BCS bowl matchups, which you can read here

And while on the subject of the BCS, I’m not a fan of that very flawed system of picking a national college football champion, but I know one thing for sure: Getting Congress involved isn’t a good idea. You probably read about last week’s hearing held by a House subcommittee in which a Republican congressman from Texas threatened the BCS with legislation preventing it from calling its title game a “national” championship unless it starts moving toward a playoff system. 

Like most fans, of course, I’d prefer a playoff to the current mess involving polls and computer rankings, but the real problem with Congress getting involved is all the talk about how the BCS, controlled by the major conferences, isn’t a fair way to divvy up the spoils. This is prompted mostly by the Mountain West folks, still pouting over Utah not being in the most recent championship game. A Mountain West Conference rep called the current distribution of money “grossly inequitable.”

I’m sorry, but all college football conferences aren’t created equal, and while the best Mountain West team can occasionally whip a good SEC or Big 12 team, the level of play in the also-ran conferences isn’t up to what the big boys play. As the ACC’s John Swofford, current head of the BCS, told the Congressional panel, the current system “represents the marketplace.” 

Eventually, the marketplace (the TV audience) will make its preference for a playoff heard loudly enough that the college presidents and bowls (the forces against a playoff) will have to come up with something along those lines. It may take a while and it no doubt won’t be a perfect system, but it’s likely to be a lot better than anything that Congressional meddlers can come up with. 

Bulldog Bites: UGA’s men’s golf team is the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Regional that will be held next week in Sorrento, Fla. The Dogs and 13 other teams will compete at the Red Tail Golf Club May 14-16 for the chance to go to the NCAA Championship May 26-30 at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio. … While the Diamond Dogs were imploding last week, the softball team finished out its regular season with three wins and saw sophomore Taylor Schlopy named SEC player of the week and senior Christie Hamilton selected as pitcher of the week. The softball Bulldogs enter postseason play with a 39-9 record. … Mark Richt told the Banner-Herald that he’s content with keeping an indoor practice facility on the back burner while training, weight and recruiting facilities at the Butts-Mehre building are upgraded. … Collegefootballnews.com also has come up with a ranking of the best programs for producing running backs, and UGA comes in third behind USC and Auburn. Check it out here.

222 comments Add your comment

KNelson

May 5th, 2009
3:51 pm

Voice- Tennessee plays a tougher OOC schedule every year ! Now even more so with the addition of Oklahoma.

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
3:51 pm

Oh yeah, to further indulge in K-town’s masterful post…. ROLL THAT BEAUTIFUL BEAN FOOTAGE!!!!

PTC Jacket

May 5th, 2009
3:52 pm

HAHAHAHA

Wow. There goes your argument that you have a “tougher” OCC schedule than Tech in 2011. Looks like we both can’t complain now.

K-Town Dawg

May 5th, 2009
3:53 pm

Thanks for the insight Artie.

Mark it down…”I’m a man, I’m 40″

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
3:58 pm

KNelson – What bowl did UT play in last year? Oh yeah, that’s right…. Get my point? Maybe they shouldn’t schedule Wyoming anymore?

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
4:01 pm

Tech & UGA’s OCC schedule may be similar in toughness, but Yech’s regular season schedule will ALWAYS pale in comparison because of these three simple letters….. SEC

Aggie Here

May 5th, 2009
4:01 pm

so may I say as being an alum of the NMSU Amazing Aggies now living in the ATL the cinco de mayo comments are a tad on the edge. UGA folks are never shy about showing their ass. New Mexico is in the US and yes it borders Mexico but so does CA, AZ and Tex so just deal with it.

We won’t go into how much fun Sherman probably had kicking it with his trip thru ole GA but it would be fun. Let’s just remember it’s sport, football and yes UGA will win but in reality it won’t hurt your BCS points as bad as playing Coastal Carolina [oh yeah] and then the trail of tears back from Jacksonville. Oh!! Did you all forget

It’s class that’s missing in Athens.

what do you morons want???

May 5th, 2009
4:04 pm

ASU and Boise St were both top twenty teams when we played them. Damon can’t help it if they are overrated. Ok St this year will be a top 15 if not top 10 team to start the season. Those are solid out of conf games that we did win and will win. You heard it here first, Ok State will be slaughtered by the ‘Dogs. Having said all of this…Coastal Carolina? Sheesh. Do we get a price break on those tickets?
Was Bethune Cookman busy that weekend?

Bill F

May 5th, 2009
4:06 pm

Until Mack Brown leaves, Texas would straight up murder the Dawgs.

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
4:06 pm

It’s New Mexico State Aggies? It’s an agriculture school???? WTF do they plan? Cacti?

PTC Jacket

May 5th, 2009
4:08 pm

WTF?
Sure man, whatever you say. You don’t know what’s going to happen to the ACC/SEC in 2011. For all we know, ACC may dominate, and SEC may suck. Or the other way around.

OldTech

May 5th, 2009
4:10 pm

Aggie Here….you have to understand that UGA is the state public education institution that had major battles fought on our soil by Georgians opposed by British Redcoats and invading yankees excercising their northern aggression. This institution therefore chose to name the marching band that they revere the Redcoats and choose as their theme song The Battle Hymn of the Republic. As a descendant of three different Revolutionary soldiers and many Confederate soldiers, I despise UGA not only because I am a Ga Tech alumnus. How any true Georgian who has not destroyed all their brain cells with ’shine or beer can support these traitors to our home state is unimaginable…..lol.

PTC Jacket

May 5th, 2009
4:10 pm

And I believe they have one of the top primary care medical schools in the nation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would think that I’d know, since that I’m actually from New Mexico.

shane#1

May 5th, 2009
4:12 pm

Bulldog fans amaze me, and I am a Bulldog fan! Why not schedule USC or Ohio St between UF and Au? Well duh! Do ya’ll want a national championship or not? Strength of schedule is of very little importance to the BCS when compared to strength of conference. As for the two Miss. teams, it seems to me that Nutt is making Ol’ Miss into a pretty good football team. Some are predicting them to win the West this season. Why don’t we all worry about winning the SEC every year? Do that and high profile teams will want to come to Athens, as it is now USC or tOSU have everything to lose and little to gain between the hedges.

KNelson

May 5th, 2009
4:13 pm

You shouldnt joke about UT losing to Wyoming, because its back to owning the pups this year! Oh , at least Tennessee plays teams West of the Mississippi and has for decades!

Aggie Here

May 5th, 2009
4:13 pm

WTF??? that’s just plain clueless. add some space and missile technology to your list

Kim

May 5th, 2009
4:15 pm

Wah wah wah. But but but Florida.
Get over it/us.
BTW, we did whip Miami, but oftentimes they are a good program.
PS. Care to check the combined scores of say our games with LSwho, Ugag, Tenn & FSU? 175 to 52. Truth is, we kicked ALL YA’LL’s a**es last year. Um, 49-10 sound familiar?
See ya in Pasadena. Oh wait, see ya in Jax!!

PTC Jacket

May 5th, 2009
4:18 pm

Why would UGA name their band Redcoats after the British army….?

Aggie Here

May 5th, 2009
4:20 pm

give some native love to those Pojoaque mighty Elks

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
4:21 pm

Why would a technical school have athletic programs? I’m just sayin….

ghost dawg

May 5th, 2009
4:21 pm

I would love to have ohio state and Usc come to Athens and the best recruits in Ga and the south would love to play in those games ESPN all the way. We might lose 1 or 2 at first but not for long if the best recruits knew the type of games we played. Clemson a good stadium filler but nothing to be gained by playing them. I’m for playing the gnats once every four years making it matter. Other 3 Ohio state etc. any complaints from dawg nation would disapppear when the lights and tv cameras came on at night game. No more high school teams bring in the toughest and show what being a dawg means.

DawgDayz

May 5th, 2009
4:22 pm

Who wouldnt be lining up to buy tickets right now for a one and one home series with the likes of Penn State, Oregon, Michigan, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, USC, Texas. Why not get a little less ambitious and add a Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Miami or FSU???
Granted it would be great to have such a highly contested home and home series with one of those top tier schools, but may make the road extremely diffifcult. But why load up on team like New Mexico State??? We can get a cupcake closer to home and do it for less!! Hell lets just invite Duke, NC State or Virginia to snack on.

Personally, I would like to see us schedule a relatively competitive non conference game with a team out of the SEC every few years. Penn State, FSU, Miami

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
4:22 pm

Kim, go stand in line with ESPN to get on Tebow’s nuts & leave us Dawgs alone. I’ll ya ya with you when we can win another one. (I’m optimistic about 2010)….

Deep South Sooner

May 5th, 2009
4:24 pm

I would love for Oklahoma to have a home amd home series with UGA. And mark it down, OSU is a dang good football team, and they will beat UGA, especially playing in Stoolwater. And I can’t stand OSU.

PTC Jacket

May 5th, 2009
4:24 pm

Why would UGA have academics? Oh wait, they don’t.

Oledawg

May 5th, 2009
4:25 pm

It would be nice to see efforts published where other big teams didn’t want to play us. Have we approached USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Utah- to mention a few? We may find out that in years past they don’t want to schedule us for fear their shot at the precious NC would be jepardized. Bill King can’t you pick up the ringy-dingy and contact Evans and Dooley to put the question? Maybe we can embarrass one of the biggies to play us.

It would seem that UGA fans would want to take on all comers and battle out the NC during the season. That’s one way to make the BCS go away. A game vs the biggies would be glorious to win and a loss to a “lesser” team would be ignominious. There’s the way to test your Bulldog faith. If you think this is a good idea, then get on other blogs and challenge their ADs to call our AD and get it done. Who the hell is dictating that we can’t play these teams? Do you really think we want other than the best on the playing field with us? Why don’t we begin to take back the competitive side of glory at UGA? Challenge our AD and theirs to schedule as hard as possible and that way when we win a NC we have something to brag about. I don’t think many of you have the stomach for that because you hold on to the hope of the ephemeral NC instead of playing good old fashioned football. I can live easily with a couple of defeats if we played the best competitively each year, but that’s not the message we send to Evans. Perhaps we should begin to send that message.

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
4:27 pm

lol! Like the “M-train” courses at Yech huh? Good comparison. As a matter of fact, despite the “great education” at Tech they sure are stupid even after 4 years of enjunerrin coures over there. We had a bunch come in & do a study at our facility. They come back with some process improvements… LOL!!! Enjuneers… What a joke.

UGA Sucks

May 5th, 2009
4:29 pm

Always has..Always will….

WTF???

May 5th, 2009
4:30 pm

Well, time to go losers. One of you Tech grads enjuneer me up a box. 12×5x5 with a 4 inch hole in one end.

PTC Jacket

May 5th, 2009
4:30 pm

Yes, so much of a joke that our worst program is compared to one of your top programs.

Georgia is a school for girls

May 5th, 2009
4:32 pm

Only UGA gym girls can win national titles at UGA right guys?…It’s true..it’s damn true

Aggie Here

May 5th, 2009
4:35 pm

Deep South Sooner … i agree to a point. UGA has the issue of wanting to be a fast speedy team but can’t balance it against having to be physical team against the majority of the down the trenches SEC teams. Having Speed and being Nasty is the ticket. OSU can get after it but they need to get the killer instinct and vary the offense.

Can't have it both ways...

May 5th, 2009
4:35 pm

KNelson,

Do you think before you speak? Seriously. I shake my head in shear disappointment as I read each of your posts that have no logic what so ever.

UT is not the program from the 90’s. Congrats on scheduling a team from the west. Too bad you lose them. Maybe you should take a page out of UF’s book and schedule on I-AA’s. Wait, you already do. That was your only wins from last year. Your coach used to be the coach of the Raiders…and a bad one at that, and they like to take their shirts off an scream at recruits. Live with that…

Hey, it is what it is…but to hear you talk, you would think that they’ve actually done something to be proud of.

Too funny…

Aggie Here

May 5th, 2009
4:37 pm

oh lord have mercy .. can we just pass on the UGA gym dogs

Paul in Marietta

May 5th, 2009
4:40 pm

Sorry Dawgs, but UGA has been quite guilty of not scheduling enough tough OOC teams. Part of the problem is that ADs schedule like a DECADE out, in order to get such exciting matchups as Ohio State vs Texas. UT has had no choice to do it for years because of their crummy recruiting base in TN.

One GREAT way to settle the complaints over the BCS? No more scheduling non-BCS teams.

East Coast Carolina,New Mexico State LOL

May 5th, 2009
4:43 pm

PLEASE!! WHAT A LAME SCHEDULE!! OH WAIT THATS TOUGH UGA FOOTBALL FOR YA!! HAHA

As always UGAY has a very weak schedule

May 5th, 2009
4:46 pm

a cool million just show how scared the mutts are.

Big Red

May 5th, 2009
4:50 pm

How about a Home & Home with Notre Dame. It would be great to get the Irish between the hedges and I know the Dog fans would turn out big for a game at South Bend

Aggie Here

May 5th, 2009
4:51 pm

no get real the SEC part of the schedule is pretty stout .. it’s the OOC piece where you hope to get points and more important healthy.

Voice of Reason

May 5th, 2009
4:51 pm

jaglaw- I see what you said now. I stand corrected. Sorry.

OldTech- UGA band is not named after the British Army. They wear red coats and are therefore called the redcoats having nothing to do with the previous nickname for the Brits. Our song has the beat to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, big deal. We are a part of that Republic now ya know.

PTC Jacket- that’s pretty easy when all you have is two programs.

Voice of Reason

May 5th, 2009
4:54 pm

Tech fans- you really have no argument on this subject of OOC toughness. How about Gardner-Webb? STFU

Nobody respects Georgia

May 5th, 2009
4:55 pm

Take a look at their schedule!

Voice of Reason

May 5th, 2009
4:56 pm

“how scared the mutts are”…. of whom?? Who is it that Tech plays OOC? y’alls toughest OOC opponent is UGA, and you are talking crap about UGA’s weak OOC schedule. Aren’t you folks bright enough to see the irony here.

Voice of Reason

May 5th, 2009
4:57 pm

Everyone respects Florida- take a look at their schedule.

Saint Simons

May 5th, 2009
4:57 pm

uga loves ccupcake teams!!!

Voice of Reason

May 5th, 2009
4:57 pm

it is weaker than UGA you moron.

Georgia not man enough

May 5th, 2009
4:58 pm

To win a National Championship Title

Voice of reason =

May 5th, 2009
5:00 pm

FAILURE! JUST LIKE UGA FOOTBALL !

Bernie

May 5th, 2009
5:02 pm

You.. Puppy fans need to look up your strenghth of schedule and compare IT with others,before you open your mouths. See where Georgia is before you make BS comments,you don’t know. GATORS !!!

Oledawg

May 5th, 2009
5:04 pm

Aggie Here- If ignoramuses push your buttons, don’t become one by pushing back. A lot of folks in the South aren’t ignorant of other sections of the country, but in my travels I’ve found that ignorance of the South abounds in the west. That’s mainly because people in the west don’t travel south that much. In a way they are very much like Southerners because they feel they live in the best part of the country so why the hell go elsewhere. You should never feel as if you have to defend your great state. Many of those ignorant people don’t know what you are referring to when you are bragging on your technology. They may have heard of White Sands, but don’t even place it in NM. So, don’t waste your blog. I spent a wonderful Christmas outside Santa Fe in a little community called Chauma. It was incredible to hike the mesas and view pottery shards with designs clearly visible lying atop the ground untouched. Went skinny dippin’ in hot springs in the mountains adjacent to a town that rivals Oak Ridge for nuclear energy research and where the A-bomb was put together. Some of your button pushers have never heard of Reydosa(sic?) Downs, the Sangre de Christo Mtns or other places you can lay claim to.

Now will you answer my question- Does Tee Martin coach there?