Dogs’ most dangerous road game?

Looking at the 2009 schedule, the game against Florida on Oct. 31 naturally looms as the season’s biggest challenge, but that’s not technically a trip to an opponent’s stadium so I’m not sure you count it when you’re trying to figure the Dogs’ toughest road game this year. Even if you do, we’ll put that game on a level of its own, especially considering Georgia’s difficulty winning in Jacksonville. 

Aside from Florida, which road game looks toughest?

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Beyond that, picking which road game looks toughest without anyone having played yet is mostly guesswork. But, hey, it’s summer so what else do we have to do?

Opening the season Sept. 5 against Oklahoma State in Stillwater is expected by many observers, especially in the national sports media, to be a major undertaking for Mark Richt’s rebuilding team, particularly the defense. 

Then there’s the trip to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas the week after the conference opener against South Carolina in Athens. That’s a game that a lot of folks are red-flagging as a possible letdown week for Georgia.

All the Lane Kiffin preseason shenanigans aside, Tennessee is something of an unknown going into this season, especially at quarterback, but playing the Vols in Knoxville is never easy. And Georgia’s last visit there was just plain embarrassing.

The return trip to that state the next week to play Vandy is another potential land mine, no matter what sort of team the Commodores have. The Dogs rarely have been at their best in Nashville in recent years.

And then there’s the visit to Atlanta to see if Willie Martinez’s defense has figured out how to defend Paul Johnson’s triple option.

I still haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid when it comes to Big 12 teams, so while I recognize the Pokes have a high-powered offense that some expect to overpower the Dogs defense, and others question whether Georgia’s offense, minus last year’s star power, can keep up, I don’t believe that’s going to be the season’s biggest road challenge. The trips to Knoxville and Atlanta look more dangerous.

Which road game concerns you the most? Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or do both.

194 comments Add your comment

Mikey

June 30th, 2009
7:12 am

I don’t care what anyone says about Jax “technically” not being a road game – we have to travel so its a road game and that is the toughest one we face. Period.

Be-little, BeBOLD

June 30th, 2009
7:29 am

The trip to Knoxville will be a real dog fight . . . Smokey bites Uga’s butt!!!

KT

June 30th, 2009
7:33 am

Florida, and Ok state. two potential losses.

Mr. Skynyrd

June 30th, 2009
7:36 am

Four losses, two on the road if you don’t count Florida as a road loss.

Okie State
LSU
Florida
Tech

Extra credit though for playing Ok State on the road to open. That’s impressive win or lose.

Good Dawg

June 30th, 2009
7:37 am

Several years ago, the only one of these games that would bother me would be Tennessee. We would beat the other schools easily. Today, however, they seem much tougher. Why? Is it a matter of parity, or have we regressed a bit ?

MaconKnight

June 30th, 2009
7:38 am

OKLA ST. is going to be the hardest road game… the coaching staff has gone on the road in the SEC before they will the team ready to compete. CMR’S road record speaks for it-self… You really can’t say whats going to happen in knoxville, cause traditionally the dawgs have not played well up there. The bigger question to me is How are the Coaches going to get these kids to buy in and play at a higher level? it’s no secret that the dawgs defense has not played as well as when VanGorder was the DC LOOK AT THE STATS! I just want to see that defensive intensity we played with from 02-04 and dawgs regain that swagger they had if you remember Pollack wasn’t a herald recruit neither were T.Davis, S.Jones came to UGA as a QB. my point in saying this is these guys became stars because of there work ethinic and the system they played in. Are there any Diamonds in Rough on the current roster right now? Who’s going to step up?

Chip

June 30th, 2009
7:43 am

You are right, Mikey. Until we stop playing this game in Jax every year, and as long as the Gators continue to field outstanding teams, this will be the tough game. Any other game could be a letdown game or a failure to prepare game, but tough road trip: Florida, until something changes.

big Willie

June 30th, 2009
7:47 am

UGA always plays well on the road. I see 4 and 0 for my dawgs

gtsux

June 30th, 2009
7:48 am

Gt is still IRRELEVANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dawgtired

June 30th, 2009
7:51 am

Is Martinez still the DC? CMR is the best defender UGA has, ask CWM. The only players stepping up is the OL, Coach Searls is the best coach at focusing his players on job at hand, look forward to seeing the OL play, I’ll get a coke and cross my fingers when the defense comes on the field. A thought: they critized Goff for bringing in good recruits to play but they were not coached. Is that still true today?

UGA89

June 30th, 2009
8:02 am

No way in hades does UGA gets out of BDS with a W. But perhaps UGA’s defense can hold GT under 409 yards rushing this time …maybe.

GTReality

June 30th, 2009
8:05 am

I voted Ok St, but actually GT would be the most dangerous. They just had some nasty shootings there, didn’t they?

coachdawg 2000

June 30th, 2009
8:07 am

I said it before but i’ll say it again. BVG was an outstanding coach but he also had Pollack,thomas davis, greg blue, etc. to work with(fyi they were all recruited by willie).He also had the benfit of a QB who took care of the ball so that his safeties didn’t start drives with their heels in their own endzone.(I’m sure some of y’all will blast me) So yeah, we soiled ourselves on D last year and our guys seemed to play poorly once it got late in the game (attrition through injury). But I am almost 100% certain that martinez coached Rashad Jones on his keys against Tech. He cannot be blamed because Curran and Jones took the improper pursuit angles and ran themselves out of plays becAUse of a complete lack of PERSONAL discipline. CJ Byrd just didn’t seem to have the physicality to pay safety in the SEC. So sometimes IT IS THE EXECUTION OF THE PLAN NOT THE PLAN ITSELF!!! And also sometimes you have tip your cap and say today was yours.

Just so you know...

June 30th, 2009
8:09 am

…Through the first three weeks, Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson has been happy with the work his team has put in. “We’ve done a lot of different stuff,” the Cowboy senior said. “We’ve done stuff with the offensive linemen. We’ve done stuff with just the receivers and defensive backs, and we’ve done 7-on-7. “We just want to keep guys fine-tuned, so they haven’t forgotten the playbook by August.” Strength coach Rob Glass and his staff are the only coaches allowed to oversee summer workouts, so Robinson becomes somewhat of an on-field coach this time of year

Sanjaya and Rosie O'Donell Love Georgia Tech

June 30th, 2009
8:15 am

OK State, but I think our boys will pull through.

wbk

June 30th, 2009
8:19 am

Willie Martinez will once again prove that he is out of his class. He needs to be coaching high school or maybe a lower classed college. Willei will lose it again. There is no hope.

dawgfanatic24-7

June 30th, 2009
8:20 am

Okie State game will be the toughest. Not because they are better than UT or Vandy but because its the first game of the season.

JimC

June 30th, 2009
8:23 am

UGA loses three on the road, including the big one at GT. Count on it.

Of course, by the time of the Tech game, several UGA starters will be in jail or on probation and won’t be in the game. :-)

UGAy fratboy

June 30th, 2009
8:25 am

Most Dangerus Roadkill uhhh prolly a dead deer cuz ther so big a dadgum truck can run over u while you tryin to git it scraped up to put in th cookin pot. Them possums is mitey tasty tho

coachdawg 2000

June 30th, 2009
8:27 am

I think stillwater is going to be our toughest trip only because it is the first game and if they go out there and lay an egg it could cause all kinds of issues (martinez fired, change qb’s,bobo can’t call a good game) I think that if that game is game 3 or 4 it is not as dangerous but because we would have time to get offense settled, and our defense somewhat established but because it is game 1 execution in every phase of the game is in question (i believe this is why we struggle so mightily with the chickens year after year). I really believe every game that we play other than tenn.tech is a potential landmine. i don’t like all of the Joe Cox is this year’s Shockley. Shockley played in virtually every game the 3 years he was behind Greene. Cox hasn’t really been in a game that was in doubt in 3 years. (Ole Miss 2006).I would have to say he is still a mystery as far as can he be THE MAN.I think that if we go out to okie and throw a whoopin’ on the cowboys then we will be allright the rest of the year (not undefeated national champs, but allright). But if we lose then people may start want murray. Remember Joe T. was a loyal 5th year guy who “knew the offense, had a great summer/spring” The fact is we don’t know what we’ve got until we get after it for real against somebody else. As far the o-line is all of the love just due to returning experienced players? I ask this because sometimes guys don’t gel and they didn’t ALL go through spring together so I worry about cohesion amongst the starters. But tech will be tough, at petrino will be tough(unless he leaves before we get there), tennyshoes is always tough, and Jax could be Goff-esque if the early part of the year goes sour. I sometimes question the mental toughness of our guys.

Cuz

June 30th, 2009
8:36 am

That would be the Institute. None of us wants to go through another year of Saint Simons comments.

89EAGLE

June 30th, 2009
8:38 am

The OK State game will set the tone for Ga’s year. OK State is loaded coming into the year. Fl is a basically a given loss if they are healthy. Since i don’t have a dog in this fight, I’ll tell you Ga fans that Tech will be better this year. I wouldn’t count that as a automatic win. PJ maybe the one of the top coaches in college football.

uga_dawg_92

June 30th, 2009
8:48 am

GT is more dangerous but by then, we’ll know what we have, it’s the unknown that’s scary….OK State, out of the gate, is pretty scary because we just don’t know enough about this team…..but, we gotta have a little faith our Dawgs and Coach! If we get out of Stillwater with a “W”, we could be undefeated going back to Jax. Smokey is year away and I’ve got a feeling things will not be as rosy in Baton Rouge as folks think – Miles will feel some heat this year. Arkansas is probably the “trap” game if we have one early on.

Maddog

June 30th, 2009
8:54 am

Saint Simons

June 30th, 2009
9:01 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!!hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

J Smurf

June 30th, 2009
9:11 am

JimC, you can’t really think that Georgia/Mark Richt will lose 3 games on the road in 1 season. Under Mark Richt, Georgia has lost 4 – that’s right – 4 games in an opponent’s home stadium. This does not include the “nuetral” sited GA/FLA game, or Bowl games. And, he’s never lost more than 1 on the road in the same year…Again, excluding Jacksonville. This is pretty amazing.

coachdawg 2000

June 30th, 2009
9:12 am

I think a slightly wounded grizzly would be make for very dangeorus road game.

mobetta

June 30th, 2009
9:13 am

The UF game, year in and out. TN worries me a lot more that OK state and Arkansas. Tech game; count it as another road win for Richt.

Ringleader

June 30th, 2009
9:14 am

You still have not addressed the fact that Georgia is only receiving 5,000 tickets to the Oklahoma State game at the price of $100 each. How does AD Evans explain that deal. There will be dificulty in obtaining in excess of 20,000 like we had at Arizona State. Lots of refunds going out.

Sanjaya and Rosie O'Donell Love Georgia Tech

June 30th, 2009
9:15 am

Saint Simons: You are a moron. You post 45-42!!!!!!!!!hahahahahahahha over and over. Do you know anything about football? Tech had one lucky year. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

You are a pimple popping retainer wearing nerd! Please tell your sister to bring over my clothes I left on her floor.

Sanford Drive

June 30th, 2009
9:18 am

Last time I checked, we do better on the road than at home.

Minnesota Dawg

June 30th, 2009
9:21 am

I’ve always remembered the Vanderbilt game being a close call. Usually they were looking ahead to Florida! I went back in the 80’s to Nashville to see them play and Vandy had them 21-7 before Georgia eventually won by 30 pts. The other ones they are always up for, but Vandy is always one to look out for!

Otto

June 30th, 2009
9:22 am

Doesn’t Smokey hide his head in a brown paper bag after everything Kiffen has said?

Okie St. is a trap game and UGA can not come out of the gates trying to find the starting rotation. TN does not bother me. Arkansas is tough game given our schedule and their schedule. Ark. has a preseason warm up game, a week off and then UGA.

Cuz

June 30th, 2009
9:23 am

The road game that concerns me the most is playing Ultimate frisbee on the Atlantal highway.

Cuz

June 30th, 2009
9:25 am

Smokey does not hide his head but puts on one of those lampshade collars so he can’t bite himself to death. One of those would look good on Lane. Maybe he would not say something that will come back to bite him later.

scoreboard

June 30th, 2009
9:26 am

The toughest road game will be The Annual Road Game – you know, the one in Jacksonville. The others are ranked in this order:

2. Tech
3. Okie State
4. Arkansas
5. Tennessee
6. Vandy

BankerDawg

June 30th, 2009
9:27 am

Agree with the previous posts regarding Okie St. The timing of the game is what is problematic.

First game, in Stillwater, 3:30 ABC, Gameday, that offense, etc.

The Pokes will be playing with a TON to prove to the rest of the country. No matter how prolific they are, they are always considered to be lagging behind the Sooners and the Longhorns, however, if they beat a perrennial SEC power in UGA right out of the box, they set themselves up beautifully going forward.

I just don’t know how Cox will respond in this atmosphere, and that worries me….

If we were to go to Stillwater in October/November, I think I would feel a lot better about this one.

Otto

June 30th, 2009
9:27 am

Sanford Drive you have a point. I don’t worry if the game is on the road or not. Actually I am rather glad to see Okie St. on the road.

The toughest games on UGA’s schedule Okie St. as it is the opener and they return most of the offense, UF, and Auburn.

Auburn? you say. The series is ripe for them to pull off an upset, upsets are usually won by the visiting team, Auburn has a solid coach staffing that will have their new system implemented by November. The game looks alot like UGA ‘06 as they will struggle during the season with mistakes and will be an error free game away from a solid team.

Otto

June 30th, 2009
9:34 am

Banker Cox does not bother me as much as UGA’s defense and not becuase of CWM. UGA is getting players back that did not play last season and it will be the first game for some guys in the secondary. UGA has several rusty wheels to grease or replace. They will be facing an explosive returning offense on their field that has alot to prove. Cox and a big OL must take control of the game and slow the pace. 5+ min Green style scoring drives are needed to keep the defense fresh and allow some time for the coaches to correct any problems. IMO Okie Lite finishes 3rd in the Big 12 south behind Oklahoma and Texas.

The Truth

June 30th, 2009
9:38 am

You can bet the house that the Dawgs WILL NOT lose to Tech this year! That game date is already posted on the Dawgs locker room wall and in the weight room….its going to be a good old fashion beat down! Tech is way over rated and will lose 5 games this year…bet on it! Eight wins out of the last nine games sounds real nice. And who gives a sh_t about St Simons comments…Let the big Dawg eat!

JB

June 30th, 2009
9:50 am

Dawgs have the Athletes to win every game……Lot’s of intangibles in Athens will determine our record. Coaching, heart and desire, injuries,special team play, dynamics of how a game unfolds( like behind 31 points at half) other teams injuries, weather,leadership ,new players emerging into stars……….Go Dawgs

Dawg 1

June 30th, 2009
9:51 am

Florida is a road game – we travel – they don’t. Simple as that. They will likely win, simply because they appear to have the better football team.

Arkansas is the next concern. They start with MSU and then have the next week off, giving them two weeks to learn from the first came, recover and prepare.

They beat Oklahoma State – and they’ll go in an under dog.

They beat Tech – regardless of the line – and they beat them pretty badly. Do not be surprised if Tech takes a step back this year – lost some key players on defense.

Blindog

June 30th, 2009
9:51 am

BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOUGH SCHEDULE BE DAMNED THE DAWGS WILL BE READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 30th, 2009
9:53 am

LMAO!!!

Anybody named “Sanjaya and Rosie O’Donell Love Georgia Tech” calling someone else a moron is the pot calling the kettle.

“You are a pimple popping retainer wearing nerd! Please tell your sister to bring over my clothes I left on her floor”

What a douche bag, you fleabags have to agreee with me on that one.

JB

June 30th, 2009
9:54 am

speaking of secondary, if we don’t get to the Okie St. QB ALL DAY it will be a long day. WE have got to over power their line and make him throw before he’s ready ( like Hawaii). We will score a lot on them, but so will they if aloud to sit back and look the receivers over and throw.

89EAGLE

June 30th, 2009
9:58 am

Truth I would be careful with my $$$. I guess you think that everyone will have GT figured out. There are only about 26 years of tape to look at and no one has got his number yet. If they don’t turn the ball over they will be hard to beat wek end and week out. There might be some takers on that bet even some dawg fans.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 30th, 2009
9:58 am

Sanjaya and Rosie O’Donell Love Georgia Tech… Hey big tough guy, I bet you would just mop the floor with me if I wasn’t so scared to come out behind this computer, wouldn’t you?

Rosie said since you are going to refer to her, would you please spell her name right, tough guy.

GT's Nuts

June 30th, 2009
10:00 am

As a Tech fan, I love the fact that the Jackets are getting no respect from you Dawg fans. Our overrated squad with the high school offense will be anxiously awaiting you in Atlanta.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 30th, 2009
10:01 am

The road game that concerns me the most is playing Ultimate frisbee on the Atlanta highway.

…good one Cuz.

Watch out for Vandy, can’t take them for granted anymore.

GT's Nuts

June 30th, 2009
10:02 am

That is, if you don’t get shot, mugged or raped on the way to the stadium.(just wanted to pre-empt the inevitable comeback from you Mutts)