Why I’m glad the Dogs are opening with Oklahoma State

I’ve heard a number of fans bemoaning how Georgia’s killer schedule is getting off to a particularly tough start with an on-the-road opener against a Top 10 team. But as my son and I were discussing, that’s really a good thing, because Georgia seems to have its best years under Mark Richt when it schedules a hard (or supposedly hard) opener.

In contrast, a season where they open with a patsy generally has seen Richt teams underperform, or at least not be quite as successful.

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Here’s how it’s gone so far:

In 2001, the Dogs opened Richt’s first season with a patsy in Arkansas State and wound up with an 8-4 record (admittedly not bad for a rookie coach’s first year) and a loss in the Music City Bowl.

The next year, 2002, Georgia opened with a tougher opponent, traditional rival Clemson. That season ended in an SEC championship.

Clemson again was the opening opponent in 2003, a road game for the Dogs. Georgia won the SEC East title that year.

It was back down the ladder in 2004, opening with 1-AA Georgia Southern. Now, that certainly wasn’t a bad year, what with a 10-2 record, a demolishing of LSU and a win over Florida, but the Dogs did not meet expectations because they did not win the SEC East, losing to Tennessee and Auburn.

In 2005, Georgia opened with a highly touted visitor from out West, Boise State. Another SEC championship season.

The 2006 season opened with one of those directional patsies, Western Kentucky. The Dogs finished 9-4, with two of those losses to Vandy and Kentucky.

In 2007, the opener was another hyped opponent, Oklahoma State. The Dogs didn’t win the SEC East that year, but they did make it to a BCS Bowl, the Sugar, and wound up the year as the No. 2 team in the country.

Then last year, the preseason No. 1 Dogs opened in what was perceived as underwhelming fashion against 1-AA Georgia Southern. And, again, a disappointing season, despite 10 wins.

Of course, the theory isn’t perfect. After opening with a win over a supposedly tough opponent in 2007, Georgia lost the very next week to South Carolina. And in 2004, after beating a weak opening opponent, the Dogs didn’t lose again until October and had played their best game (LSU) before losing to Tennessee.

And it’s oversimplifying to say that the difficulty of the opening opponent sets the tone for the whole season. The unsettled quarterback situation had a lot to do with the off year for the 2006 team. And it’s entirely possible that if Georgia had played a tough opening game last year, it would have just revealed earlier what we found out against Alabama: The 2008 Dogs weren’t ready for prime time.

But the pattern does seem to show that in the years where we have a tough opening opponent, it tends to get the team focused earlier and they wind up having a better season.

So as difficult as it will be to open on the road against the Cowboys, it’s the best way for Georgia to start this season.

Speaking of openers under Richt, which one pleased you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments, vote in the poll or do both.

195 comments Add your comment

secdawgs

August 26th, 2009
7:23 am

It’s always good to open with a win over Clemson, but the two beat downs of the overrated Boise and OK St teams are even better.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
7:41 am

Ok puppy fans, please come up with more than Gundys rant, Dez is going to have over a 100 yards and Hunter too. 42-21

SomewhereinGA

August 26th, 2009
7:51 am

Where are our two Rump Rangers Saint Simons and Ramblin Wreck???? Two comments already and they are not posting yet?

SomewhereinGA

August 26th, 2009
7:52 am

Ought to be a good game Poke….we will find out soon enough where we both stand this season.

hammerhead

August 26th, 2009
7:52 am

The Boise State destruction was particularly satisfying given how cocky they were coming into Sanford.

BullDawg Rick

August 26th, 2009
7:53 am

Interesting observation… I believe it’s a good thing UGA opens with a “tough” game… vs a conference that’s supposedly as tough as the SEC… Good early exposure.. When we win it’ll be a wake up call to the College Football nation that the Dawgs are indeed a very good team. IMO, the reigns have been pulled in & the players are responding. Go Dawgs!!! 31 – 20

bill dart

August 26th, 2009
7:54 am

i am saint simons

Dawgaholic

August 26th, 2009
7:57 am

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
7:59 am

Oh the SEC is a better conference, but the top of the Big 12 is as strong as the SEC. You guys have alot of faith in a rookie QB that starts the season on the road.

SimpleDawg

August 26th, 2009
8:02 am

Opening with a tough oppontent reveals more about the true strengths and weaknesses of your team than beating up on some inferior team from another classification.

Adversity does more to furthur progress than easy victories, just as tough times don’t build character, they reveal character.

We might as well learn early in the season what works well and what doesn’t….the Cowpokes will offer us that test.

sswinfordawg

August 26th, 2009
8:06 am

Pokesfan is full of S&$#. This will be a repeat of Alabama vs. Clemson in 2008. Okie Dokie state is a joke. We have heard this crap hype before and we know how it ends. Go ahead and start thinking of excuses. 42 points. HA!! This isn’t the POS Big 12 defenses your playing against. This is a real defense. Not saying this is going to happen, but I’m going to laugh until i vomit if the Dawgs hang 30 or 40 on the broke back pokes and hold them to under 20 points.

sswinfordawg

August 26th, 2009
8:08 am

Pokesfan, you have a lot of confidence in an entire rookie defense. Enough said.

TheDawgPound

August 26th, 2009
8:08 am

This year will be different! Opening against the first Top 10 team in at least 30 years…

We will lose. The first game for Cox, whoever plays RB and the WR for Massa. will result in a close loss. But if we win, we just might have a truly special year.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
8:11 am

Oh sswingforpuppy, by ur logic of going back to last year on Big 12 defenses, then the puppies defense is going to suck to, right? Still no answer from the puppies about your rookie QB who starts on the road. Guess u guys think any QB can win with the mighty puppies

CARTERSVILLE DAWG

August 26th, 2009
8:16 am

Hey pokesfan, when did Oklahoma St. get to the top of the Big 12? Shouldn’t you at least have to play in the conference championship game to obtain that status? Ya’ll didn’t really beat anybody that was that good last year, and yes, I am saying that Missouri was not that good. Losses to Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma, and even Oregon in the Holiday Bowl make mw wonder why Okie St. is a top team in the Big 2 plus 10?

godawg

August 26th, 2009
8:20 am

pokesfan, too bad then your team in not in the top of the big 12.

sswinfordawg

August 26th, 2009
8:25 am

Cox, who you will be surprised with, will pass all over your POS defense. I guess he will be a good match up against your three rookie DBs. Besides Cox has had enough playing experience to get past all the rookie first time jitters. He knows this entire offense better than stafford did. He is also a more accurate passer than Captain Overthrow. Keep talkin. You must like the taste of crow don’t you?

dawgfanatic24-7

August 26th, 2009
8:27 am

Hokiepokie fan why do you refer to our 5th year sr as a rookie? He has played in much bigger games than the one on Sept 5th. I can’t wait to see how one of the worst defenses in college football handles our air and ground attack. Gonna be a long year full of big 12 excuses.

MARION BERRY

August 26th, 2009
8:28 am

POKESFAN,PASS ME THE PIPE

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
8:34 am

Hey i need to get the pipe from u puppy fans that think cox has played in bigger games than the one at OSU. And yes this year we will be in the top of the Big 12, win it all, who knows, will be tough to beat OU at their home.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
8:36 am

Oh guys keep it coming about our defense when the puppies defense SUCK last YEAR! But guess they are the only team in the country that get better, U guys are living in a dream world if you think they are going to stop OSU scoring

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
8:42 am

Please pokefan tell me how many “big games”you have won?

Hungry Dawg

August 26th, 2009
8:49 am

“pokefan” you should read this, it just might raise your football IQ a couple of points which should bring it up to about 1-1/2.

“Meet Joe Cox: Georgia quarterback
Buzz up!By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com
Published: August 25, 2009

Georgia quarterback Joe Cox takes over for Matthew Stafford, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

So, Cowboys fans, feeling good about Georgia’s loss of quarterback Matthew Stafford to the NFL?

Finding comfort in the fact that his replacement is Joe Cox, a fifth-year, career backup?

Don’t get too comfortable.

Remember, Mark Sanchez parlayed his one year running the Southern Cal offense into the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Closer to home, Texas Tech’s trio of one-year wonders – Cody Hodges, Sonny Cumbie and B.J. Symons – all took turns leading the Big 12 in passing earlier this decade.

And there’s D.J. Shockley, who spun his one turn as the Georgia quarterback into the 2005 SEC championship.

Could Cox become a similar single-season sensation, with a breakout planned in the season opener against Oklahoma State on Sept. 5 in Stillwater?

“I don’t know the critiques he’s being given by the commentators or the scouting reports,” said Bulldogs left tackle Trinton Sturdivant, “but when we look at him, we look at a ball player.

“And when we look at him, we’re ready to play.”

OK, so Cox is not Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in last spring’s NFL Draft. And at 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, he’s not particularly imposing.

Neither are Cox’s career stats: 58 pass attempts, 33 completions, 432 yards, five touchdowns. In the Big 12, that’s a good day.

Still, it may be dangerous to assume a significant dropoff from Stafford to Cox.

“I don’t know about a huge dropoff, but it’s going to be hard to fill those shoes,” said Cowboys linebacker Patrick Lavine, almost salivating at the thought. “There’s a good reason Stafford was the No. 1 pick in the draft.

“I still consider (Cox) a rookie quarterback. There’s nothing like starting off behind center. It’s a totally new experience. I’m glad. I’m ready.”

Cox can claim one career start, a win over Ole Miss, although that was three years ago as a redshirt freshman. His greatest moments as a Bulldog also came that year, when he stepped off the bench to lead a 14-13 rally past Colorado, throwing two late touchdown passes.

Otherwise, he’s handled mostly mop-up duty behind Stafford.

From that, however, there’s also something the Dawgs are drawing from.

In last season’s lopsided loss to Florida, with Georgia trailing by 46 points, Cox was thrown into the fray late. Rather than simply run out the clock, he implored the offense to march to a score. It did, with Cox firing a 19-yard scoring pass.

A blip in a blowout, yes, yet typical of the kind of moments that has endeared Cox to his teammates.

At the end of spring drills, the Georgia staff conducted exit interviews with 110 players. Of them, 107 included Cox among the team leaders.

“He’s like that big brother figure,” said star Dawgs linebacker Rennie Curran. “He’s been here for a while. He’s seasoned. He’s watched it from pretty much every angle. He didn’t play much and now coming in and having the world on his shoulders — you have to respect him because of what he’s experienced.”

For all that Stafford meant to Georgia, last year ended as a disappointment. They had stars, with Stafford and tailback Knowshon Moreno two of six players taken in the draft.

But after opening the season No. 1, the Bulldogs lost three games and settled for the Capital One Bowl.

“We’re not interested in individual stars right now,” said coach Mark Richt. “We are interested in the team shining right now.”

By all accounts, Cox’s everyday persona makes him popular with the team.

He’s upbeat.

Oh, he’s unbeaten, too.

As a prep star in Charlotte, N.C., he went 31-0 as a starter in leading two state title teams. He’s 1-0 at Georgia, with more tales of triumph in his deep past.

“He hasn’t ever lost a game as a starter,” said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young. “I think he won every game in grade school.

“He’s a veteran. He’s been there, done that.”

Still, he hasn’t done this: hasn’t been Georgia’s main man carrying a heavy load of expectations for a season.

Preparing for this role, Cox has turned to Shockley for guidance.

Like Cox, Shockley was a touted recruit forced to sit and wait for a chance. And he made the most of it.

Can Cox?

Said Richt: “Joe has prepared for this moment.””

This article is from the Oklahoman Newspaper and about sums it up. OSU’s over confidence and lack of respect for Cox will be your undoing. Joe is ready, willing and able and has plenty of skill players around him for support plus what might be the best Offensive line in the SEC and a defense that will certainly hold OSU to under 30 points and maybe under 20.

Dawgs 38 OSU 24

Go Dawgs, Sic Em Woof Woof Woof!!!

dawgfanatic24-7

August 26th, 2009
8:55 am

Cox was the only QB to score a td against Fla last year.Remember Fla?? The national champs?? I guess you think OSwho can beat them too. Your dose of reality will be here in ten days. BTW there is no way your crappy little team can beat Tx.

Georgia

August 26th, 2009
8:56 am

Poke… The difference between the SEC and Big12 is the perception that qb’s and wide receivers make the difference.. when in reality its the line of scrimmage. If you dont win the line of scrimmage then usually you cant win the game, exceptions being penalties, strange turnovers etc. Georgia’s defense had 3 really bad halves last season, but it wasnt that bad. Georgia wont have that happen 2 years in a row, you can count on that. Your 3 guys on offense are very talented and will be tough to slow down and we will see how good they are. Georgia by the way has a receiver who isnt too bad either, and I wonder who is going to cover him?

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
8:57 am

Waiting on a reply on number of big games your ‘man” as won

hop

August 26th, 2009
9:03 am

tell me again, the pokes lost how many games last year and their bowl game as well against pac ten team.

it should be a very interesting and entertaining game.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:05 am

Lmao, U guys are living in a dream world, Oh cox scored a TD against Florida, so did 11 other teams, then put something from the daily oklahoma, yes i read it when it came out four days ago. So keep your hopes alive on cox, cause he scored a TD against Florida, We are so worried about cox when all he will be doing is handing the ball off 80 percent of the time. That is until the puppies are behind by 14 and he has to pass. Then the puppy will have his tail between his legs running scared. U guys need to go see the dog whisper, he might be able to help you puppies out

dawgfanatic24-7

August 26th, 2009
9:06 am

So how successful is this OSU team? What great teams have they beaten? Considering how they lost to Oregon I really don’t think they are that good. Maybe like a Vandy.

Clay

August 26th, 2009
9:07 am

It’s getting old hearing people refer to Cox as a rookie QB or a new QB. He’s a fifth year senior. His only downfall has been playing behind the #1 overall pick in the last NFL draft. Cox knows what he’s doing.

L-Dawg

August 26th, 2009
9:08 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS SO MUCH MORE FUN BEING A FAN AND NOT A HATER!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

10 SHORT DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!!!

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:09 am

Oh and yes beating Missouri at thier place is a good win, Yeah we lost the bowl game, but if you watched that game then u know why we did, not making excuses because injuries are part of the game

Denver Dog

August 26th, 2009
9:14 am

I’d just say, it is almost time to show it on the field. I for one, think the better the compeititon, the better it makes your team. Do you think Alabama was better or worse for opening with Clemson last year? Will they be better or worse for opening with Va Tech this year? Tee them all up and let’s see who does better, opening with Clemson in 02 or Ok STate in 09, or put one of the big conference games up there. Think how much better UF would look if they opened with someone like Ohio State, or even Boise, or ASU. I know that the coaches don’t get to make the schedule but think about UF vs Utah. That would be a great matchup at the start of the season. I know schedules are made in advance, blah blah blah. I’d rather see UGA go to play at Michigan than sit at home with a cupcake team. I think others feel the same way.

PTC DAWG

August 26th, 2009
9:15 am

OK STATE TOUGH? LOL

yellow fuzz

August 26th, 2009
9:17 am

What’s wrong with being a hater?

georgia will lose their first 3 and last regular season games. I guarantee it. What happens in between I’m not so sure about. No bowl for the dogs at all this year. sorry

dawgfanatic24-7

August 26th, 2009
9:18 am

Com’on pokes fan who have yall beaten?? We are calling you out.I’d also like to know how many teams other than Tx won in a bowl game last year. TTech got beyotch slapped and so did OK.

jdawg

August 26th, 2009
9:20 am

anyone else realize the fact that saint simons hasnt posted since grade school started back? and we thought he was an intern at AJC ha

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
9:20 am

Beating the 25th rated team is a “good” win but once again HOW MANY BIG GAMES HAVE YOU WON?

Whopper Dawg

August 26th, 2009
9:23 am

I don’t think that the type (tough one/easy one) has anything to do with the ultimate success of the season. That being said, if you don’t want to be a BIG DAWG stay on the porch. We beat Okie St, no problem.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:25 am

Last year wasnt suppose to be our year, but we had a good year, not a great year. Our defense sucked last year, but we played alot of young guys who got a years exp. We dont need a Sec defense to win games, as long as we have a top 60 defense we can outscore every one. How good was the puppies defense last year? Oh yeah they SUCKED TOO! they got ran over how many times? 42-21 O-State

Johnny Test

August 26th, 2009
9:27 am

I am happy we are opening up with a top ten opponent on the road. If that won’t get you mentally ready to play then nothing will. When you open up with a patsy it tells you very little about the character of your team. All other things being equal, character/mental toughness makes the difference.

Oklahoma State is a good football team. However, all the pressure is on them… new stadium, 4 NFL round one draft choices on offense, home crowd and favored to win. There is a ton of pressure on those guys and believe me the ones that were around in 2007 know Georgia can play. If we can keep them from getting any cheap scores early and stiffle their momentum we have a good chance of coming away with a win. Should be one hell of a game. I can’t wait!!

gte268p

August 26th, 2009
9:31 am

Jan Kemp proved uga’s championship wasn’t earned.

jdawg

August 26th, 2009
9:31 am

im just glad Ga now has a co defensive coordinator. If things on D dont improve early on then wacky willie might be gone

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
9:32 am

STILL have not answered the question?

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:34 am

4 round one draft choices, I love OSU but they only have two first round players, Hunter is only a Jr, and will be back next year and Robinson is a great college QB that wont make it in the NFL. Well maybe Cox their CB might make first round. And yes it will be a hell of a game, cant wait to be there to watch it.

superDawg

August 26th, 2009
9:37 am

Hokie Pokie you guys should be glad that you are considered to be a tuff opener for UGA, national exposer and all.UGA does the hokie pokie in stillwater.GA49-osu14

bnwdog14

August 26th, 2009
9:39 am

I think pokesfan is St. Simons in disguise

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:40 am

Corrine are you living in the past, I’m talking about this season not last season or years ago. Live in the past, never said O-State was a program that has been very good. But OSU did produce the greatest running back ever, Barry Sanders, and yes hes better than herschel walker, yeah i said it on a puppies blog

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
9:41 am

Probably the 30-0 beatdown of Clemson after such a long layoff in the series was the most satisfying but the demolition of Boise State after all the national hype they’d gotten was the most fun.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
9:42 am

pokesfan – Barry Sanders may have had a better NFL career than Herschel but if you think he was a better college running back, than you my friend are on the peyote.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
9:42 am

Really?? You guys are talking vrap about our QB not having won any big games?? HE HASN”T EVER STARTED ANY BIG GAMES! So I guess, by that, he has won every big game he has ever started. How many big games had Tee Martin won before taking over for Peyton Manning? How many big games had Tebow won (as a starter) before taking over for Leak? How many big games had Matt Flynn won before taking over for Russell? etc etc etc. And how did that work out for those teams. If you are going to talk about our QB at least talk about something relevant like maybe that he’s only 6′1″ or that he was only the #7 QB coming out of high school, or that there was one time in HS when he almost lost a game.

AltamahaDawg

August 26th, 2009
9:44 am

Pokesfan, I think that most Dawgs fans are optimistic about thier defense, despite last year, for multiple reasons.

First, we have several veteran players coming back, that we know are top notch guys. It’s one thing if you have some new guys coming in that you hope are going to be (and we have that too) but these are proven playmakers. That also gives up much more depth, and thats more important late in the game even more than the “who”. We saw what the problems were very specifically last year, so we feel better knowing who/what we have now.

Secondly, although UGA did give a ton of points last year, they were still #22 in the country in yards. Anyone that kept up with UGA last years knows how turning the ball over by quick out, TO, and mistakes, by the other aspects of the team really inflated those points total. Easily 4/5 PPG. That stuff hopefully has been addressed. IF so, we have a top 20 defense in BOTH scoring and yards, without doing one thing differently.

And at the heart of the optimism, even amoung the most pesimistic, is that UGA has shown is can have one of the better defenses in the country. Did so off and on throughout the years. As late as year before last. With the same staff, same philosophy, many of the same players or suitable replacements. No guarantees that WILL come together against, but it HAS. We know the template.

Do any of those apply to your defensive optimism this year?

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:45 am

hey superpuppy, guess vegas is stupid for having O-State a six point favorite, hell they dont know what they are talking about. Talk to people that bet for a living. Vegas set that spread so all u puppy and SEC fans will jump all over it. Its called a trap bet, the early money went on OSU, and now all u puppy and SEC fans will be that small spread and pay for those lighting bills in Vegas

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
9:46 am

History repeats itself,quickest way to lose money ,bet when a streak will end

JaxDawg

August 26th, 2009
9:47 am

Pokesfan you might want to pump your brakes on predicting scores and win.
1. UGA`s record on the road under CMR is 34-4.
2. Yes, you are correct that injuries are part of football, but your team didn`t have 23 season ending injuries as UGA did. So, basically alot of 2nd/3rd string guys got valuable playing time as UGA “limped” to a 10 win season. now those who were hurt are healthy.
3. No the dawg offense will not be flashy but will be consistent, the d-fense will definitely be better.
whoever have the better defense, limits mistakes and manages the clcok better will win this. I hope T. Boone bought you guys some new defensive players because a new stadium and all the money he has won`t matter on Sept 5th. GO DAWGS!!!!!

ZP

August 26th, 2009
9:48 am

Corrine Brown- be more specific. Do you mean last year? Do you mean ever? Do you mean this decade? How about you answer this- How many big games did UF win in 2007? none? 9-4? So I guess by your logic, because they didn’t win any big games that year and went 9-4, they could not have possibly been good the next year. But wait. They won the NC right? Isn’t 10-3 better than 9-4?? Find a new argument.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:48 am

No have no optimism for our defense, hiring Bill Young was a good start and we have really good players everywhere on defense except the D-line, dont know what to expect there. But whether u puppy fans want to believe it or not, this OSU offense is going to be one of the best u guys will face this year.

BruffDawg

August 26th, 2009
9:49 am

No bill, the thoery is perfect. When your first game is a game and not a practice that counts players respond better and learn more. Those teams are always more prepared for a tough season. Loss to sc two years ago was only flaw in formula, but it was close.

Blaster

August 26th, 2009
9:50 am

To pokesfan: you probably realize by now that you can’t win an argument with a bunch of idiots.

DublDawg

August 26th, 2009
9:50 am

Pokesfan:

You have made a lot of remarks about the confidence and expectations of Georgia fans, so let me provide a blinding glimpse of the obvious. You a lot of irrational confidence in a team that, if it has been consistent at anything, is choking and squandering opportunities, not winning the big game. The Cowgirls are more likely to flop this year than to succeed.

Georgia was a much better place to live before all of you outsiders moved here, if you do not like it, Delta is ready when you are.

Citizen

August 26th, 2009
9:51 am

Pokesfan, the SEC has won have of the last 6 over the Big 12 in the Cotton Bowl. The SEC hears it all the time the high offense will dismantle the SEC defense. The truth is the Big12 hasn’t. 1 win over a team who fired their head coach before the Bowl and 2 more losses to SEC teams in the BCS championship game. The Top of the SEC has dominated the top of the Big 12.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:53 am

I love hearing everyone talk about T. Boone, like u wouldnt take his money! U puppies are starting to sound like OU fans that are getting scared that money is at last coming into OSU.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
9:53 am

pokesfan- Yeah Vegas is always right. Just ask anyone who bet on the Giants in the SuperBowl or anyone who bet on the UGA-Alabama game or the Utah-Bama game last year. I mean, if Vegas has the spread at 6, then we might as well not even play the game and just mark the score down as being 26-20 right? After all, Vegas knows everything. Who was the favorite in the USC-Texas NC game? Who was the favorite when USC played Oregon State last year? (I believe it was USC by about 21) Yep, there’s the proof. Vegas knows all.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 26th, 2009
9:54 am

OSU 31 – Dogs 10

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
9:56 am

ZP Ever! just name one,now that should not be that hard…………waiting

John

August 26th, 2009
9:58 am

Hey Yellow Fuzz,

It’s tough to hate someone you’ve owned for the last decade. In November we’ll see if last year was an aberration or not. You should be happy, you finally have a decent coach – it’s time to shut up and play football. It will be settled on the field.

Notice how I’m not spouting off numbers or predicting wins at this point. The season hasn’t even started. We were looking a lot better last year before Sturdivant went down with the knee. Everybody’s picking UF this year, but if something happens to Tebow…all the talk now is just a way to pass time for the next ten days.

But here’s another little secret – we are talking about games. I hate losing games as much as anybody, but I don’t hate the people who play them. If you do, there’s something wrong with you. Likewise if you ever wish an opponent to have a disabling injury. It’s just a game, not life and death.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
9:59 am

pokesfan- just remember that with all the confidence you have right now in the “whooping OSU will give UGA”, your fans had just as much confidence in 2007 when we shut you up, we thought, for good. Will you guys ever learn? When was the last time a top Big 12 beat a top SEC team? And yet, somehow, you illogically want to talk crap about the Big 12 being better than the SEC! But, you also still see Raider fans in the stands with the foam “#1″ fingers so I guess sports fans are an illogical bunch altogether

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
9:59 am

Blaster i didnt come on here to win an argument with rednecks and inbreeds, just kidding, just having fun with the puppies that live in the past. Oh no responce to my Barry Sanders is better than herschel comment, yeah really no contest there puppies, hell Thurman Thomas was a better running back than herschel

chazzo

August 26th, 2009
9:59 am

A resounding amen.

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
10:00 am

OSU a football tradtion since 2007

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:00 am

Well I thought we would lose that game, thought we might have a chance but playing the puppies at their place would be hard, unlike u guys who think its no big deal to play at our place

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 26th, 2009
10:01 am

Where is DawginLex? We need some input!! Everyone knows the Dogs have already won the national title, so everyone else just needs to call it a day…

Saint Simons

August 26th, 2009
10:01 am

OSU 56 – UGA 3 hahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:02 am

Ok Corrine who did the puppies beat last year?

Simple Simons

August 26th, 2009
10:04 am

I AM A MAN…………i think

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:07 am

Under Richt- 2 (I know it isn’t a lot) games against UF, 2 SEC championship games, 5-3 against UT (4-3 against decent UT teams), all but, i believe, 1 game vs. LSU, Sugar bowl v. FSU and (I know a crappy team, but big game nonetheless) Hawaii, OSU 2007, Boise St. 2005, Bama 2007, mainly all that we have played except UF games, 2008 Bama, WVU sugar bowl, and I don’t know if it would actaully be considered a big game, but a rivalry, the loss to GT this past year (although if you count that, you must count the 7 wins as well). And since you said ever, I will just include the 1980 National Championship, but that was a long time ago.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:09 am

pokesfan – you obviously missed my response about Herschel. Not that it really needs one. Some assertions are so ludicrous, they’re below responses.

Re: hicks and inbreeds? From Oklahoma? Lol – come back when your state has a GDP bigger than a south pacific island exporting coconuts.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:10 am

pokesfan- no big deal bc we have a great road record and you are not as great a team as ou think you are.

Also, you got a response about the Herschel comment, but not many because it was WAY too dumb a comment to make. I don’t think I should waste my time arguing that with ya. Ask a neutral fan for the answer to that question, 2 biased fans (such as ourselves) could go for days about it.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:11 am

ZP i never said the Big 12 is better than the Sec, lay off the puppy treats and read, oh sorry forgot inbreeds cant read

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:12 am

geoffdawg- my thoughts exactly. Someone from OK calling someone a “bunch of rednecks and inbreeds”!! Classic irony

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:16 am

Hey Geeoffpuppy, that was funny, to bad thats all you can think of, what next you will be talking about the grapes of wrath to talk about Oklahoma, lay off the moonshine and go jump in the general lee, oh wait cant make dumba$$ comments like u puppy fans do, 42-21 O-State

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:16 am

excuse me, you said “the top of the Big 12 is as strong as the SEC” and yet, there are no wins to prove this. You also said “injuries are a part of the game” when referring to why you lost to Oregon, but then you go on to say “UGA’s defense SUCK last year”. Hypocritical statement, we lost more guys, for the season, than you guys did for that game.

RealDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:18 am

I am glad to see us dropping some of our patsy games. I can’t say the same for Florida (Charleston, Troy, Florida International), Alabama (Florida International, North Texas, and UT Chattanooga), LSU (UL Lafayatte, Tulane, LA Tech), Tennessee (West KY, Memphis, Ohio). Not sure what the pollsters will do, but hopefully, we will be rewarded. I would have to say that Florida has the easiest schedule in the SEC with only one tough away game (LSU) and UGA neutral.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:18 am

what ZP the puppies defense didnt suck last year?

Preston

August 26th, 2009
10:19 am

OK here’s my opinion (for what it’s worth). UGA’s DE’s have been getting a lot of attention because of the lack of a pass rush last season. This will be an area of great improvement and the pressure on the OS QB will lead to at least a few INT’s in the opener. Also, UGA’s O Line will help Cox ease into the starting role and he won’t have as much trouble as most people think. He KNOWS the playbook. He’s a fifth year senior and the guy can play. He wouldn’t have had as many offers if he didn’t. UGA 31-10

P.S. My favorite opening games of the richt era were definitely the dismantling of Clemson. (maybe because my ex is a huge Clemson fan) NAW!

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:20 am

puppy treats? So because a bulldog is our mascot, we eat puppy treats? Nice. So I guess because y’alls is a cowboy you guys wear cowboy hats and ride horses everywhere. So are your butts sore from the bareback riding or all the “pokes” it recieves? After Sept. 5th, it will be from the beating UGA gives ya.

DirtyDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:21 am

Pokeyman…sure I’d take TBoone’s money, who wouldn’t, but does that mean you’ve got to share his politics as well? Then again you probably do and are proud of it. As for the football, that’s why they play the games. We’ll see, won’t we? Fact is, if your guys win, we’ll be disappointed but since it’s been pretty-much predicted and since it’s out of conference, we could still have a damn fine season…however, if you guys lose – particularly if it’s by a lot – after all the TBoone money, and the hype about this being ‘your year’, my guess is that you’ll be moping around like somebody shot your horse or something. Just pull your hat down on tight and remember, you’re in the Big 12 so you may still be as good as you need to be.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:22 am

never said it didn’t, but it was due to a ton of injuries, which you said yourself, is detrimental to a team. Those injured players are back, so you can’t expect UGA’s D to be as bad as last year.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:25 am

Grapes of Wrath? As rife as the dust bowl is for humor, that never really occurred to me. Nice state you got there though. Sounds like a real shagri la.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:26 am

Man u puppy fans are easy to make mad, I only went to college at OSU, I grew up in Atlanta, love the Braves and the Hawks, and love going back to oklahoma, great place. I just hate puppy fans that think puppy football is god, Oh dont like T. Boone politics he plays both sides to make more money, but as long as he is giving money why wouldnt i want it to go to OSU.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:29 am

Oh if we lose to the puppies are season isnt over, we can still play in a BCS game, We have 8 home games this year

Fort Worth Dawg

August 26th, 2009
10:31 am

For those going to the game, where should we park? Where should we go to try and buy tickets?

Jon Hughes

August 26th, 2009
10:32 am

pokesfan, okstate is only a 6 point favorite?then that means its a pickem because whoever is the hometeam automatically gets 6 or 7 points. anyway the dawgs play better as an underdog anyway it makes them focus

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:34 am

sorry pokesfan, it’s called being a big fan. Sorry it pisses you off so bad.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:34 am

Get there early the parking sucks, to get tickets, on your way to the field there will be a bunch of people selling tickets,

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:35 am

LOL ZP i’m not pissed, I’m a big fan to, i just know how easy it is to piss you puppy fans off, like OU fans

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:38 am

Hey fort worth, the best place to park is north of the stadium, students that rent houses will charge u 5 or 10 bucks to park in their yard

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
10:38 am

Good Luck pokey and no need to thank us for getting you on TV

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:41 am

LOL like a top 10 team needed the puppies to get on TV

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:44 am

Ah, but you forget that your stay in the top ten will last only one week into the season.

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
10:44 am

Sept 6=byebye top 10

TS

August 26th, 2009
10:46 am

Real Dawg- you have a short memory. In 2008 Florida opened up with your BCS bowl opponent- Hawaii.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:47 am

Ok, glad u think so, just make sure u puppy fans are on here on Sept 6 to take your medicine

BurningRedBleedingBlack

August 26th, 2009
10:49 am

The cowgirls have already felt SEC speed in are defense once, i was there the last time we playied heard the same crap then. your offense was gonna burn are d yeah yeah yeah. We saw what happend buddy. The fact is SEC speed is fast and you guys are not use to it. I’m not saying you won’t score points. We just play alot harder than you cowgirls do and we do it against way better talent year in and out. Check all the big 12 games agaisnt SEC last year, texas tech got destroyed by ole miss, the gators chewed up OU. Now it’s are turn. GATA GO DAWGS!!!! We don’t rebuild we reload!!!!!

AceDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:50 am

I traveled to Clemson in 2003. We were a little worried with the lowered expectations but became huge optimists about the team’s talent pretty quickly. I give that the number one ranking of the poll choices. Boise State was always a joke in my mind – a heck of a fun time watching the game in person, but they were completely overmatched.

Dave

August 26th, 2009
10:53 am

UGA’s defense sucked by OUR standards last year. Even so, our defense was still ranked ahead of every Big 12 team, except OK. Kinda puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:53 am

So burningred, guess the Sec is the only conference that gets better, this isnt last year, why do all you puppy fans bring up last year? Your defense sucked last year, so am i suppose to think they will this year, no the puppies have a good defense, but OSU will make that rookie QB pass after they are up by 14, then we will see how good the puppies are.

AceDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:54 am

Also, anyone heard the new “Cowboys Forever’ song that OSU is using this year? It was made by a recent Baylor grad (who played football for Baylor!!), but his daddy is athletics director at OSU, so he has true Cowboy cred. Why didn’t you pokes get Garth Brooks to write it?

Here is link – http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/OSU/article.aspx?subjectid=93&articleid=20090823_93_B1_JohnMa994991

listen to the song here… http://www.johnmartinlive.com/

hahahaha – Go Dawgs

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:55 am

Oh and who is going to stop Dez from killing you guys, and Robinson can run too.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:56 am

Same to you pokesfan, don’t go back into hiding on Sept. 6th. Be on here to eat your crow.

JaxDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:56 am

pokesfan- “we have really good players everywhere on defense except the D-line”

Do you have ANY football acumen? Games are won and lost in the trenches. If you don’t have good players on your d-line, then how do you expect to get pressure on our “rookie QB”? Given enough time even the most average of QBs can light a team up. Look at Bama last year w/ J.Parker Wilson. He was a decent QB, but I think most would consider him an average QB, and he looked all world at times, why? He had a dominant o-line that gave him time in the pocket to find the open receiver. Thanks for the heads up on your D-line, I feel even better about the game now.
BTW- Vegas sets the lines based not on who will win or lose, but rather where the line needs to be to get EQUAL money on both sides period! Vegas makes it’s money in sports betting off the vig(tax paid on winning payouts). They simply want equal money on both sides, and pay winners with losers money minus the vig. When you see lines move, it’s because they don’t have enough money bet on one side or the other. Even when the line moves because of a late injury, it’s adjusted to make sure the betting on both sides is equal. Hate to burst your bubble, but Vegas doesn’t think you will or care if you will win by 6, that’s the current line they need to get equal betting on both sides.

The Dawgs WILL win this game make no mistake about it.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
10:58 am

Dave u act like i think OSU defense is better than the puppies defense, its not, but it doesnt have to be with our offense and home field. And Texas defense was better than the puppies last year to, plus the big 12 is a passing league not a running league like the SEC so of course the SEC numbers are better

ZP

August 26th, 2009
10:59 am

Robinson could run, before the hamstring injury. Prince Miller will handle Dez just fine and Boykin can if needed. We have corners that are plenty capable of stopping Dez just like we had plenty to stop Adarius Bowman last time. Reid, Savage, and Bowman were talked about just like now Robinson, Hunter, and Bryant were. We’ll shut everyone up about these new guys too.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:00 am

Jax puppy i also said who knows about our D line, they could be decent, but u act like the puppies d line is going to kill OSU o line, dont think so, we have a great line with the best tackle in the nation, thats not me hyping that either

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:02 am

Are u really trying to compare Dez to bowman? R u really that stupid, that would be like comparing cox to stafford, man lay off the moonshine dude

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:03 am

Yeah will give u that, that song sucks, oh well songs dont win games puppy

ZP

August 26th, 2009
11:04 am

you have a good O-line, we have a Great interior D-line and who knows about DE this year. Both of our starting DTs are top 15 in the country. How’s your guards and center?

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:06 am

dont worry zp i will be here win or lose, i’m an OSU fan i am use to dissappointment, lol

ZP

August 26th, 2009
11:06 am

Bowman had nearly the same amount of hype as Dez, until the UGA game after which you heard nothing else. Bryant’s a good WR, probably better than Bowman, but will not burn the UGA D. Guaranteed.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
11:07 am

haha. and after last year pokesfan, so are we.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:07 am

Center is kinda new has played some, not worried about our guards or tackles

BurningRedBleedingBlack

August 26th, 2009
11:08 am

POKE WHAT IM SAYING MY MAN IS WE RECRUIT TOP TEN TALENT YEAR IN AND OUT YOU GUYS DON’T WE HAVE A IMPORTANT THING CALLED DEPTH, IT SHOWED IN 07 YOU GUYS GOT REAL TIRED. SAME THING HERE COWGIRLS PLAY HARD FOR THE FIRST HALF GET SHOW AGAIN TO THE COUNTRY YOU DON’T BELONG IN THE TOP
AND PLEASE DON’T COMPARE UGA TO OSU WE DO AT LEAST WIN BCS BOWL GAMES AND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS. YOU CAN TRY AND SCARE US ALL U WANT DAWGS GONNA EAT THE COWGIRLS LUNCH YOU CAN BANK ON THAT T BOONE. GATA GO DAWGS

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:09 am

See ZP this is where ur smoking crack, have you watched DEZ play? Hes not an all american for no reason. He is the real deal

ZP

August 26th, 2009
11:09 am

kinda new center? I bet Owens and Atkins are excited about that!

MattDawg

August 26th, 2009
11:10 am

I like the pokes new song. The first line is and I quote:
“The prairie wind touches our skin, another maverick morning begins”
and you expect us to take you seriously.
Dawgs by 14.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:11 am

Well depth is something we have this year, and if you havent seen we are getting better recruits now and last year, Thank you T. BOONE lol

AceDawg

August 26th, 2009
11:11 am

Dez Bryant is a great receiver. He isn’t really a guy any cornerback can cover on his own. It will take a pass rush and a good scheme to limit him. That said, pokes fans, I’d say the only difference between Dez Bryant and AJ Green is that Green needs to add a little more body weight to have Bryant’s power. Otherwise, he is developing just as quickly considering he was fantastic as a true freshman last year. Anyone who gets to practice against AJ Green will get some sort of idea of how to keep up with Bryant, although tackling Bryant is harder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF515bWfv9Y

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:13 am

Man when did songs win games, lol u puppies kill me, Zp u act like Robinson is a drop back passer, he gets rid of the ball pretty quick

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:15 am

Now acedawg, you are a sane fan, yes green is good and next year might be as good as Dez, but Dez will be the first reciever taken in the draft

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:20 am

Oh ZP Robinson hamstring is no big deal, they held him out longer to figure out who the back up is going to be. Not worried one bit about his hamstring

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:22 am

But do you guys think Cox can get green the ball like last year?

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:28 am

Oh by the way, OSU did score 41 against OU who has a better defense than your puppies

William

August 26th, 2009
11:29 am

I am a SEC fan and the winner is determined on the field. Unlike USC,OK, Ohio St, and the one who was in the top ten the previous year gets an automatic bye to the BCS. I worry only about the SEC teams we face. I can not wait for SEC football.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:38 am

Enter your comments here

dawgfanatic24-7

August 26th, 2009
11:40 am

I’ll tell you who the dawgs beat last year. LSU…in death valley…the defending national champs. OSU never beats anyone who matters. When was the last time OSU beat Tx or OK?

JaxDawg

August 26th, 2009
11:41 am

pokesfan – you’re the one who said your d-line doesn’t have very good players. I’m done with you for now, as you obviously know very little about football. Most Dawg fans acknowledge thay your pokes will have a strong offense, but let’s not forget- 9 of your wins came against teams with defenses rated 94th or worse, and your defense wasn’t very good last year, has a ton of youth although probabaly talented, they will all have to learn a new scheme this year and there will be growing pains early on, not a good thing facing a BCS opponent to start the season.

Question: We all know IF (and that’s a big “if”)OkSt wins you will be back here gloating, but will you be MAN enough to come back and admit you were wrong when the Dawgs win?

dawgfanatic24-7

August 26th, 2009
11:44 am

Who cares if you put up 40 on OK. Did you win the game? Hyell no!

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:47 am

Yeah i can admit i dont know if our Dline is very good, but the rest of our defense isnt young, and our new Def. cor Bill Young isnt putting some complex system in, they are alot better than last year. U guys think your QB and RB for that fact is just going to not miss a beat from last year, last time i looked those positions are cruical to winning, yes i will be on here win or lose, its a freaking blog what am i worried about

Cotton

August 26th, 2009
11:49 am

“Oklahoma State returns enough talent to explode on offense and be better on defense, but will it be enough to break through in the Big 12 South? If Adarius Bowman is as good as he was last year, it’s possible.” ……continued at http://cfn.scout.com/2/632522.html

To take nothing away from the OSU fans excitement in their program, new stadium, etc., but doesn’t the above comments/link sound very familiar to what we’re hearing today? All the talk in August of ‘07 was the triple threat of Reid/Bowman/Savage and this explosive offense. In ‘09 its the same thing with different jersey numbers Robinson/Bryant/Hunter.

It’ll remain close in the first half. The Dawgs lines will take over in midway through the 3rd quarter in a 34-23 win. AJ Green and Cox have big nights, Samuel goes for 125+.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:50 am

Well all we need is 40 against ur puppies, just trying to tell you guys the puppies are not going to stop OSU

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:51 am

Hey cotton, Bowman didnt play last year.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:52 am

And why are you comparing Bowman to Dez, lay off the crack pipe

dallasga6

August 26th, 2009
11:52 am

Okie lite is 3-17 against anybody not named Baylor in the last 5 years in the Big12 south…..

dawgfan1911

August 26th, 2009
11:54 am

A tough opening opponent is great. Its great for Tv and recruiting. It helps you identify what type of team you will have. Georgia has a lot of questions and many of them will be answered after the Okie State game. I cant wait.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
11:56 am

If you think this is the 07 offense u puppies are in for a bad treat

senoiadawgs

August 26th, 2009
11:58 am

The one comment pokesfan has made that most have overlooked and could be the deciding factor in the game. I have no confidence in our D playing like UGA until I see it. It wasn’t just last year guys, Willie’s D has had brain farts throughout the years in a half here and there. Who says it will not happen against OKState this year. Last year was just consistently awful from the Bama game on. Hopefully we will return to UGA D this year. One thing we need is that consistent big hitter we have been missing for a couple of years and a pass rush. I am questioning the D until I see it.

Now back to pokesfan comment that hasn’t gotten much response. He has said several times the the DLine for OKState is questionable. This is what separates the SEC and all of the other conferences every year. It’s DLine and OLine play. We all have the nice skill players but the linemen in the SEC are just that MEN. Most likely with our experienced fast and big OLine we will be able to move the ball on the ground and keep the OKState offense off of the field. If we can do that and our D stays fresh and we play fast hard hitting SEC defense we will win. If we get into a shootout see 2008 season.

I know there are a lot of Caleb K fans on this blawg, but folks from the first time I saw Samuel carry the ball he has always been the next in line to me. I can’t wait to see Thomas tote the rock as well.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:01 pm

Ok puppy fans, never said OSU were a great team in the past, man is that all u guys have is the past? Or wait Gundys rant, or hair, which i cant stand either. This is OSU’s best team since 88 with Sanders, Ok so i know the past we have sucked, when was the last time u won everything, oh like 1980. Congrats on being able to tell that story.

Heywood Jablome

August 26th, 2009
12:04 pm

Sung to the tune of Don Williams immortal “Tulsa Time”….

We left for Oklahoma,
Driving in a Pontiac,
Just about stoned out of our minds
Last year it was Arizona
This year California
‘Cause the Rose Bowl suits us all just fine.

The Pokes said we were crazy
Their 2007 team was lazy
And they’re gonna’ show us all this time,
But you know they’re just foolin’ ’cause they ain’t never seen a schoolin’
Like they will when UGA toes the line

Livin’ on Pokie time
Livin’ on Pokie time
Well you know Okie States been through it
When the Big Dawg gets down to it
Livin’ on Pokie time

Well there we were in Stillwater, The Georgia DAWGS doin good,
Scoring on every drive,
The pokes ain’t got no defense and they can’t even move the ball,
Guess they’re just wastin’ time.

Well then I got to thinkin’,
Man the Pokes are stinking
Do they really suck this bad all the time?
Can’t wait to see the Poke fans leavin’
When the Cowboys start to grievin’
They will lose to the DAWGS again this time!

Livin’ on Pokie time
Livin’ on Pokie time
Well you know Okie States been through it
When the Big Dawg gets down to it
Livin’ on Pokie time

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:08 pm

Ok senoiadawgs your comments maybe correct about our dline, but our oline isnt going to get pushed around, I hope the puppies try to run it all day, OSU isnt that bad, we play in the pass happy Big 12, where most of the defenses got torched for alot of yards, they will load the box and make your rookie QB, he is a rookie too, just because he has scored 1 TD against florida doesnt mean a thing

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:11 pm

gez, hope you didnt waste the few brain cells u have left on that song, make sure u copyright it, think u have a hit, take it to that dumba$$ blond in the housewive show

Trade School Junkie

August 26th, 2009
12:13 pm

The BIGGEST question for uga that has not yet been answered goes back to last year:

Why didnt CMR start Joe Cox at QB for the bowl game vs. MichSt?

CMR had every reson to believe 24 & 7 were not coming back in 2009.

So why didnt CMR give Cox the much needed playig time…before a killer first game start vs. OKST?

It would have been the better choice to risk losing the bowl game in order to give Cox the playing time. Instead, CMR stuck with 24 & 7 the whole way.

After OKST CRUSHES uga, CMR’s decision to not give Cox the start and much-needed playing time for the bowl game will be looked back upon as a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE mistake.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:16 pm

now trade school, u have to play every game to win it

senoiadawgs

August 26th, 2009
12:23 pm

If you all have to load the line to stop the run that will be bad. Traditionally that doesn’t work out to well for a weak D. I know you all have some good skill people on D but our skill players are just as good if not better. As you point out, and I am sure you can tell from my earlier post I am not a delusional dawg, can Cox get our skill guys the ball when he has too. From what little we have seen of him he can. It will not be as pretty as Stafford’s good passes but it appears it will not be as bad as Stafford’s bad ones.

I for one am looking forward to this season with guarded skepticism. If all of the reports coming out of Athens are accurate, it could special. We will just not know until we see them on the field.

I’m not really worried about OSU hanging 40+ on us in the first game. The D players know the tradition and will not let it happen. To me it comes down to what I said earlier, if we have success in the run game we will win. If not, OSU wins 20-17.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
12:23 pm

I imagine trade school junkie is one of those Falcons fans that hope they lose for a better draft pick.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:29 pm

Now senoiadawgs, all due respect to ur comments, to think Cox is able to perform good, i dont see it, maybe if this was a home game for you guys. Plus your RB is not going to be as good as last year. Will be a good game for sure, i just think the puppies will get down early and not run the ball. Have to pass it and thats why OSU wins

ZP

August 26th, 2009
12:33 pm

are you kidding trade school moron?? Why didn’t Richt not start his QB that had started the past 3 years and would be the #1 pick in the draft and his starting RB who would be #12?? You don’t just drop a gut who has played for you because he might not come back the next year. That was probably the dumbest argument I have EVER heard in my life! And I follow politics!

ZP

August 26th, 2009
12:34 pm

lose a great RB but gain a great O-line. I think the running game will be as good if not better than last year.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
12:36 pm

While our running back position has taken a step back, our offensive line has taken a huge step forward. Let’s not forget that Knowshon turned a lot of what would’ve been 3 yard losses for most backs to 1 or 2 yard gains. Even with a less skilled and experienced running game, the O-Line should be able to open big enough holes to minimize that liability.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
12:40 pm

and pokesfan- the reason you scored a lot of pints on OU was because they scored so easily on you pretty much every possession that you had a lot of chances to score by them having to kick the ball back to you after scoring on you. Until two teams play each other you can not go by “well we scored this on you, and they scored this on them and they scored this on you and they only scored this on us so we are then better than you” that is ridiculous. By that logic, LSU should have beat the crap out of us since GT only scored 3 on them and 45 on us and we lost to GT and they beat the crap out of them. Yet, we beat LSU. UGA and OK State on the field together is the only way we will know who will win it and the only thing that matters until then is the last game. It was a blowout. Until Sept 5th, you have no basis for any smack talk. After that, I still don’t think you will. We’ll see.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:41 pm

ok, but no homerun threat like Knowshon, he could break one at anytime, u dont have that now

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:43 pm

And guys please dont think this is the same OSU defense that got its A$$ whooped when we played u guys last time, were alot better from then

JaxDawg

August 26th, 2009
12:44 pm

pokesfan – not saying that our defense will be the 07 one, but two of the key components of that defense J.Owens and M.Washington were out last year with injuries. Both are back and healthy. Anyone who thinks our defense won’t be much improved from last year is simply fooling themselves.

On offense, our line will be one of the best in the country, so Cox doesn’t have to be as talented as Stafford (though the drop off between the two is much closer than many realize), because the line will be extremely strong and deep because we had to play so many last year due to injuries. Again a good line can make an average QB look great and a bad line can make a great QB look average. It will be a long day for the okie defense if they try to load up the box and test Cox’s ability to get the ball to AJ, M.Moore, Brown, King, Wooten, and Charles.

BTW- glad to hear you will be back here win or lose.

Drew-G-A

August 26th, 2009
12:51 pm

The 2002 opener against Clemson was nailbitingly awesome.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
12:58 pm

Agree with you about O-lines, O-state has a good one. Plus we have a very good QB and RB’s, and Dez is the man, two guys will be on him all game, Plus we dont run it down your throat everyplay, our no huddle offense is going to give you guys problems, we will score close to 40, the only thing is can ur guys outscore us.

austindog

August 26th, 2009
12:58 pm

That Cowboys song was originally written: “The maverick touches our skin, another prairie morning begins”

ZP

August 26th, 2009
1:01 pm

our current RBs are all faster than Knowshon. As elusive? probably not, but can still threaten the HR. anyway, we don’t want to score quickly on you guys. The longer we can drag out our possession and wear down the defense and keep the offense off the field the better. Get used to the term “3 yards and a cloud of dust”

ZP

August 26th, 2009
1:03 pm

i would put a good bit, and will, on the fact that OSU will NOT score near 40 on us. Maybe 30, but that’s a stretch I believe.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
1:06 pm

ok, its at OSU, we scored forty or more every game last season and we are better this season on offense

austindog

August 26th, 2009
1:18 pm

pokesfan, from one fan to another, you only THINK you are better on offense this year. Likely better, probably better, but until the games start it’s just speculation. Take that from a fan of a former consensus preseason #1.

Kelly's a Dawg

August 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

Well Cowgirl fans, I just hope your boy Zac Robinson has a better outing than the last time he faced the Dawgs (that’d be two years ago in 2007). He went 1-1 with an awesome 5 yard completion. Woohoo!

Cox is going to be great behind our line. And the Dawg’s defense will be dramatically improved from last year, having better focus and less penalties. OSU’s riduculously overrated offense is in for a big surprise next Saturday.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
1:21 pm

well we never know for sure untill game time, but if all the puppies fans can say cox and the rbs wont miss a beat, i think me saying OSU offense has a better chance to fullfeel what i say more than what the puppies have been saying about cox.

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
1:23 pm

Plus like i have already said before, I’m an OSU fan i am use to dissappointment, look at the last five years against texas

G

August 26th, 2009
1:31 pm

Could we put one on Okie state like Bama whooped Clemson last year in the dome?

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

SEPT 6
“I was a man”now Iam a female dog

austindog

August 26th, 2009
1:40 pm

Pokes, Now that’s thread that could really get going, you think YOU’RE used to disappointment? Meet us back here drunk on Oct 31st after the Texas/Florida games and we’ll have it out.

AceDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:40 pm

pokesfan, it IS possible you guys score 40 on UGA being as our defense hasn’t proven itself to be better yet from last year, but you should seriously prepare yourself for a potentially very different outcome – say under 20 points. it probably won’t be because OSU still wouldn’t move the ball, but turnovers happen and SEC defenses are usually pretty good at taking the ball away (UGA was a huge exception last year but not in the past). Martinez as our D coordinator grays our hair, but I’ll give him one more shot because I think the talent on D is there. I only need to see a pass rush to think this could be a great year for the Dawgs.

senoiadawgs

August 26th, 2009
1:44 pm

ok pokesfan, don’t get carried away, you all did not score forty or more every game last season… more like 24 or more and the fewest you gave up to a real opponent was 17 baylor and washington state do not count

Trade School Junkie

August 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

The facts remain:

CMR had EVERY SINGLE reason to BELIEVE Stafford as not coming back in 2009.

Hell, even uga fans admit that it was obvious that Stafford wasnt “committed” to the uga program and coming back for his senior year, and “always had his sights on the NFL” to quote one uga poster.

It would be a bad HC statement about CMR if he couldnt ANTICIPATE that Stafford was leaving.

CMR could have benched Stafford in the 2nd half to let Cox geet playing time. But he didnt.

That was a MAJOR MISTAKE by CMR, and the penalty for that mistake will be “under-performance by Cox to start the early season.

GA will lose BIG to OKST, struggle to a win vs. USC, and lose an offensive shoot-out with Ark.

1-3 to start the season. Thank CMR for that.

shards1967

August 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

IF UGA wins the game vs OSU, then the UGA detractors will say UGA only beat a patsy. If UGA loses to the Cowboys, the same crowd will say UGA is lousy. IF UGA wins the SEC East, then the same detractors will scream that the SEC is in a down year BUT that the SEC West team will destroy UGA in the Big Game at the Atl dome. So on and so forth. Who cares?

I will guarantee you that real SEC fans ( actual grads ) have decent respect for their school’s conference opponents. My dad was a Gator and my grandfather was a Yellow Jacket and so forth. Do I enjoy defeating these schools? You betcha. Did they enjoy handling the Dawgs? Oh yeah. Of course in my UGA days, in the late 60s and early 70s, we blew them away. HAHAHAHAHA

All of the sissy lil negatives that I read about UGA or Florida or others is rooted in jealousy. No actual $$$ matriculation at these schools, for the bloggers, so their “opinions” do not matter. Sort of like political morons that LOVE one guy or other but never, ever vote. Geeeeeeeeeez, they matter so little to me.

Gooooooooooooooooo Dawgs !!!

shards1967

August 26th, 2009
1:56 pm

OSU needs to fully grasp the UGA fullback situation. These two gents at Georgia are big time backs. No, they are not sprinters BUT they WILL cause the Pokes some major probs. They can block extremely well, they can run low and hard for key yardage. They can slide out of the backfield and catch a lil dump pass and then go head hunting for 5′10″ 185 pound corners. They will extend Cox’s pass yardage metrics by a bunch with this scheme.

The full backs will alllow the offense to prosper and sustain drives. Augment their great blocking and maybe in double full back sets, then Orson Charles or one of the other UGA tight ends will take it from Joe Cox and hurt them.

Gonna be fun. CWM better be ready. Clock on him will soon be running.

Go Dawgs

G

August 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

Shards hate to call you out. But as a third generation bulldog not the son of a gator with a yellow jacket grandfather. I did not attend school in Athens would have loved to be there but they did not offer the program I was interested in. Orson Charles has never played a down but I do agree he is a beast. FYI corners and safteys usually do the head hunting. Sorry Shards but we all know you are St Simons.

Go Dawgs

how2fish

August 26th, 2009
3:14 pm

Samuel will get 100+ yards..Cox will be just fine and Rennie Curry will take Dez’s scalp if he comes across the middle.By the middle of the 3rd we will have ground the Pokies into the dust..again…pokesfan..your talking about not being in the Top of the little 12 but competing with the most consistent team in the SEC for the last decade…please excuse us for not shaking in our shoes at playing a 2nd tier little 12 school..opening day away with a “rookie” QB or not…it will be a good game…for a half…but brother you bring it with passion without a lot of bile…good blogging with you.Come on Sept 5th!

Olddog

August 26th, 2009
4:36 pm

Interesting article, Bill King. You said, “The 2008 dogs were not ready for prime time.” Hindsight is 20-20. I suppose that the Cowboys will give the dogs an adequate test for 2009. Many comments above are dissing the Pokes left and right. However, it seems to me that the Pokes will test the mettle of the 2009 dogs. What do you guess the final score will be? Pokes by 14 maybe?

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
4:51 pm

hey senoiadawgs, I meant that all their home games they did. Love how some of you guys think a qb and rb are just going to lay it to OSU, the way u guys sound is if OSU is a high school team.

SuperB

August 26th, 2009
5:11 pm

If pokesfan thinks OSU will beat Georgia 42-21, he has been out on the range a little too long. When is the last time the Cowboys held any good team to 21 points?

Should be a great game, but expect both teams to score– a lot! With the 2008 injured back, Georgia’s defense will be much better than OSU’s. Can they stop em, no, can they win there– yes!

DawginLex

August 26th, 2009
5:28 pm

The interception idiot is back. Still not willing to express who his team is. WHY? Because he didn’t go to college, never played ANY kind of sport in his life and sits at home behind his computer all day eating donuts wishing he could get a date-even with a blow-up doll.

No, moron, I am not predicting a UGA national title. I am predicting that our QB will do better than everyone expects and our D will be improved because of the depth on the d line.

I am also predicting an opening day win. 36-35. Either way, win or lose, I’ll be here on Monday supporting the Dawgs. You’ll be here hiding behind your computer eating another donut spewing your vomit.

IDIOT

pokesfan

August 26th, 2009
5:30 pm

Oh if you think its going to be a shootout dont know how u think the puppies will win. Oh i dont live in Oklahoma anymore, just went to school there. Great place though, go back three or four times a year for football games.

Kendawg

August 26th, 2009
5:58 pm

I, for one, am glad that the Dawgs open with a highly-rated opponent. The game should give us some indication of how good the team is. I just hope we don’t have a lot of turnovers.

Chad

August 26th, 2009
9:37 pm

OSU 45 -17. Georgia has no QB this year

OrangeCowboy

August 26th, 2009
10:03 pm

“Well Cowgirl fans, I just hope your boy Zac Robinson has a better outing than the last time he faced the Dawgs (that’d be two years ago in 2007). He went 1-1 with an awesome 5 yard completion. Woohoo!” Uh…that would be because he wasn’t starting then and only played about 5 plays in that game. He didn’t take over the starting job until the 3rd game that season. So since then, ZR has started about 22 games while Cox has stood on the sidelines calling in dummy signals and holding a clipboard.

HottCheesE

August 27th, 2009
7:46 am

OranageCowboy- How do you know Cox’s signals were dummys and not live? Did that just blow your mind? The bottom line is the Dawgs will be way too fast on D (and not just at the skill positions). OSU run game will be squashed by UGA’s front seven. Georgia’s D-Line pass rush will be dominant, allowing them to rush only four and drop seven into coverage. I don’t care how good Dez is, if you are doubled the entire night you won’t be able to get open (just ask Calvin Johnson how successful he was again UGA).

HottCheesE

August 27th, 2009
7:50 am

And one more thing…Joe Cox NEVER held a clipboard. So get your facts straight before you post.

OrangeCowboy

August 27th, 2009
9:33 am

Whatever, Cheesy. I don’t really care if his signals were live and he picked his nose rather than holding a clipboard. That wasn’t the point. The point was, he wasn’t on the field playing the past two years and Robinson was. And for what it’s worth, there are a LOT of folks on here that are posting without having their facts straight about OSU either.

I do have to give it up to you on your lines, especially your O-line. I think that will be a huge key in the game. I read where your O-line averages 311. We only have one DT that even weighs 300 and we don’t have a lot of depth there. If UGA gets a lead in the second half, it could be very difficult for OSU to get back in it.

As for your D-line, I think they are good, but I also know what Georgia Tech did to you last year. I’m not saying OSU will do that, but you will not completely “squash” the run game and you won’t totally shut Bryant down. Consider it a good day if you hold him under 125 yards and 2 TDs and keep Hunter under 100 yards. You do that and you will probably win the game, barring turnovers and busts on special teams (ours are ranked No. 1). Otherwise, it is probably a toss-up and will be a really exciting game.

athensgeorgiadogsfan

August 27th, 2009
11:07 am

First off, no, we didn’t win the NC, but ten wins is not a failed season. We’ve not been such a national power in the past, other than 80-82, that we can snub our nose at ten win seasons. I remember Goff, one ten win season out of eight and Donnan, one out of five and even Dooley who had, what, six or eight out of twenty-five? No one loves the Dawgs more than me, but facts are facts.
That being said, Ok State, whom we’re all so worried about, will be exposed early and often. They’ll score, of course they will, but at the end of the day the Dogs will come home 1-0.
Good chance to make some money with us a 6 point underdog.

Georgia Babe

August 28th, 2009
7:18 pm

I love how confident these two OK-state fans are. Cox may have been on the sideline most of his college career, but he’s behind a very experienced O- line. Our defense is going to pound your QB so he cant get the ball off, and we are going to walk away from this game 49-0. I cant wait to see OK-state go home cryin on their celebration night! WHOOOOO Go dawgs