What do you expect of 2009 Dogs?

I’ve been hearing a range of predictions from UGA fans on how Mark Richt’s 2009 team is going to do. (I’m holding off on my own trip out on the limb until next week.)

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The most pessimistic outlook I’ve heard so far is 7-5, and that’s been pretty rare. Not many fans or even objective media types think this team will post Richt’s worst season record.

I’ve heard a few more folks predict an 8-4 season, but more commonly I’m hearing 9-3 regular season or 10-2. No one seems to be picking this year’s Dogs to do any better than that (though admittedly I haven’t asked my brother Jon, who never picks against Georgia).

What I’m wondering, though, is what sort of record would constitute a disappointing season, from a fan’s view.

Obviously, 7-5 would be a big letdown and probably would renew the calls for someone’s head (most likely Willie Martinez’s).

But what about 9-3? Or even 10-2 if it doesn’t include a trip to the SEC championship? I’ve actually heard fans refer to 2004 as an off year for the Dogs for that very reason.

And even the 2007 team, which finished No. 2 in the country, disappointed some folks because those losses to South Carolina and Tennessee kept the Dogs out of the SEC title game and, thus, out of the BCS championship. It was such a screwy year that had that totally unnecessary, self-inflicted loss to the Gamecocks not happened, Georgia most likely would have played for the crystal football even with the loss to the Vols. (The disaster in Knoxville was such a complete collapse that I’ve just written that one off to fate, bad karma or a Phil Fulmer pact with the devil.)

So what’s the minimum the Dogs have to do in 2009 to keep from being labeled a disappointment?

Does anyone really have a right to expect a team that lost so much of its offensive production from the previous year to make it to the Georgia Dome, barring a complete implosion on Florida’s part? Is a 10-win season good enough, even if that has to include the bowl game? Or, under the circumstances, would 8-4 and a bowl win live up to your expectations?

Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or do both.

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L-Dawg

August 27th, 2009
7:02 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

FALL SATURDAYS ARE SO MUCH MORE FUN CHEERING RATHER THAN BOOING!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

9 SHORT DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!!!!

chazzo

August 27th, 2009
7:15 am

Truth is, it is a range. They could just as easily go 11-1 as 7-5. There are going to be a lot of nail biters this year folks. Fasten your seat belts. I’m sticking with 10-2. The Gators will win the SEC unless they beat themselves a couple of times which just seems unlikely, not impossible but unlikely. No matter what happens, Urban Meyer is still a weasel. I don’t think he is a cheat. I think he’s a good coach. But, he is a weasel.

Travis Barbee

August 27th, 2009
7:17 am

I think its not a question if UGA has talent its a question if that talent will be disciplined and they were not last year I hope its better or I hope we see a couple new coaches on the staff.

pokesfan

August 27th, 2009
7:21 am

Well the puppies will suffer loss #1 on the their first game, 42-21

George P. Burdell

August 27th, 2009
7:22 am

“(The disaster in Knoxville was such a complete collapse that I’ve just written that one off to fate, bad karma or a Phil Fulmer pact with the devil.)”

Really? I thought it was as simple as CMR not having the team ready to play. Tennessee looked like an NFL team in the first half of that game.

SuperB

August 27th, 2009
7:27 am

10-3 and a Top Ten finish would not be a disappointment– unless we lose to some mid-major again…like Georgia Tech. 11-2 and a BCS trip is realistic– barring the same number of key injuries Georgia had in 2008. Remember, Georgia has the no. 1 hardest schedule in college footvall this year.

chazzo

August 27th, 2009
7:30 am

ONe thing that has happened in the past, in all honesty, is the dawgs have gotten a little too high about beating subpar teams. I think that happened in Knoxville. I think it happened with Bama last year. Travis is a little negative, but he is right discipline is the key. I think they have it this year. No room for hollow swagger. Boasts, mohawks, dancing, and black jerseys will not win games.

Maryland Dawg

August 27th, 2009
7:34 am

Hey pokesfan, remind me of Gundy’s record in big games again?

DawgRogue

August 27th, 2009
7:37 am

Dawgs upset Florida, win the east and go to a BCS bowl game! Ga beats Bama for the SEC title.

Andrew Miller

August 27th, 2009
7:40 am

Anything less than a ten win season is an absolute disappointment. We’ve had three straight disappointing seasons (2006; 3 losses, 2007; loss to SC where Knowshon sat on the bench for most of the game, as did Rennie, when they were clearly 2 of the best players on our team and we threw 46 or so pass plays it cost us a national championship, 2008; obvious disappointment). If we don’t get to 10 wins at a minimum, it is a disappointment to me. I can’t stand to stomach the thought of 4 straight disappointing seasons (yes, i did have some of the best times ever at the 2007 AU blackout game and the Sugar Bowl but it was still a bummer of a season for what could have been). If we go 11-1 and lose to Florida and don’t play for an SEC title, that is a disapointing season to me, too. Its championship time again, and we have a bye week before Florida so lets not set the bar low. With all of the top 5 recruiting classes it is time to bow up and knock some people around. Its there for us if the coaches know how to use it.

Andrew Miller

August 27th, 2009
7:41 am

err, 2006 we had 4 losses . . . .

jakesdad

August 27th, 2009
7:42 am

I’m 2nd generation GT & I’ll say 9-3, maybe 10-2 – Georgia always coughs up @ hairballs when they’re supposedly “loaded” (like last yr & ‘99) but over-achieves when they supposedly lack marque talent, this yr obviously being the later. I certainly won’t lose any sleep if they go 7-5 but I’ll be shocked if it happens…

m

August 27th, 2009
7:45 am

ugag will be lucky if they have a winning season.

One thing is for sure, Paul Johnson is going to kick your sorry arses AGAIN. Mark it down.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium.......

August 27th, 2009
7:47 am

*****Free Tech football ticket with fill-up!!!! *****

senoiadawgs

August 27th, 2009
7:55 am

Realistically, I am thinking 9-3 or 8-4. Folks, after the Willie defense meltdowns in various games over the last 4 to 5 years and last years showing I just don’t have the confidence in our once proud D. If we get back to UGA hard hitting not missing tackles and committing stupid penalties it should be 10-2. With all of that said if we beat Florida we could go 1-11 and I would be happy.

JB

August 27th, 2009
7:57 am

As much as this pains me to say, as with the very good 2007 team, coaching cost us two games that year. We have the athletes this year to go undefeated, but not the coaching. Not the head coach per say, but position coach’s and our DC and OC. We have the second most profitable athletic program in the country, but decent coach’s, not great. I think the stability of the staff has paid dividends in recruiting, but not put any hardware in the case of late. But, looking at the big picture, I don’t think ANY of the elite teams in the country would have fared much better having Florida in their division. They have been impressive the last 3 -4 years. GO DAWGS.

Samuel for Heisman

August 27th, 2009
7:58 am

With our schedule I think 9-3 would be a heck of a year. I am most interested in seeing if Logan Gray will take over the starting role at some point. His athleticism may be the key to winning some games.

Patsy

August 27th, 2009
8:03 am

I’m guessing that oddsmakers would install the Dawgs as favorites in 9 or 10 of our games right now. How does that make for a “hard” schedule, and why would you think 9-3 would be so great ?

Jim

August 27th, 2009
8:03 am

I’m a ‘lifer’ as far as the DAWGS are concerned, and I can’t wait to see them totally RUIN the ‘pokes coming out party/dedication of their retrofit cowpen! The DAWGS will go 10-2, upset Florida, and destroy ‘Bama to win the SEC again!

BugKiller

August 27th, 2009
8:06 am

The ONLY way this season of Georgia football is disappointing is if Soft Willie Martinez still has a job at the end of it.

FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!!

JB

August 27th, 2009
8:11 am

Paul Johnson is a good coach. Johnson is Jim Donnan Johnson WILL win 7,8 maybe 9 games a year. Shoot, Richt wins 10 every year and we keep our lip poked out. Tech will never attract enough high caliber Athletes to win 11 or 12 games. Johnson will over achieve with what he has, but never win big because the lack of depth. They have some good players, but the back ups will be marginal.. Nesbitt gets hurt in game two this year, they are screwed. Cox goes down, Richt has lot’s of choices. 4 and 5 star choices. not bashing, just reality. Yes, they will beat us from time to time. I would bet an Obama vote they NEVER beat us 7 years in a row !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hungry Dawg

August 27th, 2009
8:25 am

Well “Cowpoker” you sure are persistent though misguided. OSU has one outstanding talent that the Dawg’s are going to really enjoy and that is allowing your QB to be sacked more than just about any other team in the Big 2 plus 10. How do you expect the Cowgirls to score when Zac is running for his life the entire game and it’s hard to throw good passes to Dez if Zac is flat on his back. When he does throw he’s going to be so off balance that our DB will have a field day picking off his passes.

You talk big now, but come Sept. 6th I doubt that you’ll be man enough to come on this board and congratulate the Dawg’s on a great game after they beat you 38-24.

Go Dawg’s, Sic em Woof Woof Woof!!

toga

August 27th, 2009
8:28 am

To JB: I agree 100% with your coaching comments. I see Ga cleaning house at the end of the year. Richt will have to bite the bullet and let his guys move on. Richt is a decent coach but will never win it all, I question his passion for the game. He will be on the hot seat in 2010. Roll Tide!

pokesfan

August 27th, 2009
8:41 am

Ok Hungry puppy, I guess you think OSU is a high school team that has no chance against the mighty puppies. Keep living in ur dream world, if u puppy fans think OSU isnt going to score over 30, get off the puppy treats and switch to cat nip, might help, 42-21

OKPoker

August 27th, 2009
8:51 am

Ok State will beat Georgia easy. Joe Cox? Get real. After a few picks, he won’t even finish the game. Ok State’s got a nasty D and Ga will be lucky to get 17 points. OK State 37 Ga 16

Randyt

August 27th, 2009
8:52 am

As a Vol living in ATL I have watched the GA team since just before Richt got here. Honestly setting my bias aside, what has hurt the Dawgs as much as anything, the things that keep you from pushing over the line to the NC, is exactly what Chazzo said above. You start beating your chests after crushing a few “high school” teams early in teh season, forget that the worst teams in teh SEC can screw your day up on any given Saturday, and come in flat thinking you can already pen in a big red “W” before you play the game. I can think of at least twice that you lost to my Vols with a clearly superior team because you thought you had it won and the Orange would just roll over. You consistently hit a flat spot around the 4th or 5th game of the season.

Bottom line…until GA players/coaches can get past their own press releases and realize you have to play EVERY game (and get past the Gators of course), you won’t be playing for the NC.

P

August 27th, 2009
8:54 am

What do you expect of 2009 Dogs?

I expect them to uphold their redneck, overrated, obsessive, unsportsmanlike, crybaby image.

Rashad Jones

August 27th, 2009
8:59 am

William

August 27th, 2009
9:00 am

I hear that the dawgs might lose more games than usual this year. Of course this depends on the other teams playing up to their predictions. That is why I say the winner is determined on the field. Of course sport writers have to make a living just like the liberal media. However we see some liberal media going broke. I sure hope that happens to those who pick the Dawgs to be losers.

GatorNation

August 27th, 2009
9:01 am

Does it really matter? They will lose to us. Therefore, no SEC championship and definitely no NC.

Glory Glory to ole Geogia, and the Hell with GT

August 27th, 2009
9:06 am

9 wins would be a great season. Our weapons on offense are now in the pros. I hope we stay disciplined and play sound football. I think Joe Cox will surprise the naysayers, but it is still going to be a tough year. I can’t wait until Sept. 5th! goooooo dawgs!
Did someone tie up saint simons and put him in their basement? I haven’t hear the nerd blog in a while.

dap01

August 27th, 2009
9:07 am

Perhaps if GT fans could actually afford tickets and if they went to the games as much as they obsess over UGA blogs, their stadium would not look like a AAAA High School Stadium on Saturdays.

Glory Glory to ole Geogia, and the Hell with GT

August 27th, 2009
9:09 am

I take that back, 9 seasons would be a “good” season. I think we can knock off everyone with the exception of OK St. & UF. Those two games are a toss up. A big win out of the gate would help.

*Free Tech ticket with everyone fill up at BP.

Trade School Junkie

August 27th, 2009
9:17 am

Yo, Junkyard BlawB:

Be sure you visit your pal Mark Bradley’s column this morning about “Dawgs in Denial.”

IT’S a GEM.

LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB

August 27th, 2009
9:33 am

What do people think about coaching at Tech. Hell, one of their own Bill Curry got out of there. Johnson WILL be successful, if winning 9 games a year is your measurement. He to will be gone after 3-4 years. It not a “destination type job”. Johnson will be offered 4-5 mil a year. Wonder what ms. Johnson will say to that. Plus, a chance to “leave” Atlanta.

ZP

August 27th, 2009
9:35 am

ok st has a nasty D?? Hahahahaha. Please tell me you were making a joke. The same D that was ranked near the bottom of the NCAA last year? The ones that had to go get a new DC because they sucked so bad and have 3 unproven first time starters in the secondary? How do you know they are “nasty”?? Gundy is too scared to allow the media near them.

ZP

August 27th, 2009
9:36 am

it’s a typo trade school. get over it.

dawgfanatic24-7

August 27th, 2009
9:37 am

Willie’s D will step up this year and play team ball. Bobo’s O will lean on the line to control and win games. So what happens when okie’s offense can’t score? Zac R becomes the next Colt B in 9 days. Go ask Colt how good the SEC is at defense.

DamnGoodDawg

August 27th, 2009
9:39 am

No Techie should ever gloat about someone else being in denial. Techies are perennially in denial about the fact that theirs is a lack luster football school with fans who have to be cajoled into buying tickets to their games. They of the new PJ era are in denial about the fact that Tech can’t recruit worth a S. They are a hoard of nerds who for years have had the attitude that an 8 win season is cause for gloating and patting themselves on the back. And they hand out rings to team members for a 3 point victory over their betters once in 8 tries. We’re told that it’s a new era. Dips, please prove it before you brag about it. I for one think PJ is like putting lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig isn’t it? Yes, it’s still a pig.

LaGrangeDawg

August 27th, 2009
9:43 am

the dawgs will pull a “georgia tech” and beat the gators!

JB

August 27th, 2009
9:44 am

NINE teams okie st. played last year, the defense was ranked OVER 70 th out 120 some odd div 1 schools. The other 3 games games, they got their clock cleaned. They play against mostly unranked and Div 2 type talent most of the time. I can’t wait for Jeff Owens and Rennie Curran to introduce themselves !!!!!!!!!.

DamnGoodDawg

August 27th, 2009
9:47 am

Hey, Randyt! Your face looks like it’s been stepped on by, good grief, it’s a hob nailed boot. Know your role, dip!

Trade School Junkie

August 27th, 2009
9:48 am

It looks like several typo(s).

Tempe, AR ? On who’s map is Tempe located in Arkansas ?

Fayetteville, AK? On who’s map is Fayetteville located in Alaska?

ROTFLMAO !!!!

dawgfanatic24-7

August 27th, 2009
9:56 am

The only thing “nasty” about OSU is the women and the toothless crop dusting fans. 9 more days pokiefan and your history on this blawg.

Kendawg

August 27th, 2009
10:02 am

Rather than worrying about the overall record, the Dawgs just need to concentrate on the first game. If I remember correctly, the media was harping on Okla State’s “tremendous” offense before the 2007 game. How did that turn out?

Hey Billtard

August 27th, 2009
10:22 am

Regarding your “golden era” blog. UGA was not the 1942 consensus champion. There were no consensus champions before 1950. Even if there were, Ohio State would be the 1942 Consensus champion because the only then-existing consensus poll (the AP) voted for them. In fact, in 1942 NO human poll voted for the puppies as national champs.

How you got this gig I’ll never know. Genius

DamnGoodDawg

August 27th, 2009
10:22 am

Hey, Trade School Junkie- your nerd is showing.

Catfish

August 27th, 2009
10:30 am

14-0 National Champions

That’s what I expect every year.

Hey Billtard

August 27th, 2009
10:30 am

Regarding your “golden era” blog…

There were no consensus champions before 1950. Even if there were, Ohio State would be the 1942 Consensus champion because the only then-existing consensus poll (the AP) voted for them. In fact, in 1942 NO human poll voted for the puppies as national champs.

Do you know anything about college football?

Trade School Junkie

August 27th, 2009
10:33 am

If uga believes was 42-42, then I guess GT won it by a tie-breaker…on Math & Geography points.

Guess we all now know that the big “G” doesn’t stand for….Geography.

Hey D-G-D: your “media guide” is showing. ROTFLMAO !!!!