Will Dogs fans get loud for Sun Devils?

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It would be natural if Arizona State’s Sun Devils were a bit intimidated by the prospect of playing Between the Hedges in front of partisan crowd of 93,000, most of whom will be rooting for UGA.

After all, last week ASU played at home before a crowd of less than 44,000. And only seven current members of the ASU team, all seniors, have ever played in a nonconference road game. The rest of the team has never played anywhere other than a PAC 10 stadium. And so far this season they’ve only played two weak opponents at home in Tempe.

Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson said in USA Today that he’s told his players to “enjoy the moment. This is a tremendous opportunity for these guys. You can’t worry about atmosphere. I’m not going to tell them it’s not noisy. It’s going to be noisier than heck. … It’s college football at its best.”

But at least one Sun Devil doesn’t sound intimidated. In the Arizona Republic, junior cornerback Omar Bolden, who in last week’s ASU win over Louisiana-Monroe returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line, said of playing the Bulldogs in Athens: “It’s the SEC, it’s 90,000 fans, but if you really look at it, you go to Oregon, it’s 58,000, but they’re right on your necks. It’s really the same thing.”

The natural Bulldog fan’s response would be that Bolden is in for a rude awakening. A sold-out Sanford Stadium no more intimidating than playing before 54,000 (the actual capacity) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene? Bolden should ask someone at Auburn what it sounds like when a Georgia crowd is cranked up.

But then again, will a Sanford Stadium crowd get cranked up for Arizona State? It’s not an SEC game. The Dogs beat the Sun Devils easily last season. Most Georgia fans probably aren’t nearly as excited about this game as they will be about LSU a week later.

What do you think? Will the UGA crowd get loud enough to make Bolden rethink his comparison with the home of the Ducks? Or will the noise at Sanford not be anywhere near as much a factor as the humidity?

62 comments Add your comment

Frank Lane

September 24th, 2009
7:09 am

I would think that night games are inherently louder. First, the fans have more time to lubricate and get rowdy before kickoff. Second, sound travels better at night and has less ambient daytime noise to compete with.

I think we should show a Pac Ten team what an SEC team deals with every week, and be as loud all game as we were for South Carolina.

JB

September 24th, 2009
7:11 am

They don’t know humidity or noise. He’ll understand round about 8:00 or so.

HBTD!!!

BJohnDawg

September 24th, 2009
7:25 am

I like that we are playing ASU.Should be rockin. Could be worse, we could be playing Charleston Southern, or Florida International. Or North Texas.

LizDawg

September 24th, 2009
7:32 am

Can’t wait to get loud and welcome our 2-0 in the SEC team between the hedges. Won’t be as loud as blackout but if our D allows 40+ points again it will be loud at the shootout in the end.

Dawg Pound

September 24th, 2009
7:40 am

THE BULLDOG NATION WILL RISE UP! EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE REVED UP. WE’RE BOUT TO GO ON A SERIOUS RUN BOYS AND GIRLS!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!

The Realist

September 24th, 2009
7:51 am

Season tickets are so costly that a lot of working class dyed in the wool fans have to stay at home and watch it on TV.

The well-set folks with tickets usually show up about, oh, midway thru the 1st quarter, then leave about, oh, start of the 4th quarter provided the game is not a big SEC game and the outcome (win or lose) seems predictable.

The strangeness of this world continues to amuse me. By making tickets financially unreachable for most middle class folks, UGA is insuring that the only audience that will hear the many vocal, yelling, screaming emotional fans is their TV sets. Meanwhile, the more refined, coroporate set show up at games and UGA execs wonder why the crowd isn’t more into the game.

Doubt my words? Which is rowdier in general – a country club or a country and western bar?

m

September 24th, 2009
7:51 am

No one is intimated at the Cesspool. He doesn’t need to worry about the crowd…he needs to worry about the stench.

45-42….Tech wasn’t intimidated at all.

But there is no doubt that the hushpuppies will be intimidated when they get ready for the TWO IN A ROW at Bobby Dodd Stadium @ Historic Grant Field.

Uncle Eddie

September 24th, 2009
7:55 am

We BETTER be loud and we BETTER be ready to play. Pac-10 team would love nothing better than to come into the house of an SEC power and take away a win. Get the W Dawgs!!

ASU?

September 24th, 2009
7:59 am

I thought the DAWGS next game was against LSU next week.

superDawg

September 24th, 2009
8:13 am

m-oron it is louder than 10,0000 fans screaming for free hot dogs.

superDawg

September 24th, 2009
8:15 am

UGA-YEA GO DAWGS. tech-boo

dap01

September 24th, 2009
8:25 am

m: Thanks for your tremendous contributions. Go to another blog. UGA is one of the most expensive tickets in the nation. Tech is not one of the toughest tickets in their own neighborhood. Worry about the 35,000 that watch you each week. Go play on a Thursday or whenever you can get someone to cover you.

mamiefone

September 24th, 2009
8:25 am

I’ll be there and loud as hell. Just like we were last year when we dominated their tiny stadium in Tempe. Unlike last year, I’ll welcome them with a smile and some southern hospitality. Not threaten them, try to start fights, and throw our liquor and beer at them like they did to us.

realistisanidiot'

September 24th, 2009
8:40 am

Realist,

Apparently you know nothing about the secondary ticket market. If you can’t afford $40-60 a ticket, then I’d hesitate to call you middle class, or even a true Dawgs fan. I haven’t had season tickets since I graduated, but I’ve been to almost every game and the most I’ve ever paid for a ticket was $60. It’s called craigslist and its a wonderful site, quit complaining and take a look.

South GA Dawg

September 24th, 2009
8:45 am

Enter your comments here b. M. Why don’t you go flush yourself.

godawg

September 24th, 2009
8:47 am

Dawgs intimidated at The Joke at Coke? HA! That’s Sanford West during that game and the Bees are our Biotches. Try again Bug!

JWC a real dawg

September 24th, 2009
8:47 am

Probably the best blogs applicable to the subject this season. Pretty simple question….the Realist makes a valid point. Similar to the Braves problems (a corporate and visitor crowd…everyone’s from somewhere else)…the blue collar crowds in Philly, Pitts, Chicago, etc. bring their “A” game win or lose. UGA crowds are sometimes slow to warm up. Best warmups I recall are “Hershel…..Walker before those games. But they will warm up….hopefully this will be the tune up game we haven’t had yet. However, they still aren’t the “high school” teams most everyone else has played (see UF’s first 2).

dap01…ditto….m…wrong blog. Worst thing about losing once to GT…they brag all year. Once every so often even a blind pig finds an acorn. m…if you like numbers so much (and we know Techies are all about numbers)…try 59-39-5! GO DAWGS….SIC’em….WOOF…WOOF…WOOF!!!

Carlton Powell

September 24th, 2009
8:49 am

“M,” stop it already. Sanford a “cesspool?” Have you wandered around “Historic” Grant Feild lately? If you really ARE a Tech fan, I’d be surprised. If I were the Jackets or their fans, I’d be a bit more concerned about what Chief Davis and his Tar Heel warriors have in store for them on Sat. The Heels play some pretty good defense, and they are fast. Just like Miami was. You DO remember the outcome of Miami game, don’t you?

Corrine Brown

September 24th, 2009
8:54 am

m,did those 35,000 in Miami intimidate you?

YoungDawg

September 24th, 2009
8:55 am

It’s looking like it’ll be raining aging on Saturday night. What affect will that have on the crowd? Will people stay home because it’s a raining & a non SEC game? I know I have my rain gear ready & will be there. What about the rest of you? Will you let the rain stop you? I don’t think AZ St understands about crowd noise! Ask SC about it on that final drive! Come on Dawg fans show up because the boys need our support!

Corrine Brown

September 24th, 2009
8:55 am

Speaking of cesspools,anybody been mugged lately?

keewee

September 24th, 2009
9:01 am

M-I think that it is funny when you have to celebrate winning two in a row against your in state rival. Bragging about two in a row….REALLY?????

I have been attending UGA games for over 30 years and the question does need to be asked. Why does it take a while for the stadium to get full? Is it because the tickets are too expensive….NO! Is it because of the traffic….NO! Personally, I thin it is because too many of the students don’t care enough about their team to get in the stadium before the game starts!!!!! Look at the student section Saturday at kick off and you will see what I mean!

Knuckle Sandwich

September 24th, 2009
9:02 am

Trap Game, Trap Game, Trap Game

Saint Simons

September 24th, 2009
9:05 am

Uga sure didn”t intimidate TECH last year with all those red necks !!!!! 45 – 42!!!!!!! hahahahahaha

DawginLex

September 24th, 2009
9:18 am

m,

I think I speak for all of us Dawgs and now, as I have read lately over on the GT blogs, I speak for the GT folks as well:

SHUTUP

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2009
9:27 am

I hope you guys are loud. I haven’t made it back for a game in awhile but from reading some of the responses on here it seems that Sanford has quieted down a bit since my days there. I wish you guys could get as loud a the LSU’s fans. Those guys are probably the loudest in the country.

errory Jones

September 24th, 2009
9:33 am

Dude is right, cheap tickets can be had. Right before kickoff many people sell them for dave value or cheaper. If you look a month before the game your paying a premium and its not necessary. There are plenty to be had on game day. And as far as blue collared goes I don’t know if anybody is aware of what cubs and sox tickets go for but living down the street from wrigley I can tell you that its a hell of a lot more but the a game fans still pony up to support their team. Face value cubs tickets are typically more expensive that uga tickets and they still sell at a premium right before game time

Hellen Keller

September 24th, 2009
9:37 am

Bill…I’m going to scream my hands off on Saturday.

Me

September 24th, 2009
9:38 am

Will this dull witted blog ever end?

Sanford Drive

September 24th, 2009
9:42 am

Our stadium will never be loud (compared to other SEC schools) until they fill in the bowl

Sanford Drive

September 24th, 2009
9:45 am

“Historic grant field”

“Historic” is a euphemism for old & dumpy

uuugh...

September 24th, 2009
10:04 am

Yeah Sanford…just like that Shriner’s Car of their’s is “Historic.”

Will

September 24th, 2009
10:05 am

The game will be loud because most will be yelling at coach Fab to “kick the damn ball in the end zone you turd! If we do that then the D will pin its ears back and dominate. UGA 52-17. Plus the fact that I think some may be a tad tanked by 7. Hell ya!

Kendawg

September 24th, 2009
10:06 am

I think the statement about the fans being more pumped up for the LSU game was right on point. The LSU game is an SEC game and inherently more important than the Arizona State game.

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Once the lone trumpeter sounds his notes and the Jumbotron cranks up, it will get loud. Trust me, I’m a Doctor.

tchance

September 24th, 2009
10:09 am

m…the newness of your ground game has worn off and if you have checked lately, while we can be passed on, nobody has run the ball on us. If you think that Miami was an embarrasing shutdown, the Dawg defense is even quicker and it will be uglier than that south Florida game. No worries fellow Dawgs, after our visit to the muggin capital, the Techs fans will once again disappear from our blogs for another 10 years.

murfdawg

September 24th, 2009
10:21 am

So here we go again. Another db not worried about the Dawgs. Maybe this guy is right about the crowd. But I wonder if he will be intimidated by #8? The crowd usually gets loud about the time AJ crosses the goal line. Hopefully, Bolden will hear us.

GT92

September 24th, 2009
10:26 am

m is an embarrassment

swimdawg68

September 24th, 2009
10:33 am

Hey Saint Simons, I liked the way you intimidated Miami, you know we are real scared of you trade school boys. You and “M” are living in the twilight zone if you think you will beat us this year. I look for a major beat down against your high school offense. By the way, our offense will hang 48 points on your defense based on the way you played against Clemson and Miami. I predict right now, N. Carolina will beat you this weekend and you two guys can move back into you “dirt dauber” holes.

I looked for tech in the Top 25 poles? Where were they? Out of the top 25 where they traditionally belong.

late4class

September 24th, 2009
10:36 am

m….make sure you don’t forget your lunch and go get on that school bus. you don’t want to
be late for home economics again. IMBECILE!

Dawgdad

September 24th, 2009
10:41 am

Since most of the Dawg world doesn’t get ESPNU, has any one heard whether any local stations will pick this game up. I thought ESPN was going to market some of the SEC games to other networks like Jefferson Pilot or Raycom. Any info out there?

PNWDawg

September 24th, 2009
10:43 am

Sanford is as loud as any place when we are playing lights out football. But it can also be like a library as soon as the opposition makes a decent play. I took my wife to the Ole Miss game in ‘07 and her first comment was how quiet the crowd was. As much as I hate to admit it, Oregon is a much louder place. They make noise for 4 quarters regardless of how the game is going. The crowd is very close to the field which makes for a very noisey environment. If we can’t yell the entire game then maybe we should ease up (or pour heavier) with the bourbon.

Bone

September 24th, 2009
10:44 am

To m and saint simons or slim-mons…why do you blog for a team that held on to a home win against a so-so team, and then get you hat handed to you at Miami?

Last year is last year…can’t change a thing. Go back to your theories of physics and how your mortal combat games impress the girls and find your own blog. With all of the nerd power there at the GT campus, I’m sure you can find one.

There’s going to be some freezin’ of some devils in Athens this weekend!!

McDawg

September 24th, 2009
10:44 am

Trap game

Sun Devil stadium was very loud last year until about midway thru the 3rd quarter-noise won’t be a factor hopefully a pass rush will

what about the weather?

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
11:46 am

Looks like some possible afternoon thunderstorms McDawg. No doubt with all this humidity. If ASU does not bring some cooling equipment they might start cramping up.

CyberDawg

September 24th, 2009
12:11 pm

I’m sure we’ll see CMR will be through his hands up on the sideline during defensive stands to get the crowd into it. If it’s not loud on defense we may see another shootout.

Loudass Dawg

September 24th, 2009
12:18 pm

Yes lets get loud and chant FIRE WILLIE! Im ready!

Spike

September 24th, 2009
12:29 pm

Come on Dogs! Eliminate the stupid false start and holding penalties, play some Junkyard Dog defense and run ASU out of the stadium. Show em what SEC East football is all about. And M, you wet the bed again.

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
12:41 pm

I expect this will be the game we get to see Ealey play. If Samuel loses the ball again, his starting days will be over. Caleb made some good blocks in the Arky game. Caleb might get quite a few carries Saturday night. Look for Running back by committee again.

coach smith

September 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

I have been looking on the ASU newspapers and Dawg fans…we need to get LOUD because these MORONS actually think they are not only going to come to Athens and win BUT blow the Dawgs out!!!!!

I’m serious

there is page after page of fan posts about how “the devils are better this year” thier “defense is number 1″ and there are plenty of score predictons where ASU fans are saying things like “ASU 44 Dawgs 17″

again I am serious and it is not just from one or two idiots but there are dozens of posts saying the same thing

The Dawgs and Dawg fans need to knock them out of their delusions