Word from a Dawg in Bayou Bengal country

The Hat hasn't beaten Georgia. (Associated Press)

The Hat hasn't beaten Georgia. (Associated Press)

I heard yesterday from my old friend Owen, who I’ve known since we were in Mrs. Booth’s kindergarten class in Athens. These days, he’s a clinical psychologist living in Baton Rouge but still a Bulldog to the core.

Owen provided a summary of talking points about the LSU-UGA match-up down on the Bayou:

The revenge factor. The LSU players are talking about payback for the whipping Georgia laid on the Tigers in Death Valley last year (which Owen had “the pleasure” of attending).

The frustration factor. Les Miles has never beaten UGA.

The respect factor. Or the lack thereof. Although ranked No. 4 in the country, LSU is essentially unproven. The feeling in Baton Rouge is that the national media thinks LSU is overrated and is not of the same caliber as Alabama and Florida (which particularly rankles the Tiger faithful).

Owen’s conclusion: “All of this says to me that LSU feels like it has a lot to prove and an ideal chance to prove it” against Georgia.

Ah yes, another week, another team that’s keying on its game against Georgia.

So far, the Dogs have handled that challenge pretty well, losing only in a game in which their quarterback was sick. But, frankly, they haven’t played a team of LSU’s caliber up to now.

What do you think? Is this Georgia team “man enough” to handle the Hat and his Tigers?

115 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

September 30th, 2009
10:42 am

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

How about that?

September 30th, 2009
10:45 am

the 7 years before that!!! hahahahahahahahahaha

Saint Simons

September 30th, 2009
10:46 am

unproven means cupcake schedule, just like uga!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahaha

saint simons is sad

September 30th, 2009
10:47 am

You know, I’d be bragging about a game from last year too if I had talked up GT’s chances all off season only to be embarrassed by Miami.

Hawk n the Ham

September 30th, 2009
10:47 am

LSU has Florida next week. Kind of hard to think that some of those guys won’t be looking a little ahead to next week. I know UGA is high on their list, but in the back of their minds they may be thinking Florida.

Glory, Glory

L-Dawg

September 30th, 2009
10:50 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WELCOME BACK: CHILDREN WHO BROKE THEIR TYPING FINGERS FOR A WEEK AFTER AN EBARRASING NATIONAL TELEVISION STOMPING. WAY REBOUND AND STICK IT TO A WEAK ACC OPPONENT!!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

3 DAYS TIL WE ARE 3-0 IN THE SEC, AND GAIN MUCH DESERVED RESPECT!!!!!!

dawgystyle

September 30th, 2009
11:00 am

St Simons is a tickle pile master. Cupcake schedule? Try toughest in the nation. You are the biggest loser ever homo. Check out the powers your nancy boys have played so far (Jacksonville St, really?). The only decent team was miami and we all witnessed how well your high school offense did in that one on national tv. hahahahahahahahahahahah

Hey Ref!

September 30th, 2009
11:02 am

How about the blown ref calls on Saturday? Take a look at the evidence for AJ’s missed touchdown and the missed facemask late in the 4th quarter:

http://www.uspresswire.com/image/3984478

http://www.uspresswire.com/image/3984488

Have we upset the penalty gods so much to deserve such bad refereeing?

G

September 30th, 2009
11:02 am

I expect the Dawgs Oline to step up and block. The dline looks solid and the pass rush is getting better every game. Win the turnover battle and the dawgs win.

lastgrad

September 30th, 2009
11:03 am

Should be a good game. Lots of the line for both teams. Hello Owen! Go Trojans.

Cuz

September 30th, 2009
11:08 am

Georgia wins if we win the turnover battle. I can’t see us giving away three, getting one for a minus two and winning. We are playing with the big boys now. Time to tighten up.

MoDawg

September 30th, 2009
11:20 am

Queue “Yellow Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Homo”….since his buddy Taint Simpleton is already here…

LSU may have been looking ahead to us last week when they squeaked by MIss St., and we may have been looking forward to LSU when we squeaked by ASU. If LSU is looking ahead to Florida this week, I just hope we can put together a complete game on both sides of the ball to win. If not, we’re in trouble. No way we should be looking ahead to Tennessee with LSU coming to town.

It’s about time we get it all pulled together and play like a cohesive unit, isn’t it? My heart would sure like the R&R!

Dawgs by 4.

superDawg

September 30th, 2009
11:22 am

OK it’s time to wake up and be somebody.”Time to tighten up”.

keith rhea

September 30th, 2009
11:25 am

Enter your comments here Most LSU fans I know are expecting a disaster this weekend. The alumni tour package didn’t sell out and I was at a local booster club meeting last night and they were looking for takers, at a discount, with tickets. As a contrarian, this is bullish from my perspective since most of us fans are poor predictors. It will be a nail biter and I hope the Tigers win but I am not putting money on the game. Geaux Tigers

Way Down South Dawg

September 30th, 2009
11:28 am

Glory-Glory, not to worry, Dawgs by 4 and that’s the story !

McDawg

September 30th, 2009
11:33 am

the question is will Tebow be available to play LSU in two weeks #1 v #4

aaron

September 30th, 2009
11:35 am

as bill and everyone said, if UGA wins the turnover battle, we should win the game. we know the dawgs can score, even when they are giving up these turnovers. if we limit that number, you could probably bank on 7-10 more points on our side. i think UGA wins another tight game, but obviously continues to get no love in the rankings, maybe only moving up to 12 or 13.

Iron Dawg

September 30th, 2009
11:36 am

Lets hope that the Dawgs have used up thier turnover coupons and start hanging on to the ball. If they can do that and have started to believe they can win no matter what then we’ve got a shot at anyone on the schedule. GO DAWGS!!

J-Dawg

September 30th, 2009
11:37 am

I wouldn’t touch this game with a ten foot pole, betting wise.

Having said that, I like UGA’s chances, but we’ve got to tighten up on the turnovers and penalties. It sounds obvious, but so far, we haven’t been able to correct the problem.

This should be a great game between two SEC powerhouses. Another great Saturday in the fall.

G

September 30th, 2009
11:38 am

Who cares about rankings just win games the strength of schedule will catch up. Im alot more worried about the oline and turnovers than rankings.

UGA ALL THE WAY

September 30th, 2009
11:39 am

McDawg, they wont be #4 against LOSER A$$ Tebow… They play us and after we STOMP them then they’ll be like 12 or 11. GO DAWGS!!!!

Yellow is the color of pi$$

September 30th, 2009
11:39 am

The dawgs haven’t played anyone of LSU’s caliber yet? What is LSU’s caliber? I know they have a lot of talent, but they have not played a team that was anywhere close to being as talented as LSU and those games have all been close. If LSU is only 5 points better then Miss. St. then this game shouldn’t even be close. “IF” Georgia wins the turnover margin in this game I see LSU getting embarassed Saturday

Georgia

September 30th, 2009
11:43 am

bring the heat on Jefferson and dawgs can win. Need to be aggressive on the line of scrimmage making LSU have to pass because they will try and pound it with C Scott on the road. Its about time for a clean game/less than 6 less penalties = win

Nick

September 30th, 2009
11:43 am

I’m so sick of hearing about Tebow. Enough already.

Roll Tide Roll

September 30th, 2009
11:44 am

UGA and LSU are both losers.

Yellow is the color of pi$$

September 30th, 2009
11:50 am

I could care less about Tebow. Hes not a Dawg, hes the enemy. As far as im concerned I wouldn’t care if he got enough concussions to end his career. If Urban Crier wants to destroy his talent in order to win big thats his problem not mine

Sautee Dawg

September 30th, 2009
11:50 am

LSU doubles AJ Green and Orson Charles has a big day. O-line has been picked on for not performing in the running game but, did a hell of a job protecting Joe Cox. D-end from Az St. was supposed to all world and o-line kept him out of the backfield all night. If Cox makes some good throws UGA has a good chance of winning this one. Put a fullback in there for blocking and to hell with the running game if nobody on the team wants to be it.

Yellow is the color of pi$$

September 30th, 2009
11:51 am

Who lost to Utah last year? Im sorry, who got whipped by Utah last year?

JJ

September 30th, 2009
11:52 am

I know Roll Tide Roll…I don’t know why anyone is even playing football this year except Alabama. Bunch of dilusional inbred backwood rednecks. It gets old listening to you guys but the good thing is we only have to do it once or twice every ten years or so.

Hedgepruner

September 30th, 2009
11:53 am

LSU 41
ugo 17

Tech 49
Miss st 29

uga 8-4
TECH 9-3

wiley

September 30th, 2009
11:53 am

the number one schedule during the pre season…now that all those overated teams have been shown to not be that good your schedule doesnt look much tougher than GT’s. You play UF, LSU, and GT ??? no one else that is any good. UT lost to UCLA, Auburn is ok but not amazing, Arkansas sucks…FIU scored more on bama, ASU always sucks and will go 5-7 in the pac 10 for crying out loud, Vandy lol, an FCS school, Kentucky lol, SC is decent, Ok State obviously was over rated. Where is this tough schedule??? anyone wanna answer with something other than we are in the SEC?? that argument is not valid. GT plays 4 ranked opponents currently and so do you. Please stop refering to the Miami game also that was one bad game, our team is showing signs of improvment…while yours has consistently been playing like crap against average to below average teams.

rrgunn

September 30th, 2009
11:54 am

So I guess we DON”T have something to prove? I’d say we do.
And please – don’t feed the troll (SSI)

KNelson

September 30th, 2009
11:55 am

LSU hasnt beaten UGA ends Saturday. Georgia gets a reality check on Saturday and the next week and the next !

Tim Rupert

September 30th, 2009
11:55 am

Yes. Ga always plays down to the competition, see the last three. Ga and CMR have the bengals number. Ga will play a complete game and win 37 to 17. Go Dawgs.

hatfieldgeoff

September 30th, 2009
11:55 am

I was just on ESPN’s website and the blogger that covers the PAC-10 had a story about how ASU had found it defense against UGA. But it point out how bad their offense is saying they only had 204 total yards against a defense that would be below average in the PAC-10. Of course, I about jumped out of my shoes to reply to that slander, but (I’m sure to cover his a** he had placed a link there to the statistical defensive rankings for the NCAA) I couldn’t refute it. We are 95th in yards and worse in points allowed. I think those numbers would put you in the bottom half of the Big Sky Conference. Thanks Willie Martinez for driving a once proud defense to this. Coach Richt need to fire willie or leave with him.

Yellow is the color of pi$$

September 30th, 2009
11:55 am

Its gonna be funny when Saban does to Alabama what he did to LSU and leave for greener pastures(more $)

McDawg

September 30th, 2009
11:56 am

yeah but will tebow be ready for LSU

Yellow is the color of pi$$

September 30th, 2009
11:59 am

Who cares If Tebow is ready he wont be running the ball and trying to lay it on defenders i guarantee it.

TheItalianDawg

September 30th, 2009
12:00 pm

no margins for errors from now on! we cant committ 3 turnovers a game and expect to win! 3-1 with -9 turnovers against good BCS teams that is unbelievable!!
this game is the corner stone for our season, its gonna be a war! go dawgs!!

Are you serious?

September 30th, 2009
12:01 pm

Of course yellow would bring up Utah because he cant say his team beat Alabama. Hahaha nice blackout for that game. Lots of class hoping for Tebow’s career to be over. You belong in a prison somewhere away from sane people here in society.

Jethro

September 30th, 2009
12:04 pm

The word is they are by far the best team that the Dawgs have played this season. UGA struggles against Arizona State, LSU is no Arizona State. McDawg, Tebow will probably be ready for LSU but you can be sure he will be ready in Jacksonville. The power of the Florida Defense will be ready also. Stafford + Moreno and the #1 Pre-Season ranked Dawgs= 10 points in Jacksonville, pathetic.

Starring Kam Fong as Chon Ho

September 30th, 2009
12:06 pm

LSU will bring speed, speed, and mare speed to the battle. Chavis always had a good defensive plan against Ga when he was at Tenn. Ga has been Jeckle and Hyde this year. I hope Hyde shows on Sat with a bad attitude. I have the utmost respect for LSU nad their fans as well, I’ve always been treated well @ games there. I feel like Ga can score 24-30 pts, I still question if the defense can play a complete game

Yellow is the color of pi$$

September 30th, 2009
12:06 pm

I DIDNT hope his career to be over. Learn to read. I said I woudnt care. Hes great evryone knows it.

DawgDays

September 30th, 2009
12:10 pm

Enter your comments here Would this be Owen the six string God of Zambo Flirts fame?

FLA DAWG

September 30th, 2009
12:13 pm

I believe the latest line is LSU by 3. That is essentially a straight up match in my book. I think the game comes down to Dawg D. The Offense has been reliable for the most part. The Defense really came to life last week.

If The Dawg D shows up (and they just might – considering the confidence they should have gained from last week’s performance) then we have a real shot of winning this one.

LSU is loaded with talent and great coaching. But they are not unbeatable. Mississippi State came within 1 foot of beating them. I picked Mississippi State to win in an upset. I was wrong but not by much.

LSU should win this one because no one can yet rely on a strong Defense from The Dawgs. But I will go with my Dawgs hoping for an upset.

TIDETALK12

September 30th, 2009
12:16 pm

I think LSU will get beat due to Ga having a better Qtback and wide outs 31-13

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 30th, 2009
12:17 pm

The defense always looks better in a rain storm. UGA’s defense hasn’t dominated anyone yet so we will see. I doubt if even Florida would be undefeated averaging 3 turnovers a game. Turnovers will be the key to the game.

George O'Leary

September 30th, 2009
12:23 pm

Just drinking scotch and reading my resume’
Might go kick a player later

59bulldawg

September 30th, 2009
12:23 pm

Get real UGA ALL THE WAY! Tebow may be a lot of things but LOSER is definitely not one of them. Don’t hate the player, hate how we can’t ever seem to beat the Gators except once every other blue moon. I don’t like the Gators either but until we can match em I really don’t see any use in all the bravado.

RxDawg

September 30th, 2009
12:24 pm

The Dawgs have had 4 games to turn around all the mistakes. They haven’t done it. Nothing tells me they will turn it around this week. UGA coughs up the ball 3 more times and we lose because we finaly play a talented team. I’d love to see it turn around, but my pessimism has taken over now. I’m cheering for the dawgs in my heart, but my brain says this is a loss.