Which September game looks toughest for the Dogs?

Will Georgia's revamped defense have more success against Ryan Mallett this year? (Associated Press)

Will Georgia's revamped defense have more success against Ryan Mallett this year? (Associated Press)

Although most Georgia fans are viewing the 2010 schedule as less daunting than last year’s, September still could be a tough month for Mark Richt’s Dogs.

After a cupcake opener against Louiana-Lafayette, Georgia plunges right into the SEC battle by traveling to Columbia to meet the Gamecocks. Many are viewing this as a now-or-never season for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, which makes an always tough game even more interesting.

Then this year’s most hyped conference team and quarterback, Arkansas and Ryan Mallett, come to Athens. Another early test for Todd Grantham’s new 3-4 scheme, and if it turns into another shootout, can Aaron Murray keep up with Mallett like Joe Cox did last year?

The next week the Dogs are back on the road at Mississippi State, never a particularly fun trip for Georgia.

Chris Low of ESPN.com has pegged the Dogs as having the second toughest September schedule in the SEC, noting that they’re the only team in the league that has to play two away games against conference foes in the opening month.

Which September game on UGA's schedule worries you the most?

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I don’t think anyone in red and black is really too concerned about Dan Mullen’s Maroon Bulldogs, though if Georgia enters that game undefeated, it could turn into one of those “trap” games. The other two conference opponents definitely look challenging. South Carolina’s nearly always a close game for the Dogs, and while there are still big questions about the Razorbacks’ defense, their offense will provide a test for Georgia’s young secondary.

So which September game worries you the most? Feel free to comment or vote in the poll or do both.

159 comments Add your comment

FDawg

May 15th, 2010
11:19 am

When you’re a DAWG fan…you worry about every opponent!

RunningDog

May 15th, 2010
11:41 am

The Gamecocks are always scary because of where they are on our schedule. It can be argued that our loss to them in 2007 cost us a shot at a national championship. Arkansas might be a better overall team, but their lack of defense and the fact that they are traveling makes that game less scary than SCAR.

Ben Hill; Been Real

May 15th, 2010
11:41 am

I agree with Spetember being the toughest month this upcoming season but thats nothing to team full of HEALTHY dawgs!!!! BARK ON!!!

Asheville Dawg

May 15th, 2010
11:56 am

South Carolina is “always” a tough, close game. And we are playing at their place.

Richt to opponents: Guess what, we’re throwing to A.J.

May 15th, 2010
11:58 am

After september the dawgs will be 1-3 and Richt’s butt gets blistered everytime he sits.

Cuz

May 15th, 2010
12:01 pm

One game at a time.

L-Dawg

May 15th, 2010
12:07 pm

Ryan Mallet was suppose to tear up our secondary last year… which he did. We weren’t suppose to score on them with our “weak offense” We all know how that game turned out.

This year, the same offense that put up, what 124 points, on the Hogs last year is only missing one player…. the weak QB. We also have a much more proven running attack to hand them.

oh…. and its between the Hedges.

I feel good about this one.

L-Dawg

May 15th, 2010
12:08 pm

One more thing…..

the implementation of a new Defense certainly won’t hurt us against the Hogs.

L-Dawg

May 15th, 2010
12:10 pm

If UConn can tear up S. Carolina in a bowl game last season, I don’t quite understand their “hype” coming into this one.

But we all now, when the Dogs and Cocks tee it up, throw out the books and expect anything. I hate going into Columbia as much as anybody.

Buck Belue

May 15th, 2010
12:18 pm

Bring back Willie Martinez, theres nothing wrong with the defense!

georgia87

May 15th, 2010
12:19 pm

South Carolina…because it is first. Arkansas may prove to be a bigger challenge, but the first SEC game, on the road, new QB, the Dark Visor, and the pressure they are under makes it tough. If we lose, it could really set things up for a bad season. If we win, even a loss to Arkansas won’t mean as much. It just feels like a more pivotal game in the long run.

Keith

May 15th, 2010
12:24 pm

What a stupid question. Obviously at SC.

HanDAWG

May 15th, 2010
12:25 pm

Definitely the Ragin’ Cajuns, I mean Razorbacks. Last year’s Hog-Dawg rodeo was a dynamite shootout, and we have struggled more at home than on the road or with the SEC West under Richt. Could this be our annual home letdown? I hope not; we need to win out at home. We will beat Carolina by one point, late, per usual, and cowbells have nothing to do with being a DAWG. http://www.bighairyblawg.com has the best schedule breakdown and program analysis.

Dawg 39

May 15th, 2010
12:29 pm

Still believe the “Cocks” will be the surprise team in the East this year. If the Dawgs could win that one they may be the surprise team in the East this year.

Dawg 39

May 15th, 2010
12:32 pm

I still believe the”Cocks” will be the surprise team in the East this year. If the Dawgs could win that one, they may be the surprise team in the East this year.

martin

May 15th, 2010
12:34 pm

I voted South Carolina but in reality, all three are toughies, South Carolina always plays us tough, Arkansas probably has the best offense in the SEC, and Miss St. is getting better. If we make it out of September undefeated, we got a chance for a really good record for the season.

jerkin

May 15th, 2010
12:35 pm

south carolina

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 15th, 2010
12:36 pm

I’d say the Dawgs better be most worried about SC. They’ve got a veteran QB, top notch RB and their “D” is usually pretty darn tough ealry in the season, until the injuries start to mount up. They have started really fast the last couple of years and faded down the stretch.
Arkansas will have a potent offense, but their “D” was the only one I saw last year that was worse than the Dawgs in the conference.
MSU is always tough at their place, but Mullen doesn’t have enough horses yet to beat the better teams unless they self destruct.
Can’t wait until 10-30-2010 in J’ville!
Go Gator!

Dave In Tampa

May 15th, 2010
12:38 pm

I don’t care what team you are. Nobody likes going into Columbia. I always say, I don’t care if it’s ugly just win that game. I’ll worry about ARK the following week.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 15th, 2010
12:38 pm

Martin, I agree. If they can manage to get through that stretch unbeaten, they would be favored in every other game until they play the Mighty Gators. Wouldn’t that make the game that much more exciting?

Dave In Tampa

May 15th, 2010
12:45 pm

Who’s the other High School player that is suppose to make his announcement on his College tonight?

11Dawg

May 15th, 2010
12:46 pm

Columbia is a surprisingly hostile place. I think that will be a huge gut check for Murray. If we can make it out of there with a win, I think we could at least make it to Jax undefeated.

bo

May 15th, 2010
12:49 pm

there is no way to predct how this team will look and play, esp in September.

Ahkmed

May 15th, 2010
12:52 pm

Sounds like nobody’s worried about the opener. BTW, which one of the Louisiana teams was it that beat Bama a few years back ?

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 15th, 2010
12:56 pm

Ahkmed, I’m sure they’ll field a fine team and give it their best shot, but there’s no way UGA will lose that opener!

Dave In Tampa

May 15th, 2010
12:57 pm

I agree bo – Too many questions especially on the defensive side of the ball, but it is sure fun to make them anyway. That is the fun part about follow College football.

Dawg 39

May 15th, 2010
1:21 pm

I still believe that USC will be the surprise team in the East this year. If the Dawgs can win in Columbia, they may be the surprise team in the East this year.

RabidDawg

May 15th, 2010
1:37 pm

Mississippi State is going to be the toughest Sept. game. They are going to have one of the best defensive lines, if not the best, in the SEC. Pernell McPhee is going to become a household name this season. I hope they don’t come up with a way to shut down our running game and make Murray beat them. Murray will need to settle down, and make key completions. Don’t try to be a hero until you get your feet under you and know exactly what your doing, which probably won’t be until next season. Mark it down, Mississippi State is going to give us the fight of our lives…I still think we win however..GO DAWGS!

Buckhead Bulldog

May 15th, 2010
1:39 pm

No doubt, The Cocks! 90k in Columbia at probably a 4 or 7 o’clock KO with super rowdy enemy fans could be difficult for the QB….Keep it on the ground with Ealey and short dumps to Charles, and a long strike every so often to AJ. DO NOT get into another shoot out like last year. Even though we lead this series by a large margin and usually find a way to win more often than not, I ALWAYS get an unsettled stomach going into USC game.

Not too worried about the Razorbacks…..our D will be ready and playing with some authority by then.

Ben

May 15th, 2010
1:41 pm

Toss up with USC and Ark. Regardless, cannot WAIT to boo the ever loving crap out of Petrino The Snake. Seriously, I might take a page from those South American soccer hooligans and pack some bags of urine.

big k

May 15th, 2010
1:41 pm

its South Carolina. Simply because its a rivalry game, our first road game, and we all know how these games usually turn out to be. The winner of this game will challenge Florida for the eastern crown, its a very important game

Dawg Days

May 15th, 2010
1:41 pm

Arkansas is probably the best team but the toughest test especially for Murray will be at South Carolina. First SEC game, hostile crowd, and a pretty good defense.

Me

May 15th, 2010
1:50 pm

Dawgs will have at least 2 conference loses in Sept. They will be out of the race in the very first month Then all the attention will be on recruiting. But don’t worry, they will be pre-season #1 in 2011…the kings of spring….again…until the next “fall”.

Harley

May 15th, 2010
2:03 pm

UGA will lose to South Carolina and Arkansas, you can bet on it. This will be the most over-hyped UGA team since 2008, when they were preseason #1 but couldn’t even finish #1 in their own state.

Factor in another 4-5 players who will have been arrested and suspended for at least a few games, and you have a shambles of a team.

Then there’s the QB position, where – no matter who gets the call – a rookie QB will be going up against teams that will be handing him his head on a platter regularly.

They’ll be lucky to finish 7-5 even with an easy schedule.

hop

May 15th, 2010
2:04 pm

there is no comparison carolina is a very complete team with a strong defense and according to buck belue they will have as good if not better athletes than georgia.

arkansas is very poor on defense and can not match the dawgs with their outmatched team!

miss state does not simply have the players either!

Dawg

May 15th, 2010
2:05 pm

If Georgia had a perfect record and South Carolina had no wins they would play us tough. The bad part in all of this is we have to travel there and they have field advantage. I think the birds will be the measuring stick, and then we will find out if the junk yard “DAWGS” are back. The SEC is the toughest conference and so any team is capable of winning on any given day, the “DAWGS” will have to man up.

Hanna

May 15th, 2010
2:08 pm

I agree with the 7-5 prediction, for mostly the same reasons. The bleeding will start in September with at least one loss.

All of you UGA alumni and fans need to get your heads out of the sand and start worrying about the biggest problem at UGA. At the rate your players are being arrested, you’ll be lucky to have a football team by this fall.

Just Plain Joe

May 15th, 2010
2:12 pm

This is finally the year that Spurrier’s SC team will prevail.

GO GAMECOCKS!!!

The Dawgs will never know what hit ‘em.

Greer

May 15th, 2010
2:16 pm

Other than the Louisiana-Laf, game, all games are going to be tough. South Carolina is ALWAYS a close game. The Cocks always come ready to play. UGA can’t afford to underestimate any team on their schedule.

yeah whatever!

May 15th, 2010
2:27 pm

I don’t see a team on UGAs schedule that will be tuff. Not one

Me

May 15th, 2010
2:30 pm

UGA will lose to South Carolina and either Arky or Miss St. A loss to Florida is a 99% and UGA will still have tough games vs Auburn (away) and Ga Tech. 8-4 sounds about right. South Carolina will lose to Auburn, Bama, and Florida. Arky at home and Clemson away will be tough. Again, 8-4 sounds about right. Florida will be 10-2 with loses to Bama and FSU (away). LSU and Miiss State could be tough.

Courtney

May 15th, 2010
2:31 pm

Undefeated in 2010!

drbasic

May 15th, 2010
2:33 pm

It really amazes me the Tech folks that get on this blog and talk smack about the dawgs. I know the pain of your best team losing to our worst team “stings” a lot, but geez, give it a rest! If Tech had blog that anyone read you might be there, but i forget outside the state of Georgia, know one really knows tech exsists. Reality is, this years team is going to surprise a lot of people and your team…..well……not so much. If the dawgs finished 1-11 (the win of course would be Tech), it would still be better than to be 11-1 (loss to Dawgs) and be a Tech fan.

Me

May 15th, 2010
2:34 pm

yeah whatever! Can you please give me some far-fetched statistic to support that claim? JUST KIDDING! JUST KIDDING!

Ben

May 15th, 2010
2:35 pm

Hanna………*yawn*. Get some new material.

PDawg

May 15th, 2010
2:42 pm

New quarterback, new defense, no real horse at running back. I would say we will be lucky to be 2-2 in the first 4.

And we certainly need to get to September without any more arrests but I’m not holding my breath.

SSIgator

May 15th, 2010
2:53 pm

Pups go 7-5 and get to be defending champions in Shreveport.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 15th, 2010
2:55 pm

SSIgator, I think they’ll end up about 9-3. If they do go 7-5, then Richt will be on the hot seat, for sure.

BigGAdawg

May 15th, 2010
3:13 pm

The Old Ball Coach has a legitimate Offense that will take everything our new defense can muster to deal with. Especially since it is the first Real game of the season. Playing them so early each year, before all the kinks are worked out, makes them especially dangerous.

I think the Bulldogs will be up to the task but they had better bring their “A” game to SC. Spurrier may have had some lackluster seasons but he is still as dangerous as a rattlesnake.

Preston

May 15th, 2010
3:14 pm

UGA is going to have a monster year this year. Anyone that thinks we’re losing five games is delusional. I predict a serious run at the SEC title this year. The only question will be a redshirt freshman QB. We’re loaded everywhere else on offense and the D will be great. Hopefully Murray will live up to all the hype. Florida will face the same challenge this year so I believe we get them this time. No more pitiful Martinez D to exploit.