Stoking the fires of offseason optimism among Dogs fans

Mark Richt's new slogan is to the point. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt's new slogan is to the point. (Associated Press)

It’s that time of year when Georgia fans examine every comment Mark Richt makes for clues to what we can expect on the field this fall. So far this spring, Richt has pretty much stayed on an even keel, as he usually does, although he has sounded optimistic enough to have stoked expectations up a notch or so among many in the Bulldog Nation.

Despite all the questions about an inexperienced quarterback and revamped defense, I’m hearing more and more fans saying they expect the Dogs to achieve 10 wins this season, at the very least.

How realistic that is, we can’t really say until we see the team perform.

So we look for clues from Richt. So far I like what I’m hearing for the most part, including some comments he made in a recent interview with Fox Sports South.

Asked whether tight end Orson Charles can take pressure off A.J. Green on the outside just as well as any secondary receiver, Richt said flatly, “He can. In our base set — two receivers and a tight end — he is basically on the same side of the field as A.J. So if they choose to double A.J., there’s no way they can also double the tight end right next to him, so Orson — and Aron White for that matter — really benefited from the double teams that A.J. was getting. Now that Orson has established himself in our TE position, people are going to have to think twice about leaving a linebacker on these guys.”

On the subject of which defensive players are most likely to thrive in the new 3-4 scheme, Richt said Justin Houston is “going to benefit from it. I think he’s going to be put into a position to make a lot of plays for us. On the other side, opposite him is Cornelius Washington. Cornelius is a guy who is tailor-made for this defense as it will allow him to become more of a playmaker.  Quite frankly, he’s matured to the point physically and mentally where this should be a big year for him whether we had changed our defensive scheme or not.”

When asked whether there’s a new slogan like “Finish the drill” to sum up 2010 Georgia football, Richt put the emphasis in the right place by answering, “Win the turnover margin.”

Not as colorful perhaps, but very much to the point.

And for us old-school fans there was this summation of how the players are approaching the season: “I would just say that our guys are looking forward to playing hard and getting after people, really going back to the Vince Dooley and Erk Russell days, we just want to get after people. I think that’s going to be an attitude that this team is really going to embrace.”

GATA, in other words.

Some might portray this as just offseason pandering to what the fans want to hear, but everything we know about Todd Grantham points toward a more aggressive style of play on defense. And aside from Aaron Murray, the Dogs will have a veteran offense.

I think the optimism is well-founded. What about you?

134 comments Add your comment

11Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
10:57 am

Is it September yet?

Innocent Bystander

June 2nd, 2010
11:09 am

After being blindsided by Oklahoma State last year I swore I would never fall prey to optimism until the season began and we could see what we had.We won’t know much until South Carolina. But I am optimistic. I think we’re in the best position we could be for a new quarterback to limit the damage which comes with inexperience. Our offensive line and tailbacks should bring us a lot of points.Anything would be an improvement on the defense. And I expect it will improve. Go Dawgs!

DCDawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

I wish we could fast forward a month or so.

GetOverIt

June 2nd, 2010
11:12 am

I don’t know, GATA sounds like something you would hear in a Midtown bar alley on Saturday night. You know, one of those bars where the stools are upside down.

Bryan G.

June 2nd, 2010
11:13 am

I’m with Bystander. I’m done being optimistic until I see it on the field. We’ve been down from 2006-2009 (save for 2007), so I’ll believe hype when I see something worthy of hype.

It’s kind of like Logan Grey. I keep hearing how athletic he is, but I haven’t SEEN it. Same thing with the team…I’ll believe it when I see it.

By the way, if Cuff runs a 4.25 or whatever, Bay Bay Thomas must run a 3.9 b/c he housed Cuff last year.

slow down young pups

June 2nd, 2010
11:14 am

I am drinking the cool aide and think that this is going to be the year of the DAWG!

We are winning the off season with our coaching changes and players developing who are coming back. GO DAWGS 30-24

The most interesting man in the world

June 2nd, 2010
11:15 am

I may not watch college football, but when I do, “Its the Georgia Bulldogs”. Stay thirsty my friends.

RxDawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

It all comes down to Murray. What little fans have seen with Murray in a bulldog uniform has been mixed. Last years G-day looked good, this years didn’t. I also went back and looked at his youtube videos of high school film. Richt was right, if you doubt Murray watch some of those videos. Holy smokes there were some plays being made in high school.

But I digress, this ain’t high school. If Murray starts completing passes on a regular basis, and DOES NOT THROW INTERCEPTIONS….we will be a force in the SEC.

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Bradley G

June 2nd, 2010
11:39 am

So Bryan G, are you saying there is a lot of GREY area in terms of Logan GRAY’s contributions to the team?

Hey St. Simons...

June 2nd, 2010
11:41 am

We own you. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

Jeffrey

June 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

They got runningbacks and that should help the QB and the D. Let’s get back to Erk and Vince and all that. GO DAWGS!!!!

8 out of 9

June 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

Hey Bryan G. and St. Simons,

((((((((((((((30-24))))))))))))))
((((((((((((((73-66))))))))))))))
((((((((((((((8 out of 9)))))))))

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

and BAY BAY ain’t there anymore along with Derrick Morgan and Jonathan Dwyer so get ready for another beat down.

GATA???

June 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

Would someone please share with me what the acronym GATA stands for? Thought I knew all about Georgia football…please share!

NC Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:53 am

Only thing that matters is cleats on the turf, but I can’t wait for the season to start.

TS

June 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

GATA- Get after their ass. I’m a Gator fan and I knew that!

Silver Creek Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

GATA=

Get After Their Arse!!

Top Dogs

June 2nd, 2010
11:58 am

1. Richt’s right about not emphasizing 4th quarter, who’s leading at half is better predictor of wins.
2. run the ball, and play smashmouth defense.
3. Win the TO Margin, love that.
4. Right about aj/oRSON situation. There will be a mismatch on every play against every team.
5. Right about OLB’s playing big in 2010, in the 3-4, these guys get to the QB and drive him bonkers, ask Meyer.

IT’S SCORING MARGIN. SCORE MORE POINTS, STOP THEM FROM SCORING AS MANY. AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

Top Dogs

June 2nd, 2010
12:01 pm

Reasons for Optimism grounded in reality:

the 2 most accurate pre-season predictors say Georgia could go on a run, Athlon & Phil Steele.

Georgia will be a scary team to face on special teams, defense, and offense. Now weaknesses on this bunch of guys.

Steele said before Spring, secondary was only weak concern, after Spring, I don’t think so with Boykin and Cuff. The safeties looked great on G-Day.

Bryan G.

June 2nd, 2010
12:03 pm

8 out of 9…um, I went to UGA. Maybe you should actually read my comments before you assume I’m not a Georgia fan, idiot.

joe

June 2nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Here we go…let the predictions of 2010 SEC/Natl champs begin…just like every other year for the past 30.

gtfanfrom1951

June 2nd, 2010
12:04 pm

UGA can only win by running the football. If the offense line play is outstanding UGA might get 10 wins but it will still behind FLA.

Dan

June 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Aside from Aaron Murray? Yeah, it’s only the most important position on the team, but let’s minimize it anyway…

SSIgator

June 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

Bill King -

Didn’t you write this same article last week?

Dawg 39

June 2nd, 2010
12:16 pm

9 & 4 will sucessfully completete the best 10 year run in Dawg history , All under CMR.

I expect much better than that. With the OL we have plus the TEs, We s/b able to run the ball.

Double team A.J. & free up others. Play action passes & run the ball. 10-2 or 11-1 Reg. season.

The new 3-4 will cause more problems for the Opp. than it causes break downs for us. GATA.

Gatorlove

June 2nd, 2010
12:20 pm

woooo dogs fans getting fired up again just to be let down, i love watching you guys get all excited every year and then whining about the season at the end. Youre all a disgrace, should move uga to the sun belt conference.

Athletic Supporter

June 2nd, 2010
12:20 pm

Bryan G. On the play you are referring to, DThomas didn’t house Cuff…Cuff missed a tackle on a screen pass and was on the ground when he took off. And DThomas didn’t even juke or anything, it was just a bad form tackle. I hate that it happened, but that’s all it was. It wasn’t like DThomas was sprinting down the field and Cuff couldn’t keep up and Nesbitt threw a good pass…None of those things could EVER happen! Ha…Nesbitt throw a good pass??? HAHAHAHAHA! And you should know that, being a UGA grad. Don’t give the nerds any supposed ammo.

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June 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

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Gary

June 2nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Lets wait till Tennessee and see where we stand. I don’t care how much talent we have. If they keep making dumb penalties and turnovers it will be the same as last year but maybe without the loss to Kentucky. Somehow they just have this incredible ability to dissappoint me. I can handle loosing to a better team like Florida and Alabama. But getting smoked by Tennessee and Texas Tech and way to close for comfort games against USC and Ark left me pretty dismayed. I just don’t think those issues can be resolved with a few new coaches. Penalties and turnovers will take more time to fix.

Denver Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
12:37 pm

when did we “loose” to Texas Tech? glad I missed THAT one!

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
12:38 pm

All i know is the last time we had a defensive coordinator that knew what he was doing, we went:

42-10 with 2 SEC East titles and 1 SEC title (2001-2004)

I’m hoping for similar results or better with coach Grantham.

2010 could be a repeat of 2001 with a redshirt freshman at QB but the overall talent surrounding Murray, especially on the OL plus the knowledge of the system should get us more wins than 2001.

Gary

June 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

Gator Love: You have had a great run. I only hope you are still willing to stand by your team as the glory fades and the crystal looses its shine. It is easy to root for a team that wins 90% of their games, but will you still watch on Saturday if you know your going to loose to Tennessee or Alabama or Auburn year after year? Frankly I have more respect for SC fans. You young Gators that have no memory of the 80’s will be in for a treat at some point. Even the nighty BAMA had a major dry spell. So yes, last year was hard on the bulldog nation, but we do know one thing… Floridas time in the spotlite is fading. Hope you can handle it.

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

Joe,

Read son. The article is about optimism. It doesn’t predict a national title.

We always are optimistic about the Dawgs. That’s what winning teams do.

Gary

June 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

Sorry, Ok State… Not Texas Tech… Guess I did a pretty good job blocking that miserable game out of my head.

bee

June 2nd, 2010
12:44 pm

richt saying he didn’t know he was on the hot seat means he is either a complete moron or liar, for those of you who don’t know, both are bad.
now my joke of the day: name a socialist institution, that is state created, state funded and state regulated……answer: the university of georgia! we should end all socialism!

Dawghater

June 2nd, 2010
12:46 pm

UGA should put themselves on the front of SI and proclaim the #1 team in the nation and wear those black helmets and black uniforms. Yea, that’ll create optimism. Hum, I think they tried that didn’t they! Dreaming for another trip to Shreveport!

Dawghater

June 2nd, 2010
12:47 pm

I seem to remember a lot and I mean a lot of optimistic comments about Joe Cox about this time last year! HUM!

RammerJammer1005

June 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

So is saying that the Dawgs are back mean that they will lose to Florida, some other SEC school, and then beat some overrated Big 10 team so they can have illusions of grandeur again next year. Face it, Dawgs, you’re a mid-tier team that has good seasons when other teams (Florida, Tenn) are down.

As far as Richt on the hot seat, you had better hope not. What did UGA do for about 20 years before Richt got there?

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
12:52 pm

the nerd’s obsession with all things UGA continues………………………………….

KeithB

June 2nd, 2010
1:00 pm

It’s going to give you false hopes. You will play lesser competition and win more hence thinking you are better, which will not necessarily be the case. Whatever it takes I guess.

I also think you lost the best QB on your roster to Butler JC. Just beat UF and I’ll be happy.

Dawghater

June 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

DawginLex – avoid the facts, divert attention to other issues and bark like a UGA fan. Seen it, won’t do it.

Reality Check

June 2nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Rammer jammer you are right. UGA has had good seasons in the midst of LSU, Flordia and Winning National Championships. Since CMR came to UGA the SEC has won 5 NC’s. In the 9 years the CMR has been at UGA they have been to 3 SEC championship games, 1 more than Alabama. BTW, UGA is 3-1 against Alabama in the same time. Also, UGA finished number 2 or 3 in the country in 2007 so I guess you are right, UGA is a mid tier team. Only LSU has played in more SEC championship games in the same time period moron.

SSIgator

June 2nd, 2010
1:14 pm

DawginLex -

“We always are optimistic about the Dawgs. That’s what winning teams do.”

Is a 7-5 year more or less reason for optimisim? Just asking.

Honest Lee

June 2nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Please keep the optimism high, AJC. The WLOCP would be no fun at all if the dawg fans attended the game without their usual overconfidence.

Dawghater

June 2nd, 2010
1:16 pm

Man, I’m a pathetic loser. I hate my life.

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
1:16 pm

Who is your team Dawghater?

spend all your time on a UGA blog and give yourself the handle of dawghater doesn’t show obsession?

You don’t see me hanging out on any other blogs other than the Braves.

Obsessed with what you can’t be? Let it go.

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
1:18 pm

SSIgator,

Yes i’m optimistic. Yes we did go 8-5 last year. But there is true reason for optimism. If you can’t see it, then fine.

You should be optimistic too about the Gators.

SSIgator

June 2nd, 2010
1:26 pm

DawginLex -

Hope for the best – be prepared for the worst. Remember, these are late teen early twenties kids running around out there that everyone is so excited about. Just another reason not to bet on college football.

Gatorlove

June 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Hey Gary, we will never loose to tennessee! We may lose to them from time to time but not loose to them. I cant wait to hear the UGA fans crying once the season starts and you cant blame it on willie martinez anymore. Waaaaaaah!!!

Dorsey Hill

June 2nd, 2010
1:28 pm

I see that some fans were “blindsided” by last year’s team. I wasn’t. I posted time and time again last summer about the fact that our offense was AJ and well that’s it. Can’t win that way, especially with a questionable defense. Had the running game not turned around late in the year it would have been much worse. Last year’s team had 6 wins written all over it going into the season. The fact that we got 8 (and put an asterisk next to the LSU loss) given what we had to work with, was not that bad of a result.

Now AJ is a piece in the puzzle and we have 2 good RB’s, excellent TE’s, an even better line and we should get some production from the other wr’s. We also have the two best kickers in the country. Add to that the inherent excitement that the change in coaches and schemes will give to the defense and this is a formidable team. This team will win the East.

If you doubt me I said that 2007 would be a big year (specifically I said we’d be in the MNC discussion), that in 2008 we wouldn’t meet the very high expectations placed on us and that in 2009 we wouldn’t be very good at all.

I’m on a roll, so trust me. Get you SECCG tickets today.

BTW: we will play Bama.

RxDawg

June 2nd, 2010
1:37 pm

Dawghater, give in to your anger. Give in to your fears. Step over to the red and black side!

SSIgator

June 2nd, 2010
1:38 pm

Dorsey Hill -

“I’m on a roll, so trust me. Get you SECCG tickets today.”

One thing about these AJC articles and the fans that respond – they are always good for a laugh.

RxDawg

June 2nd, 2010
1:39 pm

Doresy, I like what your saying.

Amsterdam Sam

June 2nd, 2010
1:53 pm

StammerRammerJammer – ten of those twenty years prior to Richt’s hire the coach was Vince Dooley. Seems we did pretty well under him, for we had Florida’s number during his tenure. However, Florida wan’t the same team back then. Richt’s ten year’s as coach have been more successful than any ten year period Dooley ever had. Young Florida fan’s don’t remember the bad old days or realize that all things (even college football success) is cyclical and their day is coming. Then they will find we, the Bulldogs, have far more class when it comes to these blogs they so love while riding the crest.

Me

June 2nd, 2010
2:07 pm

No one really needs to stoke the fires of optimism for the average dawg fan. They pretty much stroke, uh I mean, stoke themselves.

Gator Growl

June 2nd, 2010
2:13 pm

Thanks for the earlier posts about GATA! I never really knew what it meant, I just figured it stood for Gators in ATlanta Again…GATA!

Florida Tennessee Alabama Kentucky

June 2nd, 2010
2:15 pm

We’re very confident, indeed!!!

Go Richt! Go Richt! Go Richt!

Much love,
UF, UT, UA, UK

76-Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
2:23 pm

I hope Bobo’s poor leadership at times in 2009 was because UGA didn’t have a QB who could compete in the SEC. But the main glaring inept things for the offense was; First, UGA needs better execution on the screen play. I have never seen a worst execution from any division 1-A team. I knew every time UGA ran it before it was run. Second, make sure you get the ball to the other teams 40 yard line. You have the best field goal kicker in the united states, use him. UGA had more 3 and outs in 2009 than I can ever remember, that has got to change. UGA has to play toward their strength and using Blair Walsh more when the offense bogs down has to be a top priority.

ca dawg

June 2nd, 2010
3:28 pm

i’m cautiously optimistic. i think the ceiling is beating florida, winning the east (we don’t have the hosses to beat alabama in the championship), and getting back into the BCS hunt. the floor is 8 wins, and coming in third behind UF and USC. we’ll almost certainly play better defense and cover kicks more effectively this year (hidden yardage and field position has murdered us the last couple of years). depth at OLB concerns me, especially as the year drags on. we’ll need freshmen to step up and make plays at that position. a freshman QB is obviously a concern, but being so strong at TE really helps: i remember a steve mcnair really leaning on wycheck and the titans’ TE’s when he was early in his career. murray should do the same with orson, aron white, figgins, and artie lynch. go dawgs.

Ross

June 2nd, 2010
3:46 pm

With Steele and Athlon and Scout all saying Georgia could go on a run and win it all, you’d have to be a major cynic to predict a dismal year for Georgia. And you’d show a lack of all common sense.

Ross

June 2nd, 2010
3:48 pm

Steve Spurrier take on coaching longvity, can’t coach after 10 or 12 years? Really? Wooden won all 10 of his Natl Champships after his 15th year coaching.

Spurrier, as usual, is clueless when it comes to understanding much in the last decade or so.

74Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
3:50 pm

SSI Gator, I have followed Ga Fla for 40 years and remember when the shoe was on the other foot. Enjoy it while you can , nothing lasts forever (except Tech ineptitude and jealosy).

Dan

June 2nd, 2010
4:04 pm

Yeah, if Steele, Athlon, and Scout are saying, it’s gotta be true!!!

Bulldoogmaniac

June 2nd, 2010
4:05 pm

I find it very, very funny that the tech fans always post negative comments on a GEORGIA blog.
What the heck had tech done??? Are you kidding me?
We OWN you!
Go Dogs!

Dawg H8ter

June 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Bulldoogmaniac? How can you own someone with superior intelligence?

Ross

June 2nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Don’t trust Steele or Athlon, wow, we have some football geniuses? Steele & Athlon are only the 2 most accurate at prediciting pre-season rankings in the last decade.

http://preseason.stassen.com/prediction-accuracy/2009-10yr.html

If you can’t trust Steele or Athlon, the 2 most accurate, when it comes to predicting the season in college football, well, nevermind.

Gator Growl

June 2nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Wow, I guess we don’t even need to play the season. Steele and Athlon have already done it for us!

chazzo

June 2nd, 2010
4:34 pm

Ross,
The problem with Steele or Athlon is that the predictions about the dogs are wishy washy safe bets. To say someone might do really well is wimpy. You can claim to have called it either way. If bad, well I said might. If good, it’s a bullseye. Take all of the off season mags, and throw them in the trash along with your preseason All-Americans. There is a direct correlation between how hard the players work this summer and how many games they will win. That is all. If they want to be drunk puppies all summer, they will play like drunk puppies in the fall.

Ross

June 2nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Somebody needs to tell Spurrier the only way to get Richt out is for Spurrier to do better than 2-7 against him.

Yo!

beatdowns galore

June 2nd, 2010
4:49 pm

What is really sad is that UGA fans have to still wonder year in and year out how really good the dawgs will be till the South Carolina game. South Carolina? Are you kidding me? Yeah Dooley had a few tough games with Carolina but he blew them out many times too. Same thing goes for Vandy. Until UGA reaches Florida level it is gonna be the same ole stuff. Im not buying it yet just like I havent the last two years……

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
4:56 pm

Sc is the first SEC game so it is the first test moron.

If the first game was MSU, it would be the first test.

i recall SC giving florida all they wanted and more last year at the chicken coop.

some of you haters are just too dumb to try and respond to.

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
4:59 pm

richt has never lost to SC the way dooley did in 1988. I was there and it was 200 degrees in that place and Todd ellis lit us up like a christmas tree.

That was against Joe Morrison.

richt coaches against spurrier and is 4-1.

Next

beatdowns galore

June 2nd, 2010
5:15 pm

Dawg in Lex But look what Florida has done to SC other than last year….BTW The 2007 loss was absolutely a pathetic loss to the chickens. UGA had Moreno ,Stafford , MOmass and NO Td’s in the dawgs own backyard that year. Now run along and drink your Kool Aid boy!

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
5:20 pm

as far as Vandy, goes, remember the day Dooley coached with the chest pain and ended up getting treated for heart problems?

Last minute TD by Lars Tate in a game that was far from a beatdown.

but don’t let facts get in the way of your bashing

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
5:23 pm

boy?

I’m old enough to have been around to see us whip florida almost every year. UGA had nothing going until richt arrived except a bunch of 6 win seasons.

dooley is retired son.

his boy ain’t coming to athens either except to get his butt kicked

Who do you want to coach the dawgs boy?

Name your names and show your true agenda.

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
5:25 pm

florida’s record vs SC since Meyer arrived is 4-1
richt’s record vs SC is 4-1 since SOS arrived

Next

1eyedJack

June 2nd, 2010
5:32 pm

South Carolina always plays hard early and then fades late in the year. Good players (many from Ga.), just not enough of them.

hunkerdown

June 2nd, 2010
5:43 pm

Can’t we get the AJC to get one of those reverse clocks to count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to kickoff for the Dawgs? Go Dawgs, sickem!

Delbert D.

June 2nd, 2010
5:45 pm

What I can’t figure is Phil Steele saying Georgia could go all the way, and yet he has them at #18 (or #16, I looked at his site and didn’t see the number.)

One thing I did pick up on is his May 29 blog on % of lettermen returning. That’s a very interesting stat. Boise St. is #1 at 91.7% (55 of 60 players), and Arkansas and S. Carolina lead the SEC by far at #2 & #3 at 81.1%. Georgia is at #90, Florida at #105 Alabama #109. Those last 3 are in the 66% to 63% range.

hunkerdown

June 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

Delbert,

That is hard for me to figure out as well as to how Phil Steele can rationalize a barely top 25 ranking and yet say watch out for the Dawgs they might run the tables. I do know that when the Dawgs won the NC in 1980 they were not a top ten ranked team. OF course Hershel had not emerged and run all over Bill Bates in the UT game as of yet either.

beatdowns galore

June 2nd, 2010
6:03 pm

Yeah Dooleys chest pains but gosh the man coached for 25 years If CMR were to last that long he would lose ANOTHER HOMECOMING GAME TO VANDY. Meyer lost to SC his first year which helped UGA back into the SEC championship game in 2005. ok whup T do.

hunkerdown

June 2nd, 2010
6:17 pm

Thanks for setting the record straight gator gout on the GATA accronymn. I had presumable (mistakenly I might add) thought it was a Gainesville headline; Gators attempting to armrob

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
6:17 pm

Meyer is still thanking the big guy upstairs that he didn’t have to face DJ Shockley in Jacksonville in 2005. that beatdown they got in columbia the next week would have plaed in comparison to that one.

Instead he got to face the legacy who gave it his all but was nowhere near the talent and leader that DJ was. Meyer got lucky.

DawginLex

June 2nd, 2010
6:17 pm

paled not plaed

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

June 2nd, 2010
6:32 pm

DaginLex,
I’m sure Meyer was real concerned. Get real.

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

June 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Why is it when UGA wins it’s talent and when anyone else winds it’s luck?

Gator Growl

June 2nd, 2010
6:39 pm

D.J. Shockley? What club does he spin the vinyl at?

buzzDawg

June 2nd, 2010
6:56 pm

I don’t see a contradiction in Phil Steele’s ranking of Georgia and his statement that Georgia is potentially one team that could run the table. Georgia has 1) a favorable schedule 2) a new defensive coaching unit that has all the elements to get the most out of our defensive talent in the newly installed and much anticipated defensive scheme 3) an offensive line that some rank as one of the best in the nation 4) a duo of running backs in King and Ealey that came on very strong at the end of last season 5) great tight ends and 6) A.J. Green. If QB Aaron Murray proves to be either a smart game manager or, better yet, a playmaker, Georgia will have a great year.

peckinpah

June 2nd, 2010
7:00 pm

I disagree with some fans that say Murray is the key. He’s going to be important no doubt, but with 10 returning starters around him, I am MUCH more concerned about the D. Hell, we had a above average O with Cox as QB.

peckinpah

June 2nd, 2010
7:02 pm

Also, I don’t see how Bill saying a lot fans expect 10 wins is overly optimistic. I mean, that’s been the average for Richt, so I don’t see how expecting what’s been par for the course as being “overconfident”.

hunkerdown

June 2nd, 2010
7:06 pm

I agree with what you say buzzdawg but then why the barely to[p 25 ranking?

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

June 2nd, 2010
7:09 pm

Chazzo,
I do appreciate an honest answer! LOL
Seriously, don’t you find that funny?

Bulldog59

June 2nd, 2010
7:34 pm

Defense wins games, defense wins championships.

In 2009, in their 8 game SEC schedule, Alabama allowed a total of 85 points (best in the SEC.)

In 2009,in their 8 game SEC schedule, UF allowed 96 points (second best in the SEC.)

In 2009, in their 8 game SEC schedule, UGA allowed 252 points (worst in the SEC.)

In 2009, in their 8 game SEC schedule, UGA scored 252 points (tied for 1st in the SEC with Arkansas.)

Joe Cox was Joe Average, cost us games, no doubt. The O was too predictable, but the O was still scoring…. a lot.

The problem was/is the D. And CMR has addressed this in a big big way.

The question is, how quickly can Coach Grantham get the D turned around?

Personally, I’m optimistic.

Roll Tide

June 2nd, 2010
7:51 pm

MEMO TOP RICHT: you know how they say if the politicians had to lead the first charge, then would be no war. We’re going to let you and Bobo alternate lining up as tailbacks in a single back set and run behind the likes of Ben Jones, Chris Davis, and Clint boling. Just like there would be no more wars, I think we would see some mighty quick changes,i.e. Burnette for jones, Sturdivant for Boling and heaven forbid, bean Anderson for davis. Seeing as the people at UGA would never accpt this, we’ll have to rely on your new nutritionist coach to get us ready. Sheesh, no wonder FLA. manhandles you every year.At Uga, jones starts at center and you move Mike Pouncey to backup nose tackle. Sheesh. it has got to be tough being a Bulldog. Glad i’m not. ROLL TIDE!

Roll Tide

June 2nd, 2010
8:10 pm

p.s. if that OT from Moultrie signs with georgia it should launch an investigation. You already have Jonathan Owens,Dallas lee, Tanner Strickland,Austin Lond g,and big Kolton Houston. Sheesh. Richt should be on the hot seat. The Moultrie kid needs to go to Bama, redshirt, and then replace our all-america from Augusta, the best left tackle in the conference, James Carpenter. He’ll then play next to the georgia roadgrader, Chance warmack, the second best left guard in the conference behind Cordy Glenn. Roll tide

The rest of the SEC

June 2nd, 2010
8:18 pm

Aaaaah yes. The unbridled optimism of Georgia football fans. I just had to tune in to crack up about this. Every year I get a kick out of laughing at the dawg fans talking about their yet to be championship run. What is it? 30 years and counting. We’ll be waiting for you. Get ready for your usual beatdown at the hands of the gators. We’re coming for you. AGAIN! And I guess you can look forward to Kentucky whupping you. AGAIN! But at least you may actually beat the Vols again. At least you win have the boy blunder laying another arse whupping on your behinds 45-19. And best of all you don’t have to play the Bammers. I imagine you still have nightmares after blackout night. Seems ever since that humiliation that the dawgs have played .500 ball. Keep up the optimism. Its always great humor for me and the rest of the sec.

Bulldog59

June 2nd, 2010
8:48 pm

Sorry, typo in previous post, should read:

In 2009, in their 8 game SEC schedule, UGA scored 234 points (tied for 1st in the SEC with Arkansas.)

hunkerdown

June 2nd, 2010
9:21 pm

Dear Rest of the SEC,

I am a Dawg fan as big as they come. I cheer my team on and jostle with the opposition all in good humopr. However, I have never been on a Gator article blog trying to demoralize the Gators. I guess I got a life.

Brian Asselstine

June 2nd, 2010
9:57 pm

USC released Jarvis Jones from Columbus from his schoalrship. Where does he end up?

hunkerdown

June 2nd, 2010
10:45 pm

Wonder why he wants to leave USC. Had the neck injury but was highly touted as a true freshman. Is it Kiffin? Who Knows out there why he wants to leave? AJC?

BuLLdawg

June 3rd, 2010
3:44 am

10 wins is Optimistic Bill King ?

14-game seasons nowadays and you say it is Optimistic for UGA to achieve 10 wins.

10-3.

Or, did you expect us to go to The SEC Championship Game and end up 10-4.

That is what 10 wins is Optimistic for 2010, means Bill King.

You say Bill King that 10 wins is Optimistic.

That means then at least 3 losses from this group : South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia tek.

1. Louisiana is a win.

2. Mississippi State is a win.

3. Colorado is a win.

4. Tennessee is a win.

5. Vandie is a win.

6. Kentucky is a win.

7. Idaho State is a win.

8. Bowl Game is surely a win against a lesser team if we only have 10 wins.

South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia tek.

You are saying Bill King that it is Optimistic that UGA will win 2 of these 5 games.

Pick your 3 losses from these 5 teams, and tell me this is a great year ?

This assumes we do not lose to a non Top 25 Final AP Poll team, as well, since we have lost 8 such in the 9 years so far.

If South Carolina is one of the 3 losses you are stating Bill King, then UGA will not be ranked in the Top 25, since we are holding onto to a thread now to be in the Top 25 to start with.

It also gives us a losing record vs The SEC East over then the last 5 years at 10-11.

Arkansas plays UGA and Alabama in weeks 3 and 4, so Arkansas is likely not going to be ranked after those 2 either.

South Carolina really isn’t ranked in the Top 25 now.

Auburn is not ranked.

Georgia tek is ranked, but they are expected to do poorly, losing more this season than last season.

Florida is not supposed to be worse than Top 5 in the nation, but reading the Glory Glory posts, 1 would think anyone could beat Florida. I doubt that. Really, Florida is the only real team on the schedule. Outside chance Georgia tek might be considered reasonable with their usual ACC junk schedule of nobody teams. If we lose to either one of those 2 teams, we have NOT had a great season, no matter what else we do accomplish.

If he is not injured by then, I expect Aaron Murray to be ready to play by the Georgia tek game. Florida is another matter all together.

The weird point is that I agree with you here Bill King that 10-3 is Optimistic and 9-4 worst case.

South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia tek – LOSE 3 OF THESE.

You are going to be hard-pressed to find anyone who says UGA is great if we lose 3 of those. 10 wins is not in 2010 considered great. 10 wins is what we have been doing. # 19 in the nation for the last 4 years at 38-14.

10 wins will get us back to # 19 in the nation for 2010. That presupposes we are not in the SEC Championship Game (or lose our 4th game in it.)

10 wins presupposes we lose 3 of these South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia tek.

I’d sure like to get that Running Back from Plant HS in Tampa Florida James Wilder, Senior, whose dad was All-Pro Running Back with Tampa Bay Bucs.

Our season could boil down to Caleb King. If Caleb King can play every game and run for nearly a 100 yards, especially in these 5 games : South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia tek.

BuLLdawg

June 3rd, 2010
4:07 am

Bryan G

You cannot make those comments in here. If you do, you are a Georgia tek fan.

It is their only mantra.

Like if you say we haven’t had good coaching staff on Coach Richt’s offense, defense and special teams in the 9 years so far. Say that, and you are a Georgia tek fan.

Question what has Logan Gray done. And, you are Georgia tek fan.

Question Vance Cuff’s speed and list all the players who burned his butt, and the list is long. And, you are a Georgia tek fan.

Question how good we are before we beat South Carolina, and you got it, you are a Georgia tek fan.

There is the little clique of fans who believe you can only say positive stuff.

Optimistic.

(Then, they tell you want is Optimistic and it is 10 wins is Optimistic they say, which means 3 losses out of South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Auburn and Georgia tek.)

There hasn’t been any poster in here to have the guts to go out and say what our record will be when the season is over, except for Bill King. And, he says 10 wins is Optimistic. That is 10-3 in a 14-game season with NO SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME APPEARANCE for the 5th consecutive season and counting.

This season will NOT complete the best 10-year run in UGA history, since already I have shown you 21 losses nine years from 1940-1948 and 21 losses nine years from 1980-1988.

We already have 27 losses 2001-2009. We have 6 more losses than both of those already and both of those have a consensus national championship too.

hi there

June 3rd, 2010
5:58 am

mitigate
Hey BuLLdawg. Here is an accurate WHOLE record. Nothing like the pick and choose stats you use..

under Richt

He is 24-7 against the SEC West.

He is 28-16 against the SEC East.

He is 38-4 against nonconference opponents.

He is 8-1 against Georgia Tech.

He won four of his first five games against Tennessee, but has lost three of the last four against the Vols since then.

He was born the same year as Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Ranks third in winning percentage among active college coaches that have coached for at least five years, now that Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He is 90-27, trailing only Urban Meyer (96-18) and Bob Stoops (117-29).\\yeah he is pretty damn good

Mark Richt is one of only six coaches to win two SEC football championships in their first five years coaching. He is also one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons

Coach Richt’s Red and Black outfits have never posted a losing record in conference play and six of his last eight squads have finished 6-2 or better in regular-season SEC contests.

Mark Richt’s overall success in Southeastern Conference action—including two SEC titles, three conference championship game appearances, and four finishes of no worse than tied for first place in the East, with no losing records in the process—is without parallel in Georgia football history.

Ere anyone attempts to argue that Coach Richt’s superb out-of-conference ledger is the product of schedules stacked with the likes of

Northwestern State,

Western Kentucky,

Tennessee Tech, and

Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl,

I should hasten to point out that he is 21-4 against

Arizona State,

Boise State,

Boston College,

Clemson,

Colorado,

Florida State,

Georgia Tech,

Michigan State,

Oklahoma State,

Purdue,

Texas A&M,

Virginia Tech,

West Virginia, and

Wisconsin.

Even if we factor out Division I-AA teams, Sun Belt squads, and similar schedule fodder, Coach Richt is .840 against teams from automatic BCS-qualifying conferences other than the SEC. (Yes, I’m going ahead and counting the Broncos in that category because the Mountain West will get a guaranteed bid as soon as Boise State is invited to join.)

There are those in Bulldog Nation who would like to see Mark Richt run out of town on a rail. Such people should be turned over to the custody of Mike Leach, in the hope that he will treat their obvious head trauma the way he treated Adam James’s
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The Georgia Bulldogs; The 15th
Most Prestigious College Football Program in the Nation

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3849468

The University of Georgia began their football history 116 years ago in 1892. Since that time, the Bulldogs have played 1,174 games and have compiled an overall record of 731-389-54; the third best Southeastern Conference (SEC) record behind Alabama and Tennessee.

The Dogs have won twelve SEC titles and two national championships in their storied history: a shared title in 1942 and a consensus national championship in 1980. The football program has produced two Heisman Trophy winners (Frank Sinkwich, 1942, and Herschel Walker, 1982) and is the only college football program in the nation to hold the distinction of having three graduates become Super Bowl MVPs (Jake Scott, 1972, Terrell Davis, 1998, and Hines Ward, 2005).

Georgia holds the all-time series lead against the following teams from the SEC: Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

The Dogs also own the all-time series lead against non-conference and former SEC rival Georgia Tech winning 15 of the last 20 contests.

Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee each own the all-time series lead against the Dogs. However, the Dogs have closed the gap on Alabama and LSU by winning 3 of the last 4. And the Dogs have owned Auburn as of late winning 4 out of the last 5! On the flip side, the Bulldogs have not faired well against Tennessee winning only 2 of the last 5.

Under the leadership of current head coach Mark Richt, the Bulldogs have finished #3 and #2 in the nation (2002, 2007), have recruited a top ten class (according to Rivals) 8 out of Richt’s 9 seasons at Georgia (the nation’s longest active streak until this year), won two SEC Championships (2002, 2005), three SEC Eastern Division titles, and tied for another. Coach Richt’s 90-27 record is sixth best in the country in winning percentage among active coaches (.769). He was named SEC Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2005. His record against non-conference teams is 39-4 and his teams are 33-6 when playing in an opponent’s home stadium. He is one of only nine head coaches in Division I-A history to record 60 or more wins in his first six season and 70 or more wins in his first seven seasons. He’s one of only six coaches in history to win two SEC championships in his first five years, and one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons (2002-05). In bowl games during his tenure, he has gone 7-2, with three Sugar Bowl appearances and two Sugar Bowl victories. Fifty-four of Richt’s players have been chosen in the NFL draft over the last nine years, including eight chosen in the 2002 NFL draft–the most Georgia players ever selected in a single year. He also produced two 1st round picks in the 2009 draft in which Matthew Stafford was selected #1 overall.

“Be worthy as you run upon this hallowed sod,
For you have dared to tread where champions have trod.”
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number 2 USC lost to unranked UCLA Dec 2nd 2006
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number 4 Fla won the SECCG on Dec 2nd 2006
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number 2 OSU didnt lose to Penn St in 2002
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Number 3 UGA won the SEC title game in 2002
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Fla advanced based on USC losing…UGA didnt based on OSU not losing
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remind me again how Meyer made USC loss.
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without USC losing Fla would have played in the Sugar same as UGA in 2002

hi there

June 3rd, 2010
6:01 am

BuLLdawg…moron
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UGA last 200 recruits (most still playing)
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5 Star = 9 or 04.5 %
4 Star = 105 or 52.5 %
3 Star = 79 or 39.5 %
2 Star = 7 or 03.5 %
1 Star = 3 or 01.5 %

hi there

June 3rd, 2010
6:02 am

BuLLdawg….moron
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Over Rich’s first nine years, Georgia finished outside Rivals’ Top 10 only once. A year-by-year look:

• 2001: Sixteenth nationally, third in the SEC.
• 2002: Third in the nation, second in the SEC.
• 2003: Sixth in the nation, third in the SEC.
• 2004: Sixth in the nation, second in the SEC.
• 2005: Tenth in the nation, second in the SEC.
• 2006: Fourth in the nation, second in the SEC.
• 2007: Ninth in the nation, sixth in the SEC.
• 2008: Seventh in the nation, third in the SEC.
• 2009: Sixth in the nation, third in the SEC.

hi there

June 3rd, 2010
6:03 am

BuLLdawg is and always will be a moron

BuLLdawg

June 3rd, 2010
6:26 am

10-10 vs SEC East last 4 years

LOSING record over 5 yrs East if loss South Carolina game 2

no appearance in SEC Championship Game since 2005

2-7 vs Florida

# 19 nation the last 4 yrs won / loss at 38-14

no offensive recruits signed state of Georgia 2010

39 arrested / suspended of 160 since Feb 2007, 3 yrs

Mobile Press-Register, AJC, David Hale, Orlando Sentinel

CBS Sports, Paul Finebaum, AD UGA say NOT SATISFACTORY.

14 losses last 4 years

21 fumbles per yr avg last 4 yrs

14 interceptions per yr avg last 4 yrs

# 96 NCAA Penalties avg last 4 yrs

# 9 SEC Football Graduation Rate

no national championship

beat no Top 10 Final AP Poll team in any bowl game 9 yrs

lost to 8 teams not ranked Top 25 Final AP Poll 9 yrs

beat 3 teams Top 10 Final AP Poll 9 yrs

lost to 8 teams Top 10 Final AP Poll 9 yrs

Then there is YOU who says we have been GREAT, instead.

Let me think. Which is true ?

Everything in this post is true.

chazzo

June 3rd, 2010
6:30 am

Lindy’s ranks UGA #22, has little positive to say other than a veteran line, kickers, and AJ, and says it will be an 8 game season. I think a lot of folks are underestimating some of the other players on the team. If I were a UGA player, I would be highly insulted. I guess we will find out if they are man enough.

chazzo

June 3rd, 2010
6:35 am

BTW BuLLfrawg,

Lindy’s also list the winningest active coaches with a minimum of five years in (including lower level 4 years schools). Richt is #3 on that list. So unless you want to hire Urban Meyer or Bob Stoops, I think we should keep what we got.

BuLLdawg

June 3rd, 2010
6:40 am

I guess we will

I have only seen UGA ranked at # 22 by any poll.

Lose game 2, not only are we LOSING RECORD over last 5 years vs SEC East

but, we also are NOT RANKED in any Top 25.

It will also be loss # 9 in Coach Richt Era to not Top 25 team, unless South Carolina goes on to be ranked in the Top 25 Final AP Poll.

They might.

Florida might be ranked.

Georgia tek might be ranked.

Hard-pressed to say we have ANY OPPORTUNITY to BEAT a Top 25 Final AP Poll team.

We have beat 4-loss Florida as Top 25 Final AP Poll team.

It is the ONLY win over Top 25 Final AP Poll SEC East team in last 4 years.

1-5 vs Top 25 Final AP Poll SEC East the last 4 years

5 more losses to SEC East teams NOT RANKED Top 25 Final AP Poll last 4 years

How much respect do we deserve ?

BuLLdawg

June 3rd, 2010
6:41 am

I want Coach Richt.

What I don’t want are ANY and ALL of his horrible coaching staff all 9 years

chazzo

June 3rd, 2010
6:51 am

Hi there,

I am actually going to side with BuLLfrawg in that we don’t want our team to be number three in the SEC in anything. While I am a Richt fan, no one should settle for mediocrity. Everyone should only be happy with the best and never content. If you read quotes from the Bama players, that is what you will hear. Cuff running a second 40 to get a better time, the best time, that is the right attitude.

BuLLdawg

June 3rd, 2010
6:55 am

We are 3rd best in The SEC East the last 4 years

How can we be 3rd best in The SEC the last 4 years ?

Old Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

I’m guardedly optimistic. If Murray performs well so will the Dawgs. Bill, thanks for continuing to develop creative ways to stoke our passion throughout the off-season.

DawginLex

June 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

clearly bulldawg’s agenda is for Derek Dooley to come to Athens to coach.

DD is coming to Athens but only to get whipped.

Richt ain’t going anywhere and bobo is going to prove you wrong and Grantham and Lakatos are actually going to coach these kids and teach them skills.

Dawg Whisperer

June 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Lewis Grizzard was accoustomed to saying that “Delta is ready when you are” when he had enough of Yankee crticisms or more recommendations about how we should do things here in the South. Might I say the same applies to Gator fans. You are welcome (because we can’t stop you) to visit our Dawg blogs but all your criticisms and efforts to dampen Dawg enthusiasm/predictions is like peeing in the wind. You’re not going to change the way others think and we are not inviting you to do so. Don’t think for a minute that you are going to influence the way that a fan base thinks and we don’t care what your opinion is about UGA football. Some of you guys really need a hobby other than trolling UGA blogs. Honestly, I know writing this is a waste of my time but I feel better. I am not want to criticize so I do hope all you Gator fans will continue to visit our blogs.

ATL XMAN

June 3rd, 2010
9:49 am

uga pretty much dominated that okla st game from the defensive side of the game anyways. on offense the timing was off and if not for a really sick qb would have won that game as uga was the better team. most teams start off with a real cupcake and have time to work out the kinks but UGA couldnt over come the mistakes or get the timing down on offense to pull out the victory. okl st scored on a great catch by dez at the end of the half and dez started of the 2nd half on a great kickoff return that set up the 15 yard or less TD..that was pretty much it. UGA could of been 10-2 last year with the two losses against tenn and fla, if not for a blown call by a ref and a fumble by a trye freshman on the goalline of the ky game. so with the schedule being easier this year and UGA being the more experienced team most games this year, i say UGA will only lose 1 or maybe 2 tey could easly go undefeated aswell. they will be better than FLA as UGA will have the upperhand this year with more experience on both sides of the ball. i think UGA young talented players grew up a ton last year having to play early and now will reap the benefits as they should be better than most teams they play this year. much like David green first year with UGA. UGA has the talent and the coaching and now have the experience in which they have been lacking these past two years.

ATL XMAN

June 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

UGA has been 2nd best in the sec east behind fla. not 3rd..last year tied for 2nd with tenn record wise. look for UGA toi have another great year as the tide is turning once again like it does every 3 or so years in the SEC.

ATL XMAN

June 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

they cant do anything about anyones ranking when they beat them. so quit throwing that stupid stat up there. all i care about is that richt and company wins at a 80 percent clip and now on there way back up after 1 down year. ala was dowb forever and tenn is dropping each year. its going to be UGA and fla in the east again with UGA pulling it out. UGA should win the this year and the next 3 or so years against Fla. tebow is gone so they will have to run a somewhat normal offense as they dont have anyone near the same type player on that team. that match up will be in UGA favor for the next 3 or so years. ALA will be a great test for UGA in the SEC championship games the next 3 or so years.

ATL XMAN

June 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

also bulldawg,,what are the other coaches record the last 4 years in the sec east? worse than 10-10 im sure. urbans record is only better

chazzo

June 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

ATL XMAN,

You are right that Cox was ill, and the “O,” being new had a rough opener. I still give that game to the refs. There were a couple of chincey foul calls at crucial moments, one of which would have stopped a drive that ended in a TD and swung the momentum. I am not one to whine about refs, but that call and the celebration call against AJ in the LSU games were morale killers and game losers. Interesting… That team may well have been to calls away from a 10 win season. Cox, two calls away from being reembered more fondly. One also has to wonder what would have happend if the Dawgs were riding high after beating LSU. Oh well, not much point in that.

I will say, though, I think our team is underrated, and I like it that way. by the way the 3rd place and sixth place comments had to do with recruiting not standings.

dawgfan

June 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

Blah, blah, blah. Its the same old crap on these blogs every single day. What a bore. We get it haters. We’ll be 8-5 forever and are smoking crack of we think we can ever do any better. Your message is not that difficult to understand. Its not like we’re dense morons like Tech fans. We get it.

dawgfan

June 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

Richt is 0-1 in night games when the temperature is between 70-75 degrees and there is a wind from the east. The guy is clearly not championship material.

Thanks haters.

Hmmm...

June 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

I say 8-4. If they go below that, it will be dissapointing. If they go above that it will be good. The fact they went 8-5 last season even with horrible defense and lousy QB play was a freakin miracle! That goes to show you that UGA won with talent last season because it sure wasn’t because of coaching. So if they can win 8 games even with the way they played last season, then they should at least be able to equal that this season.

Gatorlove

June 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

hey hunkerdown,
You dont have a life except sitting in your mommas basement hoping to god the dawgs win more than 6 games this year. Youre a turd.

hi there

June 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

uLLdawg
June 3rd, 2010
6:40 am

I guess we will

I have only seen UGA ranked at # 22 by any poll.
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Phil Steele #19
Athlon sports #15
http://collegefootball.about.com/od/schools/tp/rankings-preseason.01.htm #20
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accuracy rankings
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http://preseason.stassen.com/prediction-accuracy/2009-10yr.html

hi there

June 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

hmmmm……2008 UGA lost 18 scholly players to season ending injuries prior to game three….yet still managed 10 wins, a top ten finish and a bowl….the loss of that much talent shows great caoching to achieve that with those losses

how2fish

June 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

Roll Tide I think that I speak for the entire Bull Dog Nation that we ALL are glad that your not a dawg fan! Bulldawg I love to tweak the nerds and Gator and other fans from time to time for being the morons some so clearly are , some of them I agree with points they make, or chuckle when the make a joke even if its a UGA’s expense if its funny..you I just ignore your a long winded defeatist of the 1st water and living proof that all of the STATS in the world, can’t by themselves an argument make. Please seek help..I hear the place CUM did his rehab can do wonders for all types of mental problems….

OldFan

June 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

UGA should win 8 games just by showing up with its talent. It always comes down to those other 3 or 4 games for all the top-tier teams in the SEC—and UGA is one of them. There’s no reason to believe UGA can’t go toe-to-toe with UF if the coaching steps up. Now, can Georgia avoid the stupid mistakes, turnovers, bad bounces, and plain dumb coaching that’s plagued them recently is another question. They should be mighty close to becoming a very good team, and then some suprising things could happen. Like many UGA fans, I’m optimistic, but guarded, about how much UGA can overcome its recent past and its inexperience at QB and with the 3-4.

Truth

June 4th, 2010
1:30 am

Zzzzzzzzzzz – that is the world of college football when ugag fans speak and when ugag plays. No one cares. You guys gotta at the very least come close to winning your division before you can brag about anything, okay?

James T. Kirk

June 4th, 2010
8:35 am

Another summer with the mutts proclaim themselves world beaters and national champions!!! Too bad you’ll all be stuck watching Sir Paul Johnson winning yet another National Championship for the only real foot ball team in town!!

DawginLex

June 4th, 2010
9:10 am

Truth=see 2002, 2003 and 2005 YOU DUMB MORON

James T Kirk-you need to beam yourself back up to nerd ville

You don’t see me hanging out on the nerd blog.

Tech obsession with UGA continues.

Father’s Day is coming soon.
Send your cards to Sanford Stadium nerds because you know who your daddy is.

Hunker Down One More Time!

June 4th, 2010
11:08 am

The Dawgs are loaded—Richt’s keeping it quiet, but this could be the best UGA team since the 1980s! Look for big wins over florida, auburn and tech! The Dawgs go 11-1, play Bama for the SEC title—2010–the year of the Dawg—book it!!!!

ColumbDawg

June 4th, 2010
3:03 pm

With a new defensive coaching staff and new QB in the SEC east, I’m afraid a 6-7 win season is the ceiling for the Dawgs this year. We were not close to beating an average UT team last year and got beat by UF by almost the same score? Lots of ground to make up with a completely new defensive staff!
Not drinking the cool aid yet! Just hoping to finish at least 2nd in the East.