Which UGA home game are you looking forward to the most?

I wonder if Vince or Barbara Dooley will be sporting a tag like this on their car come Oct. 9.

I wonder if Vince or Barbara Dooley will be sporting a tag like this on their car come Oct. 9.

I was checking out my newsfeed on Facebook last night and came across a poll being done by Georgiadogs.com’s fan page. The question: Which UGA home football game are you looking forward to the most?

Naturally, a couple of games immediately came to mind, but I decided to go game by game and look at why a Bulldogs fan might particularly look forward to each particular home date on the schedule.

OK, so we start with Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 4, a game that when I last checked had drawn zero votes in the poll. On the one hand, I can see that. It’s a minor opponent and a noontime kickoff in the summer heat. While games like this are a financial necessity — and more pleasing to Mark Richt than opening on the road against a major nonconference opponent like last year — nobody really gets excited about playing the likes of the Ragin’ Cajuns.

And yet … it is the first game of the season, always a date circled on my calendar. Watching the Dogs play in Athens has been one of my favorite pastimes my entire life, so I have to admit I am looking forward to this game. Plus it’ll be the first one in years that my wife has attended with me. She used to be a regular at UGA home games until she began working on weekends and ceded her seat to first our son and then our daughter. Now her schedule has changed and she decided she wanted to attend the first game of the season. So this will be a special game. But still not the one I’m looking forward to the most.

The next home game, Sept. 18 against Arkansas, has drawn 15 percent of the vote in the Facebook poll, putting it in third place. Last year’s game between the Dogs and Hogs was undeniably entertaining — if you like offense and not much defense — and the challenge Georgia faces trying to contain and/or keep up with Ryan Mallett in points production will certainly make this a closely watched match. If the Dogs beat South Carolina, both teams likely will come into this game ranked nationally.

But, let’s face it, there’s a reason that Arkansas is the Dogs’ only SEC home game for which single-game tickets are still available (along with Louisiana-Lafayette and Idaho State). The Razorbacks are still relative SEC newbies and don’t have that much history with UGA. So, no, this isn’t the game I’m looking forward to the most.

That distinction goes to the big SEC game against Tennessee on Oct. 9. Battles in Athens between the Dogs and Vols are usually hard-fought, and the Big Orange bring a lot of fans with them, so it’s always a terrific atmosphere. Add to that Georgia’s need to atone for last year’s dismal showing in Knoxville plus the Dooley factor introduced this year, and you’ve got the makings of a memorable Saturday Between the Hedges. In the Facebook poll, this game comes out on top, currently with 42 percent of the votes.

Vanderbilt on Oct. 16 is drawing negligible support in the poll, but I can see one big reason some fans might circle this game on the schedule: It’s homecoming. That means the parade through downtown Athens the night before, the alumni Redcoats and cheerleaders and some ramped up tailgating. But, still, it’s Vandy. And while they’ve embarrassed the Dogs at home before, it’s not the kind of rivalry that gets folks in red and black revved up.

Idaho State on Nov. 6? Well, it’s Georgia football and the weather should be pretty nice. But if UGA was still doing Band Day (which they unfortunately aren’t), this would be it. It’ll be a sell-out, no doubt, but I expect quite a few seats will go unfilled for this one.

And then there’s Georgia Tech on Nov. 27. The traditional Governor’s Cup game against the in-state rival is running second in the Facebook poll, with 36 percent of the vote. There are lots of reasons to look forward to this game, including wanting to re-establish dominance over the Jackets at home after the loss in 2008. If Tech were a conference opponent, this game undoubtedly would be the favorite for just about all Dogs fans. As it is, I’d rank it a close second to Tennessee.

How about you? Which Georgia home game are you looking forward to the most?

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Dawg House

July 31st, 2010
11:33 am

Arkansas!!! Should be a great shootiut like last year! I am a true fan like you Bill, so if we come up a little short this day, I will not go screaming fir heads and act shameful of our Dawgs like all the haters think we should. I look forward to what will likely be the most entertaining game of the season. I just wish it was at night. I for one prefer night games… especially in September.

drew

July 31st, 2010
11:33 am

It’s a toss up between the blue ticks and the bugs

Budweiser Bob

July 31st, 2010
11:34 am

First

Hey Bill

I need you to ask our new AD if they will start sending metal car tags instead of cardboard ones

I think they can at least do that for the money we have to spend to get tickets and endure beat downs by FL every year

Budweiser Bob

July 31st, 2010
11:35 am

Darn 3rd oh well

Budweiser Bob

July 31st, 2010
11:38 am

I agree night games in September

Cant they reschedule the first one at least

Good grief if this heat wave continue’s like this I might not go

Looking forward to the Arkansas game to see if our defense has improved at all though I think we will find that out against SC

wow

July 31st, 2010
11:46 am

gt is IRRLEVANT!!!!!!

RainbowJacket

July 31st, 2010
11:46 am

You bulldogs are nothing but big bullies…At Tech we enjoy the finer things in life…Football is just a game…

Party at Swinging Richards tonight! Nerds welcome!

TommyJack

July 31st, 2010
11:50 am

Looking forward to see how Richt will squander all the talent. Again.

RabidDawgFan

July 31st, 2010
11:53 am

It’s Georgia Tech. I love beating them. It’s so satisfying. They are starting to become the new Florida in my eyes as far as hatred goes. I used to not hate Tech as much but I think this has really become a bitter rivalry. Arkansas? Ehhh, Yeah maybe only because of Mallett. But I don’t think they are going to be as explosive as most people think. The Tennessee game will be a good one because I expect CMR to run up the score on these guys. Lafayette will be a breeze, it’ll be just like G-Day; we won’t see the entire defense attack until the South Carolina game. That’s when Grantham will unleash them. Vandy will be a good matchup. And Idaho State…zzzzzzzz. Georgia could literally put their scout team out there and beat them by 40 points.

R.I.P.

July 31st, 2010
11:53 am

Florida, since we won’t be puckered up in suspense for the whole sixty minutes. The usual beatdown will be on, and the game will be over after the first quarter.

After that, just enjoy watching a real team play superb football and wonder how much better it would be if UGA had a competent coach.

And enjoy the red panties falling from the sky. Grab all of the panties you can. The panties will be numbered, and the winning numbers will win prizes. First prize is a date with a UGA coed. Second prize is two dates… :-(

drew

July 31st, 2010
11:58 am

Hey R.I.P….don’t spend too much time on the computer, you’re short bus will be leaving soon.

Tide Roll

July 31st, 2010
11:58 am

The one where they start STURDIVANT GLENN BURNETTE ANDERSON AND DAVIS.

drew

July 31st, 2010
11:59 am

excuse me…*your* short bus will be leaving soon

SOGADOG

July 31st, 2010
12:01 pm

The Tenn and Tech games are tied for the two best home games. Looking at our home schedule this season makes me want to go home and away with Florida and move the game out of Jax. We would have a great home game with UF every other year.

SSIgator

July 31st, 2010
12:03 pm

Any game they can win.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

July 31st, 2010
12:16 pm

If we are 2-10

With victories over FL and the GaNerds I will be fine with that

By the way Im with “Budweiser Bob” cant we get something better than a cardboard car tag for the money we spend on season tickets to watch incompotence take place in Jacksonville.

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Tom

July 31st, 2010
12:41 pm

Tennessee! The Dooley factor and to beat the ugly orange!

Tom

July 31st, 2010
12:44 pm

Thank you very much about the cardboard car tag. What a crummy gift for the money that we pay. How about a voucher for a room at the continuing education hotel?

Dawg 39

July 31st, 2010
12:45 pm

Arkansas tells the tale. USCe & ARK. are huge early on. Murray & the new 3-4 will get better as the season progresses.

11Dawg

July 31st, 2010
12:46 pm

As far as importance goes, I’d say Arkansas is without a doubt the most important. If we can get through that with a win, I think we’ll be in for a good season. As far as the one I’m most excited about, that would be putting a beatdown on the Vols in October.

beatdowns galore

July 31st, 2010
12:49 pm

Dogs will be the home team at the Gator bowl for their annual beat down. Red or black jerseys and red panties ! Cant wait !

UGA = loserville

July 31st, 2010
12:55 pm

Rabid Dawg Fan: A very tough schedule your team plays with Idaho State, Loiusinana Whomever, Vandy, KY Jelly, Miss St. Dang, do you guys play any ranked teams besides GT and UF? NO! You know why, because you all suck so bad and you hate to lose. However, you will lose some games, those being, UF, GT, ARk and SC and you better watch out for Idaho State. I hear they have an awesome team and are ranked like 250. GO VANDY! LMFAO! Go get your red panties out you losers!

Angie Daddy 2

July 31st, 2010
12:57 pm

Wait till Derek Dooleys team shocks the jailbird mutts again with another beat down in the cow stadium.

DawginOH

July 31st, 2010
1:08 pm

Angie, a UT fan calling the Dawgs jailbirds is like the pot calling the kettle black. I’d rather cheer for kids who get caught drinking underage than a bunch of thugs who stomp on police officers’ faces outside of bars.

ncdawg

July 31st, 2010
1:09 pm

I don’t usually look forward to the first game of the year, but I’m really interested this year. I will be there to check out the new defense. Could be very insightful as to how the season might go for the “D”. It is not my favorite, but an important one this year.

bank walker

July 31st, 2010
1:15 pm

beating down the kissing cousins from tennershe, is what i’m looking forward to.

midland Dog

July 31st, 2010
1:16 pm

I can’t wait until the “home” game in the plains that UGA usually wins.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

July 31st, 2010
1:18 pm

If we lose to Tennessee this year

The coaching staff might want to just exit gate 2 get in their cars and drive out of this state.

Tennessee is completly depleted, there is no excuse for losing that game this year!

NONE!!!!!!

Ben

July 31st, 2010
1:21 pm

ARKANSAS for the sole reason that I have been wanting to throw a bag of urine at Petrino for 2 years. That guy is going to FEEL the hate.

dougmo2

July 31st, 2010
1:43 pm

Early game vs. Department of Driver Services. Which player will stand out and not get his permit for that game? Will the UGA or Clarke County Police officiate this game?

dawgfan

July 31st, 2010
2:04 pm

That’s one of the lousiest home schedules that I can remember in a long time. Tennessee sucks. Agree with the poster above that if we lose to these hacks again Richt needs to pack up. I’m dead serious. I don’t expect the Techies to be that much better than last year, but it will be the usual slugfest that we win because we own them and they choke. Freaking Arkansas will probably be the toughest home game of the year. ARKANSAS. Its definitely a down year for the SEC.

Mr. College Equestrian

July 31st, 2010
2:10 pm

By a landslide, Arkansas. Yes, Richt’s 4-0 vs. Ark recently, but the game was a shootout last year.

Georgia will win by 20, and after the 20 point win the previous week gainst South Carolina, the whole nation will start BUZZING about the Dogs after this 2nd consecutive blowout victory.

Rich

July 31st, 2010
2:18 pm

The jackets. It is usually a close game and the jackets could be dangerous and might even win.

UGA89

July 31st, 2010
2:26 pm

Tennessee on Oct. 9
Dooley comes home to ATHENS! ( What will Barb Dooley wear? )
Da’rick and Rambo face off! ( Unless Da’rick gets arrsted! AGAIN! )
GO DAWGS

Uncle Johnny

July 31st, 2010
2:32 pm

I like any Georgia game the Dogs lose!! They will lose four since they have about six layups scheduled.

ugag is irrelevant

July 31st, 2010
2:37 pm

who even cares?

Mr. College Equestrian

July 31st, 2010
2:44 pm

derek Dolley is one of the worst coachs in the SEC, a losing record as a head coach, the guy is really pahtetic in his coaching skills. Looking at 5-7 season, Georgia will blowout Tenn by 30, and Derek is no Vince. Derek was like the 12th choice for Tenn, no one else ould take the lousy job.

Geaux Tigers

July 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

Too bad UGA doesn’t play the Bayou Bengals. Always a good game. If the dogs don’t beat Tennessee, LSU will finish them in Death Valley.

GEAUX TIGERS

dog789xyz

July 31st, 2010
2:56 pm

Tennessee. I would love to see if CMR can avenge the single most worst coaching effort that I have ever seen in my 45 years of following UGA. This loss is worse than the Vandy homecoming loss. It is worse than the recent games with KY, Vandy, & Fla. Can you spell bootleg? Actually, most all of the really bad losses have been under CMR. No wonder FSU or Miami came after him. NO one is trying to hire away CMR or any of his assistants. I wonder why?
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RxDawg

July 31st, 2010
2:57 pm

Auburn due to my geographical bias.

Then UT, make no mistake it’s not revenge were after, it’s the reckoning.

Then I guess UF….sigh do we really have to lose to CUM’s boys again?

The nerds should be fun too.

I’m really worried about MSU. Total trap game.

SKB

July 31st, 2010
3:04 pm

Why are people excited about the Tech game. UGA will just manhandle them. Florida is an awesome team, Not sure if UGA can handle them yet.

Jon

July 31st, 2010
3:05 pm

Bill, how can I email you with a question? I don’t see any link. Thank you.

Who cares about UGA?

July 31st, 2010
3:14 pm

They will finish what 5th or 6th in the conference. UGA’s days have past….. some still think it’s 1980 though.

rogeriter

July 31st, 2010
3:16 pm

Tommyjack–Squander talent huh! Again I ask the question, which SEC team has the best record during the Mark Richt era? Fla? Ala? Tenn? LSU? Auburn?
No! The answer is UGA, averaging 10.1 wins a season during that time (2001-2009). LSU is a close second, followed by Fla. UGA also has two SEC titles during that time. Grant, no NC but only seven teams do…and most of them are in the SEC.
I’m not saying UGA is better than Fla or Ala. but their record shows that talent has not been wasted.
Now, if you are from Tech…no comparison!!!

Rich

July 31st, 2010
3:17 pm

SKB – UGA fans are obsessed with the Jackets. They say they are not, but deep inside they are.

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Mary

July 31st, 2010
3:23 pm

Will red panties worn on heads be allowed in Sanford stadium?

Lakedawg

July 31st, 2010
3:25 pm

Tennessee, without question. We SHOULD have an
9-game win streak vs them going right now – the rest
of the nation evidently sees that, as we’ve continued
to be ranked ahead of them over that time period.
This game has become an embarrassment over
the past 4 years because we’ve so woefully
underperformed in it after winning 5 of 6 vs
them in 2000-2005. It’s time to re-establish
the dominance we had vs them. We need to
start beating Florida too, but at least Florida’s
been a top program lately. First things first.

Dogit

July 31st, 2010
3:30 pm

And really just how tall is Murray?