Guess who’s going to win the SEC East!

Will this team make it to Atlanta? (University of Georgia)

Will this team make it to Atlanta? (University of Georgia)

It’s time for the annual venture out on a limb, as I was reminded the other day when my son decided to poll family and friends on the 2010 Dogs’ win-loss record.

What he found was a whole lot of enthusiasm for this team, with predictions of 10 or more wins the norm and several folks (including both my brothers) going all-out with visions of an undefeated season. Even that wasn’t enough for young Bill’s friend Rusty, who predicted the Dogs would go 15-0 by being invited to take on the Super Bowl champ after winning the BCS title. As my son noted, “Rusty may not have taken the exercise seriously.”

My son was actually the most conservative picker in his poll, going with 9-3. His view: “UGA spilts the S.C.-Arkansas games, with the loss not coming in Columbia, but rather to Arkansas, which puts up too many points and has just enough defense to pull it out. I’ve felt like this is a year where we have enough talent to beat anyone on the schedule, but also due to a new QB and defensive scheme enough things could go wrong in one day whereby the Dawgs could win in Jacksonville but lose in Starkville. So, I am picking a bonehaded loss to a far less talented Mississippi State. Finally, a strong Auburn offense proves too much in what will be one of the most entertaining games in the SEC this year.”

Of course, by a couple of days later Bill was telling me, “I am now leaning 10-2 with a Starkville win after all.”

That puts him in line with me, though I differ on one of the losses. I see the Dogs going 10-2 and losing to South Carolina and Auburn.

I think because of the loss of preseason prep time for the offensive line and Aaron Murray’s inexperience the Georgia offense will not yet be ready for prime time against the Gamecocks’ defense, and Garcia and the Ball Coach will hit a couple of big plays as the aggressive Dogs defense gets burned gambling a couple of times. I don’t see a high-scoring game in Columbia. I think the Dogs beat an Arkansas team that doesn’t have much of a defense. I also think Georgia will upset Florida and then likely suffer a letdown to Auburn for its second loss.

How many regular season wins do you see for the Dogs this year?

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The SEC East champion? A tie between Florida and Georgia. Georgia gets the tiebreaker. But I see Alabama winning the conference title in Atlanta and going on to defeat Ohio State for the BCS crystal football, while the Dogs will win the Sugar Bowl and be a preseason Top 5 pick for the 2011 season.

What do you think? Realistic? Delusional? Feel free to vote in the poll or share your own season predictions in the comments.

See you Saturday on the new Reed Plaza. Go Dogs!

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Bama Fan #2

September 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Going 10-2 and beating the gators would be a great year and hope the dawgs make it to the dome
in december against the crimson tide!!

elvisaintdead

September 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

With the “Arrest warrant issued for UGA safety Alec Ogletree” breaking news headline,
shouldn’t the poll question be:
“How many arrests do you see for the Dogs this year?”

lastgrad

September 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

Do the Dooley! Poor mouth our chances, talk up our opponents, and wish for the best. Oh yeah, throw in a couple of sweet golf claps for good effect. And then, cheer our Dawgs on to victory.

Bama Fan #2

September 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

A arrest warrant issued for the dawgs freshman safety Alec Ogletree is not a good way to start the
the season off!!

the crystal ball

September 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

10-2

split the S.C. and Arkansas games, and lose to Auburn

get destroyed 38-17 by Bama in the SECCG, and win the Sugar Bowl.final ranking between 9 and 5

daslicksta

September 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

9-3 Bill….SC, fla, and AU will be tough…the teck bunch, lol…no contest there…

DDPO

September 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Looks like the Dawgs have The Fulmer Cup wrapped up!

Earlier this week, someone on this blog stated that UGA would have another player arrested before the first game. Now, if Alec can hide out or not turn himself in before Saturday, then that individual will be wrong.

Now, let’s hear UGA’s fans try to justify their own inappropriate behavior by comparing what other schools have done wrong this year and in seasons past…

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Another arrest warrant

And we think we are going to have a great season I dont think so.

I hope Richt beats FL this yr or next because his players are an embarrassment to the University

Just kick him off the team I rather watch players that have some integrity than a bunch of idiots

Dan

September 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

9-3, split the SC-Ark game as well as the Fla-Auburn, and lose one they have no business losing.

Budweiser Bob

September 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

Bill

Do you think I will need to pay a security guard to join me at the game tommorrow. With all these arrests Im begining to fear for my safety

ainthappening

September 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

delusional, all of youj

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DDPO

September 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

“We may not make a university student out of him but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbage man when he gets through with his athletic career.” – UGA defense attorney Hale Almand addressing the jury in the Jan Kemp case

Gman 84

September 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Greene lost 4 as a freshman starter and Stafford lost 4 also. I’m not sure Murray is better than either, so a 9-3 season seems like a very optimistic predicton.

Hopefully they can reverse the downward spiral of the last 2 years, but 8-4 sounds pretty realistic to me.

Arrest Me UGA police.

September 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

For real, an arrest warrant for taking a $35 helmet. What a thug. Let’s ruin the kid’s name and talk about all the thugs at UGA.And screw the press for making it sound like this kid is wanted for murder. Good grief already. For all you UGA haters, it’s interesting that LSU offers a scholarship to a sexual assault offender (mettenberger), ands Ole Miss accepts the transfer of a qb who also got kicked off his prior team b/c he was trouble.

Dawg Man

September 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

Another sad story. As much as I love UGA football. This is becoming too much. I don’t understand why these players are getting into all this trouble. I don’t feel this is Mark Richt’s fault because I don’t think it would matter how much punishment he doles out, the players are still going to make boneheaded decisions. I just don’t know why or understand all this crap

CHDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

The chickens looked great, but there were some problems for them. The SM line only had one player that had played a game, and they almost equaled SC in 1st downs and total yds. They got over 400. SM and ULL did have one common opponent last year and they both lost to them by about the same amount. Doesn’t mean they are equal, but perhaps in the same class generally.

Bryan

September 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

I think I’ll wait until I actually see them play tommorrow before I guess on their record…..but that is just me…?

Arrest Me UGA police.

September 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

I’m going to walk around with a beer in my hand Saturday, will I be issued an arrest warrant as well?

Arrest Me UGA police.

September 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

And it took them three months to figure out he took the helmet, as the theft was reported on June 15. Interesting how it comes out the day before his first game. Something seems off to me, anyone else??

ARdawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

Nothing indicates to me that we’ll lose to SC, AR or Auburn. We haven’t lately. Until we can beat Florida I mark that one as a loss. I also expect we’ll lose one game we’re not suppose to and that will be SC, AU, AR or MS ST. We have the favorable schedule and IF we are as good as we think we are, 11-1 is attainable but look for a 10-2

Dawg Man

September 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

Gman, As a UGA die hard, I want to believe that we are better than 8-4 but that sounds about realistic to me. I do think you have to account for the added pressure that is on Richt knowing that 8-5 was not well rec’d last year and also our best players are on the offensive line. That is a good thing so 9-3 or maybe with a little luck 10-2 might be reachable

DDPO

September 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

Mad props to Arrest Me UGA Police, for proving me right once again. (Pointing the finger at others to justify your players character)

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 3rd, 2010
10:31 am

Another preseason National Championship predicted by fleabags on the same day another fleabag will be arrested.

GROUNDHOG DAY.

You can’t make this stuff up.

McDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:31 am

UNBELIEVABLE-a $35 helment????

Old Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

What part of “no” do college football players not understand. This is simply unacceptable. I know CMR and his staff go over things with their players time and again and punish them with wind sprints at 5:30 am, so I don’t know what the solution is.

A $35 helmet? It’s so worth it, don’t you know. A free education? Forget about it!

Gman 84

September 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

Anybody stay up for USC Hawaii last night?

USC kept pulling away put Hawaii continued to come back all night. They outgained the trojans 588 yards to 522.

USC won 49-36 but man, their defense was awful. Lil Kiffy may have his hands full.

Arrest Me UGA police.

September 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

Riiiiiight DDPO, that’s exactly what I was doing you idiot. I haven’t justified any position on the matter, I’m just stating facts you hershey squirt.

boots

September 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

There is not a bigger Dawg fan than myself, but even I am getting tired of the arrests. Honestly, why can’t these players stay out of jail? Just freakin’ show up to class, practice & play hard and do the right thing. What is so hard about that? It is hard to screw up a good life in Athens, but some of these guys are hell bent on doing just that.

chipperdawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

Can hardly wait until tomorrow. Plan to hit town around 10:00 and try to make the “Dawg Walk” and then get ready for some football!!!
GGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS! SIC’ EM!!! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF!!

I think 10 wins is probable and 11 or 12 attainable, if the ball bounces our way and barring the injuries that have plagued us in recent years!
It’s gonna be a fun year!

DDPO

September 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

Arrest Me UGA Police -

Ok. Then why are you bringing up other schools?

mcgdawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

DDPO….just keep on hating. Time is at hand to settle it on the field!

Dawg Man

September 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

And the schedule we have this year is about as easy as it is ever going to be without LSU and Alabama

RxDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

Olgetree arrested. You know what, I don’t care anymore. I’m tired of seeing UGA players and their legal issues splattered all over the front page because it generates hits. So freaking what, I still hope he takes off someones head this year. I hope Richt makes him run laps till he pukes, and then starts him. Especially when looking around the country and how they “discipline” their players cough Notre Name cough Florida cough Bama. They are football players, not saints. As long as they aren’t evil, let em play and get rid of that stupid alcohol rule too while your at it.

Bryan

September 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

What ever happened to good ole fashioned sweeping these things under the rug.lol..It’s not like our kids are doing the things the TENN players are. I mean UT is like a mini Compton! Crips, Bloods, and pistol packin wannabees..The first few minutes of The Last Boyscout comes to mind when I think of the Tenn program.

DDPO

September 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

You’re right mcgdawg. I hope those ankle monitors don’t slow your boys down too much. We don’t want any excuses in Jacksonville.

TallyDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

I’ve had it with this Thug bull—- !! UGA has gone full circle and turned into Florida State.

TallyDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

I wonder if the Dawg walk tomorrow will have a police checkpoint mid way?

Dirty Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:41 am

From everything you read and hear about the Ogletree twins and family this sounds way out of character. There must be some mistake and/or misunderstanding about this. To those, so-called, Bulldog fans, or non-fans, that are saying we’re recruiting the wrong kind of kids I say check it out…the Ogletree kids are just fine thank you and before it’s over the truth will out and you people will be sitting there with egg, or crap, or worse, all over your collective faces.

In my day you’d have to sit across the desk from Dean Tate and he’d scare the living s**t out of you, but if he thought you were worth spit, then he’d send you on you way with the promise that if he ever had to ’see’ you again it wouldn’t be pretty.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

Tallydawg, no check point, but you may see a few boozedawgs with ankle chains.

Bryan

September 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

Saw that one Gman 84….USC did score at will, but their D was horrible..with the QB’s they have in the Pac 10..or whatever it is now…they are going to be middle of the pack and maybe even lower tier. I am going to love seeing Kiffin make bulls#*& excuses all season…lol

Arrest Me UGA police.

September 3rd, 2010
10:44 am

DDPO, b/c you hate on a kid who took a helmet man, supposedly almost 3 months ago, who is being issued an arrest warrant the day before his first game. Not saying it’s right. Go hate on some other programs who think it’s right to say “hey, you f@#*ed up over there big time man, but we’ll make you a star, don’t worry.”

I’m totally sick off the arrests, but UGA deals with it and moves on. Look at UNC (the coach’s nanny writing papers and taking tests) and USC (carolina and the whitney), UGA , and now LSU with Mett and Ole Miss with Massoli… that’s my point.

Proud to be a bulldog and a fan of the Richt’s ethical and clean program. It’ s not easy being a father to one or two adolescents, Richt has about 80 he has to deal with.

Dawg Man

September 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

DDPO, every school has it’s problems. It has become much more front and center at UGA this year but no program is innocent. Something does need to be done though. It has gotten bad

mcgdawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

That’s pretty good DDPO. Dawgs need to have their safety glasses on as well to block those eye gouges….talk about a THUG!!

Chris Phillips

September 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

I am going to go with a 9-3 season. Georgia will more than likely lose to South Carolina, Arkansas, and Florida. Hello again Century One Bowl.

RxDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

DDPO, no excuses here. I say let the law punish Olgetree just like anyone else. If Richt feels the need to punish him, then so be it. But you can take your high and mighty judgement and shove it.

McDawg

September 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

mommy someone stole my helment-i left it on the couch and came back 8 hours later and it was gone

Dawg Man

September 3rd, 2010
10:50 am

Don’t hate on UGA and i won’t hate on your school. You know that do unto others thing mean anything to you? I mean this is a UGA blog! It’s for supporters not people who spew hate. Get over yourself

Dawg Man

September 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

I will never be found on another team’s blog because I am NOT a fan of any other college football team. Grow up

hotbobby

September 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

WTH? Aren’t you people sick of this? St Richt just keeps turning his head the other way. What do you people expect? He was trained be the biggest crEMINOLE of all! If this doesn’t end soon, I will give up my tickets and DONATIONS!