This won’t be your typical Georgia-Florida game, thank goodness

Aaron Murray should be a key playmaker for the Dogs against the Gators. (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray should be a key playmaker for the Dogs against the Gators. (Associated Press)

Predictions of how the 2010 Georgia-Florida game will turn out seem to be falling into two categories.

On the one hand, you have those folks like the Vegas oddsmakers who look at how the teams have performed to date and figure the rebounding Dogs, who’ve been clicking offensively the past three weeks, have an edge over the stumbling Gators.

On the other hand, you have prognostications that basically boil down to this: The Dogs will choke and Florida will win because Florida usually wins. Typical of this school of thought is erstwhile AJC-er Terence Moore, who declared on WSB-TV’s “Sports Zone Sunday” that because of the fallout from the infamous end zone dance of 2007 the Dogs will never ever beat the Gators again as long as Urban Meyer is coach.

While Moore’s stance hardly ranks as reasoned analysis, there’s no question Florida has tended to feed off its dominance in the series over the past two decades while the Dogs often press too hard in this game.

But will that Jacksonville mojo really be a factor for the Gators this year? After all, this is sort of an unprecedented match-up of a pair of unranked teams that both have lost to Mississippi State and both count a win over Kentucky as their biggest victory to date. That’s uncharted territory for the Gators.

One thing seems clear: Mark Richt’s Dogs need to continue their recent trend of stopping their opponent from scoring on its first drive and getting the first points. When Georgia has scored first this year, it has won; when it hasn’t, it has lost. And the same applies to Georgia-Florida games in recent years. Fortunately for the Dogs, Florida has been extremely slow out of the gate this season.

The Gators have the best defense that the Dogs will have faced so far, but Florida hasn’t been very effective defending the run, and that’s been Georgia’s strong suit the past few weeks. Washaun Ealey’s “tweaked” knee could be a factor, though, as could some rust from two weeks off for Caleb King. But Georgia has the better quarterback in Aaron Murray and the best receiver in A.J. Green. The Gators do have a terrific secondary, but I don’t think Green will be denied in any one-on-one battle, and if he’s double-teamed, Georgia has other options.

On defense, the Dogs have given up a lot of yards through the air, though the Gator passing game hasn’t been very effective so far this season. And the Dogs have had trouble with mobile quarterbacks, which might make Florida backup Trey Burton in the Wildcat a potential problem. But barring a miracle transformation from Meyer’s bye-week “modifications,” Florida’s offense looks pretty ordinary, even with a gimpy Jeff Demps and stalker boy Chris Rainey returning.

Special teams appear pretty even. Both teams have fine punters; Georgia ought to have an edge in placekicking, since the Gators’ Caleb Sturgis won’t be able to play, but that depends on whether the Dogs’ Blair Walsh can shake off a few recent misses.

So, yeah, there are a lot of question marks hanging over this game. But Florida looks vulnerable for a change and the Dogs aren’t going to come into Jacksonville as intimidated as they have the past couple of years. Turnovers are always big in this series and Georgia has been looking good in that regard recently while the Gators have had problems holding on to the ball. And I think dual-threat Murray will be the big difference.

Bottom line is that Georgia has the momentum and the more dangerous offense this year, which should be enough to overcome any lingering Jacksonville jitters.

Go Dogs!

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DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 29th, 2010
11:12 am

Buzzhater

October 29th, 2010
11:13 am

execute, and just win…

DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 29th, 2010
11:17 am

FORCE TURNOVERS!!!

bruce mac

October 29th, 2010
11:23 am

Yea right. Dawgs fall as usual. Terrance Moore is an idiot with an obsession for all things Red and Black. I am certainly glad we don’t have to see his mug on the AJC anymore.

St. Simons

October 29th, 2010
11:25 am

Gators eat boogers!

Bryan

October 29th, 2010
11:25 am

Dawgs by a lot! thanks…. have a good weekend and we appreciate you stopping by CUM..GO DAWGS!

BallCoach

October 29th, 2010
11:25 am

The best way to break a jinx is by not talking about it….

UGA

October 29th, 2010
11:26 am

Terrance Moore is an epic failure.

Saint Simons

October 29th, 2010
11:33 am

looks like a redneck convention here!!!!!!!

CJ_NC_DAWGS

October 29th, 2010
11:34 am

Could be Aaron Murray’s coming out party! GO DAWGS! I would rather have Murray than “Big Arm, No Heart” Stafford any day!

He’s got a lot more moxie. He’s tough and gritty and I think he’s gonna be tons better than Stafford and Greene ever were….

Greene was too lumbering and slow on his drops, and Stafford was sloppy at times and tried to make too many plays with his arm. His junior year, he played like he couldn’t care less….. Happy to have a kid with fire and the desire to win leading the DAWGS!

BTW…. all these guys talking about us throwing more to the tight ends…. While I agree that the tight end has always been a great weapon for Georgia’s Offense, I wonder about 2 things:

1. Our tight ends have had a lot of trouble catching the ball at times. Orson Charles should be another Ben Watson, but just hasn’t developed as quickly as I thought he would…

2. They are probably blocking more and running fewer routes to bolster the O-Line.

Just saying…. Orson Charles should be a man-child unstoppable beast. Maybe he’s a breakout game away….

SMASH ‘EM IN THE MOUTH! Gators are DAWG MEAT!

rested

October 29th, 2010
11:35 am

The week off makes all the difference in the world! When ga has the week off they win, likewise when fla has a week off they win. when ga won all those years ago, ga had a bye week and fla came in beat up from playing auburn the week before.

bruce mac

October 29th, 2010
11:36 am

rested, UGA had the week prior off last year. How did that work out?

Gator Lou

October 29th, 2010
11:37 am

Urban Meyer has vowed that his Florida teams will never lose to UGA again after the end zone gimmick a few years ago. Mark Richt is a softee and cant win the big ones. I cant wait to see what gimmick he will try to pull this year. Maybe some type of trickeration that usually blows up in the dawgs face. Dream on mutts ! Dream on !

bruce mac

October 29th, 2010
11:38 am

Of course CMR used the week off to borrow Grambling’s helmets and little else. But, what’s new?

KFC

October 29th, 2010
11:39 am

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

maybe next year

October 29th, 2010
11:40 am

gators 31-17

if anyone snaps a streak this year on us it will be fsu

chiefdawg

October 29th, 2010
11:41 am

Sorry, Dawgs lose again. I hate to say it, but it just ain’t happening.

JaxDawg05

October 29th, 2010
11:43 am

Maybe the third times the charm if it’s worded differently. The Earth Biggest Outside Adult Beverage Festivity is under way!

JaxDawg05

October 29th, 2010
11:45 am

Hey, KFC! Stop putting addictive chemicals in your chicken that makes me crave it day and night!

bruce mac

October 29th, 2010
11:48 am

KFC = Jealous Tech fan with small unit.

Dawg Man

October 29th, 2010
11:48 am

Who knows, it’s a very tough game to call but if I had to. I say dawgs by 3

nostrodamus

October 29th, 2010
11:48 am

I will let you know who the winner will be Saturday, 10-30-2010 at 7:55 pm.

nostrodamus

October 29th, 2010
11:49 am

JaxDawg05, the chemical in the chicken is nicotin. Enjoy

RxDawg

October 29th, 2010
11:58 am

Go Dawgs!

Maybe Meyer playing Rainey will result in us getting a win by Karam alone? Eh, wishful thinkging. We still better go out there and put a hat on somebody. Let’s hunker down boys!

tbone

October 29th, 2010
11:59 am

Based on admission requirements, quality of degree programs, & all things regarding academics only Vandy is ahead of UGA in the SEC. Forgetting athletics, UGA has no reason to apologize to anyone for anything regarding academic excellence. Get a life.

Confucius

October 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

The 2 BIGGEST reasons the Dawgs win that NOBODY is talking about…..

1. Joe Cox will not be taking snaps.

2. Logan Gray will not be taking snaps when Joe Cox is pulled for not doing much with the snaps he would have taken.

Coachdawg 2000

October 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

Gator lou-
You can’t spell lousy without Lou.

CJ_NC_DAWGS

October 29th, 2010
12:02 pm

Confucius says, “HAHAHAHAHA”…… No Sh#*!” That’s great!

Sen. Corrine Brown

October 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

Go Gatuh! Is pursy harvey playing, and is Corch Myers feeling betta. 1-2-3-4-5.

Chris Rainey is deepsea fishing

October 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

Time to die fish!

Coachdawg 2000

October 29th, 2010
12:06 pm

I predict the team that scores the most points at the end of the game WILL win!

BG

October 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red

October 29th, 2010
12:20 pm

Bobo, OPEN UP THE D*#N PLAYBOOK AND THROW EVERYTHING AT ‘EM…INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK!

azdawg

October 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

Stop FL’s Offense. Three and out. dawgs win this one if the O doesn’t choke

long-time dawg

October 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

Are the Dawgs men enough to beat the gators? Yes! Then let’s prove it.

go dawgs!

October 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

Really hope the boys just play to win, and don’t play not to lose! Play hard and do not be intimidated!

uga's girl

October 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

KFC, Red, Nanook, whatever you go by on the next blog….we realize you know how to copy & paste every other day, and we are very proud of you. See, our pride goes further than our football program.

So get a life & take Bulldog Joe with you. I personally only go to blogs which have something to do with MY alma mater. Even if I read the others, I wouldn’t comment on them. It just makes you look like an idiot.

GO DAWGS!!!

Blackmailer Caleb

October 29th, 2010
12:44 pm

Stalkerboy, funny that’s what you look like in your photo Billy boy.

embarrassing dawgs

October 29th, 2010
12:44 pm

I think georgia will beat the gator,it might save MARK RICHT’S job, georgia has not beat tennessee and flordia in the same year since 1988.

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

Bulldawg taste just like Chicken.
Bobo gets the lead and play calls like a chicken.

Alabama Dog

October 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

ga’s girl: Well put. I have NO idea why these other team’s fans want to come on to this blog & bash OUR team! Don’t they have their own blogs for that?

JYD

October 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

KFC Coach Richt can’t win the SEC east? Check your history you idiot before you make statements you idiot.

Fred Mertz

October 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

Dawgs take a dive again.

Florida 49, Georgia 17.

It’s a long drive to Jacksonville. It’s an even longer drive home. :-)

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Here is my prediction

Typical conservative play calling or another name for it “Manage The Game” crap

You know

The throw to the sideline pass

Run straight up the middle

And oh my goodness its now 3rd and 8 we need to throw a long one

Punt

We get the ball back

Run up the middle

Throw the sideline pass

um oh yea

Make something happen AJ, crap he is double covered, throw to the sideline

Punt

Hey lets try

Running up the middle

Throw a sideline pass

Its Wildcat time, Brandon Smith your the QB, I just hope they wont think your going to run it.

Dang

Punt

Anybody need 2 tickets

October 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

Meet me directly under the press box at 2pm.

Ken

uga's girl

October 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

Alabama Dog, they do, but they have nothing better to do with their time. They’re lonely & sad, so they come here to have people to talk to. :-)

Fred, I just did the drive that’s supposed to take 7.5 hours from my house & I did it in 6.5. So eat that. I know some of you gayturd fans driving up from south florida will have a longer drive back home after your loss to the DAWGS baby!!!

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

Fred did Ethel let you back on the computer? I thought she saw you surfing porn and disconnected the internet.

59bulldawg

October 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

Hey KFC . . . break is over son! Get back to frying that chicken.

funny

October 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

uga’s girl it is amusing to read someone say gayturd when they went to u g a y.

404

October 29th, 2010
1:13 pm

UGA vs Florida

The team with the most players out on bail/work-release will win.

Most likely UGA.