There aren’t many better ways to spend a Saturday in November

Branden Smith made himself useful on offense as well as special teams and defense Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Branden Smith made himself useful on offense as well as special teams and defense Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A few more thoughts on Georgia’s 55-7 victory over Idaho State …

As I detailed Saturday, I had my quibbles with the Dogs’ performance against the Bengals, despite it being an overwhelming (as expected) victory. My concerns chiefly were the rather “shaky” start, as Mark Richt termed it, and the fact that Georgia wasn’t able to run at will against a defense that its scout team ought to be able to beat easily.

But aside from those complaints engendered by my innate worrywart tendencies when it comes to Georgia football, I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday. The fall weather was glorious (OK, a bit chilly in the shade under the overhang where we sit at the stadium) and the turnout was better than I expected, at least for the first half. Once the 1980 national championship team had been recognized at halftime, many fans headed for the gates and someone broke out the beach balls in the crowd. By the fourth quarter we could clearly hear the cheerleaders’ cheers from the other end of the stadium, and those with yearning to shift seats could pretty much sit anywhere they wanted to. My brothers, who were sitting up in the upper upper North stands, came down and joined my wife and me in Section 104 for the rather listless last stanza (if you look at it by quarters, ISU won the last one, 7-0) when some of the more obscure team members among the 74 Dogs who played got into the game.

So what else, besides the final score, was there to delight in?

True freshman safety Alec Ogletree getting his first start in a game that saw him partially block a punt to set up the Dogs’ first touchdown. He’s going to be a beast…

Blair Walsh tying his career best with a 53-yard field goal kicked into a stiff wind. (The down side was that a pair of field goals was all the Dogs could manage in the first quarter … oops there goes the worrywart again). …

Branden Smith showing his three-way value with a fine punt return and three runs for 27 yards (which put him ahead of Washaun Ealey for the day) in addition to playing cornerback. …

Bruce Figgins catching his first touchdown pass since the 2007 season and the heartening way his teammates celebrated. …

And the realistic and yet still somewhat optimistic way most fans I talked to are looking at the Auburn game (which is mostly what we talked about during all except the second quarter). The odds are long, but this is Georgia-Auburn, after all, a series in which the visitor frequently wins and drastic underdogs have knocked off their highly ranked rivals before. Few were willing to say they think it will happen, but nearly all thought it could. …

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ca dawg

November 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

it could happen, bill. their defense is awful. i think it will be a high scoring game, and will come down to turnovers.

Sanford Drive

November 7th, 2010
3:49 pm

Bill….. please review my previous comment and explain to me why it isn’t allowed????

TexasDawg

November 7th, 2010
3:53 pm

Are we not like not like a 500 ball team against teams with winning records in the sec the last two or three seasons? Richt better turn it around no more wait till next year…so tired of hearing that %^&%. Yes I’m a die hard dawg and I want better from this coaching staff…much better. We consistanly recruit better players…if Richt doesn’t win the SEC….next year….makes me puke a little to say it…I’m done with him and hope the University is as well!

Dbalcer

November 7th, 2010
3:53 pm

I watched the game in stands on Saturday and watched again today on CSS south replay and actually felt better about our start when the announcers talked about how bad the sun was in our eyes in the first quarter. I noticed that when we changed directions we played much better. That gives me another reason to not like the 12:30 PM start times.

AltamahaDawg

November 7th, 2010
3:54 pm

I think it had to do with inexplicable turning into a one way street at the end.

TexasDawg

November 7th, 2010
3:56 pm

We control the game on the ground and keep Auburns’ Offense off the field……that is the only way we win…..if our coaching staff can’t see that…yes it’s that simple!

Gator hater

November 7th, 2010
4:02 pm

Mark it down Dawgs win out including the bowl to finish 8 & 5 we own Auburn especially on the plains. Go Dawgs

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Dawg14

November 7th, 2010
4:11 pm

Student Section and Redcoats had a lot of fun with those beach balls. Go Dawgs!

Yep

November 7th, 2010
4:13 pm

Dbalcer…so we can’t play witht he sun in our eyes? Hmm…that’s pretty scary.

DawginOH

November 7th, 2010
4:16 pm

The only thing that can stop Newton is if the NCAA digs something up between now and Saturday to keep him on the sideline. Grantham definitely has a long week ahead of him.

That being said, I’m not yet convinced that AU’s defense is any better than Georgia’s this season. In order for Georgia to win this game, the offense will have to put together some long drives. The longer the Dawgs can keep Newton off the field, the better the chances to pull of the miracle upset.

I’m not sure of the likelihood of an upset on the Plains on Saturday, but it would work wonders for a team in search of some morale in a season where the guys need it in the worst way. Weirder things have happened, especially in this rivalry…

Go Dawgs!!

guy

November 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

if you couldnt control the game on the ground against idaho state at home, what makes you think you can do it against auburn in their house?

TexasDawg

November 7th, 2010
4:19 pm

Let’s see Smith do it against a team that matters…… for that matter let’s see what the team does when it matters…SC, Ark, Miss St, Colorado…i just threw up a little again…FLa REAL EASY to look gook against a div II school that has one win….when are my DAWGS going to stand up and show some balls against a real team? Have not seen it for two and a half seasons now???

TexasDawg

November 7th, 2010
4:25 pm

DawginOh is exactly right and if our coaching staff doesn’t see that…say what you want about Les Miles but the LSU play calling against Ala was on the money! Have not seen one game this year that I could not predicted what Bobo was going to call.

Lindsey

November 7th, 2010
4:33 pm

Although I know its a long shot, I believe the Dawgs could upset the War Eagles/Tigers/Plainsmen/Whatever. Hearing AJ Green’s comments after the game got me even more hopeful for a win this Saturday, GO DAWGS!!

Dawg 39

November 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

I was in the minority of Dawg Fans who predicted A Gator win. Now I am in the minority of Dawg Fans who predict a win against Auburn. Bobo & his superior play calling will be the difference. Putting Ogletree in the box to shadow Newton would be a good thing too.

Clean House

November 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

UGA and Grantham should have registered a shut out against this highschool team yesterday. Stacy Searles and our S & C coach should be dismissed at the end of the season. Richt should demote Bobo and hire a top notch offensive coordinator. 1 more year for CMR and if no significant improvements are made then its adios.

Hobnail Boot

November 7th, 2010
4:44 pm

I would not be surprised if the Dawgs wins Saturday. The secondary for Aurburn is average at best. They may be looking ahead to Bama and we may just catch them off guard. As long as we keep a spy on Newton i.e. Ogletree we could shock them. I look for it to be a shoot out with lots of points scored. Should be fun as it always is
with Auburn.

Bye Bye Dawggies

November 7th, 2010
4:49 pm

Major beatdown coming:

Auburn 45, Georgia 17

Are we talking about the same Bobo?

November 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

“Bobo & his superior play calling will be the difference.”

Please say you’re being sarcastic.

RAID

November 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

I would say that quite a few teams can score 40 on AU…but I dont think we have it in us….I dont see us run blocking at all and so then it comes down to AM……not so sure he is capable at this time of carrying us on his shoulders…..I say we score in the mid 20s and they score mid 30s…..We all know the D isnt ready yet……….Aint sayin it cant happen, jus dont think it will…..I think AU is gonna have to lay it on the ground a bunch for us to have a chance…..Just being realistic…..GO DAWGS

Supes

November 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

Auburn is very beatable on DEFENSE…UGA just has to play ball control offense, sustain long drives and then capitalize in the red zone with TD. That’s the best shot formula to beat Auburn right now…if you get into a “track meet” type game you will come on the losing end…Auburn’s offense is frightening as far as speed and big play ability not only from Newton but the RB’s. You focus too much on Newton, McCaleb will beat u.

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:00 pm

Hey Bye Bye,

Another beat down after that will be happening. Dogs 105, Booby Duds 0.

Fast Eddie

November 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

Gator Hater, you ought to look at the game realistically and not through those rose colored glasses you obviously are wearing. I’m not an AU fan but logic tells me they’re going to kick your collective butts up and down the field. A. J. may catch a few but Newton is going to get about 250 running the ball down your throats and about the same number of yards through the air. Have a nice day in Auburn…………………or watching the game from a local pub somewhere in Georgia.

Hobnail Boot

November 7th, 2010
5:03 pm

I just hope they are looking ahead to Bama. If that happens and we cause a few turnovers who knows? If we put pressure on Newton and keep a spy on him we can keep it interesting.

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:03 pm

Don’t see us even slowing Newton down. We will have to beat them in a shoot out, but then again I say that and the game ends with a 17-10 thing. That’s the way college football goes sometimes.

bugsquacher

November 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

pipe dreams to think we will beat Auburn…… we didnt beat carolina, arkansas, florida, colorado, and now we think we will beat Auburn,,,,,,, ha…. not hardly……. no doubt we will put the better players on the field,,,,, but the coaching will do us in again……. time for Richt and the clowns to go…… Georgia deserves better…..

prediction ====> Auburn by at least 17….. what a shame….. just a shame…..with the players we have

bugsquacher

November 7th, 2010
5:06 pm

oh…. I forgot the power house MIss State

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:06 pm

Hobnail Boot,

I believe that is total wishful thinking, Cam Newton is going to do pretty much whatever he wants in this one and more. Our defence is going to get smoked. The only small hop we have as that Murry goes crazy and throws like 5 td’s.

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

Bugsquasher, Your being to realistic for me. Let’s pretend we have some kind of a chance.

Hobnail Boot

November 7th, 2010
5:11 pm

I know it is wishful thinking but its all I got right now. I don’t care or think we should even accept a bowl bid but I would love to win out the rest of the year. I do think Murray can take advantage of their defense with his arm. If we can get a couple of turnovers and Houston can put a couple hard hits on Newton who knows?

Time on your hands... lots of time

November 7th, 2010
5:12 pm

Another beat down after that will be happening. Dogs 105, Booby Duds 0.

Laugh it up, dawgtard! The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate morons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or self-discipline.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against dummy-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

It’s pretty pathetic to see UGA fans who typically have never been within miles of a college classroom and who live or die with UGA’s weekly results on the football field.

So keep on rubbing it in all you want, dawgtard, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get your old job back at the Waffle House before your unemployment checks stop coming.  

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

i think Auburn will begin to take control midway through the third. We will probably turn the ball over on a costly play and the crowd is going to go insane and that will be it. I’m not trying to be negative
but this is what we can expect from the teams we have had in recent years. “Puttin’ Newtin” will run for at least 250-Remember Butler for Florida,made it look easy, because it was.

RAID

November 7th, 2010
5:15 pm

B Squasher is right!…What have we done this year to prove that we can stop a 3rd and long, much less all the second and shorts we’re staring at this wknd…….I just do’nt see it happening……They’re are not going to make some kind of immaculant consformation in just one week!…..

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:17 pm

Time on your hands,

Yea Tech fans have lives, sure. That why you hang out on a Georgia Bulldog blog sight writing a 300
word post. Get a life your team sucks and so do your sorry fareweather fans.

Hobnail Boot

November 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

Matter of fact, I have a couple of Tech grads that works for me. They do a fine job.

Go Dawgs!!!

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:19 pm

Time on your hands,

I’m sure if anyone needed a job a Waffle House you could put in a good word to your manager.

Hairy Perry

November 7th, 2010
5:23 pm

Dogs will need alot of breaks vs. Auburn. I’m not saying it’s impossible to beat them, it’s just going to be really tough.

Let's Talk About UGA!

November 7th, 2010
5:24 pm

DawnNation,

OMG! (That’s computer speak)

Uga III’s other little white-trash cousin (our half-bulldog/half-wiener dog) just chewed up Mama’s
hand-made UGA quilt!

That quilt cost Mama a lot of money (she said I missed many meals, as a child, so she could get it).

Boy, the trailer is gonna be rockin’ tonight. She might pull a ‘Grantham’ on that poor dog. Somebody better call PETA.

Oh well,

I’ve got plenty of beer.

Go Dawgs!
Sic ‘em!
Woof! Woof! Woof!

Let's Talk About UGA!

November 7th, 2010
5:25 pm

Actually,

I think it will be funny watching Mama chase that dog around the house.
There aren’t many better ways to spend a Sunday in November!

Mobile Dawg

November 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

Actually Bill, an afternoon of Red Snapper fishing with some of your best friends and Family on the Gulf of Mexico was a pretty good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

guy

November 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

you guys dont think every school who has played aubrun since week 2 has had a spy or two on newton?

DAWG with bag over head again

November 7th, 2010
5:54 pm

Clean House,

Why stop with Richt?

Woof woof!

November 7th, 2010
6:02 pm

The mutt croaked. Sonny Seiler sent a replacement. No one is suposed to know this.

But who cares.

RAID

November 7th, 2010
6:13 pm

Woof woof, I agree……The last UGA did’nt just die……It was suicide!…..He could’nt bear the pain anymore…….As for Russ, well, he stepped asside…….If changes are’nt made soon our next UGA may take the same road……Let us hope not……

Clean House

November 7th, 2010
6:36 pm

Yeah you are right… Why stop with Rich? .Run these clowns out of Athens !

Vick=Dog killing Thug

November 7th, 2010
6:46 pm

Very interesting day. Got calls from two different credible sources that there will be a coaching firing at UGA in the near future. Hints were made that it is either Bobo or CMR himself. Additionally I was assured that the replacement process is already in progress.

VERY INTERESTING…. That’s all I know, just passing it along.

collegeballfan

November 7th, 2010
6:51 pm

“There aren’t many better ways to spend a Saturday in November.”

I can think of at least one!

straydawg

November 7th, 2010
7:01 pm

I sincerely hope that i am wrong, but cmr will not come up with a gameplan that will upset Auburn.

Scottie

November 7th, 2010
7:03 pm

Auburn will win by 35.