How will Dogs stand up to national spotlight that comes with Cam Newton?

Aaron Murray needs to get off to a fast start against Auburn. (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray needs to get off to a fast start against Auburn. (Associated Press)

A few early thoughts on this year’s renewal of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry …

It’d take the best performance of the season on the part of Todd Grantham’s defense to stop Cam Newton, and the odds are long against it happening. He’s just too talented and the Dogs haven’t done a good job this season against quarterbacks who can run. (This one, of course, can pass, too.) About the best we can hope for is that Georgia makes Newton and the Tigers work for it and doesn’t give up big plays. …

After watching Auburn and Arkansas go back and forth last month in a game with a basketball score, a lot of folks warmed to the idea that the Tigers don’t have a very good defense and that Georgia’s best shot at winning this game is to get into an offensive shootout. If that does indeed prove to be the case, the key for the Dogs is going to be getting off to a fast start and not having to try and play catch-up. Another shaky first quarter like Aaron Murray has suffered in the past two games and Georgia may be toast against Auburn. …

No secret to what Auburn will do on defense. Double up or roll its pass coverage toward A.J. Green and blitz their brains out, hoping to rattle Murray into another rash of turnovers like he had against the Gators. The strength of the Tigers’ D is their front seven, so the play of the Dogs’ maddeningly inconsistent offensive line in both pass protection and run-blocking will be a key to whether the Dogs get blown out or keep it close. …

It’ll be interesting to see how the intangibles play out. For whatever reason, the visiting team in this series often has the upper hand. However, the confidence with which the Tigers are playing this year may well counter that. But what effect will all the off-field conversation about Newton and the NCAA investigation have on Auburn? …

Few will be predicting a Georgia win Saturday, but despite Mark Richt’s efforts to play down the “signature” aspect of the game, there’s no denying that if the Dogs somehow come out of Jordan-Hare Stadium with a win, it will be one of the biggest (and most unlikely) victories by a Georgia team in quite a few years. …

The pressure is on Auburn, which can play for the national championship if it wins out, but it’s also on Georgia, which has a chance to win back some respect in a nationally televised game.

How are you feeling about the Dogs’ chances?

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Dean Tate

November 9th, 2010
10:46 am

I honestly think we’ll play well in this game. We usually do against Auburn, and we’ve had their number the past four years. But I also believe we’ll come up short in the end. I’d say 34-27 Auburn.

mark twain

November 9th, 2010
10:46 am

WELL IM JUST HAPPY IF WE DONT LOSE BY 35 PTS. BUT AFTER 3 TIMES CAUGHT CHEATING AT FLA AND HAVING THAT COMPUTER WELL MAYBE 45 PTS WOULD BE CLOSER. TELL 5150 TOAD TO WRITE IN THE Tech side for now .

Sanford Drive

November 9th, 2010
10:49 am

Cam Newton had 13 traffic violations while at Florida.

12 have been taken care of, 1 is in Continuance for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

https://www.alachuaclerk.org/court_records/gis/index.cfm?section=results

Remember the multiple times UGA player have been ARRESTED for driving with a suspended driver’s license, and deemed “thugs”????

Want to answer this one Auburn fans???

Henry Heimlich

November 9th, 2010
10:55 am

AJ will need my assistance after the game when he is eating crow.

Billy Ryckman

November 9th, 2010
10:59 am

UGA will win this game but for all of your Richt haters–he will not be fired if he loses to Auburn and Tech. Richt is here to stay. UGA 38, AU 34. Great win for UGA.

Sailor Dawg73

November 9th, 2010
11:00 am

I think that the dawgs could very well pull out a win. the key is getting out on the board first, it seems to be the norm that the defense takes a while to warm up. the dawgs have proven in big games that they are a second half team. if they can go into half down by a touchdown or l0 points. We very well could see an upset in my eyes

how2fish

November 9th, 2010
11:03 am

Sanford Drive there you go again bringing logical questions to a football blog…lol the Auburn fans have enough problems every week just trying to decide what mascot they have that week, lets not ask them any tough questions…

gomdawg

November 9th, 2010
11:14 am

DALLAS COWBOYS IS LOOKING FOR A COACH UMMMMMMMMMMMM LOOK OUT BAMA

jablonski

November 9th, 2010
11:18 am

The start is the key. They must score on opening possesion and set somekind of rythem. It is time to put it ALL out there. Benefit is that this might be Bobo’s last SEC game.

I just hope he can get them jacked up to play their brains out.

jablonski

November 9th, 2010
11:19 am

damn, cant spell today

Jim Beam

November 9th, 2010
11:19 am

I’m afraid the Dawgs will win. Good for UGA but bad for the conference… Go Dawgs!

Gbal

November 9th, 2010
11:22 am

Honestly, I dont see where we have a chance. Really hope I am wrong on this. If the D can come up with a plan to put pressure on CAM like there is no tomorrow…. then we might be suprised. AU only beat MSU by 3, UK by 3 and SC by 8….. So comparing those against UGA… Maybe we can pull off an upset. Tee it up!!! Go Dawgs!!!

BallCoach

November 9th, 2010
11:22 am

I like UGA’s chances. Still think miscues late will cost the dawgs again. 43-40.

dawgmanwayx

November 9th, 2010
11:24 am

i think the dawgs will play auburn very tough and have a chance late….but as this season has played out for the two teams, uga loses the close one and auburn wins it.

embarrassing dawgs

November 9th, 2010
11:25 am

georgia has no chance of beating auburn. mark richt is headed for 6 th lost of season. great coaching job mark richt,you really earn your 3 million dollar a year.

74 Dawg

November 9th, 2010
11:33 am

I think this is a winnable game IF the Dawgs don’t turn it over, establish a running game to limit Auburn’s possessions and slow Newton down enough to make him throw the ball. Three large ifs. Start giving them a short field and it could get ugly fast.

Amazed

November 9th, 2010
11:39 am

I’m just amazed that you AJC writers aren’t digging up this info on Newton. Once again, if it were a UGA player you’d be all over it. Thirteen traffic violations in less than 1.5 years??? Why was he never suspended for those, but only for the laptop? Time for the NCAA to investigate UF and Auburn.

MoDawg

November 9th, 2010
11:41 am

You heard it here first…..UGA wins the game by 10 points.

Gbal

November 9th, 2010
11:41 am

Sanford – Drop the aligations until the whole story comes out. A true UGA fan wants to beat AU with their best and besides we dont really have a lot of room to be hammering others for wrong doings. Something about a Pot, a Kettle and Black ???

bugsquacher

November 9th, 2010
11:45 am

we will be embarrassed on national tv……. auburn by at least 24.

cyberdawg

November 9th, 2010
11:46 am

I see Cam Newton running all over the place to defeat the dogs soundly. If UGA doesn’t score early and often this may be over by half time. I hope I’m wrong.

Gbal

November 9th, 2010
11:46 am

Will be interesting to see how many pieces tabloiders Shultz and Bradley milk this story for given how they milk the UGA incidences. If CAM N was at UGA I bet you dollars to doughnuts Bradleys piece today would have not been supportive…. At best the headline would have read something like “Why did UGA take a chance on Cam after past records at UF”.. What do yall think?? Even in the AU/Cam piece Bradley had to take a jab at UGA!!!

dawggirl

November 9th, 2010
11:47 am

I think Auburn will win, but I really don’t think there’s any pressure on UGA at all. We are terrible, and we’ve had a lousy year. If we lose, we can still beat Tech to go to a bowl game. I think the pressure is completely all on Auburn.

Nothing to lose, so to speak, for the Dawgs. We aren’t expected to win, whereas Auburn most certainly is, and has to think about beating not only us, but Bama, and the Eastern Division champ (not much of a challenge this year.)

bugsquacher

November 9th, 2010
11:47 am

plz, plz, fire the coaches now, quit delaying the pain, we will never get any better than 8-3, we will never play for a national championship, it will always be the same story, we are getting our house in order for next year……always next year…..

bugsquacher

November 9th, 2010
11:48 am

the braves had the same story for almost 25 years before the early 90’s…….. wait til next year

Coachdawg 2000

November 9th, 2010
11:49 am

I’m just glad that yall aren’t giving the pregame speech. Look Allbarn is not Bama. They don’t have a coach that will keep them grounded. He is a mister rah-rah and Cam has been getting alot of pub. Everybody(on here as well as the media) is taking this game a far-gone conclusion. I do however believe that we have to PHYSICAL! No more messing around. It seems that people are sweating his heisman campaign more than him finishing the season. ATTENTION: ALLBARN WILL NOT PLAY FOR THE M.N.C.

fishus maximus

November 9th, 2010
11:49 am

War Eagle. I have to agree that players need to held to the same standards as anyone else. I also feel that if a player bails early for the pros, he should be required to return every dime of scholarship money. If Cam has paid the piper, Urban Meyer should be the one on trial. If not, then unfortunately he should sit. You guys have a great, class act coach….just an off season.

AuburnFan

November 9th, 2010
11:51 am

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AuburnFan

November 9th, 2010
11:52 am

Okay, SHUTUP MARK TWAIN.

CSA

November 9th, 2010
11:52 am

I have watched my beloved Bulldogs lose more games than they ought to these past few seasons and have lowered my expectations a bit because I just hate to get disappointed over and over. I really don’t think they can beat Auburn, mentally or physically. My only hope is that Georgia just doesn’t get embarrassed. The Tech game should be fun, and judging by Tech’s play this season, we should have the upper hand. But I’ve learned anything is possible with this team, including losing to a much less talented team.

azdawg

November 9th, 2010
11:55 am

Agree w/BK on GA’s and AU’ defense. Unfortunately, for UGA, Murray will get rattled by AU def while UGA DC settles into his soft zone and we get trampled. GA’s going to have to gamble on defense to stop Cam N. Take our chances with his passing beating us and not his running. He’s going to gain yards running no matter what GA tries only hope is to slow him down and break his confidence. However, Grantham has yet to learn or show any different schemes to slow running teams. The only thing consistent w/Grantham is losing to running teams. He’s got to go.

Biff

November 9th, 2010
11:55 am

We’re going to get killed. Auburn by 21+ points.

Lindsey

November 9th, 2010
11:58 am

This article reads like UGA has already lost! Although it will very hard for the Dawgs to win, that is why the game is played! I am excited and hopeful the Dawgs can play their best football game all season and beat the Tigers er War Eagle. GO DAWGS!!!

takedowndawg

November 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

Amazed, didos. Where are Jeff Schultz and Mark Bradley when you need them? If Newton was playing for Georgia with this “baggage” of purported behavior, he would be tarred many times by now and they would be looking for a truck from a hen house full of feathers. Say it wouldn’t be so, Jeff and Mark? There would be a “25″ hour news cycle devoted to his destruction for humanitarian reasons! Newton, be glad. Be very glad, you don’t play for Georgia. They would be camped out around your dorm room hoping for another slip up by yourself. Go DAWGS!!!

Coachdawg 2000

November 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

Bill King is the AJC’s version of Wade Phillips. Highly ineffective and totally uninspiring.

kevin

November 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

UGA has been in every game they’ve lost this year and managed to figure out a way to lose the game. I do not see why this game should be any different. I am not convinced that UGA will win, but I think there is a far better chance of UGA playing a close game and finally figuring out a way to win (vs. lose), than AU blowing them out. After all, AU’s defense is pretty suspect.

Cecil Newton

November 9th, 2010
12:05 pm

It’s going to take $200,000 for you to go to heaven.

Coachdawg 2000

November 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

I would love to see Alec Ogletree destroy Cammie.

Billy Jack

November 9th, 2010
12:10 pm

If the UGA team that I saw in the 2nd half of the Florida game shows this Sat. then I think we have a chance….

MURPHY

November 9th, 2010
12:13 pm

I have hope each week that our coaches and team some how put all the pieces together and we start clicking.Every week I end up dissapointed and disgusted. Im not going to have that hope this week,that way I wont end up disgusted. Last time we went to AU with no chance to win it was in 2006.I had chosen to attend the Carolina/UF GAME(Spurrier’s return to the Swamp).I sat in a bar in Gainesville and watched Stafford pick AU apart. I will be at the Carolina/UF game this week and will sure attend the same bar to watch mt Dawgs play.Hope it end up like 2006

Dawg 39

November 9th, 2010
12:14 pm

I do not expect the Dawgs to be embarrassed & a win is a possibility. Put Ogletree in the box to shadow Newton & make them beat us passing. Stranger things have happened.

75-76-DAWG

November 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

Grantham’s defense has gotten better and better , a lot less missed assignments and that bodes well for next year.So I think the defense will do their job, even if Auburn get 35 or 40 point.
That brings us to the offense.The only way we can beat Auburn is to out score them and they are going to put plenty of point on the board. We could have won all five of the games lost this year with a better offensive scheme and quicker to make the changes during the game. Bobo will never be a big time colleges offensive coordinator, he’s just not good enough to keep up with the pace, this has been obvious ever since CMR gave him that job, not because he earned it but because he likes Bobo. Even though Bobo did a much better job calling play’s against Florida and if not for Murray having a bad game , UGA would have beaten Florida by two touchdowns. But Bobo is still Bobo and over thinks everything. When you do that you can’t make a commitment and stick to it.
The bottom line is as long as Bobo is the offensive coordinator, UGA will never be able to” FINISH THE DRILL”. Reality says that we will not be able to keep up will Auburn’s offensive weapons.

James Stephenson

November 9th, 2010
12:20 pm

Wow so for the first time in UGA history, 5 straight games of 30+ points and you want to fire the OC. Wow, some people are never happy.

MURPHY

November 9th, 2010
12:25 pm

James,

I feel its pretty safe to say-The record is what us Dawgs are not happy with.Doesnt do any good to score 30 points a game if you give up 31 now does it? Oh and less not forget all those points we scored in OT in Jacksonville!

Franklin

November 9th, 2010
12:25 pm

Richt has a 4-0 record recently against Auburn. And Georgia’s rush defense matches up pretty well with Aburn’s run heavy offense. Georgia also hasa better TO margin than Auburn. Georgia has better special teams. Georgia’s coach has a better record against top ranked teams. If Richt loses, Murray and the first year into the new 3-4 defense will be the culprit. If Richt wins, credit Murray & Ealey & Grantham. Hard to imagine a Freshman QB and Grantham’s inexperienced defense outplaying Cam Newton, the greatest quarterback in the hitory of the SEC.

Franklin

November 9th, 2010
12:26 pm

Auburn’s scoring over 42 a game average and averaging 500+ yards of offensea game.

MURPHY

November 9th, 2010
12:28 pm

Remember opening game against Clemson 2002. It was 4th qtr time ticking down,we were 4th and 1 at about our own 40 yard line.We lined up and went for it-Musa over the top and closed out the game with a W. What happened to Richt that guy?

Looking down from on high

November 9th, 2010
12:28 pm

Ummm. Lets see, Dan Hawkins who beat Richt was fired today; where does that leave Marky Mark?

Looking down from on high

November 9th, 2010
12:30 pm

And why jawja fans if your offense has scored so many points this year are you so down on Bobo? I think the problem lies on the blowhard Dave “choke” Grantham.

ARdawg

November 9th, 2010
12:32 pm

I say the Dawgs win. IF Richt prepares the team which is something he has not done this year. Newton has to be approached defensively and prepared for better than we did against Mallet (and still could have won that game). Newton is like a Mallet on Mesculine. The defensive line has to contain him and stop him from running and Grantham will need to hold off of the blitz most of the day. Blitzing will get us burned keep coverage close in the secondary man to man. Offensively, Murray will have to light them up from the opening seconds. There can be no misfiring from opening kick off as was with FL and Ida ST.

The Defense will do enough to win the game. The question mark is the UGA Offense. It’s going to take 40+ points to be Auburn