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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ca dawg

November 9th, 2010
2:39 pm

@ How long as Chizk been at AU?? Hmmm??: we did pretty well in CMR’s second year, if you remember correctly. i’ll take 12-1, an SEC title and #3 final ranking. let’s see where cheesed*ck is after 10 years at auburn.

haven’t heard from tide roll about the cam newton allegations. how could we not sign CAM NEWTON from ATLANTA WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL? the answers to that question are coming in fast and furious now.

Dawgs73

November 9th, 2010
2:50 pm

I just don’t understand the rationale of an objective UGA fan that thinks the Dawgs will win this game. Hope is one thing, but there is nothing that has transpired over this season that says that we will win this game. I will be surprised if we keep it close going into the 3rd quarter.

Furthermore, be prepared for Bobo & Richt to TRY and play ball control and keep stubbornly trying to run the football to no avail (which will put us behind by 14 to 21 points early on). I want them to win, but I just don’t OBJECTIVELY see this happening on Saturday.

Mobile Dawg

November 9th, 2010
2:55 pm

Murf, 2005 came along and he was all alone, playing with his recruits, new coaches. We’re up against AU, fourth qtr, Richt calls 3 pass plays, runs 23 seconds off the clock, punts, the rest is history. We lose the game. Willie’s D got the blame cuz we got burned on 4th and forever, pass play over the middle. That answer your question?

Dawgs have the talent to make a good showing Bill. Will they? Can’t answer that question. I will be there Saturday, wearing Red and Black, enjoying some tailgating, playing the role of spoiler. Like I’ve become accustomed to under this regime.

MURPHY

November 9th, 2010
2:55 pm

ca dawg,

Cam wasnt coming to UGA with our coaches wanting to make him a tightend. I cant believe Richt made that statement.

Mobile Dawg

November 9th, 2010
3:02 pm

Murphy, you’re censored by intelligent Dawg fans after that last line @2:55.

Dogs Smell or whatever you are, Dawgs have about as much a chance of winning as you do scoring a date.

Mobile Dawg

November 9th, 2010
3:07 pm

Dawg 73, I think the only way we have a chance to win this game is play a “ball control” type offense. Mix the run and short pass early on. Run on the corners, misdirections, screens, short slants. Keep the defense guessing. And, if it’s working don’t stop doing it, which is vintage Bobo.

Then get 4 AU turnovers. Then we have a slim chance. I gurantee the Auburn people are fearing us coming. The ones I know are.

Looking down from on high

November 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

ca dawg

What a comment from a school that pops up when you google Jan Kemp, Caleb King, Zach Mettenberger, Monez Robinson, Odell Thurman, Quincy Carter,………………………………..

Rodney Garner

November 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

The reason we didnt recruit Cam is we would rather recruit midgets like Aaron Murray.

gmoney

November 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

Im a DAWG for life…..I believe in UGA but they have to believe in themselves!!!!

John

November 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

Lots of poison spewing on this site. Let the real Dawg fans stand up, support the coach and the team. If it were not so sad it would be almost humous all of the calls for Richt to be fired. You can take it to the bank. Richt will not be fired anytime soon. He is long term here to stay–so put that in your poison pipe and smoke it. You should be glad Richt is here to stay–he is a great coach.

Dumb Dawg

November 9th, 2010
3:33 pm

UGA has no chance in H*ll to beat AU…..althought Newton would have fit well with UGA’s “Squeaky Clean” program.

Auburn Man

November 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

UGA has 5 losses this year. AU beat 4 of those same teams. AU held Lattimore to his lowest output this season. AU beat the best defense in the league, LSU. While the pass defense needs a lot of help the front 7 need no help. Call the entire D weak and you’ll realize your mistake long after it’s too late. There are games in which the planets just aren’t aligned for one teams advantage, this is one of those games for UGA. IT is true that Auburn needs this game to keep a dream alive for an SEC championship and hopes of even a higher accomplishment. But UGA needs this game to have a reason to keep believing. Georgia has it’s identity riding on this game. If UGA comes out without a win then who knows what’s next for them. Tech will smell blood and if they drop that game a lot of UGA fans will go back to firing Richt as a solution. Good luck cuz UGA has more than this year riding on this game. The pressure is on both teams but Georgia has its future at stake.

Mobile Dawg

November 9th, 2010
3:39 pm

I’m standing tall John, and damn proud to be a Georgia Bulldog. I don’t hold season tickets now but do attend the games I can. We will be there Saturday, yelling just as loudly as you. I just have a different perspective. Years of training have taught me to dissiminate fact from fiction. You may well be right about Richt. But if he’s here he will feel the heat, turn up the performance, and we will see a better product. Do you doubt that? If not, he will be gone next year.

De-Feet

November 9th, 2010
3:40 pm

UGA Insider

November 9th, 2010
3:40 pm

John, you are sadly mistaken. CMR will probably not be at UGA much longer. And I predict he won’t be fired but leave for Miami after the Randy Shannon era is over in a few weeks. Other insiders tell me the entire staff in on board for the leave as well. The first call that McGarity will make is to Dan Mullen. I’m sorry to tell you this but you must prepare yourself for the upcoming coaching carousel in December.

Old Dawg

November 9th, 2010
3:41 pm

I’m not one for burying Newton with all these allegations, but all of the attention HAS to create some stress on the guy. How he handles it will be the test of the day.

I’m also not into projections. Hope the Dawgs win, though.

how2fish

November 9th, 2010
3:46 pm

Auburn Man your the same bunch that struggled to beat a UK team that we destroyed…just don’t count your War Chickens before they hatch tough guy.

Auburn man

November 9th, 2010
3:50 pm

@how2fish That’s one weak hook to hang your hat on. If that’s all you came up with after the valid points I made then your not able to see things clearly. Woof woof all you want but at the end of the day you’ll be licking your own B-A-L-Ls.

how2fish

November 9th, 2010
3:51 pm

UGA Insider must be nice to always be in the “know” have the real skinny as it were. I for one hope your wrong.

John

November 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

UGA insider…You are right about one thing. Miami wants Richt. They recognize that Richt would instantly elevate their program. Imagine such integrity in Miami and they see Richt as young, talented and with excellent future. Lots of folks (outside the fair-weather so, called UGA fans) see that Richt is a great coach. There are many teams lining up if Richt were to leave. That being said–I hear that Richt is very popular with administration and there is no way he is fired this year–regardless. It would be an unbelievable lack of vision to fire CMR and the program would be set back 10 years or worse–as far back as SMU.

Go Dawgs!

November 9th, 2010
3:54 pm

Bill, I think you hit it on the head the Dawgs have to start fast and take the crowd out of it early.

Granthum MUST put a spy/shadow on Newton – Olgetree or Dent?

The defensive player must wrap up and put a helment in auburn players chests.

Murray will have to be allowed to use his feet to slow down Fairley – should have him roll out a lot, he seems to do well in rollout situations anyway.

Should be a fun game to watch, hopefully the Dawgs can pull off the upset.

Go Dawgs!

how2fish

November 9th, 2010
3:56 pm

Auburn man just show up Saturday I assure we will….tough guy. Your points aren’t valid your playing us not the teams you’ve already played that don’t account for diddly. We can beat you.. if your looking pass us to Bama we will beat you. All this talk of us having no chance is nuts we have beat you 4 out of 4 and I don’t remember us being favored in all those games…just who do you guys think you are Bama??

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
3:57 pm

UGA 50 Auburn 49 Ties 6
The Oldest Rivalry in the South is also the closest.
At Auburn
UGA avg points scored 19.37
AU avg points scored 18.85
Auburn is 11-14 against the Dawgs at Auburn.
UGA is on a 4 game winning streak.
Auburn’s D is ranked #52
Auburn’s O is ranked #6
UGA’s D is ranked #54
Uga’s O is ranked # 15
Should be a great GAME. No excuses coming into the game so far. UGA has all it’s players and so does Auburn.
If UGA gets points take them if you bet. If Auburn gets more than 2.5 then take them too.

Buckeye

November 9th, 2010
3:57 pm

UGA is gonna fold like a cheap suit.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
3:59 pm

Auburn Man you got H2Fish Hot. you better ease up. H2Fish will use your guts as Catfiah bate next time he hits the lake.

how2fish

November 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

5150 P.O.A.D I don’t fish for catfiah…not even sure what they are? Your 3:57 post is right on target..should be a great game.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
4:04 pm

WAIT BUCKEYE is talking crap to a Southern team? Buckeye is talking crap to UGA? BUCKEYE I am a Tech fan and I have a God Given right to talk crap to the Dawgs because I have to deal with them every year, but You? Please make a Script OHIO in the snow with urine, but don’t talk on this blog. Penn St can but Ohio St and Notre Dame fans just need to read. The old saying—-Children are ment to be seen and not HEARD. “Read It, Learn It, LIVE It”.

doggie

November 9th, 2010
4:04 pm

NO WAY WE BEAT AUBERN…prove me wrong dawgs…!

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
4:06 pm

See H2Fish I hate a DAWG but I know what the SCORE is.
CATFISH are these GREAT TASTING things that you just let your bait sit while you get drunk waiting for them to eat. I hate to clean them but DAMN they make a Great Sandwich. AHHAHAHA

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
4:09 pm

H2Fish I see the the joke now, but you spell dog as DAWG and to as 2. HAHAHA are you going to the game or will you be live on the Blog? Dad and I will be at Tech for the Noon kick. I will be on the live blog after the game.
It is always a good game. Enjoy. When is the Bigger Fish 2 Fry happening? LOL

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
4:14 pm

Buckeyes don’t have cheap suits, but how do you fold a Sweater Vest?

Go Dawgs!

November 9th, 2010
4:19 pm

Buckeye – seriously?

THE ohio st is 0-9 against the SEC including a loss to UGA that ended kirk herbstreit’s career.

now run along…

Carson

November 9th, 2010
4:23 pm

Hutson Mason finaly gets the start against Auburn. About time. Georgia should jump out to a lead against AUburn, Mason will hit AJ/Durham/King for 3 bombs for 21 points in the first quarter. Glad the staff going with Mason for the start. Murray too shaky in opening quarter.

MontyP

November 9th, 2010
4:24 pm

Bill King did were you in a drunken stupor when you watched the Georgia/Florida game? I don’t recall blitzes rattling Murray into a rash of turnovers. His first pass of a game that was intercepted was thrown a split second late resulting in the pick. His second pick was on perfect pass that his the tight-end in stride in both hands that was picked after the tight-end failed to hold onto it. Should have been a gain for at least 40 yards. Only the interception in overtime was the result of a bad decision and maybe had something to do with defensive pressure.

The key to a Dawgs victory will be to try to establish the run game early and control the clock to keep Cam Newton off the field. Murray also has to throw the ball deep to AJ Green. He got behind the Florida defense all day long yet Murray never threw a deep pass to him. That has to change for the Dawgs to have a chance.

@ MontyP

November 9th, 2010
4:28 pm

MontyP

November 9th, 2010
4:24 pm
Bill King did were you in a drunken stupor when you watched the Georgia/Florida game?

MontyP – DID WERE you in a drunken stupor when you wrote this?

lol – pot meet kettle

trupert

November 9th, 2010
4:28 pm

I feel good about UGA’s chances and think it will be alot like the Auburn/Arkansas game.

Ga will be in position to score late when the SEC officals will decide it’s time to protect the SEC’s highest ranked team and a close call, blown call or made-up from thin air call will decide the game in Auburn’s favor.

TyroneDawg

November 9th, 2010
4:39 pm

This article tells exactly how the Dawgs will win Saturday. I agree that if we do these 5 things then we come home with a victory.

http://chuckoliver.net/?cat=20

Billy Ryckman

November 9th, 2010
4:40 pm

It’s not Buckeye – It’s Suckeye!
I’ll give it to you though to have the nads to post on an SEC blog. Every Bowl season the prayer of the Suckeye is, ” Please let us go to a good bowl, but PLLEEEEEEASE no SEC team.”

DIT

November 9th, 2010
4:42 pm

I just don’t see us stopping Cam. We have not stopped any good running attack yet, plus they can throw. It will be high scoring, but my Dawgs will come out on the short end.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

November 9th, 2010
4:47 pm

If Aaron Murray plays a near perfect game the dawgs have a real shot. Orson Charles and AJ need to catch everything. Special teams needs to score.

One plus, first time in a LONG time that Ealey and Caleb are both healthy. GO DAWGS

DIT

November 9th, 2010
4:52 pm

Vick=Dog killing Thug
I agree with Ealey and Caleb are both healthy, but our problem is that the O-Line has not opened too many holes for them to run through. Defense needs 2 turnovers minimum.

dawgdown

November 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

man uga give me a break how in the hell should fans contiue to support a program who satisfied with 6 and 6 or 7 and 5. mark richt should have been fired last year. his mentor bobby bowden was. and he was legend, won 2 national titles and finished in the top 5 14 times. what has richt done? nothing is the answer a few sec titles give me a break fire this moron and his staff now.

droopydawg

November 9th, 2010
5:04 pm

If the O-Line does not play better, it could be a shellacking.

The O-Line is both one of the most experienced UGA has ever had and one of the worst.

Saunders

November 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

I hope Georgia wins, I would not have such a problem with Cam but the show boating when he makes a touchdown makes me sick, and don’t get me started on the fans..”In Cam We Trust”? REALLY???? How offensive to our Lord. His show boating: “Superman”? Really? Is that all he can come up with? Why does he not get flagged? GO DOGS from your friends here in Alabama!

jc_dawgs

November 9th, 2010
5:49 pm

Whenever you play a team like Auburn…whereby one player is the star of the team…you must attack that player. Cam Newton is that player.
The Dawgs defense must attack him relentlessley for 4 qtrs….whether they have the personnel to do it or not.

The defense that can pull that off is one that is strong..specifically in the interior…with blazing speed and quickness on the edges. No…Ga does not have that kind of speed. So to make up for it…Grantham must be creative with blitz packages coming from any direction at any time. Its the only way to win….I’m not interested in just keeping it semi-respectable by focusing on not giving up the big play. You have to gamble and have the strength to show Newton the turf…face first on numerous occasions.

On offense…little pressure on Murray as Ga is not expected to win anyway. Let the kid play his game…the creativity needs to come from our defense. Attack Newton…Spy Newton…contain Newton.

Tall order I know…but its the only way.

Richt shaves head if dawgs win

November 9th, 2010
5:52 pm

No more Boca hair! If UGA wins, then Richt shaves head (like Dooley in 70s). LOL.

Like 2005 Game

November 9th, 2010
5:55 pm

UGA heavily favored but AU wins on 4 down 11 pass play. I see a similar game ahead. AJ on a 4th down play, late, over the top in endzone from Hutson Mason (Murray gets injured in this game trying to run for first down).

Turn on the hoses again! Toilet paper courtesy of Dawg fans at Tooter’s corner.

Dirty Dawg

November 9th, 2010
6:00 pm

Once again, we don’t beat ourselves then we beat Auburn…it’s that simple.

SEC fans

November 9th, 2010
6:20 pm

UGA will win this game but for all of your Richt haters–he will not be fired if he loses to Auburn and Tech.

Thanks, that’s exactly what we wanted to hear!

Dreams

November 9th, 2010
6:23 pm

“You have to gamble and have the strength to show Newton the turf.”

Dream on, dawgtard. :-)