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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Delbert D.

November 9th, 2010
6:27 pm

@Franklin – “Newton’s a lot better QB tham Aaron Murray will ever be”

2 QBs in completely different systems. How would Newton do in the I formation or pro-set? How would Murray do in the spread option? I guess we will see Newton in the I or pro set when he goes to the NFL.

Delbert D.

November 9th, 2010
6:38 pm

By the way, where a QB went to college matters little in the NFL. Current starting QBs Joe Flacco, Tony Romo and Ryan Fitzpatrick played for FCS schools (Delaware, E. Illinois and Harvard, respectively.) Flacco was a 1st round pick, Fitzpatrick was a 7th rounder, and Romo was undrafted.

Not again!

November 9th, 2010
6:41 pm

Auburn 45, Georgia 24.

More hobnail boots. Ouch!

DAWGMAN

November 9th, 2010
6:41 pm

After that fellow that our talent scouts whiffed on gets through with the Bulldogs, they will all need time in an ice bath cooling off their red behinds. Who was the tight end that the Bulldogs did take? Please let’s bite the bullet and roast that turkey of a head coach before we find that inertia keeps him here in Athens another year. Let’s put away the foolishness of saying that UGA can win, but the Bulldogs will have to score 78 points. This is the SEC. Erk, I’m glad for your sake that you didn’t have to endure this mess.

Wilbur

November 9th, 2010
6:43 pm

georgia can. idk if they will though

NOBODYYOUKNOW

November 9th, 2010
6:46 pm

All you dog fans saying if Cam Newton were a UGA player the AJC would be all over UGA and Cam on the cheating story. The AJC and everybody else is all over it. Have you people watched ESPN the last few hours. Thats all you hear. I’m no Auburn Tiger fan but I hope the guy wins the Heisman. He the best, most exciting player in college ball in the country. If UGA plays well they will be in the game. But Aubune will win.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

November 9th, 2010
6:47 pm

I meant Auburn!

Take him to the woodshed by gosh

November 9th, 2010
6:48 pm

Ed

November 9th, 2010
7:07 pm

I’d say the chances are no better than 10%. Georgia hangs tough for awhile but loses 45-27.

CyberDawg

November 9th, 2010
7:40 pm

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powerhouse?

November 9th, 2010
8:00 pm

Have you dogs considered using two QBs simo? That surely would be confusing.

Hairy Perry

November 9th, 2010
8:03 pm

Guys there have been much bigger upsets in college football. I find it highly unlikley we win this one but won’t it be awsome if we jack Auburn up at Jordan Hare.

Hairy Perry

November 9th, 2010
8:07 pm

The only way we have a chance as if one of our backs has a break out game, I’m not counting on it.
If this season has any chance of being salvaged just a little, we shock AU. A win over Tech is probable by the looks of what they have.

wins-by-a-link

November 9th, 2010
8:09 pm

The Dogs are due to play a game free from mistakes and also due a few breaks, We have had our share of “bad luck”, The defence is playing much better, If Murray can avoid an error free first quarter then I think we are capable of beating Auburn. Its hard to go undefeated in the SEC and I think they will lose the last two games.

Burma Shave

November 9th, 2010
8:11 pm

Dawgs will go down

And Auburn will show

That Coach Richt

Has to go.

Burma Shave

What a dumb question

November 9th, 2010
8:19 pm

powerhouse?

You only use 2 QB’s if they both have different skill sets. Murray is capable as both a runner and passer therefore it would be stupid to use 2.

Why hasn't the question been posed?

November 9th, 2010
8:20 pm

Lets see Dan Hawkins the Colorado coach was fired, and yet he beat Richt? Is Richt next?

Ali-Gator

November 9th, 2010
8:21 pm

Why hasn’t the question been posed?

November 9th, 2010
8:20 pm
Lets see Dan Hawkins the Colorado coach was fired, and yet he beat Richt? Is Richt next?

Us Gators certainly hope not!

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
8:25 pm

WaterGirl can you bring me some more of that good water that is keeping MY D at #15. I know we have played the easiest schedule we have faced in 40 years and WE are 5-5. I don’t know how my 3-4 is looking so good against these high school teams and I need a SHOT of that UGA Koolaide/Vodka you keep giving Mark to keep Bobo. Please send me a cup fast.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 9th, 2010
8:27 pm

Ali-Gator didn’t you read from the start? I posted that we want Bobo to stay. Sorry maybe I posted that on the last Bradly Bolg.

patrick

November 9th, 2010
8:59 pm

I hate to point this out but their are morons on this blog
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1. Aub barely won 3 of its games against teams UGA would destroy
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2. UGA has not lost in regulation in 5 games
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3. UGA has score 190 points in the lst 5 games and Chattanooga scored 24 points on Aub.
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4. If not for 4 untimely funmbles UGA would be 8-1
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5. UGA has a 4 game winning atreak against Aub (UGA is in their heads)
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6. This is the best D Auburn has faced. (yes LSu and MSU are ranked higher over the course of the year but UGA’s last five games have been better than both LSU and MSU)
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7. Cam will be distracted by the laptop Murray brings to the game or he will be getting cheat sheets from some Fla classmates.
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UGA wins this 62 to 45.

SmackDawg

November 9th, 2010
9:00 pm

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”????

OH MY GOD!!!…..,WITH HIS CREDENTIALS,…..HOW IN THE HELL DID WE MISS OUT ON THIS GORGEOUS GEORGIA THUG?????????

Robin Hood and his merry men

November 9th, 2010
9:12 pm

Auburn shoots an arrow through the Dawg’s heart!

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BabsTolstoy

November 9th, 2010
9:35 pm

Did you dawgs see the Auburn/LSU game, that is when Auburn stomped the same team that beat Bama? 440 yards rushing, 440 yards, 440. And Auburn took a knee inside their ten at the end of the game. 440 yards, rushing that is, aganst the best D in the league, 440 yards, repeat that, say it slowly so it will sink in. What has GA. got to stop that. 440 yards rushing, again, slowly, breath deeply and repeat.

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
9:36 pm

Patrick you are sick and delusional as usual. Your midget QB won’t stand a chance. Does UGA have a win against a team with a winning record this year?

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
9:38 pm

4. If not for 4 untimely funmbles UGA would be 8-1

I am LMAO! If your chihuahua was a woman your wife woudn’t have left you.

Hunter

November 9th, 2010
9:38 pm

4 out of 5 of Georgia’s losses were to top 25 ranked teams. None of the losses to top 25 teams were blowouts, Florida won by 3, Arkansas by 7, SC by 9, MSU by 13, Georgia had a chance to win each game in the 4th quarter. Colorado loss was by 3 points. Average loss margin is less than a touchdown. Untimely fumbles by King & Ealey, and untimely interceptions by Murray. Georgia could easily be 6-2 or 7-1 right now if 3 or 4 plays were different, that’s how close Georgia is to being a top 10 ranked team (Ark defensive blown coverage, Colorado win without King’s fumble, Florida a win without Murray’s int, SC Ealey fumble).

So this game will be closer than people think, and Georgia’s playing well now, won 4 out of the last 5 games, only loss in last 5 games was to Florida by 3 in OT.

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
9:40 pm

Hunter, you forgot to mention that Georgia lost to a team that also just had their coach fired. Since you mentioned about Georgia’s losses, lets talk about the records of the teams they have beat. Do any of them have a winning record?

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
9:41 pm

Hunter is Patrick welcome back O weird ONE!

Hunter

November 9th, 2010
9:45 pm

Georgia’s defense cost Georgia 4 losses, gave up too many points against Florida, Arkansas, and Colorado, got gauged by the run agnst MSU & SC + AJ’s supension in those 2 games hurt as offense wasn’t productive, or balanced, defenses put 8 in the box, and didn’t have to double AJ. Murray’s 4 TO’s put defense in tough position in Florida game.

Wreckmaniac

November 9th, 2010
9:48 pm

Some of the UGA players ( perhaps a dozen out of the 274 players on the UGA team) will have to bow out of Saturday’s game to study for their civil engineering degrees. Can you believe this ? Don’t drive over any new bridges in this state. Engineering at UGA is like the pope at a KK Klan rally.

Bob

November 9th, 2010
9:52 pm

Aaron Murray is going to light it up Saturday and Alec Ogletree is going to rock Newton’s world. Dawgs are going to win.

Double R

November 9th, 2010
9:53 pm

Wreckmaniac / Patrick and his Chihuahua’s Marriage counselor / BabsTolstoy / & 95% of the rest of the posts here are the same person.

Anybody who accuses someonone of being “Patrick” is Patrick.

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
9:56 pm

Anyone who says that the dogs will win is as delusional as Patrick.

Carlos

November 9th, 2010
9:58 pm

Tell you wqhat else. Defense gone through lot of growing pain this years. Missing easee intercepshuns, and even fumble recovered missed to. Defense give up big plays early in year, not now. Gergia dfensees playen good ball rght now.

Patrick Eats Idiot Sandwiches

November 9th, 2010
9:59 pm

several times a day…..everyday!

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
10:00 pm

Murray is a midget and jawja goes down 54-28, then loses to Tech 38-36, goes 5-7, doesn’t go to a Bowl and Richt promises changes. This is just too funny, I am LMAO!!

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
10:01 pm

Carlos, give it up. Did your Chihuahua give you that name when you married him Patrick?

THUG CITY

November 9th, 2010
10:03 pm

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???
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How many since becoming a Tiger? Problem is Auburn seems to keep their thugs in check while Georgia harvests these thugs.

Carlos

November 9th, 2010
10:05 pm

Mr, Coach Richt is handle spotlites reell gude againt Auburn in last four yeers. Mr. Coach Ricth has win every 1 of each of those game.

Uncle Frank

November 9th, 2010
10:10 pm

Five of Auburn’s losses were by only eight points, or less. AUburn could easily be four wins & five losses, just pulled out a W in five close games. Got lucky in the Clemson game where the kicked whiffed on the easy field goal.

Uncle Frank

November 9th, 2010
10:11 pm

Five of Aubrun’s wins were y eight points, or less.

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
10:13 pm

Now it’s Uncle Frank and Carlos; shouldn’t that be Francisco Patrick?

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
10:14 pm

Patrick, do you want us to give CMR another year or not?

Delbert D.

November 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

There are 13 people with the surname Bobo listed at this Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobo

Mike is one of them. Amazingly, the list includes 2 other former football players.

Uncle Frank

November 9th, 2010
10:18 pm

Auburn’s defene has given up at least 24 points in every game except Louisiana Lafayette and Mississippi State. Georgia will score at least 24 on Auburn, question is , can Georgia’s defense hold AUburn’s offense to less than 24 points?

john

November 9th, 2010
10:21 pm

even IF we somehow manage to beat auburn, the florida loss killed this season for me. not sure anything could make me feel better after that.

Patrick and his Chihuahua's Marriage counselor

November 9th, 2010
10:22 pm

The answer Uncle Patrick is if UF can score 34 on Blowhard Grantham, then Grantham will choke on 54 points by Cammy.

Delbert D.

November 9th, 2010
10:26 pm

This was the final straw for Dan Hawkins: “Colorado blew a 28-point lead at Kansas when the Jayhawks scored 35 points over the final 11 minutes for a stunning 52-45 win. It was the biggest collapse in the 121-year-old program’s history.”

Hawkins was hired after Colorado lost to Texas 70-3 in the Big 12 Championship game in 2005. Now *that* is a statement win.

According to that article in the New York Times, Bill McCartney, the coach who led Colorado to a national championship in 1990 is interested in the job. 70 is the new 60, so they say.

Will

November 9th, 2010
10:28 pm

Auburn’s wonder kid Newton only ran for 70 yards aainst Miss St. That’s AUburn’s achilles hill. Stop Newton’s run game, and you ground AUburn’s scoring offense. Surethat will be the plan for Georgia, make Can throw to win, which he can’t. Auburn’s offense only generated 17 points in that game. Georgia’s great against the run, Cam Newton will not run for more than 70 yards on Georgia.