Are there any ‘trap’ games lurking for Dawgs?

The Dogs' last visit to Knoxville didn't turn out so well. Could Tennessee be this year's trap game? (Associated Press)

The Dogs' last visit to Knoxville didn't turn out so well. Could Tennessee be this year's trap game? (Associated Press)

Looking ahead at the 2011 season, most college football observers agree Mark Richt’s Dogs have one of the most formidable challenges in opening with Boise State and South Carolina. But you also hear a lot that after those first two games Georgia’s schedule looks pretty manageable, barring some unforeseen development like last year’s loss of A.J. Green for four games.

The toughest games are easy to identify once you get past those first two. Mississippi State still isn’t one of the SEC’s glamour programs and the game is in Athens, but the other Bulldogs were too much for our Dogs last season and so everyone should be expecting another tough game this year. Florida in Jacksonville is big every year. And even a depleted defending national champion Auburn team will have the Dogs’ full attention when they come to Athens.

So what looks like a potential “trap” game, one of those weeks when you’re caught looking ahead or feeling complacent and stumble over a lesser team you are expected to beat?

ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff, in his analysis of Georgia’s schedule, pegs the Oct. 15 game against Vanderbilt in Nashville as Georgia’s trap game. “The Commodores are under a new, more energetic regime and are still a bit of an unknown,” he writes. “Coming off tough games against Mississippi State and Tennessee could also leave the Bulldogs a bit weary.”

And, of course, Florida is the next week. Still, Vandy is Vandy and picking the ‘Dores as the trap game seems a bit of a stretch to me.

Looking at the schedule, the Sept. 24 visit to Ole Miss might worry a few folks, but not much is expected from the Rebel Black Bears or whatever they are now.

Awhile back, CollegeFootballNews.com predicted an 8-4 record for the Dogs, beginning with a 2-0 start but back-to-back losses to Mississippi State and Tennessee, and Tennessee might indeed prove to be a trap for Georgia. It comes the week after the Mississippi State game, and while Derek Dooley’s Vols are still rebuilding, a couple of the uglier Georgia performances in recent seasons have been in Knoxville.

I think Tennessee is the one that worries me most as a possible trap for the Dogs.

Do you see any other games on the 2011 schedule that could catch Georgia looking elsewhere?

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173 comments Add your comment

Daniel's Dawgs

May 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

We need to worry about all of them. Go Dawgs!!!

chilidawg

May 3rd, 2011
11:09 am

Any game that they think they will easliy win.

powerhouse?

May 3rd, 2011
11:12 am

If you start 2/0, you may only lose one…but starting 2/0 will be difficult.

jWall

May 3rd, 2011
11:13 am

Tennessee. But I know Richt and Georgia is going to have a great year and make half of the people on here eat their own words.

DawginLex

May 3rd, 2011
11:14 am

I have said all along we can start 2-0 (which I think we will) and end up 3-2 after the first 5 games. Beat Boise and SC and get swept by the Miss schools.

If that happens, we won’t win in Knoxville either and we will limp into Jacksonville and the rest of the year trying to avoid another 6 loss season.

The blogs will be lit up with possible replacement candidates for Richt.

Weird thing about this year is that Richt is facing at least 2 coaches who could have his job next year-Peterson and Mullen. And Kirby is in the other division.

For all the Richt haters who want him gone, you can write this down:

The next coach won’t win anything for 2 years of any significance.
The next coach won’t have almost 100 wins in his 1st 10 years either.

Our best bet is that Richt gets this thing fixed and we win 9 or 10 games and build up for 2012.

Rooster

May 3rd, 2011
11:16 am

Trap Games? With our coaching every game will be a trap game. Expect to see more punting and field goals.

duuuuh

May 3rd, 2011
11:22 am

Guys – WE are the trap game for other teams at this point. We cant beat Florida for anything in the world, we lost to teams from evry conference imaginable last year and our coach is as soft as Fulmers belly. Richt would have never lasted this long if he were at Florida or Bama…different expectations = different results.

just a fan

May 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

@DawginLex I can understand why you say we lose to Miss St but I am having a hard time seeing why we will lose to the Rebels err Black Bears

Vick=Dog killing thug

May 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Not to bash the dawgs as I see them on this rise, but I do agree that it will a good while before anyone can expect any easy wins against any team other than a creme puff. Ohhh and Tech of course, easy win there…

UGASlobberknocker

May 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

The road trip to Oxford worried me. I know they arent supposed to be that good, but Nutt can coach and it is the week before the Miss St game.

red&silver

May 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Do you guys ever get tired of talking bout last year?

Winston

May 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

Yeah there are trap games, it’s called the 2011 schedule. Richt and the rest of the team learned the hard way last year not to overlook anybody.

Ron

May 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

When you’ve had the last 2 seasons UGA has there is no such thing as a ‘trap’ game, you’d better think they’re all tough.

Wonderful-Ohio-On-The-Gulf 'Dog

May 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

I agree with you, Bill, Tennessee in Knoxville is the most likely trap. We haven’t always played our best there. And there’s the risk of overlooking both Tennessee and Vandy in anticipation of Halloween weekend in Jacksonville.

DawginLex

May 3rd, 2011
11:37 am

Oxford instead of Athens. Peering into the Grove.

Thankfully, its CC the week before. But its MSU the next week.

Just worries me.

Blame Munson

Tide roll

May 3rd, 2011
11:37 am

Any game that requires Richt/Bobo to control the ball.

schmeckdawg

May 3rd, 2011
11:39 am

Uh, Bill, did you happen to see our bowl game? And you want to ask about trap games! Sheesh!!!!!!

Loren

May 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

All the teams with winning records are Richt’s trap games. Went 0-6 against those type of teams last season. Richt does well against bad teams, but Tenn could be a winning team in 2011, largely through running the ball on offense, and outscoring teams, as Tenn has a better QB and better WR’s than Georgia.

dawgfaceboy

May 3rd, 2011
11:43 am

With this team every game is a trap game.

Loren

May 3rd, 2011
11:44 am

Riht has a worse record at home games, than away games. The coaches are out recruiting in home games, and don’t prepare as hard, so it’s going to get ugly in Athens in 2011. 5-7 is not out of reach.

Bodda Getta

May 3rd, 2011
11:48 am

With Georgia’s team, every game is a trap game for their opponents.

This a very poorly disciplined football team with enough talent to sneak up and beat someone who isn’t ready to play.

Loren

May 3rd, 2011
11:48 am

Home games are trap games.

Tide roll

May 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

You don’t need your head coach AND offensive coordinator to be former QB(s). All Richt/Bobo want to do is “throw it around”, and “take shots down the field”. All those two do is support each other’s bizarre play calling. You need a powerful offensive line WITH DEPTH! Congradulations are in order for Hepzibah’s James Capenter, Bama’s left tackle and a 1st round pick! Atlanta westlake’s Chance warmack will be next. Thanks Richt, thanks Bobo. Roll tide.

truegadog

May 3rd, 2011
11:55 am

Loren, You’re an idiot !!!!!…….Go Dogs !!!!!

ugaclassof2004

May 3rd, 2011
11:55 am

We’re not good enough to be looking past anyone, especially in the SEC.

McDawg

May 3rd, 2011
11:56 am

they’re ALL trap games-its the SEC

Tide roll

May 3rd, 2011
12:01 pm

Ole Miss has two quarterbacks now better than Richt’s wonderboy. SEC defenses are going to eat that 5′10″ 180lb.kid up!!.

We're All Dawg Fans in Georgia

May 3rd, 2011
12:08 pm

National Championship this year!! Go DAWGS!

BYRDDAWG

May 3rd, 2011
12:10 pm

I look for huge improvements in Murray in yr 2 as the starting QB! Last yr we did indeed go 6-7 with a freshman starting QB in the toughest conference in the country!!!

BYRDDAWG

May 3rd, 2011
12:16 pm

roll tide you really are showing just how stupid you are…..Don’t you have some trees to posion or something???

T-Dawg

May 3rd, 2011
12:17 pm

Is that anything akin to tide “loaf?”

Dawg 39

May 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

ON ANY GIVEN SATURDAY,ETC. The SEC is tough every game all of the time.

This Dawg Want Hunt!!

May 3rd, 2011
12:20 pm

Whoever predicted UGA would beat both BoiseSt.&S.Carolina, and turn around and lose back to back games against Miss.St&Tenn. is crazy. If this team can beat the preseason #5&#8 teams to open the season, they want lose to Miss.St&Tenn. That being said, this team might lose all 4 of those games. Until Richt, BoBo, and the midget q..b. prove they can beat a team with a winning record, all bets are off. It is pretty sad, when UGA fans have to worry about actually beating a team with a winning record. As bad as Goff, and Donnan were at times, they never had that label put on their teams. Richt&BoBo need to go, and for all the Kool-Aid drinkers, how does it feel to walk around pounding your chests about Richt’s wonderful accomplishments the past 3 seasons? See where his pathetic assistants even received raises for their wonderful coaching achievements last season. Only UGA would reward coaches that had a losing season, and couldn’t beat a team above .500. THat pretty much sums up the state of UGA’s program, and the willingness of it’s fans to accept mediocrity from it’s players and coaches. Nothing will change this fall, you can bank on that. Just because precherboy gets angry at a fan that has the balls to call Richt and his pathetic assistant coaches out, doesn’t mean a damn thing, and it certainly doesn’t warrant optimism from the kool-aid drinkers.

Dogs Smell

May 3rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Dogs lose 7 and stop dreaming of a brighter 2011 and face the reality. BYW you dont start 2-0

Holgars

May 3rd, 2011
12:24 pm

Serious Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that Richt be fired. Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same questions this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban and Spurrier and Miles represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship would be at least 50:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it.

DMR

May 3rd, 2011
12:24 pm

6-7 programs don’t have “trap games.” Trap games are games that teams assume they will win with little or no trouble and find themselves on the ropes against the opponent. This Georgia program has not worked hard enough or been formidable enough in the recent past to have a trap game.

Every game should be viewed as the most important game of the season. A “one at a time” approach is the only thing that will work for this team.

Mr. Reality

May 3rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Boise State 56, Georgia 17

The road ahead...

May 3rd, 2011
12:29 pm

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking three years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the six or seven wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Florida or Alabama will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

MANAGABLE?

May 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

A high school team would only lose 4 games with that schedule, lol.

Coach Grohbo

May 3rd, 2011
12:42 pm

Absolutely an absurd article.

How many trap games does Vanderbilt have?

red&silver

May 3rd, 2011
12:46 pm

Blah,blah,blah. Same complaints,same stats, and etc. Do you guys get enough of saying the same thing over and over? Get with what he have and support it until otherwise. Richt is UGA’s coach this year deal with it.

1eyedJack

May 3rd, 2011
12:50 pm

Western Carolina 56, Georgia Tech 17

1eyedJack

May 3rd, 2011
12:51 pm

The fact of the matter is that if Richt, Bobo and Grantham have ‘em ready to play there will be NO trap games.

Alabama Jack

May 3rd, 2011
1:00 pm

still the least of the east

THIRTY FOUR POINTS to your thirty one points

May 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

hey mutts

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May 3rd, 2011
1:04 pm

We’re All Dawg Fans in Georgia

May 3rd, 2011
12:08 pm
National Championship this year!! Go DAWGS!

nostrodamus

May 3rd, 2011
1:05 pm

I predict dogs will lose to fla again and again and again and paul johnson’s man boobs will be bigger

JB

May 3rd, 2011
1:06 pm

Here’s hoping we go 12-0, but after last year and that bowl game, every game is a trap game until we show up and play like Georgia. The buzz at the Augusta meeting last week was the problem in the locker room last year, starting with Logan Gray. Most say with him gone and a couple of others, the focus is back on football. Tech will suck this year, Florida will struggle, So will Bama.

JB

May 3rd, 2011
1:12 pm

Florida’s PROVEN depth a tailback. None…Fullback..Do they have one on the roster. TE’s?
WR’s trained in pass route running vs jailbreak routes? Gonna be fun to watch. Converting to a pro set with arena league talent.

Calhoundawg

May 3rd, 2011
1:13 pm

Whether Tennessee is a “trap game” or not remains to be seen. I get so sick of all of the stupid negativity from so-called Dawgs fans on these blogs. Especially ignorant negativity. Mark Richt is 6-4 versus the Vols, including three consecutive wins in Knoxville. This is not to mention that Tennessee will finally probably succeed in reaching last place in the East this year. How UGA could be expected to beat Boise and South Carolina and then lose to the last place division team is a stretch for even a moron to make. We simply need to get our feet back under us and play Georgia Bulldog football and all will be well. By the way, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Mark Richt ain’t goin’ nowhere and anyone who thinks differently better be prepared to get out a recipe for crow. God Bless Mark Richt and Go Dawgs !!!