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

SSIgator

May 3rd, 2011
3:54 pm

Bill King –

Could have sworn you wrote this same type of article, but while digging through your archives I did get a good laugh at some of your other headlines from last season:

“Richt sees possibility of ‘tremendous’ season” – if he thinks 6-7 is tremendous so be it.

“One forecast sees this as the year of the Dawg in SEC East” – it sure was, the worst year since Richt became coach.

“In what universe is Petrino a better coach than Richt?” – In this one Bill, 2010’s records proved that.

“Dogs only need to be a little better to top last year” – Too bad they played a little bit worse.

“Florida paper slams Dogs again: Most overrated ever” – Well at least sometimes newspapers do get it right.

“Georgia-Florida was basically even … except for the coaching” – That was probably the most accurate headline you have ever written.

“Bulldog Bites: Dogs winning SEC East in 2011” – Unbelievable. The season isn’t even over and you print part of an article about UGA’s team in 2011. No wonder the KoolAid drinkers keep coming back for another glass.

“Is it tough to get excited about a 6-6 Georgia team’s bowl trip?” – Evidently it was for the UGA football team.

LakeDawg

May 3rd, 2011
4:05 pm

I’m at the show me stage. CMR has to go 10-2 with a win over UF to keep his job in my universe.

DawginLex

May 3rd, 2011
4:20 pm

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adam

May 3rd, 2011
4:39 pm

when your are 6 and 7 every game is a trap game. great job
mcclendon ,you really deserved that 110k raise, but richt has
your back.

bjohndawg

May 3rd, 2011
4:45 pm

Just win the whole damn thing.

Snoop Dawg

May 3rd, 2011
4:47 pm

As much as I love the Dogs, all of the games you mention are very high risk with the incompetent coaching we have.

AdMan

May 3rd, 2011
4:51 pm

tide roll….. go away little boy….I can’t belive the fetish you have about James Carpenter….you post his name in all your childish posts…and probably have his picture on your bedroom wall…..don’t you get it?…we don’t care what you think…please stay in your trailer and watch old movies just don’t post your BS on this site any more you idiot.

is there a list of easy teams?

May 3rd, 2011
5:03 pm

Note; South Car has inquired about R Wilson as the new QB (ex of NC State-graduate). He just might make Garzia wake up and pay attention or beat him out?!?!

Peacedawg

May 3rd, 2011
5:34 pm

Wow, all the murray haters, I bet he is taller than most of yall. 6 foot 1, ya what a midget!

Burma Shave

May 3rd, 2011
5:37 pm

UGA players are punks and thieves
And on the field they lose
That’s why they deserve
All the boos.

BURMA SHAVE

BYRDDAWG

May 3rd, 2011
5:54 pm

burmuda shorts, you should be a shand up comedian- all you have to do is stand up & EVERYONE laughs!!!!

Dawg Tired

May 3rd, 2011
6:01 pm

We lost to UCF. Any team on the schedule, except Costal Carolina, can beat us.

Preston

May 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

Gonna be very fun to watch all the haters eat their words this season. Richt and his staff have a fire under their behinds like never before and it will lead to a MUCH better season than anyone is giving them a chance for in the media. The new S & C program alone will produce better results….not to mention the new talent pool. Also look for that Junkyard Defense to be back at full strength again. Go Dawgs!

Burma Shave

May 3rd, 2011
6:09 pm

Don’t need a nutritionist
You don’t need a shrink
You are weak and undisciplined
You G-A and you stink

BURMA SHAVE

Burma Shave

May 3rd, 2011
6:11 pm

Your facilities are poor
Your teams are pathetic
Your athletic donations
Are not spent on athletics

BURMA SHAVE

Burma Shave

May 3rd, 2011
6:17 pm

You went twice to Florida
To get whipped in a fight
Now forever in Athens
It’s 5:50 at Knight

BURMA SHAVE

Al

May 3rd, 2011
6:41 pm

Ok, I’ll shortly interrupt the guy who keeps typing, under various fake names, that every game is a trap game for Georgia.

Firstly, 4 games are not trap games:
Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina, New Mexico St, or Ole Miss

Those are 4 terrible teams.

Second, Florida, South Carolina, Boise, Auburn, Miss St won’t be trap games, because all will be top 25 ranked teams and 4 beat Georgia last year.

That leaves Kentucky, Tenn, and Georgia Tech. The trap game will likely be one of these. Kentucky usually is the trap game, sometimes it’s Tenn, Johnson plays Richt tough, but since it’s an in-state rivalry, and last game, won’t be the trap game.

My bet is Kentucky or Tenn is a trap game, maybe both.

Chris

May 3rd, 2011
6:48 pm

In order to have a “Trap” game, you first have to be better than your opponent. At this point, Georgia hasn’t proven that they are better than anyone in the SEC. They are all trap games, and Richt had better win at least 9 or he is toast!

Al

May 3rd, 2011
6:56 pm

Chris = Dawg Tired

Al

May 3rd, 2011
6:58 pm

Georgia beat Kentucky & Tennessee last year Chris, I doubt anyone will rank Tenn or Kentucky higher than Georgia, except maybe you, keep typing.

Kentucky & Tenn are trap games.

Dawg

May 3rd, 2011
7:55 pm

They are all trap games for the teams of the SEC. On any given Saturday you can get beat by the team you least expect and beat the ones that you thought you might lose to. I think Georgia is headed in the right direction; my heart can’t take another 6-7 season.

CamdenMark

May 3rd, 2011
8:00 pm

If we start 0-2 it won’t matter.We’ll be on cruise control waiting for a new coach at the end of the year.Hope not

Jason

May 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

Bill, Vandy I don’t see Vandy as a trap game….yes they will be coming off a very emotional game against the Volunqueers, BUT FLA is NOT the following week. We have a week off before heading to Jacksonville this year so I don’t see us looking past the ‘dores with a bye week the following week! If we start 2-0 we will be undefeated going into the FLA game just like 02, and as long as we don’t have #8 out there to drop a wide open bomb in the 4th qtr we will win and ride into the Dome as East Champs!!!! GO DAWGS

Pago Pago DAWG

May 3rd, 2011
8:44 pm

Don’t over look Coastal Carolina.

Calhoundawg

May 3rd, 2011
9:07 pm

Maybe all you morons who keep predicting Richt will be “toast” would like to apply for the job yourselves. Besides winning football games, the job is tantamount to being the CEO of a large corporation as well. Those with only GED’s (General Educational Development) need not apply. Besides, there are at least 109 Division 1 coaches below CMR who are already more qualified than you. Get a job. Or, get a life. Mark Richt knows what the hell he’s doing. Go Dawgs !!!!

Chris

May 3rd, 2011
9:19 pm

Every SEC game will be a trap game. What have we proven to make us the favored team over anyone excluding a few new non conference scrimmages?

Mark Richt says he knows what the hell he’s doing. Yeah, it sure as hell looked like you knew what your were doing last year, MARK!!!!

Calhoundawg

May 3rd, 2011
9:26 pm

No more Urban. No more Fulmer. No more Tuberville. Spurrier soon to follow. Mark Richt, the last of the Joe Paternos, the Bobby Bowdens, the Lou Holtzs, remains. I hope he coaches UGA till he’s ninety. Of course, you can probably have Jim Tressel if you wait long enough. You ain’t a Dawg fan, “Chris.” Try trolling the Auburn website. They just bought, uh, I mean, won a national championship. Go Dawgs !!!!

LogicalUS

May 3rd, 2011
9:53 pm

Trap games? 6-7 teams who lost their only SEC calibre defensive and offense talent don’t have trap games.

This is getting silly, the article would be more accurate to go looking for games in which UGA can surprise a team on their schedule which may be looking ahead to a more important opponent that UGA.

Why do the UGA homers at the AJC do this every year to this delusional fanbase? Just so you can write the articles in mid-Sept about the fans cursing out their players and coaches?

Al

May 3rd, 2011
9:56 pm

chris = calhoundawg = jason

All the same dude.

Vanderbilt a trap game? There an SEC team. Pulleze.

Kentucky & Tenn only 2 possible trap games.

Rabun Dawg

May 3rd, 2011
9:57 pm

Al @ 6:41 is spot on with his comments about the trap game situation. A lot on here see the dogs going 2-0 to start the year. I don’t know what you are seeing for that to happen as both are going to be nationally ranked and more than we will bargain for to start the year. If we go 1-1, I think we can consider that a good start. Not playing Bama, LSU,and Ark. helps the rest of the schedule set up, and we should be able to possibly go 9-3, barring another meltdown in Jax. Trap games, we should be considered someone elses, until we right the ship. Not trying to be negative, but who has really feared UGA the past three years? And to the earlier poster that said Murray was 6′1″, well unless he has a twin brother, he is no more than 5′10″. I looked him in the eye at the Peabody last Dec., and he did not tower over me, who stands 5′9″. Good luck to the Dogs in 2011, I think it make or break for CMR.

Calhoundawg

May 3rd, 2011
10:04 pm

@LogicalUS, the only SEC fanbases that are not delusional are Kentucky and Vanderbilt. We do this because we don’t have anything else to do between January and September. The absolute beauty of a top-five, all-Georgia, Dream Team recruiting class awaits only Boise State. BTW, I don’t know of a game on Georgia’s schedule where the team or the coach will not be concerned as to whether we will kick their *** .Think about it. Go Dawgs !!!!

chazzo

May 3rd, 2011
10:06 pm

It’s the SEC. Every game is a trap game. Coaches have to coach players to have their heads in the game every game, one game at a time. Right now there is one game against Boise State. After that there will be another game, and the time to think about that game is half an hour after the Boise State game.

Calhoundawg

May 3rd, 2011
10:06 pm

Al = Alice. Whatever …

Calhoundawg

May 3rd, 2011
10:07 pm

By the way, it’s “they’re” not “there” — guess you didn’t even get the GED.

Al

May 3rd, 2011
10:15 pm

Ole Miss & Vandy are SEC teams. They won’t be a trap game for Georgia. They both arn’t any good.

Calhoundawg = chazzo

I predict he’ll post “every game is a trap game’ at least 20 more times under various fake names.

He does stuff like that every day here. Really bored I guess.

truedawg

May 3rd, 2011
10:35 pm

I really hope one day that CMR lets the players read some of these comments, like Erk did to motivate his players. Yes UGA has had a down few years. But to say they aren’t in the SEC east picture is crazy! It’s still UGA, CMR is still one of the best coaches in College. Records don’t lie.
I see the Tenn game being the trap game. They still have a ways to go, but I feel this year will be a great improvement from last year. The games we lost were so close, no one really blew us out. So I see 10 wins for the Dawgs. But that’s why we play the games….
I don’t care about black uniforms, dancing, or any other “tricks” to motivate the team. A loss against UF should see players running laps around athens til ruts are cut in the asphalt so deep you can put gators in it and call it a mote.
Players not the coaches gave up in that overtime. as long as one of those 10 wins is over UF. If they can’t get motivated for every game after last season, …every game is a trap.

truedawg

May 3rd, 2011
10:42 pm

Burma, i have to ask? are you a fan of any team? Do you just hate UGA? Did you try to get in and not make it? Or maybe your really Ray “Goof” and are still holding a grudge? Maybe your mad becuase hallmark keeps turning down your mother’s day cards? keep your head up buddy, write on here, bathroom stalls, you’ll get discovered!! never give up your dream!
GO DAWGS!!

OldFan

May 3rd, 2011
11:03 pm

“Trap” games? You can’t be serious! You’re talking about a team coming off a losing season that ended in a debacle. UGA still has to prove it can win any game. Maybe we’re the “trap” game for every other team we play. Win a few. Then we can talk about who might “trap” us.

RED DOG 77

May 4th, 2011
12:32 am

@DawginLex…….Sir, you first post on page 1 was a dandy……Bravo!………”My” University of Georgia Bulldogs need not even begin to think of “trap anything”……..2011 is our best chance to turn it around, and get back to the point where we are expected to win every Saturday nomatter who we play……..Me? I certainly believe coach Mark Richt has it in him to do just that…….he seems to have his players attention, lots of talent on offense, but even more on defense with a great defensive c. and alot of attitude…….our defense will win the day in 2011…….and if we do indeed get it together in 2011……the SEC and for that matter the whole dadgum country will fear us in 2012……….GO DOGS!!!

Chris

May 4th, 2011
1:22 am

Chris = A DAWGS FAN WITH A CLUE

No, unfortunately I am not some of these other guys posting how every game is a trap game. The point I was making is, “there is no such thing as a trap game when you were 6-7 the year before!”

If Mark Richt coaches the way he did last year, if Bobo coaches the way he did last year, and if Georgia comes out lathargic as they did in soooo many games last year, they could lose every SEC game they play.

Those of you who compare Richt to Bowden or Perterno are complete idiots! You are what is wrong wtih Georgia. You are blind homers that see a few years of success as the best thing that has ever happened at Georgia. Are you serious????

We have won two SEC championships with Mark Richt, and don’t give me all this crap about how we went 20 years without a championship before Richt. We have the money and the power to be the best, and Mark Richt is not it. We have had too many years when we have underperformed, and underachived with some of the best talent in the country. This all falls on coaching, and Mark Richt hasn’t had a clue for several years.

We BARELY beat Kentucky last year, and they beat us in 2009. Nothing has happened that would lead me to believe that the Kentucky game will somehow become easy this year. I might could give you Vanderbilt as a gimme, but considering how badly Georgia played last year, no SEC game will be a gimme.

You blind azz fans are the ones that should get off of this blog. I agree with many that Richt deserves one last chance. If we do not win at least 9 games, or at least win 8 games and beat Florida, then he should be fired. Continuing to accept mediocrity, and continuing to accept a 2-8 record against Florida gives the rest of us fans with a clue a bad name. Those of you that accept what Richt has done the last few years, and think he should stay at Georgia forever don’t have a clue. Georgia deserves better, has the money and ability to find someone better, and if Richt doesn’t improve by leaps and bounds this year, Georgia will find someone better.

Get a clue people!

Cynicaldawg

May 4th, 2011
1:36 am

This is CMR’s year to prove he is an elite coach. He need’s to win the first two games, no excuses,have our guys ready to play. Start fast, get the players and everyone else to believe he can see and lead us into the promised land. If not this year, when? This is to good of a job and program to have a pretty good/ complacent coach.If not now when? We should have no trap games if CMR can rise above peaceful mediocracy, I’m tried of losing and often losing bad to teams we should beat.

Still@theBAR

May 4th, 2011
1:41 am

ALL CLASSES WILL BE CANCELED FRIDAY. CINCO DE MAYO IS THURSDAY AND SINCE MANY TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS WILL BE NEEDING TO BE BAILED OUT OF ACC JAIL ALONG WITH THE STUDENTS THERE IS NO REASON TO EVEN TRY TO HAVE CLASSES.

UGA FRIEND

May 4th, 2011
4:16 am

The Dawgs will go 10-2 at worst in the regular season. CMR is going nowhere regardless of the 2011 record. The schedule is very favorable after Boise St. and SC. All UGA fans need to relax and get ready for a great season.

old time dog

May 4th, 2011
5:00 am

Dogs go 10 -2 or 9-3. With that said given this schedule they should contend for NC. Unfortunately they won’t. Never have teams wasted as much talent as the dogs.

Denverdawg

May 4th, 2011
7:00 am

The DAWGS win them all this year period.

Rabun Dawg

May 4th, 2011
7:01 am

otdog, I concur!

Rabun Dawg

May 4th, 2011
7:04 am

Denver, as Corso would say,”not so fast my friend.” However, I hope you are right!

joe

May 4th, 2011
7:44 am

the term “trap game ” would seem to refer to an elite team that gets surprised by a lesser team and loses because they are underprepared. UGA is hardly an elite team and if the last 3+ years are any indication they are always underprepared…..

Timbodog

May 4th, 2011
7:50 am

Exactly, joe.

I don’t see any game as a “trap game” because we shouldn’t be overlooking ANYBODY this year. If we do, we have MUCH bigger problems than we thought.

Timbodog

May 4th, 2011
7:52 am

With that said, I really don’t see us beating Miss State, regardless of the location.

I also don’t see us beating Florida, new coach or not.

I see us splitting with SC and Tennessee.

I think we should win the rest.

With the East not being very good, 5-3 may be good enough to win it this year. But we won’t beat whoever comes out of the West if we make it to Atlanta.