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

Timbodog

May 4th, 2011
7:55 am

But if Auburn picks up Russell Wilson, as the rumor mills are starting to say they might, that is another probable loss.

That guy is really good and Malzahn will make him that much better.

Timbodog

May 4th, 2011
7:56 am

That would put us at 4-4 and out of contention for the East.

OrlG8r

May 4th, 2011
7:59 am

They’ve picked Vandy as the puppy’s trap game…… That seems about right…. A “trap game” is, by definition, a game that, by all rights, you’re supposed to win, but may not. I think Vandy is the ONLY game on your likely to win…..

Columbus Dawg

May 4th, 2011
8:42 am

Yeah well let the Aubies get the little 5′11″ Wilson, we’ll see how that works out for them in the SEC this year. Every team in the nation wants a piece of the tiggers, too bad only 12 teams get their wish. Outside of the small home game teams on their schedule, every other team they play, with the exception of maybe Ole Miss, has a really, really good shot at them. They play at Clemson, at South Carolina (ha ha), Mississippi State is gonna kick the crap out of them, as well as Arkansas. Going to be a very long season for the toilet paper throwers. Can’t wait. Oh I forgot, Nutt has a very good record against Aubie, oops.

Timbodog

May 4th, 2011
8:47 am

Columbus Dawg,
You realize our QB is barely six feet tall, right?

Joey

May 4th, 2011
8:50 am

Coming off a 6-7 record, the UGA games are probably considered “trap games” for the other teams on our schedule.

We are no longer the perennial East contenders, or even runners-up. Our coaching staff got out-game-planned by a pathetic Colorado staff last season, and couldn’t score a td on UCF.

I hope Richt can get us back to the top, but it’s doubtful.

But if Dan Mullen winds up in Athens, I can’t see him not “winning anything for 2 years…” It took him all of one season to rebuild MSU, and then in his second season, won 9 games, and most of all – BEAT FLORIDA!

He did this with Mississippi State’s talent.

VolFan

May 4th, 2011
8:55 am

Calhoundawg: “Mark Richt is 6-4 versus the Vols, including three consecutive wins in Knoxville.”

Boy, you’ve got a short memory. How could you forget Lane Kiffin’s Vols stomping your boy Richt’s Dawgs 45-19 in his very last visit to Knoxville?

Oh I would want to forget that too!

Shields Watkins

May 4th, 2011
9:33 am

Don’t forget the whipping a drugged up Erik Ainge put on Richt’s soft team in 2007.

We were up 28-zip before Richt knew what hit him.

It will be two years before we compete for a title, but we will enjoy taking UGA to the woodshed again in Knoxville.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 4th, 2011
9:37 am

It is simply amazing to me how people on these blogs keep refering to the past and not to the future. The schedule coming up is 2011, not 2011, 2009 or any other year. College football is not like the pros. where the players are tied to a team for x number of years. UGA has a lot of good players on the team and it is foolish to think that the head coach and staff can’t adapt to changing conditions and put a good team on the field this year. All this negative crap and the idiots that come on these blogs, simply to exist as an irritant, will not have any affect on this teams performance this year. Seems to me, if some of you folks are true DAWG fans, you would truely get behind your team, rather than supporting, with your comments, some of the idiots that post stupid, assinine, comments that make them look like they are still in elementary school.
The DAWGS can be very good this year if they play inspired and smart football. I for one, believe they can and will do just that. I believe they are hungry and will show it on the field.

Joey

May 4th, 2011
9:49 am

I am always, firmly behind the Dawgs football team, but have lost of lot of the faith I had in Richt.

There is a difference.

vinny ocean

May 4th, 2011
9:58 am

trap games? Come on! It’s mark richt for god’s sake. The man is known for ALWAYS having his team ready to play no matter who it is.

aw

May 4th, 2011
10:29 am

In response to Roll Tide. As an Ole Miss fan I hate to tell you, you are wrong. We don’t have any QB’s at Murray’s level. I’m not sure our QB’s would start at most high schools. Ole Miss will have another down year, will be lucky to win 3 games. 2010 Defense ranked 107, 2011 Defense is probably worse.

Mr Reality Sucks

May 4th, 2011
10:30 am

Georgia 38
Boise St 20

leslie22h

May 4th, 2011
10:38 am

I have jumped on and off the “Fire CMR” bandwagon over the last 12 months, and right now I’m confident – that CTG’s 3-4 clicks this year, and that Crowell is all he’s hyped up to be. Then again, I was confident when Goff assumed the HC job, and when Joe T and Joe C got their starting roles, so what do I know? I’m a blind UGA homer.

As of now, I believe CMR has earned the right to turn his program around. But I agree that this season will be his last stand. If our Dawgs drop Boise, I’ll be disappointed but still hopeful that they can run the SEC gauntlet. If UGA doesn’t win the SEC Least with weakened programs at UT, UF, and Vandy, I think CMR will be done at Georgia.

Columbus Dawg

May 4th, 2011
10:47 am

I know that Murray is not a tall QB, but I like the fact that he was among the SEC leaders at the QB position as a first year player, and my point is with a defense last year I’m not so sure Auburn comes back on the Dawgs in such a fashion. If they don’t get six on the onside kick to start the 3rd quarter, it would have likley been much closer. I for one think that the Dawgs D will be back in large fashion in 2011, and this will make for a large weight being lifted off of the offense. Anyone notice how in 2007 when the D got it’s act together how Moreno suddenly had much more success? I do not know what prompted Vince Dooley to say that the Georgia faithful would be pleasantly surprised with the 2010 team, what with the first year D and all, but I think that making that statement about the 2011 team may not be too far fetched.

I know that the Wilson kid is a gamer, but I also know that defense in the ACC can not begin to compare with defense in the SEC, and you can bet that extra effort will be given by every team that the Aubies face this year.

Dogwholikesgatortail

May 4th, 2011
10:55 am

To all you football know it alls: Make sure the lid is on my coffee correctly when I go through your drive thru in the morning.

Hart Co.

May 4th, 2011
10:55 am

VolFan, Calhoun did not say the LAST three consecutive games. He simply said Richt had won three consecutive games in Knoxville, which is true. I am sure he did not forget the beating the Dawgs got the last time in Knoxville.

Shields Watkins

May 4th, 2011
3:43 pm

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

True, but picking the Georgia game as a trap game for Vanderbilt is not a stretch for anyone.

Georgia has the talent to sneak up and steal one in Nashville this year.

BrizDawg

May 4th, 2011
10:56 pm

Unfortunately the Bulldogs have a knack for losing games they should win. I anticipate another frustrating season, mainly because of a weak O-line, which has plagued us for years now. Losses to Boise State, South Carolina (Lattimore is all they need), Tennessee (Dooley will have them competitive this year), Mississippi State, Florida (new fire with Coach Smart), and Tech (much too close last year and they will only be better this year). Close games with Auburn and Ole Miss will make us wonder yet again if we will even be bowl-eligible. Until they prove otherwise, UGA should be in the bottom third of SEC teams on anyone’s list. Thank goodness for Vandy and Kentucky!

Shields Watkins

May 5th, 2011
6:20 am

The game in Knoxville will not be close. UGA takes their 3rd beatdown in a row in there.

UGA has a chance in Nashville, Oxford, and at home against Kentucky.

That’s the best they can hope for in the SEC this year.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 5th, 2011
11:31 am

Shields,

Give us a rundown on who is playing for tenn. and why they are so great in your opinion. If you can’t do that, you are just another negative blogger on here, without substanial facts to support your negativity. I suspect that is what you are.

BYRDDAWG

May 5th, 2011
1:29 pm

I look for an improved Murray in his 2nd yr as starter & an improved D in their 2nd yr under CTG & his 3-4!!!! GO DAWGS

DawginLex

May 5th, 2011
4:33 pm

41-14 in 2003 in K-town
41-14 in 2010 in Athens
Expect another UGA win in k-town this year.
a little closer 38-14