Preseason picks for Richt’s Dawgs all over the place

Phil Steele is picking Georgia to win the SEC East.

Phil Steele is picking Georgia to win the SEC East.

Seems like we get another preseason prediction or poll every couple of days, and so far there’s absolutely no consensus at all when it comes to Mark Richt’s 2011 Georgia Bulldogs.

Just in the past few days we’ve had the SEC’s sports information directors picking the Dogs to finish third in the SEC East behind South Carolina and Florida and Sporting News doing likewise. Georgia didn’t even crack the SN preseason Top 25.

And then there’s Phil Steele, one of the most respected college football analysts, who has Georgia as his upset pick to win the SEC East and ranks the Dogs No. 9 nationally.

On paper, considering the favorable conference schedule Georgia has, Steele’s prediction doesn’t look that unrealistic. But then you think back to the way Richt’s teams have underperformed the past couple of years and ponder all the question marks still hanging over this team and you can’t really fault the SIDs and Sporting News for their view, either.

I haven’t made my mind up yet how optimistic or pessimistic I’m going to be about this season. How about you?

SPRING HIGHLIGHTS

Early in the season I didn’t think there was much likelihood that David Perno’s 2011 team would still be playing baseball come June, but the baseball Dogs persevered through arguably the nation’s toughest schedule and the loss of a key player to make the final four in the conference tournament and then last all the way to the finals of their NCAA regional before being eliminated by Oregon State. A tip of the cap to Diamond Dave.

Likewise to Chris Haack’s UGA men’s golf team, which made it to the NCAA final, only to lose to defending champion Augusta State, which was led by a former Bulldogs player.

And a big woof to UGA’s Marta Silva Zamora, the consensus national player of the year in women’s golf.

Not a bad finish to the spring sports scene. Go Dogs!

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204 comments Add your comment

SBC Pastor

June 7th, 2011
10:27 am

jbts30228

June 7th, 2011
10:40 am

I have to think they will be better then 3rd in the east this year. Seems the kids are staying out of trouble and their focus is on the season. 1st in the east loose to LSU in the SEC Championship

ARdawg

June 7th, 2011
10:41 am

My optimism left town when we kicked a field goal from the 3 in the Liberty Bowl against UCF and I realized Richt would be around for at least another year. So, while I like Phile Steele and know he’s good at what he does and I respect that. 2nd in the East and a top 20 finish would be about what I’d expect. We will beat Boise St though. It’s hard to believe that beating Boise is even a question.

boise is well coached

June 7th, 2011
10:47 am

and BSU is still hungry for respect. A win on the road against an SEC team is just what they want for their BCS argument… lose lose game for the dawgs. Win and you were supposed to. Lose and the doubters come out of the woodwork

Paul H

June 7th, 2011
10:47 am

It will all work out on the field. The lower the expectations, the better the team typically performs.

DCJohn

June 7th, 2011
10:50 am

I’m hoping the new attitude in the weight room will help more than anything else. Kwame Geathers’ spring certainly made it look like things are on the up. He was supposed to be a beast that was not in shape. He certainly looked in shape this spring.

Boise State will reveal a lot.

NC Dawg

June 7th, 2011
10:50 am

It’s always a crap shoot. Even if it looks like a lock, injuries happen, discipline happens, other teams do much better than expected — it never ends. It’s a waste of time IMO.

jp

June 7th, 2011
10:56 am

I think UF is gonna stutter implementing a new system and USC will have many problems especially on defense

Jeremiah Masoli

June 7th, 2011
10:57 am

East:
1. Georgia
2. South Carolina
3. Florida
4. Tennessee
5. Vanderbilt
6. Kentucky

West:
1. TSUN
2. Alabama
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Auburn (2010’s USC)
6. Cow College

TSUN: 35
UGA: 28

beanster

June 7th, 2011
11:04 am

Optimistic here. There have been several interesting changes that are, in the very least, affecting the teams’ attitude and discipline, from what I have read so far. That alone makes me very happy to see. It’s hard to pull for a team that is constantly getting in trouble for boneheaded behavior. I am very glad we haven’t had to read any embarrassing headlines yet. Knock on wood. Can’t wait to see Jenkins and Geathers up front. I think Aaron will impress us much more this year…hopefully Bobo let’s him play.

Yep, just like every year, nothing but optimism here. Go Dawgs!

UGA Insider

June 7th, 2011
11:07 am

jp,

USC has no problems on defense… they have all SEC talent on DLine and the best secondary perhaps in the country. Their lb’s are always tough and talented. There are NO holes and UGA will struggle to score……especially how conservative Bobo usually plays against them.

Ca dawg

June 7th, 2011
11:07 am

gotta earn #9. Weve lost the benefit of the doubt. Here’s hoping we can start to get it back in 2011. Go dawgs!!!!!

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
11:10 am

The opener is a must win.

The biggest game in Richt’s 11 years.

Period.

Sets the tone for the next week and the entire year.

Inspector G

June 7th, 2011
11:10 am

If they would have left the rebuilding of the Georgia Theatre up to Matthew Stafford, it would have been rebuilt in mere days, not years. Although, it was partly his fault from setting coeds hair on fire from his witty charm and cannon of an arm. After they went screaming into the Theatre, he called the fire dept and sauntered into Amicis to enjoy some delicious wings and buffalo chicken Garcheemar (he tried the ‘honey hot’ flavor this time) with his long time friend and confidant, Shaun Chapas. By all accounts it was delicious.
-Inspector G

Sam

June 7th, 2011
11:11 am

I am so torn on this. The good news is that these predictions are pretty meaningless. How often are any of the magazines correct on their predictions? Are the predictions where they think they will end the season?

UGADawg83

June 7th, 2011
11:11 am

My prediction for 2011–more lame blogs from Bill King about games he watched on television.

McDawg

June 7th, 2011
11:12 am

we will certainly be underdawgs against Boise St

DIT

June 7th, 2011
11:12 am

Gotta show me 1st! It all starts with Boise State. Should not even be thinking about any other team. Right now, 3rd sounds about right. I hope they prove me wrong!

waitnsee

June 7th, 2011
11:15 am

It’ll be a shocker if a 6-7 team, a team that lost a lot of good players, has essentially the same position coaches as last season, has already lost 2 OL and leading rusher before the season even starts, can turn it around in one season and win the east. Much as we’d like to see this happen it’s unlikely and unrealistic.

A veritable voice of reason

June 7th, 2011
11:16 am

My hat’s off to you, waitnsee. That’s the most level-headed post I’ve read today.

Time for a CHANGE!!

June 7th, 2011
11:16 am

I like it! The days of entitlement are over for these DAWGS!

A veritable voice of bone-headedness

June 7th, 2011
11:18 am

And you, Alt-Dawg are a bone-head. I suppose coaching is all of a sudden going to be different this year. That was pretty-much the problem last year. It wasn’t talent and it wasn’t injuries. And it sure as hell wasn’t the schedule.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
11:20 am

Of 7 losses last season, 6 of them were basically decided by a single possession. Anybody looking objectively at Georgia (less the emotion and bravado) can very easily identify 3 or 4 factors that “should” point to a much better season. A couple of them are absolutes. There is no logical reason not to expect them to be right there to challenge for the East.

Otto

June 7th, 2011
11:26 am

The logical reason for not expecting improvement is the coaching staff. Before last season CMR said he would sit in meetings for the offense. I saw conservative play calling and no major changes on the offense.

BSU is not a given and it is the must win game of next season.

Perno showed improvement and the SEC east was VERY strong. I hope the he is around next year and his team in the race for the SEC East and more.

A veritable voice of bone-headedness

June 7th, 2011
11:27 am

I seem to know when and what’s going to be posted before it even happens. Gotta listen to someone with that kind of ability !

italian_29

June 7th, 2011
11:39 am

I think until this team shows some heart and doesn’t throw in the towel when times are tough, 3 in the East is about right.

Ceasar

June 7th, 2011
11:39 am

With the good teams having down years and the rest cupcake games, anything less tha 10 wins is a failure!

italian_29

June 7th, 2011
11:44 am

We lost our TOP producing Wideout and Tailback, I cannot understand why people would think that we have a chance to be much better than we were last season. Anything less than 10 wins in a Failure? I hope you are right, but I just don’t see it. We have a patchwork OL and no depth there, yes we have the TOP rated running back in the country, but he has YET to play a down of SEC ball and he isn’t even listed on the depth chart. I wish I could borrow some of these rose colored glasses.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

June 7th, 2011
11:47 am

What the “hayle” is a TSUN??

RabidDawgFan

June 7th, 2011
11:53 am

Well I really don’t buy into what the prediction magazines and “experts” have to say about the upcoming football season. It seems to me that we have a more focused team that we did last year. At this time last year, we already had what? 2 or 3 maybe 4 arrests. We are staying out of the headlines and staying under the radar apparently. Just work hard in the weight room, stay out of trouble and stay healthy. The people who predict these records and standings probably have never played a down of college football in their lives. They don’t make the choice of where we finish. We do. Get it done. Go Dawgs!

gomdawg

June 7th, 2011
11:56 am

Lets remember the games are won on the field so with that said , I think our defense is got to be better
great QB recievers sre great Ends great running game is ? able. I see us with 10 win maybe 11.GO DAWGS

Bryan G.

June 7th, 2011
11:56 am

AltamahaDawg – I always respect your optimism.

It’s just hard for me to be optimistic after seeing the team that we ran out in 2009 and 2010. I hope they’re better, but it’s hard to get excited.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
11:57 am

I disagree waitnsee. The factors you name, were not the main issues that lead to 6-7. Aside from that, the factor you name being are debatable.

I would say that you comments on the coaching unchanged is way off. There IS basically all the same coaches on defense, but that’s a positive thing this year, whereas all new was a negative last year. And the offense, there have been quite a few changes in the staffing, changes from some problems last year.

I don’t think we are worse off than last year in the backfield either.

cantondawg

June 7th, 2011
11:58 am

Waitnsee,

I understand your pessimism. However, Auburn went from i believe 8-5 to a national championship undefeated season. It can definitely happen. Also, in 1980 UGA went from a 6-5 record to an undefeated NC season.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
12:01 pm

Otto, as I said, removing the emotions and bravado. Phil Steele and others do not think these are all terrible coaches.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

I understand the pessimism too. But that emotions, not analysis. Although Bill did pose the question subjectively the report he was making is what folks are saying OBjectively out in the media.

RabidDawgFan

June 7th, 2011
12:03 pm

Our defense is going to be top 3 in the SEC and top 10 in the nation. How can you run on basically 1,000 pounds worth of bodies in the front 4 when we switch to a 4-3 in some situations? Abry Jones who is about 310, Kwame Geathers who is 350, John Jenkins who is 360, and DeAngelo Tyson who is about 305-315. You can’t run on that. I bet Marcus Lattimore runs sub-100 against the Bulldogs this season. And that’s the truth. They BARELY beat us last season when our offense wasn’t hitting on anything, Ealey fumbles at the 1 yard line, our defense was in it’s first year OUT OF position, and we were at THEIR PLACE with a FRESHMAN QB. We’re going to beat South Carolina this season.

The Dirty Bird Dawgs

June 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

Dreadly

June 7th, 2011
12:18 pm

It’s not in the cards for Richt to coach at UGA any longer.

Richt has the program headed in the wrong direction, for 3 consecutive years now.

11 wins in 07, down to 10 in 08′, 8 wins in 09′, down to 6 wins in 10′ with a super easy schedule, losses to teams like Colorado, and conference USA UCF.

Richt does good against losing teams, just cant’ compete wiht winning teams because his strategy is completely wrong and he’s too arrogant to change it.

43-3 when he gets a 100 yard rusher, but finished 10th in SEC in rushing.

Boca Baby

June 7th, 2011
12:20 pm

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Pago Pago Dawg

June 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

I don’t know……4th and 1 vs UCF inside the 10 yard line and we kick a field goal…Game over.
3rd or 4th place is about right.

DogFace Blues

June 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

Finishing the Drill would have put us in the SEC CG last year. Lackadaisical performance was the giant killer. Had the the National Champs 21-7. Fortunate schedule is our only hope. Lets dont screw that up again this year.

Peace Out. Go Dawgs!

Richt`s Hammer

June 7th, 2011
12:23 pm

We are in deep do do. Hope we beat Coastal Carolina.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
12:28 pm

I don’t get the bets on SC. A Deafult position more than anything I guess. Normally, the talk about a 5 loss team would be how did they fix all those problems in the offseason. I read nothing of that for SC. Lower half of the SEC is just about every offensive category last year. Including rushing. I don’t see how they are going to be much better. Tn, Ga, UF arent going to be down long.

Dreadly

June 7th, 2011
12:29 pm

I got Georgia losing 6 games, AT LEAST, to Boise, South Carolina, Auburn, Florida, Miss St & Tenn. Could also lose to Kentucky & Georgia Tech, could go 4-8.

Somewhere between 4-8 & 6-6, largely due to horrific offensive strategy by Richt, and a terrible panic prone QB against winning teams in Murray, Murray is 0 & 6 against winning teams, and only threw 5 of his 24 td’s against ranked teams.

19 of Murray’s 24 td’s came against lousy unranked teams, only 5 against ranked teams.

Lindsey

June 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

I am being optimistic and excited to see what kind of results we get with some changes that CMR has made. I am nervous about the Boise State game, but if the Dawgs get a win I think a lot of good things will be happening in 2011…hopefully that will include a trip back to the Dome in December for the championship, GO DAWGS!!!

RabidDawgFan

June 7th, 2011
12:30 pm

I hate it when people say Richt can’t beat winning teams. Last season was ONE season and we had a bad season ONCE. Remember, 2009 was not a BAD season, it just wasn’t up to par with UGA standards. Now GT maybe, but not UGA. Richt can coach as he’s proven in his earlier years here at UGA and has won us 2 SEC titles, and has had us picked #1 in the country in 2008 after a Sugar Bowl win in 2007. He knows what he’s doing. He also has 2 national titles at FSU as Offensive Coordinator so the man knows how to coach. South Carolina has NO SEC titles, GT can’t beat us even in our worst seasons. So there you go.

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
12:32 pm

where we rank in the SEC in rushing is an overrated statistic.

check 2002 and see where we ranked.

Defensive PPG allowed is the key to winning. Drop from 22 to 14 or 15=SEC East title

Boca Baby

June 7th, 2011
12:33 pm

Excuse me but I think its time for David Perno to find other employment. After last year’s dismal performance we are now giving him cudos for finishing fourth in the SEC East? Three names: Joshua Fields, Gordon Beckam and Rich Poythress. Without the presence of these three players Perno’s ineptitude would have been exposed long before now. We need a new face in Georgia Baseball. We need someone who doesn’t think he has to play the toughest schedule in the country.
Someone who would build confidence in his players by blowing out a few patsies. Someone like Ray Tanner at South Carolina. The strategy seems to be working for him. What Perno is doing is not working.

DogFace Blues

June 7th, 2011
12:36 pm

If Dawgs show strong performance and win in the dome, season will be successful. This will be the first time in a while they have a chance to win all their games. You gots to remember that Dawgs barely fell short of the big games last year with a less than mediocre team.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
12:36 pm

I see the Aaron Murray Against Ranked Teams stat chart is still hanging in the tech freshmen dorm computer lounge.

59bulldawg

June 7th, 2011
12:38 pm

I know it may not mean a thing, but for some reason I am unusually optimistic about the upcoming season. I think we are going to open well and stun both Boise State and South Carolina. Go Dawgs!

WTR

June 7th, 2011
12:38 pm

OFFENSIVE SCORING HAS DROPPED EVERY SEASON AGAINST RANKED TEAMS.

DOWN FROM 36 IN 07, TO 27 IN 08′, TO 20 IN 09′, TO 16 IN 10′.

RICHT CAN’T SCORE ENOUGH POINTSD AGAINST THE RANKED TEAMS TO WIN HIS OWN DIVISION.

HE WOULD HAVE FIXED IT 2 YEARS AGO, OR LAST YEAR, IF HE KNEW HOW.

Mr. Dawg

June 7th, 2011
12:39 pm

I fully anticipate another season of mediocrity before the 2011 recruiting class has time to hit it’s stride and the Bulldogs are “back”. The backfield has questions. The O-line continues to be thin and in transition. The receiving corp has quesions. This is but year two for the Defense in Grantham’s 3-4 scheme. I just hope the team performs well enough to keep Richt in place. I still believe in him.

WTR

June 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

MURRAY STUNK IT UP AGAINST THE BETTER TEAMS, REALLY CRACKED WHEN THE PRESSURE WAS ON:
SC- O TD’S
MSU- 1 TD
FLORIDA- 4 TO’S
ARK- 6 SACKS
AUB- FELL APART AFTER 1ST QRTR
UCF- 3 TO’S, 0 TD’S

DID WELL AGAINST IDAHO ST, AND LA LAFAYETTE AND VANDERBILT.

ckgator

June 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

Will be interesting to see how UGA does against Boise. A huge game for BSU with much to prove against the nation’s #1 conference. I hope the Dogs don’t disappoint.

Looking forward to Florida’s 6 tight-end set this year… ;-P

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 7th, 2011
12:41 pm

Polls are just opinions and are assumptions and we all know what happens when you assume something.
Let’s see how it works on the field this year, since none of us, including numerous journalist at this time of year, have any idea what a team is going to look like until they lace em on and buckle them up.
Heart, discipline and desire aren’t measurable qualities in pre-season polls. An accident here, a personal tragedy there and and a injury in camp and the the polls and opinions become even more meaningless.

DawgByte

June 7th, 2011
12:43 pm

Will we win the East? Nobody knows for certain. Will we improve on last year’s record? Absolutely!

tide roll

June 7th, 2011
12:44 pm

Your offensive coordinator has the position, not because of qualifications, but rather due to the fact that his wife is Barb Dooley’s niece! Your head coach evaluates Cam Newton as a tight end and rather than keeping such an embarassing revelation on the “down low”, the fool goes public with it! You’ve defeated Florida 3 times in 21 years, and your athletic department, rather than apologizing to the Bulldog nation for this inexcusable dominance by the Gators, decides to raise ticket prices. Auburn loses their entire defensive front, and you counter by bringing in the 9th rated offensive line class IN THE CONFERENCE, and call it a dream team. If this group of coaches and athletic administrators result in Georgia winning the East, it’s because the Division and your schedule is incredibly weak. Even at that it will be an aberration. Arguably the most under achieving program in the country. Central Fla. 10 – Uga 6. Enough said Kool Aiders.

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
12:47 pm

SHUTUP TIDE ROLL

whoknowsnow

June 7th, 2011
12:47 pm

i dont know which way to lean on the 11 dawgs. we didnt look like we had a pulse last year without aj on the field the first four games. our defense will be good this year but even good defenses allow 20 points a game. thought that gives me hope is that our losses last year were close and when games are close experience is usually the winning factor and a majority of our playmakers last yr besides houstin green and durham were all sophomores or freshmen so maybe the tide will turn this year.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
12:53 pm

I think this is all just a carefully orchestrated plan hatched a few years ago from Richt. He knew the inevitability of disappointing the fans at some point once you are are preseason ranked #1, and calculated the best curve of hitting bottom, working back up to maximize his time of employment.

ARdawg

June 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

Altamaha
You know I love you baby but I’ve been gagging on the kool-aid for 5 years running. I just can’t make it go down this time. Your point is well made on the emotion/analysis. Phile Steele is the best out there IMHO but, SI and the rest are objective too

RabidDawgFan

June 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

If our defense is stellar, like I think it will, and hold people under 20 points a game then we should be good to go. Surely our offense can manage to score more than 20. Hopefully with our outstanding special teams unit, and our defense, our offense can be put in short field situations so they can cash in. With a punter like Drew Butler, opposing offenses should have to go the length of the field just to score against a defense like ours.

Bill

June 7th, 2011
12:58 pm

You completely left off the success of the UGA women’s equestrian team. They just barely lost the NCAA chanmpionship to Auburn this Spring. This would have been their 4th straight NCAA chanmpionship.

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-equest/recaps/041611aad.html

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 7th, 2011
1:01 pm

The first game is not a must win…it’s the first game for christ sakes.I feel good about this season though…the defensive talent level has increased and there is some home run ability coming in on Offense.Give Mark Richt a decent Defense and he will produce double digit wins.Also tide roll I think Bobo is a better OC than what you have.Bama is definitely NOT on the cutting edge when it comes to Offensive innovations.I predict we will see a lot less of you Bama fans trolling these boards this season because your OC is going to have to step it up…Bama’s D talent aint what is was a couple of years ago.

SSIgator

June 7th, 2011
1:02 pm

“absolutely no consensus at all when it comes to Mark Richt’s 2011 Georgia Bulldogs”

Sure there is. Same main coaches and coaching philosophy as last year. The KoolAid machine is about to blow a gasket from over-use. Why would anyone expect anything vastly different from the year before? Oh, that’s right. It is UGA that we are talking about. Belley up to the bar boys. Bartender Richt is serving up another round. Cheers.

ARdawg

June 7th, 2011
1:03 pm

I see the first game as setting the stage for the season. Lose to BST and the Carolina game is a mountain. Lose it, then the SEC schedule is near insurmountable. Lose the first one and the dominoes tumble. It is imparitive that BSU is not only beaten like the red headed step child they are but, convincingly.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 7th, 2011
1:11 pm

Muschamp will be crying into more than a few beers after finishing 3rd in the SEC east this year.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 7th, 2011
1:13 pm

Hard to judge the ole momentum thing…Tenn blew our doors off in 07 yet the team responded well to it didn’t they?

tide roll

June 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

Why is Atlanta Westlake’s Chance Warmack only 2nd team All-SEC by Phil Steele? Warmack started for Bama as Freshman, and is the best OG in the conference. He and James Carpenter (from Hepzibah, Ga. and an NFL 1st rounder) made up the left side of our National Championship,offensive line! Who’s Steele’s advisor on this? Mike Bobo?

RabidDawgFan

June 7th, 2011
1:17 pm

Check this out, believe it or not, our defense was light years better than Willie Martinez’s defenses and it was just year 1 with Coach Grantham. Grantham was working with Martinez recruits and not his own. He had to put them in the best situations possible and we struggle at times but we also played lights out at times. Double that production this season. Our defense should be lights out. Martinez always recruited 5′8 corners that weigh about 175 pounds. Grantham recruits corners that are at least 6′0 and about 195-200. Size matters. Our linebackers are so much bigger than what we had with Martinez. We are about to witness greatness.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 7th, 2011
1:20 pm

Our D sucked last year…I don’t think it had as much to do with the 1st year under CTG as it was playing Tripp and Wood a ton of minutes at DT.Terrible idea….the DL got caved in by just about every team we faced.Failure to get the other team off the field on 3rd down will cost you in close games.

Dawgs open up @ GEORGIA Dome with #5 Boise State

June 7th, 2011
1:23 pm

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Cool down that ” hot seat ” . . . Coach Richt.
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Trigger

June 7th, 2011
1:25 pm

Collegiate Women’s Equestrian teams: Just another sign the apocalypse is upon us.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
1:34 pm

Well, you know ARDawg. Might as well be optimistic right? No need to lose the games 100 times before they get here.

But you didn’t hear me talking a big game last year. I took a bit of abuse from the guy who kept saying I was predicting 5 losses. I wasn’t, but I said I didn’t think we would be much better than 09 given what we had (new D without a lot of top SEC caliber players for it, and a new QB.) I also said last year that I wasn’t convinced out O-line was as good as advertised. I was definitely not somebody talking big going into 2008. That wasn’t the #1 team and I never thought so, especially when we started taking some hits. I DID think we had one of the best teams in the end of 2007 because it was so obvious on the field. SO I never considered myself a koolaid drinker, and I think my record is that I am pretty conservative and honest in my expectations.

So feel free to take it form me: It’s pretty safe to assume the Dawgs will win a few more games that they did in 2010. For reasons 1,2,3. And if they let us down, we all promise not to put any blame on you for being hopefull.

If they only split the games that come down to a single score (as so many did) they will end up ranked, in a decent bowl, and very much favored in 2012.

AceDawg

June 7th, 2011
1:34 pm

I think internal UGA optimism is great, but outside predictors ought to be pretty cautious in assuming that UGA will rebound. The personnel seemed to exist over the last couple years to at least beat teams like Colorado and Central Florida, no? No matter what people say about the UGA offense, I’m pinning my hopes on a strong defense. If the defense isn’t improved by at least the same degree it improved between 2009 and 2010, 2011 will be 2010-esque.

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
1:35 pm

tide roll

June 7th, 2011
1:15 pm
Why is Atlanta Westlake’s Chance Warmack only 2nd team All-SEC by Phil Steele? Warmack started for Bama as Freshman, and is the best OG in the conference. He and James Carpenter (from Hepzibah, Ga. and an NFL 1st rounder) made up the left side of our National Championship,offensive line! Who’s Steele’s advisor on this? Mike Bobo
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Maybe Steele asked someone who knows something about football instead of the 5 guys sitting at the counter at the Tuscaloosa Drug & Feed Store who believe Alabama actually has 37 national titles.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
1:46 pm

The wrong front linemen would not be good in CTG 5th year, but you could most definitely see our LB and DBs looking pretty lost those first few games.

Hollywould

June 7th, 2011
1:50 pm

Dawgnlex, funny stuff but I swear they said 38 titles. War Eagle

Nomobama

June 7th, 2011
1:59 pm

last year, phil steele ranked uga’s offense #2 in the nation. Look how that turned out. He is a uga himer, so cant take him seriously…he is only trying to sell magazines to blind loyalists.

Otto

June 7th, 2011
2:02 pm

AltamahaDawg, I do admire your optimism. However I do not think Auburn is a fair comparison. Auburn started out hot in ‘09 before they ran out of depth and hit the meat of the SEC schedule. Malzahn has also been one of the op new OCs.

I expect UGA’s defense to carry the team especially the LBs. However I do not have reason to be optimistic on offense. My fear is that they do win these one score games but continue to be mediocre. Thus the mediocre teams continue. The only games that should come be that close are other teams contending for a SEC title.I hope I am proven wrong on my low expectations.

ARdawg

June 7th, 2011
2:07 pm

Altamaha

LOL…That’s a deal although I do remain hopeful regardless. My faith and hope has brought us little in the way of victories. I didn’t expect we’d be a good team last year. The main reason was the change on defense and the frosh Murray. My guess was we would win 8 games and we should have. Let’s face it, we were awful. I did expect more from the OL but it didn’t happen. What did happen as a result of the poor showing there is Murray got some baptism by fire and should be now a seasoned QB going forward. Improved defense and more of the same from Murray I again think 8-9 wins is attainable. We have some offensive weapons I do not have any faith in the gameday offensive coaching. I don’t think we have the talent to overcome it as we have had in the past

WDE

June 7th, 2011
2:09 pm

tide roll you were 4th in the West last year care to comment ? You blew a 24 point lead with that defensive genius Saban calling the game..really and you have rocks to throw???

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
2:12 pm

Herschel Talker is always right. The man is a genius.

6-6

June 7th, 2011
2:56 pm

that’s provided we can beat the orange and blue team in the dome.

if we beat them, richt will hold a backflip and watermelon eating contest the next week and lattimore will run wild.

if we lose….break out the torches and pitchforks!

other wins: ole miss, kentucky, miss st, c. carolina, nmex state.

can’t wait for another year of perfect gameplans!

Big Johnson Dawg

June 7th, 2011
2:59 pm

Pre-season picks mean nothing. If they did, the Braves would be leading their division.

Chickasaw

June 7th, 2011
3:00 pm

Bill, I bleed red and black and always have, but 3d in the East–even 4th–is not an unfair rating. Question marks include our deep receiving game, running game, O Line and secondary–and coaching. Discipline and intensity has ticked steadily downward for 3 years in a row. On the flip side, we are returning our starting QB for the first time in 3 years, and for only the 3d time in 8 years; we have the strongest set of TEs in the country; our D Line should at least be solid; we may have the best Special Teams in the country; and our defensive coaches have another year under their belts. But from where I sit, until we see real production on the field, I’ve become a skeptic.

RxDawg

June 7th, 2011
3:08 pm

Um… Phil Steele ranked us pretty high last year too. I love my Dawgs… but we’ve got problems. I’m convinced our O-line is going to a major weakness. An injury or two (which always happens) and we can start looking to next year. We never beat UF. We lost to UCF and Colorado last year… theres no excuse for that.

Like I said, I love my Dawgs but I don’t have a lot of confidence in them.

red&silver

June 7th, 2011
3:14 pm

UGA allowed 28ppg in the losses last year but, all I hear is the offense wasn’t good enough. You can’t give up points like that and expect to win.

Otto

June 7th, 2011
3:20 pm

Multiple 3 and out and drives lasting 3 and half minutes or less will result in a defense that gives up 28 ppg. Auburn had short possesions too but they put up more than 30ppg on offense.

red&silver

June 7th, 2011
3:28 pm

Not getting off the field when you have a team 3rd and long,allowing a rb to do what he pleases,and not tackling results in 28ppg. As far as Auburn goes lets just be honest, Cam Newton was special. There were plenty of times he converted on 3rd and 4th downs after his defense put him and the offense in bad situations. Once again I repeat he was a special player.

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
3:34 pm

I didn’t recall making any comparisons to Auburn.

And as much as I appreciate all the pats on the back for being “optimistic”, It actually news to me that I am being optimistic. I do think I am being realistic to say that, when 6/7 losses came down to a possession or two, with some very identifiable issue, its pretty simple to see how that can easily be differnt. Why we lost is not some big mystery. That wasn;t some loaded mature team, that was getting blown out of games, or anything like that. Then I think you would have to wonder where do we go from there. IN this case ist just doing what we know has been done in the past. IN fact I believe the odds of NOT correcting them is greater. 2 of the biggest factors are by any historical measure not going to be there, and the other lesser issues have been, even if not corrected, at least identified and addressed.

I just don’t see expecting an improvement over last year as optimistic.

Otto

June 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

Auburn’s defense was good but gave up plenty of points thanks to Cam’s ability to score quickly, the down side is the defense doesn’t get much rest and has to defend more possesions.

UGA’s offense has been very boom or bust. Clock killing drives have become rare since David Green and DJ are not on the field.

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
3:40 pm

to my 2:12 impostor

HT, is that you?

Must be because that is the only way you will ever get me to say nice things about you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tony martin

June 7th, 2011
3:41 pm

Enter your comments here My thoughts two years ago that this would be the year the Dogs have a break out season. Watched spring practice, and their off season weight program under the direction of coach T. There is a different attitude, and I think we will win some of those games we have lost in the fourth quarter. Dogs have a chance to be an elite group on Defense if they stay healthy

red&silver

June 7th, 2011
3:43 pm

I don’t care who you have on offense! When you have to repeatedly start drives in your own territory or start every possessionat or inside the 20 the offense is not going to produce. UGA lost games last year because they couldn’t get anybody off the field when they needed. Look at the games we lost and why. 4th quarter belong to the other team. UGA’s offense has never been explosive to me and, honestly it will probably will never be. When UGA had success it was with defense.

DawginLex

June 7th, 2011
3:44 pm

One year later, after a 6-7 season, losses to Arkansas where we had the ball wiht a chance to win with under 2 minutes to go become “beatdowns”.
OT loss to Florida where we had the ball in OT with a chance to score in a tie game becomes a “beatdown”.

Haters label things for us and we let them.

6-7 is dissappointing. 6-7 is not acceptable

But to say all 7 losses were “beatdowns” is a lie. 49-31 is the closest thing to it and that game was a close shootout for awhile.

Defensive improvement-like 3 more stops on 3rd down per game equals wins.

JB

June 7th, 2011
3:47 pm

I’m back from vacation and feeling relaxed……..and less optimistic after talking to people other than these blogs or Dawg fans talking about our situation in Athens. We have slid in outside opinion.

tony martin

June 7th, 2011
3:50 pm

My thoughts two years ago that this would be the year the Dogs have a break out season. Watched spring practice, and their off season weight program under the direction of coach T. There is a different attitude, and I think we will win some of those games we have lost in the fourth quarter. Dogs have a chance to be an elite group on Defense if they stay healthy

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
3:55 pm

I don’t think you had to take much of a poll of outside fans to call 6-7 a slide.

JB

June 7th, 2011
3:59 pm

Amen AltamahaDawg

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
4:01 pm

What I meant is that they see our record. That’s a slide. They don’t know much about how that happened. They couldn’t care less about JoeT, or who a Ken Malcome is, why that even matters. They couldn’t really tell you about our LB’s, or how the experience in the DB compares to Xyz year. They Rightfully think we stink. But I don’t think I’d be basing my expectation on what outside fans thought about our last season on the beaches of lower Alabama. Doesn’t take much of an analyst to say that 6-7 wasn’t good.

MattMD

June 7th, 2011
4:26 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong but the only sure things on offense seem to be the QB and the TE, right? Who is the go-to receiver? Who is going to be the featured back? What about the unimpressive OL? (sponsored by St. Mary’s!) Murray is a tough QB but there is a greater than average chance for injury if the friggin’ OL doesn’t BLOCK SOMEBODY! UGA is toast if that scrub backup goes in.

The defensive secondary is just terrible. The front should be more than decent.

Sorry, I just see way to many questions to win the East. USCe is going to be good.

ugakev

June 7th, 2011
4:26 pm

As bad as you all get on Mike BoBo and mark richt about not being good coaches, there is one coach that I believe is really good and is key to our team and thats Todd Grantham and he is going to have a defense this year that will be crushing opponents. Georgia’s defense will be back to what its suppose to be and that will be what carries us to a great season! GO DAWGS!!!

Gary

June 7th, 2011
4:43 pm

Too young, not deep enough. These kids do not know how to win. 3rd in the east is fair. Loose to USC and Florida. There is just no way we can improve considering the talent that left the team last year. The optimism is so unwaranted. This is not about being down on the dawgs but being realistic about our performance. Let me go on record saying we also loose to Boise & Mississippi St. All of these teams are better than us and should win. We will probably loose one game to a weaker team like Tenn, Ketucky, or Tech. We will loose five games. Anyone that watched us play last year could not possibly expect more. You can hope, but hope is not results. We did not score one touchdown against UCF and we had AJ.

Zertie

June 7th, 2011
4:46 pm

In 2010, UGA was:

10th in SEC in Scoring Offense, against winning teams
6th in Scoring defense against winning teams

Offense is pathetic, defense is average.

Zertie

June 7th, 2011
4:51 pm

UGA was ranked in scoring against winning teams:

Offense- #84
Defense- #45

Who cares how many points you score against La Lafayette, it’s South Carolina, Miss St, Bowl game, etc.

As you can see, the offense simply is among the worst in the nation uner Murray’s leadership, that was with 2 future NFL WR’s.

The defense at #45, is pretty great for a 1st year coach.

The offenses inability to put up points is anemic.

ARdawg

June 7th, 2011
5:09 pm

Bullkaka. Georgia has talent. We haven’t got talent to match recent years past but we have talent. The question isn’t the talent as much as it is, is the talent going to step up? I’m not referring to the incoming freshmen either. Also, the bigger question is does Richt have the nads and fortitude to coach them up?

Kick a field goal on 4th and inches inside the UCF 5 in the Liberty Bowl

June 7th, 2011
5:14 pm

Nothing else needs to be said.

ga gator

June 7th, 2011
5:17 pm

Who knows but it will be set in stone after the first 2 games. Unsure of my prediction; either 2-0 or 0-2. Murray needs to step up in a big games this year.

Carl Spackler

June 7th, 2011
5:40 pm

The offense, as a whole, should be vastly improved. If Murray can put some of that film work to good use, then he’ll take what the D is offering up. Last year Murray was on a tight leash, and wasn’t given free rein to use all the plays. CMB would probably send out two plays and Murray would have to use on of them no matter what the D was showing. I really believe this is why CMR got involved when he did last year. Some of Murray’s best plays came after he was forced to scramble and makes plays, while some of his worst beatings were when he hung in and got abused. CMB’s play calling may have been why the experienced offensive line had such troubles. If Murray was unable to audible because of the ball and chain CMB put on the play calling, then this would explain a lot. Watch some of last years games and look how helpless the entire offensive line looked at times. CMB is still green and CMR should have stepped in earlier and CMB should have trusted Murray to read the defense and audible to what he was seeing and not a choose between two plays. I may be wrong, but it sure looked like a OC who didn’t trust his QB.

RL

June 7th, 2011
5:46 pm

I think Steele has the Bulldogs rated a little low. He has them at #9, I think they should be #1. They are that good! GO Dogs!

Blenders

June 7th, 2011
5:48 pm

1st 2 games, win 2-0, who knows where you go?

Of course, I say that every year, and the Dogs never do.

powerhouse?

June 7th, 2011
6:09 pm

Your first one is a biggy…win that (doubtful to me) and SC better be scared! Lose the first AND SC-dogs will be sick. I’m wondering if the new AD did Rickt a favor of set a trap….

Still@theBAR

June 7th, 2011
6:13 pm

maybe UGA will play All teams with Losing records at the time of the game. Murray might have a chance to will ALL the games then.

Still@theBAR

June 7th, 2011
6:16 pm

What is the Over and Under on how many weeks until the Dawg fans start screaming for Richt’s, Bobo’s, or Grantham’s head on a stick? Maybe the Over and Under on how many weeks until the cry of “WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR” will be ringing in Athens and on the Blogs?

Bob

June 7th, 2011
6:24 pm

With our schedule and coaching, I’m thinking 7-5. And with our talent, facilities, money, and tradition, this should precipitate a new head coach for 2012.

chazzo

June 7th, 2011
6:55 pm

UGA is always going to be fair to good on O. They have some playmakers there (even if not as impressive as AJ), but the line is suspect. Searles never got a line together until mid-season. We’ll see how it goes with a new guy. The O won’t suck. D and special teams are key.

I am interested to see what the new D will look like in its second year. Another first year coach on that side of the ball. Safety could be an issue. Interested to see what the Big big man does.

Overall, i will look forward to seeing a bigger, stronger team that is not winded half way through the third quarter.

Who knows about the ranking? They are moving in the right direction.

The Mark Richt Farewell Tour

June 7th, 2011
6:56 pm

Third place in the SEC east and 0 – 2 at the start of the season. Goodbye Mark Richt!

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 7th, 2011
7:02 pm

Everybody keeps referring back to last year. Folks this is 2011, not 2010. None of us have a clue as to how this team will play and we will not know until the season is over. I guess a lot of people have a crystal ball and this must make you an expert, but remember, the games are played on the field. How many of you people on here, even know any of these kids personally? Do you honestly think that they want to lose and will lay down? Don’t underestimate heart, desire and pride for a team and in yourself. A lot of you need to quit shooting off your mouths, or in this case your fingers, until the games are played. Until then, you are mostly amusing yourselves since you know very little about the product UGA will field this year.

Still@theBAR

June 7th, 2011
7:07 pm

It Ain’t Rocket Science
June 7th, 2011
7:02 pm

Everybody keeps referring back to last year. Folks this is 2011, not 2010.

But it ALWAYS the same.

“Wait Until Next Year.” The question is how long until it will be all over the blogs and in dawg nation?

NoGaGator

June 7th, 2011
7:18 pm

Congrats to UGA on their overall sports program for the year – some real accomplishments.

BTW, here’s UF’s for the year.

http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=20741

Foley is the best AD in the country. Hope he rubbed off on McGarity.

Go Gators!

Still@theBAR

June 7th, 2011
7:21 pm

NoGaGator
As long as McGarity doesn’t try to rub-off like Damon Evans did on his RECRUITING trip in Atlanta last Year.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 7th, 2011
7:30 pm

Still@the Bar,

I thought you were going to lay off of the ripple. At least go to 10 high so you can say you paid more than a buck a bottle, for that booze that makes you think you know what you are talking about.

Paul in RDU

June 7th, 2011
7:44 pm

Phil Steele picked UGA to win the SEC East?
Seems to me he said pretty much the same last year.

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2010/05/31/phil-steele-georgia-bulldogs-could-very-well-run-the-table-this-year/

Bulbs, why is it always the bulbs that get them?

June 7th, 2011
8:16 pm

Q: How many UGA athletes does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: One, but he gets 5 credit hours for it.

Fait Accompli

June 7th, 2011
8:21 pm

“Congrats to UGA on their overall sports program for the year – some real accomplishments.”

Right, let’s take a look at those accomplishments…

1. A drunken, whoring athletic director with red panties in his lap.

2. Twelve players arrested. And 41% of UGA football players are arrested during their time at UGA.

3. A player suspended for violating NCAA rules.

4. Winning the Fulmer Cup for the most players arrested.

5. Winning the title of #1 party school (i.e., the most drunken student body in the USA).

6. A sleazy assistant coach who razzes opposing players, unethical coaching conduct in violation of NCAA rules.

7. A super sleazy head coach who thinks he’s a saint, but recruits thug wannabes, gangbangers, and illiterate morons.

8. A 6-7 record despite having a team full of 4- and 5-star recruits.

That’s really a lot to be proud of!

dawgfan

June 7th, 2011
8:38 pm

You forgot one Fait Accompli:

10. Made an absolute mockery out of the pizzant little football program on North Avenue for the 9th time in 10 years.

Let’s cut to the chase big guy.

Bawbie

June 7th, 2011
8:43 pm

The Coke Artist’s are in…… Mark Richt and Dave Perno. Time to say goodbye to these overpaid clowns!

OLD DAWG 60

June 7th, 2011
8:46 pm

BEEN A SEASON TICKET HOLDER FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. GO TO ALL HOME AND AWAY GAMES. PLAYED COLLEGE SPORTS. SEEN A LOT OF SEC GAMES. MOST ALL SEC GAMES ARE DECIDED BY 5 PLAYS OR LESS. IT IS A MATTER OF WHICH TEAM MAKES THE PLAYS. BEEN THAT WAY FOR A LONG TIME. THAT IS WHAT MAKES THE SEC A GREAT CONFERENCE.

JDawg1785

June 7th, 2011
8:50 pm

I see no reason why predictions shouldn’t be all over the place. The Dawgs are coming off an embarrassment of a season last year, but there are some impact players coming in and there does seem to be an improvement in attitude among the coaches and players. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Frank Lane

June 7th, 2011
9:18 pm

I am eternally hopeful. Now that I live in florida, we just have to come through. We have as legitimate as chance as anyone in the East.

kerryb

June 7th, 2011
9:22 pm

There’s no way they are finishing behind Florida this year. It wouldn’t surprise me if Florida lost 5 games this year. Georgia is returning a lot of the inexperienced team they had last year that has more experience and a better defense. That team lost to Carolina by only 11 points and it was close until the end. This team is very capable of beating Carolina and Florida this year.

kerryb

June 7th, 2011
9:25 pm

Why is it that when Bill King starts a blog all of the morons come out of the closet and turn it into a circus?

AltamahaDawg

June 7th, 2011
10:10 pm

Carl, I certainly agree that Murray had limited option but wouldnt you expect him too his first year. I don’t think its 2 options though. I believe he had 5 or 6 and a lot of variable in those. I think its a lot more complicated that just which option. It’s the timing, direction, reaction, all of that.

WAY too often you could see Bobo demonstatively showing Murray who he missed or what options were there. That was not the “you picked the wrong 1 of 2″ air chalkboard I saw going on out there. It was a , this, this and this.

No question that a very young OC working with a freshman isnt going to be the perfect situation on offence though. Bobo would probably handle a freshman better a few years from now. Fortunetely he has proven that with a more mature QB, he can get the job done very well.

Troll Power Ratings

June 7th, 2011
11:03 pm

Fait Accompli: You are a true troll – consistent, unoriginal, envious, a moron, etc., etc. But thank you so much for caring.

Phil Steele?

June 7th, 2011
11:22 pm

Yes. And Phil Steele also picked UGA as a national title contender last year and watched em go 6-7. He must just like Georgia. No other rational expectation as to why you would pick a team that’s already lost 2 O-lineman before the season starts, lost its best rb, has an average defense at best with the loss of Houston, no AJ Green. only half the D is back, and this is a team that is hoping and praying that a freaking freshman can resurrect the program. Its scary when you got to pin your hopes on a freshman turning out to be the real deal.

The heralded John Jenkins- Georgia’s poor man’s version of Terrance Cody, couldn’t even beat out the undersized Geathers for the nose guard spot. Seriously? How good can he really be? Geathers just isn’t big enough or massive enough to close down the middle for UGA. He just isn’t.

Carl Spackler

June 8th, 2011
6:55 am

@AltamahaDawg…the way CMB handled AM will no doubt pay off some where down the road in maturity and the like…but, think back to a few goal line plays, where you’d see AM go to the line and have a jump ball situation in an obvious mismatch in a man-on-man setup and they pound the ball into a brick wall…weren’t you screaming at the TV to throw it up for the receiver on the sideline, or corner in this man on man match up…UA did a similar thing with $cam, except they called the play from the sideline and the second option was for Newton to take off running…I guess what I’m saying is that AM was no $cam and actually knew plays to audible…hey, maybe the tight rein of last year will payoff big time this year…looking forward to a great offensive output this year…take care

Druid City

June 8th, 2011
7:03 am

Winning SEC teams are built from front to back.

Strong lines first, then linebackers and QB’s, then backs and receivers.

Georgia is the only SEC team not built this way.

Each season, the team that wins the possession plays (3rd & short, 4th & short) wins the game.

It will be painfully obvious to knowledgeable Georgia fans again this year.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
7:04 am

I think the pass to AJ in the corner was used a lot and was always an option available for AM. I think the problem was recognition. Not thinking it was his coach saying, no matter what you see on the outside, run it up the middle.

Druid City

June 8th, 2011
7:23 am

Defensive coordinators know Richt’s checkdowns, which haven’t changed much over the last twenty years, and provide an initial formation favorable to the defense’s down and distance. Once the checkdown was achieved, the defense shifts again.

They know Richt has a poor running game, so forcing a checkdown to a run was an easy thing to do last year.

1962 DAWG

June 8th, 2011
7:50 am

Enough said about Murray being a poor performer is games against winning teams. He helped the Dawgs set a new UGA record for most games with over 30 points scored in a season. Not bad for a freshman. Several of those games were without his main reciever.
Anyone who watches the games closely could tell that our lost games could have been decided by one play going differently.
Ealey not picking up the blitz against Arkansas. Fumble against SC. Several games with those plays going the other way and we go 8-4.
Goal line fumble cost the Colorado game. maybe we go 9-3.
Defense has to step up this season and get a few 3rd down stops, and with this we have a better chance of winning the close games.
To say Murray and Bobo are the reasons for our losing is way off base.
Nobody on this blog recognizes our special teams play as one of the tops in the SEC last season, with it and our reduction of stupid penalties being a complete turnaround from the previous 2 seasons.
Everybody wants to hang on to the negatives, instead of looking at things that were much needed.
Phill Steel may be right with his prediction.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
8:22 am

“Georgia is the only SEC team not built this way.”

Wow, the only one? Out of 12, 11 are built this way, but not Georgia. That some real cutting edge research there. Thanks. Hmm Built from front to back. That’s deep. You must really know your game. can you tell us more about “checkdowns and shifts”. I know we were all blown away by your command of football strategy.

Rick S

June 8th, 2011
8:29 am

I’m sorry but I do not believe there is a trophy for effort but not winning championships. This is a problem with UGA Athletics as the majority of the fan base is satisfied with doing “better than expected” while other SEC schools are winning championships. I realize no school can win championships every year but with the talent the state of Georgia has UGA should be competing for championships in every sport on a regular basis!

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
8:37 am

I think everybody likes trophies just as much as the fans of other schools, and Rick.

Jim

June 8th, 2011
8:58 am

Show me the carfax!

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
9:13 am

You forgot #9. As In 9. I think all tech fans know what I’m talking about.

Jim

June 8th, 2011
9:15 am

Is this the carfax?

Right, let’s take a look at those accomplishments…

1. A drunken, whoring athletic director with red panties in his lap.

2. Twelve players arrested. And 41% of UGA football players are arrested during their time at UGA.

3. A player suspended for violating NCAA rules.

4. Winning the Fulmer Cup for the most players arrested.

5. Winning the title of #1 party school (i.e., the most drunken student body in the USA).

6. A sleazy assistant coach who razzes opposing players, unethical coaching conduct in violation of NCAA rules.

7. A super sleazy head coach who thinks he’s a saint, but recruits thug wannabes, gangbangers, and illiterate morons.

8. A 6-7 record despite having a team full of 4- and 5-star recruits.

DawginLex

June 8th, 2011
9:37 am

Phil Steele?

Jenkins couldn’t beat out Geathers for nose guard spot?

Jenkins played JUCO last year.

It’s ok to be a hater but try and at least use your brain.

Dawg Whisperer

June 8th, 2011
9:41 am

If the defense shows up well coached, #1 in the SEC East is more than possible.

@Jim/Fait Accompli, etc., etc....

June 8th, 2011
9:49 am

9. Will always dominate TECH.

10. Leads the nation in troll following

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 8th, 2011
9:57 am

DAWGINLEX,

I was kind of wondering about that statement also. They probably just met for the first time, when he started at UGA this week. It always amazes me of the facts some of these haters can invent to try and prove what they think is a pertinent point. Asking that guy to use his brain is probably a stretch at best.

truedawg

June 8th, 2011
10:02 am

Its always better to be ranked lower. The Dawgs always perform better as an underdog. I don’t think we can say anything about rankings til we get past Boise, and then SC. Depending on how the team’s conditioning turns out to be, I think they could be considerably better than last year. We had alot of close games last year, some came down to one play. I think the team is focused more this year. I also think there is now way the D will allow any team to run the ball against the Dawgs very well. I’m still not sure about the pass defence. But I’ll say this, IF the D can hold teams to 20 points, I can see this Dawgs team easily posting 10 wins and a trip to the dome. I just hope one of those wins is against UF!! GO DAWGS

truedawg

June 8th, 2011
10:12 am

Gotta love all the haters on here. Tech trolls need to just get over the fact they will never be a football school again. Bama, needs to worry about their own school under performing this year…AGAIN!, AU needs to worry about the NCAA taking away their Cyrstal ball… UF needs to worry about a new coach, new OC, new offense scheme, and too many players with the sticky icky…SC needs to worry that ol’ ball coach has sold out now and is doing anything to win, 10 years ago, he would have kicked that drunk Garcia off the team for good. and if ya’ll think Lattimore will be able to run the ball against UGA this year,…I hope SC has a good kicker!

Big Dawg

June 8th, 2011
10:23 am

First off it is preseason and no one other than YAHWEH, JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT knows the future and what will happen. Now having said that there is always cause for optimism as this is a new season, next some of the bad attitudes are gone, also knock on wood so far they have been staying out of trouble, there seems to be a change in coaching philosophy in that these guys were going after it in spring drills unlike the last 3 three years where they were not ready physically or mentally in some of the games especially the last 2 years. Hopefully Coach Richt will finally realize you have to be able to run the football to win and you can’t get pass happy. Also, Murray has a year of experience playing against SEC defenses and hopefully we will see more consistency from him this year. At times last year he looked unstoppable but at others he looked lost. Anyway as always it will be interesting to see, I personally think we will win our first 3 games this year and then get over confident before settleling into a pretty good year all things considered with us winning 10 or 11 games including the bowl game. But that is only my opinion.

Go Dawgs

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
10:27 am

The pass defence was noticeably better as the season progressed last year.

vadawg

June 8th, 2011
10:28 am

A dawg fan. Sorry to say but the o line is to weak between the tackles. The o linemen we signed last year and year before r hurt…one may never play again. It will probably take three class signings to rebuilded the o line. I believe coach Stacy Searels did a poor job of recruiting not to mention getting along with coach BOOBOO! These given situations r the responsibility of the head Coach..It’s possible this will be a long year for me but i will still cheer for the dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
10:34 am

The Jenkins comment ranks right up there with saying “only half the defense is back”, with 8 starters and most of the back ups returning.

BTW, who is with me that we have traded up losing Houston and gainsing J. Jones at LB?

truedawg

June 8th, 2011
10:41 am

I believe gettin Jones is better than having Houston, also Tree and RS! LB is loaded. I think the line will stop anyteam from running the ball well. Yes pass coverage did look a lil better end of the year, but I think run D is still our biggest strength.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
11:00 am

Which in turn helps the pass coverage because they aren’t having to run support. Having the faster LB helps pass coverage as well.

ugaclassof2004

June 8th, 2011
11:05 am

I like Phil Steele, but the last few years, he was been WAY off in regards to UGA. The problem with guys like Phil Steele is that they do a lot of analysis on returning starters, turnovers, strength of schedule etc., yet he doesn’t spend enough time of what is going on within the culture of a place. UGA is a program that is in transition mode. The old guard is gone( Willie, Fabris, Damon Evans) and the new guard has arrived( McGarity). If Richt goes below 8-4, he will be gone, no doubt about it. Honestly I think Evans might have fired Richt last year had he been around, but then he got canned for being a moron.McGarity didn’t have enough political capital to make that kind of high profile decision in his first year. But he does this year if Richt’s team tanks it again.

Now with all that being said UGA was probably an 8-4 caliber team in 2010 that underachieved and went 6-6. Losing AJ those first 4 games really took the wind of the season. UGA did have quite a few close losses last season, and I think if the offense had more continuity to gel with AJ in the lineup, they might have won some of those close games. South Carolina won the East last year and they probably were the best team on our division. Of course saying that is a bit like bragging about your child being the smartest kid in the special needs class. South Carolina was a good, but not great team, that chose a good year to be good.

Losing AJ and Kris Durham will be a big deal early on. Aaron Murray will really have to be the guy and Bobo with have to get creative with the playcalling( which isn’t exactly his specialty). Orson Charles and Tavarres King were pretty inconsistent last year, and we’re going to HAVE to have someone step up in the running game on a semi-consistent basis. Our defense is still a hot mess and lacks talent in its front seven to really make that 3-4 work. There is a possibility that this team could finish 8-4: especially when you consider that we play in a weak division and that many of the teams we play( Tennessee, Florida, Auburn), will also be down this year. But I really think that 8-4: with this current coaching staff and this current bunch of talent, is really the ceiling for this team.

ugaclassof2004

June 8th, 2011
11:09 am

I like Phil Steele, but the last few years, he has been WAY off in regards to UGA. The problem with guys like Phil Steele is that they do a lot of analysis on returning starters, turnovers, strength of schedule etc., yet he doesn’t spend enough time of what is going on within the culture of a place. UGA is a program that is in transition mode. The old guard is gone( Willie, Fabris, Damon Evans) and the new guard has arrived( McGarity). If Richt goes below 8-4, he will be gone, no doubt about it. Honestly I think Evans might have fired Richt last year had he been around, but then he got canned for being a moron.McGarity didn’t have enough political capital to make that kind of high profile decision in his first year. But he does this year if Richt’s team tanks it again.

Now with all that being said UGA was probably an 8-4 caliber team in 2010 that underachieved and went 6-6. Losing AJ those first 4 games really took the wind of the season. UGA did have quite a few close losses last season, and I think if the offense had more continuity to gel with AJ in the lineup, they might have won some of those close games. South Carolina won the East last year and they probably were the best team in our division. Of course saying that is a bit like bragging about your child being the smartest kid in the special needs class. South Carolina was a good, but not great team, that chose a good year to be good.

Losing AJ and Kris Durham will be a big deal early on. Aaron Murray will really have to be the guy and Bobo with have to get more creative with the playcalling( not exactly his specialty). Orson Charles and Tavarres King were pretty inconsistent last year, and we’re going to HAVE to have someone step up in the running game on a semi-consistent basis. Our defense is still a hot mess and lacks talent in its front seven to really make that 3-4 work. There is a possibility that this team could finish 8-4: especially when you consider that we play in a weak division and that many of the teams we play( Tennessee, Florida, Auburn), will also be down this year. But I really think that 8-4: with this current coaching staff and this current bunch of talent, is really the ceiling for this team.

knoxdawg

June 8th, 2011
11:37 am

Everybody is unbeaten right now. How hard this team works this summer before camp starts will have alot to do with how far they go this season. Big game to start should keep them focused. Win it and beat SC and the season could become special. Loose both and it will be rough. I believe they have the talent, the coaching, etc. They just need to make the plays and prove it to me on the field. SEC football gets better every year. Watch out for LSU now that Mettenberger is there to play QB.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
11:55 am

He probably has not factored in Richt’s religious beliefs.

Big Dawg

June 8th, 2011
12:02 pm

knoxdawg, why do you think LSU will be better with Mettenberger I saw him play in high school and several close friends of mine saw him in spring practice at UGA and they were not impressed at all with his mobility (lack of) and decision making. So unless he has undergone some miracoulous improvements he will struggle just like any other QB in their first year of being a starter. And I don’t know that he will be LSU’s starter as I haven’t kept up with them.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
12:20 pm

I saw him in the LSU spring game, and he uses his arm in a forward motion to propel a football is pretty much my report.

PolarCaps

June 8th, 2011
12:56 pm

Murray has 5 td’s against ranked teams is 0-6 vs. winning teams.

Offense is 81st in scoring against ranked teams.

Rush offense is 10th in SEC.

Has a noth'ern died yet?

June 8th, 2011
1:13 pm

Whas UP with the PUPS? Has Georgia named another mascot yet? Try German Shepards or Huskies, they might actually make it through a season.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
1:50 pm

I wonder if the “against winning teams” guy is actual the reincarnation of ol’ #39.

dawg to the bone

June 8th, 2011
2:33 pm

We will be fine boys, just watch. All the doughters will be be surprised. This will be a good year, GO DAWGS!

" HOT " seat

June 8th, 2011
2:47 pm

. . . . gotta beat Boise State in the GEORGIA Dome . . . .

Brik

June 8th, 2011
5:19 pm

MURRAY’S RECORD AGAINST LOSING TEAMS IS 6-1. AND HE COMPLETES 65% OF HIS PASSES AGAINST THESE TEAMS LIKE IDAHO STATE. THIS IS A MUCH BETTER REPRESENTATION OF MURRAY’S SKILLS THAN HOW HE DOES AGAINST WINNING TEAMS. SURE, HE’S 0-6 AGAINST WINNING TEAMS AND ONLY COMPLETES 55%, BUT THAT’S TO BE EXPECTED. UGA FINISHED RANKED #64 LAST SEASON. LOOK FOR A BIG JUMP UP TO #48.

Tech Fan

June 8th, 2011
5:26 pm

I’ve watched UGA football for over thirty years. The ball has always gone the UGA way. I say at least 8 wins. But big upset end of November.

LogicalUS

June 8th, 2011
6:33 pm

Going to be a dismal season.

Sadly UGA soundslike the Dubose BAMA, Scott SC etc…always pinning hopes on JC players and freshmen who were going to show those upperclass SEC talent a step away from going to the NFL how to play football and dominate.

Folks not going to happen, listen to yourselves, the JC DL is going to solve the horrid rushing defense, counting on a oft injured high school back to save the putrid Offense? Sad.

icedawg

June 8th, 2011
7:33 pm

The schedule is not that formidable. But no one knows how the O and D lines are going to perform. Looks like we have very good talent at a number of positions. So, if we improve greatly along the line then we should pile up a few W’s. If we’re mediocre along the line it could be another long season and the blogs will be unbearable.

UGA should do well if ............

June 8th, 2011
7:36 pm

Murray MUST LOSE those Liberty Bowl Batman gloves, if UGA is to do well. THAT set the tone for that ugly loss in Memphis. He was not serious. His line was notready, nor were his defenders or receivers and backs and we stunk it up. THAT GAME set it up for CMR ……………one way or other. No more of that.

We WILL SEE IF Murray can lead in big boy ball. His record for now is not good.

We shall see …………… this is the year one way or other.

UGA man, class of 71 & 73

Go Dawgs!

June 8th, 2011
7:51 pm

The defense was in transition last year and we lacked a key component to effectively run the 3-4 and that was a dominant NG that warrants a double team.
Look at Bama in Saban’s first year, their defensive numbers are quite similar to UGAs last year.
In year 2 they basically add Terrance Cody to the mix and viola! instant dominant defense.
We are adding TWO 1)John Jenkins who btw came from the same JC as Cody and who’s coach has said he has more upside and potential than Cody. 2)a hungry Kwame Geathers- all Dawg fans know the family and their history of producing great DLinemen. There have also been a few moves that will make this defense a lot faster and nastier. Moving Olgetree to middle LB will give us faster play up the middle and a devestating hitter there. Rambo’s move to Strong saftey will do the same and putting Commings in at FS is huge because now we have a physical FS with corner ability and instinct. Not to mention having TWO 10-100 CBs in Boykin and Smith who aren’t going to have to run with WRs nearly as long now that will be getting much more pressure up front.
On the other side of the ball I think people will be pleasantly surprised with how good T.King is going to be at WR. He may not be AJ, but he was a highly touted prospect and I think he will shine now that he’s not under AJs shadow any longer, I also like the leadership role he’s embracing and not letting the other WRs off the hook. Wooten will be a surprise and will give us a Mikey Henderson type. The big surprise will come from the dream team however in Malcom Mitchell. Look for him to come in and have an imediate impact much like MoMass did his freshman year. The jury is still out on M.Brown, but hopefully the competition will bring the best out in him.
I personally think we had more “me” players than “we” players the past couple of seasons and many players have said as much. I think Ealy’s departure is a blessing in disguise and his attitude may have rubbed off on C.King who seems to have his mind right finally.

The first two games will set the tone, and hopefully in a good way. Teams that have to open up against strong opponents early AND do well against them usually go on to have great seasons. While most teams will be knocking the dust and rust off with cupcakes UGA will be thrust right into the fire with for sure two top 15 teamd but most likely two top 10 teams depending on where SC winds up. This schedule is basically McGarity’s way of throwing his son (Richt) into the deep end of the pool and telling him to sink or swim. No other team opens up their season with two tougher 1-2 opponents NO ONE. If Richt and company come away 2-0 look out. 1-2 we’re possibly looking at 8-10 wins, 0-2 probably a long season and a new coaching change to follow.

The nice thing from a ranking standpoint is Phil Steele may be on to something, because if we knock off what will likely be the #6 and #11 teams to start the season, we WILL be in the top 10 and 9 sounds about right.

Go Dawgs!

Ed (The Original)

June 8th, 2011
8:02 pm

I’m pessimistic as long as Richt is the coach. I just don’t think he’s a very good head football coach. And without Van Gorder and rare talent like Green, Pollack and Shockley to bail him out, he’s been exposed as a mediocrity. An extremely high paid mediocrity. And Florida is so deep in Richt’s head I don’t see how he ever exorcises those demons. It’s time to try someone else.

PowerDawg

June 8th, 2011
8:51 pm

Let me save you the trouble and all that mental anguish you must be suffering, Bill.

You will be PESSIMISTIC about our team’s chances of success this year because you always are.

Here’s an idea…change your picture from a smiling one to a frowning one and take off that UGA shirt and cap. Then blog away as a neutral observer and type whatever you like. At least no one will be fooled into thinking you are a supportive fan blog.

I don’t know why you have decided that Richt is such a terrible coach and that we will never win again under his tutelage, but you have.

Seriously, man. Start writing for some of these other schools that you obviously think will forever be better than us.

Hasta la vista.

Rolo

June 8th, 2011
8:53 pm

You people are nuts. This team will be lucky to win 7 games. Its the same crowd that got kicked around last year. its the same coach afraid to go for it on 4th and inches. No Running backs to speak of. the new kid could be another Hearst, or Caleb King, the latter being most likely. The DL is like wet paper, the lbers can’t tackle anyone and the dbs are the worst I’ve ever seen at UGA.

You can make all the crazy assumptions about so and so being a stud or making a difference……but its just BS until it happens. 0-2 to start the season…..

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2011
9:25 pm

Yeah Bill, I only read this blog ’cause I thought you was a homer like me.

Pops

June 8th, 2011
9:35 pm

I’m thinking Richt’s offense was 81st in scoring against ranked teams last year. Got bout 16 a game. Spurrier’s got bout 32 a game. Richt got to go.

Pops

June 8th, 2011
10:02 pm

Don’t know win total, but do know direction of program.

88% chance Richt’s team will win less games than the year before, 12% chance they won’t.

Been right 7 out of last 8 seasons.

Richt’s teams get worse under his stewardship 7 out of 8 times.

Coach Grohbo

June 8th, 2011
10:07 pm

We are about to enter the summer season. By the time August rolls around, how many UGA players do you predict will have suspensions for the first two games?

UGA has averaged seven opening day suspensions over the last ten seasons.

Now that oversigning has been addressed by the SEC, the UGA Athletic Department will be looking for other excuses for losing.

Expect them to go back to the old reliable player suspension excuses. They are coming.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2011
10:25 pm

Pops, how much are you willing to wager that he loses 8 games?

Pitbull

June 8th, 2011
10:42 pm

Fla could start its second team against the Dawgs and still win. It’s a mental thing out of control now. Only a new Coach could change it or a new Fla inept Coach. The game last year should have cost Richt his job. A total disgrace! Coach Richt at half time, “Got to run, time for a prayer meeting”. God, “do we have to do this NOW”!

Tell the Truth

June 8th, 2011
10:59 pm

Lets get the facts out there:

In 2010 Mr. Phil Steele picked UGA to finish 19th in the country, USC at 21, Florida at 7.
The funny thing is that Phil Steele was in the bottom half of all the predictors of 2010. I would not put ANY stock into any selection made by Phil Steele.

The real test is going to be if UGA plays a handful of freshmen, how will they hold up and take the physical beatings that a player has to endure for a 14 game season? While UGA has a fine quarterback and two very good offensive linemen, the rest of the offense is full of question marks.

Until someone knocks USC off their pedestal and can stop Lattimore and Jeffries and until UGA can find a way to beat UGA in Jacksonville, 3rd place is where they will wind up.

Tell the Truth

June 8th, 2011
11:06 pm

A more realistic approach is:

East:
USC
UF/UGA/
UF/UGA
Tenn.
Kentucky
Vanderbilt

West
Ala/LSU
Ala/LSU
MSU/Ark
MSU/Ark
Auburn
Ole Miss

OVERALL

Ala/LSU
MSU/Ark
USC
Florida/UGA
Auburn
Tennessee
Kentucky
Ole Miss
Vandy

GTBob

June 8th, 2011
11:32 pm

Phil Steele has already proved he is a moron the last few years. I think UGA will be better. Maybe bottom half of the top 25, but expecting them to be a top 10 team after going 6-7, losing their best receiver, losing their second best receiver, losing their best RB, losing some key defensive players, and losing key members of the OL just seems insane.

AdMan

June 8th, 2011
11:40 pm

GTBob…your just jellous….Tech always has and always will suck…get used to it…..second tier in the ACC and a minor bowl…. Georgia will be much improved this year…they’ll beat Tech, Florida and Boise State…and lose to S.Carolina and still win the East….write it down…its gonna happen!

GTBob

June 9th, 2011
12:00 am

AdMan, it could happen, but can you give an objective reason for why it will happen? And I’m already used to Tech sucking, but at least I am realistic about Tech. Second tier and a minor bowl sounds good to me this year. Can you honestly say that you think UGA will be a top 10 team this year? Even with their weak schedule that is going to be pretty hard to accomplish.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 9th, 2011
9:12 am

I don’t think UGA will finish in the top ten, mostly due to the fact that we have a lack of experience in a few key places. I do expect that UGA can get at least 9 wins this year, and actually has a legitimate chance to win the SEC East. If UGA finishes with 9 wins, they can get a mid tier bowl and build off of that for 2012.

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
10:10 am

Well, with the percentage stat troll posting his nausea inducing stats over and over again and since our 3 best players from last year, Mettenberger, Ealey and that star QB Logan Gray are all gone, I guess I won’t bother watching the Dawgs or attending any of the games.

I keep looking for Mettenberger’s career stats since he was our top performer but I can’t seem to find any.

I’m sure Mr Percentage Troll has them and will post them shortly along with Logan Gray’s completion % and yards per carry vs the 4th string walk on scout team.

DawginLax

June 9th, 2011
10:16 am

DawginLex = Big Fat Zero.

i.e., clueless.

TROLL POWER RANKINGS

June 9th, 2011
10:18 am

DawginLax

June 9th, 2011
10:16 am
DawginLex = Big Fat Zero.

i.e., clueless.

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Personal attacks get you banned. I’d be careful.

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
10:21 am

Clueless?

I’ve forgotten more football than you know.

How many more times are you going to post those worthless stats?
How many more times are you going to spew about Ealey,Mett and Gray?

Post something worthy of discussing in an adult manner.

Otherwise, you are going to get ignored.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
11:25 am

Who would love to see Bob sit and debate college footbal teams with the moron Phil Steele?

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 9th, 2011
1:08 pm

Everybody seems to want CMR’s head but I still do not see anybody recommending a viable replacement for him yet. All I hear is Kirby Scott, and he has not had head coaching experience. With the fan base UGA has, I don’t think OJT is in the future for the next coach if the situation comes about. UGA has the money to offer any coach a good salary, but the question remains, whom do you pick if UGA does let CMR go? I realize the first thing will that will be said is CMR hadn’t been a head coach when he took the job. Simply fact though, is he had been an assistant for 11 years prior to getting the job, and he learned under a pretty good head coach. He was ready for the job.

Jackson

June 9th, 2011
6:11 pm

Simply put, Richt’s success early in his tenure was a product of two things. 1) stout defense and 2) a legitimate running attack. Over the past 5 years, both of those have suffered. Recently, the emphasis has been put on a lack of depth on the OL and no proven running back. The question is did we improve where we needed to improve. Defense is only going to get better in the 2nd year. Although I have concerns at safety, the front seven are going to be scary good. When your front seven is that good, it will mask potential secondary problems. 2) running attack. I have no idea how Friend will turn out but he has to be better than Searls… Thank you Texas… Friend is coming over from UAB…. whose Head Coach happened to be the last good O line coach we had. So although the jury is still out on the O line, the defense will be better which means more opportunities for the offense. More opportunities converts into more scoring chances and a lower scoring affair. A 6-7 season is not in the cards this year. If it is not 10-3, I would be shocked.

PowerDawg

June 9th, 2011
9:33 pm

South Cry-olina wins the eastern division title in 2010…for the first and only time since it joined the SEC… and now their fans actually think they are going to be the “team to beat” from now on.

Give me a break.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 10th, 2011
7:54 am

PowerDawg,

Agree with you there my friend. I don’t know of many 1 year dynasties in history. Let’s face it, they had 5 loses, and that should tell you something right there. Win it like 4 or 5 times in a row and then you can talk about starting a dynasty.

swampjacket

June 11th, 2011
10:02 am

Steele had UGA 19th and UF 7th last pre-season….So he’s the guru you’re bankin’ on??????

That Guy

June 11th, 2011
10:17 am

In your spring highlights how do you not have the UGA men’s tennis team and its Final Four appearance?