A few reasons Georgia Bulldogs fans should feel great (or not)

Isaiah Crowell showed some nifty moves again Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Isaiah Crowell showed some nifty moves again Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A few more reflections on why a Georgia Bulldogs fan should feel great after the win over Mississippi State …

Isaiah Crowell might have a long way to go in terms of SEC caliber stamina, and he’s also still looking for his first long touchdown run after Saturday’s apparent 49-yard scamper was ruled out of bounds. But he’s already shown he has the moves to be a big-time running back. His elusiveness on that erstwhile scoring run brought quite a few wows from the crowd. …

The defense continues to impress and improve, breaking up more passes in the past couple of weeks than a Bulldog fan can remember seeing in a long time. …

Brandon Boykin returning punts as well as kickoffs is a smart move on the part of the Georgia coaching staff. He had two nice returns Saturday and it’s a pretty safe bet he’s going to break another long one all the way sometime soon. …

One of the big reasons the D is looking so good lately is Sanders Commings, who against MSU had three tackles, returned a fumble, snagged an interception and broke up two other passes that he almost (and perhaps should have) intercepted, one of which he easily could have scored on. …

It was great seeing Christian Robinson back on the field calling the defensive signals in the two-minute defense and on third downs. …

And thanks to the losses Saturday by South Carolina and Florida, the Dawgs still have more to play for than just pride.

Too bad Cornelius Washington didn't confine his celebrating to the field Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin /AJC)

Too bad Cornelius Washington didn't confine his celebrating to the field Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin /AJC)

Of course, there are also a few reasons for Dogs fans still to feel a bit uneasy …

The continuing struggles of the field goal unit and the second-half disappearing act of the offense for the second straight week. …

The sneaking suspicion that Mark Richt continuing to show a lack of faith in his offense in short-yardage situations might be turning into a self-fulfilling prophecy. At least Richt understood the boos after he opted to go for a field goal on fourth-and-short only to see the kick muffed. “If I was up in the stands, I wouldn’t have too thrilled about those couple of plays either,” he said.

Cornelius Washington’s celebrating of his best game as a Dog lasting a bit too long, resulting in him being suspended for the next two games just as he was really starting to click as a pass-rusher. …

CBS’ Gary Danielson saying that Saturday’s results leave Georgia “in the driver’s seat” in the SEC East. True or not, I’d much rather the Dogs continue operating under the radar of the national sports media for now. …

And after a glorious fall day in Athens, I wasn’t the only fan lamenting that the schedule will keep the Dogs away from Sanford Stadium for the next five weeks, meaning no more home games during the absolutely best month of football weather.

What has you feeling good or not so good about the Dawgs at this point in the season?

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Still@theBar

October 3rd, 2011
3:56 pm

WDE…………….True.
You know I am a Tech fan and UGA could be looking at a TUFF game(L) then SEC CG (L) and a Big Bowl(L) too. TECH could be looking at the same thing too.

Top Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
4:19 pm

@Alphare,…GA Athletic Association is self supporting…they’ve got more money than God….are you jealous? Your lame taxpayer BS to bash GA is about as moronic as they come.

Top Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
4:21 pm

So why are you on a GA fan blog? Simply to be a juvenile GA basher? Point proven

DIT

October 3rd, 2011
4:27 pm

Heck, I’ll give tech their due credit. They should only have 2 losses coming into the UGA game.
It will be a tough game on the 26th. In honest, I’m just worried about UT right now. Knoxville has given us fits the past couple of times there.

LOL

October 3rd, 2011
4:29 pm

Dawg Rule, dont count on it, Richt had a losing record against Ron Zook.

Grim Reaper

October 3rd, 2011
4:35 pm

Washington is a perfect example of the adage “You reap what you sow.” As long as Mark Richt continues to recruit low class morons like Washington, he’ll continue to have DUIs, driving on suspended licenses, bar fights, abusers of women, etc. And most of these punks can’t even pass remedial studies.

Sleazemeister Richt gets exactly what he deserves.

Still@theBar

October 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

TOP DAWG………..the sane reason UGA fans get on the TECH Blogs/Articles year round. You might not do it or USE the same TOP DAWG name but plenty of Dawgs are on the TECH blogs. Please don’t act as if it never happens.

Part of the FAULT lies with the AJC by not only allowing 1 Blog Handle/ email address.
And the ACJ shouldn’t be able to BAN 4 Life a Blogger either. A few weeks off is enough, but the AJC is week and has rules like the U.S. Congress. WE make rules for YOU, but WE can do/say what WE want.

John

October 3rd, 2011
4:54 pm

Some kids max out the upside of their talent as a senior in high school. Murray is one of them, not saying he will not continue to add experience, its just his abilities are maxed out. He will be at best a “game manager” (See Matt Ryan) you won’t win a championship with him, but will look at least “respectable”.

long road...

October 3rd, 2011
5:02 pm

As much as I would like to give you dawgs fans hope, If you do make it to atlanta, and bama is there, you will get destroyed…and you know this…I will be shocked if you manage to hold put 14 points on the field against tennessee…good luck holding onto the dip spit covered bandwagon…

Gator Man

October 3rd, 2011
5:06 pm

Let see Georgia beat 3 teams all with a combine 3 wins, you dont play AL, LSU, Ark and you idiots in Georgia are asking should you feel good? and you wonder why most people in the Sec hates Georiga””’

Top Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
5:07 pm

@still@thebar…..Those people are idiots also….anybody that goes to another teams blog just to insult are juvenile morons.
I call them out in here. Are you one, trying to make excuses for that behavior?
Normal people don’t do that….Come in and have a normal dialogue. That is legitimate.
All else is moronic, juvenile, etc.

Luckie

October 3rd, 2011
5:08 pm

Can’t wait for the Bama defense to knock Crowell out of the game after a total of 5 rushing yards. Remember the great Knowshon Moreno vs Bama 2008 Black-Out game? He sprinted like a chetah during pregame begging the crowd for more noise. Once the real game started he finished with a whimper and 17 yards.

J

October 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Ga Southern all the way GATA!

beanster

October 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

that could only happen in Atlanta, pal

J

October 3rd, 2011
5:16 pm

I would post on a Ga Southern blog but the idiots at the AJC don’t have one

swampdawg

October 3rd, 2011
5:18 pm

In the first half Sat., we run most of our offensive plays out of the I-formation. This kept Miss. State on their heals. The I keeps the defense honest. The linebackers have to respect the run first, and it gives the quaterback an extra second on pass plays. Bobo almost completely abanded the I in the second half.

swampdawg

October 3rd, 2011
5:21 pm

Please forgive my grammer, I know its ran

beanster

October 3rd, 2011
5:21 pm

“and you wonder why most people in the Sec hates Georiga””’ ”

Had no idea you were appointed speaker for the SEC. If there’s one school that is not like the others in the SEC, it is UF.

Still@theBar

October 3rd, 2011
5:21 pm

TOP Dawg yes I do…………..BUT because of the AJC’s blogging rules it is easy to do and stand on the sidelines and act like it is not ME.

Tech Buzz

October 3rd, 2011
5:24 pm

Ga’s not beating tennessee or florida—forget that thought. Tech will beat Ga this year easy—-book it. Tech’s offense may be the best in the country. Ga will end up in another minor bowl, somewhere cold. but, keep richt–he’s a missionary.

Still@theBar

October 3rd, 2011
5:24 pm

TOP DAWG the same can be said for UGA fans at the games with their actions! Agree or disagree. Wait until the UGA fans invade the ISLANDS for the Gator game before you get back to me on that one.

beanster

October 3rd, 2011
5:26 pm

Ah, Florida. It’s the reason for the existence of the phrase “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

You can't be serious!

October 3rd, 2011
5:26 pm

USC has 1 loss. UGA has 1 loss, to USC. How does that put UGA in the SEC East driver’s seat?

And to compare UGA to Bama and LSU. Is there no end to UGA fan self-delusion?

Still@theBar

October 3rd, 2011
5:27 pm

Tech Buzz…………..you are a fool. The gators lost their QB…………..the Vols game should be interesting with the situation in coaching and players, but it is still a 100 yard field with refs and mistakes. The GAME has to be PLAYED. If we knew what would happen Nov.26 on Aug. 23 VEGAS would be out of business.

bdawg

October 3rd, 2011
5:28 pm

Well Aaron Murray looks very average and our DB’s need to learn to catch the football. They dropped 3 pick sixes sat. But the D is looking great other than that!!

Still@theBar

October 3rd, 2011
5:29 pm

You can’t be serious!

ARE YOU STUPID?
Look at the UGA, Gator, Vols, and USC schedule. UGA and RUSS can walk in the Backdoor looking UGly and be in the DOME easy.

reality

October 3rd, 2011
5:36 pm

Whaw!, Ralph Wake up and smell the coffee ya’ll beat MSU… yes unranked Mississippi State! You need to realize that the SEC west will roll any SEC east team let alone the pups. As long as you have CMR and BoBo ya’ll are screwed… Good luck against UF even with a freshmen QB ya’ll will find a way to lose. It’s a proven fact that Florida owns the pups… You guys have a long season ahead of you! And don’t over look Vandy… they’ll hit you in the mouth when your looking ahead…! ha ha ha!

beanster

October 3rd, 2011
5:41 pm

How do y’all know Brantley won’t be able to go against UGA…just shy of 4 weeks from now???

LakeDawg

October 3rd, 2011
5:49 pm

To respond to a couple of comments. I don’t care if UGA gets blown out by Bama in the Dome. I just want to get there this year.

It really doesn’t matter if Brantley plays in Jax or not. By that time Driscoll and Brantley will probably be an either/or proposition anyway.

UGA=Dumb Rednecks fans who mutts has not beat a ranked team in 2 years

October 3rd, 2011
5:50 pm

Who had UGA beat? NOBODY! NOT RANKED EITHER! HAHA KEEP DRINKING THE KOOL AID DUMB REDNECKS!

UGA=Dumb Rednecks fans who mutts has not beat a ranked team in 2 years

October 3rd, 2011
6:00 pm

As always georgia can not win the east, the fans wants other teams to lose so georgia can back their way in. stay classy georgia.

beanster

October 3rd, 2011
6:01 pm

Amen LakeDawg. IF, and it’s a big IF, UGA gets to the Dome, this season will be a big success and much more than we expected after the drubbing we got from Boise.

beanster

October 3rd, 2011
6:06 pm

UGA = Dumb Rednecks — Judging by your p!ss poor use of the English language, you have no room to call anyone dumb. My guess is that you never went to college. Right champ?

Desert Fox

October 3rd, 2011
6:28 pm

Top Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm
“Desert Fox, it’s called executing the plays…..sometimes people forget to give credit to the other team…..and try to find scapegoats if their team doesn’t execute every play of every game to their expected results.”

Top. I respectively disagree. I would agree if GA was consistent in executing their running game. But they have trouble doing it and have been that way for past several seasons. What pulls GA’s bacon outta the fire is their passing game, not running, especially against SEC teams. When Bobo makes comments about running the clock at the beginning of the 2d half its nonsense. They executed well in the first half because they threw the ball. Their 1st TD consisted of one run then a pass to the TE for a TD. Why take your foot off the pedal in the beginning of the 2d half to run the clock?? You run clock at the end of the game not the 2d qtr and thats what Bobo tried to do and look at the results in the 2d half, 3 points.

If something is working you keep doing it until it stops then adjust. Why put your team in a position of failure so early in the 2d half. GA is too inconsistent in the running game to run clock at such an early stage in the game. If they want to put a fork in the opponent (as CMR has noted) do what works on Offense that got the lead before depending on running clock way too early in the game.

treyisgeorgia

October 3rd, 2011
6:40 pm

Guy’s seriously slow down here… unfortunately Georgia hasn’t beaten honestly that are worth a damn… yes they won the last couple of weeks against Ole Miss and MSU; but, remember they only won by 2 td’s… Now I will preface this by saying they should have won each game by 35, they did dominate each team. What is disturbing is the lack of a killer instinct to just put your foot on their throat when they are down. Bama or LSU wouldn’t let up remember that. They still can’t run consistently and the offensive play calling is inconsistent at best. The next 3wks leading up to Florida will determine any change’s- hint Bobo get your act together…

BG

October 3rd, 2011
6:42 pm

Bill name another team in the SEC that would suspend a player 2 games for getting a DUI. This would not happen at Bama,Auburn,UT(lol),UF or Carolina.

Harry Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
6:55 pm

What has me feeling good about the Dogs? The fact that RIcht has at most 2 years to fix the “issue” with the offense!

old dawg

October 3rd, 2011
6:58 pm

defense is looking great. i would like to hear from someone who knows what is going on in the offense to explain why they have a collective brain fade inside the 30 yard line? please spare us the bash bobo comments or the koolaid line that the o-line is young and thin. alabama and lsu reload, and i don’t hear them whining about youth.
is it the plays from the OC, checkdowns from the QB, o-line don’t know where to go and what to do, receivers don’t know their routes. if so, why? they changed out the line coach. they have receivers with 3 years in the program (they should know the system).
the best performing receivers are freshmen. where are the 3 year boys with game experience?
the offense can get down the field, but at the 30, they seem to get weak kneed and get a big case of the stupids.
why?

treyisgeorgia

October 3rd, 2011
7:05 pm

Gator Man

October 3rd, 2011
5:06 pm

Let see Georgia beat 3 teams all with a combine 3 wins, you dont play AL, LSU, Ark and you idiots in Georgia are asking should you feel good? and you wonder why most people in the Sec hates Georiga””’

Seriously DUDE- outside of Bama who in the hell have you played up to this point… give it a rest both teams have you to be tested though, GA for the most part beat themself in the SCar game and under estimated BState… for both teams the next 3wks with shake everything out…

GR82BAG8R

October 3rd, 2011
7:16 pm

Until Tech beats UGA again, Tech fans have no business coming on a UGA blog and bragging about what they are going to do to the Bulldogs. Until Tech can win another bowl game, Tech fans should not be having delusions of grand rankings.

Simple advice – - do it on the field, then crow about it. Until then, keep quiet.

Rydaldog

October 3rd, 2011
7:32 pm

Look I don’t feel any comfort until we have beaten Tennesee on the road ! Only then will I have some comfort ! Once again we lose a player to suspension. Why is he suspended if he is not convicted ? Suspend him for the Vandervilt and New Mexico state games ! I don’t understand why these players continue to get DUI’s ! How about telling the players not to drink until after the season. I think it is a STUPID POLICY to suspend them for games. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE HERE ON A SCHOLARSHIP! They are no good to the university unless they play ! Make them do after school work, make them lose a starting position ! This policy is obviously not working ! We just lose games.

01HAWK

October 3rd, 2011
7:46 pm

RALPH………………………You have been smoking WEED or something stronger with the below comments. Apparently you have not seen the physical players BAMA has. Maybe stronger and faster than Florida maybe, but not BAMA…………………..That KOOL AID must be really good SPIKED.

UGA is stronger and faster than Bama and Flordia. 90% chance UGA wins SEC and gets a shot for national championship but their wins against Gators and Tide must be double digits. Richt will be given a contract extension next Sunday to help with recruiting.

01HAWK

October 3rd, 2011
7:48 pm

With 2 losses UGA will not get a chance to go to the BCS Championship.

RALPH……………………………..You know nothing about College Football.

You said it...

October 3rd, 2011
8:10 pm

Fred

October 2nd, 2011
10:27 pm
Our defense is the real deal! Todd Grantham only has one recruiting class under his belt and we are becoming a really fine defense! The best is yet to come for the Dawgs! We just need to be patient! I know everyone gets tired of telling themselves that including me! DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS! JUST ASK ALABAMA

UGA’s defense is not Alabama’s , LSU’s or Florida’s defense. Not even in the same class.

Keep Believing though!

scrambledog

October 3rd, 2011
8:10 pm

Passing Offense
Arkansas 351.8
Tennessee 336.5
Georgia 237.6
Alabama 208.2
Florida 203.6
Mississippi State 199.2
Auburn 184
LSU 177
South Carolina 174.6
Ole Miss 158.6
Kentucky 139.4
Vanderbilt 124.2

Rushing Offense
Alabama 229.8
Florida 210.2
South Carolina 197.4
Auburn 186.6
Mississippi State 185.2
Georgia 176.2
LSU 172.6
Vanderbilt 133.8
Arkansas 120
Ole Miss 116.6
Kentucky 116.2
Tennessee 111

Total Offense
Arkansas 471.8
Tennessee 447.5
Alabama 438
Georgia 413.8
Florida 413.8
Mississippi State 384.4
South Carolina 372
Auburn 370.6
LSU 349.6
Ole Miss 275.2
Vanderbilt 258
Kentucky 255.6

Passing Defense
South Carolina 150.8
Georgia 151.6
Alabama 152
Kentucky 163.6
Florida 168.2
Vanderbilt 182.2
Mississippi State 189
Tennessee 198.5
LSU 201.8
Ole Miss 215.4
Arkansas 220.2
Auburn 232.8

Rushing Defense
Alabama 39.6
LSU 60.4
Florida 90.4
Vanderbilt 97
Georgia 107
Tennessee 139.8
South Carolina 159.4
Mississippi State 161.8
Arkansas 168.2
Ole Miss 193
Kentucky 198.8
Auburn 207

Total Defense
Alabama 191.6
Georgia 258.6
Florida 258.6
LSU 262.2
Vanderbilt 279.2
South Carolina 310.2
Tennessee 338.2
Mississippi State 350.8
Kentucky 362.4
Arkansas 388.4
Ole Miss 408.4
Auburn 439.8

Turnover Margin
LSU +9
Vanderbilt +7
Mississippi State +3
Georgia +2
Auburn +2
Ole Miss +1
South Carolina +1
Alabama +1
Tennessee -1
Florida -2
Kentucky -2
Arkansas -4

Kick Off Return Average
Alabama 30
Auburn 25.5
Georgia 24.5
LSU 24.3
Arkansas 23.9
Florida 22.9
Vanderbilt 21.7
Tennessee 21.7
Kentucky 21.4
South Carolina 20.9
Ole Miss 19.9
Mississippi State 15.9

Punt Return Average
Ole Miss 31.7
Alabama 14.9
Arkansas 13.6
Mississippi State 12.6
South Carolina 10.4
Florida 10.1
Tennessee 8.8
Georgia 7.8
LSU 7.7
Vanderbilt 6.5
Auburn 6.2
Kentucky 2.1

Statistics from secsports.com

You said it...

October 3rd, 2011
8:21 pm

Go to Sagarins updated football rankings. The most interesting is the projected column at the end of the spreadsheet. The projected numbers may suprise some.

PigIron

October 3rd, 2011
8:37 pm

old dawg
October 3rd, 2011
6:58 pm

“the offense can get down the field, but at the 30, they seem to get weak kneed and get a big case of the stupids.

why?”

That usually indicates the lack of a consistent short-yardage running game.

Ringleader

October 3rd, 2011
8:54 pm

BG……………Alabama, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Arkansas and Tennessee have NO suspension policy for a DUI; Vanderbilt does not have
an athletic administrator to suspend you for anything.

PigIron

October 3rd, 2011
8:58 pm

The best thing that Dawg fans could say about this DUI is nothing.

C white

October 3rd, 2011
9:17 pm

I think if you think uga is the same team that played at the being of the year then u need to kill your self cause u no nothing about football at all no team is the same and yes CW gone for two weeks going to hurt but we got to get tur it and we will be ready for UF and if you think bama just going to run tur uga u got to be high it the year we save CMR job next year we run Bama,UF,SC,A & M and who every els and get mike bobo out of here or back to just workin with the qb.