Dawgs need to take care of business against Vandy

If Mike Bobo isn't in "ball control" mode by the third quarter, Georgia will be in trouble. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

If Mike Bobo isn't in "ball control" mode by the third quarter, Georgia will be in trouble. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Playing Vanderbilt in Nashville Saturday is one of those “no respect” situations for Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs.

UGA is expected to win over the SEC’s designated jabroni, but other than notching another East Division victory it’s not going to do the Dogs much good in terms of getting back into that elusive national spotlight. If beating Tennessee in Knoxville couldn’t get the Dogs into the Top 25, it’s hard to see a win over Vandy accomplishing that feat.

Let’s face it, if the Dogs win big, as could certainly happen against a Commodores team that’s gone two games without scoring a touchdown, the reaction will be, “So what? It’s only Vanderbilt.”

Should Georgia struggle any against a decent Vandy defense, which does lead the country in interceptions with 14, it will merely reinforce the image of the Dogs as a team that can’t put away a lesser opponent.

And if the Georgia offense, defense and special teams all were to suffer an improbable implosion and the Dores somehow got one of their occasional wins in this series, well, things would get awfully ugly in Athens.

That’s not very likely, though. Probably what we’ll see Saturday is Georgia get up by two or three scores and then Mike Bobo will hand the game to Todd Grantham to finish off. And in this instance that shouldn’t draw many fan complaints. This isn’t a game where you want Georgia’s starters still on the field in the fourth quarter.

So what would I like to see Saturday while the first string is in the game? Aaron Murray and Tavarres King finally getting their timing right and connecting on a couple of long balls would be nice. Isaiah Crowell having a solid day while not getting any more banged up would be good, too. And backup QB Hutson Mason getting some playing time would be good for him as a player and also would mean the game is well in hand. Defensively, I’d just like to see Georgia continue the progress it’s shown in every game since that dismal opener in the Dome.

No one should pretend to be excited about a win over Vandy. But if the Dogs come out ready to play and take care of business, Georgia fans should be happy … even if it doesn’t impress anyone else.

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Eaassyy

October 13th, 2011
10:47 am

No interceptions please

Eaassyy

October 13th, 2011
10:49 am

What is the deal with Ken Malcome? Is he really still injured or just really behind where he needs to be and not that good?

McDawg

October 13th, 2011
10:49 am

big challenge for our offense hopefully our line will progress

these 7:00 games blow

Whaw!

October 13th, 2011
10:50 am

They will take care of business. They will not let Vandy beat them with a bye week and a huge showdown with Florida that could make their season the following week. Georgia will crush Vandy.

JaxDawg05

October 13th, 2011
10:51 am

Like to see the UGA offense click early and often and let Mason and others get some reps in the second half.

Frank Lane

October 13th, 2011
10:57 am

Glad to see someone finally focusing on the next game instead of talking about Florida. We have to win this, then take a rest and start focusing on getting everyone back for Florida.

JaxDawg

October 13th, 2011
10:58 am

A win in the SEC is still a win. And coming out of the game without any injuries will only be a plus. Take care of Vandy and turn your attention to the Gaytors. I’m tired of hearing them yap. Go Dawgs!

JEM

October 13th, 2011
11:00 am

In my humble opinion, at this point polls don’t matter at all. Most would argue perception or whatever, but the goal is a chance to win the SEC.

I’m good with winning the remaining of our games 3-0 with Murray throwing 54347 INTs and the defense giving up 83433577863 yards. All that matters is the W. In the immortal words of Al Davis “Just win baby!”

If we win the rest of our games that puts us in a position to play in the SEC championship and THAT’S the goal. Being ranked in the top 5,10,15 or whatever would be icing on the cake and probably a byproduct of playing for the SEC Championship.

Even though we would most likely get killed, I’ll always prefer at least a chance to win the title then winning 56-0 over Vandy.

schmeckdawg

October 13th, 2011
11:02 am

I think CMR and everybody else involved with the team knows that there can be no more slip ups if we want to get back to The Dome so I do not expect the DAWGS to be complacent whatsoever.

If they come on flat or feeling entitled against an inferior team, then shame on them!!!!

Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hankie Aron

October 13th, 2011
11:04 am

Bill,
You seem more confident of a Dawg victory this week than in any with the exception of Coastal Carolina and we al assumed that one. I know the Dawgs are starting to begin to turn the corner but I’ll just say the Dawgs have no excuse for losing this one, even in Nashville.

Hankie Aron

October 13th, 2011
11:06 am

Then again maybe we are saying the same exact thing. GO DAWGS

chilidawg

October 13th, 2011
11:07 am

Well, there’s a newsflash from The Desk of the Blatantly Obvious.

sogadog

October 13th, 2011
11:08 am

Vandy is aggressively recruiting the state of Georgia and making inroads. Therefore, CMR and the Dawgs should make every effort to administer a beat down on Vandy. Bobo should keep his foot on the gas instead of dangerously sitting on leads. Murray also has to take care of the ball given Vandy’s ability to intercept and his propensity to get wild with the ball.

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
11:08 am

The game is in Nashville at night and they will be amped up

I say play it close to the vest and let the defense do their thing and don’t turn the ball over

It would be nice to get up 14-0 or 21-0 and let Mason play with the 1st teamers.

I expect Vandy’s coach to try and get real creative on offense because they won’t be able to just line up and drive downfield on us in a traditional way. Look for lots of trick stuff and misdirection to try and get us out of position. They will probably throw it 40 times.

I say 27-10 Dawgs

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
11:12 am

I won’t “pretend” Bill. I am genuinely excited when my Georgia team wins.

gomdawg

October 13th, 2011
11:15 am

GEORGIA’S JUNKYARD DAWGS

gomdawg

October 13th, 2011
11:18 am

WATCH FOR TRICK PLAYS ???????????????????????

ATLDawg

October 13th, 2011
11:20 am

I really enjoy your use of the word jabroni.

Newman

October 13th, 2011
11:20 am

One game at a time.

Whaw!

October 13th, 2011
11:24 am

We will beat Florida this year, there’s no question about that…but the intensity of the beatdown will depend on Brantley’s ability to play. If he can’t go, Georgia will whoop Florida, if he can, Georgia will still win, but it could be close. I think Florida sucks.

McDawg

October 13th, 2011
11:27 am

why does everyone seem to think this will be a cake walk?

everyhting i have seen and read Vandy’s D is better than UT and our line hardly dominated the Vols

All that is good and decent... and that includes nothing in Athens

October 13th, 2011
11:30 am

Vanderbilt Commodores 28, Georgia Correctional and Potty Training Institute 24

JDawg1785

October 13th, 2011
11:31 am

I’m happy with any Georgia win. Go Dawgs!

Barbarossa Nell

October 13th, 2011
11:33 am

It’s common knowledge and an unquestioned fact that UGA head football coach Mark Richt has brought shame on the state of Georgia and made an embarrassing laughingstock of the state’s largest university. Even the most avid UGA fans understand this even when they won’t acknowledge it, bless their hearts. :-)

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
11:37 am

Jan Kemp was a deeply disturbed woman who led a life to which no rational human being would aspire. Consider: two suicide attempts, once by pills and once by stabbing herself multiple times in the chest with a butcher knife. She spent stretches in psychiatric wards and went to jail for almost a year for contempt of court. The rumors out there are much, much worse. But really, you don’t need to get into any of the rumor and innuendo to conclude that this woman had serious problems. Actually, given the climate in Athens in the early 80s, you’d have to be crazy to call out UGA on academic preferences for football players. That may be proof enough right there that she was nuts.

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for you barbarossa

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
11:38 am

Disappearing troll list

Colonel Reb
MS Bully
Rock E Topp
Dogs smell

Coming attractions

Vandy rules
All that is good and decent

After this weekend, list grows

Had It

October 13th, 2011
11:40 am

Just how many cupcake games is UGA gonna play???????

djdawg

October 13th, 2011
11:41 am

@Barbarossa Nell

Its common knowledge and an unguestioned fact, you are an idiot!!

hop

October 13th, 2011
11:43 am

For the first time, since the DAWGS had a good defensive coach our defense is one of the
best in the country.

If georiga plays their usual game, they will stop the vandy offense in their tracks.

lets hope murray does not throw many passes and run the ball.

Georgia should be able to control the line of scrimmage and wear out the vandy team.

duronimo

October 13th, 2011
11:47 am

Bill, you are probably right. “Get up by a couple of touchdowns and hand it off to Grantham”. I believe this “sit on the lead mentality” wastes valuable “practice” time against a real opponent. What’s wrong with, as you indicate putting in Mason, letting him get in some game experience with other non-starters. Why waste an opportunity to build game tested depth? Also the fans pay to see a full game not 1/2 game. It’s a lot more aggressive to put teams away than to go try keep them from coming back.

funny...

October 13th, 2011
11:47 am

Hutson Mason will be in Knoxville by Georgia’s bowl game.

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
11:48 am

Seems like the schedule has been published a while for anyone who can read.

funny...

October 13th, 2011
11:49 am

Mason is not staying around Athens after Richt promised playing time if Murray struggles and then not giving it to him.

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
11:50 am

Since when does “putting teams away” not include outscoring them, outplaying them, and beating them?

funny...

October 13th, 2011
11:50 am

Georgia 21
Vandy 13

In a game where Georgia dominates everywhere except the score.

David Granger

October 13th, 2011
11:50 am

Even playing a “no respect” game is no excuse not to show a little self-respect.
A few years ago, we barely beat Vandy in the final seconds. And the players ended up jumping and stomping around on their logo at midfield, acting like that damn FSU scum…as if needing a last-second field goal to beat Vanderbilt is something to celebrate.
A lot of us knew right then there was something wrong in the mind-set at Georgia.

TampaDawg

October 13th, 2011
11:56 am

Barbarossa Nell

October 13th, 2011
11:33 am

It’s common knowledge and an unquestioned fact that UGA head football coach Mark Richt has brought shame on the state of Georgia and made an embarrassing laughingstock of the state’s largest university. Even the most avid UGA fans understand this even when they won’t acknowledge it, bless their hearts. :-)
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It’s common knowledge and an unquestioned fact that you have NO FACTS, just spewed hate towards someone you know NOTHING about. Have a nice day.

bill

October 13th, 2011
11:58 am

These Bulldogs don’t crush ANY SEC teams…only CC & upcoming NMS…but it’s all empty talk until we beat the Gators. Richt needs to start inproving his “stellar” 2-8 record against the Reptiles, or be gone!!!

Joey

October 13th, 2011
11:59 am

Vandy will probably take a page out of Nutt’s gameplan vs UGA a couple weeks back, and try anything and everything they can to score.

Better have the special teams ready . . .

TampaDawg

October 13th, 2011
12:00 pm

Had It

October 13th, 2011
11:40 am

Just how many cupcake games is UGA gonna play???????
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Well, UGA could move to the ACC and have a complete cupcake schedule. It’s just the games on the schedule dude. But thanks for coming on here to bash UGA without manning up and naming your own team.

duronimo

October 13th, 2011
12:02 pm

Barbarossa Nell …. Richt is just a football coach. As good man as compared to the foul mouthed Saban for example. “Bringing disgrace on Georgia?” You have confused him with our politicians or maybe a number of Sheriffs in Georgia over the years caught dealing drugs. Georgia being one of the fattest states in the Nation. Now there’s a disgrace. Then we could go to those teachers helping their students to cheat to appease some federal bureaucracy. Ok this is just too easy. Don’t always agree with his coaching but Richt seems like a decent man.

Joey

October 13th, 2011
12:03 pm

“Just how many cupcake games is UGA gonna play???????”
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This will be the last one, until the game right after Thanksgiving.

Thank goodness we’ll have a breather before the post-season . . .

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

Anybody else see MSU helping us with SC?

A couple of folks like scout and ESPN are predicting an upset.

MSU can’t stop the run so I don’t see it.

TampaDawg

October 13th, 2011
12:09 pm

Lex, MSU can’t stop the run but that didn’t stop us from almost beating SC either. And SC can’t stop the run themselves so it could be a good matchup especially in light of the recent Garcia move. Unless Spurrier changed the ADs mind and brought him back for winning purposes.

Whaw!

October 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

I think SC will beat MSU, but SC will not win their remaining SEC games. They still have to play Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida. I don’t see them winning all 3 of those. We basically control our own destiny because SC ain’t winning out. If we can beat Vandy, Florida, Auburn & Kentucky, we will go to the SEC championship.

Whaw!

October 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

I see SC losing to Arkansas and Florida. All Georgia has to do is take care of business against not so tough SEC competition, and we’re there. Alabama or LSU will be waiting but does anybody remember the last time UGA played LSU in the SEC title game? I do :)

Desert Fox

October 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

The dawgs D is playing well and should be able to stop Vandy’s run game. If Vandy has to pass look for the dawgs to get some int’s provided there’s enough pressure on their QB. It’s Vandy’s defensive backfield and LB’s that may give Murray fits if he’sot careful w/the ball. If GA can run the ball effectively and mix in a few well placed passes should be enough to minimize pick’s by the vandy D. Throw into a crowd and that could be trouble for GA.

GA should come out of nashville w/a W but more important no major injuries going into the FL game.

Whaw!

October 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

Oh and Mark Richt has only lost to Bama one time since he’s been here.

Alabama will not make the SEC title game. LSU will. LSU is a better team than Bama.

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

There is nothing like that 7th reinstatement to really change a kid.

Murphy

October 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

I hope Vandy doesnt read this article.Talking about counting chickens before they are hatched!! Come on this is Vandy(who we always struggle with) and still an un proven Richt squad.How bout this-Lets just win and move on.