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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Joey

October 13th, 2011
2:14 pm

That’s (Ole Miss getting lucky) the reason for keeping one’s foot on the gas, Hey UGA. And Bobo does, according to Richt, get “ultra conservative in the 4th Q.”

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

To lose to FL this year would be the biggest joke of all

FL is pathetic and has a new coaching staff

there is no excuse in losing to FL this year none

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

Funny, I don’t recall saying we had a good offensive game against Boise. Thanks for informing me of what I think.

harold

October 13th, 2011
2:16 pm

THIS GAME WILL BE A CAKE WALK. IF RICHT LOOSES THIS ONE THEY SHOULD FIRE HIM AFTER THE GAME!

Shrimp N Grits

October 13th, 2011
2:16 pm

I could care less about “national exposure.” Make it to the SEC championship game and there will be plenty of exposure.

Whether it is by 1 or 50, just win the darn game.

To the poster who complained about the offense shutting it down in the fourth quarter. That is how you win the game. Eat the clock and play good defense. DUH!!!!!!! Who cares about “the fans paying good money?” I’m sure the fans would rather see a well executed strategy that includes a W, then see us throw pick-6s and allow the other team back into the game. I take it this is your first year watching any kind of football. Good grief!

Go Dawgs!

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:16 pm

@ Had it…. on page 1… I wish we could change our schedule in mid-season and schedule tougher teams but it “ain’t” how it works… Our schedule perks up after the week off…. stay tuned…

BEAT VANDY!!!!

strength of schedule

October 13th, 2011
2:17 pm

UGA plays UF and Auburn
SC plays UF and Arkansas

I predict that both teams split these games, and SC goes to the championship game vs. LSU, by virtue of the tiebreaker over UGA.

that being said, this is the SEC it’s a weekly grind and SC has to travel to Miss St and UT, which aren’t gimmes

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:18 pm

@Shrimp N Grits… good Post! Remember Tony Romo of the Cowboys losing a 21 pt lead recently in the 2nd half by throwing it all over the field….. Talk about a moral dump…..

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:20 pm

@strength of schedule… we beat Vandy and with our week off we get 4+ stud players back in the fold and we may just run the table with this Defense… Best one since the Van Gorder days…

MARK RICHT U BEAT FLA THEN U KEEP UR JOB

October 13th, 2011
2:20 pm

JUST BEAT FLORIDA!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

AltamahaDawg

I said your defense of this offense

I gave the Boise Ole miss and Miss St games as examples

Murphy

October 13th, 2011
2:24 pm

GT BOB,

You are correct Miss St has looked awful this year.Im just not sold on Conner Shaw at qb under spurrier.S.Carolina will be fine as long as they utilize Lattimore and he stays healthy. I just have a feeling Miss ST will rise to the occassion at some point this year.They did play LSU a little tougher than expected.They do have a good team and very good coaching.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

It should be

Richt you keep your job if you beat FL 2 yrs in a row and start beating them consistantly

Richt has beaten 2 sorry FL teams

he has yet to beat an even decent FL team

Buzzed

October 13th, 2011
2:26 pm

GTBob: a one-loss LSU or Bama goes to the NC before you guys – even if you are undefeated. Don’t suspect you get through Clemmons, VT, the U, the Dawgs or the (possible) acccg undefeated, and a one-loss jacket gets a nice New Year’s Day game.

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:27 pm

Nope, I never defended anything in blanket form. I challenge what I think are incorrect statements about specific things. Please feel free to pull some of those out and we can debate them as long as you stay clear of your name calling. You only seem to want to dispute me on vague and exagerated opinions that YOU set up and assign to me.

gbal

October 13th, 2011
2:28 pm

Points-

> UGA takes Vandy and I do think we need Mason in the game. Not just to get some snaps though. Murray obvioiusly has skills but not shure he has that “leader… fire up the troups toughness”. Mason has great reports from coaches and me thinks the offense might step it up a notch and rally around Mason just as a new spark. Love Murray, but I think we shoud give Mason a meaningful play time look. Should have had him in 3rd and 4th Q Vs Miss State.

> I think we beat Vandy handily and then come thru with the big W against the gators. They are down a bit but looked good in their first few W’s. Auburn is the one that scares me. I know they got handled by Arky and the D is in shambles, but it is Auburn, it is in Athens, and you know how that series goes. I think the timing is prime for a letdown if we get thru V, F, & NM with the W’s. Guess we start worrying about AU in 4-5 weeks though.

Mike

October 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

Vandy will surprise and win this game. They have a good team. Franklin will get this team to play a complete game this week.

MarineDog

October 13th, 2011
2:30 pm

@GT Joe,

“I’m predicting at the end of the season that UNC will be around #20 (they are about to be ranked right now), clemson will be top 15 (maybe face them TWICE), VT will be top 20, and UGA top 25. That WOULD be 4, maybe 5 wins over ranked teams, BSU and Wisconsin won’t be able to say that”.

Don’t you have to win all of these games first in order to make this prediction a reality?

Mark

October 13th, 2011
2:31 pm

Richt must win 5 of 6 of these 6 games left, and agree with Doug, 1 better be Gators.

Ralph

October 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

Coach Richt has to beat all the unranked teams, and then needs a big win over a ranked team, since cOACH rICHT HASN’T BEAT A RANKED TEAM SINCE 2009.

Earl

October 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

Mark, brilliant post, right on, Gators or bust.

Xenophon

October 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

If the Dawgs can’t finish this season 9 – 3, Richt is finished. This is one of the easiest schedules we’ve had since Herr Richt got here.

Saban

October 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

Vanderbilt wins by 50.

GT Joe

October 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

Yes Marine dog.

And Buzzed: a one loss LSU-bama team wouldnt get to a NC before us. The loser of bama-lsu won’t be SEC champ, and no way an non-conference champ makes the BCS bowl game.

And if the bama-lsu winner loses in the SECCG, THAT team won’t go to the NC either.

Dudley

October 13th, 2011
2:33 pm

Agree with Doug, 9-3, and BEAT FLORIDA!

SSIgator

October 13th, 2011
2:33 pm

Ah, Captain AltamahaDawg is back to crewing the “Good Ship Lollipop” again I see. Step right up boys. The bar is open.

s1dAWG

October 13th, 2011
2:34 pm

I don’t care who we beat, but if we lose another one to Florida, CMR needs to look for a job.

Will

October 13th, 2011
2:34 pm

Doug is right, 9 wins minimum with this cupcake schedule, and a win over Florida has to happen or else….Doug’s the man.

Yolo

October 13th, 2011
2:35 pm

BEAT FLIRIDA.

Mr.FutBol

October 13th, 2011
2:36 pm

I’d like to see 10-2 or fire Richt. Enough of being “average”.

Spike

October 13th, 2011
2:37 pm

Hey, you Tech boobs. Richt owns you.

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:37 pm

… we beat Vandy.. and then it will get fun… GT Joe – you won’t enjoy the Fuzzy Bugs/Dawg game this year…. Lots of ruined dreams for you folks….

KB

October 13th, 2011
2:37 pm

Gt Joe, Techs going to have more than 1 loss, try 3-4. VT Clemson , UGA are sure losses and Miami most likely,if tech is the best the ACC has to offer, its AQ status should be pulled.

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

SSI Gator.. where you been??? How’s it feel to be back to your pre-’91 levels again??

UGAgrad71

October 13th, 2011
2:41 pm

I wish I were a king. I would have all the UGA haters on this blog brought before me and I had the power to let them live or die, based upon my standing as king. Bye bye haters, lol!

MarineDog

October 13th, 2011
2:41 pm

@GT Joe,

I kind of agree with that a one loss Bama or LSU team won’t make it to the championship game. It’s going to be hard for a team to make it to the NC game wihtout winning your conference.

A very hypothetical question with little chance of happening: What if all the top teams fail to win their conference and only have one loss at the end of the season but UGA wins the SEC with 2 losses or any other team with 2 losses win their conference title. Would they get to the big dance?

Don’t crucify me, just food for thought.

GTBob

October 13th, 2011
2:41 pm

GTBob: a one-loss LSU or Bama goes to the NC before you guys – even if you are undefeated.

No they wouldnt. No one loss team will ever beat out an undefeated team from one of the BCS conferences. That is just crazy talk. They may deserve to but it would never happen.

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:41 pm

yes, I am a Georgia fan. This is a Georgia blog. See how that works SSIgator? I see your brand of humor has not matured one little bit.

GT Joe

October 13th, 2011
2:42 pm

KB: The SEC needs to realign the divisions if a team like UGA wins the East. That would be an embarrassment.

But I would pull for you mutts in the SECCG; would know bama or lsu below GT.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 13th, 2011
2:44 pm

AltamahaDawg

You wrote

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

What teams have we put away

We had an opportunity against Ole Miss but no we let them back in the ballgame with an inept 2nd half offense

Miss St when 4th an inches inside the 15 up by 18 we cant go for it and put that game away but instead we pull a UCF and go for the field goal

And Tenn our sorry offense couldnt score a TD against a sorry Tenn D until the 3rd QTR

Against

Miss St couldnt score in the second half
Ole Miss the same
Tenn could only score a TD in one qtr only

3 sorry defenses and you look bad and instead of beating these teams respectfully we keep them in the ball games and get no respect from the Voters.

You better be glad we have this sorry schedule

Comphrend now Captain Kool-aid of the SS Lolipop

KB

October 13th, 2011
2:46 pm

GT Joe, A team like Georgia is much better than tech and it will show again in November. As is Tenn, , Florida, South Carolina, and vandy has a better defense.

Knowall Moreno

October 13th, 2011
2:46 pm

Put Mason in & lets see what he can do, THIS is the year we beat Gators, Dawgs run the table until showdown with Techies in the ATL! Sic Em

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
2:46 pm

Woudn’t the top teams drop in the polls enough that it’s not an issue by losing thier conference champ game?

Doug

October 13th, 2011
2:50 pm

Murray is now 0-9 vs. winning teams.

When do you guys think Murray will get his first win against a winning team, or will he ever?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 13th, 2011
2:53 pm

Glad to know THIS IS THE YEAR we beat the Gaterds

Even though they are a joke and have a new coach

Cant wait until we can beat a Gaterd team that is good

Doug

October 13th, 2011
2:54 pm

Maybe Crowell will finally have an Ealey like 5 td game against Vanderbilt.

Nah.

MarineDog

October 13th, 2011
2:56 pm

@AltamahaDawg,

I’m not sure. The reason I asked this question is because at the end of the 2007 team, UGA was ranked either 4 or 5 and two teams in front of them lost the final regular season game. You would think that UGA would have move up to the #2 spot but they actually dropped in the polls because they didn’t win their conference. Bob Stoops even made comments that you shouldn’t be able to play for a NC if you failed to win your respective conference title. However, if memory serves me right, OK is the only team that has played for a title in the modern BCS era without actually winning their conference title.

Fair and Balanced

October 13th, 2011
2:58 pm

WDE

October 13th, 2011
2:58 pm

@SSIgator hey there “Herr I know everything there is to know about football” pure football question who has the best defense right now LSU or Bama??

BG

October 13th, 2011
2:58 pm