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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JB

October 13th, 2011
2:59 pm

I’m not sure about not getting banged up. With my Bama loving Father in law at the house last week, we would sneak a peek at Bama/Vandy. Vandy is pretty physical. They held their own in the first half.

Vandydad

October 13th, 2011
3:00 pm

Agree with Mike. It’s easy to root for Vandy against UGA in this game. UGA bloggers are clearly looking past vandy…not sure why. It’s an SEC road game foe UGA; Vandy is well coached and its only a matter of time before Coach James Franklin gets the offense moving; no doubt that the Vandy defense I think is rated higher than the UGA defense in several major categories. I see this game being close in the 4th quarter with a field goal or mistake by either team in the 4th qtr being the margin of victory. Would not surprise me at all at a Vandy win by 3 points based on thier defense and them making enough plays on offense with the new qb Jordan Rogers. Vandy lost bad to SC and Ala, which 95% of college football teams would have as well. Many of the UGA bloggers here have a much too high opinion of your UGA football team and should not look past Vandy. I for one would love to see vandy completely disrupt the SEC east by pulling off the upset. Go Dores !

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 13th, 2011
3:00 pm

I think AM beat UT and they had a winning record so that 0 and whatever stat can be put to bed.

just saying

October 13th, 2011
3:02 pm

Any good coach still needs good players. I am old school and i realize not a lot of you were around during the ERK RUSSELL days but he was a defensive coach. There is no comparison to him and Vangorder. Vangorder had good players made him look good. Look at the falcons now, not such great players, …Vangorder does not look like a genius. Russells defense was small by todays standards, but mean as he!!. Grantham and his coaching with his players may end up looking like the True JUNKYARD Dawgs of the ERK era and not the Vangorder era….

ARdawg

October 13th, 2011
3:03 pm

GT Bob

You and your comrade GT Joe are punch drunk on your Nerds. Your team isn’t that good and at the end of the season even if there were no SEC team playing for the national title and you somehow got past Clemson and Georgia, you still don’t go. There is at least three better more deserving teams ahead of you bugs. You play nobody, your sense of self worth is inflated and you just flat, aren’t any good

dap01

October 13th, 2011
3:03 pm

The headline to this article really does not match the story. How will things get ugly? Will there be riots?

wins-by-a-link

October 13th, 2011
3:03 pm

I look for Richt and company to struggle against the Comdores as has been the history of this team for the past few years, Murray continues to miss wide open receivers on long routes and continues to settle for field goals (when walsh doesn’t miss) instead of td’s when in the red zone, Georgia use to be a team which was exciting to watch but has become a team that is downright painful to watch.

WDE

October 13th, 2011
3:03 pm

@Doug sorry there troll boy, Murray beat a 3-1 UT team last week.

It is up to .................

October 13th, 2011
3:04 pm

It is up to Arkansas, MSU to defeat SC in the SEC. W lost control when we lost to them on FUMBLES and PICS for 6 and FAKE PUNTS.

It is up to UGA to defeat Vandy, Florida, KY and New Mexico State and AU and GT. That is all that UGA can do to ahve a fairly decent season, although it may not be good enought to keep MCMR around.

NONE of these teams is great. GT may just be the best of them with their wishbone. If UGA cannot run the table for the remainder of the year, we do not deserve a shot in the Dome vs a SEC West team, given our horrific season killing start. Period. End of story.

It is up to Bobo, TG and CMR and the PRIDE of the UGA D. Does the UGA D have any pride? We will find out in Nashville.

I do fear AM throwing pics all over the lot that end up keeping Vandy motivated and hungry. AM is a weak link with his poor decisions, while under pass rush pressure.

We need Tavarres King to really STEP UP now. Also we need Chris Conley to step up as a true frosh.

UGA class of 71 & 73

OldFan

October 13th, 2011
3:04 pm

It will be closer than you think.

WDE

October 13th, 2011
3:05 pm

@wins-by-a-link did you see that 71 yrd completion to Mitchell last week, nothing wrong with that pass was there?

BCS Countdown

October 13th, 2011
3:10 pm

Meanwhile in Atlanta, undefeated #12 Georgia Tech travels to Virginia and looks to come back 7-0.

ARdawg

October 13th, 2011
3:11 pm

Its up to….

The only “thing” Georgia needs to do is beat Vandy. That’s it. Then next game beat Florida and so on, Kentucky, AU. If they do this they will win the East. It’s not brain surgery really. We will beat Vandy of this I have no doubt. It seems to be a matter of what fashion we beat Vandy. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is having more points than Vandy.

dawgman

October 13th, 2011
3:13 pm

Vanderbilt was, is, and always will be Vanderbilt. Everyone relax. Dawgs win by 21+

just saying

October 13th, 2011
3:13 pm

I like Ben Jones and Cordy Glen a lot, great players, but i would bet to say Eddie “meat cleaver” Weaver (from Erks junkyard dawgs) would have run over either of them at any given time. And not a snowballs chance that any of the talented linemen on Boise’s team would have been able to block him. We need that “mean streak” back!

Kim

October 13th, 2011
3:14 pm

“Gaytors”? I wish they wouldn’t let 5 yo post here.

Athens= God's Country

October 13th, 2011
3:16 pm

I love that everyone ignores that obnoxious fella from jaxonville with car trouble. Talk about a screw loose, and I’m not talking about his hubcaps.

A win is a win is a win is a win… all the way to the Dome.

SSIgator

October 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

WDE -

Haerd to say which had the best defense, LSU or Alabama. When you lose your starting qb and play a freshman that never started a game, I guess it is a moot point.

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:22 pm

Let me see if I can take one more attempt to expalin this to you. And notice how I do it without resorting to silly childish name calling. (that was just copied from some troll a few minutes ago at that).

I’ve never said we have a great offense clicking on all cylinders, So when your retort is about how we can’t even score against sorry ol whoever.. I am looking over muy shoulder wondering who you are talking to. So again. Try arguing with me about things I ACTUALLY say, not what you just wish I “meant” so you can win the argument.

Now, on that that particular quote of mine that you picked: had absolutely nothing to do with me saying we had a good offense going. IN fact the point I was making there was relative to our offense not being our strong point right now. “putting away teams” to me… means finding “the” way to make sure you win and making sure they don’t have a way to. That’s not always going to be the same “the” way. And obviously its based on your teams abilities and options.

kerryb

October 13th, 2011
3:32 pm

I wonder if anyone that does an Alabama blog ever writes about the possibility of Bama imploding against Vandy? I think not. Bill don’t worry. We are going to destroy Vandy. How long did it take you to come up with another what if UGA implodes story? That’s all you want to write about now. How about writing a positive blog for a change without all the Larry Munson doom and gloom stuff.

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:32 pm

@ VandyDad… We aren’t looking past Vandy… Nope, no way… Not good enough yet or deep enough to do that… It’s always tough up there whether in BBall or Football… Nope, we are going to show up en masse though… I’ll buy you a burger if I see ya?!

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

What kind of burgers they got up there?

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

Great burgers just outside the stadium across the street near the Natatorium……..

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:38 pm

@ VandyDad, how much is tuition setting you back these days up there??? or is your child on a Full Ride????

DogFace Blues

October 13th, 2011
3:38 pm

Bullpups are usually asswhoopers on the road…The talent at UGA is finally surfacing and will smother Vandy!

KB

October 13th, 2011
3:38 pm

@ARDawg, finally someone that sees tech for what they are a bad team playing worse teams.

JB

October 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

Gators have problems. Missing a lot of pieces to run his systems. The parts will come, but this year and next look rough. The schedule didn’t help.

GTBob

October 13th, 2011
3:40 pm

Your team isn’t that good and at the end of the season even if there were no SEC team playing for the national title and you somehow got past Clemson and Georgia, you still don’t go. There is at least three better more deserving teams ahead of you bugs.

It would depend on who is ahead of us. But yes that could possibly happen. If there were only one undefeated team besides us though we would get in no questions asked. That’s just how it is. Also, who would be the three deserving teams ahead of us?

JB

October 13th, 2011
3:42 pm

A one loss Bama or LSU would go in ahead of a undefeated Tech IMO.

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:44 pm

It’s always a great deal if GT/UGA come into the final game ranked and streaking… That way we get to reduce the Wreck Tech Buggy to smoldering ruins….

ARdawg

October 13th, 2011
3:44 pm

GT Bob

At the end of the season GT won’t be undefeated. In fact of all the undefeated teams left, your guys probably fall first. And I make that statement knowing LSU and Bama play in a few short weeks. Those teams you asked about, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Boise St (I don’t want to hear about BST’s schedule from you, there’s is as tough as GT’s)

vandy is your equal in football, superior in everything else

October 13th, 2011
3:45 pm

remember this dawgwipes…. in the last 21 years, vandy has beaten georgia more times than georgia has beaten florida…uga…what a joke of a program…what channel is this battle of the titans on????espn ocho???hahahahahahaha… gata!!!! … oh you silver britches!!! and every other stupid saying associated with uga!!!

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:47 pm

@kerryb… The Bama Blogs are like living in Bear’s den from yesteryear… They will build any opponent up to be a Nat’l Champ by game time…. I wish they would fix their Interstate system over there so we can “go thru” the place faster… Geez… 55mph on I -20 at the Ga line… what is with that???

WDE

October 13th, 2011
3:49 pm

@SSIgator you make a good point, I thought the kid played pretty good considering what he was facing…

vandy is your equal in football, superior in everything else

October 13th, 2011
3:50 pm

talk to your boy obama about the interstate…it’s his to fix…maybe he’ll include it in his jobs bill…

C from Marietta

October 13th, 2011
3:51 pm

All the Dawgs need is one more point than Vandy. Nuff said.

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:53 pm

@Vandy/Gator fan… Looks like the “jobs’ bill just got harpooned…. I’ll be glad when he is gone and the economy can finally start improving….

AltamahaDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:54 pm

Ever been to the Gnatatorium? Terrible burgers.

BobDawg

October 13th, 2011
3:55 pm

..must taste like “Gator”….

GTBob

October 13th, 2011
3:56 pm

@ARdawg, Oklahoma yes, that’s an easy one. Wisconsin, maybe. Their strength of schedule is actually lower then GT’s right now. Boise St would never happen if we were undefeated. I like Boise St but they will never get in the MNC over an undefeated team from a major conference. You left out Stanford. They have a good shot too.

YouHEARDithereFIRST

October 13th, 2011
4:00 pm

OK dog fans here it is the real scoop on this weekend. The game is in NASHVILLE. Dogs need to play this one CLOSE TO THE VEST. We get up early, and MASON GETS LOTS OF “PT”. Look for Vandy to GET CREATIVE with trick plays, reverses, they might even pull out the old STATUTE OF LIBERTY PLAY. Dogs win this one for the nation, score 27-10. Buy the way there is a wunder kid tearing it up in WOODLAND, TALBOT COUNTY. His name is Vance Penfuller. Word is Sabin (Bama) and Johnson (Ga Tech) are already watching this stud QB shread middle school defenses in South West Ga. Google the name, watch the tapes, this one can’t miss! He’s a few years away I know, but you heard it here first. DawginLex put me on to him so I can’t take the credit.

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
4:12 pm

you heard it

You really need new material

That was weak

Ask some of the other village idiots.

They are better at it than you.

TampaDawg

October 13th, 2011
4:13 pm

**vandy is your equal in football, superior in everything else** dude, you’re just dumb enough for your own computer to lose IQ points just because you used it. Now, since you obviously lack courage (as proven by your desire to be demeaning on here hiding behind your keyborad), we certainly don’t expect you to own up to your favorite team, so until then, crawl back under the rock you came out of.

vandy is your equal in football, superior in everything else

October 13th, 2011
4:16 pm

tampa dawg = idiot…

vandy is your equal in football, superior in everything else

October 13th, 2011
4:16 pm

i’m a dawg fan, can’t you tell?

King Gators

October 13th, 2011
4:19 pm

I smell a stinker of a game, but Dawgs win at the end. Go Gators! (Auburn looks like loss 3)

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
4:26 pm

Last year’s score

Georgia 43
Vandy 0

Yeah, they are really our equal

TampaDawg

October 13th, 2011
4:26 pm

hey vandy is your equal, get out of your basement, your mom’s calling you to come take out the trash. It’s cool for you to call me an idiot since you know that EVERYTHING I said about you is 100% true.

TampaDawg

October 13th, 2011
4:27 pm

Dude’s got a sister named Pollyanna I think.

GET THE W

October 13th, 2011
4:28 pm

get the win and move on. no one gets hurt dogs win = good night!