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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Dwayne

October 14th, 2011
9:09 am

Stendek, different city, different owner, different coach…same ole ThrasherJets!!!!!

DIT

October 14th, 2011
9:12 am

I hate to say it but some of you on here are delusional. Why are you talking about running the table? Just need to worry about Vandy this week. And the one’s that really think that UGA can beat Bama or LSU in the SECCG…… lease take a step back. I’m an Alumnus and bleed red & black. I’m also a realist. We are getting better every week, but are nowhere close to competing with those two teams.
BTW, anyone out there heart broken over the NBA cancelling games………. Didn’t think so. A basketball season with only college basketball would be awesome. I would not care if all of those prima donas left to play overseas for good..
Go Dawgs!

I Wonder . . .

October 14th, 2011
9:28 am

. . . if Damon Evans was the real culprit in the decline of this football program?

Over the last two years, Richt has been making the changes that need to be made. He’s revamped the S&C program, cleaned up the ranks, and clearly made an outstanding choice in DC, who’s got the UGA defense playing tough.

The O-line is inconsistent, as is Murray (Sophomore slump? I think so.), but the offense is showing potential and flashes of lethal play. Richt spoke up and called out his OC for not nailing the coffin shut when the O clearly has the tools to do so. He put together an outstanding recruiting class this past year, loading the team with talent oppponents will hate to line up against for the next several years. Regardless of the W-L record at the end of the year, the 2011 team is starting to look good, and the UGA football program is starting to show signs of strength again. Given Richt’s W-L record and how the program is improving, I think it would be ludicrous to think about canning Richt — and I had my doubts after the program’s slide over the last 4-5 years.

I wonder if Evans was the culprit all along? McGarity may just be the piece that was missing from the UGA football program.

zbulldawg

October 14th, 2011
9:31 am

I’d like to see the dawgs come out no huddle spread.Timing passes draws & screens. I don’t think Vandy has the depth on defense we do.Let’s run them ragged!!! Then come out with 2 TE set Figgins at full also The ISman in the I and please run to the right protect the hand & the ball.You can also play action this.This will show muscle.Some trick plays.Take the ball if we get the toss. Force our will on them for a change.please quit changing the plays so much.FORCE something on them and make the defense adjust.Then you can throw all that other in there.There’s way to much thinking going on out there before the ball snapped.That way Murray can just play and use those legs.HOW in the world can you stop that offense with all the weapons we have.Watch Bama LSU they start out forcing there will on you.Then blend in big plays.Then force it some more.Defense will have a great day.I KNOW ARM CHAIR QUARTER BACK I’m not a coach but it’s fun thinking like one

Still@theBAR

October 14th, 2011
9:37 am

Should be No Contest, but what will the O really do? Play everybody and get game time for Mason he is going to be need for the Gator game.

Jerrod

October 14th, 2011
9:59 am

Mark Richt needs to finish 9-3, with a win over Florida or else he’ll be coaching at Jacksonville State.

ITP Dog

October 14th, 2011
10:21 am

Is this Vandy’s Homecoming game? If so, I hope the Dogs make their co-eds cry all over there Susie Sorority dresses! Sic’ ‘em!

Jerrod

October 14th, 2011
10:23 am

Hey Bill, you sdhould do an article on Ealey. He’s expected to win the Heisman for his league and has hist team ranked in top 10, with a chance to crack top 5 if they beat Kentucky.

Boy do we miss him. 5 td’s against Kentucky last year, what a productive back.

Jerrod

October 14th, 2011
10:30 am

O-Line was great 2007-2009, until Murray came along, they were in top 4 in SEC in sacks allowed. Since Murray, it dropped to 7th in SEC in 2010, and now 10th in SEC in 2011. He just hangs on to the ball too long. We miss Huston Mason, he’s such a decisive guy.

Ticketmaster

October 14th, 2011
11:00 am

@Jerrod

Are you saying that the same O-line that played in 2007 is the one that Murray plays behind in 2011?

That makes about as much sense as saying that your defense is great because your offense hasn’t been productive, but you’ve been winning games anyway. As if it has nothing whatsoever to do with your who your last 4 opponents were. Don’t worry… Your defense will probably be “great” against Vandy as well.

Dirty Dawg

October 14th, 2011
11:04 am

I think all you RichtHaters should issue an ultimatum to McGarity and Adams that if Coach Richt is given an extension on his contract this season, then you’ll all leave and never come back…then do it.

Damn, how great would that be? Then again we can never be sure who are the malcontents and who are the trolls…oh, the problems of the ‘anti’-social media.

Ticketmaster

October 14th, 2011
11:27 am

“I think all you RichtHaters should issue an ultimatum to McGarity and Adams that if Coach Richt is given an extension on his contract this season, then you’ll all leave and never come back…then do it.”

It wouldn’t give you any relief Dirty Dawg. They wouldn’t leave the blogs. They’d just stop attending games and buying licensed UGA products. The only thing you’d notice is UGA becoming more like Tech.

Dr. Morpheus

October 14th, 2011
8:30 pm

Our main concern needs to be focusing on playing a solid game and not looking ahead (like most of us fans are certainly doing) to a well-rested UGA team’s annual encounter with our arch-nemeses from the Swamp…