How will Dogs handle life in the driver’s seat?

SEC-Football1It was amusing to hear Kentucky coach Joker Phillips telling about getting a text from the 803 area code (South Carolina) offering him dinner “anywhere in the world” if Kentucky upsets Georgia, but it also brought home how good it feels for the Dogs to control their own destiny, as the sports cliche goes, in the battle to play in the Georgia Dome.

Dawgs fans can relate to what South Carolina fans are feeling right now. Remember how frustrating it was for most of the season when we knew that no matter how well Georgia played, all the Gamecocks had to do to get back to Atlanta was win out in the conference?

Now, the roles are reversed and Carolina fans who were crying “War Eagle” last week are desperately cheering this week for Big Blue (a nickname more commonly applied to the Wildcats in basketball).

I know a lot of Georgia fans are concerned that with the point spread approaching 30 for this game the Dogs might come out complacent or lose focus looking ahead, and that’s certainly a legitimate fear in a situation like this. But a team that doesn’t let an 0-2 start and “hot seat” talk about its head coach derail its season isn’t easily distracted from the task at hand.

The Bulldogs know this isn’t just any old game against a lightly regarded opponent. This is a game to clinch the division title and go to the SEC Championship for the first time since 2005. I’ll be surprised if Georgia doesn’t come out breathing fire Saturday and ready to show the world they’re Dome-worthy. This is why these players came to UGA, to play for a championship.

After spending most of the early part of the season hearing constantly that each game was a “must” win for the Dogs, nothing’s really changed. Kentucky is a must win, but in a positive sense.

This time last year, every game for the Dogs was “big” in the ironic sense that they were desperate to just qualify for a bowl bid. This year, Kentucky is a big game because it’s for the SEC East.

Turnarounds like that are what make college football such a blast.

Feel free to share your own views on life in the driver’s seat.

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TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
10:39 am

Heeeeeey … new blog

Raleigh

November 15th, 2011
10:42 am

Go dawgs beat the cats!

Wilson

November 15th, 2011
10:44 am

First! Go Dawgs! Love reading your blog. Follow me @wily2388

Fridawg

November 15th, 2011
10:46 am

Does anyone know how many tickets are allotted to the schools for the SEC Championship? Will it be a similar number to the tickets allotted for the Boise St. game? Go Dawgs!

GaTruth

November 15th, 2011
10:46 am

Time for Crowell to step up and defend his manhood. If you are going to be a legend, play like it. Play with fire and demand to be an every down back. Fight for an extra three yards, bounce up, and blast the D on your next run. CLAIM IT! You should get stronger as the game goes on! CLAIM IT!!!!

RiffRaff

November 15th, 2011
10:47 am

Can’t go to the big house without a win. This one will be over by halftime. Dawgs by 30+.

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
10:47 am

I love when someone yells “FIRST!” and they are like, third.

dap01

November 15th, 2011
10:48 am

We should win at Kentucky, we should win in the rough game against GT and we have a fighters chance in the SEC Championship. What more could we want?

Go Dawgs!

scrambledog

November 15th, 2011
10:48 am

Who would have thunk it. One game away from being the East Champs. A lot of people gave up on us. . I didn’t !!!………….Go Dogs…..Sic ‘em !!! God bless CMR for hanging in there………

homer

November 15th, 2011
10:48 am

i enoy all the talk about winning the east without any talk about how that means uga will likely be embarrassed in the dome, ala USCe last year.

have fun.

dap01

November 15th, 2011
10:49 am

homer: Don’t you feel good about yourself? Is that all you have to contribute? What a gloomy world you live in.

Weston

November 15th, 2011
10:51 am

Go Dawgs! Offense is clicking, defense is dominating, and the special teams stepped it up last week. A month ago I wouldn’t have said this, but I think we have a legit chance at beating LSU. But let’s take care of those Cats first!

Alphare

November 15th, 2011
10:51 am

Bill, don’t worry about Kentucky. Dawgs have proven they can handle unranked teams or marginally ranked team like Auburn.

SEC Champ? that’s when you guys realize dawgs are not what you think they are.

cliff from waleska

November 15th, 2011
10:52 am

“I about caught a concussion they were slapping me so hard,” Harrow said.

bet he’s passing all of his advanced courses with ease…

gregpatrick

November 15th, 2011
10:54 am

Some of my personal thoughts about where we are this season:

-CMR should win SEC and maybe national Caoch of the Year honors. He is the main reason kids come to play for us. Class, integrity, and knowledge…all the time. Give him a contract extension.

-CTG has done an amazing job in his second year as DC. The kids are responding well to him and his schemes. Give him a contract extension.

-Our kids have gotten better EVERY week as players came back from injury and bad decisions. The players that filled in did an incredible job and it has only made us stronger. Kudos to all of them.

-Isaiah Crowell grew up in the second half of the Auburn game. It seems his stamina and knowledge of the blocking schemes has finally kicked in and he hopefully has realized what a tremdous opportunity he has at UGA.

-Aaron Murray is easily the best QB in the conference and will only get better. He along with our tremendous recieving corps are ready to dominate in the remaining games.

-I am prouder than ever to be a UGA grad. Go Dawgs!

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
10:55 am

homer is code for “my team sucks so I will just talk crap about your team” …

coachx

November 15th, 2011
10:57 am

The Dawgs are back !

I want the nay-sayers to continue to give the Dawgs no shot vs. LSU. It simply adds fuel to fire and makes a win that much sweeter.

This UGA team is so young……..full of freshman and sophmores who have matured and are now healthy. This is an entirely different team then the one that started the season.

Go Dawgs !

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
10:59 am

@gregpatrick…really??? what a post…amazing…columbus or calhoun?

Mark (another one)

November 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Arkansas at LSU looks like an important game. LSU shouldn’t be looking ahead to far.

Dawg stuck in Bammer...

November 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Going to KY game…first game in 20 years. I can smell the bourbon in the air already. I can assure you the Hoodoo Gurus, REM and The Squalls will be cranking from my speakers as I drive through town. Can’t wait! SEC East…and bring on LSU!!

ATL Sports Fan

November 15th, 2011
11:01 am

Way to go Cliff. Does it make you feel better to pick on. 18 year old kid? Have fun with all the other Scantonites. Waleska is basically North Canton with te exception of a college and guarded golf and yacht community.

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
11:01 am

gregpatrick, great post and all points are sound.

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
11:01 am

if your going to athens, you might want to mix in some clay aiken, adam lambert and justin beiber…thats what the players are listening to…

cliff from waleska

November 15th, 2011
11:02 am

ease up atlsportsfan, i don’t wanna catch a concussion either…

robodawg

November 15th, 2011
11:03 am

We could probably have a pretty bad outing and still beat Kentucky handily. But hopefully we’ll come out with enough focus to put them away early and clear the bench.

The whole game should be a celebration of winning the East. That will guard against over-complacency.

john

November 15th, 2011
11:03 am

Nice article Bill. GO DAWGS !!!!

bjohndawg

November 15th, 2011
11:05 am

20th! I love it.
Should be interesting the next two games to see which RBs step up their game and say, ” Hey, I am the man the rest of the way.” Also would be nice if Butler and Walsh straighten their games out the next two weeks for the final run of the season to the SEC game and bowl game.

Dawgs , lets take care of business Sat. and sent Big Blue to Shoney’s and the bus ride home with a loss. Claim your title!

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
11:06 am

@evil empire, actually I end up in Gainesville often and funny, it was blaring from all the chevy camoued trucks going by.

Anyway, thanks for the lame, pointless, lack of substance post.

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
11:07 am

no problem tampaxdawg…

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
11:09 am

those same camo pickups are up here in gainsville, georgia too…with the pretty pink “g” on the front bumper…matches the “g” tatoo on the cankles of their fat little wives…

truedawg

November 15th, 2011
11:11 am

OK, before anyone says Kool-aide, I know the Dawgs won’t be playing for the crystal ball. But…What does happen to the BCS if UGA wins the SEC? After beating number 1 LSU, does UGA move up to number 5? Does Bama play for the title? Does Ark? Or does it mean no SEC team gets a nod? How do you have a BCS champion without an SEC team, when after Sc beats Clemson, and then we will have 5 teams in the top 10??!! Does then finally destroy the BCS and get a play off even if its just 8 teams? What if….. well all I can say is GO DAWGS!!

OoltewahDawg

November 15th, 2011
11:12 am

gregpatrick, the reason why Crowell started running better in the 2nd half was because he saw what CT was doing on the field, and figured he had better step it up a notch or two, or CT would be starting in front of him next week.

AltamahaDawg

November 15th, 2011
11:13 am

What’s the question? Dawgs win. 98.47% of Georgia fans will be thrilled about it.

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
11:14 am

so evil empire must be the 14 year old that skipped school today. There is always one that comes on here with no class, no character, and no guts (as demonstrated by the invincible nature of making moronic comments hiding behind a keyboard). There’s always at least one.

Nooga Dawg

November 15th, 2011
11:14 am

Let’s beat Kentucky first, then worry about taking care of GT. Who knows may not even play LSU in the dome.

gregpatrick

November 15th, 2011
11:14 am

@Tampa

Thanks for the kudos.

@evil

I’m from Augusta…and I meant every word.

Gdawg

November 15th, 2011
11:16 am

homer is code for basement as in I live in my parent’s basement and I am a techmite with nothing better to do than look at a winner’s blog. Maybe next year homer you will make it to that wonderful December location known as Charlotte and bask in the glow of sitting with 25,000 fans at the ACC title game. One can only dream!

truedawg

November 15th, 2011
11:16 am

I know there is a lot of football left to be played..but what if?… After an LSU loss would anyone really want to see LSU/Bama again? or LSU/ OR again? OKstate vs ?? gasp..Ducks..that got beat by LSU? am I the only one that sees UGA winning out is the first real chance we have had to slay the beast that is BCS? Also if LSU or Bama plays in the BCS title game..isn’t it a joke since in 2007 UGA couldn’t play becuase they didn’t win the SEC? Kool-aide flavor BCS keep drinking!

ATL Sports Fan

November 15th, 2011
11:16 am

Alphare, I see your back at it. You just can’t help it can you? You were on these blogs last week talking about your Tigers were going to destroy UGA. Funny how Auburn is now marginal.

Dawg_Mike

November 15th, 2011
11:17 am

If Arkansas beats LSU, LSU will likely fall behind both Arkansas and Alabama in the BCS. Arkansas will likely then jump LSU but not Alabama . In this case, LSU might be on the outside looking in, and they would be penalized for losing late in the season, as compared to losing earlier in the year. LSU would then have one loss, joining both Arkansas and Alabama. The highest BCS team would play in Atlanta and represent the SEC West against Georgia – which would most likely be Alabama.

dawgfan

November 15th, 2011
11:18 am

The 2 schools that play in the SEC Championship are allotted 14,000 tickets. Their will be a lot less tickets available for the SEC Championship than for Boise State. The other 10 schools in the conference get tickets and all falcon season ticket holders can get tickets per GA dome policy the rest go to corporations. U can always get tickets from stubhub or ebay etc.

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
11:18 am

I eat boogers and still live with my mom…

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
11:19 am

I actually have Clay’s posters on my wall…got them from him when we spent a glorious night together.

dap01

November 15th, 2011
11:20 am

I am tired of the Alabama and LSU talk. Alabama had their chance at home. They lost.

Dawg_Mike

November 15th, 2011
11:21 am

I found both of these posts on a blog by SDS earlier this morning…Credit to the author: Jon of SDS:

If LSU were to beat Arkansas but lose the SECCG against Georgia (and Georgia is really hot offensively and defensively right now), there is a chance, with the hectic BCS, that they might not even get in a BCS game. Say what? Hear me out. Georgia would have the automatic seed to the Sugar Bowl with the win in Atlanta, and Alabama could be chosen as an at-large for another BCS game, over LSU. This would likely put the SEC on the outside looking in for the BCS Championship. I’m not sure anyone would be in favor – although I would be – of putting Alabama in the National Championship when the Tide didn’t even win the West or the SEC Championship.

gregpatrick

November 15th, 2011
11:21 am

@OoltewahDawg

I think that your point is partially true. Carlton Thomas had a great game as well, but you can actually go back to the Florida game and the awesome performance of RS IV and the New Mexico State game when two of our very talented scout teamers got a chance and made the best of it. IC is still a kid and maturity comes in different ways. IC saw the holes better and ran HARD through them. I think we’ll see continued improvement from him in the weeks to come.

dap01

November 15th, 2011
11:22 am

You can’t win the NC if you don’t even win your division or league.

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
11:23 am

I have a mix CD of glambert and clay. It’s a fantasy of mine to form a boy group together.

evil empire

November 15th, 2011
11:23 am

@gregpatrick…i’ll move augusta up to 4th on the list..1. columbus 2. calhoun 3. dalton 4. augusta

@tampaxdawg..There is always one that comes on here with no class, no character, and no guts (as demonstrated by the invincible nature of making moronic comments hiding behind a keyboard). There’s always at least one.

kinda fits my opinion of you, girlfriend…

DePort

November 15th, 2011
11:23 am

Atleast we are in the Dome! … I dont care what anyone says about how we will be beat…Atleast we will be there and having a chance. .. I would be more embarassed for all the other teams sitting on their couch because they couldnt cut it enough to make it to the Dome….Soo all you fair weather fans can complain all you want … But I will be at the Dome supporting a top 15 team in the country take on number 1 … cant be any better than that!