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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cliff from waleska

November 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

whoever is highest ranked in the bcs is who represents the sec west. get your business in order gbal.

Grantham's Mother

November 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

My boy is really Jerry Mathers all grown up. Looks so adorable in his cap, don’t you think?

Grantham's Mother

November 15th, 2011
1:00 pm

He got his temper from his Father.

Richt`s Hammer

November 15th, 2011
1:00 pm

Oh lord don`t let us beat kentucky. Then LSU puts 60 on us.

At least I get to come back for a few years and help the DAWGS be mediocre but always in contention for the Fulmer Cup.

Doesn`t take much to fake out the delusional fans. Just beat the worst Auburn and Florida teams in 50 years. Of course now that Florida is coached by an ex-Georgia guy we can probably beat them.

DawginLex

November 15th, 2011
1:00 pm

bobdawg

I’m in Kentucky. They are talking UK/KU basketball in NYC tonight

They are also talking about boycotting the UT game at home to get Joker fired now since the AD already announced he would be back next year

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
1:00 pm

Cliff must be a Reinhardt Eagle.. How about your football starting up in a year or 2??? You fired up about that???

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:01 pm

GT Bob

could you give us a number to a couple of security guards to escort us to the game then

Maybe renting an armored truck to get us back to Buckhead might be a good idea. Got a number for that?

PrimeTime#8

November 15th, 2011
1:02 pm

Richt`s Hammer,

You are an idiot!!!!!

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
1:02 pm

Really, firing Joker Phillips already??? Most of his team from last year (Randall Cobb) is up in Green Bay prepping for the Super Bowl!!!!

DawginLex

November 15th, 2011
1:03 pm

hammer head idiot

You taking bets at the window on that LSU hangs 60 stuff you are spewing?

Gator Man

November 15th, 2011
1:04 pm

Dogs please win, so you can get a reality check like the rest of the East, every team you beat was 500 or below, the teams you lost to had wining records at the time.
Please bow out now, at least SC deserves it they have beaten every one in the east but lost to the no 3 team in the west which you puppies have yet to play.
LSU or Ala by 25 over Georgia ””””’

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
1:04 pm

I was in Chattanooga the early part of the week and Knoxville ain’t too happy this week losing all their SEC games so far… Dooley better coach those Young-uns up next year or major Hot seat….

DawginLex

November 15th, 2011
1:04 pm

Folks are really angry. Plus Joker is not the most cordial guy and there is the little thing about his wife being white…………

Yeah, it still is out there believe it or not.

GTBob

November 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

Flat Tire, are you really that scared of being in Atlanta? Do big buildings scare you? You know that you are admitting that GT fans are alot tougher then UGA fans right? I can get you some protection if you want. I will have to demand that you wear a skirt and a pink shirt though to let people see what a coward you are.

DawgFan

November 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

@DePort,

Unfortunately there are 2 teams in the west other than LSU that deserve to be there more than us!!! The SEC East is horrible this year, but hey, whatever makes you happy!!!

DawginLex

November 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

Gator Man

November 15th, 2011
1:04 pm
Dogs please win, so you can get a reality check like the rest of the East, every team you beat was 500 or below, the teams you lost to had wining records at the time.

*********************

That florida education at work?

Auburn was 6-3 when we beat them…………

Alabama Dog

November 15th, 2011
1:06 pm

DawginLex: not so fast! According to local sports talk radio here, IF Alabama, LSU & Arkansas are tied with 1 conference loss apiece, the team with the HIGHEST BCS ranking goes to Atlanta. However, IF Arkansas beats LSU, how far would LSU drop? Alabama only dropped 1 spot after losing to LSU. If LSU only dropped 1 spot, THEY would be the West team with the highest BCS ranking. It’s somewhat inconceiveable Alabama would go, being as how they lost to LSU. Alabama fans just need to face the facts: they had their shot (at home, no less) & didn’t get it done!

PrimeTime#8

November 15th, 2011
1:06 pm

Gator Man

Go back to posting on you sorry Gaytors websites… Worry about your team and not ours. Oh yeah if we are soooo bad then that makes yall horrible!!

DawginLex

November 15th, 2011
1:07 pm

Bama will beat Auburn and will have the highest BCS rank

Sonny B. Layne

November 15th, 2011
1:10 pm

It is an honor to play in the SEC Championship Game.

Gator Man

November 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

DawginLex

And you last won a championship in what year? Ronald Reagan was in office, I am good at history””””’

PrimeTime#8 We were terrible, first year coach ect, ect, at least we did not duck LSU, Al, Ark to save our coach job puppies””’

cliff from waleska

November 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

By the time the SECCG comes around, LSU will have beaten Oregon, West Virginia, Bama, and Arkansas. Georgia would not beat any of those teams. WVU at home would spank dat beehind. Arkansas is the only game in Baton Rouge. LSU will not be intimidated by a bunch of big overall wearin hicks in Atlanta. So, celebrate your success against the brutal schedule you faced this season. 9-3 keeps your coach in Athens for atleast 3 more seasons. Isn’t that what you dummies want?

virginia dog

November 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

gentlemen … easy, settle down and take a deep breath. 1st wow… what a great win. 2nd we got to beat kentucky 3rd we have to beat tech. 4th then we talk about the dome 5th then we talk about contracts 6th i hope we don’t over react and offer to long of an extension. after all Mark Richt is happy in athens and too be blunt it UGA had Florida’s schedule Richt would be fired by now. The denfensive coach is another subject. Grantham is a hot coach and we need to lock him down to a multi-year if we can.

PrimeTime#8

November 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

Gator Man

Yeah we can’t help who we play.
Great comeback…

harold

November 15th, 2011
1:14 pm

UGA WILL BEAT THE CATS WITH THE THIRD TEAM AND WITH BOTH HANDS TIED BEHIND THEIR BACKS! A REAL CAKEWALK!

Alphare

November 15th, 2011
1:14 pm

If SEC counts overall record instead of conference record, SC would be the East leader now.

If dawgs play ANY of the top half of SEC West, SC would also be the East leader now.

Well, all dawg fans now have turned from coach-firing mood to contract-extending mood. Don’t tell me luck has nothing to do with it. Even Coach admitted it, if UGA plays FL’s schedule, UGA’s record would be as bad as FL’s.

Just want to throw some cold water out there for you dawg fans.

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
1:14 pm

To all the Trolls… Let’s play it this weekend like old school yard ball…Bring your teams and will line them up after we have hit the pt spread on Ky…

@DawginLex.. You coming to Athens to watch Ky get spanked this weekend???

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:15 pm

Bill King

Fix the filter on here

DawgFan

November 15th, 2011
1:15 pm

@Alabama Dog,

The highest ranked team goes IF there is noone within 5 spots in the rankings, at that point it would be head to head between those two teams, if Arkansas beats LSU then all 3 teams would be within 5 spots of each other and there is no tie-breaker for that, it will be interesting if that happens.

ole yeller

November 15th, 2011
1:16 pm

@Gator Man
Gator Man, Gator Man how you carry on with no real information about what you are talking about. UGA is 4th nation wide in total “D”. UGA QB “Murray” lead to SEC in passing “TD”. I really don’t give a Damm what you think or where you get your information. UGA has beat every body they have played execpt “BS”. The “USC” game was a give away. I will say this it will be Bama, or LSU, or ARK in Atlanta. However comes to Atlanta better be ready to play with BOTH chin straps bucked down. These DAWGS will hunt not bark at the moon.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:16 pm

GT Bob

You bet Im scared of walking down NORTH AVE

Alabama Dog

November 15th, 2011
1:17 pm

Gator Mna: y’all had NO choice but to play LSU, Alabama & Arkansas-they were on y’all’s schedule MORON!!!! Was anybody crying, or making excuses for us when we played Alabama & LSU in ‘08? I don’t think so…..

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 15th, 2011
1:17 pm

The ones who are hating on UGA’s schedule just know that these schedules are cyclical. So when ya wanna come back on here next year and pump your chest I would expect to here some schedule talk back at ya. Be careful about how often you wanna browbeat somehting.

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
1:17 pm

Everyone said our schedule in 1980 was easy too… We had the same schedule as we did in 1979 when Dooley posted a losing season…. Looks like this year we are just putting the “nail in everyone’s coffin”… Ky next, then Tech , then whoever we get in the Dome….

WDE

November 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

@Gator Man and the rest of the trolls….lets see we can be at Dome with at least a chance to be SEC Champs or we could be out back of your double wide with your mullet , jorts and Tebow jersey knocking back a bunch of Natty Lights and sticking pins in your Mushchamp doll…hmmm I think I’ll take the Dome….now back to the swamp belly slider..

Lake Dawg

November 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

Anybody notice that Ugasports.com shows Georgia with a 7-3 record and a loss to New Mexico State? That’s not how I remember it.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

GT Bob

lets see now the Tech has had now 3 crimes on women this month

GTBob

November 15th, 2011
1:19 pm

You bet Im scared of walking down NORTH AVE

I’m glad that you admit it. Life outside of the farm can be scary. There is no shame in that.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:19 pm

GT Bob

2 robberies this month

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:19 pm

GT Bob

When is Tech going to use that money that you brag about making and pay to build a wall and beef up more security

Smokewagon

November 15th, 2011
1:20 pm

Gonna be at the game this week and hope we match the intensity of last week’s crowd. I hope eveybody plans on making some good noise.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

November 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

UGA is fortunate – no competition in the weak SEC Least!
However, UGA looked great against the barners – and give respect to Grantham and UGA’s defense.
Then again – Auburn is horrible this year.
Look for Arkansas to DRILL LSU as LSU peaked in a lucky victory over Alabama.
Yes, you read correct – LSU was lucky to beat BAMA due to our missed FG’s.

It must be tough for UGA fans knowing that as SEC EAST champs – you are the fodder, the celebratory victim for slaughter to the SEC WEST Champ which will be ALABAMA!!!!

Yes – ALABAMA!

Arkansas beats LSU.
ALABAMA destroys a pathetically weak UGA team in the SEC Title game.
ALABAMA wins NC #14 BABY!!!!!

This is how it will play out.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:22 pm

GT Bob

What a shame that a Tech fan acts like its ok that 5 students/faculty have been victims of the North Ave crime wave this month. I guess they need to man up right

True Fan

November 15th, 2011
1:22 pm

It’s funny how probably 90% of the people on here were calling for EVERYONE in Athens to be fired 2 months ago, now The Dawgs can’t lose and the coaching staff is the greatest. Can anyone say FAIR WEATHER!!!!

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
1:23 pm

there will be some noise this weekend all right…. @2010 BCS Champs… You promised me plenty of Coke to go with my Makers…WHERE ARE YOU AT!!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 15th, 2011
1:24 pm

GT Bob

I guess thats why more foreigners are going to Tech now than ever before. Americans students/parents know the dangers of going to school there

Bucky Belue (hand it to Herschel)

November 15th, 2011
1:24 pm

Seriously? Dawgs will stomp Kentucky, they are barely better than New Mexico St., IF Dawgs play like they did vs Auburn & LSU gives us a few turnovers, its gonna be a game folks! Sic ‘em

Gator Man

November 15th, 2011
1:24 pm

PrimeTime#8

Lets see dogs get mashed by Boise State, who lost to TCU, you lose to SC that lost to Auburn and you guys have the nerve to boast about beating teams with 500 or below, ha, ha.
Gators 3 NT in 15 years and your last one was when? I think Walker is getting ready to draw SSI now.

DawginLex

November 15th, 2011
1:25 pm

cliff

West VA lost to Louisville

UGA would destroy West Va

All of your comments lost credibility there

cliff from waleska

November 15th, 2011
1:25 pm

ole yeller, the only quality team you played this year wore UGa out and just lost to TCU at home. who lost to a conference usa team earlier this season, that team being SMU. Who lost this season to UCF. Ahh, the circle of life.