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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GulfShoresDawg

November 15th, 2011
4:00 pm

After the unprepared Dome game and then at Sanford Std. after the SC give away, I told my brother as we were walking to the Carlton Deck that we would go 10-2 and be back at the Dome…dreams do come true, Dorothy….

Goats are cool

November 15th, 2011
4:01 pm

just read were if UGA beats LSU, bama would go to the NC game. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Scraping Teeth

November 15th, 2011
4:05 pm

whatacrew: YOU WIN THE DBAG OF THE DAY! congrats loser.

Do you really think that programs get to select who they play and how good the teams are going to be. What planet do you live on?

Scraping Teeth

November 15th, 2011
4:07 pm

Other than LSU, who has bama played this season?

alpha male

November 15th, 2011
4:14 pm

Bama played at Penn State early in the year.

ole yeller

November 15th, 2011
4:18 pm

@cliff from waleska
where did you come from with that bit of info. You need to read the stat. on your teams you are raving about. I don’t thnk this UGA team that played “BS” and USC.is the same I would like to think teams get better as the season go. I know UGA did. I not saying the team from the want win, I saying we will come and come to play. We (UGA) beat auburn worse that LSU did. LSU gave up more points to Auburn than UGA did. NOTE>>> Bama is #! total “D” LSU is #3 UGA is #4.Sorry to burst your bubble. These Dawgs will and can play with anyone. Damm the sechedule bring it on.

Terry

November 15th, 2011
4:26 pm

alpha male, Penn State has padded their record, on teams like Temple, which they almost lost too, in other words, UGA would beat them like a rented Mule.

Fred

November 15th, 2011
4:41 pm

george

November 15th, 2011
3:53 pm

dont worry once the dawgs end up with 5 losses and a 3 game losing streak the fire richt chants will begin once again
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Again? I haven’t stopped since 2004 when Richt failed to coach the best team he has ever had to an SEC Championship much less a Nat’l Championship. I doubt UGA will EVER win a Nat’l Championship as long as he’s coach. Hope I’m wrong, but I doubt I am………

WestOfAthens

November 15th, 2011
4:51 pm

Dawgs are playing their best ball in years, and at the oh so right time!
What a feeling it is, and it is Great To Be A Georgia Bulldog, keep your foot on the gas Dawgs

ARdawg

November 15th, 2011
4:58 pm

It is GREAT to be a Georgia Bulldog!!

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
4:59 pm

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

Just like their former athletic director minus the red panties.

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:00 pm

“Dawgs are playing their best ball in years”

Against who?

WDE

November 15th, 2011
5:00 pm

It is Great to be a Georgia Bull Dog!!

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

“Other than LSU, who has bama played this season?”

Arkansas

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

It is Great to be a Georgia Bull Dyke!!

WDE

November 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

@HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH against the last 8 teams on their schedule..troll boy that’s who….

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:03 pm

“against the last 8 teams on their schedule”

And none of them are ranked.

WDE

November 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

@HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH troll boy Auburn WAS ranked we ended that!!

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:06 pm

“troll boy Auburn WAS ranked we ended that!!”

Congrats, you beat a team of freshmen. Can’t wait till you play the big boys of the SEC.

WDE

November 15th, 2011
5:07 pm

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH stick around troll boy if we beat UK this week we will get the chance…and that is all we want is the chance…now troll on.

WDE

November 15th, 2011
5:09 pm

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH oh yeah and while we are trying to win a SEC title you’ll be sitting in Mommies basement play with your love doll or WOW.

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:09 pm

WDE

Glad you have your hopes up. Can’t wait to see you cry like a little baby like you’ve done for the past few years.

Fred

November 15th, 2011
5:10 pm

@WDE: You reckon troll boy is a disgruntled Auburn fan?

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:10 pm

“sitting in Mommies basement”

Tell your mom I still owe her some money.

Fred

November 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

“Congrats, you beat a team of freshmen. Can’t wait till you play the big boys of the SEC.”

We can’t either. Thank God it didn’t happen earlier in the season while the team was so disjointed. Given the progress and resilience this team has shown this season, I like our chances and am looking forward to watching the game.

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

November 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

Fred

No, I just love making UGA fans angry. Looks like it worked.

WDE

November 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH I’ve never cried little fella this is football and only a deranged Bama fan thinks your going to win a NC every year we have already met my expectations for the year by showing marked improvement from last year..this is all gravy. We are set up to go to the SEC title game and that doesn’t sux. now beat the Cats!

P_The_Ricker

November 15th, 2011
5:16 pm

HAHAHAH,

take note, UGA only has 5 starters on offense and defense that are seniors. aside from UT and Aub, no other team plays more freshman and sophomores in the 2-deep….and as pointed-out, UGA is leaps and bounds better than those 2 teams.

Bob

November 15th, 2011
5:22 pm

Question…if Arkansas wins out and we beat Kentucky, who will we play in the Dome? Thanks.

Fred

November 15th, 2011
5:27 pm

My posts here occasionally take a long time to show up, if at all. I wonder why?

Dawgfan6

November 15th, 2011
5:29 pm

Homer..quit being a hater and go elsewhere.

Fred

November 15th, 2011
5:29 pm

Bob: Whichever of the three teams, LSU, Bama, or Arkansas is ranked the highest in the BCS poll.

ole yeller

November 15th, 2011
5:29 pm

UGA fan’s you need to go to the Auburn link and read what Mr. Pat Dye (The X-Bulldog) now a Auburn turn coat said about the sad effort made by Auburn at Athens Last Satuday. I think we have more freshmen starting than Auburn. Yes, that what I said starters. I think we have more freshmen who has already pull off their red shirt and making a contribution than Auburn. If Mr. Dye is looking down the road for improvments I think he need some new player. These are the same players that started the season. It appears to me UGA players got better, and Auburn players went the other way. Sad, so sad. Wake up and smell the coffee Mr. Dye. That the reality of things….

pugweezel7

November 15th, 2011
5:51 pm

i will always be a dawg…no matter what always have been …always will be…………godawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this will be one of our best years…..bring them on!!!!!!!!

War Dang Dawg

November 15th, 2011
5:59 pm

Hard to imagine us choking away either of the next two games. I think the SEC Championship game will be a lot more competitive than many think. Regardless, it’s great to go to the game. Can’t win it if you don’t play in it. HBTD!

bubba4dawgs

November 15th, 2011
6:07 pm

It will be a good practice for the Dawgs! It will enable them to get more tuned up for the Big Dome. Let’s not forget the game with the Nerds.

saltlakedawg

November 15th, 2011
6:28 pm

LSU gave up 27 to Oregon so they aren’t invincible.

UGA Program Draw Everyone's Attention

November 15th, 2011
6:42 pm

I just love it. All of you other SEC program supporters come on to the UGA blog to just spew your inferiority. Face it. There’s a feeling in your stomach right now that makes you sick because you know that UGA is BACK ON THE RISE and our TEAM IS FULL OF YOUNGSTERS. And, even if we lose to LSU or Arkansas in SEC title game, UGA IS ABOUT TO GO ON ANOTHER RUN LIKE WE SAW FROM 2001 TO 2005. F A C T!!!

So, to all of you JACKWAGON’s representing other punk SEC schools, eat it!

1962 DAWG

November 15th, 2011
6:52 pm

Roll Tide without a ride!

Got this SEC championship thing (NOT) figured out don’t you?

kerryb

November 15th, 2011
7:18 pm

I will be surprised if KY score a TD on this defense. Can’t wait to watch it in person.

Maconbulldog

November 15th, 2011
7:48 pm

1962 DAWG

November 15th, 2011
6:52 pm

Roll Tide without a ride!

Got this SEC championship thing (NOT) figured out don’t you?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….good one

Ga Grad '90

November 15th, 2011
8:32 pm

Worst SEC East since the last time we won the SEC East. Pathetic.

daddo

November 15th, 2011
9:04 pm

There is not a defensive starter at UGA who could start at Alabama or LSU.

Gatorhater

November 15th, 2011
9:26 pm

I guess the republicans and their corporate allies stole all the money out of the country and sent it to China. We’R screwed until we decide to get together and take it back.

aarh

November 15th, 2011
10:21 pm

Alphare- AU may not be great, but they were ranked in all 3 pollls until UGA blasted them. The only reason they fell out is bc of how bad UGA beat them. Oh, & they’re still ranked in the BCS poll as well. Why, probably bc they’re AU…the defending national champs. The point is that you said that they’re not ranked, but I’m just stating the facts.

Troll Power Ratings

November 15th, 2011
10:23 pm

daddo and Gatorhater are sitting together somewhere doing some really good drugs.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 15th, 2011
10:30 pm

DO any UGA players have a Drivers License? They wreck scooters too!

Dawg48

November 15th, 2011
10:46 pm

I wish the view from the drivers seat was as clear as the view from the seats at grant field! You can see very clear at grant field cause their is never any one in front of you! Or when their is they are deff not standing!

My God, a freshman!

November 15th, 2011
11:02 pm

Someone help me here. We were on fire in 2007 and no team wanted to face us. We beat Hawaii (like a red headed step child) in the Sugar Bowl. I remember the media darlings saying we couldn’t play for a NC because we didn’t win our conference.
Now how is it possible for Bama to play for the NC without even being in the SEC CG? Assuming LSU beats Arkansas. Just asking. I’m tired of hearing about Bama anyway. Anyone remember last year when Bama was the talk all year and then they fizzled late.
Can you say, “O-VER RA-TED clap- clap- clap clap clap !”

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 15th, 2011
11:14 pm

O-ver Ra-ted Clap- clap- clap………….if you are a UGA fan or date a UGA coed, the the Clap Clap is far from overrated. Be glad a shot can still cure some of the things a UGA coed can give you after sucking down Leebern’s Devil Water