Report from a Dawg behind enemy lines: LSU fans ‘feeling cocky’

LSU fans are feeling good about their team and the Mad Hatter. (Associated Press)

LSU fans are feeling good about their team and the Mad Hatter. (Associated Press)

For a view from Tiger land on how our opposing fandom is approaching Saturday’s SEC Championship game against Georgia, I checked in with my old friend Owen Scott, who grew up with me in Athens (where his mom still lives), graduated from UGA and has been a clinical psychologist in Baton Rouge for many years.

Owen’s wife is an LSU prof, his oldest daughter in a huge Tiger fan and his youngest daughter graduated from UGA last December but is “a Tiger first, Dawg second,” he admitted.

However, Owen, who’s been following the Dawgs all his life, has remained true to the red and black and posts comments on the Blawg under the name Dr. Morpheus.

“I’ve attended most of the LSU-UGA games in Baton Rouge and seen some great wins (2008) and tough losses (2003) here,” he said. He just lucked into two tickets to the Georgia Dome game at face value and will be in attendance Saturday.

The buzz in Baton Rouge, Owen said, has the locals “feeling cocky.”

Typical of the attitude, Owen said, was the discussion Tuesday on a Baton Rouge sports radio show where the host, former LSU basketball player turned football sideline reporter Jordy Hultberg, thought the Tigers being favored by 13 points was right on the mark.

Said Hultberg: “You gotta be loving what’s going on!”

LSU has seldom trailed, Hultberg said, and even when they were down by 14 points to Arkansas the Tigers had no problem quickly scoring 21 points. “They feed off of big plays, whether it be a big return, a turnover, a breakthrough run. … It was over at halftime.”

Owen Scott lives in Baton Rouge but has stayed true to UGA.

Owen Scott lives in Baton Rouge but has stayed true to UGA.

The host asked an on-air guest (a local insurance exec) for a prediction on the game with the Dogs and the response was, “I don’t want to be overconfident, but this team has taken care of everyone. It will be worse for Georgia than Arkansas,” which lost to the Tigers 41-17.

In an exchange with a caller, Hultberg said the LSU defense “is smothering. It just makes life miserable for the opposing quarterbacks. And I don’t see any difference with this coming Saturday. We’re coming to win. There’s no back door, we’re coming through the front door.”

Summing up the mood in Baton Rouge, Owen said: “The LSU base is not taking Georgia seriously. They expect to come into the Dome and blow the Dawgs out with their overwhelming defense and pounding rushing attack. It’s up to our guys now to show LSU and the sports world we belong on the same field with the best of the SEC West and consensus No. 1 team in the nation.”

But Owen, at least, is optimistic. “If the LSU players are drinking the fans’ Kool-Aid,” he said, “they will be in for a surprise when they see that, unlike Arkansas, Georgia can stuff the run and pressure the QB. Go Dawgs! GATA!”

Trust him, he’s a doctor.

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397 comments Add your comment

SLAPAjacket

November 30th, 2011
7:23 am

UGA24-7

November 30th, 2011
7:23 am

Spike

November 30th, 2011
7:24 am

I won’t say that word.

TK Harty

November 30th, 2011
7:25 am

Seems to be setting up nicely for an upset. Couldn’t happen to a finer bunch. Go Dogs!

KeepDreaming

November 30th, 2011
7:25 am

Dawgs are gonna win, Les Miles is a buffoon

minnesota dawg

November 30th, 2011
7:26 am

We will just have to see when they come to town. Special teams have to have no mistakes. No giveaways. Our offense has to be on with the pass. Our defense needs to shut them down early and allow the offense to score, which we will.

Spike

November 30th, 2011
7:26 am

Nice column, Bill. Hey Tigers! Underestimate UGA at your own risk!

GaTruth

November 30th, 2011
7:30 am

Would some please get Richt to show the team Kurt Russell’s pregame speach from Miracle! Heck Kurt even looks like Les Miles. “We play ‘em 10 times, they might beat us nine, but not tonight boys, not this time. This is your time! THere time is OVER!”

WhoLetThemDawgsOut

November 30th, 2011
7:31 am

Overconfidence spreads like wildfire! Love it!! Stupid to compare Dawgs D to Arkansas.

WhoLetThemDawgsOut

November 30th, 2011
7:32 am

Doggie in NC

November 30th, 2011
7:34 am

OK, let’s not wait until the 4th quarter – I say line up the big boy’s and run straight at them on the first series – make a statement to the kittens (remember Fla. game a few years back). When they come up to stop the run on the next series, then burn them with the bomb to Mitchell. GO DOGGIES!

GaTruth

November 30th, 2011
7:34 am

Remember last time? AJ got the most bogus call of all time for excessive celebration and we had to kick off from the 25? They no longer had to throw th eball to get into scoring position and ran one up the gut. Won teh game on a BS call that caused a special teams issue. We have to be perfect and the refs can’t screw us again.

Old Dawg Fan

November 30th, 2011
7:35 am

I love the article Bill-as usual!!! I also love us being the “underdawgs”! We may just really suprise this bunch of LSU Tigers. I am man enough to say I was calling for CMR’s “head” end of last year and first of this year but he has really turned things around. Don’t underestimate our Junkyard Dawgs!!!! Go you Silver Britches!!!!

Jeff lsu

November 30th, 2011
7:39 am

we’ve earned the right to be high on ourselves. we’ve beaten three top 5 teams this year. have you? you haven’t beaten a single team that is currently ranked. you’re dumb linebacker is the one who is kokky or should we say kookie. as good or better defense than us? lmao. i think the comp scores speak for themselves.

VA DAWG

November 30th, 2011
7:41 am

Les Miles’ only losing record to a team in the SEC is UGA. Hope we keep that intact. GO DAWGS!

Grantham's Mother

November 30th, 2011
7:42 am

LSU is gonna eat my boy’s lunch.

mks

November 30th, 2011
7:44 am

@ ga truth…..I remember that Bs…still fresh on the mind.

Grantham's Mother

November 30th, 2011
7:45 am

He likes PB@J’s

Grantham's Mother

November 30th, 2011
7:47 am

And I make sure he has his milk money.

Bob Smith

November 30th, 2011
7:47 am

@Jeff lsu Do not get to confident. The football landscape is littered with teams that “could not” lose.

minnesota dawg

November 30th, 2011
7:48 am

Jeff, for one thing, I think that if LSU plays Alabama again, Alabama wins. They shot themselves in the foot missing three field goals. Let’s see how our defense holds up. LSU hasen’t faced a quarterback like ours, plus we really have home field advantage in the Dome. I’m just glad we have a chance to play LSU.

Grantham's Mother

November 30th, 2011
7:49 am

He likes his Ding Dongs too!

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
7:49 am

I would have chalked up all of the talk about the SEC East being terrible to ignorant fans, but Paul Johnson said it as diplomatically as he needed to last week. Basically, GA and the SEC East are awful. Muschamp added to it. We have so many talking heads and football people saying this that it has stuck. ESPN and SI were both calling for UGA to lose to Tech last week, and that tells you what they think of us. Now, everyone has convinced themselves that the Dawgs will get blown out, not just the LSU fans. We haven’t even moved in the polls much even when we beat teams very impressively–we beat Auburn worse than LSU or Alabama, basically toning down the attack in the 2nd half. We’ll see what our Dawgs can do on the field….Go Dawgs.

Grantham's Mother

November 30th, 2011
7:50 am

Who’s Urban? He left a message for my boy.

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
7:54 am

CPJ even taunted the SECE last week, saying we’ll see who is the best in the matchups. “Terrible” Vandy crushed Wake, SC whipped Clemson, and UGA stuffed Tech. The Gators did find a way to lose to FSU, but honestly, if they had just punted every time their offense got the ball, their defense and special teams might have won it.

Jeff lsu

November 30th, 2011
7:54 am

well we beat them at their place. like i said check the comp teams and your score versus ours. dont even pretend your defense is close to ours. oh we havene’t faced a qb like murray? whatever. that is pure bs. oregon qb, bama qb and wv qb are all as good as murray. he’s thrown 10 int’s this year. that’s about 1 a game. i bet you will see 2 against our d. oh and you’re a two td underdog. those win like 3% of the time.

mks

November 30th, 2011
7:54 am

@ Jeff lsu….. Just to let u know…Uganda was underdogs to lsu b4 and u want to know what happened? If ur a lsu fan u know Uga beat those pu$$!e$..laugh on that.

Football Fan

November 30th, 2011
7:55 am

How is the LSU attitude any different than what Jarvis Jones has been saying the last few days?

mks

November 30th, 2011
7:55 am

Stupid spell check…Uganda= uga

Satchmo

November 30th, 2011
7:57 am

“We don’t have a chance in this thing.” Look at them, they are hugh and fast, they”ll steal everything we put in the air. My God, I hope nobody gets killed. We have nobody to run the ball, they have everything. But maybe, just maybe we can “hunker down” one last time. Look is that “sugar ” falling from the sky. I think it is.

Bobdog

November 30th, 2011
7:58 am

I don’t want to just beat them, but knock them down to no. 3 in the BCS.

PAUL7

November 30th, 2011
8:00 am

we beat Auburn worse than LSU or Alabama, basically toning down the attack in the 2nd half. ? WHAT? you did? let’s see now AU had 37 yds at the end of the 3rd qtr the offense hadn’t scored a point ( never did score ) and the 14 points was off a t/o and a kickoff return so quit skewing the facts!i think AU finished with maybe 100 yds of TOTAL offense man some people hide the facts, here’s one fact though, GA loses

mks

November 30th, 2011
8:00 am

@ satchmo stop sniffing that sugar…It’s bad for ur health

Jeff lsu

November 30th, 2011
8:00 am

since you asked here’s the facts

ga 27 miss 13 lsu 52 miss 3
ga 24 miss st 10 lsu 19 miss st 6–thursday night game after a sat game
ga 20 tenn 12 lsu 38 tenn 7
ga 24 fla 20 lsu 41 fla 11

you idiots still think your defense is as good as ours? probably seeing how delusional you are.

PAUL7

November 30th, 2011
8:00 am

BAMA would put a whipping on GA as LSU will

Columbus Dawg

November 30th, 2011
8:03 am

It sounds to me like they have a real live dumb… for a sideline reporter over in the craphole they call Baton Rouge. He has no knowledge of anything UGA if he is stupid enough to believe that they will beat the Dawgs worse than Petrino. Arkansas has no D to speak of, and while their QB Wilson is a good player, LSWho will quickly see the difference in the elite receiving corps that has emerged in Athens.

It sounds like the whole bunch, players, fans, and the Louisiana media have completely bought in to the ESPN hype of their team. It also seems that at their own peril, they have bought into the constant UGA bashing that has taken place by the sports media as a whole. They have discounted the new attitude that has returned to Athens after three years of decline. It takes a special coach to get his players attention back after the goings on in Athens recently.

I know that UGA brought a lot of the media bashing on themselves after ESPN promoted them to the preseason #1 spot in 2008, we all know the results of the games that killed us that year, but people like ESPN will not acknowledge the injury factor that prevented UGA from holding up the expectations, so there for the LSU people will stand on the things they are told by their idols at ESPN.

The Dawgs have a much better chance of knocking off the Tigers than they are being given by most in my opinion, and a win would then have most of the same ESPN bobbleheads doing an immediate about face towards Georgia Football.

CoastDog

November 30th, 2011
8:04 am

Why would anyone want their tiger to geaux?

PAUL7

November 30th, 2011
8:04 am

Jeff lsu true…….they don’t look at the facts oh btw BAMA will BEAT LSU the next time ( blown call by the ref on the int by reid and stupid calls by saban cost BAMA the game LSU is TOUGH! if we had punted the ball 4 of those 6 times instead of fg attempts placing LSU DEEP in inside the 10 we would’ve capitalized on it and caused to’s leading to field position and eventually pulling away from LSU 27-10

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
8:06 am

Paul, Les runs up the score and Mark doesn’t. Not slamming, Les may be smarter because we obviously aren’t doing to well in the polls. You had to actually watch the game. UGA stopped throwing in the second half or they would have hung 60+ on them. There is more to this than stats, and yes special teams count.

Joey

November 30th, 2011
8:07 am

Again, Dawg fans, Les’ record and Richt’s record means NOTHING! It’s one game, in 2011. If previous meetings meant anything, wouldn’t we have stomped Boise again?

It will take a perfect game by the D, Murray, and the O-line, with no turnovers, just to stay close. We’re not gonna score much, evidenced by Patrino’s Hogs getting shut down, but I don’t think LSU can score 30 on Grantham’s defense.

I hope, Bobo is planning on avoiding LSU’s excellent, ball-hawking DBs, and pass rush, but using two tight ends for pass protection, and as targets for short passes.

We have no hope of running wide on them, so it will be runs between the tackles, which we have had mixed success this season. Maybe Crowell will have the game of his life.

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
8:09 am

Football Fan, Jones was very respectful of LSU, but you have to read his whole interview. I guarantee you he doesn’t think UGA will blow LSU out; I think he is saying we can compete when he keeps getting asked the variations of this question–the talking heads are saying that LSU will destroy UGA, will you be scared to take the field?

ARdawg

November 30th, 2011
8:12 am

Good column Bill!

If you want some passion responses, lighten up on your filters

@ Jeff

November 30th, 2011
8:13 am

A blocked punt here … a pick 6 there … a bomb or two and LSU finds itself behind just like in 2005 … beware

ARdawg

November 30th, 2011
8:15 am

A 13 point underdog in this game is an excellent opportunity to pick up some extra Christmas cash. Place your bets and “Let the Big Dawg eat”

LSU Fans

November 30th, 2011
8:16 am

Arrogance is one thing. Confidence is another.

LSU has good reason to be confident. Arrogance is all that the Dawgs have to cling to.

Best of luck UGA… You’ll need it. A train is coming down the track. It’s a Pain Train.

Stop, Look and Listen.

Dogs Smell

November 30th, 2011
8:16 am

Jeff If If If and if that were to happen to Walton High V/S UGA Walton would have a chance to win !

dawgdip

November 30th, 2011
8:17 am

To lsuJeff Maybe you should purchase a dictionary and learn the proper use of conjunctions before you call anyone an idiot.

CHDawg

November 30th, 2011
8:18 am

Troll alert: Tech fans impersonating LSU fans.

VaBeachDawg

November 30th, 2011
8:18 am

Of course LSU is the overwhelming favorite. They are all supermen. No weaknesses. A grass-eating genius for a head coach. Lots of loud obnoxious fans. We have no chance.

But we might just show up anyway.

mks

November 30th, 2011
8:21 am

@ chdawg…lmfao