Richt’s Dogs need to regain their mojo as Road Warriors

Mark Richt's road record used to be a thing of wonder. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt's road record used to be a thing of wonder. (Associated Press)

Remember when Mark Richt’s road record was a thing of wonder?

Invariably, it was the stat that broadcast crews latched on to when the Dogs were playing an away game: Heading into Knoxville in 2007 Georgia was a remarkable 23-3 in true away games under Richt (not counting neutral-site games like the annual bout in Jacksonville with Florida or SEC championship or bowl games).

But the Dogs, who would finish that season ranked No. 2, somehow lost to Tennessee in Neyland Stadium that year, and while they bounced back on the road in 2008, including a big win at LSU, things haven’t been quite the same since.

There were regular season road defeats by Oklahoma State and Tennessee (again) in 2009, and then in 2010 the wheels came off, with away-game losses to South Carolina, Mississippi State, Colorado and Auburn.

Last season, a scheduling quirk meant the Dogs avoided a true road loss, though they dropped three neutral-site games to Boise State, LSU and Michigan State.

As the Athens Banner-Herald pointed out, Georgia is 6-9 in games away from Athens the past two seasons and 10-12 the last three seasons.

What happened? There are lots of factors that figure into the decline. Georgia’s overall record hasn’t been as good in recent years, mostly due to uneven talent in certain areas. There also were changes in the coaching staff — with one in particular coming a couple of seasons later than it should have.

But you also get the feeling that while Richt didn’t suddenly forget how to coach a team up for a game on the road, he might have relaxed a bit after his second SEC title in 2005.

Whatever the reason, now would be a great time for the Georgia coach to get back in touch with that road magic he once had, since his team is approaching one of the biggest away games in years in the trip to Columbia, Mo., to induct the trash-talking Tigers into the SEC.

“Before I got here freshman year, Georgia was a really good road team,” senior defensive end Abry Jones noted to the ABH. “We fell off a little bit. We’re going to look at our past road games and try to build off of them.”

Indeed, with the Mizzou game and the away game at South Carolina looming as Georgia’s biggest challenges this season, Richt definitely needs to find a way to make his team Road Warriors again.

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161 comments Add your comment

Lets Be Honest

September 5th, 2012
10:47 am

Lets Be Honest

September 5th, 2012
10:49 am

If we can get Rambo and Ogletree back I think we’ll be fine.

Moobs Johnson

September 5th, 2012
10:52 am

So basically what your saying is that Richt has taken a nap on the job of at least five years? And he is still employed? In this economy, most Americans wish they had that kind of luxury.

wallydog13

September 5th, 2012
10:54 am

Home or road right now doesn’t matter… I don’t think there is any question we have better athletes than Missouri… The real question is who wants it more, every game, every quarter, every series. That goes mostly for the players, but the coaches too. I’m hoping the Dogs come out hungry and give it everything they’ve got. If we do that, we win. And I don’t care if we win 49-0 or 21-20, just fight for the win, whatever it takes! Go Dogs!

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Old Dawg

September 5th, 2012
10:59 am

Just win baby!

piermontdawgny

September 5th, 2012
10:59 am

since Mizzou is not ranked we should win this thing! on the other hand, I am not convinced how well we will perform against ranked teams….

that said, dawgs win 38-20

Grantham's The Man!

September 5th, 2012
11:02 am

Time to become road warriors again! GATA!

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mad~catfish

September 5th, 2012
11:08 am

time to get after it…go for the W…not just get a lead and sit on it…these guys will pass you to death if you try that crap…. 70 may not be enough

SSIgator

September 5th, 2012
11:08 am

“Georgia coach to get back in touch with that road magic he once had”
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That is like going back to 1980 – Not with St. Markus Rectumus

Desert Fox

September 5th, 2012
11:12 am

Who the heck knows anymore. You just don’t know what GA team is going to show up on game day. Will the D be up? The offense? Lets hope they bring the A game on both sides of the ball. MO will score. Just hope we score more.

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SSIgator

September 5th, 2012
11:21 am

“Richt didn’t suddenly forget how to coach a team up for a game on the road”
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Why limit it to road games? He seems to have forgotten in general, no matter what the venue. Maybe help is on the way – If he ever finishes his “Cutting Edge Football” course.

RiffRaff

September 5th, 2012
11:29 am

I’ve got a bad feeling about this game with Mizzou. The D didn’t handle the Buffalo QB very well and this Franklin dude is better.

bill arp

September 5th, 2012
11:35 am

Hate to say it, but I’m going with Mizz-34/UGA-28(with a couple of missed FG’s)…

Dawg Haus

September 5th, 2012
11:38 am

Missouri is only trash talking because they’re nervous. If the Dawgs go up there and treat this like a business trip, playing solid football in all three aspects of the game, they will win convincingly. Go old men!

gomdawg

September 5th, 2012
11:41 am

Georgia will be fine , all ya’ll giving our team a bad mouth look Buffalo was not a team to get up about , Georgia will beat Mizzou 31 – 17 GO DAWGS

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gomdawg

September 5th, 2012
11:43 am

bill arp , what the hell do you know about Georgia Football

mad~catfish

September 5th, 2012
11:53 am

i just hope it doesn’t come down to a field goal!

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RanDawg

September 5th, 2012
12:03 pm

-If Richt would just get fired up and let it show to his players,they would play with more intensity…saying you’re going on a “business trip” over and over again doesn’t sound fired up to me….

iTiSi

September 5th, 2012
12:07 pm

There will be some disappointed DAWGS on here come Sunday AM. They lose this one as Missouri wants it worse, and it’s there on their home field. As long as MR recruits the “thug mentality” player, his road record will continue to decline, as will his overall record. It’s the “environment” and “discipline” thing that has this team by the throat.

Columbus Dawg

September 5th, 2012
12:08 pm

If I were a Gator, I do not think I would be on a Georgia blog running my mouth. The UGA Bulldogs are about to regain their rightful place as “Gator Keepers”. Mediocre Muschamp and that idiot he hired as OC will be run off before it’s over with. problem is, there is no viable replacement. UF was VERY lucky to land the P.O.S. Meyer as coach after Zook left, but the next coach at UF will resemble Galen Hall more than UM. Yeah, Florida won’t be happy in Jax for a long time to come!

ATLNative

September 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

GATA No regrets – The time is now!

Snoop Dawg

September 5th, 2012
12:17 pm

It’s the coaching, stupid.

… at $3M+ per year…

I’ll never buy a Ford pickup truck!

Lay off the Kool-aid Dawg Fans

September 5th, 2012
12:21 pm

0-9 vs the top 20 the last 3 years

but hey lets sign this staff to an even longer contract extension

Snoop Dawg

September 5th, 2012
12:21 pm

PS

Has anyone heard whether Markt Ricked ever got that graduate degree in football? Remember, Greg McCavity relieved him of all his administrative duties where he could concentrate all his mental energies on graduate-level studies of the game of football. This time would allow him to focus like a Bill Clinton laser beam.

Well, did he ever complete those graduate studies?

I know that several opposing coaches: Peterson, Spurrier, Miles, and the guy from Mich State have schooled him during games the past couple of seasons.

I am just wondering if all that extra time that McCavity freed up for him has paid off in more football knowledge?

He may have just used that extra time to vacation in Honduras…

Overrated Dogs

September 5th, 2012
12:28 pm

Mizzou wins this one easily.

Lay off the Kool-aid Dawg Fans

September 5th, 2012
12:35 pm

0-9 against the top 20 the last 3 years i would say the coaching staff was at the hotel indigo with Tony and Butler watching the game on tv

Visions of 08

September 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

Visions of 08

September 5th, 2012
12:44 pm

When will the rest of Dawg nation gonna finally wake up? Winning and dropping in the polls makes UGA and Richt a laughing stock. Its time to demand a change!

DAWG258

September 5th, 2012
12:47 pm

My good friend SSI – go and hide somewhere your blogging Privileges of negativity should be revoked until your team is in a position to be on an even or above level of who you’re trying to down.
Remember I said 6 – 6 ….. LOL

Swami Sez

September 5th, 2012
12:48 pm

Mizzou will be Richts waterloo…………..

DouglasDawg95

September 5th, 2012
12:51 pm

Rambo and Tree are out 4 games period. If we can’t home with a W then I swear, I don’t think we will ever get to the BCS.

SSIgator

September 5th, 2012
12:52 pm

Columbus Dawg

September 5th, 2012 – 12:08 pm

If I were a Gator, I do not think I would be on a Georgia blog running my mouth. The UGA Bulldogs are about to regain their rightful place as “Gator Keepers”.
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Careful, you are drooling Kool-Aid all over yourself. Why not just start with seeing if UGA can finally beat UF two years in a row (since it hasn’t happened since the 1980’s) first and then see if anyone outside of Athens notices. UGA – Home of the ten occasional ten win season, but no titles.

Lay off the Kool-aid Dawg Fans

September 5th, 2012
12:54 pm

why do fans come on here talking about championships

good grief wake up 0-9 vs the 20 the last 3 years and people are talking about championships

Lay off the kool-aid people

Sad Richards

September 5th, 2012
12:57 pm

I think my Dawgs are going to flop in Columbia. Our Dawgs have become “Old Man” and boring football with Richt.

joe jenkins

September 5th, 2012
1:06 pm

The wheels started to come off when BVG left….that’s when we started to slowly lose road games. willie has set us back for yrs….and jury is still out on grantham, we need to jump out to a 21-0 lead if we are going to win this game…we have to take the crowd out early….

Lay off the Kool-aid Dawg Fans

September 5th, 2012
1:06 pm

you might ought to worry more about Tennessee than flopping in Columbia

SSIgator

September 5th, 2012
1:07 pm

“somehow lost to Tennessee in Neyland Stadium that year”
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Somehow? It was called getting your azz handed to you in your helment.

Lay off the Kool-aid Dawg Fans

September 5th, 2012
1:07 pm

21-0 means nothing

this coaching staff will let off the gas and then let the other team back in the game

Sad Richards

September 5th, 2012
1:13 pm

Richt has no passion. When Buffalo scored 16 points in the first half against us all Richt did was look up at the scoreboard rub his hands through his receding hair line while looking clueless.

GATiger

September 5th, 2012
1:14 pm

Sad Richards, don’t be so sad. The Tigers will discover soon enough that “old man football” is the formula for winning in the SEC.

TonTDog

September 5th, 2012
1:14 pm

Murray lights it up, Dogs roll big—33-13—take it to the bank!

Big Red Elephant

September 5th, 2012
1:17 pm

365 days of hard nosed Alabama football…. no gimmicks, no black outs and no pool parties…. just tough practices , just championships!

Dirty Dawg

September 5th, 2012
1:24 pm

Knock their QB’s d@@k off and we’ll be just fine…let him pull it down and run free like the Buffalo QB and we’re not.

HeyWino

September 5th, 2012
1:29 pm

1) Apparently only one Missouri kid trash talked, so aren’t we the ones who are sounding nervous on this board?
2) Rankings???? Really? Rankings are meaningless until October–ask Michigan.
3) Better athletes? How do we know? Haven’t played ‘em since ‘60. Last time I checked William Moore and Sean Weatherspoon were pretty good athletes. I do know I flew to Denver to see the Dawgs play Colorado a couple of years ago and we got beat. Missouri beat Colorado pretty good a few weeks later.
4) We’d better play A LOT better than last week. Just sayin.’

Dunwoody Tailgater

September 5th, 2012
1:31 pm

The problem this week is this: Mizz wants this first SEC win BAD. Way more than Buffalo wanted a win this past weekend. Way more than the Dawgs want it, I fear. Not to mention the away game problems,travel challenges, late start, suspensions, injuries, etc.