Georgia-Florida series: Welcome to the new normal

Ain't it sweet! (

Ain't it sweet! (

Old memes die hard.

On “SportsCenter” late Saturday night one of ESPN’s talking heads introduced a recap of the Dogs’ big win over the Gators by noting that “Florida has owned this series” since Steve Spurrier arrived in Gainesville.

That’s just the sort of glib commentary we’ve come to expect from the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports. Yes, we all know the Gators dominated the Georgia Bulldogs during the Spurrier years, with the former Gator QB going 11-1 against the team he hates above all others.

We also know that during that span University of Florida fans developed an interesting amnesia about all the years that went before, acting as if modern football history began in 1990.

It’s understandable that folks in Gainesville like to cite the Gators winning 18 games against Georgia since that time, but it’s also completely arbitrary.

Why start with 1990? Why not start with 1964, when Vince Dooley arrived in Athens? Oh, yeah, he had a 17-7-1 record against the Gators, which they’d just as soon forget.

But the lazy media penchant for playing along with that Gatorized view of football history should have run its course by now. The Visor has been absent from Gainesville for more than a decade and is no more relevant to the discussion these days than Dooley is.

In the years since Spurrier left, the Georgia-Florida rivalry has become ultra competitive. The past nine years? Florida holds a slim 5-4 edge. Over the past six years, it’s dead even at 3-3.

So let’s put to rest this business of anyone “owning” the battle for the Okefenokee Oar, OK?

Unless, that is, we want to start the count with 2011, the Muschamp Era, during which Georgia has won two in a row, making Coach Boom 0-fer against his alma mater.

How’s that for being owned?

A few other thoughts and observations from the Dogs’ win over the Gators …

Jarvis Jones, named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, deserves all the plaudits he’s gotten after the Florida game, but let’s give a big woof also to Damian Swann, who forced the fumble that was recovered by Jones on the Gators’ third offensive play of the game, setting up the Dogs’ first score, and also intercepted a Jeff Driskel pass in the third quarter, leading to a Marshall Morgan field goal.

While we’re at it, let’s note that Mike Gilliard, who felt “disrespected” after Shawn Williams essentially called him out earlier in the week by saying Alec Ogletree and Amarlo Herrera should never come out of the game, responded nicely. Gilliard had six tackles against the Gators, which tied him with Williams, Ogletree and Herrera.

Zander Ogletree celebrates with fans after the win over the Gators. (Bob Andres / AJC)

Zander Ogletree celebrates with fans after the win over the Gators. (Bob Andres / AJC)

And how about forgotten man Zander Ogletree, who came in at fullback after Merritt Hall got hurt and not only did a good job blocking but caught a pass for a first down on Georgia’s first drive. …

There’s a fine line between inspired play and out of control, and the Dawgs crossed it too many times Saturday, drawing a ridiculous 14 penalties for 132 yards. The challenge for the Georgia coaching staff this week (particularly on defense) is to find a way to keep the players fired up for Ole Miss while getting the penalty situation in hand. …

Georgia hasn’t had very good luck with trick plays this season. Too often, they appear to be successfully completed only to be wiped out by a penalty, as was the case again Saturday with the onside kick. …

Malcolm Mitchell is back where he should be and that produced great results Saturday, with the erstwhile cornerback catching five passes, including the big one for a touchdown. Which prompted one of my favorite postgame quotes from Mark Richt, who shortly before that had pulled Mitchell after an unsportsmanlike conduct call. “I’m glad I put Malcolm back in the game,” said UGA’s master of understatement.


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October 28th, 2012
9:52 pm

First! Go Dawgs!

Glory between the hedges

October 28th, 2012
9:52 pm

We will have to be careful with Ole Miss this week. They are much improved from last season. I definitely am not sold on an easy win.


October 28th, 2012
10:03 pm

I was shocked and in awe how we won that game. It’s a shame a player had to inspire the team instead of the coaching staff. Oh well , a win is a win, but this one is pretty damn sweet.

Strat Cat Dawg

October 28th, 2012
10:06 pm

I love the way you’re calling out the trolls, Bill!

Mobile Dawg

October 28th, 2012
10:11 pm

We haven’t played a game that physical against a quality opponent in memory. Hopefully Richt and Bobo learned some things from the gutsy performance. If you challenge a group, the Oline, they will respond. I thought they should have used Gurley more given his success in the first half, Murray might not have had two of those picks had we continued to pound the run.

Obviously the defense was spectacular, and the tackling on the special teams was tenacious. Need to channel those emotions, play at a high level but with more discipline. They looked like “Junkyard Dawgs”.


October 28th, 2012
10:11 pm

@bardawg …some times when it comes from a teammate it hits a nerve more than from a coach…been there and done that. Now get off the coach’s back and support “the team”.

Dawg Haus

October 28th, 2012
10:18 pm

That game was one of the sweetest in recent memory. The Dawgs came out hungry from the opening kickoff and never let up. So proud of our football program! I could get used to winning on a regular basis in Jacksonville, too!

social circle dawg

October 28th, 2012
10:24 pm

Great game. Bulldog Nation owes thanks to Shawn Williams…..period. Aaron is Murray questionable. Kid looked rattled big time. Go Dawgs.


October 28th, 2012
10:26 pm

Also @bardawg… We don’t necessarily hear about everything that goes on at practice or in the locker room. We don’t REALLY know everything that the coaches do or don’t do. I LIKE the fact that Richt doesn’t throw his players under the bus. He criticizes privately and praises publicly. That’s how you win the respect of your players.

And this whole thing about not showing emotion on the sideline? I don’t recall Tom Landry being all that emotional, and he did OK. I think it’s just the idea that everyone should be like some of the currently successful coaches, that that is the only way to achieve success. I like the idea of a leader remaining calm. I don’t want a captain on my ship(or commander of my battalion, etc) having to be emotional to get his sailors/soldiers to do what is expected. It is a tactic to be used sparingly. And I think Richt understands that…

Snake Plisskin

October 28th, 2012
10:33 pm

Murray has a rough time with really good defenses…wait I take that back, the entire team has problems with really good teams…if #29 didn’t play, or he wasn’t at full strength, then the game would have been different…just enjoy the win…


October 28th, 2012
10:34 pm

Interesting…there was all this talk about Mark Richt just not being able to beat Florida. Is this the beginning of the “Will Muschamp just can’t beat Georgia” era? Thanks for bringing up the history of the UGA/FLA rivalry. So many forget that Georgia leads the series. And isn’t it ironic that despite the fact that Spurrier was able to beat his rival, it’s his former team that may have spoiled his chances of returning to the SEC championship? I really believe that South Carolina expended all of their energy on the Georgia game. Spurrier hatred for Georgia really isn’t healthy, is it?


October 28th, 2012
10:52 pm

Great well earned win! I am more proud of this win than I was embarrased by the SC game. What makes so many people think the coaches have not said to the players what Shawn Williams said? Good for Shawn, just wished he did not identify any specific players.

Coach Richt, I am sorry for questioning whether you and the st’aff could get these supremely talented kids ready to play in the biggest games. Let’s win out and get ready for LSU or Bama.


October 28th, 2012
10:59 pm

But, Spurrier still drinks Georgia’s milkshake.


October 28th, 2012
10:59 pm

After such a great victory I hate to be negative but Murray just “chokes” in big games. I know some of his throws were dropped by receivers but many of his throws were off the mark. It seems if Murray gets a little heat in the pocket he panics and makes a bad throw. I thought our OL played much better in this game, great to see some running lanes for Gurley. You “win with defense” and we proved that last night. JJ is just a “beast” and the DL played great. I think CMR needs to go back into the market this year for a kicker, this kid we have now is too unreliable, he is going to cost us some close games in the future.

Congratulations to the Defense! Continue to play with the intensity you did last night and we will be hard to beat. We have the players to compete with anybody we proved that last night.


October 28th, 2012
11:02 pm

Snake Plisskin. . . If Tebow had not played in 08,09, then FL would have sucked. If Herschel had not played in 80-82, we would have sucked. Of course if your best players don’t play or are hampered by injury, you will not win many games.

Outer Banks Dawg

October 28th, 2012
11:17 pm


Great win for the Dawgs!

You are right about the restoration of the rivalry. Nothing could be sweeter than ruining the gator season, and giving ours a little boost.

I hope the fans will get behind this squad, and not get caught up in criticism of the players or talking about Alabama. We need to focus squarely on an Ole Miss team who has a good football coach who has had success against Georgia. Mississippi is a dangerous team with nothing to lose. They would want nothing more than to ruin it for Georgia. Not to mention Auburn, who by all accounts is AU-awful, but still. Nothing is guaranteed.

I’d like to see Georgia get on a roll against ole miss with the same sort of intensity (minus the flags) and get the talking heads talking about how Georgia is the hottest team in the country by years end.

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Outer Banks Dawg

October 28th, 2012
11:23 pm

Disregard the part about the Mississippi coach having had success against Georgia. I was confused. However, I still think they have the look of a solid football team in the making, and not to be taken lightly.


October 28th, 2012
11:34 pm

The Red and Black reaction — Satisfaction! Thanks team and coaches for an amazing effort! Keep this train rolling.


October 28th, 2012
11:37 pm

First of all, Go DAWGS, congratulations to CMR, next, pass me the crow!

Finally!! Now 7-19 Against End of Season Ranked Teams Since '05

October 28th, 2012
11:44 pm

How is it that Richt manages to do the very least to save his job???

Oh well, enjoyed the game very much. If we win out (and that’s a big if), we might have a chance against LSU (cuz they have no offense), but Bama will destroy us.

If that’s the case, 2012 is a replay of 2011…..everyone happy???


October 28th, 2012
11:58 pm

Ole Miss is well coached and won’t roll over. UGA better be up for this game.


October 29th, 2012
12:25 am

First, GO DAWGS!, second, listen to THIS call of the Jarvis Jones caused fumble: it’s two guys who have started their own broadcast and it is surprisingly good.

little stinger

October 29th, 2012
12:44 am

@ “Finally!! Now 7-19 Against End of Season Ranked Teams Since ‘05″

HAHAhahahahHa. Tech still sucks.


October 29th, 2012
6:26 am

Six turnovers and we win 17-9?

Richt saves his job and we win the privilege of being humiliated in the SEC Championship game?

Yeah, thanks but no thanks.

tell me again

October 29th, 2012
6:55 am

There are some people on this blog that couldn’t find a bar of gold in Fort Knox. Wah, wah, wah, if, if, if. Jeepers people we just beat the #2 team in the nation. WHAT’NOT TO LIKE? GO DAWGS!


October 29th, 2012
7:12 am

Pull for Alabama then, you little weasles.


October 29th, 2012
7:15 am

For us Dawgs that live in Florida.. Thanks Dogs!! How sweet it is!!!!

Salty Dawg

October 29th, 2012
7:42 am

Couple of thoughts….
Snake that comment you made is as ignorant as your monicker!Jones did play and so did the other DAWGS get over it
On Arron Murray he is a gamer period,but he is much like Farve and Romo in that he thinks he can thread the needle too much.He had the one Int get away from him and got a flyer the others were just to tight of throws to make.When he came back out in the 2nd half you could sense he was going to get it done.That last drive was golden and let’s remember Florida is a good defense this wasn’t Tech we were playing.
Gurley and Marshal are studs feed them the ball.Gurley got stronger as the game went on.
Mitchel needs to control his mouth but the guy is a player and took the game over on the last drive.We need to get the tight ends in the game plan more but our passing game is looking better every game.
The Defense played at the level of it’s talent for the first time,we looked like Junkyard Dogs! If our D plays like this the rest of the year we can play with anyone,period.The talent has been but the desire to hit someone just showed up.
So you haters keep hating and you bandwagon hoppers keep at it but this is a good team that can become a great team if they and the coaches stay aggressive.Go DAWGS GATA!!


October 29th, 2012
7:52 am

@Bill King,
I noted last week on several blogs that over the past 19 UGa-FL games, FL had a 15-4 record and had a “bye” week 15 times before playing the Dawgs. Now the record is 15-5 over 20 games with 15 “bye” weeks. Does anyone see a trend here?


October 29th, 2012
7:58 am

My season is now complete…I can walk around proudly with my UGA T on,. You can’t find a gator in Jax…..where are they??? No flags flying….no Timmy Tebow shirts….have the gators moved out of North Florida???


October 29th, 2012
8:16 am


October 29th, 2012
8:22 am

An ugly win is still a wing…Go Dawgs…

When talking crap here are a few things Florida fans need to learn…

1. Michael Vick didn’t play college football at UGA so talking bad about him doesn’t bother UGA fans!!!
2. We passed justas many trailer parks on our way to Jacksonville as did in Georgia so move on from this joke!!!
3) Not every Georgia fan is missing teeth!!!

Barry B.

October 29th, 2012
8:23 am

Ironically, the win guarantees more years of mediocrity and irrelevance for UGA, as Richt is now off the hot seat and will be firmly enthroned in Athens.

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

October 29th, 2012
8:32 am

How many dwags arrested today?


October 29th, 2012
8:41 am

Don’t start drinking the Kool-Aid. This is still the same coaching staff that has let down their team and fans far too many times. Under coaching or just flat out getting out coached far too often. While I’m happy the team won, that does nothing to solve the undercurrent of problems that have been there over the last 5 years. Team discipline being one for sure. Yes its a big game, but lack of coaching is still evident.

Wake up people FIRE RICHT.


October 29th, 2012
8:43 am

Yeah, Barry B., if only we could be in the top ten of the AP poll, then we would be relevant. Oh, wait…

Well, then, if we could just get in the top 10 of the BCS standings, THEN we would be relevant. Oh, wait…

Well, maybe if we beat Florida twice in a row, THEN we would be relevant. Oh, wait…

Well, maybe if we could just make it to the SEC championship game, THEN we would be relevant. Oh, wait… we did that last year, and are in the driver’s seat this year.

Just not quite getting your definitions of mediocre and relevance, sir! Unless championships are your ONLY definition of success. Then you must consider Auburn relevant and non-mediocre, because they won just 2 years ago. Personally, I’d take our situation over Auburn’s, because we have had success for 11 of the past 12 years. Do I want a championship? Sure I do, but so does EVERY other team in the NCAA. Don’t forget, THEY’RE trying to win, too!

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 29th, 2012
8:45 am

Glad to see a UGA team show up looking like Dooley and Russel was on the sidelines firing the team up

Maybe Richt should watch the game over and over a 1000 times to see that being an Energy Vampire will cost him yet another shot at playing for a national title

Bobo once again was absent minded in a big game


October 29th, 2012
9:14 am

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October 29th, 2012
9:17 am

I’m breaking my rule of acknowledging trolls, but where’s SSIgater…….


October 29th, 2012
9:22 am

Dawg fan in Orlando, wore my UGA cap yesterday and only had an LSU fan congratulate me on the win…loved it…Gator fans stunned and silent….Go Dawgs!

Blind Squirrel

October 29th, 2012
9:29 am

Yep even a Blind Squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. Still same Boo Boo and atill undiciplined players running their mouths and making Bone headed mistakes. Keep drinking the Kool Aid people its the same ole Georgia.


October 29th, 2012
9:42 am

GaterHater – I’m with you.
Hello-o-o-o SSIgator?….

Swami SEZ

October 29th, 2012
9:46 am

Dawgs will have a letdown before seasons end.. Bank on it!

Dawg Fud

October 29th, 2012
9:50 am

Don’t know that I blame Bobo for lack of offensive production. Murray was absolutely horrible. Can we all agree that he is an average SEC QB whose stats overshadow his trophy case?

Plus, let’s give Florida some credit. Their defense is pretty dang good, too.


October 29th, 2012
9:51 am

I am so happy for Mark Richt,all you idiots on here shut up,you have no clue what coaching is all about He is a Tom Landry type of coach but you may be too young to know about Landry.Do you realize how hard it is to go undefeated in SEC,be proud of what we have and let Muschamp continue to scream and lose against UGA.I will stand behind Mark Richt and his conservative winning style.GO DAWGS

00mpa L00mpa Dawg

October 29th, 2012
9:55 am

Lets face it Murray is horrible in big games. The defense bailed him out against Florida. Sure do like Will Muschamps intensity too. Wished Richt would have an ounce of it as well.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 29th, 2012
10:07 am


we all know how hard it is to win in the SEC but year after year we play several games SC KY where we have no idea what UGA team is going to show up

Getting beat by SC when the team is playing to win is one thing; getting blown out and embarrassed by SC is another; this has been a year after year trait of this coaching staff

Consider this...

October 29th, 2012
10:11 am

GO DAWGS! I’m eating crown and rather enjoy it. All of the haters and pessimists, find another team to root for. Being this negative after a win against Florida, who just happens to be the #2 team in the nation, is just plain stupid.

Jake Dawg

October 29th, 2012
10:12 am

I said after the SC game that all the naysayers could go get wet. It’s a long season. Glad to be where we are right now. That was a fun game to watch.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 29th, 2012
10:18 am

its not negative its reality

We should have never lost to SC period much less get blown off the field against them