Which Georgia team will show up against Ole Miss?

Will John Jenkins and the rest of the Dogs defense come out fired up again this week? (Bob Andres/ AJC)

Will John Jenkins and the rest of the Dogs defense come out fired up again this week? (Bob Andres/ AJC)

A lot of Bulldogs fans are worrying that Ole Miss might prove to be a “trap” game for a Georgia team with a disturbing tendency to play down to its opponent’s level.

They wonder whether the defense that came out all fired up against the Gators after being called out as “too soft” will rise to the occasion without provocation. Even Mark Richt has half-joked that maybe someone needs to call them “sissies” in order to get Georgia defenders’ blood boiling.

Nationally, college football watchers wonder, like CBSsports.com asked, “Which Georgia team shows up? The one that beat Florida or the one that was pounded by South Carolina and barely beat Kentucky?”

Then there are others, like the folks at CollegeFootballNews.com, who see Georgia’s play against Florida as a fluke and believe the anemic showing against Kentucky comes closer to telling us what kind of team these Bulldogs are.

As CFN sums it up: “The Bulldogs had to go to a special place to ramp themselves up for Florida, and even then the team didn’t play all that well with just 273 yards of total offense with 14 penalties, three picks, and converting one of ten third down chances. That might have been a one-shot deal, and Georgia could easily slip back to its pre-Gator mold and be the mediocre team that struggled against a miserable UK team and had issues putting away Tennessee and Florida Atlantic. With a terrific pass rush and an aggressive defensive front that’s great at screwing things up, it’s possible the Rebels could catch an unfocused Georgia team napping a bit.”

In fact, CFN predicts exactly that, picking Ole Miss to knock off the SEC East frontrunner.

Of course, that’s not likely to be the consensus view this week. Most observers think that, while Georgia might have trouble coming out ramped up for Ole Miss, the Bulldogs still have too much talent to lose to the Rebels.

Still, it’d make a nice change of pace if Richt’s team came out this week with a determination to prove the naysayers and doubters wrong and put Ole Miss away early rather than following this year’s typical scenario of letting lesser teams dictate play early on while waiting until the second half to get rolling.

Georgia’s easily the better team. But will the Bulldogs play like it?

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Gurley & Marshall

October 31st, 2012
10:41 am

Too much at stake for this team to come out flat!

Beat the Rebels and a PATHETIC Auburn team and the SEC East crown belongs to the Dawgs!

Pat

October 31st, 2012
10:43 am

Dawgs will crush the Rebels. Don’t over think it.

Say WHAT?

October 31st, 2012
10:44 am

“Georgia could easily slip back to its pre-Gator mold and be the mediocre team that struggled against a miserable UK team and had issues putting away Tennessee and Florida Atlantic.”

Umm, they need to check their facts. Thew Dawgs PUMMELED FAU 56-20 and scored 28 second half points to EASILY put them away. Haters gonna hate. STOP. Hatin’s Bad!!

Dawg82373

October 31st, 2012
10:45 am

Agreed !! If there not focused & playing well it falls on the coaching staff , 2nd chance the east is yours for the taking should be enough motivation . GO DAWGS !!

red5.ws

October 31st, 2012
10:46 am

Season is shaping up like 2007. I see this team STEAM ROLLING Ole Miss, Auburn, GSU, and GT. The Florida game was the shot in the arm they needed.

dawg gummit

October 31st, 2012
10:47 am

Okay I’ll do it if that what takes to get them to play like junkyard dawgs………….The bulldogs are soft and play like sissies!!!!!

Swoopin

October 31st, 2012
10:52 am

My underachieving Auburn team is gonna beat the Dogs on Nov. 17th!

WDE

dawg gummit

October 31st, 2012
10:56 am

Swoopin I’m afraid you have been eating too many of those “special” cookies!!

LOL @ Auburn

October 31st, 2012
10:56 am

Gene Chizneck’s squad will have trouble beating New Mexico St this weekend, Aaron Murray, Gurley & Co. will steamroll the WarTigerPlainsmen of Lesser Opelika.

Strat Cat Dawg

October 31st, 2012
10:58 am

With Jarvis healthy, the rest of the players on D settling into their positions after the disruptions from suspensions, and confidence gained from the UF game, I believe the D will maintain a high level of play from here on out. I will predict boldly UGA takes care of business with Ole Miss (a good team showing steady improvement), wins out in the regular season and plays competitively in the SEC Championship game, regardless of opponent.

SSIgator

October 31st, 2012
11:04 am

“Which Georgia team will show up against Ole Miss?”
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Better question – limit the focus to which Murray the Midget will show up. Turning the ball over (three) less than your opponents (6) is a tough way to play the game and expect to win week in and week out. See SC game.

dawg gummit

October 31st, 2012
11:05 am

Dawgs are like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: you never know what you’ll get. One week it’s poor defense, the next week it’s poor special teams or poor offense. One of these days like the Vandy game we’ll put it all together against a top team and I think Alabama (if we get there) would be perfect setup for it to happen!!!!!

gbal

October 31st, 2012
11:12 am

With the supposed talet level that UGA has, we should not have to “GET UP” to handle Old Miss. That again seems to be the proble with UGAfor the past several years…We are expeced to GET UP, whn we really just need to develop a focus and discipline to maintan a levell of play th would be expected of our talent level and ability…

BAMA….. Are they ” GETTING UP” for evary game??? They have beaten Old Mis, UT, MSU, MO, and Arky by an average score of 40 -8. Are they “Getting UP” or every game or ae they imply playing focused and disciplined and doing a good job of scoutin their opponent and game planning??

Now Bama will GET UP for LSU… you can bet your arse… They GOT UP for Michigan in the opener with all the hype…. but otherwise thy just play sund smart football.

We have a coach whi says publicly thathe doesnt know if the team will show up FIRE UP or not; suggest that maybethe press tke care of motivation by writing an insulting article….

Just expect the team to pay at a consistent and disciplined level and things willl take cre of themselves these last 4 games…. Save the GETTING U”P for ATLANTA when it should take something extra!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

Hey SSIgator

October 31st, 2012
11:14 am

We understand you are crying like your players after the Gators lost their second consecutive game to the Bulldogs (and 3 of the last 4).

Just keep living vicariously through SC’s win over Georgia since Florida once again couldn’t get the job done. We’ll send you a postcard from the SECCG though, wish you were here!

Dawgs 17-Gators Failed to score a touchdown

SSIgator

October 31st, 2012
11:15 am

Of the sources, CFN has the most accurate take on the situation. St. Markus Rectumus going from 1-9 in top ten wins since 2008 to now being 2-9 does not change the overall dynamic of the UGA football team. The players were more responsible for what happened last weekend than anything the coaching staff did.

bill

October 31st, 2012
11:16 am

Which Georgia team will show up? — now there’s the rub — and the main characteristic of a CMR-coached team. Win out, and all of us “neysayers” will shut up…play down to our competition the rest of the regular season, and suddenly the ‘12 season becomes Groundhog Day…

Hey SSIgator

October 31st, 2012
11:19 am

Q: Why did the Gator cross the road?
A: Cause Gators couldn’t cross the goal line!

Comrade Muschamp is doing a mighty fine job!

GTBob

October 31st, 2012
11:19 am

Does it really matter? You are playing Ole Miss. Honestly, you guys should just start getting ready for Alabama, although i’m not sure even that much time is going to help.

TK said it best

October 31st, 2012
11:21 am

“I think the guys that have been here a while — myself, Christian Robinson, Bacarri Rambo, guys that have been here through the fire, through the 6-7 season — have realized that we’re Georgia,” King said. “We’re still that team that people need to fear when we walk on the field. It doesn’t have to always be bad for us. We can make it bad for somebody else.

“I think that we’ve realized that and we’ve said it and it’s echoed throughout the meeting rooms and things that we’re good. I think that’s a difference is just having those leaders tell everybody the way it was and the way it is now.”

dale

October 31st, 2012
11:27 am

SI, I thought it was a little bizarre for fans to chant “overrated” when they beat someone.

It’s beyond bizarre for a fan to say the team that just beat them is lousy.

“Your team beat our team, and your team sucks!”

davedawg

October 31st, 2012
11:28 am

I love the dawgs, but they’ll never be a great team until they get their O line and D line strong and heavy and deep. There’s no excuse for having to move around tackles and guards and especially centers. That’s why you never know which UGA team will show up. Consistancy and strength in the trenches. Gotta have it.

gbal

October 31st, 2012
11:28 am

Agree with Bill… this is a CMR problem that I wish e would address. Just playing focused and to 90% of our ability, with a dose of good coaching and game planning tossed in weekly should net UGA 10 wins per season, with 8-9 being convincing wins…(i.e. bama style…average game score 40-8)

Then a little extra juice or motivation for 2- big games per season puts us in position to win championships…. Instead we are saying we need t have the extra juice every week…. for Old Miss and UK.

Step it up dawgs

SSIgator

October 31st, 2012
11:33 am

“rather than following this year’s typical scenario of letting lesser teams dictate play early”
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Bill, it is not limited to this years team. It is the trademark of the coaching staff.

DCJohn

October 31st, 2012
11:33 am

2007 we used the Florida game as an impetus to great things – and ended up playing better than anyone else in the country. Remember that scary win over Vandy? Mark Richt is 2-0 when scoring first and drawing a celebration penalty. 2007 and 2012. Just saying.

Zebra

October 31st, 2012
11:33 am

Quoting CFN is like quoting Fox News- you knew they were stupid before you went there.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2012
11:49 am

Hopefully Richt has stopped reading the ENERGY VAMPIRE book

and continues reading the Shawn Williams book on “How to Motivate Your Team”" a step by step process on how to coach your team to not come out flat in games.

;)

UGA Insider

October 31st, 2012
11:50 am

UGA 32
Ole Miss 28

Historically UGA plays like crap after a big win and we have patted CMR & Co on the back too much already. This game scares me… wait and see it will be more of a nail-biter than UK.

GTBob

October 31st, 2012
11:55 am

and continues reading the Shawn Williams book on “How to Motivate Your Team”

One random moron on the team gets mad and calls out all of his teammates like a child, and all of the sudden he is an incredible motivational speaker. Congrats to you guys for stopping the number 102 ranked offense in the country who turned the ball over almost every play. Amazing defensive performance.

dale

October 31st, 2012
11:58 am

SI, Florida routed Kentucky, and it took Georgia until the final possession to seal the win.
Georgia routed Vandy, and it took Florida until the final possession to seal the win.

Are you genuinely concerned about Georgia’s play? Or just a sore loser?

dale

October 31st, 2012
12:02 pm

Thanks GT, it was nice to beat a top 5 team. GT will have it’s chance against a top 5 on 11/24. We’ll see how they do.

tell me again

October 31st, 2012
12:03 pm

Gt boob. Has anyone reminded you how pathetic you are lately? You’re a joke. Please, go away.

GTBob

October 31st, 2012
12:09 pm

Thanks GT, it was nice to beat a top 5 team. GT will have it’s chance against a top 5 on 11/24. We’ll see how they do.

Personally, id rather play one of the 5 best teams in the country, not a team that is ranked high just because they don’t play anyone.

GADog

October 31st, 2012
12:09 pm

Mark this down—the Dogs are on a mission—they will blow out ole miss and auburn and upset alabama in the SEC champ game. jarvis will terorize the alabama QB like he did driskel. Dogs 27 alabama 19!!

Troy

October 31st, 2012
12:11 pm

I sure hope they come out on fire- time to put all this soft talk to bed……these guys need to show up and make a statement AGAIN!

SSIgator

October 31st, 2012
12:11 pm

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville -

He is still working on his “Cutting Edge Football” course. He will get around to Shawn’s book later.

dale

October 31st, 2012
12:15 pm

GTBob, I notice no FSU on the schedule for GT this year.

And Georgia’s schedule would be tougher if GT was better.

SSIgator

October 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville -

I am surprised that we have not heard from AltamahaDawg our his pal Nancy on this story yet since they are the in-house experts on all things UGA football. There must have been a meeting at the Kool-Aid Temple this morning. BTW, did you buy your yoga mat yet? And don’t forget to practice your chanting – they will have a test for you about them.

Zebra

October 31st, 2012
12:21 pm

“And Georgia’s schedule would be tougher if GT was better.”

It isn’t nice to point that out. It is like making fun of our special needs friends.

GTBob

October 31st, 2012
12:21 pm

And Georgia’s schedule would be tougher if GT was better.

Only slightly. You guys play at most three teams with a winning record this year. If Ole Miss doesn’t win another game which is possible then that becomes only two opponents with a winning record. Any team in the country would be ranked in the top 10 with that kind of schedule. Its pretty similar to the over inflated Boise St rankings of recent years.

dale

October 31st, 2012
12:28 pm

GTBob “at most three teams with a winning record,” maybe you should check your math on that.

And looking at the GT schedule I see the Yellow Jackets have played 3 teams with a winning record this year. Lost to Middle TN, lost to Clemson, lost to BYU.

Old Dawg

October 31st, 2012
12:28 pm

My biggest concern is the fast-paced offense Ole Miss runs and the way the UGA defense isn’t set until the last second. Hopefully Grantham will have an answer to that, though even Alabama wasn’t set on a lot of plays, causing Saban to question whether the rules should be changed to allow defenses to be set before the offense snaps the football.

Until that happens, defenses need to be prepared for a wild ride.

Go Dawgs!

Concerned

October 31st, 2012
12:32 pm

GTBob – you act like UGAs defense had nothing to do with FLAs six turnovers. The interceptions were both bad passes, but the fumbles were forced. Two of Murry’s interceptions hit our receivers in the hands – not Murrys issue. I guess if I was a GT fan I would have to go to someone else’s blog too, as I would have absolutely NOTHING positive to say about my team. Hang in there, basketball season is right around the corner!

USC Jimi

October 31st, 2012
12:33 pm

Hey SSlgator- Using your logic South Carolina owns UGA, three in a row and four of the last six! Just go play the games and shut-up!

Mobile Dawg

October 31st, 2012
12:33 pm

Defense forced the two bad passes.

GTBob

October 31st, 2012
12:34 pm

And looking at the GT schedule I see the Yellow Jackets have played 3 teams with a winning record this year

I am not claiming that GT is a top 5 team. Everyone agrees that we are probably the worst team in college football. If you are going to claim that you are one of the best teams if not the best team in college football then you should have something to back that up with which UGA doesn’t.

Concerned

October 31st, 2012
12:35 pm

SSICroc – it sucks to lose. The pain is obviously unbearable!

GTBob

October 31st, 2012
12:41 pm

GTBob – you act like UGAs defense had nothing to do with FLAs six turnovers. The interceptions were both bad passes, but the fumbles were forced.

So Florida played the best game of their lives but UGA was just too much of an unstoppable fumble forcing machine to do anything about it? Ok. Nevermind that UGA couldn’t force any fumbles against Kentucky. I guess Kentucky had stellar players lined up that Florida just couldn’t match.

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 31st, 2012
12:48 pm

All that counts is getting a win.All you Gator and GT fans can go suck on some rotten eggs!For the Gators,game over,deal with it.For the GT crowd…that ass whipping is coming in less than 30 days!

dale

October 31st, 2012
12:57 pm

GTBob, I don’t even know what point you are trying to make. Is it that you do not grasp the concept of athletic competition? In that case you’ve made your point.

You watched Georgia struggle with Kentucky, then you watched Georgia beat Florida. And now you’re walking into walls repeating “does not compute.”

davedawg

October 31st, 2012
12:59 pm

It’s going to be so much fun to ridicule the nerds after they get whipped by MDs fifth string QB.