Dogs must keep their eyes on the right prize

It's an exciting time for the Georgia Bulldogs, and that can be challenging. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

It's an exciting time for the Georgia Bulldogs, and that can be challenging. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The biggest challenge facing Mark Richt’s Bulldogs over the next couple of weeks may not be defending the triple option’s fullback dive against Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech or even dealing with those nasty legal-but-shouldn’t-be cut blocks that both teams employ.

Or even thinking about likely SEC Championship game opponent Alabama.

No, what the Dogs have to resist is getting caught up looking even farther ahead to where they’ll be if they manage to win out.

Already, players admitted to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, they’re keeping their eyes on the BCS standings, where Georgia sits at No. 5, with Bama and three undefeated teams ahead of them.

As Christian Robinson put it: “Everybody in the nation knows we’re cheering for other teams, because at this point it’s the only way we would have a chance of getting in” to the BCS national title game.

Richt may have the maturity to be able to not worry about what he can’t control, as he said this week, but his players can’t help but be like a kid looking in a toy store window.

“It’s a great feeling,” cornerback Sanders Commings said. “I came here to be a part of teams like this, and there is no better year than my senior year.”

Of course, you’d expect a bit of that what-if thinking anyway for a Top 5 team at this late stage of the season, but the fact that the eventual SEC champion, whether it’s the Dogs or not, will need help to make it to Miami makes the temptation to be thinking about the national standings even more compelling.

As quarterback Aaron Murray told the Times Free Press, “I’m definitely going to be watching the Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame matchups the next three weeks to see if two of them will lose.”

Fortunately, Murray seems to be doing a good job of keeping it in the proper perspective. “It definitely excites our guys. There is nothing wrong with thinking big and dreaming big as long as we make sure we focus on the next two weeks and finish the regular season strong.”

And that’s where the Georgia coaches come in. Rather than ignore the elephant in the room, they need to acknowledge the team’s excitement and thoughts about what lies ahead and channel it to make sure the Dogs come out against both Georgia Southern and Tech fired up and determined to take control of the game the same way they did against Auburn.

Otherwise, a Bulldog busy thinking about K State or the Fighting Irish might find an Eagle or a Yellowjacket rolling his feet right out from under him.

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143 comments Add your comment

Macclenny_dawg

November 14th, 2012
9:40 am

Pat

November 14th, 2012
9:40 am

One game at a time.

Kansas State loses to Baylor this week.

Macclenny_dawg

November 14th, 2012
9:42 am

The most important game is the next 1!!! Go Dawgs!!!

SBC Pastor

November 14th, 2012
9:45 am

It’s fun to get caught up in the “what ifs,” but it won’t matter two cents if we get caught napping against Georgia Southern or Georgia Tech.

tech lies tech cheats

November 14th, 2012
9:47 am

Coach Mark Richt has his squad focused on beating Georgia Southern and then he will move on to the maggots and eventually the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Prayers sent that the wreck’s cheap cut & chop blocks don’t injure to many Dawgs’ defenders prior to the SECCG – as that jerk Paul Johnson says, we have BIGGER FISH TO FRY!

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 14th, 2012
9:54 am

We would be better off playing ND instead of K-State or Oregon

Our defense would be humiliated by them and it would be the SC game all over again because Richt and Bobo wouldnt have a clue of what to do when the scoreboard said 21-0 again

Dawg_Mike

November 14th, 2012
10:05 am

The ONLY game that matters is this weeks against the Eagles.

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ARdawg

November 14th, 2012
10:09 am

Patched tire

I have to disagree with you there. ND has a good defense that might cause us some problems. OR and KState, not so much

Jville Dawg

November 14th, 2012
10:11 am

Question: I’m taking my son to the game this weekend for his 11th birthday and he FINALLY wants to do the Dawg Walk (had a fear of crowds when he was younger).

What time or how early pre-kickoff should we get there to insure he’s up front?
And where do you recommend we stand?

Thanks in advance!

Go Dawgs!

ARdawg

November 14th, 2012
10:11 am

Bill
Recommending the players keep their eyes off of the BCS is about the same as saying don’t drink beer and chase girls. They’ve put themselves in a position to matter and deserve to pay close attention.

Hopefully future teams will take note on how important it is to show up to play every game, even SC

45 ACP

November 14th, 2012
10:11 am

One game at a time. The cliche is so true.

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Dawg walk

November 14th, 2012
10:16 am

Correct me if im wrong but the dawg walk will be one hour and fourth five minutes before kickoff

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Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 14th, 2012
10:21 am

ARdawg

ND doesnt have an offense and lets be real what offense has ND really played; OK isnt all that but ok say OK is who else has ND played

ND hasnt faced an offense like UGA’s with 2 good RB’s and QB TE and WR;

Kstate has a great offense and a good defense that doesnt help us at all

Oregon doesnt have a great defense but the issue is they would easily score on our defense and then Richt and Bobo would do the typical conservative play calling thinking we will just try to keep them off the field calling the typical plays that would go 3 and out and put the D back on the field for another score and the SC game would be relived again

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November 14th, 2012
10:22 am

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Duncan Hines has the best Brownie Mix

November 14th, 2012
10:31 am

WOW!! WOW!! You got to be in the good stuff or a really unaware that we got totally beat down at USCe.We do not belong in the National Championship game.Hope we win the next two and the SECC game and go the Sugar Bowl.I would love to play Notre Dame.They will lose to USC.

ARdawg

November 14th, 2012
10:32 am

Patched
I don’t disagree with that. I think Georgia would beat any of those undefeateds. The same could be saifd for OR and KState. What good defenses have they played? They put a lot of points on the board is that because of a good offense or just playing bad defenses.

Case in point, Auburn had an awful defense. UGA likely could have scored everytime we got the ball. I wouldn’t judge Georgia’s offense as prolific based on the AU performance

LawDawg

November 14th, 2012
10:34 am

Jville – they usually announce the time at some point during the week (maybe check georgiadogs.com), but a good rule of thumb is about an hour and a half before game time, if memory serves.

ARdawg

November 14th, 2012
10:35 am

Patched
I don’t think OR would easily score on the UGA defense. Sure they will score, not as often and not as easily as they are accustomed. The year they played AU for the BCS they were putting up 50-60 points a game. AU’s defense wasn’t that good then and they barely managed 23 points?

45 ACP

November 14th, 2012
10:42 am

Oregon can and has been stopped before by Auburn and LSU when they had time to plan for them. I believe this team has grown and learned some lessons since the SC game.

SSIgator

November 14th, 2012
10:45 am

“There is nothing wrong with thinking big and dreaming”
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A UGA tradition since 1980

SSIgator

November 14th, 2012
10:54 am

“the elephant in the room”
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That would be Alabama – big mistake for the UGA players to assume that they will win that game. It will be 2011 LSU-like in its result

ARdawg

November 14th, 2012
10:57 am

SSI
Certainly it would, if Bama was playing FL. But, the Gators will not be at the Dome and only playing that game in their minds, huh?

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 14th, 2012
10:59 am

ARdawg

My judgement is made on how our team responds to our inept coaching staff. Look at last year against boise we should have won the game but Richt and Bobo took us out of it with poor uninspiring play calling

The SC is another example of how when a team scores quickly on us we go into the same conservative play calling that goes 3 and out and the next thing you know we are behind 14-21 pts its happened too many times

Listen we have only played 3 teams this year with a winning record; SC who blew us away; FL where we looked sloppy and a sorry Vanderbilt team.

3 teams we have played havent even won an SEC game and probably will be firing those coaches; KY already has. Then you add Buffalo and FL Atlantic; I mean come on

If we lose to Bama this season will have been nothing more than a joke other than finally beating FL consecutive times since the late 80’s

Is it any wonder everyone from Fox, ESPN, to the College programs on the radio thinks LSU is bettter than UGA

I guess thats why Towers is already making an excuse about UGA facing two middle school option veer offenses before the Bama game that way it supposedly makes us look good if we lose

Im not on this bandwaggon and wont be unless we win out beat AL and a beat a good team in a bowl game ( and when I say good bowl team I mean a top 12 team not a Big 10 team that has 3+ losses).

joe jenkins

November 14th, 2012
10:59 am

@ssigator…i love how for two years in a row yall have tried to run tre burton at us and we shut his weak crap down…..We will beat yall again next year…..say hello to jennifer drunkskell for me you hear

GTBob

November 14th, 2012
11:03 am

Oregon can and has been stopped before by Auburn and LSU when they had time to plan for them.

That’s pretty arguable. Either way I can’t see it working out well for UGA. They are’t very good defensively and Todd Grantham doesn’t have the best track record against teams with good offenses.

SSIgator

November 14th, 2012
11:05 am

“Dogs must keep their eyes on the right prize”
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They do every year. UGA has been watching other teams hoist the NC trophy since 1980 and the last four schools from the SEC – ouch – keep watching fellows.

Jville Dawg

November 14th, 2012
11:06 am

@LawDawg and Dawg Walk – Thanks for the advice/ and heads up!

Jville Dawg

November 14th, 2012
11:10 am

SSIgator

November 14th, 2012
10:54 am
“the elephant in the room”
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That would be Alabama – big mistake for the UGA players to assume that they will win that game. It will be 2011 LSU-like in its result

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Kinda like UF did with us this year huh? I loved the look of shock and awe on the faces of gator players on the sideline when they realized UGA came to punch them dead in the mouth!

Desert Fox

November 14th, 2012
11:19 am

Looking ahead is like playing w/fire. You’re gonna get burnt then land up someplace you don’t want to be. Play the next game on the schedule and let these other teams ahead of you in the rankings make their own destiny. Hell, if the the dawgs can win out and beat AL (toss in a bowl win) that to me is as good as a NC. Nothing to sneeze at considering the way they lost to SC. Just win out and see where the chips fall in the end.

MadDawg

November 14th, 2012
11:21 am

Dawg Walk is at 11:55…… If you really want to be up front…. Be therre nno later than 11:00. At the entrance below the bookstore.

MadDawg

November 14th, 2012
11:32 am

They unload on S. Lumpkin and walk o the entrance unded the scoreboard. The band will come in and line the path nearer the stadium entrance.

LogicalUS

November 14th, 2012
12:05 pm

Good lord, how delusional are UGA fans…you are NOT playing for any MNC, worry about not getting landblasted in your mid-level bowl game.

Has any MNC winner ever gotten mudstomped 35-0 in a game which could have been 48 if Steve Spurrier had not called off his team because even HE felt sorry for the Dawgs?

This isn’t 1983 any longer where a 12-0 BYU backs into a MNC against the weak sister of the poor.

Delusional.

UGA must have long drives

November 14th, 2012
12:19 pm

IF UGA can rush the ball and eSt some clock, They can minimize the cut blocks.

UGA does not need to go for home run passes. They must chew up huge chunks of clock.

If they can halt the triple O of GSU, then get the ball back and eat clock, that will be the way of minimizing these blocks.

ARdawg

November 14th, 2012
12:20 pm

Patched

All valid points. Keep in mind I don’t do the bandwagon hurdles either. Neither do I play “Schedule Jeopardy!” The only thing Georgia has to do with the other team’s record is to insure they have one more loss. Why is it so important to point out the records of teams we’ve played? It’s immaterial and moot.

With that said, I do realize Georgia has a very good team this year. We will not get the respect for a good team because of the brainfart blowout loss. Nor do we deserve it. I still say that loss was a direct result of inept coaching. I’m with you there. That however doesn’t diminish that this is a very good Georgia team.

I’m not leaving anyone with ultimatums. The team has had a good season despite some coaching inefficiencies thus far. I will cheer them on and hope for the best

UGA in a " mid level" bowl game

November 14th, 2012
12:23 pm

UGA might end up in an OUTBACK Bowl or The Chic Filet Bowl or Cap One Bowl. FINE !!!

GT?? NO BOWL wants lil GT. END of story.

GT simply is William&Mary, Samford, Furman, Citadel ball.

joe jenkins

November 14th, 2012
12:25 pm

@ssi….how is the offense been doing lately…haaaaaaaa

BLEED SWA"G"

November 14th, 2012
12:26 pm

SSI – has No WR’s and will have NO new ones coming in next season..
Your post are pitaful as is your team…. do us a favor and root for a winner, then we would be more inclined on hearing you out! until then – here’s looking down at you AGAIN!

BLEED SWA"G"

November 14th, 2012
12:27 pm

SSI Is about to get STOMPED by FSU….. make sure you get us the excuse!

Bulldogs for Muschamp Lifetime Contract

November 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

SSI

The only elephant in the room is your wife

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 14th, 2012
12:34 pm

ARdawg

I totally agree that this is a good UGA; I will say this team is so good they should be winning the National Title this year

Unfortunately those that are on the sidelines and in the booth have once again found a way to once again ruin what should be a team that wins the title

Even Bill King on XM has said numerous times this season; if Saban Meyer Carol or Spurrier had this years UGA team; they would easily win the National Title; but unfortunately we have an Energy Vampire of a coaching staff

Bulldogs for Muschamp Lifetime Contract

November 14th, 2012
12:34 pm

FSU 49
UF 7

UGA 63
GT 28

SC 38
Clemson 23

Which SEC team is going to embarrass the conference and lose to an ACC school?

SSI?

Bulldogs for Muschamp Lifetime Contract

November 14th, 2012
12:36 pm

This UGA team has a lot left to prove.

Lakedawg

November 14th, 2012
12:39 pm

Flat or patched tire—How about putting one over your mouth also,, Looser!

ARdawg

November 14th, 2012
12:45 pm

Patched

No disagreement here.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 14th, 2012
12:46 pm

Lakedawg

How about laying off the kool-aid LOOSER

O1Dog

November 14th, 2012
12:52 pm

relax–the Dogs will be practicing full time for alabama the next 3 weeks—after these easy blowouts over ga so and ga tech, the dogs will be ready to upset alabama!!! Dogs 26 alabama 17!!!