Fan talk: Does Bulldog Nation need to dial back the hype?

There are a lot of stressed-out kids in Athens right now, as UGA is in the midst of final exams, so here’s wishing the best of luck to my daughter and all the other Bulldogs!

Meanwhile, let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Georgia-Clemson logosChris Pugh writes: Bill, I’m concerned that we Georgia fans and the media are setting ourselves up for a disappointment. I hear a lot of people yelling, “National champs this year, we’re gonna go all the way” and how this defense is gonna be better then last year’s. Look, I love my Dawgs but the last 2 years’ schedules have been pretty dang easy. And this year is no joke, we could easily lose four games, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we lose to Clemson with a young defense playing Clemson’s high-powered offense. What’s your thought on this?

This is the time of year when fan (and media) optimism runs high, but you’re right that Mark Richt’s Bulldogs face a much more daunting schedule this season. And the rebuilding defense remains a big question mark. On the other hand, Mike Bobo should command one of the nation’s most dangerous offenses this season. Plus, the quality of talent replacing the departed players on defense has a lot of folks thinking Todd Grantham’s 2013 squad might wind up outshining last year’s defensive unit. The big unknown is whether the Dogs will be able to avoid their seemingly traditional slow start in the nationally televised game at Clemson. Richt teams haven’t always fared well in the intense spotlight, and the hype over that game is going to be huge. Both teams will probably enter the game ranked in the Top 10, and David Pollack indicated this week that ESPN’s “College GameDay” most likely will be on hand. As for Clemson, the Tigers’ fast-paced offense definitely will be a challenge for the largely inexperienced Georgia defense, no matter how talented the young Bulldogs are. That’s why the early line has Clemson a 2-point favorite. On the other hand, the Tigers’ defense, on paper at least, may have trouble handling Aaron Murray and Co. It could wind up a shootout, in other words. As I’ve said before, I think Georgia’s best hope is to establish the running game early with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, which would set up Bobo’s play-action passing attack, keeping Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense off the field as much as possible. Beyond Clemson, of course, Georgia faces two other tough games in the opening month of the season: South Carolina and LSU. I’ve heard a lot of fans say they’d be thrilled to take two of those three games. One thing’s for sure: If the Dawgs somehow manage to make it through the first month of the season undefeated, the national championship hype will really start to intensify.

Stephen Segrest writes: From the NFL Draft, one could conclude we have problems on developing defensive linemen. Such great physical abilities in players like Kwame [Geathers] and Abry [Jones] and them not even being drafted. The underuse of Cornelius Washington (and being drafted purely on his super “potential”). Big John [Jenkins] not going until 3rd round (when the hype was 1st round). Is Coach Rodney Garner leaving a blessing? Can you give us something positive we can “hope” for?

Rodney Garner was known more for his recruiting than his coaching. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Rodney Garner was known more for his recruiting than his coaching. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Garner was known more for his recruiting than his defensive line coaching, and even that was a bit suspect in his last couple of seasons in Athens. The defensive line was expected to be a strength of the team last year, but despite having all that NFL-caliber talent, Georgia’s defensive front definitely underperformed, especially against the run, from the first game on. Whether new defensive line coach Chris Wilson is able to improve on Garner’s results remains to be seen. Like we’ve discussed here recently, the Dogs won’t be quite as big on the defensive front this year, but they could be more athletic and they should have more depth, which might enable more rotation of players and less likelihood of them running out of gas in the second half, as apparently happened against Alabama’s running game.

Graham Balch writes: I saw [you had] a question about the SEC Network and basic cable. I don’t even have basic cable, as I watch TV using Roku or through the Internet. … I wanted to ask if the SEC Network has any plans for broadcasting football games on its Roku channel? I think a growing number of fans would watch it there (and sadly for us but good for them we can’t skip past the ads like you can using DVR) if we could. In fact, I think the SEC Network could make more money charging for its channel and doing ad-free broadcasts of games and it wouldn’t have to get cable companies to pick up their channel.

sec network logoThe new SEC Network will include plenty of football in addition to every other sport the conference’s schools play, and it will be available on cable, satellite and on all the digital platforms, where additional sporting events will be offered in addition to a live linear stream of the television network. The network also will be available on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices like Xbox provided you are a subscriber of an affiliated cable, satellite or telco provider. Fans looking to learn more about how they can get the SEC Network can go here for more information.

Jim Cooney writes: Good morning Bill. With the Diamond Dogs mired in another dreadful season and what I understand the last year of [head coach David] Perno’s 5-year extension from 2008, what are the prospects that Perno is retained and given a 4-year extension to help with recruiting and give him the opportunity to hire a more than capable coaching staff? (Seeing how the current pitching coach has never coached pitching before.) Not to be negative, as I truly understand what Perno has done for UGA baseball, heck look at the left field wall…. ’90, ’01, ’04, ’06,and ’08 Omaha trips. (Yes, I realize ’87, but Perno was not on that team.) But ever since Mike Montgomery could not get out of the 3rd inning in Game 2 of the championship series, the program has been on a steady decline. I understand there were back to back years of horrific injuries … Still, the program has missed the post-season more often than it has made it …. and this season’s play is brutal. Your thoughts?

Should baseball coach David Perno be retained after this season? (University of Georgia)

Should baseball coach David Perno be retained after this season? (University of Georgia)

This year has, indeed, been brutal for the Diamond Dogs, with generally poor pitching, poor hitting, poor fielding and a couple of players dismissed from the team for poor behavior. But expectations weren’t that high to start with for this year’s team, which was picked to finish sixth in the SEC East in a preseason coaches’ poll. However, while they lost two to Arkansas last weekend, they played better and the games were close. After Friday’s gritty win against Tennessee, they’re 17-28 overall and 5-16 in conference play. They’ll still be hard-pressed to even make the SEC tournament, much less the NCAA, but there’s hope. I think how they finish will loom large in athletic director Greg McGarity’s decision after the season on whether to retain Perno. As the coach has pointed out, his program has gone from just about worst in the league to playing in the College World Series the next year twice before (2004 and 2008), so a rebound for the program isn’t impossible. But the trend since 2008 has been pretty distressing, no doubt about it. Asked recently about the baseball program, McGarity said he’ll review the situation at the end of the season. He faces a tough decision.

Montana Hamby writes: Will UGA basketball ever recover? Is it time to start thinking that Mark Fox is not successfully recruiting players to build a better roster year in year out? My concern is that no big name recruits will ever attend UGA when they will certainly have better options (i.e. Tony Parker, Kevin Ware, etc.) What do you think?

I answered a similar question a couple of weeks ago, but to recap: Yes, recruiting (or, rather, the lack thereof) appears to be Fox’s main weakness and may lead to his downfall. He doesn’t appear to be really tapped in to the circuit of AAU coaches in the South who play such a key role in college basketball recruiting. Still, Fox is the coach of a major conference program located just over an hour from the basketball talent hotbed of metro Atlanta, so he ought to be able to do better than he has so far (with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope being his only real recruiting coup). If he doesn’t manage to land a top-flight player this fall, that might well doom his long-term prospects in Athens.

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Django still chained

May 4th, 2013
9:44 am

Tone down the hype??

NO!!

I’m sick of tired of people like Chris Pugh acting like I am not allowed to be optimistic and passionate about the team I love.

If you want my opinion, the Dawgs will never. lose. another. game. again.

Mope around all summer bracing for the worst, Chris Pugh. I’ll be fantasizing about my early January trip to Pasadena.

The Ballad of Poor Joe Cox

May 4th, 2013
10:21 am

man i love the dogs. no matter the outcome. i just hope for mark richt’s sake that he has these guys ready for primetime. we cannot falter yet again in the national spotlight.

skipper

May 4th, 2013
10:27 am

The football team will suprise you in that the D will act like a mature unit the first game. May be a little high-scoring, but we will beat Clemson.
I really like Fox, and we are NOT known as a roundball school. However, I agree that recruiting has been his Achille’s heel. Unfortunately I fear it may not improve enough to save him. I truly feel he is a good coach, but he can’t put all pawns on the chessboard and expect to win.
The baseball team is an enigma……..either doin’ the whoopin’ or gettin’ torn up worse than a dollar watch on the spin cycle. And it changes on a dime. I have no solution or opinion here, as I cannot quite figure out the full scenario………

Tatman

May 4th, 2013
10:32 am

I look for the Dawgs to go undefeated every year, though the reality sinks in and I realize that this is the toughest schedule that we’ve had in years. Clemson, SCar, LSU, being 3 of the first 4. Florida (17-9) is always an intense game and Tennessee was a shootout last year (51-44)…and heck, we almost lost to Kentucky last year (29-24)…We could have easily went 8-4 in the regular season for 2012..This season could go down hill fast and we end up 6-6…
Murray has to step up even more. Our young D has to play like they’re 3rd years starters. And no one needs to get into trouble before the season starts. We can’t have any suspended players for the start of this up coming season the way we always do…GO DAWGS!

Desert Fox

May 4th, 2013
11:30 am

The dawgs recent history is start out slow slug their way to a few wins then the schedule catches up w/them before their 1st loss comes along. This season w/the schedule they have there’s no time for “warming up” and have to get out of the gate quick and maintain that high level of competition against some very good teams. Not sure if the D front play last year was all Garners fault or credit for that matter. Sometimes they played lights out like vs FL but fell flat on their faces vs SC and even TN, et al. Call it the culture or nature of CMR led teams you just don’t know what will show up on game day. With all the new faces on D and a new DL coach things will change. I know that Murray cannot faulter or self destruct in his last season. The first 4 games will challenge the players and coaches and determine the season for the 2013 dawgs. I hope they surprise, I really do.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
11:48 am

I’m not sure if getting rid of Fox is the solution. I think he is a very good coach, but recruiting is his “achilles” heel. Is it his fault or is it what happens when you recruit for a school that doesn’t have a great basketball history? I’ve followed the UGa basketball program for 50+ years and we have only had “above average” teams several times. Don’t fire the coach when the problem is a lot deeper.

Russell Nassau

May 4th, 2013
11:51 am

For the life of me…why all the Tray Matthews hype. So what, he made a lot of blind-sided intentionally illegal hits in high school…this is the SEC. Tone down the hype on him, JHC and others who are unproven….All this media hype is just plain annoying.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
11:51 am

I wish 2 or 3 of our best players in Ga would get together and all sign with UGa. If that happens we could have an extraordinary team under Fox. He just needs a fighting chance with several great players.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
11:58 am

Dang Russell…you won’t let up on your Tray Matthews attacks. I’ve already read your incessant attacks on Bill King’s last blog. Were you one of the players he “blind-sided”? P.S. How do you tackle someone from the blind-side? I thought safeties could attack from any side. You sound like you have an axe to grind so let it go pal and quit tearing the kid down.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
12:02 pm

@Chris Pugh

I think you could probably make the same “hype” comments regarding Clemson, SC and LSU fans. They are all anticipating a NC.

Baseball Maven

May 4th, 2013
12:14 pm

I say let the Bulldawgs dial up the hype. It makes opponents victory soooo much sweeter and UGA fans so much more embarassed — well actually, they’re never embarassed, they just add more excuses to their Excuse Book. I’m a Vol–we at least try to be modest.

And Perno . . . he and Jason Ellers should be cut loose ASAP. Oversigning to keep good talent from the competition is their only skill–and even that hasn’t worked now that it’s so well known. My son wanted so bad to play baseball at UGA and was thoroughly embarrassed when Ellers loudly verbally thrashed him at the National World Wood Championship just for saying hello. Ellers yelled at him saying it was an NCAA “silent period”–while Ellers was having conversations with other players being recruited. Although my son was eager to go to UGA despite its practice of signing 25 freshmen every year for a 32 man roster. After Ellers’ uncouth behavior, my son went to Furman (loaded with Atlanta players who similar experience with Ellers/Perno), played all 4 years on scholarship, graduated from a much better academic school — and best of all, THRASHED UGA every year–even at UGA–and OWNED the UGA baseball BullButts. The Furman players were classy — but didn’t hesitate at the end of the game to ask Perno and Ellers, “Remember me ?” Then state their names and hometown–mostly Georgia. Perno complained to Furman’s coach Smith and tried to cancel the second game of every season. What cowards; and stupid ones at that–they’d rather do the “one and done” recruiting approach instead of recruiting the best and brightest. Not that I want UGA to win. At a minimum it can do much better in terms of class, talent and academics than what Perno and Ellers have demonstrated. They’ve ignored the best; and destroyed too many baseball players’ careers. Perno and Ellers are too much of an embarrassment to keep around any more. Good riddance.

7576DAWG

May 4th, 2013
12:43 pm

In the 70’s we didn’t have a pitching coach at Georgia. With teams being able to use aluminum bat Georgia really doesn’t need to waste a bunch of money on coaches. The players can man the 1ST and 3RD base coaching box.
The reality is Perno isn’t the coach he uae to be and is not doing a very good job recruiting. I think it is time for a change.

Russell Nassau

May 4th, 2013
12:49 pm

Buzz-off…Since my “opinions” seem to trouble you about the “hype surrounding TM”. I will allow you to state your expert “opinions” about players and UGA football… To answer your questions…a defenseless player can be blind sided when tackled…it happens often. No…he never tackled me. Finally, I don’t have an axe to grind with him…or any other UGA player…I’m stating what I see within UGA’s system of recruiting kids and making promises that can’t uphold.

7576DAWG

May 4th, 2013
12:49 pm

When Garner was pasted over as Defensive Coordinator he should have been replaced then. Keeping him really hurt us in Recruiting and coaching . Wilson can’t do any worse. I hope this pattern of Richt keeping Coaches too long has finally ended with McGarity there to oversee everything. Martinez and then Garner.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
1:08 pm

Russell,
Name one other program that you can honestly say doesn’t make promises that can’t be upheld.

7576DAWG

May 4th, 2013
1:08 pm

I don’t like playing teams as good as Clemson early in the year . If we win then , we were suppose to win and it doesn’t help us any . If we lose it takes all year just to climb back up the polls if we win after the lose. Early in the season we could lose the game by 7 but beat them by 24 later in the year.Clemson is like South Carolina , they can upset anybody early in the season but they always fade later because neither them nor South Carolina have any depth, which is a killer in the SEC.
Clemson and South Carolina’s first team may be as good as any but by the 5TH or 6TH game some of those guy’s are hurt and there is nobody to take their place which open huge holes for a good team the take advantage of. Georgia better really hit the ground running this year. The first four games may be the hardest in the Nation. If Georgia can go 4-0 they will end the year at 12-0 but no worse than 11-1.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
1:10 pm

Enter your comments here
Yes indeed, your opinions do trouble me when they are non-stop attacks on an 18 year old.

UGottaBeKidding

May 4th, 2013
1:11 pm

About the “hype”…Saying that Bobo will have “command” of any offense is a stretch. There is a reason he hasn’t been interviewed for HC jobs as often as other assistants in the SEC, he doesn’t have a good grasp of how to tweak an offense. Thank the Good Lord for recruiting talented offensive players, not Bobo.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
1:17 pm

Great points 7576. I worry the most about Clemson because it is on the road and the first game. LSU and SC are probably better teams, but I’m glad we get them between the hedges.

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
1:33 pm

In short – no. Why? Because ANY season that doesn’t end in a National Championship will be considered a disappointment by most Georgia fans… it’s just part of being a fan. Dialing back expectations sound alot like expecting disappointment and that is a self-fulfilling prophecy (as I have tried to explain to certain persistent sad sacks on these blogs til I’m blue in the face.) You get what you EXPECT. If you EXPECT failure it will happen. So why not really EXPECT success?

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
1:44 pm

The talent difference between Alabama and Georgia is virtually non existent. You can argue that Bama has better coaching but that didn’t seem to help them in the SEC CG… they made mistakes and really flopped in the last 2 minutes. They couldn’t run out the clock and their defense was shredded. The real difference in the programs and the difference between almost any other program and Alabama is the fanbase’s mindset. They truly believe they will win it all EVERY year. Look at these blogs. They have total amnesia as far as how close their team came to losing. They were BEATEN at home by A&M in a somewhat embarrassing fashion but you didn’t see their fans bemaoning it in the weeks following that loss. They EXPECTED to be in the SEC CG and EXPECTED to win it and the National Championship. Mindset fans…mindset.

I won’t stop believing and I won’t wallow in self pity if it doesn’t work out.

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
1:46 pm

bemaoning = bemoaning – bleeping fingers

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
1:51 pm

UGottaBeKidding – Coach Bobo has had plenty of feelers and there are plenty of Pro analysts that really love what he does with his offense. He hasn’t interviewed because he doesn’t want to. Not kool aid – just fact. If you were interested in facts instead of being a sad sack, wet blanket you can find them easily.

1969 Graduate

May 4th, 2013
1:58 pm

NCDawg makes some good points.

I have decided to endorse the notion that UGA will win the race next year. I believe we have the horses to do so, and that everything will fall into place, particularly including our A team showing up for every game.

The fact that it’s so easy to have a healthy dose of good clean hate for hillbillies, the slimy chickens, and the boys from the swamps should further motivate our coaches, players, and all of us who yell at home or in the stands.

Go, Georgia Bulldogs!

Russell Nassau

May 4th, 2013
2:15 pm

Buzz-off…Hopefully TM won’t be a disaster like Malcolm Mitchell last year….you would have thought MM was the second coming of Christ the way the media hyped this poor kid up last as a DB but we know what he did on defense…absolutely nothing. Maybe it’s not me that needs to back off of this 18 year old kid…it’s the media that needs to back off and just allow the kids to prove themselves first. Any athletic program that misleads a young player into believing that he going to going to get playing time and knowing well enough that’s not true, isn’t it program that I would want my kid to play for. Every parent who is in that position must make that choice and trust me, these atlethic programs do a helluva job of wining and dinning these young recruits. Bottom like, be straight with these young recruits and their parents because UGA isn’t the only school in town that turns out NFL quality players.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
2:16 pm

NCDawg,

You are so incredibly correct. These pessimist are killing me!!! Amazing how the doubters say Bobo is so terrible…….yet he frequently has teams in the top 2 or 3 in the SEC in total offense. They say Bobo doesn’t know how to do anything, but pass and can’t utilize the running game…..yet he again has teams that lead the conference in rushing. The same doubters say Murray can’t do this and that, but he is on the verge of breaking scores of SEC and NCAA records under the tutiledge of Bobo of all things!!!! And of course the doubters will say that Murray can’t win the big game……..kinda like Manning during his 4 years at TN……or his dad Archie at Ole Miss. The last time I looked, football was a team sport…..not a 1 man or 1 coach sport!!!

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
2:18 pm

Think positive UGa fans…..THINK POSITIVE.

If you believe we will lose then as NCDawg would say, we probably will.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

Nassau,

You are the only person, including the GT trolls, who implies that Richt is making false promises to recruits. UGa has lost a bunch of recruits because CMR tells them they have to earn a position at UGa……it won’t be given to them. Some other schools tell these guys that they will be a starter if they sign on the dotted line. I do agree that we need to back down on the expectations and let the kids prove themselves on the field.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
2:28 pm

…….and I agree about Malcolm Mitchell. Keep that dude at WR and let him go wild!!!!

Morganton Dawg

May 4th, 2013
3:03 pm

I would like to see Georgia recruit the best players that likely have no future in the NBA. Then coach them up to play sound fundamental ball and be an efficient team as they become juniors and seniors. Remember that the team that beat St. Johns and North Carolina and made it to the Final Four had lost Dominique and didn’t have a player that would make it in the NBA. Sell these kids on a good education with the opportunity to forge a great team.

Russell Nassau

May 4th, 2013
3:19 pm

Buzz-off…”you the only person who implies” is kind of a stretch do you think. I really do like UGA…I attend the games quite regularly and I’m not a GT troll. It’s all about doing what’s right by these young men and not seeing them have to go through the embarrassment and letdown of not meeting the grand fan expectations that goes with the spotlight. Trust me, I want all the young men that play for the Dawgs to do well this season and to one day play in the NFL…if that’s their dream. BTW…hopefully Malcolm will make a full recovery from his injury and yes “Go Wild.”

dawghater101

May 4th, 2013
3:47 pm

Blah!Blah!Blah!

dawghater101

May 4th, 2013
3:48 pm

At best I see a 2-2 start as UGA does not have the type of program that re-loads. Trust me on this one, you guys will struggle out of the gate.

dawghater101

May 4th, 2013
3:54 pm

Every the same hype but at least this year you will get the big let down early!

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
4:09 pm

Russell Nassau – it isn’t just the fans that hype these kids. They do it themselves. They are all the big fish in the pond in High School and think that will continue in college. There is a right and a wrong way to use the allure of the NFL.
The wrong way is to sell the school as being their ONLY ticket to the League. This is usually selling a system that will showcase their talent and downplaying any other school’s chance to do that for them. The right way is to point out that if they work hard and listen to their coaches your school has a track record of producing NFL level players. But there has to be an emphasis on the work ethic needed.
If you promise the NFL to a recruit without telling them that they have to work their rear ends off, you have done them a grave disservice.
Remember, these kids dominated in high school because their physical talent in most cases. The work must be emphasized or they will bomb.

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
4:29 pm

dawghater101 – at least you have the guts to say who you are. Just try not to cry too hard when your “prediction” doesn’t come true.

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
4:29 pm

And 3-1 doesn’t count either.

dawgfan

May 4th, 2013
4:35 pm

If you ask me we UGA fans tend to worry a little too much about psychobabble crap like too much hype and jersey color and don’t worry enough about the things that actually matter like blocking and tackling.

Thanks.

Chris Pugh

May 4th, 2013
4:44 pm

Djaingo I’m sorry if I’m a lil more realistic then the average trailer park fan like your self u are also the type to yell whooo hoooo we going undefeated then when we do lose u the first to say fire richt fire booboo I’m a lil more realistic and know than u and know uga has a tough schedule

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
4:58 pm

Personally I like having a high profile game out of the gate. It beats the crap out of starting off with a patsy. These young guys need to get up to speed quickly and pummeling a lesser sister of the poor is not a good way to get battle tested.
A big game right of the bat gets these guys focused and ready for SC. The confidence beating Clemson will give them is worth the risk.
Sat didn’t the Dawgs go to Knoxville and beat Tennessee to start the 1980 season? Hmmmmm… what an odd coincidence.

My-Guy

May 4th, 2013
5:11 pm

UGA Season Openers under Mark Richt since 2005

2005: #18 Boise State W 48-13
2006: Western Kentucky W 48-12
2007: Oklahoma State W 35-14
2008: Georgia Southern W 45-21
2009: @ #9 Oklahoma State L 24-10
2010: UL Lafayette W 55-7
2011: #5 Boise State L 35-21
2012: Buffalo W 45-23
2013: @ #11 Clemson W or L?

UGA has NOT won an season opener game against a ranked opponent since 2005, plus has not won consecutive season openers since 2007-2008, this does not look like good news folks. I’m not trying to scare anybody but this is just a wake up call for the bulldawg nation! The good news is that Mark Richt as a winning record against ACC opponents, with his only loss being against the 2008 GT team. Just believe that UGA will hopefully pull out the win on the road in this hostile environment. It won’t be the 2003 game again, it’ll be a lot tougher this time, Clemson has a lot of momentum from knocking off #8 LSU in their bowl game last year. It will be a challenge for the new starters on defense.

My-Guy

May 4th, 2013
5:14 pm

Mark Richt has only beaten Florida 4/12 times in this career as the UGA head coach. 2004 & 2011 were really bad Florida teams yet we barely won.

The 2007 and 2012 Florida teams are the only quality Florida teams UGA has beaten with Mark Richt as the coach.

NEVER OVERLOOK OR UNDERESTIMATE ANY TYPE OF “FLORIDA” TEAM UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES!!

We have to remember that in 2002 and 2005 Georgia was undefeated until FLORIDA gave us our first loss of the season and we ended up winning the SECCG that year, but it cost us a trip to the NC game.

In 2008 we thought that UGA would easily defeat Florida because they lost to Ole Miss that year & we beat them 42-30 in 2007. Then they ended up coming up hard on us for revenge and blew us out 49-10 and it cost us a trip to the SECCG that year.

Florida’s defense has given UGA’s offense trouble over the last 20+ years and has held us under 20 points in a lot of those games. Look at the final UGA-FLA scores in the series since 1990!

Florida is a competitive rival to UGA every year and this game must be taken RED ALERT seriously. They have been hard fought close games every year.

If there’s any game Georgia would loose next season, it either be Florida or South Carolina, Georgia has NOT beaten South Carolina & Florida in the same season since 2004, plain and simple. Every year except for ‘04 it’s either been South Carolina giving UGA trouble or Florida.

My-Guy

May 4th, 2013
5:27 pm

One thing I’ve noticed about UGA lately is that when they have high expectations for an upcoming season, it seems like they never play to their full potential. Look at last year’s defense or the UGA team in 2008. The 2007 UGA team played so well and everybody was preseason hyped about the 2008 team, it turned out to be a disappointing 10-3 season. Preseason number 1 in 2008, and the team falls flat.

Similar situation happened to the 2003 & 2004 UGA teams, we thought that UGA would do better than a 2002 13-1 record with David Green & David Pollock & they never won another SEC championship again.

Last year, a top rated defense in the country and the team falls flat (defensively). Remember in 2011 how good UGA’s defense was toward the end of the season. Then in 2012 everybody was preseason hyped about how good UGA’s defense would be & they ended up giving up 21 points to South Carolina in the 1st quarter, 300+ rushing yards to Alabama, 31 points to Nebraska even though we won that game.

This year the offense is expected to be as good as or even better than the 2012 defense, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they fell flat. Now in 2013 there’s so many high expectations for the UGA offense. Does that mean that in 2013 UGA’s offense will start underperforming then? I hate to say it, but 2013 could be another 2004 or 2008 all over again if this preseason hype goes too far.

UGA has done better when the fanbase and players stay quiet the whole off season WITHOUT knowing what’s going to happen next season. UGA has come accustomed to underperforming when expectations are high. And as a huge UGA fan, I hate it when expectations are high, UGA does better when we stay behind the curtains, in the shadows, not out in front.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
7:51 pm

My- Guy,

Please give me an example of another top 20 team that doesn’t have “high expectations” like UGa. Maybe LSU or Bama or Texas A&M or Florida or FSU or Clemson or Ohio State or Michigan or Notre Dame or Southern Cal or Oregon or Texas or Oklahoma or South Carolina or Stanford or, or…
My point is that ALL good programs like UGa have “high expectations”…..every damn one of them.

Buzz-off

May 4th, 2013
7:56 pm

And at the end of the year only one of those teams with “high expectations” will as you say “play up to their potential”.

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
8:18 pm

My-Guy – you are one of those people that thinks that if you start to think you are doing well you will jinx yourself and fall flat, aren’t you?

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
8:31 pm

I guess you skipped what I wrote earlier… if you expect to fail you will. Sure you can quote all kinds of statistics to back up your opinion but guess what? They are meaningless. You cannot predict results based on past performance without ALL factors being the same. Are we talking about exactly the same players? NO. Are we talking about exactly the same coaches? NO. Then you cannot predict the same results.
But go ahead and waste your time obsessing over the past and coloring your future with negative biases. It is your choice.

My-Guy

May 4th, 2013
8:55 pm

I would love nothing more than my dawgs to go 14-0 next season with a win in the BCS National Championship. My Dawgs will make it back to the SEC title game next season for a rematch against BAMA. UGA will snap their 3 game losing streak to SCAR & finally go undefeated in conference play. I’m not trying to based everything UGA has done under Richt in the past. However, I’m being honest, the history has shown, and I’m just saying that UGA cannot repeat the same little miscues they’ve made over the last 5-10 years. I’m just mentioning these things to give us a wake up call of what UGA needs to do to control their own destiny.

NCDawg

May 4th, 2013
8:57 pm

dawgfan – blocking and tackling don’t happen unless the attitude is right. Jersey color doesn’t matter. But Coach Saban will tell you the same thing. You have to be squared away between your ears before you can be a good let alone great football player.That is psychological and it is provable. I don’t believe in modern psychology at all. I believe in experience. I have seen it and I have lived it.

My-Guy

May 4th, 2013
9:00 pm

@NCDawg (National Championship Dawg) I’m just believing in our team no matter what, win or loose, once a dawg always a dawg! I’m looking forward to how our defense will perform these first 4 games. I’m just hoping that the high expectations & preseason hype fever doesn’t come back to hunt our offense like what happened to our defense last season, that’s all.