Chattin’ with Bradley: LSU trucks into Athens; I’m here, too!

Even LSU's equipment trucks are impressive. (Photo by M. Bradley via iPhone)

Even LSU's equipment trucks are impressive to behold. (Unprofessional photo by M. Bradley via iPhone)

Athens – I’ve come around on LSU this past decade. I used to think this was one of those wannabe programs, but two BCS titles can change a guy’s mind. I like LSU now. I like the band. I like Mike the Tiger. I even like Les Miles. That doesn’t mean I root for the Tigers — I get paid not to root — but it’s always fun to see LSU play. It’s a big-time program again, and by definition every game involving a big-time program is a big-time game.

Georgia, as we know, has been a big-time program for a good long while, and whenever two big-time programs meet it’s a game of national prominence. I’ve covered four of Richt’s five meetings with LSU, and I remember something vivid about each game.

The Skyler Green catch that beat the Bulldogs in 2003, coming on the heels of the careening catch-and-run by Tyson Browning. Justin Vincent ripping through Georgia’s defense in the Dome later that year. D.J. Shockley throwing long to Sean Bailey in the Dome two years later. And last year Darryl Gamble making like Derrick Brooks.

The score of last season’s game was 52-38, and it wouldn’t surprise if these teams put up 90 more points today. Neither would it surprise me if the score is similar to the 2003 game in Baton Rouge, which LSU won 17-10. Nothing would surprise me about either of these teams this month-old season. Truth to tell, I don’t think either has proved (or disproved) anything yet.

Georgia is where I thought it would be (3-1) but not in the way I’d have figured. LSU is where I thought it would be (4-0) but hasn’t been as impressive as I’d have thought.  I picked LSU to win 24-23 a while back, and I’ll ride with that while fully expecting to proved wrong. (I’m often wrong, as we know.)

According to Matt Hayes of Sporting News Today, Georgia will prevail by the score of 31-27. According to Dave Curtis of the same publication, LSU will prevail by the score of — stop me if you’ve heard this already — 31-17. According to Dave Curtis’ grandmother – I’m not making this up — Georgia will will win 31-21. According to Dave Curtis’ great-uncle Phillip Fulmer — OK, I’m kidding about the great-uncle bit – Georgia to win is his “upset alert.” (Although I could have sworn Georgia is favored.)

I’m guessing you, dear readers, have some thoughts on the issue. And that’s why I’m here: To listen. To respond. To look like a big fat idiot when the men of Martinez pitch a shutout against the nation’s No. 4 team. I’ll be here all day, and I’d be obliged if you’d join me. Thanks in advance.

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Frank Lane

October 3rd, 2009
2:07 pm

If we turnover the ball no more than once today, UGA wins. This could be decisive win in either direction today and I would not be surprised. At least it is a great day for a great game. I am getting exhausted waiting for kickoff.

Erk

October 3rd, 2009
2:09 pm

Mark, Writing from California today where the Bulldog nation is alive and well. Enough about the defensive woes, the issues of disciplined play (turnovers/penalties)continues to suggest that coaching is a problem in Athens. I’m a big supporter of Coach Richt but the undisciplined play now represents a trend rather than an occasional event. What are your observations on why we consistenly underperform.

Mark Bradley

October 3rd, 2009
2:16 pm

I’d agree, Erik, that the quality control dial on Georgia Bulldog needs resetting. But you know what? Florida State was always rather cavalier about penalties, and that’s where you-know-know apprenticed.

Joseph R.

October 3rd, 2009
2:21 pm

Hey MB, any word on the running back tandem? Is King gonna get more carries? I think he is the best back in the dog pound. #4 is the game changer. Get the ball in his hands as well as the true freshman #1

oldbird

October 3rd, 2009
2:23 pm

Who knows what either team has at this point? Strange season for sure.

Capt Caveman

October 3rd, 2009
2:26 pm

C’mon Mark, how can you like anything about a school who practically wrights the word L-o-S-U-r on right on it’s helmet.

GO DAWGS !!! SIC’EM !!! WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF !!!!!!!

Dan

October 3rd, 2009
2:26 pm

“It’s a big-time program again, and by definition every game involving a big-time program is a big-time game.

Yep – the 2008 Steelers team had a catch phrase that sums up the confidence that goes with being a top flight team – “it’s a five star matchup because we’re in it”

I thought UGA was getting there but it takes winning it all a couple of times to gain that sort of swagger

JTH

October 3rd, 2009
2:32 pm

No penalties, no turnovers today boys. Go Dawgs!

UGA Goes Down

October 3rd, 2009
2:34 pm

If we turn the ball over like we have been (against inferior defenses ie Arkansas, Oklahoma St, Arizona St), we have no chance.

Richt better get it together and quit being so LOYAL to Martinez and Bobo. Neither one of them will ever be a top notch coordinator. Anyone that thinks that is crazy. Do you ever hear of anyone trying to get them away from UGA? No, the only one everyone wants is Rodney Garner. That’s it.

We will never be a TOP TIER program until Richt decides to man up and hire some coordinators who are worth a damn!

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 3rd, 2009
2:36 pm

Mark, paint us a Munson-eques pictue of the scene at kickoff.

Mark Bradley

October 3rd, 2009
2:37 pm

Depth chart at RB hasn’t changed, Joseph. But I think King will get more chances after the Arizona State effort.

Dr M

October 3rd, 2009
2:40 pm

Georgia needs to put a good rush on Jefferson from the DL and throw in some blitzes to keep Jefferson pressured and off balance. Cox needs to get decent protection and throw the ball away if he doesn’t have an open receiver. Do this and Georgia wins.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

October 3rd, 2009
2:41 pm

I have no feel for this game…or this team….weird feeling..?? they seem to have a lot of resilience maybe they play a “complete” game today…Go Dawgs..!!!!

Mack Brown

October 3rd, 2009
2:42 pm

LSU is a powerhouse in the SEC, 2 National Titles this decade. Georgia has a long way to go to be up with the LSU and the Florida’s of the world. A win today will begin the long climb up.

GATOR CHOMP

October 3rd, 2009
2:42 pm

Good luck DAWGS.

Mark Bradley

October 3rd, 2009
2:44 pm

Get the picture: Beautiful day for football, sun shining, crowd filing in, PA system deafening me even more (and I’m wearing earplugs), both teams on the field warming up. Big-time atmosphere.

Oh, and I wouldn’t be Munson-like if there wasn’t a dash of pessimism, so here it is: LSU looks really big and really fast.

Mary Wanna

October 3rd, 2009
2:50 pm

South Florida Swamp Dogs are ready for kickoff!

Question: How the heck can we be picked to beat #4 if we’re ranked umpteenth? The rating system sucks out loud. I thought Brak O’Bama was going to “throw his weight around” and bring us college football playoffs along with salvation?!? HA! Right. Doesn’t matter: we still control our SEC destiny and have every reason to whoop some purple tigers’ butts today.

Ted Striker

October 3rd, 2009
2:51 pm

Guys on ESPN say that Tebow is the key to today’s game.

(You can’t blame them, it’s just habit)

74 Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
2:53 pm

Nice job on Munson, Mark, I trhink you’ve got that down. One question: how do you tell how fast the players are while they are warming up? The same way Skip could identify home towns of fans in the stands?

Mark Bradley

October 3rd, 2009
2:53 pm

I figure turnovers are the key, Ted S.

(Really, aren’t turnovers the key to pretty much everything?)

74 Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
2:53 pm

Ted, that was funny but true.

HoCoJo

October 3rd, 2009
2:57 pm

Mark Bradley

Don’t forget to Hunker Down!

Bat Masterson

October 3rd, 2009
2:58 pm

Bi-polar Bulldogs, I’m going with over 100. What maybe not,…… under 30…… yes..no..yes., I don’t know.

LSU Fan (for today only)

October 3rd, 2009
2:58 pm

Cover that spread Tigers!

Larry

October 3rd, 2009
2:58 pm

Enter your comments The Virgin Island Dawg alumni have staggered in from the beach and getting ready to cheer on the Dawgs. Good luck today.

Ga Peach

October 3rd, 2009
2:58 pm

Its all in the swagger boys, its all in the swagger. You’ll know when they run out at game time if Richt has them ready or not!

The Grinch

October 3rd, 2009
2:59 pm

I could watch that hit on Tebow in a continuous loop. I’ve been waiting for that one forever.

UGA ALL THE WAY

October 3rd, 2009
3:01 pm

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ginger

October 3rd, 2009
3:03 pm

Agree…Turnovers can just kill a team’s chances….Watching Bama and Uk for a bit and it was close for a while…interceptions etc…….So important to remember that both sides of ball have to do their part…offense hold onto ball and defense create some turnovers and short fields for the offense..

Robert

October 3rd, 2009
3:03 pm

Hate to be a Grammar Nazi, but it should be FEWER Miles, not Les.

NRBQ

October 3rd, 2009
3:05 pm

Mack Brown:

Georgia’s beat LSU three straight and six out of eight, but “Georgia has a long way to go to be up with the LSU ?”

Thanks for that insight.

Dawg-On_IT

October 3rd, 2009
3:08 pm

Mark of all the bloggers for AJC I have noticed that you consistently respond to your posts. KUDO’s to you.
Quick question, if the scoring trend continues on a scale of 1-10 how safe is WM’s job?
If he is let go is the job filled in house?

Ginger

October 3rd, 2009
3:08 pm

Really want to see us play well today…C. Richt is calling for the fans to be loud..Hope we have the
place Rocking as Larry Munson would say…..Lots of Recruits here today…so important game in a lot of ways

Top Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:09 pm

Hey Mark, as Les Miles would say, “Have a great day!”

Buckhead Bulldog

October 3rd, 2009
3:10 pm

Lets go G E O R G I A B U L L D O G S.

Sic’em…..

Pi$$onaDawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:15 pm

First comment from what happened FRIDAY. Why the HELL isn’t the Oregon RB Blount not going to court for the PUNCH? Why is he being allowed to ever play an NCAA game? Michigan came back to tie and play in overtime.
MY top 25 what do you think Mark? Bama, Texas, Florida, Boise State, Cincinnati are my top 5. Then at #15 the rest of the teams in the NCAA. That sounds about right to me. MSU int the endzone. MSU’s ball. I would just kick a field goal right here.

Mark Bradley

October 3rd, 2009
3:17 pm

True story about the have-a-great-day moment in the Dome: I was en route when I heard Herbstreit’s report about Miles taking the Michigan job, and I also heard Miles was going to address the media at 2 p.m. I was two blocks from the Dome at 1:50 p.m. when I got held up by a 27-car funeral procession. I walked in just as Miles was walking out of the media area, having concluded his 94-second session by saying, “Have a great day.”

La Jolla Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:17 pm

Makes me a bit nervous that UGA is the only team in SEC that Miles has not defeated*

*According to Tim Brando.

Dog recipe

October 3rd, 2009
3:18 pm

How bout some dog jambalaya! Take one uga, skin and gut, follow recipe on uncle ben’s box. ha! eatem tigers! (the best sluts are in athens!)

Joey

October 3rd, 2009
3:19 pm

No big fat idiot you, Mark, zero chance of a Willie shutout. Do you think if it becomes an offensive shootout, UGA will prevail?

Mark Bradley

October 3rd, 2009
3:20 pm

I laughed at the “fewer Miles” thing, Robert, having wrestled with that distinction for only the past 30 years.

Lowcountry Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:25 pm

Hairy Dawg vs Bengal Tiger…Got some good friends of mine that are LSU fans here in Charleston, SC…this will be a fun one today…GO DAWGS!!!

hunkerdown

October 3rd, 2009
3:26 pm

Turnovers, the OL play, defensive secondary, special teams and reduced penalties are key to Dawgs if they hope to win. Hunker dwon u hairy Dawgs!

Lowcountry Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:27 pm

LOL @ Ted Striker’s Tebow comment…

HoCoJo

October 3rd, 2009
3:27 pm

La Jolla Dawg

Don’t make me jealous that you live in the prettiest part of the USA. My Uncle just moved from Escondito to an assisted living facility in La Jolla. Oldest cousin teaches at SDU.

Lowcountry Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:28 pm

Don’t know what to make of this game today…both teams are an enigma…it’ll be fun to watch AJ Green and Brandon LaFell

Pi$$onaDawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:28 pm

Maybe all the old UGA stars signing books on campus today can tell the current dawgs how to play a real game on Offence and Defence. This is a match-up of 2 top 5 teams right? Both are fighting to be the 5th best in the SEC.

Lowcountry Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:30 pm

Another Top 25 upset…Mich St beat Mich 26-20

Cuz

October 3rd, 2009
3:30 pm

Is it just me or does anybody else think that Les Miles could be Mussolini’s illegitimate son? Il Duce with a cap.

Top Dawg

October 3rd, 2009
3:31 pm

Hey Mark, check out the back of the trailer on that LSU semi that is in your blog photo. It has the Les Miles quote on there. I think that is hysterical.