UGA wins in Nashville; can it possibly win in Jacksonville?

Was what we saw Saturday a circling of the wagons? (Photo by Frederick Wheedon IV)

Was what we saw Saturday a circling of the wagons? (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV)

Nashville – I’m going to say something, and you’re going to laugh. You’re going to laugh so hard you’ll make like Chipper Jones and pull an oblique muscle. And that’s OK. I’ll feel you’re laughing with me, not at me. (Sort of.) So here goes:

Georgia has the mighty Gators where they want them.

I know, I know. It sounds like the dumbest line I’ve ever written, which would make it the dumbest line in the history of lines. But the Bulldogs will play in Jacksonville on Halloween with nobody expecting them to do anything but lose by six touchdowns, and that’s not a bad way to approach such an opponent.

“We having nothing to lose,” A.J. Green said Saturday. “We know we have a chance [against Florida]. We’re going to go down there and play hard and play fast and play physical.”

I know, I know. You’re saying: What evidence exists to suggest Georgia is capable of doing any of the above, let alone all of it? Saturday’s game? Hey, that was against Vandy. And I hear that, too. The Bulldogs led by just seven points after 40 minutes and outgained the SEC’s worst offense by only 103 yards. But it was, I submit, better than losing.

And let’s be honest: After what happened last week in this state, we weren’t sure Georgia would win again this season. But they won 34-10 Saturday and got incrementally better. Said quarterback Joe Cox: “All three phases [offense, defense and special teams] played well. We really needed a game where we all played well.”

Georgia ran the ball harder and better, at least in the second half. The defense didn’t allow Vandy quarterback Larry Smith to turn into Joe Montana, or even Jonathan Crompton. The great Green made another great play, turning a sideline hitch into a 65-yard touchdown. It wasn’t the greatest performance in the history of football, but it was the best Georgia has looked in 2009.

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I know, I know. It was still just Vandy, and this Vanderbilt team is a shadow of the past few. But with all the negativity swirling around Georgia, it was a heartening first step.

Said linebacker  Rennie Curran: “Coach kept telling us we have to represent the guys who’ve worn the jersey before, the guys who had the ‘G’ on their helmet and who might not have appreciated the way we’ve been playing. Now the weight’s been lifted. We know we’ve still got an opportunity to do great things this season.”

Like give regal Florida a royal run? “Yeah, why not?” said freshman Orson Charles, a Florida native. “We had an edge today. We’d heard our coaches were going to get fired, but we listened to them. We had a team meeting [Tuesday] and just talked. We broke everything down and said we had to put it in the past.”

Said Mike Bobo, the offensive coordinator who worked from the sideline this day: “A lot of people don’t give this team a lot of credit, and I’m talking about Vanderbilt. But they’re a tough team, and to get something going gave us some confidence. I hope that can carry over against Florida.”

I know, I know. It sounds silly. But it sounded pretty silly two years ago to think that a Georgia team that had been blown out in Knoxville and needed a late Vandy fumble to survive here would go to Jacksonville after a bye week and unhorse the reigning national champ. And remind me again: How’d that one turn out?

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Drunkdawg

October 17th, 2009
5:35 pm

Drunkdawg

October 17th, 2009
5:36 pm

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2009
5:38 pm

Kudos, DrunkDawg.

D. Ellis

October 17th, 2009
5:40 pm

Yikes……that’s a bold statement MB. But hey why not right?

GOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!

Ron Roberts

October 17th, 2009
5:41 pm

At least we can say we hung points on the board that Vandy’s not given up but once in the last 2 1/2 years. That’s saying SOMETHING, isn’t it?

The way Florida’s playing (so far) today, why can’t this team play ‘em tough? I could see a low-scoring affair happening – ’cause Florida can’t stretch the field with a passing game, and that’s where teams ARE able to beat us.

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 17th, 2009
5:42 pm

Pigs hanging tough into the 3rd…why not?

T.O.S.S.

October 17th, 2009
5:43 pm

I just wish someone would stop by Nu-Way and bring me some dogs on their way to St. Simons.

D. Ellis

October 17th, 2009
5:43 pm

Arkansas is playing very very tough right now. UF will probably pull it out…..but the hogs are hangin in there

And istill didn’t see Bryan Evans make a play today. R. Jones made one though….

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Super Dog

October 17th, 2009
5:47 pm

Ive have hope again

way to go Mark Bradley I believe

“do you believe in miracles yes”

Oh no I just had a thought

Willie still coaches the D

And offensive play calling is more conservative than the Puritans

Gosh now all my hopes are dashed

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 17th, 2009
5:50 pm

Please, you are dreaming.

No chance. None.

Bye Bye Willie

This article is obvious in its intentions, Mark.

You are above this, my friend.

Get Real

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 17th, 2009
5:52 pm

At least “I thought” you were above this.

I’ll give you an extra hit though, because I just pissed myself from laughing so hard.

I Would rather have an oblique strain…

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2009
5:53 pm

You’ll find I’m not above anything.

SLP

October 17th, 2009
5:54 pm

I thought they stopped allowing whiskey in the press box, Mark, after Grizzard up and died.

Cuz

October 17th, 2009
5:55 pm

Do you believe in Magic?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVH7NB8eMRc

Why not? Beat them Lizards.

Super Dog

October 17th, 2009
5:56 pm

Willie

WIlllie

WIllie he’s our man if can’t beat FL no one can!!!!!!!

GOOOOOOOOOOO WILLIE

Cuz

October 17th, 2009
5:56 pm

No whiskey in the press box. What a travesty.

patrocket

October 17th, 2009
5:57 pm

crack is wack

Cuz

October 17th, 2009
5:57 pm

Halloween and Florida is going to get a case of the Willie’s.

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 17th, 2009
5:59 pm

Whiskey?

Hell, he’s doing something more than ‘double malt’

Man, I wish you wouldn’t have wrote this article.
There is a better chance of South Cackalackey beating Alabama by a final score of 65 to 3 tonight than there is of CWM Defense AND CMB offense beating the Gators.

It is just so disheartening for me to admit that, but after last years debacle, and now this year, I just have no more faith in that kind of thing with this poorly coached team.
They have NO FIRE. NO DESIRE. NO WILL TO WIN.

It really sucks.

Super Dog

October 17th, 2009
6:00 pm

CUZ

Glad you joined us

Great to have a cool aid drinker on this blog

Lets see win against Vandy now the season is turned around

Captain Nemo is righting the ship

FL your going down in 2 weeks YES!!!!!!!!!!!

Correct CUZen

Cuz

October 17th, 2009
6:02 pm

You got that right Supes, nice cape.

Cuz

October 17th, 2009
6:04 pm

Looks like the Gators are tired of losing. Florida scores.

BIGBOY

October 17th, 2009
6:04 pm

Bradley is there a different interpretation of excessive celebration when comes to Offensive vs Defensive players?

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 17th, 2009
6:05 pm

Mark,

If UGA beats Florida in 2 weeks, I will get in front of the AJC building down town, call a press conference for everyone to see, and in front of all the TV cameras and your colleagues(sp.?) KISS YOUR BARE AS* !

And I mean BARE, for at least 3 seconds.

Call Me if you want to take up the bet, and I’ll tell you what I want you to do if UGA loses…

Cuz

October 17th, 2009
6:05 pm

There is a difference if your name is Tebow.

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2009
6:06 pm

I have no idea what the definition of excessive celebration is, BigBoy. Nor, after the Vandy penalty today, do I know what the definition of “leaping” is.

Dawgs

October 17th, 2009
6:07 pm

Wow after watching the UF vs Arkansas game I think we can win! The coaching staff at UGA looked more focused today but hey I am blogging on AJC!! So I guess all the good things UGA did will get over looked!

MtnDawg

October 17th, 2009
6:08 pm

I want to be straight up with everyone. Yes, if UF loses tonight, we could technically win the SEC yet. I hope that happens. Look at how our stats stack up nationally though. I don’t think we can pull it off.

Our offense: 97th nationally
Our defense: 75th nationally

I’m pulling for the Dawgs. We have a lot of talent. Now–if we can just get our coaches to get it together. It was encouraging to see Bobo down on the field with the team. Now, if he will just stop calling Toss Sweeps. Never again do I want to see a Toss Sweep.

Steve

October 17th, 2009
6:09 pm

I’m not laughing with you, or at you. If you think Georgia has Florida right where they want them, then I pity you.

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 17th, 2009
6:09 pm

Mark,

If UGA beats Florida in 2 weeks, I will get in front of the AJC building down town, call a press conference for everyone to see, and in front of all the TV cameras and your colleagues(sp.?) KISS YOUR BARE AS* !

And I mean BARE, for at least 3 seconds.

Call Me if you want to take up the bet, and I’ll tell you what I want you to do if UGA loses…

Remember, you did post “You’ll find I’m not above anything”

Bring it, Mark. Let’s see that journalistic FIRE!

MtnDawg

October 17th, 2009
6:10 pm

I want to be straight up with everyone. Yes, if UF loses tonight, we could technically win the SEC yet. I hope that happens. Look at how our stats stack up nationally though. I don’t think we can pull it off.

Our offense: 97th nationally
Our defense: 75th nationally

I’m pulling for the Dawgs. We have a lot of talent. Now–if we can just get our coaches to get it together. It was encouraging to see Bobo down on the field with the team. Now, if he will just stop calling Toss Sweeps. Never again do I want to see a Toss Sweep. Florida will destroy it.

jamesr1991

October 17th, 2009
6:10 pm

I’m really worried about next year. Will UGA take a chance on a former Gator now in a JUCO, Cameron Newton? http://tinyurl.com/yhccbpa He’s burning up the JUCO ranks. Will UGA take a chance consider we don’t have a QB for the future.
BTW we have a chance. Arkansas is giving them fits.

BIGBOY

October 17th, 2009
6:12 pm

On the Vandy play it is still a penalty for leaping if you land on an opposing player as I understand it.But all college Defenses seem to be able to celebrate as much as they like.It doesn’t matter what conference or team.

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2009
6:12 pm

Arkansas ties the game.

jamesr1991

October 17th, 2009
6:13 pm

I think having Bobo on the sideline may be the best move of the year for Richt. Now he can get into Cox’s grill the way coaches do it.

Dawgs

October 17th, 2009
6:14 pm

So how many points did all the experts have the gators winning by today? The lowest was 28 points!! But does anyone in the DawgNation think we have them right where we want them? heck no but they have shown weakness!

Super Dog

October 17th, 2009
6:14 pm

Attention Fans

I just drunk the cool aid

I know we will beat FL you wanna now why

Cause Willie

WIllie is a smarter coach than Meyer

Didn’t you see that today, he made adjustments

THe defense looks better than ever

GA 57 FL 3

That cool aid is goooooooood anyone up for some

BRADLEY BRADLEY BRADLEY

Frank

October 17th, 2009
6:14 pm

we’re always good after by weeks!

Pissed off Bulldawg(2 years running)

October 17th, 2009
6:17 pm

Oh YEAH, FRANK!!!!!!!

We were really good last year in the BY WEEK before we played Georgia Tech, huh?!?!?!

jamesr1991

October 17th, 2009
6:17 pm

Tebow sacked for the sixth time today

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2009
6:17 pm

UGA is always good against SEC opponents after bye weeks.

La Jolla Dawg

October 17th, 2009
6:20 pm

The same Arkansas defense that looked atrocious against our own atrocious defense looks fantastic right now, could it happen for us? Perhaps… It’s fun to think about anyway. I am really glad that UGA has a week off to study film from the UF/UA game.

Dawgs

October 17th, 2009
6:21 pm

Who thinks that Coach Richt and the other coaches got the message? I saw more in your face coaching today then I had all year!

olddawg

October 17th, 2009
6:21 pm

Mark, Our running game was not any better today until we got ahead late. In fact it was worse. The best runner I saw all day was Dontavius Jackson. He ran hard. How can we beat Fla when we refuse to throw to AJ Green more than we do. What did we throw toward him i the second half. 2 or 3 times. Our defense played hard but Vandy had no playmakers. Fla will be different.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing gator fans cry

October 17th, 2009
6:23 pm

anything can happen….Jean Shorts look real bad today!!!! Please God, Please!!!! Go Hogs!!!

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2009
6:24 pm

Florida is having a rough ride today.

bigdawg01

October 17th, 2009
6:24 pm

Joe Haden is the best DB in the country…period.

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2009
6:25 pm

Arkansas leads.