Bradley’s Buzz: ESPN thinks UGA can (almost) beat Florida

When last I doubted the wisdom of ESPN’s Insiders and its Scouts Inc. brand of predicting, the Worldwide Leader was right and I was wrong. I thought Georgia Tech would beat Miami. Scouts Inc. picked the ‘Canes. Score it Scouts Inc. 1, MB nil.

So I pass this along for purposes of edification. Scouts Inc. gives Florida the edge over Georgia in seven of nine categories. (Link requires registration.) The Bulldogs are preferred at wide receiver and linebacker, you should know. Me, I’d have made it eight of nine, but I’m a famous Gator fan

Regarding Georgia’s offense, such as it is, against Florida’s top-ranked defense:

“Look for Georgia to attack the middle of the Florida run defense. True freshman RB Washaun Ealey and 222-pound backup Richard Samuel are both tough between-the-tackles runners who can lower their shoulders and pick up yards after contact. In addition, FB Fred Munzenmeir is an effective lead blocker who has done a nice job filling in for the injured Shaun Chapas. On the flip side, Gators MLB Brandon Spikes is questionable with a groin injury that forced him to miss the Mississippi State game, and Florida’s interior defensive line is banged-up.”

Regarding the men of Matinez versus the minions of Meyer:

“Florida will likely continue to have problems running QB Tim Tebow inside in short-yardage and red zone situations. Tebow is a north-south power runner who needs a seam to be truly effective, and Florida’s interior offensive line is allowing too much penetration. Georgia DT Geno Atkins is at his best using his above-average initial quickness and upper-body strength to shoot gaps and disrupt plays in the backfield. He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast as well, with the 315-pound Kade Weston getting good push up the middle and the active Jeff Owens holding his own at the point of attack.”

By now, you’re doubtless wondering if Scouts Inc. has been watching the same Bulldogs you have. And you’re also wondering: Does Scouts Inc. really think Georgia will win? The answer:

“Outside of the Kentucky game, Florida’s offense has sputtered during SEC play. Look for that trend to continue to a certain degree this week. Georgia’s pass defense has been one of the most porous in the country, but Tebow lacks the weapons at wide receiver to take advantage, and the Bulldogs have had a bye week to prepare for him. As far as the running game is concerned, the Bulldogs are capable of controlling the middle of the line of scrimmage and they have the athletes at linebacker to contain the speedy Gators running backs. However, Georgia’s offense will have an even tougher time putting points on the board working against the Gators’ stifling defense, and that will be the difference in the game.”

The projected score, according to Scouts Inc.: Florida 24, Georgia 16. Given that the spread is 15 points, I’m thinking that’s virtually a Dog victory. But what the heck do I know?

Hey! There’s no need to answer all at once.

175 comments Add your comment

Mike Litoris

October 29th, 2009
12:46 pm

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wawel78

October 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

does being 2nd get any points? As a fan, you hope all of that potential will surface at some point but I don’t see it. This is the same team that did not even get into the red zone against UT and UF’s D is better. My heart says UGA in a nail biter. My wallet says UF 34-10.

DWG

October 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

These people at ESPN are nuts. GA’s defensive line has had one good game all year and ESPN is talking like they are all-americans. Fla 34, GA 10 – Take FL and give the points.

Chuck Uga

October 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

EA SPORTS also had a simulated game that had Florida winning 31-24 (ahead 31-14 with some late UGA scoring). Georgia won’t score 24 on this Florida defense, not with the injured guys back. The biggest concern is whether Georgia can slow Florida’s offense. I think not because the same guy is coordinating the defense that already gave up 45 to Tennessee, 41 to Arkansas, 37 to South Carolina, 49 to Florida last season, 45 to Tech last season, 41 to Alabama last season, etc., etc. Notice a trend when matched up with good teams?!

Whopper Dawg

October 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

College Football News has FLA 38 UGA 10. I think that is the more likely score. You can give 1/4 Willie a year to prepare and I won’t matter. Remember we were off the week before last year’s Tech game – that helped a bunch didn’t it.

Chuck Uga

October 29th, 2009
12:57 pm

P.S. Fire Willie, Fabris, Jancek and one or two others!!

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

October 29th, 2009
1:03 pm

I’m thinking this game will be low scoring but all in all the entire SEC has been below average this year. There is a serious lack of Qb’s in the conference. Aaron Murray may be the third best quarterback in the SEC. And pass along to the advertising department that an ad with a “2″ in a little black dress (a.k.a. a “10″ in New Jersey) will not make me want to go to Atlantic City.

UGASlobberknocker

October 29th, 2009
1:06 pm

Dogs will win ..just to torture us fans..since a win this yr doesnt mean anything as far as championships go. But I would damned sure take it. At least its nice down here.

leland

October 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

Dear Mr. MB–the CYSC is easy today. Try it. Let me know what you think. Your pal, Leland

SEADawg

October 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

I would be happy if the defense just showed improvement. Check that– that might be the excuse Richt needs to keep Willie around for another year.

Where's my crack pipe?

October 29th, 2009
1:10 pm

The only good a W does for the Dawgs in this game is keep Willie around for one more year…..Ole crackpipe here will take a whipping to see Willie go..

Gatorzone

October 29th, 2009
1:11 pm

“Aaron Murray may be the third best quarterback in the SEC”.

A little premature since he has not played yet.

Bank Walker, if that were the case wouldn’t that make Joe Cox below him? Then why isn’t Murray the starter?

fred dre

October 29th, 2009
1:13 pm

worlod wide leader in sports…poker,billiards,table tennis,soccer,volleyball,more poker,and let’s not forget big 10 football.

EW

October 29th, 2009
1:14 pm

Our only chance is to pressure Tebow and hope for the ball to bounce our way and get a couple timely turnovers. Fla’s D will make us work too hard to sustain a drive down the field. We also will have to hope for good play on special teams to set up field position (read: Logan Gray should not be in to fair catch punts, can’t someone who actually returns them make the decision to fair catch or run?)

I’d like to say it will be a low scoring game given the lackluster offense both sides have shown coupled with the Florida D. The wildcard is the UGA D. If they show up we have a chance to win a close game, if they decide to play a soft zone and not force the issue we’re done.

Lost dog

October 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

UF has played just average in the last three games so they will probably have a breakout game against UGA. Hopefully the UGA players don’t read these comments or they will vote to forget the trip to Jax. I wnat the Dawgs to win outright but I don’t thnik that will happen.. From a financial perspective, the spread is just not tempting enough at 15.5.

EW

October 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

On a side note, this game and the GT game are chances for UGA to salvage our season and spoil the others’. I hope we play like it on Saturday.

Buford T Justice

October 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

Them’s Dawgs what am Dawgs.

Razzle-Dazzle

October 29th, 2009
1:20 pm

Golden Tornado, as a well-known Tech fan, you’ve predicted UGA to upset
Florida. I guess anybody from the Peach State should want that. But win,
over Tebow, and all those other All-Americans? It’s too big an order.
Florida 29, Georgia 17.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

October 29th, 2009
1:23 pm

Florida covers the spread maybe doubles it , everyone says fla is ripe for a upset , but these dawgs will not be the ones to do it.
I hope I am wrong and UGA makes the girders bend and the stadium fall down , but i think
FLA 41 UGA 6 is more like what will really happen.
but I am hoping for UGA 38 Fla 35 HOPE HOPE HOPE
GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

He Hate Gator

October 29th, 2009
1:24 pm

For those who think Georgia’s problems on defense are lack of talent: “I’m flipping on Georgia (on tape), and statistically, I know everybody is like, ‘What about this and what about that?’ ” Urban Meyer said. “All I know is what I see, and that’s as good a defensive personnel as there is in college football.” From ESPN…

Heavy Dawg

October 29th, 2009
1:27 pm

DAWGS win, Gators loose against S Carolina as well as loosing this weekend. That puts us in the title game for a rematch against Alabama.

Bryan G.

October 29th, 2009
1:30 pm

I wasn’t aware that Dickie Samuels was tough between the tackles.

Burdell

October 29th, 2009
1:32 pm

I hear ya Bank Walker! That Air-Tran ad is not appealing…

Good luck to the dogs on Saturday. I’m pulling for y’all. It’s about time for someone to knock the Gators off their perch.

GO JACKETS!!

Burdell

October 29th, 2009
1:33 pm

Heavy Dawg–

If the Gators are “loose” against S. Carolina then I’ll bet they don’t “lose”.

dap01

October 29th, 2009
1:34 pm

Is that suspended officiating crew working the game?

Serge

October 29th, 2009
1:39 pm

Remember when Willie’s boys were swarming all over everyone in 2007? What if that type of defense showed up on Saturday? That would be cool.

PDawg

October 29th, 2009
1:42 pm

I hate loosing but it looks like we will loose even if we play loose.

GT

October 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

Georgia in a low score game…can’t see the gators turing it around in a week, but see Georgia haveing two weeks REALY helps
GEORGIA 16
FLORIDA 13

icedawg

October 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

It would take a miracle. UGA would have to do everything right, catch every break and UF would have to do everything wrong. The Dawgs are outmanned at key positions and outcoached at key positions.

EW

October 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

So glad everyone else is giving him hell for the loosing. I was getting ready to make my top ten grammar mistakes by bloggers:

Potential candidates:
Loose vs. lose
They’re, there, and their mistakes

The list goes on, not worth the time now..feel free to add to the list

Yellow=Pee

October 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

I guess that would be a ‘mental’ victory for Tennessee, but as for Georgia I cant say it will be.

Rickey Bobby

October 29th, 2009
1:51 pm

If you ain’t First your Last…..

NCMTNDawg

October 29th, 2009
1:51 pm

Heavy – I know it’s only Thursday afternoon, but pass me some of what you’re drinking.

Bryan – agreed, Samuels falls over from a slight gust of wind?

I am as optimistic as a Dawg fan comes, but I am also realistic. I don’t feel good about 10/31 in J’ville. The D may rise to occassion, but can we even put points on the board? We’ll see.

GO DAWGS!!!

Rashad Evans

October 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

With me covering receivers you all should know that Tebow could hang half a hundred on us. But Willie told us if we keep them under 60, we would get to go to the DMV and get our drivers licenses!!!!

Pi$$onaDawg

October 29th, 2009
1:58 pm

The Dawgs are like a man Who’s wife wants to get pregnant yet, he wears a condom to have sex. He/UGA will work hard at making it look good, but He/UGA can’t deliver the goods. Willie/Bobo take the condom off in the shower. It is raining it pouring and CMR is just snoring.

Not Disappointed!

October 29th, 2009
1:59 pm

I hope the players of UGA or Ga Tech look at the blog.

Ramblin Wreck!

Not Disappointed!

October 29th, 2009
2:01 pm

POAD said it best! Now, I’m going for more Coffee!

Not Disappointed!

October 29th, 2009
2:01 pm

POAD said it best! I’m going for more Coffee!

bass stringerfish

October 29th, 2009
2:03 pm

I just do not see a complete turnaround as much as it pains me. We still can not hit the QB with any pressure and we do not play disciplined enough Defense yet. Why do we think we will all of a sudden run the ball? Our only hope is another wide open “Throw it to 8″ like we saw against Arizona..and I haven’t even mentioned the stupid penalties and turnovers…I think the bye will help keep is in the game for a 1/2, but after that…and I predict that upon losing we will in fact see Murray….I am a huge positive UGA Fan, but I can’t see us out of this one. PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG…I want to have a good reason to get plastered on Halloween..not a bad one!

Heavy Dawg

October 29th, 2009
2:04 pm

NCMtnDAWG,

We have a great offense and a WR that could be playing in the pro’s right now. I am concerned like you, but I feel like we can make it to the Dome against Alabama. I think we are a good team and the Vanderbilt win was just what we had to get to get our boys back on track.

I wish so badly I could make it to one of those games.

BugKiller

October 29th, 2009
2:07 pm

Here’s the thing that people who defend Willie Martinez STILL don’t want to acknowledge.

Jonathan Crompton.

Stephen Garcia.

Ryan Mallet.

Tim Tebow.

John Parker Wilson.

Erik Ainge.

Pat White.

All of these QBs had CAREER games against Willie Martinez.

Pat White would go on to have even better games, but has Tebow had much better than last year’s WLOCP?

But here’s the REAL rub.

Willie Martinez turned Erik Ainge and John Parker Wilson into NFL DRAFT PICKS!!!

And it’s a 50-50 bet that he’s done it again for Jon Crompton.

Two absolutely HORRIBLE quarterbacks, Garcia and Crompton, have CAREER games against your defensive coordinator.

Two mediocre QBs, Ainge and Wilson, do the same.

And STILL, people feel the need to defend Willie Martinez. Or defend Mark Richt for putting his personal friendship with this pathetic excuse for a football coach above what’s best for the team.

Florida, just like Tennessee, is going to find the cure for what ails their offense in the Georgia defense.

Tebow is gonna get back on track, and he’ll look like a million bucks picking apart Soft Willie’s soft zones.

I can just hear Urban Meyer right now: “I got… a fevuh… and the only… prescription… is Willie… MARTINEZ!”

Pi$$onaDawg

October 29th, 2009
2:07 pm

Not D thanks for the attaboy. I am TECH all the way but I do want the Dwags to do good because many of the kids from our state play for the Dwags. I want to beat the Dwags for sure, but I want Willie to go as much as I would like him to stay and have the Jackets beat him. Too Much Talent and “that is all I have to say about that”. HAHAHHA

misterwax

October 29th, 2009
2:07 pm

If the Dogs can get a +3 on turnovers in this game, I think they will win it….I don’t see it happening woithout some really lucky breaks…So I will pull for the Dogs and hope Tech can use a UF loss to move up in the rankings….

Otto

October 29th, 2009
2:08 pm

Even if the ‘07 defense shows up the ‘09 edition of Bobo’s offense can’t put up 14.

Pi$$onaDawg

October 29th, 2009
2:08 pm

SEE, I can’t spell dogs right either.

misterwax

October 29th, 2009
2:16 pm

sorry for the typo…should be “without”….the service needs a text editor in it when you post..that would help.

Iceman

October 29th, 2009
2:16 pm

Neither Ainge nor Wilson will ever see playing time in the NFL.

Bob Horner stayed hurt

October 29th, 2009
2:20 pm

BugKiller…you are correct….I have a feeling we’ll get taken to the woodsheed Saturday…….Florida has looked sluggish on offense….I’m afraid that changes this weekend….but maybe not….I’m expecting the worse….

Pi$$onaDawg

October 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

Ainge or Wilson will see as much time as Bobo, Eric Z, D Greene, and DJ did. Doesn’t UGA teach all their QB’s to spell CLIPBOARD after they STEAL NFL money and sit on the bench? This was not about GT QBs this was about SEC and UGA QBs.

Burdell

October 29th, 2009
2:27 pm

EW–

Add who’s and whose…and for the UVA folks, HOOS.

GO DOGS. GO JACKETS!!!