Bradley’s Buzz: UGA’s going to a bowl, but which one?

Gerogia's last trip to the Chick-fil-A was yummy. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The last trip to the Chick-fil-A was yummy. Like a peach milkshake. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The good news: Georgia is bowl-eligible. The not-so-good news: Shreveport still has a bowl. And, according to Matt Hayes of Sporting News Today, the Independence Bowl is where the Bulldogs are bound. (To face Iowa State, per Hayes.)

The better news: Four other bowl projectors see Georgia headed elsewhere. Stewart Mandel of SI.com has Georgia in the Music City Bowl against Boston College. Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com likewise tickets UGA for Nashville, but to oppose Florida State. Feldman’s colleague Mark Schlabach (who used to be my colleague) has Georgia coming to Atlanta for a Chick-fil-A date against Clemson. And CBSsports.com shows Georgia paired with East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl.

What this all means: Nobody knows. We’re 19 days from Bowl Selection Sunday, and the projected field for Georgia hasn’t been narrowed much at all. If you’re counting, the five projections show four different destinations with dates ranging from Dec. 27, 2009, (Music City) to Jan. 2, 2010 (Liberty).

As for Tech: Not much mystery there. Every projection save one puts the Jackets in the Orange Bowl against TCU. The exception is Hayes in Sporting News Today. He has Clemson in the Orange and Tech in the Gator against Notre Dame. There was a time when playing (and beating) Notre Dame in Jacksonville was a big deal for Tech and George O’Leary, but this year such a date would be a colossal bringdown.

The good news: Won’t happen. Tech will win the ACC. Says me.

448 comments Add your comment

murfdawg

November 17th, 2009
10:37 am

Benjamin

November 17th, 2009
10:40 am

Second-ish…

Georgia can turn all this Shreveport talk around with a win over Tech. Further, if we win out (…including our bowl game), that’ll put us at 9-4 and probably back in the lower rungs of the Top 25. And I believe that to be possible and, truthfully, about what could be expected from a team that lost two of the top 12 picks in this year’s NFL draft as underclassmen and their best offensive lineman in week one.

Either way, should be an interesting finish to the season.

murfdawg

November 17th, 2009
10:40 am

Chick-fil-A vs Clemson

Benjamin

November 17th, 2009
10:41 am

I’d take that, murf. Would be a fun game.

DawgFan#7

November 17th, 2009
10:43 am

Ben, that sounds good except we have an inept QB and CWM as the defensive coordinator. Most likley we will be in the Music city after win against KY, and most likley lose against the techies. Say what you want… I am a realist.

cpwood

November 17th, 2009
10:46 am

Dawgs will win out, and Clemson will be ACC Champs. Nats to Jacksonville, so PJ can meet his new team.
THWGT……..

C. Tampa Ironworse

November 17th, 2009
10:48 am

If UGA can go to Chick Bowl..they will get the invite. Dawgs VS Fightin’ Jean Shorts (Clemson) would sell out the Dome.

11Dawg

November 17th, 2009
10:48 am

The Music City Bowl is in 2008? Does that mean we’ll have Knowshon?

RoswellDawg

November 17th, 2009
10:49 am

I like our chances against Kentucky, but we lose agaisnt Tech. Too much firepower. Fire Willie!

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 17th, 2009
10:50 am

gotta agree with murfdawg, although Outback will come calling after order is restored with a bee beatdown on the 28th.

Larvell "SugarBear" Blanks

November 17th, 2009
10:50 am

Personally, with all that has happened with this dysfunctional Georgia team I would be very happy with a trip to Downtown Atlanta for a Chick-Fil-A appearance against Clemson. And this way we would SHOW The North Avenue School for Wayward Girls how to sell out the dome!

FALCONS SORRY

November 17th, 2009
10:50 am

MARK BRADLY! THE BULLDOG ARE GOING TO THE SAME BOWL AT THE SORRY ATL FALCONS ARE THIS YEAR! THE TOLET BOWL! SINCE THE FALCONS JOKE OF A QB IS #2 AND THE SNAKE IN THE GRASS FALCONS OWNER IS FULL OF # 2 THAT IS THE PEFECT BOWL FOR THEM WHERE THEY BELONG! UGA DONT LOOK LIKE THEY EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING THIS YEAR HERE IN 2009! THE BULLOG DEFENCE THIS YEAR COULDNT STOP ANOTHER TEAM IF THEY PUT ON A POLICE BAGE AND HELD UP A STOP SIGN! YOU BETTER GO BUY THE STORY AND GET YOU SOME TOLET PAPER MARK RICK! DONT SQUEEZE THE SHARMIN UGA!

Joe Schmoe

November 17th, 2009
10:54 am

Larvell “SugarBear” Blanks

November 17th, 2009
10:50 am
Personally, with all that has happened with this dysfunctional Georgia team I would be very happy with a trip to Downtown Atlanta for a Chick-Fil-A appearance against Clemson. And this way we would SHOW The North Avenue School for Wayward Girls how to sell out the dome!

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Ughhhh, the dome was sold out last year with a majority of tech fans. Ding dong. The CFA bowl has sold out every year. You wouldnt be doing anything special

Scott Case

November 17th, 2009
10:57 am

Peter Venkman

November 17th, 2009
10:59 am

Keep talking Bradley….the more you talk the more tasty that crow is going to be after the UGA Tech game. There’s something going on at UGA, the kids are starting to play like they care about something other than not screwing up. I wouldn’t tell any of my friends this because they would say I’m crazy but I can see an upset brewing on the horizon!

Spurrier

November 17th, 2009
11:01 am

There’s not a team in “THE ACC” that UGA can beat.

FALCONS SORRY (impersonation)

November 17th, 2009
11:01 am

UGA AND FALCONS SORRY. UGA SORRY BECAUSE THEY DISRUHSPEKTED MIKE VICK BY NOT LETTIN HIM PLAY AT UGAY. ARTHUR BLANK IS SORRY AND SO IS MARK RICK. I LOVE MIKE VICK DO YOU LOVE ME? I DO NOT LIKE GREEN EGS AND HAM SAM I AM. WORD FO SHEEZY THUG LIFE YAYEEEYEAH

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 17th, 2009
11:03 am

UGA gets invitation to SCOTTS, TOILET PAPER BOWL.

godawgs

November 17th, 2009
11:04 am

Forget the Bowl Game, focus on the Game This Week!

The Dawgs can’t control where they play Bowl wise, the only thing they can control, is how they perform on the field. I like the trends. Their ONLY focus this week needs to Kentucky, not Ga Tech, not which Bowl they’ll be playing in. Ga is playing well in the last 2 games, cutting our turnovers, creating some takeaways, keep it up, don’t lose focus, attack Kentucky. Run the ball. Don’t turn it over. Call 60% run plays. Get some takeaways on defense, eliminate the giveaways on offense, win the turnover margin against Kentucky.

Peter Venkman

November 17th, 2009
11:04 am

Yea, were gonna upset KY, but those techies have it goin on. We talk alot, but when we face real opponets we choke.

gold stinger

November 17th, 2009
11:05 am

The reality is that the dogs will most likely win a close one versus KY and be badly beaten by GT the following week. Then they will get FSU in Nashville where they will play “valiantly” and losse to the ACC again.

Final record 7-6. Not bad for a team 1 year away from a pre-season #1 ranking, in the “mighty” SEC and a regular “top 10″ recruiting rankings.

What a diference a coah makes!

GO GT, sting them dogs!!

Willie

November 17th, 2009
11:07 am

Why do we have to go to a bowl? Can’t the season just be over?

Toilet Bowl is perfect for my Dawgs!

November 17th, 2009
11:08 am

I can hear Munson now, “my God it’s raining Charmin from the Sky!” It’s Liberty Bowl or bust! Tech has to much fire power. We will be Kentucky though. Woof Woof!

larrymunsonthe3rd

November 17th, 2009
11:09 am

I need to start trolling earlier to be 1st

SEC officials

November 17th, 2009
11:11 am

KENTUCKY will embarrass UGA this week.

Paul H

November 17th, 2009
11:11 am

You mean no Boise or San Francisco bowls like Tech always goes to? And then of course the one time Tech goes to a decent bowl they pee themselves in their OWN BACK YARD (to an SEC team of course).

Go Jackets!! I say bud, you say weiser! zzzzzzzz… Ok back to my dungeons and dragons role playing.

SadDawg

November 17th, 2009
11:12 am

You had to do it to the Jackets, didn’t ya Mark? Sorry Techies, but that is the kiss of death – get you reservations to Jax!!!!

KC in Athens

November 17th, 2009
11:13 am

For the love of God, please don’t play the boring usual suspects: Perdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Virginia, etc.
I’d take the Clemson game, but would rather us play Penn State or some other big name team that’s not so great this year.
I wouldn’t mind Va Tech even though we just played them several years ago.

Randy Marsh

November 17th, 2009
11:13 am

If we finish 6-6, we shouldn’t be in a bowl. At 7-5, I don’t see anything better than Nashville or Shreveport. I’m more anxious to see what kind (if any) coaching changes get made after the season.

Randy Marsh

November 17th, 2009
11:13 am

Enter your comments here

GeoffDawg

November 17th, 2009
11:14 am

You don’t like Mark Schlabach? He’s not your “esteemed” former colleague?

M.Richt

November 17th, 2009
11:15 am

Willie is coaching his last SEC game at UGA this Saturday. Don’t tell anyone that you heard it from me.

SadDawg

November 17th, 2009
11:15 am

Uh, godawgs (11:04), do you really think it matters what we fans focus on?

SimpleDawg

November 17th, 2009
11:16 am

Dawgs could finish anywhere from 8 – 4 to 6 – 6. The way this year has developed, or better yet – devolved, any bowl would be welcomed for the added practice.

The night of the 28th in Atlanta could be ugly…..and the muggers and car jackers are licking their lips.

PTC DAWG

November 17th, 2009
11:16 am

UGA in the Outback at 8-4 and GT in the Orange at 11-2 sounds about right to me. Congrats to GT, they have had a very good year.

Willie

November 17th, 2009
11:17 am

But I don’t have a comment.

SadDawg

November 17th, 2009
11:23 am

So Benjamin (10:40), you would also have expected before the season started for us to get our butts kicked by UT, UF, and probably Tech? Not me. With the talent we have on both sides of the ball, we should compete with anyone on our schedule. But we didn’t. I, for one am not happy about the season.

Peter Venkman

November 17th, 2009
11:23 am

It’s coming Tech…are you getting nervous yet? Dawgs, with their backs against the wall..nothing to lose…Tech with all that national respect and momentum to lose…UGA coaches fighting for their jobs…a big picture of that dopey looking Tech kid that didn’t contribute to the game with some hedge in his teeth in the UGA locker room all year…smells like upset to me!

law dawg

November 17th, 2009
11:24 am

Joe Schmoe – i went down to the peach bowl last year to watch the game. yes, it was sold out. but if you think that dome wasn’t filled with mostly purple and yellow fans from the bayou you’re kidding yourself. tech did very little to add to the sellout, and the small amount of tech fans there didn’t stay long into the second half. lsu could have sold that place out without one tech fan, doubt tech could say the same.

i don’t even want to think about bowl possibilities right now. i just want the dawgs to win the next two.

bradley, are you gonna write anything about UK, or are you just trying to make Ga. and its fans look past the Wildcats? Not a bad strategy…..

Rich Hoodenpyle

November 17th, 2009
11:26 am

You have Boston College and Florida State headed to bowls. Tech, Va Tech, and Clemson have to go bowling. any news on UNC?

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2009
11:26 am

Any bowl is great for the practice time. Beat KY and probably will be the Chick Fil A bowl versus the ACC.

I like the potential match up of Tech and TCU in the Orange Bowl. That would be a great game I think.

Anyhoo, glad the dawgs beat Auburn and here’s to beating KY.

Tech82

November 17th, 2009
11:28 am

Wouldn’t it be hysterical if UGA got caught looking ahead to Tech and was upset by Kentucky in the process?

GO JACKETS! THWG!

Chris

November 17th, 2009
11:28 am

I like Benjamin’s scenario here similar to ‘06 when Stafford was a freshman. The problem is it’s probably not realistic. While they played their best three quarters against Auburn and looked like a competent team, there’s just no reason to believe we have a chance at winning out. I want to say if Wake can push Tech to the brink then we could do the same but they were flat. They were exhausted against Miami. They’ll be fresh and pumped out of their skulls when we meet.

I keep going back to the LSU game and thinking ‘what would be different if that penalty hadn’t been called’? and the truth is probably not much. They still would have been thumped by UT the next week most likely. The problem is you didn’t see improvement week to week the way you saw the UT coach’s making Crompton look all world better each week.

Realistic 7-5 and Music City. Next year is Aaron Murray the answer along with Ealey? The defensive line will be gone but so what. They didn’t stuff the run or create pressure all year. We’ll be ‘young’ again. How is it possible to be ‘young’ every single year?

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Old TechFan

November 17th, 2009
11:31 am

If you go on the Tech web site and find the clippings area you can see the AJC clips and comments on the blogs from after the Miami game. What a hoot in light of what has happened since. Bottom line is if anyone could accurately predict college football it would not be as endlessly interesting as it is.

My prediction is just like the 50+ UGA/Tech games I can remember, it will likely be close with many surprises. The boys always feel the tradition and play their best UGA and GT.

If Tech does not put it on the ground and if we can get pressure on the QB we will win. If not UGA will win.

As for the trash talk, I remember the Dodd days and this is the first time since it feels like we can win any game that a win is not just a fluke or because we got lucky. However lets all remember something else from the Dodd days. Respect your opponent because no matter how bad you beat them this year there is always next year. I am one proud fan but no matter what happens Sat. next there is always next year.

Joe Ben Jamerson

November 17th, 2009
11:31 am

What is that bowl with the blue turf? That seems like a good bowl for Georgia.

JACKETfan12

November 17th, 2009
11:33 am

Tech will be down to UGA by 7 at the half and then take the game by 10 in the second half like they usually do, then go on to beat Clemson in a close game and play TCU in a very intruiging bowl matchup.

As a Tech fan though, I would love for UGA to end up in the Chick-fil-a bowl against Clemson… what an exciting game that would be. Of course I would be rooting for the ACC, but it would be a very fun game to watch

Joe Ben Jamerson

November 17th, 2009
11:35 am

How about the Emerald Nut Bowl? That might be a good one for the Dawgs.

"Peter Venkman Knows...........Not!"

November 17th, 2009
11:36 am

Mark picked Okie State to beat the Dawgs. Also he picked UGA over Auburn. I’m an objective fan and I don’t see how Tech will lose. Like the dawgs, tech as a team is also getting better. I don’t know if we have an edge over Tech’s defense. God knows, we don’t in Offense. Nesbitt is throwing the ball more and hitting his targets. They have a plethora of running backs.

“I Love my dawgs, but I live in the real world……. Not Walgreens!”

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2009
11:37 am

Congrats to the Bees on winning their division and good luck in the ACCCG.