Listen up: I like UGA over the Gators. Whaddaya think of that?

Memo to Mark Richt: Bag the black helmets, please. (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

Memo to Mark Richt: Bag those black helmets forever, please. (AJC photo by Bob Andres)

Your attention, please. I’m about to recant an earlier prediction. I now believe Georgia will beat Florida.

(Let me also debit my increasingly shrinking account of credibility by noting this: I thought the Gators would win the BCS title. What the heck was I thinking?)

I know, I know. The Gators had a week off and Urban Meyer is too clever not to think of something. But the Urbanator has had a while now to get this offense going, and he hasn’t yet. And here’s what I know: Georgia will go to Jacksonville:

• With the better quarterback.

• With the better offense.

• With the better running game.

• Having won three in a row, as opposed to losing three in a row, which is what Florida has done.

I’m aware that Georgia’s three victories have come against three mediocrities, whereas the Gators have lost to Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State — all of which are ensconced in the Top 25. I really don’t care. I like the way Georgia is playing. I don’t think anybody likes the way Florida is playing.

Who wins Saturday?

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Here I should also note: I’ve been wrong about this game before. (Two years ago, when the Urbanator’s  team won 49-10 and he called his little timeouts.) I could well be wrong again. But I’m calling it Georgia 24, Florida 17.

And now I’m asking: What say you?

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Leroy1970

October 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

The Ole Ball Coach

October 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

Dawgs Db’s need to show up but I like the Dawgs as well……

matthew

October 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

I like the way you think (this time).

J Clay

October 24th, 2010
1:44 pm

MB – Love the optimism, but I’ll believe it when I see it…Everything you say is true – but there is still the x-factor or mental block against this team. My request: 1) no uniform tricks 2) no dancing in the end zone 3) beat the snot out of the Gators

Mark Bradley

October 24th, 2010
1:47 pm

Kudos, Leroy1970.

Howard

October 24th, 2010
1:48 pm

Mark…if Georgia doesn’t do it this year, they’ll never do it. Gators are prime meat this year. Oh, think Urban would like Cam Newton running things??

Brian

October 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

We’ll see… I really hope they win and I think they are definitely capable of winning. They have to play smart football though, if they commit more than 1 turnover or get a bunch of personal fouls I think they’ll lose. Otherwise, I’ll take them 27-21. Play with confidence and without penalties and turnovers and they should take UF in a close one. Go Dawgs!!

Hummon

October 24th, 2010
1:51 pm

Thanks a lot, Mark. I was looking forward to a rare victory over the Gators. Maybe next year.

SoCal Dawg

October 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

I think Cummings and Cuff are REALLY BAD. Just my opinion.

German Shepherd Dawg

October 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

Mark,

How is it that when UGA loses to Mississippi St at Starkville, it’s a loss to a mediocre team, but when UF loses to that same team at home, it’s a loss to a top 25 team?

Is Mississippi State a mediocre Top 25 team at home? And I seem to recall that Arkansas and South Carolina were both Top 25 teams. And the loss to mediocre Colorado? The night of their 20th anniversary celebration of their NC, a night of an emotional high.

To quote the great Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon!”

ugakev

October 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

<<<Coming from a diehard Georgia fan I will believe it when I see it…GO DAWGS!

Al

October 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

Just beat the mud lizzards then walk off the field with class. No calling timeouts to extend the celebration, no jumping up and down in the endzone, don’t even walk across the field to shake Urban’s clamy hand.

Top Dawg

October 24th, 2010
1:57 pm

Urban Cryer has decided that Chris Rainey is not so much of a criminal after all and has reinstated him for the UGA game. Don’t discount the importance of him playing against UGA.

Another Steve

October 24th, 2010
2:00 pm

As a homer, I have to go with my Gators. At first I was tempted to attribute your change of heart to the effects of the full moon, rendering the normally sane Mark Bradley into the monster Bark Madly. However, your reasons are too sound. Georgia has consistently improved while UF has yet to find an identity, much less the end zone. Since this is a rivalry, I expect the best from both teams. Exactly what the best is I can’t say at this time.

Give Me a Break

October 24th, 2010
2:00 pm

Dawg 555

October 24th, 2010
2:02 pm

If we can play mistake free ball, then I think we have a good shot. The mental factor is huge.

Not the Bradley Curse

October 24th, 2010
2:05 pm

He has done it again!!! Mark pick the Gators so that the Dawgs will win.

DIT

October 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

I want to feel the same way Mark. However, two issues lead me to think otherwise: 1. Defense still gave up over 400 yards in total offense last night, mostly passing. 2. UF had the week off. Don’t care what anyone says, it’s a huge advantage to have fresh legs.
I think it’s more mental than anything else right now. I mean ask tech, when you lose to someone as often to a particular team it plays with a football teams head….. right tech!
Rainey’s back(and I thought CMR was soft with some of his players) and Brantley is not that bad of a QB. Especially if we don’t put pressure on him. Look at UT’s Crompton last year. He was all world because he had ZERO preasure on him.
Just my thoughts. I’d love to see the Dawgs win big. Nothing is better when I can ride around Tampa with my big “G” flag for all these gator fans down here. They are thick as flies down here.
Go Dawgs!

59bulldawg

October 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

I don’t know! I think whatever ails the Gator offense may be cured by playing against the Georgia secondary this week. I hope you’re right Mark but I just can’t get a good read on this team. Just don’t know what to expect. I don’t think we would have won last night if not for the Kentucky turnovers. Maybe we can get some more of those next week in Jax. Go Dawgs!

atltiger15

October 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

Without having a Dawg in tha fight, UGA should handle the gators relatively easy. Gators have no sign of an offense and the Dawgs have come to life after a disappointing start to say the least…If the Dawgs dont do it this year, what do you think about richt and his long term HC status

just a fan

October 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

I concur MB I think we will win but CUM is going to have some tricks up his sleeves keep the pressure on the qb and get cuff off the field he didnt earn any extea playing time with his performance vs UK

just a fan

October 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

Frank Lane

October 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

I definitely think that we go in there knowing that we can win. Kind of different from other years, but we still have to do it. Finish the drill.

jellybeandawg

October 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

I think you have drank to much Kool Aid Mark. No way Florida looses 4 in a row with a week off to regroup and prepare, not to mention Georgia’s propensity to poop their pants at any mention of the word ” Gator”.
Gators Roll the Dawgs in Jax. Book it!

SecGuy

October 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Uh-Oh, Mark. It looks like you’re getting primed to pick the Dawgs to win the NC again in 2011. It would be the first such pick of the decade, I can feel it coming. I can feel it coming….

German Shepherd Dawg

October 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Hey Mark,

How come when UGA loses to top 25 teams South Carolina, Arkansas, and Miss. St. (away) they are bad losses, but the Gators lose to the same Miss. St. team (at home) and it’s okay?

The only “bad” loss in my opinion was to Colorado on the night they celebrated their 20th anniversary of the NC. Emotions were high; Caleb fumbled. Bad combination.

atltiger15

October 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

Jellybean

what has fla done this yr to support your statement. They have no momentum, no clue what direction they want the offense to go, they score no more than 13 pts, UGA can and will score..27-13 Dawgs

Hunker Down

October 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

Hope you are right MB! The gators seemingly have loss a lot of fire power on the O side. Should be a hard fought game and tight this year.

DIT

October 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Two things that concern me: 1. our defense gave up well over 400 yards to UK. Mostly passing 2. UF had a bye week. I don’t care what anyone says that is huge before a game. Fresh legs will make any team better.
Of course can this team get over the mental thing that has been hurting them? No confidence in being able to play with the gators because of the record of the gators the past 20 years. I mean ask tech the same thing about how they feel with UGA whipping up on them 8 out of 9 years. Same thing.
Living down here in Tampa where the gator fans are thick as flies would be sweet to not have to listen to them for another year. If we can keep as pass rush on Brantley and make him into UT’s Crompton last year (I still have nightmares of that game) then I say we have a great chance.
Go Dawgs! 31-17

German Shepherd Dawg

October 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Am I banned or something? Twice I’ve submitted the same comment…which was that we lost to the same top 25 Miss. St. team away and you call that a mediocre loss and UF loses to the same team at home and you make it sound like that’s better.

I don’t get it.

DIT

October 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

Two things that concern me: 1. our defense gave up well over 400 yards to UK. Mostly passing 2. UF had a bye week. I don’t care what anyone says that is huge before a game. Fresh legs will make any team better.
Of course can this team get over the mental thing that has been hurting them? No confidence in being able to play with the gators because of the record of the gators the past 20 years. I mean ask tech the same thing about how they feel with UGA whipping up on them 8 out of 9 years. Same thing….. right techies
Living down here in Tampa where the gator fans are thick as flies would be sweet to not have to listen to them for another year. If we can keep as pass rush on Brantley and make him into UT’s Crompton last year (I still have nightmares of that game) then I say we have a great chance.
Go Dawgs! 31-17

McDawg

October 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

as much as i like Boykin he has got to PROTECT the ball on kickoffs-its going to come back nad bite us if he doesn’t-carries it way too loose

DIT

October 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

If CMR beats the gators and some how beats Auburn is all forgiven with the CMR haters?

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

Mark:

“Listen up: I like UGA over the Gators. Whaddaya think of that”?

I think you’re always better off betting with your mind rather than with your heart.

Florida owns the dawgs. Florida will play up enough to win this game and Georgia will play down because they are afraid to lose it. They will play the same way against us. It won’t be as lopsided as years past but Florida will win. You can bank on it.

Fact of the matter.

October 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

I like everybody over the Gators. They suck. Grady High School would give them a run for their money.

jellybeandawg

October 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

atltiger15, what exactly has UGA done besides beating 4 really bad teams? The combined conference record of the three sec teams (TN, VANDY, KY) WE have beaten is 2 and 1.
No doubt the Gators are down this year and while the Dawgs certainly have a chance to win, they wont. While they have been on a bit of a roll as of late they are still a poorly motivated and poorly coached team. With a week to prepare Urban will expose the Dawgs as the chumps they really are.

jellybeandawg

October 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

The combined conference record of the three sec teams (TN, VANDY, KY) we have beaten is 2 and 11.

Mark Bradley

October 24th, 2010
2:29 pm

SecGuy, you might be right. But let’s get through this season first.

wesleywhatwhat

October 24th, 2010
2:30 pm

whaddai think of that? i think in general that you’re very lucky to still be getting a paycheck from the ajc.

Mark Bradley

October 24th, 2010
2:31 pm

Paycheck? I’m supposed to be getting paid for this?

HitaSingle

October 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

Which ever QB plays the best and if UGA’s pass defense does not get better, we better bring pressure every play. Worse seconday UGA has had as far as covering people.

Rozeman

October 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

Ednter your comments here Dawgs are like Falcons,get a lead then sit on it trying not to lose

weezie

October 24th, 2010
2:40 pm

I agree Mark but, can not let Cuff on field in Jacksonvile. Too big of liabiliy.
Last night gave up 3 td’s. In Boulder had two stupid personal fouls that cost us. Hate to pick on one guy, but I feel better w/ more athletic Ogletree even if he is true freshman. Secondary is scary-I want see more next week or else FL passing game may get on track.

He Hate Gator

October 24th, 2010
2:40 pm

As much as I want the Dawgs to beat the Gay-turds, they have had two weeks to prepare after 3 lousy games….look out….

Nahila

October 24th, 2010
2:41 pm

Bobo had better called some passes to our great tightends as they are not existant on our passing plays neither are our running backs. We must develop this type of passing attack to go with long passes and wideout screens to Greene. Our opponents linebackers cannot keep up with our running backs and tight ends on most plays but where are they this season in the passing attack.

Florida and Auburn will whip us solidly if Bobo and Richt do not open up the playbook. They will stack the middle and stop the runs on ist and 2nd downs, then we pass on 3rd downs and punt on 4th downs. Pass on first down and second down, run on third down some time, but mix up the playcalling so our opponents can be confused.Use the backs, tight ends and the wide receivers, mix it up and win.

dawgfan

October 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

The most encouraging thing I saw last night was when our defense stripped a fumble after a big gain by Kentucky. That was mean. Kentucky deserved the big gain, but our defense took it from them like a school bully. This is significant because in the past our defense would have just laid down and died. I like the ferocious mentality. Still saw too many missed tackles for my liking though.

Florida is garbage. Its now or never. This is our championship game this year. It will make or break the season.

jellybeandawg

October 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

The Dawgs are looking better but we do not match up well with Florida. We beat Kentucky because of turn overs and because we were able to run against their weak DL.I highly doubt we will be able to run against the Gator D like Kentucky’s which means we will most likely have to pass to win.

What concerns me most is our putrid pass defense because Brantley is an efficient passer and with 2 weeks to prepare and the Gators felon play-maker back on the team, I don’t think the UF team we see this Saturday will look much like the inept UF team we’ve seen earlier this season.

gatorhaterdawg

October 24th, 2010
2:44 pm

Dawgs run the table, gamechickens fold and UGA beatsAuburn again in Atlanta to win the SEC!!! Go Dawgs. Could happen….stranger things have….

gomdawg

October 24th, 2010
2:46 pm

Kentucky had the best passing that we have faced all year including Ark. If Georgia plays the way they have been playing the last 3 weeks, I see us winning by 3 TD’s.

Worm

October 24th, 2010
2:46 pm

Gators would have won National title,IF they still had Cam Newton..We are seeing this year that 1 player really makes a difference…Lattimore,Newton, or AJ Green..On the other hand, Oregon doesn’t seem to miss Masoli…Dawgs 26-Gators19