A chilling thought: What if Richt DOESN’T beat these Gators?

Bulldogs and Gators gather to discuss: "Who's worse -- you or us?" (AJC file photo)

Bulldogs and Gators gather to debate the issue: "Who's worse -- you or us?" (AJC file photo)

The Georgia Bulldogs head to Jacksonville, where they’ve won three times since 1989, as favorites over Florida. We couldn’t have foreseen such a thing a month ago, but here it is. Georgia, which had lost four in a row, has won three in a row. Florida hasn’t won since September.

A check of the SEC stats shows that Georgia leads Florida in every significant offensive category and in rushing defense and turnover margin. Heck, Georgia has even been flagged for fewer penalties.

Put simply, this stacks up as Georgia’s best chance to beat Florida since 2004, when Ron Zook was a lame duck. (And Georgia did prevail that year, though not without a struggle.) Put even more simply, this puts an even greater onus on the coach who’s 2-7 against the hated Gators. Because what will it say about Mark Richt if he can’t beat Urban Meyer’s worst Florida team?

I know, I know. A month ago, we were calling this Richt’s worst team. But much has changed. And you can’t have watched Florida lose to Mississippi State in Gainesville and Georgia beat Kentucky in Lexington and not think the Bulldogs are playing the better football. Georgia’s hot. Florida’s not. But how hot will Richt’s coaching seat be if his team goes to Duval County and finishes second?

I’m on record as saying I think Georgia will win. Judging by the little poll accompanying that post, 80 percent of you agree. But now I’m asking: What if Georgia doesn’t win? What then, huh?

532 comments Add your comment

BDav

October 28th, 2010
10:35 am

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2010
10:36 am

Kudos, BDav.

hayleydrew

October 28th, 2010
10:37 am

Haha you’re just trying to stir something up now, aren’t you? “What then, huh?”

Go Dawgs! Sic ‘em!!

BDav

October 28th, 2010
10:37 am

And, about the post, if we dont win it wont surprise me a bit—the last 20 years have shown Georgia should never EXPECT to win in Jax

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2010
10:37 am

That’s me. Mr. Stir-Something-Up-Now.

Sanford Drive

October 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Welcome to the 2 weeks of the year that Georgia Tech fans vicariously live through the Florida Gators.

And what if the Mayan calendar is right?

October 28th, 2010
10:38 am

The world ends in 2012.

Who are you Captain Hindsight?

Anyone that believes Florida is as bad as they have looked in the last month is just as gullible as the folks that believe Georgia is as good as they’ve looked.

Dawglasville

October 28th, 2010
10:39 am

I think we will win too. I also thought we would beat USC, Arkansas, Miss. St. and Colorado … so what do I know. We have to continue to stop the run and we have to run the ball. Great insight I know. Just too excited about being an early poster not to write something.

Einstein

October 28th, 2010
10:39 am

They should move the game to Grady Stadium at 10th and Monroe. Make the Gators travel for a change.

UGABugKiller

October 28th, 2010
10:39 am

Mark, there are some of us who believe wins and losses for Mark Richt have become inconsequential when it comes to the fundamental breakdown in discipline of his football program since BVG left.

The constant embarrassment of the arrests and other off-the-field incidents.

Richt’s mamby-pamby public reactions and soft discipline in regards to those arrests.

His kicking off the team of a scrub freshman player after declaring ZERO TOLERANCE, yet deciding that starter Caleb King could stay.

For some of us, it’s gotten to the point where we no longer trust Richt to lead this program in the right way. We don’t believe the team fears him, and why should they? If you’re important to the team, a starter who is needed to help the team win, then you get suspended. If you’re not all of those things, you get kicked off the team. Does THAT sound like zero tolerance to you?

We’re sick of the embarrassment. We’re sick of the stories. We’re sick of being laughed at.

This goes WAY beyond wins and losses. There’s something rotten in the UGA football program. And it’s time for a change to clean it up.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2010
10:40 am

I didn’t think Georgia would beat South Carolina and Arkansas. I did think UGA would win in Starkville and Boulder.

2HLLWGA

October 28th, 2010
10:40 am

The outcome will be interesting on both sides:
If UF wins, UGA is back in the doghouse and may need to join the Big East.
If UGA wins, UF will be relegated to the level of the ACC

DawginLex

October 28th, 2010
10:41 am

We will be 4-5 and eliminated from the SEC East race.
We will be looking at heading to Auburn(after ISU) needing to win to get to .500 in the SEC and .500 for the year.
We would then have the Tech game to get to 6 or seven wins.
We might have to beat Tech to go to a bowl.
We might be looking at a losing season.
We might have a new coach in 2011.

How’s that? Does that cover it?

Sanford Drive

October 28th, 2010
10:41 am

Atlanta, and the State of Georgia sure is full of ExPats from other States who are obviously miserable here…….

I have an idea….. GO HOME!!!!!!

Glass Half Empty

October 28th, 2010
10:42 am

Dawgs aren’t going to win Saturday. Florida is not nearly as bad as they have looked and Meyer has had two weeks to prepare and gets back Rainey. The only bright spot is Charlie Strong is gone but it won’t matter. Meyer can still coach and will be able to find the numerous holes in our defense and we’ll be in trouble. I hope and pray I am wrong but I just don’t think we’ll be able to come up with enough stops to pull out the win….. I think if our defense had had a few more games to gel we could pull this off but they’re still learning too much as they go.

SONNY

October 28th, 2010
10:43 am

its a shame tech dose not matter as news anymore in the football world , mark, please write something for these downtrodden fans.

Dawggie

October 28th, 2010
10:45 am

My BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE:

UGA losing to Florida…. Florida losing more games after us, and plays Georgia Tech in some POS bowl. Tech beating Florida. Having to listen to Tech fanson that topic for years to come.

STUDENT ATHLETE

October 28th, 2010
10:45 am

FLORIDA 42 GEORGIA 13. KENTUCKY’S QB TORCHED GEORGIA WITH 4 TD PASSES AND 377 YARDS PASSING. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT DEMPS, RAINEY, MOONEY AND AN ENRAGED URBAN MEYER ARE GOING TO DO??

DawginLex

October 28th, 2010
10:45 am

bugkiller,

I defy you to show me a quote from Coach Richt that said “we now have a zero tolerance policy regarding off the field incidents and arrests”.

I’ll save you the time, you can’t find one because he didn’t say it. He implied stricter rules but never said zero tolerance.

Do I believe Caleb King should be playing this week?-NO
Just like Ealey should not have played against SC.
Rainey should not play this week for the gators. Don’t be surprised if he commits a costly turnover this week.

Despite what I believe, richt never said zero tolerance.

2HLLWGA

October 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Would soemone go get arrested so we don’t have to think about the losses!

SECWasteManagement

October 28th, 2010
10:46 am

If they don’t win I will put myself on suicide watch and will blame this article for the initial anxiety attack. They should allow me to leave my seat and come to the locker room for a speech.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

October 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Agreed Mark, SC and Arky were tough – Miss St and Colorado should been W’s.

Dawgs need to avoid the turnovers, dropped balls and idiotic personal fouls that have plagued them in the WLOCP in the past.

Then it’s on to focusing on beating tech for 9 out of 10.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2010
10:46 am

I wrote about Tech the other day, Sonny.

Here it was, if you’re interested.

JB

October 28th, 2010
10:46 am

If the kids aren’t afraid of CMR, now, they’re idiots. He’s been kicking folks off the team. Sheeesh!!!

For us to win we have to score first. Two fragile psyche’s here. For us, it’s cause it’s the crocs. For them, it’s cause they’ve lost three in a row.

I firmly believe who ever socres first will damage the other team, mentally and go onto the W.

HBTD!!!

MURPHY

October 28th, 2010
10:48 am

Im pretty sure it will get real hot in Athens for Richt if we lose to the Gators. He has done a good job to rebound from 4 losses in a row.He must do a great job to insure his team is ready to play this week.The last 3 wins will be forgotten if we dont seal the deal on Saturday.

Todd

October 28th, 2010
10:48 am

Bradley, you had to think before the season began that there was an opportunity to knock Fl off this yr. They lost Tebow and all the others for crying out loud.

Forget what’s transpired this yr. to date, in the summer I said MR had to beat Fl this yr.

Sorry, the pressure is on for sure down 2-7 already and the ZOOKER one up you.

I think they could win and lay some wood for a change.

But you never know with Bobo and Richt, they get tight as a drum in this game and if they pull thier South Carolina game plan out, I think I’m going to cry in the middle of the first Qtr.

Dawg_Mike

October 28th, 2010
10:49 am

Better question is what happens if UGA blows UF off the field this Saturday?

Georgiaborn52

October 28th, 2010
10:49 am

Win or lose, just dont come out looking like GRAMBLING again. Oh, and we better win. GO DAWGS

Finchdawg

October 28th, 2010
10:49 am

Mark, to answer the question, the heat will resume. Losing to Florida after beating UK, Vandy, and a bad Tennessee team will put things in perspective and cause fans to see this as a continued downward trend for the program. Going 3-1 the rest of the way and winning the bowl game (I think most fans won’t be that upset about losing to a top-ranked Auburn as long as the Dawgs put up a fight) is the only way Richt moves into 2011 with solid job security.

ugaclassof2004

October 28th, 2010
10:49 am

I think the Gators WILL win. I don’t think it will be a blowout, but I think it will happen. UGA hasn’t proven to me that they can beat a team that can hit them back. Florida’s offense sucks, but their defense is talented enough to carry this team, especially after a bye week. Plus I can see Richt and Bobo giving the Gators too much respect and getting conservative with the play calling. I’m sorry, but in big rivalry games, I’m going with Urban Meyer over Mark Richt.

DawginLex

October 28th, 2010
10:49 am

Amen todd,

The governor needs to be off of the go cart for 4 quarters this week. I think we need 35+ to win

Tech fan

October 28th, 2010
10:49 am

destin dawg

October 28th, 2010
10:50 am

we’ve lost too many close games in the last couple years… no killer instinct… acts like a spectator instead of HC… let’s BOBO call the plays… if he is 100 % responsible for Martinez and BoBo… then this game and rest of season including AU. and GT.. need to be W’s.. go Dawgs !!!!

Ted M

October 28th, 2010
10:50 am

Dawgs are 50/50 on this one at best. If they don’t win there will be some angry blogger’s but nothing else.

If the do win are you doing to declare “The Bradley Curse” dead. Or will you hold off on that declaration because you kinda flip/flopped on this one?

Jiggy Smaha

October 28th, 2010
10:50 am

If Georgia doesn’t win then they will go back to work Monday and prepare for Idaho State—and finish with a 6-6 record after losing to Auburn and thrashing Ga Tech. They will win whatever bottom tier bowl they are forced to play in and then pray that next year is kinder.

JB

October 28th, 2010
10:50 am

Todd, the SC game was far more about lack of tackling and no AJ Green than the game plan. Far more.

HBTD!!!

JB

October 28th, 2010
10:51 am

Who knows……If Dawgs continue to improve like they have every week….and if UF struggles like the have the last 3 games….Who knows……I think Meyer has more at stake than Richt……Richt has been given a pass for this year ( By ADMIN, not fans) So all the pressure is on Meyer….. Losing his FOURTH straight game, and to GEORGIA, would not sit good with Gator faithful. I think Dawgs, after a bad start early, come back and win after Richt and Bobo figure out their dumb game plan won’t work and turn Murray and AJ loose.

mcdaviddawg

October 28th, 2010
10:51 am

We’ll get out coached again! First year in a long time haven’t gone to Jacksonville. Won’t return for the game until Richt’s gone. We need a real coach.

SONNY

October 28th, 2010
10:51 am

Peachtree Pete

October 28th, 2010
10:52 am

The game needs to be home & home; this “neutral site” baloney is just that. If you prefer, I’m okay with alternating the game between Jacksonville and Atlanta. I’d just like to get these guys in the state of Georgia every other year. Fair is fair.

Katherine

October 28th, 2010
10:53 am

If they don’t win they don’t win. It won’t be the end of the world…the 4 game losing streak already felt like it. If they do win…it would just add excitement to the auburn game IMO…..go dawgs!

Dawg_Mike

October 28th, 2010
10:53 am

Over / under for number of blog topics on the UGA FL game is 15.
Do I take the over or the under….let me see… I’ll take the OVER.

Geez….how many ways can the same questions be posed ????

JB

October 28th, 2010
10:54 am

15 seniors gone this year, AJ, Durham, and now Houston gone after this year. Long team (2011), I’m worried.

DawginLex

October 28th, 2010
10:54 am

JB,

Meyer has more get out of jail cards left. Richt’s deck is dwindling. Richt needs this one bad. Meyer can lose and fire Adazio. Richt loses, he has to cut Bobo loose at year end and he mentored him personally.

Richt knows he must win. I bet he coaches with his hair on fire Saturday and lets Murray go nuts. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him try and score a lot and run it up if possible.

GW

October 28th, 2010
10:55 am

If Georgia does not win they will have to get ready for Idaho State next week, same if they do win. I hope I’m wrong but I still don’t think Georgia is tough enough to beat Florida unless they trust Murray to make some throws. Playing not to turn the ball over will equal few points against the Gators.

Jaydawg

October 28th, 2010
10:55 am

What does it mean?It means the outcome is no diffrent than its been 85% of the time the last 20 years.What does it mean?Richt has already lost this game more than once having the better team.What does it mean?Absolutely NOTHING has changed.So what is the point of this question?

Benjamin

October 28th, 2010
10:56 am

If Georgia wins the next two going into the Auburn game, any chance we’ll be ranked for that affair?

SECWasteManagement

October 28th, 2010
10:56 am

I work in Jacksonville with a ton of UF grads and my boss (UF grad) said that he will let anyone leave work at noon if they wear a bunch of gator garbage. I took my roomates Pouncy jersey and created a pair of jorts to sattire the whole affair. I believe that my 5 hours of extra partying will give the Dawgs a competitive edge. You got to make sacrifices for your team folks!

Edward R. Murrow

October 28th, 2010
10:57 am

BREAKING NEWS:

Richt WON’T Beat These 2010 Gators!

However, even if Coach Richt gets shut out completely on Saturday, the AJC will still be a left-wing failure and steaming pile of “Jeff Schultz.”

do-dah do-dah

October 28th, 2010
10:58 am

UGABugKiller You left out jack-wagon!!