Live from the Outback: UGA should win this bloomin’ bowl

The all-important press box food preparation table, shown after hungry scribes descended. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The press box food preparation table, shown after hungry scribes descended. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Tampa – The nice thing about covering the Outback Bowl is the sponsor. It’s the only bowl that serves steak and a bloomin’ onion as a pregame meal. I mention this so you’ll know not to expect much in the way of back-and-forth from this correspondent over the next half-hour.

As for the game … well, here’s what you need to know about Michigan State. The Spartans are 7-14 in bowls. They haven’t won won since Dec. 31, 2001. They’re 0-4 under Mark Dantonio. Even Nick Saban was 0-3 in bowls as MSU’s coach.

The Spartans are 0-3 in bowls against teams from Georgia. (Lost to the Bulldogs in Vince Dooley’s final game and in the Capital One in 2008, lost to Georgia Tech in the old Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham in 1985. Georgia fans will remember that as the game in which John Dewberry, who transferred from UGA and became Tech’s quarterback, did not partake — he’d been suspended for missing curfew in Birmingham, which isn’t easy to do.)

It’s possible Michigan State could win today, but recent history shows it’s not smart to bet against the SEC in a bowl against the Big Ten. (Example: The Spartans lost to Alabama 49-7 in the Capital One last January. Though Michigan State did beat Florida in the Citrus on the first day of this century.)

Enough. Georgia should win. I make it 27-17, but I’m often wrong. Sometimes even bloomin’ wrong, which reminds me …

Discuss among yourselves. I’ll be back in a few. And happy bloomin’ New Year.

By Mark Bradley

3,667 comments Add your comment

Average Joe

January 2nd, 2012
11:51 am

Georgia will win! FIRST!

Beach Dawg

January 2nd, 2012
11:53 am

Worm

January 2nd, 2012
11:54 am

Well, You should feel right at home..Isn’t the Outback founder a Kentucky guy?

Brad Clontz

January 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

JARED!!!!!!!!

dumpy Dawg

January 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

Im nervous about this game. Im still disappointed about our dismal showings against teams like LSU and getting our brains bashed in. Something is still not right with Georgia football.

JB

January 2nd, 2012
11:56 am

Mark, hope you left your heat on in ATL….old man winter just showed up. If Mark will turn them loose, Dawgs win big

Steve

January 2nd, 2012
11:56 am

No bowl wins since 2001? Isn’t that the last time Tech won a bowl game? :-)

barrie

January 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

bloomin onion is what, 8000 calories? go dawgs.

JB

January 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

Big fish fry at Tech today. Serving Crappie.

Steve

January 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

Dumpy Dawg lsu is simply better. Relax.

Mark Bradley

January 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

Kudos, Average Joe.

Mark Bradley

January 2nd, 2012
12:00 pm

Actually, there are no bloomin’ onions to be had at the moment. But there’s always halftime.

JB

January 2nd, 2012
12:00 pm

Dawgs gotta win. Haters on us about losing all 3 games against good teams. We need to beat a good team….. and MSU is one

JB

January 2nd, 2012
12:01 pm

Having Papa johns for game, even though it’s not the papa john bowl, just say’n

A person SMART enough to know......

January 2nd, 2012
12:04 pm

Should be an interesting GAME!

roger

January 2nd, 2012
12:07 pm

Mark, do you feel this is Orson’s last game as a bulldog?

FLA DAWG

January 2nd, 2012
12:09 pm

I never could have imagined not knowing if The Dawgs had a decent team or not until a post season bowl game. We beat nobody and anybody who was anybody beat us.

MSU is not a great team but they are good.

This game will tell us all we finally need to know about our Dawgs / Richt & Bobo.
If we have a good team then we win. If we are just a team that beats bad teams and loses to good teams then we lose.

I’ll be glad to finally know which it is.

Mark Bradley

January 2nd, 2012
12:10 pm

I do, Roger.

bitter QB

January 2nd, 2012
12:13 pm

im trying to get my game face on, butt aaron murry last half of football produced to many bad play’s

——————————————-hudson mason to the rescue——go dawgs

wait until game is over before passing judgement on my prediction——dawgs win 31-6

mason throws 4 TD’s in relief of murry’s 3 turnovers

BBQ MAN

January 2nd, 2012
12:15 pm

should win but will be a struggle against this SZEC style team ( big,strong,,fast,defense)

I am hoping that .....

January 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

If UGA wins this game, plays 12 next year and the SEC CG and wins that, then if we go to a major, major bowl, the medaiw ould be proclaiming that UGA is the hottest football team in America, having won 10+13 or 23 – 1 “over the last two years or 24 games”, and “now playing for the NC”.

No, no, I am not boozing but this scenario in 2012-13 could happen.

Goooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

David Granger

January 2nd, 2012
12:18 pm

I just hope Coach Richt has the team ready to play hard from the opening kickoff. Sometimes he has a tendency to lose focus and concentrate on side issues…then it takes us a quarter (and sometimes more) to get serious and start playing hard. Thank GOODNESS we’re not wearing any new uniforms.

chuck

January 2nd, 2012
12:20 pm

Happy New Year everybody! Dawg fan in SC…it’s cold here too but thoughts of Dawgs winning – I hope – today warms me up.

Delta Stewardess

January 2nd, 2012
12:20 pm

What time is the KICKOFF today? too much TV talking Heads

Columbus Dawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:21 pm

Mark, who is the home team for the Outback Bowl?

Delta Stewardess

January 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

I like having the day off to see the games.

Justafan

January 2nd, 2012
12:25 pm

I don’t know why but MS has something to prove from there loss in last years bowl. It worries me!

Mark Bradley

January 2nd, 2012
12:26 pm

Georgia is wearing red, Columbus Dawg. They’re home.

Snoop dawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

Enter your comments here

GTT

January 2nd, 2012
12:31 pm

ESPN, that bastion of great journalism just mentioned the Capital One Bowl in Tampa. Got me confused.

Snoop dawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:32 pm

Regardless of the outcome of this game the last thing we need to do is extend riches contract. He is not deserving and will only result in a bigger buyout when he returns to his ignorant complacency when the heat on his fanny dissipates.
We also really need a new offensive coordinator. We can keep bobo as a humanitarian gestureas a water boy so his seven children don’t starve

JB

January 2nd, 2012
12:33 pm

Ate 4 pieces of Pizza. Not up to Papa Johns standards. Kinda limp. I wish I had a good independent pie house near me.

Delta Stewardess

January 2nd, 2012
12:34 pm

No ladies? I know Kat will be here.

JB

January 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

snoop, with out being negative today, if we lose today it will appear to the haters and outsiders that we can’t beat a good team……and they will have a point.

Columbus Dawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

Gruden just stated on Rose Parade coverage that UGA returns a top five team for 2012, and said UGA needs win in Outback to propel them into 2012. Now I know that Tampa Gator and Hornbuckle probably don’t think Gruden knows anything about football…

JB

January 2nd, 2012
12:38 pm

The hate from Gators will get worse. Dawgs on rise and they are in decline ( and denial) and that kills them….so like a democrat, they will use hate as a weapon.

OkieDawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

Any surprise suspensions? I hope everyone was in there room, alone, at curfew. We need all hands on deck and a full compliment of tailbacks.

Mark Bradley

January 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

I know of no suspensions. Which is always an upset in any bowl with any team.

The truth hurts

January 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

quality team (Michigan St., etc, etc, etc) = loss for UGA.

Justafan

January 2nd, 2012
12:43 pm

Gruden was singing MS praise early this morning..so don’t believe the BS

Mark Bradley

January 2nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Traffic was bad outside, but the crowd doesn’t reflect it.

St. Bernard

January 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Out of the country and looking for a live stream of the game…. can anyone help?

Delta Stewardess

January 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

BBQ and white bread for Lunch & kickoff.

Mark Bradley

January 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Lots of Spartans here.

OkieDawg

January 2nd, 2012
12:47 pm

Just saw Barkley doing Weight Watchers add. The Round Mound looking stealth.

ShaNaNa

January 2nd, 2012
12:47 pm

Should be another loss, after all, Richt is 0-8 against the last 8 top 20 teams he has faced. And Murray tries to go all hero in these games, and ends up with threee turnovers. Special teams is good for 2 game changing mistakes.

i'm from Columbus, GA

January 2nd, 2012
12:47 pm

where stupid is a way of life. just read some of our citizens posts for evidence.

ShaNaNa

January 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

Mark,

Why do you think Richt is 0-8 against last 8 top 20 teams? Coaching, talent, special teams, defense, offense, lack of execution, or other?

ty webb

January 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

I guess the vicarious techies got their green on.

ShaNaNa

January 2nd, 2012
12:49 pm

If Mich St stops the run, and forces murray to throw it more than 22 times, we lose.