3 points about the Georgia Bulldogs, who only won by 45

Aaron Murray scans the field and probably likes what he sees. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

QB Aaron Murray scans the field and probably likes what he sees. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

1. Aaron Murray is having himself a year. He ranks eighth in the nation in passing efficiency, having thrown 10 touchdown passes against two interceptions, and against Vanderbilt he completed his first 12 attempts. And that’s just the statistical side of it. Said Georgia coach Mark Richt: “Aaron just prepares like no one we’ve ever had. All our [quarterbacks, the list of which includes luminaries David Greene, D.J. Shockley and Matthew Stafford] were pretty good at it, but he takes it to another level … You hope [a quarterback] can get you out of a bad situation [at the line of scrimmage] and into a good one, but he’s getting where he can turn a good situation into a great one.”

2. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Georgia offense has become something to behold. The Bulldogs are 13th nationally in total yards, ninth in points. Against Vandy they drove for seven touchdowns, not one of them off a turnover. The shortest of those seven scoring drives was 47 yards. (The others spanned 88, 57, 96, 63, 61 and 71 yards.) Nine different Bulldogs caught passes. One freshman tailback (Todd Gurley) rushed for 130 yards, and the other (Keith Marshall) broke a 52-yard touchdown. And offensive coordinator Mike Bobo brewed a potent blend of power and finesse — 47 rushes for 302 yards, 26 passes for 265.

3. Oh, almost forgot. Georgia plays some defense, too. “Anytime you can hold a team to no touchdowns, that’s a big statement in this league,” said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, relishing the damage his men inflicted on James Franklin’s team. (”We had a group hug,” said Grantham, speaking of last year’s postgame debate adversary. And yes, Grantham was kidding. Franklin and Grantham only shook hands Saturday night.) Then Grantham offered this cheery (for Georgia, if not its opponents) note: “As we move forward, we can get better.” Indeed, Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo, neither of whom has played a down this season, figure to come off suspension against Tennessee on Saturday

By Mark Bradley

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aaron

September 23rd, 2012
3:18 pm

yearofthedawg

September 23rd, 2012
3:18 pm

2nd, but more pathetic.

aaron

September 23rd, 2012
3:18 pm

Should be interesting to see how they do the next 4 games

First!

September 23rd, 2012
3:19 pm

Mark Bradley

September 23rd, 2012
3:19 pm

Aaron is kudo’ed

AlaskaDawg

September 23rd, 2012
3:20 pm

Great win Dawgs, lets keep up the momentum for Tennessee!

yearofthedawg

September 23rd, 2012
3:20 pm

If you ain’t first, you’re last

claytondawg

September 23rd, 2012
3:21 pm

Here’s hoping we can blank Tennessee next week. Hey, I said “hope.” More and more, this team is getting better and better.

Tonyb

September 23rd, 2012
3:22 pm

It very rare to see a team that may have both the best offensive and best defensive player in the country, but UGA may very will have that duo in Murray and Jones,. I do think there is a real possibility both will be finalist for the Heisman, and one of them will win it.

Saying that, its all about championships. There is no team in the country, including Alabama, that this team can’t beat. And I expect them to get better every week.

This is gonna be fun. GO DAWGS.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:24 pm

Three points about UGA:

1. The four teams they have beaten are a combined 5-10.
2. Their signature win so far was against Missouri, who just got slaughtered by South Carolina.
3. The offensive rankings of the 4 teams they have played are 73,80,99, and 120. That is essentially target practice for an even ok defense.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:26 pm

It very rare to see a team that may have both the best offensive and best defensive player in the country

Aaron Murray is the best offensive player in the country? Oh my word.

Dan

September 23rd, 2012
3:32 pm

Hey bob, you are just made you couldn’t beat a below average as grits Miami with your so called genius coach. Go home hippie!

DawginNY

September 23rd, 2012
3:33 pm

Well, we have looked like a top ten team once. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Our secondary has looked pretty porous at times, and Bray and the Tennessee WRs represent the best passing game we will face. I hope we continue to show signs of improvement on D, but I don’t expect us to hold the Vols below 20. On the bright side, I will say that the OL finally looked good. I hope that continues as well.

Calistoga Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
3:36 pm

Come one GT Bob, so we have a few crazy fans. You guys do to. I mean, I think some Tech fans think you guys are actually good.

WhoCares?

September 23rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Still way too early to worry about who’s the best. Jones is a terrific defensive player, and murray has done very well, but let’s see what happens as the season progresses against SC and FL. In the meantime we can know for sure that GT is pathetic once again this season. Gonna’ be hard to fill up even half those seats even with $4.95 tickets plus hot dogs….

BullDawg Rick

September 23rd, 2012
3:37 pm

I see the haters (errrrrr Yech fans, all 2 of them) are out in force.. Cannot beat a once proud & beaten down UM team, then climbs onto a winners blog & tries bringing it down…

Go home now Nerds…

As for the Dawgs dominating performance. It was nice to see Murray get it going early & often.. O-Line is coming around quite well. The D is really playing well & with the addition of ‘Tree & Rambo & the additional PT of the DB’s that filled in, there’s some good experience on the bench now.

Vandy was a good team, having been in many games the past 2 seasons… Message to Vandy HC: DO NOT TALK SMACK or you might get SMACKED!!

UT will be a great test, as they play well here.. Keep pressure on Bray & they’ll fall like the NATS!!!

Go Dawgs!!

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:40 pm

Come one GT Bob, so we have a few crazy fans. You guys do to. I mean, I think some Tech fans think you guys are actually good.

If anyone thinks that after yesterdays laughable performance then they need their head checked. GT is a below average team at best.

JRW7

September 23rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Does GT still play football? GO DAWGS!!!!

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Gonna’ be hard to fill up even half those seats even with $4.95 tickets plus hot dogs….

I have season tickets and I might be done for the rest of the year. I don’t think price and hot dogs really influences anything.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:43 pm

Vandy was a good team, having been in many games the past 2 seasons

They are 7-10 in the past 2 seasons. Their best win was against Wake Forest. Yeah, great team.

7576DAWG

September 23rd, 2012
3:47 pm

You are assuming that Bray will be a lot more successful than the other teams we have played and that the return of Rambo and Ogletree will have no increased affect for our defense. I disagree , I think Ogletree and Rambo have a mission the last 8 games of regular season. They know what they do the rest of the season will determine if they end up 1ST, 2ND, or 3RD round draft choices , which could mean the difference in millions. They have a lot of catching up to do.

Ed Pilcher

September 23rd, 2012
3:48 pm

GT Bob…..

Put a sock in it. Your boys blew a 17-point lead and lost in OT ….Again.

To a bunch of players that were in high school this time last year. That’s gotta ’sting’..No pun intended.

What happened to Paul Johnson being a genius? Judging by the melt-down on the GT message boards I’ve read today, I think the honeymoon is definitely over now.

Your big wins are over Virginia and Presbyterian. (??!!) And you have the nerve to talk smack about UGA? We’d definitely be 4-0 with your schedule. Mizzou lost by the same margin of points to UGA as they did SCAR…..21. Mizzou scored less, and so did SCAR…..but 21 points is 21 points, so how were they ’slaughtered’ by SCAR, but weren’t ’slaughtered by UGA?

Run along…..Star Trek is on!

kingdaddy

September 23rd, 2012
3:48 pm

Bob
You make insane comments just so people will respond to you. Are you really that desperate for attention? I like your post, but sometimes I pity you because you seem (and probably are) , so pathetic. Maybe a doctor could help you with your quest to be #1 Troll.
BTW, you will never unseat Tide Roll for top idiot troll, but keep trying…

BullDawg Rick

September 23rd, 2012
3:48 pm

GT Boob –

I said ‘good team’, not great team, as you infer…

This was the forst SEC game in the past 6 that Vandy had lost by more than 6 points…

I was saying they were competitive… But that’s something a loser like yourself knows nothing about, being competitive, that is… Oh, & their “best win” as you put it?? vs the hapless ACC…

Calistoga Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
3:51 pm

GTBob, you’re too pragmatic for this group.

Yeah, glad for yesterday, but that is something Florida did for decades to teams like Vandy and UK while we usually just jack round with these teams.

I’ll be impressed if and when we do this to South Carolina.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:54 pm

I like your post, but sometimes I pity you because you seem (and probably are) , so pathetic.

Pity me, hate me, or ignore me kingdaddy. Im not really worried about it. It seems that I am starting to get to you which is unfortunate. I used to give you a little more credit then the other UGA fans here but it seems my judgement of you was a little premature. Continue on with your crying now.

Italian_29

September 23rd, 2012
3:54 pm

GTBoob, why do you spend so much time n a GA blog, this is a serious question, don’t you have a life? If GA sucks so bad and we are so irrelevant, why the obsession? I think considering the TOTAL meltdown of the Yellow Jackets, against a very marginal Miami team, you would be more worried about what you guys are doing and what could be done to fix it. Go Dawgs and GATA!

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:55 pm

I’ll be impressed if and when we do this to South Carolina.

I would agree that the South Carolina game is pretty much the 2012 season for UGA. We will see what happens.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:56 pm

GTBoob, why do you spend so much time n a GA blog, this is a serious question, don’t you have a life?

Nope. UGA blogs are my life.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
3:57 pm

This was the forst SEC game in the past 6 that Vandy had lost by more than 6 points…

That says a lot about the SEC east.

Texas Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
3:59 pm

One game at a time. Bring on the Knoxville Hillbillies!

kingdaddy

September 23rd, 2012
4:00 pm

I’ve said it since the beginning of the season, “UGA is marching towards the PERFECT STORM!) The showdown between Lil (crybaby) Stevie, and Coach Richt, will be monumental. What happened to all of the ” FIRE BOBO!” comments???

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Tek fans are so jeolous.can u blame them though.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
4:06 pm

What happened to all of the ” FIRE BOBO!” comments???

Good for Bobo. He really figured Vandy, Buffalo, FAU, and Missouri out. Nevermind that every second string player for UGA would start for those other teams. Quite an accomplishment.

kingdaddy

September 23rd, 2012
4:10 pm

Bob
Did I say something wrong? “EVERY HERO NEEDS A GOOD VILLAIN! ” You could be UGA Public Enemy #1, “BOB THE BULLDOG BASHER”…Probably not flashy enough, huh???

kingdaddy

September 23rd, 2012
4:14 pm

Bob
You seem to be on an island if you think Bobo hasn’t done a good job. The other moron trolls won’t even agree with you, lol…

kingdaddy

September 23rd, 2012
4:16 pm

Gotta go to Tybee. See ya at Huc a Poo’s…

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
4:16 pm

You seem to be on an island if you think Bobo hasn’t done a good job. The other moron trolls won’t even agree with you, lol…

I am pretty sure you could have called the plays for UGA in those games and the result wouldn’t have been much different. When you have 5x the talent of the teams you are playing the play calling becomes a little less important.

Magnolia, Tx Tom

September 23rd, 2012
4:19 pm

GT Bob, your team isn’t worht a damn..

Brian

September 23rd, 2012
4:21 pm

If you think Aaron Murray has been good this season, look at his numbers against Georgia Tech in his career. Murray has played great against them.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
4:24 pm

If you think Aaron Murray has been good this season, look at his numbers against Georgia Tech in his career. Murray has played great against them.

Is there any QB who hasn’t played great against GT? Stephen Norris threw for 430 yards against us.

GTBob

September 23rd, 2012
4:24 pm

GT Bob, your team isn’t worht a damn..

I agree.

st simons

September 23rd, 2012
4:28 pm

Beat Tennessee and South Carolina by 40 and the dogs are for real. Don’t and you’ve just been a benificary of the weakest schedule in the NCAA.

dawggusted

September 23rd, 2012
4:42 pm

If they get 7 touchdowns against South Carolina, then I will impressed.

bamaguy

September 23rd, 2012
4:42 pm

Looks like Georgia/USC game is shaping up to be the Bama/LSU of the West. We will see. If I were ranking the top five based on what I saw yesterday they would be 1) Alabama 2) Oregon 3) Florida State 4) Georgia 5) LSU.

bamaguy

September 23rd, 2012
4:43 pm

I mean the East.

mark

September 23rd, 2012
4:48 pm

Tonyb, Check Murrys history before you take another swig of punch, Murry is most known for throwing big games not winning them. Now they look great now but haven’t played anybody.He threw some scary close interceptions last nite.

kerryb

September 23rd, 2012
4:56 pm

mark
September 23rd, 2012
4:48 pm

Tonyb, Check Murrys history before you take another swig of punch, Murry is most known for throwing big games not winning them. Now they look great now but haven’t played anybody.He threw some scary close interceptions last nite.

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One of those people that want to dwell on the past when he was a redshirt Freshman and Sophomore. I can already tell this is a totally different Aaron Murray. He looks way more confident and is making the right reads and throws and putting them between the numbers with velocity

lkmantsk

September 23rd, 2012
4:57 pm

@bamaguy

I would have the first 3 as: Bama, UGA and LSU all tied for 1st, 2nd place would go to Fla, Carolina and Miss St.and then everybody else. Oregon plays in the PAC (Wussy Athletic Conf) and FSU in the ACC (Athletically Challenged Conf)

Catdawg

September 23rd, 2012
5:03 pm

GT Bob basically what you are saying is GTech is below average (your words) and so if GTech can’t be good then you are going to harass UGA bloggers. You MUST live a miserable life. YOU are the definition of a LOSER! If you look up loser in Webster’s dictionary I believe your picture would be there. Why don’t you and the rest of all you Tech losers stay on your GTech blog? Buy a vowel and get a clue. Better yet try and get a life.