No. 4 LSU is underdog to No. 18 Georgia

Athens — Georgia ranks 14 spots behind LSU in this week’s Associated Press college football poll.

And yet oddsmakers have No. 18 Georgia as a 3-point favorite over No. 4 LSU on Saturday.

Anybody else find that strange?

I asked Mark Richt after practice Wednesday.

“Who’s favored? We’re favored?” he replied.  ” I didn’t know we’re favored.  I guess it’s just the home field –- I guess [that] is what they’re thinking. I think they think both teams are good football teams.”

Or maybe, given that four top-10 teams lost last week, there’s a sense that there’s not much difference between No. 4 and No. 18 anyway?

“This time of year, you don’t know,” Richt said. “We’ll find out Saturday. We’ll find out Saturday.”

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A voter in the USA Today coaches’ poll, Richt admits he had a hard time filling out his ballot last weekend.

With the four losses among top-10 teams,  he grabbed some scratch paper and started trying to rank teams as if there had been no previous polls this season.

“I just couldn’t sleep, I guess,” he said, “so I started to go:  If there was no preseason rank, just who’s undefeated?  Who have they beaten? Is there some signature victory in here somewhere? Who should be No. 1 just based on who they’ve beaten? And then of the one-loss teams, who did they lose to and did they have a signature win or two?

“And then I ranked it that way, and I looked at it, and I’m, like, ‘If I call this in, they’re going to think I’m out of my mind.’

“Then I went back and did it the old-fashioned way,” which basically is use the previous  poll as a starting point and move teams up or down based on the latest results.

“The reason I can do it that way and have peace is, I always know as the season wears on it works itself out,” Richt said.  ” . . . But if there wasn’t a preseason poll or if no one had tradition or no one had this and that, it’d be interesting to see what everybody’s poll would look like.”

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While one UGA freshman receiver, Rantavious Wooten, made his first and second collegiate catches last week, another, Marlon Brown, still awaits his first opportunity.

“I actually spoke to him today and said, ‘You just keep working and keep improving,’” Richt said after  Wednesday’s practice. “And I’m seeing tremendous improvement in Marlon. He is smoothing his game out, and it’s coming. It’s coming.  [Freshman tight end] Artie Lynch, same way –- Artie is a guy who is improving rapidly. Their futures are very, very bright.”

The reason Wooten got an opportunity ahead of Brown and, for that matter, Israel Troupe comes down simply to performance in practice.

97 comments Add your comment

Jason

October 1st, 2009
1:45 am

This weekend’s game will be tough. I find it hard to belive UGA is favored by odds makers…

GO DAWGS!

KJ

October 1st, 2009
2:21 am

It shouldn’t be surprising that UGA is favored. LSU hasn’t done anything to prove themselves as a top 10 team, and they perform significantly worse away from home.

CG

October 1st, 2009
6:14 am

All i can Say to this is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!! And you can’t take that away!

Taylor

October 1st, 2009
6:49 am

No turnovers and a takeaway or 2 and we win. 3 turnovers again and we lose. That simple. Sloppy teams cannot beat top 10 teams. Prediction: less penalities, less turnovers. Victory for Dawgs.

Motown Hound

October 1st, 2009
6:50 am

It will be a great game and Dawgs put it all together for the first time this year.

Sic em WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF

Heard it hear first!

41 38 49 38 45 24 37 41 17

October 1st, 2009
7:05 am

Vegas boys are rubbing salt into the wound for the mutts program. LSU will STOMP the dawgs and its copycat G logo at mid field!

hamburger lips

October 1st, 2009
7:10 am

LSU is gonna beat the dawgs like a red headed bozo QB. T O’s and undisciplined play will catch up with UGA as the Tigers hand UGA its first SEC loss in a woodshed beating fashion!

rosezee

October 1st, 2009
7:11 am

Enter your comments here
Richt’s a clueless moron

chazzo

October 1st, 2009
7:18 am

Unbelievable. I expect the dawgs to win, but that doesn’t help. Who in their right mind picks #18 over #4? Anyway, bowls, stats, polls…. it is all a bunch of crap. The thing I love about college ball is glaringly apparent this season, and that is that things change quickly, sometimes in the middle of a game. Screw the recruiting and the multi-million dollar coaches, the fans and the media. Anyone can beat anyone. The team that plays hard every week and figures out a way to win every week gets the big crystal football.

Voice of Reason

October 1st, 2009
7:42 am

Hambuger lips, your smoking that stuff again aren’t you? If you’ll stop for a few hours, your eye’s and brain will clear enough so you can see that both of these teams kinda suc. Why else would the #4 team be the underdog to the #18 team?? Is the fog clearing any?? Oh yea, by the way, Jefferson’s QB rating is 141.2 while Cox’s is 153.7. Looks like if theres a Bozo between the two, he’s on your team. Go Bama.

RFP

October 1st, 2009
7:47 am

If everyone on here is so confident that LSU will win the game then go ahead and fly out to Vegas, put your life savings on LSU to win (and you get three points) and let us know how it turns out Saturday around 7:30 pm. Put your money where your mouth is!!

Billy

October 1st, 2009
7:47 am

Take the points and count the money.

Dawg Fud

October 1st, 2009
8:52 am

“And then I ranked it that way, and I looked at it, and I’m, like, ‘If I call this in, they’re going to think I’m out of my mind.’”

…which is why there should not be any polls until after the fourth week of the season.

BILLY JACK

October 1st, 2009
8:55 am

Mark Richt really gets the team ready whenever he plays LSU.The last visit to Athens UGA48 LSU14

Mike (original formula)

October 1st, 2009
8:55 am

Taylor hit the nail on the head. No turnovers and a couple of takeaways equal the Dogs having a shot, but if we start turning the ball over we’ll be in a world of hurt. LSU may not be playing that well away from home, but no team can give them a short field and guranteed points and expect a win.

WIllie Martinez

October 1st, 2009
8:57 am

I spoke with Coach Ricth last night and he has full confidence in me… Don’t worry guys I’ll have the defense ready! Go Dawgs!!!

DamnGoodDawg

October 1st, 2009
8:57 am

No way my Dawgs should be favored. They are proving that they don’t have the dicipline and coaching to be favored against anybody except maybe Ky and Vandy this season…unless they develop some…nah!

Dawg Fud

October 1st, 2009
8:58 am

I bet if people were voting strictly based on performance, Alabama would be #1 on a lot of people’s ballot. Not to discredit Florida, I just think they would be #2 or #3. Bama seems more cohesive and playing at a higher level in all facts of the game right now.

I bet Auburn, South Carolina and GA Tech would be consensus top 25 teams, too.

I am a die hard UGA alumnus but i believe fair is fair. Teams need to be ranked based on performance not ability ot talent.

By the way, Tennessee is good, too. Their defense is legit.

Dawg Fud

October 1st, 2009
9:00 am

DamnGoodDawg – Dawgs will struggle with Kentucky. We struggle against everyone with a mobile QB.

Dawgs Fan

October 1st, 2009
9:02 am

LS Who? The Dawgs have owned LSU during the CMR era. Steak contiues on Saturday with a huge GA win and big jump in the rankings will follow.

coach smith

October 1st, 2009
9:08 am

First of all lets stop with the #18 CRAP

Because the ONLY the AP Poll has the Dawgs at #18 and guess what….THE AP POLL DOES NOT MATTER!!!!!! It does not factor into the BCS it is not worth the paper it is printed on!!!!

THE REAL POLL, the one that factors into the BCS is the Coach’s Poll and THE COACH’S POLL HAS UGA RANKED #14

MIKE

October 1st, 2009
9:12 am

saint simons must have got hold of a bad hotdog last night.

MS

October 1st, 2009
9:14 am

What’s the story with Israel Troupe? I thought he was going to be a big time player at UGA based on his recruiting

EDDIEHASKEL

October 1st, 2009
9:15 am

Billy, go put 10,000 on LSU and then you will then see how smart the vegas boys are. They do not give money away out there last time I checked.

DamnGoodDawg

October 1st, 2009
9:19 am

Willie, he lied.

UgaJersey.com

October 1st, 2009
9:22 am

If you think the polls are out of whack, then how do you figure that more people haven’t already bought a BRAND NEW REPLICA Uga VII Dog Jersey?! I mean they’ve been available for almost two months now. If you want to get back in line with the cosmos go to, http://www.UgaJersey.com and get your dawg one today!

ratdawg

October 1st, 2009
9:25 am

My reasoning for what it’s worth. More money is bet on the dogs from it’s fans than is bet on LSU from week to week. Simply due to population and economics of the 2 states. Even knowing the dogs cover about 20% of their games, dog fans will always (myself included) blindly bet their team. Vegas has to set an attractive line to get the the rest of the money bet to even it all out. Vegas can only lose if there is more money bet on 1 side (approx. 10% or more), and that team covers. Remember the fee or juice is 5-10%. If the money is even, Vegas pockets the 5-10%.

Reason

October 1st, 2009
9:29 am

The preseason polls are a crock – anyone knows that – I really don’t know the purpose of the preseason polls – Look at Ole Miss ranked at #4 last week – based on what? LSU is #4 this week based on what? – I understand FL being ranked #1 due to the fact that they were good last year and they basically lost 0 players – And as always there is a shake up in the polls – and of course the “favorite” teams are always in the top 5 spots based on nothing but hype – to be honest – I do not feel any team has been tested this year and it will all work itself out in the end -

Bookie

October 1st, 2009
9:36 am

One thing is for sure I wouldn’t put any money on an ACC team. That is the worst conference in the history of college football. They look forward to playing each other cause they are all so bad. Expect blow outs…. The ACC blows… look for several more OOC losses this weekend.

If Vegas says the DAWGS win then that’s good enough for me.

timthebrave

October 1st, 2009
9:36 am

ratdawg, Ga is favored because both teams have played about equal this year and it is at GA. That’s why they get a 3 point nod. If the line moves that means money is being bet heavily on 1 side and they move the line to get money on the other side. I doubt it has much to do with population and economics. Remember Arkansas was favored over GA

navydawg

October 1st, 2009
9:57 am

rosezee you are an IDIOT!!! You must have been on Saint Simmon’s pole!!!

Gatorhater

October 1st, 2009
10:20 am

It’ll be a nailbiter and keep me talking to myself all afternoon, but I’m convinced the Dawgs get it together this Saturday. A better running game, fewer penalties and (hopefully) fewer interceptions and we win a close one: 40-33. Willie and Mike, get creative!

Shards1967

October 1st, 2009
10:24 am

Bama simply destroys their SEC schedule, then they handle Florida in the Dome and are 13-0. Period. Case closed. No one in the SEC is as physical or as top to bottom, a complete SEC calber team. No school is. Not in 2009. They have 2 great SEC backs. 2 !!!!

Frankly, these two should meet again for the NC game, wherever that is gonna be played. These two SEC teams are the best teams in the land. They are followed by a good Texas team, USC is ok but not great, also Ohio State is fair but no where near the SEC level, upper tier teams. True of USC as well.
Oklahoma will destroy Miami ( very badly ) and they too are decent when their QB is healthy but are not at the D level of Alabama. They likely will revisit the Sugar Bowl vs a Florida. That will match two almost equal teams, assuming QBs Tebow and Bradford play.

UGA?? Until we get a top flight D coach, then we continue wallow around 8-4 or 7-5 or like this year at a very possible 6-6. UGA ought to hire some Defensive guy that will prove his worth as a D coordinator, over two or three years, then he gets “stollen away” as a head man at some other university. THAT is what you desire ……..coaches that are upwardly mobile, not lethargic, life coaches in one job with lousy stats. Who needs CWM??? Saban would have blown him out. Saban would fire his FATHER LOU, who coached for many, many years in the old AFL and NFL, IF he did not produce. To win a NC, you have to have fire in the belly and no coach at UGA does have that. Too bad for life long UGA fans and grads. Too bad.

So, I suspect that Texas and Bama do it for the NC. Great game that will be.

UGA likely plays in the Music City or if lucky with 8 wins ………….the Chic Fil A vs a pathetic 8-4 Miami squad. AJC Story line will be that CMR and CWM BOTH matriculated there. Whoopee !!!

Joey

October 1st, 2009
10:27 am

If we traded DC’s with LSU, I would feel better about this game. The toughness and edginess the Dawgs defenses under Van Gorder played with is long gone….

Saint Simons

October 1st, 2009
10:28 am

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha get along little doggies

ratdawg

October 1st, 2009
10:28 am

timthebrave…I believe there’s more to the equation than moving the line. I went to bodog sportsbook. Both Lsu and Ga are listed at 110 odds. Yow win .91 for every dollar bet. It looks like the G Tech line has moved to 6 and Tech is even money (1 to win 1) and Miss St. is 120 odds ($1 to win .83). I see much more movement in the odds than the actual line on the game.

Fort Worth Dawg

October 1st, 2009
10:38 am

Anyone that bets either way on the LSU-UGA game deserves to lose his or her house. Both schools have been playing sloppy football and making the competition look like all stars. Most UGA fans have watched UGA more closely than LSU and are more aware of UGA’s glaring flaws. However, how many times have we seen a team have everything come together in an impressive fashion for one game – here, it could be either team that does it. I think LSU’s strategy is stop the run and shut down AJ – if Cox can get the ball to the other receivers/tight ends and/or if UGA can establish a running game, UGA may have a great game.

Call it Like It Is

October 1st, 2009
10:44 am

Ugh, the oddsmakers would be wrong as this will be an over due A@@ Whipping!

Geaux Tigers!

Gary

October 1st, 2009
10:49 am

Most of you that post on this blog need to grow up. Go to the Dr. tomorrow and let him tell you, you or your wife or you child has cancer and see how important LSU vs Georgia is. Grow up a little bit and realize that your identity is not determined by whether your team wins or loses. Enjoy the great spectacle and pageantry of college football. If your teams wins great. If not give credit to the other team.

Mark

October 1st, 2009
10:50 am

Just shows how stupid the ranking system is. If ga played bama, they would be dawgs by 6-7.

ratdawg

October 1st, 2009
10:52 am

After reading about LSU’s talented secondary and their number of picks this year, I’m hoping Bobo is smart enough to run 1st and pass only when necessary. But knowing Bobo and Richt’s love affair with passing in obvious running situations, I don’t expect a great game plan from either. Maybe the talent of our team will continue to bail out our coaching inadequacies!

Ron Roberts

October 1st, 2009
10:54 am

The LSU fan who jotted down all the points scored against us forgot the opints scored ON them last year in Baton Rouge, by the Dawgs.

FIFTY-TWO.

Never. Ever. Forget.

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m

October 1st, 2009
10:55 am

I like men, especially Saint Simons.

Yellow Fuzz

October 1st, 2009
11:03 am

Yellow Fuzz

October 1st, 2009
11:05 am

Awesome m, I love men too.

azdawg

October 1st, 2009
11:34 am

No way dawgs should be favored. That’ll only fire up LSU and that is bad news for a team (UGA) thats just plain unpredictable. Same way the Blackout backfired last year vs Bama. Wrong team got fired up if you’re a Dawg fan. The hell w/who is favored. Just get out there and knock LSU off the line ‘o scrimmage. Without a strong running game showing up UGA’s passing game becomes an after thought. GO DAWGS.

murfdawg

October 1st, 2009
11:35 am

Vegas is not paying close attention to UGA. We won one game by 4, one by 3, so this one has to be by 2. Don’t take the 3. It’s a trap!!!

m

October 1st, 2009
11:37 am

i like your peach fuzz too

McDawg

October 1st, 2009
11:39 am

i prefer to be the underdawg but regardless i think this team will be pumped and expect to see Geno shoot the gap first series and set the tempo for the game-let the dawgs run wild