Taking note of Georgia-Texas A&M

If you missed it, here’s my story  on Georgia and Texas A&M accepting Independence Bowl invitations.

Now, a few more things:

– If Georgia had not blown a 20-6 halftime lead with four second-half turnovers against Kentucky, the Bulldogs would have finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak -– and probably would be headed to Tampa for the Outback Bowl.

– Let’s hope the weather in Shreveport on Dec. 28 doesn’t resemble that for Texas A&M’s last appearance in the Independence Bowl –  the 2000 game known as the “Snow Bowl.”   A driving snowstorm began during pregame warmups and continued throughout the game, a 43-41 Mississippi State overtime victory. .

– Georgia and Texas A&M had two mutual opponents this season –- Oklahoma State and Arkansas. Both lost to Oklahoma State -– Georgia 24-10 and Texas A&M 36-31. Georgia beat Arkansas 52-41, while Texas A&M lost to the Razorbacks 47-19.

– No. 5 in the nation in total offense and No. 107 in total defense. That’s Texas A&M.

– Pretty interesting that a team without a defensive coordinator (Georgia) will go up against the fifth most prolific offense in the country. Even if Georgia hires a new DC before Dec. 28, he wouldn’t work this game.

– The Aggies’ defensive coordinator is Joe Kines, who was on Georgia’s staff as DC from 1995-98 and as assistant head coach in 1999. These Aggies aren’t typical of Kines’ defenses through the years; they’ve allowed 47-plus points four times, including 60-plus twice.

– Last year’s Independence Bowl matchup? Louisiana Tech (coached by Derek Dooley, son of Vince) vs. Northern Illinois. That was because neither the SEC nor the Big 12 had enough bowl-eligible teams to fill their slots in the game.

– Georgia and Texas A&M might be the last SEC and Big 12 teams to play in the Independence Bowl. The bowl’s tie-ins with those conferences end after this game. Starting next year, the bowl will match an ACC team vs. a Mountain West team. The Gator Bowl replaces the Independence on the SEC bowl roster.

– The last time Georgia played Texas A&M, Herschel Walker was a freshman and the Bulldogs were in the second week of what turned out to be an undefeated, national-championship season (1980).

– And the last –- and only previous -– time Georgia played in the Independence Bowl, Damon Evans was a wide receiver for the Dogs. Georgia beat Arkansas 24-15 in that game Dec. 29, 1991.

– For the second time, Georgia has pushed back the start of bowl practices – this time until Saturday. There’s a lot of juggling going on, what with the staff three coaches short, recruiting demands and Mark Richt in hiring mode.  Plus, past practice patterns don’t exactly work for this bowl, which is earlier than the Dogs are accustomed to playing. The tentative plan now is to practice Saturday morning, then resume with daily sessions after final exams end Dec. 16. Richt said the team might be in Shreveport on Christmas, although he wasn’t sure of that yet.

– Richt said, by the way, that he doubts any position switches, such as the rumored-to-be-under-consideration moves of Logan Gray to wide receiver and/or Richard Samuel to linebacker, would occur during bowl practices.  “We’re going to have our hands full just preparing for this game,”  Richt said. “I’ve always had the opinion that it’s very crucial to try to win the game. . . . Not to say we won’t have some opportunities for some young guys to scrimmage a little bit, but our main focus is preparing to play this ballgame.”

– In just 22 career starts, Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson has broken the school record for touchdown passes with 51. He has accounted for 306 yards per game total offense this season, sixth best in the nation.

– Another Aggie name to note: Defensive end Von Miller leads the nation in sacks (17).

– Georgia rarely has any trouble selling football tickets.  But lotsa luck selling out its 12,000-ticket allotment this time.

129 comments Add your comment

KJ

December 6th, 2009
11:50 pm

or, if they hadn’t been jobbed by the refs in the LSU loss, they’d also be playing on new year’s. But they’re still the ACC champions, regardless.

UGA75

December 6th, 2009
11:55 pm

I hope that UGA fans remember our being slighted by the Chick Fil-a folks. I will not eat at CFA for the next 12 months and up until now I ate there 5 work days a week. I hope for a freak Ice Storm to hit Atlanta and make traffic impossible, not that I feel slighted or anything. UGA was shafted all year, from the Officiating, Conference officials not taking a stance on our players getting their eyes poked out, and finally this bowl fiasco. The Seniors deserved better for their body of work at UGA than a trip to Shreveport.
The bright side is maybe Lane Kiffen will get mugged while he is down here. Now that would be real justice.

Tubbs

December 7th, 2009
12:02 am

whats the news on the coaching search??

bad brad

December 7th, 2009
12:05 am

I think the Chik-fil-A folks are miffed we wouldn’t open the season with the Jackets next year in their kickoff special. Agree with UGA75 that we have been getting hosed all year.

some guy.

December 7th, 2009
12:05 am

your loss uga75. chik fil a is delicious. at least you didnt get the shaft as much as clemson.

Clueless

December 7th, 2009
12:09 am

cantondawg,
You got your wish buddy! On to Shreveport. Yes, its better than nothing only because we get two extra weeks of practice…but if you think the players are looking forward to being in Shreveport at Christmas, you are in denial. Are you going to Shreveport for Christmas to support them? I didn’t think so!

Once again the Outback Bowl is the one who screws things up. UT in Peach may sell more hotel rooms in ATL. Texas AM usually travels well, but also doubt UGA will sell many. Bet a lot of bowl tickets did not presell, which is always a bad idea.

Am really proud of CMR and recent attitude. Will probably go to the game although admit I am not excited about the locale; am excited about the opponent.

Go Dawgs!

you are what you are!!!

December 7th, 2009
12:10 am

Uga is not even ranked……they slipped in…….KJ…….just because they upset Ga Tech. means not much…..BODY OF WORK !! 7-5 …teams get upset … doesn’t mean much in football…look at the skins saints game today…..does that mean the Redskins are better….or just better today? Good Luck in Shreveport.

crazy dawg

December 7th, 2009
12:13 am

I agree with you uga75. I dont understand the reason why the Chick-fil-A bowl went away from a Clemson Georgia match up. I also will no longer eat at Chick-fil-a.This is an insult to the program but how could the Outback bowl take a 7-5 Auburn team that lost to the Dawgs is beyond me. I hope we make the most of the extra pratice time and start working on the future so that we dont have another season like this one. I know that the Seniors should have gotten better deal than this but that is the past and lets start prep for 2010 now. Any word on the new defensive coaches going on yet. I hope we can get Kirby to come home that would be outstanding

Alabama Jack

December 7th, 2009
12:24 am

How can you insult a program that has become irrelevant?

Keith

December 7th, 2009
12:29 am

I’m going to Shreveport to support the Dawgs! I’m hitting up some casinos on the way, maybe Bourbon Street and then I’m dressing up as Elvis and driving two hours to S H R E V E P O R T!!! Eat it Tekkies!!!

Keith

December 7th, 2009
12:31 am

Use your imagination Alabama Jack!

Dawg Gone!

December 7th, 2009
12:33 am

Georgia fans keep talking about winning the state championship. To bad its not high school football or that would be great. Get use to be being second best.

Dawg Gone!

December 7th, 2009
12:35 am

Eat more chickin!

Dawg Gone!

December 7th, 2009
12:41 am

Hey Keith. I heard there was an Elvis Sighting in Shreveport! Tell Him hello!

FROM Ugga

December 7th, 2009
12:46 am

Shreveport????????????? Got dirt in my face from rolling in my grave.

Willie Martinez

December 7th, 2009
12:48 am

Glad they fired me. I would never have figured out what t do with a quality team like A&M. Plus, where is Shreveport

Dawg Gone!

December 7th, 2009
12:53 am

Hey Kieth while you are on Bourbon Street make sure to wear your Bulldawg Nation colors. The Florida fans there for the sugar bowl will get a kick out of that!

The Cows

December 7th, 2009
12:58 am

Eat more chickin pleezz!!

The Cows

December 7th, 2009
1:03 am

Does anybody know the words to Rocky Top? Could any Bulldawg fans be so kind as to post them for us!!

Need Tickets?

December 7th, 2009
1:06 am

I put two tickets to the Independence Bowl under my windshield wipers at the mall and when I returned there were four tickets. Does anybody need tickets?

Chik-Fil- A Greeter

December 7th, 2009
1:14 am

Since most Georgia Graduates bus tables and greet customers at our stores it would be a slap in the face to quit eating more chikin!!

Black Uniforms

December 7th, 2009
1:18 am

Make sure we wear our lucky uniforms!!

Van Gorder

December 7th, 2009
1:22 am

Hey Mark. I have reconsidered. After watching the Eagles game today at the Dome I believe I can help the program. Can I have my job back?

Lane K

December 7th, 2009
1:32 am

I would like to thank the Chic-fil-a bowl for not bowing to bulldawg nation and picking the right five loss team to represent the SEC.

GaCFB

December 7th, 2009
1:32 am

This one’s for you Willie!

llf

December 7th, 2009
1:39 am

The Chick-fil-A Bowl needs the press attention Kiffin’s mouth will provide. The Outback Bowl may have more confidence in Auburn’s fan base traveling. They are excited about going 7-5, while UGA’s fan base is disappointed with 7-5. The bottom line is we did not win enough games to complain about where we go bowling.
Also, I would like to congratulate Georgia Tech for beating Clemson to win the JV championship Saturday night. Nice job PJ.

jkc313

December 7th, 2009
1:42 am

Tenn beat us so I have no problem with them getting a better Bowl than us. But we beat Auburn, South Carolina, and Arkansas all with the same records and all going to someplace other than Shreveport, which is the absolute pits. And against a team that got destroyed by Arkansas. Beating an excellent Tech team should have gotten us better than this. Glad the SEC hasn’t renewed contract as no one should have to go there. This is a punishment not a reward.

GaCFB

December 7th, 2009
1:47 am

“The Outback Bowl may have more confidence in Auburn’s fan base traveling. They are excited about going 7-5, while UGA’s fan base is disappointed with 7-5″

That’s an easy one:
Auburn was 5-7 last year so of course they would be happy about going 7-5 this year

FL.DAWG

December 7th, 2009
1:50 am

YOU WOULD THINK A TEAM WITH THE COLOR YELLOW WOULD KEEP THE ” MOUTH SHUT.”

Greg

December 7th, 2009
2:05 am

Go Dawgs! Beat A&M! 8 and 5 sounds a whole lot better than 7 and 6.

RED DOG 77

December 7th, 2009
2:10 am

Yer Dern Tootin, FL.DAWG!

RED DOG 77

December 7th, 2009
2:28 am

hmmmm……Lets see here ,1967, I was but a lad ,but I can remember all so well:UGA, so so year for us ,but I do remember, Tech thought they were pretty hot until we showed up at their place and put a butt whoopin on them, They went on to the Orange Bowl with their bad selves, last time they went mind you , and proceded to get their bee butts handed to them again by Fla. Seems like the qb. that ripped the poop out of them was Steve Spurrier, only time I can say I really liked Mr, Spurrier.

Mike

December 7th, 2009
3:01 am

Dawg Fans

I hope that you look at that title “dawg fans” and think before you start typing. I know you’re frustrated but make sure that you remember it’s not about you. It’s not about where you get to stay or what you get to do though those are nice things. I realize for the past years we’ve been spoiled with great trips but who says this one can’t be? Texas A&M has a lot of tradition and loyal fans and I hope to goodness we don’t show up poorly to support OUR dawgs. So it hasn’t been a great season, big deal. Ask Tech about that seeing as they have experience. Make the most of it and remember why you’re a fan. It’s fine to be upset but go where the dawgs go and root 110% and show Shreveport and the Big 12 what the bulldawg nation is about.

Mark R

December 7th, 2009
6:50 am

We are the better five loss team!

Mark R

December 7th, 2009
6:51 am

And we are State Champions! I am going to ask permission to wear our lucky black uniforms!

Mark R

December 7th, 2009
6:52 am

Sorry Damon said no go!

Nick S

December 7th, 2009
7:11 am

Transfers are available @ rolltide.com.

Alabama Jack

December 7th, 2009
7:14 am

“The most current Reveille at Texas A&M is Reveille VII who was inducted during Parents Weekend in April 2001. Reveille is the most revered dog on campus. Company E-2 has the privilege of taking care of Reveille. If she is sleeping on a cadet’s bed, that cadet must sleep on the floor. Cadets address Reveille as “Miss Rev, ma’am.” If she is in class and barks while the professor is teaching, the class is to be immediately dismissed. Reveille is a highly cherished mascot and receives only the best.”

And y’alls dawg died of embarrassment.

Dawg Fan

December 7th, 2009
7:15 am

Mike I have looked at the title “Dawg Fan” and I agree we are spoiled. Who needs tickets? I have four.

RedDawg78

December 7th, 2009
7:25 am

Thems Fightin Werds!

john '90

December 7th, 2009
7:25 am

Nice post Mike, you hit the nail on the head! This past season was necessary in the upward movement. And Georgia’s taking the field…all great reasons to go!

zino

December 7th, 2009
7:42 am

Hey Alabama Jack – congrats on getting internet service in your double wide.

SEC REP

December 7th, 2009
7:43 am

We dont get any love? Look at how many five+ loss teams we have! And I agree with Mark R Georgia is the best five loss team!

Trailor Billy Bob

December 7th, 2009
7:45 am

Hey Zino- thems fightin werds. Have you seen my trailor. Its nice!

lol. Congrats on your $1.4 million bowl vs. our $14 Million Bowl

December 7th, 2009
7:51 am

At the end of the day the dog nation got exactly what they deserved

A December 28th bowl game against another has been team in a small time bowl.

Good luck drawing a TV audience with a 3pm Monday afternoon bowl.

Hahahahahaha

1-1 against the NEW Georgia Tech football program!

Big Dawg

December 7th, 2009
7:53 am

CMR…..Pay attention sir. You might use the talent you recruited in the proper spots!!!!!! Yes Logan is a threat at wild cat and wide receiver. And Yes Samuel is a born headhunter. Put Carlton Thomas in the slot……You got nothing to lose!!! Now go and BEAT Texax AM

Georgia Grad

December 7th, 2009
7:54 am

Mike I aint gitten it. After I get past 100% Im havein to take my shoes off! I still aint gittin it! How you gittin 110%. My sy fer in ain’t workin.

dagnabit

December 7th, 2009
7:56 am

Is it true that Notre Dame is talking to a Mark Richt representative. Sounds like Mark is getting away from Urban.

Big Dawg

December 7th, 2009
7:57 am

Texas AM is studying the GA/GT game film and will not allow that to happen to them.. So Bo Bo! Wake up and yes run …run ..run however You are going to need to confuse them with different looks and personell..Once again Gray in the mix Hmm..4.4 speed and a rifle arm…and Thomas in the slot .

$1.4 million weedwacker bowl vs. our $14 Million BCS Bowl

December 7th, 2009
8:08 am

30-24 still stings but knowing that WE won OUR conference Championship game and YOU didn’t come remotely close to even qualifying to play in YOURS sure does reduce some of the swelling. Also, the fact that WE are going to have major fun-in-the-sun (Dec. 31st-Jan. 5th), including New Year’s Eve in South Beach (Miami) and YOU are going to drive 24 hours round trip and freeze your azzes off near the Red River in Shreveport (Dec. 28th) makes my life better as well.