Counting down to high noon in Columbia …

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Good morning from Williams-Brice Stadium, where Georgia and South Carolina — minus one player each — will kick off around 12:01 p.m. The game will be on ESPN2.

The weather forecast calls for a high temperature of 88 this afternoon, with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms.

A couple of comments from the Georgia camp this week pretty much sum things up entering the game. Coach Mark Richt said he expects “another knock-down drag-out in Columbia,” typical of the down-to-the-wire games that have defined the series recently (seven of the past nine meetings decided by seven points or fewer). And tight end Orson Charles crystallized the perception of the game’s significance: “This game,” he said, “is going to set the tone for our season.”

The two leading receivers from last year’s Georgia-South Carolina game, Georgia WR A.J. Green and South Carolina TE Weslye Saunders, won’t be playing in this one.

Green, as you know, is serving the second game of a four-game NCAA ban for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000. Per the NCAA suspension, he was not allowed to travel with the team to Columbia. Georgia has appealed the NCAA ruling, hoping to get a game or two shaved off the four-game suspension. The appeal is expected to be considered next week by the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, which is comprised of representatives from NCAA member schools. That is not the same group, by the way, that set the four-game suspension.

Saunders, also under investigation by the NCAA, is suspended indefinitely by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier for “violation of team rules.” Two other South Carolina players who sat out last week’s season opener, cornerback Chris Culliver and left tackle Jarriel King, were cleared by the NCAA to play today.

Please click on these articles from today’s AJC for more on the game:

Dogs’ early test complicated by absence of Green.

Storylines, numbers and other info on the game.

37 comments Add your comment

college is forever

September 11th, 2010
10:14 am

http://www.collegelunchbozes.com Hunker down, Go Dawgs, Beat S.C!!!

saban

September 11th, 2010
10:15 am

Good luck to the jail house dawgs.

Dawgs loose by 30.

college is forever

September 11th, 2010
10:16 am

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com I was so excited to be first that I misspelled the link, what a dork.

4th

September 11th, 2010
10:20 am

its a dog day afternoon

Atleast at UGA we can spell

September 11th, 2010
10:22 am

Hey Saban why dont you try learning that its LOSE not LOOSE. Loose would be what yalls….well nvm. Dawgs win by 10

Our O-line will Mow you down like Grass

September 11th, 2010
10:25 am

I want Some Fried Chicken for lunch!

GOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vick=Dog killing Thug

September 11th, 2010
10:25 am

I see a win for my dawgs

LHardingDawg

September 11th, 2010
10:26 am

Atleast, Saban never went to school so cut him some slack.

dawgcrzy

September 11th, 2010
10:27 am

Garcia can’t run or throw when he’s laying on his back. Defense rolls,Dawgs by 10

CHDawg

September 11th, 2010
10:28 am

Obviously, Saban meant the Dawgs would run “loose” and win by 30 points!

AltamahaDawg

September 11th, 2010
10:29 am

I can’t see the Dawgs getting loose to win by 30. But thanks for the vote of confidence.

CHDawg

September 11th, 2010
10:29 am

Everybody is worried about how Murray and the running game will do, but if the Junkyard Dawgs are back, it might not matter!

CHDawg

September 11th, 2010
10:34 am

I think we may see some special fireworks out of Gray. This will be a great test of what we have. The O line will be an interesting battle–90 degrees, but it was hot this week in practice, too. Many of these guys have been battling in the trenches since the 07-08 teams….we’ll see! Go Dawgs.

The Exterminator

September 11th, 2010
10:34 am

Shoot, just keep Garcia off the field. Run the ball, control the clock, manhandle their front 7.

But when he is on the field I hope one of our LB’s makes him pay very early for rolling out or tucking and running.

GO DAWGS!

the difference could be simple: UGA D finally

September 11th, 2010
10:37 am

Yes Murray will be confused by their alignements and blitz packages,etc. He will adjust to it.

The difference this year could be in Aaron’s ability to create a little time for his boys to get open and COME BACK TO THE BALL and finally, UGA might show up with a quality D team.

If UGA plays stellar D, they win. All of the entire SEC and the usual UGA haters want to know if UGA has some D. This game and next week’s game will answer all of that.

Go Dogs.

Sanford Drive

September 11th, 2010
10:49 am

It must be miserable being a hater.

GO DAWGS!!!!

So much more fun rooting for your team, as opposed to rooting against your rival!

Wondering:

September 11th, 2010
10:57 am

Just wondering how many of the UGA posters have any affiliation with UGA and how many are just living their lives vicariously thru 85 kids that 20%of have been arrested in 20 months. Just wondering.

AltamahaDawg

September 11th, 2010
11:10 am

Just wondering why you would care one way or the other.

kind of odd

September 11th, 2010
11:14 am

I always thought it was odd that a bunch of guys in their 30’s ,40’s,50’s and 60’s getting all jacked about a bunch of 18 and 19 year olds on fall Saturdays…… yep its kinda odd

AltamahaDawg

September 11th, 2010
11:18 am

What’s odd is when they get jacked up about somebody else’ 19 years olds. Living vicariously through a rival’s team . THAT is not kinda odd, it’s a downright obsession.

Dawgs Run This State!

September 11th, 2010
11:19 am

Why are people talking about Garcia being such a threat? He had one good game (and it was against Southern Miss) vs. years of confirmation that he is not that good.

The Exterminator

September 11th, 2010
11:20 am

One lives vicariously through a rival’s team when one is a Tech grad still living in his mother’s basement.

south

September 11th, 2010
11:20 am

What’s odd is that you would post such an idiotic statement and that you are on this blog to begin with. Something attracted you here…huh?

Wondering:

September 11th, 2010
11:21 am

Altamaha is apparently unaffiliated educationally, being hetook expection to some simple trying expand their knowledge.

steve

September 11th, 2010
11:24 am

Go get them Altamaha!!!!

south

September 11th, 2010
11:26 am

He took expection???? Look …why don’t you sign up for one of those online hooked-on-phonics courses?

Joe

September 11th, 2010
11:30 am

Look for Spurrier to try the same gimmicky type of offense he tried last week. He’s not going to burn Georgia’s DB’s. If he tests them, he’ll pay. He’s not going to be able to run up the gut, expect a lot of outside runs. When Garcia runs, could be trouble for Garcia. Look for georgia’s te’s to play a bigger role, and Ealey, Durham & T King to step up. Geoirgia’s defense will hold SC under 19, and the offense will roll up 30.

Gamec0ck Pete

September 11th, 2010
11:34 am

Get ready for the Sandstorm mutt fans !!!

jaxdawgfan

September 11th, 2010
11:41 am

I hope that all Dawg fans will join me in avoiding college is forever’s cheap cheesy self promotion by avoiding his website like the plague. That is the only way to stop this nonsense. I’m sure the AJC would appreciate it as well.

College, if you want to advertise, buy an ad.

jaxdawgfan

September 11th, 2010
11:47 am

Hey, Wondering. Several of us (me included) never attended UGA but just love the Dawgs. I think it is a great thing that a team can attract fans from beyond the alumni. I’m sure that if you follow football, even your favorite team has non-alumni fans as well.

If you had to be “connected” to a team in order to be a fan, professional sports would be out of business.

mcdaris324

September 11th, 2010
11:55 am

It seems funny how Ole Miss can have their apeal heard on the day befor the game and have their QB’s violation overturned but UGA has to wait unil next week befor they can have their apeal heard.

dawggirl

September 11th, 2010
11:57 am

Wondering: I am a graduate of UGA, as is my older brother. I also am a big sports fan in general, do you have a problem with that? Why are you trying to pick a fight on such a sacred day?

ryan

September 11th, 2010
11:59 am

More coming out AJ ’s jersey and sports collector he said was not agent and Green said he did not know he was agent. NCAA lied and said the collector was an agent .

Baldemar Huerta

September 11th, 2010
4:06 pm

Let the booze-fueled wife beatings and suicides begin

Mr. JiggyFly

September 11th, 2010
4:39 pm

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! The doggies suck. Can’t wait until my VOLS beat down the pups.

cpsmith

September 11th, 2010
4:55 pm

Just disappointing. Just wish our team would have better preparation, better coaching. Seems this sort of thing is gonna be the norm. 10 years, and THIS is all ?!?

S.Carolina (SEC east Champs)

September 11th, 2010
9:55 pm

win by 10???Defense rolls?? LOL..whos our daddy mutts??cry me a river..its gonna be a long painful year for you wimps…What ?? ohhh just got another arrest for #9 or is it #10???LOL..your D sucks and your qb sucks…enjoy your week!!