Georgia an underdog at Mississippi State?

Georgia has not lost a football game to Mississippi State since 1974. Georgia has not lost in Starkville, Miss., since 1951.

But as of Wednesday night most Vegas sports books had Mississippi State as a 1-point favorite over Georgia in Saturday’s game in Starkville.

These are strange times, indeed,  in UGA football.

As you know all too well, Georgia lost at South Carolina for the first time in 10 years and lost to Arkansas for the first time in 17 years and is 0-2 in the SEC for the first time in 17 years.

The next streak on the line is Georgia’s nine consecutive victories over Mississippi State. That streak dates to a 38-14 UGA loss in 1974 in Jackson, Miss.

The schools have played only 21 times in football despite both being charter members of the SEC. They have met only twice since 1997. Georgia leads the series 16-5.

Georgia’s all-time record in Starkville is 4-1, the lone loss a 6-0 defeat in 1951. Georgia won in Starkville in 1982, 1988, 1996 and 2005.

The teams also played three times in Jackson, most recently in 1974. Georgia was 1-2 in those games.

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Hankie Aron

September 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

Maybe we escape with a victory, no one thinks anything is given with this team.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 23rd, 2010
8:53 am

We thought the DAWGS would be “the underdog” for the remainder of the season? Why not?

BKbroila42

September 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

Trap game….do not bet on it…by game time, it will be a pick or UGA -1…they will win by that margin…24-23….Vegas was right last year when they Gave UGA a point at Tennessee and 90% of vegas bet on UGA….they lost!

dobearsbare

September 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

Last three-game losing streatk, if I’m reading it right, was in 1990.

how2fish

September 23rd, 2010
8:56 am

We were 2.5 point dogs to SC and 3 point favorites with ARK and they were ranked no.12. It’s pretty simple when 2 SEC team are equally matched in Vegas’s eyes the home team is 1-3 point favorites..at least so far this year.

joe

September 23rd, 2010
8:57 am

Is AJ playing? No. Underdawgs they should be. His stupidity is one of the main reasons for the 0-2 SEC start, with 0-3 a very real possibility…

GT

September 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

No Georgia is NOT an under DAWG an Miss State… Georgia will actually win this one….

We have the tougher of the two states this week… :(

Mr. Dawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:01 am

As much as UGA looks at this as an opportunity to “right the ship” Mississippi State will look at this game as an opportunity to step up their place in the SEC pecking order. I never would have thought this would be a big game for the Dogs. It is huge.

some guy.

September 23rd, 2010
9:01 am

GT

September 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

Its the all White DAWGS vs the Mixed DAWGS…lol…
Miss State is easy, they will win this one…

Bob

September 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

Off subject, but something I feared. I see that our illustrious new AD told a Gainesville radio station that he is going to dump Damon Evans home and home scheduling with teams outside the region. So instead of home and home with Oregon or Colorado or Arizona State, we will now be getting the 7th home game that he wants….in other words, more Idaho States and Coastal Carolina. He wants to adopt the Florida model which has not left the state for an OOC game since 1991.

It is easy to fix it McGarity. Bring the Georgia-Florida game to campus. Then you can get the 7 games and still play decent OOC competition. Bama, LSU and others are upping their schedules to include more OOC BCS caliber teams and Georgia is opting for the Gator model instead. Disgusting.

Nick

September 23rd, 2010
9:05 am

Hard to believe they’ve only played 21 games against each other. Hopefully the streak will hit 10 this weekend. We need some positive happenings prior to the meat of the season.

Also, sorry to hear about “Bean”. We needed him up front bad this season since our D-line is so under-sized.

Serious Question

September 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

Has Mark Richt lost this team?

The reason I ask is it seems as though by the behavior on and off the field that the players simply have no fear of consequences for any of their actions.

They play soft, have a lack of discipline on and off the field, and save Granthum (who appears to have been reigned in a bit himself) display little passion.

When I look at CMR on the sidelines most of the time he appears to be stoic and with little regard for what’s going on around him. Ocassionally he’ll pull one of the coaches aside or get on a player here or there, but overall he just seems disinterested.

Have the players picked up on this and have a feeling of “if the coach doesn’t care whether we win or lose why should I?” attitude.

Is it just me or has anyone else come to the same conclusions based on what they see?

Nick

September 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

Bob, what’s OOC?

Oh and as far as this game goes, remember Florida’s been bitten down there a couple of times in recent years when they should have dominated. The players need to bear it in mind.

Bobo, please open the playbook up and also stop running the freaking “Wild Dawg” every series. It only works when the defense isn’t expecting it. Although the fake reverse out of it last week wasn’t bad.

So, Bob...

September 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

…what is “disgusting” about 7 home games, plus the UF game? A lot of teams play 7 home games – and what is wrong with the UF model if you win 2 MNC’s in 3 years?

Bammer Dawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

An underDawg to Miss St. It’s like i died and went to football hell!!

Geez, Nick...

September 23rd, 2010
9:11 am

…OOC = out of conference

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

Yeah the game really comes down to who is motivated more. Miss St with the chance to knock of one of the upper tier programs for most of the decade and prove itself, or a UGA team playing for pride and trying to salvage any remote chance at a SEC East title. It is a tough game to call, but with the talent CMR should have recruited over his tenure the Dawgs should be able to out athlete Miss St, but really I have a time feeling really comfortable about the game.

lagadawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

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What about Bob?

September 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

Hey Bob…Question: How many National Championships has Florida won since 1991?

Ummmm….3 more than UGA. We have a tough enough time beating teams in the SEC EAST. Why do you want to line up a couple more probable losses? I’d say if we run the table in the SEC for a few straight years, lets find somebody else good to play. Until we are better than 3rd (most years) or LAST (this year), why would anyone want to play BETTER competition!?

Biting off more than you can chew? Also disgusting.

Nick

September 23rd, 2010
9:13 am

To Serious Question:

I don’t think they have adopted that attitude based on CMR’s demeanor. I frankly like his cool-under-pressure attitude. Keep in mind, it was that same demeanor that brought him praise his first four years. Now it’s being questioned. I think it’s because everyone’s looking for a reason why things aren’t working. I personally think it’s a whole mess of reasons.
Trust me, we’re in more trouble with him gone. I just wish he’d take over the offensive coordinator job again, also.

WonderDawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

I’m all for the “Gator model.’ All of it. The whole thing.

Wouldn’t discust me a bit . . .

GT

September 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

Quit Griping!! Yall will win this one!! We have the tougher challenge against Tenuta and Russel Willson!!! Yall will beat Mrs. State this week quit complaining Geee Wiz…

@Bob

September 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

Considering the success UF has had compared to UGA I’d hardly call McGarity’s move disgusting.

UF has played for and won 2 national championships under that formula.

It makes perfect sense. We play in the SEC that schedule is tough enough without going out and adding all these long travel games that are usually sandwiched in between two tough SEC opponents.

Meanwhile UF plays within their area, adds an extra soft team that allows them to tweak game plans and rest starters for the SEC meat grinder.

It’s NCCA football not basketball. The SEC schedule will give a team plenty of strength of schedule without scheduling west coast teams. Keep in mind we also play GT every year so we ALWAYS have an OCC BCS opponent anyway.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

Nick its almost like a basball manager’s job:

The laid back manager- good at first, especially with veterans, then once a year or two is bad he is deemed to laid back so they fire him and bring in a Jim Fregosi type, hard nosed in your face manger, then the opposite happens. He at first has results, typically with younger teams, then he is considered two abrasive as the team matures.

I like how CMR is not abruptly reactionary, but I do wish he had a little more fire in him that we the fan base could see more of. The thing with CMR though is he is who he is, and he will not change for us. We gotta except how he runs the program.

Bill King is a............

September 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

The underdog is there because the odds makers know we still have Bobo calling plays. Get rid of Bobo and we instantly go to being favored in most of our games. I’m getting of the negative train here and goin back with optimism. We’ll beat MSU and then real off 4more wins and be 6-2 headed into Jax where FL will have at least one loss by then. UGA is still in this thing if they can get their heads out their asses and go to playing ball.

Bill King is a............

September 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

We really need Auburn to beat USC this weekend. Then Al can beat them, UF can beat them. We win out and we are in the SECC. Gotta have faith!!!

WonderDawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

UGA better win this week. 1-3, 0-3 with UT, UF, AU, KY, Tech left to play?

Recruits will be bailing on us left and right.

Come on Richt. Do some of that stuff head coaches do! And I don’t mean change uniform colors.

Sweat Socks

September 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

@ Serious Question:

I’ve noticed the same thing. Even on the Richt Show he seemed like he was totally going through the motions. Dowdle was throwing him softball questions and Richt couldn’t come up with anything except typical catchphrases like “get the job done” or “make a play,” he really seemed lifeless.

Even on the segment where he’s mic’d up at practice, he was talking about playing with passion to some scout players, but he wasn’t very convincing.

As far as his sideline demeanor goes, I see exactly what you’re seeing as well. He just seems like a zombie. I liked Grantham’s fire in the LA-LA game. Why reign him in?

A person has to have passion for their job, or else the work suffers. Granted I only see as much as most people, but I’m not seeing a person who loves their job.

I hear broad rumors that he wants to do more missionary work, but one never knows about rumors.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

Here is the worst thing about being 0-2 in the SEC. You have to look at the schedule and play the well if this happens and then this happens scenario. I mean its week 3 and we gotta pull for Kentucky and Auburn to win this week and we gotta hold our end up. Now we are playing to essentially back into the Title game and its only week 3!

PMC

September 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

They never cover the spread when they are favored. I think this is a good sign really.

They opened up the playcalling last week and looked better on offense except for the running game and RB position. If Chapas is back they are VASTLY better..not just in blocking but he’s a fantastic red zone and short yardage receiver.

I have to believe they are chomping at the bit to show what they can do. This is a deconstruction/reconstruction job on the defense. They are just going to give up big plays.

The now 4th week into the season I think we will see quite a bit of progress from the offense….but be afraid…. VERY AFRAID of Chad Bumpis.

WonderDawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

GT, nothing is a given this season. You should remember how losing breeds losing. Tech had some good teams before PJ that inexplicably lost several in a row.

UGA has now lost 7 games out its last 16. Losing doesn’t seem to be the big deal that it was in Richt’s first seven seasons.

WonderDawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:29 am

Title game? Title game” Your’re talking title game?

Dawglasville

September 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

If Georgia loses a game between now and Florida then the torches will get lit. I hope for Coach Richt and Bobo’s sake it doesn’t happen.

PMC

September 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

Anyone thinking the team has given up need only look to the resurgence in the 4th quarter of the past game. They are playing hard, they are trying. They are listening.

This team just doesn’t have the same caliber of game changing players that ones in the past have had. They need a few guys to step up and grab leadership roles on the field.

Ray Goff

September 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

“We are not a very good football team right now, I understand that when the fans boo they are
booing at me, but that’s okay I am a tough man got a tough hide”

LMAO

dawgfacedboy

September 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Why shouldn’t they be? They play with no heart, no energy. Our blocking as a whole (RB included) stinks. Buck Belue is even now criticizing Ealey saying that he doesn’t get any more yards than are available, meaning that if there are 5 yards to get he gets 5 yards, he doesn’t make anyone miss or break any tackles. Our D is trying to get comfortable in the new scheme and we have a play caller who is so over matched on a week to week basis in this conference it’s not even funny.

Why wouldn’t we be the underdog?? What aspect of our game gives anyone any confidence that we are better than them?!?

Delbert D.

September 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Is Georgia better than Auburn? Georgia has to run on this team. Auburn ran for 190 yards with Newton (mostly) and Dyer. State held Auburn to 158 yards in the air. Miss. State has 2 QBs with different styles and capabilities. The DBs have to show up.

Dean

September 23rd, 2010
9:33 am

GA by 11. Prediction is by my gut feeling only.

Dawgs Tell

September 23rd, 2010
9:33 am

lose and the wheels start falling off the program.Win and sins will be forgiven for one week. I hope they win and get things going in the right direction. GATA!!!! Go DAWGS!

Dawglasville

September 23rd, 2010
9:34 am

Is it me or does it appear to anyone else that Ealey is still a liability with his pass blocking?

NORRIS

September 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

Come on… Georgia played two ranked opponents and didnt get spanked by either. They will beat mississippi state and will win the next 4 after that and will be 6-2 going into florida. This team can still end up with a very good season.

Dave in Vinings

September 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

Wonder,

Have to be optimistic still!

Delbert,

I think Murray is a much better passer than Newton. Having watched the Clemson game it is clear that Newton is a weapon with his feet, but is clearly still learning how to be a complete QB. Murray if given time and the receivers can get open can move the ball through the air.

dawgfacedboy

September 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

PMC- the “resurgence” you speak of was about 8 minutes of game clock. Not enough for me. They have plenty of talent on that team. Wooten and Brown were both highly sought after receivers, Murray was a stud in a bonified region in Florida. Boykin and Smith were both AA who were highly sought after as was Orson Charles. This team is scattered with high school studs who had PLENTY of major D1 offers, which tells me that PLENTY of major D1 coaches saw the same potential.

The problem is not a lack of talent in Athens, never has been.

Serious Question

September 23rd, 2010
9:38 am

Nick, I agree about his demeanor, but if you really look at him there’s something different.

I’m not trying to get into a feeding frenzy mentality, but when the team responds the way they did in the 4th quarter and show what they can actually do, it makes me wonder why they couldn’t be motivated to play that way for 4 qtrs and in the SC game.

Don’t get me wrong I think CMR is still a good coach, but something is missing from his first 5yrs vs the last, and I think it’s more than just Bobo’s playcalling.

gomdawg

September 23rd, 2010
9:41 am

I have been trying to think of something to say, it’s hard because if the team that came back and scored 2 TD’s last week and play like that we win big ,if the other team shows up l (o) (o ) k out.
1-3

Bulldog Dead

September 23rd, 2010
9:42 am

Wow! Safety/LB Nick WIlliams Frustrated. What takes so long to evaluate a player. We have played 3 games and I believe you are the coach CMR. This is part of our problem, after 3 games and I have been to them all, our players do not know where to be, we struggle to get on and off the field ala burning all 3 TO’s early in the 3rd QTR against SC. This is on both sides of the ball. I know that you coaches do not read these blogs, and I have NEVER gotten into this blogging until now but my frustration is at an all time high. You cannot blame this on youth. We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-15 seniors and a lot of juniors. I played football all of my life and even had an opportunity to walk on at UGA during the Dooley and Russell days. Those teams were organized I assure you and Always fired up when the first whistle sounded. I understand that even good teams have a down year every now and then. I want to understand why we did not take action 3.5 years ago when this downward spiral started. It wasn’t just WM defense. Where have we been in the recruiting of the proto typical UGA running back the last 3 years? I think our players are pretty well conditioned, but I will tell you right now that they are not strong compared to the other lines that we are facing. The problems in strength building are very obvious and very real. It is time to start building the kind of lines that UGA is known for and keep them in state (Not Auburn where the good ones seem to always go). If you get whipped at the line of scrimmage (both sides) you are done. We have to come out at the opening kick off and set the tone by smashing the other guy in the mouth. I am through with the rambling- so will the coaches step up to the plate and the players get tough and play with fire from the opening kick off. The Bulldog Nation is behind you CMR and this team. We just want this program back on track. You players can scoff at the comment that I am about to make and if you do you should not be on this team or at UGA. It is a Privilege and an Honor to have the opportunity to don the Red and Black and put your feet on the grass at Sanford Stadium on Saturday. You are in the spotlight in everything you do and yes you have a responsibility to represent the UGA in a professional and respectable manner. I believe that you will find that if every member of this Team will follow this code of conduct, your on the field play will reflect in a very positive way. Team leaders- step up and do not accept the poor off the field actions of some of your teammates. I do not care who it is- If they hurt the team they should pay a price. We believe you have it in you and will play the next 36 quarters like you played in the final quarter last week. That is all anyone can ask- win or lose- leave it on the field.

collegeballfan

September 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

Stop worrying Dawg fans. GT took two games from State in 2008 & 2009. This will be a cake walk.

Ray Goff

September 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

BRING BACK HERSCHEL WALKER