A 1-4 team as a 13-point favorite? ‘Wow,’ Richt says. ‘Hope they’re right.’

ATHENS – Despite Georgia’s 1-4 record, Vegas oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as a heavy favorite over Tennessee on Saturday in Sanford Stadium. One line had the Dogs as a 13-point favorite earlier this week.

“We’re a 13-point favorite?” coach Mark Richt replied, incredulously, when I brought that up. “Wow! Hope they’re right.  Are you kidding me? I don’t look at those things, I really don’t, but wow.”

By Tuesday afternoon, Georgia had dropped to a 12-point favorite.

Tennessee was a 16-point underdog to LSU last week but lost by just two points on the final play of the game.

The Vols, like the Bulldogs, are seeking their first SEC victory of the season. Tennessee is 2-3 overall, 0-2 in the conference. This is the first Georgia-Tennessee game since 1906 that both teams enter with a losing record.

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Richard Dawson

October 5th, 2010
7:09 pm

Here is why you lose a football game. It is not because a player made a mistake that Richt is not responsible for. Richt is responsible for everything the players do. Regardless, this particular fumble was due to Richt’s highly predictable decision to run up the middle to set up a field goal. Colorado, I, and my dead grandma saw this coming from 1000 miles away. They blew up the play, forced a fumble, and won the game. Blame lies squarely and only with Mark Richt, who is responsible for the terrible, predictable playcalling (and why would you want to set up Walsh for a 40+ yard FG when he already missed one? Go for the TD. Go for the win.), responsible for recruiting good players, and responsible for how they execute. Richt and Richt alone is responsible. Here’s what Colorado’s DC had to say on this horrendous decision.

From ESPN.COM:

During a timeout in the waning minutes and with the Georgia Bulldogs already in range for a game-winning field goal, Colorado defensive coordinator Ron Collins decided to turn linebacker B.J. Beatty loose on a blitz.

“I told him, ‘Let’s run it,” Beatty said. “Because we knew they were going to try to run the ball, milk the clock and kick a field goal. I knew I had the opportunity to come off the edge and maybe disrupt the hand-off.”

Lining up with the Buffs clinging to a 29-27 lead, Beatty was just hoping for the Bulldogs to run the ball, and sure enough, it played out exactly like he envisioned.

Beatty stripped Caleb King just as he got the handoff from quarterback Aaron Murray at the Buffaloes’ 30-yard line and he held King back while teammate Jon Major smothered the loose ball.

Dawg Days

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

I wish I lived in Vegas…

dawgs

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

FIRST Go Dawgs

TEARS TEARS TEARS

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

not much to say

What's going on

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

1st – for the first time

Richard Dawson

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

Is this the first time someone has been first and not posted “first”? Wow, I am floored. Such an immature tradition.

Eaassyy

October 5th, 2010
7:11 pm

unless they learn to stop over pursuing and break down to tackle on defense, saturday will be another challenge to watch. And that’s just on the defensive side of the ball. Offense is just stagnant and ineffective. No other way to put it.

Billy Jack....

October 5th, 2010
7:12 pm

the fat guys in Vegas that do the lines are good at what they do…..the Dawgs are soooo due to cover they are 0-4 against the line the last 4 games…..but 12.5pts…I aint touching that

Thumper

October 5th, 2010
7:15 pm

Are the Vegas people smokin crack again?? Geez…………gimme some of that action. I’ll take those points all day long.

Thumper

October 5th, 2010
7:19 pm

Let me be clear………that would be taking Tennessee

brian

October 5th, 2010
7:22 pm

richard….
you are an idiot. yes richt is ultimately responsible but bobo calls the plays. Running up the middle to set up a field goal for the win is as basic as football gets. If they had thrown it in the endzone for a pic you would have written about the horrendous decision to go for a TD when all they needed was a field goal…God get a life… idiot
stick with fantasy football

Larry Munson

October 5th, 2010
7:23 pm

Alright, get the picture…. the odds-makers know it, you do too – the Dogs, in red helmets, red jerseys and silver britches, are gonna step on their face and break their nose. I just hope Coach Richt calls the plays and they’re better than Bobo’s play-calling last week. MAN… that ride home took a hundred thousands hours……

cantondawg

October 5th, 2010
7:25 pm

I think 13 points is about right. UT has a horrible offense and UGA will have AJ Green for the whole game. AM is going to be a special quarterback and nobody in college football can cover AJ. As long as he plays the whole game and CMB throws the ball his way UGA will score. They look like a completely different offense when he was on the field against Colorado

Thumper

October 5th, 2010
7:25 pm

Brian…..go easy on Richard. I’m sure he’s the head coach of a major program somewhere. Probably won a Heisman too.

JayHayKidRulz

October 5th, 2010
7:29 pm

DB’s not covering the pitch man, getting beat deep… that’s coaching. Getting beaten at the line of scrimmage all the time… that’s coaching and training. RB’s that can’t help but fumble at the most critical of times… that’s coaching. I personally think what happens Saturday will tell us all we need to know about what can or can’t be done with this coaching staff.

Dawgs Drool! (Go VOLS)

October 5th, 2010
7:31 pm

cantondawg, Tennessee has a much better defense than Colorado and our offense has done pretty well. The 13 point spread is just a ploy to make sure CMR does get fired after the VOLS kick you already toothless pups in the mouth. 1 – 5 after getting routed between the hedges this Saturday!

Coffee Bluff DAWG

October 5th, 2010
7:38 pm

Hard to see UGA as 13 pt favorites. Will probably be close and decided in the 4th.

RomeDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:39 pm

Hey Richard,

Although it may be immature, it may be the lone bright spot in someone’s miserable day. I have never been first, but in the event I one day attain such a feat, I will type “FIRST” all in caps. I do however agree with you on the call that everyone seen coming. What else would you do when you are trying to run the clock down and set up your kicker in the middle of the field?

Thumper

October 5th, 2010
7:40 pm

Wow……..a Vol fan callin someone else toothless………..good one.

dawglasville

October 5th, 2010
7:40 pm

I will be easy to spot the fans who jump on this bet in favor of the Dawgs. They will be the ones with the most vile blogs after the game. I wonder how many of the “passionate” blogs come from guys who just bet the baby’s formula money and lost it.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 5th, 2010
7:44 pm

The Reporter: Mr. McGarity, will having a new Dawg Mascot save the program ?

Greg: You bet, here is where are now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA

The only place to go is up, down, or sideways.

AltamahaDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:47 pm

Richard, since you insist on pasting (AGAIN) that pointless complaint about running a play that the entire world knows was the correct call, should I paste (again) the explaination as to why everybody should have known it was coming?

Joey

October 5th, 2010
7:48 pm

Da people that do more than write articles, the doers of this world, the spenders, the one’s who live and die financially by their sports choices, don’t bet against Richt too often.

Of course, nearly every AJC writer does, but they’re almost always wrong in their predictions, so that’s not saying much.

RollTide

October 5th, 2010
7:49 pm

Revisionist history? From what I saw of the play Colorado had little to do with the fumble! King simply did not handle the handoff and hit the ball with his knee as he was running. His own knee caused the fumble nothing from Colorado. Why credit the opposition with a great play when it was in fact a disastrous play from the UGA tailback??? See if its on YouTube and see for yourself.

AltamahaDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:51 pm

As I have said before, the guy who proclaims FIRST is far less immature than the guy who points out the guy who proclaims first. At least he had some actual point to make.

DOGMAN

October 5th, 2010
7:52 pm

I CAN’T FIND ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT THIS. MAY BE VEGAS IS SETTING UP THE ODDS ON A COACH’S FIRING.

Eric

October 5th, 2010
7:55 pm

I put my money down in Vegas this week to my bro. 13 is the biggest gift line I’ve ever seen. There’ no way either team wins this game by more than a TD.

techbuzzer

October 5th, 2010
7:56 pm

AJ Green is selling red panties with his number on them on e-Bay Don’t put your money on him performing the entire game. One super catch is all he is capable of in each game. Don’t push your luck Bobo.

AltamahaDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

Who the hell said the fumble was some kind of great Colorado play?

uGAY Pride (ugaviii)

October 5th, 2010
7:59 pm

Wish I were starting my gig this weekend, then I could lick Smokey’s balz! That’s the way this pup rolls!

JJ

October 5th, 2010
7:59 pm

Tenn may have a bad offense but they scored 14 on Lsu, who’s defense is much better than ours. So I see them scoring about 20-27 against us. And I don’t see our offense scoring more than 24-30 against them. So I would take the points if I was a betting man. My prediction is uga wins
27-20

Professor Van Nostren

October 5th, 2010
7:59 pm

Prediction: A recap of the past three meetings with Tenn. GA was punked by an inferior Tenn team in 07, unconvincing win in 08, and punked again by an inferior Tenn team in 09. My prediction for Saturday is that these pathetic Dawgs will come out and play “Dawg Ball”. “Dawg Ball” is the new GA football. It consists of fumbles, penalties, no passion, getting hit in the mouth and not responding, terrible pass coverage, horrific tackling, and overall bonehead mistakes that get you beat. Tenn wins by two TD’s. BOOK IT!

AltamahaDawg

October 5th, 2010
8:00 pm

or was that just your subtle example of Revisionist history?

Bettin Barry

October 5th, 2010
8:03 pm

Maybe the dawg players have been losing on purpose to pay for their fines from their arrests!

jambee3

October 5th, 2010
8:06 pm

All this means is that you take the dawg when battling for scraps.

HeHateGator

October 5th, 2010
8:07 pm

Top running back recruit now has Bama over Georgia: “Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people getting arrested,” Crowell said of Georgia. “There’s just a lot of things going wrong. I do want to play right away but I also want to be where it’s disciplined and they win championships.”

Pretty much says it all…

Steve

October 5th, 2010
8:09 pm

Please tell me why you losers STILL type “first?” All it shows is that you have no life.

Hit A Single

October 5th, 2010
8:12 pm

dang a Head Coach is responsible for everything his players do. Man I saw a bunch of coaches screw up this weekend. I saw interceptions, fumbles, offside penalties, too many men on the field, bad snap out of the shot gun, field goals missed, blown coverages, holding penalties, interference penalties, personal fouls, sacks allowed, intentional grounding, facemask penalties. Boy alot of coaches, pro and college should be fired! I haven’t heard Coach Richt say it wasn’t his fault when one of his players made a mistake.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

Momma Says Knock You Out!!!!!
Barbara in ORANGE says it ALL!!
Thake the points and the REFS.
Never bet real money when refs can change an outcome.
Play the Player, Course, Racetrack, or play the Ponies, but never bet against a ref that bets too.

Vince The Prince

October 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

Saint Mark is calling for all the Thuga fans to wear red panties to support the team on Saturday.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

JAMBEE3 the Vols have a DOG as a mascot too! So which dog do I bet on? Hell the Vols can kick a cops A..The Dawgs just get drunk and hit cats. I will take the REFs 1st, the Athens PD 2nd, and the dawgs 3rd.

Browndog

October 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

The spread just moves the money from one side to the other so the Tn money will start to show now. Probably drops to single digits by Thursday and will still look good for the Vols. Just don’t see UGA as anything more than 6 point favorite and won’t be shocked to see UT win straight up.

GTBob

October 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

That spread will come down more before the weekend. There will be a lot of people betting on Tennessee to drive it down. It is a pretty surprising opening line though.

Vince The Prince

October 5th, 2010
8:17 pm

Pay J Green has his Jersey up for sale on Ebay……

Delbert D.

October 5th, 2010
8:17 pm

RollTide – “Why credit the opposition with a great play when it was in fact a disastrous play from the UGA tailback??? See if its on YouTube and see for yourself.”

Here is the word-for-word transcription from the Big 12/Colorado/West Coast? announcers on that play:

“Murray under center, ball’s in the center of the field..Buffs in a 3 man front, turns, hands off, King..tried the flea-flicker..the ball is loose, and Colorado’s got it! John Major recovers! What in the world kind of play was that by Georgia? It looked like he was trying to flip it back to the quarterback in a kind of flea-flicker, he got hit, ball popped out and Major recovered. And Georgia, who has been under the microscope by its fans, just called a stupid play and turned the ball over to the Buffaloes.”

From game video “Football vs. Georgia Highlights”
http://www.cubuffs.com

Vince The Prince

October 5th, 2010
8:18 pm

Pretty boy Richt has a new hairspray. He thinks that is whats been missing.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
8:19 pm

I see Red Panties and Court Apperance Documents falling from the skies.

Vince The Prince

October 5th, 2010
8:19 pm

Colorado got clobbered by Cal and is the worst team in the Big 12.

TheAntiMe

October 5th, 2010
8:20 pm

Kiss of death.

Vince The Prince

October 5th, 2010
8:20 pm

What is the over/under for arrests this week?