Dogs-Vols: a Dooley coaching in Sanford Stadium, two win-starved teams, etc.

The Georgia-Tennessee game (12:21 p.m. Saturday in Sanford Stadium) at a glance:

3 storylines

  • Familiar name in Sanford Stadium. In the stadium where his father coached Georgia’s football team for 25 years, Tennessee’s Derek Dooley will coach against the Bulldogs.
  • Two victory-starved teams. The game matches two teams that still don’t have an SEC victory this season and two teams coming off bitter defeats.  Georgia is 0-3 in the league (1-4 overall), while Tennessee is 0-2 in the league (2-3 overall).  The Dogs lost to Colorado last week after a fumble denied them a shot at a potential game-winning field goal, while the Vols lost to LSU on the final play of the game. This will be the first Georgia-Tennessee game since 1906 that both teams enter with losing overall records. The 1906 game, by the way, ended in a 0-0 tie in Athens.
  • Looking for signs of change. Georgia had more physical practices this week, donning full pads on the Monday following a game for the first time in a decade. The Bulldogs hope the extra work leads to improvement in blocking, tackling and overall physicality. Among other areas Georgia needs to show improvement: eliminating critical fumbles on offense and sharply reducing the number of explosive plays allowed by the defense.

A Georgia win would …

  • Prevent the losing streak from reaching five games, which would be the Bulldogs’ longest within a single season since 1953.
  • Raise the possibility of a rally to .500, what with the next two games against Vanderbilt (1-3, 1-1) and at Kentucky (3-2, 0-2).

A Tennessee win would . . .

  • Give Derek Dooley his first SEC victory in his hometown of Athens, where he was born in 1968, graduated from Clarke Central High School and the UGA Law School and got his coaching start as a graduate assistant on Jim Donnan’s Georgia staff in 1996.
  • Continue the Volunteers’ recent success against Georgia. (The Vols have won three of the past four meetings and four of the past six, including two of the past three in Athens.)

Keep an eye on . . .

  • For Tennessee: Running back Tauren Poole, a junior from Toccoa, is one of 17 Georgians on the Vols’ roster. Poole has rushed for 100-plus yards in three games this season, including 162 vs. Oregon and 109 vs. LSU last week.
  • For Georgia: Wide receiver A.J. Green had a productive season debut last week, catching seven passes for 119 yards and adding another 40 yards on an end-around run, despite Georgia not getting the ball to him in the first quarter and cramps that sidelined him for much of the third quarter. The Bulldogs hope and need to utilize Green for the full game this time.

The numbers game

  • 15: True freshmen who have played for Tennessee this season, including two starters on the offensive line (Ja’Wuan James and James Stone).
  • 220: Passing yards per game by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, ranking third in the SEC.
  • 191.4: Passing yards per game by Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms, ranking fifth in the SEC.

History book

  • Series record: Tennessee leads 21-16-2, including 10-8-1 in Athens.
  • Last meeting: Tennessee routed Georgia 45-19 in Knoxville last year as senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns.

The bottom line

Despite its 1-4 record, Georgia is an 11 1/2-point favorite over the Vols. Suffice to say, Mark Richt has never needed a win worse than right now.

191 comments Add your comment

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

The Reporter: Mr. McGarity, do you feel confident against Tennessee ?

Greg: I do if they plop and fizz on the offense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrvywwqXo9w&feature=related

patrick

October 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

UGA FOOTBALL PRACTICE WAS DELAYED NEARLY 2HRS THIS MORNING AFTER A PLAYER FOUND AN UNKNOWN WHITE POWDERY SUBSTANCE ON THE PRACTICE FIELD. COACH RICHT IMMEDIATELY SUSPENDED PRACTICE. GBI FORENSIC EXPERTS DETERMINED THAT THE WHITE SUBSTANCE, UNKNOWN TO THE PLAYERS, WAS THE GOAL LINE.. PRACTICE RESUMED THIS AFTERNOON AFTER GBI AGENTS DETERMINED THAT THE TEAM WAS UNLIKELY TO ENCOUNTER THE SUBSTANCE AGAIN.

Banker Dawg

October 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

I think the Dawgs will get the spark they need tomorrow. This will help us finish, not where we would like, but better then what “unfaithful fans” are predicting

dawgfan

October 8th, 2010
12:33 pm

pretty sad that we need a moral victory over the vols to provide momentum for vandy and kentucky. did i read that right? geez, have we sunk this low?

dawgfan

October 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

that’s funny patrick. sad but funny

AlwaysAVol

October 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Patrick, thanks for the laugh.

patrick

October 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

REPOSTED FROM JAYSON:
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Phil Steele sees Murray throwing for over 300 yards this week, and the defense having a huge day in a big win against Tenn.

Steele’s been a huge supporter of Mark Richt. Hopefully Richt will step up and win one to make these guys look good.

Here’s what Steele wrote, look for the section on Quartebacks & Defense:
http://blog.philsteele.com/2010/10/07/week-6-college-football-fantasy/

Half full indeed folks.

Frank Lane

October 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

Whats with the weird layout of this article. Is it just my computer?

Barry

October 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Dogs win by 30 in a romp blowout.

patrick

October 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Another insight from Jayson:

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Phil Steele also says, Georgia’s defense is #25 in the country right now, depsite the 1-4 record. Grantham doing a pretty jam up job folks.

Read it under the section called “Defense”:
http://blog.philsteele.com/2010/10/07/week-6-college-football-fantasy/

Defense #25 ranked in the nation specials teams #6, if offense can get in sync with AJ Green back, look out folks.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:41 pm

Georgia will go 1-11. Will lose remianing games by 45 points each. Murray is doing terrible, AJ is overrated, the defense is the worst in the nation, Mark Richt’s the worst coahc in the country, and players got arrested 3 months ago, as Tim reported yesterday.

1 more reason UGA is even worse off than you'd think

October 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

The Dawgs will get the spanking they need tomorrow.

patrick

October 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

Murray’s a freshman, after 5 games, he’s already #11 all-time for yards for Freshman QB’s. He’ll probably finish in the top 5, easy. 8 touchdown’s, 3 picks, better than Bama’s McElroy, ain’t too shabby. He is averaging 225 a game in the air, and hitting on 61% of his tosses. Anyimte you see a QB beatin up on Greg McElroy, that’s a + sign.

Bags

October 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

What’s truly sad is I haven’t seen any of this talk about Mr. Duh Rick; please meet Mr. Rambo and the Hitman in a long time. Ouch!

Cohutta Dawgman

October 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

If we lose this one I think even the most loyal Dogs will have lost the faith. We need it really bad.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:45 pm

reposted from Coach on Bradley’s blog:

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Steele in May of 2010:

“If I was going to pick another one out of the stack there,” Steele said Friday on ESPN’s College Football Live, “I would have to say the Georgia Bulldogs. I think they’ve got a shot of even winning the SEC East and could very well run the table.”

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2010/05/31/phil-steele-georgia-bulldogs-could-very-well-run-the-table-this-year/

patrick

October 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

Murray has a QB rating of 147, 8 TDs and 1100 yards and thats bad?????? Lone Blogger…you are an idiot He is one of the bright spots for UGA this season.

MURPHY

October 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

We must play physical this week. UT ia a tough team and will line it up and run right at us. Hope AJ gets time on special teams,this could be the difference.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 8th, 2010
12:48 pm

dawgfan, 12:33 post. Who would have thought that we would be saying that? One thing I do look at is that most of the media has been calling the SEC down this year and “traditional” powers like Georgia are contributing to this downward spiral. Still if anybody beats us it is a “big win” for them. That’s good to know. ANY win for us the rest of the year will be a big win.

I thought Dooley went to UVA law school?

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:49 pm

Bad news for Georgia wide receivers–Brown is out, players like Ealey on probation, worst start in 30 years, this program has absolutely nothing positive about it. Not 1 single positive thing is going on.

MURPHY

October 8th, 2010
12:50 pm

Patrick,

Murray has been the bright spot.He has completed 61% of his tosses and has been hit 100% of the time! O-line must protect him or he wont make it to the end of the season

MURPHY

October 8th, 2010
12:52 pm

gdawginkalamazoo

Dooley finished at UGA while being a graduate assistant under Donnan.

BurtDawg

October 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

Patrick:

Being a 20 year season ticket holder and as a loyal fan if there is one, that is a really funny post. Sometimes when things are really bad, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves. Thanks for making my day. See ya” in Athens in a few hours…

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

Havn’t you guys read Tim’ s recent articles?

Player on prbation AND wide recievers have bad news.

It’s all bad right now.

Tim agrees.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

AJ Green’s catch was pure luck.

His arm just happened to be there at the exact nano-second and lucky for him, he fell in bounds.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

3 fumbles proves luck is not on Georgia’s side.

It’s fate, Georgia is doomed to have a bad year, why even play the next 7 games, it’s all a foregone conclusion, I guasrantee you Georgia will lose each one by 35 at least.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

As Tim pointed out, King fumbled in the last game. Man, did he do something really bad. Tim got that one right too. It’s ALL bad. This is the worst start in the ghistory of college football and no team has ever started 1-4 and finished 9-4, ever in the history of college football.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

You guys need to read Tim’s articles more and see the truth. 3 players sanctioned by UGA that’s got to be more sanctioned than any other football team in the nation. Terrible. Nothing good. It’s all bad.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:00 pm

Look guys, Tim pointed out recently, the team’s record is 1-4, how bad is that? Horrible, you can try and make 0-3 look good, but it’s not. Jusdt no other way to see it. 0-3, is 0-3.

MURPHY

October 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

Lone Blogger,

BLAH BLAH BLAH-Tell us something we dont know! We see you can read well-great job

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:02 pm

Didn’t you guys read Tim’s article, Smith is sidelined. More bad news.

Daniel's Dawgs

October 8th, 2010
1:02 pm

Murphy, he may be able to read but he can’t spell!!!!!!

BurtDawg

October 8th, 2010
1:02 pm

Patrick:

That was a good one. I love my Dawgs and have season tickets, but sometimes you have to laugh at yourself. See ya’ all in Athens in a few…

MURPHY

October 8th, 2010
1:04 pm

Daniel,

That what a TECH diploma gets u!

gdawginkalamazoo

October 8th, 2010
1:04 pm

Lone Blogger = Tech blogger.

JMLDawg

October 8th, 2010
1:04 pm

There’s a rumor going around that the telecast of tomorrow’s Dawgs/Vols game has been moved to the Cartoon Network.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

You guys need to listen to Tim more. The game isn’t even sold out, like Tim says, Georgia still is trying to sell tickets, that’s how bad things are.

Ralph

October 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

thUGA, thUGA, thUGA – “Let’s let the Dwags out!”

Unfaithful Fan

October 8th, 2010
1:07 pm

Coach is still nice. Gonna be a good game says it all. Besides ,of course, 0-3. There’s a possibility that the team will gel. I just wouldn’t bet on it. 0-4 or 1-3 is not much of a choice.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:07 pm

Look, I know you guys think the scooter helmet issue was minor, but you’re wrong. Tim’s written several articles about it, yes, it’s a $20 used helmet, but it’s a big, big story. Tim even wrote about it again this week. Bad news for Georgia, players stealing $20 helmets. Awful.

[...] News Sources wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt [...]

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

Tim reported this week that AJ was suspended for selling his jersey. Is that true? When was this?

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:10 pm

By the way, Tim also pointed out this week that Kris Durham has an injury, did you guys know that bad news?

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

Tim reported this week that Tavarres King was arrested for alcohol related charges. When did this happen? That’s just terrible news.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

Murphy, thanks. He played at UVA.

DawginLex

October 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

IGNORE LONE BLOGGER

HE IS THE LONE PERSON IN HIS MOM’S BASEMENT USING HER COMPUTER

Now, on to the game. Dawgs are going to win. Don’t ask me how it will happen. It just will. Murray will be the difference, I do know that.

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

If you guys want to know the true picture of how every football player feels, just look at this perfect picture Tim chose to show how bad all the players feel:
http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2010/10/06/video-a-first-for-richt/

Wow, by the looks of this picture, these players have given up.

[...] News Sources wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt [...]

Lone Blogger

October 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

Did you guys know Georgia has a 4 game losing streak? Tim reported on this this week. That’s the worse in 20 years, 20 years people, that’s 2 decades, that’s the worst losing streak in 7300 days!! Think about it. Bad news.

Ed

October 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Baffled by the 11.5 point spread. This looks like a pick ‘em game to me if ever there was one.