Georgia looking to follow South Carolina’s lead in the East

NASHVILLE — Greetings from Vanderbilt Stadium, where it is yet another gorgeous college football Saturday afternoon. It’s 72 degrees and there’s not a cloud in the sky. It’s supposed to cool considerably, down into the 50s after the 7 p.m. kickoff, so it should be great football weather.

It hasn’t gotten off to a great start for the Georgia Bulldogs. It’s nothing they’ve done, mind you. It’s just that their cousins from the Western Division, Mississippi State, didn’t hold up their end of the deal over in Starkville.

South Carolina escaped with a hard-fought 14-12 win, meaning the Gamecocks will remain at least in a tie in first place in the East and holding the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs should they handle Vanderbilt today. South Carolina was not able to escape, however, with its star tailback. Marcus Lattimore left the game with a knee injury that “could be serious,” according to coach Steve Spurrier’s postgame comments.

Of course, Georgia’s Bulldogs have their own business to handle here in the Music City. They have to get by the upset-minded Commodores, who are 3-0 this season here in this little stadium on the West End. I chatted briefly with former Bulldog great Eric Zeier (now with the Georgia Bulldog Radio Network) and reminded him that I was here in 1991 when his team was knocked off by Vandy.

“Thanks,” he said sarcistically. “You’re about the ninth person today who has reminded me.”

If the Dogs can negotiate tonight’s obstacle — and it’s a considerable one, more on that later — it sets up for a pretty exciting finish in the SEC race.

Georgia has the week off before heading down to Florida to face the Gators. After that it’s three consecutive home games against New Mexico State, Auburn and Kentucky before the annual bloodletting against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

For comparison sake . . .

  • South Carolina (6-1, 4-1): off, at Tennessee, at Arkansas, Florida, The Citadel, Clemson;
  • Florida (4-2, 2-2): at Auburn tonight, off, vs. Georgia, Vanderbilt, at South Carolina, Furman, Florida State.

So, say what you will but Georgia is certainly in the thick of things. Well, it is provided it takes care of business tonight. And that’s always a frightful proposition with this year’s team.

Thus far, you’d have to say the Bulldogs play just good enough to win. That appeared to be the case in their last three wins over Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee. Despite dominating those teams statistically, the last five minutes of each of those contests were played with the outcome in doubt.

That doesn’t need to be the case tonight as this Vanderbilt is just the sort that would love to hang its hat on the chance to knock off a contender such as the Bulldogs.

Some quick notes:

  • Junior Marlon Brown is being listed as the starter for Georgia at Malcolm Mitchell’s X receiver position, or split end. Mitchell is out with a hamstring injury.
  • John Jenkins is listed as the starter for the second straight week at noseguard.
  • Michael Gilliard and Amarlo Herrera are listed as the starters at inside linebacker for the fifth week in a row.
  • Alec Ogletree, who was starting at “Mo” inside linebacker before breaking his foot in the opening game, did not make the trip. I thought he might and Georgia might slip him in for a snap or two so his first look wasn’t against Florida on national television. Oh, well. He’s set to return to practice this coming week.
  • Chase Vasser getting the nod for the second straight week at “Will” outside linebacker. Suspended starter Cornelius Washington returns next week.

So let’s hear your thoughts on the game. I’ll update with news and notes here before and after the game. And remember to FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER for updates during the game.

– Chip Towers

40 comments Add your comment

RawDawg

October 15th, 2011
5:31 pm

First! Go dawgs!

Ron902

October 15th, 2011
5:40 pm

How come the dawgs don’t play Ken Malcolme more.

BigGAdawg

October 15th, 2011
5:41 pm

Is there any way to stream this game without ppv?

Billy Jack @ BigGAdawg

October 15th, 2011
5:43 pm

I think you can watch it on espn3 on your laptop…4 free

Joey

October 15th, 2011
5:45 pm

Bozo….finish the drill. Go Dawgs!!!! Gata

BWG

October 15th, 2011
5:48 pm

GO DAWGS!! GATA!!!

Dawgs On Top

October 15th, 2011
5:50 pm

I was very dissapointed earlier today when I could not locate the game within the HD schedule on Comcast. BUT, come to find out, Fox Sports South/Net Analog will broadcast tonights game on channel 48 according to the schedule! GO DAWGS !

Kramer

October 15th, 2011
5:50 pm

60 full minutes of hard hitting GATA!!

TeeJayy

October 15th, 2011
5:52 pm

Can someone link me to the stream on ESPN3 or any stream? Thanks a bunch.

bigdog222

October 15th, 2011
6:00 pm

fox sports south.

Chip Towers

October 15th, 2011
6:00 pm

Ron902: I think it’s a ploy. I think Malcome is actually better than the other four tailbacks Georgia is playing, but the Bulldogs are simply waiting until the Georgia Tech game to spring him on the Yellow Jackets unexpectedly. ;-)

Niceville Dawg

October 15th, 2011
6:02 pm

Tee Jay…just go to ESPN 3 and it’ll give you your options.The game’s on Fox Sports South,though.

Chip Towers

October 15th, 2011
6:04 pm

Congratulations RawDawg!

sad day in columbia

October 15th, 2011
6:09 pm

i’d be completely SHOCKED if lattimore isn’t out for the season. connor shaw is a step down from Garcia. my chickens will need to show some depth and some real heart in order to win the East. That’s how it goes – injuries and bad apples can kill a team. I’m 43 and I’m wondering if I’ll ever see my team get the brass ring. good luck to the dawgs

joe

October 15th, 2011
6:10 pm

it is blacked out on espn 3 if you live in georgia.but its on fox sports south.channel 420 on dish network.if you dont have it you can add it for like an extra five bucks a month.Its definetely worth it.

TeeJayy

October 15th, 2011
6:13 pm

Niceville Dawg, thanks. I figured it out!

Kramer

October 15th, 2011
6:14 pm

I can’t believe how close Miss State came to the upset.

RamboDog

October 15th, 2011
6:15 pm

On 646 on Direct TV

beanster

October 15th, 2011
6:30 pm

Tech is on the ropes at UVA. Their run D is absolutely pathetic.

Chip Towers

October 15th, 2011
6:40 pm

UPDATE: Georgia Tech loses to Virginia 24-21. . . .

Here in Nashville, it looks like Vanderbilt QB Larry Smith is taking snaps with first-team offense. Jordan RodgersAaron Rodgers’ little bro, took the next set in pregame warmups, so who knows?

TeeJayy

October 15th, 2011
6:53 pm

Yeah, it won’t let me watch it ESPN3 for some reason. I live in Nevada…

beanster

October 15th, 2011
7:02 pm

Try it once the game starts, TeeJayy. Those feeds don’t start until the game does.

Cohutta Dawgman

October 15th, 2011
7:05 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GATA

beanster

October 15th, 2011
7:07 pm

@ sad day — Sucks for Lattimore to have gone down like that. Nobody likes to see that.

beanster

October 15th, 2011
7:17 pm

UVA loss stings, huh Demon?

Chip Towers

October 15th, 2011
7:19 pm

Isaiah Crowell not starting at tailback is unofficially a coach’s decision. UGA will say only that he will play. Rumored to have been disciplinary. Richard Samuel started instead.

Long Way Home Dawg

October 15th, 2011
7:37 pm

Disciplinary with Crowell, that is not good at all

Long Way Home Dawg

October 15th, 2011
7:38 pm

I will say Thomas is finally running like a real RB should this year

Muckbeast

October 15th, 2011
8:31 pm

Anyone have a link to a livestream of the Georgia/Vandy game?

Post it or email me at muckbeast@gmail.com

Thanks!

Larry

October 15th, 2011
10:46 pm

Florida, Auburn, and Tech are going to massacre us. We’ll probably lose to Kentucky and New Mexico State, too. We are always outcoached, outhustled, outthought, outclassed. It’s time for out entire coaching staff to be shown the door.. We stink!

Green Dawg

October 15th, 2011
10:53 pm

what the heck happened at the end of the game?

DawgNation

October 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

I’ll take a win anytime but MY GOD!!!!

LoganvilleDAWG

October 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

Hey DemonEvans…you are a idiot… do not know one thing about the program except what you read… I know the program & Coach Richt is a not the reason for all the crap you are saying. He has kicked off the cancers on the team. Every major program has alot of problems, you do not see it because all you hear & read is from the ATL area.

We won & that is what counts. They didn’t play well & BOO BOO is a very poor OC. I hope Coach Richt stays and I am pretty sure something will be done about BOO BOO.

2Dawgs

October 15th, 2011
11:15 pm

Damn UGLY win!!! At least tech went down.

66DAWGnNC

October 15th, 2011
11:25 pm

Well; I will take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.

Billy Jones

October 15th, 2011
11:27 pm

just want to say that mark richt toys with these teams…..he is the absolute, naturally the best coach i’ve ever seen…..he knows the law of ya can’t win em all====>for now……give it time dog fans….you will be rewarded

BipolarDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:09 am

i thought Mr Bugs was supposed to win this game against UVA what happened?

BipolarDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:14 am

Again Defense didn’t really play that great but ok we take the win…nothing wrong with that be ready for the Gayyyyyytors….

BipolarDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:21 am

Demon Evarns is Dogs hater…whatever he said is so gay.

Freehawk

October 18th, 2011
1:09 pm

Hey Bulldogs: How’s the view from behind? does this lead make our butt look big?