Preview: Georgia’s ‘bus’ rolls on seeking 9th straight victory vs. Kentucky

Three storylines

Bus rolls on. The Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 SEC) arrive at Saturday’s game against Kentucky (4-6, 1-5) having won eight straight games since dropping their first two to No. 5 Boise State and No. 10 South Carolina. The winning streak has been made possible, coaches and players say, by the team adhering to the its credo this season, “Get on the Bus,” as in “get on or get off because we’re rolling on.” That attitude has put Georgia in position to clinch the SEC East title and championship game berth with a victory.

Senior Day. Twenty-four players and four student managers/assistants will be recognized in Senior Day ceremonies before Saturday’s game. Among the seniors that will be playing their last games between the hedges are six starters: offensive linemen Justin Anderson, Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones; fullback Bruce Figgins; defensive end DeAngelo Tyson; and cornerback/kick returner Brandon Boykin. They’re 32-17 over the past four seasons.

Mark Richt’s milestones. By all accounts, a victory today will go a long way toward assuring that Mark Richt will continue as Georgia’s head coach past this season. Richt has just two years remaining on his contract after this season and was not extended coming off his first losing season last year (6-7). A win today would give him his fifth shared or outright SEC East title in 11 seasons and fourth championship game appearance. As East champs, UGA almost certainly will extend Richt’s deal after the season. With 105 wins in 141 games, he would remain third in winning percentage (.745) among active FBS coaches with more than 100 games experience, behind Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and TCU’s Gary Patterson.

A Georgia win would . . .

Clinch its first SEC Championship Game berth since 2005

Be the 33rd for the Bulldogs’ senior class.

A Kentucky win would . . .

Be its third in last six games vs. Georgia and second in row in Athens

Keep an eye on …

For Georgia: Brandon Boykin. The senior cornerback from Fayetteville will be starting his 35th game for the Bulldogs – tops among defensive players – while also returning kickoffs, punts and taking occasional snaps on offense as a running back or receiver. He already owns the school record with 2,469 yards in kickoff returns and, with 30 yards on Saturday, will move to second all-time in the SEC. He needs 250 yards to run down Florida’s Brandon James as the league’s best ever.

For Kentucky: CoShik Williams. The 5-foot-9, 178 pound junior tailback from Hiram has provided a spark in the Wildcats’ running game after a pair of fellow Georgians – Josh Clemons and Raymond Sanders – went down with injuries. In the past four games Williams has averaged 86.3 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.

The numbers game

4

Georgia’s national ranking in total defense

9

Wins in a row should Dogs beat Kentucky, most during one season since going 11-0 in 1982.

27

TD passes so far this season by QB Aaron Murray, a school record

179

Yards TB Isaiah Crowell needs to become the 12th UGA player to rush for 1,000 yards and only true freshman other than Herschel Walker.

The history book

Series record: Georgia leads 50-12-2, including 24-4-2 at Sanford Stadium

The last time: On Oct. 23, 2010, in Lexington, Ky., Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey set a school record with five rushing touchdowns and Brandon Boykin added a 100-yard kickoff return as the Bulldogs overwhelmed Kentucky 44-31 in Commonwealth Stadium.

The bottom line

A 30.5-point favorite, Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC) should win easily to clinch its fifth SEC Eastern Division title under head coach Mark Richt and earn its first berth in the league championship game since 2005. The Wildcats (4-6, 1-5) rank 109th or worse nationally in six statistical categories and are coming off a 38-8 loss to Vanderbilt while the Bulldogs are among the top 10 in five different categories.  Expect a big day for quarterback Aaron Murray and the Georgia defense.

– Chip Towers

177 comments Add your comment

hank

November 18th, 2011
1:30 pm

Spaceman Spiff

November 18th, 2011
1:32 pm

Not going to say second, but just sayin…

hank

November 18th, 2011
1:35 pm

We are also losing two place kickers and a punter. Well with the way place kicking has gone maybe one. We need a booster to ‘encourage’ this returning group to stay in school for next season and maybe open up with Ga State.

Asheville Dawg

November 18th, 2011
1:36 pm

Hec uv a Dawg

November 18th, 2011
1:38 pm

Let the Big Dawg Eat!!!

441North

November 18th, 2011
1:39 pm

Wouldn’t surprise me if we come out a little flat after last week’s emotional win.

GATA

November 18th, 2011
1:40 pm

THANKS SENIOR DAWGS.

Freezy

November 18th, 2011
1:43 pm

What does Coshik Williams have to do with Auburn? And what does Auburn have to do with this game?

GT Joe

November 18th, 2011
1:44 pm

When did Kentucky start a football team?

Mr. Dawg

November 18th, 2011
1:44 pm

I won’t count this win until it’s in the bag. But as a vocal supporter behind Mark Richt this year I will say that a victory Saturday to clinch the SEC East this year will be one of the most satisfying wins I’ve witnessed since I started rooting for the Bulldogs as a teenage kid in the 70’s.

Spaceman Spiff

November 18th, 2011
1:44 pm

I wouldn’t think flat against KY, but against the technerds…

oh, and G, another farewell?

KY Cats

November 18th, 2011
1:47 pm

Expect extra spray tan on Mark Richt tomorrow…

GTBob

November 18th, 2011
1:48 pm

If you want a preview of this game then just re-watch the Coastal Carolina game. It should be similarly competitive.

Spaceman Spiff

November 18th, 2011
1:53 pm

@ GTBob

I am really impressed with your knowledge and statements. Did you think of them yourself? I see your bud GT Joe is back – don’t you two have somewhere to be?

Habersham Dawg

November 18th, 2011
1:56 pm

I expect Georgia to beat Kentucky like a red-haired step-child tomorrow, not that there’s anything wrong with those creepy red-haired step-children of the world.

TampaDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:00 pm

GT Joe

November 18th, 2011
1:44 pm

When did Kentucky start a football team?
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Ain’t gonna lie GT Joe, that was kinda funny right there.

Frank Lane

November 18th, 2011
2:01 pm

Two more important games, then DOME.

East Repeat

November 18th, 2011
2:03 pm

Congratulations UGA and the UGA fanbase. I did not believe after 0-2 there was anyway this team would stay together and win East. Spurrier should have replaced Garcia earlier and maybe we could have beat Auburn. UGA overcame the stumbling blocks (biggest was Vandy) and got it done. Was a weak schedule, but this summer I was sure Dawgs would stumble somewhere on the MSU, TN, FL, AU games (maybe lose most of them), but did not happen. GO SEC and good luck rest of way Dawgs and Dawg fans. See you in September 2012 in Williams-Brice Stadium.

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:03 pm

GT Joe, we try not to arrogantly write off teams, especially SEC teams. KY has a lot of talent, and could do better than you think. You know Maryland is ranked similarly low, and GT barely survived that game. Maybe you ought to show a little more respect for opposing programs? Oh yeah, you spend 6-8 hours a day on the UGA blog dissing the Dawgs.

Fair and Balanced

November 18th, 2011
2:05 pm

Ga has good numbers. We could come out flat tomorrow as some have said, but we come flat out too! This team knows how to win the “must win ” games. Ky is truly a poor team. We will hang 50 on ‘em tomorrow.

TampaDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:05 pm

Bobo is Not the Problem

November 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

Work on your headline management. This would not be the 9th straight win versus Kentucky.
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Well, I guess he could have put “9th straight win .. when they play Kentucky” Either way, let’s split some hairs here shall we?

GT Joe

November 18th, 2011
2:07 pm

I see my GT Joe imposter is back. I am the real GT Joe! Fire CPJ!

TampaDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:09 pm

East Repeat, I am going to say this LOUD AND CLEAR.

THANK YOU FOR SHOWING SO MUCH GRACE AND CLASS.

And, thank you for actual, honest, football talk. This blog would be the coolest place to talk football if there were more like you. I remember you were talking smack as loud as you could earlier in the season and rightfully so. Hope Lattimore has a successful return from surgery. I hate when runs all over us, but I hate even more seeing so much talent get lost due to injury.

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:09 pm

Thx Repeat, and I watched the UF game and I have to say SC has improved all season, particularly on D. They are playing very well. It is interesting to think about how good they would be right now if Lattimore was still healthy. Spurrier’s coaching skill might be all that is powering the O right now. Your D is very talented, and it is top ten as I’m sure you know. Garcia could play quite well at times. He just never quite made it to his potential. The bad decisions were puzzling.

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:09 pm

Bobo IS the problem. Worst OC in college football. 3rd and 22, let’s run it!

TampaDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:09 pm

Oh my, it’s the split personalities of GT Joe again. This is pretty hysterical on the tech blogs.

TampaDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:12 pm

CHDawg, I have had a few complaints about Bobo this year too, but running the ball on 3rd and 22, especially inside your own territory, is the right play and nearly every team in college, and ALL the teams in the NFL do it.

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:13 pm

UH-OH. We now have a CHDawg impostor. I did not slam Bobo! GT Joe couldn’t think of an intelligent rebuttal, so he has decided to jam me!

Spaceman Spiff

November 18th, 2011
2:13 pm

@ Repeat

Good post. Am glad to see another team’s fan not resorting to the usual trash. On that note, what is the consensus on how much long the OBC will be there?

ole yeller

November 18th, 2011
2:14 pm

The dawgs are dialed in. Long day for Ky. “IC” may do the 1000+ for the season this week-in.

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:14 pm

Tampa, it is GT Joe’s witless white flag, not me.

GT Joe

November 18th, 2011
2:16 pm

Hey CHDawg, that is the other GT Joe posing…

G-Dawg

November 18th, 2011
2:16 pm

Bob Blow Joe!!

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:17 pm

Chip, is there an easy to stop impostors? Appreciate it if you could delete the post about Bobo. Thx, the real CHDawg.

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:17 pm

I was spray tanning Richt and I missed a spot…

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:18 pm

OK seriously guys. Let’s keep it to football.

Will UGA cover 30 points?!

Mad Dog One

November 18th, 2011
2:20 pm

One more stat—- 2011 Da#@ good year to be a Georgia Bull Dog. GO DOGS & GATA

P.S. to trade school fans BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID THE DAWGS ARE COMMING

Spaceman Spiff

November 18th, 2011
2:21 pm

@ Tampa

There is an imposter using you over on the other one (2:11)….looks like its spreading again…

CHDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:21 pm

The real one here, unlike 217 and 218. The white flag is officially up by the trolls–they can no longer argue under any name, so they resort to jamming.

KillerMutts

November 18th, 2011
2:22 pm

WE OWNS GEORGIA. OWNS. NO better football team than us. Bees better be ware.

Trailer Park Manager

November 18th, 2011
2:24 pm

Fellas, please make sure you keep your lots clear of trash, and for goodness sake, stop defecating all over the place! This isn’t a UGA tailgate!

sandiego dawg

November 18th, 2011
2:24 pm

I could see Crowell finally taking a long one to the house and Boykin finally getting one off as well. Hope we can rest the starters come 4th quarter and get ready to squash some bugs

Wal-Mart Manager

November 18th, 2011
2:25 pm

If all ya’ll are on here yappin’ away, who’s gonna be at the store greeting?

Ya’ll act like you don’t need the money…

KillerMutts

November 18th, 2011
2:26 pm

Hunker down you hairy mutts! GATA!

Spaceman Spiff

November 18th, 2011
2:27 pm

Isn’t it sad for the technerds to live vicariously through us? I guess they could use the time during the All Cupcake Conference CG to come up with some good liners.

LeroyDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:29 pm

Can’t no one stop us. Can’t. we like a team for f-150s, come git you some Kentucky!

Ron Burgundy

November 18th, 2011
2:29 pm

You gotta be careful with this one. This is teh SEC folks and Kentucky has SEC speed and could pull off the upset. Oh… who’s buying that. The East and especially UK is craptastic.

LeroyDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:31 pm

Sure Ronny boy… the SEC East is one bada$$ division son. git that thru your head. Its the SEC, the bestconference of all times. We eats other confereinces for breakfast.

HotDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:32 pm

Hunker down Leroy…

GayDawg

November 18th, 2011
2:32 pm