A look at UGA’s next opponent: Florida Atlantic

NEXT OPPONENT

Who: vs. Florida Atlantic

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

TV; radio: CSS;  750, 95.5

About Florida Atlantic

Record: 1-1 (0-1 Sun Belt)

Last time played: First meeting

Offense: Florida Atlantic ranked 120th –- last — among FBS teams in total offense last season. FAU is averaging 12 points per game this season – a 7-3 win over FCS team Wagner followed by a 31-17 loss at Middle Tennessee. Quarterback Graham Wilbert, 6-foot-6 senior, completed 25 of 32 passes in the loss.

Defense: Linebacker David Hinds, the Owls’ most experienced defensive player, had 110 tackles last season and has 21 in the first two games this season. The Owls allowed 480 yards against Middle Tennessee last week (302 rushing).

Special teams: Running back Travis Jones had 51 kickoff-return yards and 112 all-purpose yards against Middle Tennessee.

What you should know: Florida Atlantic’s first football season was 2001. After starting in Division I-AA, the Owls moved to I-A (now called FBS) in 2005. They won the 2007 Sun Belt championship and became the youngest program to reach a bowl, beating Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl. The Owls have had three consecutive losing seasons since back-to-back winning records in 2007 and 2008. They had their worst season (1-11) last year. Georgia opened as a 44.5-point favorite. One week after playing in Athens, the Owls will play at Alabama. They opened a new 30,000-seat stadium on their Boca Raton campus last year.

Coach: Carl Pelini is in his first season at Florida Atlantic and in his first college head-coaching job. He replaced Howard Schnellenberger, who led FAU’s program from its inception until retiring from coaching after last season at age 77. (Schnellenberger was Mark Richt’s coach at Miami.) Pelini was defensive coordinator at Nebraska the past four seasons under his brother, Bo Pelini.

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Spanky

September 11th, 2012
11:07 am

This will be a nice tune-up game for Commings and Vasser! I hope we can also get the offsides penalties ironed out! I remember one game where we had consecutive penalties that totaled 55 yards!! …might’ve been a bowl game. Anyway, go dawgs!!

Michael Veli a.k.a. Jim Donnan's financial adviser

September 11th, 2012
11:20 am

This game is going to get really ugly really quick, i hope the same will happen against Virginia!

Augustabred

September 11th, 2012
11:36 am

GoDawgs1983

September 11th, 2012
11:46 am

Hey Tim, Chip, or whoever the monitor is for this thread, I have a good question for you:
When was the last time in UGA football history has the team opened against three opponents which it has never met in the regular season before? I know UGA played Mizzou in the Orange bowl, but never in a regular season game. I just thought it was very interesting.

Let us see ...........

September 11th, 2012
11:54 am

Ok, so Murray runs the offense well into the 3rd quarter, then takes a seat. By then, Aaron should have amassed 275 yds in passing with 4 or 5 TDs, plus one or two UGA rushing TDs by Malcome or Gurley or Marshall. Score, by 6 minutes into the 3rd should be 42-0.

At that point, play QB Christian LeMay and let him get the kinks of of his game. He can throw and run, so let him do that. Use Keith Marshal and Todd Gurely and all of the UGA backs ……………let Samuel run it and that guy that we keep hearing about at FB that is a stud frosh. Run some Brandon SMith end arounds to SMith, then back to M Mitchell. Let Rantavious Wooten throw that TD ( almost caught) pass again like vs Buffalo. We need to get some kinks out in this game.

We need to tune up our first AND second teams on both sides of the ball and this game is it. Sorry, FAU …………… it is what it is.

Go Dogs.

The Riddler

September 11th, 2012
12:02 pm

Give it to Karemelis and let him show what he can do.

Fridawg

September 11th, 2012
12:06 pm

Mr. Gurley will have a field day. Can’t wait to see it!

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 11th, 2012
12:08 pm

@ Let us see…..that would mean doing something out of box for Bob.

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 11th, 2012
12:08 pm

So many weapons, so few plays called….

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 11th, 2012
12:09 pm

I think Jarvis Jones should run a fake punt…man he can get after it

Kirk

September 11th, 2012
12:11 pm

UGA definitely needs to blow them out early and get the 2nd and 3rd string guys in there to build some experience. Georgia is funny – last year was the first time that I could remember where we actually blew some teams out. Otherwise, it seems like we play like we’re hungover or don’t care or not prepared and shoot ourselves in the foot. That needs to change if we’re going to stay a top-10 team.

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
12:11 pm

Should be a nail biter. You would probably be better off if you sent the practice squad to play FAU and let the real players rest that day.

HoneyBadger Has the Munchies

September 11th, 2012
12:13 pm

cattledawgs

September 11th, 2012
12:14 pm

Can this game be found on direct tv?

GoDawgs1983

September 11th, 2012
12:14 pm

He had to go somewhere…nothing to talk about on the tech blog…except how they don’t have a chance at beating UGA again, and will be lucky to reach a low grade bowl game.

GoDawgs1983

September 11th, 2012
12:15 pm

cattledawgs, it is on CSS, so no. You can pick it up on the gameplan pkg from ESPN probably for a one time fee though.

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
12:21 pm

Can this game be found on direct tv?

No. Comcast owns it. They bid 10 bucks for it and that was more than double what direct tv was willing to bid.

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
12:26 pm

He had to go somewhere…nothing to talk about on the tech blog

I am sure there is plenty to talk about over there. I’m going to check it out one day if I get bored.

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
12:35 pm

65 to 6
You heard it here first…

azdawg

September 11th, 2012
12:37 pm

Have to approach FAU game seriously but more like a bye week for the dawgs so rest the big eaters early on to avoid injuries as much as possible. Long season and meat of schedule up coming. Better safe then sorry. GO DAWGS.

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
12:40 pm

LeMay gets 2 in the air and 1 on the ground. Marlon gets 2-3 tds, Rome gets his first td. King gets 2. Backups get some playing time…

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
12:42 pm

Bob
you know they won’t let you go back to a tech blog…

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
12:43 pm

The reason nobody is on the tech blogs is they are all over here on the Doggie sites…

flo-ri-duh

September 11th, 2012
12:44 pm

Would like to see Murray and the starters play the 1st half and then see what the backups, including LeMay can do. With Vandy the next week we don’t need any injuries.

Um, ah, GT Bob .....

September 11th, 2012
12:47 pm

Hey GT Bob, FAU ands Ga Southern AND GT and Buffalo, ARE UGA’s off day games that we can play softly and still win. Frankly, only in 09 did UGA go into the GT game with some attitude. That was pay back for the horrific game that UGA played in 08 that simply gave GT about 28 points with Stafford pic 6s, the Samuel kick off fumble for an ensuing quick 6 and a couple of plays where UGA’s safety Rashad ? laid down on the corners. In 2010, whush went ealey and whush went caleb king past turkey jowls CPJ. TD ! TD! TD!

FAU and GT and Buffalo and G Southern are SMALL BALL games that we all play. That Presbyterian game was pathetic for GT. Presbyterian only has 1,200 students. Sad that ANY tech fan would even be proud of that victory. Such is life at the Flats and it will be forever.

GT has not been to two major bowls in a row since the mid 1950s. GT was slowing down well into the late 50s and into the late 60s, when Dodd was usually 6-3-1 or 6-4.

UGA has over this same 55 year period attended tons and tons and tons and tons of major bowls, like the Sugar or Cotton or the Orange. Remove the Chic Fil A and the Gator Bowls and GT has not been invited to a mid, upper bowl like Outback or Capital One or Fiesta or such. GT only gets rotuine invites to Independence Bowl of that Drug Smuggler Bowl in El Paso like last year. LOL.

CPJ is on the HOT SEAT.

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
12:49 pm

Bob
you know they won’t let you go back to a tech blog…

I post there every once in a while. Never had an issue with anyone. Good folks over there.

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
12:51 pm

Remove the Chic Fil A and the Gator Bowls and GT has not been invited to a mid, upper bowl like Outback or Capital One or Fiesta or such.

The Outback and Capitol One bowls are major bowls now? Give me a break.

Savdawg since 76

September 11th, 2012
12:52 pm

I know this is probably the wrong spread but does any1 know why mark schlabach is no longer on talking football on CSS? I really enjoyed his commentary and his interaction with the rest of the guys on the panel.

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
12:53 pm

I actually just came up with a great idea. I wonder if UGA threw an extra 100k at FAU if they could get them to just run South Carolina’s playbook the whole game. It could be like a live game practice squad.

Lookingout

September 11th, 2012
12:53 pm

And let’s remember GT has a much easier schedule than UGA too

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
1:00 pm

And let’s remember GT has a much easier schedule than UGA too

Most years this is true. This year it isn’t.

Lookingout

September 11th, 2012
1:01 pm

Two national ratings services have GA #22 and GT 41, the other has GA #48 and Tech 49.

Stretch

September 11th, 2012
1:05 pm

GTBob < Spongebob

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
1:07 pm

Two national ratings services have GA #22 and GT 41, the other has GA #48 and Tech 49.

If there is a rating service that actually has UGA as the 22nd toughest schedule in the country then you should probably find a new rating service.

Lookingout

September 11th, 2012
1:08 pm

Invent your own rating service then. Plus Gt plays in the pathetic ACC

Uh, Lookingout...

September 11th, 2012
1:09 pm

…you are referring to strength of schdule, I gather…

Michael Veli a.k.a. Jim Donnan's financial adviser

September 11th, 2012
1:10 pm

“Tons and tons and tons of major bowls” Ha, that was comical! You must have Georgia confused with a team that has actual tradition, please tell me how a team can have ONE national championship in well over a century and still call themselves a powerhouse? ONLY in athens, not in the real world. Alabama and LSU run the SEC(with the possible exception of U.L. Monroe,) not Georgia and that will never change as long as Mark Richt is there. Georgia will always be screaming maybes and what ifs

JB

September 11th, 2012
1:10 pm

This game is a crime…as was Tech playing PC. It serves no purpose other than filler. Hate to think what Dawg season ticket holders think who after Hartman Fund donations average hundreds of dollars a ticket think. We need a breather, but we have Auburn and Tech.

joe jenkins

September 11th, 2012
1:13 pm

We should shut this weak ass team out….and shut vandy out as well next week. We need to climb up the in the stats as we right now are ranked 54…..on defense

WDE

September 11th, 2012
1:14 pm

Man do these folks hate their football team or what?…UGA and then Bama the next week…hey works for us I’m hoping they are looking past us to Bama..

te29wr

September 11th, 2012
1:18 pm

What is a GTBob?

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
1:22 pm

Bob
you are “Brilliant”, how about loan us 100k. We know you got it…

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
1:22 pm

Man do these folks hate their football team or what?

Playing major teams is basically a fundraiser for the smaller schools. They couldn’t care less about the football game. Its sad, but it is basically part of the joke college football has become.

JB

September 11th, 2012
1:23 pm

A GTBob is a unemployed Tech nerd to the tenth degree. Lives on UGA blogs and has girlie mags for a relationship. Lives to throw barbs at Georgia folks and has never gotten over his freshman indoctrination course of hate everything UGA.

GTBob

September 11th, 2012
1:28 pm

Bob
you are “Brilliant”, how about loan us 100k. We know you got it…

Don’t you guys make that just in stadium sales of chewing tobacco? Quit being cheap.

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
1:33 pm

Bob
do you mean cheap as in, “loan me a dollar, big man! ” or cheap as in “Some trolls can’t wait to toss a cheap-shot at the Bulldogs.”???

ELEPHANT SQUASHES BULLDOG EVERYTIME

September 11th, 2012
1:33 pm

GT Bob, you absolutely make me laugh with every post on the DAWG Blog. The UGA fans/bloggers who respond to you negatively are just not that smart. As a Alabama fan living here in Georgia, I have thoroughly enjoyed how you can spin these guys up without any effort whatsoever. As long as Georgia fans continue to live with the delusional idea that UGA is relevant (every year it seems) to college football, you will continue to garner moronic responses challenging your manhood/credibility. Simplified: University of Georgia = Irrelevant and will continue to be for college football. Relevancy = 14x National Champions. ROLL ON w/ chiding these guys.

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
1:34 pm

It was your idea anyway…

Observer

September 11th, 2012
1:36 pm

I wonder how long this “GT Bob” crap would last if we didn’t have a bunch of immature morons who continue to take his bait? Considering the number of immature morons we apparently have on here, I guess we’ll never know.

kingdaddy

September 11th, 2012
1:39 pm

F-alant
how relevant is the fact that we have beaten bama 3 of the last 4 times we played you this decade? How relevant is Louisiana, Monroe?