UGA Gameday: Dogs’ slow-starting D, two Vandy QBs among issues

Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) plays host to Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1), on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:50 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

THREE STORYLINES

1. Will last season’s postgame incident affect Saturday’s game? Players and coaches from both sides were asked about last year’s postgame skirmish so much they turned to sarcasm late in the week. Asked yet again on the SEC coaches weekly teleconference if the incident would provide motivation for his team, Vandy coach James Franklin sighed, “I’m not sure what you’re talking about.” But he also said those event won’t put “any points on the scoreboard Saturday.” As always it will come down to strategy and execution.

2. Can defense avoid another slow start? Not only has Georgia’s defense not been as dominant as everyone expected this season, it has been decidedly soft in the early goings of each of its three games. The Bulldogs have allowed an average of 13.3 to their opponents in the first half, including 16 to Buffalo, which managed only 7 the whole game in a loss to Kent State this week/ Georgia will look to buckle down and be stingier versus the Commodores.

3. Vandy quarterbacks a quandary? Last year Jordan Rodgers had his coming-out party against Georgia. The Commodores’ quarterback came off the bench and gave the Bulldogs fits with his ability to run and pass the ball, leading a furious second-half comeback that came up short, 33-28. But, remarkably, Aaron Rodgers’ little brother last week lost his starting job to Wyoming transfer Austyn Carta-Samuels. Their competition continued into this week and now it looks like both will play against on Saturday.

A win for Georgia would . . .

Give the Bulldogs their first 4-0 start since 2008 and fifth under coach Mark Richt

A win for Vanderbilt . . .

Would be the Commodores’ second in the last 18 meetings against UGA.

Matchup to watch

Vanderbilt’s special teams vs. Georgia’s special teams. The Commodores thoroughly dominated that phase of the game last year in Nashville, eked out 33-28 by Georgia. Vandy pulled off a fake punt, returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, just missed an onside kick and blocked a punt at the end of the game that gave them two shots at the end zone in the final seconds of the contest. This year, the Bulldogs are operating with a pair of true freshmen handling the kicking and punting duties and an unsettled situation on punt returns.

Tweets-of-the-week

“This is killing me”

LB Alec Ogletree (@B_easy_uga9)

“All I got to say when next Monday come Me, @B_easy_uga9 and @brambo18 are on a mission! #realtalk”

FB Alexander Ogletree (@Non_Stop_Grind) on him, Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo coming off suspension next week.

“It’s a dog eat dog world. Me and my team feasting!”

WR Justin Scott-Wesley (@JSW_86)

Jeff Schultz predicts

The over/unders have been set at 53 points and three bench-clearing brawls. OK. Slight exaggeration. But there figures to be some carryover from last season’s chippy meeting in Nashville, when Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had to be separated after the game. But what the Commodores possess in spunk, they lack in talent, particularly on offense. No way they can keep pace. Prediction: Dogs cover 16.

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– Chip Towers, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcuga

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Joe Cox

September 22nd, 2012
2:19 am

man i love the dawgs

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Jimmy

September 22nd, 2012
4:31 am

First (X 12)!!

Jimmy

September 22nd, 2012
4:33 am

Dawgs punk the ‘Dores both on & off the field on this one by a score of 52-13.

Buzz 2011

September 22nd, 2012
6:28 am

Dawgs in trouble, big trouble. This is an SEC team not high school high that
the Dawgs have been blowing about. Dores 35 Dogs 21

ZinoDawg

September 22nd, 2012
6:28 am

Hey Jimmy – I like the way you think bro.

I am going with 45-10.

GATA!

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Score Check

September 22nd, 2012
7:10 am

Hey To be or not to be…,

And CPJ will be played by Don Knotts (Barney Fife)

Todd Grantham

September 22nd, 2012
7:17 am

Anybody got any ideas on something stupid and classless I can do today? Pass the doughnuts Honey Boo Boo.

Athens Dog

September 22nd, 2012
8:02 am

Dogs cover, easily, but Gay Tech and Buzz 2011 get a dose of reality by getting their azzes kicked by The U!

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WtfWruthnkn

September 22nd, 2012
8:15 am

To be or not to be u have way to much time on your hands a girl friend might help or a hobby

joe jenkins

September 22nd, 2012
8:18 am

This joe cox guy who posted first is a complete stupid fool!! I’m glad we let crowell go. He was soft and couldn’t take a hit. c. king…ealey…crowell=overated. gurley and marshall will be better than hampton and worley. Just wait and see…they already just as big and faster. Now if the defense would get their act together we could really have something this year.

Joey

September 22nd, 2012
8:19 am

I am so looking forward to next week, when we finally, for the first time, have the D at full strength. I bet those, “what’s wrong with the D?” questions will go away.

Joey

September 22nd, 2012
8:24 am

The nerds’ moms woke them up early this morning, and took away their blow-up dolls.

So the little fellers logged on and began their second-favorite thing in the world . . .

North ave. faithful

September 22nd, 2012
8:42 am

Buzz, maybe its good old fashioned hate or wishful thinking but the dawgs will start slow and finish strong. 34-17 UGA.

Joey

September 22nd, 2012
9:31 am

Maybe you should track Phat Boy down and do it yourself.

I’d pay to see the result . . .

bubba4dawgs

September 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

Buzz is smokin again! He’s inhalin too! Must be some of that funny stuff that got Tree and the Bo in trouble! Dores are DAWG food! They need a good ole down home whoopin between the hedges! First dirty play from the Dores should send the perpetrator to the locker room! You play dirty in Nashville not in Athens town!

Dawg Tired

September 22nd, 2012
10:23 am

Sports writer in Raleigh who covers SEC is picking Dores to upset Dawgs tonight. Could he know something we don’t know? Or, has he just been paying attention to how porous the Dawgs’ D has been this season? I’m reasonably sure he is not a Kool Aid drinker. Still worrisome not to have Ogletree and Rambo on D.

My prediction: Dawgs win, but don’t cover the 16.

flo-ri-duh

September 22nd, 2012
10:54 am

Dawgs by 10. Special teams much improved.

Under The Bleachers

September 22nd, 2012
11:01 am

LB Alec Ogletree (@B_easy_uga9)

“All I got to say when next Monday come Me, @B_easy_uga9 and @brambo18 are on a mission! #realtalk”

I still say that little White Speck on top of Chicken Poop is still Chicken Poop, and these three Young men need to grow up and stop being selfish chicken Poop. You can be the best football player in the world, but if you are selfish, and self destructive then you are destined for failure.

Any fan that brags on these two knuckleheads is just promoting the selfishness over their teammates.

And that goes for any player on any team in the country at any level in any sport.

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mark

September 22nd, 2012
11:15 am

We protect the ball, we win. Period.

Fair n Balanced

September 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

If I were Coach Grantham…..I’d be a bit POed right now. That would be a good thing! GATA!

Dr.P

September 22nd, 2012
12:13 pm

Vandy will be leading at halftime, and will upset UGA.

How?
1) Rambo and Ogletree’s abesence, rusty Commings & Vasser, plus an injured Jarvis Jones, mismatches vandy exploits. Look for D Bowman, CRob, and BSmith to be picked on all day.
2) Poor UGA special teams–how can we forget what Vandy’s spec teams coach did to UGA in 11′? UGA doesn’t have either a full tiem Spec Teams coach, or even a coach in charge of special teams, it’s a galring weakness Vandy will expose. Look for a big return for td, a fumble recovery on punt or kickoff return, fake punt, UGA will also miss at least 1 field goal. This a mismatch Vandy will win hands down.
3) Anemic first half defense (UGA ranks 89th in 1st half defense)–look for Vandy to run for over 150 in the first half alone, and pass for another 100 yards.
4) Stout first half defense–look for Vandy’s #1 in SEC ranked pass defense to destory UGA’s first half passing game.
5) offensive turnovers (UGA had 4 last game)–look for Murray to commit 2 turnovers–1 in first half, another in 3rd quarter, and for the rb’s and rec’s to lose 2 fumbles.
6) Penalties–oline will jump offsides 5x, rb/wr’s will commit 3 more penalties, def commits 2 more penalties, 10 penalties total.

dawggirl

September 22nd, 2012
1:34 pm

Jarvis Jones was already injured before the Mizzou game, it really didn’t seem to stop him from having the game of his life and accolades from every sportswriter in the country. Do some research before you post next time.

Your “reasonings” sound very much like wishful thinking. So, Tech fan? Or is that too obvious? Don’t hide behind a fake name, Why don’t tell you us who your team really is?

dw

September 22nd, 2012
2:10 pm

Too bad Vandy sucks so bad in the 2nd half. They could win it all! Haha, already lost two games. They will beat Ky maybe. Lose all the rest of their SEC games. They suck and so does mr. p

dw

September 22nd, 2012
2:15 pm

Sorry, I see it’s DOCTOR P. Mommy letting you play doctor today?

Macclenny_dawg

September 22nd, 2012
2:32 pm

45-17 Dawgs finally come out withfire in the gut!!!GTA!!!Go Dawgs!!!

air of mendacity

September 22nd, 2012
2:37 pm

Vandy tends to play us tough -a little worried but agree with earlier remark – no turnovers that give them short field = win

SatillaDawg

September 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

Go Dawgs! Beat Vandy!

Russ Rules the Bulldog Nation!

Josiah Meigs

September 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

Vandy starts strong but runs out of gas. Dawgs by 17.

PsyLens

September 22nd, 2012
4:11 pm

I think it’s funny that no one seems to notice that the time of possession has been skewed during all of the UGA’s problematic D quarters. Tactically speaking, if Mike Bobo doesn’t get better at running the football outside of the tackle-box (this was noticeably better last week when the O set records) the dogs may continue to have problems with D stats even after our best S and LB return. When our team explodes on O scoring in under a minute this places the D back out on the field facing more and more snaps against the other team, allowing the other team to probe for any mismatch. Bobo is one of the best at drawing up passing plays; however, last year a draw play was the most called running play (draw-44), the FB only ran the ball 2x I think, not to mention that 3rd and forever =s run up the middle for naught. GO DAWGS! And someone please teach Mike Bobo how to run the ball! If you feel stronger on one side of the line, maybe call a play that moves the ball to the other side first. Then you can give a play-maker enough room to actually make a play! Stop running the ball to the shortest side of the field! Give a guy some room to round the corner Bobo!

DAWGFAN11

September 22nd, 2012
7:49 pm

Ugga is drinking out of a water bottle really……..

DAWGFAN11

September 22nd, 2012
8:08 pm

Georgias defensive line is getting blown off the ball!

dw

September 22nd, 2012
8:50 pm

er your comments here
Awesome prognostigation, dr p(uss)
Wrong on EVERY point. What a clown

dw

September 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

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Lonnie

September 22nd, 2012
11:09 pm

Dr. P candy lost! Lol