Notes: Dogs seek to avoid ‘historical’ loss; receivers vow to compensate for Bennett injury

Georgia ranks higher as a rival for South Carolina than vice versa, according to Steve Spurrier.

“I think Georgia is our biggest conference rival, although we’re certainly not their biggest conference rival,” the South Carolina coach said Wednesday. “They’ve got Florida and Auburn. … At South Carolina, we still have not beaten teams enough for them to consider us a big rival. … I don’t think Georgia sees us as a big rival.”

That may change, of course, if the Gamecocks keep winning.

They beat the Bulldogs the past two seasons and will be trying for their first-ever three-game winning streak against Georgia on Saturday — a point that some UGA players say coach Mark Richt made to them early this week.

“We don’t like to make history in a negative way,” Richt said. “It would be the first time in the history of the school that has happened, so we definitely don’t want to be on that end of the historical event.”

Despite the back-to-back losses, Georgia leads the all-time series 46-16-2, including 13-7 since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992. The Bulldogs are 19-8-2 in Columbia. This is the sixth time South Carolina has had a two-game winning streak in the series, which dates to 1894.

Receivers vow to step up

Georgia’s other receivers vowed to fill the hole in the offense left by the season-ending knee injury to Michael Bennett.

“To see a guy work so hard from January until now and have a freak accident in practice and be out the rest of the season, it [stinks],” receiver Marlon Brown said. “As a group, we need to step up, but I feel like so far everybody who has been playing has been stepping up.

“I’ll miss Mike, [quarterback Aaron] Murray will miss Mike for sure, but I feel like with the guys we have now we’ll be fine and we’ll keep on rolling.”

Said receiver Chris Conley: “When the news broke, everyone was a little bit shocked. But I think the guys all came together and were, like, ‘We know what Bennett was capable of on the field, but we feel like we still have weapons and we feel like we shouldn’t let him down by slowing down at all.’”

The injury figures to accelerate Malcolm Mitchell’s transition back to primarily an offensive role. He starred at receiver last season, played defense (cornerback) through the first four weeks of this season and began focusing again on offense last week.

“We have a ton of great receivers,” Mitchell said. “… You can’t replace Michael Bennett, of course, but we do have great receivers.”

Jones 100 percent?

The strained groin muscle that first bothered linebacker Jarvis Jones during the week of the Missouri game and sidelined him from the Florida Atlantic game might not be back to normal, Richt suggested.

“I don’t know if he would say that is bothering him,” Richt said, “but I’ve got a feeling it’s probably not 100 percent right now. He’s not going to sit there and make an excuse, but I’m not sure it’s 100 percent.”

Jones has played the past two games and is fully participating in practice.

Etc.

Georgia is 3-9 when ESPN’s “College GameDay” preview show airs from the game site, as it will Saturday. That includes 3-3 in the opponent’s stadium, 0-2 at home, 0-3 in Jacksonville and 0-1 in Atlanta (2011 SEC Championship game). … Saturday will mark the eighth time under Richt that Georgia plays a game in which both teams are ranked in the nation’s top 10. Georgia is 3-4 in the previous seven. Georgia is ranked No. 5 and South Carolina No. 6. … Richt is 4-4 against Spurrier as a head coach. Richt’s first Georgia team lost to Spurrier’s final Florida team in 2001, and Georgia is 4-3 against South Carolina since Spurrier became the Gamecocks’ coach in 2005.

– Tim Tucker

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Just Saying

October 3rd, 2012
9:28 pm

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Just Saying

October 3rd, 2012
9:29 pm

Enter your comments hereGet well soon MB……we love ya dude! DGD

Left Coast Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:31 pm

Left Coast Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:34 pm

Sad about Bennett but not as concerned since we still have King, Brown, Wooten, Conley, Mitchell coming back and even more depth with JSW, etc…. Plus the TE’s are picking up their play.

Go Dawgs!!

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Left Coast Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:38 pm

@no chance – you win dumbest comment of the day. As long as they show up for the game, they have a chance.

Chicago Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:38 pm

Feed Gurley and Marshall. That will open play action to any of our receivers. Our backs score faster than passing right now.

Just Saying

October 3rd, 2012
9:39 pm

The good news is we have won 100% of our games with SC when GameDay was in town!!! And, our record with Bama is 2-1 so we want GameDay to also cover the SEC Championship!! Just stay away from us during UF week!

Eric C.

October 3rd, 2012
9:40 pm

ha, the line keeps shifting…it’s a pick’em game after starting SC -3

Left Coast Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:42 pm

….also, we need to get the ball to Wooten on bubble screens or quick slants. If I remember correctly, he is one of those boys from Florida that used to chase rabbits growing up, like Peter Warrick. I imagine he could break a few ankles in the Cocks secondary.

Left Coast Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:44 pm

@Eric – that only further supports Vegas viewing the Dawgs as the better team. They typically give the home team 3pts from the start.

Finchdawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:46 pm

Not sure I like Richt focusing on the negative possibility of a “historical” loss. Accentuate the positive!

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ARdawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:52 pm

EAT MOR CHIKIN

ARdawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:53 pm

no dawg
How is life at 2-3 no hope, no prayer and no coach?

dawgfan6

October 3rd, 2012
9:56 pm

@no dawg..I can see your panties.

dawgfan6

October 3rd, 2012
10:01 pm

Still see your panties no dawg…silly little school girl.

North Georgia Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:06 pm

Georgia Tech. Hahaha of course you’re a fan of them. Why don’t you follow your own team. I’m sure that’s hard right now though.

ARdawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 pm

Free hotdogs a fish fry and man boobs

ARdawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:12 pm

no dawg, Ah just admit it, your team gets anal raped by Middle Tenn St and you want to post on a winner’s blog.

ARdawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Has Moobs been fired yet? How about Groh? Is he still around? What’s the latest news on the Tech blogs? *crickets*

Northside88

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

@nodawg, why are you on this blog? Too much time alone in mom’s basement?

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Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:16 pm

Stand Tall Dawgs ! Kick a$$ and take names. Let’s Keep Rolling !

It’s apparent that the bugs can’t compete with anyone

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Top Row Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:21 pm

Win it for Bennett!

Return this series to normal.

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:23 pm

How many ACC conference championships has Tech won in the last 20 years ????

Oh …… NONE ! That;s zero ! 0 ! …..can you add ? how’s your math.

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:24 pm

And this is the year for Tech ?

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:24 pm

ARdawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:32 pm

no dawg, quit dreaming of any relevance whatsoever. You have none

ARdawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:33 pm

no dawg,
Really kid, it’s time for your bath, Star Trek jammies and get into bed. Seriously, it is past your bedtime

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:34 pm

and who got there a$$ kicked last weekend ?

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:36 pm

LOL ! LOL ! Tech……. LOL

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:39 pm

Tech ! What a Joke of a school ……… and students.

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:42 pm

and you’re a dumba$$.

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 3rd, 2012
10:42 pm

@ no dawg, If UGA shouldn’t be allowed to be in the SEC then surely, after the a$$ whipping that Tech took from that national power MTSU put on you guys , you shouldn’t even be allowed to have your name mentioned with the likes of a terrible ACC. As of now, the Sunbelt, and Big East may be more on your par. Well, that may be giving you guys too much credit. Oh, and yes, you did win the last NC in this state but I can’t think of any other team in history that did less with it that GT as they fell off the map again. I generally don’t say anything negative about GT and always wish them well except for the game in November, but you might need to make sure that GT has something going on for you to brag about before spouting off on a UGA blog espesially since your team has had no success on the field of play against them. Go Dawgs

Sav Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:48 pm

Amen Hogg !

Go Dawgs !

MaconDawg

October 3rd, 2012
10:57 pm

no dawg, you trying to claim a NC for 1990? Colorado won that one. But giving you a half point it may be 31 and counting but UGA is the last UNDISPUTED D1 champ if this state. I know, I know, now you are going to start clammering over the fact that several other SEC schools have won multiple NC’s in recent years and not UGA and keep in mind an SEC school WILL win it again this year for the 7th year in a row. It sure won’t be an ACC school because FSU will get snubbed (not because they are not a quality team but because their schedule suffers greatly by just being an ACC team). It will be an SEC school and anothrer second tier confernce team.

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 3rd, 2012
10:58 pm

Well, no dawg, as opposed to facts about the GT dynasty? And if you think UGA’s results are bad, what does that say about your teams results?….Time for you to get off your parents computer an go ninite. You have school tomorrow!

bubba4dawgs

October 3rd, 2012
11:03 pm

O-line, you have your work cut out for you! Run the ball and control the clock! Make the Cocks offense watch the game from the bench. Let’em buy a ticket if they have to but keep them off the field. Just give them 3 and out and nothing else! GO DAWGS!

Danny

October 3rd, 2012
11:05 pm

you say you go with the facts. you’re not producing any facts no dawg…

Eric C.

October 3rd, 2012
11:05 pm

Left Coast Dawg, I think it shows that most people are smart enough to know the Dawgs are the superior team and have a good shot at winning in Columbia, SC.

Danny

October 3rd, 2012
11:06 pm

11:00 must have been no dawg’s bed time! mommy got him all tucked in

Danny

October 3rd, 2012
11:14 pm

we have a much better chance than lil georgia tech

Danny

October 3rd, 2012
11:16 pm

tech is struggling to make a bowl as of right now. how embarrassing would that be if they didn’t make a bowl? maybe georgia southern will move up to 2nd best football program in the state

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 3rd, 2012
11:17 pm

As for the game, this will be a war!. I know our defense didn’t look up to par last week and that worries me but SC’s OL isn’t as good as UT’s. I think the defensive cohesiveness will come together this week with a full game together under their belts with all our starters back. Our recievers are still better even with the loss of M Bennett. Our tandem of RB’s I think are better than theirs. Our kicking game is troublesome though. I just feel like if we contain Shaw and give AM enough time we will win a close one. I don’t believe playing up there in their stadium is a huge issue if we can run the ball just enough to quiet the crowd. Our OL against their DL is the key and if the Dawgs block just enough we will score enough to win. It’s a very easy formula for UGA to win….Score more points than they do! LOL…But man!, I wouldn’t bet on either team…………Go Dawgs!

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 3rd, 2012
11:26 pm

Danny, GT truly embarrassed the whole great state of Georgia last weekend, even UGA fans, and their bad fans are now grasping at straws to somehow make themselves feel better about the state of their football program. Sad but true. But for the good fans of GT, and I could name quite a few on these blogs, I truly feel bad for them. I agree with most of them, there needs to be some coaching changes over there. Like I said before, football is a lot more fun when both teams are competitive and the Nov matchup means something big of which I thought this would be that year..

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 3rd, 2012
11:29 pm

He will go to bed soon. Mommy just got through packing his Star Trek lunch box and told him to brush his teeth….