Motivation will have to come from within as Bulldogs host Ole Miss for homecoming

Georgia is going to need linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) to have a great day providing containment on Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace today. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Georgia is going to need linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) to have a great day providing containment on Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace today. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

ATHENS — For the Missouri game, it was an opposing player’s accusation that Georgia plays “old man football.” For Vanderbilt, it was replaying the postgame antics of the Commodores’ coach from the year before. For Florida last week, it was Shawn Williams’ accusations that Georgia’s defense was soft and playing without passion.

In the Bulldogs’ three most impressive outings of the season, some sort of external motivation inspired the Bulldogs to a higher level of play. But what about this week, when Georgia plays host to an average Ole Miss team on homecoming? What about next week when the Bulldogs travel to Auburn to play a team that hasn’t won an SEC game?

No. 6-ranked Georgia will have only one place to go for motivation for those games — winning the SEC Eastern Division title and returning to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. The Bulldogs believe that should be enough.

“Man, we know what we’ve got at stake,” senior noseguard John Jenkins said. “We know what’s at the end of the tunnel. I know Ole Miss is a good ballclub; I considered them during my recruiting process. We know how big this game is. Each game we come across now is that much bigger.”

The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 SEC) are coming off a 17-9 win over then-No. 2-ranked Florida. They needed a heroic play by Jarvis Jones in the final minutes to secure the victory but it was otherwise a dominating effort.

Georgia held the Gators to just 266 yards total offense and forced six turnovers. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs got their running game back on track. Freshman tailback Todd Gurley had 118 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

“I definitely think we’re capable of playing with that kind of intensity and that kind of emotion every week,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “Right now it’s exciting. We’re back in the lead in the East. We have a chance to play in Atlanta. That Florida game means nothing if we don’t win these next two so I know our guys are going to be geeked up, excited and ready to go.”

Georgia will need to be ready because it will be facing an upstart Ole Miss team that believes in first-year coach Hugh Freeze. The Rebels (5-3, 2-2 SEC) are coming off a 30-27 win over Arkansas in Little Rock this past weekend. It was the team’s second SEC win in a row after losing 16 straight going back to last season under Houston Nutt.

“I think we’ve got our hands full,” said Freeze, who came to Ole Miss from Arkansas State but is probably best known for being Michael Oher’s high school coach at Briarcrest Christian Academy. “I think (the Bulldogs are) playing their best football, and they’re probably as confident as they’ve ever been. To go their place with our limited number of scholarship kids and the lack of depth we have at places, it’s a tall task. But we’ve been that way in most games we’ve played. Our kids are going to compete, I know that, and I think we need a few breaks here and there. We’ve got to play probably a near-perfect game to go in and pull it off.”

The Rebels have lost 11 straight to ranked opponents. However, they gave No. 1 Alabama its best game to date before losing 33-14.

Expect an extremely motivated Ole Miss team. It features seven starters from the state of Georgia, including linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, a redshirt freshman from Grayson who felt spurned by the Bulldogs. Nkemdiche’s younger brother Robert, a defensive lineman, is rated the No. 1 overall prospect in America and will also be at the game.

“The excitement is unreal,” said Denzel, who leads the Rebels in tackles, forced fumbles and interceptions. “This is like a homecoming for me and I just can’t explain how excited I am to play between the hedges. I’m going to have so many friends and family there. This game is extremely personal.”

So the Bulldogs can be sure their opponent will be motivated. What can they do to ensure that they are as well?

“I don’t know what they’re going to do this week,” coach Mark Richt said of his team. “I hope they play like they did (against Florida). I hope we continue to get after it with that kind of emotion and heartbeat.”

Senior linebacker Christian Robinson assures that Georgia will.

“We use the analogy of a train,” Robinson said. “It takes a lot of momentum to get it going but, once it’s going full speed, it’s hard to slow it down. If you try to get in its way it’s going to run right through you. So we’re hoping we continue to pick up speed and hopefully we’re going at a rate now where no one can slow us down.”

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Chase

November 2nd, 2012
10:38 pm

Get ready Dawgs, tomorrow we ride!

Alphare

November 2nd, 2012
10:44 pm

Dawgs in trouble tomorrow.

I know because I bet my house on the dawg win in the FL game.

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Alphare

November 2nd, 2012
10:48 pm

“The Rebels have lost 11 straight to ranked opponents”.

That’s better than UGA’s before last week.

Johnny Vaught

November 2nd, 2012
11:09 pm

Tell you Dog fans something – absolutely nothing to worry about. AU has lost to everyone – Upig lost to ULM — Ole Miss’ wins are not quality wins. UGA will be playing second and third team by midway through the third quarter. The lack of depth on this team is a killer and Ole Miss just does not match up well against the mighty bullies. Only one or two SEC quality offensive linemen, your big boy will have field day.

falconsrus

November 2nd, 2012
11:10 pm

Dawgs are coming up the track get off or get Gurshalled

Ole Big Dawg

November 2nd, 2012
11:21 pm

What that comin down the track??!!!!

GDawg

November 2nd, 2012
11:30 pm

I’ll be out there with the Redcoat Alumni band. This should be a good game. Ole Miss doesn’t want to get beat and UGA needs to be ready to run from the the starting whistle. I’m ready for a good game! Go Dawgs!!!

FaithfulDawg 87

November 2nd, 2012
11:39 pm

Great analogy, Christian. These guys know what’s at stake and they know what they have to do to succeed! I predict over 200 yards for Gurshall, another record breaking day for both Jarvis and Murray!! Go Dawgs!

Linda Stewart Wells

November 2nd, 2012
11:53 pm

If you call Murray’s game last week record setting you obviously did not watch the same game I did. That was one of the ugliest games I have ever seen for both teams. It was like two teams trying to see just how ugly they could play–fumbles, interceptions, penalties, trash–and still have someone come out ahead. Florida gave the game away and Georgia took it but no one won.

7576DAWG

November 3rd, 2012
12:28 am

If I was playing for Georgia and I was good enough to be considered in this years draft that would be motivation enough knowing that what I did on the field the next few week was going to determine if I made the NFL minimum for the next 3 years or I was going to make over 1 million per year. I would think that my main goal was to be drafted in the first 3 rounds so I would leave it all out on the field. Also , the thought of only playing at Sanford Stadium 3 more times would drive me to have as great of memories as possible. I would have NO REGRET’S.

tom

November 3rd, 2012
1:28 am

mark richt can’t motivate a monkey to eat banana. He just go pray to baby jesus, and i ask god for guidance and help because we all know God cares about football.

kingdaddy

November 3rd, 2012
2:13 am

Tom
I highly doubt you know much about God, Richt or football…

Jim

November 3rd, 2012
3:08 am

Wow, what a concept about an article. This on sounds as if you took it out of a file and just changed the names to U. Miss and GA. Someone come up with something original…Please!!!!

Bitter dawgs fan

November 3rd, 2012
4:11 am

@ jim—-here’s original—–You Su_x

—-dawgs win bg 43-5———gurly runs for 256 yards

tndawg

November 3rd, 2012
5:33 am

GO DAWGS!!! I look for a fairly close game in the first half. Then Ga, should pull away in the second half. GO DAWGS!!!

gomdawg

November 3rd, 2012
6:16 am

DAWGS OFFENSE AND DEFENSE HAVE A GREAT GAME .

DAWGS 47 – REBELS 14

GO DAWGS ONE GAME AT A TIME. 4 STEPS ONE AT A TIME .

Neutral

November 3rd, 2012
6:45 am

I believe in our Dawgs……they will show up ready to play.

ZinoDawg

November 3rd, 2012
7:12 am

@Linda Stewart Wells – no one won? Really???

That’s probably the most ignorant thing ever posted on this blog.

chilidawg

November 3rd, 2012
7:14 am

Motivation will have to come from within because CMR is all out of gimmicks right now.

Nervous dawg

November 3rd, 2012
7:50 am

What the heck does Richt mean by “I don’t know what they’re going to do this week”? Isn’t it his job to know what his team is doing? Maybe I misinterpereted what he said.

SauteeDawg

November 3rd, 2012
7:50 am

Nobody won last weeks game? I must have missed something, second thought, someone else is missing something.

RedandBlackDAWG

November 3rd, 2012
7:51 am

The DAWGS should have all of the motivation they need, knowing that a win today and next week, sends them to Atlanta. Both Gurley and Marshall should pull in 100 yards running today, and I fully expect to see J.J. have a big day, against their OL, as well as our nose tackle.
UGA just needs to take care of business and play up to their capabilities and Ole Miss. will be done for. Numerically, UGA is a much higher scoring team and a tighter defense. Ole Miss. is going to be motivated though, but I think their LB, is trying to build up his own confidence. He is pretty small for a LB, and I would guess, in order to have any kind of a decent game, he will have to come on a blitz quite a bit. I don’t know if he can handle tackling a RB, that out weights him by 20 pounds and is tough like Gurley.

NC GDawg

November 3rd, 2012
7:51 am

Yeah really. I mean, how about being motivated because you’re on an elite team with the prestigious G on the side of your helmet. You’re about to enter a work force that’s obsessed with self-motivation. Are you expecting your boss to give you a pep talk every morning just so you’ll be motivated to do your work each day? It’s time to grow up boys and be motivated because you want to play the game the way you know how and win!!!!!

Tim-Buck-Two

November 3rd, 2012
8:20 am

Let not your heart be troubled….
Dawgs win big: 48-10.

GO DAWGS!!
GATA!

Joey

November 3rd, 2012
8:39 am

Whatever happened to a head coach providing the motivation?

German Shepherd Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
8:39 am

Bitter Dawg,

How will Ole Miss get a safety?

Five points? Was that a typo?

Vampire Bill

November 3rd, 2012
8:57 am

I hear you Nervous, Richt does say some silly things that really make you wonder. As crazy as it sounds I really don’t think Richt knows much about anything. He’s never struck me as intelligent.

Preacher Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

Playing with high intensity and alertness vs flat is driven by focus and confidence, and it trumphs waiting for or trying to create MO. What SW meant for good could have backfired and created division had CMR not stepped in, handled it correctly, and made it a positive Desire is created by putting your attention and focus on whatever area you want to intensify, one study says it only takes 12 days to create a habit. Since we are talking about behavior (albeit behavior of youth which is by definition harder to focus), we as fans and sportswriters need to do all we can to limit distractions and negativity. Life and death are truly in the power of the tongue, and words ripple out to affect all who hear. Sic em Dawgs!!!!!!

Truedog34

November 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

Umm, no one won the Florida game?? Did you see the fourth quarter? We scored the only points in that quarter, forced a fumble that saved a possible game tying td, and busted out a 22 yard run that let us run out the clock. We won the fourth quarter which insured the overall W. maybe you should watch the replay. And richts comments about not knowing what the D will do, is based on their erratic play throughout the season and their potential to be one of the best. I feel the same way he does

RunninWithTheDawgs

November 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

I’m leaving Gwinnett in a few minutes heading to Athens. I just want to remind everybody going to the game to be LOUD ! GO UGA

Dawg58

November 3rd, 2012
9:28 am

I love the dawgs! But they shouldn’t need little gimmicky motivational things. Great teams just go out and take care of business! Go Dawgs!

Dawg Tired

November 3rd, 2012
9:31 am

The truly sad thing is that folks are actually wondering whether the Dawgs will be motivated enough to beat a 5 & 3 Ole’ Miss team. Even sadder when you consider the fact that if we can beat Ole’ Miss and Auburn we will be playing for the SEC championship in Atlanta. You would think that prospect would be enough for the team to come out and play like their hair was on fire. Yet, there is actually some doubt about their being adequately motivated! Sad. Very sad.

Dawgs should win by 3 TDs or more, but we’ll see which Dawg team shows up. Remember – a poor Texas team handled Ole’ Miss fairly easily and scored in the 60s. I believe that game was in Oxford. Absolutely no excuse for not blowing the Rebs away early and easily.

RMikel58

November 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

I think Ole Miss will come to play. My bulldogs cannot overlook this teams motivation to win. When you start looking at who Ole Miss plays and their record and quality wins then you start thinking that its a FLUKE.
Just as did all Florida Fans did last week with Georgia coming in. Alot of Georgia Fans including me got caught up in all the hype and i questioned whether Georgia would even show up.
Now its our turn and im telling you its this sort of thinking that causes you to lose games, overlooking your opponents capabilities.
They are an SEC opponent and a good team and im seeing alot of you already discounting Ole Miss upsetting Georgia.
Wheres the motivation? In the fact that youre a No.6 team, that you have the inside track to the SEC Championship, that youve not had a complete game on both sides of the field, that its homecoming, that you have 2 conferences games left, that last week was the real Georgia Team.
Coaches have as much at stake and i’d say they too need to show some emotion on the sidelines so that the players will get motivated by what they see.
Yeah i want us to win big………….but we’re acting like Florida Fans did last week and that my friend is dangerous.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

“I don’t know what they’re going to do this week,” coach Mark Richt said of his team. “I hope they play like they did (against Florida). I hope we continue to get after it with that kind of emotion and heartbeat.”

Wow, to coin one from Altamaha, that’s what I want to hear from my head coach.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
9:41 am

Maybe another approach, “boys, if we come out flat like we did against Kentucky everyone will be up at 0500 hours in the morning running stadium steps until you puke.”

Patrick

November 3rd, 2012
9:41 am

Joey
November 3rd, 2012
8:39 am
Whatever happened to a head coach providing the motivation?

Probably the most astute comment that will found on this blog all day. Thanks Joey !

Old Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

Linda: It is pretty clear you don’t know much about the GA, FLA game. This is the largest game in all of football. Both teams are trying to kill one another. Both teams are pumped and uptight and this causes a lot of mistakes by both. Fla did not give the game away. I don’t know what you were looknig at but, GA out played them from start to end and they are the one’s that almost gave the game away. Whether you are or not I am very proud of this team and the way they were ready for this game. Hope it will carry over the rest of the way.

I AM the UGA qb

November 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

today, I am turning it loose. I will throw the ball all around the lot. I am not over rated. I am great. I am a NFL QB prospect. I will not choke. I will not exhibit jumpy feet. I will not stare down my first receiver. I will not throw any pics.

PLEASE confirm this!!

joe jenkins

November 3rd, 2012
10:06 am

The problem is us fans and the team always go into a game like this expecting a let down…..even the forums have been slow this week….I just hope we lineup and physically dominate ole missy like we did fla…….Today we need to take what is rightly ours…..the east baby….i think we should get branden smith more playing time on offense…..he is terrible at corner…..

Joey

November 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

“Hope it will carry over the rest of the way.”
*********************************
We all hope that Old Dawg. And I was also proud also at the effort of the team, and would have been even if UF and won the game. I just love it when my team has put it all on the line, win or lose.

Isn’t is bizarre, though, that we UGA fans have to wonder (and hope) if that effort will be there today and the 3 games after that? I don’t get what the difference is, say, in this talented UGA team, and the UF teams of Tebow, or Saban’s Bama teams. Never did I sit down to watch those teams and say, “I wonder if Bama (or UF) will show up for this big game.”

Anyway, Go Dawgs!

Dawgs 73

November 3rd, 2012
10:23 am

“I don’t know what they’re going to do this week,” coach Mark Richt said of his team. “I hope they play like they did (against Florida). I hope we continue to get after it with that kind of emotion and heartbeat.”

I’m certainly glad our Dawgs beat Florida this past week, but it’s statements like this one that makes me scratch my head concerning Mark Richt. It’s HIS job to make sure that HIS team is prepared for each and every game, even if they show up and play poorly. To make statements like this one only brings in to questions his responsibility as HIS team’s leader.

Inlet Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
10:38 am

I hope the train keeps a rollin’ all day long.Gooooo Dawgs!!!!!! sic ‘em

NCDawg

November 3rd, 2012
10:38 am

Mobile Dawg – it is manipulation. CMR is saying very subtly that they have to prove to him that they have learned the lesson. What would you say? It’s easy to think that because CMR doesn’t state everything in football bravado that he is really uncertain. CMR is an honest person but he is not without tact. He is not going to come right out and say “well I’ll believe it when I see it.” That implies that he doesn’t trust his players. This statement says that I trust that they will do the right thing.

Joey – how do you know that he hasn’t been. I guarantee that the players have heard everything that Shawn Williams said last week from their coaches multiple times before. Sometimes it takes a peer to get through. Did you always listen to your parents? or your teachers? Probably not… Kids have a way of letting what they expect to hear from authority figures go in one ear and out the other. Why do you think there is so much emphasis on player leadership? Sometimes it takes a peer to get through. CMR deftly took the comments and turned them into a positive.
Have you ever coached? Or taught young people? It isn’t simply as easy as threatening them with punishment. In fact, the more you threaten the less effective it becomes. That is why blustery coaches eventually end up not being successful over time. Do you think Bill Snyder does alot of yelling and screaming? Probably not…

Patrick

November 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

I strongly believe that the lack of leadership is the primary reason that this team–and teams for the past few years–have adopted the laissez-faire style of play that has so many of us wondering how long it can continue. Every Saturday the faithful question which team will show up. Will it be the mediocre team or the team that is representative of its talent? You hear it so often that athletes today are different, that a good coach is in touch with the players. Leadership- be it in business or athletics- is the key to success. Having a capable team is not enough. It has to be inspired (motivated ?) to greatness. Without leadership inconsistent results will continue to be the norm. UGA fanswill get their hopes up only to have the roller coaster rides that are not the hallmark of a great team. We deserve better.

Hairy Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

We don’t need no extra motivations when we gots talent. Dawgs will embareass Rebs like they is silly. Miss is stinkys and deserves losing for Dawgs to claim East. We showed Gaytors who is softees. Now we makes remaining schedule feel pain of Dawgs D that back to junkyarding. We wins East that unified fans again and got bad fans ejected. Now we next step to SEC champs over Bammer or LUSer and that means BCS champs. Dawgs just take cares of business today against weaking Ole Miss and then we headed to Dome on table running.

Go Dawgs! Sick Em!

Dawgs 73

November 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

Patrick – You are exactly correct. Can you imagine if your boss or CEO made a public statement stating “I hope you guys meet your sales quotas for this quarter, next quarter, and for the rest of the year”. That kind of leadership would lead to business failure as the CEO would only have himself to blame for allowing that type of attitude to persist within his employees and would eventually lend itself to complacency and goals not met (not to mention a lack urgency to make changes in staff and personal).

I-DOG

November 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

Giving UGA’s best offensive player a minimum of 15 carries in the first half is more important than motiviation. Do that, and I think the the Dawgs have a strong chance to have a good lead going into the 4th Q.

Then, bring a fresh Ken Malc. in the 4th to pound the rock and get the W.

Will the D that played against FL be on the field or will the D that played against KY and SC be on the field?

bulldawg rental player

November 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

@Hairy Dawg…LUSer…42-10 dumbass…sthu stupid!

Destin Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

Richt sounds like a spectator… just watching… not the head coach !!!!