Monthly Archives: September 2010

Thursday Dawg Bits

Georgia adds Charleston Southern and Georgia Southern to the 2014 and 2016 football schedules, respectively. Greg McGarity wants one FCS foe each season.

Bobby Bowden speaks at the Touchdown Club of Georgia on Tuesday and advises CMR to “stay the course”.

“I’ve been through the same thing, and if you stay in the game long enough you are going to go through it one time or the other,” Bowden said. “And of course it really tests ya, it really tests ya. But it’s the nature of the game. The game is that way — if you win they love you, if you don’t win they don’t love you. It’s as simple as that. Your loyal people will stay behind you, but the everyday fan … they want to win. That’s the way it happened down here [at Florida State]. I wasn’t winning enough games to suit these people, you know? But anyway, Mark’s a little different situation because he is younger and he’s been so successful there.”

During that same meeting, Richt warns players that “it could get worse”.

“We’re going to have to get better or it’s gonna get worse. It’s not going to stay the same. I told the players, you think it’s bad now; it could get worse.”

But no matter what, Richt said, “we’re not gonna lose our poise, we’re not gonna lose our integrity. We don’t want to take our frustrations out on anyone, except maybe Colorado. … We just have to keep working hard and keep together. We must stay together.”

Not related to Georgia football, but awesome nonetheless… Jax Jaguars WR Kassim Osgood gets pistol-whipped during a gun fight between a cheerleader and her intruding/stalking ex-boyfriend. My favorite part quoted below:

Osgood, 30, reportedly leaped out a second-floor window to get away from the armed man late Monday.

The gun-wielding intruder exchanged fire with the woman after putting a gun to her head, saying, “What did that football player say to his girlfriend, it’s a good day to die,” misquoting ex-Florida Gators player Chris Rainey’s text message to a former girlfriend after an arrest, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Monday Dawg Bits

Georgia’s AD Greg McGarity and Oregon’s AD Rob Mullens have mutually agreed to cancel the 2015-2016 meetings between the two teams.

McGarity talked with new Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens, the former deputy athletic director at Kentucky. Oregon is preparing for a new Pac-10 schedule because of conference expansion, McGarity said.

The schools had signed a contract on March 2, 2006 that could be terminated by mutual agreement by both schools.

Georgia was to play Oregon on Sept. 5, 2015 and the Ducks would have played in Athens on Sept. 10, 2016.

“The model that we would establish in the future would have seven home games every year,” McGarity said. “If you look at the models of other schools that have played for the (BCS) championship lately, there’s always one tough nonconference game.”

Dan Hawkins speaks about CMR and the upcoming game against Georgia

“I respect Mark Richt as much as anybody in the profession,” Hawkins said. “He’s a great coach, and they’re a great program. And I don’t take a lot of stock in the fact they’ve dropped a couple of games here. They’ve battled. They had a great game against Arkansas and had a chance to win that game. You can see how good Arkansas is based off their game with Alabama. Then last week they just had things not go their way.

“You feel bad, really, for any coach. They just couldn’t get a break. You just have a play and a penalty and a play and a turnover or something like that. But they’re a great football program, and they’re a good team, and he’s a good coach. They’ll be ready to go when they get here.”

Georgia-Tennessee to be televised by the SEC Network with kickoff at 12:21pm. It’s a sad and eye-opening state of affairs when the Bulldogs and Vols are playing each other at noon.

CBS elected to use a six-day selection for its game on October 9. The games to be held are Alabama at South Carolina and LSU at Florida. The game selected by CBS will be Oct. 9 at 3:30 ET and the other game will be televised at 7:30 ET on either ESPN or ESPN2.

The other SEC games that weekend:

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, TX), 3:30 pm, ABC
Eastern Michigan at Vanderbilt, 7 pm, ESPNU
Auburn at Kentucky, 7:30 pm, ESPN or ESPN2
Mississippi State at Houston, 8 pm, CBS College Sports
LSU at Florida, TBA
Alabama at South Carolina, TBA

Welcome to the SEC Basement…

Maybe UGA, Ole Miss, and Vandy can have a Red-Rover competition.

It’s tough being a Georgia fan today. I’m writing this post 5 minutes after I chugged a pint of Crown*…but even when it hits me, I’ll still be uber upset.

Have a fantastic fantasy Sunday…that’s all that could salvage my week.

-Massey
*I really didn’t drink a 5th of Crown…but I should’ve.

Who to root for this weekend…

The goal of our beloved bulldawgs every season is to make it to the SEC championship game. Even though we have 2 SEC losses already, there is still plenty of time and plenty to hope that we can still make it to the dome come December, but we need some help.

First, obviously we need to win out. Not easily accomplished, but not impossible, especially given Florida’s pedestrian performances so far. What we really need is for the SEC to work its magic and cannibalize one another…

Today I have two games and two teams to root for:

17 Auburn vs. 12 South Carolina: Since they hold the tiebreaker over us, the Cocks need to lose 3 SEC games. They still play Florida and the Tide, so why not go ahead and get loss number three today? War Damn Eagle baby!

9 Florida vs Kentucky: Your initial thought would probably be Go Wildcats. Not so fast…Kentucky has a favorable SEC schedule and with a win over Florida, they may have the confidence to do something. Florida still has to play the Tide and us. I’ll take my chances there. Go Gator!

Hope your Saturday goes well…stay tuned for maybe some live blogging during the game tonight.

What’s that coming down the track?

-Massey

Keys to the Game: Georgia Offense vs. Miss St Defense

As I’m sure you have heard by now: we are getting tired of Aaron Murray.  According to many of you, this kid is the second coming of Corey Phillips, but with slightly worse decision making abilities.  In fact, if I had to choose a QB to start for UGA he would have these stats:

605 total passing yards, a 62.2 completion percentage, 4 TD’s to 2 INT, a passer rating of 143.27, with 2 additional TDs on the ground.  In short, fourth best in passing in the SEC….

Oh wait….THAT IS AARON MURRAY.  This kid is a stud, our present, our past, and certainly our future.  This is the “big play guy” we’ve waited for at QB.  And if you don’t think he should start at QB, well we think you should go play in traffic. Which brings to my first bullet point:

Let him loose! Aaron Murray has grown up before our eyes and has become our biggest weapon and poses the biggest threat to MSU’s defense.  His intangibles matched with his arm strength (as long as he is protected…see bullet point no 2) should wreak havoc on MSU’s secondary, which for lack of a better word, is less than stellar.   Murray is ready to hold the reigns and if Bobo allows him to, this might be the coming out party for Murray.  I hope he sent me an invitation…

Protect the kid! The OL has been a sore subject for many fans, pundits, and even our own coaches.  Why can’t they become one unit, one dominating baby eating, soul splitting unit?  Answer: I don’t know.  Obviously talent is there.  Maybe it is an attitude laden ‘better than you’ party that has manifested itself into a bunch of question marks and excuses…maybe.  Or maybe they just don’t have their shit together yet.  Well news flash: time to get your shit together.  Hopefully the sting of defeat, vocal doubt, and fan angst will light the “proverbial” fire under there asses to perform at the highest level.  Or, literally Searels needs to gather some kindling, some lighter fluid and actually light a fire under their asses.  I look for a much improved performance on Saturday.  If not, we are in for a long day and so is Murray.  On another note, if I see Ealey employ his half-ass, patented “drop to the knees, maybe he’ll trip” blocking scheme this week, BMac should bench him indefinitely.  King being back in the line up should help as well.  He is one of the better blocking TB’s we have had in a while.

Involve the tight ends! If you told me that three games in that our tight ends would have had such a non-impact on our offense, I would have told you that you were crazier than Monte Kiffin’s birth control methods.  In fact, we have such pathetic total receptions from our tight ends, I don’t even want to mention it BUT IT RHYMES WITH 5 (and f-ing pathetic).  A. White and Charles are two of the better tight ends in the nation, period.  Find a way to use them, especially if Manny Diaz (MSU D Coordinator, and a good one at that) decides to cover them with a steady dose of LBs.   Look to Charles spreading out in the slot, he’s plenty athletic enough to make an impact there.

Get Branden Smith his touches!  Who loves listening to TI, is arguably the fastest player in the SEC, and just came back from injury?  Yep, Branden Smith.  Split end, TB, Wild Dawg, doesn’t matter.  All it takes is one mistake, one over pursuing end or linebacker, and it’s all over but watching No 1’s backside trek into the endzone.  10-12 touches minimum.   All it takes is one play.

Of course, there are many other ‘musts’ I could list here, but the post would become a blabbering  tirade (if it’s not already…haha).

I will leave you with MSU’s stud on defense: Defensive end, Pernell McPhee.  He has been very quiet the first three games.  Don’t let him make noise now.  He is all SEC  and hopefully will look more like all ACC  today.  MSU Defense has 4 total sacks on the year, but don’t let that fool you.  Against Auburn and LSU, they saw two very mobile QB’s who rolled out of the pocket almost every play.  MSU’s defensive line is good.  Not great (but neither were Arky’s).  If we can keep them at bay, we should be golden.

Verdict:

With a few razzle-dazzle, ‘I can’t believe it’  plays out of left field, I have pretty good feeling that we will become more cohesive and efficient as an offense.  We score early and often, taking the crowd out of the game, using the latter part of the second half to let Carlton Thomas to carry the load.

UGA 31 – Fake Bulldogs 10       We Suck…

Thoughts?

Go Dawgs!!!!

-Massey

Keys to the game: Georgia defense vs. Miss St offense

For the purpose of this analysis, we will mostly be ignoring both Bulldog teams’ season openers and concentrate only on the two conference games that each has under its belt.

Despite the flip in record for Georgia in 2010 as opposed to 2009 against South Carolina and Arkansas, Georgia’s defense actually improved when comparing the games from the past two seasons. You could also argue that SC and Arky’s offenses are improved this year compared to last, which offers an even brighter glimmer of hope for the Junkyard D. This transition is going to be a work in progress for much of the season and the irrational portion of the fan base needs to understand this. The results so far have been encouraging as bad habits are being thrown to the wayside as the weeks go by. Even after losing talent to the NFL, etc. and an entire change in defensive philosophy, this is heartening progress.

SC ‘09 SC ‘10 Difference Arky ‘09 Arky ‘10 Difference
Points (Offense) 28 17 -11 41 31 -10
Yards 427 354 -73 485 433 -52

A notable positive is the YPC difference between the two years. Even with the Lattimore debacle, SC averaged just 3.6 YPC as opposed to 3.8 YPC in 2009. The difference is even more drastic looking at the two Arkansas games (3.2 YPC in 2009 to 2.3 YPC in 2010). The improving and surprisingly stout run D is a plus for Georgia going into the SEC slate against some teams with questionable QB play, Tennessee and Florida to be specific.

The yards per pass attempt are another monster. Both SC and Ark improved in YPA against Georgia this year compared to last. We can either chalk that up to improved QB play and maturity for Garcia and Mallet, or we can excuse this in the hopes that our young secondary is merely experiencing some growing pains. We’re going with the former.

Now, onto Mississippi State. First thing we’d like to hit on here is the erratic play of MSU’s offensive line. Many times in MSU’s previous two conference contests, Auburn and LSU defensive linemen were able to waltz through the OL and wreak havoc. Occasionally the guards and tackles stiffened up, but it wasn’t consistent by any means. MSU’s quarterbacks have only been sacked five times through three games, but that can be attributed to the mobility of Chris Relf and Tyler Russell.

Obviously this works out well in favor of the red and black for several reasons. One, the MSU OL is underachieving much like Georgia’s own OL so this will be the most malleable offensive line that we have seen to date this season, with the clear exception of Louisiana-LaFayette. Second, the defensive line play from Georgia appears to be coming into its own after players began to get comfortable with the new scheme and its varying packages. Dan Mullen has talked about the lack of communication among his offensive linemen and the inability to pick up on blitzes. This plays directly into the hands of Todd Grantham who we expect to dial up varying packages to disrupt focus and keep heavy pressure on Relf and Russell. Our front seven will have to be very disciplined and sure-handed to prevent outside runs, toss sweeps, and bubble screens on blitzes. Grantham has a very quick linebacking corps at his disposal to throw at Miss St. All eight sacks recorded this season have come from LBs (Houston, Dent, Washington, Hebron, Robinson). Twenty-four tackles for loss are also quite impressive.

The Mississippi State offense overall was more or less shut down against LSU and Auburn. A majority of the Bulldogs’ running yardage was piled on by the mobile QBs. If we can keep their option attack in check then expect Mullen to air it out. This has generally resulted in miserable failure as MSU is last in the conference with seven tossed INTs. Miss State’s quarterback play in conference is dismal at best. Six INTs, zero TDs, 49.1% completion rate, 122.5 yards per game.

That line alone should swell confidence for even the most pessimistic Dawg fans. We expect the Georgia defensive front to dictate this game and in the cases that MSU manages to eek out some accurate throws, the UGA secondary will be well-poised to handle the young and undersized MSU receivers with only one WR standing taller than 6’ and all of them appear to have SHS (stone-hand syndrome).

Special Teams

When it comes to special teams, MSU has looked very pedestrian in coverage allowing 26.09 yards per kickoff return. A number which puts it at 11th in the SEC. South Carolina and Arkansas rank 4th and 6th, respectively, so expect a dynamic run or two by Georgia’s returnmen tomorrow night. Georgia ranks an impressive 2nd in opponent kickoff returns at 17.57 yards per return.

Miss State is 0-for-1 in field goal attempts this season while Georgia is a perfect 5-for-5. MSU averages 40.92 yards per punt while UGA averages 44.56.

Prediction: Georgia’s defense holds Miss State’s offense to 110 passing yards, 130 rushing yards, 10 points.

On the Docket for today…

BREAKING NEWS: Later today on HTT, we will be featuring a piece on Corch Meyers sexuality. Did he or didn’t he?

Also, Courtney Furmann drops by to give us some lingerie fashion tips and her patented method on, ‘how to steal your man in a BMW.”

Finally, Captain and I are laying out some X’s and O’s for Saturday’s game versus the Fake Bulldogs in Starkvegas. I’ll be hitting up the Offense and Captains tackling the Defense. I am also including a section in “Who to root for this weekend…”

Only one of these stories is actual, can you guess which one?

Stay tuned, if not then I hope you have lots of penicillin…just sayin’…

Have a great Friday!!! Go Dawgs

-Massey

The Gambler, week 4

Kenny Rogers himself gives you tips for week 4’s notable lines and how you can avoid looking like this guy:

WTF ARE YOU THINKING?!?

OREGON STATE -17.5 @ (3) BOISE STATE
This is a nice line for those of you who enjoy skydiving with a parachute packed by a dyslexic person. Oregon State knows how big this game is not only for their program, but for all the Good Ole Boys out there hoping for Boise State to fall short of its BCS championship game goal.

KENTUCKY +14 @ (8) FLORIDA
Not the crazy pick that a Russian Roulette skydiver would gamble on, but also not for your Bodog elitist. The Cobb-Locke connection looks to be a potent weapon for Kentucky but UK’s zero-interception streak will end against a Gator defense that already has 10 picks on the year. We expect Kentucky to scare Florida early, but a late surge by the Gator offense will equal a loss for the Wildcats in the Swamp.

VIRGINIA TECH -4 @ BOSTON COLLEGE
If we were fans of either of these teams, frustration due to years of offensive ineptitude would have been noted in the suicide letter.

(21) WEST VIRGINIA +9 @ (12) LSU
Bill Stewart has the talent on his WVU squad to surprise LSU. WVU comes into Baton Rouge with the best skill position players that LSU sees all year until Oct 9 @ Florida. Both head coaches are skating by on a mixture of good talent and Lane Kiffin-esque coaching decisions so this could turn into a clusterfuck filled with questionable timeout calls and failed 2-point conversion attempts.

KENNY’S SAFE BETS

(9) OKLAHOMA -13.5 @ CINCINNATI
Cincy hasn’t shown it can hang with FBS teams since Brian Kelly’s departure, much less go toe-to-toe with a top 10 BCS team. Oklahoma owns two of the nation’s most impressive non-conference wins against FSU and Air Force. Reverse this bet if you see Bill Stewart roaming the Cincy sideline.

MISSISSIPPI -2.5 VS. FRESNO STATE
Houston Nutt should be able to lead the Rebels to victory at home over Pat Hill’s perennial underachieving Bulldogs. Of course we thought this would be the case in week one against FCS/D1-AA Jacksonville State so don’t underestimate the chances that the crazy college football gods smite Ole Miss for taking a chance on Jeremiah Masoli.

(1) ALABAMA -7 @ (11) ARKANSAS
This one may be better suited for a short-stock trader than for a fiscal conservative, but we think that Alabama has the tools on both sides of the ball, especially the lines, to stop Mallet the Punisher. The Tide’s running game will be simply too much for Arkansas to handle. Unlike Georgia’s dual-backs, Alabama’s are proven.

JUMP ON IT! Line of the Week

GEORGIA +1 @ MISSISSIPPI STATE
We would bet the house on this one, and then some. But would also keep a fake passport and plane ticket to Australia ready just in case. If Georgia manages to blow this, we will chalk it up to a cruel prank devised by God himself to punish the faction of UGA fans that run underground meth labs.