Time, TV set for Appalachian State-Georgia game on Sept. 2

Georgia’s 2017 season-opener vs. Appalachian State on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Athens will be televised by ESPN at 6:15pm ET, per an ABC/ESPN announcement.

UGA and Appalachian State first and only meeting on the gridiron came back in 2013. The Bulldogs defeated the Mountaineers 45-6 in Athens.

Last season, the Bulldogs did not have a single nighttime game at home. The latest kickoff was at 3:30pm for both the Tennessee and Auburn games.

Georgia is also slated for a night game in Week 2. The Bulldogs take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30pm ET (NBC).

2017 UGA Football Schedule

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Georgia to face Kansas State in 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge

The Georgia Bulldogs will face the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan next season on Saturday, Jan. 27 as part of the 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge, it was announced on Thursday.

Georgia and Kansas State split a home-and-home series back in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The Bulldogs won 50-46 in Manhattan in 2014 and the Wildcats defeated UGA 68-66 in Athens the following season.

“I have great respect for the history and tradition of Kansas State,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “Coach Weber has done a terrific job and his teams are always very tough to compete against. Obviously as a Kansas native, it is always special to play near my family. It will be a great challenge for our team.”

Ten members will compete in the 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge. The same ten teams will also compete in 2019 against different opponents.

The challenge between the SEC and Big 12 began in 2013-14. Due to the imbalance in the number of institutions in each league, Georgia was one of four SEC teams that did not play in 2013-14 or 2014-15.

In 2015-16, Georgia traveled to Baylor and fell 83-73. Then last season, the Bulldogs defeated Texas 59-57 in Athens.

Game time and network will be announced on a later date, but the contest will be televised by either ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.

2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge

Kentucky at West Virginia
Texas A&M at Kansas
Baylor at Florida
Oklahoma at Alabama
Ole Miss at Texas
Oklahoma State at Arkansas
Texas Tech at South Carolina
TCU at Vanderbilt
Tennessee at Iowa State
Georgia at Kansas State

2017-18 UGA Basketball Schedule

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Georgia’s season ends at SEC Tournament

HOOVER, AL – Sophomore Konnor Pilkinton carried a shutout to the ninth to lead 19th-ranked Mississippi State to a 3-0 win over Georgia at the SEC Tournament Wednesday at the Hoover Met.

MSU junior first baseman Brent Rooker, the SEC Player of the Year, provided a 2-0 lead when he smashed his league-leading 21st home run in the first inning off junior Chase Adkins. In the third, State loaded the bases with one out and only managed a sacrifice fly from Hunter Vansau to make it 3-0. State improves to 35-22 while Pilkington is now 7-5.

Georgia missed out on a scoring opportunity in the second inning, putting runners at the corners with nobody out after Mitchell Webb reached with a leadoff walk and LJ Talley lined a single to right field. However, Pilkington retired the next three Bulldogs to maintain their edge. Going to the ninth, Georgia had hits from Talley, freshman shortstop Cam Shepherd in the first inning and freshman catcher Austin Biggar in the eighth frame. Adkins saw his record drop to 6-7, allowing three runs on seven hits. Georgia’s bullpen of Drew Moody, Kevin Smith and Zac Kristofak combined to provide 4.1 innings of scoreless relief.

In the ninth, Georgia looked to rally as Shepherd collected his second hit to give him his team-best 21st multiple-hit game of the year and then Curry followed with a single. State turned to left-hander Riley Self. He got McGovern to bounce into a double play and then retired Webb to preserve the shutout for his fifth save.

Two weeks ago in Athens, Georgia claimed the regular season series over then sixth-ranked MSU two games to one. In that series, Pilkington and MSU won the opener 9-3 as he tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.

The Bulldogs end the season with a record of 25-32.

Dawg Tracks
*Nine Bulldogs played in the SEC Tournament for the first time in their career including four freshmen starting position players.
*Freshman Cam Shepherd registered his team-leading 73rd hit with a single in the first, and it extended his hitting streak to five games. Also, he played flawless defense with four putouts and four assists.
*Junior Will Campbell saw his first action in more than a month (23 games) as he pinch-hit in the fifth inning and played right field for the remainder of the game.
*Georgia is now 28-43 all-time in SEC Tournament games after making its 23rd appearance. The Bulldogs are 4-9 against MSU at the SEC Tournament.

Coach’s Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin
“Konnor Pilkington was the difference in this game, that’s twice in the past two weeks that he’s shut us out for eight innings. We had our chance early in the game with two on and nobody out and he pitched out of trouble. I thought we pitched out of trouble a few times too. Still, we kept fighting and had a chance in the ninth with the tying run at the plate. I thought our kids battled down the stretch to get us to the SEC Tournament. It’s tough in this league and we won our last three SEC series against three really good teams.”

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2018 three-star LB Donovan Georges decommits from UGA

Three-star linebacker Donovan Georges, who pledged to the Georgia Bulldogs back in January, has decommitted from UGA.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Georges announced his decision while thanking the UGA coaches:

After further thought and consideration, I have decided to Decommit from the University of Georgia and re-open my recruiting. I want to thank Coach Coley, Coach Schuman and the rest of the staff for the love and attention they have shown me. They understand my reason to Decommitt. This will be a very important summer for me and I look forward to it. I would like everyone to respect my decision. Thank you!

Georges (6-2, 230) currently plays for Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah, Florida. He committed to the Bulldogs over Miami (FL) and also holds offers from Alabama, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Syracuse, South Carolina, West Virginia, and others.

In the 247Sports Composite, Donovan Georges is listed as a three-star recruit, the No. 27 inside linebacker, and the No. 722 overall recruit for the 2018 class.

Georges’ recruiting rankings actually dropped significantly since his commitment. When he committed to UGA in January, he was ranked as the No. 15 inside linebacker and the No. 488 recruit overall.

The loss of Donovan Georges leaves Georgia with just two commitments for the 2018 class — three-star defensive back Chris Smith and two-star kicker/punter Jake Camarda.

UGA Football Commitments

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Georgia ranked 15th in Athlon Sports Preseason Top 25

Athlon Sports has released their 2017 Preseason Top 25 and the Georgia Bulldogs are ranked 15th.

Here’s what Athlon Sports has to say about the 2017 Bulldogs:

Kirby Smart’s debut (8-5) was a mild disappointment. But after losing three games by three points or less last season, the Bulldogs aren’t far from the top of the SEC East. With 11 returning starters on defense, and the continued development of Jacob Eason at quarterback, Georgia is Athlon’s pick to win the SEC East in 2017. Eason should benefit from a full offseason to work as the starter, and the backfield tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel should ensure the ground game is among the best in the nation. The question marks on offense remain up front and outside with the receiving corps. Former No. 1 recruit Trenton Thompson had a breakout performance in the Liberty Bowl but was away from the team in the spring. The junior lineman is expected to return, providing Smart with a talented anchor to build around in the trenches. The linebacking corps is among the nation’s best, and three seniors lead the way in the secondary. The annual showdown against Florida in Jacksonville is likely to decide whether or not the Bulldogs win the SEC East.

First in Athlon Sports’ poll are the Alabama Crimson Tide. They are followed by Ohio State, Florida State, Washington, USC, Penn State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Michigan.

SEC teams in the rankings include (1) Alabama, (9) Auburn, (11) LSU, (15) Georgia, (16) Florida, and (19) Tennessee.

Georgia opens the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at home against the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

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Georgia beats No. 30 USC, clinches tournament spot

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Georgia defeated No. 30 South Carolina 6-3 Thursday at Founders Park to clinch a spot in next week’s SEC Tournament.

Georgia (24-30, 10-18 SEC), winners of seven of its last nine games, got a tremendous pitching performance from senior Andrew Gist, who tied his career-high by tossing eight innings. The Bulldogs grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second courtesy of a two-out rally. Freshman Austin Biggar made it 1-0 with an RBI-single to deep shortstop. Then, freshman Tucker Bradley followed with a two-run double off the wall in left field. Georgia’s final run scored courtesy of a passed ball.

South Carolina (31-22, 12-16 SEC) ended Gist’s shutout bid in the seventh when Justin Row drew a leadoff walk and scored on a one-out double by Jonah Bride. The Bulldogs got the run back in the ninth when Biggar singled and scored on a base hit by freshman Cam Shepherd (3-for-5). Junior Keegan McGovern followed Shepherd with an RBI-single to make it 6-1. Georgia’s offense collected 14 hits on the night.

Gist provided eight innings, allowing just one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts to improve to 3-4. He faced just 28 batters on the night. Freshman Zac Kristofak took care of the ninth but not before the Gamecocks scored two runs on two hits for the final. USC junior Wil Crowe fell to 5-5, surrendering four runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Georgia’s win coupled with Tennessee’s loss to Missouri clinched Georgia place in the 12-team SEC Tournament, slated for May 23-28 in Hoover, Ala. Georgia will play next Tuesday with the opponent and time of the game to be determined in the next couple of days. Teams are seeded 1-12 based on conference winning percentage with the division winners assured of the top two seeds.

The South Carolina series continues Friday with first pitch set for 7:02 p.m. and available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.

Dawg Tracks
*Senior Andrew Gist tied his career high with eight innings pitched for the win to move his record to 3-4. He pitched eight innings in a 3-1 road win over #19 Ga. Tech in 2016.
*Freshman Austin Biggar gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the 2nd. He finished 2-for-4.
*Freshman Tucker Bradley made it 3-0 in the 2nd with a two-out, two-run double, his seventh of the year. He ended up 2-for-5.
*Freshman Cam Shepherd registered his team-leading 16th double including 12th in SEC action to start the fifth frame. He finished 3-for-5 and has a team-high 19 multi-hit games.

Coach’s Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin
“We’re playing really good baseball right now and this was our best game of the year. It was good to add to our lead late because you never know and South Carolina rallied in the ninth. I thought Andrew Gist was outstanding. I’m proud of him tonight and all season how he’s handled pitching the first game of an SEC series. I’m proud of this team. I think back to three weeks ago when we’re headed to play fourth-ranked Kentucky, it’s cold and raining and Friday morning we get the call to ask about moving the game up to an afternoon start. We agreed to it and then we won that game and found a way to win the series, and we’ve been playing really well since that day.”

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Porch Pickin: Saturday Night Slap Down by the ‘Cocks

Wow - gotta say I didn't see that coming. Give it to the Cock's; they came out fired up and took no prisoners.

Porch Pickin: Hey OBC, maybe its time to put away the Kleenex

Having watched the debacle that was the Bama vs Arkansas game on Saturday afternoon, can we all agree that this whole scheduling "advantage" isn't nearly as big as thought back in August at media days.

Porch Pickin: The Take from the Zou

The Dawgs are all grows up…again

All this has

A (former) Bulldog in Exile’s Guide to Driving to Columbia, MO

With many Dawg fans making the trip to Columbia, it seemed appropriate for me to share some of the knowledge gained from making the vast majority of that drive many, many, many times.

(H/t Granite at The Grit Tree)I've done the vast majority of the drive from Athens to Columbia. The way to Champaign from home is the route above, but heading further north on I-59 from Mt. Vernon, Il.

All in has no plan B

Samuel L Jackson, "Commit to the G"

Porch Pickin: Vandalized

Today from toothpick:


Judging from the neighborhood my bookie lives in, it's probably not a great idea to put much stock in my college game day picks. But....I just gotta sneaky feeling Vandy might just be poised to put the Cocks behind the 8 ball on opening weekend. I'm not a big believer in Joe Cox II (Connor Shaw) and I see the biggest set back to the Gamecocks this year will be losing DC Ellis Johnson. Sure the Gamecocks have had decent success the past few years, but really when was it that the Offense was the factor. It's been their confusing schemes on D that has lead the way along with the ground and pound running game with Lattimore. Yep, the guy with one knee. I'm not suggesting to bet the house here, but I see Vandy covering the 6.5 and maybe, just maybe pulling off the upset. What about you? Who do you see pulling off the Week 1 upset?

And now - the lock of the week! Let me first say that I never, ever, ever bet on the Dawgs but the 37.5 spread is just sitting out there for the taking. Picture it this way....you're finishing up that last bbq sandwich with another Natty Light as the clock closes out and LeMay tossing for his 2nd TD of the afternoon. What does the scoreboard read to you? Me, I see about 55-7.

Lastly, the big question out there is who's gonna be the breakout RB? I said it last year before the season started that Boo Malcome might just be the back we need. A good tough runner with decent speed. I still think he'll be solid this season, but may just get out classed by the youngsters on Saturday. Who do you think ends the day with the most rushing yards? 'Pick says:
1) Marshall (takes one 70 yards to the house)
2) Malcome
3) Gurley

I'm out - 'Pick

John Jenkins is 1:18 and rest of us are just 1:64

Most of you have seen this picture by now of one Samuel L. Jackson "chillin w da bulldawg nation" as he tweeted earlier.

Beware of False Prophets from the North, East and West

SEC dominance eloquently explained..Love the part about False prophets from the North, East and West!

Keep Your Foot on the Gas Pedal… that’s the long vertical one on the right.

Be honest, at the 6 second mark you're saying to yourself, or maybe

Where Are They Now Edition 1

Ah yes, the golden years of Jim Donnan, who could forget those average to slightly above average years.
All the promise of better days without, you know...the better days.

Porch Pickin: Burned Lottery Ticket

Burned Lottery Ticket

I'm quite sure not too many folks are surprised to hear that Isaiah Crowell will no longer be toting the rock for Georgia. In fact, almost everyone I talked to after his suspension for the NM State game last year thought he'd never make it to his Jr season. Combine UGA's drug policy and his brief history - let's just say it was a safe bet that IC was destined for a short career in Athens. Which is really unfortunate. I don't pretend to understand what life is like for kids from his background. I haven't lived it nor do I know many folks that have. That said, these kids are given the opportunity of a lifetime to better themselves and their families for generations. If IC had went on to play four years and was merely a solid RB, never making it to the next level, he would have forever been a running back at the University of Georgia. That may not lead to the Power Ball winnings and fame of NFL riches, but it's damn sure better than a scratch-off ticket!

'Pick - what the heck are you talking about? ...Well, read these two stat lines and let your memory from the game tell the story:

1) Isaiah Crowell, former UGA running back, 2011 Georgia/Florida game:
Stats - ran for 81 yards, long of 22, 4.5 per carry and 0 TD

2) Richard Samuel, UGA Running Back, 2011 Georgia/Florida game:
Stats - ran for 58 yards, long of 9, 3.4 per carry and 1 TD

I made this statement back then and it's been proven true again today. One's a future tailgate story legend. The other is just another in a line of many that makes you shake your head and say damn! - what could've been.

Til next time,

A one year olds feelings on SEC expansion

A brief interview with my one year old daughter and dawg fan, G
abby, on the subject of SEC expansion.

YouTube Video


Porch Pickin: You heard it here first… Grantham’s Next Gig is…..

Today from Toothpick:

Absolutely no recruiting news to see here…..

If you want to know whats going on in the recruiting world

I cant believe you asked me that damn question.

Who among us can forget those words spoken by accused

If I don’t remember it, it didn’t happen

I've finally come to terms with the 2nd half of the SECCG... well... let me be more truthful here.

Porch Pickin: SEC fatigue

Have PAC 12 or B1G or BIG 12 friends? Are they tired of the SEC always winning BCS championships? Offer them this little reassurance; I guarantee an SEC team will lose the bcs championship this year.

If that is of no comfort then
have them read todays contribution from Toothpick:

Seems in recent years around this time, the words 'SEC Fatigue' get thrown out there. For those that are new to this term, the diagnosis reads something like: Someone that's tired and angry that their favorite teams keep getting bitch-slapped year end/year out by members of the Kingdom. Recognizable symptoms include:

- Grasping for reasons to contradict the obvious - like but Bama didn't beat anybody or Oklahoma State's a conference champ* and only has 1 loss or what about Houston?
- Thinking aloud that the SEC's success is "media driven".....well, there's a few reasons Tom Brady is in TV and magazines and not Jeff George. I believe it's called success and marketability.
- A nervous/anxious feeling late Friday night that subsides on Sunday's around 1pm....or in more severe cases, the 2nd week in January.
- Often complains that the bowl system sucks - not realizing that this 'fatigue' would be worse in a playoff system. Shoot - they'd have to open a Clinic if a playoff comes about.

If this sounds like you, the way I see it you've got two choices:

1) Keep those blinders on, grab another cheese steak or brat, buy stock in Tums and go kiss your ugly girlfriend on her neck tattoo.


2) Feel the SEC Pride, grab a handle of Kentucky's finest, throw on an affiliated members Polo Shirt and go date the Homecoming Queen.

Best Wishes

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Farewell Larry

What can be said that hasn't already? A man who colored so much of our past is gone. He will be missed.
Thank you Larry for all you gave BullDawg nation.
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Feeling a little homesick today

Awoke this morning to an abnormally warm and humid 56 degrees out in the territories. The smell of dead leaves fills the air and it feels like so many Georgia fall mornings I remember.

Forgive the indulgence:

category: Georgia on my Mind

First word, last word: ‘Pick on Penn State

Toothpick is making his way up from Savannah today for the Auburn game tomorrow. Before he left he sent me a quickone.

From 'Pick:

'"I typically like to keep these ramblings on subjects related to the Dawgs and those bastards up North. But, with the recent news out of State College...

I think the best comment on this subject was this, ironically from someone in Boise..."For those wondering how this will affect Joe Pa's legacy...this IS his legacy."

For a man who has always preached integrity, morals and doing it the 'right' way....Mr. Paterno (and anyone searching to defend him) hear this - you failed the ultimate test!

And for those that criticize Coach Richt and have the win at all cost mentality, may I suggest you think twice on how fortunate Georgia is to have a man of strong character.

moving on........

Here's hoping Saturday's game in Athens equals the excitement of the real Blackout game in '07. Crank dat!"


Gone too Long & Almost There

As I was doing some blog maintainence today I discovered I had some messages in my spam folder.
As expected it was the usual cadre of

Mizzou? Blahzou

So. We took the ugly chick home anyway. Dag gum. Not excited about this dilution of the brand. Though we all know the financial reasons behind this, There is nothing SEC about this move.
Just look at her....

Welcome mizzou. Hope you're in a good skymiles program.

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From ToothPick: Richard Samuel Damn Good Dawg

Toothpick made it back from Jax and has recovered from his victory fueled celebration.
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