NFL Dawgs Update

Dawgs On The Run!

For a school known as RBU, (insert your punchline about Holyfield’s underuse in Red Stick), Sunday was a day in that it made its name known in a big way.

Between Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, they combined to rush for 339 yards this past week.

At the rate that it’s going, some Dawg fans may have a tough time deciding which UGA running back’s jersey to eyeball this Christmas season.

Needless to say, Todd Gurley is having a big year, leading the NFL in yards (623) and rushing touchdowns (9), for starters. On Sunday, he racked up a career-high 208 yards.

The more the Rams keep winning, the better Gurley looks and the better Georgia looks to recruits.

The Patriots are using a strategy that served Georgia well. Feed Michel the rock. He rushed 24 times for 106 yards and was money in the red zone too, scoring two touchdowns.

He had some strong blocking up front as well via center David Andrews.

In that Patriots win over the Chiefs, Chris Conley caught a pass for 19 yards for Kansas City.

Reshad Jones had five tackles in a 31-28 win for Miami against the Bears. His two interceptions place him ninth in the NFL.

Roquan Smith led Chicago with 13 tackles and Leonard Floyd had four tackles, including this takedown as well...

Despite the loss to the Eagles, Alec Ogletree had a strong showing for the Giants with 13 tackles and Lorenzo Carter had one.

The Bengals fell 28-21 to Pittsburgh, but not without a valiant effort from AJ Green and his seven catches for 85 yards for Cincy’s whose offensive line again including Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn.

Shawn Williams and Geno Atkins also contributed on defense, having two and one tackles, respectively.

The Browns fell 38-14 to San Diego as Cleveland’s offense had 25 yards from Chubb and Orson Charles had a catch for eight yards.

Jordan Jenkins recovered a fumble and had a tackle for the Jets in a 42-34 win against the Colts, who were helped by a Cory Moore tackle.

Thomas Davis returned to play for the first time this season for Carolina, having six tackles.

Ben Jones again started at center for the Titans.

Go NFL Dawgs!

Georgia at Georgia Tech on December 22 to air at Noon

The Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia Tech basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 will be televised by ESPNU at Noon ET, ESPN announced on Tuesday.

The game will be the second for new UGA head coach Tom Crean at Tech’s McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Crean’s final game as head coach of Indiana resulted in a 75-63 loss to the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the NIT.

Before the Georgia Bulldogs begin their regular-season schedule, they will compete in two exhibition games. The first is at UAB on Thursday, Oct. 18, which is a charity game to benefit the Red Cross.

Georgia then hosts the West Georgia Wolves at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:00pm ET. The game will be streamed via SEC Network Plus.

The Hoop Dawgs tip off the 2018-19 regular-season on Friday, Nov. 9 in Athens against the Savannah State Tigers. That game is set for an 8:30pm ET start, also on SEC Network Plus.

Highlights of Georgia’s 2018-19 slate include a trip to Temple (Nov. 13), the Cayman Islands Classic (Nov. 19-21), and home non-conference games against Arizona State (Dec. 15), Oakland (Dec. 18), UMass (Dec. 30), and Texas (Jan. 26).

Georgia begins SEC play on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers (3:30pm ET, SECN).

UGA Basketball Schedule

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Chapel Bell Curve: Let’s talk about our bad decisions.

Did you go to Louisiana and find yourself making some bad decisions and find yourself having to account for them? Kirby Smart knows how you feel! So do Nathan and Justin, well, not literally but they can empathize.

The guys dissect Georgia’s loss to LSU, what it means, and what it doesn’t, including:

• Turns out....turnovers actually are bad.

• A Joe Burrow mea culpa.

• Statistically speaking, running the dang ball is generally a good idea.

• Whether Florida is a better football team than LSU.

•Whether you should bet big on Kentucky and Florida to send the ‘Dawgs to the Liberty Bowl (you probably shouldn’t).

There’s also some thoughts on baby holdin’, CBC’s patented blend of poetry and prose, and a Dawg Sports-approved rant on the economics of college football.

As always, listen, like, repeat, and....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Around the SEC

The Dawgs enter their bye week, and after their performance in LSU, it couldn’t come at a better time.

With Georgia off for a week, let’s focus on what the rest of the league is doing leading up to the October 20th slate of games.

Here’s what’s happening around the SEC:

  • Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa exited the Tide’s game against Missouri after re-aggravating his sprained knee. The injury doesn’t appear serious and Tagovailoa appears good to go against Tennessee this weekend.
  • LSU was fined $100,000 for storming the field after the win against Georgia. Correct me if I’m wrong in the comments, but I believe that was the first time since Colorado in 2010 that a team has rushed the field against the Dawgs. Which, looking back, it’s hilarious anyone would rush the field against the 2010 Dawgs.
  • After a heated exchange after the Florida vs. Vanderbilt game, the SEC will not hand out discipline to Florida coach Dan Mullen or Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.
  • Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf is out for the year with a neck injury. Here’s hoping he has a full recovery from this injury.

Until next time… GO DAWGS!!!

Tuesday Morning Dawg Bites

Celebrating Hot Rod

Welcome to Tuesday Morning Y’all!! Last weekend is over and this weekend you get to catch up on the long list of honey dos you’ve been ignoring for the last 7 weeks.

These are your Tuesday Morning Dawg Bites:

LSU will be paying a $100k fine for rushing the field last Saturday.

Your Georgia Bulldogs have a greater than 65% chance to win each of their remaining games this season.

In Bulldogs in the NFL news, both Todd Gurley and Sony Michel had great weekends.

The AJC reminds us that we still control our own destiny, all our goals are still in front of us.

That’s all I’ve got for now, y’all mind your manners & play pretty.

Until next time…..

GO DAWGS!!! BEAT THE BYE!!!!!

Dawg Bites To Power Through the Bye Week Blues

If there’s an upside to the bye week after a loss, it just means an extra week to build up that dislike of Florida.

Here’s a glance around..

Coach O may pay a lot for his defensive coordinator. If you ask DawgNation.com, it’s worth every purple and gold cent.

Georgia’s collective fan base (depending on which part of it you are around) may be down on the Dawgs, but the national media isn’t...for now.

It’s easy to reach for the comparison to last year’s Auburn loss. The ABH takes a closer look.

The Diamond Dawgs cranked up the run machine to close out their exhibition season

Georgiadogs hits it out of the park with a video profile on how an ATV accident changed the life of Mohamed Massaquoi.

If you like seeing Georgia beat Tech in any sport, the Ice Dawgs look to keep up the trend on Saturday afternoon at the venue formerly known as the Gwinnett Arena.

And the Drive-By Truckers capture the essence of how many are feeling after LSU

Go Dawgs!

‘Dawg Sports on the Radio: We’re just gonna talk our way through it

I’ll once again join the folks from St. Augustine’s WFOY 1240 AM on Sports Now to talk Georgia Bulldog football tonight between 7:20 and 7:30 p.m. eastern. We’ll have a postmortem on this weekend’s LSU loss, and look ahead to what the reasonable expectations are for the Red and Black for the remainder of this season.

As always, I invite you to listen on your radio dial if you’re down on the First Coast or in the Golden Isles, or listen online right here. As usual I’m also making no promises but I’ll also try to get to any questions you have here in the comments. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!

MVDs: Most Valuable ‘Dawgs

Even in defeat, certain members of Bulldog Nation distinguish themselves on the field of play. And when that happens we recognize them in our weekly back slappin’ feature, MVDs: Most Valuable ‘Dawgs. I had to dig pretty deep down the roster this week, but I think you’ll agree with the selections.

Offense: Bob from Marietta, who blew two grand on attending this game. There was very little positive here. At times in the first half Georgia ran the ball well. For a moment in the second the ‘Dawgs got it going through the air. But they were never able to consistently move the ball, convert third downs, or put points on the board. They just never could get moving.

But you know who did move? The 20,000+ Bulldog fans who came by plane, train, and automobile to Baton Rouge. Those folks showed up and showed out, and even though some of them are probably just getting back from the Pelican State. In the past spending on airfare, lodging, food and tickets to watch Kirby Smart’s squad against a tough opponent on the road has been a winning proposition. This time, not so much. But at least Bob enjoyed some great etouffe at that hole-in-the-wall place in the French Quarter. Great work, Bob.

Defense: Jonathan Ledbetter. There’s nothing good about giving up 275 yards on the ground. And while Joe Burrow didn’t throw a touchdown pass for the Bayou Bengals, he did hit a couple of long throws, which were made equally possible by his own accuracy and busts in the Bulldog secondary.

Cornerback Tyson Campbell led the team with 11 tackles. It’s usually a bad sign when a corner is making the tackles, and Saturday was no exception to that rule. That being said, Jonathan Ledbetter chipped in a career day with 10 stops of his own from his defensive end position, and was a bright spot on an otherwise outmanned and banged up UGA front seven.

Special teams: The person who protects Rodrigo Blankenship’s goggles. There was nothing special about this effort. Obviously there was Hot Rod’s wild run. And Mecole Hardman’s fumble. And Jake Camarda averaging a season-low 35.5 yards per punt. Honestly, I got nothing. As Coach Smart said in his postgame remarks, this was the first game this season in which Georgia lost the kicking game. And while it wasn’t alone enough to doom their chances in Baton Rouge, it sure didn’t help.

That being said, even after being stuffed for a fumble Hot Rod appeared to be able to see where he was going for the rest of the game. So I assume whoever is in charge of making sure his prescription rec specs are functioning properly did his or her job. Good job, goggle grappler.

Feel free to point out the bright spots in surely missing in the comments below. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

2018 College Football Polls: Week 8

Week 7 Polls

https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/10/14/17974652/ncaa-football-rankings-new-updates-week-9-2018

Georgia Overview

Georgia was not ready for what LSU had to offer, getting beat in every facet of the game in a 36-16 resounding defeat.

The Dawgs have a bye week to sit and think about what just happened.

Movers

Fell Out: #16 Miami, #19 Colorado, #21 Auburn

Newcomers: #19 Iowa, #24 Michigan State, #25 Washington State

Overrated

#15 Washington

The Huskies have had two chances to prove themselves on a big stage. Both times, they have disappointed. Washington isn’t what they used to be, and their sites should be set for 2019 when Jacob Eason is under center.

Underrated

#4 Notre Dame

The Irish may actually be the second best team in the country. They have looked even better with Ian Book under center, and their win over Michigan keeps getting better and better.

This Week’s Top 25 Matchups

#6 Michigan at #24 Michigan St.

#16 NC State at #3 Clemson

#22 Mississippi St. at #5 LSU

#12 Oregon at #25 Washington St.

Upset Alert

Last week, I correctly called Oregon over Washington.

This week, as much as I think LSU may have a let down against Mississippi St., I’m going against the Ducks and saying Washington St. will beat them in Pullman.

How Georgia Met The Keys To A Win (Spoiler Alert: It Didn’t)

Let’s call a spade a spade.

Saturday was bad and the worst showing for this team since 2016 at Ole Miss.

At the end of the day, all that can be done is to move on and learn from it.

“It must never, ever happen again”

Limit mistakes and turnovers

When you play in a place like LSU, the littlest miscue can be red meat to a rabid wild animal. One penalty in an inopportune time can kill a drive or extinguish a defense stop. A turnover, especially early, gives LSU momentum, making it beyond difficult for an opposing team. Simply put - Georgia has to somehow put a halt to its recent dumb penalties.

Just take a look at Jake Fromm for this one. Between turnovers, poorly thrown passes, or missed reads, Fromm’s inability to make throws in various settings stunted any momentum that Georgia tried to build. There was the miss-timed swing pass to D’Andre Swift in the first half...something that was a staple last year that multiple times this season Georgia for some reason can’t click on. The flea-flicker - great call, and if Fromm throws it closer inbounds, it’s an easy score.

You can’t talk about mistakes against LSU without mentioning the coaching staff. Plainly, between outcoaching itself (such as running a fake field goal to someone whose legs are used to kick field goals and not run with the ball) or abandoning the run after it got drives downfield, it did not have this team ready to play.

Pressure Burrow

Georgia’s defensive front, even if it is a bit depleted, needs to continue what it did last week against Vandy and pressure the quarterback. While the pressures may not have resulted in many sacks, it did force incompletions, slowing the offense to a crawl.

Florida last week showed that if you can disrupt Joe Burrow and take away his ability to make plays outside the pocket, you can stop the Tigers.

It was a good start with D’Andre Walker’s early sack and Robert Beal was a silver lining. Otherwise, it was flashbacks to making Tyler Bray look like a player from the 1972 Dolphins. Even with a depleted depth along the front four, there is no reason for this defensive front not to be able to get to and pressure the quarterback. That need was not met on Saturday.

Stay Focused Up Front

In truth, there could not be a worse place to take a battered offensive line that’s battling Dr. Time as it tries to quickly build chemistry among veterans and players rushed into action. Against LSU’s aggressive defensive front, things will go wrong - missed assignments will happen and sacks will be given up.

The cruel irony on Saturday is that by and large, the offensive line played its best game of the year. Sure, there were a few breakdowns. But considering the front it was going against the offensive line did its job to give Fromm time - an opportunity that was not taken advantage of. It even did enough the help Holyfield to punishing LSU on the ground, before the offensive gameplan abandoned something that work.

Until next time...

Go Dawgs!

15 Thoughts Doesn’t Like Jambalaya Anymore.

It was a poor effort by all down on the Bayou.

Let’s just get over this, move past it and prepare for bigger things...

1. When I looked at the schedule prior to the beginning of the season, I figured this game to be a loss. Why? Young football teams tend to be schizophrenic, and often fail during their first true test, especially on the road. We have certainly seen inconsistencies in all of our victories leading up to this moment. We’ve seen slow starts, penalties, playing well in spurts, not playing well in spurts. That’ll get you to 6-0 when your schedule has largely been weak (none of our prior opponents have a winning record to date), but won’ t get you to 7-0 when you start slow and never get out of 2nd gear. Yesterday was a perfect storm of facing a pissed off LSU team in a hostile environment. We simply had a systemic failure from coaching to special teams. Oh, and LSU is a good football team who out-coached and out-played us.

What are we going to do about it going forward? That is the only thing I care about now.

1A. We needed those 3-points when Rodrigo Blankenship was asked to try the fake. Points on the road are crucial. I’d love to see Hot Rod try to score on a fake at home against a struggling team - like Auburn or Tech - in the kind of setting where it won’t have the same gravity if it fails. But not in Baton Rouge. Inexperience doesn’t just extend to the players.

Why this play here and now?

2. This was, by far, Jake Fromm’s worst game to date. He was simply off his mark from the start. Missing on a wide-open Mecole Hardman on our very first drive - who was running free and clear down the left sideline - was the type of big play opportunity you simply cannot miss when playing on the road, and the type of throw that Jake typically makes. It was there until it wasn’t. If we make this play, it could’ve opened up a ton of offensive possibilities.

3. Kirby didn’t suddenly become a bad coach. Neither did Sam Pittman nor Mel Tucker. I’d like to believe that Jim Chaney is much better at calling plays, but yesterday clouds that thought. As bad of a job as we did upstairs and downstairs, we still had a chance at the beginning of the 4th quarter to truly make a game of it.

4. Why are we calling for 3-straight pass plays backed up inside our own 5 yard line and not trying to run it out of there? Despite Fromm’s pick on 3rd down (and a great play by LSU’s Kristian Fulton), we hold them to 3 when the game could’ve been clinched there.

5. Despite that gaffe, we get the ball back, drive 75 yards and Elijah Holyfield scores on our best offensive play of the game from the 10. LSU then gets the ball back, has to punt on a quick 3 and out that uses less than a minute of clock, and Mecole Hardman returns the ball to the Tiger’s 38 yard line. Then, we do this:

  • 1st and 10 at LSU’s 38 - Hardman jet sweep left for no gain.
  • 2nd and 10 from LSU’s 38 - Brien Herrien 4 yard run to LSU’s 34.
  • 3rd and 6, from LSU’s 34 - Jake Fromm sacked by JaCoby Stevens -9 yard loss and out of field goal range. Gotta get rid of the ball, Jake. That just can’t happen.
  • After a delay of game on 4th down Jake Camarda unleashes a 34 yard punt.

What a disastrous series of calls.

6. There are a few great mysteries in the World that may never be answered: Who built the pyramids? What is Stonehenge? Is there really a Loch Ness Monster? Why did Elijah Holyfield only carry the ball 7 times in a game tailor made for his ever-improving talents? Swift and Holyfield carried combined for 19 carries and a 6.7 yard/per average. That’s good, right? These guys were not utilized properly at all - especially when we had hope early in the 4th quarter.

Holyfield is really doing a great job at anticipating holes, making cuts and bullying people.

7. Jake Camarda has got to do better. He’d better figure out his mechanics because there is something seriously wrong with it. On 6 punts, he averaged 35.5 yards, with a couple of real stinkers.

8. Defensively, we just got whipped in the run game. Not being able to stop the run has been the biggest concern since week 1. The stats don’t lie: 275 yards, 51 attempts, 5.4 ypc.

9. LSU got some favorable spots, but ultimately we could not stop them on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and as it turned out, especially 4th down. Their long drive to put ‘em up 26-9 after we closed within 10 sealed the deal. We just couldn’t get off the field after we finally got something going.

10. I have to wonder why we are so hesitant to at least give Justin Fields a true RPO, or some shotgun snaps where he can either throw it downfield or use his legs to get out of trouble. I refuse to believe that he’s still limited by the knowledge of the playbook at this point. If ever there was a time to take the wraps off the kid, yesterday was it. Anyway, Bill Connelly pretty much nails it. If the media insists we have a QB controversy then so be it. If we don’t have some meaningful packages inserted for Fields that involves the forward pass, then yeah...that’s a problem. Let’s see what the kid can do other than hand the ball off.

We really need to throw to this man more. Unfortunately, the “highlights” end here...

11. Defensively, we just aren’t stout enough on the line as we need to be, but our interior linebackers are getting muscled out of position or are just not in position to begin with. There were some flashes of good play. We officially registered 3 sacks, with D’Andre Walker getting to Joe Burrow once, Robert Beal (hello!) once, and Tyler Clark/Keyon Richardson splitting a sack. LSU registered 3 sacks, but it seemed like 9.

12. LSU deserves all the credit in the world. They out-coached us, were the more physical team, and didn’t lose their composure at any point. Kirby preaches discipline, composure and physicality. We had very little of this in any area of the the game, where LSU did.

13. As always, the bye week could not come at a better time. Walker got dinged and there are some guys who are gassed at this point of the season. We are really missing Ben Cleveland’s presence at his usual guard spot and here’s praying he’ll be back in time for The Cocktail Party.

14. In a perfect world, we’d get a rematch with LSU in Atlanta. A lot of good has to happen between now and then to even get there. This team had better grow up in 14 days. I have no doubt we have more talent that Florida, and I still believe we have more talent than LSU. But you have got to play every down in every game with a helluva lot more focus and effort than we did yesterday.

15. Will this team rebound, similar to how we responded after getting drubbed at Auburn last year? It is very difficult to know at the moment. What I do know is there is a Gator waiting for us in 2 weeks that is feeling fairly confident at the moment. They survived against Vandy yesterday and really like to run the ball.

So, now what?

It’s easy to Sunday-Monday morning quarterback and I’m as guilty as the next guy, and if I came across as too negative I’m only being honest on what I saw on this particular Saturday. We simply played a poor game that wasn’t helped by some poor coaching. I believe we’ll learn from this and take care of business in 2 weeks. LSU played with a chip on their shoulder all game long, and I’m of the opinion they’ve passed that chip on to us. Our team has great ability, and is as talented as anyone in America. The sky is not falling. We are still constructing a massive force in the SEC that will inevitably have some hiccups along the way. We simply aren’t there yet, but I’d like to believe we are close. Yesterday was just one of those days. It’s over. Move on. October 27 is the only thing that matters now.

  • Auburn is on the road at Ole Miss next week. We are about to really find out how bad it is down on the Plains.
  • I’d like to purchase an Iowa State shirt. Once again, they slayed a Big 12 front-runner in whipping West Virginia.
  • I watched a good bit of Alabama and Missouri. I see some of the same defensive issues with Bama as I see with us. Bama is a QB injury away from disaster...and that quarterback is dinged.
  • Why wasn’t Alabama’s Raekwon Davis ejected and suspended when he punched and kicked a Missouri lineman not once, not twice, but thrice? There’s a real double standard for the Crimson Tide and flagrant personal foul penalties - going back to the Natty. Well, he did apologize so I guess that makes it alright. What say you, Steve Shaw and Greg Sankey? Crickets? Thought so...

That’s all I got and about all I want to write.

As Always, GO DAWGS!

UGA drops to 6th in Coaches Poll, 8th in AP Poll for Week 8

The Georgia Bulldogs, who fell to LSU 36-16 on Saturday, have dropped to 6th in the Coaches Poll and 8th in the AP Poll for Week 8.

Georgia received 1,426 points in the AP Poll, which is down 341 points from the Week 7 poll. In the Coaches Poll, UGA received 1,163 points, down 333 points from Week 7.

Georgia’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 27 against the 11th-ranked Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The game is set for 3:30pm ET and it will be televised by CBS.

AP Poll – Week 8

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. Michigan
7. Texas
8. Georgia
9. Oklahoma
10. UCF
11. Florida
12. Oregon
13. West Virginia
14. Kentucky
15. Washington
16. NC State
17. Texas A&M
18. Penn State
19. Iowa
20. Cincinnati
21. USF
22. Mississippi State
23. Wisconsin
24. Michigan State
25. Washington State

Others receiving votes: Stanford 71, San Diego St. 53, Southern Cal 53, Appalachian St. 51, Colorado 49, Utah St. 38, Miami 38, Utah 33, Duke 17, Texas Tech 8, Fresno St. 7, Houston 3, Maryland 2, Virginia 2.

Coaches Poll – Week 8

1. Alabama (61)
2. Ohio State (1)
3. Clemson (2)
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. Georgia
7. Michigan
8. Texas
9. UCF
10. Oklahoma
11. Oregon
12. Florida
13. West Virginia
14. Washington
15. NC State
16. Penn State
17. Kentucky
18. Texas A&M
19. Wisconsin
20. USF
21. Cincinnati
22. Iowa
23. Washington State
24. Stanford
25. Colorado

Others Receiving Votes: Miami FL 124, Mississippi State 110, Michigan State 98, San Diego State 71, Duke 60, Appalachian State 55, Utah State 33, Utah 32, USC 25, Houston 7, Fresno State 6, South Carolina 5, Virginia 4, Auburn 4, Army 4, Iowa State 3, Virginia Tech 3, North Texas 3, Texas Tech 1, Buffalo 1, Boston College 1, UAB 1.

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Kirby Smart Postgame: Missed tackles, kicking game woes, and responding to adversity.

Kirby Smart addressed the media moments ago from the depths of LSU’s Tiger Stadium following his team’s 36-16 loss to the Bayou Bengals. Among the topics covered:

• The kicking game, which Smart notes Georgia probably lost for the first time this season. In particular Kirby gives the rationale for that fake field goal gone awry.

I remain unconvinced. If you’re counting on players like Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit to get out of position so Rodrigo Blankenship can make a ten yard run, you are counting on a miracle. It was just too cute a play call by a factor of fifty.

• Jake Fromm’s struggles, which had less to do with pass protection and more to do with the type of decision making you can’t have from a guy making his 21st college start.

• Tackling. Bad tackling. I noticed it. You noticed it. Unsurprisingly Kirby Smart noticed it, too.

• Where we go from here.

Give it a listen below, and....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

LSU 36, UGA 16: Not Ready For Primetime

A Georgia Bulldog team that had been good enough to survive its faults against lesser competition finally met its match this afternoon, falling 36-16 to LSU in Baton Rouge.

The Red and Black has survived a rash of injuries, an epidemic of fumbles against Tennessee, and a plague of penalties against Vandy. But Ed Orgeron’s Bayou Bengals proved that all that was really necessary to dethrone Georgia was to play solid fundamental football and let the ‘Dawgs self-destruct. LSU converted an inconceivable 5 of 5 fourth down attempts and used 5 Cole Tracy field goals to keep just enough distance from Kirby Smart’s team for most of the game. Then, when the Athenians needed a couple of big plays to turn the tide late they instead threw a bad interception and fumbled a kickoff return.

This game was frustrating for Georgia fans in much the way the 2017 Auburn game was, as the self-inflicted wounds came from precisely the players the ‘Dawgs needed to come up big. Jake Fromm suffered hands-down his most disappointing game as a Bulldog, missing multiple wide open receivers, failing to spot open receivers, then pressing late to give up both costly turnovers and sacks. Fromm finished 16 of 34 passing for 206 yards, with those 2 uncharacteristic interceptions.

There’s absolutely no reason to believe Justin Fields would have fared better. The freshman did help move the ball at times, but doesn’t have full command of the passing game yet. That won’t stop some from calling for the QB competition to be thrown wide-open in a short-sided overreaction. This Fromm effort was vintage sophomore Aaron Murray, attempting to put the whole team on his back when all he really needed to do was what he’s done regularly through the first six weeks of the season. Hopefully like Murray he learns his lesson.

LSU’s Joe Burrow by contrast looked like a veteran. While only 15 of 30 passing he never turned the ball over. He also made some clutch plays with his legs, including a 59 yard dash in the fourth quarter in which he juked Richard LeCounte clean out of his cleats in the open field.

Mecole Hardman, in addition to that guy-wrenching fumble, had a couple of painful drops on what could have been momentum-shifting plays. Again, it seemed a case of trying to do too much, and while you can’t fault the effort you can 100% bemoan the decision making from a veteran football player.

Defensively the ‘Dawgs gave up 475 yards, but 163 of those came on two fourth quarter drives when the Bulldog D just looked worn down. LSU held a definitive 7 minute time of possession edge, helped by a Bulldog offense that strung together 7 or fewer plays on 11 of their 13 drives.

Georgia now has an open week before taking on a Florida team that’s surged to a 6-1 start of its own in year one under Dan Mullen. Suddenly the SEC East looks a little more open than it did a couple of weeks ago.

In the end the first few weeks of this season likely seduced UGA fans into forgetting some of the gaping holes they knew existed coming into this season. Today Georgia played the kind of inconsistent football one expects from a young, rebuilding football team that needed to see that they’re not as good as their press clippings would indicate. Ed Orgeron’s team appears to have delivered that message loud and clear. Until later....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

#2 Georgia upset by #12 LSU, 36-16

BATON ROUGE, La. – The second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs faltered in Death Valley, suffering a 36-16 upset loss to No. 12 LSU in front of a crowd of 102,321 at Tiger Stadium.

Georgia forced a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, but the momentum didn’t matriculate to the rest of the half or game. Despite the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) pulling the game within 10 points at the end of the third quarter, the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) did not relinquish control as they sealed the game with 17 fourth quarter points. It marks Georgia’s first 20-point loss since losing at Auburn last season, 40-17.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “You have to give LSU credit. They are a great football team. We didn’t do well against their hurry up offense, which caused us to not be able to play as many guys as we norally do. They did a great job of mixing up their play calls with run and pass. Offensively, we had a drought and they capitalized. We didn’t come out physical today. We just have to execute better and get better overall.”

Defensively, Georgia gave up a season-high 475 total yards and 36 points, however the Bulldogs forced five LSU field goals inside the Georgia 25-yard line and were on the field for a season-high 33 minutes and 41 seconds. Freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell had a team-high and career-high 11 tackles, while senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter tallied 10 tackles – also a career high.

Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm went 16-of-34 for 209 passing yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Riley Ridley led the receiving group with three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, which came late in the fourth quarter. On the ground, D’Andre Swift picked up a team-high 72 yards on a dozen attempts, while Elijah Holyfield added 56 yards on seven carries and touchdown.

Georgia trailed 16-0 at the half, putting the Bulldogs in the hole that they didn’t overcome. The Bulldogs’ most successful first half drive came on its second possession, which spanned 12 plays for 59 yards – all on the ground – however a failed fake field goal attempt halted the Bulldogs. At the half, Fromm was 5 for 16 for just 47 passing yards, while most of the production occurred on the ground with Swift tallying 47 yards on seven carries and Holyfield mustering 33 yards on five attempts.

The Bulldogs took the opening possession of the third quarter 52 yards on 12 plays, setting up a 40-yard Rodrigo Blankenship field goal to make it 16-3. After a Fromm interception that gave the Tigers a short field, the Bulldogs defense held LSU to its fourth field goal inside Georgia’s 25-yard line.

Holyfield finished off a seven-play 75-yard drive on the ensuing possession with a 10-yard touchdown run to make it a 19-9 game with the failed two-point try. Two plays earlier on a 3rd-and-6, a scrambling Fromm found Swift for an eight-yard pickup. Holyfield followed that up with a 13-yard run that was aided by a pushing offensive line, which set up the touchdown on the next play.

After each team traded punts to start the fourth quarter, LSU capitalized with a touchdown to move ahead 26-9. The Tigers tacked on another field goal off a Georgia special teams turnover, which put LSU well ahead and able to control the clock until the final whistle.

With today’s 36-16 loss to #12 LSU, the Tigers take a 17-13-1 edge in the series history that dates back to 1928. This was the 11thmeeting where both teams were ranked in the top 25 and LSU now leads that 6-5.

Georgia has its open date next weekend before traveling to the annual neutral site game against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Florida on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

POST-GAME NOTES

*Series History: With today’s 36-16 loss to #12 LSU, the Tigers take a 17-13-1 edge in the series history that dates back to 1928. This was the 11thmeeting where both teams were ranked in the top 25 and LSU now leads that 6-5.

*Points off Turnovers:  The Bulldogs came in today+6 in Turnover Margin with only three turnovers on the year that resulted in no points by the opponents. LSU forced four turnovers and turned them into 13 points.

*No Points At The Half: For the first time since the 2016 Auburn game on Nov. 12, Georgia was shut out in the first half. Auburn led 7-0 at the half that day, and the Bulldogs rallied back for a 13-7 victory. The Bulldogs came in today averaging 42.8 points a game, and at the half, the Bulldogs trailed LSU 16-0 and ended with their first loss of the year.

*A Look At The Defense:  In the first half, LSU built a 16-0 lead. The Tigers ran 45 plays for 246 yards. After forcing LSU to punt on its first drive, the Tigers scored on their next four possessions, getting one TD and three field goals. For the game, the Tigers tallied 475 yards on 81 plays with three touchdowns and five field goals.

Georgia’s leading tacklers with career-highs were freshman DB Tyson Campbellwith 11 and senior DE Jonathan Ledbetterhad 10. The Bulldogs had three sacks in the first half as D’Andre Walkergot his team-leading fifth while Tyler Clarkand Keyon Richardsonsplit a sack and freshman OLB Robert Beal, Jr.,registered his first.

A Look At Fromm And The Offense: Sophomore QB Jake Fromm came in ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency but struggled going 5-for-16 for 47 yards in the first half and finished 16-for-34 for 209 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs.  In the opening possession of the second half, Fromm went 4-for-5 for 45 yards as the Bulldogs managed a field goal. However, the second possession ended with an interception at the UGA 23, and the Tigers turned into a field goal and a 19-3 lead. Georgia answered with its first TD-drive of the contest, going 75 yards on seven plays capped by a 10-yard run by Elijah Holyfield. A two-point try failed so the Bulldogs only cut the deficit to 19-9. Junior Riley Ridley (3 rec., 75 yards, 1 TD) caught a 27-yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 29-16 with six minutes left in the contest. In the first half, Georgia’s offense was limited to 32 plays for 124 yards and no points and for the game finished with 16 points on 64 plays with 322 yards.

*Another Early Deficit: For the second straight contest, Georgia fell behind after never trailing in the first five games of the year. Today, LSU capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive with a field goal with 9:32 left in the first quarter for a 3-0 edge and led the whole game. Last week, Vanderbilt went up 3-0 in the first quarter and Georgia responded with a one play, 75-yard TD and led the rest of the way. The deficit against the Commodores lasted 15 seconds. Today on its second drive, Georgia drove to the LSU 14 and then attempted a fake field goal. Junior PK Rodrigo Blankenship was stopped for a loss of two yards and fumbled on the play. LSU took over at the Georgia 16 and went 84 yards for a TD and a 10-0 advantage. It was the longest TD drive against Georgia this season. Georgia trailed 13-0 with 11:22 left in the first half after a 36-yard field goal capped a 5-play, 53-yard drive. LSU extended its lead to 16-0 with 5:09 remaining after a 39-yard field goal. The last time Georgia attempted a fake field goal was 2014, and it was successful against Georgia Tech, a 28-yard rush by PK Marshall Morgan.

*Running Game: The Bulldogs finished with 113 yards on 39 carries. In the first half,Georgia’s rushing attack tallied 77 yards on 16 carries. For the game, sophomore D’Andre Swifttallied 72 yards on 12 carries while junior Elijah Holyfieldhad 56 yards on seven carries.

* Blankenship Provides 1stPoints: JuniorPK Rodrigo Blankenship went 1-for-1 on field goals. He made a 40-yarder to put Georgia on the board on its first drive of the second half as the Bulldogs then trailed 16-3. He is 10-for-12 in field goals this year including 6-for-7 from a range of 40-49 yards. He had four kickoffs with three touchbacks and squibbed his final one as the Bulldogs looked to rally. Also, he was part of an unsuccessful fake field goal attempt.

*For Starters On The Line: Senior center Lamont Gaillard started his team-leading 35thstraight game while junior DB J.R. Reedleads the defense as he’s made 22ndconsecutive starts. Junior Charlie Woernermade his first start of the year and fourth of his career as the Bulldogs opened with a two tight end set.

*Captains: Today’s captains were seniorsNatrez Patrick (ILB), Terry Godwin (WR) and D’Andre Walker (OLB).

*Up Next:Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) is off next Saturday and returns to action versus No. 14 Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) in Jacksonville on Oct. 27. Kickoff will be at 3:30 and televised by CBS-Sports.

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Evening Open Thread: Hello Darkness My Old Friend

The look says it all.

Frankly, don’t even get me started.

I’ll be back with the wrap up of Georgia’s error-prone effort against LSU shortly, but for those of you looking to move on now there’s a decent amount of half-decent football coming up tonight.

There’s a top 15 matchup between Michigan and Wisconsin on ABC, and #6 West Virginia traveling to always dangerous Ames to take on Iowa State. Miami travels to Virginia, and Ole Miss and Arkansas play one of the SEC’s perennial bat crap crazyfests.

Odds are none of them will play as far below their capabilities as Georgia did today.

Fourth Quarter Open Thread: Crunch time.

Georgia is fast running out of time to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in this one. The odds got longer in the third quarter when Georgia, backed up deep in its own territory, gave up an interception and three more points to field goal machine Cole Tracy.

The ‘Dawgs got rolling a little on offense as the third ended. Georgia now needs somebody to step up and make a huge play. Then needs someone else to make another one. It’s assuredly gut check time.

Go ‘Dawgs!

Third Quarter Open Thread

Your Georgia Bulldogs embarrassed themselves repeatedly in the first half of this one, with terrible execution the likes of which we probably haven’t seen since the Ole miss game in September 2016. It was unacceptable at this point in the program’s development, and disappointing in almost every respect.

Now it’s time to put it behind us and go win the football game.

Just about everything that could go wrong in the first half of this one did. Jake Fromm played quite literally the worst half of football I’ve seen out of him, and I’ve been watching him almost weekly since he was a sophomore in high school. Tyson Campbell has been picked on mercilessly and didn’t help himself with a brain sprain that led to a big pass play. The playcalling from Jim Chaney has been inconsistent, likely owing to the fact that he knows with about as much certainty as you or I which of his players will blow an assignment next. And while the Athenians have played solid defense 94% of the time, the other 6% has consisted of missed tackles that destroyed any momentum.

Add in an LSU team which has executed extremely well ( no turnovers and 3 of 3 on fourth down, including one from inside their own thirty that only a fool or a gravelly-voiced Cajun would have even attempted) and you have the recipe for a 16-0 deficit.

The Red and Black will get the ball to start the third quarter and will have to play an entirely different brand of football in the second half to get back in this one. If there’s any solace to be taken here it’s that the ‘Dawgs have been a great second half team. There’s also the fact that there’s only so much pixie dust that Ed Orgeron can pull out of his bag of tricks, and only so accurate Joe Burrow can be. This one hasn’t slipped away, but Georgia needs to do a lot of things right and needs LSU to do a few things wrong to right the ship.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Second quarter open thread: Baby, we were born to run.

Unless we’re talking about Hot Rod. Sending him around the corner against LSU’s two All-SEC defensive backs was just stupid. Whoever called that fake, while a very gifted football coach in general, did something very stupid in that specific instance.

The question is whether at this point Georgia can recover from Jake Fromm looking less than sharp, and again, the stupidest fake field goal I think I have ever seen. The defense looks solid, and the rushing game looks flawless. Now, can Georgia get out of its own way to come back from the first real deficit it’s faced all season?

First Quarter Open Thread: Time to put the cards on the table.

The prevailing wisdom is that Georgia’s football season really begins in earnest in today’s clash with LSU. If that is the case, then today is also the day when all excuses regarding what Georgia able to do and willing to show go out the window as well.

No longer is there any excuse for bringing players along slowly, or leaving anything in the playbook. There’s no reason to doubt anyone’s motivation, or to think that there is anything in the tank that’s not being put on display. Now is the time.

If you’re the Red and Black now is when you prove that you are a national championship contender despite the losses from 2017, Or confirm that you remain a year away from being back in the title conversation.

Let’s show them what we got.

Go ‘‘Dawgs!!!

Game Day ‘Dawg Bites is coming to your cit-taayyy!

It’s game day in Baton Rouge, where your #2 ranked Georgia Bulldogs will take on #13 LSU at 2:30 p.m. local time, 3:30 eastern on CBS.

While it doesn’t appear to be a Notre Dame-level takeover, Bulldog fans are making their presence known in the Boot.

Our SB Nation sister site, And The Valley Shook has a great analysis of what to look for in this contest.

As the guys from Chapel Bell Curve noted earlier this week, the advanced stats seem to really favor Georgia in this one, to an extent that is hard to reconcile with how physically talented the Bayou Bengals appear to be.

You may have already known this, but this game is among the most important on today’s schedule, and of the whole SEC season.

Have concerns about the performance of Georgia’s front seven so far this season? Senior linebacker Juwan Taylor respectfully disagrees.

Maybe coaching in a league where paying players is encouraged will be just the ticket for Hugh Freeze.

As always you can calibrate your TV viewing for the day with RedCrake’s schedule. We’ll be back with your usual slate of comment threads for the day’s action shortly. Until then...

Go ‘‘Dawgs!!!

Gameday Morning Open Comment Thread

The weather is turning cooler and it’s an absolutely breathtaking morning here in Athens, Georgia. But our Dawgs, alas, they are not here. Our #2 Georgia Bulldogs have traveled all the way to Red Stick to take on the #13 LSU Tigers this afternoon. In the meantime, I have some time to kill so I’ll be taking care of some minor plumbing and electrical fixes around the house, diving into BLOPS 4, and mocking the College Gameday crew as they try to make Michigan/Wisconsin seem like a thrilling contest of traditional powers instead of the slog it will wind up being. So let’s get the morning started right:

This is your Gameday Morning Open Comment Thread. Please use it to share your thoughts about this afternoon’s contest, the rest of today’s games, how you’ll be spending your morning, and how thrilled you are to have autumn weather finally pushing in. Have a great morning, everybody. Until later...

GOOOO DAWGS!!!

Three Things Georgia Has To Do To Beat LSU

It’s been building up slowly, cresting into a tidal wave.

Saturday’s the barometer of how good Georgia is will be laid out in full force.

The blunt truth, despite the buildup to the South Carolina game, is that this team has not, in any stretch, been challenged. That changes starting with the road swing to LSU.

While a loss won’t be the end of SEC East hopes or bigger aspirations, losing is not something that anyone within the program would have an interest in. Win, and it’s another step on the road. Lose, and the narrative of this team, from the outside, at least, is that the leaders from last year left too much of a void, and that like Auburn last year, its kryptonite is rabid opposing stadiums.

Here’s three keys to a Georgia win over LSU.

Limit mistakes and turnovers

When you play in a place like LSU, the littlest miscue can be red meat to a rabid wild animal. One penalty in an inopportune time can kill a drive or extinguish a defense stop. A turnover, especially early, gives LSU momentum, making it beyond difficult for an opposing team. Simply put - Georgia has to somehow put a halt to its recent dumb penalties.

Pressure Burrow

Georgia’s defensive front, even if it is a bit depleted, needs to continue what it did last week against Vandy and pressure the quarterback. While the pressures may not have resulted in many sacks, it did force incompletions, slowing the offense to a crawl.

Florida last week showed that if you can disrupt Joe Burrow and take away his ability to make plays outside the pocket, you can stop the Tigers.

Stay Focused Up Front

In truth, there could not be a worse place to take a battered offensive line that’s battling Dr. Time as it tries to quickly build chemistry among veterans and players rushed into action. Against LSU’s aggressive defensive front, things will go wrong - missed assignments will happen and sacks will be given up.

How the offensive line meets those challenges may very well define the season going forward for Georgia.

Go Dawgs!

don’t get rattled

Around the SEC

Happy Friday, Dawg Nation! I would imagine an abnormally large portion of y’all will be reading this from the state of Louisiana as we takeover yet another road game. I hope to see some of y’all in Baton Rouge or celebrating in New Orleans Saturday night.

As we migrate from Bourbon Street on Broad to the actual Bourbon Street, let’s catch up on everything else going on around the league before the games begin.

Here’s what’s happening around the SEC:

  • Alabama has retaken the no.1 recruiting composite ranking on 247 Sports. We’ll see if they end up there when all is said and done.
  • Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has scheduled a visit to Arkansas. The Chad Morris connection could lure Bryant to the Razorbacks for his final season.
  • In more Arkansas news, the Razorbacks and Oklahoma State Cowboys have agreed to a home-and-home series. Arkansas will travel to Stillwater in 2024, with the Cowboys returning the favor in 2027.
  • Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has landed a job as the offensive coordinator for the Arizona AAF team. It’s only a matter of time before he lands a college head coaching job once again, and possibly even sooner if Louisville cans Bobby Petrino this offseason.
  • Auburn RT Jack Driscoll could return to the starting lineup after being injured in Auburn’s loss last week to Mississippi State.
  • South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp has given the starting job back to a healthy Jake Bentley, but it appears that the door isn’t shut on Michael Scarnecchia, who played well last week against Missouri. We’ll see how the Gamecocks respond to Bentley being back in the starting lineup.

Until next time… GEAUX DAWGS!!!

Season 3 Volume 7: LSU

Intro

I won’t belabor an extensive intro this week. It’s put up or shut up time for the Dawgs as we enter a 4 week stretch against ranked opponents. While I feel like I know almost nothing about how Georgia will respond when backed against the wall in a big game (thanks South Carolina), I am confident in the talent and mentality foundation we are built on thanks to Coach Smart. I am ready to learn about 2018 Georgia, and I think I am going to like what I see.

Positional Advantage vs LSU

Quarterback vs Quarterback

· The combination of Jake Fromm and Justin Fields gives Georgia the strong advantage over LSU’s Joe Burrow. Burrow has been good on the ground and decent through the air. However, Fromm has been extremely efficient and puts Georgia’s offense in the right play more often than not. Fields is icing on the cake, very very valuable icing. Advantage: Georgia

Georgia Offensive Line vs LSU Defensive Line

· LSU has a very solid defensive line, although maybe not as talented as we are accustomed to. Georgia’s offensive line is young, talented and deep. Not worried about Andrew Thomas when it comes to pass rush but Isiah Wilson could be challenged. In the end, depth and raw talent win out. Advantage: Georgia

Georgia Running Backs vs LSU Linebackers

· Devin White is the best linebacker in the country and could be drafted as high as #3 overall. He is a thicker Roquan Smith. He will be a menace in both run and pass defense the entire game. As good as Swift, Holyfield, Herrien and Cook are, White is better. This is obviously not to say that Georgia’s run game won’t have success, but White will have to be accounted for on every single play. For that reason, Advantage: LSU

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Wide Receivers vs LSU Secondary

· Dang, this matchup is just a bunch of good players vs another bunch of good players. Greedy Williams is the second best corner in college football. Grant Delpit is a physical and rangy beast. I’ve loved his play all season, especially against Auburn. But this will be the most physical and dynamic receiving core the Tigers have faced. Combo of Mecole and Ridley are experienced and can do every single thing you need them to do. When Terry Godwin, Jeremiah Holloman, Tyler Simmons and the entire TE core are your depth, you are in good shape against any secondary. Advantage: Georgia

Georgia Defensive Line vs LSU Offensive Line

· The LSU offensive Line is good not great. I would say the same of Georgia’s defensive line so far this year. The David Marshall injury is a huge one as he was coming on in the past few weeks. Tyler Clark needs a big game to push this over the edge for Georgia. If Jordan Davis and Julian Rochester are able to provide solid depth, the Dawgs will hold their own in the run game. Advantage: Georgia

Georgia Linebackers vs LSU Running Backs

Georgia does not have a dominating, alpha inside linebacker and LSU does not have an alpha in the backfield. Nick Brossette is a solid SEC back just as Natrez Patrick, Monty Rice and Juwuan Taylor are solid inside linebackers, but the game won’t be won or lost on the backs of these players. D’andre Walker’s knack for knocking the ball out pushes Georgia ahead here. If he forces a fumble Saturday, Georgia wins without question. Advantage: Georgia

Georgia Secondary vs LSU Receivers

JR Reed and D’andre Baker will not be fazed by a big game in an opposing stadium. The Georgia secondary will need to play extremely physical in the run game and make LSU prove they can beat them over the top. This unit is the one I have the most confidence in for a big game Saturday. Advantage: Georgia

I know all you mathematicians have counted up the “Advantage: Georgia”’s and are ready to celebrate. Hold your horses; this is a top 15 matchup in Death Valley. Given LSU’s raw talent and the environment on Saturday, this is likely to be Georgia’s toughest matchup of the regular season. One area I think Georgia has a huge advantage: Coaching. Georgia’s halftime adjustments have been absolutely terrific since Kirby took over. Match that with Ed Orgeron and a consistently rocky situation at offensive coordinator for LSU and Georgia may have as much as a 7 point advantage strictly through coaching (IMO). However, as is normally the case in college football, the players do most of the talking and I think the Dawgs will speak loud and clear this weekend. Georgia solidifies itself as the #2 team in the country and starts a roll through the rest of the SEC. Dawgs 31 LSU 17

Need more playing time

· D’andre Swift- feels weird to say this about a starter but it is true. Swift looked FULL SPEED for the first time all season against Vandy. He is a game breaker that can go 70 yards any time he touches the ball. If he is 100%, he needs more snaps to possibly house it.

· Justin Fields- I have been ultra-impressed by Fields. He still has a ways to go with the playbook and could use some improvement in ball security but he can do so many things physically that most people in the country cant. Situations where I hope to see more of Fields

o 3rd and 1: Cam Newton wasn’t stopped on 3rd and 1 and Fields won’t be either. QB Sneak, Read Option, Speed option, I don’t care. Give him the ball and he will fall forward for at least 2.5 yards

o Redzone: so many extra plays for a defense to prepare for inside 20 yards

o Need a Spark: as he gets more comfortable in the offense he will get more opportunities to boost the offense should it stagnate. He can fling a deep ball and scramble out of broken plays. Dynamic player. I think Georgia has been saving something special with Fields against LSU

· Tae Crowder: Crowder was excellent in pass coverage and aggressive in pressure. If he can defeat blocks and be physical in the run game, he will become a more complete 3 down linebacker. Until then, he will provide fresh minutes behind more established players

NCAA Football: Middle Tennessee at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

· Jordan Davis: Davis got the majority of his playing time on one drive and made 3 consecutive tackles. He is probably the largest defensive lineman Georgia has and with the unit banged up and inconsistent, a second half surge from a big freshman could be one of the best things for this team. I am hoping he solidifies himself as a consistent rotation player starting in the LSU game

Bucky’s Easy Money of the Week

Woof. Tough week. I think the downslide was spread across most of college football as the Bear went 0-3 (professional slappy). Season is still yielding good results and this week will help.

Last Week: 1-4

This Season: 17-13-1, 57% win percentage

Overall: 77-69-3, 53% Win Percentage

Friday Morning Dawg Bites is Coming Back Again

Vooooodooooo... voodoo... vooooodooooo... voodoo...

It’s another Friday here at Dawg Sports and that means I get free reign to continue torturing you with some of the most addictively awful 90s earworms that hold court in my steel-trap brain. Given the spooky time of year (which I am thoroughly enjoying), our opponent Saturday afternoon, and the mystique surrounding their stadium and the strange things that sometimes happen there, there was really only one choice:

(Warning: This video contains a handful of shots of a mildly NSFW, scantily-clad goth girl/voodoo priestess who is probably like an investment banker or something now. The objectification really just adds to the cringe, but you’ve been warned.)

Now, on to your Friday Morning Dawg Bites:


  • Let’s start things off with staff picks for this weekend’s biggest games from The Red and Black. Huh? Hebert picked LSU? Hold on a second... Hebert... that name sounds awfully Cajun to me. Alert! Alert! The Red and Black has been infiltrated by a Bayou sleeper agent! Just kidding, Michael. Say hi to your brother T-Bob for me.
  • Speaking of The Red and Black, they have an excellent profile of Andrew Thomas up. I genuinely enjoy their coverage, so I’ll let the obvious biblical pun slide.
  • DawgNation points out that Georgia is an incredibly young team heading into Death Valley. But the most salient point is that that youth can no longer be a going concern, as we’ve reached the point in the season where you can’t really call first year players that have been playing all year “inexperienced”.
  • If you need a quick brush-up on the recent history between Georgia and LSU, DawgsOnline has you covered with a solid recap of the series since 1990.
  • CBS has some fun with numbers (which I find to be somewhat dubious). If I was doing simulations of the games in NCAA Football from EA Sports, I might buy it. But actual football doesn’t work that way and I think Georgia has a much better than 1 in 5 chance of beating LSU, Florida, Kentucky, and Auburn. Time will tell, but if they do drop a game or two, it won’t be due to projections.
  • If you’re heading to Tiger Stadium, here is some info about how you can get yourself a beverage once you’re inside.
  • If you missed it, Lady Dawgs basketball coach, Joni Taylor has been extended an additional three years on her contract (which now runs through 2024).
  • Finally, if you need to get your workout on this morning:

That’s all for now, folks. Until later...

GOOOO DAWGS!!!

Chapel Bell Curve: Ed Orgeron, Schrodinger’s cat, and you.

Georgia is heading to Baton Rouge, and the guys have some thoughts on that, including:

• LSU’s perfectly adequate offense and definitively decent defense.

• Joe Burrow, feline thought experiment.

• One of the absolute greatest college band numbers you will positively not hear on Saturday.*

• The always entertaining Over/Under and the guys’ score predictions.

*But you’ll hear it here.

So go ahead and mash that “like” button, tell a friend, and blast this episode out of your car windows as you roll into Louisiana.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

UGA football: 2018 Georgia-LSU Trailer

The Georgia Bulldogs are set to take on the LSU Tigers on Saturday in Baton Rouge. The game is set for 3:30pm ET on CBS.

UGA football has released a trailer for the 2018 Georgia-LSU game titled “Savages.”

“You see, they call us savages, because frankly, that’s who we are. We’re fighters.”

Check out the video below. Go Dawgs!

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UGA releases The Reel: Vanderbilt video

The Georgia Bulldogs have released the video The Reel: Vanderbilt following their 41-13 victory over the Commodores last weekend.

The video features highlights from the UGA-Vanderbilt game with audio from head coach Kirby Smart, Scott Howard, Eric Zeier, and more.

Check out the video below. Go Dawgs!

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Cocktail Thursday: LSU Edition

Are your Georgia Bulldogs headed to play in a place known as “Death Valley” against a top 20 team coached by a man who speaks a language only he understands? You could probably use a drink. Allow me to help.

College football is a strange business, and that’s just on the surface. Dig down into the statistical minutiae and it gets plum weird. Exhibit A: the 2018 Georgia Bulldog defense—-

Georgia has been bending and bending and bending this season. the ‘Dawgs rarely create a sack. They’re getting tackles behind the line of scrimmage less frequently than the average college football team. Yet they lead the SEC in total defense, surrendering 282.3 yards per game. And they’re second in scoring defense, surrendering a stingy 13.0 points per game. Most peculiar, mama.

I could make the argument that Georgia has amassed those stats against the likes of Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State. Or at least I could have when those schools were the main sample constituents. Six games in however Georgia has now also played the Missouri team that ranks third in the SEC in total offense, a South Carolina squad that ranks seventh, and a Vandy team that slides in at #8. In fact the Red and Black have held every conference opponent they’ve faced more than 10 points below their season average.

These kids may, in fact, be alright. And if there’s a stat that should give you some confidence going into the Classic City Canines’ tilt with the Bayou Bengals, it’s probably that LSU is currently 9th in the SEC in total offense and 7th in scoring offense. Joe Burrow is no Drew Lock. He’s not even Kyle Shurmur.

Georgia on the other hand has seven offensive players with over 200 combined rushing/receiving yards in 2018. The Athenians have 13 rushing plays of 20+ yards and 12 passing plays of 25+. In short, the Georgia defense forces you to string together play after play, efficiently moving 75 yards down the field on every scoring drive. The Georgia offense on the other hand tends to take the express lane.

If Georgia has an advantage in this game, it’s that LSU’s very good defense only really needs to give up 3 or 4 big plays to give this one away. The Georgia defense on the other hand is likely to fiddle faddle around for long stretches giving Joe Burrow and the LSU offense the chance to get in its own way, at which they’ve been quite good at times this season.

So what’s the drink for the game in which a turbo-charged ‘Dawg offense may just be too much for the Louisianans?

Abita Turbodog. Brewed proudly in Abita Springs, Louisiana, Turbodog was actually the very first Cocktail Thursday selection at my old blogger site back in 2006. It’s just as good now. Turbodog’s caramel and chocolate malt flavor with just enough hops to add some character goes with basically any meal. It’s substantial enough to sip and savor slowly, but not so heavy you feel like it’s a meal-replacement shake. I’m not saying it’s the perfect beer to turbocharge your tailgate. But I’d give my boudin balls to know what a better choice would be. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

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