Georgia-Tennessee game day thread

My biggest worry today isn’t the possibility of a Georgia hangover after last week’s leave-everything-on-the-field classic.  No, I don’t expect the Dawgs to play at the same emotional level today, but when you read a fan piece like this one, about how UT can pull off the upset, you realize it’s going to take a lot more than Georgia not bringing its A game for that to happen.

What does make me a little nervous is the possibility that Butch Jones treats today like a bowl game.  It’s a perfect opportunity to take a “what the heck” approach – it’s in the middle of his first year and the last three games have brought the fan base back to reality.  After the season, nobody in Knoxville is really going to care if a loss to Georgia is close or not; if taking a bunch of chances like fake punts, onside kicks and fourth down attempts gives UT a chance to win, why not?  Plus, who knows how Georgia’s kids handle a crazy game?

As I indicated earlier, turnovers are something to keep an eye on, both because that’s the obvious way for Tennessee to stay in the game (like last year) and because the Vols have been all over the place in that regard this season.  If that’s not a factor, then I think Georgia’s run defense and passing game will be the difference.  Well, and this:

The Vols will be sporting a new look for the Georgia game, donning the Smokey gray uniforms for the first time. It will be a motivator, a boost to recruiting, and Butch said “I think it’s something our fan base has been waiting for.”

Player James Stone, who spoke briefly at the press conference, said it would be “extra juice” to motivate the guys.

James, speaking from experience, that probably isn’t going to end well.

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125 responses to “Georgia-Tennessee game day thread

  1. The Lone Stranger

    More like fake juice in addition to weak sauce. UT could march out there dressed as a squadron of orcs or the Red Army, when the “smoke” clears they will be staring up at a 20 pt. defeat.

    Murray will look like an EA quarterback today IF the OTs look like they did vs. LSU. The game should be fun.

    • Russ

      “Squadron of Orcs”. Lol!

      • 81Dog

        he’s probably given the uniform designers for GTU a couple of ideas! Fish Fry could shuck his usual game day gear and dress like Gimli. If I had the skills of LSU Freek, I could make that happen.

  2. NRBQ

    Hoping this is the theme for doday….

  3. NRBQ

    Or, TODAY…

  4. Normaltown Mike

    You like-a da juice?

  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    I’m worried sick…because that’s what I do. Is it rational? I sure hope not. But as we all know, hope is a dangerous thing. Their offensive line is huge, just huge, their long snappah is like a freaking Jugs machine…worry, worry, worry.

  6. Nate Dawg

    All together now:
    Gooooooo…
    Georgia Bulldogs!

  7. Will

    I remember that fake juice taste. So sweet on the way down, but man did it burn on the way back up.

  8. NRBQ

    Nick Saban is one cold bastard.

    A.J. is 15/16 with 4 TDs in the second. They’ve only run it 12 times.

    • The Lone Stranger

      That’s not so bad. Ask the Maryland Turtles … 0-62 a few plays into the 4th! Ay-yay-yay.

  9. AthensHomerDawg

    I bet “Butch Please” pulls that hand off/ jump pass out of his bag of tricks too.

  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    Just had my first glimpse of the new, improved Vols’s uniforms….words fail me.

  11. The Lone Stranger

    This, and I never expressed it leading up to this tilt, is what had me concerned going into this game. Bloody missed read and season-ending injury to KM. I feel really bad for that Dawg, obviously. Does Keith get an extra season this far into ’13? Gotta hope so for the dude.

  12. Nashville West

    These announcers are idiots. They don’t know if it is a sprain or what and now they are already talking about the season.

    • NRBQ

      I dunno. Marshall wasn’t crying like a kid facing a sprain. Looked to me like the trainers gave him some tragic news, although I sure hope I’m wrong.

  13. The Lone Stranger

    But on another note, this is a fine moment for the defense to coalesce and bring some fury to bear on the Smokey Vols.

  14. The Lone Stranger

    Just an idle thought, but what does a Hall/Hicks backfield look like? Any chance of that?

  15. The Lone Stranger

    … and now I know I am nervous — back-to-back posts!

  16. NRBQ

    Brilliant snark from Richt, wearing that Smokey Grey shirt.

    Please, please, please don’t let that backfire.

  17. Scorpio Jones, III

    4th down….is that the same as 3rd and 23?

  18. Nashville West

    Had to turn the sound off. Why’d we have to get these guys again?

  19. Jax Dawg

    It’s a lot of fun cheering for a really good football team.

  20. dudetheplayer

    Nice first half. Run defense is solid and Damian Swann is still playing really poorly. Offense looks a little disjointed, but I’m not complaining about 17-3.

    Huge bummer about Keith.

  21. Scorpio Jones, III

    Jesus H. Peezamighty….did you see what that Florida State did there?

    One of the Tube Buffoons actually picked Maryland…..Clemson /FSU winner vs. THEOhiostate. Dammit to hell.

  22. Tom

    Murray’s arm must be tired from last week.

  23. AthensHomerDawg

    This is going to prove to be an expensive game. Butch is a Muschamp wanna be with the yelling thing.

  24. dudetheplayer

    I really hate playing Tennessee.

  25. Nashville West

    Good thing that we don’t have to play Oregon

  26. David K

    That wasn’t a catch. Clearly out of bounds.

  27. dudetheplayer

    Tennessee clearly has a defense that struggles against spread-type, move the ball outside the tackles offenses, so our strategy this game has been to pound the ball up the middle as much as we can. This is why Bobo makes you want to drink bleach when you watch him call plays sometimes.

  28. AthensHomerDawg

    Did I mention this was going to be an expensive game? I hate the thought of playoffs.

  29. 20 ninjas

    I wish the effing announcers would stop talking about “if so and so stays healthy.” I feel like they are jinxing us with every single syllable that comes out of their mouths. Jesus, this game is brutal to watch.

  30. Chuck

    File this one under “Everything That Could Possibly Go Wrong.”

  31. 20 ninjas

    …. and now we’re not talking about a signature win for a national championship bid, we’re talking about making it out of Nashville with our season intact.

  32. Grayish

    Q hicks is a damn sissy ass pos.

  33. Dawg from long ago

    May Aaron Murray have a long and happy life. Man of the Year, for sure.

  34. dudetheplayer

    Time to earn that paycheck, Grantham.

  35. dudetheplayer

    “The player stomped his foot causing a false start.”

    Wat?

  36. Russ

    That’s it. I am off the Grantham train.

  37. Chuck

    Wasn’t that 4th and 1 play the same play LSU scored both their rushing TDs on? Do our coaches know you aren’t required to run it up the middle on 4th and 1?

  38. Russ

    Looks like my January schedule is opening up.

  39. dudetheplayer

    nightmare win.

  40. AusDawg85

    We’ll…that was easy.

  41. Dawg from long ago

    Damn, we finally stole one. But it was owed.

  42. TennesseeDawg

    You’re KILLING ME DAWGS, KILLING ME

  43. Dolly Llama

    Start a new thread. I’m ready.

  44. Raven

    Go Dawgs!!!!!

  45. Dolly Llama

    Arkansas 7, Fla. 0. Buck up. Let’s all take a step back and reassess our football team when y’all get back, whenever y’all do.

  46. Will (the other one)

    OK, I’m done defending the defense until further notice. Particularly the secondary.
    And now I’m off to drink all the beers in the fridge.

  47. SCDawg

    Glad we could get Mason a few snaps.

  48. BWD

    I’m going to have a heart attack before this season is over.

  49. Oh…thank god. Luv me Dawgs

  50. Billy Mumphrey

    Well, ole lady luck really saved our watchamacallits!

  51. AusDawg85

    Feel terrible for Marshall, JSW, Bennett, Barber and other walking wounded, but let’s change that quote of the day, shall we?

  52. Noonan

    I will never speak of this game again.

  53. NRBQ

    So much for the breather. We should have known better.

    Devestating injuries, more bend & break defense, funky play-calling, a couple of horrible calls, and a bolt of blinding luck in overtime.

    Bottom line, though: Lulu and Bubba haz a sad.

  54. Rebar

    What the hell happened to our vertical passing game? Please don’t mention the awful injuries to our receivers for the lack of a downfield passing game, we didn’t throw deep to them before they got hurt. I just don’t understand why we spent most of the day throwing short routes and hoping for more. We didn’t win the games we won by doing this short shit! Hit the intermediate passes 15-20 yards downfield like we have done so far this season until today!

    • Jcann

      They sat both safeties very deep all game. The plan was to keep everything in front and make us earn it. And without Marshall/Gurley, who can blame them. We had a few nice runs, but not enough to make them come up in the box so we could go deep. As much as I hate to say it, excellent game plan by Jancek that was made even better when we became somewhat 1 dimensional

    • W Cobb Dawg

      No doubt we had WRs running open downfield all day. But its not in fashion to critique CMB or CMR. CTG is our whipping boy now. We have sec’s all time passer, but hand off to 2 true freshmen RBs til every Dawg fan is ready to throw up. Should have won by 28 over the most pathetic ut team ever. But hey, its a win. Hope we keep our #6 ranking, although it wouldn’t surprise me if we fall – a lot.

  55. Raven

    Imagine the whining if we had lost. Dang.

  56. Skeeter

    Wonder how the Volz like those gray uniforms now?

    • NRBQ

      Richt should wear his Smokey Gray polo the rest of the year.

    • Ellis

      I thought they looked gay. Ugly game but I will always take a win on the road in the sec. Soundls like Marshall is probably out long term but we should get the rest of the injured back pretty soon. Definitely need them. Nice job by Green to pick up the slack today. Kudus to Murray for setting another record. Special teams continues to be a concern obviously and darn near cost us that game.

  57. Scorpio Jones, III

    Look at the chips falling from the sky, look at the chips falling from the sky.

  58. JG Shellnutt

    While I’m certainly glad we won, I don’t know how many more of these games I have in me.

  59. Chuck

    A miracle. In 1980, Clemson game is lost except for a couple of Scott Woerner miracles. Fla is lost except for the Run Lindsay miracle. Sometimes special seasons require miracles.

  60. AusDawg85

    Will Bradley now recognize Richt’s genius for letting UT score at the end? If we try to make that goal line stand we lose the game. CBS showed Richt in Meditation/Prayer right before their TD, so he either called that strategy (genius) or it was divine intervention (Munson with a reverse hunker-down). That was possibly the real miracle play.

    • Flukebucket

      Agree 100%. Tennessee should have run the clock and beat us with a late field goal. Give Murray two minutes and he will beat you.

      • Russ

        Yep, I thought for sure they would run the clock down and kick the FG. Obviously glad they scored and left Murray and the offense just enough time.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Correct. UT’s HC is a dumbass. If Saban had been on the other sideline we’d be crying about a loss right now.

  61. PlatoDawg

    Grantham is a fraud.

  62. PlatoDawg

    Without Jarvis Jones he would be the worst DC of the three Richt has hired.Well….hell….he still is.