This is what a “nothing left to play for” season looks like, hunh?

I don’t think so.

Now Murray is in position to join a select group of Georgia quarterbacks who defeated Florida three times in their careers — a win that would be even sweeter since Murray is a Florida native who developed into a record-setting prospect at Tampa’s Plant High School.

… College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Rauch led the Bulldogs to wins over Florida in all four seasons of his career (1945-48), while Buck Belue piloted Georgia to three wins between 1979 and 1981 — including the legendary 1980 win, when he connected with Lindsay Scott on the game-winning 93-yard touchdown pass in the game’s closing seconds.

According to Georgia’s sports communications office, no other Bulldogs starting quarterback has more than two wins against the Gators dating to the 1940s, but Murray could join Rauch and Belue on Saturday.

It never, ever gets old beating Florida.  And shame on any Georgia fan who dismisses that.

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80 responses to “This is what a “nothing left to play for” season looks like, hunh?

  1. Baitstand

    I need help. It’s five days until the game and I’m already mad at Bobo.

    • If Gurley plays, Bobo’s gonna look a lot smarter this week.

      • Puffdawg

        Conley likely out. Bennett a maybe. That’s just insane. WHY CAN’T WE JUST PLUG IN OUR 5th STRING AND GO!!!! ALABAMA!!! SABAN!!! HARRUMMPPPH!!!!

        • The Lone Stranger

          … so what’ll it be, Dawgs hand it to Gurley 40 times and hope that eats enough clock to keep the defense away from the field?

          • FisheriesDawg

            I think you’re on to something. We need to receive the opening kick and go for a 29:00 touchdown drive. Then we need to onside the 2nd half kickoff, recover, and kick a field goal. Florida might score when they get the ball back, but we can close the game out with a 22:00 drive as time expires.

            • The Lone Stranger

              It makes me want to look up stats on the longest possessions logged. But, like others have noted, those 40 carries might only net 120 yards w/o some outside receiving threats.

              • The other Doug

                According to the intertubes:

                Navy vs. New Mexico in the 2004 Emerald Bowl in San Francisco. The Navy offense had a 26-play, 94-yard, 14:26 drive that was capped off by a Geoff Blumenfeld 22-yard field goal to make the score 34-19. The 26 plays and 14:26 time of possession were both NCAA records for a single drive.

          • Scorpio Jones, III

            Naw, not 40 times…30, maybe and Quayvon four or five, and Artie should be open a couple times.

            • The Lone Stranger

              I’m all for more straight ahead Hicks totes. As a standard element of the O, even.

            • Moe Pritchett

              qh ??? Ohhh..the ghost fullback….we only see apparitions of him appearing at strange and unusual times.

      • Bulldawg165

        We still need at least one legitimate receiver who can keep the safeties honest though, otherwise they are gonna stack the box.

      • AusDawg85

        “If Gurley AND the OL plays”…FIFY. You have to believe the one lesson the gators can learn from last year is to come out and smash us in the mouth like we did to them. If the OL responds, the gators probably wilt and we win comfortably with FL’s inability to score. But if we dive Gurley into a stacked box with no openings for 3 – 4 consecutive 3 & outs, it will be hard to hang around in the stadium for long and watch us take a beating by their inept offense, especially in a steady downpour. BTW…rain hurts us more as we need to pass the ball for success.

        • Both teams defend the run about the same. It’s pass defense where there’s a huge difference.

          • AusDawg85

            I admire your greater confidence, but seems, especially now, we go as the OL goes.

            And not to be a heretic, but…ummmm…if somehow FL, you know…errrr…how shall I say this…wins?….don’t they sort of fall into the SEC east picture too as a mirror image of our path? This “with Gurley back” business scares me that we are all dismissing FL too easily. It’s the WLOCP…anything can and does happen.

            • Where did you get the idea I’m confident?

              I like Georgia’s chances with Gurley far better than without. I don’t think it’s going very far out on a limb to suggest that.

              My point about the stats is that both teams are going to need to throw some to win.

              • Will (the other one)

                Gator fans also are bemoaning their coverage of slot receivers, so the TE or some 3rd WR (Rumph? Davis? Tibbs?) will need to step up there. UF has 2 elite corners, but then some question marks, and can also be beaten physically on the line. Would love to see us go with a mix of pistol/diamond and then 4 wide stuff, plus tempo to tax their depth.

            • Scorpio Jones, III

              Ah HAH!!!! a voice of reason….and talking about what Murray can accomplish with the win….You would think we would learn not to tempt the Bitches.

  2. Baitstand

    I’m all for him looking like a genius.

  3. James Stephenson

    Oh the blown chances his freshman year. As well as he played that day overall, the turnover in OT was the back breaker.

  4. Rock and Roll Rebel.

    Should we defeat the Gators and then go on to beat AU (tall order) and Tech, Murray will have a winning record against our three “most hated” rivals. 3-1 against UF. 3-1 against AU. 4-0 against Tech. THAT would be a pretty sweet legacy.

    • Brandon

      Already 4-0 vs. UT.

      • Dawg in Beaumont

        14-2 vs. Florida, Auburn, Tech and Tennessee would be something to be extremely proud of.

      • Macallanlover

        Yep, TN is truly a “hated rival”, this isn’t the 60s any more so GT doesn’t make my list. For the sake of those who will point out “just lose to them and you will see”, please, I can take a once every 7-10 year loss to a non-conference rival better than I can take a loss to ANY conference foe. Realize others feel differently but things have to be updated. I would have hated the Vols more than in the 60s and 70s if we had just played them regularly.

        Time to move GT to an every four year game in Athens like we do Ga. Southern, Tech needs revenue too, and they also don’t deserve the status of a home and home.

        • Russ

          Nope. We can never beat Tech often enough or bad enough.

        • Brandon

          Don’t take this the wrong way ML but I am curious as to whether did you actually went to UGA or whether you have just been a life long fan? Understand I am not in any way trying to diminish any Dawg fan who didn’t go to UGA, I know many Dawg fans who grew up Georgia and went to GA Southern, Mercer, Emory, straight to the military, etc. that are as hardcore and as loyal as anybody who went to UGA but in my real life experience my friends that didn’t go to UGA to school tend to be more dismissive of Tech as a rival and I am just curious if that is the case with you. Maybe you went to UGA at a different time than I did but I was at UGA in the late 90’s when they started their three in a row streak and won the game by the two atrocious non-fumble and fumble calls in 98 and 99 and that has probably colored my hatred of them. While I hate Florida more, Tech is a close second with me, like Russ I can never have us beat them often enough or bad enough.

          • Cosmic Dawg

            I went to UGA and would love to stop playing stupid Tech. I don’t hate them, they are just an annoyance like their namesake or this phone I’m typing on.

            Replace them with Clemson or expanded SEC sched. Don’t want to play GA State, GA Southern, or Agnes Scott either.

          • Macallanlover

            Not offended at all Brandon, I have been a Dawg fan ever since I became a CFB fan in my teens. I didn’t attend UGA, although I had a baseball scholly offer, but I chose Ga Southern because it was top 10 baseball school at the time and I felt that was the place to pursue my dream of playing major league baseball (UGA was not good at all then). GSU had no football program then, and everyone considered them “our team” as we were part of the same university system. We felt like we were UGA students on a satellite campus, kinda sorta, when it came to football. Attended many games and partied with the fraternity and sorority counterparts (they actually were behaving decently at that time).

            I honestly do not feel that impacts my feelings about GT any at all, although I realize you seem to feel differently. My feelings are driven by GT’s ridiculous decision to leave the SEC, they didn’t decline all the way at the time but gradually became less of a significant rival as other rivalries heated up (Florida, Auburn, then UT and SC.) I hated those 1990 losses as much as you, and especially 1999’s outright theft.

        • stoopnagle

          Can’t kick Tennessee enough.

          And I agree, we should move to a different model with Tech scheduling. Something more akin to what we do with Clemson or Georgia Southern. Hell, we’ve got Georgia State to support now. How are we going to give them a $750,000 pay day without cutting into Tech’s “mini pack” sales?

          • Will (the other one)

            I disagree. We only end the NATS series when they tap out. Or run to the Big 10 (sic) and claim some BS reason why we can’t play yearly.
            Then they’ll fire Fish Fry, and we can force them to either play us only in Athens, or only in Athens and the new Stankonia Dome in Atlanta.

    • Brandon

      And remember by contrast Coach Donnan was 6-14 against the big four in his five year stent.

  5. Brandon

    If we can somehow pull out a win Murray will actually be “undefeated in regulation” against Florida. Let’s remember he also has twice as many wins already as all UGA QB’s from 1990-2003, the one win in that stretch some incompetent ninkapoop named Bobo.

  6. FCDore

    If Georgia and South Carolina win out in conference play (likely), and Missouri beats Tennessee, Kentucky and Ole Miss before losing to Texas A&M (certainly possible), you’d have three teams with 6-2 records who went 1-1 versus the other two. What’s the tiebreaker?

    • Division record, and Mizzou goes to Atlanta.

    • Rock and Roll Rebel

      I read somewhere that it’s BCS ranking?

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      OK, but what if Mizzou loses to Tenn or Ky but goes 6-2?

      • fetch

        I believe then it would be BCS ranking unless two of the three teams are within like 5 spots of each other, then it’s head to head versus those two.

        • So. IL Dawg

          Mizzou will lose at least two more games. The Ole Ball coach showed the blue print to beating their D. The screen pass will prevent the all out rush from Mizzou. The Dawgs just need to win out. Mizzou will lose at least 2 more.

      • Per Brandon Larrabee:

        However, if Missouri loses to Tennessee or Kentucky, things get more interesting. If the Tigers beat Tennessee and lose to Kentucky, they likely go to the SEC Championship Game. (South Carolina gets knocked out based on the Tennessee loss, then Georgia gets knocked out based on the head-to-head with Missouri.) But none of that is certain; it depends on where Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt end up in the rankings. I’m not going to spend a ton of time on this right now, because I consider a Missouri loss to Kentucky to be highly unlikely.

        If Missouri loses to Tennessee, Georgia could end up being the team that goes to Atlanta, because Georgia would be the only team that beat Tennessee. Really. This could all come down to each team’s record against Tennessee. Or Vanderbilt.

        Why all this craziness? Because the fourth tiebreaker is:

        Head-to-head competition vs. the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last.

        Suddenly, the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game becomes critical. If Tennessee ends up ahead of Vanderbilt, then Georgia goes because it’s the only team that beat Tennessee. If Vanderbilt ends up ahead of Tennessee, then the Vanderbilt loss by Georgia knocks the Bulldogs out, and South Carolina goes based on the head-to-head with Missouri.

        It would be a helluva lot easier if Mizzou would just go ahead and lose twice.

    • DugLite

      I wouldn’t count the UT or Ole Miss games as an automatic W.

      • uglydawg

        Sadly, I wouldn’t count the AU win as automatic for UGA. I enjoy looking ahead to bowl season, but each game the Dawgs play is life or death on that particular week, for me. Hating the Gators will suffice for this week.

        • Olddawg 55

          I agree that Auburn is going to be a dangerous game for us…either QB will be a pass/run threat, they have good lines, quality backs (note the plural) and are well coached…and IMHO Gus Maltzhan is SEC Coach of the Year. Of course, the Iron Bowl will come into play for that. Go Dawgs, GAATA!!

      • Rock and Roll Rebel

        THIS

  7. wileycopy

    Beat Florida. Beat Tech. Beat Auburn. I’m more excited about the regular season than the post season! If they get to/win the SECCG great! If not, it’s still a good time guys. Don’t believe me? I’ll gladly buy two of your UGa vs Tech tix for 50 a piece. No one will take me up on that I bet:)

  8. Spike

    That is a big 10-4! Beat the Gators! Save the season! I live in Florida! Ican’t take this guys when they win…

    • Normaltown Mike

      THIS!

      “Fans” who say we should play out the string in preps for 2014 when we haven’t even played Flarduh, Awbern & Tek are fucking nuts.

      National titles are nice and all, but beating the tar out of your hated rivals is far more important to me.

  9. DawgPhan

    beating UF this season is probably the only thing that matters now and was most likely the only thing that truly mattered in August.

  10. Mike

    Every SEC team has scored 30 or more points against UGA. Every.Single.One. And that includes Vandy and Tennessee.

    The UGA defense last year was chocked full of NFL talent and they were not very good then either. Until they played Florida. As an aside, the UGA defense gave up almost 4000 rushing yards to Alabama in the SECCG.

    The Ga. defensive coordinator, Todd “you are going to f***ing choke Chaz” Grantham is on the hot seat this year. Which seems like a yearly event with UGA defensive coordinators since Richt was hired. I wrote on another football board, the not so Mighty Gator offense is likely to save Todd’s job.

    • Mike

      err…make that 400 yards

    • The other Doug

      Brent Pease vs Grantham and the winner gets to keep his job?

    • sniffer

      Geez, Mike, every single conference team we’ve played has a better offense than you. Are you saying that UF’s offense will also score 30? You are more likely to get 10-14 off ST or turnovers than rely on your O to get you there. You’re not a good offensive team. Agree?

      Go ahead, tell me how bad we are on defense.

      • Mike

        At the time UGA played Tennessee, the Vols had a woeful offense. They were either last or second to last in the SEC. And even now, Tennessee is only marginally better than Florida on offense. Funny, how they got well against UGA

      • Mike

        Oh, and SNIFFER, you probably will want to read my whole post. Let me help;

        “I wrote on another football board, the not so Mighty Gator offense is likely to save Todd’s job.”

        I don’t think Florida will score 30 against UGA.

        • Will (the other one)

          Don’t underestimate our special teams, or the D’s incredible ability to not force FGs when confronted with short fields.

  11. Will Trane

    How many starters from the SC and LSU games are available for the Florida game. With no mid / deep passing game re W/Os available not sure even Gurley will help this offense. More so inside the 20 yardline if and how oftern they get there. The O staff will have to pull alot of rabbits out of the hat.

    • fetch

      “not sure even Gurley will help this offense” I’m not sure there’s an offense in the country that Gurley couldn’t help. He might not help enough, but I guarantee he will help.

      • Puffdawg

        Between Skeptic’s comment about losing to Vandy full strength and now this comment by Will, we are getting dangerously close to leaving reasonable concern behind for trolling. This blog’s comments section is devolving into the AJC.

        • I don’t think Skeptic’s trolling. I just think it makes him feel better to say that.

          Don’t ask me to explain Will’s thinking, though.

          • Skeptic Dawg

            Senator, you are correct sir. No trolling from me. However, I do stand by my Vanderbilt statement. The moral of this team was awful following the Mizzou game and the loss of there dreams (and rightfully so). Once they found themselves in a tough spot against Vandy they were unable to fight through it. Players and coaches. I believe the result would have been the same if Gurley or Marshall or Wesley or Mitchell or Bennett were on the field. This team was not out talented by Vandy. They lost. Lost their focus. Lost their drive. Lost their will. And the coaches did not have the answer. What remains unanswered is whether or not the coaches are able to regroup this team for the remainder of the season.

          • Trane-slator

            We played a jolly rousing contest against SC and LSU. Any of those spirited fellows still about?

    • Olddawg 55

      If they haven’t had the backup receivers running routes and getting their timing down..with Murray…then the coaching staff should be fired. Two weeks with emphasis on that just is good sense.

  12. IveyLeaguer

    Of course I want to beat Florida, Auburn and Tech. But as much as that means, and as important as it is, even running the old trifecta would not be enough to save this season.

    This season is a frustrating disappointment and nothing can really change that. We aren’t going to play in the SECCG, IMO, and odds of beating Florida, Auburn, and even Tech – with this defense – are not good, either.

    Capital One, Outback, Chick-Fil-A … all of that is a letdown because no matter what happens from here, we have underachieved .. once again.

    No amount of spin or positive thinking can make lemonade out of this rotten lemon of a season. A potentially great team loses three games because it isn’t coached well enough to keep from beating itself. And it didn’t have to be that way.

    It SHOULDN’T have been that way. It’s important to beat the Gators Saturday. But not because it might salvage the season. That isn’t possible.
    ~~~

    • AthensHomerDawg

      “We salvage what we can, what truly matters to us, even at the gates of despair.”

    • Where did I say anything about season salvaging?

      Nice flip of an argument I wasn’t even making.

    • D.N. Nation

      Ton of players got hurt.

      When the team was healthy, it was pretty great.

      Inflict this brand of injury misery on any elite team and they’d bog through it too.

      “But as much as that means, and as important as it is, even running the old trifecta would not be enough to save this season.”

      Thankfully the players don’t care what you think.

    • PTC DAWG

      Personally I think finishing 9-3 would be quite the statement when one considers the injuries we have had that absolutely gutted the team. That would include wins over Carolina/LSU/UT/UF/AU and GT.

      Flame away if you disagree.

  13. AthensHomerDawg

    Bluto, I saw what you did there. Wondered how long it would stay. Has GTP attracted the Nigerian scam artists to the blog to help assuage the grief. ;-)