Category Archives: Georgia Football

“Before we go out there, Coach Pruitt always stresses for us to get a turnover.”

So far, one of the big stories of Georgia’s 2014 season is the huge reversal of fortunes on the turnover margin front.

… Georgia leads the nation in turnover margin, flipping the script from last season when it ranked a lowly 102nd in FBS in that category.

The Bulldogs are now plus-13 on the season.

“I’m very pleased with that,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We work hard on it.”

Georgia has 17 turnovers gained and only four lost.

It’s the best they’ve done in the Richt era, but they still have a way to go on the all-time front.

Georgia had a plus-23 turnover margin on its way to the 1980 national championship, with its plus-2.09 ratio ranking among the top five single seasons in NCAA history.

That’s pretty incredible.  I’d almost be willing to bet that stat makes Vince Dooley happier than anything else that happened that season.

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Filed under Georgia Football

Tuesday morning buffet

By all means, help yourselves.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, ESPN Is The Devil, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery

One more Arkansas note

It always ticks me off when I forget to mention something I took note of in a game when it’s time to do an Observations post.  Gentry Estes reminded me of just such an event from last Saturday.

Big moment in the game early when Georgia missed on the onside kick, giving Arkansas great field position. But after running it so well on the first drive, the Razorbacks for some reason decided to pass on first down. The RB couldn’t protect against Ray Drew, who flushed the QB into Swann, who blitzed from the backside as no WR lined up on his side of the field. Swann’s hit forced a fumble that Arkansas recovered for a loss of 10 yards. The Bulldogs then went nickel on the next play, and Leonard Floyd whipped the right tackle badly and got another sack, chasing down and slamming the QB to the turf. This was a huge stretch in this game. Not only did it not allow the Razorbacks to take advantage of UGA’s failed gamble in the short term, but it also allowed the defense to get confidence and set a tone of pass protection problems that would plague Arkansas up front for much of the game.

He’s absolutely right about that, both because of the message Richt sent to his team and to Arkansas that Georgia was going to be coached aggressively and because of the way the defense responded when the kick wasn’t executed properly.  Sure, Arkansas’ questionable play calling there didn’t hurt, but it’s not like the Hogs did much on the ground after that first drive, anyway.

I liked it all.  Now if they can get Morgan fixed on those onside kicks…


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First Dawgrade sighting

Interestingly enough, from an article looking down the road at Missouri’s schedule:

Four of the next five opponents looked far more vulnerable this weekend: Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas A&M were outscored collectively 134-6 by LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama. Arkansas, the one remaining opponent Mizzou hasn’t played in SEC action, got thumped by Georgia.  [Emphasis added.]

But they wuz due!


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Love gets you twisted.

It’s funny, but I recognize the place Spencer Hall is at today.  It’s the same place I visited five years ago.

What’s funny is that he’s at least approaching the dumpster fire with the knowledge that Muschamp won’t be coaching in Gainesville in the near future.  I expressed myself while thinking that Richt would stay as Georgia’s head coach in 2010.  Fortunately, the way events played out, patience was the correct call.  But that sure didn’t make me feel any better at the time.  Which is probably why I didn’t have the stomach for gallows humor then.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football

Shameless personal plug

For some reason, the AB-H‘s Marc Weiszer and Fletcher Page thought it would be a good idea to get me on their podcast to opine about a few topics Dawgly.  At least Georgia Sports Blog‘s Tyler Dawgden acquits himself well.

Seriously, thanks for having me, fellas.  It was fun.


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Is the narrative starting to change?

Georgia hasn’t had much respect from the national pundits over the last two weeks.  I mean, how else do you describe a widespread attitude that a top ten team was destined to lose to a team riding a fifteen-game conference losing streak?

Have the Missouri and Arkansas results made for a perceptible change in the media’s opinion of Georgia?  Maybe.  At least I’m seeing a couple of canaries in the coal mine now.

Check out Bruce Feldman’s brief synopsis of where Georgia stands.  Kudos for taking a crack at “everybody’s trendy upset pick”.

And Jerry Hinnen asks a good question in his piece:  “If the absence of Gurley and the UGA secondary aren’t enough to derail the Bulldogs, what holes do they really have?”

I hate to think stuff like this matters, but when the selection committee is going all touchy-feely this year, I don’t want the Dawgs to be perceived as the team that was expected to lose to Missouri and Arkansas.  So, yeah, this is a start, hopefully.


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