“This football team is brand new, over half of it, and it’s the same thing with Georgia.”

Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press

Aaron Murray is gone, but the series goes on.

All the back and forth we’ve had this week about the game – in the end, I think it boils down to whether Georgia shows up today.  Not in the Woody Allen sense, but in the Aaron Murray sense.

I don’t think there’s any question that on paper, Georgia’s been the better team so far this season.  Or that Tennessee comes in hoping that a whole bunch of green players grow up in a hurry on the road.

In the loss to the Sooners, Tennessee faced 11 plays of third-and-10 or longer, and that’s a bad formula for any offensive line, especially one as young as Tennessee’s.

That’s a lot to ask, especially if the Dawgs don’t offer any help.

If it’s likely that Georgia scores 40+ points today, and recent history tends to support that premise, I have a hard time seeing how Tennessee keeps up.  The Vols have yet to score forty in a game this season; I don’t care how shaky Georgia’s secondary may be, if you can’t hang forty on the likes of Utah State and Arkansas State, it’s not a good sign for huge offensive success today.

Georgia just needs to show up.

Have at your game day thread in the comments.

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118 responses to ““This football team is brand new, over half of it, and it’s the same thing with Georgia.”

  1. Ok that clip got me all lathered up. Can’t wait to see some football. Go Dawgs and lets go kick some Vol ass today.

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  2. Dolly Llama

    Senator, if your dogged (pun intended) optimism ends up jinxing us, a lot of people will be giving you shit tonight and tomorrow. 52-28 Dawgs.

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  3. 81Dog

    it would be nice to see us come out and just lay an Old Testament style ass whuppin’ on the Vols. Something to give the rest of the league to chew on, something to give our guys a little confidence as we churn into the rest of the league schedule.

    It’s a long season. If we keep winning (like we had to do in 2011 and 2012) after a disappointing loss to SC, all goals are still achievable. I’m looking forward to a December presser in Columbia SC where Spurrier notes, “Well, we’re the only team in the East that beat all the other teams in the East” as he gets his guys ready for the Papa John’s Bowl while we get ready for the SECC. That dream starts with a win today by the Bulldogs.

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  4. El Dawgo in Evans

    41-17 Go Dawgs. Close at halftime, but UGA Uglies up front grind down that young UT defense in the second half.

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  5. uglydawg

    Paul Finebaum is an enema nozzle.

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  6. Russ

    So, what time does the game start? Huh? You mean it’s started? Did anybody tell the team?

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  7. gastr1

    We’re off to a great start! Woo hoo

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  8. Nashville West

    Seems like Mason has regressed since week 1.

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  9. uglydawg

    Refs giving Tn the benefit of everything. So far Ga has been snakebit…Gurley stumbled and lost a yd….Mason’s helmet came off and we lost a play….offensive pass interference no-call on Tn. bomb….facemask penalty…..personal foul called on Tn AND Ga who did not deserve it. Tennessee holding on pass protection no call.
    Mason throws a dumb pick.
    Now just had a no-fumble call on Pig Howard that would have been called a fumble had Ga. dropped it.
    As the game goes along, Ga. should start to prevail.
    Tennessee has had every break but hasn’t been able to pull away.
    Gurley gettin on track…..

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  10. Ugh. After the shaky start it looked like the defense was getting its shit together. Then of course we go soft prevent and give them a freaking TD to end the half.

    I’m no genius but I’d rather the secondary get torched bc we’re bringing pressure than it getting torched bc we give a mediocre QB behind a crap line all day to throw.

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  11. Nashville West

    Why wasn’t the stop on Herd “forward progress” like the fumble call was???

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  12. Guess we can chalk the first two series of the second half to the balance monster. Why stick with what’s working when you can try to prove that you can put the game on a QB that honestly has one of the weakest arms I have seen in awhile.

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  13. playmakers in space

    6 straight passes to start the second half is some interesting playcalling.

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  14. uglydawg

    Guess all of our running backs are hurt. 5 passes to start the second quarter…one to a Tennessee receiver. Gurley, Michele, Chubb, etc….all apparently hurt. This one is coming down to some really bad coaching.
    Georgia is the superior team physically but is playing like they have a 60 point lead.

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  15. JAX

    We are seeing another sleepwalking phase which we’ve seen for mark Richts entire tenure. Wake the fuck up guys.

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  16. dlm80

    WTF Bobo…?

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  17. Nothing short of the approval of Peterman will save….anyone?

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  18. Thank God for Todd Gurley.

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  19. playmakers in space

    Gurley just got /AJGreen’d.

    SEC refs are clowns.

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  20. Of course, we immediately let them score in less than a minute.

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  21. This defense…There are just no words.

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  22. God I love what great hosts we are. If you’re a mediocre QB that wants to have a career day just come to Athens.

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  23. Brandon

    Pessimists looking more like realists. Come on dawgs hunker down.

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  24. Normaltown Mike

    Game is on the line and TG3 comes off the field for three consecutive plays.

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  25. Rusty

    Sleepwalking half the game against a hungry young SEC team does not a blowout make

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    • Noonan

      Without Gurley this team would be 1994 level bad.

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    • I’m afraid they weren’t sleepwalking. The defense is still in major rebuilding mode, so the offense will need to score a lot of points to win SEC games. Today, they did just enough to get the win. This is the modus operandi for this season. Take your BP meds and enjoy seeing Gurley’s awesomeness.

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      • .Dash

        It’s been the modus operandi for the last 2 years. Haven’t had even a decent defense since ’11. Just not much fun being a Bulldog fan.

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  26. Scorpio Jones, III

    Welcome back Old Lady Luck…where you been, bitch!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Nashville West

    It’s sad when erratic special teams are a big improvement over last year.

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  28. Scorpio Jones, III

    How bout them special teams? What? You know, special teams?

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  29. Feast or fucking famine with this defense.

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  30. Noonan

    This Defense needs someone to question their manhood.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Id say the Vols are doing a nice job of that. Game ain’t played on paper.

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    • Brandon

      Our defense has been a eunuch since at least 2008.

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        • Brandon

          How about 2007? I’m assuming you think the 2007 defense was bad, it was spotty but it got a lot better down the stretch, it was the last Willie defense that could get pressure with just 4 guys which was the only way Willie teams were willing to play, that and throw in a corner blitz every 20th play or so. Otherwise, I did say since 2008 which does not include 2007, at least that’s how we were taught to figure the calendar outside the Ivey League.

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          • Sorry, semantics, I guess. Should have been more clear. I was agreeing with you.

            I thought the 2008 defense was lousy. The late-season 2007 defense consisted of the last of BVG’s guys (those seniors that took over after the Florida game), was the last semblance of good defense we’ve had, IMO.
            ~~~

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            • Brandon

              I agree. Sorry for my pissy remark, I am just pissed at our continuous lack of defense.

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              • Understand. Very disappointing. I know we are very short of talent, knew that before the season started. Was just hoping Pruitt could somehow get more out of what we do have.

                But we went backwards today, and our lack of talent was nakedly evident.
                ~~~

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    • Tyrion Lannister

      I’m not questioning the Georgia defense’s manhood…I’m denying its existence.

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  31. Homedawg

    is there any team outside of Troy who can’t man handle our defense? this is worse than a Grantham defense.

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  32. Paul

    Mason having a horrible day. Lots of bad reads. He has had a lot of receivers wide open and not thrown to them. I have to say at this point he certainly does not seem to be the guy we thought he was. Certainly not the guy the coaches claim he is. We will see if things pick up when all our receivers are healthy. No team we have played even pretends to respect the deep throw. And so far we don’t throw them. So apparently we can’t. Very disappointing.

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  33. Scorpio Jones, III

    Well they gave the ball to Gurley…first down and a win.

    Oh gosh we did not make the line…what a fucking shock.

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  34. gastr1

    I hope Michel is ok…separated shoulder, yes? We need him. Man. This team. Not so great. Todd Gurley…great.

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  35. uglydawg

    Uglydawg says that was an ugly win. Too many penalties, turnovers, bad decisions on special teams (fielding ball inside 5, starting and then stopping and then starting late out of endzone on kickoff returns), weak passing game and goofy play calling. But I’ll take it. Usually horrible keystone cops officiating game. Tennessee deserves credit..they played with less mistakes and seemingly hungrier than Georgia…Gurley carried this team today, that’s for sured. Butch Jones is Boom with a brain.

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    • I’ll take it. But I have next to zero faith that this team makes it to Atlanta unless Gurley does it all himself. Mason looked horrible.

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        “But I have next to zero faith that this team makes it to Atlanta ”

        This is a new thing? You still got a Clemson hangover.

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        • Brandon

          We don’t want to go to Atlanta and play A&M. They would score against us on every possession and its in the dome so there is no hope the sun could get in their eyes and get us a stop.

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  36. Easy win. I don’t know why everyone was so worried. Just give it to Gurley. He’ll put the team on his back and win the game. Happy Saturday everyone.

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  37. Players and coaches of “championship” caliber:
    Gurley
    Michel
    Chubb
    Morgan
    IMac
    McClendon

    That’s all I got. No one on D. Am I missing anybody?

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  38. Nashville West

    Senator, you were way too optimistic. Now we actually have to worry about Vanderbilt…

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  39. Timphd

    Anyone know why we go to a three man rush (and give up long third down completions) when we’ve been drilling their QB with the blitz? Just asking.

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  40. Joe

    At this point, why not just go with Ramsey, Park or Bauta? The opposing defenses do not even honor the thought of us throwing the ball more than 10 yards down the field.

    We are going to piss away the last season of one of the 3 or 4 best players to ever play in Athens. I don’t know which win was less fulfilling, this game or last year’s in Knoxville. I almost feel bad for the Vols. They had superior coaching, superior preparation and superior effort. We just had Gurley.

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    • Timphd

      And thank god for him.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      HM had several passes that were badly underthrown and should’ve been picked.

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      • Brandon

        Hutson should not throw except as a surprise about once every 7 or 8 plays. The toss sweep to Gurley on 3 and 17 is more high percentage than him throwing it downfield. I really think something’s wrong with him. Dead arm or something because he used to have more arm strength than this. He really needs to be confined to a Dooley era quarterback, audible us into the best running play, and don’t turn the ball over. I don’t care how weak another team’s pass defense is, the way Hutson is playing this year we simply don’t have the tools to take advantage, we need to just keep pounding the rock all the time. As long as we stay in contention in the East leave him in but if we fall out of contention bring Ramsey in and get us some experience, I saw last week Ramsey’s got the arm but their would probably be some real growing pains with his decision making. Bobo and Richt know quarterbacks as good as any coaches in the country, they obviously feel Hutson is our best chance to win so I’m not optimistic Ramsey would be any better but if we get out of contention we might as well get him some experience.

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  41. NoAxeToGrind

    Anybody surprised?

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  42. Normaltown Mike

    Seems to me that Butch Jones has that program going in the right direction.

    I’m not sure our program know what a direction is.

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  43. stuckinred

    Bitch if we win, bitch if we lose, bitch if we get rained out.

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  44. gastr1

    I guess I’m crazy, because the world seems to be going in the other direction, but like the Sabanator, I hope they change the rules to give some time between to the defenses. I just don’t like this back-and-forth 42-35 football. Seeing our ineptitude on defense just makes me nuts…I can’t watch the games all the way through because of it.

    Can’t believe I said something Bert Bylema would agree with, that toolbag bastard.

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  45. Mayor

    Georgia won. Also, the win was against UT, one of our biggest rivals. For the 5th year in a row. I don’t care how big the margin was. I’m happy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-UYtM

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  46. Biggus Rickus

    The defense is a work in progress, which makes Mason more of a liability than I hoped. Whoever said something about a dead arm is probably correct. He had an adequate amount of zip on passes at the end of last season. I think they should go ahead and take a shot with Ramsey. Maybe he’ll make too many mistakes, but at least he can push the ball down the field and keep defenses somewhat honest.

    At least they won.

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  47. Carolinadawg

    Umm, they kept up. Dawgs are shaky as the San Andreas Fault. Mark Richt is our coach for life, though, so we have that going for us.

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  48. Lrgk9

    If we are going to pound the rock – Lets go with Bauta

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  49. Cojones

    Ahem..ahem
    We tried to tell the Senator, but…noooo…he wouldn’t listen.

    Think I’ll dustoff the Big Brass Cojones Award for Bluto’s maintainin’ on today’s thread. 🙂

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