41-26? There must some mistake.

This amazes me.

Let me get this straight:  you barely got by a Tennessee team that wound up not playing in a bowl game for the second straight year, you’re missing almost every starting skill position player on offense, your opponent is coming in 5-0 and you take the game for granted?

It seems injuries weren’t the only problem last year.

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52 responses to “41-26? There must some mistake.

  1. gastr1

    It’s called Under-21 syndrome, I think, and it’s not criminal but it really should be.

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    • Brandon

      We sometimes chuckle at “the Process” sometimes but Saban’s hard-ass approach is necessary to get through to a lot of kids. I hope Pruitt has changed their thinking on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve played like they are taking things for granted on that side of the ball for years.

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  2. Give the young whippersnapper credit. He believd in Aaron Murray last year, and he said it about last year’s game to avoid giving locker room material for this year’s game.

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  3. @gatriguy

    Last year’s Mizzou game did Grantham in for me.

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  4. Bulldog Joe

    Helps explain why we didn’t contain the QB in the fourth quarter.

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    • CitadelDawg

      You mean after knocking their starter out of the game?

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      • Bulldog Joe

        Yes. Very frustrating to watch their backup QB get outside our contain after cutting the lead to two to start the quarter.

        A momentum killer.

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        • .Dash

          It could’ve been the 5th string waterboy. We couldn’t contain anyone last year. Or this year for that matter.

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          • Bulldog Joe

            We have been much better at containing the QB this year. However, this week will be our largest challenge to date. Many more dual threat QBs coming up in the second half of our schedule.

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      • Russ

        No, he means the QB that is starting this week. We didn’t contain Mauck.

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  5. Chuck

    Let us revisit the “means more” meme that always bedevils us against SC. I’m a Richt guy, but for all his good qualities he can’t get his teams ready to kill every game. If you want to be a championship team you don’t take anyone for granted, and no game can “mean more” to the opponent than it does to you.

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    • I had not thought to blame Richt for this one, too…

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      • Athens Townie

        Yeah! Coaches have no business at all being held responsible for game preparation. The nerve!

        Seriously though, how can you deny that we fall on our face just about every season — at least once, often multiple times — when we play inferior talent?

        Where does the buck stop on that one?

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        • sUGArdaddy

          Hey chuck and townie, you think ole miss is more talented than bama?

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          • Chuck

            No, not at all. The fact that someone in Ole Miss’s locker room had them in a frame of mind to stand toe to toe with more talented Bama might suggest Bama’s players had last year’s UGA mindset v. Mizzou (at least according to J Jenkins) — “The Process” be damned.

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          • Bulldawg165

            Lol. Totally comparable sugar. Totally comparable 😉

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            • sUGArdaddy

              Why isn’t it? Saban rolls in #1 recruiting classes every year, yet he’s lost the last three vs ranked teams and is 4-3 in his last 7 games total. Didn’t saban say he didn’t have his guys ready to play OU? Didn’t spurrier say as much about aTm? The point is that some games you have to win on talent. Some of those games you run up on a motivated bunch and a good coach and lose. Blame mark richt for a lot from 2008-2010, but something changed before 2011, and we saw it on the field. We don’t quit and we come to fight. I’m just amazed at the constant clamoring of uga fans, which nearly drives me from the interwebs, about how ONLY uga does this or that. Spurrier just lost in lex. Saban just lost in oxford. 2 sure fire HOF. It happens. It’s football. I think our guy is a HOF too, and I can’t figure out why we dont just want to cheer for him. He’s not a bozo like goff or jerk like donnan. I’d like to know what coach we can get that can guarantee we’ll always come ready to play, because I just watched two of the best I’ve seen within hours blow games against teams that were vastly less talented.

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              • Chuck

                My point is there is no excuse to run up on a more motivated bunch. That is something you can control. IMO, you can control that more than if a supposed “5-star” turns out to be a bust.

                BTW, I am a Richt guy, I’m glad he’s our coach. But this is a consistent problem, MORE for us than some other teams IMO, but certainly not exclusive to us as you say.

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                • sUGArdaddy

                  I get what you’re saying, I just disagree. I worked for the program a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and most coaches will tell you that you can ‘get up’ for about 4 games a year. The rest you simply have to win on talent. I think after the string of Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, and Tennessee we just weren’t emotionally up, and they came ready to prove something. We didn’t have the talent to overcome it.

                  This is why great teams win ugly games against inferior opponents. The reason you recruit is so that you can out-talent those teams on those days. Motivation will wear off eventually and you have to play the game. I just say that it’s very common for EVERY team to run up on more motivated bunches. Happens every Saturday; UGA fans just think it happens more than us.

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              • Bulldawg165

                This is way too long of a response. Saban is one season removed from back to back national championships. ‘Nuff said.

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                • Athens Townie

                  True.

                  And this is about OUR team’s consistent issues with preparation. This is about OUR team’s mentality.

                  The “yeah, but Saban just lost some games!” reply is just a distraction from the issues at hand here at home.

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    • That attitude has to come from within the ranks it can’t be instilled. You can’t give Richt credit for how much it means to Gurley to win and blame richt because some others aren’t as passionate. Guys either want to be great and achieve great things or they don’t. some are capable, some aren’t. Richt coached David pollock and marquis elmore. Do you credit richt for turning a two star into a three time all american and blame him for Elmore’s five star worthlessness? Can you credit Dooley for Herschel and blame him for pulpwood smith washing out? The head coach is accountable for all outcomes but that doesn’t make him responsible for all outcomes. These are very different things.

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      • Bulldawg165

        I agree with your sentiment that it’s unfair to cherry pick certain things while ignoring others, but it’s basically a trend at this point. And what’s worse is that what happened against Missouri last year was actually a huge IMPROVEMENT compared to our bed wetting in years past. That should speak volumes in and of itself.

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  6. Hello? Something is wrong in the locker room when you think any game is a pushover game. Any opponent. Anytime. You take care of business, whether it is Troy State or Auburn, Vanderbilt or South Carolina. In the SEC, especially, with the shared talent pool across the conference being what it is, if a team is emotionally ready to play, and their opponent isn’t, they can beat said opponent. Done deal. Doesn’t matter who is playing who. Great teams are not embarrassed by lack of effort on their players part; they are beat by prepared, relentless opponents and tip their hats to them when they lose. Non-great teams say things like, “we thought it would be a pushover win”.

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    • Minnesota Dawg

      Agreed. Seems we’ve heard similar things before to explain lousy play after the fact. Especially against an SEC opponent, this type of thinking is really inexcusable…and inexplicable, given Georgia injury situation heading into the game last year.

      I hate this, but it seems the best/most consistent motivator with Richt’s Georgia teams is when most are questioning their toughness/manhood or are giving them little chance of winning. When we’re favored or getting national praise, we too often come out of the locker room entitled and yawning.

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  7. charlottedawg

    How the hell do you think any opponent is a pushover when every team you’ve faced has scored 30+ on you? Oh wait because you’re coached by todd “all hat no cattle” Grantham.

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  8. stuckinred

    So he went into the game thinking we were going to kick their asses up and down. Good for him.

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  9. Nice job coaching staff. Way to get’em ready. And we wonder why this Richt lead program falls short year in and year out. Details, both large and small, go unnoticed by Richt. After 14 years, I am not sure he will ever get it together. Here’s hoping that this team does not think anyone remaining on the schedule will be a pushover.

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  10. PTC DAWG

    Taking 18-22 year olds seriously…now that is funny…

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  11. DavetheDawg

    This is my fear for every game, every year.
    This will not enhance my sleep…

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  12. Normaltown Mike

    As a Georgia fan, I can’t place this in the “man bites dog” category.

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  13. Dave

    Senator, this is becoming similar to the offseason “we’re working really hard this year” comments. We are hearing this sort of stuff every year now…..Here’s to hoping this was more of a defensive thing than a whole team mindset and praying Pruitt is changing that….

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  14. H. Boots

    Sounds like a lousy excuse for “we just got our asses whipped.”

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  15. HCastronis

    I’m not sure where the attitude comes from. Perhaps a bunch of 18-21 year olds. Maybe from the same bunch last year who thought they could get by on talent and not have to practice. Luckily all of those seem to be gone this year. I remember a piece on Mizzou over on the Dawgbone that was not particularly respectful prior to our game last year and couldnt figure that out. Maybe it comes from fans who are irate if we dont beat every opponent by 66-0 (and then by the way leave at the half). I come from the Vince Dooley School so I’m scared (or maybe respectful) when facing Richmond or William and Mary.

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    • Bulldawg165

      “Maybe it comes from fans who are irate if we dont beat every opponent by 66-0”

      It’s really difficult to have friendly debates around here when you purposely insult those who disagree with you. Acknowledge the real arguments, not the caricatures you create of them.

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      • HCastronis

        Are you purposely insulting me? Sorry if it seemed I was insulting anyone. Not my intention. But I guess it does seem like I was insulting the DBs that left this year.

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  16. Cojones

    I’m looking at the part that says “Not so this year” and proceeding from there. If they are preparing for Mizzou as if they can lose, then good on them this year.

    Of course, someone next year could say, “And then we realized that they were less three dynamic players from the previous year, so why were we so worried? And Ark hadn’t won shit since the motorcycle guy with the wet seat was there, so we took it easy in order to get ready for the rest of our games.” We’ll have to wait another year to see what’s really on their minds this and next week.

    That’s why I like to follow practice reports, but can’t get them on a regular basis. Anyone know how?

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  17. Macallanlover

    PTC nails it, the negatrons are easily motivated to turn on the hate. One player’s recollection of his mindset, and his only, for a game a year ago and we transfer that into hate/blame for a coach over a thirteen year period with thirteen different sets of 100+ player teams. Got it. And, it only happens to UGA that teams don’t play to their potential every game, every play. Got it.

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    • One player’s recollection of his mindset, and his only, for a game a year ago…

      To be fair, it sounds reminiscent of what Theus said about the Auburn game.

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      • HCastronis

        I was thinking the same thing (Theus comment about Dee Ford) and am still amazed by it.

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      • I’m shocked, SHOCKED, that 18-22 year old males would say things that may come across as stupid and shortsighted.

        I’m with Mac on this one. These type of comments are a Rorshach test that depends a lot on what your current gauge of Richt / the program is.

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