GATA in the opener

Yes, I know Louisiana-Monroe has a well-deserved reputation for scaring SEC teams.  But let’s dial that back a little.  The last acclaimed win was against a John L. Smith-coached Arkansas team that was a mess.

UL-M is a decent defensive team, particularly by Sun Belt standards.  Offensively, though, when you combine starting a redshirt freshman quarterback with this

Louisiana-Monroe, which plays at Georgia Saturday, was one of the most feeble rushing teams in the nation last year, ranking 123rd of 125 FBS teams at 69.5 yards per game.

… it’s hard to see where points will be coming from.

Unless Georgia chooses to be a generous host, that is.  We’ll at least get a feel for the team’s mental preparation in that regard.  And here’s a benchmark by which to judge that.

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28 responses to “GATA in the opener

  1. reipar

    I am kinda surprised we have covered those huge spreads four times. Even when we do run out to a big lead we then substitute generously on both sides of the ball and become discombobulated allowing the opponent to creep back into the 30 point range.

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  2. Silver Britches

    I’m curious to see if Richt leaves the throttle open a little longer than usual in games like this due to the QB uncertainty.

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    • DugLite

      That is one thing that drives me crazy. If you get a big lead and then start playing 2nd, 3rd & 4th string guys why not still play your offense. Hell that’s what they practice. Why put them in the game and go all turtle. It’s not fair to the players. If you score then so what. The other team has got to try.

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      • Russ

        I agree, to a point. But I’m old-school Dooley in that I don’t like running up the score. Leave that to people like the Ol’ Ball Sack.

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        • I agree to a point too…but there is no reason to open up the playbook or reveal tendencies in an already won game.

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        • Cosmic Dawg

          Putting in the 2’s and 3’s and 4’s IS being nice to the other team, if you do it early enough. The problem is, of course, that we really need to put the Power 5 conferences into their own league and stop these games where one immensely talented team beats the daylights out of a hapless opponent.

          I think it’s a pretty sorry state of affairs on a lot of levels – why the devil are we playing games where we’re more concerned with how we might best and most politely NOT compete rather than how we’re going to win? What kind of stupid arrangement is that for a competitive sport?

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  3. dawgtor

    The big win that comes to mind for me is against Alabama in 2007.

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  4. Take the Fightin’ La-Monrovians lightly at your own peril. 😐

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  5. AusDawg85

    Dawgs cover.

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  6. Irwin R. Fletcher

    Here’s the margin of victory over the lower division FBS or FCS schools since 2011…
    Coastal Carolina-59
    NMST-47
    Buffalo-22
    FAU-36
    GA Southern-31
    N Texas-24
    App State-39
    Troy-66
    Chaz Southern-46

    BTW…as long as we are talking about the “Richt Era”…last time the Dawgs played ULM was 2005…

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    • Will (The Other One)

      This confirms my suspicions that more recent Richt-era UGA teams didn’t hit 40 points and call it a day like the older vintage teams.

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  7. I have my doubts that UGA will cover 35. I suspect Chubb won’t see the second half. I think the defense will play everybody that they intend to play this year. Even if they get out to a 35-0 halftime lead, I feel like ULM will get a garbage touchdown, and UGA will settle for a few field goals and wind down the clock. If they are going to keep the peddle down, it will be against Vandy next week.

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  8. Lakatos Intolerant

    I actually like the cover here and typically stay away from the big bro/lil bro games with huge spreads. I don’t see any way they score more than 10 points – regardless of who we have in the game on D- based on what the Senator lays out above, and I see us putting up more than 45. I think all the angst over the QB situation has people swinging too far the other/wrong direction re: our ability to move the ball efficiently. My guess is we’ll be hearing a lot of “…welp, there goes (fill in the blank) again” as one of our backs rips off another 20+ yard gain. I’ll go 55-6. GATA indeed.

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  9. A great video put together by the UGA video guys to get the home field advantage RED-y

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  10. Macallanlover

    QB playing time for Ramsey, and perhaps Bauta, combined with the Senator’s info about their feeble rushing attack, makes me think we cover. These young players are chomping at the bit and there isn o way they are going to lay back in their first game. So with the enthusiasm, the need to see at least one more QB in live action, and ULM’s lack of ability to press our one defensive question mark, I think UGA covers. But because I hate the sloppiness of many openers, I will take UGA -25 as part of a 3 game teaser and not risk giving 35. My pick is UGA 48 ULM 10

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  11. Mary Kate Danaher

    Need I remind everyone that UL-M always gives the Dawgs their best shot?

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