Slouching towards ten wins

Somehow, Georgia has slogged its way into a three-game winning streak and an 8-3 record.  With a moribund Georgia Tech team next – and surely in that regard, this must be the season of Mark Bradley’s and Jeff Schultz‘ discontent – it’s not unreasonable to think the Dawgs have a realistic chance of notching another season with a double-digit win total.

But, man, has this been excruciating to experience.  The offense is both dull and unproductive, which means that any mistake tends to be magnified, because the team’s ability to manufacture points is so constipated.  And there’s no way that’s changing over the next two games. One of which, remember, is more than a month away from being played. Still, ten wins and all…

It’s sort of like being on the Bataan Death March, only the prisoners receive adequate nourishment, rest and medical attention.

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  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I liked ‘blows chunks’ better.

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    • Mary Kate Danaher

      Bringing to mind the great old joke with the punch line “You don’t understand, Chunks is my dog.”

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    • lakedawg

      There was also the rumor in Athens yesterday that Badley and Scnultz have developed a very close personal relationship. So maybe ‘blows chunks’ fits. Course this butt hole buddy talk was fueled after several rounds of milk punch.

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  2. mikebozo

    10 wins is still an IF….besides we have not beaten anyone who was really any good other than Georgia Southern.

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  3. Mayor

    As if a high volume of scotch is adequate nourishment…….I am receiving a lot of rest though ’cause the games have been snoozers.

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  4. Steve

    Are any of the teams we beat or will beat ranked higher than 50? Our SEC wins have been against the weakest in West and East. Maybe we should brag about another hard fought victory against Vandy.

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    • Will (the other one)

      The team we beat last night was right at #40 coming in. They’ll be the only team with a winning record beaten (not counting the bowl games) too unless the Iron Bowl takes a very, very strange turn.

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  5. Bright Idea

    Would we feel any worse if we were 4-8? I just think of the players who still play hard and are glad for every win.

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    • Athens Townie

      Agree. They deserve better. A lot of our players are gritting this out.

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    • BCDawg97

      We can all hope, wish, wail, rail and expect greatness, but in the end, none of us have any control over Georgia football. I suggest a healthy dose of perspective in our lives and appreciate any win in football as a blessing. A small piece of joy in a hobby we all share. And understand there are still far more important things in the world.

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  6. Tronan

    This team plays like a slightly better than average pro squad. I don’t mean the overall talent is anywhere near NFL level, but the ugly style of play fits in better on Sunday than Saturday. And, at least on the offensive side of the ball, that’s a very dull – but also nerve-wracking – thing.

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  7. Macallanlover

    I don’t see us getting a10 win season this year unless we, 1) play better on both offense and defense next week and, 2) get very lucky with our draw in a bowl opponent. I will give credit for the team to stay together through all the adversity of this season, they are grinding out some tough wins and finding a way to get Ws but this is not a team that inspires confidence against any opponent.

    The OL problem is so bad that there are few alternatives the coaches can select to improve things at this point. If we face a really good offense in the bowl game, especially one with an explosive passing game, we could get beaten by 30+ in a bowl. game, imo. Nine wins looks like the ceiling to me, and 8-5 is possible. Some will use season stats on passing defense to convince themselves otherwise but we are not fundamentally sound in that category and have benefited from not facing a top QB with good WRs.

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    • “Play better on defense next week”…

      Curious … we held a triple-option offense (#1 rushing in the country) to 150 yards under their season average rushing… and our D gave up 10 points.

      Exactly how much better do you want them to play?

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    • UGA85

      Did I miss something? Our defense just gave up 10 points in an overtime game. And you are calling them out? Can you not see that we are totally incompetent offensively and very good defensively? Why is it so hard to admit this? Our “ceiling” is our offense. And if Pruitt leaves, you will get your wish to see a defense next season that is “not fundamentally sound.”

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    • Will (the other one)

      I saw one bowl projection that put us in the Citrus (not sure how that happens, but anyway) vs An Ohio State. Really hoping that matchup does not happen. Their front 7 vs our OLine and QB play? We might struggle to hit 150 total yards.

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  8. Denver94

    Is it ok to not like this team, save a small handful of players?

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  9. ChilliDawg

    Somebody call Bobo and offer him a new box of crayons. We’d like the old ones back, please?

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  10. Argondawg

    That was the weirdest environment I have ever been in at Sanford. I am guessing 30% of the stadium was Southern fans and they are a different crowd. We played about like expected. I don’t know why I hope or expect to see improvement on offense every week. Silly me. The crowd went wild when Sony scored in OT and 5 mins later all of the air was out of that balloon as we took one last look at the product on the field and anyone who knows at least a little football had to be struggling to find what we had to build on working towards next year. I am in a weird place trying to figure out how they fix the myriad of structural and coaching problems with this team. I left last night feeling even more confused with how we became what we have become. We are truly the worst 8-3, 5-3 in the conference team I have ever seen.

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    • For those of you who gave or sold your tickets to GSU fans (including the 2 behind me), it’s better to have the tickets go unused than for them to go to an opposing team’s fans. It’s inconsiderate to the season ticket holders who sit around you. If you don’t want to attend, fine, but eat the cost of the damn tickets or get them to a Georgia fan. For the people who did the same for their Alabama tickets, please do us all a favor and give others better seats.

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      • Bullshit dude. It’s not like they were Florida fans. It’s Georgia Southern. Those kids parents probably live on the same street as you as it will be the only time they get a chance to watch their kids play in a venue like that. It’s pathetic that you’d even say that.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          It is obvious you have never attended a UGA versus GA Southern game. They get their hands on thousands of tickets made available by non-pathetic fans and loudly a t as if they invented football and owned Sanford.

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          • Well if UGA didn’t have such a pathetic coach and apologetic fans who are happy with mediocre performances, you wouldn’t have to worry about loud GSU fans. The Eagles whipped our asses all over the field last night and those fans were as loud as they deserved to be. Georgia fans? Georgia fans should start blaming the guy responsible for letting them make a game of it instead of the fan who sold his ticket.

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            • onceadawg

              I don’t usually post, but that post was so full of fallacies an English teacher would have a week’s worth of lesson plans. I couldn’t pass it up. How do you expect people to agree with you if all you do is throw rocks at the nearest passerby?

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            • Gaskilldawg

              Their behavior was no better in 1992, 2000, 2004, or 2012. Their behavior had nothing to do with a FSU coach in 1992 or in 2000, or in the opening game after a 2003 SEC East championship or in a 2012 SEC East championship season. Jeez, man, does every topic need to be a comment about how shitty Richt is? Merry Christmas. Your response, “It is not Merry because sunshine pumpers love Richt’s mediocrity. “

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            • lakedawg

              Chili, get over it you whiny butt, you have done nothing but speil your hatred for the program all year long. Get lost please, or just pull for your team whoever that is.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        AMEN 100 times. I had a huge crowd of those obnoxious fans around me. For the record, I never make my tickets available to opposing fans for that very reason.

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      • When you pay for my tickets, you can tell me what to do with them.

        Why shouldn’t some Georgia Southern fans who are excited to see the game get a chance?

        If you want to get mad, get mad at the morons at B(owel) M(ovement) who can’t win a national title in 35 years or an SEC title in 10 years with one of the top 3 wealthiest programs in the country.

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        • You don’t get the point. I’m talking about being considerate of the people who have tickets around you. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Butts-Mehre administration. Sure, you have the ability to do with them what you please, but would you want some obnoxious fans of the opposition sitting right behind you? I’ve taken fans of opposing teams to games, but they know to act respectfully or they won’t get asked back. When I’ve gotten tickets from others, I’ve been respectful at their stadiums.

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          • Oh boo hoo. You had fans of the other school around you. The world ended.

            My god, what a pampered princess.

            Again: YOU PAY FOR MY TICKETS, YOU DECIDE WHO GETS THEM.

            Otherwise, shut up and stop being a whiny little baby. There are people dying to drone bombings, children starving to death, and you are butthurt that a fan of another team is near you.

            Grow up, baby.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          I respect your point, and you may choose to give your tickets to folks contagious with leprosy if you desire; that is your right. However, may I ask that you do consider the UGA season ticket holders around you when getting rid of yours.

          If your response is “Screw those around me,” well, that is your right. You can be assured that I will be more courteous to you than you to me.

          Anyway, you are right. I can only make you if I pay for your tickets.

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          • Boo hoo. So there might be fans of the other team around you.

            Cry to B(owel) M(ovement) that they have let the program atrophy so much that people sell their tickets.

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  11. DawgBiscuit

    It’s kind of like this: during the games Lambert makes me want to pull my hair out, but after last night’s game I saw he was 16-25 with no INTs. I can’t believe he can play so badly and come away with a serviceable stat line, but it’s a microcosm of the team. To me we look worse than the 6-7 2010 squad on the field, but are somehow 8-3.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      It is true his stat lines are good. It is also true that the coaches, know his limitations and, other than a few deep throws, only play to what he does best. Unfortunately, opposing defenses know what he does not do well andoad the box on our running game.

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    • doofusdawg

      Two of ten on third down conversions should bring you back. And out two minute drill that consists of four yard passes. It’s almost like our two minute drill isn’t designed to get points but rather to get a first down.

      And come to think of it I think that since Chubb went down we are averaging more first downs per game than points…. wooohoooo!

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  12. Derek

    I know that anything that deals with football is largely a waste of time with the vast majority of you who think Richt fumbled on the jet sweep or that Schotty should have told 26 not to fumble in the red zone, but the fact is that our qb may be the worst in modern times. Don’t believe me? Read this:

    Georgia’s O-line has a rough night … or did it?

    ATHENS – Kolton Houston knew the final play, or what proved to the final play, was in good shape when the Georgia left guard got to the line and saw Georgia Southern had bought into the three-wideout look, and had two safeties back.

    “They were in the perfect look,” Houston said. “And I said: This play has got a chance to spit. And sure enough she went right down the pike.”

    Sony Michel did indeed go right through the middle for the game-winning 25-yard touchdown on Georgia’s first play of overtime. The blocking on the play was perfect, and Michel did the rest.

    “But the rest of the game didn’t look so good blocking-wise for the Bulldogs, at least from afar. Quarterback Greyson Lambert was sacked twice and rushed several more times. Prior to Michel’s touchdown, and excluding the 23-yard Isaiah McKenzie touchdown on the first drive, and Georgia runners only averaged 3.9 yards per attempt.

    Still, Houston pushed back on the idea his line was at fault. They actually had a good night, he said, considering the numbers that were thrown at them.

    “People probably see all the pressure and all that kind of stuff and might think we didn’t play good. But it’s hard to block eight people with five people,” Houston said.

    Georgia Southern “probably blitzed 90 percent of the time,” Houston added. The final play was part of the 10 percent.

    “That’s hard to do, when people are slanting and twisting and blitzing off the edges,” Houston said. “I think we handled it pretty well, and we were able to keep grinding, and keep pushing, and we came out of here with the W.”

    Right tackle John Theus, who spent most of the night on the edges, saw basically the same thing.

    “They definitely dialed up and brought everything but the kitchen sink at us,” Theus said. “They were twisting and bringing stunts and all kind of pressure. We had to respond to it, but we did a good job, had a good gameplan for it. And tried to make out adjustments as best we could.””

    You do that against any type of qb and you get scorched. You are toast. You do it to lambert because you can get away with it. They are teeing off on us at the los bc they damn well know there won’t be any cost to pay. The entire fucking point of having a qb and the downfield pass is to eliminate this as an effective defensive strategy. But it’s effective as hell against us.

    Someone asked why does this team looks like a 6-7 team but are 8-3. Defense, better players overall, and squeezing enough points out of this rock hard lemon of an offense due a putrid qb. I literally got ill watching that guy. I’ll watch next week and the bowl, but if I never see that guy take another meaningful snap at UGA after that it will be soon enough. Whoever made sure that the program has not gone into death spiral and that they’ve hung together and fought with that albatross around their collective necks should be credited.

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    • mikebozo

      Well that read was a waste of 3 minutes of my life I will never get back

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      • Derek

        Bozo, no one can make you learn. It’s a voluntary process. I’m sure that you’ve seen all sorts of great qbs struggle with 8 and 9 men boxes with safeties coming downhill to stop the run and they are helpless cuz coaching, right? We that know football (this is the sport you are watching btw) understand that the qb has to get those guys playing on their heels. Schotty cannot go on the field and ask the safeties to BACK THE FUCK UP!!!!

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        • mikebozo

          Keep making excuses for richt/schitty. Shows you intelligence

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          • Derek

            Do you have anything “football worthy” to offer?

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            • mikebozo

              Do you?

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              • Derek

                Yep. There’s a very long one just above here. You read it. Your eyes glazed over in confusion, you farted on your keyboard and hit send. Read it again. Retort with “football worthy” comments.

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                • mikebozo

                  The problem with your so called long post was 90% of it was a c and p from the AJC. Now go ahead a impress others with your “football knowledge” plagerized from the AJC.

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                  • Detek

                    I said “don’t believe me read this” and posted quotes from our players. That’s not plagiarism.

                    Again, you are not capable of even a sentence or a clause or a phrase or a syllable that has anything to do with the game of football. Nothing. You got nothing.

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              • Gaskilldawg

                Mike, I honestly want to read your analysis of why Kolton Houston was wrong, rather than reading you putting Derek down. The back and forth does not teach us the wisdom of your view. Convince us with analysis.

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    • For all the talk of blitzes and games up front, we NEVER saw a screen pass to Sony. I get the offensive line was dealing with a team selling out on every play, but, damn, Schottenheimer, do something to compensate.

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      • Derek

        They threw a second down screen to Sony at around midfield going towards the railroad tracks in the left flat. Of course he threw it behind him and it was incomplete.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        We did call at least one and it was not a well thrown pass but catcable for a guy who does not have a broken hand. I suspect Sony’ broken hand makes catching the ball in traffic less likely.

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    • Macallanlover

      Your unbridled venom for Lambert is over the top for me. There are several contributing factors for our anemic offense, it isn’t just Lambert. And criticize players that are not hustling, have a lousy attitude, etc. but your last paragraph is totally uncalled for. If Lambert doesn’t have the ability, he doesn’t deserve some fan sitting back throwing flamers at him. He is a Dawg man, cool it with the mean spirited BS.

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      • mikebozo

        Sad when an asshat has to revert to blaming the player or players. He claims to see the whole picture but most can see thru that.

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      • Derek

        How is lambert any more of a dawg than our coaches are? CMR has given his entire professional life to this program and I don’t see you telling anyone to get off him because he’s one of us. Is it age? Salary? I’m trying to explain why things are the way they are and its damn frustrating to see these guys fight and fight and watch them nearly lose to a sun belt team bc they have a qb who couldn’t start for any sun belt team.

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        • Lambert doesn’t make $4 million a year.

          Lambert isn’t responsible for filling the cupboard with a good oline, good receivers, and a good QB, with backups for all those slots.

          /micdrop again

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    • “our qb may be the worst in modern times”

      Whose fault is that?

      /micdrop

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    A new low for the term ‘winning ugly’. But we can finish November undefeated, just like September. Note to McG: don’t schedule any games in October from now on.

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  14. AusDawg85

    We could squeeze by tech, dump Schotty, and let Lilly use Bobo’s playbook to improve the offense vs whatever B1G team we face.

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  15. J-Dawg

    I can’t believe Keith Marshall did not get even one carry in his final home game ever. Is he still hurt, or what? Can anyone tell me what happened to AJ Turman? Where is he? Is he in the doghouse or hurt or what? He was gangbusters in the G-day game? Does anyone know?

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    • Macallanlover

      I think he was injured last wee but think he has now pulled the plug on himself. Don’t know that but his announcement that he is going to turn pro at this odd point in the season may be that he told Richt he didn’t want to risk anything at this point. Don’t know if we will ever hear any thing about it publicly, but that is my bet. since he was almost ready for Auburn and traveled there. Interesting to see if he travels to Atlanta this week.

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      • lakedawg

        Agree McCalland, hears yesterday in Athens that he has decided to hang it up for this year, due to risk of another injury ruining what little chance he has of making the league. Turman, no one seems to know.

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  16. Forget 10 wins. Who sees this team beating a power conference opponent with a similiar win loss record?

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  17. Dawg Stephen

    OK. Let me jump in here. I will just summarize my thoughts.
    The three losses STINK.
    We didnt compete with bama.. but somehow didnt quit.
    The TN loss is unbelieveable.
    The Florida loss is worse…
    If you had told me we would have only ONE reliable receiver, No QB, lose Chubb, and still have a chance to ONLY lose three times, i would call the coaches Magicians, and that you were crazy.

    Call me the eternal positive finder, but I dont think we were that good coming in…we hung our hat on improved defense (got it), not needing much from QB (but we did), and having Chubb.. (thanks neyland stadium turf)… we let the media tell us we were awesome when we were about to play more freshmen than anyone else in the country… the 2013 class left us bare in a LOT of areas…. these last two classes stopped the bleeding some…

    I am VERY disappointed in the losses.. I HATE them.. but when other teams we have had in the past would have somehow found a way NOT to win last night.. somehow these guys rallied and found a way to win against a pretty darn good team……. if we blame Richt for losses (and we do).. I think he held these guys together after some stinking saturdays.

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    • Derek

      Burn the apologist! Burn him! HE is the embodiment of all that is evil and accepting of mediocrity!!! Burn him!!!!

      Of course, I’m joking Stephen. I agree with you. It’s frustrating as hell but you’ve got to, at a minimum, appreciate how these guys continue to fight.

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      • Dawg Stephen

        I guess what i left out was… the same problems of the Gator team that LOST to Ga Southern are what plagued us this year (offensive line blocking each other for Gods sake… no QB to speak of???)…. and somehow we found the courage to say.. NOT to us too…..

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        • Dude, I got news for you. GSU gave us that game in the end. Bone headed calls at the end of the 4th quarter and in OT let us off the hook.

          You think it’s a good thing. Florida fired their coach after they performed like that against GSU. You want to keep ours so we can keep playing like this. Just well enough to escape Georgia Southern with a little help.

          And yes, you are the epitome of a sunshine pumper.

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          • Florida fired their coach the year after they performed like that against GSU, after they had already lost their way out of contention.

            Devil’s Advocate.

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            • Biggus Rickus

              I thought they should have fired him after the 4-8 and had a wasted year, but they may have ended up with a better coach than they would have if they’d pulled the trigger in 2013. Funny how things work out sometimes.

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    • UGA85

      I always thought good coaching came into play when two teams of equal talent were playing and you won. Or, even more, when your team beat a team with greater talent. I never thought coaching looked good when you scraped by a team made up of players you didn’t even recruit. Credits, IMO, to the GSU coaches.

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    • We only have three loses because it turns out we had one of the easiest schedules in the history of football.

      Our opponents are abysmal this season.

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  18. Senator, I’d like to think that if we do somehow win 9, maybe 10 games, that most would see it is a mirage. I don’t know though. Do you think 10 wins automatically gets Richt another year or is there a chance we make a move anyway?

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    • Derek

      Tough day after ain’t it chili? Find another team. It’s not happening. You can go agead and pull for tech, but it’s unlikely to do you any good.

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    • Honestly, chili, I would be surprised if Georgia canned a 10-win coach. But I wouldn’t be surprised if said coach was warned that if he didn’t make any changes, he’d own the results of that

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    • lakedawg

      Chili do not understand this “we” crap you use in your whiny negative comments. Why not own up to whoever you team is and pull for them instead of pulling for whoever the Dawgs play.

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  19. David H.

    If anyone followed the Ohio State program during the Tressel years, this Georgia team in the last 3 games (plus the Missouri game) looks a lot like a few of the Tresselball teams. Not the ones with Troy Smith at QB, but the ones with the more game-manager-type QB. Good defense; lots of punting and field position strategy; unimaginative offense with safe throws and boring handoffs. And usually an uninspired win in the end. But you run into problems playing that way against the good teams like Alabama and Florida.

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  20. Joe

    As the holder of an English degree from UGA, I just wanted to say, Senator, I’ve always appreciated your literary allusions on this blog. Is it something you just do for fun, or do you just feel it reads well, or what? It’s awesome whatever irrespective of what inclines you to write so.

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  21. The Old Jeffster

    I think after all the bad losses, especially the (nearly) annual bed-crapping against UF, some credit has to be given to UGA staff for stringing some W’s together. True, it’s been against less than stellar opposition. But keeping the program together enough to win those games is the difference between coaches who get fired and those that don’t. Richt couldn’t win the biggest games this season, but he didn’t go to sleep on the gimme’s, either. Biggest issue to me is what a 9-3 season means to Bulldog Nation? What’s the dividing line between good/great and mediocre? Is a coach who churns out an average of 9+ win seasons like clockwork despite falling consistently short of championship play a failure? It appears that’s not enough for LSU. I think in the end UGA will stand pat.

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  22. Glenn Radford

    I’m glad I sprang for the Presidential Suite in Shreveport at the Motel 6 3 nights, free breakfast, no wifi it’s Shreveport for goodness sakes. But it’ll be the best $69.00 plus gas I’ll spend in mid December.

    Mark please pray to your messiah fire Snotty and don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya. Ugh remember what Dandy Don Meredith used to sing ” Turn out the lights the party’s over”

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