The final act of Georgia’s 2016 play

Pro Football Focus summarizes the Liberty Bowl as follows:

Georgia QB Jacob Eason has struggled against pressure this year, completing just 33.8 percent of his passes and posting a QB rating of 44.7. He has also struggled with his downfield accuracy, as he has completed only 22 of his 109 shots at least 20 yards from the line of scrimmage. While TCU hasn’t produced a consistent pass rush this season, the Horned Frogs rank 19th in coverage grading among Power-5 schools. CB Ranthony Texada has given up just two receptions of at least 20 yards in his past seven games, while his counterpart, Jeff Gladney has given up just three such catches the entire season.

Georgia’s ability to move the ball on offense relies almost solely on RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who have combined for 1741 yards and forced 60 missed tackles. Due to poor offensive line play, 1162 of their yards have come after first contact. TCU’s front seven is strong against the run, led by DT Aaron Curry. If the Georgia backfield can’t make TCU defenders miss – the Horned Frogs have missed 136 tackles this season – TCU should be able to put up enough points on offense to pull off the upset.

That really hits where I’m feeling the toughest part of the game is for Georgia today.  With Ridley’s injury taking one more playmaker off the field, I have a sense that Chaney and Smart are going to double down on pounding the ball.  Georgia is going to have its usual trouble scoring points as a result.  Can the Dawgs keep up with the Frogs if they have to?  I’m skeptical.

Marc Weiszer mentions two other factors affecting my thinking about the game.  One is something very much in Georgia’s favor:

Georgia is 19th nationally in turnover margin (+7). TCU is 84th (-3).

This game looks close enough to me that going +2 in turnover margin might well be enough to make the difference.  Georgia is more likely to pull that off than is TCU.

On the other hand, this definitely isn’t something in Georgia’s favor.

Georgia’s Kirby Smart is 7-5 in his first year as a head coach. He is 3-1 in nonconference games. TCU’s Gary Patterson 149-53 in 15 seasons, all at TCU, making him the school’s all-time winningest coach.

In a tight game, are you gonna go with the guy who’s still working out the bugs that come with on the job training or the one who’s led his team through several bowl games already?

My heart’s with Georgia on this one, but my head tells me we’re about to see one last game marked by the same problems — constipated offense and red zone woes — that have plagued the Dawgs all season.  They’ll both cost them today in a narrow loss.

At least we’ve got recruiting to look forward to, eh?

Consider this your game day thread.

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279 responses to “The final act of Georgia’s 2016 play

  1. Athens Dog

    Nailed it. Hoping for the best, but have no illusions.

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  2. MLB2

    Some screen passes would be nice.

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  3. TCU is now -3.5. That’s nearly a four point swing in one day. Not good.

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  4. CB

    Between Chubb and Michel I wonder who has broken more tackles this season? My guess is it’s pretty even despite Chubb getting the majority of the carries.

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  5. Greg

    If you just focus on results, you won’t get what you want out of life, you won’t get what you want out of a season, you won’t get what you want out of a game,” ……Kirby Smart

    Sounds to me like he is still focused on the “process”…….Damn them wins, gotta get ready for the future!

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    • MGW

      If he keeps this up he’s going to have a first season record like Saban at Alabama and Pete Carrol at USC. Not good. Need that crucial eighth win or he’s got to go.

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      • Greg

        Pretty sure neither of those teams (Bama or USC) won 50 games in the 5 years prior to them taking over……like Smart did.

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        • DawgPhan

          basically checked out and barely paying attention I dont know who Shawn Oakman is Jim Grobe and Kirby both took over 50 wins in 5 years teams. Kirby maybe had a better season coaching than he did. maybe. but its is questionable.

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          • Greg

            Ain’t sold…..expected an improvement from the prior staff, not a team that went backwards. Hard to believe the offense got worse, so did the defense. Not sold on Smart’s ability to hire, could be his ultimate downfall. Chaney was a terrible hire imo….the D.C. was not an update either. The only thing that excites me is the recruiting, but if you do not have the staff…….I hope I am wrong about all of this.

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            • Brandon

              If you don’t think that playing under essentially the 3rd entirely different coordinator and position coaching staff in 4 years has serious negative effects on the players and resulting performance… there’s no point in arguing with you in anything related to football

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  6. Not really sure how either team winning or losing would be considered an upset but ok

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  7. 69Dawg

    Don’t want to go off track here but the SEC is in the toilet. We’re one blocked field goal from 0-5. This could be the perfect storm that all of the media has been waiting for “SEC one team conference”. The Nick Saban effect is now in full force. Worst case Alabama loses because they truly haven’t played anybody with a pulse this year.

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  8. DawgPhan

    I am sure that the SEC was overrated or whatever they want to call it will be driven into ground by a lot of media folks.

    Then next year a bunch of SEC teams will be ranked in the preseason and fans will complain.

    The SEC hasnt been great in a few years.

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  9. DawgPhan

    I think that the dawgs need a positive data point heading into the off season.

    A nice win, follow up with some big recruiting class, breaking weight room records in the spring and maybe guys staying out of trouble during the summer and we could have ourselves a pretty good season coming up.

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  10. Uglydawg

    Almost all of Georgia’s woes can be boiled down to having a sub-par foundation..the offensive line..Having a weak O line will always put the heebie-jeebies in a true freshman QB…thus the poor passing stats….and the less than expected output from the running game…and a defense that can’t get rested on the sideline.
    As pointed out in the notes …”Georgia’s Kirby Smart is 7-5 in his first year as a head coach. He is 3-1 in nonconference games. TCU’s Gary Patterson 149-53 in 15 seasons, all at TCU, making him the school’s all-time winningest coach.”…..This is the very much the same situation as the GT game.
    I’ll be happily surprised if Georgia keeps it close. I’m worried we get blown out.
    On the other hand..if it all comes together and the Dawgs look great, it will put a happy ending to a frustrating season.

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  11. We’re gonna beat ’em like they stole something. Go Dawgs!

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  12. Uglydawg

    Yes the SEC is d-o-w-n. It’s been slipping for a couple of years…You lose coaches like Spurrier, Meyers, Richt (and Franklin?!!!) to name a few..and you’re going to be playing catch-up for awhile. But I think this is rock-bottom and the conference will be stronger next year..and on the rise. A lot of it is also because of the perfect storm of great QBs graduating at about the same time…and the penchant to schedule cup-cakes which really doesn’t force you to play better.
    Nick Saban will make the SEC great again, because he has set the standard and every program will have to improve to stay competitive..you get better by playing great competition..not cupcakes.

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    • DawgPhan

      Nick Saban is going to make the SEC great again.

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      • Uglydawg

        He is by raising the bar. This matters to most SEC programs..especially Bama’s lil brother AU…and also LSU…and almost laughingly, TN.
        But Georgia, Florida and SC also have the same demanding goals.. I think A&M..being in Texas..could be really great in the coming years also..they should be able to recruit really well. But right now, it’s Alabama and then everyone else. Roll Tide…you’re our Flagship!

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    • Dog in Fla

      “Nick Saban will make the SEC great again,”

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      • You know that he’s an Eagles fan, right? And that he hates country? And that he falls somewhere on that thing they call “The Spectrum”?

        'Burns is at the wheel of Saban's black Mercedes S550, and because he knows Saban's musical taste veers toward the Eagles, Al Green, and the Rolling Stones—no country—he's got "Gimme Shelter" cued up on the stereo. Saban sits shotgun, and I climb in the back. As Burns guides the sedan past columned fraternity houses on the arbored Alabama campus, Saban mentions he's seen the Stones twice. In an attempt at levity, I tell him I'd recently tried to turn my four-year-old daughter on to the Stones but that she had responded by earnestly asking me, "Dad, how come the man in these songs can't sing?"
        
        Saban spins around from the front seat and shoots me the bug zapper.
        
        "Mick Jagger can sing," he says, before turning back to face the windshield. "Mick Jagger is a great entertainer." '
        

        Nick Saban: Sympathy for the Devil

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  13. pcidoc

    I can’t find the pre-game show on the UGA website. The next live event shows basketball. I’m in Panama City Beach, Fl., and all the radio stations like am750 have their online broadcasts blocked for the show and game. Does anybody have any ideas how I can listen to it?

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    • Macallanlover

      If the UGA broadcast team is working this bowl game, you can get it on SiriusXM. As close as Panama City is to Georgia, I am pretty sure there will be a strong enough radio signal to pick this game up. Look at the Georgia network stations in the southwest corner of the state and get their station numbers. (Heck, I used to pick up the Dawgs when I listened to stations while in Philadelphia, Virginia, and NC. Have listened through really bad static on AM statiuons far away.) If you cannot get it that way, check the ESPN station in Panama City, Destin, or Tallahassee. They have the TV rights and carry some football games as well.

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    • Noonan

      Try 106.3 FM out of Donalsonville.

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  14. I hope we win, but I’m afraid we’re running into a buzz saw. A 3-7 point win or a 20-point loss wouldn’t surprise me. Remember it’s a throwaway season.

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  15. Moe Pritchett

    I love all this positivity in th mornings! It refreshes the soul.

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  16. rookie coach vs a program’s all-time winning-est coach..We’re screwed.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Didn’t Florida pull something similar on us last season?

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      • No, UF’s head coach was NOT a rookie head coach, only new to UF ….so being precise the answer is no. Plenty of what I say is wrong and therefore criticism of my posts should be extraordinarily easy but your observation is just misplaced. Florida got CSU to pay for their HC’s on the job training and McGarity was too stupid to learn that lesson. I expect Kiffin will be through with his OJT at FIU just about the time we fire Notso and McGarity is just stupid enough to hire him…..he knows the Process ,too, right?

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  17. Uglydawg

    Noticed the AJC has a header announcing the big news that the ACC is winning more bowl games than the SEC.
    The very fact that this is news is the best rebuttal I can think of. When people (Nerd fans most often) point this out to me, I’m going to say, “Yeah..that’s real news..this is the first year you’ve ever remarked on it”
    Eventually, Clemson will lose Watson and will become post-Cam Auburn,
    Kirby and Boom will cut into their recruiting…Florida will pick up it’s missing pieces etc. There’s too much talent in the region for things to stay upside down…the caveat is that much of the ACC is also in the South and there are so many good football teams in Florida competing for that talent.
    But I think the SEC is at it’s lowest point this year..bottomed out.
    (BTW Arkansas’ choke last night was epic..)

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  18. Macallanlover

    I hate all the importance put on exhibition games played 5 weeks after the season ends but agree we need some positive thoughts for the off season. It will feel a lot different than last year either way.

    I don’t think it is critical that we win, but think it could be damaging if we get blown out like Colorado did last night. I fear that is a reasonable possibility given what we have seen from our offense this year. Chaney has had 5 weeks, let’s hope he didn’t waste that time like he did before facing Florida. A win would be a shot in the arm to a team, and program, that needs it.

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  19. Turd Ferguson

    It may not be enough to win, but I’ve got a feeling our running game is going to cut through TCU’s defense like a hot knife through butter. Won’t be surprised if Chubb and Michel both go for 150+ on the ground.

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  20. JCDAWG83

    Outside of Bama, the SEC is a very weak conference the same as the last few years. I’d love a win today but I won’t be surprised with a loss. Teams with weak O lines, a shaky qb and a defense that can’t stop anybody from scoring tds in the red zone don’t win many games against legit competition.

    I’m hoping things are better next season. If so, we can feel better about the direction we’re heading in. If not, the heat might get turned up on Kirby. Dawgnation is kind of grumpy right now, maybe McGarity gets shown the door and that would be a wonderful thing.

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  21. Russ

    Toss sweeps with Sony and Nick. Slants to Nauta. Wash rinse repeat.

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  22. Nate

    These announcers are having a competition on who can talk more….Sweet jesus…They put my wife to shame and she can talk the ears off corn.

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  23. Russ

    No audio on the Bulldog app? I guess I’m stuck with Beth. Seems fitting end to this season.

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    • GDAWG IN TALLY

      typical Georgia SHE IS BRUTAL

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    • Charles

      Running into the same thing over here with the TuneIn radio app. Beyond lame.

      Don’t forget to send in that Hartman Fund donation! The athletic association’s attorney won’t negotiate those broadcast rights for free!

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  24. Russ

    I think we just ran Herrien into an 11 man box. Impose that will!

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  25. AusDawg85

    There are DOZENS of fans in the stands enjoying this game!

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  26. No penalty on the TCU player for removing his helmet while celebrating that Eason fumble?? Alrighty then…

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    • Russ

      I’ve watched that all season since our screwing. We had one guy behind the end zone with 10 seconds left. All these other teams have half the team on the field running around with no helmets.

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  27. Nate

    Eason got murderized on that play…Damn Catalina, move your feet son.

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  28. BassCatSC

    To easy for TCU.

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  29. Hardman needs to be back returning kick offs. Feel he will get lots of chances today

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  30. Bob

    Can’t even punt with the wind at our back. This could get ugly.

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  31. D as in Dawg

    One thing you can say about this team is they’re consistent with their weaknesses. The talent gap excuse is wearing thin. This is the same old, same old. Fortunately, I didn’t allow them to raise my expectations for this one. It’s a lot easier to watch the meltdowns and idiocy that way. Remember ULL? Big play from McKenzie and then crap the bed. Blah, blah, blah.

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  32. Bo

    Good thing they got those extra practices in. Dawgs look sharp! I’m especially enjoying the playcalling today. Run up the middle for two. Run up the middle for one. Have Eason run for his life and throw up a prayer. Niiice.

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  33. do not resuscitate

    Georgia’s Offensive Game Plan: run the same shit play on 1st/2nd down ad nauseam until 3rd and long. Have Eason make a bad throw. Seems like a good way to win Cheney! Keep up the good work!

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  34. Nate

    Good thing we had a few weeks to work on this stellar game plan…Imagine how bad we would look without all this time to strategize

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  35. Wtf, Eason?? I think you’ve actually gotten worse. How the f does the punt team get a penalty when they haven’t even lined up? What is Beamer doing? Why have the fundamentals not improved…anywhere…all season?? Is this how Kirby is putting together such a good class? Don’t worry about us beating you over the head with silly things like fundamentals. If you can run and jump real good we’ll sign you.

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  36. Legatedawg

    Watching our O-line makes having a route canal seem like an afternoon at a spa by comparison.

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  37. Uglydawg

    We need to try to run it inside more. We’ve got 9 yards or so so far..And what about that great imagination of our OC….throwing only on third and long..wonderful. Good grief.

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  38. Russ

    I’m glad we finally solved our substitution issues. We might need 5-6 more timeouts each half, though.

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  39. Run, run…pass. And make sure when you run that you have everyone in tight and 2 TEs so they know what’s coming when you impose your will. Or something….

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  40. Russ

    Aaaaaand, there goes our last timeout.

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  41. D as in Dawg

    Why is he challenging this? WTF?!?!

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    • Mayor

      I thought the same thing. He lost his right to challenge for the rest of the game, too. Sure enough, about 10 minutes later the refs gave Eason a bad spot on a long run that should have been a first down and…no challenge available. Kirby’s a dope.

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  42. Yes, the OL is bad but to say the play calling isn’t doing them any favors is an understatement. We just have to wait until we get all those 5 star OL so we can run what we want, when we want. Seems realistic

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  43. Bo

    Great challenge. We didn’t need that TO anyway.

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  44. do not resuscitate

    I’ve been trying to reserve judgement of our coaches for most of the season – thinking perhaps it was personnel issues, not fitting to scheme, etc – but after a quarter and a half I’m beginning to think that our coaches suck. We had a month to prepare, and yet somehow nothing has changed. Where are the improvements? Did the coaches prepare?

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  45. Russ

    This is awful. Kirby’s finest hour.

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  46. Ramguy

    While watching this game I can say that there’s doesn’t seem to be any way that the Dawgs O-line can’t block TCU’s front 7.. I am also sick and tired of seeing 30 yd punts…UGA has gotten back into the run, run, pass then punt routine. Whatever they worked on in the extra 15 practices it sure isn’t showing any positive results.

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  47. playmakers in space

    Let’s keep trying to pound the ball directly up the middle over and over and over again.

    That’s good,tough football.

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  48. OrlandoDawg

    1st down plays so far: Chubb for 2, Chubb for 2, Michel for 3, Chubb for 2, Eason fumble, Michel for 1, Chubb for 0.

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  49. D as in Dawg

    I have defended CKS, but he doesn’t appear qualified to run a middle school coaching clinic at this point. Pathetic team right now all around.

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  50. Ramguy

    Correction 29 yd punts

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  51. D as in Dawg

    What the f#*k just happened???? That was a first down!

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  52. Bo

    Wonder why we didn’t challenge that spot? Oh…

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  53. Uglydawg

    Worse than I could have imagined. If we don’t make some adjustments at the half we’re looking at a blow-out.

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  54. Macallanlover

    Worst UGA team since the Goff era, where we at least could move the ball. Chaney should have been gone during this past month. He seems to think he need to prove the insanity cliche Everyone else in America is pretty convinced we cannot run between the tackles by now, even against a Big 12 DL, and with two talented RBs. Chaney isn’t insane, just incompetent.

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  55. Got Cowdog

    Black Friday

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  56. Cosmic Dawg

    From an offensive standpoint, the only reason Georgia has a puncher’s chance in games is because we have top tier athletes that can improvise when the coaches’ game plans break down.

    I will agree with the comments above that the coaches are adding very little value to this football team.

    Remember all our frustration in the old days about players looking lost and disorganized? Good times.

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  57. Prosticutor

    Just trying not to tip off Appy St. any, right?

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  58. Uglydawg

    While I’m not blaming the refs for this debacle..we suck…they HAVE been f’ing Georgia on spots all day long…I’d like to see a replay on Eason’s scramble…but even if it were short..KS should have went for it on fourth…Good grief..he’s as much as said that this game means zilch…so why punt on fourth an two inches in the middle part of the field? ..
    NEWSFLASH…we just got four on a first down carry….belay that..penalty for illegal formation cancelled it.
    NEWSFLASH…IMAC get first down on pass play..
    NEWSFLASH…Back to back First Down…..one running!…And now we get the first down a the flea flicker…My Goodness!!

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  59. Uglydawg

    I think I’d have to give Bryce Ramsey a series or two. Eason is just too pumped..overthrowing everyone. Why not? The kid deserves it

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  60. Ramguy

    Good thing Sony rolled over the TCU player into the endzone. I don’t know if they could have banged it in from the 1 foot line.

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  61. D as in Dawg

    Like I said, Michel over Chubb all day. I hate it for Chubb, but it’s the best option. Just not sure why it’s another thing I tend to see before this highly paid coaching staff.

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    • Red Cup

      You want to amend anything now?

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      • D as in Dawg

        Nope. Michel is a more elusive back. Until the line started opening up big holes, Chubb wasnt going anywhere. Watch the game and not the post game. ESPN needed to validate it’s Chubbtown story. I love Chubb. But he wasn’t the back that kept us in the game. Thanks for posting.

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  62. Bob

    Shane Beamer deserved that fine. Not work Wakeyleaks but for Special Teams non play.

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  63. Uglydawg

    We can’t stand prosperity…most Georgia kick-off coverage evah…

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  64. Nate

    Sure would be nice to have some timeouts

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  65. Uglydawg

    Get the feeling that Eason needs to hit just one long one to reset him..

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  66. Uglydawg

    Sure could use a Time Out.

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  67. Uglydawg

    Looked like they sent Loran Smith in to attempt that fieldgoal.

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  68. 69Dawg

    Jacob Eason = Jeff George. Great arm no touch, or accuracy. He also has developed happy feet. Another year with Chaney and he will be totally useless.

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    • Macallanlover

      I know many are counting heavily on Eason but honestly, he is like a high-powered sniper rifle with no scope. Anything over 20 yards and he is often not even close. What worries me is I have heard those who know say accuracy cannot be coached, and under any pressure he is really off. Let’s just run the two minute offense and throw quick, short passes. Amazing we are even close in this game.

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  69. Paloaltodawg

    I think we have the best players in Thompson, Michel and others… We don’t put them in the best position to win. That’s coaching.

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  70. Nate

    Rodrigo still had on his kickoff glasses, he forgot to put on his FG glasses

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  71. 69Dawg

    I’m still wondering why Chubb would want to play another year. This offense is a shit show except for McKenzie. If ever true freshman offensive lineman get a shot it will be with us. Kublow leaving will be an upgrade.

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  72. D as in Dawg

    Eason has not been ‘coached up’ this year. Doesn’t see wide open receivers and misses many of the ones he does see. There’s just no part of this team that isn’t suspect. Some things can’t be fixed with recruiting classes. I’d say we have many of those things that need fixing.

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  73. Chopdawg

    Don’t care what anybody sez, them Texas state troopers have got some cool hats.

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  74. Mark

    This is aggravating…I’m at work and Scott Howard tells you nothing fast. Eason needs a major push from Fromm and the OL just needs a push.

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  75. Raleighwood Dawg

    Amateur hour even extended to the halftime show

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  76. So guess the Commodores will replace journey as the new music in Sanford. To instill fear in the hearts of our opponents, of course.

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  77. On a good note: Eason still makes plays despite missing passes. Michel is trying to carry the team. Carter has made up for the bad penalty. Bless his heart…Catalina deserves the effort award.

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  78. Good fake on the FG. Rochester just paved a road with his man

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  79. Russ

    Sony was wide open.

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  80. Uglydawg

    Bryce!

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  81. Russ

    Nice series.

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  82. Uglydawg

    Credit where credit is due…nice imagination on that drive..esp. the fake FG and the TD pass.

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  83. D as in Dawg

    Surprise! Chubb up the middle goes nowhere… again.

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  84. D as in Dawg

    Gotta say there was some creative and productive play calling on that drive. Finally! Hopefully we don’t go back to vanilla.

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    • D as in Dawg

      And Eason made up for missing a wide open Michel on the previous play. Is the field bigger in college? I kid. I kid.

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  85. playmakers in space

    Shan Beamer can get FUCKED.

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  86. Russ

    Before anyone says it, Richt won the wrong 10 bowl games.

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  87. Macallanlover

    Perhaps Beamer should take over play calling. Something new with that fake FG, they had obviously seen that opening on film, don’t see many runs in that situation. Nice blocking too.

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  88. Smith and Patrick are so damn nasty!

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  89. Nice spot on that 4th down! Lmao! Omg

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  90. Freaking ball didn’t sniff the 9

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  91. Bob

    Special Teams all over again.

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    • Uglydawg

      I think this may be a little bit of the SEC’s poor showing in the bowl season this year….Refs seem to be in on the “tired of the SEC” movement..

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  92. playmakers in space

    The defense is pretty good outside of the redzone and when they need to hold a lead or deal with a running QB.

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    • Russ

      I agree with the comment that Kirby is overcoaching the defense. Shades of Grantham, with players wandering around before snap and having trouble getting on and off the field.

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  93. Uglydawg

    Ref standing right there watching the outside hold…blatant, textbook hold…camera angle looking right over his shoulder.

    we get f’d on another spot. They should have reviewed that .

    This is an entertaining game if you can get over the fact that you’re a Georgia fan

    How do we get two girls calling our game?

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  94. D as in Dawg

    Offensive pass interference. That was not a first down!!!!!!! Bad spot on our first down. BS hit out of bounds call. Think the fix is in? Bullshit!!

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    • Uglydawg

      Most people will forget it..but it’s anti-SEC bias. From the announcers, to the AJC all the way down to the “neutral refs”, it’s there.
      They won’t screw Saban like that..the game means too much and there will be too much scrutiny…but Georgia??? Fuck’em…

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  95. Bob

    Penalty after penalty after penalty.

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  96. The Truth

    I love the kid and truly respect his hard work to come back from a gruesome injury and his decision to come back for a final year, but Chubb ain’t near as effective as Michel right now and it ain’t really close.

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  97. There are those false starts we’ve come to know and love!

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  98. Russ

    Our linemen block pretty well running wide. Almost like they’ve been doing it successfully for the last few years.

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  99. Nice job not calling holding on the LT that sprung HILL on that 3rd down! Unbelievable!

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    • Uglydawg

      That silly assed announcer is crying for Georgia to get a penalty on every play…he never mentioned the bad spots against Georgia or the ridiculous holding allowed by TCU.
      Happy for the Girl announcer because he’s bad.

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  100. To balance out my bitching….Thompson has been better than I imagined. Good season for him but this is his coming out party

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  101. This would be a great time to impose our will

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  102. Bob

    Credit to the O line. They are now really playing well.

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  103. Looks like the dumb ass coaches knew what they were doing.

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    • dawgtired

      Suck for a half to confuse the opponent into thinking we’re no good?…yep. It’s working.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, try the same bad plays for a half, then finally run plays that work for our players. Great coaching for sure.

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      • What the fuck ever, bitch if you win, bitch if you lose and bitch if you get rained out.

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      • Brandon

        What u idiots don’t realize are the “bad” plays in the first half are the same fucking plays as the “good” plays in the second half. Execution helps and it’s easier to execute these type plays against a tired worn down defense

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        • FarmerDawg

          Other part of that is your defense must keep you in the game for the first half for this game plan to work.

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        • Russ

          Nope. What I see is an I formation into a stacked box repeatedly. Eventually in the second half, they get around to lining up in the pistol, spreading out, running wide and creating running lanes. That can usually work, but only after a wasted half running straight into a wall.

          What you see as a grand plan, I see as stubborn play calling followed by desperately trying anything. Eight times this year, they stumbled across something that worked, and give times they didn’t.

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  104. Uglydawg

    Sony doing it!
    Maybe….I can’t believe I’m floating this balloon, but maybe Chaney and Smart knew what they were doing wearing down the defense for two quarters..and now being able to impose….
    Don’t shoot me..just shoot at the balloon…is it laughable?

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  105. Macallanlover

    We either wore them down, or changed something in our blocking in the 2nd half. Now THAT is UGA football. Nice job guys, will make the off season more enjoyable.

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    • Russ

      We changed our blocking, moving more laterally like our linemen are used to. Also finally started running out of the pistol. Didn’t “impose our will”.

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      • Brandon

        By “laterally” u must mean knocking the d-line 5 yards into the 2nd level then bouncing it outside if that’s where the hole is. Just post whatever makes you feel smarter

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        • Russ

          Nope, I mean running wide. How many times did our linemen pull in the first half? That would be close to zero because we continued to put Eason under center, line up in the I, and run directly into a stacked box. But I guess that passes for good coaching.

          Second half, we spread out, lined up in the pistol, and pulled linemen to run wide. Completely different scheme and play calling.

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  106. Way to go Chubb and OL! We finally imposed our will…on a smallish defense. I’m being cynical, sure, but I’m happy they did it. Seriously. I’m fine with the impose your will approach in close games like this.

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  107. Come on D! Finish them!

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  108. Sure, Beth….they’ve missed FGs but it was our D that forced those FGs. Both times they were close to our goal line

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    • Uglydawg

      And they were given a first down on the 9….when it should have been UGA ball….that gave them 7. But don’t mention that either.

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  109. Uglydawg

    Please..not overtime. Just one legitimate holding call will end it..just call it once…

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  110. Uglydawg

    Damn..we might win this thing! ..never would have believed it in the first half…Good adjustments…
    Great way for NIck Chubb to end it.

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  111. Doggoned74

    I’m grateful to have been here for the Chubb era😎.

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  112. dawgtired

    Nice win for our Dawgs and Kirby! Excited about next year…

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  113. Cosmic Dawg

    Coaches still suck. Ramsey averaged 11 yds per carry and spent the whole day on the bench.

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  114. Is it just the TV 10 lbs. or did Eason’s mama feed that boy up over Christmas? Looks like he might have also discovered beer this year.

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  115. D as in Dawg

    Love Chubb. Love him!! But Michel meant more to UGA today. Sucks for him, but these guys are team players. Glad to see Chubb finally get enough room to do what he does. Go Dawgs! Never doubted it for a minute. 😉

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  116. Imo, the line of scrimmage, on both sides, is where this game was won. We really did impose our will when it was all said and done. Kudos to Chaney for switching up the offense and going pistol.

    Ok, folks. We only lose a few starters and have a lot of talent coming in. I’m not expecting an SEC championship next year but I do expect significant improvement. No excuse to not have that if this staff is worth their money. No excuse to not win the east next year.

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    • dawgman3000

      We need to be in Atlanta playing for the SEC next December or Kirby should be on the hot seat. I gave him a pass this season , but I expect to see significant improvement next season.

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      • We need to look like we belong on the field with Florida. That’s the first and most important goal next year.

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      • dawgtired

        unless there are obvious bone-headed coaching decisions, maybe we should give Kirby a couple of years with HIS players…just saying. Improvement is definitely a must with coaching. I’m guessing the talent will improve too…or at least the depth of talent.

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  117. MLB2

    Good job forcing turnovers to keep it close in the first half. Good adjustments by the coaches on offense in the second. Nice way to end the year and I didn’t have to crack open that second bottle of Larceny. Thrilled for Chubb.

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  118. daphne95

    Revolutionary stuff. Same story as the whole year. Offense is stymied when they try to run power formations but when they started playing more out of the spread, and calling outside runs, the offense got going.

    If Kirby Smart just gets the heck out of the way on offense (the rumors are out there that he was “interfering”), this may work out OK. Playing in the spread doesn’t mean you have to be air raid, you can run through the spread.

    So why hasn’t it been stuck to?

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  119. daphne95

    Yes, Eason missed passes, but I’m just not sure too many effective plays were available out of the power formations. In spread the plays were there in both the run and pass.

    If Smart’s ego continues interfering, he’s going to go the way Muschamp did at Florida.

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    • Russ

      Bingo. The stubborn play calling is getting old. Use the players to their best strengths.

      After a half of futility at least they changed it up, which allowed the win.

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  120. Scorpio Jones, III

    My God, the expertise here. Its just a joy to be a part of all this genius.

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  121. There is some dumbass on the post game call in show, he says he played offensive guard for the Dawgs. He just said “some fans want to know why we kept running the ball up the middle in the first half”? The last drive is why. What does he know??

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  122. Bulldog Joe

    Isaiah McKenzie opting in for the 2017 NFL draft. Not surprising.

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  123. Bulldog Joe

    Good win today and good for recruiting momentum.

    Go Dawgs!

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  124. Mayor

    Great second half for the Dawgs on both O and D. Optimistic about next year.

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  125. Sucks that McKenzie decided to go pro now. Kinda surprised by that. Hopefully Hardman or Godwin can step up.

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  126. Excellent win by the Dawgs. Both lines of scrimmage bowed up in the 2nd half. Hopefully, this game is an indicator of positives for 2017. Keep getting after it in recruiting.

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    • dawgtired

      Yes, now onto the recruiting competition. It will tie us into spring practice. We have to bridge the gaps until next fall.

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  127. Dom Sanders has announced he’s coming back. Excellent news for ’17.

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  128. Red Cup

    Reminded me of Bobo games. Keep running until the other guy gives up. Line did great in 4th quarter… Thompson is a beast. Good time ahead. Go Dawgs

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  129. Uglydawg

    I’m happy…meanwhile, Tennessee’s defense is making Nebraska’s offense look like sloths..and while I don’t like the Vols, the SEC needs the win, (if you care about such)..

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  130. Uglydawg

    Is Michigan vs. FSU a meteor game? Normally it would be for me..but with Hardblow coaching Meechegin, I’m pulling for FSU…His ass arrogant ass needs to be handed to him, big time.

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  131. Uglydawg

    Everyone else must have fallen asleep. Wake up and post, dammit!

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    • Chopdawg

      …umm–(snort) yawn {shakes empty glass} which one of you guys drank up all the rest of my Bloddy Marys? Hows Tennrsee doin?

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  132. pcidoc

    Love me some Georgia Football! Go Dawgs!

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  133. Debby Balcer

    great way to end the season.

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  134. Nashville West

    It’s raining out here on the left coast but it’s a great day to be a Dawg. I found a tcu fan to bet on the game; he owes me a Double Double at In-n-Out Burger. Go Dawgs!

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  135. Spent the first half griping to my buddy on text, but the second half proved me wrong. I don’t know much about the x’s and o’s, but those runs out of pistol were pretty good to me. Nick returned to old form today. I don’t understand the need to pitch him vs. Sony. Both great backs with different skill sets. I root for them both equally (Ok that’s a lie. Nick a little bit more because of what the UT cow pasture did to him).

    -Thomson looked great. Wow. Keep it up kid.
    -Not sure about the over coaching comment, but man, it sure seemed like we were trying to do a LOT before each snap on D
    -Jacob needs more touch on his deep ball. I think it may be a trust issue. At times you just gotta put it in play and hope for the best. REALLY liked him scrambling today however. Want to see more of that in 17. Makes him way more dangerous.
    -Chaney did not go away from what was working in the second half. Good for him! My worry is that the coaching staff seems to go away from what is working in the week leading up to the game. Seems like we fall back on a mindset instead of a strategy that utilizes the tools we have now.
    – For some reason I was reminded of all our shotgun two back sets that ran delay draws up the middle for little gains back in the Richt era. It took that staff a little time to get the right alignment with players and play calling. Some of it was coaching. Some of it was recruiting. Shit. What do I know. I’m half in the bag and glad the dawgs won.

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  136. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Here’s my take on Jacob: have patience. Yes, he over throws. On the other hand, the guy he replaced can’t over throw because he isn’t physically able to do so. And from the start of the season until today, he has progressed on being able to run the huddle, read coverages, etc. He makes some plays that make me want to overlook the errant throws. That 75 yard pass to IM was made while he was being chased to his left, and he threw accurately back to his right. That’s physically hard to do. Yes, most of the yards were made after the catch, but the throw had to be made for any of it to happen. And he never quits. I’m looking forward to next year.

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    • Dawgtired

      Eason is the future of GA football. This season he showed he has the tools and he played like a SEC freshman with abilities. He will run the show until he leaves for NFL if he stays healthy. Fromm May also have the tools but he will be behind Eason on reading SEC defenses and leading a SEC offense. Eason will continue to mature and with spring, summer and fall workouts, will be a quality SEC QB next year. As Scorp mentioned, the East should be ours. Returning D, returning RB studs, 2-year QB. Hopefully better OL. The future feels good right now.

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  137. PTC DAWG

    A nice win, IMHO.

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  138. Scorpio Jones, III

    And in Obknoxacatur, TN, Butch Jones wins 10 games. And loses at least eight big name starters. (Not counting juniors who have won Championships of Life at UT and move on to the NFL Business.)

    The East cowers in fear.

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  139. Cojones

    Happy New Year, Dawgs.

    This may be the last games of my neighbor’s life so the win by Miami and now Georgia has made this season a happy one for him. Diagnosed with bone cancer (Stage III-IV) in June (he was given two months), he seemed bent on seeing the first game of Richt’s year and that has now stretched to seeing the NC games. As his established caregiver, I’ve gained weight gain when participating in some of those carbos my wife has been preparing for him (as well as including him in her prayers) and the season fits right into his diet when it comes to pecan pie and eggnog laced with a tequila shot while watching the games. I get ACC shoved into my face every day, but he is also sympatico in cheering for the SEC and, especially, the Dawgs. Next season…?, … but he won’t give permission to use his name on the Jumbotron whenever we play GT. It was going to be a name that would send him into Bulldog lore and perpetuity since it expresses so well the Dawg attitude toward the gnats. His health is outwardly better (he had disdained treatment after the diagnosis and has only had pain medication since June), his appetite has improved and it looks like we may now go for an Emory clinical in Jan. It already is a happy new year here.

    Hopefully, this team will abide next year with the return of so many players and the number of excellent recruits Kirby can get for this team. Hopefully, we can return to the day of Bobo’s excellent shiny offensive machine without having O-coaching turnover next year.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      You a good guy Cojo…you have chosen a tough row to hoe. Good luck to all of you. Love conquers all.

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    • Uglydawg

      Prayers for your friend, and you and your wife as you care for him.
      I’d wondered why you had been less frequent in posting here..you have been busy with more important things.
      I’ve even more reason now to celebrate the wins by The G and The U.
      Best wishes, Cojones!

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    • Best to you for what you’re doing. That’s what friendship is all about. Prayers for all of you. #cancersucks

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  140. Scorpio Jones, III

    Mike Stoops and TheJohnson about to square off at midfield, Cats getting cut down like weeds.

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    • dawgtired

      Another SEC team going down. Rough year for the conference. The B10/PAC10 lovers will eat this up.

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      • Uglydawg

        When you’ve got coaches strongly alluding to their preference of using their bowl prep time as a glorified Spring practice instead of an important and serious game, it’s about what one can expect….especially with new coaches working with a new team/system. Coaches like Paul Johnson, on the other hand…have their system installed and humming and can concentrate on winning the game….and beating an SEC team is a huge goal for most coaches…so they can gloat….Georgia Tech fans already think they could win the SEC if they were only in it.
        THIS is what the NC playoffs have wrought. The only thing that really matters is the final four…or possibly a New Years day game…

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  141. Scorpio Jones, III

    Oh dear, TOSU has the “Urban Meyer Effect” You thing ESPN means Aaron Hernandez?

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  142. Scorpio Jones, III

    God how I love the smell of cold pizza in the morning….Happy New Year!!!!

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