Your Urnge game day thread

I don’t really have a lot of time this morning before I head out to Laguna Seca, so I’ll be kind of brief.  Tennessee ain’t winning today.  All that’s up for debate is the margin of victory.

I’m nervous about predicting the Dawgs cover the enormous spread because Kirby likes to call off the dogs in the second half if Georgia gets out to a decently sized lead.  The Vols are overmatched in a number of areas — don’t be surprised if that dormant pass rush many have been concerned about awakens against a pretty sorry offensive line — so that’s not an unlikely scenario.

All bets are off, of course, if Tennessee bleeds turnovers as it did against Florida last week, six in all.  That, plus a safety, is how you let a mediocre Gators team run up the score at home.

I suspect UT plays it as conservatively as possible to keep things from getting out of hand for as long as possible.  How long will that work?  Probably not as long as Pruitt would like.

The other intangible to keep tucked in the back of your head today is how the coaches have gone about their business this week getting the players to flush the inconsistent play that marked some of what showed out against Missouri.  On defense, things are helped by the Vols not having a dynamic downfield passing game that Smart and Tucker focused on stopping.  I do expect a notable effort made to slow down Tennessee’s run game.

Add your thoughts in the comments and keep ’em coming through the game.  I’ll be watching Porsches race and heading to the hospitality suite at game time to check out the game on my cell phone, WiFi be willing and the creek don’t rise.

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  1. Russ

    Have fun, Senator. Sounds like a great time.

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  2. dawgtired

    Enjoy the Porsche races there and we’ll enjoy the Holyfield, Swift races here.
    If the numbers on your previous post are a real indication of what we’ll see in this game, we will watch the Dawgs do laps around the field much like car racing.

    I’m looking forward to the coming out of a pass rush that has been missing so far this year. Pruitt may just play for a moral victory in this game to save recruits. On D, they could try to keep everything in front of them and take no chances. The big plays will still come but they may limit them. On O, they need to burn that play clock down as low as possible every play to limit the time of beat down. They’ll lose big so their only hope is to cover so they can claim some kind of moral victory. Go Dawgs, make a statement!!! This is going to be a good day to be a Dawg!

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  3. PTC DAWG

    You don’t listen…

    Enjoy your day…

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  4. Navin Johnson

    Sounds like a glorious day. Enjoy.

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  5. Biggen

    Damn Senator, that sounds like an awesome day lined up. I think you picked the best home game to miss!

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  6. 86BONE

    If you happen to get to LA, more specifically West Hollywood, go check out Bar 1200 in the Sunset Marquis. We stayed there for the Rose Bowl and I can promise, it’s definately worth the effort!
    BTW, I woke to heavy rain this morning in Houston and I glanced at the clock…it was 10 to 9😎

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  7. Dawgs win big today … 48-10.

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  8. illinidawg

    A big favorite? Great, we can’t beat their sorry asses by too many points!

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  9. Nashville West

    Someone needs to say it so I will, I HATE orange !!!!!

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  10. Whiskeydawg

    I hope to see the Dawgs Offense come out crisp and efficient cleaning up the issues they had against Misery. I believe the defense will keep the Vols under 10. GA: 48 TN: 10

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  11. JasonC

    Just finished craft beers with a sexy young Singaporean, Scottish Pilot and ABC. Great experience. Heading home to sleep (almost midnight). Hope the Dawgs win and y’all have a good one.

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    • Macallanlover

      That is an intriguing combination Jason. Go get your rest, this one is well in hand. Hopefully your message light will be on when you awake.

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  12. The Dawg abides

    Man the Tech-Bowling Green game looks like a high school crowd. The student section in the end zone looks to have maybe a hundred kids. Is this a Hindu holiday or something?

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  13. TXBaller

    At Barrett Jackson in LV….am laying the 32….Kirby hates JP….Dawgs roll 59-6

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  14. Macallanlover

    Wow, WVU receiver had 7 catches in the 1st Quarter, another reason for UGA to open up the passing game if we are going to attract the better receivers. We have them now, and a couple committed, but I am concerned it will be hard to sustain. 28-7 at the end of the 1st, had the Eers, should have taken the Over as well, had considered it. Dang it. Let’s feed our stud horses Chaney.

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  15. Salty Dawg

    I cannot wait for the slaughter to begin! SIC ‘EM,DAWGS! Let the big Dawg eat!

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  16. The Old Jeffster

    Clemson QB just went down hurt unsure if he’ll return. Meanwhile Orange dominating the Tigers. Announcers are just burying Bryant for transferring. while giving giving Dabo a free pass for his decision which led to the transfer.

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    • ASEF

      Lawrence looked shell shocked before he got his bell rung. Errant on his deep throws, late on the slants. So much for the offense being clearly superior with TL starting.

      And yes, the announcers are all in blaming KB.

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  17. Raleighwood Dawg

    Senator, I’m curious to know what model/body style Porsches will be racing out there today? Enjoy!

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  18. Macallanlover

    Don’t care who is blaming whom, this is why you always have two guys prepared. We are one play from being dependent on a true freshman. We have had more opportunities to give meaningful reps to Fields than we have taken. Unlike many others who see him as a potential starter this year, I simply want a guy who can come in and take over the offense. I felt that way last season when many said redshirt Fromm to get separation, that option never became viable, but RSing a top quality, skill position guy isn’t very smart in today’s game.

    Jake Fromm is the QB for this team, and he should be, but we don’t want to need Fields against an LSU or Kentucky and it be the first time he has played in truly live action. Get Fields into this game before it becomes simply a handoff offense just to run the clock. Maybe a series or two in the 2nd Qtr with the ones, or all of the 3rd Qtr with the twos playing like it is still 0-0.

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    • Raleighwood Dawg

      Good points all around, Mac. I won’t say this is karma for Dabo, et al … just hope that Kirby takes note of what can happen and ensures that Fields is prepared for whatever may occur in the future.

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    • Anonymous

      I agree. You can’t redshirt FIelds until 2020. It looks like we will only have 3 scholarship QBs in 2019 with one of them being that Plumlee kid out of MS. I fully expect Plumless to redshirt that year. I don’t expect Fromm to go pro after his Junior year, so 2020 would have Fromm, Fields, Plumlee and 1 or 2 2020 recruits (assuming we don’t get a 2nd 2019 recruit at the last minute). Fromm would start, Felds could redshirt while playing in 4 games, and Plumlee will have a year in the system before coming in for garbage time / the single plays where Fromm’s helmet comes off.

      Of course, that is assuming that Fields doesn’t transfer. He really shouldn’t though. It is painfully obvious that he is having a hard time pre-reading the defense and working through his progressions. After three years with Coley and Cheney, he could be absolutely dominant as a two year starter…. if he’ll stick around.

      This year (and hopefully next year) he needs to prepare like he is 1B, play some meaningful snaps, and focus on improving on reading defenses while in clean-up duty. If I were Coley / Chaney, I would have a system where he signals what he thinks the defense is / was pre-snap and after the play.

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  19. jt (the other one)

    Laguna Seca!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Driving the course????

    If so—-monster jealousy here!

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  20. TN Dawg

    So basically Kelly Bryant could have been right back in to help Clemson and his teammates win and win his starting role back, but he was like “No bruh, it’s all about me. I could give two sh*ts about my teammates.”

    It’s that kind of committment, leadership, grit and determination that will make him a HOF quarterback at the next level.

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  21. ugafidelis

    “Play Fake Jake.” Damn Scott Howard lol

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  22. TN Dawg

    How many times is he going to call him Eric Nauta?

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  23. Bo

    The vols are playing pretty good D. We got lucky on the TD. I think we’re in for a battle. The spread was/is ridiculous.

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  24. Pruitt can’t even get those Orange Overalls to line up for the punt… Maybe 50-0 IS within reach.

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  25. TN Dawg

    3rd and 1 conversion sighting!

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  26. Bo

    They are bringing the heat and our stud offensive line is getting pushed back. Fromm has no time. D better do something.

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  27. Bo

    And… we’re not getting to Guantanamo Bay.

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  28. D as in Dawg

    This is who we are people. We are above average offensive line and average defensive line. It’s so frustrating!!

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    • More screens, please….!

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    • Bo

      Since when? I thought we had the best OL in the country.

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      • Macallanlover

        Well, we aren’t. Pretty good but with two starters down/limping and us shuffling the deck every other series and at practice, it is pretty hard to be a cohesive unit. We have talent but need to get settled into one position, have too many floaters learning positions at this point in the decision. Make a decision and let them play for time at that spot.

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  29. UGa ought top begin the 1st down passing. Those quick underneath things to Hardman will eat UT alive.

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  30. Bo

    Fromm has got to quit putting the ball on the fucking ground.

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  31. D as in Dawg

    Good grief. Maybe we’ll find out UT is really good after this game. That’s what everyone said about Mizzou. We’re up 10-0, but ugh is this unimpressive.

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  32. TN Dawg

    Fields in on next series please.

    Fromm really struggling with pocket presence. Not sensing the pressure.

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    • D as in Dawg

      I think Fromm is hindered because we can’t run the ball with any consistency. Must be all the five star O linemen we have.

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  33. Jake’s got to step up. I don’t remember him freezing in the pocket last year.

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  34. Bo

    So glad to see Woerner in the game. He couldn’t block my Mom.

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  35. D as in Dawg

    We. Can’t. Run. Or. Block! W. T. F.

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  36. TN Dawg

    We’ll likely win this one going away, but largely because Tennessee isn’t very good.

    The first half so far has had drops, missed passes, narrowly averted disasters and less than impressive line play.

    Ball bounces a little weirder on those two fumbles and it’s 0-0.

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  37. Chaney needs to make Pruitt pay for sending extra rushers. We’ve got man coverage with true freshman all over the field

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  38. D as in Dawg

    Pruitt is a good defensive coach. He watched film and saw he could pressure Fromm and stop the run. Now they’re doing exactly that. I think UT can be effective just running the football against us. They need to do that.

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    • D as in Dawg

      That series looked great against the run. If we can do that, I’ll feel much, much better about our performance today.

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  39. D as in Dawg

    Finally!!!

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  40. TN Dawg

    And here we go with the 9 OL, QB, RB formation all in a bunch.

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  41. TN Dawg

    Nice play!

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  42. TN Dawg

    Those WRs are studs.

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  43. TN Dawg

    Good finish to the half.

    Great first half by defense.

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  44. The execution may not be there but I like the variations.

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  45. ugafidelis

    I miss Uncle Vern.

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  46. Uglydawg.

    Holyfield is a man.

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  47. Uglydawg.

    Fields.!

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  48. Uglydawg.

    Rodrigo!

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  49. We’re going to give Aranda a lot to scheme against. Probably keeping some things in the back pocket just for them.

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  50. D as in Dawg

    Here comes the 3rd quarter Dawgs! That quick release is the key to Fromm’s success. And Fields is a beast. This needs to be our game plan. We can’t just line up and impose our will on everyone right now.

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  51. Lecount needs to add about 10lbs if he’s going to fly in there like that. I like the mindset but he’s gonna break his neck if he doesn’t play smarter.

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  52. Uglydawg.

    We’ve always got to do something stupid. No reason at all for that PF.

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    • In Walker’s defense the runner never touched the ground

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    • Uglydawg.

      I love the Dawgs..they are winning, but if they really are number two, it’s time to prove it against a really shitty Tennessee team.. Way too much sputtering…as I am writing this, Fromm takes another sack.. Maybe it’s Swift’s injury,IDK..but it’s enough to make me think we are…..you know..the “o-r” thing..Act
      Actually, if Tennessee score again before we do we’re going to all have tight sphincters And they are driving like they think they still have a chance, All the blather and bullshit about how we’re going to beat them by a thousand and we’ll be lucky if it’s a comfortable win.
      Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes…Bad play calling..holding the ball too long on passes..dropping the ball….PI calls…PF calls.. This team has a lot of talent but a long way to go to be where I though they were.

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  53. Obviously I’ve been wrong about that 3rd quarter bump. Easily the sloppiest game yet in ’18.

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  54. D as in Dawg

    This team is frustrating and it’s like Kirby is ready to run the clock out. I’m starting to worry the LSU game is going to leave a mark.

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    • Bo

      LSU is going to beat our fucking ass. We may not win this one.

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      • Uglydawg.

        I think you’re right. We’re in f’ing trouble. This is a sputtering bunch of Dawgs. And this is against Tennessee…in Athens…LSU in BR is going to be a huge expose’ of an over rated Georgia.
        Middle of the third and Tennessee seems to have the mo’.
        That, my friends, sucks.

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  55. D as in Dawg

    And it looks like another team wants it more… again.

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  56. D as in Dawg

    Down here in Florida country, the Gator fans are licking their chops.

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  57. (after the butt whupping they endure that is …..)

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  58. Bo

    Hope we don’t need a TO later.

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  59. TN Dawg

    I hate to keep b*tching, but can we have some more Fields?

    This offensive sh*tshow is driving me nuts.

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  60. BMan

    Who allowed Richt to come back and manage our timeouts?

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  61. Uglydawg.

    I think we are going to be the laughing stock of the country by this evening.

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  62. TN Dawg

    J. R. Reid has had a horrible day.

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  63. This is just another one of those off-the-wall Dawgs-Vols games. I’d like another couple TDs just for style points.

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  64. Russ

    Just stopped by to see if it’s okay to question our performance today.

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    • Bo

      It is not sir. You will be dressed down for that. We are aweaome.

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    • TN Dawg

      No.

      They’ve never trailed and have had a two score lead the whole game.

      So shut up and enjoy this magical game.

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    • D as in Dawg

      No. Definitely not. Nothing to see here. As the Senator said. We’re not losing to Tennessee. Except our line play is not good. Our qb has regressed. Our play calling is painful. Our discipline and preparedness is pathetic. Our LBs just aren’t as good as last year. Did I leave anything out? Other than that, we can’t point out how poor this team is.

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  65. Will Trane

    Hey you boys covered your bets on that 50 point differential.
    One thing I’ve noticed you folks run your mouth a lot the damn time about coached and players on opposing teams.
    Shut up
    And watch teams for awhile and get over yourself.
    Pruitt can coach
    Comments like from you guys hurt the dawgs.

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  66. D as in Dawg

    Finally, some fight. And some yards after contact!!

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  67. Said it before and I will again: loving Brian Herrien.

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  68. Uglydawg

    Herrien answering the call.

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  69. D as in Dawg

    Dang Herrien! Making up for Cade Mays on his ass

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  70. TN Dawg

    Great run!

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  71. Uglydawg

    I love D’andre Swift.got that all by himself..Tennessee had the left side packed so Swift just cut it to the right and powered over the Vols…

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  72. Ellis

    Nice to see us physically dominating a division rival. Other than a couple of dropped passes and a few questionable play calls offense is unstoppable. Defense looked simply awesome today.

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  73. Now pressure + ball hawking = scoreboard padding

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  74. TN Dawg

    Nick block Fields!

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  75. Uglydawg

    It’s not that Georgia cannot play at a very high level. It’s that they can’t sustain that level..
    Except for a couple of drives by Tennessee, the Dawgs have outplayed them..it’s the stuff, the second chances because of penalties, etc. that we GAVE them that are worrisome. This game should have been 40 something to maybe 7. Happy for the win, but a little less optimistic that we will win more than 10 in the regular season.
    BTW…we might have a QB controversy starting right now.

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    • Ellis

      Seriously? We are winning by 4 tds and have physically dominated in every aspect of the game and you are complaining?

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      • Uglydawg

        It’s not a complaint as much as an observation.
        If you don’t agree they sputtered….again…that’s fine with me.
        Play like that against AU, LSU, KY and maybe even UF and lose.

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    • D as in Dawg

      Is it possible we need both? Both bring different qualities and Fromm had a relatively poor day but he had some drops that would have been big gains. I think Fields should stay in longer sometimes though.

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    • Fields was 1-2 for 5 yards! He was in there to burn clock with the run.

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  76. TN Dawg

    Love that kid!

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  77. D as in Dawg

    Let’s score again!!

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  78. D as in Dawg

    Fields!! It’s just what we need!

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  79. The offense has looked sloppy so far this year and could cost us but it’s mostly execution imo. It’s mostly things that can be fixed. I’m not nearly as concerned as I would be if it was a talent problem.

    Obviously, we have to consider the competition but we’ve won every game comfortably while being sloppy and making mistakes. The OL is a bit concerning but Cleveland is a big loss and we’re moving guys all around. Honestly, we’ve played so many guys this year that I think that’s part of the problem. Not that I think we shouldn’t be playing guys and finding out what we have while we’re winning comfortably. It just seems to affect continuity or rhythm. I think this team has yet to find it’s legs so to speak and we’re still undefeated. I just don’t see big problems that can’t be fixed by simply playing better and executing. Of course, it’s a big problem if we can’t execute better.

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    • Zach

      Things just got weird from about midway in the 3rd through the top of the 4th. I thought playcalling was pretty good throughout save that 10-minute span. As other commenters noted, it was execution that left a lot to be desired. Curious if others think Fields has earned a lot more play time moving forward?

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      • Uglydawg

        Yes..Fields is a problem for defenses. Play the kid…a lot.

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      • Maybe on Fields but most of his success was in the ground. Sure, Fromm has been off a little at times but the entire offense hasn’t had much continuity. The entire offense! I don’t see one guy changing that.

        There was that one series where Hardman, Godwin and Holloman all left something to be desired on pass plays. Missing Cleveland and playing so many guys seems to have a negative affect at times. Again, I think playing all these guys is gonna pay off down the road but the offense isn’t clicking or not really anything close to consistently right now. It’s frustrating now but what about if/when they get it together?

        I really believe the vast majority of this team’s problem is execution and consistency. It’s concerning when thinking about an LSU’s defense but it’s very encouraging knowing that they can play better.

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      • Derek

        I don’t know about “earned” but for DC’s he’s a question without any good answers. When the defense has to account for him in the run game other things open up. If they don’t account for him, even better.

        Need a to keep playing him as much as possible. We’re going to need him against the teams that can match up at the LOS. Those are the Bamas and Clemson’s and OSU’s and LSU’s and Auburn’s.

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  80. Paul

    Folks that’s two weeks in a row we have looked unimpressive and totally underwhelming. Tennessee got steamrolled at home by a bad Florida team. We were out of synch and got beat fairly regularly on both lines of scrimmage. We may not be as good as we hope we are this year.

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    • Ellis

      You have to be kidding. Tennessee had six turnovers last week.

      We dominated today’s game. Tennessee had 66 yards rushing and their qb was rushed all day long. We amassed over 400 yards of balanced offense. We had the ball 15 minutes longer than they did, an entire quarter! If that’s not dominating both lines of scrimage I don’t know what is.

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      • Uglydawg

        Ellis, I agree..the stats will look very good..It’s the sputtering mistakes that are concerning. T should have never gotten that first score..we gave it to them with a very, very stupid PF after stopping them. The Pass Interference was just an unfortunate stumble by the DB. The blown coverage on the bomb was a mistake. We had the ball slapped out of JF’s hands a couple of times. We got very lucky with the first one that bounced to Nauta. Also the one Fields dropped..either one could have been a quick 6 for Tennessee
        All the talk on here was how we were going to beat Tennessee by a zillion points. We were clearly the best team, but we should have beaten Tennessee by a zillion points.
        The best thing that happened today was the determination by our running backs and also the way Fields made a huge difference. Things are good but need to get better or we lose before long.

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      • Paul

        The offensive line play was inconsistent at best. Much of the yardage gained had little to do with blocking. We won’t be competitive with LSU playing the way we have the past two weeks.

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        • Ellis

          Fortunately LSU doesn’t have an offense. I don’t think we play a competitive game until maybe Auburn, more likely Atlanta. We are so young too. Next few years are going to be fun.

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          • Paul

            We might ought to watch out for Kentucky. When I watch the way Alabama dispatches an inferior opponent and compare it to the way we’ve been playing it makes me worry. I can’t help it. I grew up with Vince Dooley and Larry Munson.

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            • gastr1

              I agree re: Kentucky. They not only look about as good as we are, they appear to be built to beat us with an up-the-gut power running game and a good D-line rush on QBs. Their defense may be more impressive than their offense at this point.

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          • Bo

            So, LSU, at home, at night is not going to be competitive? Riiiight.

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    • This team is playing about like I expected. They’re playing a lot of people and they’re young so it’s looked rough at times.

      Are they as good as they need to be to go far this year? Not currently, no. Doesn’t mean they can’t be. Doesn’t mean they don’t have the talent. They’re sloppy as hell at times and still dominating. This is where this coaching staff will make its name for better or worse. No we find out what this coming staff can do with raw talent that is young and needs coaching.

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  81. The sloppy play is the ONLY reason UT scored either td. It wasn’t just coach speak when Smart said they didn’t beat us on those tds, we beat ourselves. It was penalties and being out of place. Their offense did little when we actually played well.

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    • Uglydawg

      Yes..and you can get away with that against a truly very bad team like Tennessee..but against LSU it will get you beat..You cannot give them very much because they will have something to put with it that will add up.
      I’m not looking down off of a ledge. I think Dawgs get better and better, but this was another game to learn from.

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      • Certainly! We play against LSU like we played today and it’s probably lights out for that game. We fumbled 3 snaps today!

        Tennessee’s pass rush gave us problems but at least we have good film to work off of now. Going to LSU with all that youth and inexperience on the OL is concerning but they get another game before then. Wish Cleveland was back but it is what it is, as much as I hate that saying.

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  82. On another note: I think it is very important for UGa that Stanford knock off ND.

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  83. Biggus Rickus

    I can’t even imagine what the comments will be like if Georgia’s actually in a truly competitive game with someone, let alone loses to someone.

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  84. Macallanlover

    Yes, like with fanbase message boards, people should refrain from posting during a game. Real bad over reactions that look bad 5 minutes later, and even worse at game’s end. The perspective of seeing the stats after the game, and getting away from the emotional involvement can make you look a lot smarter. Just went through the above, and was surprised at the in-game takeaways. Good games going on now, enjoy and revisit tomorrow morning guys. Bet you now the sun will come up, once again.

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    • 92 grad

      Yep. It’s pretty simple, we have a team that is relatively young, they do dumb things. They’ll grow up and hopefully sooner rather than later.

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  85. TN Dawg

    People shouldn’t post during a game?

    I can do that?

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  86. Looking forward to Bill C’s adjusted score. I have a feeling we’re going to be surprised.

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  87. J.M.

    The Dawgs are so extraordinary talented that they can sputter and execute poorly and still win comfortably against most teams. That’s a great place to be. However, it does look like the team’s overall focus and attention to detail has slipped a bit from last year. Not badly, mind you — we’re still beating teams by an average of 30 points a game for God’s sake — but just enough to be noticeable.

    I suspect what we’re seeing is a team that’s become a little bored and needs to be challenged. Vandy should be a breeze, but the LSU-Florida-Kentucky-Auburn stretch of games now looks like a legitimate gauntlet. I imagine we’ll roll out a tighter product for those games. We need to be, or we could easily eat an L or two in that stretch.

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    • dawgtired

      It wasn’t the beat down I hoped for against UT but the game was never in question. I’m glad Fields got more PT. I still don’t understand why we would pull him from short-yardage plays. I would think in short yardage you would want that extra threat of the QB run. I like Fields in the red-zone. Again, I have nothing against Fromm and I think the Dawgs win with him. But the more PT Fields gets, the more dangerous he becomes.

      J. M., that stretch of games will be a fun challenge. The Dawgs really need to stay focused on that stretch (we do get an open Sat before UF). UK is still looking strong. I didn’t see the entire game but the time I watched it looked like Wilson found enough passing success to create even more issues for Ds. You got the feeling from the start that it was UK’s game to lose.
      Ole Miss likes to score quickly and then get on the bus, so it’s hard to tell about LSU. We better be ready for a hostile environment, a good D and a surviving O when we visit the valley.
      I will have to watch the replay of UF vs MsSt to form an opinion on UF, but I have the feeling MsSt isn’t what everyone thought. Still we shouldn’t take UF lightly.

      Funny thing is about this season is, even with the miss-steps we’ve had on both sides of the ball, watching the Dawgs is FUN! Just a few years ago, even when we won, it was like pulling teeth. There was no peace.
      We have much youth on this team and it’s fun watching them grow and get better. What a fun way to win! Go Dawgs.

      P.S. I was really disappointed in the penalties, especially Walker’s push. I felt like JC#3 got a raw deal on the PI.

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    • dawgtired

      Other thoughts. When our OL is completely healthy, I think we’re a different team. Right now there is some lack-of-gelling going on. I don’t know enough about blocking schemes to add suggestive improvements but it appears our TEs are struggling with assignments. I don’t want our QBs getting hurt. Which reminds me, JF#1 took a shot on that play where he recovered his own fumble…it looked like it stunned him.

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      • Nauta was rounded on that bizarre fumble recovery TD (it was his & Swift’s assignment that knocked the ball from Fromm). Too bad for UT it bounded straight up to Nauta’s paws. It looks like that kind of year for the Vols.

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      • gastr1

        Well, that’s true re: the OL, but it;s quite the luxury to remain injury-free. Last year I was amazed how, with a super-thin OL and really only one guy at LT (Winn), we went the whole year without any major injuries.

        But the youth and lack of focus on this team is the problem so far. How many pass plays were there in the first half that should have been touchdowns if the ball was caught, thrown just right, the effort timed right? Four? And then there’s Walker’s stupid penalty that led to Reed’s blown coverage for their first TD that allowed them to stay in a game that should have been 42-0 by that point.

        This team is super-talented and we all know that but the growing up (including the backup OL) has to happen fast or the other shoe will be dropping very soon.

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  88. Scdawg

    2 plays. The drop by Swift and Walker’s personal foul. Do the right things there and it is different outcome

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