Reader poll, showing up edition

I thought I’d keep today’s reader poll a simple one.  While there have been whispers about some turning pro early, there hasn’t been a rash of announcements about Georgia players skipping the Sugar Bowl, which would appear to be a good sign when it comes to focus.  Also, Kirby.

But, Mel Tucker is gone and Georgia won’t be vying for a national title this go ’round, so there is that.

Anyway, what’s your feeling on the team’s mental/emotional state for the game against the Longhorns?

 

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50 responses to “Reader poll, showing up edition

  1. We’re playing a blue blood program that is trying to get back its lost glory. If we lay an egg like the Sugar Bowl against West Virginia, I’ll be very surprised.

    If the Dawgs show up with bad intentions, this game will get out of hand.

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  2. Put me down with the “flat” vote. I just don’t expect them to get completely over that big of a letdown. Not saying we lose, but we will not look like that team that trotted out there in Atlanta IMO.

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    • Greg

      Could be, but I bet they will be sky high. Very young team, Kirby has them focused and playing for their positions….he’s good like that.

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  3. Jim

    Time for a statement about 2019!!

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  4. Uglydawg.

    Texas will not be a pushover…even if the Dawgs are pumped.
    This game counts for final rankings.
    A top five ranking is recruiting bling.
    Beating Georgia is recruiting bling for Texas.
    And I hope LSU stomps UCF…because that’s a one-way national championship game.

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  5. ilini84

    I’m jacked, I think of all these horseshit games I’ve sat through in 35 years and can’t wait to see this one. I just told my bride we’ve got to get down there before the playoff games start Saturday! GO DAWGS!

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    • If you mean horseshit bowl games we’ve been in I totally agree. Seems like we’d get the crappiest draw possible almost every year.

      Even when played in the Sugar Bowls we always got the weakest opponent available that was in a big bowl game that season.

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      • ilini84

        Not just the bowl game but the regular schedule. I known it’s not going to change but having a decent opponent is great!

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      • stoopnagle

        Man, you aren’t kidding. A pretty middling Florida State in ’03, a upstart West Virginia in ’06, and a completely over-matched Hawaii in ’08.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    There’s not much evidence the players have gotten down, lazy, or complacent. Guys like Holyfield bring it every snap, no matter what the score is. And we’ve got a small, but growing, army of young 4 and 5 stars who want more playing time.

    Now the coaches, that’s another issue. You’ve got to wonder if the coaches have much gas left in the tank after the 12 game season and early signing day. But you could say the same thing for Texas’s coaches. I thought Tucker was a steadying influence and kept us from getting too cute – at least on D. If we avoid trickery and run our offense FOR ALL 4 QUARTERS we should be just fine.

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  7. gastr1

    I’d choose “not our most inspired performance but probably good enough to win” if there were a button for it.

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  8. Gravidy

    I chose the first option, although I would have chosen a slightly less enthusiastic option if one had been available. My reason for optimism is purely due to my confidence in Kirby Smart. He has had them ready to play way more often that not.

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  9. Russ

    Yeah, I’m with the others. Maybe not our A+ game but definitely A- and I think we put a thumping on the ‘Horns.

    Still trying to convince my Texas bride to ride over for the game. Man, I want to be at that game!

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  10. ilini84

    Why would someone who doesn’t care come here?

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    • PTC DAWG

      I was going to post exactly that..good call.

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    • california_dawg

      Why would someone not care period? It’s not like we’re playing in the damn Belk Bowl again. Never mind the fact that it’s our last chance to see the Dawgs suit up and play before the offseason.

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  11. I believe we’ll show up but I don’t know what the staff will do.

    Also, had anyone seen the reports on Luke Ford? He’s back home in Illinois and maybe leaving the program. It seems the possible leaving thing is pure specialist at this point but he’s not practicing with the team and isn’t gonna be at the bowl game apparently.

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    • markjohnson4297

      Maybe Lovie’s insane contract extension will have him become an Illini!

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      • Yeah, I don’t know. Now I’m seeing that he’ll be back on the 26th but I have no idea what that means. Back to return to practice? Back to pack up and leave? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. He’s a big time talent I’d hate to lose.

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    • Moe Pritchett

      I got some pretty good reliable intel on Ford from a posters on two other sites. Word is that he was just really homesick and the staff recognized that and gave him some extra time. Lest we forget, those frosh are still 18yo pups. He should be returning by 12/26 as posted and ready for the bowl. Should Nauta leave, Ford is probably on the 2 deep and he probably knows he has a great shot. Hes all Dawg

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      • I hope that’s the case. We have no way of knowing what kinda of contribution he’ll make but he was an elite TE. No matter what, I want him to make the best decision for him and not be pressured. I also hope he starts. Lol

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    • JCDawg83

      Bowl practice doesn’t start until after Christmas. If he doesn’t come back, I’ll be a little worried. Otherwise, he’s a kid from Illinois going to Georgia, he probably wanted to visit home for a little while.

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      • I get that. I posted after the I’d read an email that made it seem like he was gone and then there were follow ups stating that he would or might be back for bowl practice. One guy isn’t gonna make or break but I’d still hate to lose him.

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  12. Mayor

    Dawgs will be motivated. 12-2 is still a damn good season.

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  13. TXBaller

    Winning convincingly COULD leave UGA #3.
    Winning convincingly COULD have UGA #1 preseason.
    Way more to play for than laying down.

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  14. TXBaller

    Winning convincingly COULD leave UGA #3.
    Winning convincingly COULD have UGA #1 preseason.
    Way more to play for than laying down.

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    • Uglydawg.

      If ‘Bama should put a real beatdown on OK and Clemson both..and the Dawgs put one on Taxis, Could not Georgia finish as number 2? They would clearly BE two.

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  15. Otto

    From Dawgnation:
    Herman sees enough talent in the Big 12 that he’s not overly concerned about the Georgia run game.

    “I don’t think transitionally it will be anything too formidable for us,” Herman said.

    https://www.dawgnation.com/football/georgia-uga-tom-herman-kirby-smart-texas-sugar

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  16. ASEF

    I’m thinking somewhat flat, but I also think it doesn’t matter, which put me into the “don’t care” category. I think Georgia is just too talented for Texas over 4 quarters.

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  17. Macallanlover

    Like others, I don’t really see an option that fits my thinking as I don’t expect either extreme to play out. Glad to see most of the talking done by the other side (always prefer that.)

    Georgia team is full of youngsters who are playing for an advantaged spot on the 2 deep going into 2019, those guys will play inspired. No way the staff will be slacking either, UGA should be fine. No prediction from me this early but UT may have the edge on laying it all out, just not sure that will be enough since Dawgs will not be apathetic. Haven’t seen any signs of fans that “don’t care”, actually, never have seen that on any boards. Game certainly isn’t do or die type of contest but there is pride throughout the program and it does certainly matter for the off season, and 2019 perception.

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    • Otto

      UGA is filled with young talent and onlineathens posted an article some early enrollments will be at bowl practice. They can’t play but they can give the players that can an idea of the sort of competition they’ll be facing in the spring.

      I think UGA is a mismatch being a Big12 D against a power running game. If UGA doesn’t take their foot off the gas UGA wins. Granted due to not being do or die, it maybe closer than it should be. I am concerned about the staff using Fields in stupid situations.

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      • Macallanlover

        As to your last sentence, I thought that all season long, but it never changed. Fewer one and done situations, and several more conventional offensive reps when we had some blow out game opportunities is what I expected. I think it would have done Fields more good, and would have been less disruptive, imo. But the staff is in a better place to know what is needed so there must be something us fans are missing. I feel Fields was further behind than many expected him to be, not many true freshmen are prepared to run a pro style offense and make all the reads like Fromm was. While I understand that, it just didn’t seem to be the best way to make it a learning experience for the young man. Hopefully he stays with us and lets it develop at the pace required.

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  18. Jared S.

    Dawgs on top 45-24.

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  19. Dawglicious

    I didn’t look past the first button option. Dawgs to pound.

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  20. stoopnagle

    I think this one will look like nearly every game we played this year: tight at the half and we eventually win by 20-30 points. Texas is a good team, big wide outs, gutsy quarterback, and a BigXII defense. I think they’re probably as good as Florida.

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  21. Comin' Down The Track

    We’re 1-3 all-time against Texas. We don’t get many opportunities. Time to fix this.

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  22. Skeptic Dawg

    I voted Don’t Know Don’t Care only because there no a Don’t Know option. I am actually excited to play a national program in the Sugar Bowl, but I have zero clue as to what the team’s mindset is. Sure, Michigan or Ohio State would be a better opponent based upon rankings, but I am good with a trip to New Orleans over New Years.

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  23. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    My only question – and it is a small one – is who will be planning and running the D with Tucker gone. Tejas will be semi-Oklahoma on offense, and we have faced that before with success, but it took us a half to figure it out.Hopefully, it won’t matter much and Camarda will wonder why he even dressed out.

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    • illinidawg

      Some dude named Smart.

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    • Clayton Davis

      Not really. Texas’ run game is centered around Ehlinger much more than Murray or Mayfield for Oklahoma. They also have 2 monster receivers that present match up problems for basically every team they face. They are much closer to 2014 Ohio State in their offensive style than 2016-2018 Oklahoma.

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      • Thorn Dawg

        Toneil Carter announced he’s transferring from Texas.

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        • Clayton Davis

          I really don’t expect Texas to challenge Georgia at all unless Georgia come in unfocused. Texas’ offense doesn’t have an advantage at any level on Georgia’s defense, and Texas’ defense isn’t that much better than the likes of Oklahoma’s.

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  24. dawgtired

    I feel guilty having any doubt toward this group of Dawgs but they are young men susceptible to the ebb and flows of sport’s hypes and let-downs. The SECC IS the NC and we just played a close battle with the team that will most likely finish #1. The cows are about to play their best opponent; no telling how they response, scared are on fire. I hope the Dawgs are business as usual…

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  25. CPark58

    “It’s 38 to 10 in Texas” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “10 to 9” but we’ll figure out how to make that work. Dawgs roll.

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  26. TC

    I think Georgia comes out with a chip on their shoulder like they did against Hawaii when we got slighted and the media let other jump us in the polls. The Dawgs hammered that poor team. Taking on a blue chip program like Texas should seal the deal for showing up.
    Go Dawgs!

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  27. Milledge Hall

    I don’t think we’ll have any motivation issues. Their band will play “The Eyes of Tejas are upon you.” Our players will will play the pads of Georgia are upon you. Playing for starting roles next year’s national championship team!
    GO DAWGS!!

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