Sooooo… how’s that whole gap thing going, Gators?

Swimmingly, it appears.

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87 responses to “Sooooo… how’s that whole gap thing going, Gators?

  1. ’71 game turned out OK..

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  2. timphd

    Here’s hoping that Vegas has grossly underestimated that gap. Beat the brake off of the Gators! I would be happy with a 40+ point win.

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  3. Biggen

    The current line also matches up with Sagarin.

    UF still has some playmakers and they have those big bodied WRs. I’d also expect Richardson to start and get most of the snaps. Fortunately, he and Jones like to throw one or two INTs a game. Does that go up with the duress he will be under against our front 4? I’d like to think so.

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    • biggusrickus

      If Florida is ready to play, I’d expect it to end up around 34-17. If they’re as discombobulated as they’ve been their last three games, Georgia will run them out of the stadium.

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      • Down Island Way

        FU prays they lose by 14 and that’s all, should FU lose by 20-30 points you’ll see the student athletes pack it in faster than LuLu and Junior around a couple dozen of those hot-n-fresh delights….#FTMF

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    • originaluglydawg

      Neither Jones or Richardson have faced a defense like Georgia’s.
      They’re going to make some mistakes.

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  4. biggusrickus

    In this bottom four, they failed to cover any and lost three outright. They easily covered the two biggest ones.

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  5. 79dawg

    I enjoyed 2017 a whole lot more than 2014….

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    • Migraine Boy

      The worst loss of the Richt era, hands down. And I’m a CMR stan to the end.

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      • I will go to my grave believing that game was the point of no return for Richt, not the Faton Bauta experiment in 2015.

        Completely unprepared and uninterested in playing once Florida showed they were going to punch back.

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        • gurkhadawg

          My memory is a little blurry. Is 2014 the year FU didn’t have a QB and threw like, one pass? We knew they had to run and they still ran it down our throats. If so, I agree 100%.

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          • Well, that really happened 2 years in a row, but yes, this was the first Treon Harris game. I think they threw 6 passes. They ran the exact same play over and over and Pruitt, the slack jawed Alabama high school hero redneck never adjusted one bit.

            Richt attempted another long FG into a 35 mph crosswind, then got burned when Florida faked a field goal going the same direction. Just an absolute coaching failure that day.

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          • It’s actually worse than I remember. Florida ran for 418. Pruitt was so gd overrated as a DC.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            Yes. UF was 3 of 6 passing.

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          • RangerRuss

            My memory of that game has blurred as well. The one thing I distinctly recall is a Georgia LB reaching to make a tackle on an end run and being held so blatantly that his jersey was being stretched. No call. There was a great deal of that shit.
            It can happen again.

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        • charlottedawg

          Especially considering Florida just kept running the same damn running play, over and over again while only completing 3 of 6 passes.

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        • Russ

          Terrible loss for sure, and Richt should have had the team ready. But let’s not forget McGoofity’s roll in this, laying down for the NCAA so they could punish Gurley for signing autographs. The team was assuming he would be back for Florida and of course he wasn’t.

          Still, with Chubb we should have still pounded the Gators.

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          • Migraine Boy

            For real. That took a ton of wind out of the sails. Then we lost Andrews on like the first series of the game, refs ignored a blantant holding call on a fake fg and the Jax ghosts came alive.

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  6. Bulldawg Bill

    Biggest gap is between their ears!

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  7. If my math is correct, we are 3-3 outright in those games listed.

    I do think we win. I’ll be legitimately stunned it we win by more than 7 points. This just isn’t that sort of game for us, for what ever reason.

    Go Dawgs, just win baby.

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    • charlottedawg

      I get a gut feeling this and Tennessee are going to be tough hard fought games. Nothing to back it up other than the fact that Jacksonville is a place where weird things happen. (and by weird, freak occurrences that always favor the Gators, never the Dawgs, at least over the last 30 years)

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      • Completely agree. It’s not going to be easy. Both of those teams are going to have better offenses than anyone we’ve played all year.

        We’re going to find out if our offense can score when there is game pressure on.

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      • Russ

        Tennessee will give us more of a game than Florida will. They’re playing harder for sure. I expect Florida to lay down the second half, or maybe earlier if we hit them hard in the first quarter like we’ve done several times this season.

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        • iusedtopostasmikecooley

          Y’all have been watching a different Florida than I have. Florida sucks and is teetering in the brink of just quitting on the season and Mullen. The minute they start getting punished by this defense they are going to check out. And I don’t know why everybody is so impressed with Richardson. He is an interception and bad decision machine. And he would rather run the ball. Georgia is going to kick Florida’s ass. It’s not 1994 anymore guys. For them or us.

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      • William Ferguson

        Never the Dawgs? Does Appleby to Washington ring a bell? Or Run Lindsey Run help?

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    • PTC DAWG

      I’ve seen nothing to think 7…nothing.

      You should bet the vacation $$$ on UF and the points if so convinced.

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      • I’m not convinced one way or the other. That’s my point. Florida has lost 3 hilarious games. But they’ve lost them by a combined 16 points. One play in each of those games and they’re undefeated.

        I think we are better than Florida. But Florida is a lot better on both lines than they’ve have been since Mullen got there, and he knows how to scheme and ugly a game up to get it into the fourth quarter.

        My point is simply that I hope Kirby and the team is not as confident as the fans are, or it WILL be 2014 redux.

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        • PTC DAWG

          I’ve seen nothing out of this years team to think they may be over confident.

          IF I was near a sports book, I’d lay $100 on the Dawgs..I think we cover.

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        • californiadawg

          They’ll get up for this game for sure. They’re coming off an embarrassing loss and Mullen surely will pull out all the stops to silence the fans and punditry raking him over the coals for the last two weeks.

          How-the fuck-ever, we’re more talented, we play with more composure, Jordan Davis exists, and we have revenge to enact from last year. Barring a turnover fest, which seems unlikely, I imagine a game similar to the last two – a close score at halftime, but our depth and run game asphyxiates them in the end.

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    Nice photo. I particularly like the upside down fu player trying to tackle our guy with his feet. Gotta wonder if our back got flagged for laughing hysterically about that in the end zone.

    I think Grantham still has them working on that foot tackling technique.

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  9. I want us to smash them on Saturday, but I will take another Handbag moral victory.

    As long as the number on our side of the scoreboard is larger than theirs, I’ll be happy.

    I have a feeling Kirby has had this game on his mind just like 2017 after the loss in 2016, and those guys who elected to come back are likely ready to be unleashed.

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  10. RangerRuss

    Any given Saturday and all that. No, just no. These Dawgs are too talented, disciplined and motivated to lose to that gaggle of shitheads. I expect the gaytards keep it close for awhile. Then depth, conditioning and better scheme will overwhelm them. Some new tricks and no treats. Protect the damn quarterback!

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    • JaxDawg

      I’m with you on this one, Ranger. As a kid growing up in the 90s, I’ve been conditioned to never be confident going into the WLOCP. But it’s hard not to be this year.

      Defense is hell on wheels.
      Offense is about as efficient as it gets.
      Team leadership/focus has been there every week.
      The ditch lizards aren’t not as talented or deep.
      Their coaches don’t stack up to ours.

      Dawgs win big. Oh…and FTMF

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      • Texas Dawg

        Agree with everything you said, but this has been a WIERD year across college football. I thinks Kirby’s “Love” of the TURDS will make sure that we don’t lay an egg on Saturday. We should have a much more complete, healthier team than we’ve had all year. I like our odds but a little fear is a great motivator.

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        • JaxDawg

          It has been weird, but doesn’t it feel like we are the outlier in a good way? Injuries that should have been problematic (especially with the quantity- pass catchers- and position-QB) appear like nothing more than rumble strips on a country road.

          I don’t know what else to make of that other than to believe the most likely explanation. Kirby is an exceptional head coach, and he’s assembled a great staff, ridiculous depth, and built a great team culture. I just don’t feel like there’s enough “wierd” out there to derail this team against an average sack of turds.

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          • Texas Dawg

            I feel the same way, but a healthy fear of losing everything you have worked so hard to obtain is a great motivator. As they say prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I think they all need to be reminded of TAMU-Bama. Don’t take anything for granted and pound the MF’s into the dirt. When you think you have done enough, pound them a little more. The defense has a great pride in keeping people out of the end zone. I hope they are still pissed enough about the garbage time score from KY that they take it out on the TURDs.

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            • RangerRuss

              I believe what we are seeing in these Dawgs is a bit overwhelming for fans who still expect the annual faceplant and disappointment. It’s understandable. Munsoning and all that Herschel curse shit is endemic to this fan base. There was a reason the Dawgs failed the last forty years to win the NC just as there was a reason the BoSox and Cubs failed for all those years and it had nothing to do with the Bambino or a fuckn goat. Kirby has remedied the deficiencies that plagued the previous teams.
              Talent, depth, organization, discipline and consistency of leadership is the characteristic of the latest rendering of UGA Football. It’s not a surprise to me. Hell, I expected this sort of dominance last year. 2020 was a prime example of the circumstances that will befall any team no matter how well prepared. It just happened earlier rather than later and it’s going to occur again. No team can win it all every year. There’s always a pandemic or a star player wrecking a motor sickle at night or some QB hitting the portal or just quitting. But with proper preparation a team can always be ready to take advantage of a down year throughout rest of the country, even when those teams are loaded with fifth and sixth year seniors. These Dawgs are prepared. Get used to it as it’s the “new normal”. All the Dawgs are missing is that generational QB and he’ll be along shortly as UGA is the premier destination for the best players and coaches.
              I’ve stopped worrying, am enjoying the hell out of this season and looking forward to getting my WOOF on Saturday evening.
              Fuck those motherfuckers.

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              • originaluglydawg

                Great post, Ranger Russ. I’m happy to see I’m not the only one that calls those machines “motor sickles:. I had one in 70′ and one night after the clubs closed, I had two buddies on it with me headed back to the barracks for the night. That’s right..three people on one motor sickle. Base security got me but they couldn’t quit laughing long enough to write me up, so they sent me on my way and gave the other two guys a ride in their truck.
                BTW…you commonly see whole families riding on them in third world countries…or riders even carrying medium sized furniture pieces. I’m thankful to live in the USA where we are blessed with the means to have cars and trucks. I like driving my truck.
                and FTMF

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                • RangerRuss

                  Thanks OUD. I avoided crotch rockets and dirt bikes once I realized that everyone I knew that rode laid one down and had to regrow their epidermal layer if they were that fortunate.
                  I reluctantly hitched a bitch ride on my neighbor’s Harley to get my car from the shop while a student at UGA. Wore my extra padded M1 Paratrooper helmet but was still ticketed by an over zealous cop who made me walk the remainder. I went to court over that and Judge Pierre Bologne(sp?) threw the ticket out and called it ridiculous. I shook the cop’s hand and called him a Leg. Judge says, “Yeah, Leg.”
                  LMFAO!
                  Found out later that ol Pierre was Airborne Ranger in an earlier life. That was the rumor anyhow.

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  11. Help me out with something. I keep seeing all these references to the “Gator Standard” on message boards and Mullen not meeting it. Where do they derive that standard from? As I understand it there history is:
    -pre Spurrier- dark ages
    -the 90’s, assuming Spurrier was not cheating his ass off (haha) a good time that ended in 2001.
    -2001-2004- Zook or as Spence Hall called him “name redacted”
    -2005-2010- 2 championships with a team that a had wrap sheet longer than my arm (including a tight end that murdered 2 people) and a coach that not only bolted to tOSU but ratted them out to the NCAA. This is like the woman you love leaving you for another because the magic is gone and then tipping off the IRS to you.
    -2011-2014- Muschamp aka SC’s former coach aka our current special teams coach
    -2015-2017- McElwain. 2 division titles only to be fired in year 3 after saying some crazy stuff at a press conference and losing.
    -2018- 2021(2021?)- nough said.
    It would appear that Fl’s standard is mediocrity at best.

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    • Texas Dawg

      To the TURDS, football history in Hogtown started in the 90’s with the arrival of Spurrier. Prior to Spurrier the TURDs were the equivalent of the Braves prior to the arrival of Glavin, Mattox, and Smoltz. All events prior are wiped from the pages of history.

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    • iusedtopostasmikecooley

      They are not who they think they are for sure.

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    • So, Spurrier would be the equivalent of Dale Murphy coming back and leading the Braves to a WS win?

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    • originaluglydawg

      Tennessee fans suffer from the same disillusion.
      I heard them, when they hired Butch, whining about not hiring a coach that the UofT deserved.
      Well, they got JP after that, so I think that whiney expectation was finally met.
      Here’s hoping CKS stays for a long, long time and buries the Jorts crowd and Jr. and Lulu’s hopes and expectations so deep that they’ll never be exhumed.
      FTMF and FTSisterF.

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      • iusedtopostasmikecooley

        I told a Tenn fan that I know that their best course of action was to hire somebody in the cheap who could pull them out of the ditch but probably wasn’t going to bring them into NC contention. Get a foundation established and then go out and make a big hire. He laughed and said, “This is Tennessee. We aren’t like Georgia. We don’t have to settle for Saban coordinators.” Two weeks later they hired…Jeremy Pruitt. Those people are idiots.

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  12. biggusrickus

    For the worriers out there, I checked something yesterday I was curious about. Sports Reference has their own power ranking formula called SRS that they’ve retroactively applied to every team in the history of the sprot. I decided to look at Georgia historically by that metric. So far, this year’s team ranks second all time behind the 1946 team that went 11-0 and didn’t play a game closer than 10 points. I guess the point is that this is a historically good Georgia team.

    Also, should that hold for the rest of the year, Smart has the second, third, eighth, fourteenth and twenty-second best seasons in the history of Georgia football by the metric.

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    • charlottedawg

      Not to be snarky but the data would suggest that while yes smart probably has the best teams in program history that’s in large part due to our decades of underachievement as a program

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      • biggusrickus

        i don’t think it was underachievement exactly. Georgia never stumbled onto a Bear Bryant type back in the day. Butts and Dooley were both good coaches, but they didn’t build the kind of program that could just roll on year after year with little to no drop off. Dooley may have built something like that before the Kemp scandal limited recruiting opportunities. Smart appears to be the best program builder in the history of the program. In fairness, Dooley and Eaves were practically starting from scratch in the ’60s and laid a lot of the groundwork that allowed Smart the opportunity.

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        • originaluglydawg

          Also consider how the recruiting picture has changed since the time of Butts esp. and Dooley to a lesser degree.
          During the time of Butts, Birmingham was larger than Atlanta. Atlanta was a small city similar to Jackson MS or Little Rock. The rest of the state was rural and poor (as was the whole southland). Atlanta has since grown into a huge metropolis with many, many high schools. It’s the recruiting hotbed of the SE. Butts didn’t have that and GT got a lot of the kids that were in ATL.
          As Atlanta has grown, so have UGA’s fortunes.
          I can’t explain why GT has regressed. But I’m OK with it.

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          • biggusrickus

            Yes, integration and southern economic and population growth changed things dramatically.

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          • Russ

            Not really. Atlanta was marginally bigger (350k to 320k) in 1950 and has only gotten much bigger that BHam. Atlanta has been a “major” southern city (compared to other southern cities) for at least the latter half of the 20th century.

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      • PTC DAWG

        Isn’t UGA around 10th in overall wins? I wouldn’t call that decades of underachieving. That said, opinions vary.

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  13. uga97

    Let the wheel route, flea flicker, fumblerooskie, double-reverse-throw-back-to QB, hook n ladder, practice begin!

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  14. uga97

    Let the wheel route, flea flicker, fumblerooskie, double-reverse-throw-back-to QB, hook n ladder, practice begin! That can be both sides of the ball BTW.

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  15. There ain’t a game that Kirby focuses more on than this mutha…he’ll have everyone on point…this team has the best composer of any UGA team I have ever seen, they have the best depth of talent I have ever seen don Red and Black…this will be the most formidable Georgia team to go to Jax…FU gets crushed under UGA’s tank treads…it worked against Auburn so I’m bringing it back against FU…our GA Juggernaut crushes some ditch lizards skulls…Go you beautiful Junkyard Dawgs!!!

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  16. PTC DAWG

    The line has already moved 1/2 point in UGA’s favor…I expect it to creep up more as the week goes on.

    https://www.vegasinsider.com/college-football/odds/las-vegas/

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  17. Russ

    Is that Jimmy “The Greek Streak” Poulos going over the top?

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  18. archiecreek

    I’d like to see to see a replay of 1968 beat down of the ditch lizards myownself.
    51-0 sounds great!!

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