Your game day post, Miami vice edition

So, in the end, it all comes back to what sort of lesson do we take from the SECCG.  Did Alabama expose Georgia’s fatal flaws and show the Dawgs are really more like paper tigers?  Or, as Seth Emerson ($$) put it, was it more a case of Georgia running into “the one team in the country with the same talent level, and… an elite quarterback and speedy receivers who ate up a vulnerable secondary”?

If it’s the latter, it’s hard to be scared about today’s meeting, because Michigan’s offense is about as polar opposite Alabama’s as you can get.  While it presents challenges, they’re ones that Georgia’s defense is capable of controlling.  Moreover, even if Georgia succeeds in that, Michigan isn’t built to change the way it operates.  Here’s what Brian Cook says about that.

Wisconsin is a similarly elite rush defense and Michigan running backs scuffled to 93 yards on 34 carries, with a long of just eight. You could squint and say that those results without a single 10+ yard run is relatively encouraging, especially since Michigan has been extremely explosive on the ground this year. But preventing explosives is a skill and Georgia is even better at that than Wisconsin is. Wisconsin 20+-yard runs allowed: 5. Georgia: 3. Even mighty Alabama took one look at this front seven and noped out, rushing Brian Robinson Jr just 15 times to 44 Bryce Petty [sic] passing attempts.

Michigan probably cannot maintain reasonable levels of offensive efficiency while passing 75% of the time. That’s not their DNA. So they either win by burying Stetson Bennett in defensive ends or finding ways to cobble out enough efficiency here to make play action reasonably effective. Ways they get there include running back overperformance, JJ McCarthy evening up numbers, Michigan’s OL being on another level from previous Georgia opponents, and wacky stuff. All of these are at least plausible; none seem particularly likely.

And if they can’t?  Cook’s suggestion is that the best option is to keep pounding away in three-yard chunks.

The ability to get reasonable gains on a down to down basis and put Michigan in positions they can succeed on third down is going to be equally important. And things might be… pretty okay here? Georgia’s defense does not feature blitzball linebackers and their underlying DL stats paint a picture. Georgia’s 42nd in line yards, 44th in power success rate, and 39th in stuff rate. They’re just okay at preventing the first couple yards. They are *extremely* good at preventing everything but those first couple yards since they’re 10th in opportunity rate and—as mentioned above—have given up just three chunk runs this year.

It’s not too hard to envision Hassan Haskins getting those first two to three yards and then Haskinsing himself another couple, and that adds up tremendously over the course of a game.

That’s as opposed to Alabama barely even making the effort to run the ball.

Of course, that won’t be enough.  Michigan will have to break some big plays to have a real chance.  The problem there is, as Brian notes, Georgia is very good at not letting opponents do that.

Wisconsin is a similarly elite rush defense and Michigan running backs scuffled to 93 yards on 34 carries, with a long of just eight. You could squint and say that those results without a single 10+ yard run is relatively encouraging, especially since Michigan has been extremely explosive on the ground this year. But preventing explosives is a skill and Georgia is even better at that than Wisconsin is. Wisconsin 20+-yard runs allowed: 5. Georgia: 3.

But what about the passing game, you might ask.  No, Michigan doesn’t have a Young or Williams to attack with, but that doesn’t mean that things weren’t exposed in the SECCG that might give Michigan an opportunity to exploit.  I’m going to be nervous until I see that Georgia’s figured out a better way to defend the slot receiver than it did in Atlanta.  And I’m going to be concerned if Georgia’s pass rush can’t generate more consistent, effective pressure than it did against the Tide.  Call those my “paper tigers” concerns.  If Smart and Lanning haven’t figured out how to shore those up, Michigan may not put up 41 tonight, but it’ll certainly be able to move the ball effectively within its offensive scheme.

On the other side of the ball, I have to say that Michigan’s defense isn’t appreciably better than Alabama’s.  That being said, if the Wolverines find a path to build a significant lead along the way, I expect their defense will be formidable enough to make it difficult, if not impossible, for the Dawgs to mount a comeback.  Michigan isn’t the only team playing tonight built in a particular way.

I don’t really see that happening, though.

A few other considerations:

  • Nobody’s talked much about special teams.  Georgia’s aren’t a liability, but Michigan’s are exceptional.  If the game comes down to special teams, that’s probably not a good thing.
  • There’s a lot of whispering lately that Georgia is close to full strength, healthwise.  If that’s true, it’s a big deal, especially for the receiving corps.
  • Michigan in ninth in the country in red zone conversion percentage, but only 64th in red zone touchdown percentage.  I’d like to think that might be important, except Georgia is worse in both categories.  On the other hand, they’re considerably better in red zone defense than is Michigan.

In the end, I think there are some obvious lessons Michigan will try to take and apply from the SECCG.  The big one is on defense, of course.  As Brian writes,

The formula is to avoid straight dropbacks when possible and to lean on the run game threat to keep it from landing on Bennett’s shoulders too heavily. If you can disrupt the formula you can get some nonlinear improvements.

… QB Stetson Bennett was clearly rattled in the second half of this game as he found himself in an unfamiliar situation and began to lose faith in his protection.

That worked because Georgia’s defense cracked and left Bennett and the offense in an untenable position.  It’s hard to see how Michigan can fully replicate that strategy without first putting the Dawgs in a hole on the scoreboard.  After all, if you’re asking Stetson Bennett not to lose the game for you, it helps tremendously if you’re not losing in the first place.

It would also help if the offense could avoid as many third-and-longs as possible.

I could go on and on, of course.  If you want more of a deep dive, check out Graham’s analysis for that.  (I’ll just say that his 31-10 prediction is way too optimistic for my taste.)

This game just feels like a grinder to me.  It’s what both coaches prefer and both teams are good enough to prevent the other from running away with things, barring a rash of turnovers.  Bottom line, I like both the under and Michigan covering.  Call it 24-20, Dawgs.

Have at it in the comments.

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297 responses to “Your game day post, Miami vice edition

  1. Jack Klompus

    I think we roll in the 4th due to depth. Go Dawgs!

    You headed to the game Senator?

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  2. akascuba

    From your post to the pages of history. Dawgs win.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. uga97

    Red zone D is the difference & Dawgs win. Michigan will have to trade tds for FGs.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Munsoning

    I don’t know. I’m feeling oddly good about this one. Dawgs 38-Michigan 17. Don’t @ me, bros.

    Liked by 7 people

  5. Anon

    I parlayed dawgs and over. But if dawgs win I would be happy with your take

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Remember the Quincy

    We might win. But we won’t win the next game with our current QB.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. W Cobb Dawg

    I strongly feel 7 to 9 of our defensive players will be in the nfl in 2022. That doesn’t even count Carter, Ringo and all that young depth that’s prevented from turning pro after this season. And the O has plenty of future pros too. If SBIV truly “gives us the best chance to win”, then there’s no question we should win. If we lose it’s all on the coaching, not the players.

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  8. RangerRuss

    “I’ve been sizing these fuckers up. The Dawgs got this, Russ.”
    I agree.

    Liked by 11 people

  9. Tim B

    24 points is what I’m thinking. If they get more than that its going to be a bad day to be a bulldawg. I’m worried that their old is probably the best we have seen. We’ll be good enough against the run but if their guy has all day in the pocket and he probably will then he will covert enough first downs to cause a lot of worry. We don’t have an olb that can rush the passer.

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  10. Nil Butron is a Pud

    Just here to post the obligatory https://youtu.be/jswHsTJQL_c

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    StoXach in knots; it Xust be a Georgia win-or-go-hoXe gaXe day.

    Go Dawgs! Beat Xichigan!

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  12. Illini84

    How the fuck long does it take them to get off the damn bus???

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Oh wonderful, now we’re under a tornado warning until 7pm… sirens going off outside, and it’s that creepy stillness outside that scares the crap out of you and makes you think, “Gee, isn’t it great that I live on the top floor of my building?”

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  14. olddawg22

    Let’s go Dawgs A+ game from the D we punch that ticket to Indy! How about some planned runs or options with Stetson, if he is qb 1 because of the best legs since Marylyn Monroe, use the damn things!

    Liked by 4 people

  15. These two coaches might take football back a couple decades for a game.

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  16. I don’t feel too good about tonight TBH. I just can’t shake the feeling that this team has too many weak areas that we can’t hide from good teams.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Illini84

    As Lyle Alzado said “LET’S KILL THOSE COCKSUCKERS”!!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Straight down the field, SBIV !

    Liked by 3 people

  19. D as in Dawg

    We’ve only played one really good team this season. They beat us bad. Not exactly optimistic but confident we can keep it close. We shall see.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. D as in Dawg

    Bowers is absolutely a beast! Not fair.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. D as in Dawg

    Hell yeah!! Go Dawgs!! Defer if you dare.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. RangerRuss

    Bitches.

    Liked by 4 people

  23. Dawgs in the lead is B-I-G……

    Liked by 1 person

  24. akascuba

    So happy the SEC network is showing the game with the live Georgia radio feed. Go Dawgs

    Liked by 4 people

    • Gaskilldawg

      Yeah, that split screen focused on Kirby Smart is interesting to watch. He looks upset during every defensive play whether we made a stop or not.

      Liked by 4 people

  25. D as in Dawg

    That’s how you find and hit the hole!!

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Dawgs creaming them on 1st Down.

    Liked by 3 people

  27. D as in Dawg

    What in the wide world of sports is going on around here??

    Liked by 3 people

  28. Why didn’t Kirby start Mac at QB PAWWWWLLLLL?

    Liked by 6 people

  29. mg4life0331

    What’s mcintoshs qb rating now

    Liked by 3 people

  30. olddawg22

    N Dean is a heat seeking missile! What a play

    Liked by 5 people

  31. D as in Dawg

    Game plan has been super effective so far. Still hate to see us throw it sideways into traffic on 2nd and 1 but that’s about all I can complain about.

    What’s up with the referees on steroids? It looks ridiculous and way too obvious.

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  32. RangerRuss

    Daniels can’t do that. 9 of 10 too.

    Liked by 5 people

  33. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Nakobe Dean is a clone of Roquan Smith created in a lab by Kirby Smart. Change my mind.

    We’re going to miss him so much when he’s gone. Man.

    Liked by 4 people

  34. This team in white looks….familiar.

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  35. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Well… my stomach knots are gone. Michigan is not Bama.

    Only Bama is Bama, and they remain the summit to be conquered. Fuck.

    Liked by 2 people

    • californiadawg

      Let’s conquer this summit first.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

        We’ve already conquered this summit. We’ve already won a CFB Playoff Semi-Final.

        Bama is the only hurdle Kirby has never cleared. Well, that and LSU. He has yet to beat LSU, either, but honestly, it’s Bama. It’ll always be Bama until we beat Bama.

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  36. D as in Dawg

    Well, we’re not going to convert 3rd and long with Stetson. When the D knows what’s coming, ain’t shit coming. He’s definitely played well and made some good passes. Guess I’m just looking for perfection because that’s what we’ll need next week if we get through this one.

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  37. D as in Dawg

    Watch out for that monster!!! JD!

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  38. D as in Dawg

    Great throw. BS no call.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Anon

    Kirby trying to milk the clock already

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    • D as in Dawg

      Not sure about that. He went for a quick strike and got cheated with the missed holding call. 2nd down call was going nowhere. We aren’t converting 3rd and long. We can’t beat Bama unless we convert some 3rd and longs. Period.

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      • Anon

        Saban would not have run out the clock

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      • James A Mercer Jr

        You know, you irritate the hell out of me, D, We…the Dawgs…come out with a good game plan…thank you, Monken…get a good lead…throw the long ball…show some innovation with the HB pass…play fantastic defense and you bitch about every little thing possible. I guess you’ve been reading your past blurbs and realize how damn dumb you sound. Just STFU and get ready for the Indy show.

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  40. debbybalcer

    The mailman delivers!!!

    Liked by 4 people

    • D as in Dawg

      Well, my point started out defending Kirby and ended up bitching about 3rd and long again. Damnit! I’ll try to do better. It’s the main thing. 3rd and long is the main thing on offense and I’m just keeping the main thing the main thing.

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  41. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Bennett is having himself a great game on 1st and 2nd downs.

    The Michigan’s “vaunted” pass rush is having problems with Salyer and the entire offensive line.

    Smoke’em if you got’em, boys. SEC Shorts is definitely going to do another Georgia & Hope video Monday or Tuesday morning.

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  42. Derek

    Whose old enough to remember the haters the cunts and the bitches?

    Liked by 2 people

  43. gurkhadawg

    Stet is the greatest QB ever to play the game!!!

    Liked by 8 people

  44. Illini84

    How’s the whiny bitches doing?

    Liked by 5 people

  45. D as in Dawg

    That looked like a panic throw to his original target. Probably wouldn’t have been a catch if the defender doesn’t give up but it probably wouldn’t have been picked either. That’s progress!

    Like

  46. miltondawg

    Damn, Chris Smith…

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  47. D as in Dawg

    I have no idea what that last wasted drive was about but it appears Kirby doesn’t either. It was on him to see the Mailman was mailing it in and call a timeout. That was a missed opportunity for sure.

    On the bright side it does appear we can beat anyone except Bama.

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  48. Well you guys were so right. Stetson can’t throw the deep ball and his running is of no use. Bring on Jackson Muschamp!

    Liked by 7 people

  49. Reeeeeallly interesting question. Say we go up another TD….does JT come in? Inquiring minds will want to know.

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  50. Derek

    Fuck Xichigan!

    Liked by 2 people

  51. olddawg22

    Just like I drew it up during my wet dream! So sucks got Covid and not in stands!

    Liked by 1 person

  52. Munsoning

    Did I predict 38-17? I meant 42-7.

    Liked by 1 person

  53. Illini84

    Keep up the fire!!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  54. rigger92

    Who says manball can’t win? I might punch a wall just for the hell of it! Damn that D and that O!

    (The 2 minute drill was shameful)

    Liked by 2 people

  55. originaluglydawg

    Kirby should kick his own ass for that last possession of the half. He could have called a time-out.

    Liked by 5 people

    • The Truth

      Exactly. If scoring was so important, why did they run on 1st down? I hope Stet told Kirby in their “conversation” walking off the field, “Due respect, Coach, but y’all fucked that up, not me.”

      Liked by 4 people

  56. Great half of complementary football. Offense rolling with SBIV playing outstanding. Defense absolutely dominating. Need a stop to start the 2nd half.

    Liked by 1 person

  57. originaluglydawg

    I feel like it’s my duty to point out two things.
    !. The announcers talk about Michigan like they’re winning every play. Even when the don’t make a play it’s because they’re wonderful.
    2. We got screwed on a PI down near the goal line. Most blatant holding/PI you’ll ever see right in front of the ref who stood there with his finger up his ass. They’ve been letting MI hold our pass rush all night. But on that late interception, one of the announcers just couldn’t shut up about it being PI.

    Liked by 6 people

  58. Kentucky is getting their ass kicked by the Dawgs! Checks notes…Michigan. Michigan is getting their ass whooped by the Dawgs.

    Liked by 7 people

  59. The Truth

    It’s possible, but it’s hard to see Blue coming back in this one. If they go slow, they’ll run out of time. If they go fast, they’ll run out of gas.

    Liked by 3 people

  60. MudCat's Mechanic

    Meatchicken isn’t that great.

    Liked by 2 people

  61. Get the Savage Pads for that man … for a 2nd time!

    Liked by 3 people

  62. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    I can’t decide what’s better tonight? Kendrick’s two interceptions after giving up the huge pass play, or some of the people here playing the most tired game in all of sports: WE’RE BETTER FANS THAN OTHER FANS BECAUSE OF REASONS!!! (the reasons being never questioning anything or anyone, otherwise known as “blind homerism”).

    But yeah, y’all won’t forgive or forget. Or something. Like I said, must be super-fun at parties. LOL.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

      How about instead of being assholes, we all just really enjoy this game?

      I know I am. Of course, as I said elsewhere, it’s (still) a free country, so proceed how you must.

      Go Dawgs! Finish the Wolverines so we can move on to Bama.

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  63. akascuba

    Look at the clock it just won’t move

    Liked by 4 people

  64. rigger92

    Jesus, SBIV.

    Liked by 1 person

  65. RangerRuss

    This is bullshit.
    LIGHT ‘EM THE FUCK UP on first down!

    Liked by 2 people

  66. D as in Dawg

    Kirby’s running that clock and putting us in 3rd and long. And that’s what happens on 3rd and long. Shit!!

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  67. The Truth

    Didn’t really like the prevent offense on that last series.

    Liked by 4 people

  68. D as in Dawg

    Last 2 offensive drives have been absolutely maddening. What are the coaches and Stetson doing?!?!

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  69. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Was Good Stetson left in the locker room at halftime, because Bad Stetson just made an unwelcome appearance. Yikes!

    Liked by 2 people

  70. Anon

    RUN. IT. THE. FUCK. UP. KIRBY. GDammit

    Liked by 4 people

  71. RangerRuss

    Make it a costly turnover.

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  72. originaluglydawg

    LMAO…they called Georgia for holding in the backfield.
    Guilty…but good grief, call it BOTH ways, Zebras.

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  73. RangerRuss

    ZEEEEEEEEUUUUUSSS!!

    Liked by 1 person

  74. RangerRuss

    Cocksucking zebras are determined to become a factor.

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  75. akascuba

    B12 officiating hitting their stride now.

    Liked by 3 people

  76. MudCat's Mechanic

    Meatchicken getting the Alabama treatment by the refs. Wtf

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  77. originaluglydawg

    Stetson’s done a great job running from pressure. He’s quick. Several times I thought they had him and he’s turned it into a good gain. Also he’s stood there and hit the long ball when he knew a freight train was about to clobber him. This second half lull (I think) is a hangover from Kirby’s momentum killing mismanagement of the last drive of the first half. That, and the penalties. Penalties and not Michigan, have kept Georgia from scoring in the third quarter so far.
    I’d love to see the Dawgs break 40 points. Don’t know if Kirby’s going to let it happen.

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  78. D as in Dawg

    So was it Alabama that got us off our game offensively or was it us? It seems like we often come out kicking ass and then go into some kind of coma. We’re winning tonight because of the D… again. Well, our D won’t do this against Bama. We can’t go a whole quarter without scoring. Not gonna work.

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  79. Kinda wish were gonna play Bama on grass.

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  80. Gaskilldawg

    When up 27-3 at the half a scoreless 3rd quarter is a win.

    Liked by 6 people

  81. Nil Butron is a Pud

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  82. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    JAMES MOTHERFUCKING COOK!!!

    His middle name is Motherfucking. Don’t blame me!

    Liked by 4 people

  83. TripleB

    I’m beginning to think we got this!

    Liked by 3 people

  84. olddawg22

    Heard Herby say rematch just before TD toss!
    Ok boys we got the rematch! Make the most of it!

    Liked by 2 people

  85. siskey

    Mam, how good would we be with a good coach and quarterback?

    Liked by 4 people

  86. otto1980

    Good to see a dominant win, knock on wood. Yes I have enough Munson in me to not want to jinx anything. Finish this out and figure out what we need to, to beat Bama. Great night to be a Bulldog.

    Liked by 5 people

  87. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Seriously, the SEC Shorts episode this week is going to be epic. Georgia and Hope incoming!

    Liked by 2 people

  88. RangerRuss

    That’s right motherfuckers! No TD for you!

    Liked by 3 people

    • olddawg22

      And one more team adds their name to the meaningless 4th qtr touchdown against UGA!!! Still pissed over the $100 I lost on Ky!!!

      Liked by 2 people

      • RangerRuss

        I learned something on GTP from that desperation TD that UK scored with basically no time left. Stoops is from Youngstown, Ohio which is one of the most mob connected cities in America. I’m sure that had no bearing on Stoops risking the health of his players to score a meaningless TD. No way a head coach in FBS would allow the line and points to influence his decision making.
        That would be criminal.

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        • archiecreek

          RR,
          Down here in South Georgia,
          we call that kentucky blue pussy cat timeout with 2 seconds left to score a meaningless touchdown and then go on to lose your next two games a…
          Chickenshit move!!

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  89. TripleB

    All right, we can relax now. I’ve relocated to bar to bring in the New Year! Hope we all have a good double deuce!

    Liked by 3 people

  90. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    LOL. I’m more happy tonight that I’m not a miserable bastard than at any other night of the year.

    Some people can only exist being unhappy. Not being able to enjoy this because you have to yap like the little Looney Toons dog and show everyone just how miserable you are is just… like Shane Beamer said, some of y’all need to Find Some Joy.

    Or don’t. Stay miserable. I’ll stay happy. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Derek

      You’re always happy ain’t ya?

      If we lose you know exactly how we’d win had you been in charge.

      If we win you pretend to be supportive.

      Heads you win. Tails we lose.

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    • RangerRuss

      Situational awareness is not just a river in Egypt.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

        Just because I think rationally and have a realistic and not overly optimistic view doesn’t mean I’m not a happy person, Russ. Don’t be like the guy above you. You’re not an asshole. Well… you’re a Ranger, but you’re not that kind of asshole. 😉

        Enjoy the New Year, friend!

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  91. D as in Dawg

    I strongly suggest we don’t put in the 2nd string against Bama. Lol.

    Liked by 1 person

  92. Derek

    I know why CKS is 2-0 in playoff games:

    He’s really stubborn.

    Liked by 1 person

  93. akascuba

    Stetson Bennett IV offensive Orange Bowl MVP.

    Liked by 10 people

  94. RangerRuss

    Dawgs win!
    Dawgs win!

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  95. D as in Dawg

    Kirby gets it. Next week is what matters. 🤣

    Liked by 6 people

  96. debbybalcer

    How bout them DAWGS!! Stetson Bennett lead the charge and the D showed up.

    Liked by 11 people

  97. I said it’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog

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  98. Illini84

    GO DAWGS!!!

    Liked by 5 people

  99. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    James Cook had himself a night. Michigan did a great job taking Bowers away in the second half. Bennett played well on 1st and 2nd down and was who he is on 3rd and long.

    The defense played well against Michigan’s o-line. Our o-line completely dominated their d-line. We played the game Kirby wants to play with Stetson at QB. A great win, for sure. Kirby is now 2-1 in the CFP Playoff.

    Enjoy the win tonight, worry about Bama tomorrow.

    Happy New Years!

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  100. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    i don’t recall the dudes that talked down to sb4 but can you fucksticks at least acknowledge the Orange bowl offensive mvp?
    you are elite or you are not.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Most of them are hiding..or feeling about an inch tall and can’t reach their computer to post.
      At least Corch has the gumption to show up….as do a couple others.
      While they can’t take back the thousand posts they made running SB down, they should, as you say, man up and admit their error.
      Stetson Bennett played a magnificent game against one of the top defenses in college football. He damn sure deserved to be named offensive MVP. Good for him!
      Did you hear the team chanting his name?
      Did you hear what Kirby said about him after the game?
      I wonder if some Michigan fans are going to blame this loss on the quarterback (s). As stupid as that would be, that’s what some Georgia fans after the Bama loss.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

        Did Stetson Bennett beat Bama tonight? Or did he beat an overrated Big-10 team that Kentucky would beat by 10 points?

        Why is it that you and some others here are so miserable that you can’t just enjoy this win? We can go back to arguing if Bennett can beat Bama (I want him to be able to, I hope he can, but I don’t think he can) tomorrow.

        You’re drunk, dude. Happy New Year!

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        • PTC DAWG

          Damn, you are miserable

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

            Actually, I’m happy. Ecstatic.

            The miserable people are the guy above and some others who have made this game a referendum on an argument that DawgNation has been having with itself almost the entire season, instead of just enjoying the win and saving the argument for tomorrow.

            Are you one of those miserable people, too? Or are you able to enjoy tonight’s win and find some joy?

            Happy New Year, PTC Dawg.

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  101. Munsoning

    Great win. Happy New Year, Dawgs.

    Liked by 4 people

  102. Illini84

    Stetson MVP!!!!

    Liked by 11 people

    • originaluglydawg

      And he very much deserved it.
      It’s going to take a lot of imagination for the SB haters to spin this one into their whiney, negative narrative. But at least one is already on the mother.

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  103. Derek

    I’m going to Indy.

    And I’m bringing hell with me.

    Whose in?

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  104. RangerRuss

    It was just another game for the 2021 Dawgs.
    Big ol ass whoopn.
    It just means more.

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  105. Got Cowdog

    Wait…

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  106. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    we don’t lose to yankees

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  107. Way to go, Dawgs! A great game plan on both sides of the ball. Great execution across the board. This game was the shock and awe team we’ve seen all season.

    I’ll start worrying about whether we can do it again on Monday.

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    • Russ

      Why can’t we? Seriously, if Auburn, Arkansas and Cincinnati can get pressure on Young and make him uncomfortable why can’t we? We need to pressure him relentlessly even if we give up a big play or two.

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      • I think we can on defense. I imagine that’s what we’ll try to do. What we tried in Atlanta certainly didn’t work.

        Maybe we can score enough to beat them because they are going to get theirs.

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  108. originaluglydawg

    Jim Harbaugh seems like a good and kindly man. His demeanor doesn’t exactly scream “Head Coach of a major college program”. I find it amazing that anOSU got hammered by Michigan. But good for him. I’m happy they won the BIG and thrilled they got hammered by the Georgia Bulldawgs!!

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  109. olddawg22

    Hope to see you in Indy boys! Hope this is the team we take north. Must say it will be serious nerves before that kickoff! Great job Dawgs way to GATA!

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  110. Doggoned

    Helluva game and a great end to 2021. Offense clicked and defense had its mojo back. I was tied up until game time and missed all of the lead-up chatter, so this may be a stupid question: Was Ringo in the lineup? I don’t remember seeing him in a single play. Surely I missed something.

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  111. olddawg22

    Since Kirby would not let them pour Gatorade on him it is a pretty safe bet we never go to the Dukes Mayo Bowl!!

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  112. originaluglydawg

    We’ve got one hell of a big Hunkering Down coming up soon!

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  113. PTC DAWG

    How you like me now!?!?

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  114. Welp… this feels a lot like how I thought every game would go Dec 3 and before.

    #GoDawgs.

    We’ve got a chance!

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  115. Well. That was fun.

    Go Dawgs.

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  116. D as in Dawg

    The Good:

    Pass rush
    Turnovers
    Nakobe Dean
    Stetson Bennett
    Brock Bowers

    The Bad:

    Stetson on 3rd and long
    The offense on 3rd and long
    The coaches on 3rd and long
    Disappearance of Brock Bowers

    Hope Stetson plays the game of his life next week, the D plays like their lives depend on it, and we all just get along. I tend to type the same thing I’d live bitch about if we were all sitting in a room together. It’s a little much, I get it, but we should all type to each other like human beings as I’m sure we’d do if in that room. I say we suck on 3rd and long and I swear about 10 of y’all want me dead. 😂🤣 I’ve been an ass, too, and I apologize for that.

    SBIV to the death and may he shut my pissing and moaning up forever!!!

    Happy New Year to all!

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    • RangerRuss

      Dirty D, the search for perfection is not a vice.

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    • Illini84

      Bowers didn’t disappear, they doubled him which is just what Monken planned.

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    • Apparently Bowers has been dealing with a shoulder injury according to Kirby’s post-game presser. Once the game was out of hand, the staff decided to sit him.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Also good. Stetson escaping a torrid pass rush several times and not turning the ball over once.
      Also good. Stetson running for first downs.
      Also good. Defense getting pressure on MI QBs even with the worst holding of the last fifty years.
      Bad…The refs favored MI. They cost us a TD by not calling the ridiculous holding/pi on the five yard line. But they sensed from the start that giving MI and edge was a useless and hopeless cause because they were obviously out-classed so they toned back the bias. Except for MI’s horrible holding, it was a pretty clean game.
      Also Bad. The constant blathering of the announcers about Michigan’s players and their life history and prognosis for future great glory…almost every MI play had a silver lining to be discussed.
      Also Bad…the propensity for Bennett haters to continue the attack on him with faint praise and thinly disguised and exaggerated digs.

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      • D as in Dawg

        Lol. He’s the greatest story ever. I do not hate him. I truly did not believe he could get it done. But he’s managed to do everything except beat Bama and hopefully that is next. Agree with your other points though. Any criticism of him is met with a barrage of defenders. I think what it comes down to is many of you want to trash talk because we’re winning and since there are no opposing fans on here to trash talk, you’ve selected the pessimistic critics of anything Stetson as the target. As if we aren’t Dawg fans who have suffered through the same things you have just because we are overly critical. We root for the same damn team and we’re headed out into the World now to be Dawg fans only to come back on here and get treated like Gator fans. It’s really silly.

        “Faint praise thinly disguised and exaggerated digs.” 🤣

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      • olddawg22

        Left out another important play by Stetson. He through the ball away before it was too late!

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  117. Go Dawgs!

    In other news, I listened to the whole game on ESPN radio. RGIII is awful.

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  118. RangerRuss

    I set an alarm to wake me at 0500 to watch the abbreviated replay with full complement of commercials. I know I could record and watch at my convenience, but I don’t because… Fuckn Boomer.
    I watch the games mostly with my wife who rarely criticizes and never gives up on the Dawgs. A few friends over for day games and only those who keep their criticism of Georgia to themselves. Y’all who are inclined to post your search for perfection that overrides your satisfaction with good enough should just keep on posting. If I don’t like it? Well, it’s physically easier and much less stressful to close this laptop than it was to grab Tony by his belt and collar and chunk his ignorant, drunk ass out the front door for his same live transgression. Don’t be butt hurt when you get Dawg piled by us homers though. Better than a sharp stick up the ass.
    What struck me about this Orange Bowl was how much better the Georgia players and staff are than all but two of their opponents this year. There’s always going to be some team that will be a foil for the Dawgs. Some “generational QB” that gives the Dawgs D fits. Things get hard and some folks start looking for someone to blame. It ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Don’t point your finger saying the Dawgs ain’t where they need to be because of Saban or SBIV or anybody. We’re better than that.
    Yeah, that’s a shameless ripoff of a Rocky Balboa diatribe; but, he’s so much more eloquent than I and the Dawgs have a puncher’s chance to win the NC. So it’s appropriate.
    GATA!

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  119. RangerRuss

    (In my best Columbo voice) Oh, and one more thing. We all heard how weak the SEC East is this year and how the Dawgs ain’t played nobody y’aaaaaall.
    I reckon that means the entire BIG Howevermany ain’t nobody then. Broyles award, Morris award etc ? Pfft!
    It’s great
    To be
    A Georgia Bulldog!

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  120. ben

    I was wrong; this team came out focused and prepared, and they executed well for the first 29:30 of the first half. Third quarter was that brain fart we sometimes have, and getting subs in in the fourth quarter of a CFP game is pretty impressive.

    Good game, and go Dawgs.

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    • RangerRuss

      Ben, you’re a Damn Good Dawg!

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      • ben

        Haha, thanks. I may be a pessimist, and I may lose faith, but I’m damn sure not a bandwagon fan. And I’m glad it’s Alabama again, even though I’m still not sold on anyone beating post-season Nick Saban.

        Dawgs can’t go 0-3 on turnover conversion, and they can’t get too cute on defense. Kirby and Lanning need to let those junkyard dawgs off the leash and force Young to make plays all night long.

        And Stetson needs to throw it away (like he did last night a few times!) and live to fight another day.

        I just am not sure if I’m glad I don’t live in Alabama anymore or if I wish I still did.

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        • gurkhadawg

          The question of where you wished you lived will be answered on Jan 10.

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        • RangerRuss

          Agreed on all points, Ben. I’d like to see SBIV get more passes to big 0. Toss it high, he snags it and DB’s get hurt trying to tackle that monster. Speaking of monsters, the Dawgs LB’s need to corral that sissy little Bama QB and let #99 crush him like a bug on a Mack truck grill. The Dawgs simply need to out muscle Bama. Finesse ain’t gonna cut it.

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  121. Illini84

    I felt bad for Chaz Chambliss but he’s gonna be awesome!

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    • ben

      Is he the kid who got popped for targeting? As Coach 30 would say, “The moment was too big.” It looked like he put his head in his chest instead of his shoulder, but hopefully he learns from that.

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      • biggusrickus

        I thought it was a bullshit call, myself. His helmet hit the ball, so I think it was far enough to the side. But still, guys shouldn’t lower their heads. There’s always a risk of getting that call if you do.

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  123. biggusrickus

    I mostly stayed away from coverage of the Michigan game, because I figured the focus would mostly be on the Alabama game, which I considered an aberration, and the alleged momentum of Michigan, which was what I got from the pregame coverage yesterday. The game was easier than I expected, but there wasn’t much chance Michigan was going to be able to run the ball enough to win that game. I just figured the offense would have to grind more, which would keep the game closer.

    I had a bit of a nagging worry that the team might have let the Alabama game get in their heads, but it looks like they and the coaches took their mistakes to heart and came out focused and prepared. I tend to think the coaches overthought things in the first Alabama game and overprepared. Hence the confusion on defense in the first half. I still think they’re better than Alabama, and if they play their game, they’ll win next week.

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    • olddawg22

      That SEC Championship sure as shit got in 98% of our fans heads!!
      Including mine, began believing when a lot of the stats and analysis by way of the Senator showed we were the last team Michigan wanted to play! ( proven true)
      Never heard one pundit mention that the win against Ohio State was in a driving snowstorm that truly benefited one team over the other!!
      Momentum from win 27 days before is way overrated!

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