Category Archives: Georgia Football

Class of 2015: who will play?

Here’s a Dawgs247 piece that speculates on which of the incoming freshmen will see the field this season.  A lot of it’s pretty obvious – when you recruit and sign five-star kids like Thompson and Godwin, you don’t expect to redshirt them, and Gawd knows we’ll see some fresh faces in the secondary out of necessity – but I’m a little intrigued by the Pat Allen suggestion.

I think Rowe is right that with both tackles gone after the 2015 season, Rob Sale has some grooming to do, whether it’s Allen or someone else.  It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

The one name I’m surprised he doesn’t mention is Roquan Smith.  If Smith’s got legit coverage skills, I don’t see how he doesn’t play.  Georgia has been desperate for an ILB who can contribute as a pass defender for what seems like ages; I hope Smith can fit the bill in that department.  If he does, look out.  For me, he’s this year’s preseason version of Isaiah McKenzie.

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It’s a meme, boys!

Andy Staples, in a piece about what every D1 program’s brand is and should be, writes this:

Georgia

The brand: The Bulldogs wear red and black with silver britches. They run a pro-style offense, usually led by a deep stable of backs. They have used a 3-4 defense since 2010. They have better players than almost every other program. Despite this, they routinely underachieve.

What it should be: Some of the nation’s best players wear silver britches and compete for a playoff berth at least every other year.

It used to be the media would say it indirectly, with hot seat talk.  But when you get down to it, that’s more about pointing a finger at the fan base.  It seems like now they’ve begun to eliminate the middleman.

I’m starting to think Richt is going to get some rather pointed questions at SEC Media Days this month.

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Georgia football: not good enough, or just not close enough?

Michael Elkon asks the musical question “Is Georgia the most underachieving team in college football?”.  He doesn’t answer the question, leaving instead for his readers, but he does a nice job framing the debate, which I would summarize as follows:

  1. Georgia historically has been a good, but not élite, program.  I agree.  As I put it in a post earlier, Georgia has been a top twenty program that believes it’s a top ten one.
  2. With that in mind, Georgia under Richt has had three close shots at playing for a national title, 2002, 2007 and 2012 and come up short on all three occasions.
  3. Those two points lead to this question:  “Is Georgia an underachieving giant or a team whose good, but not great, results reflect the program’s natural state?”
  4. If you believe the first is correct, then the program hasn’t been managed to its full potential.  (Michael says Richt, but I’d argue you have to point to both the coach and the athletic department; after all, the underachievement predates Richt’s arrival.
  5. If you believe the second is the more accurate characterization, then Richt has done a respectable job with what he’s been able to carry out.

That is a pretty unemotional way of looking at what Georgia football has done, if you ask me.  It’s still up to you to decide which camp you’re in.  The only thing I’d add to the review is that if you’re someone like me who thinks there’s been a change in the level of support the program has gotten from the administration of late, that has to factor into the equation, too.  Or, as some have put it, there really aren’t any excuses left for either Richt or the athletic department now (barring another insane run of injuries, like 2013, of course) to fall back on.

What do y’all think?

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So he’s saying there’s a chance?

Dave Bartoo makes a list of long shot teams for conference titles and the playoffs.  You may have heard of his selection for the national title game.

National Title Game: Few are giving the Georgia Bulldogs (25-to-1 odds to win national title) much of a shot at a conference title, let alone a national title appearance. Of all the big underdogs to win it all, this team has the best profile to do it (I had Auburn on the list in 2010). Georgia is the only top 10 recruiter of this century to not make and win a national title. Are they due when no one expects it?

Stranger things have happened in the world of college football, I suppose.

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PAWWWLLL, he ain’t no Lane Kiffin.

Definitely in the “for what it’s worth” category…

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Georgia – Georgia Tech tickets are Chantastically priced.

That’s right, campers.  You can buy a three-pack including the Georgia game for a hundred bucks.  And considering you have a choice of tickets to the North Carolina, Pitt and Virginia Tech games which you can certainly resell on line to fill out the pack, you ought to be able to come out at the end with a Georgia ticket for a very reasonable price.

If they’re gonna play like Georgia is the home team, they might as well charge like it, too.

(h/t decatur dawg)

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CFN’s Georgia preview…

… could stand some better editing – there’s a reference to Jacob Park being in the mix for quarterback and some strange mention of LSU in the section about the schedule that’s a clear whiff – but it’s hard to argue with this:

Okay, so we know what Georgia is.

This is once again going to be another really, really good team that should flirt with a top ten ranking. There’s going to be a ton of NFL talent on both sides of the ball, there will be some moments when this looks like one of the best teams in college football, there will be talk of a Mark Richt hot seat despite all the success, and once again, Georgia is going to come up with a heartbreaking loss or two that keeps it from finally turning the corner.

Consistent winning seasons aren’t always enough for some programs – ask Nebraska – but coming up with three campaigns in the last four years with ten wins or more is impressive by any measure, especially in the SEC. This year’s Bulldog team might not have anything special compared to past Richt squads, but someday all the right breaks have to go this program’s way.

But the team has to make its own good fortune, too.

There was nothing that could’ve been done about the rash of injuries in 2013, but last year the Dawgs lost a shootout to a mediocre South Carolina team, and was inexplicably trampled over by Florida. They did what they needed to do against Arkansas, the destroyed Missouri in Columbia, and they destroyed Auburn. They were good enough, and they were certainly better than a Mizzou team that won its second straight East title. But that’s the way it is in the SEC world – being very, very good isn’t necessarily going to be good enough.

Or this:

But even though there’s enough in the bad to win the East, and even though the team should be just good enough to think about going go the playoff, it’s Georgia.

It’s going to win ten games, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch on both sides of the ball.

And then 2016 will supposedly be the year.

Lather, rinse, repeat, etc.

If you want to stop reading stuff like this about yourselves, there’s an obvious solution, Dawgs.

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