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Georgia Bulldogs Out Played By Clemson
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Clemson Fans are elated over a stellar performance and a win over Georgia. But I can assure you that the Georgia fan bases are not. This was clearly an offensive battle as sports analyst, and I have predicted. Georgia lost two offensive starters for most of the game, and the offensive line did not do a good job in protecting Aaron Murray as the No, 5 Dawgs dropped their game opener to the No 8 Clemson Tigers 38-35.

It will be even tougher this Saturday for Georgia as the Dawgs (0-1) will play against No.6 South Carolina (1-0) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, who will also move up in the rankings as a result of the Dawgs loss to Clemson. What you should know is that the South Carolina Gamecocks under the direction of Steve Spurrier have beaten Georgia three years in a row.

In the Clemson-Georgia battle, the offensive line did not play up to expectation in my opinion. They allowed Clemson’s defense to sack Aaron Murray four times. Gurley ran very well in the second half, after hurting himself in the first half with a strain to his hamstring. Georgia’s kicking team looked lost as a bad snap cost them on a scoring drive. The Dawgs Defense is a mirror of last year’s defense from the beginning of the season, where their opponents scored on them at will. The Dawgs was tricked on practically every play of Clemson’s misdirection style offense.

I personally believe that this is Georgia’s year to contend for a National Title. Losing to No. 8 Clemson in a game that I believe could have been won, will probably send Georgia’s ranking plummeting in the polls. This loss is a major setback for a National Title Contention. However; they are not completely out of it. As far as I can remember, I don’t think that there has ever been a team that played in a BCS National Title game with a two loss record. I stand to be corrected, but I don’t believe it has.

The Dawgs will now have to win out every regular game, and win the SEC Championship from this point on if they are going to have any chance of playing for the National Title. That means beating No. 6 Rank South Carolina, and No. 12 LSU in addition to No. 10 Florida along with all of the remaining games. By the strength of schedule, that should move Georgia back into the top three in National Title Contention, and then hope for some help in the PAC 10 with Oregon, Stanford, and Big 10 Ohio State to lose one game or two.

Here is my question for this week concerning Georgia.

After watching that game, is Georgia that bad, or is Clemson is simply that good? Let me know what you think?


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JimmyMack commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 18:05 PM

Hi Sf3. I am just emerging from a touch of suicidal depressionitis. I spent Sunday, most of it anyway, drinking goats milk and swallowing vicodins. I did this from the comfort afforded me by my wonderful bed. These losses take a tremendous toll on my psyche. Also it takes a toll on my marital relationship. However, she seems to understand and is tolerant of my behavior because she understands the DAWGS and Football Season.

Under the influence of behavioral medications I will attempt to answer your question: and the answer is Yes on all counts. Only a wipeout by USC next weeks affords any chance at redemption.'

Hate to be so negative, but am in a very dark place right now,,,,,

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 18:46 PM

Hey Jimmy D,

I was in a football state of depression too. Bradwell Lost, but Deep down, I knew zlibert would win that game. Too much experience players as compared to Bradwell. But the game that really got me was the Georgia -Clemson game. I just knew that Georgia would win by at least three. They should have won that game. They gave it away to Clemson. Now they are in a fix. They can nor afford to lose another game. It would be over for them. Georgia always seem to struggle with ranked opponents. And that defense? It's either one of or two things. The defense are simply not good, or the takent is there, but they are not being properly coached. What the heck is Grantham doing with that defense? This is the exact sane thing that was happening at the beginning of last season. They better get their act together, and I mean this week before Saturday.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 18:48 PM

Jimmy

I too took a beatkng as well. I too stayed in my bed yesterday, as my phone was rimning off the hook along with text messages and emails. The emails are still coming Jimmy.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 18:50 PM

Pardon my typos....

sebekm commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 18:57 PM

Jimmy: Goats milk? I guess we need to start calling you "Jimmy The Greek." I think you mean a wipeout of or at USC (rather than by USC), right?

Sporty: Gurley is a beast, and I agree - the Dawgs can't lose again if they want to be in the conversation at the end of the year. But the other teams will have to negotiate their own schedules as well. I see the Dawgs dropping out of the top 10 for sure; maybe even the top 20 AP. Looking at that poll pre-week 1, the only teams to lose were GA, Boise State and TCU (with No. 11 FL State playing tonight). If GA stays in the top 20, I would think they would be at best 13-15.

Many prognosticators have predicted Stanford as a strong national championship contender - I think based on who came back and their schedule. The other title game "slot" goes by default to the SEC. Let's hope the Dawgs will be there. If they play like last week, they won't be.

As to your questions: I think Clempson is very good but they were aided in a 3-point win by the Dawgs "too" mentality:

*Too many penalties

*Too many injuries

*Too many missed assignments on O and D

*Too slow to keep up with Boyd's ability to extend plays

It should be a good game this week, but I would think the Dawgs offense has to score close to 40 to come out on top in this one.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 19:11 PM

I have Stanford, Oregon, and USC dropping at least one game. Ohio State may run the tables i. The weak Big 10. Alabama will go undefeated in the regular season. I dont have Bana winnj g the SEC Conference this year, and Georgia seems to have the toughest schedule in tbe SEC this year.

sebekm commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 21:43 PM

FSU is making a meal out of PITT right now. Their freshman QB - at least in the first half - is showing all the right moves.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 22:56 PM

I hope you are not suprised by watching this game. Pittsburgh has not been a caliber team of contention since 1976 with Tony Dorsett playing there.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 23:11 PM

Mark Richt to sit Marshall Morgan
David Ching
DawgNation | September 2, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- A caller to Mark Richt's Monday evening radio show finally accomplished what nobody in the media has been able to do over the last two months.

A question about Georgia's place-kickers prompted Richt to finally reveal that sophomore Marshall Morgan will not play in Saturday's game against South Carolina.

"That's the news flash for the show," the coach said.

Richt has frequently shot down questions on the subject since Morgan was arrested in late June on boating under the influence charges, saying that he would reveal Morgan's punishment at the proper time. Apparently that time was Monday night, as Richt confirmed that Morgan would miss a second game -- the same punishment spelled out for UGA athletes who are arrested for driving, not boating, under the influence.

Walk-on Patrick Beless replaced Morgan on extra points and field goals and Collin Barber handled kickoffs in last Saturday's season-opening loss against Clemson.

Beless went 5-for-5 on PATs and lined up just once to kick a field goal, from 20 yards, but didn't get the opportunity to attempt a kick when holder Adam Erickson was unable to handle Nathan Theus' high snap.

"He was about to get a shot at a field goal that was actually shorter than an extra point but we couldn't get the ball down," Richt said.

Morgan handled all of Georgia's field-goal and PAT tries last season as a freshman, going 8-for-14 on field goals and 63-for-67 on extra points.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 23:12 PM

Those key players at Georgia just wont stay out of trouble.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 23:24 PM

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: Gurley ran for a career-high 174 yards on 12 carries (12.8 avg.) and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 38-35 loss to Clemson. His performance included a career-long 75-yard touchdown on his first touch of the game. It marked Gurley’s 10th 100-yard performance of his career.

Tiger5 commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Yep. The big disappointment for me was the performance of the offensive line (and the failure to execute a chip-shot FG). Clemson did, however, sell out on stopping the run. UGA made no adjustments. They ran a toss sweep to Gurley exactly twice. Those two sweeps netted 100+ yards. Why only twice? Also, if I knew before the play if UGA was going to run or throw, you know Clemson did. No misdirection, very little play-action, but plenty of zone read handoffs which do NOT work because the defensive key is on the RB ONLY; Clemson had no doubts Murray would not keep the ball.

Head scratcher for sure. But, I am just me. What do I know, really? I suppose they should have scored 55 instead of 35. I suppose I expect too much...every year.

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Exactly Tiger 5. I guess my expectations were too high huh? With the talent or alleged t5hat Georgia have or suppose to have, I just knew this was their year to go on to a undefeated season. My question is why can't Richt win against ranked teams? That question just can't seem to elude me. He is something 1-15 against ranked teams. The players can't seem to stay out of trouble, the defense is very suspect in the secondary, the kicking team seemed lost, the offensive line did not do a good job protecting Aaron Murray, as he sacked four times, hurried several times causing him to throw an interception. This is nothing that I was expecting. It was worse. I kind of knew deep down that the defense may be suspect, but for no one else to perform was way over the top for me. I hope that this is a wake up call for Richt. He lose anymore games, the fans are going to have him for dinner.Now they are in a MUST win situation for the remainder of the season if any hopes of a National Championship for Georgia. SMH.......

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I hope you are not suprised by watching this game. Pittsburgh has not been a caliber team of contention since 1976 with Tony Dorsett playing there."

Not surprised by the game itself, but I was impressed (and surprised) by the efficiency and accuracy of the FL State freshman QB. As one announcer put it, the completion % he was putting up wouldn't be easy if they were going against air.

Gurley did look great. I was worried in the first half when it looked like he was going to sit down due to injury. But he came back and looked ok.

As for the rest of the season: if the D doesn't step up and start shutting down the opposition, the Dawgs look to end up with 3-4 losses for sure. SC, LSU and FL will play tough.

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 12:02 PM

"As for the rest of the season: if the D doesn't step up and start shutting down the opposition, the Dawgs look to end up with 3-4 losses for sure. SC, LSU and FL will play tough."

That's an under statement. They lose 3-4 games, people will be fired. Todd Grantham should be the first to go as he seems to struggle every year since he has been there coaching the defense.

They will be on Mike Bobo too.

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 14:11 PM

The New ESPN Top 25 Rankings:

1 ALABAMA (58) 1-0 1497
2 OREGON 1-0 1355
3 OHIO ST (1) 1-0 1330
4 CLEMSON (1) 1-0 1304
5 STANFORD 0-0 1277
6 SOUTH CAROLINA 1-0 1181
7 TEXAS A&M 1-0 1085
8 LOUISVILLE 1-0 1073
9 LSU 1-0 971
10 FLORIDA ST 1-0 953
11 GEORGIA 0-1 894
12 FLORIDA 1-0 875
13 OKLAHOMA ST 1-0 780
14 NOTRE DAME 1-0 707
15 TEXAS 1-0 674
16 OKLAHOMA 1-0 612
17 MICHIGAN 1-0 583
18 UCLA 1-0 387
19 NORTHWESTERN 1-0 320
20 WASHINGTON 1-0 315
21 WISCONSIN 1-0 287
22 NEBRASKA 1-0 219
23 BAYLOR 1-0 150
24 TCU 0-1 148
25 USC 1-0 135
Others receiving votes: Miami (FL) 127, Ole Miss 50, Arizona St 48, Michigan St 42, N Illinois 27, Cincinnati 27, Fresno St 22, Virginia Tech 12, Bowling Green 9, Georgia Tech 8, Arizona 6, Penn St 4, Boise St 3, Virginia 2, Arkansas 1

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 16:58 PM

Wow! We didn't fall as far as I thought we would. Makes South Carolina bigger than ever.

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 20:01 PM

Yes it does. But watch out for Florida State. They haves great freshman quarterback. That will be a great Clemson matchup. That win against Georgia catapult Clemson to tbe number 4 spot. Georgua can get back in by winning the remainder of their games.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 20:34 PM

That FL State kid looked mighty good - and for a freshman he seems to be particularly well developed physically. Looks like a junior or senior. Sporty was right - they DID play PITT, but for accuracy, arm strength, and poise, I don't recall a freshman I was more impressed with.

As to the rankings, I thought they would be lower (13-15) but am glad they aren't. Note that GA and TCU are the only teams in top 25 with a loss, which is understandable since they lost to teams now ranked in top 10. I hope AL gets a loss or two somewhere, but it's probably just wishful thinking. LSU seems to have solved its QB problem for awhile, but the ol' Ball Coach still can't get a really good one at SC.

Tiger5 commented on Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013 at 08:07 AM

SF,

I don't know. It seems that UGA's lack of success against the higher caliber teams coincides directly with the tenure of Aaron Murray. David Green and DJ Shockley seemed to do quite well in the big games. Perhaps UGA hitched its wagon to the wrong mule (Murray) during a time when they have NEVER had more talent.

SportsFan31313 commented on Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013 at 15:46 PM

Tiger5,

I don't blame Murray at all. His successful stats speaks for itself. I hope that tbey can run the tables this time as they did two yesrs ago. They have to for their sake.

SportsFan31313 commented on Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Sebekm,

I believe that if Georgia and Alabama meet for the SEC Championship, they will beat Alabama this time.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 at 14:12 PM

I'd have my fingers crossed, but if GA gets there, they will probably have overcome a lot more obstacles than AL, and their confidence and sense of "destiny" will be sky high. Also, the holdovers from last year will have that bad taste in their mouths and remember how close they were to beating AL.

Let's hope their skill players stay healthy for the whole season, and that the defense comes together and starts stopping somebody.

SportsFan31313 commented on Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 at 20:01 PM

Well two years in a row the Dawgs ran the tables and went to the SEC Championship game. I just have a deep feeling that if Georgia make it to the SEC Championship this year, they will win it.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 at 20:48 PM

A big IF for sure. First they have to handle the ole Ball Coach's offense and Clowney, after his "off game" against NC.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/coll...

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 at 21:19 PM

Great Post SF3, you're like a kid in a candy store in this arena :D

hollabackk commented on Friday, Sep 06, 2013 at 06:23 AM

Georgia is looking at O-2.
Getting past S.C. is gonna be tough.

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Sep 06, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Sebekm,

Clowney is a good player. But he is not unstoppable. The Dawgs will contain him and do a better job on their blocking assignments this week. The spread is Dawgs wins by 3. I'm siding with Georgia because of the wake up call from last Saturday,and Georgia's playing at home.

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Sep 06, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Funkentelecky,

Thank you. I love Football. It was an academic subject and a college curriculum, I would have probable majored in it lol. Just kidding. I love football. It's a passion for me.I could watch football all year.

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Sep 06, 2013 at 11:21 AM

If it was a subject, and a college curriculum, I would have probably majored in it. lol

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Sep 06, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Hollabackk,

I think the dawgs will win this one and break the cycle this year from losing to Steve Spurrier three years in a row.

sebekm commented on Friday, Sep 06, 2013 at 11:59 AM

"The Dawgs will contain him and do a better job on their blocking assignments this week."

I certainly hope so. If Clowney gets loose frequently, it will be a very long day for GA. But we do need to break the "Spurrier Cycle." Three in a row (even one in a row) is unacceptable.

I wonder if they could coax Vince Dooley out of retirement? The old SOB doesn't seem to be ready for the nursing home quite yet - just a few months ago he was SKYDIVING for charity:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/16...

As I recall, the Dawgs did pretty well when he was head coach. And he isn't that much older than Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Some other coaches (Paterno, Bowden) coached until they were Methuselahs as well.

Start the petition: BRING BACK THE DOOLSTER!

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Sep 06, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Vince Dooley is a very smart coach just like Lou Holtz. They knew how to win games.Vince Dooley owned Florida when he was there along with South Carolina and others. But he knew when it was time to move on. So did Holtz.No Coach had been to build a program at Georgia since Dooley left, and since Holtz left.

SportsFan31313 commented on Saturday, Sep 07, 2013 at 00:34 AM

Dawgs wins today by at least three...

sebekm commented on Saturday, Sep 07, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Keeping my fingers crossed....

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Sep 07, 2013 at 16:07 PM

optimistic...but have vomit bucket ready.

SportsFan31313 commented on Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 14:40 PM

See,

You didn't have to use that vomit bucket after all.


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