What is Georgia's Oldest Rivalry in College Football?
They played Auburn in 1892, the second game the Bulldogs ever held. So I will go with that as my answer Alex.
What's your gut on this weekend? Seems like DAWGS have the talent to win this--but when was the last time Richt outcoached the conference's elite (Spurrier, Saban, etc.) in a big game?
I don't really get into who outcoached who because to me it all comes down to execution of the plays. South Carolina needed a lot of things to go its way last year (fake punt, turnovers) or else Georgia would have won. But the Gamecocks and the Bulldogs have both gotten better in a lot of areas. I think it comes down to turnovers again and I am guessing (and I do mean guess) that Georgia wins based on offensive production.
In the game against Missouri "Gurshall" accounted for just over 100 yards. I count that as the only "real" defense they have played. Do you think that we will see an improvement against a tough defense because of the development of these backs and the o-line? Or will we have to air it out to move the ball on this defense?
Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will not find the running lanes as open as they have been. Look for Aaron Murray to go to the air on third a long a lot. This is a brutal defense they are playing, but the o-line has improved. UGA has only given up seven sacks through five games as compared to 10 sacks through 5 games last year.
Radi. Love your work man. How do you see Bennett's injury affecting the game this weekend. Do you think that our depth at the receiver positiong compensates for this. He was an excellent blocker on the outside too....
Thanks! Georgia will miss having such a clutch guy. Bennett makes really tough catches. But there has been a different leading receiver in four of Georgia's five games so far this year. Plus Malcolm Mitchell is back on offense so I think Georgia will be fine.
Who will replace Bennets production? Who will get most snaps at that reciever spot
My guess is that Murray leans on Tavarres King a bit more.
Do you realize that you doomed Bennet's injury by saying earlier this week that you're surprised Georgia hasn't had any big injuries yet this season. You're lucky that Malcolm is coming back so I'll let it slide this time.
You are too kind. I do really wish that I had as much control over college football as some superstitious people think that I have. I would be rich.
Will the Georgia defense be able to make the Gamecocks one dimensional and force Connor Shaw to beat them with his arm, not his legs?
They did a good job containing James Franklin. Held him to 25 yards on 29 carries I believe. Well he picked up 65 yards but was dropped for minus 40.
What's the over/under on number of visor throws we get to witness by Spurrier?
Zero. He won't give you the satisfaction.
How are the Dawgs going to stop the USC pass rush?
David Ching answered that question yesterday. "Prayer. Lots of prayer."Look for the tight ends to lend a hand and the running backs to pick up the blitzes. Can't say I like the idea of any running back trying to stop Jadeveon Clowney. He is a monster.
South Carolina hasnt looked that great this year. They especially struggled with the Kentucky defense. DO you think there will be more of this or do you think SC turns it around against Georgia.
If I were a betting man, I would say they look completely different against Georgia. The Bulldogs have looked sub-par at times as well but that is just because both teams played down to their opponents. Each team has taken an opponent lightly and let said team stick around too long.
Thanks for the twitter jinx earlier when you said 'This is the healthiest I've seen UGA' and then 'And I've now guaranteed someone will go down this week'.
Yes, my Twitter feed controls the fates. I am all powerful. Please stop me before I strike again. I feel a tweet about the defense coming on. Seriously there are a lot of superstitious people out there. Not saying that you are one Christina. But I see why folks still print horoscopes and believe in lucky shirts and caps. I just wonder where all those lucky shirts were when UGA was 6-7. Was I even on Twitter then?As for my tweet, I stand by it. I did delete it as requested by those folks that eat fried chicken before every contest with the Gamecocks.
By the way, Mark Richt said the following yesterday morning:"Now we are probably healthier at game six than we were when we started the season."
The USC game will be the second game that the Georgia defense is back to full strength. Do you think that they return to 2011 form against Shaw and Lattimore?
I think so. I mane the idea that Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo were rusty seems weird to me in light of the fact that they led the team in tackles against Tennessee. Georgia sold out to stop the Vols through the air and Tennessee did the smart thing and gashed them on the ground. I think we see Georgia try the opposite this week.
Do you think Jay Rome could play a pivotal role in this game exploiting the linebackers in the middle of the field and serving as a safety valve against the South Carolina pass rush?
He could but I would think Arthur Lynch plays that role. He was a little banged up Monday but he should be fine. But you do have a point about the middle of the field. Lynch seems to get the ball on the edges....hmmm.. Will have to watch for that.
I think Georgia wins 38-17 what is your prediciton?
I was teased for saying I had no idea what was going to happen in this game and, well, I still don't. The defensive battle predicted last year wound up being a shootout. I think the Dawgs are good for 2-3 touchdowns and a couple field goals. The Gamecocks could also score 24-27 points. My guess is one defensive score or one costly turnover wins the game.Aren't you glad you get what you pay for with insightful predictions like that?
Radi what are the chances that UGA lands Kamara, Bryant, and Shumpert? and what is the talk around town with Langley? Aslo what are the chances that we can pull off Tunsil and Crowder?
All three? No I guess you mean with each one individually. I think that the Georgia coaches are waiting to see what Alvin Kamara does before they take Shumpert. Greg Bryant hasn't visited so I don't think he is as likely to commit as Kamara is. I like Georgia's chances with him.
Was David Pollack's immaculate INT/TD the best moment in this rivalry of all time? For me personally, it is.
Not sure but is was for me professionally as I think I may have the only good photo of that play. I have never seen more requests for any of my images as I got for that one.
I hate that we gave up 44 points last week. Did we just have a bad defensive game or should we be worried?
Don't forget that there was an interception returned for a touchdown and Georgia coughed up the ball on its own 8-yard line and on its own 18-yard line. That was 20 points right there.
Radi, do you expect Grantham to load the box with 7 or 8 to stop the SC running game and make Shaw throw? What wrinkles do you foresee from the SC defense to stop the UGA offense?
Basically yes. Or I see Alec Ogletree being a spy on Shaw the whole game.
Will you be in Columbia Saturday? Do you have any experience kicking extra points?
Yes and yes but my eligibility is up.
If Georgia runs the table do you think that will help with some of the top tier recruits (R. Foster, Nkemdiche, etc) or have those ships sailed?
It would not help with those two but it would not hurt with Laremy Tunsil, Montravious Adams and Alvin Kamara.
Radi, do you think Alec Ogletree will leave after this year and could he be a first rounder?Thank you.
Yes I do and I think he could be a second round guy.
What's the news with Trenton Brown? And thanks for everything you do man!
He has officially reopened his recruitment. I expect him to commit to Florida eventually. He felt that Georgia was going to move him to guard and he does not want to play there. The coaching staff will not promise him a tackle spot so I think they are both just moving on.
Do you think the Gurley-Marshall duo will eventually be as productive as Auburn's Cadillac Willaims and Ronnie Brown?
I won't say they "will eventually" be that productive but they certainly could be. Especially as the offensive line matures and gets deeper. All of those linemen come back next year. What Georgia has right now in the backfield could be very special but there are injuries to avoid and teams will scheme for them. But if they sell out to stop the run, Murray will pick them apart.
Is there any scenario to get Georgia into the title game? LSU upsetting Bama is the only way I can come up with.
Go undefeated and beat Bama in the SEC Championship game. That will assure Georgia a place in the game.
In your opinion, will Murray leave after this year?
This summer I would have said yes. People I trust say he had mentioned it. He has been around a long time, has graduated and wants to move on. BUT he is such a team oriented guy that I think he might stick around. I think how the season plays out and how he is projected by the NFL will be the determining factor. I am not counting on him being here next year.
In your opinion...what is Aaron Murray's biggest win in the red and black thus far. I can't remember him ever winning a game that held national significance. Can't afford for him to go 18-22 with 2 INTs and a fumble on saturday. I'm worried
He did beat a ranked Auburn team last year 45-7 and was instrumental in the win over Florida last year. The 18-22 part would be nice.
Why do you think the defense has regressed so much? We have been gouged through the air and we don't seem to be controlling the line of scrimmage the way we did last year.
I don't see much regression. There have been missed assignments in the secondary which was expected when you lose an All-American for four games. Plus Alec Ogletree is one of the top players on the defense. As for the LOS, I think losing Abry Jones in the Vandy game hurt them last week.
What are the odds of UGA flipping Jones now that Henry went to Bama?
His teammate Brandon Kublanow has been working on him and Jones was said to be listening but as Jones told me recently, he his "100% committed to Alabama." I believe him. For now...
How bad will the Dawgs losing Bennett for the year hurt UGA?
Losing your top receiver is never a good thing. Plus he is clutch. He makes big catches when needed. Luckily Georgia is getting Malcolm Mitchell back -- another playmaker.
Going to a question about Murray asked earlier, He sometimes struggles in clutch games, Games with the most to lose. Do you see him still having that problem, or do we even know yet with who we have played so far?
I don't think that there has been a real test for Murray yet. But think about the nature of the question. He has struggled in the big games. Well yeah, he is also facing the best players in the nation. And getting sacked. But swing by the front page of DawgNation today. David Ching has a story about Murray where Aaron is saying, "I was terrible last year." So Murray knows what is wrong and I think he has turned the corner. We will see Saturday.
Do you think that this is the year that UGA starts to get to the level of an LSU or Alabama (in the national championship conversation every year without any doubt)?
No. I think the players Georgia will lose to the NFL will mean the Bulldogs are rebuilding next year and will not be in the conversation.
Why is Spurrier such a baby when it comes to reporters?
Not touching that one. I will just say that there are times that Mark Richt has been angry with me and he has never held a grudge nor have any of those incidents lasted more than 24 hours. I prefer this beat.
How much longer does Spurrier stay around? Even more so to the point, do you think he leaves with his best team, or after his worst?
Not sure, especially in light of recent events with the media. But I think he goes out on top. He wants to prove himself and will not have people think he was chased off after a bad season.
I think this games is about the lines. I think SC dominates defensive line, and GA dominates the offensive line for the first half. I think it switches in the second. So UGA has to have a better first half than SC does second. Thoughts?
I can see your point but both of these teams are great at making adjustments in the second half. A good first half would help quiet the stadium and could possibly force the Gamecocks to alter their game plan.
Do you see UGA extended the streak of 40 or more points a game this week?
I would be stunned. But they did it last year.
Do you think Carolina's performance against KY last week was due to Spurrier spending the whole week game-planning for us, thus giving them 2 weeks to prepare?
No. I think the team just came out flat against Kentucky.
Are you concerned about the number of points the defense is giving up? Or do you think this will decrease once Rambo and Ogletree get back in game shape andi in the swing of things?
I am a bit surprised at the points given up but I like the idea of having Alec Ogletree and Amarlo Herrera back in the middle. Getting Abry Jones back (see my video today) as well as Bacarri Rambo, well, that could see the return of Georgia's dominate defense.
Who are your offensive and defensive MVPs after the first month of the season in the SEC?
Tough one. I will go with Jarvis Jones on defense. On offense I see a lot of candidates but I would have to go with AJ McCarron -- no interceptions and 12 touchdowns. That is a pretty good month.
Can you comment on the matchups in this game? How does SC's secondary stack up against our receivers? Also, what about our D-line against their O-line?
I would give Georgia the edge in the wide receiver vs. defensive backs matchup and I have to say the same about Georgia's defensive line. Last year the Gamecocks o-line was fantastic and this year the Bulldog's have not been what fans are used to but I am giving UGA just a slight, very slight edge there.
Even if we lose this game, I like our chances at getting back to Atlanta. SC will be beat up after this game and has a brutal strech, FL will be beat up several weekends in a row before us. After this game, we have a break, KY then FLA. Plenty of time to rest.
Worked last year.
Looking at the question posed about Spurrier, Have you ever compared a coach playing to the Penn State scandal?
Can't say I have done that.
Any chance we can get that columnist that Steve loves to lead the dawgs out on Saturday?
Greg McGarity could put in a call.
Losing Bennett is a blow for both this game and long-term. But his teammates are trying to get #winitforBennett trending on Twitter. Is this an additional spark for them?
Sure. He is well-loved on the team and the injury was described to me this morning as "horrible". He is one of my favorites on the team and I wish him a quick recovery.
Thanks for stopping by folks. I have to get back to work. There are still tons of questions that I did not get to so please feel free to stop by The Pound, the message board we have at DawgNation. David Ching, Kipp Adams and I will get to them there.