- 9:08 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Bill King
A few more thoughts and observations from Saturday night’s disappointing game in Columbia …
Georgia’s defense was wretched most of the game against South Carolina. But, despite all the positive declarations after the second-half shutdown of Clemson, perhaps that’s what we expected all along. Maybe Dogs fans have come to accept as a given that Georgia’s defense is a liability. Call it the Grantham Effect, which appears to live on even after he’s gone.
How else do you explain the fact that on the blogs, on social media and on the call-in shows late Saturday and Sunday Georgia fans by a large [More]
- 11:05 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Bill King
Much was made over the past couple of weeks about the Bulldogs not scoring more than 20 points at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium in the past two decades.
So, as quarterback Hutson Mason said after the game, you’d think if Georgia scored 35 points in Columbia that it would be enough to win.
Except Georgia’s defense, hailed for shutting down Clemson in the second half of the season-opener, proved all that Jeremy-Pruitt-is-a-miracle-worker talk to be nothing more than a mirage by giving up 38 points.
As head coach Mark Richt said, for most of the evening the Dogs’ defense didn’t get it done, [More]
- 11:01 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Bill King
Chatting this week with several South Carolina fans about the upcoming game with Georgia, I’ve noticed they don’t appear to have much confidence at all in their defense, which got sliced and diced by Texas A&M, struggled early on with East Carolina and ranks last in the SEC. But they feel better about their offense now that tailback Mike Davis is back, even if they aren’t that confident overall about the consistency of quarterback Dylan Thompson.
But despite that they still feel pretty good about the Gamecocks’ chances against UGA simply because the game is in Columbia. In other words, they [More]
- 11:14 am Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Bill King
Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …
Harry Charbonneau writes: Bill, I do not see how the Bulldogs can be ranked as a Top 10 team at this point. Their pass defense is very weak and they have not yet developed an effective passing game. All great teams have strong defenses and balanced offenses that are strong in both the passing and running game. The Dogs are not there yet. In fact, I am very concerned that they will not be able to defeat South Carolina. What do you think?
Harry, based on just one game played, I [More]
- 11:15 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Bill King
I’ve noticed a mild debate among fans online about just how much celebration there should be over the defeat of Clemson and Georgia’s rapid rise in the polls.
Many are taking the tack of Mark Richt, noting that it’s just one game and a long season remains, including some pretty tough challenges. As one fan put it in commenting on the Blawg, “Time to slow it down a tad. I suggest that everyone and team watch 1st half of 2012 Carolina game, before our heads burst.”
Others are just enjoying the ride as the talking heads of ESPN proclaim the Dogs an early [More]
- 1:02 am Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
I’ll have more on Georgia’s 45-21 triumph over old rival Clemson on a steamy night in Sanford Stadium, but first I wanted to offer a few quick thoughts:
Todd Gurley is one of those special players we need to savor while we have the tremendous pleasure of watching him. He certainly placed himself prominently in the early-season Heisman Trophy conversations with Saturday night’s stats: 198 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns, plus a 100-yard-plus kickoff return that was a thing of beauty.
I’d said before the game that I wasn’t crazy about the game plan to play all Georgia’s tailbacks, meaning [More]
- 11:28 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Bill King
“Are you ready for the new season?”
“Dawgs gonna do it against Clemson?’
Those are the typical greetings I’ve been getting around the office the past week or so, and the answsers are:
“Definitely” and “I think so.”
I hedge on the second because, like all Georgia fans, I’m wondering just how much better a largely inexperienced Bulldogs secondary will be with Jeremy Pruitt, late of national champion FSU, at the helm in place of the departed Todd Grantham.
My answer to a friend on that question yesterday: Well, at least they should all be on the same page of the playbook, which in itself [More]
- 12:09 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Bill King
In case you missed it, the news sneaked out Friday that Georgia has added Nicholls State, another obscure FCS program from Louisiana, to the Dogs’ home schedule for 2016 on a date to be determined.
Mercer (UGA’s first football game was a 50-0 win over the Bears at Herty Field).
Sewanee (a charter member of SEC).
Tulane (also a charter member of SEC).
Kennesaw State (which plays its inaugural season in 2015).
Furman (an FCS school, as Scates put it, “for Georgians too proud to go to Auburn”).
SMU (Scates suggests a “1980s day at Sanford”).
(If you’d like to check out Scates’ Poor Man’s Game Notes, [More]
- 12:12 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Bill King
Two weeks to go until Clemson arrives Between the Hedges, and excitement is building. So let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail …
Howard Terry writes: Bill, we all know what Malcolm Mitchell can do (if he can ever stay healthy) and likewise Chris Conley and Michael Bennett. But what other wide receiver are we likely to be talking about this season? Who do you see maybe coming up big?
Howard, I realize some folks have cooled on last year’s hot topic at receiver, Jonathon Rumph, since he didn’t show much last year (except against Appalachian State) or in the [More]
- 11:35 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Bill King
As Mark Richt’s Bulldogs approach the midway point in preseason practices, I decided to take stock of what parts of Georgia’s team have this fan feeling pretty good and what areas have me somewhat concerned.
The concerns actually have shifted a bit from before practice started. Yeah, I’m still taking a wait-and-see attitude on Jeremy Pruitt’s rebuilding project in the secondary as well as the reshuffling of the offensive line. And those still could prove to be the major points on which the Dogs’ early part of the season turns.
But as injuries have mounted and lingered, I’ve become more concerned about [More]