No way UGA loses to UK. (Gulp!)

Here's what happens if you don't Come To Play. (John Raoux/AP photo)

Here’s what happens if you don’t Come To Play. (John Raoux/AP photo)

In 25 tries, Vince Dooley’s Georgia Bulldogs lost four games — and tied one — against Kentucky. By contemporary Dog-Cat standards, that makes Dooley a comparative slacker. Ray Goff was 6-1 against Kentucky; Jim Donnan was 4-1. Mark Richt is 11-2.

Running the numbers, we find that Kentucky has beaten Georgia eight times in 57 years. I’d say that qualifies as domination, not that dominating Kentucky in football is any big deal. But it bears repeating now, seeing as how Georgia fans are, in their post-Florida fret, fearing that something awful will transpire at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

My advice — borrowing from Aaron Rodgers — is to relax. When Kentucky is involved, the worst that can happen invariably befalls the Wildcats, not their opponent.

As you know, I’m a UK grad. I also covered the 1980 Wildcats for the Lexington Herald-Leader. That team went 3-8. Four of the losses came in the final minute. One came with 18 seconds remaining — Steve Corso, son of then-Indiana coach Lee Corso, caught the winning touchdown pass. (Lee claimed he and Steve had worked on the play in their backyard years earlier. He called it “The Pine Tree Shot.”) One came at the horn — Florida kicked the winning field goal after a Cris Collinsworth reception was ruled inbounds, which it might actually have been. One came after the horn — Tulane was gifted an untimed field goal after two pass interference flags of dubious worth.

I’ll concede that this Kentucky team is, by UK standards, not awful. It took Florida to triple overtime in Gainesville. It beat South Carolina in Lexington. I also note that the Big Blue is not yet bowl-eligible and, with games awaiting at Tennessee and Louisville, might not get that way. Mark Stoops is recruiting well and coaching hard, and Kentucky is no longer a day-at-the-beach opponent; it shouldn’t, however, beat Georgia anywhere.

My guess eight days ago was that this would be a dangerous game only if Georgia was riding high after beating Florida and peeking ahead to Auburn. As it happened, Georgia didn’t quite beat Florida. It lost 38-20 in a game gaining traction as the absolute worst performance — nosing below Central Florida! — under Mark Richt. Some Bulldogs have conceded that they paid little heed to the Gators, who were essentially playing not to get embarrassed. Thus did Georgia wind up being embarrassed.

I’m thinking we won’t see such largesse on display a second week running. (If we do, there’s something rotten at the heart of Georgia football.) I’m thinking Georgia beats Kentucky — not with ease, but with some room to spare. I know what you’re saying: “Aren’t you the guy who said Georgia wouldn’t lose to Florida?” I am indeed. I’m not right, goodness knows, all the time. But I am right some of the time.

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ThebigWally
ThebigWally

Send email to feedback@ajc.com to let them know what you think about their website.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Georgia did not cover the edge last weekend, and the AJC did not cover the Dawgs this weekend.....but did not give up 418 yards and lose 38 to 20.  And that Kentucky D certainly was not the Florida D. 

moboman
moboman

New website format sux.  Am I the only one that thinks so???

UGA75
UGA75

Ironic that UGA 76 and I share our opinion of this terrible site. It is the worst format I've ever seen on any site. I too will cancel my subscription when it expires because this is pitiful.

UGA76
UGA76

How do I switch back to the old format.  I dislike this format so much I will not renew my subscription and go elsewhere for my Atlanta/UGA sports.

AtlantaMom
AtlantaMom

Is there a blog somewhere that I can't find?  Or can't this new format handle more than 10 folks at a time?  Or did the AJC just want us all to go away?  Because, they are doing a good job of that. 

GTRay
GTRay

Tech grad here, but pulling for UGA.

FYI, I got an automated response when I e-mailed my complaints about the website -- it tried to sell me on subscribing to MyAJC, but then this morning I got an e-mail from a real person.  She said "We are reviewing feedback and will be working to improve the site over the coming weeks."  Not holding my breath, but who knows... 

So e-mail your comments to "feedback@ajc.com".  Never know, just might help.

Beat Kentucky!

LGJR
LGJR

Will there be any defensive adjustments for second half?  Lorenzo Carter looks good, but back off when they are out of bounds!!  Let's see if we can put our foot on the gas for a change rather than go conservative to protect a lead.

LGJR
LGJR

Up by 11 with 16 seconds left in half.  Knowing Kentucky gets the ball first, why not at least TRY to throw once and get into field goal position before the half.  Why always SETTLE!!!!!

DawgNole
DawgNole

Well, Mason's on the $$$ today. Where was this offense last week?

DawgNole
DawgNole

A repeat of SC--down to the 4 on the ground, then start throwing?

hfc95
hfc95

why has pruitt not realized a 2-4-5 defense is not capable of stopping a running attack? Go back to our defensive strategy against Arkansas were we had 4 real defensive linemen with our linebackers off the line.

DawgNole
DawgNole

Uh, do we need a special-teams coach or WHAT!?

80sFalcon
80sFalcon

Cue Bobo and the conservative play calling.

SilverClassic
SilverClassic

I guess its good news for the guys who developed the obamacare website....looks that they found another gig

DawgNole
DawgNole

Well, let's see, two comments so far, compared with 2,000 last Saturday. Guess they're getting their wish.

MAJ DAWG
MAJ DAWG

Good D to hold the cats to a FG 


DawgNole
DawgNole

Anybody know if there's an in-game blog?

Athenzdawg
Athenzdawg

This new format is horrible.  Theres no chatter for the stories like yesterday?  This is not Windows 8.....Stop making this crap uglier than the UGA loss to Florida last week ;(

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I have been critical of Bobo's play calling at times especially when they ran Chubb 14 times in the first quarter against Florida but so far today against Kentucky is the best play calling , by far, I have ever seen from Bobo.

DawgNole
DawgNole

No in-game blog?

Must be part of the fancy new format.

MAJ DAWG
MAJ DAWG

Are Bradley and Schultz in Lexington today?

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I assume the project manager for this new format has been given the Xerox Box treatment.



TomResidentGeorgiaFan
TomResidentGeorgiaFan

Can't take anything for granted with this team right now. I'd like to think the Dogs will play like their hair's on fire but then I thought they would be ready to paste another L on the Gators too.

NickelD
NickelD

chubb should get 150+ - dogs win by 13+ - 33 - 19

HotDawg
HotDawg

Fire the geek patrol from ga tech that created this monstrosity of a website.

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Testing new format. I am changing my handle to We'reRuntOfTheEast. What do you think?

Dawggie
Dawggie

Let's face it - if it ain't a cupcake we're playing, at Sanford Stadium, of course there's a way we can lose.  In fact, I feel the odds are no better than 50-50 in the UK, AU, and GT games 

FarTrain
FarTrain

Well, since MB said that, it should be an easy win for KY !

LADawg
LADawg

Mark, to answer your question. They beat SCe; we lost. They took the Gators to three overtimes; we lost by 18.


Heck, yea there's a way we can lose to KY.


This is a Richt coached team. The possibility of losing is always a good possibility.

Wilbo
Wilbo

The AJC really, really stinks. It really does. This new layout is just plain stupid. I really hope this useless rag goes belly up soon.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

This game is in the "who cares what happens" category.  UGA will win because the game is meaningless. Lets discuss TCU vs Kan State. That's a major biggie.

GTRay
GTRay

@ThebigWally

Yes, but be specific, give them examples of why you don't like it or what doesn't work right/well..  Just telling them the site sucks won't help.

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

@moboman Actually, the AJC new format just won a award for excellence by the Al Jazeera North American journalism judges. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@moboman

Have you bothered to read the comments? You're FAR from the only one.

moboman
moboman

guess not.  I am recommending that all future blog posts begin with "the new website format sucks."

Russ' Chew Toy
Russ' Chew Toy

I gave AJC my feedback and heard back from them. They were polite but said the new design is permanent. That means take it or leave it. The choice is ours.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@AtlantaMom

Been looking myself. Apparently your third choice is the answer--and they've certainly succeeded with that.

LADawg
LADawg

@Wilbo Relax, the AJC writers will tell you. Mediocrity and below is acceptable.

Wilbo
Wilbo

@ThebigWally  Thank you very much for the address. Please keep encouraging people to let the AJC know what a poor excuse for an allegedly big city paper it has become. I sent this:


"I have always thought of the AJC as a second rate poor excuse for a supposedly major city newspaper. The absolutely pathetic new website layout confirms this organization is run by incompetents. 


Seriously, is there NOBODY there w any business acumen or creative talents? Certainly doesn't seem so.


And on a different subject, how can a paper run 2 stupidly biased, one sided thinkers like Jay Bookman and Mike Luckovich day after day after day after day? I don't even know why you rotate their pieces, they put up the same muddled repetitive hogwash time after time.


This is an incredibly poorly run organization. Really it is. The city of Atlanta deserves better. Some junior high papers show more variety and creativity."

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Russ' Chew Toy

Hate to see it, RCT. I'm afraid it will effectively break up the AJC sports blog "community."

GTRay
GTRay

@DawgNole

I was especially surprised to get a reply on a Saturday.  I tried to call the AJC offices to ask if they had discontinued the live Tech & UGA game blogs, but just got a recording.


Totally different topic - I meant to ask you this a while back, but what county DFCS did your daughter work for?  Just curious.

JChikara
JChikara

@LADawg @Wilbo Mediocrity and below is acceptable.That is the same mantra applied by their sports teams. 


DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTRay @DawgNole

Clarke County (Athens). She lives in Boston now, working on a postgrad degree.

Thanks for asking.