Georgia dismisses Samford in Sanford and eyes a bigger prize

Terry Godwin, flying in for six. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

ATHENS — There’s no excuse, not this year. Georgia has to win the SEC East. There’s only one team in this motley division that stands half a chance of being any good, and that team wasn’t on display in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday. If these Bulldogs don’t play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 2, this program – sorry to mix sporting metaphors – might as well sack up the bats.

To say Georgia has proved its bona fides is to overstate. It has beaten Appalachian State of the Sun Belt and, on Saturday night in Sanford Stadium, Samford, also nicknamed the Bulldogs, of FCS. (Sanford, Samford. If that team from Palo Alto shows up between the hedges anytime soon, my typo count goes Code Red.)

In between two lesser lights, Georgia outlasted Notre Dame in South Bend. It’s unclear if the Irish are anything special – the guess is that they aren’t – but still: It was at worst the second-best win in Kirby Smart’s 1 ¼ seasons, and it came at a time when much of the East is trying its hardest to set up housekeeping in the basement.

Florida suspended half its roster and lost to Michigan. The Gators went 7 2/3 quarters without an offensive scoring a touchdown and nearly blew a game Saturday. Not to be outdone, Tennessee blew the same game by allowing a receiver to run unchallenged through its secondary with the score tied and time expiring. This wasn’t to be confused with the Hail Mary that Jauan Jennings snagged against Georgia. This wasn’t the fickle finger of jump-ball fate. This was terrible defense.

At game-planning, Butch Jones is the worst coach in the history of humankind. Does Tennessee ever take the field and do what it intends? Does it even show up before halftime? The Vols are gifted enough to wad up their alleged script and improvise their way back into games, but this remains a misguided aggregation that will win nothing of consequence. And the Gators, who’ve won the SEC East the past two seasons, cannot do it again. (Well, can they?)

Missouri opened by yielding 43 points to FCS Missouri State, then lost 31-13 to offensively challenged South Carolina, then fired defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross. On Saturday, the Tigers lost 35-3 to Purdue. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is stepping lightly. Buoyed by their victory in the other Columbia, the Gamecocks returned home and, pun intended, laid an egg against Kentucky, which was roundly tepid in beating Southern Miss and Eastern Kentucky.

If we’re doing the eyeball test, the second- and third-best looking teams in the SEC East are Vanderbilt, which upset Kansas State in Nashville on Saturday, and the aforementioned Big Blue. We note for the record that South Carolina once won this division and Missouri unaccountably did it twice. But Vandy and Kentucky? Sorry. Never have, never will.

Which brings us to Georgia. Nothing that happened at Sanford against Samford did anything to burnish or blemish UGA’s case. It led by 21 after 19 ½ minutes, having outgained the outmanned visitors 278 yards to 23 and totaling 12 first downs to the other Bulldogs’ zero. Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes. Nick Chubb rushed for 94 yards in the first quarter and would finish with 131.

Georgia won 42-14, a result that should have placated both sides. There was no severe Notre Dame hangover, unless you count Chubb being halted on fourth-and-1 on the game’s first series. (Although Kirby Smart, being a coach, said: “I was really disappointed at halftime.”) Samford counted its guarantee money and headed back to Birmingham wondering if it might have just lost to a team that will play another team from Alabama come December.

Georgia is 3-0, none of those games having come against SEC competition. That commences next Saturday against Mississippi State – more Bulldogs! – and the Starkville colossus just whipped LSU 37-7. (Didn’t I tell you Ed Orgeron is no head coach? Also Will Muschamp.) Said Smart of league play: “It’s why you come here … It’s the highest level of ball. You can’t have substitution mistakes, you can’t have kicking errors, you can’t have (defensive) busts. They can cost you in a tight game, and every game we play from here on will be tight.”

Maybe. Possibly. But no East team has Georgia’s talent. If wouldn’t seem a vintage UGA assemblage — while better, the offensive line still isn’t good — Jacob Eason’s injury might have impelled the Bulldogs to play to their remaining strengths. Have Fromm manage the game and hand the ball to his many and splendid backs and let the defense handle the rest. This defense is big-time.

Your past four SEC East champs: Missouri, Missouri, Florida, Florida. Georgia coulda/shouda won every time but is stuck on an 0-fer. Never, however, has the path seemed more inviting. Such is the flimsy state of this division that the maroon Bulldogs could come here and win and still the red Bulldogs would be in pole position to play in Atlanta. Yes, we’ve said this many times before. But if not now, when?

 

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twelveofthirteen

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TideDawg
TideDawg

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Hey stumpy;

LOGS1973 July 17, 2017

Sorry dog.. The Jackets have little problem in

beating weaker SEC teams . . . GT 40 UT 17...

LOGS1973 November 3, 2016

GT should handle the Tar Heels . . . Jackets win by 14 .

Dogs in big trouble and lose to UK . . . Dogs lose big!!

LOGS1973 October 6, 2016

. . . UGA wins a big 6 games this year.

LOGS1973 September 3, 2016

The Heels should boat race the Dawgs . . . .

Tar Heels should win big!

LOGS1973 September 3, 2016

UT will win the East Bradley . . . You will be proud to be a Vol before seasons end and remember, good old Rocky Top!!!!!!

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@twelveofthirteen There you are oneofthree.

You can cry to your dawgnole buddy..

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MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

Just curious, why does everyone posting here seem to have some obsession with Ohio State?  Years ago it used to be Georgia Tech......now Ohio State?

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

@MaybeMaybeNot There was/is an incredibly obnoxious OSU troll who did/does hang out here (don't know because I rarely visit anymore). Maybe that's it?

TideDawg
TideDawg

LSU is a big disappointment. When they hired that coach last year I said he wasn't going to make it in the SEC.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@LOGS1973 @TideDawg  It's reality......they looked real Sat. If you don't play the best and beat the best.......you're just cakewalking to disaster.

Mulk
Mulk

@TideDawg He wouldn't be a head coach in any other power 5 conference.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Army(finished) Unlv, Rutgers, Maryland, & Nebraska(just lost to an FBS team).......looks like a cakewalk back into the top 4 nationally for OSU, before they have a tester with Penn St. OSU fans really place a high value on those cupcake teams.......unless you play them.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

UGA is so much better than the little ten. Proven on the field each season and in the bowls.

#weownthelittleten

BobDawg
BobDawg

Schedule is setting up nice for us.. Finally a decent team at home for the Doggies to whup up on.... Then on to Rocky Top to put the nail in Butch Jones "Champions of Life" box..... 

BobDawg
BobDawg

Man, that UF-UT game was a snooze fest until the 4th quarter... 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Noon loser fest coming between runnin rebs and little ten.

Little ten! Little ten!

ZAZ
ZAZ

Don't obsess much over results--even GT--but love it when Ohio St. takes a dive early on. Now their idiot fans who evolve lives entirely  around THE Buckeyes can now anguish to extreme levels each and every game in hopes of digging themselves out of the most recent embarrassment. Fun stuff. 

TideDawg
TideDawg

BS Mark! They don't have to beat Tn. and Fl., they just can't afford to lose to both of them to win the division.....in my opinion.

BetterDog
BetterDog

Is that Godwin great or what.  Tech has played better teams so far.  Dawgs need to start playing the SEC teams.  It will be a good test for them.  We shall see. 

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A lot will change between now and UF game.

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Dawggy
Dawggy

Wasn't a Richt fan after about '08, but right now, it seems that Richt/Bobo got a lot more out of mediocre O-lines than Smart/Chaney.  It's gotta be the predictable play-calling of our current OC, right?

FlatTire
FlatTire

In my opinion it was the blocking scheme that Richt had in place that made up for the lack of o-line talent. I still believe had Richt focused on top oline recruiting with the blocking scheme that he ran he would have won more

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Dawggy

OC's definitely a weak link.

Hope he doesn't get exposed again once Dawgs start playing SEC games.

ZAZ
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@Dawggy It doesn't matter if you can't win the game you must have. 10-win seasons don't mean a thing if they're not the right 10 games.

ZAZ
ZAZ

@FlatTire Richt was lazy and settled. The team culture reflected as much.

DawgNole
DawgNole

MB: "And the Gators, who’ve won the SEC East the past two seasons, cannot do it again. (Well, can they?)"

_______________

Of course they can. How soon you forget:

Mark Bradley October 28, 2014

Gurley or no Gurley, Georgia’s not losing in Jacksonville."

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(Final score: florida 38, UGA 20)


MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

@DawgNole You had to dig deep in the archives for that one.  You have a vault where you save old Bradley pieces?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Mulk

Not any more time-consuming than the time you spend taking potshots at UGA.

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FlatTire
FlatTire

All we need to know is Overrated st is a whopping 2-17 vs. UGA AUBURN TENNESSEE SOUTH CAROLINA ALABAMA FLORIDA LSU CLEMSON FSU .

Someone call the AP Overrated st needs some votes to get in the playoffs

OH:IO
OH:IO

dogs will drop to the 20's after next week on their way to "others receiving votes". 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

More braindead predictions from the lying hypocrite, who has nothing better to do in his continued irrelevancy.

______________

OH:IO September 15, 2017

SaMMMMMford upsets dogs

OH:IO September 8, 2017

Prediction:

dogs lose at South Bend

Ohio State beats Oklahoma in Columbus. 

I know. I went out on a limb.

OH:IO August 24, 2017

dogs:

#15 - 3rd tier

7-5 with slim win over SaMford and a L to App State

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@DawgNole @OH:IO dog at it again..

Accounting and reporting .. What a farce indeed.. Dog educated no doubt

DawgNole
DawgNole

@LOGS1973

Educated no doubt.

Can't say the same for you based on the drivel you post.