August 12, 2008

2008: Grading the non-conference schedules


We've created a vicious cycle in college football. Sure we all love the fact that just about every game is on TV nowadays. And because coaches and athletic directors want their teams to look good on TV, so they schedule a lot of limp fish opponents. Because wins beget bowl games. Bowl games begets job security. Job security begets more money. Thus, more money is insured by wins. You spin me right round baby right round, like a record.

No longer do college football teams across the country take chances. Or, well, rarely do they. Have you noticed how boring Septembers have become, except for the occasional Appy State upset of Michigan or Ohio State showdown with Texas?

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January 02, 2008

Sugar high for Bulldogs

NEW ORLEANS - There was a lot of talk before the Allstate Sugar Bowl about Hawai'i possibly pulling off a Boise State-type upset against Georgia.

In what many consider last season's best bowl matchup, Boise State upset heavily-favored Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl in overtime and made a name for itself on the national level, finishing the season undefeated.

This season, Hawai'i was unable to duplicate such a feat.

Georgia (11-2) stifled the Warriors' high-powered offense on its way to a decisive 41-10 victory.

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Another interception...

NEW ORLEANS - Hawai'i appeared to be on its way to more points, but Tyler Graunke just threw the team's fourth interception of the night.

On the drive before, Georgia failed on a fourth-and-goal play. Hawai'i was in good shape and looked to be in a groove before Graunke's mistake.

With less than seven minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs feel comfortable with their 41-10. After the interception, they went three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Warriors.

Warriors score ... without Colt

NEW ORLEANS - The Georgia defense knocked Colt Brennan out of the Sugar Bowl, at least temporarily. The injury doesn't appear serious, and Brennan was ready to re-enter the game one play after being replaced by junior Tyler Graunke.

However, it was Graunke who drove the Warriors downfield and led them to their first touchdown of the game. He completed his first four passes and threw a 16-yard pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen to cut lead to 41-10.

There are 10:32 left in the first quarter.

Georgia sets school record

NEW ORLEANS - Georgia just tacked on a field goal to increase its advantage over Hawai'i to 41-3.

The 41 points in a bowl game are a new school record. The previous record was the 40 points scored in Georgia's first ever bowl game, a victory over TCU in the 1942 Orange Bowl.

Bulldogs in total control

NEW ORLEANS - Players and fans of the Hawai'i Warriors look dejected as they enter the fourth quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl trailing Georgia, 38-3.

Hawai'i failed on a fourth-down conversion at the end of the third quarter, and Georgia will have the ball on second down to start the final period.

The Bulldogs have outgained the Warriors, 320-155. Georgia has 158 rushing yards compared to Hawai'i's minus 8.

A scattering of Georgia fans have begun to head toward the exits. Surprisingly, most of the Hawai'i fans in the southeast corner of the Superdome are still here and look intent on supporting their undefeated team until the end.

January 01, 2008

It's officially a blowout

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan's pass tipped four times. But when it was finally caught, it landed in the hands of a Georgia defender, the third time a Brennan pass has done that tonight.

The Bulldogs aren't being conservative on offense by any stretch of the imagination. They just ran a reverse play that gained 20 yards, and they followed that with a 17-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Mohamed Massaquoi. That pass set up a Thomas Brown touchdown run from one yard out.

Georgia now holds a 37-3 lead with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter.

Brennan rocked, Bulldogs score

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan was just blasted by Georgia's Marcus Howard. The hit caused Brennan to fumble the ball in his own endzone. Howard recovered the ball and put another six on the board for the Bulldogs.

Georgia now leads Hawai'i, 31-3, in what has become an extremely lopsided affair. The fumble was Brennan's fourth turnover of the game.

Unfortunately for the Warriors and their fans, this one is a long way from being over. There are still 8:57 left in the third quarter.

We'll take that back

NEW ORLEANS - Hawai'i defense just covered up its start quarterback's latest mistake.

A tipped pass at the line of scrimmage landed in the hands of a Hawai'i defender, and the Warriors prevented Georgia from scoring on its latest redzone opportunity.

Hawai'i has a long way to go to put points on the board. The Warriors have the ball on their own 4-yard line.

Brennan's had better days

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan just threw his second pick of the game in his own territory. His costly mistake gave Georgia the ball on the Warriors' 37-yard line.

The Bulldogs took advantage of Brennan's mistake and have the ball first-and-10 on the 14-yard line.

Halftime in the Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS - The first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl has been anything but easy for Colt Brennan and his Hawai'i Warriors.

Much was made about how Brennan, coach June Jones and their run-and-shoot offensive attack would fare against an SEC defense. So far, not so good.

Georgia's offense has outgained Hawai'i, 214-125, and the Bulldogs defense has constantly pressured Brennan. At the half, Georgia leads Hawai'i, 24-3.

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A little relief for Hawai'i

NEW ORLEANS - Luckily for the Warriors, Colt Brennan's second turnover of the night didn't lead to any points for the Bulldogs.

Brennan fumbled in his own territory, but Georgia came up short on the ensuing drive and failed to convert on a fourth-and-4 play.

Brennan has been sacked, rushed and hurried by the Bulldogs all night long. He has completed 11 of 15 passes with one interception.

Hawai'i got the ball back after Georgia's failed conversion but did nothing of importance and just punted the ball.

Slowly getting out of hand

NEW ORLEANS - If things continue to go the way they've gone in the first half, Hawai'i's flight back home might seem a bit longer.

Georgia's Sean Bailey just caught a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford and increased the Bulldogs' lead over the Warriors to 24-3. For the game, Stafford has completed 7 of 11 passes.

Georgia lead at two touchdowns

NEW ORLEANS - Georgia just increased its Sugar Bowl lead to 17-3 with a 52-yard field goal from Brandon Coutu.

The field goal was the first 50-yard plus field goal in the Sugar Bowl since 2001. Georgia's scoring drive lasted 10 plays but was hampered by penalties and covered only 20 yards.

On the ensuing possession, Hawai'i quarterback Colt Brennan threw into double coverage on the left side of the field and was intercepted. Georgia now has the ball on the Warriors' 42-yard line.

Moreno finds endzone again

NEW ORLEANS - Freshman Knowshon Moreno is making an early case for the Sugar Bowl MVP award.

Georgia's young tailback just rushed for his second touchdown of the night and gave the Bulldogs a 14-3 lead over Hawai'i. His run capped a seven-play, 65-yard drive for Georgia.

As the first quarter winds down, the Bulldogs' offense has looked more efficient than Hawai'i's hyped run-and-shoot attack. Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford has managed the game effectively so far, completing 4 of 5 passes for 46 yards.

Georgia had eight first downs in the first quarter. Hawai'i had four.

Warriors respond with three points

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan's lackluster showing on his first drive of the night must have been because of nerves.

On his second drive, Brennan hit all seven of his pass attempts and marched the Warriors 66 yards down the field to set up a field goal. Dan Kelly kicked one right down the middle and cut Georgia's lead over Hawai'i to 7-3.

Hawai'i's drive lasted 11 plays and ate 5:22 off the clock.

Moreno's ankle OK

NEW ORLEANS - It didn't take long for Georgia freshman Knowshon Moreno to see the field. It also didn't take long for him to make an impact.

The freshman didn't start the Allstate Sugar Bowl because of an ankle injury, but on Georgia's first drive Moreno appeared to be fine, rushing for a 17-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs ahead of Hawai'i, 7-0.

The Warriors' first drive wasn't so successful. They were called for three penalties before Georgia's offense ever took the field, and quarterback Colt Brennan completed only one of his three pass attempts.

First possession goes to Warriors

NEW ORLEANS - Hawai'i won the opening coin toss and elected to display its high-powered, run-and-shoot offense first to start the game.

Fans won't have to wait long for the much talked about matchup between the Warriors' offense and the Georgia defense.

Both teams are on the field and set to kickoff.

Superdome crowd in Georgia's favor

NEW ORLEANS - From the looks of things, it seems the Superdome crowd could give Georgia a slight home-field advantage.

The crowd looks to be about 70 percent Georgia supporters. Most Bulldogs fans are clad in black, like the jerseys their team is expected to wear for the game. In the ultimate contrast, the Warriors fans' section of the Superdome is a large see of white.

The Bulldogs' marching band just finished its pregame performance, and the Rainbow Warrior marching band has just taken the field.

Bulldogs, Warriors craving sweet success

NEW ORLEANS - The physical, defense-minded Georgia Bulldogs are a team that has the right to feel a little disappointed about playing on New Year's Day. After Missouri and West Virginia lost on the final weekend of the regular season, the Bulldogs had slim hopes of playing for the BCS title. Not winning the Southeastern Conference hurt their chances, and the computers and voters put LSU in the title game.

On the other hand, the Hawai'i Warriors, famous for their pass-oriented, run-and-shoot offense are ecstatic to be playing on the first day of 2008, and are trying to become the second Western Athletic Conference team in as many seasons to finish the undefeated.

Two different philosophies, and two different mindsets. The nation will see which combination reigns victorious tonight when the Bulldogs face the Warriors in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

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October 27, 2007

Dawgs down Gators

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It took three years, but Mark Richt finally found the formula for beating Urban Meyer.

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More Moreno

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Give Knowshon Moreno a game ball, heck, give him two.

Moreno, Georgia's redshirt freshman running back, just scored his third touchdown of the game as he went over 175 yards rushing on 30 carries, drilling a dagger into Florida's heart on a 3-yard run with 3:54 left.

The Bulldogs lead 42-30 with 3:54 left, and this game appears to be over.

Florida answers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is still in it.

Tim Tebow just ran in from three yards out, and even though the Gators missed a two-point conversion attempt, they cut the lead to 35-30 with 9:40 left.

Now we'll have to see if the Gators can finally stop Georgia's offense. The odds are not in Florida's favor.

Georgia takes momentum back

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia fans are rejoicing.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford just connected with Mikey Henderson for a 53-yard touchdown pass with 11:03 left in the fourth quarter.

Georgia now leads 35-24. The drive came after Georgia's defense held on a failed fourth-down try by the Gators.

The Bulldogs' defense has hurried Tim Tebow all day, phasing Florida's sophomore star, while the Georgia offense has run at will to set up the occasional deep pass.

The Gator Boys are back

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Percy Harvin is back in, and Tim Tebow is back running.

And Florida is back in this game.

Tebow just ran in from 2 yards out to bring the Gators to within 28-24 midway through the third quarter.

Harvin, who left the game with an arm injury for a couple plays on the drive, came back with a long sweep to help set up Tebow's score.

Georgia takes control

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The second half has not started well for the Gators.

Georgia opened the third quarter with a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Brandon Southerland to go up 28-17.

On Florida's first play of its ensuing drive, Percy Harvin had to be helped off the field with an apparent arm injury. He looks to be fine on the sideline, however and should return.

Georgia leads at end of wild half

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just about everybody, from players to fans to referees, especially referees, needed this 20-minute break.

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What in the name of Wondy Pierre-Louis?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Things are getting pretty crazy here, and it's only 4:30.

Matthew Stafford has two touchdowns on two passes, but one of them just went to Florida cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis, who returned an interception 25 yards for a score.

Of course, a personal foul penalty was called on Pierre-Louis for his acrobatic flip into the end zone.

The game is tied at 14-14 early in the second quarter.

Penalties, scores galore

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Georgia now leads 14-7 after an 84-yard bomb from Matthew Stafford to Mohamed Massaquoi, a career-long for both players.

There have also been too many penalties to count - Georgia has kicked off once from its 15-yard line and once from its 7.5-yard line and just racked up two personal foul face mask penalties on one play.

Florida just stalled on its drive and is ready to punt as the first quarter came to end.

Georgia a little excited

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Did I just see that?

Georgia just ran in for a touchdown, and the entire team came on to the field to celebrate - the entire team - as if it was a walk-off win instead of a first-quarter score.

It was like something out of "The Replacements."

It dumbfounded Florida coach Urban Meyer, who quickly got his team together to get pumped up again before the ensuing kickoff.

Georgia, which ran nine straight times on its opening drive, leads 7-0 with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.

Party Time in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Everybody is partying now, but half will be drinking away their sorrows five hours from now.

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October 06, 2007

Tennessee gets big one over Georgia

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee Volunteers upset the No. 11 Georgia Buldogs 35-14 Saturday night and put themselves right back in the SEC East mix.

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Touchdown hat trick for UT's Foster

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee running back Arian Foster capped off Tennessee's longest scoring drive of the day with his third touchdown to put the Vols ahead 35-7.

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Georgia gets on the board

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Georgia Bulldogs put together their first scoring drive of the game cutting the Tennessee lead to 28-7 with 9:39 in the third quarter.

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Georgia running back out for game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Georiga running back Thomas Brown has an injured right shoulder and will be out for the rest of the game against Tennessee. Brown led the Bulldogs in rushing in the first half with 20 yards.

With 10:27 in the third quarter Georgia has the ball and is in Tennessee territory for the first time today.

Tennessee takes big lead into halftime

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee couldn't have asked for a better first half against Georgia. The Vols take a 28-0 lead into the half and have dominated the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball.

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Bulldogs getting blown out early

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee running back Arian Foster scored his second rushing touchdown of the game stretching the Vols lead to 28-0 with 6:41 remaining in the second quarter over Georgia.

Foster busted a 22 yard run outside on a third and short attempt. Third downs have been a problem all season for the Volunteers, but they have converted four of five attempts today.

Vols continue to build lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Fulmer family may be the loudest of any group in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee stretched its lead to 21-0 on a Montario Hardesty run in a game that many are calling are a make or break game for coach Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer's wife and daughter are leading the cheers in one of Tennessee's sky boxes next to the press box.

Vols driving again

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Volunteers aren't letting up after taking a 14-0 lead. With 12 minutes remaining in the first half the Volunteers blocked a Georgia punt and currenlty have the ball in the red zone.

Vols use trickery to stretch lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee got a little creative at the beginning of the second quarter taking a 14-0 lead over Georgia. Wide receiver Lucas Taylor found a wide open LaMarcus Coker down the left sideline on a 56-yard touchdown strike.

Coker and Taylor hooked up in a similar fashion against Florida last season.

Vols take early lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee marched down the field in its opening drive using a combination or runs by Arian Foster and LaMarcus Coker. Foster ran it in from 9 yards out to give the Vols the early lead.

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Vols, Bulldogs looking to get back into SEC East chase

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 11 Georgia travels to Tennessee Saturday afternoon looking for its fourth straight win on Rocky Top and a share of the SEC East lead.

Despite a 2-2 start for the Volunteers this season fans seem to be hyped up for the game. With an hour before kickoff scalpers were still asking for atleast $125 a seat. Fans may be dissapointed in the Vols start, but it hasn't affected their attitudes so far. It will be a warm sunny day in Knoxville with a slight breeze from the east.

Both the Vols are Bulldogs have one conference loss and the loser will most likely be out of the race for the East crown.

Here are some of the storylines to watch for during the game:

Tennessee won last year in Athens 51-33, but gave up two special teams touchdowns, a punt return and a kick return. That trend has continued this season as the Volunteers have given up five non offensive touchdowns: 2 fumble returns, two punt returns and an interception return for scores.

Georgia has a dual running attack of Knowshon Moreno and Thomas Brown that has combined for 825 yards and nine touchdowns in the Bulldogs five games. The Volunteers have given up over 200 yards on the ground in both of their losses so look for Georgia to rush early and often.

Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge is leading the SEC in passing yards a game at over 285 yards a game. Ainge is coming off a career high 334 passing yard effort against Arkansas State and has only been sacked twice in 171 passing attempts this season. If the Vols can continue to protect their senior qb expect Tennessee to put up some impressive numbers through the air.

Many are calling this the most important game in Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer's career. Fans are looking for a change and if the Vols fall to 2-3 the pressure for change at head coach will continue to grow.

September 23, 2007

Dawgs Hunker Down

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - So ends the perfect season.

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September 22, 2007

Tie game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Well, Alabama does have a flair for the dramatic.

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We've seen this before

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Well, Alabama is down by 10 points in the fourth quarter as Georgia is leading 20-10.

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Hunker down

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There is a reason why Georgia coach Mark Richt is 22-3 on the road in the SEC.

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And we're back

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nothing like a little turnover to spice things up.

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No scoring?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Wow, Alabama didn't score in the first quarter?

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Matthew Stafford looks as cool as a cucumber.

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One legendary coach...

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Hello from Tuscaloosa, home of Nick Saban and another late kick-off.

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