It’s Wednesday morning, y’all. You know what that means, don’t you? We are one more day closer to that big ‘ol
L-Tryptophan bong party Turkey dinner next week. I present to you some random Dawggly things I’ve poached from the interwebs and a few bits-of-tid and even your local forecast.
It sounds as if Rodrigo Blankenship’s dad is upping the ante just a little bit:
I hope you like noon kickoffs.
A few days later, I think we can all agree that Maurice Smith is still the man.
Smith’s pick-six against Auburn was the reason he earned top honors as the SEC defensive player of the week. The graduate transfer earned a few points with his old teammates in Tuscaloosa as well.
We need to have a chat about those black jerseys. MaconDawg already had the analysis, and currently the update is that, well, there is no update. In August, athletics director Greg McGarity said the team would wear the black jerseys once a year and that people would know in advance. All we knew, at the time, was that it would be at a home game. When asked about it during his press conference on Monday, head coach Kirby Smart was straight and to the point - that it hasn’t been confirmed if it would be this week. Which means if it’s not, then they’re coming out for the Georgia Tech game.
Should the jerseys be worn against the Yellow Jackets, it will be during a noon kickoff on the SEC Network. That is the fourth noon kickoff of the season. It also means there will not be night game at Sanford Stadium this season. This Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette is also a noon kick.
The good news coming out of Monday’s practice is that starting offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn is on track to play this week. Wynn suffered a knee sprain against Auburn and it turned out to be the MCL. Defensive tackle DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle is also working his way back. Inside linebacker Natrez Patrick’s situation is currently up in the air with a shoulder injury. A pair of wide receivers are also dealing with ailments - Reggie Davis was spotted in a non-contact jersey and did not play last week. Jayson Stanley remains out with an infected foot.
Trevor Lawrence, a five star quarterback you may have heard of, stated once again his decision is down to the Dawgs and Clemson. Georgia is knee deep in the Jacob Eason era and has signal caller Jake Fromm on the way. Lawrence is the top rated player in the 2018 class and had a good time watching Georgia take down Auburn. Clemson has two highly rated QBs, Hunter Johnson and Chase Brice, committed already, along with Kelly Bryant, Tucker Israel and Zerrick Cooper all vying to replace Deshaun Watson.
‘Til next time... Go ‘Dawgs!
Georgia looked a tad out of sorts early but put it all together in the end to win their home opener over UNC-Asheville, 60-46.
Senior J.J. Frazier got the night off to a momentous start by nailing a 3 pointer to become the 47th Bulldog to score 1000 career points. He ended the night with 18, and the aBulldogs needed every one of them.
Frazier’s performance helped Coach Mark Fox notch his 250th career coaching win. Yante Maten led all UGA scorers with 19 points. But he was but one of a legion of aBulldogs who played in a contest in which Fox appeared set on trying out every combo he could get on the floor.
The results were a little disjointed, at one point allowing the visitors to tie the game at 22. But an 11-4 run keyed by 8 points from Frazier staked the Red and Black to a 33-26 halftime lead which carried them through. Georgia was helped by a poor shooting night by the visiting Bulldogs, who hit only 33.9% from the field.
The ‘Dawgs next take the court at home Thursday night against Southern Conference foe Furman.
Georgia looks to get their first W of the season after struggling offensively in Clemson Friday night. The eighth iteration of Mark Fox's men's basketball team hosts UNC-Asheville tonight at 7 in Stegeman Coliseum. TV will be on SEC Network + (aka online), and the radio will be on your Georgia Bulldog Network Station.
Georgia went with a veteran starting 5 at the Tigers, with JJ Frazier and Juwan Parker in the backcourt, and Kenny Paul Geno, Yante Maten, and Derek Ogbeide inside. There's little reason to expect that to change , though expect to see plenty of Turtle Jackson, Mike Edwards, Toe Wilridge, and Pape Diatta off the bench, as well as more from freshman Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris.
The other Bulldogs for tonight, from North Carolina, should be well undersized with no starter listed over 6'6. Juniors Ahmad Thomas (6'3) and Kevin Vannatta (6'5) played 38 minutes each in their season opening loss to Virginia Commonwealth. 6'6 big men senior Will Weeks and freshman Alec Wnuk present the interior challenge for a team that should have at least 3 players as tall or taller on the floor at all times, and those four will be joined by 6'3 freshman Macio Teague in the starting lineup. Their head coach, Nick McDevitt, played at Asheville, and then became an assistant coach there, all under Eddie Biedenbach (a Georgia assistant coach under Hugh Durham throughout the 80s).
These not Dawgs Bulldogs lack depth, and should pose no issue for the Dawgs as they look to reach 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season. Tonight should present a pair of milestones for senior JJ Frazier, who is just a single point away from 1,000 in his career, and Mark Fox, who is just one win away from 250 for his career.
2016-11-14T15:14:37-05:00A quick look at the latest college football rankings, and a look ahead at the upcoming games. Week 12 Polls AP (previous, if different) Coaches (prev, if diff) S&P+ Massey 1 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama 2 Ohio State (6) Ohio State (5) Michigan Ohio State 3 Louisville (5) Louisville (6) Ohio State Michigan 4 Michigan (2) Michigan (3) Louisville Clemson 5 Clemson (3) Clemson (2) Clemson Louisville 6 Wisconsin (7) Wisconsin (7) LSU Washington 7 Washington (4) Washington (4) Washington Wisconsin 8 Oklahoma (9) Oklahoma (9) Wisconsin Penn State 9 Penn State (12) West Virginia (10) Auburn WMU 10 West Virginia (11) Penn State (14) USC Auburn 11 Utah (13) Utah (12) Florida State WSU 12 Colorado (16) Colorado (15) Penn State Colorado 13 Oklahoma State (17) Oklahoma State (17) Oklahoma USC 14 Western Michigan LSU (19) Colorado Oklahoma 15 USC (NR) Florida State (18) Boise State LSU 16 LSU (19) Auburn (8) Western Kentucky FSU 17 Florida State (20) Nebraska (20) Florida Texas A&M 18 Auburn (8) Florida (16) San Diego State WVU 19 Nebraska (21) USC (NR) Miami Boise State 20 Washington State (23) Washington State (NR) Ole Miss Utah 21 Florida (22) Western Michigan (NR) Texas A&M Stanford 22 Boise State (24) Texas A&M (11) Troy Tennessee 23 Texas A&M (10) Boise State (24) VCU Nebraska 24 San Diego State (NR) North Carolina (13) Western Michigan Florida 25 Troy (NR) San Diego State (NR) Appalachian State UNC Georgia Overview The first signature win of the Kirby Smart era has occurred, as Georgia defeated Auburn 13-7 in the 120th meeting between the two rivals. Georgia’s defense stood tall, as they didn’t allow Auburn to register a first down in the second half. DB Maurice Smith returned an interception to the house for Georgia’s only touchdown of the game, and Rodrigo Blankenship continued his consistent play as he helped seal the win for the Dawgs with his two second half field goals. Up next, Georgia welcomes Louisiana-Lafayette in a game the Dawgs could be wearing *gasp* black jerseys…. Movers Fell Out: #15 UNC, #18 Virginia Tech, #25 Baylor Newcomers: #15 USC, #24 San Diego St., #25 Troy Overrated #2 Ohio State After a wild weekend, the Buckeyes find themselves in the second spot in the latest rankings. Michigan’s loss hurts Ohio State, as they now no longer control their own destiny and need another Penn State loss. I don’t think they are the second best team in the nation, and I don’t think we will be seeing them in the Playoff. Underrated #5 Clemson Losing to Pitt at home isn’t a good look, but Clemson should still be ranked ahead of Louisville because, well, they beat Louisville. Unlike Ohio State, Clemson still controls its own destiny, as they just need to beat Wake Forest to make the ACC Championship Game. This Week’s Top 25 Matchups #20 Washington State at #12 Colorado #21 Florida at #16 LSU #8 Oklahoma at #10 West Virginia Upset Alert Last week, Colorado won and my losing streak continued. This week, I think TCU is going to take down Oklahoma State in Fort Worth. [...]
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Y'all we're going bowling and with only ULL and Ga Tech remaining in regular season, we could actually win out and finish the year at 9-4. No promises of course, but statistically speaking, there's a 12.5% chance it could happen.
It is our intention to celebrate Georgia Football Wins whenever and wherever they occur. The ugliness of any particular win is irrelevant for the purposes of the Victory Dance.
It is therefore my deepest honor and privilege to bring to you this week's edition of: Victory Dancing, Smart Style.
Coach Kirby Smart currently boasts a 6-4 record and a 0.600 winning percentage, having carded his third SEC win over the Auburn Tigers. At the identical juncture in their careers:
Vince Dooley's tenth game as head coach resulted in a win over Georgia Tech giving Coach Dooley an opening record of 6-3-1 and 0.650 percentage.
Coach Mark Richt was 7-3 (0.700) after also beating Georgia Tech in the 2001 season.
Ten games in to his head coaching career Kirby Smart is 3rd in line trailing Coach Vince Dooley by half a game and trailing Coach Mark Richt by one game. He's just slightly behind the two winningest coaches in Georgia Football History.
As always . . .
Go 'Dawgs !!!