Now! About Them Bulldogs
Musing with Cecil Buffington
July 24, 2010
Now! About Them Bulldogs
Can it be only about six weeks before the Bulldogs kick off the 2010 season?
New quarterback, new defensive coordinator and no Tim Tebow to break our hearts in late October. It’s going to be a fun season.
Louisiana-Lafayette will visit Athens to get the season underway on September 4. Look for the Bulldogs to start off their season right with a work-man-like victory. A 38 - 10 score sounds about right at this point.
On September 11, the Bulldogs will travel to Columbia to take on Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks. It’s never easy for Georgia when they play this team. Look for another close game with the Red and Black finding a way to win the game late on a Blair Walsh field goal. Mark down a 17 - 14 win for the Doggies in this one.
I hate to call it, but I believe Georgia will lose a heartbreaker to Arkansas at home as they work to get their pass defense acclimated to the 3 - 4 defense of new Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet will test the Bulldog’s secondary more than any team on the schedule. Look for the “Hogs” to put 34 on the board to 31 for the ‘Dawgs.
That other set of Bulldogs from Mississippi State will receive the vent of some Bulldog frustration on September 25 as the Georgia variety routs the Mississippi variety 41 - 7 in Starkville.
By this time the defense should be reaching a peak. Quarterback Aaron Murray will have reached a level of comfort directing the Bulldog offense and throwing to A .J. Green, Orson Charles and Kris Durham. Running backs Washaun Ealey and Caleb King will be bearing the brunt of carrying the ball in the Bulldogs run oriented offense.
The trip to Colorado will see the Bulldogs defense beginning to play at levels not seen by a Bulldog squad since the Erk Russell days. The Buffs will be stymied at every turn in a 27 - 3 Bulldog win on October 2.
On October 9, the Tennessee Vols will visit Athens. Make no mistake about it. It will be payback time for the Bulldogs. Derrick Dooley and his Rocky Top crowd, led by “Mama” Dooley all decked out in bright orange and “Papa” Dooley with a combination of red and orange will be in a frenzy to maintain the Vols seemingly winning tradition, as of late anyway, against the Bulldogs. It will be to no avail. Look for Murray, Ealey and Green to have tremendous offensive days in a 41 - 14 Bulldog win.
Perennial Homecoming patsies Vanderbilt will play the role to perfection on October 16, as the Bulldogs ramble to an easy 38 - 13 win in front of many old Bulldog faithful.
The trip to Lexington will be a tough sale for the Georgia team. Kentucky will struggle with a new coach and an unsettled quarterback situation. Coach Richt will have to call on all his past experience to keep the team focused with Florida waiting in the wings the following week. The Coach will be successful. Georgia will literally blow the doors off Commonwealth Stadium in a 45 - 10 blasting of the hapless Wildcats.
The Bulldogs ( 7 - 1 ) and Gators ( 6 - 1 ) will meet on October 30 in Jacksonville. They will be playing for the Eastern Division Championship and to maintain a Top 10 ranking in the polls. Florida will lose to Alabama on October 2 at Alabama.
A confident Bulldog defense will utilize the blitz and the athletic ability of A.J. Green on offense to rock the Southeastern Conference with a thrilling last minute win over the once beaten Gators. A Blair Walsh field goal will win the game in the last two minutes, 20 - 17.
Idaho State will fall 45 - 0 to the surging Bulldogs in Athens before the Auburn Tigers entertain the Bulldogs in the Loveliest Little Village on the Plains on November 13.
It won’t be that lovely for the out-manned, up and down Tigers as the Dawgs power their way to an easy 37 - 17 win.
The Bulldogs now will now stand at 10 - 1 with hated rival Georgia Tech coming to Athens on November 27.
Tech will bring a 9 - 2 record into the game after losses to Clemson and Virginia Tech.
The Bulldog defense will bottle up quarterback Josh Nesbitt and running back Anthony Allen. Georgia Tech will manage it’s lowest rushing total of the Coach Paul Johnson era.
At the end of the day, Georgia will walk away with a 35 - 7 win.
Georgia will be ranked in the top three in the country. Only a win over Alabama in the SEC title game will be needed to propel them into the BCS National Championship game.
I’m going to stop right here! I’ve gotten the Dawgs this far. Now we’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out.
I honestly believe Georgia will be the surprise of the conference. Their biggest problem of the past years, a porous defense and inability to rush the passer will be problem’s of the past. Aaron Murray will prove to be an outstanding quarterback. Green and Ealey will have a good season.
Everything points to good things for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2010.