Looking Back at Tennessee and Ahead vs South Carolina 2012

The Georgia Bulldogs must keep Aaron Murray upright on Saturday night.

The Georgia Bulldogs provided the Tennessee Volunteers with a lot of help in making this past weekend’s game closer than it should have been. The Bulldogs had three awful football plays (seemingly in succession) at the end of the first half. Leading up to that point, Georgia had been dominant. The fact that Tennessee turned a 27-10 deficit into a 30-27 lead was mind boggling. Georgia was able to get a last second field goal on the final play of the first half, evening the contest at 30.

Summary aside, there were an abundance of red flags for Bulldog Nation this past weekend in what served as a horrific reminder not to count our SEC East championship chickens before they hatch. Even so, the Bulldogs gathered themselves and finally put away the Volunteers by a final score of 51-44.

Other than the turnovers, Georgia was an offensive juggernaut against Tennessee. The Dawgs moved the ball at will, with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each gaining over 100 yards rushing. With the exception of one pass, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray added another solid performance to his impressive resume.

Giveaways are a part of football, every team that puts on pads is going to turn the football over at some point. However, Georgia must avoid the self destructive behavior that nearly ruined their season at the end of September. The Bulldogs must have a short term memory and not let one bad play effect the next one. If such a thing occurs against the Gamecocks, it is going to be a long night in Carolina. Continue reading

Maddawg’s Monday Bowl Picks (January 2, 2012)

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The BCS bowls are finally here.

The 2012 Bowl Championip Series gets underway on Monday after a plethora of forgettable bowl games to end 2011. But first, Capital One Bowl Week comes to a close featuring three afternoon games. The Georgia Bulldogs face Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, the Florida Gators get salt rubbed in their year old Urban Meyer wound against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, and the South Carolina Gamecocks play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl.

Following the afternoon pigskin party, the BCS begins with two match-ups on Monday evening. The Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks kickoff the BCS double dip in the Rose Bowl Game. Wisconsin won their first six games in 2011, before losing two in a row and then winning out to capture the Big Ten Conference championship. On the other side, the Ducks nearly laid an egg in losing their opening game to LSU. However, Oregon rebounded by winning 11 of their next twelve football games to earn the Pac-12 Conference title. Look for Oregon to badger the Badgers.

In the nightcap, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are the lone BCS representative from the Big 12 as they take on the Pac-12 runner-up, Stanford. The Cowboys have a much more explosive offense than the Andrew Luck Crew. The Cardinal will need to control the time of possession, and take care of the football to have a chance to win.  If the Cardinal defense can not get consistent pressure on Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden then Stanford will have a difficult time keeping up with the Pokes. Continue reading

Maddawg’s Sports Weekend Itinerary (October 14 – 16, 2011)

This weekend marks the release of the first BCS poll. The SEC West division will be well represented in the first BCS standings, with Alabama and LSU likely to be interchangeable candidates for the top spot. While there is always the potential for an upset on any given Saturday, look for LSU to be #1 and Alabama to be #2 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings.

Another big sports happening this weekend is the determination of the World Series match-up in Major League Baseball. (Although if there is a game 7 the NLCS will wrap up on Monday) The Rangers hope the second time is the charm, while Milwaukee hopes to have the chance to add a World Series Trophy with the Lombardi ones already on the crowded Wisconsin mantle.

In the NFL,The Atlanta Falcons host the Carolina Panthers in a pivotal NFC South battle. The Falcons have gone from a preseason Super Bowl contender to wondering if they can even make it back to the playoffs. Sunday afternoon is the first step required to save their season. Cam Newton has proven to be a worthy #1 overall pick so far. A game against the struggling Falcons defense must have the former Auburn Tiger on the prowl.



Last week I went 9-1, with the only blemish coming as a result of picking the Philadelphia Eagles. While there is not a game that jumps off the college football schedule in week seven, Saturday has the potential to be a great day of football. First up is South Carolina as they travel to Mississippi State. After what one Mississippi State player did between the hedges, Dan Mullen owes Georgia Bulldog Nation one. Elsewhere in the SEC, the #1 LSU tigers roar into Knoxville on Saturday afternoon, while the Dawgs walk into Nashville on Saturday Night.



College Football picks:

Mississippi State has a quarterback controversy in Starkville, while Steve Spurrier is going with Connor Shaw from here on out, following Stephen Garcia’s dismissal. It will be interesting to see how Shaw handles the transition from golden boy to whipping boy upon making his first mistake. I’m going with my heart instead of my head on this one.

Mississippi State 27, South Carolina 24

Robert Griffin III is amazing to watch. He has players around him on offense who are fantastic as well. However, Baylor’s defense leaves something to be desired. Texas A&M is coming off a track meet with Texas Tech that they won 45-40. This one will also be high scoring, but the Aggies will do just enough on defense to win.

Texas A&M 48, Baylor 45

Tennessee gets LSU at home. Don’t expect to hear many folks singing “Rocky Top” once this one is underway. Even the most faithful Volunteer fans will probably head for an early exit.

LSU 38, Tennessee 10.

Florida and Auburn meet at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night. The Gators find themselves without starting quarterback Jeff Brantley for the second straight game. As a result, Auburn will find a way to win at home.

Auburn 24, Florida 17

Lastly, in the easiest pick of the week: Mark Richt will sic’ the Dawgs on Vanderbilt. Mr. Richt is a reasonable man, so he will call them off when it is necessary. Georgia goes into the bye week riding a five game win streak.

Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 10

NFL

The Atlanta Falcons do not have a lot to feel good about right now. If they start 2-4, with the way their schedule sets up from here on out, it may be too big of a hole to climb out of. Rise up, Falcons.



 

Falcons 21, Panthers 17

In the other NFC South battle, the Saints visit Tampa Bay. Drew Brees and company outscore the Bucs.

Saints 41, Buccaneers 31

Detroit is still undefeated. That won’t change on Sunday as the Lions go for their sixth win in a row.

Lions 31, 49ers 21

Bears over the Vikings on Sunday Night. Donovan McNabb left his heart in Philadelphia.

Bears 24, Vikings 21

On Monday Night Football, The Jets will beat the 0-4 Dolphins in a bore of a prime time match-up.

Jets 31, Dolphins 10.

Enjoy the weekend. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!