Looking Back at Missouri and Ahead vs FAU 2012 – The Bulldogs Host Florida Atlantic

The tandem of Mark Richt and Todd Grantham has helped make it an exciting time to be a Georgia Bulldog fan.

From “old man football” to “grown man football” the Georgia Bulldogs tamed the Missouri Tigers on Saturday night. The game was certainly a bumpy ride for the first three quarters, but Bulldog Nation has to be pleased with the final result. The defense played outstanding football for most of the evening, all but erasing the doubts raised in the Dawgs’ first game of the season.

If Georgia can continue to build on their fourth quarter performance from this past week, there is not a team on the regular season schedule that can ruin the Bulldogs’ championship aspirations. This is certainly a lofty conclusion to draw in mid-September, but as long as the Dawgs can stay healthy and maintain their focus they should be favored to win every game between now and the SEC Championship Game.

As it pertains to week three of college football, the Georgia Bulldogs welcome the Florida Atlantic Owls between the hedges Saturday night in a match-up of teams headed in totally opposite directions. Georgia is fresh off of a triumphant victory in Columbia Missouri that has Bulldog Nation dreaming of Bowl Championship Series glory. Conversely, Florida Atlantic gave up 31 points on the road against Middle Tennessee, losing the game by a final score of 31-17.

It will be important for Georgia to stay focused on Saturday night. The atmosphere of a night game in Sanford Stadium should be beneficial to the Bulldogs  as opposed to the standard noon kickoff. Georgia should utilize this tune-up game as a way to build on their success from the previous two weeks. The Dawgs can continue to solidify their offensive line, while allowing the freshman tailback duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to run through what will likely be large holes for significant chunks of yardage. Continue reading

Georgia Bulldogs 2012 Schedule Preview – Part One

Over the next several weeks, I will be previewing the 2012 Georgia football schedule as college football is on the fast track to kicking off the regular season. This three part series begins with the focus on  the Dawgs’ first four games of the 2012 campaign. The highlight of the opening month will likely be a showdown in the “Show Me State” for Georgia’s Southeastern Conference opener against Missouri on September 8.

Before the Bulldogs come face to face with the Tigers, they begin the year at home against Buffalo. On paper, this is certainly a tune up game but it will be good for the Dawgs to get some of their parts in place before hitting the road in week two. Georgia would be well served to treat the season opener against the Bulls as a dress rehearsal. Bulldog Nation can get an early glimpse of who will step up up at the running back position, and the coaches can decide which side of the ball Malcolm Mitchell can contribute the most. Somewhere in the not too distant past, a Michigan fan had a similar train of thought going into the Appalachian State game in 2007. Remember how well that turned out?

Catastrophic possibilities aside, I will assume that Georgia wins the first game, and begins the year 1-0. Missouri will be chomping at the bit to take a bite out of Bulldog Nation, as suspension and depth issues have left the Bulldogs ripe for the picking early in the year. By the time the final whistle blows, this game will come down to three key factors. First, quarterback Aaron Murray must exercise his turnover demons from a year ago and play a polished game in a hostile environment. Georgia may have to outscore Missouri, and that task will ultimately fall on the shoulders of the signal caller. Second, Georgia must make a few key stops on defense to keep the Tigers at bay. The more out of control the game gets on the scoreboard, the more confident Missouri becomes. Continue reading