Looking Ahead to 2012

Last week of the year, so instead of rehashing 2011 it’s time to look ahead. BAMA – mighty BAMA – got dropped from the schedule as the SEC East has seven teams and now only two out-of-division slots. The Dawg…

Great Bowl Histories

1. Alabama: 58 Bowls – won 57% – 32 wins (3 ties) 2. Texas: 49 Bowls – won 53% – 25 wins (2 ties) 3. Tennessee: 49 Bowls – won 51% – 25 wins 4. USC: 48 Bowls – won…

Georgia Not Mature Enough To Handle LSU’s Best

For the first time since the 1950s, LSU went through a season undefeated. Georgia dominated in the first half, recovering an aggressive onside kick, holding #1 LSU to zero first downs and only one score on a long punt return…

Look Inside The Georgia Playbook

Han Vance of Big Hairy Blawg was recently named senior writer at The Georgia Playbook magazine – check out the hot new December issue now at: www.thegeorgiaplaybook.com – this new monthly all-UGA sports magazine is incredibly sharp. Vance provided the football rundown…

Last 4 UGA-LSU Contests Reviewed

1. 2004, Athens: I sat on the 50 as Georgia beat the defending National Champion Bayou Bengals 45-16 in the Classic City behind David Greene’s four touchdown passes on just five total completions and ten passing attempts. Thomas Davis and…

How Georgia Could Beat LSU

Redemption in the ATL. The SEC had five of the top defenses in the country in 2011: LSU, BAMA, UGA, Carolina, Florida. Easily the top three defenses in the SEC this season played for the University of Alabama, Louisiana State…

UGA’s Playoff Position

As the late, great Larry Munson once famously said, “The Sugar is falling out of the sky.” That’s if Georgia can do what they did in our last trip to the Dome to face LSU. Ranked in the Top 5…

SEC East Champions Ready to Burn ATL?

If there is a such thing as an ugly win for a championship, this was certainly it. UGA had no running game in the first half, and the lowly Kentucky Wildcats had a slim lead and threatened to win a…

What if UGA Hadn’t Scheduled Boise

Georgia sits on the verge of another SEC East Title. Only a matchup at 12:21 Saturday versus a very down Kentucky team Between the Hedges remains in the conference regular season. Georgia faces little Georgia Tech next week in Midtown…

Georgia to Compete for Three Straight SEC Titles

Beat Kentucky on Saturday and UGA will be the first team in the SEC to clinch a division. If the morose offenses at LSU and Bama don’t scare their fans, they are as utterly delusional as usual. Bama is a…

Next Three Games for Championships

Auburn and Georgia have played 115 times, and UGA had not whipped Aubie that definitely since 1946. Leading the all-time series in total scoring by 38 entering the game and trailing in the series win column by two games, Georgia…

Basketball Twos

There is no comparable SEC number two to the Big Blue. Georgia is heavily favored to beat Kentucky in football Saturday at noon to win the SEC East; UGA is rarely favored against Kentucky in basketball. The Hoop Hounds are…

Richt the Story in Rivalries

Last year’s story: Auburn down 21-7 to a motivated UGA team early in a huge rivalry game. They turn it on to stay undefeated behind alleged at best pay-for-play quarterback Cam Newton and certifiably dirty late hitting D-lineman Nick Fairley….

Georgia Alone Atop SEC East

On a day when UGA played the statistically greatest quarter in our well over one hundred year history of football, much bigger than our win was the South Carolina loss at Arkansas. Carolina’s first ever year and a half plus…

Welcome Back to the Classic City

Good morning, Athens, I love you. Oh my heart, we beat Florida and won at Tennessee in the same season and have dropped only one SEC contest eight games into a campaign that saw UGA start 0-2 overall and clearly…

Turnaround Complete

Han Vance for The Georgia Playbook, an all-UGA sports monthly online publication: www.thegeorgiaplaybook.com At 0-2 following an uncharacteristically poor 6-7 campaign, Mark Richt was on the proverbial hot seat early in his 11th season as football head coach. Although the…

How Deep the River

To my lady’s chagrin, Justin and I were in bowl mode at the Righteous Room in the Poncey-Highlands section of the ATL hours before kickoff. My brother and nephew and his grandfather had made the long drive north and west…

Swamp People: 10 Scary Gators

These ten Gators have more in common with the beasts on the TV show Swamp People than being killed by Cajuns. They pose a real threat to Georgia losing to our biggest rival for the 19th time in 22 annual…

Richt’s Biggest Problem

Playing in his home state for the first time in college, Aaron Murray came out remarkably flat early in last year’s rendition of the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. He finally turned it on nearing halftime, and Georgia put up…