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    Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Georgia football D'Andre Swift D'Andre Swift does not care what you might think of Georgia's offense. 'We're going to do what we need to do to win games,' Swift told reporters after win. 'And if people don't like what we're doing, they shouldn't come to the games.' To Swift's point, the Georgia offense did enough to win the game, largely because of the junior running back. He put up a season-best 179 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns. The effort earned him SEC Player of the Week honors and placed him at the top of the SEC rushing leaders list. Swift didn't care that the game was played in a constant downpour. Or that he was ripping off huge runs. He wanted Georgia and quarterback Jake Fromm to throw the ball. 'I was like, Jake we've got a good opportunity, let's throw the ball,' Swift said. 'But then Jake said it was hard to throw the ball because it was wet.' Last week, Swift made his thoughts on the issues with the Georgia offense perfectly clear. Georgia needed to get the ball to its playmakers down the field. And despite what some on Twitter might think, Swift still very much believes Fromm is the guy to do it. In the past few weeks, as concerns about Georgia have risen, Swift has become outspoken. He's become more confident in his own abilities and with the Georgia team floundering, Swift took it upon himself to try to provide a spark to the team during halftime of a 0-0 game. Whatever Swift appeared to do the trick, as the Bulldogs final four offensive possessions ended touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, kneel down. Swift also broke the deadlock himself, by slicing through the Kentucky defense for a 39-yard touchdown. TOUCHDOWN!!!! D'Andre Swift @DAndreSwift !!!! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/JS1PTlbZwp Hiro Katsuki (@KatsukiFB) October 20, 2019 While Kirby Smart said it was hard to take anything away from a game played in that much rain, one thing became crystal clear: If Georgia is going to accomplish its championship goals this season, Swift is going to be the biggest reason why. Any time you have an opposing coach openly campaigning for you to go to the NFL like Kentucky's Mark Stoops did, you're a special a player. In three career games against Kentucky, Swift has 401 yards and 4 touchdowns. If they cared about football as much as they about basketball in Kentucky, Swift would be right up there with Christian Laettner as far as Kentucky killers. Two years ago, the University of Georgia RB depth chart included Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, and D'Andre Swift. Wait until NFL fans see Swift next year. Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) October 22, 2019 But Georgia will play tougher teams than Kentucky in the coming weeks. Georgia's schedule during October pales in comparison to the gambitit's set to face in November. The Bulldogs open the month against the No. 7 ranked Florida Gators, host the 5-2 Missouri Tigers, visit No. 9 Auburn, host Texas A&M and close with a visit to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. Georgia's offense is going to need to be much improved from what it was in the month of October if it's to make it through that November stretch without a loss. But Georgia entered last November facing a similar stretch of games and desperation. Georgia turned to Swift to help carry the Bulldogs to the SEC championship game. Related: Georgia RB D'Andre Swift stands up for team, puts critics in their place He ran for 104 yards and a touchdown against a Florida team that ended the season ranked in the top-10. He followed that up with a 156-yard performance against Kentucky, which won 10 games. Then against Auburn, he went off for a career-high 186 yards. Swift played his best football in November last year, and it coincided with Georgia playing its best football of the year. He's going to need to do that again in November and possibly in December and January. If Georgia is going to reemerge as one of the best teams in the country, it's going to need to take up the mindset of Swift. 'He brings energy without making plays. He's heart and soul. A leader. He's inspirational,' Smart said.' The runs kind of get the fans involved. Swift gets the team involved by all the things he does and says. He cares.' A few teammates have already taken up Swift's new mantra, as offensive lineman, Ben Cleveland repeated Swift's phrase of 'Whoever counting us out, can't count,' after Georgia's win over Kentucky. But those suspect of Georgia's title chances will continue to mount as long as the passing offense continues to look like what it has the past two weeks. For as great as Swift is, most still believe you'll need to create explosive plays in the passing game if you're going to beat Clemson, Alabama, LSU or Ohio State. And right now, Georgia ranks 72nd in the country of completions of more than 15 yards down the field. One member of the Georgia team still has confidence in what the Georgia offense is doing. 'I don't doubt what they are doing, eventually it will work, they just kept leaning and pushing on those guys,' Linebacker Monty Rice said. 'I don't think anything is misfiring it looks fine to me, it looks like the same offense that we've always run here. We went to the national championship using the same offense, so I think it's fine.' That national championship run was led by Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who both combined for over 2,500 yards that season. Against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff, the two ran for a combined 326 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Bulldogs are going to need efforts like Swift's Kentucky display if they are to reach the highs of the 2017 season. If Georgia is going to be 'fine' as Rice indicates, it will be because of Swift literally carrying the Bulldogs offense there. Georgia football running back D'Andre Swift speaks after Kentucky game More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football winners and losers following victory over Kentucky Georgia football freshmen report: UGA 21, Kentucky 0 Former UGA players offer prayers and support for Mark Richt after heart attack Former Georgia football coach Mark Richt tweets good news after suffering heart attack Georgia football podcast: 5 pieces of good news as UGA heads into bye week Georgia basketball lands commitment from 2020 guard K.D. Johnson Georgia defense bought in to offense: We've got each other's backs' 3 takeaways from Georgia's 21-0 win, some reminders for booing fans Dawgs on Twitter I am assuming word travels fast. So I wanted to be able to inform everyone that I did have a heart attack this morning. I am doing fine. As I went through the experience I had peace knowing I was going to heaven but I was going to miss my wife. I plan to be at work this week. Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) October 21, 2019 Hoping for a quick recovery for coach @MarkRicht ! Maybe take a few days off before heading back to work coach. The Joneses are praying for you. Feel better Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 21, 2019 #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/hLi1cIzotf Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) October 21, 2019 Sony Michel powers in for his third TD! Michel now has 18 Rush TD in 23 career games (Including playoffs). #NEvsNYJ (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/DggzjzNVhj NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 22, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day This is Willo. She likes to awoo while she eats. Tonight's meal was worthy of a gentler, but perhaps more meaningful, second awoo. 13/10 pic.twitter.com/I6vWGvwEsd WeRateDogs (@dog_rates) October 22, 2019 The post Georgia's offense, and championship aspirations, will go as far as D'Andre Swift can go appeared first on DawgNation.
  • In each of the last two seasons, Georgia has seemingly used an ugly loss as a catalytic event. The Bulldogs shook off a beatdown at Auburn in 2017 to win a rematch with the Tigers in the SEC Championship earning a Playoff spot in the process. In 2018, UGA rebounded from a humbling defeat at LSU to win five-straight and an SEC East crown for the second-straight year. Some have suggested that what happened to Georgia at the hands of South Carolina Saturday was the 2019 version of The Loss. It might be, or it might simply be the first loss. It's too early to tell. It's also been pointed out plenty over the last 24 hours how many teams have collected inexplicable defeats during otherwise successful seasons. Given what many of us thought about UGA before the season, it seems easy to lump these Bulldogs into the same discussion as Ohio State in 2014, Alabama in 2015, Clemson in 2016 and Alabama again in 2017 teams that overcame upset losses along the way to eventually winning the national championship. However, what no UGA fan wants to consider, but could nonetheless end up being true, is that these Bulldogs have more in common with a team such as Auburn in 2014. The Tigers were walking tall back then. They had collected a string of top-10 recruiting classes, won the SEC the previous season, played for a national championship and had a young coach, Gus Malzahn, who was the toast of college football. Auburn was ranked sixth to start 2014 and began the year by winning five-straight before losing 38-23 at Mississippi State. After that defeat there was no shortage of discussion about how the Tigers were still alive as a Playoff contender as long as they finished strong down the stretch. The only problem for Auburn was there was no strong finish. The loss at Mississippi State proved to be a harbinger of doom. The Tigers lost four of their final seven games to finish the season 8-5. There are probably some UGA fans who'll read this who feel so dejected about what happened against South Carolina that they'll assume the same kind of fate awaits UGA. That doesn't have to be the case, but there's no guarantee it won't be. The question that begs to be asked then is how does Georgia avoid disaster and use a loss to get better? One commonality that some of the one-loss national champions have had in the Playoff era is that a major change occurred after their defeat. Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech in 2014 with J.T. Barrett at quarterback, but turned to Cardale Jones in the postseason a decision necessitated by a string of injuries which turned out to be a galvanizing moment nonetheless. In 2015, Alabama coach Nick Saban also made a quarterback change after losing to Ole Miss settling on Jake Coker after oddly starting Cooper Bateman vs. the Rebels. Yet the biggest transformation that season for the Crimson Tide was with its play calling. Running back Derrick Henry won the Heisman in 2015, but was lightly used to begin the year averaging just 17 carries per game over the season's first four games. However, for the final four games of the season which included the Iron Bowl, SEC Championship and two Playoff games Henry averaged 37 carries per game. Then in 2017, the most famous (or infamous if you're a UGA fan) change of all took place. Saban made the gutsy call to swap quarterbacks in the national championship game benching Jalen Hurts, who had struggled in a loss at Auburn, in place of Tua Tagovailoa who well, you know how that game ended. The point is shaking off a bad loss typically requires some kind of change. For UGA this season, even though Jake Fromm struggled vs. the Gamecocks, no one would suggest a quarterback change be considered. However, almost no one at this point thinks Fromm or any other component of the UGA offense is being used properly. The Bulldogs averaged 4.93 yards per play against South Carolina. For context, that's precisely the same as 1-5 Georgia Tech has averaged for the season. The Yellow Jackets are 112th in the country in that metric. Therefore, it's clear that improved offense is what UGA's major change needs to be as a response to its loss to the Gamecocks. What's less clear though is whether first-year coordinator James Coley is capable of orchestrating that change given his ineffectiveness to date, and whether Kirby Smart whose early success as head coach might have accidentally produced some stubbornness is willing to make any changes. In fact, UGA's recent history of overcoming losses the way it did after Auburn in 2017 and LSU last year might make Smart feel even more empowered to double down on an offensive philosophy that seems to look conservative and unimaginative far too frequently. Yet the fact that the Bulldogs find themselves in the same scenario year after year of needing to overcome a bad loss should probably cause Smart to take a long look at the possibility that some sort of systemic failing is what's producing those results especially considering this year's version of The Loss came at the hands of a 3-3 Gamecocks team that will be lucky to become bowl eligible. Is that what he'll do? Your guess is as good as mine. However, if Smart wants to consider the consequences of ignoring the problem, all he has to do is look at what's been said about Malzahn since 2014. The post Opinion: UGA's shocking loss makes the remaining season impossible to predict appeared first on DawgNation.
  • South Carolina took some souvenirs after the team's historic upset of UGA. Numerous Gamecock players did some 'property destruction' in the aftermath of the unranked team's stunning 20-17 upset over the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs: They grabbed parts of UGA's sacred hedges, and paraded with the souvenirs to the locker room. Obviously, that's not going to go over well with UGA fans and the school's football team. Past 'property destruction' to the hallowed hedges upset Bulldogs athletics director Greg McGarity so much that he reached an agreement with archrival Georgia Tech for it not to happen again. UGA also agreed to not rip up Tech's artificial turf in retaliation for the Yellow Jackets damaging the hedges in past years. 'That tradition will cease,' McGarity said last November. Apparently, South Carolina and UGA didn't reach a similar agreement before Saturday's game. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp knows all about the sanctity of the hedges, as he played football at UGA in the early 1990s. Thoughts? Please post below. The post South Carolina rips off pieces of UGA's sacred hedges to celebrate upset appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia Tech’s turnaround will have to wait for at least another week. Hoping to build on a strong offensive finish in their loss last Saturday to North Carolina, the Yellow Jackets instead followed the same template. Saturday, Tech flubbed the first half, giving the Blue Devils all the margin they needed for a 41-23 win before a sparse crowd at Wallace Wade Stadium. “Some things were clicking in the second half,” coach Geoff Collins said. “We’ve just got to do that earlier.” Duke scored on all five of its first-half possessions and added a touchdown off a blocked punt, scoring 38 consecutive points to take an unassailable 38-7 lead late in the first half. The Jackets lost similarly to North Carolina last Saturday, when they fell behind 17-0 in the first half before an offensive flurry resulted in a 38-22 defeat. Saturday’s game started with promise for Tech, as the Jackets moved with efficiency down the field as quarterback James Graham converted a pair of third downs with completions, the second a 19-yared touchdown pass to running back Jerry Howard for a 7-0 lead at the 10:07 mark. It was Tech’s first first-quarter score of the season, ending its distinction as the only FBS team to have not scored in the first 15 minutes this season. Tech offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude “wanted us to look like the way we did the second half against UNC,” Howard said. “He was like, we gotta go, we gotta go.” From there, things got precipitously worse on all fronts. Tech gained one first down on its next five possessions, the Jackets thwarting themselves with failures in pass protection and run blocking and a missed downfield shot to newly minted wide receiver Tobias Oliver, among other lapses. “Mental errors,” Howard said. “I’d say simple mental errors by running backs, linemen, receivers, quarterback. We had a couple chances to change the game and we just didn’t do it.” Among the most critical mistakes was an apparent missed blocking assignment on a fourth-and-1 run play that gave Duke the ball at Tech’s 31-yard line, leading to Duke getting into the end zone four plays later for a 31-7 lead. “The front-side linebacker got a run-through on the power, made a really nice play, and then we have a short field and gave up a touchdown,” Collins said. “Unfortunately, we went into the game wanting to go attack success and we came up short.” The deficit grew on Tech’s next possession when a missed block in punt protection gave Duke’s Xander Gagnon a free run at punter Pressley Harvin, whose punt was blocked for the first time in his career. The blocked punt was run in from Tech’s 14-yard line for a 38-7 lead at the 3:10 mark of the first half. It was a particularly noteworthy gaffe given the high priority that Collins places on special teams and the punt team in specific. Tech (1-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) has lost four consecutive games for the first time since the 2015 season, when the Jackets dropped five in a row. The last time the Jackets started a season 1-5 was 1994, when they finished the season 1-10. Duke (4-2, 2-1) has now won five out of the past six against Tech, a run of success that it has not enjoyed since winning seven out of eight from 1976 to 1983. Cunningham: Jackets are not getting better Collins and team members took encouragement from the team’s play after falling behind by 31 points. Graham led a touchdown drive in Tech’s final possession of the first half, highlighted by a perfectly thrown and caught deep ball to slot receiver Ahmarean Brown for a 40-yard gain. The defense permitted just three points in the second half on six Duke possessions, doing so even without linebacker David Curry. Tech’s leading tackler was disqualified from the game in the second half on a targeting penalty. After surrendering 268 yards on 45 plays in the first half, Tech gave up only 105 in the second half on 30 plays. “We could have played stronger (in the first half),” safety Tariq Carpenter said. “We weren’t playing like men out there in the first half. We were getting bullied, and we addressed that coming out in the second half and it didn’t happen.” Running back Jordan Mason ran hard and broke tackles to earn the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, finishing with 106 yards on 18 carries. After his first career touchdown reception, Howard also overwhelmed Duke’s punt protection for his first punt block at any level. The special-teams play in the fourth quarter gave Tech the ball at the Duke 41-yard line, from where the Jackets drove for their only touchdown of the second half, a four-yard run by Oliver on an end-around. An optimist would take heart in two consecutive weeks of improved second-half play while recognizing that Tech has suffered critical injuries to a roster that is freshman-heavy and senior-light. A pessimist might focus on the slew of mistakes. There’s little question on what side Collins stands. “It’s going to happen, sooner rather than later, and it’s going to be very scary around here when it starts clicking the way it’s going to,” Collins said.
  • ATHENS An afternoon of mistakes added up to Georgia football falling to South Carolina in shocking fashion. The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (5-1) lost to the Gamecocks (3-2) 20-17 in double-overtime before a crowd of 92,746 at Sanford Stadium on Saturday Rodrigo Blankenship missed wide left from 42 yards out in the second overtime, and South Carolina players stormed the field. It was not a day for Jake Fromm's scrapbook. He was 28-of-51 for 295 yards, his worst day as the UGA quarterback with three interceptions and a lost fumble. Fromm was off-target most of the day. His first interception a Pick 6 in the first half that led to South Carolina's 17-10 halftime lead. South Carolina had a chance to win in the first overtime, but Parker White missed a 33-yard field goal. The loss snapped Georgia's a 16-game home win streak and 15-game win streak against SEC East Division teams entering Saturday's home game against South Carolina. The last home loss was in 2016, 28-27 to Georgia Tech, and the lastSEC East Division loss was 24-10 to Florida in 2016. Stock Up Tyler Clark had two big hits behind the line of scrimmage in OTs, stopping South Carolina on a third-and-goal at the 2, and earlier, stopping the Gamecocks on a third-and-1. Demetris Robertson with a huge first down catch on third-and-8 at the South Carolina 26 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Eli Wolf drew a defensive holding with his fourth down route, sustaining the game-tying TD drive with 1:53 left. George Pickens had a big 33-yard catch to ignite a drive in late third quarter. Earlier, Pickens had a 6-yard catch on third-and-3 at UGA 27, down 17-10 in third quarter Lawrence Cager had three first down catches on third down throws from Jake Fromm before leaving the game at the half with an injured shoulder. Jake Camarda had a career-long 66-yard punt and averaged 57.7 on the day. Dominick Blaylock handled some pressure-packed fair-catches on punt return in addition to his 15-yard fourth-quarter catch and 11-yard first-half catch to the SC 4 that set up UGA's first TD. Stock Even Another workmanlike performance from D'Andre Swift. Swift had 23 carries for 113 yards and 2 catches for 8 yards. Zamir White showed poise with his third down catch in the fourth quarter, converting with a 15-yard gain. White had 12 carries for 44 yards. Stock Down Fromm had his roughest outing of the season, his first interception going 53 yards the other way for a Pick 6 that led to Carolina's 17-10 halftime lead. Divaad Wilson got beat on Bryan Edwards 46-yard TD pass in the first quarter and missed an open-field tackle on a first-and-15 that enabled South Carolina to extend drive and run time off clock. J.R. Reed missed on a QB sack in the fourth quarter after having a clear shot on QB Dakereon Joyner. Potential momentum-changinf play. Pass Protection: Fromm was sacked a season-high three times. Michail Carter was offsides in overtime, giving South Carolina a second-and-goal at the UGA 3. Ben Cleveland hold negated a 19-yard James Cook run in third quarter. The post Georgia football stock report: Mistake-prone Bulldogs stub toe against South Carolina appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Every so often you'll see a truly terrible 'house divided' license plate on the front of a car. For every Georgia-Florida one you see, you might also come across an Alabama-Georgia Tech one that really makes you scratch your head. But for the Mays, Ojulari and Wolf families this week, it really will be a house divided between the brothers in each of those families. Azeez Ojulari, Cade Mays and Eli Wolf all play for the Bulldogs and will take the field against the Volunteers on Saturday. But there might be some conflicts in those families as for where their allegiances might lie for this weekend. Wolf's older brother Ethan played for Tennessee from 2014-17. Ojulari and Mays both have younger brothers who are committed members of Tennessee's 2020 recruiting cycle. For Mays in particular, this game will carry a much bigger meaning. He grew up and attended high school in Knoxville, Tenn., and his father also played for the Volunteers. 'He's played in a lot of snaps, a lot of positions. I think he understands that he cannot let the emotion get the best of him,' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said of Mays. 'He knows a lot of the guys on their team and kind of was around a lot of them, but Cade gas good control, he has good self-control, and he understands what he can and can't do.' Mays was a longtime Tennessee commit during the recruiting process as well. But as the Butch Jones era at Tennessee disintegrated during the fall of 2017, Mays reopened his recruitment. To give an idea of set Mays was on attending Tennessee, he said he really didn't have Georgia on his radar until mid-October. That came after the Bulldogs blew out Tennessee 41-0 during the 2017 season. Mays announced that December that he would be attending Georgia. And almost instantly he received an overwhelming amount of social media vitriol from Tennessee fans. With Saturday being his first game in Neyland Stadium, the boos will no doubt be the loudest for Mays. 'I was getting all this hate, but I was doing something for me,' Mays said. 'My parents told me it doesn't really matter what the outside world thinks, my family loves me, and my God loves me.' Related: Kirby Smart downplays coaching familiarity, says Vols on the brink of something special' As for the other Bulldog with a brother committed to Tennessee, Ojulari indicated that his brother B.J. will be in attendance at the game as well. He and Azeez talk quite frequently and this week has been no exception. The older Ojulari who has gotten off to a strong start for Georgia as he is tied for the team lead in sacks did add that he's still trying to convince his young brother to come to Georgia. But as far as who his parents might be rooting for this weekend, Ojulari indicated that they'll be supporting both teams. While Mays is likely to get the most hate from opposing fans and Ojulari will have to hear his brother talk smack all week, this game might be the toughest emotionally for Wolf. Prior to transferring to Georgia this offseason, He spent the past four seasons as a member of the Volunteers, playing with the likes of quarterback JarrettGuarantano and safety Nigel Warrior. When Wolf has met with the media, Tennessee has been a popular topic of conversation, especially now that he's playing for one of the best teams in the country while the Volunteers have gotten off to a disastrous 1-3 start. But Wolf has tried his best at sidestepping taking any sort of shots at his former program. And while most Georgia fans enjoy seeing Tennessee struggle, Wolf very much does not. 'It doesn't make me happy to see them lose and see their heartbreak like that,' Wolf said. In addition to experiencing more team success, Wolf has enjoyed quite a bit more of personal success compared to his time in Knoxville. On the season, Wolf has 7 catches for 98 yards. In his three previous seasons at Tennessee, Wolf had 8 catches for just 86 yards. For all three players, and their families as well, Saturday might not be the easiest of days. But all three Bulldogs indicated that regardless of the result on Saturday, they're all still going to love and support their friends and families. Even if they might root for Tennessee. 'It's going to matter one game in the fall, and after it's over, those guys are still going to be my buddies in life,' Wolf said earlier this season. 'So I'm not happy to see them lose, I still wish them the best, all except that one week in the fall.' Georgia football coach Kirby Smart on facing Tennessee More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirby Smart downplays coaching familiarity, says Vols on the brink of something special' Georgia CB Tyson Campbell still limited, OG Solomon Kindley returns Georgia football-South Carolina Week 7 game time, TV Network announced SEC legend Tim Tebow: Georgia must open up offense to win title WATCH Georgia DT Jordan Davis: Tennessee isn't going to back down' Georgia football winners and losers from the bye week The post Family ties make Georgia-Tennessee a more emotional game for Cade Mays, Azeez Ojulari and Eli Wolf appeared first on DawgNation.
  • This past weekend, Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Will Muschamp saw each other while visiting the high school of 5-star defensive end Jordan Burch. And on Sat. Oct 12, the two will see each other again as the No. 3 Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) host Muschamp's South Carolina Gamecocks (2-3, 1-2). A game time and television network for the game was announced for the week 7 contest, as the game will kickoff at 12 p.m.and will be broadcast on ESPN. Georgia was off this past week while South Carolina picked up a 24-7 home win over Kentucky. The Gamecocks will have a bye week to prepare for the Bulldogs, while Georgia will travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers. Since Smart and Muschamp took over their respective programs prior to the start of the 2016 season, Georgia has not lost to South Carolina. Last season, Georgia picked up a 41-17 road win. When this game was played in Sanford Stadium back in 2017, Georgia came away with a 24-10 victory over the Gamecocks. Georgia has not lost to an SEC East team dating back to 2016, which came against Florida. The Bulldogs also have not lost a home since playing Georgia Tech on the final week of the 2016 season. This will be Georgia's first home game since the 23-17 win over Notre Dame back on Sept. 21. Georgia's fan earned widespread acclaim for the environment they created in that win. Given that game was a night game, fans were able to light up Sanford Stadium, and Georgia was able to show off its new LED lights. 'Any time Georgia can show up like that we've got to do that every game,' Georgia safety J.R. Reed said after the Notre Dame win. 'Not just this one, but every time we've got a home game, it matters. If it's at 12 or it's at 9 in the morning, we need them to show out.' Georgia's game against Tennessee this week is set for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN. Georgia has won each of its last two matchups against Tennessee. Georgia football-South Carolina Week 7: Game Time, TV Network Game Time: 12 p.m. TV Network: ESPN More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation A Few Good Men: Georgia struck gold with 3 pivotal transfers Measuring up: Examining Georgia's offensive evolution, comparing past to current UGA teams Georgia punting, special teams scrutinized after shaky Notre Dame performances WATCH: Georgia DT Michael Barnett: Bulldogs ready for calm before storm Kirby Smart: Georgia football recruiters headed out of state with momentum Change atop college football polls, Georgia remains in chase Beat-up' Georgia football team heavy favorite over Tennessee in Knoxville Finebaum: Clemson is not better than Georgia' Kendall Milton: 5-star commit sees how UGA can become the most dangerous offense in college football The post Georgia football-South Carolina Week 7 game time, TV Network announced appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The rematch is almost here. Since Georgia’s home-and-home agreement with Notre Dame was announced five years ago, Bulldogs fans have been waiting for the Fighting Irish to come to Sanford Stadium. What they are getting is a matchup of top-10 teams in a prime-time showdown. No. 3 Georgia against No. 7 Notre Dame. The schools have met twice, with Georgia winning each time. One brought a national championship (in the Sugar Bowl during the 1980 season) and the other showed Georgia fans’ exuberance (nearly half of Notre Dame stadium was occupied by UGA fans in September 2017). After three games against lightly regard opponents, Georgia will face the challenge of a serious -increase in competition. That’s also true of Notre Dame, which has played Louisville and New Mexico this season. Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action Saturday: Date: Saturday, Sept. 21Before the game: “Bulldogs Game Day” airs from 10-11 a.m. on WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News. Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein and Heather Catlin host the show each Saturday. Game time: 8 p.m. ETLocation: Sanford Stadium, AthensTelevision: CBS will televise the game. Brad Nessler will handle play-by-play. Gary Danielson is the analyst, and Jamie Erdahl is the sideline reporter. Local radio: The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network, heard in metro Atlanta on WSB radio (750 AM/95.5 FM). Scott Howard is handling play-by-play. Eric Zeier is the analyst, and Chuck Dowdle is the sideline reporter.Satellite radio: You can listen on Sirius XM Radio Channel 84/84.Online: GTV on georgiadogs.com.5 things you may want to know: > Notre Dame was ranked No. 7 when the teams met in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Georgia was ranked No. 1. > The most recent top-10 matchup at Sanford Stadium occurred in 2013, when No. 9 Georgia defeated No. 6 LSU 44-41. > Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book ranks second in the country (first among Power 5 quarterbacks) in average yards per completion, at 19.1 yards. Georgia’s Jake Fromm averages 14.3 yards. > Notre Dame scored 66 points against New Mexico on Saturday, the most for the Fighting Irish since defeating Georgia Tech 69-14 in 1977, the season of a national championship for Notre Dame. Georgia scored 63 against Murray State two weeks ago, marking the eighth time the Bulldogs have scored 60 or more since 1977. > The game likely will draw the largest crowd in Sanford Stadium history, with 500 temporary seats added to the stadium’s capacity of 92,746.
  • ATHENS A pair of legends were on the sidelines the last time two Top 10 teams met between the hedges at Georgia's Sanford Stadium in 1966. Bulldogs' coach Vince Dooley shared his memories of that matchup with Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd in the days leading up to Saturday night's matchup between No 3 UGA and No. 7 Notre Dame. 'I do recall, it was a big game, and they were undefeated,' said Dooley, recalling a meeting of then No. 7 Georgia and the No. 5 Yellow Jackets. 'We had lost one game at that point to a Miami team that was really good.' It was the final season on the sidelines for Dodd, one of just four men in the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player. Dodd was 165648 as the Georgia Tech coach, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1952 national championship, the school naming their stadium after him in 1988. Dooley, who had the Sanford Stadium field named after him two weeks ago, could still remember how Georgia took the early lead on a punt return en route to the 23-14 victory that day. 'Kent Lawrence returned a punt for a touchdown,' Dooley said. 'We really played well, and had them pretty much under control.' The Bulldogs built a 23-7 before Dooley cleared his bench, his team in firm control before the crowd of 48,782 on a mild afternoon with temperatures in the 60s. 'I played everybody that I had in that ball game,' Dooley said. 'And then they drove and scored another (final) touchdown, and I remember that Coach Dodd told me the next day, when we saw each other at the TV station where we were doing our TV shows, he said, You were kind to me today.' 'Back then, you were more apt never to try to embarrass somebody, but we had them in good shape at the time.' Dooley, who directed Georgia to a 201-77-10 record in his 25 years as head coach including the 1980 national championship built reflected on how Georgia scheduled differently during his era. There were still top non-conference games with other Power 5 schools, but they weren't necessarily home-and-home series, and neutral site games were not in vogue. 'We were able to play a lot of schools back then, like UCLA (1983), though that was supposed to be a home-and-home, Dooley said. 'They didn't have us back (in Los Angeles) because they couldn't make the payment that we agreed on, that's why. 'But we played Virginia, North Carolina, Clemson. Of course we played (Clemson) every other year and South Carolina every other year. But we were able pay schools like Oregon, Oregon State and California came here. 'It would be hard to schedule those schools on a one-shot deal today, like we were able to do then.' Georgia future schedules include neural site games with Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022) and Clemson (2024). But as things stand, the Bulldogs won't host another non-conference Power 5 team in Athens other than Georgia Tech until UCLA in 2026. Here's a look at how the last four coaches from Notre Dame and Georgia have fared vs. AP Top 5 competition NOTRE DAME Brian Kelly (0-4 vs. Top 5) 2018 Dec. 29, LOSS, No. 3 Clemson (CFP Cotton Bowl), 30-3 ND was ranked No. 3 2014 Oct. 18, LOSS, AT No. 2 Florida State (Tallahassee), 31-27 ND was ranked No. 5 2012 Jan. 7 (2013), LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Miami), 42-14 ND was ranked No. 1 2011 Nov. 26, LOSS, AT No. 4 Stanford (Palo Alto), 28-14 ND was ranked No. 22 Charlie Weis (1-5 vs. Top 5) 2008 Nov. 29, LOSS, AT No. 5 USC (Los Angeles), 38-3 ND was unranked 2007 Oct. 13 LOSS, No. 4 Boston College (South Bend), 27-14 ND was unranked 2006 Jan. 3 (2007) LOSS, No. 4 LSU (New Orleans), 41-14 ND was ranked No. 11 Nov. 25 LOSS, No. 3 USC (Los Angeles), 44-24 ND was ranked No. 6 2005 Jan. 2, (2006) LOSS, No. 4 Ohio State (Tempe), 34-20 ND was ranked No. 5 Sept. 10, WIN No. 3 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 17-10 ND was ranked No. 20 Tyrone Willingham,0-4 vs. Top 5 2004 Nov. 27, LOSS, No. 1 USC (Los Angeles), 41-10 ND was unranked 2003 Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida State (South Bend), 37-0 ND was unranked Oct. 18, LOSS, No. 5 USC (South Bend), 45-14 ND was unranked Sept. 13, LOSS, No. 5 Michigan (Ann Arbor), 38-0 ND was ranked No. 15 Bob Davie, 1-4 vs. Top 5 2001 Sept. 8, LOSS, No. 5 Nebraska (Lincoln), 27-10 ND was ranked No. 23 2000 Jan. 1 (2001), LOSS, No. 5 Oregon State (Tempe), 41-9 ND was ranked No. 10 Sept. 9, LOSS, No. 1 Nebraska, (South Bend) 27-24 (OT) ND was ranked No. 23 1999 Nov. 6, LOSS, No. 4 Tennessee (Knoxville), 38-14 ND was ranked No. 24 1998 Sept. 5, WIN, No. 5 Michigan (South Bend), 36-20 ND was ranked No. 22 Georgia Kirby Smart, 2-2 vs. Top 5 2018 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 1 Alabama (Atlanta), 35-28 Georgia was ranked No. 4 2017 Jan. 8, LOSS, No. 4 Alabama (Atlanta), 26-23 (OT) Georgia was ranked No. 3 Jan. 1, WIN, No. 2 Oklahoma (Pasadena, Calif.), 54-48 (2OT) Georgia was ranked No. 3 Dec. 2, WIN, No. 4 Auburn (Atlanta), 28-7 Georgia was ranked No. 6 Mark Richt, 3-9 vs. Top 5 2012 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Alabama (Atlanta), 32-28 Georgia was ranked No. 3 Oct. 27, WIN, No. 3 Florida (Jacksonville), 17-9 Georgia was ranked No. 12 2011 Dec. 3, LOSS, No. 1 LSU (Atlanta), 42-10 Georgia was ranked No. 12 Sept. 3, LOSS, No. 5 Boise State (Atlanta), 34-21 Georgia was ranked No. 19 2010 Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 2 Auburn (Auburn), 49-41 Georgia was unranked 2009 Oct. 31, LOSS, No. 1 Florida (Jacksonville), 41-17 Georgia was unranked Oct. 3, LOSS, No. 4 LSU (Athens), 20-13 Georgia was ranked No. 18 2008 Nov. 1, LOSS, No. 5 Florida (Jacksonville), 49-10 Georgia was ranked No. 8 2006 Nov. 11, WIN, No. 5 Auburn (Auburn), 37-15 Georgia was unranked 2005 Dec. 3, WIN, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta) Georgia was ranked No. 13 2004 Nov. 13, LOSS, No. 3 Auburn, 24-6 (Auburn) Georgia was ranked No. 8 2003 Dec 5, LOSS, No. 3 LSU, 34-14 (Atlanta) Georgia was ranked No. 5 Jim Donnan, 0-3 vs. Top 5 1999 Oct. 30, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 30-14 (Jacksonville) Georgia was ranked No. 10 1998 Oct. 10, LOSS, No. 5 Tennessee, 22-3 (Athens) Georgia was ranked No. 7 1996 Nov. 2, LOSS, No. 1 Florida, 47-7 (Jacksonville) Georgia was not ranked Ray Goff,0-3-1 vs. Top 5 1995 Oct. 28, LOSS, No. 3 Florida, 52-17 (Athens) Georgia was not ranked 1994 Nov. 12, TIE, No. 3 Auburn, 23-23 (Auburn) Georgia was not ranked Oct. 29, LOSS, No. 5 Florida, 52-14 (Gainesville) Georgia was not ranked 1990 Dec. 1, LOSS, No. 2 Georgia Tech, 40-23 (Athens) Georgia was not ranked The post Vince Dooley showed mercy in last Top 10 non-conference battle in Athens appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is one of the favorites to win the national championship this season, and many Bulldogs fans who are watching those odds are also watching the week-to-week point spreads as well. With that in mind, DawgNation is proud to share a brand new show in partnership with R.S. Andrews called Go With the Flow. It offers a chance to hear from some of your favorite DawgNation personalities as they share their thoughts on UGA, and the other big games each week around college football, and play along with R.S. Andrews' Dari Payrow as he decides which picks he likes best. 3 things to know before betting UGA as a 14.5-point favorite vs. Notre Dame UGA is 2-2 against the spread when favored by 14-19 points under Kirby Smart. The consensus point spread for UGA-Notre Dame made a significant move late in the week going from 14 points to 14.5. That might not seem like much, but sports books consider 14 to be a 'key number.' That means a significant number of games end with a 14-point margin of victory. It takes a lot of confidence in the favorite to move off that point spread. Apparently that's the case with the Bulldogs right now. However, since Kirby Smart became coach in 2016, UGA has gone 2-2 in games with similar odds. UGA covered a 17-point spread vs. Georgia Tech at the end of last season, but failed to cover a 14.5-point spread in its 43-29 win at Missouri last September. UGA covered a 17-point spread at Vanderbilt in 2017, but lost outright as a 14-point favorite vs. the Commodores in 2016. UGA is 8-7 against the spread at home since the beginning of the 2017 season. The Bulldogs have won 15-straight home games, but are just 8-7 against the spread in those same games. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is 2-3 against the spread vs. the SEC. Both of the Fighting Irish's SEC covers came vs. Notre Dame (in 2014 and 2018). Notre Dame failed to cover a 14-point spread in a 22-17 win vs. Vanderbilt last season, lost outright to UGA as a five-point favorite in 2017 and lost 42-14 as a 10-point underdog to Alabama in the 2012 national championship game. (Odds and trend data courtesy of OddsShark.) Best of luck with your picks this week. For more information on UGA, and the top games of the weekend, check out DawgNation's sports betting show, Go With the Flow, linked below. The post 3 things to know before betting UGA as a 14.5-point favorite vs. Notre Dame appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • The daughter of gospel recording artist and songwriter Micah Stampley has died at age 15. >> Read more trending news  Mary Stampley died Tuesday after a seizure. No other information was available about her health history. The singer, who has been nominated for several Dove and Stellar Awards, lives in Fayetteville, Georgia. He and his wife, Heidi, own a cafe, Orleans Brews and Beignets. Stampley’s 2005 debut CD, “The Songbook of Micah,” debuted at No. 3 and included hits like “War Cry” and “Take My Life.” Arrangements are pending. 'Please keep their family in your prayers and respect their privacy as they deal with this traumatic event,' spokesman David Robinson said in a statement.
  • A woman is recounting a terrifying and vicious dog attack at a park in Pineville, North Carolina, Monday and when police tried to seize that dog, the owner took off, leading police on a slow-speed chase for miles.  >> Read more trending news  Abryana Heggins said she remembers all the thoughts that were rushing through her mind as a huge dog attacked her at a Pineville dog park.  'I just kept thinking 'What's happening? Why is this happening? How am I gonna get this dog off of me,'' Heggins said.  She said it all started when a very large dog owned by Terilyn Jackson started attacking a husky in the park.  'At first, he grabbed the husky by the back of its neck and then, grabbed its tail and started shaking its head aggressively,' Heggins said. 'The woman got a whistle and blowing at him.' She and her friend Jaylen rushed to get their dogs out of the park, but suddenly, she said she felt pressure on her arm.  'I just ended up being dragged across the ground by the dog, and he started shaking and locked onto my arm and there's people yelling, and she's yelling and Jaylen is trying to rip the dog off my arm,' Heggins said.  Her friend jumped on top of the dog and fought it until Pineville police arrived. Officers told Jackson they needed to take her dog into custody, but they said she took her dog and drove off.  Officers turned on their lights and sirens and followed her. They said she drove the speed limit the entire time, but refused to stop.  At one point, they said she tried to hit their patrol car. Six miles later, she arrived at an animal hospital on Archdale Drive in Charlotte.  Eventually, police arrested Jackson.  'I could have been an 8-year-old or a child and that would be worse than what I got or Jaylen,' Heggins said. Her friend Jaylen suffered several bites and broke a finger during all of this.  The dog is under what is called a 'rabies quarantine.' Animal control officials are monitoring it while police look into its background and decide if it should be put down. 
  • Pete Burdon received a call from his daughter about a post circulating on Facebook that was getting a lot of attention.  >> Read more trending news  Gunnery Sgt. John Guglielmino, a Marine Corps veteran from Clay County, Florida was sick in the hospital and his daughter’s final plea was to get as many visitors as she could to say goodbye to her dad.  “I contacted her right away and I said would this be a good time to go over there,” said Pete Burdon, a retired Navy civilian who spent 37 years working with the Navy. Burdon said he responded to the call because it felt like it was important to say goodbye to a fellow veteran, even if he didn’t know him personally. Last week he gave him a hat and a hero’s salute. “When I joked with him you can see that he tried to smile and then he tried to salute after he put that hat on, that was really a touching moment for me,” Burdon said.  His daughter Katherine Boccanelli told me her father served three tours in Vietnam. She said he suffered a stroke back in April and he was diagnosed with cancer from exposure to Agent Orange. She didn’t want him to feel alone with his last few days on earth so she put the post out on social media.  What she didn’t expect was to see the outpour from the community.  “For her it was a step she didn’t know was going to happen when she put it out there, about a 100 people showed up in that short time,” Burdon said.  Burdon says he said goodbye to Guglielmino in the hospital and he’ll be there tomorrow to say his final farewell at the funeral.  The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Crossroads to Victory Church in Raiford, Florida.  Guglielmino’s family says any veterans who visited who wanted to come out and pay their respects are welcome to attend. To contribute to the funeral services, click here. 
  • Within the past month, residents in Virginia-Highland have told police there were a dozen sightings of a peeping Tom in their neighborhood. Police have now released a photo of a person of interest, Channel 2 Action News reported. Neighbors who live on Greenwood Avenue have called police to report sightings of the man peeping into windows since September, Channel 2 reported. In some cases, he’s allegedly climbed on top of air conditioning units to try to look into bathroom windows. “There was a man standing and looking directly at me through the cracks in my blinds,” a woman, who asked the news station to remain anonymous, said. “We came face to face in the window. It’s very, very violating.” Last Thursday about midnight, another neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera spotted the man near her home, Channel 2 reported. The 12 sightings happened along the same street but at three different buildings. The most recent sighting was Saturday about 11 p.m., when a resident chased the man off while holding a screwdriver, the news station reported. “My fear is that eventually he’s going to get bored with just peeping into people’s windows,” the woman said. Anyone with information on the person of interest is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477 or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. Tips can be sent anonymously and information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this investigation can earn tipsters up to $2,000. In other news:
  • Officers with the Kissimmee Police Department banded together to help save a choking baby's life last week.  Kissimmee police said the child's mother approached a patrol vehicle in the area of North Clyde Avenue and Mabbette Street on Saturday and said that her 1-year-old child was not breathing or responsive after choking on a goldfish cracker. >> Read more trending news  Video captured the moments an officer began thrusting on the baby's back repeatedly as other officers responded for assistance. The baby soon became responsive and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Officials said the baby was crying at the hospital and seemed to be doing well. 
  • More than $4,000 worth of fake Nike Air Max, Nike Air Jordan and Balenciaga shoes were seized by U.S.Customs and Border Protection officers recently at the Port of Vicksburg/Jackson. CBP said in a Tuesday news release that the shoes were from Hong Kong and found by officials in an express consignment facility. They were in four separate packages labeled 'casual shoes.' >> Read more trending news  Real Balenciaga shoes are sold online at prices ranging from $700 to $1,000. The price for legitimate Air Jordans ranges from $100 to $1,000.  'Counterfeit brand-name shoes is a multi-million dollar criminal industry that preys on consumers looking for deals,' CBP Vicksburg/Jackson Port Director Michael Morris said in a statement. “It’s best to keep in mind that if a product seems too good for the price, it may not be legitimate.” Days earlier, CBP said it seized more than $2.2 million worth of counterfeit shoes in Los Angeles.