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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Preseason predictions

We now sit at under a week before Georgia plays an honest-to-goodness football game that counts in the standings. Thank goodness.

Time for some predictions. Feel free to answer the following, and at the end of the year the most accurate prognosticator gets … I don’t know … a free car.

(Matchbox car.)

Here you go.

Regular season record:

Bowl (if any):

Most surprising offensive player:

Most surprising defensive player:

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards):

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards:

Total defense rank in SEC:

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be …


Have at it, sports fans.

39 comments:

Logan said...

Regular season record: (9-3)

Bowl (if any): Capital One

Most surprising offensive player:Kris Durham

Most surprising defensive player: Bacarri Rambo

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 17 TD, 10 INT, 2,200 yards)

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: Minus

Total defense rank in SEC: 5


Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be … improved versus last season, yet still wondering about the "what if's" of a few close losses.

Anonymous said...

Regular season record: 12-2

Bowl (if any): Outback

Most surprising offensive player: Trinton Sturdivant (returns to form and makes all SEC 1st team)

Most surprising defensive player: (Cornelius Washington - 2nd team All SEC despite not startiing)

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 18TD, 8 INT, 2,750 yards)

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: Minus. Sorry AJG, freshman QB + SEC-E leading rushing attack = less than 100 yards rushing.

Total defense rank in SEC: 2nd

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be positive.

Anonymous said...

I don't like to predict or speculate. With that said, where's the best steak to be had in Athens?

Willborella said...

Record 9-3
Bowl capital one
Most surprising offensive player orson Charles
Most surprising def player dowtin
Aaron Murray 2345 yards 19 td 7 int 236 rushing yards
Aj green plus 1000 yards nil draft next year
Tot def rank sec 4th
Ga will be a lot of peoples national champ picks for 2011

Robert said...

Best steak in Athens = Porterhouse Grill.

Rick said...

For me, the best steak place in town, hands down, is the Porterhouse Grill on Broad Street. Deliciously juicy cuts of meat, great sides, nice atmosphere, and very good portions for what you pay makes it my choice.

Btw, Anon 12:10, I'm assuming you meant 10-2 for the regular season and then winning the SECCG and the Outback Bowl? But even then, if we end up 11-2 after winning the SECCG, how do we get picked for the Outback Bowl? Or did we go 11-1 and lose the SECCG? Still doesn't make sense to me.

Anonymous said...

Regular season record: 11-1

Bowl (if any): Sugar

Most surprising offensive player: Aaron Murray

Most surprising defensive player: Darryl Gamble

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 25TD, 8INT, 2,800 pass yards

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: plus, 1250

Total defense rank in SEC: 1

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be …
on the rise. National champion contenders in 2011.

Chris said...

Regular season record: 10-2
Bowl: Capital One
Most Surprising Offensive Player: Marlon Brown
Most Surprising Defensive Player: Vance Cuff
Aaron Murray's final states (TD, INT, yds): 16 TD, 7 Int, 2400 yds
AJ Green, plus or minus 1000 yards: Plus
Total defense rank in SEC: 3
Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia Football Program will be... on the rise and one of the favorites to win the MNC in 2011.

LADAWG said...

Regular season record: 11-1
Bowl: Jan. 10th Glendale, AZ
Most Surprising Offensive Player: Marlon Brown
Most Surprising Defensive Player: Vance Cuff
Aaron Murray's final states (TD, INT, yds): 24 TD, 5 Int, 2600 yds
AJ Green, plus or minus 1000 yards: Plus - Gone to NFL
Total defense rank in SEC: 2 (SEC) 4 (National)
Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia Football Program will be... At the pinnacle of CFB. GA will be looking forward to the National Championship. Relishing the fact that It beat AL for the SEC championship, thumped FL and Tech. The only blemish is from Sept. 11th and SC.

dawgjammin said...

Rick: I agree with you ANON made a few math errors. There are 12 games in regular season + SEC Champ + Bowl Game. If UGA finishes 12-2 after its bowl game then thats assuming an 11-1 regular season record and a loss in SEC championship and win in the bowl game. NO way an 11-2 loser of the SEC championship game falls to the Outback. You are looking at a BCS game or Capital One bowl at the worst. It just doesn't add up.

Regular season record: (9-3)(Loss to Florida, Loss to Auburn and Split Ark/SC)

Bowl (if any): Outback Bowl vs Wisconsin/Penn St (2nd place SEC West team lands in Capital One)

Most surprising offensive player: T. King - Will have production similar to Mo. Mass 2 years ago.

Most surprising defensive player: Christian Robinson since he's the only LB cross training at both ILB positions. Look for solid years out of J. Anderson and S. Commings.

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 19 TD, 15 INT, 2770 yards)

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: Plus. 800 for TK and C Durham Combined, 400 for M.Brown,I Troupe, R.Wooten, L. Gray Combined. 570 for TE's/RB's.

Total defense rank in SEC: 5


Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be … eagerly awaiting 2011 but facing the reality of no AJ Green, Chapas, J Houston or 2/3rds the offensive line and staring down the barrel of a loaded UF team in 2011.

Anonymous said...

Regular season record: 8-4

Bowl (if any): Chick-fil-A

Most surprising offensive player: Carlton Thomas

Most surprising defensive player: Branden Smith

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 13 (3 rushing, 10 passing), 11, 2350.

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: Minus

Total defense rank in SEC: 6

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be better despite another mediocre year. Things will fall perfectly into place in 2011.

VAdawg said...

Record: 9-3 (Losses to SC, Florida, Auburn)

Bowl: Outback

Most surprising Offense: Kris Durham, maybe Wooten da ball carrier

Most surprising Defense: DeAngelo Tyson/Bean Anderson

AM's final stats: 16 TD, 10 INT, 2,150

AJ: Minus, 900-somthing

Total Defense Rank in SEC: 4th

In early December, the state of the program will be positive. Dawgs will have some great recruits committed, and anticipation will be high for the bowl and 2011. Furthermore, the Georgia mentality of junkyard defense will be back with a vengeance.

Anonymous said...

Y'all are CRAZY if you think Murray passes for close to 200 ypg.

Murray - 13, 9, 1,850. + 4 rushing TDs

Most surprising Offense - Carlton Thomas

Most surprising Defense - Justin Anderson

State of program will be "fire Mike Bobo once and for all"

Record 8-5

Bowl Outback

Anonymous said...

Regular season record:

Bowl (if any): Outback

Most surprising offensive player:

T-King. Once he returns from his suspension he will be a viable #2 opposite AJ.

Most surprising defensive player:

Marcus Dowtin. He will lead the team in tackles.

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): (20, 12, 1,900)

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: minus

Total defense rank in SEC: 4th

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be optimistic

David said...

bowl: Outback (Hopeful for Citrus tho!)
offense: Aaron White
Defense: Richard Samuel (by seasons end)
Murray: 17, 11, 2400yds)

AJG: +1000
Total D Rank: 7

Behind Bama, SC, FL, LSU, AU, and UT (Yes, UT... I think the media has blown this teams deficiencies out of proportion)

David said...

Note that the "behind" comment meant defense only.

#3 offense in the league behind Arkansas and Florida.

The Watch Dawg said...

Regular season record: 10-2

Bowl (if any): Sugar Bowl

Most surprising offensive player: Kris Durham

Most surprising defensive player: Darryl Gamble

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 15 TD, 7 INT, 2600 yds

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: +1,000

Total defense rank in SEC: 4th

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be … as high as it's been at any point in Richt's tenure

NCDawg said...

What the heck, it's preseason, if you can't be unrealistically optimistic now, when can you.

Reg. Season: 11-1
Bowl: Sugar
Most surprising Offense: Ealey, comes back in game 2 for a Knowshon-esque sophmore year.
Most surprising Defense: Hamilton, together with Rambo, Bulldogs lead league in INT's
Murray's Final(TD, INT, pass yards): 18TD, 8 INT, 2,400yds (less than Greene's freshman year)
Defense Rank: 3rd
In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be... wondering what-if we had beat an undefeated Alabama in the SECCG, wondering if late recruiting will help us reload for next year, and erasing the Martinez D and directional kicking from the history books.

devildawg said...

Regular season record: (9-3)

Bowl (if any): Outback

Most surprising offensive player: Carlton Thomas

Most surprising defensive player: Shawn Williams

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 19 TD, 9 INT, 2,300 yards)

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: surpasses 1,000 in the bowl game

Total defense rank in SEC: 4


Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be … more optimistic about the defense, and generally heady regarding the prospects in the Fall of 2011, though there will be questions about the O-line and receiving corps.

Greight said...

firecracker filet - last resort

Anonymous said...

Regular Season: (8-4)

Bowl: (Chic-fila)

Offense: Orson Charles

Defense: Brandon Boykin

Murray's final stats (12, 16 int, 1800 yards)

Minus

Total defense rank in SEC: 5

In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be....the same as always....wait till next year.

Rick said...

@Greight

The Last Resort is overpriced and underwhelming. And that goes for the whole menu, not just the steaks, IMO.

JONATHAN ASHER said...

I cannot, for the life of me, understand why an overwhelming majority of fans think we're going to lose to Auburn this year! Can somebody clue me in?! We have beat them four years in a row now. Doesn't that mean that we can compete with them? If not, let me know why and I'll go ahead and mark that one down as a loss too.

Anonymous said...

@Jonathan Asher

I think a lot of people believe that Auburn is due for a win against us.

They should have beaten us last year (were up 14-0 early) and will be better than that this year.

Plus, winning on the Plains is no easy feat.

Right now it is 50/50. Towards the end of the season (and keep in mind we will have played 10 or 11 games straight when we meet them) that will change.

dawgjammin said...

Its hard to see UGA beat AU 5 years in a row since the series is historically so tight. Very few teams in the SEC should be able to beat a team 5 years in a row unless your name is Miss St, Vandy or KY...OR us vs UF the last 25 years.

I personally am not as high on Auburn as Herbie or other national pundits...just because they played Bama tough last year doesn't mean JACK in my book. Plus we play 11 games in a row without a bye this year...attrition has to take its toll somewhere

JRL said...

My word verification = butpur = had to post

Something tells me we will play Auburn twice this year and that we will split.

Anonymous said...

Regular season record: 14-0, National Champions!

Bowl (if any):NC

Most surprising offensive player: Ealey (Heisman)

Most surprising defensive player: Hamilton

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 21 TD's, 6 INT's, 2200 yards

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: 1200

Total defense rank in SEC: 1

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be …on top of the world!

Okay, fine...maybe I've smoked a little too much crack today. But only a little. I think we've got potential to be a great team if no one gets injured (Murray, Green) or arrested again (Ealey).


Read more: http://dawg-extra.blogspot.com/2010/08/preseason-predictions.html#ixzz0y2IU8SOH

David Walker said...

I know that it is tempting to say that Auburn will be more fresh than us because we will have played 10 straight games coming into the Plains. However, so will they. We'll both be exhausted. I think it will be whoever wants it more.

wesley said...

Regular season record: 9-3

Bowl (if any): Capital One

Most surprising offensive player: Marlon Brown (25 Catches for 450yds & 4TDS)

Most surprising defensive player: Christian Robinson

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 18-12-2600

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: + (1100)

Total defense rank in SEC: 6th

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be Very Optimistic (For good reason)

Joeski said...

Hm. I dislike making preseason predictions-- one of the few areas I get superstitious about is the 'jinx'.

But I can't resist.

Look, it all boils down to the fact that our Dawgs do better when they are under the radar. That said:

Regular season record: 11-1, the one loss NOT being the Gators.

Bowl: Sugar

Most Surprising Offensive Player: Murray. He'll have a David Greene-like performance, due mostly to the fact that defenses will stack the box in order to stop King and Ealey, and Bobo (who isn't nearly as bad an OC as some of the less football-knowledgable folks try to make out) will take advantage of that.

Most Surprising Defensive Player: Vance Cuff. He'll prove to be a suprisingly stalwart cover guy, allowing for the front 7 to get plenty of pressure on the opposing QBs and, as a result, coming away with several INTs.

Aaron Murray's final stats:
22 TDs, 12 INTs, 2400 yards (aided by two or three 300+ yd games)

AJ Green: OVER 1000 yards. In fact, I think AJ is going to do so well, people are going to say he's a fringe candidate to be invited to NYC. (He won't be, tho.)

Total Defense rank in the SEC: 2. That's right, I said it: Second behind Alabama. The fact is, Charlie Strong meant more to the Gators than they could possibly imagine right now.

"In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be..." very optimistic. There will be some grumbling about how UGA "didn't close the deal... AGAIN", but Paul Finebaum will have to shut his fat mouth about the 'Mark Richt is on the hotseat' B.S., and everybody will be talking about how UGA is a darkhorse for the MNC in '11...

which, as I said, doesn't bode well, because the Dawgs would rather be under the radar...

No One Knows You're a Dawg said...

Reg. Season: 9-3

Bowl: Outback

Most surprising offensive player: It better be Murray.

Most surprising defensive player: Jakar Hamilton

Murray's Final Stats: 2250 yards, 14 TDs, 9 INTs

AJ >1000 yards

Total Defense Ranking in SEC: 5

In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be … feeling alright because of a victory over Florida. For the first time since Zook was fired, I think Florida has more question marks than UGA.

Stamey said...

Regular Season Record: 10-2 (Loses to Florida & Auburn)

Bowl: Capital One

Most Surprising Offensive Player: Orson Charles

Most Surprising Defensive Player: Nick Williams

Aaron Murray's Final Stats (TD, INT, Pass Yards): 19 TD (4 Rushing, 15 Passing), 9 INT, 2140 Yards

A.J. Green, Plus or Minus 1,000 Receiving Yards: Minus (958)

Total Defense Rank in SEC: 4 (the pass defense isn't so bad, the lack of 3-4 experience up front gets exploited by opposing running games)

"In early December the state of the Georgia Football Program will be..." peachy. Despite 'Bama and Florida going to BCS games, the 'Dawgs finish 11-2 on the year, beating whatever riff-raff gets thrown their way in the Capital One Bowl. CMR/CTG get a "thank you for salvaging our football program" parade, and the cynicism surrounding UGA Football subsides.

meansonny said...

Record: 10-2 (losses to S.Car & UF)
Bowl: Capital One
Offensive Player: Cordy Glenn (say goodbye, because he's leaving for the Draft if there is one)
Defensive Player: Marcus Dowtin leads the team in tackles
Aaron Murray: 15 TD, 9 INT, 2100 yards passing
AJ Green minus 1,000 (we're running the ball a lot more this season)

Defense rank in the SEC 4th in points allowed. Total Defense is 5th.

In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be mixed. UGA will have a 10 win season... but there are those that will focus on the losses and lost opportunities.

Chad said...

Regular season record: 10-2

Bowl (if any): Sugar Bowl

Most surprising offensive player: Caleb King

Most surprising defensive player: Richard Samuel

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 23-9-2650

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: plus

Total defense rank in SEC: 4

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be … wondering what could have been without the 2 losses...which will be close games. They will also be primed and read for a shot at the NC the following year.

not anonymous said...

Regular season record: 8-4

Bowl (if any): Peach Bowl

Most surprising offensive player: Fred Munzenmaier

Most surprising defensive player: Bean Anderson

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 12 TD, 11 INT, 1650 yards

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: Minus

Total defense rank in SEC: 5

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be improving. The team will have made strides throughout the year, and the defense should be ready to dominate in '11.

Ben said...

@Rick

Last Resort "overpriced and underwhelming"? I'm curious what you find to be a good restaurant then? Living in Atlanta there is no shortage of great restaurants and my wife and I try to frequent as many as we can. In my opinion, The Last Resort can compete with many of the mid-level places here and for a 1/3 of the price. Outside of anything Hugh Acheson touches (Five & Ten, The National), the salmon and grits and fried green tomatoes at The Last Resort are some of the best dishes in Athens. They lose only to Harry Bissett's Lobster bisque soup.

Dylan said...

Bowl - Sugar
Most Surprising Offense - Aaron Murray
Most Suprising Deffense - Bean Anderson
Aaron stats - 20 TD, 9 Int, 2900 yds
AJ green plus 1000 for sure
total defense in sec - 3rd

In early December the state of GA progarm will be... excellent as we make plans for Atlanta following a Florida win

All the questions are about Aaron murray and the transition to the 3-4. We need Murray and Justin Anderson to have big years. Bean is the type of athelete you want at nose... need him to make the transition and have a big year so Deanglo Tyson can move to end. Otherwise the run is gonna kill us. Obviously on Offense we need Murray to have a big year (meaning don't screw it up and manage the games). I'm telling you now, that nose tackle position is the big X factor. Good ends, backers, and secondary. Gotta get the big run stuffer to step up

Dylan said...

Follow up on Bean - I know the 1 gap system will help, but you still gotta have that beast at nose

spuga said...

Regular season record:11-1

Bowl (if any):BCS Bowl (Sugar)

Most surprising offensive player: Aaron Murray (good surprise) - understands how to "manage the game" and let the experienced players around him lead.

Most surprising defensive player:
Houston. he is made for the 3-4

Aaron Murray’s final stats (TD, INT, pass yards): 15, 7, 2000

A.J. Green, plus or minus 1,000 receiving yards: over

Total defense rank in SEC: 2 behind Bama

Finish the following sentence: In early December, the state of the Georgia football program will be … in the top 10