Murray's last game?
Aaron Murray plays a football game Tuesday. There is a very good chance it will be his final football game for Georgia.
This is pure conjecture on my part. It is based on the fact that Murray, as much as he loves college football, has other things going on in his life. He has other things he wants to try. He’s a different kid.
I presented my theory to Murray, that Georgia’s game against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl would be the end of this chapter in his life. I asked him if my read on him, his mindset and aspirations was correct. He responded without actually answering.
“I definitely have other things [I want to do],” he said. “My whole life, my mom has talked to us about setting goals and thinking about what we want to do in our life. So I’m a very goal-driven person. But I can’t predict the future. I can only live day by day.”
So are you going into this game with the thought that it could be your final game at Georgia?
“No. It’s just another game. I prepare hard for all of them.”
Never try to out-think a psychology major.
What to look for:
Nebraska sucks. They're like maybe the fourth or fifth best team in their conference. I'm not sure what that conference is, but it's not the SEC where 4th or 5th best team is someone to be reckoned with.
Understand that the first bullet is there to warn you of two things: we could blow these kids out of the water, or you could be especially frustrated if we play down to their level and lose this damn game. Either way, you've been warned.
They have a semi-hispanic mobile quarterback. He must be contained like a rogue frijole wrapped inside a burrito.
Our defensive line may or may not be ready to play this game. Jenkins found an "I" in "TEAM" and Abry is looking at spot duty. Nebraska averages 73 plays a game. If they come close to that total we could be in trouble. Our defense has to get them off the field. Quick.
Again...frijole...burrito...contained...and smothered in Jarvis sauce.
Bobo wants to get Keith Marshall the ball more. Which means he doesn't mind scoring quickly. I don't either. However, some nice methodical 12 minute drives would be nice as well.
Our offense will score at will. In short, Pelini's "Blackshirts" have holes in them that give Coach Osborne nightmares.
[Bernie's Dawg Blawg]
Capital One Bowl: UGA vs. Nebraska
Georgia lost a close one to Bama in the SEC title game and will be looking for some redemption. Nebraska was blown out in the Big 10 and will get blown out again against UGA. Martinez has already started with the crap talking, and will have a long day getting beat down by Jarvis Jones.
Georgia by 14
[Leftover Hot Dog]
So, for me, I'd love to see us come out and jump on them early. If we can put 21 points on the board by the early part of the 2nd quarter without giving up much, I like us going away. But if it is still close going into the 4th quarter, we're gonna have a mess on our hands, and it will probably be up to the offense to win the game for us (this is the scenario I think is more likely). I think they'll be able to move the ball on our defense, but I'm banking on our defense being opportunistic and making 2 or 3 big plays to give us a couple of extra possessions in the game and hopefully close the game out at the end.
I'm going to say we win 38-31, with Jarvis making the biggest opportunistic play of the day, a sack on the game's final play to (A) seal the victory and (B) break Pollack's record. How fitting of an ending would that be to his UGA career?
[Outside (The Arena) Looking In]
A team that had just gotten 70 scored on them in the Big 10 Championship was constantly messaging “I am not even going to watch it, were gonna get killed” and “Georgia will score at will, did you see them Saturday Night? Were gonna give up 7 again”. Over the last month attitudes have changed on the message board and in the players minds, but has it left their mind that they are playing the team that came up 5-yards short from a National Title? I think it will be on every Nebraska players and fans mind tomorrow, and if Nebraska gets down early to the Bulldogs…..it could get ugly.
One thing we have to remember, as of late UGA has struggled finishing the drill at the end of the season. UGA lost back to back games to LSU and Michigan State to end the season last year. They lost to Bama this year in the SEC Championship…..but this year has to change. These Dawgs have to come out and show the Nation they are the 2nd best team in the country and take something to build on in the off-season. No one gave UGA a chance to beat Bama…….and they went 12 rounds with Champ and swung and miss on a TKO attempt right before the bell.
My Prediction:Dawgs 49- Nebraska 17
[Hobnail Boot Blog]
Richt wants a win to cap the season:
[Video courtesy of Mike Reiter]
Interpreting Georgia recruit Tray Matthews:
You can click the link here and see what Matthews had to say, but the short and sweet of it went as follows.
Shaq Wiggins will remain committed to Georgia. Matthews feels much of Wiggins’ recent hedging has to do with the number of cornerbacks in the 2013 class. That said, Matthews has made sure that Wiggins understands that competition is going to be evident everywhere but, in the end, if you’re better than the next guy, you’ll be the player with the job.
Montravius Adams will choose between Georgia and Clemson, but Matthews is definitely working on him from the Georgia angle. Matthews states that he and Adams are closer than most people know and he’s hoping to use that relationship to persuade Adams to sign on with the Bulldogs.
Dee Liner and Carl Lawson (both currently committed to Auburn) will likely stay with Auburn; that said, Matthews doesn’t sound like he’d be surprised if Liner de-committed and signed elsewhere.
And that leaves only Reuben Foster whom Matthews continues to say is going to end up at Georgia. Matthews states that the coaching changes at Auburn have eliminated the Tigers from the picture and it will come down to Alabama and Georgia with Georgia being the shoo-in for him at the end of the day.
[The Lady Sportswriter]
“It’s really been a heck of a ride,” Theus said. “As a freshman to be at the University of Georgia and the SEC and to have this type of season for your first year is definitely something special and something I’ll never forget.”
The plan is for Theus to stay put at right tackle beyond this season.
“I like him over there at the right tackle,” Friend said. “I think he fits it pretty good. He’s got a year under his belt there. … Just have to get your best people (on the field), but I like him at right tackle right now. That’s where we see him in the spring.”
Theus showed grittiness when he sprained an ankle in his first game, but still played against Missouri in the SEC opener when he struggled to protect quarterback Aaron Murray.
“As a starter, you want to get back at whatever cost it is,” Theus said. “Especially as a young player, that’s your thought process. … Did it hurt me that game? The film shows it did a little bit. That was a tough game. I learned a lot from that game.”
[Dog Bytes Online]
Capital One breakdown:
Why UGA will win: Dominant running game
Nebraska may be 22nd in total defense and 1st in passing defense in the country, but the run defense is 96th, allowing over 194 yards per game on the ground. Georgia’s offense has been explosive passing the ball with Murray, but the emergence of freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have made Murray that much more dangerous. Gurley is the complete package at the position, as he has rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Keith Marshall reminds me more of an ACC back than anything. Marshall can hit the homerun and take it to the house outside, but Gurley is the between-the-tackles runner who thrives against physical defenses. And Georgia will take it to Nebraska’s run defense all day, which allowed over 500 yards rushing to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game.
Why UGA will lose: Run defenseThe one aspect of the Georgia defense that scares me about Nebraska is their run defense. John Jenkins is out for grade issues, and DE Abry Jones is returning from a broken ankle and hasn’t played in several weeks. In addition, Georgia has given up over 300 yards per game rushing the last three games. And Nebraska is ranked 8th in the country running the ball, averaging over 254 yards per game. Nebraska isn’t Alabama or Georgia Tech, but they do have a running quarterback and an explosive ground game. Georgia will need their front seven to play its best game of the season.
[Saturday Down South]
CFB HOF to break ground this month:
Groundbreaking for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will be Jan. 28 and the museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
The National Football Foundation, which runs the Hall of Fame, made the announcement Monday.The new site is in the Centennial Olympic Park area downtown near the Georgia Dome and World Congress Center. The College Football Hall of Fame was located in South Bend, Ind., near the campus of Notre Dame, for 17 years. It closed Sunday.
The has a price tag of $66.5 million, with the 94,256-square-feet hall facility costing $54 million. Both public and private funds will be used.
Randy Shannon to Arkansas:
Randy Shannon, who has won three national titles as a player and coach, has been named Arkansas’ linebackers coach, head coach Bret Bielema announced Sunday.
Last season, Shannon coached linebackers at TCU following a four-year stint as head coach at the University of Miami, where he led the Hurricanes to a 28-22 record from 2007-10. Before rising to the head position, Shannon was the defensive coordinator for Miami from 2001-06 and was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes from 1991-97. In between his stints on the Coral Gables campus, Shannon spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins. Shannon, who lettered at Miami from 1985-88, was part of three of the Hurricanes’ five national championships as a player and assistant coach.
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