Found January 03, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
Somewhere deep down inside the Georgia Bulldogs resides one of the best teams in college football. You don't have to be an expert to see it. They definitely look like an elite team coming off the bus. When they're actually out on the field playing, you can catch glimpses of it occasionally. But, to put it plainly, Georgia just can't get right. (The ancient Athenians called that confounding trait "hamartia.") The potentially great UGa team showed up in the first half of Monday's Outback Bowl game with the Michigan State Spartans showed plenty of promise in racing out to a 16-0 lead at the break. The Dawgs who trudged off the field on the losing end of a 33-30 final in triple overtime looked like the same Georgia team that always finds a way to miss the mark. The familiar Bulldog breakdown started with a thunderous rally by Sparty in the second half, leaving the game tied up at the end of regulation. It included Kirk Cousins leading a clutch two-minute ...

Through it all, Mark Richt maintains consistency at UGA

It seems so long ago. As 10-3 Georgia goes through their final walk-through in Tampa before suiting up against Michigan State in the Outback Bowl on Monday, it is easy to forget that 12 months ago calls for a coaching change in Athens hit a fever pitch. Hardly any Dawg fan would have bet their life savings on Georgia being SEC East champions and Mark Richt still wearing the red...

Georgia Football: What ABout Orson Charles?

Was it just me or did Orson Charles look a little frustrated seeing Tavarres King snag 205-yards as Aaron Murray's principle target while he languished in double and triple coverages from the Michigan State secondary? It was obvious that he wasn't going to get many looks after Murray kept keying in on King—a move that ultimately would contribute to his two interceptions—and...

Georgia Football: Depressed, Dejected, and Disgusted

Brandon Boykin's heroic efforts were left unrewarded. Okay, call me misinformed, ill-advised, stupid, crazy, or whatever you like, but I cannot for the life of me understand why Coach Richt went for a field goal on third down, in overtime, when he could have run one more offensive play to give Blair Walsh—a complete disaster of a kicker this season—a little less yardage...

A new year, a better place?, ctd.

Mark Richt uses the A-word to describe his team’s mindset in the wake of the Liberty Bowl loss: In the long run, the 10-6 loss to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl may have served a positive purpose. It spurred some personnel changes, as head coach Mark Richt alluded earlier this week. “It was certainly something that jump-started our offseason,” Richt said. “A bunch of...

I’m shocked, shocked to find that relying on the kicker is going on in here.

Michael Elkon and I exchanged a few observations on Twitter yesterday as the debacle unfolded.  I was kind of amused to see that he was more angry about the outcome than I was (he’s got more invested in MSU than I do, but then, again, Beyond Crompton resonates more with me than with him).  That being said, it’s hard to argue with his logic here: … I feel no such compunction...

Georgia has extra motivation in Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. - There's little doubt that the Georgia Bulldogs had more fun in the week leading up to this bowl game...

Cousins Takes Final Bow

For Michigan State fans Monday's Spartans Outback Bowl victory over Georgia saw quarterback Kirk Cousins take his final bow as a Spartan. Cousins reflected on the game and more following the Spartans triple overtime victory.

Georgia edged by Spartans in Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Kirk Cousins gave Michigan State a parting gift -- its first bowl win in more than a decade. Cousins threw for 300 yards and led a late rally to tie it, then Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime that lifted the 12th-ranked Spartans over No. 18 Georgia 33-30 Monday in the Outback Bowl. Georgia's Blair Walsh became the Southeastern...

Georgia Football: 2012 Mantra is Depth, Depth, and More Depth

If today's ugly loss to the Spartans proved anything, it proved that Georgia needs more depth at every single position. Richt doesn't have the personnel to match up with the best this nation has to offer—on either side of the ball—and as I watched the Bulldog's defensive line gasping for air late in the fourth, after the Spartan offense (and Kirk Cousins) found...

MSU Seniors Come Full Circle

Four years ago the Michigan State Spartans played Georgia in the Capital One Bowl and were completely outclassed by a Georgia team decimated by injuries. The Spartans played Georgia tough early on, but MSU just couldn’t keep up with Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and Aron White. A bunch of freshman, Keshawn Martin, redshirt BJ Cunningham, Trenton Robinson, and redshirt Kirk...
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