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#Mizzou D-tackle Sheldon Richardson on Georgia: "It's like watching Big Ten football. It's old man...

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#Mizzou D-tackle Sheldon Richardson on Georgia: "It's like watching Big Ten football. It's old man football."

Tough talk from a player for a team the Big Ten rejected. How 'bout if you actually play an SEC football game before you start ragging on charter members of the league, all right, Sheldon? You're the Vietnamese boat people of the conference; we rescued you from oblivion. Show a little respect until you actually win something . . . something like a game against a Division I-A opponent, O.K.? Go 'Dawgs!

Georgia's Mark Richt entered 2011 on one of the hottest seats in the country. Despite having won at...

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Georgia's Mark Richt entered 2011 on one of the hottest seats in the country. Despite having won at least nine games in seven of 10 seasons (they had done so seven times in 18 seasons before Richt arrived), the grumbles that began when the Dawgs didn't win the national title in 2008 (after beginning the season No. 1), grew considerably when Georgia fell to 6-7 in 2010. The perception was that things could totally fall apart if and/or when Richt began 2011 poorly. And sure enough, Georgia was picked apart by Boise State and lost via some crazy bounces against South Carolina. Georgia was 0-2, and Richt was supposedly on his last legs in Athens. But anyone who looked at Georgia's schedule knew the Dawgs could go on a major run if they held together. They did, and they did. The defense clicked, and the offense did just enough. Georgia held all but one of its final 10 opponents under 21 points and, when South Carolina stumbled offensively, they not only caught the Gamecocks in the standings, but surpassed them for Richt's first SEC East title since 2005.

Bill Connelly gives props to Mark Richt. That almost makes up for the fact that he listed all four of Georgia's losses among the top 100 games of the 2011 college football season. Almost. Go 'Dawgs!

It is all but official, based on talking to someone with knowledge of the schedule talks, that...

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It is all but official, based on talking to someone with knowledge of the schedule talks, that Georgia will not play Alabama next year. A trip to Missouri early in the season (probably Sept. 8, the second week) will replace the previously-scheduled trip to South Carolina, which will be moved to midseason (probably Oct. 5, the sixth week). And it's not expected that much if anything will change with the rest of Georgia's original 2012 schedule. The four non-conference games are expected to stay where they were.

Seth Emerson brings us the very latest. Go 'Dawgs!

The 2012 SEC schedule is not complete but should be announced soon, athletics director Eric Hyman...

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The 2012 SEC schedule is not complete but should be announced soon, athletics director Eric Hyman said. Calling 2012 "a transition year," Hyman predicted the juggling prompted by the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri to the league will upset some fans.

The 2012 SEC schedule still has not been released, but it's coming soon, and South Carolina's athletic director says some fans will be "upset" by the changes. Does this mean the rumor that Georgia will open against Missouri and play the Gamecocks in October is true? I have no idea, but stay tuned. Go 'Dawgs!

McGarity said Thursday that a new model would be used for 2013 and beyond. It’s not known what that...

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McGarity said Thursday that a new model would be used for 2013 and beyond. It’s not known what that model will be, but it will not be a nine-game schedule, Bloom said. The SEC has repeatedly asserted it is not adding another conference game since expanding to include Missouri and Texas A&M.

The 2012 SEC schedule is due to be released early next week, and it appears pretty certain that the league will stick with an eight-game schedule at least for the next few seasons. For the short term, we appear to have dodged a bullet. For the long term, does this mean we're liable to be looking at an additional expansion, to 16 teams, within the next few years? Stay tuned. . . . Go 'Dawgs!

The Bulldogs were able to win despite sleepwalking through their SEC East-clinching game against...

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The Bulldogs were able to win despite sleepwalking through their SEC East-clinching game against Kentucky.

With all due respect to Year2, this is a very weird way of describing a dominant defensive performance, a dominant special teams performance, and an offensive performance obviously hampered by the unavailability of the Bulldogs' top three tailbacks. Go 'Dawgs!

Seriously, your big announcement that you're going to the SEC Championship Game is beating Kentucky...

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Seriously, your big announcement that you're going to the SEC Championship Game is beating Kentucky 19-10?

I'm sure C&F was just asking a rhetorical question, but my answer is: "No, our big announcement that we're going to the SEC Championship Game was beating Auburn at home." Go 'Dawgs!

Georgia (+30.5) over Kentucky 52-10 I was going to pick UK to cover up until I sat down to write...

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Georgia (+30.5) over Kentucky 52-10 I was going to pick UK to cover up until I sat down to write this picks post, actually. I thought UGA was going to take it easy and coast to the win. However it occurred to me that with the SEC East title officially theirs with a victory, the Bulldogs are probably going to make this about as emphatic as possible. It's been six years since their last division title, and with this game being in Athens, it's going to be a three-hour party. Team Speed Kills likes Georgia to cover comfortably. Go 'Dawgs!

With the way the SEC East looks this year, it will be Georgia and South Carolina fighting for...

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With the way the SEC East looks this year, it will be Georgia and South Carolina fighting for control and both of them are on our schedule. This will be a completely different game for us this year. Their QB has experience now. Their defense is getting their act together. And we are playing in their house.

The Mississippi State faithful do not appear particularly sanguine about their prospects for winning between the hedges this year. Go 'Dawgs!

The Gators traditionally struggle in Athens, dropping two in a row there, including a loss last...

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The Gators traditionally struggle in Athens, dropping two in a row there, including a loss last season that began a three-game losing streak that cost Florida some seeding. Add in the fact that the Bulldogs are a more talented team this season, and UF's position alone atop the SEC East is very unstable.

I don't mean to get overly technical, but I believe the word "historically" should be substituted for "traditionally"; Florida's struggles in Athens are a fact of history, not a defining practice the Gators hope to preserve. Nevertheless, Blogging the Bracket predicts a 64-63 Bulldog victory, so I'll let it slide. Go 'Dawgs!
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