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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!

Which leads to the conspiracy theory for why this might be relevant for SEC fans. There are two...

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Which leads to the conspiracy theory for why this might be relevant for SEC fans. There are two programs, Ole Miss and Kentucky, who are very likely to be looking for new head coaches after this season. . . .

What's relevant for our purposes is that Sprints tacitly acknowledges the de facto end of all the "Mark Richt hot seat" chatter. Go 'Dawgs!

Interestingly, only two teams came out above average in both offense and defense: Alabama (finished...

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Interestingly, only two teams came out above average in both offense and defense: Alabama (finished fourth in the SEC West) and Georgia (finished 6-7 overall, 3-5 in conference play). Last year was not a year for balance in the SEC, that's for sure. The only team with a semblance of "balance" that succeeded in the standings was South Carolina, who was average on offense and slightly below average on defense. This fact also underscores the malaise that surrounded Georgia last year. You can't find many justifications in their numbers as to why the Bulldogs finished the year under .500.

I don't know what to do with these facts, but they are facts. Go 'Dawgs!

If you were to combine the likelihood of an SEC East team going undefeated or having just one loss...

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If you were to combine the likelihood of an SEC East team going undefeated or having just one loss and having the schedule that would put it in the national championship game, I think Georgia is the best choice.

Team Speed Kills on the 2011 Bulldogs. Go 'Dawgs!

The UCF football team is scheduled to wear black jerseys and gold pants when the No. 25 Knights...

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The UCF football team is scheduled to wear black jerseys and gold pants when the No. 25 Knights face Georgia in the Liberty Bowl Dec. 31. The Bulldogs have the option of either wearing red or white jerseys.

Central Florida is blacking out the Liberty Bowl. (Hat tip: Team Speed Kills.) I hope we go with the red jerseys instead of the white ones, but, as long as our focus is on playing football rather than on fiddling with the uniforms, I'm good, either way. Go 'Dawgs!

If there is some sort of documentation through Facebook that Hawkins misrepresented himself to...

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If there is some sort of documentation through Facebook that Hawkins misrepresented himself to Green, that is different. That is proof that Green didn't know what he was doing -- beyond, of course, the original issue of selling the jersey in the first place. If there were ever an extenuating circumstance, you would think that would meet the definition. In that case, the NCAA should consider reducing Green's suspension to the two games he will miss.

C&F acknowledges that maybe I wasn't wrong, clueless, and trying to change the subject, after all. Go 'Dawgs!

Going into his 10th season, some folks are wondering how much time is left for him in Athens. I...

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Going into his 10th season, some folks are wondering how much time is left for him in Athens. I personally am wondering if that is more a reflection of his record (unlikely) or just the fact that we're not used to SEC coaches sticking around for that long.

The above passage is the only part of Year2's examination of Mark Richt's longevity as the head coach of the Bulldogs with which I take issue. I disagree with that sentiment, for two reasons. First of all, the reason "some folks" are "wondering" about such things is that the "folks" in question know little to nothing about the University of Georgia, its history, its administration, or its fan base. The more you know about the culture in the Classic City, the more certain you are that there's nothing to all this "hot seat" nonsense. If Paul Finebaum says otherwise, it's only because Paul Finebaum doesn't know whereof he speaks, Paul Finebaum is more interested in stirring the pot than in making sense, or both. My second quarrel is separate, yet it also underscores the correctness of my initial objection. In Athens, we are, in fact, "used to SEC coaches sticking around for that long." Counting the head coach whose tenure overlapped with the founding of the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs have had eight head coaches as an SEC member institution. Only two of those served fewer than five seasons in that role. Since the SEC came into being, the Red and Black have been led by coaches who served ten years (Harry Mehre), 22 years (Wally Butts), and 25 years (Vince Dooley). As long as Mark Richt is not fired before the end of the 2010 season, half of the head football coaches to have served in Sanford Stadium in the SEC era will have lasted a decade or more between the hedges. I can't speak for the rest of the league, but, at Georgia, we're perfectly accustomed to seeing head coaches last for the long haul. I was in my first quarter as a student at the University of Georgia when my father and I attended the Bulldogs' season opener in Coach Dooley's final fall as the Red and Black coach. I will not be surprised in the slightest if my two-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, is in her first semester as a student at the University of Georgia when she and I attend the Bulldogs' season opener in Coach Richt's final fall as the Red and Black coach. Go 'Dawgs!

The big concern in 2010 is redshirt freshman QB Aaron Murray. Any time you are starting a redshirt...

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The big concern in 2010 is redshirt freshman QB Aaron Murray. Any time you are starting a redshirt freshman, you worry. Will he be enough to help Georgia win more games? What if I offered you this line: 53% completions on 260 attempts, 1750 yards, seven TDs, and 13 INTs? How does that sound? It's not great, but that was basically what Matthew Stafford did as a true freshman in 2006. That is the only season in the last 10 where a Richt-coached quarterback finished outside the top half of the nation in passing efficiency. And you know what? Georgia won nine games that season and dropped three other winnable contests. Murray, being a redshirt and not a true freshman, should do better than that this season.

Team Speed Kills begins looking at Georgia this week. Go 'Dawgs!
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