It's once again Saturday in Athens, and if you're like me your tailgate is already underway. While you're polishing off those boiled peanuts, take a look at what's making news in Bulldog Nation:
Column: After 6 weeks, Georgia defense still a head-scratcher - The Red and Black : Sports
The Red and Black's Taylor Denman notes correctly that we're still not sure what we have with the Bulldog defense, and just as correctly that a Vandy offense led by freshman Wade Freebeck is unlikely to provide any additional concrete answers.
Analysis: Mason is now on the clock for Georgia | University of Georgia | Macon.com
Georgia's struggling pass attack is due to get two receivers back for a game against Vanderbilt, whose shaky pass defense makes it ripe to give up big numbers. All eyes will be on Hutson Mason, who suddenly finds himself under a microscope.
Nearly half of Vanderbilt defense calls Georgia home
One of the things James Franklin did at Vandy was place a renewed emphasis on recruiting the state of Georgia, knowing that there are a lot of good football players who Mark Richt and staff just don't have room for. The vestige of that is a Commodore defense loaded with solid football players who should come in loaded for bear to show the home state school what they can do.
Bernie's Dawg Blawg: Two keys to avenging Ramik
Bernie lays out a simple plan to wipe the taste of 2013 out of our collective mouths. In the words of first string wedding crasher John Beckwith, "I do like your enthusiasm."
Georgia Tops South Carolina 11-9 in Season Opener - Georgia Official Athletic Site
Beyond the Hedges, the No. 1 ranked Bulldog equestrian team edged always competitive South Carolina 11-9 Friday afternoon, falling behind early and trading points throughout the competition. Georgia's Horsemanship squad brought it home in the anchor position.
College Football Fan Map - NYTimes.com
An interactive map of college fans of 82 teams by ZIP code, as based on Facebook ‘likes’. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this may be the most important journalism the Gray Lady has done in 30 years. This may keep you busy until kickoff.
We'll be back with more Bulldog news and your standard Saturday open comment threads later. Until then . . .