We're inside of an hour until kickoff between your Georgia Bulldogs and the Troy Trojans. Before you get your game face on, here are a few items of note from around Bulldog Nation:
UGA makes plans for large indoor practice field | DogBytes Online
It was a fairly eventful Athletic Association board meeting yesterday, headlined by the news that the AA will pay an architectural firm $400,000 to find the best site for and design an indoor practice facility. We've debated the need for such a facility in the past, and over the years every SEC school except Georgia and Florida has built one. So whether or not you think such a venue is necessary, the absence of one in Athens has become pretty conspicuous, especially to recruits.
UGA Football to Host Kent State in 2015?
Georgia baseball head coach Scott Stricklin said on the radio on Thursday that Georgia football will host the Kent State Golden Flashes in 2015. The Southern Jaguars, UL-Monroe, and Georgia Southern are currently on a 2015 non conference schedule that looks like it should be covered in frosting and sprinkles, and which has one too many games unless we're finally dropping Georgia Tech to improve our strength of schedule.
Georgia eyeing football games against 'iconic' foes | Georgia Bulldogs blog | Columbus Ledger Enquirer
However, Athletic Director Greg McGarity says that Georgia is eyeing more games like the Notre Dame series, and moving away from the Clemson series for the time being.
Mason, Georgia passing game ready to break out | University of Georgia | Macon.com
Could Georgia's quarterbacks and receivers have a big game against overmatched Troy?
5 burning questions: Who is Georgia's backup quarterback? - The Red and Black : Sports
Head coach Mark Richt has been tight-lipped as to whether the identity of his No. 2 quarterback is redshirt sophomore Faton Bauta or redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey. Today may finally give us a clue.
Always up front: Georgia center David Andrews opens up about eating habits, directing the O-line | DogBytes Online
The Banner Herald has a nice interview with David Andrews, who has been a steady, indispensable part of the Bulldog offensive line for four years now.
As we've discussed in detail already this week, this is one of those games that a team like the Georgia Bulldogs can't really win. Prevail 77-0 and you're just doing what everyone expected you to do. But lead by less than 4 touchdowns after the first quarter and ESPN puts you on ZOMG #UPSET ALERT!!!
So the name of the game is to prevail and advance. It would be nice for Hutson Mason to get some confidence. And for the secondary to get a chance to tighten down its act. I wouldn't pitch a fit if the backup quarterbacks got some snaps. But the name of the game is to win the game and not get anybody hurt. If we do that, I'm happy. Enjoy the first half, and . . .