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The Friday Tailgate: Bad Habits Die Hard

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Maestro, the music, which for once wasn't generated at random:

We’ll get to our usual unstructured pre-weekend antics in a moment. But first, I did want to send a Dawg Sports pat on the back to Ray Fulcher (who you heard from above). If you skipped the music, shame on you. Go back and listen. This is a multi-media art collage and we want you to take in the whole experience.

Ray is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter whose new EP Here We Go Again was released this morning. He grew up in Harlem (Georgia, not New York). And if you follow Georgia football closely, his name might be familiar to you.

Before he was making his way up the Nashville ladder, Ray was a student assistant with the football team from 2004-2010, first as an undergraduate assistant, then as a graduate assistant, and even serving a stint in equipment management. At various times he assisted Mike Bobo with coaching the likes of David Greene, Matt Stafford, and Aaron Murray. I’m told he also makes a point of booking Friday tour dates so as to be as close as possible when the ‘Dawgs play away games on Saturday. That’s a Bulldog point of pride.

Rather than go into coaching, he followed his gut into the music business, which is probably a loss for whoever currently plays QB for Harlem High School. But a win for music fans. You’re going to hear a lot more about Ray in the coming months and years.

This is normally the part where I would talk about keys to this weekend’s game. But, I have to be honest: one has to look pretty hard to find something to be worried about in this one. Georgia is listed as a 40+ point favorite at those sports books who've even bothered releasing odds on this one.

If we’re not seeing the reserves by the middle of the third quarter you can expect Kirby Smart to have some choice postgame words. He and I may have that in common. The question shouldn't be how many Georgia wins by, but how many players can be shunted off the sideline and into the action.

So, I figured a better use of our time than feigning concern was to play one of our favorite games, Over or Under? For the uninitiated, it’s simple. I name a numerical proposition surrounding tomorrow’s matchup. You tell me whether the actual outcome between the hedges will be over or under that number. It’s so simple an Auburn grad could do it.

So.....Over or Under:

  1. Jacob Eason throws for 299.5 yards.

2) Greyson Lambert throws for 149.5 yards.

3) Nick Chubb runs for 199.5 yards.

4) Brian Herrien runs for 49.5 yards.

5) Brendan Douglas runs for 49.5 yards.

6) 6.5 Bulldog wide receivers catch a reception.

7) Isaac Nauta catches 2.5 passes.

8) The Bulldog defense creates 3.5 turnovers.

9) Georgia scores 0.5 special teams touchdowns

10) Dominick Sanders notches 0.5 interceptions.

11) William Ham successfully kicks 1.5 field goals of 30+ yards.

12) Rodrigo Blankenship attempts 0.5 field goals.

13) Georgia plays 15.5 true freshmen at some point during the game.

tiebreaker: How many yards of total offense will Nicholls State produce?

Put your answers in the comments below. Assuming we have a decent number of entries, we’ll recognize the commenter with the most right answers in next week’s tailgate.

Also, don't forget to join us two weeks from tomorrow at the Blind Pig in Athens for the 7th Annual Dawg Sports Sacrificial Goat Roast. It’s going to be a football watchin’, beer drinkin’, cake eatin’ good time. Until later....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!