Can Richt Work His Magic In Columbia?

I have said all along throughout the summer that I believe South Carolina will beat Georgia, but a determined UGA squad will rebound and beat an overrated Arkansas team. 

That was with A.J. Green.

I think A.J.’s presence on the field is a tremendous advantage more against Carolina than it will be against Arkansas or Mississippi State.  Our offensive line and strong running game, which showed some signs of rust against a Sun Belt team, would really be opened up a lot better with A.J. demanding more attention.  It would also make the recievers jobs a lot easier.  This will be one of the best defenses we face all season, and Columbia is never an easy place to play.

I am not saying the Bulldogs can’t win in Columbia…I am just afraid it is going to be awfuly close.  

But there are some points that keeps me from being a 100% pessimist:

It’s on the Road-Mark Richt is 33-6 over the last 9 seasons in true road games (games in Jacksonville not included-why?  becuase it’s my damn blog and I skew the stats how I want to, that’s why!).  In 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008 Road Warrior Richt didn’t lose a game on the road.  It is maddening that Coach Richt saves his few loses for the home crowd, but his record on the road speaks for itself.  He is calm, cool and collected on the sidelines and his players reflect his personna when they are facing at a hostile crowd.  Richt has never lost in Columbia, despite having some very tough wars there-2002 and 2004 especially come to mind.

They ARE wearing Red and Black…

-When there is adversity, Coach Richt’s teams shine- It probably isn’t a good thing that your coach can hadle so much adversity.  But going back to 2006, just when you think the Bulldogs are out, they roar back.

2006-UGA had lost to gotten blownout by Tennessee, beaten by Vanderbilt and Kentucky.  The Dawgs were going into the loveliest village on the plains large underdogs to a Auburn team that was ranked in the Top 5.  Richt sent out a true freshman QB who was turnover prone and had a game plan he was sure was going to fail-and UGA kicked Auburn’s butt,  closed out the season by beating Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.  UGA beat 3 Top 15 ranked teams in consecutive weeks for the first time in school history.

2007-UGA had just fallen to 4-2, and nearly lost to Vanderbilt for the second week in a row.  The Dawgs had a bye week before the Gators, and no real running back behind Knowshon Moreno.  Typically optimistic Corbindawg was convinced we would be run out of Duval County by the half.   Georgia shows its muscle and rebounds to whip the Gators, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia Tech-something that had not been done since 1942.

2009-Coming off an embarrassing second half collapse against Kentucky, and no A.J. Green, the Dawgs show up and play lights out againts the ACC Champions.  Much maligned QB Joe Cox looked competent due to the best rushing attack in Richt’s tenure and Willie Martinez actually-gasp-had a unit that came up big in the clutch.

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The adversity the team has faced this week shouldn’t have an impact on Richt, the coaching staff or players-when their back are in the corner they usually do their best.

Richt knows how to prepare a team for a road battle in the SEC. 

These reasons alone gives the Dawgs more that a fighting chance in Columbia. 

Corbindawg

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3 Responses to “Can Richt Work His Magic In Columbia?”


  1. 1 MarbleMiner September 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Go Dawgs!

  2. 2 TuxedoDawg September 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I love that there is a picture of the Road Warriors attached to this post. During last week’s USC game, I saw that the Nature Boy Ric Flair was in attendance. I think Green’s absence is going to create a spark of enthusiasm — I hope. We’ll see how it unfolds, but I’m going to stay positive. Go Dawgs!


  1. 1 Confidence Vs. Faith « The Grit Tree Trackback on September 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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