UGA-Ole Miss Preview: Will Mark Richt Keep The Streak Alive?

School Current Head Ball Coach Richt’s Record vs.
Alabama Nick Saban

2-3

Arkansas Bobby Petrino

1-1

Auburn Gene Chizik

1-1

Florida Will Muschamp

Kentucky Joker Phillips

1-0

LSU Les Miles

2-1

Mississippi State Dan Mullen

0-1

Ole Miss Houston Nutt

4-0

South Carolina Steve Spurrier

4-4

Tennessee Derek Dooley

1-0

Vanderbilt James Franklin

Mark Richt has had  a (relatively) long, successful career as the Head Ball Coach here in Athens.  Again, I am a Richt fan, hope he can turn it around, if not I trust Greg McGarity to make right decision.  Blah blah blah.

As I was driving down lovely I-16 this week, I got to thinking-Mark Richt has never lost to Houston Nutt.  Houston Nuttt is the only coach in the SEC who has been coaching in the Conference longer than Mark Richt.  Coach Nutt began his career at Arkansas in 1998 and a successful run, winning 2 SEC West titles.  In Coach Richt’s rookie season, the young head coach from Georgia got his first SEC Victory against Houston Nutt and the Razorbacks. 

The next season, Arkansas rotated off the  SEC schedule for the Bulldogs, but Richt squared off against Nutt again in the SEC Championship game and the Dawgs beat the Hogs in a game that was never in doubt.   The Razorbacks rotated back on in 2004, and after trailing at halftime, the Greene-Pollack led Bulldogs pulled out a victory in Fayettville.  2005 saw another tight game, as freshman running back Darren McFadden  ran all over the Dawgs and DJ Shockley got injured, but the Bulldogs prevailed again.

So in the “Hot Seat Bowl”, can Coach Richt keep his streak alive or will Houston Nutt prevail and get his first victory almost 10 years to the day that he received his first defeat from Coach Richt?

Simply put, UGA has the better coach, the better talent, and overall more to play for this season.  I think Georgia wins, and wins easily.  Ole Miss is just playing for pride, but I don’t see Ole Miss winning or keeping it close.  Look, UGA might not can be beat a good team, but they can beat bad teams.  Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Tennessee last year all proved that.  And UGA was 3-0  ATS versus those bad teams.  I am giving away one of my locks for later, but UGA will win and will cover the 10 points they are laying.

Why has Ole Miss gotten to this lowly point?  How has it happened?  In 2008 and 2009, Ole Miss was in the Cotton Bowl and were gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated.  Well, what had happened was Houston Nutt sold out and now has screwed himself.  Last year, instead of developing a quarterback, Houston Nutt went for the quick, easy fix with Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli.  At the last minute, Nutt rolled out the Blue and Red carpet for Masoli and gave him the starting gig on a silver platter.  And they were terrible last year.  Now Ole Miss is in a situation for the second time in two years, they are having to break in a new quarterback.

Coach Richt made a similar mistake in 2009.  When it was apparent that Joe Cox was not a good answer, and that the season was lost, we should have thrown Aaron Murray to the wolves and let him learn as a true freshmen.  It worked great for Stafford in 2006. 

Ole Miss is just plain bad at QB, and if they had just broken a QB in last season, maybe they wouldn’t be in such bad shape today.

So Georgia should win and win easily. 

For anyone traveling to Oxford for the first time this weekend, a couple of tips:

-If you go to a gas station to buy beer in Oxford, it ain’t cold.  They don’t serve cold beers for whatever reason.  So, if you want cold beer instantly, bring it in, or go buy it the night before and go ahead and put it on ice.

-Make sure once you get the beer on campus, you pour it in a cup.  The Ole Miss police are pretty cool about open container laws, but if you have beer in a bottle or can, they will get you.  If you pour it in a cup, you will be fine. 

Go Dawgs!

Corbindawg

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