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    ATHENS — College football games between relatively evenly matched teams can often come down to a handful of plays, with momentum playing a large role in the outcome. The LSU-Georgia game on Saturday in Tiger Stadium was no different, the Bayou Bengals prevailing 36-16 over the previously undefeated Bulldogs. Both teams had their strengths, but they had also shown their deficiencies leading up to a high-profile clash that drew the largest college football game rating last weekend. LSU did a better job of exposing the Bulldogs’ weaknesses than Georgia did the Tigers. Here are the three key moments that played a large role in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game 1. Georgia’s failed fake field goal Perhaps the biggest play of the game in hindsight, as Georgia had ran the ball nine straight times for 60 yards before two incomplete passes put the Bulldogs in position for a field goal attempt. Kirby Smart said the staff knew before the game they were going to run a fake if they saw an LSU alignment they felt they could take advantage of, and the Tigers presented that look on Georgia’s second drive. “They were like 15 of 17 (88 percent) with a look that it would work on,” Smart said, explaining why the Bulldogs passed on a 31-yard field goal attempt at the 3:28 mark of the opening quarter, down 3-0. “We wanted to be aggressive.” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Georgia’s fake field goal did indeed surprise him. “ It surprised me, 10 yards to go, it surprised me,” he said. “But we always have a guy for the fake. We have eyes. And when you’re playing for the field goal block, you have to have your eyes on your man, not on the field goal kicker. Tremendous discipline.” 2. LSU’s 47-yard run on third-and-1 Tiger Stadium erupted again on the final play of the first quarter on the ensuing drive after Georgia had lost its initial momentum with the fruitless fake field goal. The game within the game was LSU’s offensive line vs. the Georgia front seven, and this was the first short-yardage battle of the game, third-and-1 at the Tigers’ 46. RELATED: Kirby Smart challenges defense to ‘knuckle up’ at LSU The Bulldogs were not gap sound, and LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed 47 yards to the UGA 7 to set up a TD that made it 10-0. It was only the second run of longer than 20 yards Georgia had given up all season. The play gave the Tigers the confidence they needed to go for it on four other fourth-and-1 situations against the Bulldogs, all of which they converted in back-breaking fashion. “At the end of the day,” Smart said, “you don’t win the line of scrimmage in this league, you won’t win the football game.” Orgeron, meanwhile, said LSU was still smarting from its 27-19 loss at Florida the week before. The Tigers coach was intent to make amends after electing to kick a field goal from the Gators’ 15-yard line on a fourth-and-inches situation in the second quarter with that game tied at 7-7.. “We were throwing out the kitchen sink, man, everything we had, we did,” Orgeron said, asked about the decision to go for it on four fourth downs against Georgia. “All week, we talked about being aggressive. I was a little pissed at myself for not going for it against Florida down there fourth and half an inch.” Third-and-6 sack in fourth quarter Georgia trailed 19-9 when it took over at the LSU 38-yard line with 14:39 remaining, Mecole Hardman having broken loose on a 27-yard punt return after the Bulldogs’ defense turned the momentum by forcing LSU to go three-and-out. RELATED: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia football A jet sweep call for Hardman was stopped for no gain, and then Justin Fields was brought in to handoff to third-string tailback Brian Herrien for 4 yards, bringing up the third-and-6 at the 34. Georgia was still within Rodrigo Blankenship’s field goal range when Jake Fromm took the snap, but the veteran QB failed to make a play — instead taking a 9-yard sack that took the Bulldogs out of field goal range. “Some of those you’ve got to escape and get rid of the ball, there’s a lot of pressures they run that are hard to pick up, and I was very concerned with that coming into the game,” Smart said. “But I didn’t think it was the protection as much as it was making decisions quicker, getting rid of the ball quicker, and at the end of the day, don’t be in third-and-long.”   LSU, its crowd still roaring from the sack, responded with a six-play, 86-yard drive to go up 26-9. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU         The post Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the organization has agreed to terms on a two-year contract for manager Brian Snitker. The contract does include a third-year club option for 2021.  Snitker took over as manager for the Braves in 2016 and led the team to their first National League East Division title in five years this season.  Here is the full statement from the Atlanta Braves: The Atlanta #Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season: pic.twitter.com/CsReyEyU9x — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 15, 2018 TRENDING STORIES: Georgia already topping list for flu activity in the nation President Trump to view storm damage in Georgia Atlanta police seize drugs and guns from a popular food mart Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons, including three seasons as manager for Triple-A club in Gwinnett.  The National League 'Manager of the Year' candidate, who turns 63 on Wednesday, owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. Information from our partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.
  • BATON ROUGE, La. — Dave Aranda is the highest paid coordinator in college football, and Saturday afternoon the LSU   defensive wizard earned his $2.5 million annual salary by throttling Georgia’s multifaceted offense. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said in the days leading up to LSU’s 36-16 win over the Bulldogs that it would be a chess match, and the coaching moves from both staffs were on display. Georgia marched 60 yards on nine consecutive run plays on its second offensive series, displaying a dominant run game that seemed to bode well for the afternoon before an ill-fated fake field goal attempt changed the momentum. The Bulldogs managed just 17 yards on their next seven carries, LSU forcing three consecutive three-and-out series in pulling away to a 16-0 halftime lead. WATCH: LSU coach Ed Orgeron says physical football in Tigers’ DNA “You know they started running the football on us in the first quarter, (and) Dave (Aranda) made some adjustments,” Orgeron said. “Dave did a great job. We mixed up the personnel groupings that we use. We gave them some stuff that they didn’t see. Obviously, everything was built on stopping the run and the deep pass, and we did it. “We were playing one certain defense, and it wasn’t working. And we changed to play another one, and it worked.” Georgia, with its two-headed monster at quarterback, it’s four-man tailback platoon and double-digit receiver rotation, could not strike the right combination. The same versatility that has made the Bulldogs a tough matchup for an opponent worked against coach Kirby Smart — Georgia had no offensive identity to lean on when times got tough. “We were in four-open sets and we were running the ball really well and we drove down there and … we kind of stayed with that the next drive,” Smart said, asked why the Bulldogs abandoned the run. “We actually went back to it (the run). They changed some things up and it wasn’t working as well.” It put quarterback Jake Fromm in a difficult situation, with LSU running different looks than it had shown all year, making Georgia’s celebrated offensive line appear ineffective and overmatched at times. “We were just taking advantage of what they were giving to us,” said Fromm, who was sacked three times and pressured on several others, “and then they started kind of taking that away later in the game, and we started slinging the ball around a little bit.” Orgeron said the key  adjustment involved changing up the defensive fronts, creating different angles, with Aranda expertly mixing in different personnel to create problems for the Bulldogs. “We challenged our defensive line, especially (nose tackle) Ed Alexander,” Orgeron said. “That’s one of the best centers (Lamont Gaillard) we’ve seen. I thought he (Alexander) played one of his best games today. ” Smart said in the days leading up to the game he respected Aranda, his words foretelling. “ Dave Aranda is one of the premier defensive coordinators in the country, we look at what he does week to week, they do a tremendous job, always looking for new ideas, he’s a guy you look at,’ Smart said. “So for us, we’ve got to keep our quarterback’s upright. We’ve got to keep them in the pocket. Can’t get our offensive line confused.” It was clear by the end of the afternoon LSU was the better prepared team, its players out-executing what had been a very focused and dominant Georgia football team through the first half of the regular season. “ They played more physical than we did, they attacked us, they did a good job, they created turnovers, we didn’t do that, we didn’t protect the ball as good as we had,” Smart said, owning the defeat. “You can look at a lot of things, and I’m perfectly OK with that. We’re gonna look at a lot of things, and how we can get better.” Georgia dropped to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll with the loss, and No. 6 in the Coaches’ Poll. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia planned ill-fated field goal early in the week Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU   The post On the beat: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia’s multifaceted offense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia eased past UNC Asheville, 20-7, in a 14-inning exhibition victory on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 361 at Foley Field.  The visiting Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first, putting across three runs in the top of the second inning after a hit-by-pitch, walk and three singles.    Georgia wasted no time on answering with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Riley King, Kaden Fowler, Patrick Sullivan led off the inning with consecutive doubles. After Tucker Maxwell reached on a bunt, Tucker Bradley cleared the bases with a home run shot into the trees beyond the right-center field wall.  Another five run inning followed for the Bulldogs in the third, giving Georgia a healthy 10-3 lead. Jon Cable and Sullivan scored on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively, while a groundout roller to first by Fowler allowed King to score. The other two runs came off RBI singles from Cam Shepherd and LJ Talley.   At the extended seventh inning stretch, the score read 12-5. Georgia struck first after the reset with a RBI single from King that scored C.J. Smith. UNC Asheville scored two in the ninth inning to cut its deficit to 13-7.    Chaney Rogers found the right field bleachers off the bounce in the 11th for a RBI ground rule double that scored Talley.    King finished off his impressive day with a grand slam that landed in the camera stand just past the center field wall. King went 4 for 7 with two doubles and five RBIs. Bradley finished 3 for 5 with a home run, stolen base and three RBIs. Georgia amassed nine doubles on the day.   Georgia used 13 pitchers in which 10 threw a scoreless inning. Tim Elliot and Riley Crean registered three strikeouts each in their one inning of work. Darryn Pasqua closed out the day on the mound with two strikeouts in one inning.   The contest concluded the fall exhibition series, however the Bulldogs will compete in the annual Bulldog World Series, a three-game intersquad affair, occurring Nov. 2-4.  Coach's CornerIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin  On the run production today... 'I thought we had some really good at-bats early. Innings one-through-four, I thought our guys were pretty locked in. We had good at-bats – almost every single guy went in there and battled and had good at-bats. Late in the game we did that too. I think the first four innings and the last four innings, I thought we were awfully good offensively. We took advantage of some things that they gave us – we got some walks, and they made a couple errors. Good teams take advantage of those things, so I thought early and late we were very good offensively.'   On what to improve on as fall practice continues... 'The bottom line is we gave up too many free passes. We walked or hit 17 guys today. We played 14 innings, that's a long day, but that's too many free passes, and that's going to come back to haunt you. So we have to be better in the strike zone. A lot of young guys out there getting their first taste of college baseball, so it was to be expected a little bit, but that needs to clean up. We need to throw more strikes; we need to be more aggressive in the zone. If we do, I think our pitching staff can be really, really good, when we put everybody together. A lot of young guys went out there, with some mixed results. Some guys were very good, some guys have a lot of work to do. More than anything, we've got to throw strikes.' Player's Perspective RS-Soph. 3rd #31 Riley King  On his approach at the plate... 'Coach has been preaching staying even, and just going with your gut. Staying even, not trying to get too hot, not trying to get too low. Just going in there with a lot of confidence. It's been a big thing for me...this year, I'm going up there with a lot more confidence.'   On the benefit of fall scrimmages as a hitter... 'Every week, we see the same guys (on our team). So being able to see new arms is pretty good – seeing different arm slots, different angles. Just getting the confidence against other people. When you see the same guys over and over, they start learning you, so being able to see a new pitcher is a good experience for sure.”
  • ATHENS, Ga. — Kirby Smart made it clear Georgia football isn’t ready to go away, even after a 36-16 defeat at LSU that dropped the Bulldogs to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 rankings. “T he message for us is everything we want is in front of us,” Smart said. “The key for us is to move forward. We still have a good football team. We still have an opportunity to do everything we want to do. “Every opportunity that we had before this game is still in front of us. The margin of error is just smaller. We’ve got to get better.” The Bulldogs’ odds to win the College Football Playoff championship are sure to drop from where they were last Monday, at 7-to-1 per VegasInsider. But odds and betting lines aren’t always accurate indicators, as last Saturday’s game in Death Valley proved. Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) was a 7-point favorite over LSU, largely based on the respect the team earned during its SEC championship season and College Football Playoff title game run of a year ago. This season’s UGA team has not beat an opponent that’s currently ranked in the Top 25 The Bulldogs lost several key pieces and rank as the youngest team in the SEC with more than two-thirds of the roster (68 percent) freshmen or sophomores. Still, Georgia controls its own destiny, with showdowns against Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 27 and at Kentucky on Nov. 3. “W e’re a team, and that we’re going to bounce back from this,” Smart told his team following the loss in Tiger Stadium Saturday night. “This is very similar to last year (losing at Auburn), we probably played better leading up to our loss last year, I didn’t think we had played as well this year.” SEC East Division co-leader and No. 11-ranked Florida (6-1, 4-1), like Georgia, has a bye this week. But upstart Kentucky (5-1, 3-1), ranked No. 14, is in action against Vanderbilt in a 7:30 p.m. game in Lexington. The Wildcats have opened as an 11 1/2-point favorite over the Commodores, according to VegasInsider.com. Vanderbilt was a hard-luck loser in Nashville on Saturday to Florida, 37-27. Kentucky, like Georgia, controls its own destiny having defeat the Gators 27-16 in Week 2. The Wildcats, whose only SEC defeat came at Texas A&M, play at Missouri on Oct. 27 leading up to their showdown with the Bulldogs. Here is the line for all of the SEC football games this week: Vanderbilt at Kentucky (-11 1/2) Alabama at Tennessee (TBA) Tulsa at Arkansas (TBA) Memphis at Missouri (-7) Auburn (-2 1/2) at Ole Miss Mississippi State at LSU (-6 1/2)   The post Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny appeared first on DawgNation.
  • On Saturday, Georgia had one of its worst games in recent memory, as the Bulldogs struggled in a number of phases in its 36-16 loss to LSU. And now that the Bulldogs no longer sport a perfect record, they took fell in the AP Poll, going from No. 2 to No. 8. Georgia came in at No. 6 in the Coaches Poll. A number of things went completely wrong for Georgia on Saturday. It gave up 275 rushing yards, were stagnant on offense for most of the day and made some critical mistakes on special teams. Jake Fromm in particular struggled as he completed just 16 of his 34 pass attempts while also throwing two interceptions. LSU, who went  from No. 13 to No. 5 after the big home win, was clearly the better team in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Georgia wasn’t the only top 10 team to lose on Saturday, as No. 6 West Virginia, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Penn State all also lost. The top 4 is now Alabama at No. 1, Ohio State at No. 2, Clemson at No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4. As for the SEC teams, there are seven teams ranked, with Florida coming in at No. 11, Kentucky at No. 13 and Texas A&M at No. 17. Mississippi State  is ranked No. 22 Auburn, which was ranked No. 21, fell out of the rankings after a 30-24 loss to Tennessee at home. Georgia’s next three opponents are Florida (in Jacksonville, Fla.), Kentucky (in Lexington, Ky.) and Auburn. The Bulldogs will have a bye week this week to correct some of the issues that came about during the LSU game. Below you can see the whole AP Poll for week 8. AP Poll Top 25 Week 8 1 –   Alabama SEC 7-0 1,524 _ Share 2 1   Ohio State Big Ten 7-0 1,457 _ Share 3 1   Clemson ACC 6-0 1,392 _ Share 4 1   Notre Dame Division I FBS Ind 7-0 1,355 _ Share 5 8   LSU SEC 6-1 1,244 _ Share 6 6   Michigan Big Ten 6-1 1,146 _ Share 7 2   Texas Big 12 6-1 1,144 _ Share 8 6   Georgia SEC 6-1 1,085 _ Share 9 2   Oklahoma Big 12 5-1 999 _ Share 10 –   UCF The American 6-0 979 _ Share 11 3   Florida SEC 6-1 931 _ Share 12 5   Oregon Pac-12 5-1 917 _ Share 13 7   West Virginia Big 12 5-1 700 _ Share 14 4   Kentucky SEC 5-1 678 _ Share 15 8   Washington Pac-12 5-2 640 _ Share 16 4   North Carolina State ACC 5-0 592 _ Share 17 5   Texas A&M SEC 5-2 551 _ Share 18 10   Penn State Big Ten 4-2 523 _ Share 19 –   Iowa Big Ten 5-1 266 _ Share 20 5   Cincinnati The American 6-0 243 _ Share 21 2   South Florida The American 6-0 242 _ Share 22 2   Mississippi State SEC 4-2 231 _ Share 23 8   Wisconsin Big Ten 4-2 226 _ Share 24 –   Michigan State Big Ten 4-2 199 _ Share 25 –   Washington State Pac-12 5-1 136 _ Best Stories from around DawgNation Report Card: After bombing midterm exam, Georgia Bulldogs seek perfection rest of way Georgia’s heralded rushing attack went AWOL in loss to LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message to send to Georgia Kirby Smart defends Georgia QB Jake Fromm: ‘All the struggles weren’t his’ at LSU Georgia believed fake field goal vs. LSU would work based on film study Georgia coach Kirby Smart won’t second-guess not using Justin Fields more at LSU Georgia football stock report: LSU cashes in on Bulldogs’ mistakes The post Georgia takes big drop in AP Poll after loss to LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA — Georgia’s young football team fell short on the scoreboard at LSU, but DawgNation made its presence felt in Tiger Stadium and on the airwaves. The Georgia-LSU Saturday afternoon showdown was the highest rated college football game of the day, according to a CBS sports release, peaking with a 4.5/10 share from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Atlanta was the No. 3 market in the nation (17.2/37), trailing only New Orleans (25.2/42) and Birmingham (22.9/35). Knoxville, TN., was the No. 4 market (13.8/24) followed by Jacksonville (13.6/23). The DawgNation Invasion was to the extent that Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame sportswriter Scooter Hobbs said Georgia “had more fans than any opposing team I’ve ever see in Tiger Stadium” in the more than 30 years the veteran journalist has covered LSU.   #Georgia has brought plenty of red to LSU – ballpark 20,000 pic.twitter.com/hPHH05ehtg — Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) October 13, 2018 Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity had anticipated the turnout. The demand for seats at Tiger stadium was to the extent that the  cut-off score for UGA donors to qualify to buy LSU tickets was 99,000 points. The Bulldogs got 6,000 tickets in 102,321-seat Tiger Stadium in its ticket swap with LSU. “It’ll be interesting to see how much red and black gets inside the stadium,” McGarity said. “Our fans are very creative. They find a way to get it done.” RECAP: LSU 36, Georgia 16, scoring, news and injury updates from Saturday’s game Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart opened his post-game press conference praising the UGA fan base, which has made its presence felt since the former Georgia All-SEC safety has taken over the program. “F irst I’d like to thank our fans,” Smart said in his opening remarks following the 36-16 loss at Tiger Stadium. “Our fans follow us everywhere we go. thought they did an unbelievable job of keeping in the game and staying with us and trying to bring us back. “We’ve got a great group of fans and I can’t thank them enough.” Indeed, it’s to the point where the Georgia football players expect to see “a sea of red” home and away. “Going everywhere around the country, we look up and see a sea of red,” Bulldogs senior receiver Terry Godwin said in the days leading up to the LSU trip, asked what he expected to see in Baton Rouge. “It makes us feel at home, so it makes us feel like we’re back here at Sanford Stadium.” All-American candidate Andrew Thomas, the highest-rated offensive tackle at the midway point of the season, took to social media to thank the Bulldogs fans.   Thank you #DawgNation for supporting us. We’ll be back I promise. — Andrew Thomas (@allforgod_55) October 14, 2018   Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) has a bye this week before an Oct. 27 showdown with SEC East Division co-leader Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bulldogs are the youngest team in the SEC with more than two-thirds of the roster freshmen and sophomores. SEC ON CBS’ @FootballUGA  vs. @LSUfootball is highest-rated CFB game of the day pic.twitter.com/9S8Jsraxsv — CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) October 14, 2018 Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia planned ill-fated field goal early in the week Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU The post Georgia football DawgNation makes presence felt on national, Atlanta TV airwaves appeared first on DawgNation.
  • BATON ROUGE, La. — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart saw this one coming, and as it turned out, there was nothing he could do to prevent it. The trap at LSU was real. The Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) were a hungry, talented team with the athletes to match up with the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1). LSU had the quarterback and coaching staff capable of exploiting Georgia weaknesses that had surfaced throughout a 6-0 start that had some observers whistling by the graveyard. LSU’s 36-16 victory Saturday at Tiger Stadium was as thorough as it was convincing, across the board, offense, defense, special teams and in the coaching booth. There were signs: Missouri rushed for four touchdowns on UGA, Tennessee held Jake Fromm without a TD pass and sacked him three times, and Vanderbilt had 91 yards rushing in the first half a week before. Smart called his team out at the time for its deficiencies, and he brought them back up against after the loss in Baton Rouge after accepting blame for the defeat. “Look guys, we didn’t play real physical at Missouri, we didn’t play the way way needed to play at Missouri, Vanderbilt ran the ball on us,” Smart said. “Look, this is not just popping up out of the ground “We’ve been telling our guys. And I really think they’ve listened and they understand, we just have to keep getting better.” Smart challenged his team at the start of the week to match the Tigers’ physicality, and he and his players said in the days leading up to the loss that they would need to play their best game. “They better knuckle up,” Smart had said. “We’re going to find out a lot about our team.” It might just be a case of LSU being a better football team at this point of the season. That would at least explain why Smart felt he needed to press with a fake field goal in the first quarter and his team down 3-0. Georgia lost seven starters off last season’s SEC championship defense, leaving a suspect front seven and some youthful spots in the secondary. The Tigers exposed both with bold play calling, a relentless run game chunk plays through the air. RELATED: LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message for Georgia It was going to be a tough matchup for the Bulldogs even had Smart chosen to kick a field goal on the first drive and Jake Fromm had a better day throwing the football. Smart recognized this team’s deficiencies in spring drills and put the players through a rigorous fall camp filled with lots of ones on ones scrimmaging against one another. The physical practices have continued into the season, Smart recognizing the Georgia team’s need for more growth and toughness. The Bulldogs have been focused and prepared in each outing, but they are also the youngest team in the SEC with more than two-thirds of the roster freshmen and sophomores. “ We’ve got what we’ve got and we’re going to keep getting better, that’s the only thing we can do,” Smart said. “Our kids acknowledge we didn’t play our best game, and then today we have not gotten out of this team what we should get out of them, and that’s on me as the leader, us as the coaches, and all of the players have to buy into that.” Smart said he’ll challenge his players during the bye week to define their identity, the desired one having not been completely on display since a third quarter dismantling of South Carolina the second week of the season. “ That’s where we’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror and say OK, who are we? Is this who we are?” Smart said. “We’ve consistently not played as physical as we need to on the defensive line, and we haven’t been as consistent as we need to offensively. “So if that’s if who we are, we’ve got to get better. And that’s what we’re going to try to do in the off week, guys.” Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia planned ill-fated field goal early in the week Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU The post Georgia football coach Kirby Smart saw warning signs, couldn’t avoid LSU trap appeared first on DawgNation.
  • REPORT CARD BATON ROUGE — No need to do any grading after Georgia’s humiliating loss to LSU. Coach Kirby Smart did it for us. Smart’s postgame remarks made in the Southeast Tunnel of Tiger Stadium in the wake of the Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss to LSU were full of critical assessments and self-reflection. As well they should have been. Saturday’s humbling defeat was the type that lends itself to serious contemplation. Some examples: On Georgia playing as poorly as it did Saturday — “We haven’t gotten out of this team what we need to get out of them and that’s on me, the leader, us as the coaches.” On Georgia’s style of play — “Right now, we’re not as physical as we need to be. I can promise you that. We practice physical; we try to play tough. I think our offensive line is physical a lot of times, but defensively we haven’t been able to sustain that.” On what that means — “We’ve got to get better. That’s where we’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror and say OK, who are we? Is this who we are? We’ve consistently not played as physical as we need to on the defensive line and we haven’t been as consistent as we need to be offensively. So, if that’s if who we are, we’ve got to get better.” On the takeaway from Saturday: “We still have a good football team. We still have an opportunity to do everything we want to do. Every opportunity that we had before this game is still in front of us. The margin of error is just smaller.” There are a lot of different ways to spin it, but it all comes back to this: LSU thoroughly whipped the Bulldogs in all three phases of the game, plus coaching. Smart is right about the fact that none of that eliminates Georgia’s goals of repeating as SEC champions and returning to the College Football Playoff. ESPN reported that its data showed the Bulldogs’ probability of making the playoffs was reduced only from 56 percent to 35 percent by Saturday’s loss. Conversely, LSU’s win increased theirs only to 3 percent. So there’s that. But then there’s the psychological realities of knowing you have been dominated at your own game. “I think that’s easily said,” Smart agreed. “Look at the stats line. They played more physical than we did. They attacked us. They did a good job. They created turnovers. We didn’t do that. We didn’t protect the ball as well as we have. … We’re going to look at a lot of things, how we can get better. But, at the end of the day, if you don’t win the line of scrimmage in this league, you will not win the football game.” The most telling stat was this one: Georgia came in with a plus-6 in turnover margin with only three on the year and none converted into points. Saturday, the Bulldogs committed four and LSU turned them into 13 points. So Georgia didn’t rate well when it came to protecting the football. Here’s how it did in other areas: OFFENSE: D Georgia, which prides itself on “imposing its will” on defenses, opened the game throwing on four of the first five downs, then ran the ball on 11 straight plays on the next possession, then passed on three straight the next time out, then went run, run, pass and run, run, pass on back-to-back three and outs. Not coincidentally, the Bulldogs never seemed to be able to establish an offensive rhythm. So a team that came in averaging 42.8 points per game, had none at the half for the first time since 2016 and finished with 16, its fewest since losing to Vanderbilt 17-16 that same season. The Bulldogs’ offense was limited to 124 yards on 32 plays in the first half and abandoned a run game that had been effective as soon as they fell behind by two scores. Quarterback Jake Fromm had his worst outing of the season, throwing more incompletions (18) than completions (16) and more interceptions (2) than touchdowns (1). Georgia brought in freshman backup Justin Fields for single plays four different times, all of them runs, and just once by him. DEFENSE: D After forcing LSU to punt on its first drive, the Tigers the gained 247 yards on the next 42 plays and scored on four straight possessions in the first half (one TD, three field goals). They finished with 475 yards on 81 plays and scored 3 TDs and 5 FGs. After Georgia’s botched fake field goal in the first quarter, the defense gave up its longest scoring drive of the season — 12 plays for 84 yards and a TD. For the first time all season, the Bulldogs didn’t force a turnover. They did register three more sacks, including another one by team leader D’Andre Walker, giving him five. Tyler Clark and Keyon Richardson split one and freshman Robert Beal Jr. got his first. Freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles, but that was because LSU was successfully picking on him in coverage. SPECIAL TEAMS: F A failed fake field goal in the first quarter changed the entire complexion of the game. Holder Jake Camarda flipped the ball backward over his head to kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, who was to run it around right end. Only, the call came on third-and-nine — a lot to ask of a kicker — and after Georgia had established offensive dominance of the line of scrimmage, and was thoroughly sniffed out by LSU safety Grant Delpit. He tackled Blankenship for a two-yard loss and forced a fumble. That was one of two special teams “disasters.” Mecole Hardman unwisely brought the ball out from four yards deep in the end zone, was stopped inside the 15 and then fumbled the ball away at the 12. LSU converted that into a quick field goal, which turned a close game into a blowout. Freshman punter Jake Camarda continued to struggle with consistency. He hit two shanks and finished with a 35.5-yard average. “We probably lost the kicking game for the first time,” Smart said, and he was right. COACHING: F Just because a trend was discovered in film study and everyone is certain a play will work against a certain “look” doesn’t mean you call it automatically. Time, score and situation has to be considered before attempting a trick play, especially one on special teams. Smart’s decision to attempt a fake field goal they’d worked on all week “to create momentum” did just that — but for the wrong team. Not only did it inspire LSU, it also sent n inferred message to the Bulldogs that Saturday’s game might carry more importance and require more risk to win. Georgia’s defense was overmatched and its offense lacked identity and evidence of a firm plan. On that front, the Bulldogs’ “no plan” approach to the quarterback rotation just looks more silly every week. Georgia is bringing in Fields only to run the zone-read option and doing so on arbitrary downs in the middle of possessions. It is neither fooling opposing defenses nor building confidence in either quarterback. In fact, the opposite could be true. Said Smart: “We didn’t play our best football game today. That responsibility starts and falls with me.” It does and Georgia didn’t. OVERALL: D In the grand scheme of things, Saturday’s loss might not be as devastating as it seems. Yes, the chance to run the table and be assured of a College Football Playoff spot is eliminated. But the scenario is now exactly like it was in November last year when the Bulldogs fell to Auburn in miserable fashion. If Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) can clean up its offensive and defensive messes, it can get its season back on track with a win over Florida (6-1, 4-1) in Jacksonville in two weeks. Smart normally doesn’t like a bye week, especially one that comes on the heels of a loss. But he’s all for the respite it will provide this time, as Georgia incurred more injuries and desperately awaits several dinged up players to make their way back. “From a beat-up, physical standpoint, injuries, we got a lot of guys dinged up during the game,” Smart said. “We had three or four guys hurting there. It’s a physical game. We had guys dropping like flies; they did, too. It’s the SEC guys. It’s physical, it’s tough. We’ve got to bounce back from it.” The post Report Card: After bombing midterm exam, Georgia Bulldogs seek perfection rest of way appeared first on DawgNation.
  • BATON ROUGE, La. — Backs to the wall, LSU looked and played like the hungrier team from the onset of Saturday’s game against Georgia. The Tigers fans loved it when coach Ed Orgeron went for a fourth-and-goal at the Georgia 1-yard line in the second quarter, with quarterback Joe Burrow plunging in to give LSU a 10-0 lead. But the No. 13-ranked Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) were just getting warmed up, as they went for three other fourth down situations against the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1), converting all of them en route to the 36-16 upset. “That was the message we were going to send,” said Orgeron, now 7-0 at LSU in games following a loss. “We were going to be as aggressive as we can. We were going to take shots and go for it. “Play to win the whole time.” The Tigers pounded Georgia for 275 yards on the ground and 475 yards in all, exposing a Bulldogs’ defense that entered the day leading the SEC in total defense (283.2 per game). “They did a good job and took some good risks at getting those conversions with some sneaks and stuff,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “The key is you don’t want to be in fourth-and-1. It’s hard to stop those plays.” It marked the first time this season that LSU started the same offensive line combination in consecutive games, and that seemed to pay off. Up 13-0 in the second quarter, Orgeron looked to catch Smart and the Georgia defense off guard, going for a fourth-and-1 at the LSU 38. Burrow, a graduate transfer quarterback from Ohio State, converted for a 1-yard gain and a first down on a somewhat controversial spot. Later, on the same drive, Burrow handed to Clyde Edwards-Helaire on a fourth-and-1 at the Georgia 36, and the running back ran for 16 yards to the Bulldogs’ 20. The Tigers ended up kicking a field goal on the drive, increasing their lead to 16-0 and keeping the Bulldogs’ offense off the field during a scoring drive that lasted 4:43. “I thought one of them we had a chance to stop and didn’t, give them credit,” Smart said. “They kept the ball on third-and-ones and fourth-and-ones by running some good plays and converting and keeping their offense on the field.” LSU didn’t let up in the second half, going for yet another fourth-and-1 at the Georgia 14-yard line with a 16-3 lead in the third quarter. Burrow, again, kept the ball for a 2-yard gain, and the Tigers kicked another field goal. Orgeron said the LSU offensive line wanted to make amends for a poor performance in last week’s 27-19 loss at Florida. “They felt bad all week. They were hungry. They’d felt like they let the team down,” Orgeron said. “Obviously, they took it upon themselves to play better today and they did.” Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia planned ill-fated field goal early in the week Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU The post LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message to send to Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.

Local News

  • The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the organization has agreed to terms on a two-year contract for manager Brian Snitker. The contract does include a third-year club option for 2021.  Snitker took over as manager for the Braves in 2016 and led the team to their first National League East Division title in five years this season.  Here is the full statement from the Atlanta Braves: The Atlanta #Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season: pic.twitter.com/CsReyEyU9x — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 15, 2018 TRENDING STORIES: Georgia already topping list for flu activity in the nation President Trump to view storm damage in Georgia Atlanta police seize drugs and guns from a popular food mart Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons, including three seasons as manager for Triple-A club in Gwinnett.  The National League 'Manager of the Year' candidate, who turns 63 on Wednesday, owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. Information from our partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.
  • Jackson County Commissioners meet tonight at the courthouse in Jefferson: their session is underway at 6 o’clock this evening. Commissioners will consider a proposal from developers who wants 2 million square feet of warehouse space on 357 acres off Josh Pirkle Road in Jackson County. It’s a project opposed by the Jackson County Planning Commission. There is an afternoon meeting of the Oconee County Industrial Development Authority, 4 o’clock at Oconee County Chamber of Commerce offices in Watkinsville.  Tonight’s meeting of the Oconee County Planning Commission is set for 7 o’clock at the courthouse in Watkinsville.  Madison County’s Industrial Development Authority meets at 6 o’clock this evening at the Historic Courthouse in Danielsville.
  • Athens-Clarke County Police Lieutenant Jeff Clark begins his new assignment as the Department’s Deputy Police Chief. Clark is a 20-year veteran of local law enforcement. He takes over for Justin Gregory, who resigned earlier this month. The naming of a new deputy chief comes from interim Chief Mike Hunsinger, who took over after the resignation of former Chief Scott Freeman, who was asked to resign by Athens-Clarke County Manger Blaine Williams.  From the Athens-Clarke Co PD... ACCPD Interim Chief Mike Hunsinger has appointed Lt. Jeff Clark, a 20-year veteran with the ACCPD, to Interim Deputy Chief. Interim Deputy Chief Clark rose through the ranks from Patrolman to Detective, serving as a Sergeant and Lieutenant in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Bureaus. Clark is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a graduate of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Command College and a graduate of Columbus State College with a Master of Public Administration degree. “Interim Deputy Chief Clark is highly regarded in the department and has the education and experience needed for this position. I look forward to working with him in his new role,” stated Interim Chief Hunsinger. As Interim Deputy Chief, Clark will oversee the day-to-day operation of all police functions. Outside his work with the ACCPD, Clark volunteers with a variety of local organizations. “My favorite part of law enforcement is engaging with the officers and citizens to address public safety concerns. I look forward to working with the employees of the ACCPD and the citizens of Athens-Clarke County,' said Clark.
  • The GBI continues its investigation into a deadly officer involved shooting in Hall County: a man was killed by Hall County deputies after a 7-hour SWAT standoff at a home in East Hall. Those deputies say he fired at them from the front door of the house on Truelove Road. James Manus was 41 years old. No law enforcement officers were injured. From the Hall County Sheriff’s Office… On October 13, 2018, just before 5 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3185 Truelove Road, in East Hall County, regarding a man with a gun.    Upon arrival, they learned that the resident of that address had pointed at handgun at neighbors, and when the Deputies attempted to make contact with him, he barricaded himself inside the residence and refused all attempts at communication. SWAT team members and Investigators arrived on the scene a short time later, and an extended effort to establish contact and negotiate with the suspect was undertaken.    At approximately 11 PM, the suspect began shooting at Deputies from within the residence. Just after midnight, he appeared in the front doorway and again fired at Deputies, who returned fire, fatally striking the suspect.    No Deputies or bystanders were injured during the incident.    As is customary in officer-involved shooting cases, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene and has assumed the investigation.    No further information will be released at this time, pending the GBI investigation. 
  • There has been a second deadly vehicle vs motorcycle accident in less than a week in Athens: last week, 27 year-old Douglas Nash was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car on Barnett Shoals Drive; last night, 43 year-old Antion Brown of Athens was killed in a wreck on Spring Valley Road. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash, which happened at Spring Valley and Indian Hills Drive.  A 29 year-old man is dead, the victim of a car accident in Hall County. Gainesville Police say Thomas Garrett lost control of his car, swerving off a roadway and overturning twice. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — College football games between relatively evenly matched teams can often come down to a handful of plays, with momentum playing a large role in the outcome. The LSU-Georgia game on Saturday in Tiger Stadium was no different, the Bayou Bengals prevailing 36-16 over the previously undefeated Bulldogs. Both teams had their strengths, but they had also shown their deficiencies leading up to a high-profile clash that drew the largest college football game rating last weekend. LSU did a better job of exposing the Bulldogs’ weaknesses than Georgia did the Tigers. Here are the three key moments that played a large role in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game 1. Georgia’s failed fake field goal Perhaps the biggest play of the game in hindsight, as Georgia had ran the ball nine straight times for 60 yards before two incomplete passes put the Bulldogs in position for a field goal attempt. Kirby Smart said the staff knew before the game they were going to run a fake if they saw an LSU alignment they felt they could take advantage of, and the Tigers presented that look on Georgia’s second drive. “They were like 15 of 17 (88 percent) with a look that it would work on,” Smart said, explaining why the Bulldogs passed on a 31-yard field goal attempt at the 3:28 mark of the opening quarter, down 3-0. “We wanted to be aggressive.” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Georgia’s fake field goal did indeed surprise him. “ It surprised me, 10 yards to go, it surprised me,” he said. “But we always have a guy for the fake. We have eyes. And when you’re playing for the field goal block, you have to have your eyes on your man, not on the field goal kicker. Tremendous discipline.” 2. LSU’s 47-yard run on third-and-1 Tiger Stadium erupted again on the final play of the first quarter on the ensuing drive after Georgia had lost its initial momentum with the fruitless fake field goal. The game within the game was LSU’s offensive line vs. the Georgia front seven, and this was the first short-yardage battle of the game, third-and-1 at the Tigers’ 46. RELATED: Kirby Smart challenges defense to ‘knuckle up’ at LSU The Bulldogs were not gap sound, and LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed 47 yards to the UGA 7 to set up a TD that made it 10-0. It was only the second run of longer than 20 yards Georgia had given up all season. The play gave the Tigers the confidence they needed to go for it on four other fourth-and-1 situations against the Bulldogs, all of which they converted in back-breaking fashion. “At the end of the day,” Smart said, “you don’t win the line of scrimmage in this league, you won’t win the football game.” Orgeron, meanwhile, said LSU was still smarting from its 27-19 loss at Florida the week before. The Tigers coach was intent to make amends after electing to kick a field goal from the Gators’ 15-yard line on a fourth-and-inches situation in the second quarter with that game tied at 7-7.. “We were throwing out the kitchen sink, man, everything we had, we did,” Orgeron said, asked about the decision to go for it on four fourth downs against Georgia. “All week, we talked about being aggressive. I was a little pissed at myself for not going for it against Florida down there fourth and half an inch.” Third-and-6 sack in fourth quarter Georgia trailed 19-9 when it took over at the LSU 38-yard line with 14:39 remaining, Mecole Hardman having broken loose on a 27-yard punt return after the Bulldogs’ defense turned the momentum by forcing LSU to go three-and-out. RELATED: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia football A jet sweep call for Hardman was stopped for no gain, and then Justin Fields was brought in to handoff to third-string tailback Brian Herrien for 4 yards, bringing up the third-and-6 at the 34. Georgia was still within Rodrigo Blankenship’s field goal range when Jake Fromm took the snap, but the veteran QB failed to make a play — instead taking a 9-yard sack that took the Bulldogs out of field goal range. “Some of those you’ve got to escape and get rid of the ball, there’s a lot of pressures they run that are hard to pick up, and I was very concerned with that coming into the game,” Smart said. “But I didn’t think it was the protection as much as it was making decisions quicker, getting rid of the ball quicker, and at the end of the day, don’t be in third-and-long.”   LSU, its crowd still roaring from the sack, responded with a six-play, 86-yard drive to go up 26-9. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU         The post Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the organization has agreed to terms on a two-year contract for manager Brian Snitker. The contract does include a third-year club option for 2021.  Snitker took over as manager for the Braves in 2016 and led the team to their first National League East Division title in five years this season.  Here is the full statement from the Atlanta Braves: The Atlanta #Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season: pic.twitter.com/CsReyEyU9x — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 15, 2018 TRENDING STORIES: Georgia already topping list for flu activity in the nation President Trump to view storm damage in Georgia Atlanta police seize drugs and guns from a popular food mart Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons, including three seasons as manager for Triple-A club in Gwinnett.  The National League 'Manager of the Year' candidate, who turns 63 on Wednesday, owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. Information from our partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.
  • BATON ROUGE, La. — Dave Aranda is the highest paid coordinator in college football, and Saturday afternoon the LSU   defensive wizard earned his $2.5 million annual salary by throttling Georgia’s multifaceted offense. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said in the days leading up to LSU’s 36-16 win over the Bulldogs that it would be a chess match, and the coaching moves from both staffs were on display. Georgia marched 60 yards on nine consecutive run plays on its second offensive series, displaying a dominant run game that seemed to bode well for the afternoon before an ill-fated fake field goal attempt changed the momentum. The Bulldogs managed just 17 yards on their next seven carries, LSU forcing three consecutive three-and-out series in pulling away to a 16-0 halftime lead. WATCH: LSU coach Ed Orgeron says physical football in Tigers’ DNA “You know they started running the football on us in the first quarter, (and) Dave (Aranda) made some adjustments,” Orgeron said. “Dave did a great job. We mixed up the personnel groupings that we use. We gave them some stuff that they didn’t see. Obviously, everything was built on stopping the run and the deep pass, and we did it. “We were playing one certain defense, and it wasn’t working. And we changed to play another one, and it worked.” Georgia, with its two-headed monster at quarterback, it’s four-man tailback platoon and double-digit receiver rotation, could not strike the right combination. The same versatility that has made the Bulldogs a tough matchup for an opponent worked against coach Kirby Smart — Georgia had no offensive identity to lean on when times got tough. “We were in four-open sets and we were running the ball really well and we drove down there and … we kind of stayed with that the next drive,” Smart said, asked why the Bulldogs abandoned the run. “We actually went back to it (the run). They changed some things up and it wasn’t working as well.” It put quarterback Jake Fromm in a difficult situation, with LSU running different looks than it had shown all year, making Georgia’s celebrated offensive line appear ineffective and overmatched at times. “We were just taking advantage of what they were giving to us,” said Fromm, who was sacked three times and pressured on several others, “and then they started kind of taking that away later in the game, and we started slinging the ball around a little bit.” Orgeron said the key  adjustment involved changing up the defensive fronts, creating different angles, with Aranda expertly mixing in different personnel to create problems for the Bulldogs. “We challenged our defensive line, especially (nose tackle) Ed Alexander,” Orgeron said. “That’s one of the best centers (Lamont Gaillard) we’ve seen. I thought he (Alexander) played one of his best games today. ” Smart said in the days leading up to the game he respected Aranda, his words foretelling. “ Dave Aranda is one of the premier defensive coordinators in the country, we look at what he does week to week, they do a tremendous job, always looking for new ideas, he’s a guy you look at,’ Smart said. “So for us, we’ve got to keep our quarterback’s upright. We’ve got to keep them in the pocket. Can’t get our offensive line confused.” It was clear by the end of the afternoon LSU was the better prepared team, its players out-executing what had been a very focused and dominant Georgia football team through the first half of the regular season. “ They played more physical than we did, they attacked us, they did a good job, they created turnovers, we didn’t do that, we didn’t protect the ball as good as we had,” Smart said, owning the defeat. “You can look at a lot of things, and I’m perfectly OK with that. We’re gonna look at a lot of things, and how we can get better.” Georgia dropped to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll with the loss, and No. 6 in the Coaches’ Poll. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia planned ill-fated field goal early in the week Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU   The post On the beat: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia’s multifaceted offense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia eased past UNC Asheville, 20-7, in a 14-inning exhibition victory on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 361 at Foley Field.  The visiting Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first, putting across three runs in the top of the second inning after a hit-by-pitch, walk and three singles.    Georgia wasted no time on answering with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Riley King, Kaden Fowler, Patrick Sullivan led off the inning with consecutive doubles. After Tucker Maxwell reached on a bunt, Tucker Bradley cleared the bases with a home run shot into the trees beyond the right-center field wall.  Another five run inning followed for the Bulldogs in the third, giving Georgia a healthy 10-3 lead. Jon Cable and Sullivan scored on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively, while a groundout roller to first by Fowler allowed King to score. The other two runs came off RBI singles from Cam Shepherd and LJ Talley.   At the extended seventh inning stretch, the score read 12-5. Georgia struck first after the reset with a RBI single from King that scored C.J. Smith. UNC Asheville scored two in the ninth inning to cut its deficit to 13-7.    Chaney Rogers found the right field bleachers off the bounce in the 11th for a RBI ground rule double that scored Talley.    King finished off his impressive day with a grand slam that landed in the camera stand just past the center field wall. King went 4 for 7 with two doubles and five RBIs. Bradley finished 3 for 5 with a home run, stolen base and three RBIs. Georgia amassed nine doubles on the day.   Georgia used 13 pitchers in which 10 threw a scoreless inning. Tim Elliot and Riley Crean registered three strikeouts each in their one inning of work. Darryn Pasqua closed out the day on the mound with two strikeouts in one inning.   The contest concluded the fall exhibition series, however the Bulldogs will compete in the annual Bulldog World Series, a three-game intersquad affair, occurring Nov. 2-4.  Coach's CornerIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin  On the run production today... 'I thought we had some really good at-bats early. Innings one-through-four, I thought our guys were pretty locked in. We had good at-bats – almost every single guy went in there and battled and had good at-bats. Late in the game we did that too. I think the first four innings and the last four innings, I thought we were awfully good offensively. We took advantage of some things that they gave us – we got some walks, and they made a couple errors. Good teams take advantage of those things, so I thought early and late we were very good offensively.'   On what to improve on as fall practice continues... 'The bottom line is we gave up too many free passes. We walked or hit 17 guys today. We played 14 innings, that's a long day, but that's too many free passes, and that's going to come back to haunt you. So we have to be better in the strike zone. A lot of young guys out there getting their first taste of college baseball, so it was to be expected a little bit, but that needs to clean up. We need to throw more strikes; we need to be more aggressive in the zone. If we do, I think our pitching staff can be really, really good, when we put everybody together. A lot of young guys went out there, with some mixed results. Some guys were very good, some guys have a lot of work to do. More than anything, we've got to throw strikes.' Player's Perspective RS-Soph. 3rd #31 Riley King  On his approach at the plate... 'Coach has been preaching staying even, and just going with your gut. Staying even, not trying to get too hot, not trying to get too low. Just going in there with a lot of confidence. It's been a big thing for me...this year, I'm going up there with a lot more confidence.'   On the benefit of fall scrimmages as a hitter... 'Every week, we see the same guys (on our team). So being able to see new arms is pretty good – seeing different arm slots, different angles. Just getting the confidence against other people. When you see the same guys over and over, they start learning you, so being able to see a new pitcher is a good experience for sure.”
  • ATHENS, Ga. — Kirby Smart made it clear Georgia football isn’t ready to go away, even after a 36-16 defeat at LSU that dropped the Bulldogs to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 rankings. “T he message for us is everything we want is in front of us,” Smart said. “The key for us is to move forward. We still have a good football team. We still have an opportunity to do everything we want to do. “Every opportunity that we had before this game is still in front of us. The margin of error is just smaller. We’ve got to get better.” The Bulldogs’ odds to win the College Football Playoff championship are sure to drop from where they were last Monday, at 7-to-1 per VegasInsider. But odds and betting lines aren’t always accurate indicators, as last Saturday’s game in Death Valley proved. Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) was a 7-point favorite over LSU, largely based on the respect the team earned during its SEC championship season and College Football Playoff title game run of a year ago. This season’s UGA team has not beat an opponent that’s currently ranked in the Top 25 The Bulldogs lost several key pieces and rank as the youngest team in the SEC with more than two-thirds of the roster (68 percent) freshmen or sophomores. Still, Georgia controls its own destiny, with showdowns against Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 27 and at Kentucky on Nov. 3. “W e’re a team, and that we’re going to bounce back from this,” Smart told his team following the loss in Tiger Stadium Saturday night. “This is very similar to last year (losing at Auburn), we probably played better leading up to our loss last year, I didn’t think we had played as well this year.” SEC East Division co-leader and No. 11-ranked Florida (6-1, 4-1), like Georgia, has a bye this week. But upstart Kentucky (5-1, 3-1), ranked No. 14, is in action against Vanderbilt in a 7:30 p.m. game in Lexington. The Wildcats have opened as an 11 1/2-point favorite over the Commodores, according to VegasInsider.com. Vanderbilt was a hard-luck loser in Nashville on Saturday to Florida, 37-27. Kentucky, like Georgia, controls its own destiny having defeat the Gators 27-16 in Week 2. The Wildcats, whose only SEC defeat came at Texas A&M, play at Missouri on Oct. 27 leading up to their showdown with the Bulldogs. Here is the line for all of the SEC football games this week: Vanderbilt at Kentucky (-11 1/2) Alabama at Tennessee (TBA) Tulsa at Arkansas (TBA) Memphis at Missouri (-7) Auburn (-2 1/2) at Ole Miss Mississippi State at LSU (-6 1/2)   The post Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny appeared first on DawgNation.