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UGA v Arkansas Preview 2014

Another week. Another long road trip. And another Saturday the Dawgs will be without their top tailback in a key SEC ballgame.

Todd Gurley didn’t travel with the team to Little Rock on Friday morning, meaning he’ll remain suspended on allegations of NCAA rule-breaking for a second week as Georgia goes to face Arkansas.

The Dawgs hope they can manage to win without him, as they did last week, when Hutson Mason, Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas threw a combined shutout of Missouri. The defensive unit put together its best performance of the season – a product that, together with near-flawless execution in every other aspect of the game, amounted to a 34-point win which’ll go down as one of Georgia’s most impressive in the Mark Richt era.

Even without Gurley, the 5-1 and now 10th-ranked Classic City Canines have a lot of positive momentum following their fourth-consecutive win.

But, to quote the great Earl Weaver (and stay with the baseball theme), “Momentum is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher.”

As great as last week’s win was, it only means something if Georgia can follow it up with another one over Arkansas. Finding a way to beat them on the road would put the Dawgs back in “the conversation,” and establish them as the favorite to oppose the eventual division champion out of the West in Atlanta.

Arkansas is no longer in contention to get there after two consecutive losses that dropped them to 3-3, to last place in the SEC West and out of the top 25. The Razorbacks were taken down by 6th-ranked Texas A&M in overtime and No. 7 Alabama in a one-point decision last Saturday. Both were games that could’ve easily gone the other way.

Georgia will be Arkansas’ third-straight top-10 opponent. And still without a win in SEC play, you’ve gotta know they’ll be hungry to get one versus the Dawgs.

This year’s edition of the Razorbacks play a different brand of football than they did the last time they met with Georgia. Under second-year head coach Bret Bielema, they’ve moved from slinging the ball downfield every other play to a system that focuses on pounding it. And they’ve done that well this season.

Their ground game, led by co-feature backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, is 11th in the country in average yards per game and 13th in total yardage. The Razorbacks are also the 19th most productive scoring offense in college football.

They run the ball eight ways from Sunday behind an offensive line that doubles as a road-grading crew for the Arkansas Dept. of Transportation during the offseason. And though they do throw the ball more than their reputation would advertise, their offense lives and dies with the rush. For the first time in a while, the Dawgs’ defensive success won’t depend on coverage and pass pressure, but on whether or not the front seven can make key stops.

Can Mike Thornton, Sterling Bailey and Ray Drew eat up the rush at the point of attack? Can Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera make stops when those ballcarriers get into the open field between the hashes? And can Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd and Lorenzo Carter seal off lateral runs to the edges? These are the questions that’ll probably dictate most of whether or not Georgia can win on Saturday.

Arkansas averages 6.2 yards a pop on the ground – the 7th best in the nation. Can you guess who’s 6th with 6.3 yards per attempt? Georgia.

With or without Gurley, the Dawgs’ offense is at its best when it uses the run to set up the pass. Last week, Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas’ 210 yards on the ground served as a great foil to the passing game, which in its second week with Malcolm Mitchell back, produced 169 yards through the air. That’s the second-best game this year behind South Carolina.

Versus an Arkansas defense that’s really good in the trenches, Mason and his corps of receivers will need another good-looking game to put Georgia in a position to win.

The Dawgs and Razorbacks look like two pretty equally-matched teams. Barring something unexpected, neither team should run away with this ballgame. The outcome will more than likely swing on changes in momentum and who makes the least number of mistakes.

Georgia has what it takes to get a win, but they’ll have to avoid turning the ball over and capitalize on the opportunities they’re given. It’d be unrealistic to say the Dawgs can put together a performance as sharp as the one they had last weekend in Columbia. But play a game that’s more than half as good and they’ll be flying back from Little Rock Saturday night with their sixth win in hand.

The Prediction: Georgia 27, Arkansas 24

Let’s hope the ride back for Georgia fans is as pleasant as the one we made from Missouri last weekend. That drive down 78 is a lot longer when you’re 5-2 than when you’re 6-1.

(Written by Mr. Clay Reynolds. Clay is a senior at UGA, majoring in Journalism, who has painted with the Paint Line as an alternate in the past. As a passionate Dawg fan and sports enthusiast Clay has graciously stepped up this year as our resident writer! Thank you Clay!)

UGA v Mizzou Preview 2014

Now’s the point in the season where the Paint Line trades its body paint for road paint.

With roughly the first third of the season in the books, the Dawgs now leave behind the friendly confines of Sanford Stadium and start a stretch of pivotal conference road games that will put a stretch on both their resolve and their odometer.

The Georgia bandwagon will be laying some serious tire tracks over the course of the next four weeks, making three trips of over 1,500 miles in total: 733 miles to Columbia, Missouri (11.5 hours), 588 miles to Little Rock, Arkansas (8.5 hours) and 306 miles to Jacksonville (5.5 hours, that is, unless you’re going by bike, in which case it’s more like 30).

But figuratively just as much as literally, this is where the rubber meets the road for the championship-minded Bulldogs.

Thanks to a pair of consecutive losses by Carolina, Georgia (4-1 overall) is back in control of its own destiny. But the Dawgs could quickly put themselves back in a deep hole if they lose to Missouri this coming Saturday.

That was what finally derailed a promising season for an injury-riddled Georgia team a year ago. The Tigers effectively buried the title hopes of the 7th-ranked Dawgs when they marched into Athens and handed them a 41-26 upset.

Tigers starting QB James Franklin went down in the fourth quarter of that game with a shoulder injury, pressing freshman Maty Mauk into his first service behind center. He would go on to start the next four games in Franklin’s stead, and this season took the helm as their full-time signal-caller.

He’ll be the principal weapon the Georgia defense concerns itself with on Saturday, mainly for his dual-threat potential which headlines a potent spread offense that’s rolled up exactly 2,000 yards to this point in the season. Mauk is the third-leading rusher behind RBs Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy, and has found leading wideouts Bud Sasser, Jimmie Hunt and Darius White over 15 times apiece.

This is a totally different cast of characters than the one that shredded a young defense last year, but it does have the potential to be just as surgical in taking apart a Georgia secondary that’s getting thinner by the week.

One might argue the defensive unit gained a little bit of confidence in last week’s win over Vanderbilt: a solid performance marked by a Devin Bowman pick-six and stops on all but two of 13 Vandy 3rd downs. But the Tigers’ wide-open offensive attack is a different animal than any Georgia’s seen this year, and keeping it under control and out of the endzone will be a tall order.

The Dawgs’ concerns in this game are augmented even further by the potential loss of Todd Gurley, who Thursday was implicated in an autograph scandal that allegedly paid him $400 for signed materials. Barring something unforeseen, the Heisman favorite will be sidelined on Saturday, shifting the onus of offensive production to Nick Chubb, who’s had flashes of brilliance in his freshman campaign, though it remains to be seen whether he has the stamina and durability to carry the mail for an entire ballgame.

Much will also be asked of Hutson Mason, who spun several good deep balls last Saturday, but still threw a glaring interception that raises some major questions as to whether he can make stuff happen versus a true SEC defense. He definitely can’t afford any mistakes in the passing game, and will have to hit on several big plays to keep drives, and his team, alive.

The kicker with Mizzou, also 4-1 overall, is that their single loss this year came out-of-conference to Indiana, unlike Georgia’s, which was to a division opponent. That means if the Tigers win this game, they’ll own a two-game advantage in the division standings AND the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Dawgs. In that scenario, it’ll take a near-impossible three SEC losses on their part to put Georgia back in a spot where they can contend for the East title.

Put simply, this is a must-win ballgame.

And it’ll take more than just a good game from the Dawgs’ combined units to win. They all have to play the game of their life, and then some. The loss of Gurley stresses a need for perfection, and even a little bit of luck.

If Georgia can put together a crisp performance and get a few favorable bounces of the ball, they’ll be right in this game. But to come out on top, they’ll have to call on their star players not named Gurley to step up and make the key plays.

The Prediction: Georgia 28, Missouri 27

The road to Columbia, which includes stents on six different interstate highways, is a long one. And most of those highways are marked with plenty of yellow and black. This weekend, let’s add some red to the trail there and back that’ll remind everyone along the way that the Dawgs are still on top of the SEC East.

(Written by Mr. Clay Reynolds. Clay is a senior at UGA, majoring in Journalism, who has painted with the Paint Line as an alternate in the past. As a passionate Dawg fan and sports enthusiast Clay has graciously stepped up this year as our resident writer! Thank you Clay!)

UGA v Vandy Preview 2014

It’s October – probably the greatest month out of the year if you’re a southerner, a sports fan, or both.

With this month comes the first chill in the air you feel in advance of winter, trees turning all kinds of amazing colors, baseball’s postseason, and, most importantly, the stretch run in the SEC.

Does it get any better?

Thanks to an unprecedentedly-competitive balance, SEC football in October – always exciting – will be even more so. The conference rolls out about half a dozen marquee matchups this Saturday and each one after. That sets us up for a run of can’t-miss football that makes out to be one of the most fiercely-contested conference races of our time.

So a lot of how the SEC and national title races shape up in November and December will hinge on what takes place this month, especially so for the 3-1 Dawgs, who entered the meat of their schedule last week against Tennessee.

The toughest portion of the campaign continues Saturday at home versus Vanderbilt, after which Georgia goes on the road in consecutive weeks to take on Missouri and Arkansas before a bye week and the annual meeting with Florida in Jacksonville (a game that’s actually in November, but for all intents and purposes belongs in the great month of October, so we’ll lump it in).

For the Dawgs, this is where the SEC East title will be won or lost. And an undefeated mark over the next four games starts versus Vandy – a game which figures to be a warmup for the next three, but will be more than just a tune-up against a glorified practice squad.

Vanderbilt has been a trap game for Georgia in the past – in fact, just last year they knocked off the injury-riddled Dawgs in Nashville thanks to a successful fake field goal and some ill-timed penalties and turnovers.

But a lot has changed in a year. The Commodores are now without the Admiral James Franklin, who bolted to replace Bill O’Brien as skipper at Penn State. He was the driving force behind their resurgence as a program – a lot of which looks to have been undone in the first season under a new coach.

Former Stanford Offensive Coordinator Derek Carr has seen his share of struggles so far in five games at the helm in Nashville.

His team was routed at home by Temple and Ole Miss in consecutive weeks to start the season. But ever since a 34-31 win over UMass in week three, they’ve looked considerably better. The ’Dores gave Carolina a scare and played a close one with Kentucky on the road last Saturday.

Though still 1-4 and winless in the conference, Vandy has proven it’s at least a decent team.

They’re better than you think at stopping the run: 69th in the country, averaging 161 yards-allowed on the ground, ahead of both Tennessee and Carolina. So on paper, this is the best SEC rushing defense the Dawgs have faced.

The Commodores have been a lazy Susan at the quarterback position this year. Wade Freebeck, their best passer statistically, will start on Saturday, and should see most of the snaps with Patton Robinette still on the shelf due to effects of a concussion.

The offense has found its stride of late, but they still don’t score much. Vandy has just three passing touchdowns in four games and two on the rushing end, so there’s no way they win a shootout.

A lot of their success on Saturday should depend on what their defense can do against the best running back in college football and Hutson Mason, who feels insulted after a decent-at-best performance versus Tennessee and is ready to rip off a big game.

Good luck.

Going by their last two games, it’s safe to expect another respectable showing out of the Commodores. But that shouldn’t be anywhere close to enough against the Dawgs at home, who, with some early momentum, can easily turn Saturday into a similar game to the 48-3 bloodbath that took place on the Commodores’ last visit between the hedges in 2012.

They’re getting better, but Vandy is still a struggling team with an inexperienced roster and an as-yet unproven head coach. Sanford Stadium won’t be the place they make a statement and earns their first conference win.

The Prediction: Georgia 44, Vanderbilt 9

Oh, one other thing about October: It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And for the second-straight year, the Paint Line will be painting pink instead of red for this first (and only) home game in October. To the thousands of women in the U.S. each year who fight this disease, and the millions of others affected by it: This game’s for you.

Join us on Saturday as we remember this great cause, celebrate homecoming, ring in the great month of October, enjoy some cooler weather and take in another Dawgs win.

(Written by Mr. Clay Reynolds. Clay is a senior at UGA, majoring in Journalism, who has painted with the Paint Line as an alternate in the past. As a passionate Dawg fan and sports enthusiast Clay has graciously stepped up this year as our resident writer! Thank you Clay!)

UGA v UT 2014 Preview

Georgia’s two victories so far on the year have given us plenty to feel good about. But five weeks into the season, the Dawgs still have a zero in the SEC win column.

They’ll have an opportunity to do something about that this Saturday, as the Tennessee Volunteers come calling in another noon kickoff between the hedges. If this Georgia team is to live up to the hype, this is the game where they’ll have to prove they’re worth it.

That’s certainly been the case historically.

When you talk about make-or-break games since 2000, the Dawgs’ annual meeting with Tennessee has always been right up there on the list. Losses to the Vols have repeatedly wrecked promising seasons. In those years when Georgia teams were fortunate enough not to get tripped up by Rocky Top, it’s those wins that have vaulted them to great seasons. Beating Tennessee was one common denominator of the Dawgs’ five SEC East Championship campaigns between 2002 and 2012.

Hard not to think of all the great moments in the last 15 years of Georgia football history that have come against the Volunteers.

The rivalry produced the last-recorded Sanford Stadium field storming after a drought-breaking win in 2000, the “Hobnail Boot” play to score the game-winning touchdown the following season in Knoxville, Sean Jones’ 91-yard scoop-and-score before halftime in 2003 and last year’s come-from-behind effort to set up a game-winning field goal in overtime.

Saturday figures to be another classic that’ll be doubly special if the Dawgs can follow it up with a run at the SEC title.

What’s more, a Georgia win in this game ties up its all-time series with Tennessee at 21-apiece, a hard-won victory of the last decade and a half, in which the Dawgs have unseated the Vols as an SEC power.

Georgia’s taken 10 out of its last 14 games against Tennessee, including the previous four meetings. Their current win streak has run alongside a stretch of rough years for the Vols that’ve been marked by unprecedented turnover in the coaching ranks.

Butch Jones, hired last season, has the program back on the rise.

2-1 to this point in the season, the Vols clearly don’t have talent that stacks up with the heavyweights in the conference, but they are a team that’ll play you tough and scrap for everything they can get.

They were seconds away from handing the sixth-ranked Dawgs an upset last year in Knoxville.

Down 31-24, Aaron Murray connected with Rantavious Wooten for a touchdown with five seconds to play to force overtime. In the extra period, Tennessee’s Pig Howard, on what appeared to be a touchdown, fumbled the ball into the endzone as he dove for the pylon, invalidating the score and turning the ball over. Georgia would win on a 42-yard Marshall Morgan field goal a few plays later.

That should give you a sense of what the Vols are capable of doing against a team that no longer has the battle-hardened Murray calling signals. With two wins over cupcake teams at home and a loss last Saturday to a very tough Oklahoma team, they look to be in a similar position to the place they were last year – and that’s the perfect spot to spring up and surprise you if you’re not careful.

Much like Carolina, Tennessee would love to do everything it can to stuff the run and put Hutson Mason in a position where he’s forced to produce through the air, and – they hope – make mistakes. That alone shouldn’t turn things for the Vols. But fail to produce a pass rush – something that was hard for the front seven versus the only SEC offensive line it faced this year – and Justin Worley will have a chance to slice up a Georgia zone defense that’s resembled swiss cheese.

Tennessee’s receivers have to be taken seriously. Howard, Marquez North and Josh Smith don’t put up huge numbers, but are guys that can tear you apart if you let them get the ball.

Georgia will predictably feature the rush in another game sans its three most athletic wideouts. You can more than expect a fourth-consecutive 200-plus yard combined rushing performance, but versus an SEC defense, it’ll take more than that to win.

The Dawgs should score ample points, but will have to D up to keep Tennessee from sticking around and trying to steal the momentum on a late mistake or turnover, as they did in 2013. Luckily, Georgia managed to steal it back. We’ll see if they can find the same kind of luck at home this time around.

The Vols are no juggernaut, but beat them and you know you’re a tough team. They’ll provide the first of several mid-season tests for Georgia on Saturday. If the Dawgs are, in fact, playoff material, they’ll show us in this ballgame.

The Prediction: Georgia 26, Tennessee 13

This will be another Spread the Red Saturday in Sanford Stadium. Come early, come loud, and most importantly, come red and ready to help support the Dawgs in a conference showdown.

(Written by Mr. Clay Reynolds. Clay is a senior who has painted with the Paint Line as an alternate in the past. As a passionate Dawg fan and sports enthusiast Clay has graciously stepped up this year as our resident writer! Thank you Clay!)

 

UGA Paint Line Fan of the Week (Troy 2014)

After a heart breaking loss in Columbia, the Bulldog Faithful were able to enjoy a sound victory over Troy on Saturday! It was a game for the record books marking the largest margin of victory for the Dawgs since 1958!

The UGA Paint Line, as always, enjoyed being in Sanford Stadium with the best fans in the country! In between doing 357 push-ups we were able to meet some awesome people and take some pretty great pictures Saturday!

It is with great pleasure that we deem one of the many fans we met the UGA Paint Line – Fan of the Week! We introduce the Bulldog Nation to Walker and his cousin Evan!

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Usually fans ask to take pictures with us, but not the case with Walker. We actually asked his mother if we could take a picture with him because of his sweet hairdo! It wasn’t until after the game that we realized we were in the presence of a die hard Dawg fan. His mom, Mellie, sent us an email with her pictures and told us that at only 4 years old Walker owns a set of season tickets and loves Athens and the Dawgs dearly! We also didn’t realize that Walker has taken pictures with our group before. Here is Walker at his first Georgia game three years ago!

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We have no doubt that Walker has what it takes to be a future member of the UGA Paint Line, and we look forward to seeing him several more times this season! Walker, congratulations on being named UGA Paint Line – Fan of the Week!

 


 

Here are some other great Bulldog Fans that we had the honor to take pictures with this week! Thank you all for sharing your pictures with us! Go Dawgs!

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UGA v Troy Preview 2014

Last weekend’s trip to Columbia ended less than favorably for the Dawgs. But the debacle, disappointing though it was, concludes nothing about their football season.

Georgia returns to Athens to begin a three-game homestand Saturday with all its hopes and dreams for 2014 still firmly intact. They remain ranked in the top 15 – ironically one spot ahead of Carolina at No. 13 – though the Gamecocks now own the head-to-head tiebreaker in the SEC East. The Dawgs still have every hope of clawing their way back into the division race and potentially vying for a spot in the SEC title game and ensuing college football playoff, though there’s still a lot of pavement between that destination and where we’re at now.

That stretch of highway will include several more tough matchups, one coming as soon as next Saturday, but Mark Richt and his staff can breathe easy knowing their team will get a break after consecutive top-25 opponents this week as Troy State ventures between the hedges.

Georgia’s last meeting with the Trojans came in 2007, a week after the Dawgs marched into Jacksonville and upset Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators 42-30. They provided a rather stiff test. Though Georgia remained in control for most of the ballgame, Troy hung around far too long for comfort.

Now-Giants wideout Jerrel Jernigan led Trojan receivers with 11 catches and two endzone visits to keep his team within 10 points of the Dawgs in the final count. Georgia hung on thanks to the rock-toting of Knowshon Moreno, who racked up a buck 96 in rushing yardage and three touchdowns on the game. The final score was 44-34.

In classical literature, Troy is the mighty city the Greeks brought down after a near 10-year siege by conning their peace delegation into accepting a rolling wooden horse with soldiers stowed away inside as a gift of surrender.

For much of the school’s FBS history Troy has flipped that script and played the role of giant-killer, recording a number of marquee upsets, the foremost of those a win over No. 19 Missouri in 2004 and a defeat of Oklahoma State earlier in that 2007 season.

But recently the program has stumbled upon a stretch of hard times. After a five-year run of consecutive eight-plus win seasons from ’06 to ‘010, all but one in which they made bowl appearances, the Trojans put together three straight campaigns with records at or below .500.

Their 2014 season has gotten off to a less-than-encouraging 0-3 start. Their most recent game was a three-point loss to Abilene Christian.

Hard to think the Dawgs will have any trouble with them on Saturday.

This is a rebound game. After a tough loss to South Carolina, Georgia needs a confidence-builder. And playing a team they won’t have their hands full with gives them an opportunity to roll out some kinks in all areas of the game after getting several needs-improvement marks on their report card from last Saturday.

Beyond simply getting back in the win column, this matchup will provide a chance for the Dawgs to get their feet back underneath them, and correct some issues that’ll help them put the best-possible product on the field a week from now versus Tennessee.

Unfortunately for the visitors, that also involves a rather lopsided outcome.

The Prediction: Georgia 59, Troy 10

Some nice weather looks to be on tap for Saturday. Should be a perfect atmosphere to watch Georgia take care of business between the hedges. Come join us in cheering the Dawgs to their second win of the year.

(Written by Mr. Clay Reynolds. Clay is a senior who has painted with the Paint Line as an alternate in previous years. As a passionate Dawg fan and sports enthusiast Clay has graciously stepped up this year as our resident writer! Thank you Clay!)

 

South Carolina Preview 2014

Georgia football teams of the past two decades have known all too many disappointments playing in South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium.

The building, a house of horrors for teams of recent, has never been an easy place for Georgia to play, or win. Though the Dawgs lead the all-time series with the Gamecocks 47-17-2, road games versus USC have almost always been close. Of Carolina’s 17 wins in the rivalry, more than half have come playing in Columbia.

The Dawgs’ last two trips there were less than memorable.

In 2012, Georgia’s worst game of the season coincided with the Gamecocks’ best game. Intent on making a statement, USC poured it on in the first quarter, scoring on each of their first three possessions and hanging up 21 points before the Dawgs could record their second first down. A Georgia offense led by Aaron Murray and a freshman Todd Gurley could never find its footing in a hostile atmosphere, and stumbled to a 35-7 loss.

In 2010, Murray’s first season as a starter, then-freshman and now San Francisco 49er Marcus Lattimore recorded his first career game for USC in a 17-6 win over the Dawgs, rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.

The last time Georgia won a game in Columbia? 2008: 14-7 with Matthew Stafford at quarterback.

The last touchdown pass the Dawgs threw in Williams-Brice stadium? David Greene to Reggie Brown in a come-from-behind 20-16 win in 2004.

Yeah, not much good ever happens for Georgia in road games against the Gamecocks.

The Dawgs will try and buck the trend of the last 10 years as they make their biennial visit to Columbia this Saturday. They’ll be the favorite versus a Carolina team that’s looked decent at best in two games to open the season.

The Gamecocks’ defense was all but boat-raced in a 52-28 home loss to Texas A&M in week one, and gave up 453 yards to East Carolina in a close win this past Saturday. That’s a sharp contrast to Georgia, which looked dominant in all areas against Clemson in week one, thanks in part to Todd Gurley’s near-300 all-purpose yards and a shutdown defensive performance in the second half.

What’s happened in the season to this point would seem to paint Georgia as the metaphorical freight train and Carolina as the car stalled on the tracks a half a mile ahead of it. But despite the reasons for optimism, the song about Georgia losing when it comes into a South Carolina game overconfident is getting about as overplayed as “Sandstorm.”

The Dawgs can never take anything for granted in Columbia, especially against Steve Spurrier, who gets a special kind of gratification out of beating Georgia.

South Carolina, having seen what Todd Gurley did to Clemson’s defense two Saturdays ago, will more than likely try to take away the ground game and force Hutson Mason to make the downfield throws he didn’t in week one. And with two starts now under his belt this season, Carolina QB Dylan Thompson will be in better sync with his underrated corps of wide receivers and challenge the Georgia secondary in a bigger way than Cole Stoudt was able to. If RB Mike Davis turns out to be healthy and a factor, the Gamecocks will get back a dimension to their offense we haven’t seen yet this season.

Mark Richt was onto something when he said earlier this week he expects the game “could get a little bloody.” Wins in the Georgia-Carolina rivalry are always hard-earned, and go to the team that displays the most toughness and makes the least mistakes. Saturday should be no different.

If the Dawgs run the ball nearly as well as they did against the Tigers, they’ll have no trouble running away with this one. But, as history tells us, that’s almost never the case when playing the Head Ball Coach in his home arena. Better expect another tight one that Georgia pulls away with late.

The Prediction: Georgia 24, South Carolina 20

It’s not the friendly confines of Athens, but plenty of the Bulldog Nation will be represented in Columbia on Saturday. For those headed to the game, wear your red and black, and yell loud. Minus the line of bodies painted red in the front row, we can turn Williams-Brice Stadium into Sanford North, and help the Dawgs grab win No. 2 on the season.

(Written by Mr. Clay Reynolds. Clay is a senior who has painted with the Paint Line as an alternate in previous years. As a passionate Dawg fan and sports enthusiast Clay has graciously stepped up this year as our resident writer! Thank you Clay!)

UGA v Clemson 2014 Preview

Preview: Georgia vs. Clemson

Can you see it? Can you hear it? Can you smell it?

…Football season.

This Saturday will bring back the familiar sights and sounds of college football in the Classic City: The sea of red and black flowing down Lumpkin Street and Sanford Drive, the music of the Redcoat Band accompanied by the cheers of 92,746 fans, the scents of grillsmoke, freshly-cut grass… and of course, acrylic paint.

The 2014 season will mark the UGA Paint Line’s 16th season painting up and cheering on the Dawgs from the front row of section 110 in Sanford Stadium. This year’s line, complete with many old faces and several new ones, will be front-and-center again Saturday afternoon for Georgia’s marquee opener versus archrival Clemson.

They managed to steal a 38-35 decision from the Dawgs last year in Death Valley, but this year’s pack of Tigers has claws that are noticeably less sharp. Having lost star quarterback-receiver tandem of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, Clemson will start senior Cole Stoudt behind center, flanked by a running back corps led by senior DJ Howard and junior Zac Brooks. All-American defensive end Vic Beasley, a monster on their defensive front last year, returns to anchor the pass rush in 2014.

Though the Tigers are young and unproven, they’re not a team that the Dawgs can afford to write off.

With playmaking receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley sidelined for this game, the onus of offensive production for Georgia will rest on tailback Todd Gurley, a preseason pick to contend for the Heisman, as well as Hutson Mason, who’ll be making just his third career start at quarterback. The Dawgs’ defense, now under the command of former Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, will have to do a better job of limiting big plays than they did in last year’s matchup with Clemson. An inexperienced secondary, ravaged by offseason attrition, faces a tough test against a team whose passing yardage total has been ranked top 15 in the country each of the past three years.

Avoiding turnovers will be key in what should be a close ballgame that hinges on critical mistakes. But the winning formula is simple: Keep calm, and hand the ball to Todd Gurley.

The prediction: Georgia 34, Clemson 27

Coach Richt has asked all Georgia fans to “Spread the Red” on Saturday. The Paint Line will be in their red. Be sure to wear yours too.

 

 

(Written by Mr. Clay Reynolds. Clay is a senior who has painted with the Paint Line as an alternate in previous years. As a passionate Dawg fan and sports enthusiast Clay has graciously stepped up this year as our resident writer!)

Senior night in Sanford! Let’s finish strong! #seniornight #GoDawgs

Aaron Murray and the Bulldog Seniors look to finish strong against the Cats! 

 

Tonight in Sanford Stadium will mark one of the most bittersweet moments in recent Bulldog history.  When Aaron Murray and other Bulldog seniors walk off the field for the last time, expect the longest standing ovation in school history.  These Dawgs have fought against more adversity than any other Bulldog team in recent history.  We saw our Dawgs go on the road to play their hearts out to lose on a miracle play… we owe it to our seniors and our team to send them out on a loud and winning note!

While Mark Richt has said there won’t be a team blackout, expect the stadium to be mostly wearing black to honor the seniors and make this season’s only night game special!  Bulldogs 49 Wildcats 10

 

 

Beat the Gators! #GurleyIsBack #GatorsWearJeanShorts

Today the Dawgs look to take down the Florida Gators for the third year in a row.  If the Dawgs can pull this one out, then they will beat the Gators for the third straight time, they haven’t accomplished this task in 24 years!  This is why the Dawgs will win today:

1. Todd Gurley

2. More Todd Gurley

3. Todd Gurley

Aaron Murray is one happy QB with his star running back returning to the back field.  With a legitimate running attack, look for Aaron Murray to take more shots down field with the returning Michael Bennett.

Final Score: Dawgs 31 Gators 27

The UGA Paint Line cannot wait to return to action next week against Appalachian State! And always remember… GO DAWGS!