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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!

Les Mizz Preview! #GoDawgs #SaveTheTatas

The UGA Paint Line will be Painting Pink for the first time ever against Missouri!

The Paint Line, for the very first time, will paint up with a Pink base instead of red.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of those who have been victims of Breast Cancer, the Paint Line hopes to raise awareness and send a message that the fight still continues for a cure.  Pictures to come!

Mizzou!

For the first time in history, the 25th ranked Missouri Tigers will travel to Sanford Stadium.  After a thrilling and life shortening victory against Tennessee, the Dawgs will look to overcome adversity once again, as 3 offensive starters were lost to injury.  With Todd Gurley still doubtful, the Dawgs will be without Gurley, Marshall, Bennett, and Scott-Wesley.  All of these players have scored this year and are pivotal impact players on offense.

Keep Calm and Go Dawgs

The ace in the hole: Aaron Murray.  Senior QB Murray has led the Dawgs down the field for two game winning drives this year.  This combined with the increase in impact from tight ends like Arthur Lynch, the Dawgs will end up on top once again, issuing Missouri it’s first loss of the season.

Prediction

The Dawgs will overcome adversity and win in a reasonably close game: 45-30

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Paint Line Tennessee Preview! #DawgsOnRockyTop

Tomorrow the  6th ranked Georgia Dawgs tee it up inside Neyland Stadium.  The Volunteers will look to use their smokey uniforms and 100,000+ fans to take the upset in Knoxville.  Coming off a huge win against LSU, the Dawgs have a tendency to come out flat, but look for senior leadership in QB Aaron Murray for a quick strike offense in the first half.

Impact Player:

This week’s impact player of the game is Georgia running back Keith Marshall.   With Todd Gurley potentially out for the game, Keith Marshall will continue to look for success against Tennessee.  Marshall had 164 on just 10 carries last year against the fighting creamsicles, busting two touchdown runs of 55 and 72 yards.

Prediction:

The Georgia Bulldogs will make some necessary adjustments on defense, while the offense will continue to produce.  The Dawgs take down the Vols 44-27

What a weekend! #DawgsOnTop

Oh how great it is to be a Georgia Bulldog

This weekend marked one of the most memorable games in recent UGA history.  The Dawgs took down the then #6 LSU Tigers 44-41.  The Paint Line had a spectular and exhausting day.  After pulling most of an all-nighter, the Paint Line did 204 push-ups to break this season’s push up record of 188.  College Gameday was a major success and it broke the College Gameday “curse” that had been ailing the Dawgs of late.

Still riding high off of the big win, the UGA Paint Line is ready to declare it’s first ever fan of the week! This young Bulldog, Pearce Mewborn, was waiting in line with the Paint Line for Gameday at 4:30 am! With that spirit, are he and his brothers future UGA Paint Line material? You bet.  Keep it up, Mewborn family!

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The UGA Paint Line also had the time to take some Gameday shots and couple of sweet selfies.  Go Dawgs.

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A Paint Line Preview: LSU #bayoubeatdown

- Keep an eye out for the UGA Paint Line at College Gameday! –

With a wet and at seemingly frustrating win over North Texas, the Bulldogs look to take down #6 LSU this Saturday in Athens.  The Dawgs will look to shake their College Gameday skid and give ex-Bulldog Zach Mettenberger, the LSU QB, a nightmare of a homecoming.

Be Loud! 

The number 1 impact factor: the crowd! Come early, get loud, and then get louder!  Let’s frazzle the LSU offense with the loudest game in Sanford history.  Already the most expensive re-sale value ticket in Sanford history, this game, according to Coach Richt, is “why you come to Georgia.”  Coach Richt has also called all dawgs to wear red this Saturday! You’ve got it, coach.  

Prediction

With another offensive shootout, the Bulldogs will take down the Tigers 41-35.  Winning the turnover battle is a must, and if the young Dawg defense can make the LSU offense one dimensional, expect an upset in Sanford Stadium! 

Shoutout!

Congratulations to Aaron Murray and his 100th touchdown pass against North Texas.  Let’s hope for 5 or 6 more against LSU! 

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Preview: North Texas

UPDATE: Now on the sidebar is the UGA Paint Line’s official Push-up Counter! After every Bulldog score, the Paint Line does push ups for as many points as the Dawgs currently have.  Last week’s total: 160! Looking to add about 300+ more this Saturday!

Official Paint Line Bios, Painters Update, and more coming next week! Go Dawgs!

 

 

Preview:

With the Bulldogs thrilling victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Dawgs will look to keep it rolling against the North Texas Eagles.  The thought that the Dawgs may be overlooking North Texas in favor of next week’s opponent, LSU, is a valid, and probably realistic thought.  However, this will not stop Aaron Murray and the high powered offense from putting up 35 points in the first half and give playing time to second and third string.  

Prediction: Georgia 56 – North Texas – 10        #clipthewings