Georgia vs. Buffalo Preview
The Georgia Bulldogs will play host to Buffalo in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Here is what you need to know about Buffalo:
After finishing with the league’s 26th best defense in 2011, Buffalo added big-name free agent defensive end Mario Williams and drafted former South Carolina Gamecock Stephon Gilmore in the first round. The hope is to obviously improve on last year’s defensive outing. Although, to Buffalo’s credit they did force over 30 turnovers last season.
On the offensive side of the ball Buffalo will tout a number of “Oh I’ve heard of that guy” type players on Saturday. Fred Jackson returns and hopes to build on a fantastic Fantasy Football season in 2011 while Stevie Johnson has promised to catch balls in the endzone and to stop blaming God when he doesn’t. The Bills offense will once be lead by Wonderlic-acing Ryan Fitzpatrick.
My apologies. I just noticed that Georgia is playing the Buffalo Bulls, not the Buffalo Bills. This is awkward. I guess that picture doesn’t really make sense now. On to Plan B.
Here’s what I do know about the Bulls:
· The Bulls play in the MAC, and I work with a man named Mac.
· Last season the Bulls failed to beat any team from a BCS Conference. My Middle School failed in that regard as well.
· Georgia is paying Buffalo $975,000 to play the game. I’d love to round up 15 guys (we can play both ways until injured) and play the Bulldogs for a per-head purse of $65,000. Why hasn’t this happened before?
In all seriousness, this is a typical “We’ll pay you to come warm us up” game. With all due disrespect to Buffalo, I just don’t know what to tell you about them. Buffalo, it’s not me; it’s you.
The DudeYouConfident Scale
Before games I like to express my confidence in the Georgia Bulldogs with the DudeYouConfident Scale. (Note: I realize DudeYouCocky flows better, but I don’t want people to think I’m the dancing mascot for the University of South Carolina.) The scale is relative so each week I explain what a “One” looks like and what a “Ten” looks like before pinpointing my sentiment.
A One on the scale would look a whole lot like the Georgia Bulldogs embarrassing me for my arrogance/ignorance in a second straight season-opener. Georgia would come out wearing some ridiculously ridiculous Nike crap and the whole crowd with cringe. Much like last year’s “effort” against Boise State some player on the defensive unit would get hurt (probably Jarvis Jones) and every other player on the field would act like he had never played before (seriously, remember when Alec Ogletree got hurt and everybody freaked?) . All hell would break loose on the defensive side of the ball. Branden Smith would get a single carry for 80+ yards and then the Dawgs would abandon offense all together. I would have no voice for the next four days.
A Ten would mean the Georgia Bulldogs winning by 35 points – just less than the spread – but getting lots of playing time for lots of young guys. Ken Malcome would run for 60 yards, catch a decent pass for a TD and do enough to remain the starter for an SEC road game next week. Freshmen backs Keith Marshal and Todd Gurley would combine for 150 yards and three scores. Aaron Murray would throw for 150 and 2 TDs before clearing the way for Christian LeMay’s 2 TD passes. Defensively the entire roster would play. Most importantly: nobody would get hurt.
I’m at about a nine for this game. Frankly, somebody will get hurt. It happens every single year in the opener. I hate it every single year. I’m never rooting for an injury but here’s my “I Could Live With That” Injury Hierarchy
1. A back up Special Teams guy: Stuff happens
2. A back up Linebacker: The Dawgs are super deep at LB
3. A Special Teams stud: The lesser of several evils
4. A Defensive Lineman: I just really, really like our DLs…like on a personal level. They just “get” me.
5. A Wideout: UGA is deeper at WR than they get credit for, but I like that depth.
6. A Runningback: UGA needs its full stable until a leader emerges.
7. A Defensive Back: Georgia is not deep at DB, and assuming suspensions hold up this could really hurt the Dawgs – especially in the short-term against Mizzou.
8. Malcolm Mitchell, Jarvis Jones: This guy going down is the equivalent of losing a WR and a DB and a Special Teams player. He is his own threesome of talent. Jarvis Jones is even more vital to the team.
9. An Offensive Lineman: Georgia only has 8 players to cover these 5 positions per Richt’s press conference last week. 8 > 7.
10. Aaron Murray: CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP.
Over the past few seasons I’ve been a little disappointed with the “Atmosphere” inside of Sanford Stadium. Yes, some people drink too much and others don’t pay attention to the game. But, a lot of the problems stem from poor audio and video operating. For instance, when Georgia comes out of half-time nursing an embarrassingly small 12-10 lead against lowly Kentucky, DON’T PLAY SUGARLAND IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIRE UP THE CROWD!!! This really happened last year. With travesties like that in mind I’ll be periodically making suggestions to the powers that be – none of whom read this blog.
I love watching Herschel Walker run through Tennessee as much as the next guy. But rather than showing memories of yore, why not incite a little anger in the crowd at Sanford Stadium? Why not make the Dawgs a bit rabid? What’s wrong with rabies, baby? Show this video on the Jumbotron and I guarantee you will have 90,000+ ticked off Georgia fans ready to see absolute decimation at the expense of Buffalo. Would it be the worst thing in the world to have that type of environment every single week? The answer is no.
All in all I’m looking forward to heading back over to The Classic City with WifeYouCrazy and getting a little breakfast tailgating on before Committing to the G with 92,745 of my closest friends. Go Dawgs!
That’s all I got/