Georgia and Tennessee are both struggling, and this Saturday’s game in Athens is a really big game in regard to trying to build a winning streak and confidence.
Volunteers’ linebacker Nick Reveiz is not underestimating Georgia and knows the Bulldogs are better than their record.
“They’re still a proud program; they’ve still got great players,” Reveiz said. “Their win column just isn’t as big.”
Losing to Colorado on the road should not have happened to Georgia, but it did.
Now the Bulldogs come back to Athens with no momentum, more questions in a must-win game against Derek Dooley’s Tennessee Volunteers.
Georgia must find a way to fight off the program’s first five-game losing streak since 1953.
Tennessee has their own concerns after substitution problems at the end of the game lead to a 16-14 loss at No. 12 LSU.
However, Dooley is in his first year, and Richt has been at Georgia for a decade.
Dooley isn’t going anywhere and is not on the hot seat, but RIcht is feeling a little bit more pressure.
And what if Vince Dooley’s son is able to beat Mark Richt–in Athens?
RIcht has to do something; because what he had been doing to prepare this team has not fully worked.
Recently, the Bulldogs practiced in full pads on a Monday during the season “for the first time since I’ve been at Georgia,” Richt said on his weekly radio show shortly after the practice ended.
Sometimes stuff like that work or it could backfire.
Hopefully, A.J. Green is able to play a full game. Green was dominating while in the game at Colorado, but had to leave the field and it seemed Georgia lost some of its mojo.
A player such as Green is capable of a 200-yard receiving game and Tennessee’s Dooley is well aware of Green’s exploits.
“Well, they’ve got probably the best player in college football playing receiver. You saw just his presence his first game back. The guy’s unbelievable. That’s the No. 1 challenge.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs need to get a lot better. Georgia got pushed around early against Colorado, and then showed some life as the Bulldogs’ offense made their move late in the first half, but the defense allowed more big plays that had given the Buffaloes a lead in the second half.
Georgia had managed a 24-14 lead during the opening minutes of the third quarter, but the Buffaloes reclaimed momentum and scored touchdowns on its next two offensive series.
Even though the defense had faltered and Georgia’s fumbling problems have continued, mental mistakes keep creeping up such as a roughing-the-kicker penalty against the Buffaloes that made a Buffaloes’ touchdown possible.
All in all, this weekend at home versus Tennessee is an important game, but regardless of the outcome , does Mark Richt deserve a chance to fix the problems?
Some have posed those questions, and if the answer is yes, then regardless of how the 2010 season then Richt probably does deserve to move forward on 2011 with a new plan of action to get the Bulldogs back to where they have historically been.
Richt does deserve the benefit of the doubt, right?