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Have you seen this Tennessee team we have coming to play Between the Hedges Saturday?!

Let me tell you - they are unstoppable!

You should have seen their season opener. They were out-manned and out-coached for 60 minutes, but somehow found a way to force their opponent to overtime. And once they got to overtime, they fought and scratched and grunted until they recovered a big turnover to end the game in the other team's end zone. Those App. State Mountaineers never had a chance!

If you didn't catch that game, maybe you saw them win the national championship the following week.

That's right, this year the national championship was played between Virginia Tech and Tennessee on the second week of the season at a NASCAR track in Bristol, Tennessee.

Don't believe me? Check out these photos:

Then, last week, the vaunted Volunteers hung tough against an #19 Florida team that was featuring a backup quarterback who used to play for for Purdue - only allowing 21 points in that first half before ripping off a few dozen for themselves in a win that brought hillbillies everywhere to tears of joy.
At one point last week, the Vols were scoring 28 points every four minutes.

There is no doubt that this is a sustainable trend and in no way a totally out of whack anomaly.
Meanwhile our Dawgs are downright pathetic. We ran off our best head coach in a generation, only to have some knockoff-Nick Saban lead our team to four straight losses. We haven't even won a game!

We don't have any players, we don't have any coaches, and no one on the team is able to physically kick a football.

I actually heard a rumor last week that the Dawgs are going to suspend the football season and focus solely on academics, because the NCAA let McGarity know that all of our players would only have the option to "Go pro in something other than sports".

There are literally zero players on this Georgia team.

You know...these Vols have yet to go one the road in the SEC. No doubt they will have no issues in friendly Sanford Stadium.

Alright alright alright....I will level with you.

UGA was outclassed from square one in the Ole Miss game. You knew, it, I knew it, Kirby knew it, and the players knew it. They quit early. So did I. So did you.

This is a young team, with no senior leadership. That is not Kirby's fault....that is the reason Mark Richt is in Miami today.

And despite the overwhelming emotional response that UT has had to their early season successes, they remain a flawed team.

Despite what they may think about themselves today, UT is not a squad that is even in the same stratosphere as Ole Miss. 

The Dawgs have all their preseason goals ahead of them. If they arrive ready to work on Saturday, our boys match up great with UT on paper. 

Saturday our team has the following on the line:

- Control of the SEC East

- Evening the overall record with UT, dating back to 1899

- Kirby's first SEC home game

- OC and OL coaches Jim Chaney and Sam Pittman getting revenge on their old employer

- Nick Chubb getting revenge on the team that set him back an entire year of his prime

Make no doubt. Our boys will be ready. But if they aren't...THEN we have some big problems in Athens.

I'm willing to wait one more week before pulling the fire alarm on this football season.

Until then....


  • Game 5: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Tennessee Vols
  • Kickoff: Saturday, October 1 - 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sanford Stadium (92,746), Athens, Ga.
  • Records: Georgia 3-2 (1-2 SEC), Tennessee 4-0 (1-0 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia 25/20, Tennessee 11/11
  • TV: CBS - Verne Lundquist (play-by-play); Gary Danielson (color analyst); Allie LaForce (sideline reporter)
  • Video Stream:
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 - Bulldog Network | Affiliates
    Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline)
  • Audio Stream: | Mobile
  • Satellite: Sirius 83, XM 190
  • Live Stats: GameTracker
  • Twitter: #TENNvsUGA
  • ReBroadcast: SEC Network : TBA
  • Betting Line: Dawgs are 3.5 point UNDERDAWGS
  • Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy, high of 81.
  • Preseason Predication: Lambert gets the start, but Eason returns in the fourth series of the game and solidifies himself as QB-1, handing the ball to Chubb to beat top-five ranked and undefeated Tennessee. Eason gets popped snap-after-snap and is unable to do postgame interviews due to a fat lip and a penis contusion. DAWGS WIN 42-38.
  • Revised Gameweek Prediction: Eason got his welcome to the SEC last week. This week he calms down, relies on outside screens, and gets the ball to McKenzie, Holyfield, Herrien and Michel to outrun the Vols. The Defense makes some second half stops thanks to Josh Dobbs' passing skills, and DAWGS WIN 35-31.
Looking Back: Ole Miss 45, Georgia 14
AJC - If the Vols are for real, UGA has a real problem

On a sunny Saturday by the Tennessee River, it was possible to wonder if Georgia’s second-worst nightmare had come true. If the Tennessee Volunteers have really and truly gotten it going, that’s not good news for the Bulldogs. (The only thing worse would be if Florida again gets it going.)
UGA Football by Patrick Garbin

Entering Saturday, the Bulldogs have a 1-9 record the last quarter-century in games whereby they were an underdog at Sanford Stadium. Georgia's lone victory was nearly 20 years ago to the day when, entering as a 2.5-point underdog versus Texas Tech, it barely hung on over the Red Raiders by the "skin of a toothbrush," 15 to 12.
Humbled Georgia team up for a challenge against Vols

Humbled. Subdued. Chastened. Those are just a few of the words that might describe the Georgia Bulldogs’ disposition as they resumed the football season on Monday. You could also add undeterred, determined and refocused.

Knoxville News-Sentinel: Next Step for Vols is Handling Success

About the Bulldogs: They looked as overmatched in a 45-14 loss to Ole Miss as Florida did in the second half against UT.

And if the Vols could dole out such a second-half drubbing to the Gators, what misery are they capable of heaping on their next opponent?

It's a logical conclusion that Tennessee fans likely will make. 

From UGA

- Georgia trails in the all-time series with Tennessee 22-21-2, as it dates back to 1899.

- For the 14th time in the series, both teams are ranked in the top 25, and the Bulldogs are 5-8 in these ranked matchups

- The last time both squads met while in the top 25 came in 2006 in Athens when No. 13 UT beat No. 10 Georgia 51-33. A year earlier in Knoxville, then No. 5 Georgia edged No. 7 UT 27-14.

- The last four meetings between the teams have been decided by a touchdown or less with one needing overtime.

- Last time in Athens, the Bulldogs edged the Volunteers 35- 32 in 2014.

- Georgia’s streak of five straight victories in the series, which matched the longest winning stretch over Tennessee in school history, ended last year.

- The Vols won nine in a row starting in 1989, and the streak ended in 2000 when then No. 19 Georgia posted a 21-10 victory over No. 21 UT in Athens.
- The Bulldogs have rallied back from being down by 10 points in wins over #22 North Carolina in Atlanta and at Missouri while the Volunteers have done it against Appalachian State, Virginia Tech and most recently against Florida.
- The (Tennessee) comeback against the Gators was after trailing 21-0. It was like the Georgia game last October in Neyland Stadium when the Vols fell behind 24-3 in the same Smokey Gray uniforms they wore versus UF Saturday, and then raced back for a 38-31 win. Last week, UT used a 35-point outburst to beat UF 38-28 and snapped an 11-year losing streak in the series.

- Georgia is 3-for-4 on fourth down this year, including 2-for-3 against #23 Ole Miss.

- Georgia is 3-1 but has trailed in all four of its games this year, including three by at least 10 points.
Georgia 2016 Averages Tennessee
25.2 Scoring Offense 32.8
30.0 Scoring Defense 21.0
+2 Turnover Margin +2
413.0 Total Offense 387.8
196.8 Rushing Offense 186.5
216.2 Passing Offense 201.2
9.9 Punt Returns 5.5
21.6 Kickoff Returns 26.4
From Tennessee:
• Tennessee will play its first true road contest of the 2016 season on Saturday when it travels to Georgia’s Sanford Stadium -- a venue in which it has not won since 2006.

• The Vols are 10-11-1 all-time in Athens. • Last season, Tennessee went 2-2 in true

• Tennessee’s thrilling 38-28 comeback win over Florida last Saturday pushed the Vols’ winning streak to 10 games dating to 2015.

• It is the longest UT win streak since the Vols won 14 in a row, spanning a 13-0 1998 season to a victorious first game in 1999.

• A win on Saturday at Georgia would give the Vols the fifth longest win streak in program history.

• According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Volunteers now have two wins this season in which their win probability fell below 10 percent.

• Butch Jones is 1-3 all-time against Georgia. He earned his first win last year as the Vols completed a 21 point comeback against Georgia. In addition to playing Georgia three times as UT’s coach, Jones also lost to Georgia 56-17 in 2008 when he was the head coach at Central Michigan.

• The Vols are 1-9 against teams with Smart on the staff. The win came in 1999 when Smart was an Administrative Assistant at Georgia and the Vols defeated the Bulldogs, 27-20, in a matchup of top 10 teams. All nine of Smart’s wins came while he was on staff at Alabama.

• Former Vols offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is the offensive coordinator at Georgia. Chaney was with UT from 2009 to 2012 and served as the interim head coach in UT’s 37-13 win over Kentucky in the 2012 season finale.


Micah Abernathy Atlanta
Paul Bain Powder Springs
Elliott Berry Fairburn
Evan Berry Fairburn
Ja’Quain Blakely Moultrie
Venzell Boulware Union City
Baylen Buchanan Lawrenceville
Andrew Butcher Alpharetta
Marquez Callaway Warner Robbins
Jason Croom Norcross
Joshua Dobbs Alpharetta
Charles Folger Augusta
Alexis Johnson Atlanta
Alvin Kamara Norcross
DaJour Maddox Stone Mountain
Mykelle McDaniel Loganville
Cortez McDowell Locust Grove
Quay Picou Sugar Hill
Jaye Rochell Duluth
Quart’e Sapp Alpharetta
Austin Smith Buford
Jayson Sparks Loganville
Tommy Sprague Alpharetta
Cameron Sutton Jonesboro
Nigel Warrior Duluth
Preston Williams Hampton
My favorite things about Tennessee would include the logo above and:

1. Robert Neyland - The original and ultimate SEC badass. This guy makes Bear Bryant look like Derek Dooley. I've read that Bryant would be physically sick before playing games against Neyland. His 1939 team was undefeated, and unscored upon. Neyland was a West Point grad and left UT twice to go be a general in World Wars. Also - he was a helluva dresser.

2. Neyland Stadium - The best days of my childhood were spent here. It is loud and imposing and a completely unique experience in all of sports. Yes, the people are rough. Yes, it totally sucks to be a visiting fan getting demolished in this place. And yes, it is not exactly the most beautiful structure to behold. is a rite of passage for all SEC fans to sit in that big tin can next to some toothless dufus and want to puke hearing Rocky Top.

My favorite things to hate about Tennessee would include:

1. Their Fans (aside from my family members): Good gracious - where do these people come from?! I have never been to a UT game with my wife and not had her called a "slut" by some Rash-Ravaged Roane Countian . Mind you, we have been to several UT games together wearing orange! 


2. Their Coach: This guy is the +1 who your guest brings to your golf club, shows up with the top button buttoned, and constantly talks about how he played Country Club of the South and saw John Smoltz one time.

Nike took over the Tennessee branding efforts last year. As a part of their process they changed the Tennessee T. You can see the details below. UGA similarly uses about 4 "G" designs...but that is a post best saved for another day. Suffice to say that the G on the helmet is actually the Green Bay Packers "G".

Whatever...The Tennessee T is really just a ripoff of the PEOPLE Magazine Font.... a little fired up there. Time for a drink!

Ah...the first SEC home game of the season. The calendar is turning to October, so let's do this right. 

Belle Meade Bourbon should do the trick. Best served from a classic SUV (purchased from Hennessy Motors) with a trusty hound and some victory cigars ready to go, as shown below:

Cheers to Anglo and Saxon!
Georgia - Tennessee is a game that usually just looks better when played in Athens. Of course, there aren't many things in this world that don't.

Let's go back and look at some of the better uni matchups between these two schools Between the Hedges.
1981. Georgia's biggest win in the series.
1992. My first trip to Sanford Stadium.
Wasn't life better before Nike?
This Week's Featured Products:
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2 Jarrett Guarantano QB 6-4 205 FR Lodi, NJ: I thought they closed Guarantano?

2 Shy Tuttle DL 6-2 311 SO Midway, NC: Just an unfortunate name.

6 Alvin Kamara RB 5-10 215 JR Norcross, GA: This guy. Alvin. You know he's tough. He's had no choice.

98 Alexis Johnson DL 6-4 295 JR Atlanta, GA: I think my friend dated this girl.

95 Danny O'Brien DL 6-2 301 SR Flint, MI: Over/under on this guy's friends from the football team: 0.

83 BJ Bishop WR 5-10 180 FR Nashville, TN: BJ ALERT!!!!

64 Logan Punch LS 6-0 230 FR Knoxville, TN: The first in a series of UT supermarket-action-novel-hero last names.

55 Quay Picou DL 6-1 277 SO Sugar Hill, GA: Also a Pokemon 360 item.

52 Andrew Butcher DL 6-2 257 FR Alpharetta, GA: The second in a series of UT supermarket-action-novel-hero last names.

46 Riley Lovingood LS 6-0 209 FR Hendersonville, TN: The name of a child conceived behind a Cracker Barrel cashier counter.

46 DaJour Maddox LB 5-11 210 FR Stone Mountain, GA: Your Maddox "of the day."

43 Laszlo Toser PK 5-8 181 FR Ooltewah, TN: Just some Appalachian meth consonants jumbled into some words here.

18 Nigel Warrior DB 6-0 186 FR Duluth, GA: The third in a series of UT supermarket-action-novel-hero last names.

Yikes! A rough week for the old rawhide fund. This panty-eater missed on what I thought were sure-fire locks with losses by Michigan State, Florida, LSU, and Arkansas. 

Thankfully we recovered some losses with Duke winning STRAIGHT UP at Notre Dame. That was a 21 point spread!

Assuming a $10/game bet, we are now down $50 on the year. But this week we are turning it around...even though you may not like the method.

That's right, we are getting desperate and this puppy is looking at that Tennessee -3.5 line with some serious temptation. How am I supposed to pay these new Hartman donations if I don't take off my UGA needlepoint collar from time to time?!

It's not like I went to school there....I'm just a dog!

#7 Stanford +3.5 at #10 Washington - Fri, Sep 30, 9:00 PM ET

Stanford pulled out a beautiful win at the Rose Bowl last week. I don't see Washington standing in their way this week. Watch out for Stanford- these guys could be a Playoff contender.

Virginia at Duke +3.5 - Sat, Oct 1, 12:30 PM ET 

Virginia lost to Richmond this season....they are terrible. Duke is coming off a big win at Notre Dame. They should roll here. 

#8 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan (-10.5) - Sat, Oct 1, 3:30 PM ET

Wisconsin has now put away LSU and Michigan State in convincing fashion. Michigan is the team with the bullseye on their back in the Big Ten this year. 10.5 is a lot of points. Take Wisky and the spread.

Memphis (+14.5) at #16 Ole Miss - Sat, Oct 1, 7:00 PM ET

Memphis scored 77 points last week. They will be able to score enough to keep up within 2 TDs of Ole Miss. This is the biggest game on the Memphis calendar...they will not be afraid to play dirty to stay competitive.

Missouri (+13) at LSU - Sat, Oct 1, 7:30 PM ET

Missouri mercy-ruled their cupcake last week. The Georgia game made these guys believe they can compete with the big-name SEC schools. This is their first chance to play in Tiger Stadium. Meanwhile, LSU is reeling. I don't expect their players to show up for the administration that just canned the most beloved coach in modern SEC history. Mizzou wins this one outright, but I will take the points here for insurance.

#3 Louisville (+2) at #5 Clemson - Sat, Oct 1, 8:00 PM ET 

Bobby Petrino sees his chance to interview for this LSU job. Louisville ROLLS in this one. 

#11 Tennessee (-3.5) at #25 Georgia - Sat, Oct 1, 3:30 PM ET

If the Dawgs lose this game, I'm gonna need something to cheer me up. Putting money on the Vols, because one of the few things I love more than my Dawgs is my Money baby!!! RAWHIDES FOR EVERYONE EITHER WAY!


That god-ugly highlighter orange and the fact that I grew up with it in my face. (My step-dad, Jerry, went to UT and flaunts it).

- Sally Shepley. Face-maker.

The worst thing about UT? Tennessee orange- it's just so tacky.

- Sally Cargo. Color Wheel Creator.

What I hate most about Tennessee is the guys thinking they're so cool wearing those heinous orange overalls... Woof.

- Mallory Tate. Prefers denim overalls.

Besides that UGLY orange color (...b/c I am sure that will be all these girls answers), that annoying chant to Rocky Top. Ugh - enough already!

- Emily Beach. Would rather hear this kid cry than hear Rocky Top.
Chris Carr has been named Georgia's 48th Attorney General. He joins a long line of UGA Law grads to hold the position. Congratulations, Chris!!! Sic Itur Ad Astra!

"Hello - congrats on the continued success of PMGN!" - Terry C.
UGA Ph.D. candidate enjoying winning streak on 'Jeopardy!'

Seth Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in theatre and performance studies, won $22,000 Thursday on the popular TV quiz show “Jeopardy!,” bringing his four-day total to $105,800 heading into Friday’s episode, where he had the opportunity to win even more.
A Tennessee State Rep from an affluent Nashville suburb was kicked out of Neyland Stadium last week after hitting a Florida fan in the face.

"As he hit the guy's face, almost slapped at his face, he caused the guy's glasses to fly off his face. (The glasses) probably went 10 to 12 people down the aisle and one row in front," said the fan, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation.

He's got my vote...
Vice Sports identifies the most powerful leverage point that student athletes may have...the corporate logos on their equipment

You can see where this is going. Players cover logos. Shoe companies get upset, because they're not getting the human billboard advertising they paid for. Coaches and athletic administrators freak out, because those payments help cover their plus-size salaries and comfy perks. Meanwhile, reporters want to know what's behind the biggest college sports story of the year: How come you're masking that Swoosh or that Under Armour logo?

...How would schools react? In all likelihood, favorably. After all, they would be boxed in: force athletes not to spat, and they would be essentially admitting those athletes are employees with contractual commercial obligations; allow athletes to spat, and they would lose a whole lot of money. Plus, an ongoing spat protest in major college football or men's basketball—at one school or a dozen—could trigger a media frenzy of unflattering coverage highlighting the hypocritical absurdity of NCAA amateurism.

Scott Woerner penned a great column on being selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. Linked here.

Les Miles Has Left The Building. 

To the Cause of the Poor!

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What is the Poor Man's Game Notes? These weekly emails are a hobby that serve as an unofficial version of the official game notes produced by the UGA Sports Information Department (UGA SID) ahead of each UGA football game. They are called the Poor Man's Game Notes due to the fact that they are irreverent, incomplete, often include typos, and are blatant rip-off of the outstanding work of the professionals at the UGA Sports Information Department. It is my great honor that we now include many members of the UGA SID among our community of "Poor Men" on this email. 
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