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Blog: On Georgia and BCS, Jarvis and Ogletree and NFL, and Ga. Southern

I’m writing this blog post still in Sanford Stadium with the Kansas State-Baylor game on the TV in front of me.

The Stanford-Oregon game is on behind me.

Maybe they should set up a sports bar in here.

Baylor leads BCS No. 1 Kansas State 21-7. Stanford leads No. 2 Oregon 7-0.

This, of course, will be outdated if you read this Sunday morning. Or in 15 minutes.

(SURPRISE, SURPRISE. Both lost.)

Georgia needs two of the unbeaten three teams above them in the BCS standings to lose, but got no help from No. 3 Notre Dame, which crushed Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday.

The Bulldogs were fans tonight of Baylor and Stanford.

“Oh yeah,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “Absolutely. We’ll see what happens.”

He quickly changed the conversation back to Georgia Southern.

We’ll get to that on here too.

First, since juniors Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree—both being projected as top-20 NFL draft picks–will get the question this week upcoming, I thought I’d go ahead and get it out of the way.

I asked Ogletree if he’s thinking the Georgia Tech game would be his last between the hedges.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m just trying to play game by game, finish out this season. As of right now, I’m still a Georgia Bulldog.”

Most would be shocked if it’s not the last game for Jones, who some are projecting as the No. 1 overall pick.

He said he’s not thinking about that now.

“Not at all,” Jones said. “I’m just taking the approach week by week. Thinking about leaving here? I haven’t even thought about it yet.
For me, it’s just controlling what I can control and that’s playing good football.”

Now some postgame talk and notes from Georgia’s 45-14 win against Georgia Southern:
–Aaron Murray’s four touchdown passes exposed some mismatches on the outside for Georgia.
Malcolm Mitchell beat Lavelle Westbrooks out of Riverdale High on a 24-yard touchdown with four seconds left in the second quarter.
Chris Conley got past Deoin Stanley in the left corner of the end zone on a 13-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Tavarres King beat Tay Hicklin on a 43-yard scoring pass.
“We just liked our matchups,” Murray said. “They were doing some blitzes that left them vulnerable down field. We were able to execute.”
Added offensive coordinator Mike Bobo: “They did a lot of different stuff than what we’d seen on film. They did a lot of safeties over the top and jumped their corners inside. Then they blitzed a lot. It was like we’re going to blitz and then we max protected some things and got some one on one shots outside.”

–Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on the defense rising up after giving up 149 rushing yards and 11 first downs in the first half.
“When the ball got on the edge, we had good perimeter support,” he said. “I thought we did fine. And they only scored seven points in the first half, too. It’s not like they were putting points on the board.”
Said cornerback Sanders Commings: “We just made some halftime adjustments. It may have just taken us a while to get used to the speed of the option with the triple option run that they run. Once we made the adjustment, it showed in the second half.”

–Senior Branden Smith played offense for the first time this season, taking a couple of direct snaps for nine yards.
“It felt good with my two carries,” he said. “Hopefully next week I get a couple of more carries.”

-Mark Richt on clinging to a 10-7 lead until late in the second quarter before the chop-block penalty on fourth down.
“We were very fortunate in the first half to come out of there even with the lead,” Richt said. “It was a huge turn of events when they were driving late. There was that chop block penalty that cost them really a chance to score a touchdown and run out the rest of the clock for that matter.”

–Richt said Chris Conley, who caught two touchdown passes and led Georgia with four catches for 76 yards, “was kind of banged up. Something was going on with his hip and his hamstring.”
Richt didn’t think he would play in the second half, but said he sucked it up and kept playing.

–Georgia Tech is 6-5, already bowl-eligible, but Richt isn’t buying into that the stakes may be less for the Yellow Jackets.
“They’ll be playing for a lot,” he said. “This game is a lot. Period. We know what’s at stake. They know what’s at stake. Regardless of anybody’s record we know how important of a game it is.”

–Richt on another 10-win season for Georgia, the eighth for him in Athens.
“That’s good,” he said. “It’s nice to have 10 wins and have three more games to go, too. …We’re playing 12 games now so we do have a better chance of getting 10 wins. Ten wins is a significant number of wins in a season and I’m proud of everybody for doing that.”

–Richt on facing Georgia Tech after seeing Georgia Southern: “If you’re playing Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern in the same season, I think it’s in your best interest to do it back to back because you’ve just got to change all your gears and do it twice. It would be tougher to do. Is it going to give us a great advantage this week? I wouldn’t say that. It’s just where you don’t have to reorganize your practices. We’ll be able to pretty much practice the same week except we probably won’t put pads on Monday because we’ve got enough of a start of what it’s going to look like.”

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