Bulldogs face long stretch away from home after win

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ATLANTA --- Georgia walked out of Sanford Stadium on Saturday still in control of its Southeastern Conference championship hopes.

When the Bulldogs play their next home game in six weeks, their SEC schedule will be over.

Georgia, No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and No. 7 in the first BCS standings released Sunday, will play at No. 11 LSU on Saturday. The Bulldogs play Florida in Jacksonville the following week, and follow with road games at Kentucky and Auburn.

The Bulldogs have an off week after the Auburn game and finally return to Athens on Nov. 29 for their final regular-season game against rival Georgia Tech.

That's a long road stretch, even for a coach who said he's trying to think of only the visit to LSU.

Coach Mark Richt acknowledged the long stretch of games away from home is rare.

"And when you add the open date in there, too, it's going to be quite some time," Richt said Sunday.

Georgia (6-1, 3-1 SEC) moved up one spot in Sunday's AP poll after its 24-14 home victory over Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs are tied with Florida atop the SEC's Eastern Division.

"Every goal we set is still in front of us," Richt said. "I would say we're in pretty good shape."

Richt said long stretches of games played away from Athens at this point of the season are not unusual.

"I guess because we always play Florida in Jacksonville there's going to be that type of situation," he said.

Georgia played three consecutive games away from home, including the Florida game at the neutral site, each of the past two years. The Bulldogs haven't played four in a row away from Athens since 2004 when they won at Arkansas, followed by a win over Florida, a win at Kentucky and a loss at Auburn.

That 2004 stretch is the only other time in Richt's eight years as coach that Georgia has played four consecutive games away from home.

Under Richt, Georgia is 27-4 in an opponent's stadium, including 9-2 against ranked teams. The Bulldogs' only loss this season came at home against Alabama.

"We play pretty well away from home," Richt said. "We just play whoever is on the schedule. We don't worry about it."

The road stretch, starting with the games against LSU and No. 5 Florida, will give Georgia a chance to boost its national rankings.

Richt only wanted to talk about one game.

"Right now we're really just concentrating on this LSU game, period," he said. "We're trying to go 7-1. We're trying to keep ourselves in good shape for the Eastern Division. ... All we want to talk about, all we want to think about, is playing this team. We're playing a great team and doing the best we can."

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WHO: No. 9 Georgia at No. 11 LSU WHEN: 3:30 Saturday TV: CBS-Ch. 12 WHERE: Baton Rouge, La. NOTE: CBS waited until Sunday to decide between the Georgia-LSU and Alabama-Tennessee games. ESPN will air the Alabama-Tennessee game Saturday night at 7:45.

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sctex
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sctex 10/20/08 - 03:47 am
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Go Tigers,Gators.Wildcats.War

Go Tigers,Gators.Wildcats.War Eagles.Yellowjackects!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/20/08 - 04:50 am
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sctex, you are truly

sctex, you are truly pathetic. Very sad, really. It's amazing that the Bulldogs are in your head so much that you are totally consumed by them. Do you want them to lose so much so that they'll come down to Carolina's level and THEN you'll start liking them?? See, in most Bulldog fan's minds, they'd rather Carolina win all their games except the Georgia game. Oh, well. Talking to you is like talking to a poor, crumbling, pathetic wall. Let me guess, your answer to this post will be "Go Cocks!", right? And another thing, does your momma know that you're up out of bed and on the computer at 3:47 in the morning??? She's going to take your computer out of your room if you don't watch it!

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r11mcbell 10/20/08 - 07:30 am
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the dog defense will attack

the dog defense will attack and eat the lsu offense. The tv did the right thing. We can see georiga defeat lsu and then watch alabama destroy tennessee.

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ugadawgbite 10/20/08 - 09:43 am
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sctex just climbed out of his

sctex just climbed out of his hole, sucking his thumb, in the fetal position after the sc loss. It's ok sctex there is always next year, and the next, and so on. BTW check your spelling, jacket not jackects....

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 10/20/08 - 11:28 am
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you dawgs are do, I must

you dawgs are do, I must admit. Yall have been cheated by Bama, and all the close game wins were only do to the refs poor decision. Oh, yeah, even heard it this am, the young line excuse..gosh, aren't all college kids young at every school? Yea, Dawg do do....

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imdstuf 10/20/08 - 12:48 pm
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LSU is over inflated in the

LSU is over inflated in the polls, so if UGA beats them it will look good and they will move up, and if they lose, people will say they lost to the 11th ranked team, and UGA will move to 15th or so. This is how SEC teams stay ranked. The overhype of the conference will continue.

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steve-o 10/20/08 - 01:40 pm
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imdstuf, I thought it was

imdstuf, I thought it was because of all of the national championships and bowl game domination year after year.

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tomfoolery 10/20/08 - 02:16 pm
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Georgia will lose either to

Georgia will lose either to LSU or to Florida, and they very well may lose both. It's pretty certain their national title hopes are over ever since they got spanked by Bama. At home. In the black jerseys. My guess is MR won't break out the blacks for a long time and Florida will play Bama for the SEC championship after exacting revenge on the lowly dawgs. LSU's better than they played at Florida, which will only help UF in the BCS standings. sorry dawgs, maybe next year

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steve-o 10/20/08 - 02:31 pm
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It makes the victories all

It makes the victories all that much sweeter when we get to watch the haters drop off here every week with their heads hung in shame, Gooooooooo DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

steve-o
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steve-o 10/20/08 - 02:32 pm
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We lost one game just like

We lost one game just like Fla Gaytors did, except it wasn't to ole miss!!!! ha ha!

ITDoc
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ITDoc 10/20/08 - 02:47 pm
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I admit I'm not a Dawg fan.

I admit I'm not a Dawg fan. (Notre Dame, GO IRISH!) If GA wins them all on this schedule, no team has a right to dispute they're the best not only this year, maybe ever. Go Dawgs, I'd like to see this.

sctex
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sctex 10/20/08 - 03:38 pm
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It does not take much.

It does not take much.

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 10/20/08 - 03:51 pm
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Wait till next year, dawgs

Wait till next year, dawgs will rule!~

ugadawgbite
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ugadawgbite 10/20/08 - 04:35 pm
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Next year is better than

Next year is better than NEVER, like in vandy's case...

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_Ibewalkingtomemphis 10/20/08 - 08:13 pm
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Lil bull pups are too weak in

Lil bull pups are too weak in too many areas---most of all coaching and discipline!

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ThatOne 10/20/08 - 09:36 pm
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Anybody silly enough to talk

Anybody silly enough to talk about UGA and Notre Dame in the same comment needs to be evaluated...Two totally different levels of competition...Notre Dame has been running on reputation too long...If they were in the SEC Mississippi State would be their biggest rivalry...Nuff said! Go DAWGS!!!

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 10/22/08 - 07:57 am
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u bite dawg queen.....its not

u bite dawg queen.....its not that big a deal...mediocrity in athens is a given.

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