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    Some of Alabama's football players didn't react well to Georgia jumping the Crimson Tide for the No. 4 spot in the latest College Playoff Ranking. 'Hell no,' the Alabama players say in a video, as the ESPN broadcast reveals UGA in the No. spot instead of Alabama. The video was captured by Touchdown Alabama Magazine's Justin Smith. Both UGA and Alabama are one-loss teams, with the Bulldogs suffering a defeat to unranked South Carolina. Alabama's loss, of course, was to No. 1-ranked LSU last weekend. However, the Bulldogs have more wins against ranked teams than Alabama. Thoughts? Please post below. Alabama players when they found out Georgia beat them out for the No. 4 spot in the CFP Rankings. @TDAlabamaMag pic.twitter.com/qXE2tV7RSs Justin Smith (@Jdsmith31Smith) November 13, 2019 The post Alabama players not happy about UGA being ranked ahead of Crimson Tide appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS It's unlikely Georgia and Alabama will meet on the football field this season, but there have been plenty of comparisons of the two programs in the past 24 hours. The Bulldogs came out ahead of the Crimson Tide in the second set of College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday night, leading many to compare the program's resumes. RELATED: Kirby Smart says no difference' for Georgia after Week 2 CFP rankings Rob Mullens, the CFP Chairman, said Georgia got the nod at No. 4 with Alabama at No. 5 because of the Bulldogs' wins over Top 20 teams Florida and Notre Dame. The Tide has yet to beat any Top 25 teams this season. Georgia plays at Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in a game the Bulldogs likely must win to keep playoff hopes alive. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt have both already seen Alabama and Georgia up close. Neither went so far as to say one was better than the other, but both shared their opinions when asked by DawgNation on the Wednesday teleconference. Muschamp broke down the teams' personalities, while Pruitt was more philosophical. South Carolina beat Georgia in Athens 20-17 in overtime on Oct. 12 and lost to Alabama 47-23 on Sept. 14 in Columbia. 'You take Alabama, Tua (Tagovailoa) is an outstanding player, and the speed that they have at wideout, they've got four guys that can run and create space plays and they create huge issues for you, and that to me is obviously something that jumps out,' Muschamp said. 'Defensively up front (Raekwon) Davis and (Terrell) Lewis are both guys you've got to deal with, and Anfernee Jennings is a guy, a 3 or 4 year starter, that brings a presence on the edge, and they cover extremely well on the back end, and they're going to mix things up on you.' Muschamp, who played at Georgia and has coached with both Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, provided some insight into the Bulldogs, too. 'Georgia, I just think their offensive line is very difficult to match up with, they are massive up front, (but) I think Alabama does have the size to match up with them,' Muschamp said. 'The backs are outstanding. (D'Andre) Swift, the entire corps of running backs are really good players. '(Jake) Fromm is an outstanding player, it's really, what's hurt them in the throwing game is just the lack of experience at receiver,' Muschamp said. 'I think the are very talented at receiver, (George) Pickens is a guy that's going to be great player for them, but when you're dealing with young players, you're going to deal with some inconsistencies. 'When they got (Lawrence) Cager, who is a grad-transfer, obviously he played extremely well down in Jacksonville for them. I think that's the stabilizing factor in the throwing game. They are going to continue to improve because of the youth they have, they have a lot of talent on the edges.' Muschamp sees improvement ahead for the Georgia defense, too. 'Defensively they are really deep in the front seven, Kirby is playing a lot of guys up front and it's motivating those guys, they are playing very hard, and they've got some really talented guys, so they are hard to run the ball against, they create a lot of negative plays,' Muschamp said. 'They've got a good combination of guys they are playing with up front, but they are both really talented teams.' Pruitt's Tennessee team lost at home to the Bulldogs by a 43-14 count on Oct. 5, and then it lost on the road to the Crimson Tide 35-13 on Oct. 19. 'I think they are both very well-coached teams, they are both very talented, (and) neither one of them have a whole lot of weaknesses,' Pruitt said. 'Both of them play some really good opponents down the stretch that will settle it on the field.' 'I think that's the beauty of college football is it does gets settled most of the time on the field and definitely in the SEC.' Georgia and Alabama have games remaining against Auburn, and the Bulldogs play host to a Texas A&M team on Nov. 23 that the Tide beat 47-28 in College Station on Oct. 12. Georgia football stories from DawgNation UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Will Muschamp compares, analyzes Georgia-Alabama team strengths appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,072 (Nov. 13, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Georgia being ranked No. 4 by the College Football Playoff selection committee Tuesday night. Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings Beginning of the show: Georgia was ranked No. 4 by the College Football Playoff selection committee Tuesday night. I'll explain on today's show why UGA not only belongs in the top four, but could arguably be placed third ahead of Clemson. 10-minute mark: I discuss two factors that make UGA's game with Auburn tough: the hostile road environment and the fact Auburn's coming off a bye. I'll also share audio of what UGA coach Kirby Smart said on the matter. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Mike Griffith joins the show. Some of the topics covered include How UGA's Playoff resume compares to other one-loss teams including Alabama What to expect between UGA and Auburn this weekend And an update on two Bulldogs players who've battled injuries wide receiver Lawrence Cager and center Trey Hill 30-minute mark: I discuss how Las Vegas' power ratings differ from the CFP top 25. I also share details of South Carolina coach Will Muschamp's attempt to defend his record as Gamecocks coach, explain why Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant is expected to play this Saturday vs. Florida and discuss the possibility Alabama coach Nick Saban could soon retire. 35-minute mark: I discuss why red zone offense will be critical for the Bulldogs and quarterback Jake Fromm Saturday. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia jumped Alabama in the College Football Playoff Rankings on Tuesday night, but nothing has changed in the Bulldogs' locker room. Tailback D'Andre Swift said four weeks ago Georgia would treat the remainder of the season as playoffs. Coach Kirby Smart echoed that mindset on the SEC Coaches teleconference on Wednesday. 'There's no difference in this game and the last three, four or five since the South Carolina game,' Smart said, asked by DawgNation if he would mention the potential CFP ramifications of the Auburn game to his players. 'I don't know that the ramifications have changed,' Smart said. 'We've got an opportunity to win the East. That's really our next step is to worry about Auburn and take care of business for this game.' RELATED: Georgia jumps Alabama in CFP Rankings The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play No. 12 Auburn (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Georgia's only loss this season came at home on Oct. 12 against an unranked South Carolina team by a 20-17 count in overtime. Alabama, which is ranked No. 5 in the current CFP rankings, fell at home to No. 1-ranked LSU last Saturday, 46-41. The CFP Committee said it valued the Bulldogs two wins over Top 20 teams over the Tide's schedule. Alabama doesn't have any wins over current Top 25 teams and only one win over an SEC team with a winning record (Texas A&M -3). 'T he difference for Georgia being at four was the fact that they have two wins against top-20 teams being Florida and Notre Dame,' CFP Committee Chairman Rob Mullens said on the Tuesday night national teleconference. 'You're looking at the full resume, so you're discussing everything. You're discussing all the wins and the loss, and again, it's an art, not a science, and that's why you have 13 members, and everybody shares their perspective on those losses and those wins, and at the end, you put it to a vote.' The committee noted after the first set of rankings last week that in addition to having a strong defense, the Bulldogs featured and experienced quarterback in Jake Fromm and a talented runner in Swift. 'They are the only FBS team to not give up a rushing touchdown, which is a pretty strong statement,' Mullens said on Nov. 5. 'They have an experienced quarterback, and elite running back.' It was Swift who threw down the gauntlet after the 20-17 loss to South Carolina, speaking passionately about the Bulldogs' need to pull together and play up to their potential. RELATED: D'Andre Swift makes strong statements in wake of SC loss ' I'm going to address the team today and just tell everybody we need to stick together, we need to be more of a family now than any time, and let them know one loss doesn't define our season,' Swift said the Monday after the shocking loss to the Gamecocks. 'We need to keep going and treat every game like a playoff game, that's really what it is,' he said. 'We should be one of the best teams in the country on offense, in every aspect, and I think we need to do a better job of playing fast in practice and hopefully see that trickle down to Saturday. We haven't played a complete game offensively, at all.' RELATED: UGA looks for elusive road win over SEC West opponent The same could be said as the team heads to Auburn with the season likely on the line. Georgia football stories from DawgNation UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Kirby Smart: No difference' for Georgia in wake of No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball freshman Anthony 'Antman' Edwards isn't holding anything back, his energy and enthusiasm often bubbling over in a demonstrative fashion. 'I want to keep my teammates in the game,' said Edwards, who scored 29 points in the 95-86 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday night with 8,058 in attendance at Stegeman Coliseum. RELATED: Edwards explodes for 29, Georgia drops The Citadel 'Most of it is my passion for the game,' the 18-year-old projected NBA lottery pick said. 'I love what I do, I love my teammate, and I want to keep my teammates happy.' Most importantly, Edwards is keeping his head coach happy for now. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is in Year Two of a massive overhaul of the Bulldogs' downtrodden basketball program. Crean has 10 new players on a roster this season that is lacking size and maturity in the front court. The 6-foot-5 Edwards can seemingly do it all. Edwards is scoring 26.5 points per game and averaging 7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. 'I thought he did a lot of good things,' Crean said. 'When they went box-and-one on him (defense), I thought Anthony made adjustments really quick. 'I think he did a lot of good things for his second college game.' Senior graduate-transfer Donnell Gresham agreed. 'I think he impacts the game in a lot more ways than scoring, on defensive especially,' Gresham said. '(He gets) deflections and steals. He does a great job rebounding and finds all of us open when passing and gets us open shots.' Edwards' 60 points through two games is a new UGA mark, eclipsing the 47 Georgia legend and NBA star Dominique Wilkins scored in his first two games for the Bulldogs in 1979. Crean and Edwards, however, are much more interested in the future than measuring achievements against history. Georgia has one more warm-up this Friday against Delaware State before the meat of the schedule arrives. Rival Georgia Tech comes to Athens on Nov. 20, and then a trip to Hawaii looms where a Nov. 25 game against hard-nosed Dayton awaits. Basketball royalty Michigan State, Kansas and and UCLA are also in the Maui Invitational's heavyweight field, the three games taking place Nov. 25-27. Crean has made it clear he wants and needs more from his big men, junior Rayshaun Hammonds (6-9, 235) and Amanze Ngumezi (6-9, 235), as well as others on the glass. 'The number one issue we have as a team is how are we going to get our rebounding right,' said Crean, whose team was out-rebounded by The Citadel 43-36. 'We're not physically aggressive yet, we're not urgent enough on the glass yet, and we haven't been.' 'If we're going to shore up and be able to compete, we've got to have a team defensive rebounding mindset with five guys being in that paint.' That would include Edwards, who to this point has been up to most every challenge. As much as Crean needs Edwards' athleticism, he'll need the freshman's infectious enthusiasm to carry over to the Bulldogs' front-line players. Edwards may not know any better, or he might just be that confident, but he believes this Georgia team will find a way despite its obvious limitations. 'I feel like we are extremely dangerous,' Edwards said. 'We have (Donnell Gresham) who can knock the 3 down, we've got Tyree Crump who's a vet who can knock the 3 down, we have Sahvir Wheeler who's coming downcourt dishing the ball out. 'And we've got Ray (Hammonds) who an knock the corner 3 down or post-up, and Amanze (Ngumezi) can catch (alley-) oops, everybody on the team can contribute.' Tyree Crump on Anthony Edwards DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia star Anthony Edwards making Bulldogs' basketball fun, but Tom Crean wants more appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Kirby Smart downplays Georgia football SEC West struggles ATHENS Kirby Smart has accomplished just about everything a coach can in his first three-plus years on the job. He won the SEC in his second season, as well as a College Football Playoff game. He's 3-1 against Auburn, Florida and Tennessee, three of Georgia's biggest conference rivals. There are only three things Smart is yet to do in his time at Georgia: Win a national championship, beat Alabama and oddly enough win a road game against an SEC West opponent. The first two are understandable, as Dabo Swinney is the only coach in the country to accomplish both feats since Smart got things started in 2016. Ed Orgeron could join him should the LSU Tigers win the national title this year. It's that third task that Smart can cross off this week, as No. 4 Georgia visits No. 12 Auburn. But in Smart's three previous tries at winning against an SEC West opponent, it's not like the Bulldogs have been done in by questionable officiating, or fluky plays. Each of the three previous attempts, Georgia has lost by at least 20 points. In 2016, Ole Miss rolled up 45 points on Smart and Georgia on its way to a 45-14 win. The following year, Georgia went into Jordan-Hare Stadium as the No. 1 team in the country. The Bulldogs lost 40-17. Last year Georgia went into LSU and the Tigers ran up and down the field on their way to a 36-16 victory. So are these events all one-offs, or is it indicative of something more significant? 'I would chalk it up to good teams. At the end of the day, it's good football teams, good football programs,' Smart said. 'The atmospheres aren't really any different than playing on the East. I would say the level of talent and the teams we've played have been pretty good. Just haven't figured out a way to win one. We've got to do that.' Winning on the road in the SEC is never easy. Smart has said it hundreds of times as Georgia's head coach and he'll continue to say for as long as he remains in that position. And there's a reason the SEC West is the best division in all of college football. But the 2016 Georgia team went 8-5 compared to Ole Miss' 5-7 and beat Auburn at home that season. The Auburn loss in '17 was Georgia's only loss prior to falling to Alabama in the national championship game. Last year's defeat to LSU also proved to be a one-off, as it was Georgia's only regular-season defeat. Senior defensive tackle Michael Barnett was asked about the 2017 Auburn game, one in which it seemed like the Georgia offense was just overwhelmed while the defense was worn down by Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson. 'I just remember it being really loud there, the atmosphere was wild. I know that played a big part in us taking that loss,' Barnett said. 'With that said, there were also things we could've done better in that game. The atmosphere at Auburn is extremely electric.' Mark Webb and Monty Rice had another word for the 2017 game: Rough Just weeks after the 2017 loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Georgia beat Auburn by three touchdowns. That results makes Georgia's inability not just to beat an SEC West foe outside of the state of Georgia all the more curious. Of the three previous games, only Ole Miss was favored to beat Georgia. This week, the Bulldogs are a 3-point road favorite Auburn. In 2017, Georgia was a 2.5-point favorite before losing by 23 points. And as ESPN's Chris Fallica points out, top-5 teams favored on the road by a field goal less against teams outside of the top 10 Auburn is No. 13 in the AP Poll the favorite is just 2-8. So history really isn't on Georgia's side this weekend. And if Smart isn't able to take down Auburn this time, the next SEC West road foe isn't all that much easier. Georgia's first SEC game of the 2020 season is a Sept. 19 trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to take on the Crimson Tide. Georgia football jumps Alabama in College Football Playoff rankings for week 12 Georgia and Alabama are both 8-1. Alabama's loss came against the No. 1 team in the country in LSU. Georgia's loss came against the 4-6 South Carolina Gamecocks. And yet, the College Football Playoff committee sees Georgia as the better team, based on the Week 12 College Football Playoff rankings. Georgia came in at No. 4, making them the top one-loss team in the country. The top three teams are LSU at No. 1, Ohio State at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 3. Alabama came in at No. 5. The big mover this week was Minnesota, who jumped from No. 17 to No. 8. Rob Mullens, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee chairman, said the difference was Georgia's wins over No. 11 Florida and No. 16 Notre Dame. Alabama does not have a win over a ranked team in the College Football Playoff rankings. Georgia being slotted over Alabama further proves that Georgia does still control its own fate. If it is able to win out, which would include a win over No. 1 LSU, the Bulldogs will be in this year's College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs have another chance to add to their resume this week, as they play No. 12 Auburn. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia basketball drops The Citadel 95-86, Anthony Edwards scores 29 points Georgia football podcast: Examining UGA's talent edge vs. Auburn Homegrown: Richard LeCounte III is a unique placesetter for the Kirby Smart era Georgia coach Kirby Smart provides practice updates on Trey Hill, Lawrence Cager Mecole Hardman, Jordan Jenkins create viral moments in Week 10 of NFL season BREAKING: Georgia adds dynamic 2023 RB Treyaun Webb to the commitment list WATCH: J.R. Reed confident Georgia has the speed to hang with Auburn All eyes will be on George Pickens and his emotions for both Georgia football and Auburn WATCH: Georgia football dazzles in highlight video, championship moments on offense and defense Dawgs on Twitter No. = @GeorgiaFootball #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/W9QR5ETk4R Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 13, 2019 In the footsteps of the x #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/Yht1YfB2Zk Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 12, 2019 DAWGS WIN 95 UGA 86 CIT * 6 Bulldogs finish with double digits pic.twitter.com/EfaZaxDcF8 Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) November 13, 2019 Your Lady Dogs return to the court Wednesday night at 7:00 for a matchup against NC A&T! See you there! #GoDawgs | #Alzati pic.twitter.com/i8kCX75xE0 Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) November 13, 2019 Good Dawg of the Day Cash, 4 months, Striving to one day excel in his career as a floor swiffer pic.twitter.com/4Gjofcqk70 Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) November 12, 2019 The post Kirby Smart has a chance to answer a major question if Georgia football can get an SEC West road win appeared first on DawgNation.
  • DENVER (AP) - Falling into a 12-0 hole less than three minutes in brought back unpleasant memories for the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young rewrote the ending with another big game. The second-year point guard scored 15 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 assists to lead Atlanta over the Denver Nuggets 125-121 on Tuesday night. Young finished seven points shy of his career high set March 1 against Chicago last season. He was 13 of 21 from the field and finished 8 for 13 on 3-pointers to flip the script on the Hawks' last visit to Denver. The Nuggets scored the first 13 points on their way to a 45-point rout of Atlanta last November, but this time the Hawks pushed back. 'We didn't want the same thing to happen again,' Young said. 'We wanted to get back rolling.' Jabari Parker had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Alex Len scored 17 for the Hawks, who played most of the second half without guard Kevin Huerter. Huerter was hurt when he was fouled by Nikola Jokic with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter. Jokic slapped down on his arm as Huerter was starting to go up with the ball and he immediately grabbed his left arm. He was holding the arm against his body as he walked to the locker room. Huerter was ruled out for the game later in the period. 'He had a hot start and with him going down it was tough,' Young said. Will Barton led Denver with 21 points, Jokic had 20 and Paul Millsap added 19. The Nuggets had their three-game winning streak snapped. The main reason was Young, who has bounced back from scoring nine points against Chicago last week to eclipse the 30-point mark in three straight games. 'It was just the Trae Young show for 48 minutes,' Denver coach Michael Malone said. Young, who had 17 points in the first half, shouldered the load on offense after Huerter left. Young put up 10 points in the third and then carried the Hawks in the fourth, scoring more than half of their 27 points. 'It felt better because we won,' Young said. 'I'm glad I was able to knock some shots down and help us win.' Denver rallied early in the fourth to tie it at 101 but Young hit a pair of 3-pointers and a floater to put Atlanta ahead 114-106. The Nuggets couldn't get closer than four the rest of the way. 'He's got an ultra green light,' Denver guard Gary Harris said. 'He's capable of pulling up right after half court. It makes it tough to guard.' Atlanta trailed by nine after one but outscored Denver 38-20 in the second to take a 63-54 lead at halftime. The Hawks increased their lead to 13 in the third. TIP-INS Hawks: F Allen Crabbe (knee) was dressed but coach Lloyd Pierce didn't want to use him. 'He's still in the emergency situation. We needed a body to dress,' Pierce said. ... Atlanta shot 68 percent (15 of 22) in the second quarter. Nuggets: G Malik Beasley was inactive due to illness. He sat out the second half of Sunday's win at Minnesota. ... The 38 points allowed in the second quarter and the 63 points in the first half were the most Denver has given up. CROWD CONTROL Young helped stave off a third-quarter rally by Denver when he drained a 3-pointer in front of the Nuggets bench. He then turned and stared into the seats before running up the court. 'Some of it was the bench but some of it was to one of the dudes in the crowd,' Young said. 'I'm not about to get fined talking about it. Sometimes what the fans say is unacceptable. I can't say nothing to him, I can't do anything towards him, I can just get buckets and look at him. 'He stopped talking as much.' FINDING FAULT Pierce was happy with most of Young's performance but thought the guard could have done better. 'I wasn't impressed with his free throws. He went 8 for 11; he's got to go 11 for 11,' Pierce said. 'He missed two the other night, he missed three tonight. It's always something. Everybody else can praise him - I've got to stay on him.' UP NEXT Hawks: At the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Nuggets: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATHENS Georgia's Anthony 'Antman' Edwards scored 29 points and fellow freshman Sahvir Wheeler scored 10 points with 8 assists in a win over The Citadel. UGA, playing with 10 new players this season, scored the 95-86 win over the South Carolina military school before a rowdy crowd at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday night. Graduate-transfer Donnell Gresham and senior Tyree Crump each scored 13 points for Georgia, and junior Rayshaun Hammonds narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds. Georgia (2-0) never trailed The Citadel (0-2), but the game was not without some suspense. The Citadel went on an 8-0 run to cut the UGA lead to 74-73 midway through the second half. Hayden Browns's trey triggered a Tom Crean timeout with 9:39 remaining. Crean re-entered Wheeler into the game, and the diminutive playmaker went to work, turning up the tempo and driving the lane. Georgia went on a 10-3 spurt to build a comfortable 84-76 lead at the 7:22 mark on a Donnell Gresham steal and breakaway dunk. The Citadel drew no closer than 4 points for the remainder of the game.. Edwards flashed his offensive takeover skills just prior to The Citadel's late run. The projected NBA lottery pick scored nine straight points for the Bulldogs during one stretch of the second half, putting the ball in the bucket four different ways on four consecutive possessions. Edwards scored on a transition layup, a jump shot, a 3-pointer in succession ending his personal run with a reverse dunk that made it 69-62. Georgia had held a 48-40 lead at the half despite being out-reounded 25-19. Crump and Amanze Ngumezi scored 10 points apiece through the first 20 minutes, while Edwards had just 6 points at the break on 3-of-9 shooting. Georgia returns to action at 7 p.m. on Friday in Athens against Delaware State before a Nov. 20 showdown with rival Georgia Tech in Stegeman Coliseum. DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia basketball drops The Citadel 95-86, Anthony Edwards scores 29 points appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,071 (Nov. 12, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Auburn coach Gus Malzahn's praise for UGA's defense and the Bulldogs overall talent level. Georgia football podcast: Examining UGA's talent edge vs. Auburn Beginning of the show: Georgia is arguably the most talented team in the country according to Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. I'll explain on today's show why that talent edge could provide UGA with a boost at Auburn a tough opponent in a hostile environment. 10-minute mark: I discuss expectations for Auburn quarterback Bo Nix Saturday vs. the Bulldogs. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include 2023 athlete Treyaun Webb's UGA commitment Thoughts on UGA-Auburn Latest on 4-star tight end Theo Johnson An update on 4-star defensive lineman Zykeivous Walker And more details about UGA's running back recruiting efforts 35-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Arkansas firing coach Chad Morris, the chances South Carolina doesn't fire Will Muschamp, thoughts on Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt whose Vols team beat Kentucky Saturday and a brief preview of Tuesday night's College Football Playoff top 25 release. 40-minute mark: I discuss why this season's UGA team is similar to Alabama's 2015 national championship team which was Kirby Smart's last as Crimson Tide defensive coordinator. I also acknowledge some 'Top Dawgs' in the NFL. End of show: I send out well wishes for the UGA basketball team, which hosts the Citadel Tuesday night, and I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Examining UGA's talent edge vs. Auburn appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia remains the top-ranked, one-loss team in the nation in the College Football Playoff Rankings. LSU (9-0) took over the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday nighton the strength of its 46-41 win at Alabama last Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Ohio State (9-0) was No. 2 and Clemson (10-0) was No. 3, and then came the Bulldogs (8-1) at No. 4. The Crimson Tide (8-1) came in at No. 5 with Oregon (8-1) at No. 6. LSU's win last Saturday snapped Alabama's 31-game home win streak and ended the Bayou Bengals' string of futility against the Tide at 8 games last Saturday. The Tigers have four wins over teams ranked in the Top 20 this season: Alabama (No. 5), Florida (No. 11), Auburn (No. 12) and Texas (No. 19). Ohio State (9-0) dropped to No. 2 despite a 73-14 win over Maryland. The Buckeyes' best win was a 38-7 victory over No. 14 Wisconsin on Oct. 26 in Columbus, Ohio. It's the first time the top-ranked team in the CFP rankings has dropped when coming off a win. Defending College Football Playoff champion Clemson (10-0) is at No. 3 after its 55-10 at North Carolina State last Saturday. Georgia is ranked ahead of Alabama on the strength of its wins over No. 11 Florida and No. 16. Notre Dame. 'As you look at (Nos.) 4 and 5, two really good teams, one-loss teams, we just saw Alabama had a tough loss,' said Rob Mullens, the chairman for the 13-member CFP Committee. 'You compare that against Georgia's resume, and the two big wins that Georgia had.' Mullens explained on the teleconference that the committee works to rank the No. 1 to No. 3 teams, and then Nos. 4-6. 'The separator for Georgia in the (4-6) pool is their two wins against Top 20 teams,' Mullen said. 'You're looking at the full resume, so you're discussing everything, all the wins and the loss.' Mullens said the committee spent a lot of time comparing Georgia to Alabama, and it did take into consideration that the Bulldogs lost to unranked South Carolina while the Tide lost to LSU. The Crimson Tide, however, doesn't have any wins over Top 25 teams this season. Its best win is likely considered the 47-28 victory it scored over Texas A&M on Oct. 12. Alabama (8-1, 5-1) was ranked higher than t he Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1) in the AP Top 25 poll last Sunday, coming in at No. 4 there with UGA No. 5. Minnesota (9-0) made the biggest jump in the CFP rankings, up to No. 8 from No. 17 after a 31-26 home win over previously unbeaten and now No. 9-ranked Penn State. The Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) can clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game with a win at No. 12 Auburn (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. RELATED: Kirby Smart updates playing status of Trey Hill and Lawrence Cager The committee had Georgia as the top-ranked one-loss team last Tuesday night, too. CFP Committee chairman Rob Mullens explained why last week. 'Georgia has beaten two top 15 teams, (then-) No. 10 Florida, (then-) No. 15 Notre Dame,' Mullens said, asked by DawgNation on last Tuesday night's national teleconference about the Bulldogs place in the order of one-loss teams. 'They are the only FBS team to not give up a rushing touchdown, which is a pretty strong statement. They have an experienced quarterback, and elite running back,' he said. 'But the separator for them at this point was the two Top 15 wins.' Georgia extended its streak of games without a rushing touchdown with a 27-0 win over Missouri, it's third shutout of this season. The rankings will be released the next three Tuesday nights at approximately 7 p.m. on ESPN, with the final rankings coming out on Sunday, Dec. 8, at noon. College Football Playoff rankings for 2019 Week 12 Georgia football stories from DawgNation UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post College Football Playoff Rankings for Week 12 released: Georgia jumps Alabama in Top 5 appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • Some of Alabama's football players didn't react well to Georgia jumping the Crimson Tide for the No. 4 spot in the latest College Playoff Ranking. 'Hell no,' the Alabama players say in a video, as the ESPN broadcast reveals UGA in the No. spot instead of Alabama. The video was captured by Touchdown Alabama Magazine's Justin Smith. Both UGA and Alabama are one-loss teams, with the Bulldogs suffering a defeat to unranked South Carolina. Alabama's loss, of course, was to No. 1-ranked LSU last weekend. However, the Bulldogs have more wins against ranked teams than Alabama. Thoughts? Please post below. Alabama players when they found out Georgia beat them out for the No. 4 spot in the CFP Rankings. @TDAlabamaMag pic.twitter.com/qXE2tV7RSs Justin Smith (@Jdsmith31Smith) November 13, 2019 The post Alabama players not happy about UGA being ranked ahead of Crimson Tide appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS It's unlikely Georgia and Alabama will meet on the football field this season, but there have been plenty of comparisons of the two programs in the past 24 hours. The Bulldogs came out ahead of the Crimson Tide in the second set of College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday night, leading many to compare the program's resumes. RELATED: Kirby Smart says no difference' for Georgia after Week 2 CFP rankings Rob Mullens, the CFP Chairman, said Georgia got the nod at No. 4 with Alabama at No. 5 because of the Bulldogs' wins over Top 20 teams Florida and Notre Dame. The Tide has yet to beat any Top 25 teams this season. Georgia plays at Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in a game the Bulldogs likely must win to keep playoff hopes alive. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt have both already seen Alabama and Georgia up close. Neither went so far as to say one was better than the other, but both shared their opinions when asked by DawgNation on the Wednesday teleconference. Muschamp broke down the teams' personalities, while Pruitt was more philosophical. South Carolina beat Georgia in Athens 20-17 in overtime on Oct. 12 and lost to Alabama 47-23 on Sept. 14 in Columbia. 'You take Alabama, Tua (Tagovailoa) is an outstanding player, and the speed that they have at wideout, they've got four guys that can run and create space plays and they create huge issues for you, and that to me is obviously something that jumps out,' Muschamp said. 'Defensively up front (Raekwon) Davis and (Terrell) Lewis are both guys you've got to deal with, and Anfernee Jennings is a guy, a 3 or 4 year starter, that brings a presence on the edge, and they cover extremely well on the back end, and they're going to mix things up on you.' Muschamp, who played at Georgia and has coached with both Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, provided some insight into the Bulldogs, too. 'Georgia, I just think their offensive line is very difficult to match up with, they are massive up front, (but) I think Alabama does have the size to match up with them,' Muschamp said. 'The backs are outstanding. (D'Andre) Swift, the entire corps of running backs are really good players. '(Jake) Fromm is an outstanding player, it's really, what's hurt them in the throwing game is just the lack of experience at receiver,' Muschamp said. 'I think the are very talented at receiver, (George) Pickens is a guy that's going to be great player for them, but when you're dealing with young players, you're going to deal with some inconsistencies. 'When they got (Lawrence) Cager, who is a grad-transfer, obviously he played extremely well down in Jacksonville for them. I think that's the stabilizing factor in the throwing game. They are going to continue to improve because of the youth they have, they have a lot of talent on the edges.' Muschamp sees improvement ahead for the Georgia defense, too. 'Defensively they are really deep in the front seven, Kirby is playing a lot of guys up front and it's motivating those guys, they are playing very hard, and they've got some really talented guys, so they are hard to run the ball against, they create a lot of negative plays,' Muschamp said. 'They've got a good combination of guys they are playing with up front, but they are both really talented teams.' Pruitt's Tennessee team lost at home to the Bulldogs by a 43-14 count on Oct. 5, and then it lost on the road to the Crimson Tide 35-13 on Oct. 19. 'I think they are both very well-coached teams, they are both very talented, (and) neither one of them have a whole lot of weaknesses,' Pruitt said. 'Both of them play some really good opponents down the stretch that will settle it on the field.' 'I think that's the beauty of college football is it does gets settled most of the time on the field and definitely in the SEC.' Georgia and Alabama have games remaining against Auburn, and the Bulldogs play host to a Texas A&M team on Nov. 23 that the Tide beat 47-28 in College Station on Oct. 12. Georgia football stories from DawgNation UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Will Muschamp compares, analyzes Georgia-Alabama team strengths appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,072 (Nov. 13, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Georgia being ranked No. 4 by the College Football Playoff selection committee Tuesday night. Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings Beginning of the show: Georgia was ranked No. 4 by the College Football Playoff selection committee Tuesday night. I'll explain on today's show why UGA not only belongs in the top four, but could arguably be placed third ahead of Clemson. 10-minute mark: I discuss two factors that make UGA's game with Auburn tough: the hostile road environment and the fact Auburn's coming off a bye. I'll also share audio of what UGA coach Kirby Smart said on the matter. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Mike Griffith joins the show. Some of the topics covered include How UGA's Playoff resume compares to other one-loss teams including Alabama What to expect between UGA and Auburn this weekend And an update on two Bulldogs players who've battled injuries wide receiver Lawrence Cager and center Trey Hill 30-minute mark: I discuss how Las Vegas' power ratings differ from the CFP top 25. I also share details of South Carolina coach Will Muschamp's attempt to defend his record as Gamecocks coach, explain why Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant is expected to play this Saturday vs. Florida and discuss the possibility Alabama coach Nick Saban could soon retire. 35-minute mark: I discuss why red zone offense will be critical for the Bulldogs and quarterback Jake Fromm Saturday. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: UGA absolutely belongs in top 4 of CFP rankings appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia jumped Alabama in the College Football Playoff Rankings on Tuesday night, but nothing has changed in the Bulldogs' locker room. Tailback D'Andre Swift said four weeks ago Georgia would treat the remainder of the season as playoffs. Coach Kirby Smart echoed that mindset on the SEC Coaches teleconference on Wednesday. 'There's no difference in this game and the last three, four or five since the South Carolina game,' Smart said, asked by DawgNation if he would mention the potential CFP ramifications of the Auburn game to his players. 'I don't know that the ramifications have changed,' Smart said. 'We've got an opportunity to win the East. That's really our next step is to worry about Auburn and take care of business for this game.' RELATED: Georgia jumps Alabama in CFP Rankings The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play No. 12 Auburn (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Georgia's only loss this season came at home on Oct. 12 against an unranked South Carolina team by a 20-17 count in overtime. Alabama, which is ranked No. 5 in the current CFP rankings, fell at home to No. 1-ranked LSU last Saturday, 46-41. The CFP Committee said it valued the Bulldogs two wins over Top 20 teams over the Tide's schedule. Alabama doesn't have any wins over current Top 25 teams and only one win over an SEC team with a winning record (Texas A&M -3). 'T he difference for Georgia being at four was the fact that they have two wins against top-20 teams being Florida and Notre Dame,' CFP Committee Chairman Rob Mullens said on the Tuesday night national teleconference. 'You're looking at the full resume, so you're discussing everything. You're discussing all the wins and the loss, and again, it's an art, not a science, and that's why you have 13 members, and everybody shares their perspective on those losses and those wins, and at the end, you put it to a vote.' The committee noted after the first set of rankings last week that in addition to having a strong defense, the Bulldogs featured and experienced quarterback in Jake Fromm and a talented runner in Swift. 'They are the only FBS team to not give up a rushing touchdown, which is a pretty strong statement,' Mullens said on Nov. 5. 'They have an experienced quarterback, and elite running back.' It was Swift who threw down the gauntlet after the 20-17 loss to South Carolina, speaking passionately about the Bulldogs' need to pull together and play up to their potential. RELATED: D'Andre Swift makes strong statements in wake of SC loss ' I'm going to address the team today and just tell everybody we need to stick together, we need to be more of a family now than any time, and let them know one loss doesn't define our season,' Swift said the Monday after the shocking loss to the Gamecocks. 'We need to keep going and treat every game like a playoff game, that's really what it is,' he said. 'We should be one of the best teams in the country on offense, in every aspect, and I think we need to do a better job of playing fast in practice and hopefully see that trickle down to Saturday. We haven't played a complete game offensively, at all.' RELATED: UGA looks for elusive road win over SEC West opponent The same could be said as the team heads to Auburn with the season likely on the line. Georgia football stories from DawgNation UGA confident it has the speed to keep up with Auburn Georgia defense tops SEC in every major statistical category Bulldogs move into top 5 in rankings George Pickens makes UGA live with the bad to get his good A look at Georgia football playoff picture after Missouri win Bulldogs stock report: George Pickens scores, defense soars Kirby Smart talks about UGA injury situation for Auburn game The post Kirby Smart: No difference' for Georgia in wake of No. 4 College Football Playoff ranking appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball freshman Anthony 'Antman' Edwards isn't holding anything back, his energy and enthusiasm often bubbling over in a demonstrative fashion. 'I want to keep my teammates in the game,' said Edwards, who scored 29 points in the 95-86 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday night with 8,058 in attendance at Stegeman Coliseum. RELATED: Edwards explodes for 29, Georgia drops The Citadel 'Most of it is my passion for the game,' the 18-year-old projected NBA lottery pick said. 'I love what I do, I love my teammate, and I want to keep my teammates happy.' Most importantly, Edwards is keeping his head coach happy for now. Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is in Year Two of a massive overhaul of the Bulldogs' downtrodden basketball program. Crean has 10 new players on a roster this season that is lacking size and maturity in the front court. The 6-foot-5 Edwards can seemingly do it all. Edwards is scoring 26.5 points per game and averaging 7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. 'I thought he did a lot of good things,' Crean said. 'When they went box-and-one on him (defense), I thought Anthony made adjustments really quick. 'I think he did a lot of good things for his second college game.' Senior graduate-transfer Donnell Gresham agreed. 'I think he impacts the game in a lot more ways than scoring, on defensive especially,' Gresham said. '(He gets) deflections and steals. He does a great job rebounding and finds all of us open when passing and gets us open shots.' Edwards' 60 points through two games is a new UGA mark, eclipsing the 47 Georgia legend and NBA star Dominique Wilkins scored in his first two games for the Bulldogs in 1979. Crean and Edwards, however, are much more interested in the future than measuring achievements against history. Georgia has one more warm-up this Friday against Delaware State before the meat of the schedule arrives. Rival Georgia Tech comes to Athens on Nov. 20, and then a trip to Hawaii looms where a Nov. 25 game against hard-nosed Dayton awaits. Basketball royalty Michigan State, Kansas and and UCLA are also in the Maui Invitational's heavyweight field, the three games taking place Nov. 25-27. Crean has made it clear he wants and needs more from his big men, junior Rayshaun Hammonds (6-9, 235) and Amanze Ngumezi (6-9, 235), as well as others on the glass. 'The number one issue we have as a team is how are we going to get our rebounding right,' said Crean, whose team was out-rebounded by The Citadel 43-36. 'We're not physically aggressive yet, we're not urgent enough on the glass yet, and we haven't been.' 'If we're going to shore up and be able to compete, we've got to have a team defensive rebounding mindset with five guys being in that paint.' That would include Edwards, who to this point has been up to most every challenge. As much as Crean needs Edwards' athleticism, he'll need the freshman's infectious enthusiasm to carry over to the Bulldogs' front-line players. Edwards may not know any better, or he might just be that confident, but he believes this Georgia team will find a way despite its obvious limitations. 'I feel like we are extremely dangerous,' Edwards said. 'We have (Donnell Gresham) who can knock the 3 down, we've got Tyree Crump who's a vet who can knock the 3 down, we have Sahvir Wheeler who's coming downcourt dishing the ball out. 'And we've got Ray (Hammonds) who an knock the corner 3 down or post-up, and Amanze (Ngumezi) can catch (alley-) oops, everybody on the team can contribute.' Tyree Crump on Anthony Edwards DawgNation Georgia basketball coverage Tom Crean wants more control against The Citadel RELATED: Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener Georgia basketball strikes exhibition gold vs. Charlotte 49ers Sahvir Wheeler hidden star, directs point after first exhibition Anthony Edwards lives up to hype in exhibition opener Georgia freshman already making basketball history The post Georgia star Anthony Edwards making Bulldogs' basketball fun, but Tom Crean wants more appeared first on DawgNation.