Gametime 2012 – Vanderbilt at Georgia


Todd Grantham and James Franklin exchange words after last years game.

On Saturday, the 5th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs host the Vanderbilt Commodores in Athens. The game will be televised by ESPN2 and at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Georgia heads into the game 3-0 overall (1-0 SEC) after wins over Buffalo, Missouri, and Florida Atlantic. Vanderbilt is 1-2 (0-1 SEC) after falling to South Carolina and Northwestern and defeating Presbyterian.

The Bulldogs will definitely not overlook the Commodores in light of how close the game was last year and the fireworks that ensued post-game. Three players, including current UGA safety Shawn Williams, were suspended for various flagrant fouls in the game.

After the game, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin sought out Williams for a few words, likely regarding a hit he delivered. UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham proceeded to step in and give Franklin a few words of his own (see above picture).

A win over Vanderbilt would give the Dawgs their first 4-0 start since the 2008 season. Georgia has now started the season 3-0 seven times under head coach Mark Richt.

Safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree are each listed on the depth for the Vanderbilt game. However, they have been listed there all season. Both will likely be suspended for the game Saturday, which should be their fourth and final game missed.

Vanderbilt at Georgia:

  • Date: Sept. 22, 2012, 7:45 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN2 and
  • Broadcast: Mark Jones (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst), Maria Taylor (reporter)

Inside the numbers:

  • Georgia has won 13 consecutive regular season games. It’s the second longest active streak behind LSU (16).
  • The 13 game regular season winning streak is the longest ever under Mark Richt.
  • Georgia leads the overall series against Vanderbilt 52-18-2.
  • Georgia is ranked 20th in Total Offense with 517.67 yards per game.
  • Georgia is ranked 10th in Scoring Offense with 47.33 points per game.
  • Georgia is ranked 42nd in Total Defense with 345.33 yards per game.
  • Georgia is ranked 46th in Scoring Defense with 21.00 points per game.
  • Georgia is ranked 70th in Turnover Margin (-1 ratio).
  • Georgia is ranked 100th (tie) in Fewest Penalties Per Game (25 for 150 yards).

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