Mike Shula didn't have much of a chance to wallow after Alabama's overtime defeat to Arkansas.
The Alabama head coach became a daddy
for the second time Sunday, hours after the Tide blew a 31-10 lead in losing
34-31 in double overtime to ninth-ranked Arkansas in Tuscaloosa.
Brooke Shula came into the world
early Sunday morning, keeping her old man from his normal Sunday teleconference
and routine. Shula and his wife Shari also have another daughter, Samantha.
Defensive coordinator Joe Kines filled in.
"It was not a surprise," said
Kines, Georgia's defensive coordinator from 1995-98. "Bless her heart, it
was time for her to have it."
Shari Shula attended Saturday's game.
ECSTACY AND AGONY: Alabama will send a tape
to the SEC office of a celebration penalty on the Tide that forced its first
overtime possession to start at the 40 rather than 25.
Charles Jones had just intercepted
Arkansas' Matt Jones, and he was joined in celebration by three teammates. One
official seemed willing to give them at least a few seconds to get moving, but
another ref dropped the flag.
Kines was diplomatic but clearly not happy
with the penalty, pointing out that nobody left the bench or ran a long distance
to engage in some choreographed display.
"It was those guys right there,"
he said. "The rule was put in to keep guys from really calling attention to
themselves. When you got four guys there together, I don't know how that's
calling attention to one person."
Alabama ended up missing a 38-yard field
goal on the possession.
"You just got to grit your teeth and
go on," said Kines.
Georgia's Mark Richt said after the South
Carolina game that many Bulldogs were close to earning 15-yard unsportsmanlike
penalties for celebrating. A week later, they approached that line several times
Richt will no doubt point out Alabama's
POLLING: Georgia moved up one spot in the
writers' poll and stayed put in the coaches' rankings.
The Bulldogs are No. 11 in AP and No. 12 in
LSU is the highest-ranked SEC team at No. 6 and 7, with Tennessee one spot
behind in both polls. Arkansas is eighth in one poll, ninth in the other.
No. 3 Southern Cal dropped to 10th
and Oregon went from ninth to 19th.
STILL A BATTLE: Richt said Sunday the top
spot at tailback remains up for grabs with Tyson Browning,Kregg Lumpkin, Ronnie Powell, and
"It's very wide open right now, the
way I see it," Richt said.
As runners, all have strengths, but none nearly as well as injured Tony Milton, who remains doubtful. Browning, though, could have an edge because of his speed and what that allows Georgia to do. Cooper and Powell are more straight-ahead power-oriented runners, both with an experience advantage over true freshman Lumpkin.
Against LSU, Lumpkin got one carry and Powell none.
Still, whoever handles blocking assignments the best during practice will get more snaps Saturday
Still, whoever handles blocking assignments
the best during practice will get more snaps Saturday.
OUCH: The 198 yards gained on the ground by
Arkansas' Cedric Cobbs?
It's nearly three times what Alabama's defense was allowing on average.
The Tide was giving up 67.2 yards on the
ground and only 2.4 yards a run before the fifth-year senior ran wild Saturday.
Alabama had held seven of the previous 11
opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground. A year ago, though, Georgia's
Musa Smith had 122 in the Bulldogs win at Alabama.
The Hogs' three rushing scores were one
more than the Tide had allowed in its last nine games total.
In the last two games, the opponent's top tailbacks have gained 353 yards
INJURY UPDATE: Alabama quarterback
Brodie Croyle missed some time Saturday with a separated left shoulder after a
hit late in the first half by Arkansas' Tony Bua.
He returned and played fairly well in the
second half as the Tide built a 31-10 lead. He finished 12 of 25 for 204
yards and three touchdowns, but also a crucial interception in overtime.
Linebacker Derrick Pope (ankle) missed some
overtime. End Antwan Odom left the game late but made it back for overtime.
Left guard Justin Smiley missed two games
with a foot sprain but played Saturday. The Tide was without defensive tackle
Ahmad Childress (shoulder).
With the birth of Shula's daughter,
Sunday's routine was a little off and Kines didn't have an injury report.
Georgia, for the first time since about the
Sugar Bowl, comes into a game in decent shape.
Safety Kentrell Curry (leg) is done for the
year, as are defensive end Will Thompson (leg) and wideout Cedric Haywood
Of Georgia's regulars, only tailback Tony
Milton (leg) is doubtful for Saturday's game.
Quarterback David Greene (knee), defensive
end David Pollack (knee), tight ends Martrez Milner (ankle) and Ben Watson
(ankle) as well as offensive linemen Josh Brock (knee) and Bartley Miller
(shoulder) plus linebacker Tony Taylor (ankle) saw limited practice action last
"Is everybody going to be ready to
play that we were hoping to play this weekend?" Richt asked. "I
wouldn't bet on that. We got healthier. But are we totally healthy? I don't
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