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Crank That.

Somebody managed to capture the moment from the Ole Miss game and post it on MySpace.

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Forget the curve ball, Ricky. Throw him the heater.

Josh Kendall has a good article up today in The Macon Telegraph about Georgia’s rushing game.

He tosses out some factoids of interest in the middle of his piece:

… Georgia has thrown the ball more than it has run it once in a game this year, against South Carolina, which was its only loss of the season. The Bulldogs threw 45 passes and ran the ball 31 times that day.

For the season, Georgia has run the ball 56.3 percent of the time, which is the sixth-highest percentage in the conference, almost right in the middle of Arkansas’ league-high 67.6 percent and Tennessee’s league-least 42.3 percent.

Georgia (4-1, 2-1 SEC) takes on the Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Neyland Stadium. At the conclusion of that game, the Bulldogs will have played the only three teams in the SEC who throw the ball more than run it – Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss…

According to Kendall, Georgia’s offensive staff had an epiphany after the South Carolina loss.

After the South Carolina game, Georgia’s coaches decided they had to get better in the running game one way or another, Richt said. The answer in the past three games has been a heavy dose of zone blocking, which has two advantages for the Bulldogs.

First, it’s an easier skill for young linemen to master, and, second, it gives Brown and Moreno several choices on where to run the ball rather than one specific hole to hit, thus taking advantage of their quickness and cutting ability.

In the three games since South Carolina, Brown and Moreno have carried the ball a combined 90 times for 546 yards. That’s better than a 6 yard per carry average.

Over that same span, Georgia has run 203 offensive plays. When you add in pass receptions, Brown and Moreno have had a collective total of 104 touches on those plays. Their total yardage for those three games is 689, which is close to 57% of Georgia’s total yardage from those games. Essentially, in that time frame, they’ve been the Man.

There shouldn’t be any big strategic surprises in store for tomorrow’s game, mainly because there shouldn’t be a need for any. Stick with what works. After all, UT isn’t exactly killing it in defending the run so far this year. Tomorrow is all about execution for Georgia.

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This could be the year.

Who knows for those Gamecocks?

If Florida goes down to defeat in Baton Rouge tomorrow night and Georgia beats Tennessee, neither of which can be called unlikely right now, This morning, South Carolina finds itself the only a school left in the East along with Florida and Vandy (see comments) in control of its own destiny.

Last night, USC won despite being held to 86 yards rushing by a team ranked 11th in the conference in rushing defense coming in to the game. UK also gained more yards overall than did the ‘Cocks. The old adage it’s better to be lucky than good comes to mind, especially in the wake of that incredibly stupid lateral that Woodson threw (that’ll make the Heisman highlight reel) which Norwood returned for his second (!) TD of the night.

And it’s even better than that for Spurrier’s crew. They get the bounce in the polls from beating #8. LSU will go into Lexington next week and beat #19 (maybe). Then Florida will go into Lexington to play unranked Kentucky.

All the Dawgs can do is wear their blinders and focus on winning each week against SEC opposition. But I keep wondering how much that overthrown pass to a wide open Moreno and that illegal shift call against Moore on the fumbled punt are going to come back to haunt this team at season’s end.

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Random snarky note: Did anyone catch Fowler’s comment that last night’s game was the first time that these two “so-called” second tier programs had faced each other with both being ranked teams? I think he could have skipped the political correctness part without difficulty.

I don’t know what their history was prior to 1992, but as members of the SEC East since then, UK and USC had faced off against each other fifteen straight seasons before last night. To go that many years without even, say, a meeting between #23 and #25 I’d argue is a pretty good indicator that these two teams haven’t exactly been in the hunt for glory too often.

In other words, “so-called”, my ass.

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