Monthly Archives: September 2009

Friday morning buffet

Num num num:

  • Lane Kiffin sees the Tennessee red zone offense as a glass half empty.  Jonathan Crompton sees it as a glass half full.  Which is part of the problem, when you think about it.
  • Bryan Evans thinks the NCAA’s 20-hour rule is part of what’s holding the Georgia secondary back.  Sounds like a job for Rich Rod!
  • With the mid-major underbrush getting cleared out somewhat last weekend and Boise State’s joke of a schedule, the Clemmins game is huge for TCU.
  • Joe Montana craps all over the spread option.
  • Here’s a pretty amazing Southern Cal factoid:  “USC, a loser against unranked opponents five times in the last three-plus seasons, has won 30 of its last 32 games against ranked opponents. . . “
  • Speaking of the Trojans, Mitch Mustain continues to be the incredible shrinking quarterback.  The punting experiment ain’t going too well, either.
  • Talk about your unimaginative athletic directors:  Ball State really couldn’t find anyone better than this fellow?

… The first year of a college coaching regime is often rough, but arguably no one has it worse right now than Ball State’s Stan Parrish. The young Cardinals squad—which went 12-2 last season with Mr. Parrish as its offensive coordinator—is 0-3 after losses to North Texas, lower-level New Hampshire and Army. (Army and North Texas were a combined 4-20 last season.) Next up: Auburn (3-0), which is averaging 42 points per game. “The football gods make you pay,” says the 63-year-old Mr. Parrish, who endured similar misery in his last head job at Kansas State (2-30-1 from 1986 to 1988). [Emphasis added.]

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Slouching towards Atlanta: a look back at South Carolina-Ole Miss

Last night’s game was of interest to me if for no other reason than to calibrate the gauge by which we’ve been measuring Georgia so far.  And we got treated to the stereotypical SEC game – two great defenses, if you’re a proponent of the conference, or two pathetic offenses, if you’re a kindred spirit to someone like HeismanPundit.

The truth is somewhat more complicated than that.  Ellis Johnson did a marvelous job mixing and matching and giving Norwood plenty of opportunities to have an impact on play.  And the Ole Miss front four is every bit as dominant as advertised.  On the other hand, I was struck by how sluggish the Rebels offense looked all night, with the glaring exception of Dexter McCluster.  And it’s clear that Garcia struggles with man to man coverage far more than zone.

The quarterbacks’ mediocre play was probably the big story of the game.  Here’s how it broke down, courtesy of Team Speed Kills:

NAME COMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT
Garcia 16 34 47.1 220 1 0 111.12
Snead 7 21 33.3 107 1 0 91.85

That is not the stuff from which legends are born.  Garcia was marginally better, and that was the difference.  But he sure disappeared in the fourth quarter when the game was in the balance.

So, what to take from this?  I think it’s more of an indication of Ole Miss being overrated than where South Carolina is going.  Thus, I lean less towards cocknfire’s take – “It’s not time to put South Carolina in the Top 15 just yet. But for the first time in a couple of years, the idea didn’t seem completely laughable” – and more towards Doc Saturday’s“If Garcia and South Carolina are still basically mediocre, what does that make Snead and Ole Miss?”.

A few more random observations from a Dawg fan’s point of view:

  • I switched on a replay of the Georgia-South Carolina first half during halftime last night (damn, I’m sorry I missed this) just for a little comparison.  The good news?  That Georgia offense looked fast and – dare I say it? – purposeful once it got going.  The bad news?  The realization that Garcia’s high water mark for the season may very well be against Georgia’s defense.  An ineffective pass rush and soft zone coverage will do that.
  • Empty seats in Columbia?  What’s the world coming to?
  • All those SEC quarterback rankings we read in the preseason weren’t worth the bandwidth they consumed.
  • The over/under in the Tennessee-South Carolina game may be in the single digits.
  • Craig James sure talks a lot.
  • I do wonder how much of Ole Miss’ offensive performance was affected by the flu that swept through the team.  The on-field performance, that is.  You can’t blame the playcalling on illness, it was sickly on its own.  You think the Nuttster would like a mulligan on that fake field goal call?
  • After last night, Gamecock fans have no reason to complain about SEC officiating.  Aside from the two blatant missed calls in the fourth quarter, it’s clear that the official method that South Carolina receivers have for creating separation is the push off.  There could have been flags thrown for offensive pass interference on almost every SC possession.

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And how come Tim Tebow’s not playing linebacker?

Robbie Andreuplease.

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Mark Richt, master of understatement

It’s good to see the man has a sense of humor.  Even if it’s gallows humor:

On Georgia’s defense: “Well, they’re not playing the best pass defense in the country, that’s for sure…”

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UPDATE: And let’s not ignore this crack from Tony Barnhart.

… Well, Mallett may have played his first SEC game last week but his real SEC debut comes Saturday when the Hogs go to Alabama.

Ouch.

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Phil Steele sez…

go Dawgs, go this week, to the tune of 37-13:

ASU was sky high for last year’s HG in the desert but Georgia was never challenged winning 27-10 (-7). This time Georgia gets the large edge of ASU making their first trip to the deep South this decade. ASU is off of 2 creampuffs and has QB Sullivan (193 ypg, 57%, 1-0 ratio) making his 1st career road start. Georgia actually almost gained as many yards last week (530) as they did in the first 2 wks (565) combined. Stats lie here due to the strength of schedule (UGA #6, ASU #119) Georgia has been outgained by a 406-365 clip while ASU has dominated the yardage category with a 373-150 average edge. Georgia faces their easiest opponent of the season and this is the Sun Devils first test and the Bulldogs will show they are the much stronger team.

Also, Steele (or his computer) was impressed with Georgia’s showing against Arkansas, ranking it the 9th best performance in the country last weekend.  Go figure.

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Trend lines

As you guys know, I loves me some trends.  Here are a couple worth noting.

Tonight, South Carolina faces a fairly daunting task when it takes on highly ranked Ole Miss.  It’s fair to say that the ‘Cocks don’t have the best track record in games like this.

… South Carolina is 1-31 all-time against top-5 teams. The Gamecocks’ only win came in 1981 over No. 3 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. That was six head coaches ago.

They have never beaten a top-5 team at Williams-Brice Stadium.

And under Spurrier, the Gamecocks are just 1-7 against top-10 opponents and 5-13 against Top-25 foes.

Not good.

Meanwhile, Arizona State has its own cross to bear when it rolls into Athens.

… The Sun Devils, who face No. 17 Georgia this week in Athens, are 3-26 against top-25 teams since 2000. The program is also winless in four tries against the Southeastern Conference.

And it’s hard to see how this will help.

… Arizona State does have one big problem: All-America kicker Thomas Weber has been lost for possibly six weeks because of a groin injury, leaving the kicking chores to either walk-on freshman Bobby Wenzig or 26-year-old linebacker Mike Nixon.

Wenzig’s name isn’t even listed in the school’s media guide. Nixon, a former catcher in the Dodgers organization, enjoyed some kicking success at Phoenix’s Sunnyslope High — he made six field goals . . . in 2001.

Think they’ll be going for it on fourth-and-four at the Georgia 30?

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Thursday morning buffet

Dig in, dudes and dudines.

  • Mark Richt gets politically correct about the WLOCP.  Smart man.
  • Why is Tim Tebow’s name on this list?
  • Another tedious “here’s why this conference is better than the SEC” piece.  Does it ever occur to these guys that nobody ever does similar stuff about any other football conference?  As we used to say in first-year law, res ipsa loquitur.
  • Anyway, is the Pac-10 better than the SEC West?
  • So much for objective sports journalism.
  • Here’s a breakdown of BCS conference schools by the number of September home games each plays, in case you’re interested.
  • Mike Slive tells Junior and Corch to STFU.   Bless you, sir.
  • I’m not exactly hearing sounds of confidence emerging from the Georgia defense.
  • What else is there to do in Lawrence, Kansas on a Tuesday?
  • Myron Rolle is an impressive dude.  (And he’s yet to perform a single circumcision!)
  • If Junior is so smart, what does that make Steve Sarkisian?
  • Good offense, no defense.  No, not in Athens – South Bend“Those 20 games of surrendering 30 or more also is the most of any coach in Notre Dame history.”

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It’s only been 76 years.

I have no idea what the UGA Athletic Board will decide to do today about keeping the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville, but did want to point out this exceedingly strange argument raised by Jeff Schultz that I assume is inspired by the meeting:

… The contract with Jacksonville runs through 2010, and given that everybody is making a lot of money — a factor at least as important as “tradition,” despite what you may hear — I suspect that’s where the game will stay.

But it shouldn’t. At least not every year. The Georgia-Florida game should be held every other year on the Georgia or Florida campus.

I know. What a novel idea, right? College football on an actual college campus.

This isn’t about some perceived home-field advantage the Gators have playing the game in Jacksonville. Florida has won most of the time in the past two decades because it has had the better team — not because the Gators can bus to the game. And I certainly don’t see the attraction to holding the game at the Georgia Dome, just for the sake of moving it over the border once in a while.

This is about what college football truly is supposed to be about: the campus atmosphere, the student section, the home-field advantage with a small section or two of visiting fans dwarfed by everybody else in the stadium.

Tell that to Georgia State, Jeff.

Besides, what about this tradition?

Evans and Adams previously have said UGA is open to all options but is reluctant to move the game because of its tradition in Jacksonville, where it has been played for all but two years since 1933.

It’s not like Georgia is playing a slew of neutral site games (nor could it afford to, in all probability, even if it wanted to).  But if we take Schultz’ logic to its ultimate extreme, we’d be ditching the WLOCP, the Red River Shootout and the Army-Navy game, all in the name of “tradition”.  Does that actually make sense to anybody?

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Mumme Poll update

Things continue to move along at the new site, and we’re in the midst of testing right now.

The game plan is to open up the site to voter registration some time next week and to have a voting dry run after the games of week five are played.

And after reading this, maybe we ought to extend an invitation to Les Miles to participate.  Sheesh.

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All aboard the mystery train.

If you want to see something jaw dropping, check out these two charts at MrSEC.com:

Your eyes are not deceiving you.  Georgia commits a miscue (defined as a combination of penalties, sacks allowed and turnovers) every eight plays.  And it takes less than 20 plays for the Dawgs to turn the ball over.  (It takes Auburn almost 80 plays to commit a turnover.)

Now you can argue how much of this affects the win/loss record.  Doc Saturday has noted on many an occasion that penalties, for example, have little correlation to team wins.

But, still, when you’re screwing things up on that frequent a basis, it’s hard to establish a coherent consistency in your play.  If anything, after seeing this, I’m even more astounded at the level of offensive production Georgia has been at the last two weeks.

So maybe Mark Richt has a point when he lays this folksy comparison on us.

“I always make the analogy of the team being a train,” Richt said. “You want to get that train on the track and you want to get it rolling down the track and gain momentum and energy as you go. … We are getting it rolling pretty good, but I think we’ll roll a whole lot faster if we don’t have the two anchors out the back of the caboose that are stuck in the ground dragging behind us, and that is our turnover ratio is very poor and penalties have cropped up on us. If we can just cut those anchors lose, I think we will fly even better and if we just improve in those two areas, I think everything will improve.”

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