Dan Mullen on the NCAA’s investigation into Cam Newton’s recruitment:
“The truth of the situation is, the people that need to know the truth, know the truth.”
That’s some righteous shit there, dude. Truth.
Funny thing – I’m reading John Feinstein’s latest anti-BCS screed and it doesn’t drive me nearly as crazy as he usually does. It’s not because he doesn’t trot out some of his tried and true themes – “This isn’t about fairness or doing what’s right. It’s about money, ratings and taking care of the big boys and the BCS Presidents who the ESPN suits do business with nowadays.” – or that he indulges in some ESPN conspiracy theory talk (welcome to the party, John).
Then it suddenly hits me what’s not there. He’s managed to write an attack on the BCS without advocating an extended playoff. And that makes all the difference in the world. In 2010, you’ve got a season in which four teams can make legitimate arguments that each deserves a clear shot at a national title. You don’t need a sixteen-school playoff to settle that debate. How hard is that to grasp? For once, not too.
Michael Elkon this morning has a minor quibble:
It drives me crazy that college stats count sacks against the rushing game as opposed to the passing game. This is one area in which college should mimic the NFL.
Maybe, but one difference I see between the college and pro games is that at the lower level, quarterbacks do a lot more, you know… running. If you’ve got a dual-threat quarterback who gets taken down for a loss while doing his dual-threat thing, there are times when it’s hard to tell whether he took the hit running or throwing. So with a rule change, either the stat keepers would have to divine the intent of the play and assign the loss accordingly, or you’d see some rushing losses attributed to passing yardage. I’m not sure how much of an improvement that would be over the present level of inaccuracy.
None of this is particularly earth shattering, but if you can’t nitpick on the Intertubes, where can you?
This should be taken as little more than a harmless exercise, but just for giggles, I thought I’d take the conference statistical rankings for the fourteen categories the SEC tracks at page 10 of its stats site and rank the teams by their composite average.
The results by team, with average:
That order needs to be taken with a grain of salt, to some extent, if for no other reason than rankings like that don’t take into account how much a team dominates a particular group, such as Auburn, which is a very strong first in three of the four offensive categories the SEC tracks.
Still, it’s interesting, no? One reason Georgia makes a good showing is because the Dawgs aren’t bad in any category. Georgia is the only team in the conference that doesn’t have a ranking of tenth or worse in any of the fourteen stats tracked.
So, Georgia heads to the Plains this Saturday, struggling to qualify for a bowl while Auburn looks to clinch the SEC West.
That’s just how we all foresaw things back in early August, right?
Right now, I can’t help but think about how Ted Roof, of all people, approaches his game plan. He’s got the luxury of the best player in the country running Gus Malzahn’s offense to perfection. That’s a helluva margin for error. He’s also got one of the top candidates – if not the top candidate – for SEC defensive player of the year in his arsenal. Yes, his secondary is suspect and his linebacking corps lacks depth. But it seems to me that he shouldn’t care about that overly much.
If I’m Roof, I’m going to blitz. I’m going to blitz some more after that. And then I’d blitz even more. Georgia’s offensive line has struggled all season when it’s had to deal with that. Even Idaho State was able to pressure the Dawgs’ offense by sending more than the line could block last week.
Sure, A.J. could have a big game. But in the big picture, Roof shouldn’t care if he gets 150+ yards. And Aaron Murray may get going and throw for 300+ yards as we saw in Jacksonville against a better defense than Roof’s (hopefully without the interceptions, though). That shouldn’t matter to Roof either.
All Ted Roof has to worry about is getting one more stop than Todd Grantham does. If Auburn comes out on top of a 52-45 score, mission accomplished. If blitzing slows Georgia’s running game down and throws Aaron Murray’s timing off for a key series, that may be all Roof needs for the win.
My poll chews grass, baby.