Daily Archives: July 25, 2011

When you figure it out, please let us know.

Year2 does an admirable job of reviewing his preseason picks from last year to see where he went wrong, and runs into the riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma which is the 2010 version of Georgia:

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what UGA’s affliction was last year.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Kiffin watch: they ain’t missin’ you.

The OBC, who’s been on a quip roll lately (he must feel really good about his team’s chances this season), had this to say about Junior:

… He even had a few words for UT’s one-hit wonder coach Lane Kiffin when someone asked him about the current Southern Cal coach.

“I didn’t think much of him, did you?” Spurrier fired back.

He then recalled Kiffin’s infamous comment to Gamecocks All-American wideout Alshon Jeffery, the one where he told the player he’d “Be pumping gas one day,” if he didn’t sign with the Vols.

“Yeah, Alshon was laughing about that when we were getting ready to fly to Birmingham for SEC Media Days,” the coach grinned.”

If Jeffery gets drafted by the NFL, I’m sure some enterprising member of the media will track the Laner down for a reaction.  Especially if he gets drafted by Al Davis.

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Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, The Evil Genius

Go for it?

Chris Brown explores the wisdom of attempting first half two-point conversions through the lens of the 2000 Outback Bowl.  (Given the game results, you can probably guess he’s not a big fan of that.)

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Who are you?

We’re getting close to the end of the dog days of the preseason, which means we’re getting close to that time when we get to obsess over every little tidbit that creeps out of practice.  Before we get there, I wanted to indulge my curiosity about… well, about you, readers.

I’d like to get a picture of who drops in to read and comment at GTP, so I’ve devised a series of poll questions to find out something about you.  It’s all anonymous.  And as I get some folks to stop by here who aren’t necessarily Georgia fans, you’ll see that the questions are written a little more broadly to reflect that.

You’ll be able to see the results, too.  And any comments are, as always, welcomed.  Here we go.

Thanks for your participation.

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Could be bad, could be worse.

This is the most pessimistic preseason outlook about Georgia I’ve seen so far:

… Georgia has been a fairly popular pick to win the East, largely because they lucked into missing Bama, Arkansas and LSU from the West. However, Georgia was simply not a particularly good team in 2010, and they lost a lot in the draft (3rd most in SEC), and they only have 10 returning starters (including QB), and they had a +10 turnover margin in 2010 that is unlikely to repeat itself. That’s a lot of baggage to overcome if they want to make serious noise in the SEC. Like with Florida, it’s certainly possible, but it’ll be a tough road. And it’ll be an even tougher road to hit 9+ wins, as that target could be all but over before late September if they start 0-2. Don’t be stunned if this team has at least three losses before they play Florida (who usually beats them); Boise, South Carolina and Tennessee are all nasty tests, and both of the Mississippi schools are capable of pulling out a win.

There’s no question that if Georgia starts out 0-2, the bottom could fall out, relatively speaking (a 5- or 6-loss regular season).  But at this point, who the hell knows what’s going to happen out of the gate?

And I’ve got to say, if that computer model is so down on Georgia, it’s hard to see how it can be so positive about Tennessee, which has less depth (particularly on defense), worse special teams and a tougher conference schedule than do the Dawgs.  All I can come up with is inertia and how the last month of the 2010 season concluded for both schools.

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It’s getting closer.

Seth Emerson posts a tentative preseason practice schedule here.  There are two two-a-days and two off days on it.

Something tells me that the weather and how well the conditioning program has taken effect may change both.

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