Tuesday morning buffet

Mercifully, it’s a Tebow-free buffet.

  • “The cool thing is I would’ve beat the crap out of my body and now I don’t have to,” Pollack said. “I couldn’t do what (David) Greene has done and be an insurance guy. I have to have football in me and it’s in my blood. If I weren’t doing this I’d be coaching.”
  • Here’s a suggestion to let current players serve on the selection committee.  Would they be paid for that?
  • David Greene likes what he sees out of Georgia’s offense.
  • How bad was Auburn’s offensive line last season?  This bad“Ball carriers got back to the line of scrimmage less than 80% of the time…”
  • Fighting the NCAA – it’s not just for Jerry Tarkanian anymore.
  • Athlon ranks the SEC running backs, and Georgia finds itself with #1 and #4 on the list.
  • Before you ask yourself what kids like Bray and Geathers were thinking by leaving school early for the NFL draft, consider that they could have taken steps to keep the option of returning to college after the draft, but chose not to do so.
  • Tech fans, the AJ-C has your consolation for the lousy draft right here.
  • Mark Schlabach’s preseason top 25 list (I know, I know) is ordered by which teams have the easiest path to an undefeated season, which is how you get Ohio State at number one and Louisville fourth.
  • Or if you’d prefer to look at another man’s win projections for next season’s top 25, here you go.
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16 responses to “Tuesday morning buffet

  1. uglydawg

    SB Nation’s (Football Study Hall) predictions are pretty interesting…Keeping in mind he’s only predicting the number of wins and not necessairily the best teams… conspicous by it’s absence is Florida. They actually have the East as UGA, Vandy and USC in that order.. (That would be that UGA has the 8th best chance in the country of finishing the season undefeated, Vandy with the 16th best chance and SC with the 25th best chance. FU comes in at an uncharted 26 and Tennessee is not even thought about).
    I don’t know about that, but Football Study Hall’s predictions are more about strength and weakness of schedules than about who’s best. To say that Vandy has a better shot of beating Florida, Georgia and South Carolina than SC or Florida have of winning out in the East is a long shot to me….but I’m very happy with where they place Georgia’s chances…if Vandy can be predicted to beat those two (FU an SC) then you’ve got to like the Dawg’s chances. This chart basically says the chances are good that the Georgia-Vandy game will be for the marbles in the East..

    • Um… he’s talking total wins, not conference wins, so I’m not sure what you’re predicting is guaranteed there.

      That being said, Vandy does have an easier cross-division schedule than Florida does, so who knows?

      • uglydawg

        I guess I need to look at their non-con schedules, and the prediction is for total wins, I understand, but a couple of conference losses would leave you off the chart, wouldn’t it? Florida does play FSU, and Miami, so that may very well account for the difference.

  2. uglydawg

    And Schlabach’s fos as usual. HIs top 25 is heavy with West Coast Mid West and so forth and so on. It looks like he’s trying to appease every conference and section of the country. He never learns. It’s amazing the difference in the two sets of predictions.

    • Cojones

      Schlabach is a fine writer and I don’t put him in the same writing and professional class as most of their yellow paper hangers. Followed him for years and this is no different than other fair mindedness (to him) that he has shown. If you take a close look, you can find a couple of teams that won’t be between us and the top when the season gets underway. Kelly is still being deposed in the Oregon/NCAA case for one. Remember the old ….”many slips between the cup and the lips” meaning we have a Summer and a Fall beginning before rankings will harden. Don’t take a damn thing seriously until then. Right now, our biggest worry is how the NCAA is going to choose their “experts” (“X” being an unknown in mathematics and a “spurt” defined as a drip under pressure) to judge the best in CFB.

      He’s been a good Dawg for years and you may want to review his weekly picks during CFB season on CSS for a bit of that time. He has been a more steadfast Dawg than many who were trying to get Richt fired and was chief protagonist to Brady (FU alum) on that show.

  3. Dog in Fla

    Nobody doesn’t like Tebow-free…

    “Just heard the Tebow news. Devastated. This is like Scott Stapp leaving Creed.”— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) April 29, 2013

  4. Cojones

    If there was ever any homerism between AJC and Tech, there it lies. Those are some grasping/whiney kids. They don’t enjoin their team to win; instead, they think of every lame excuse for not having won. You would think that their fans would have the moxie to get rid….no….I guess they don’t. Sigh.

    If stats from last year won games this year then Queso @Husker Math would have a great point. It was interesting and the probability calculations do give us yet another way to grade CFB teams. Some teams are there for shock value even though they won’t be contenders because of the SOS curve. Overall, it is interesting and informative and could be placed into a computer program of the playoff future.

    Senator, could we get a synopsis background on NCAA matters some day that are similar to those in the Tarkanian story. I’ve never kept up with the historical goings-on and thought that Tark was deceased. Several pieces of mind-changing info were never seen before during some of our “discussions”.

    • Dog in Fla

      His predictions are off too:

      “Georgia will find a way to beat Alabama in the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs are playing with a lot of momentum and energy on defense. It will ultimately come down to Georgia’s ability to protect quarterback Aaron Murray and whether he takes care of the football. Georgia’s defense can slow down Alabama’s running game and get pressure on A.J. McCarron.”

      Mark Schlabach ESPN

      http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/predicting-the-championship-games/nTKFp/

  5. Regarding undrafted players, if they tried to return after the draft, they would have lost an entire semester by the time they find out they haven’t been drafted. Is it feasible that they could still find a way to be academically eligible the following fall? (I’m asking seriously, not snarky).

    Or is the thought process that you would stay in school during the spring semester? That would make it hard to do all the team interviews, visits, etc.

    • Just clicked on the link within the article, sorry. Yep, they would have to stay in school during that Spring semester. I can see why a guy wouldn’t want to do that though, worried that potential NFL teams would look at that as a detriment towards preparation – while all the other prospects are off working out full time all winter and spring, he’s still in school. Could you make a marginal prospect even less likely to be drafted. But, at least you’d have a backup plan…………..I don’t know, just don’t see too many guys being willing to go that route even if they know it’s available.

      • Cojones

        Would think that the worry about NFL”s take on your prep isn’t anywhere near the comfort of continuing school for another chance at the NFL next year. This is the first time that I’ve heard about this chance.

        Senator, I’d be ashamed to have such an ignorant following and surprised you haven’t spoon fed us the good stuff. We have gotten used to having you look look up the background as well as present-day facts. How are we gonna represent if you don’t keep feeding the monster? :)

      • Bobby

        Like others, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of this 72-window to return to college football. I don’t think it’s very practical, though, b/c the chance is predicated on not having retained the services of an agent. Simply put: if you’re a mid-to-late rounder at best, it’s not worth declaring for the draft if you’re not going to improve your chances by getting an agent. Players need to have that advocate out their who has all the pro-team contacts.

    • ColoradoDawg

      I wonder if anyone has ever done an examination of how accurate the NFL draft advisory committee is with their predictions. I would imagine any kid who leaves early has gotten good news from the advisory committee.

  6. Dog in Fla

    “Ball carriers got back to the line of scrimmage less than 80% of the time…”

    Jeff Grimes search for answers* ended “[o]n January 18, 2013, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced Grimes’ hiring as one of three new Hokies offensive assistants, along with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler (also formerly of Auburn) and wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead (formerly of Stanford University).” (wiki amirite)

    Frank, unaware that Jets would cut Tebow, sets clear precedent for Chizik to replace him. In meantime, Frank fully expects Hokie ball carriers to get back to LOS more than 21% of the time and that his QB will have throwing motion of a Tom Brady

    * http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/10/auburn_offensive_line_coach_je.html

  7. Debby Balcer

    I would think NFL teams would see staying in school as a sign of maturity. What would it do to scholarship numbers though if they held onto their scholarship through the spring before releasing it.