It sure felt good to get back in the saddle, didn’t it? And if you stuck it out until the end, you saw a very entertaining game in Nashville. Here’s what I took away from the night:
- North Carolina vs. South Carolina. It didn’t take long at all to figure out what a physical mismatch this was. The Tar Heels looked like a good Conference USA team – small, quick with a few good pieces here and there but little depth. And their defensive fundamentals were terrible. South Carolina, however, looks big and nasty, especially on defense. I didn’t see anything that surprised me, though. Connor Shaw is what he is, a quarterback who can hurt you if you let him set up in the pocket and if you aren’t able to contain his running, but who looks extremely ordinary if you can force him to pass on the move. The ‘Cocks receiving corps is certainly competent (if there’s one thing you can count on in a Spurrier-coached offense, it’s that the receivers know how to run routes), but lacks that scary big man who has to be accounted for on every play. The defense looked winded at times, but was never seriously challenged, although it’s not like North Carolina has the kind of running game that had to be taken seriously. In the end, it was a typical South Carolina opener under Spurrier, not the prettiest game, perhaps, but they got the job done. They’ll be a handful when they come to Athens.
- Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt. It took a while to get there, but in the end, all this game told us is that these two teams are what they are: middle-of-the-pack by SEC standards and fun. Which is a big step up from where they were just a few seasons ago, admittedly. There were huge momentum swings throughout, which made for some highly entertaining observations in the Twitterverse, but I doubt the top-tier programs are losing any sleep over a new sheriff arriving in town. Neither team is deep enough to pose a consistent, season-long threat. That being said, the Vanderbilt squad I watched in the second quarter could upset anyone on a given day if it could play that way for an entire game.
Seriously, this is some of the greatest Dawg trolling I’ve ever read.
With all due respect, Edward, I am trying to figure out what there is to debate here. Murray has not exactly done well in the big games he has played in throughout his career. Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked as much after the SEC championship game loss to Alabama a year ago, growing angry and defensive at the mere implication that Murray comes up small on the big stage. Well, there’s a reason Richt was asked. Murray is 3-11 against teams that ended the season ranked in the Top 25; his best win would be against No. 2 Florida last year. But he did nothing to win that game. Murray threw for 150 yards and had three passes intercepted; the Gators gave that one away with six turnovers. Boyd, on the other hand, has won a conference championship, was an AFCA first-team All-American last year and has been selected as the 2013 preseason player of the year in his league. That’s a trifecta Murray can’t match.
That is one paragraph of unadulterated awesome. If that doesn’t get people reaching for their keyboards in response, I don’t know what would. Almost every button you could hit, she hits. All that’s missing is a Hutson Mason reference.
Sometimes you’ve just gotta acknowledge you’re in the presence of a master.
Spurdog’s still got that schedule thang going. Just not with Georgia anymore.
You haven’t hesitated to point out how much scheduling has impacted both the SEC and national championship races the past few years. What do you make of your schedule this year given the fact that you avoid Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M in the West?
SS: It evened out a little bit, but we play Clemson every year and also play North Carolina this year. Georgia’s got a tough schedule this year, too. Did you see who Texas A&M plays out of conference [Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU and UTEP]? That’s embarrassing…
At his most frustrated, I don’t think he ever referred to Georgia’s last two schedules as “embarrassing”.
Bonus quote, about signing with the Gators: “Florida was sort of an underdog at that time. They’d never won anything. Amazingly, when I got back down there coaching 27 years later, they’d still not won much of anything.” There are plenty of Gator fans who would profess not to know what Spurrier’s talking about there.
Finally, it’s here. Celebrate with the buffet.
- Here’s a team-by-team look at the SEC in season-openers.
- Statistical pessimism about Georgia’s 2013 season here.
- Year2 explores how much a bye week matters.
- George O’Leary demonstrates that he’s not just an ordinary asshole, he’s a tone-deaf asshole.
- MaconDawg ranks the SEC coaches on likeability.
- The War on Drugs is widely seen as an abject failure, but Georgia’s new president decides to go all in on Michael Adams’ quest to have the SEC adopt a uniform drug policy, presumably matching his own. Good luck with that, Jere.
- The season hasn’t started, but Paul Johnson is already in mid-season complaint form. On the one hand, “It’s a big mistake to think that teams play for their league.” On the other, “If you watch ESPN, it’s a 24-hour non-stop commercial for the SEC.”
- Here’s some lazy, clichéd Aaron Murray talk from Matt Hayes.
- If you’re interested in stuff like this, here’s a post on all the uniform changes in college football this season.
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It’s narrated by a Brit who doesn’t know anything about the game. It showcases two teams that I’m not a fan of. And yet this video manages to convey more of the charm of college football than anything else I’ve seen.
It’s become my go-to opening day clip for good reason. It works. Take it away, Stephen Fry in Alabama.
If what I’m hearing is true, I want a mulligan on the first half of Georgia’s 2010 season. Or at least an explanation from Georgia’s decision makers why they weren’t more aggressive dealing with the NCAA. Because this is a complete joke:
Look, either Manziel took money or he didn’t. If he did, then he should be gone, period. If he didn’t or, perhaps more accurately, the NCAA doesn’t have convincing proof that he did, then that should be the end of the matter.
So what’s gained by giving Manziel a shorter penalty than a player flagged for targeting will get? Is it some sort of mea culpa from the school, rather than the player, to send the NCAA on its way? Or just another example of Emmert winging it? I’ve got no idea, although it makes little sense that it’s coming from the NCAA. All I know is if this is how things go down, it makes everyone except Manziel look a little stupider. And I think we all know how it’ll make Manziel look.
UPDATE: Year2 ties together what Manziel may be getting dinged over. Bottom line is that Johnny Football outsmarted the NCAA. (Not that, as Cecil Newton proved, that’s too hard to do.)
UPDATE #2: I wonder what Mr. Jones is thinking about now.
This is what LeMay saw from Jordan Jenkins:
As I said, I would have been a little unnerved, too.