They can play a little.

I wrote yesterday that this year’s version of the LSU defense isn’t as formidable as what Chavis rolled out for the prior two seasons, but it’s not exactly chopped liver, either.  So, yeah, you should be a little impressed by this stat:

LSU allowed 44 points in defeat Saturday after going 63 straight games without allowing 40 points in a game. That was by far the longest active streak in FBS.

And if you’re an SEC defensive coordinator, maybe you should be a little nervous about Mike Bobo’s confidence.

“I still think we can get better offensively. (Laughing.) We played one half without Todd Gurley, and it’s good to see those guys step up, and J.J. Green step up.”

Even with that September schedule and despite the injuries to Mitchell and Gurley, Georgia is sixth nationally in yards per game and seventh in yards per play.

One big reason for that is Aaron Murray is having a season for the ages.  I’m not being hyperbolic there; remember that Murray is bucking a serious trend so far.  And his team has needed every bit of it.

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22 responses to “They can play a little.

  1. DugLite

    Murray should be in the Heisman discussion now. Both Mett and Murray were making incredible throws yesterday. When you watch other games you realize truly how lucky we are in the QB position. Not taking anything away from the receivers.

    That FR QB at FSU is good.

  2. Bad Marinara

    Yeah there were one or two plays they didn’t score. Come on Bobo!
    Great effort guys. D, we need you to come up with at least two or three more drive stops. You can do it. You have the talent.

  3. Russ

    Senator, not being snarky, but what is the difference between this rating and the QBR that ESPN is pimping? When I look at the list here, I at least see names that I would expect in the discussion of who’s playing the best QB. ESPN’s numbers list Larry, Curley, Mo, and two freshmen from the Patriot League, or something like that. Can you give me the main differences?

    • Biggus Rickus

      QBR is a flawed experiment in trying to include rushing totals in quarterback efficiency. Unfortunately, it overemphasizes rushing stats and sacks.

      • uglydawg

        AM was able to scramble and avoid the sack…get a few yards running and even run for a first down once…

      • Darrron Rovelll

        +1 we should not even talk about QBR do to this:

        “Further controversy erupted when the Total QBR system gave the Denver Broncos’ Tim Tebow a higher rating than the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers in their respective Week 5 contests in 2011. Noting that Rodgers completed 26 of 39 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Atlanta Falcons, while Tebow completed four of 10 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, and six rushes for 38 yards and a touchdown, in a loss to the San Diego Chargers, Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com wrote that he’ll “continue to ignore ESPN’s Total QBR stat.”[10] Rodgers himself was surprised: “I saw the [QBR stats] and chuckled to myself. I played a full game, [Tebow] played the half. He completed four passes, I completed 26. I think it incorporates QB runs as well … The weighting of it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”[11] ESPN’s Stats and Information Group explained that Tebow’s higher rating was the result of him staging a partial comeback, taking no sacks, and having positive rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, among other factors.[12][13] However, Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports wrote that the QBR system lacks a minimum performance frequency floor that players must meet before they can be rated, and thus it essentially penalizes Rodgers because he played throughout the entire game, while rewarding Tebow because he came off the bench in the second half in an attempt to stage a comeback.”

        Any system that rates Tim Tebow ahead of Aaron Rodgers for “quarterbacking” is fundamentally flawed.

        • Russ

          Thanks for that. I could tell the QBR was skewed but didn’t realize it was that screwed up. I’ve never understood how the traditional QB rating has been calculated but it at least corresponded with what I could see with my own eyes.

  4. PatinDC

    Can I say here how much I dislike Gary Danielson. Not sure why but it always seems like he is down on us.

    For instance, the entire broadcast he went on and on about how great Cam Cameron was. A pro guy running out of site schemes etc. Just once he tossed in a “oh Bobo is having an OK game too” comment. Last I checked Bobo outcoaching CC. Just sayin’

    • I like Danielson’s breakdown of coverage and schemes. He is still a little down on Bobo, imo, because of the disappear acts of the O over the years.

    • Tronan

      Danielson is a bloviating ratchet-jaw (though he is good at breaking down plays), but don’t forget how he used to tongue bathe Stafford. He has his favorites and he slobbers over them.

      • uglydawg

        They both talked way, way too much about the QB situation. It was nauseating. I had the definate feeling that Vern wanted Mett to win it at the end to rub it in UGA’s face…It was really a lowclass exploitation of a situation that all of the parties that were personally involved in had put behind them. Vern and Danielelson are both asses.

        • Darrron Rovelll

          Really? See I think Vern and Danielson were playing up the drama/storyline at the end of the game, but both of them mentioned “self-inflicted” off the field issues a numerous times (including the final drive.)

        • Listen to Verne’s legitimate excitement on JSW’s game winning catch. It was nearly Munsonesque. I would have a hard time saying that he was rooting either way, but he was loving every minute of it. That QB story was one of the greatest big game story lines I can recall. How big was it? See CMR interview on-field interview immediately after the game. Both QBs battled like hell and truly defined what an intense competition it would have been if Mett had remained at UGA the whole time.

      • Skeeter

        For real. I get so sick of this man-crush, blubbering crap. Just call the damn game and shut up occasionally.

  5. Russ

    I agree with Richt that both of our lines played really well. Our OL protected great and opened holes for running. Marshall got a quiet 96 yds and barely ran the ball late in the game. And our DL really stuffed their run and we even got 4 sacks. Just a great effort there.

  6. fetch

    If we don’t hang three-quarters of a hundred on UT, I might be disappointed. JK, in all seriousness, the entire O, coaches included, are playing at a high level. When they start clicking, I don’t know if there is a D in the country that can shut them down.

  7. adam

    The last team to break 40 on LSU?

    Georgia in 2008. In a crazy 52-38 game featuring 2 picks for TDs by Darryl Gamble.

    • Dawgfan Will

      Didn’t Jarrett Lee, LSU’s QB that season, set a record for pick sixes that year? I though Joe Cox was going to break it the next year.

      • WF dawg

        You may be right about the record. I seem to remember that LSU lost the stomach for Lee’s pick sixes and went with a different QB later in the season–maybe Perilloux or Shephard or somebody. Darryl Gamble was a good Dawg. He saved our bacon at Vandy in 2007, too.

  8. El Dawgo in El Paso

    Anyone else notice that AJ McCarron is just behind Vad Lee in Pass Efficiency?