This makes me so sad.
Spurrier: "I really thought LSU would beat them. I didn't think Georgia would score that much against LSU but they did."—
Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 01, 2013
Maybe next year, Steve-o.
Maybe the reason the officials weren’t calling pass interference in Saturday’s game was because they were too preoccupied with targeting.
“Me and Quincy Mauger, we definitely had maybe two or three chances – I know I had maybe had one shot – of knocking (the receiver’s) helmet off,” Matthews said. “But I let up because the referee had already told me about the rule in the game. He was telling me to watch where I aim my head. He said on a couple of plays I was leading head first. And he was like, ‘we will kick you out for that.’ So one of those plays I actually did let up when I could have just knocked the receiver out and knocked the play out probably.”
Mauger thinks the mindset under the new rule is having an impact.
Mauger said he also let up when he had a play on a receiver catching the ball over the middle. And he thinks it’s part of the reason offenses are putting up such big numbers early on this season.
“It’s definitely had an effect over the whole NCAA,” said Mauger, a freshman from Marietta. “It’s kind of hard for a safety to go from being able to make big impact plays to having to second-guess a play. But we’ve still got to be aggressive towards the ball. That’s it, really.”
Do you think the rule is a big a reason for the defense’s performance as Mauger does? Is the experience factor a bigger deal?
USA Today currently projects a Georgia vs. Ohio State national title game match up.
According to Air Force’s associate athletic director, there is a chance this Saturday’s Air Force-Navy game may not be played because of the federal government shutdown.
Garnhart explained that upper-class cadets at the Air Force Academy are considered military personnel, which means they could be subject to travel restrictions under the shutdown.
You gotta love this country.
Yeah, I think I’ll watch this one a few more times. While the replay wasn’t as thrilling as being there, it sure was satisfying to watch. Here are a few things that caught my eye from the broadcast:
I’d like to chalk it up to my stylish prose, or maybe tip my cap to some well-timed trolling, but the reality is that when Georgia plays a bunch of high-profile games in a month and wins most of them, you guys get excited. And that’s how GTP got over half a million hits in September. Awesome.
Thanks to all for dropping in.
Here’s a stat that’s getting a fair amount of attention: Georgia is 99th in the country in opponent third down conversion rate. There’s been a steady decline over the past three seasons.
The improvement in 2011 was dramatic and came in part because Grantham recognized there was an issue there that needed to be addressed. So it’s fair to say he’s got experience in how to bring that into line. It’s not a big surprise, but the gaping wound that needs to be stitched up is in pass defense. Check out the situational stats on passing defense when opponents face third and four or more yards to go. The other guys are 20-33, 310 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs. Tough to get off the field when they’re averaging almost ten yards per attempt and not turning the ball over in those circumstances.
Georgia’s offensive passing game has actually been better in those situations, which is a good thing and has no doubt been a key factor in those September wins. But overall, the offense’s third down conversation rate trails the defense’s by a significant margin. That’s a tough burden to shoulder.
It’s made for some exciting football watching the defense come up with key stops to save the South Carolina and LSU games, but as Emerson’s article notes, this is no way to run a railroad over the course of a season.
For those of you who weren’t in attendance on Saturday, Marshall Crenshaw has a message for you.
It’s almost criminal that this guy never made it bigger.
Tennessee hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent in its last eighteen tries. October has been especially unfriendly of late.
Under previous coach Derek Dooley, Tennessee won just once in 12 October games, against Buffalo in 2011. The futility includes three consecutive 31-point losses to Alabama, and the average margin of defeat in 11 losses was nearly 16 points. The Vols faced nine ranked teams in 12 October games in the past three seasons.
Only four times in those 11 losses — at LSU in 2010, against Georgia in 2011 and at Mississippi State and South Carolina last season — did Tennessee keep the margin within 10 points.
At least they’ll be trotting out those spiffy new grey jerseys Saturday.