Well, if it worked once…
Swann figures Clemson will target the unproven guys in the secondary.
“It was the same thing last year,” he said.
Who’s proven in the secondary?
Since D-1 football of a sort kicks off tonight – tickets are still available on StubHub, believe it or not – it’s time to bring out this GTP chestnut to welcome the 2014 season.
A Brit who knows next to nothing about the sport, two programs I don’t care about and I still love that clip.
And, yeah, I’ll tune in and watch some tonight.
On the other hand, at least a Jancek-Martinez defense has an even chance against the genius.
Once more into the breach, dear friends. As I’ve done for several seasons now, I’m sticking with this format as follows:
Rather than give you my predicted records, I’ll list the schools in the order they finished in the conference last year, look at areas of potential improvement and decline and assess in what direction I expect each to go by comparison to 2010.
In other words, pure seat of the pants BS.
So starting with last season as the baseline (teams are listed in their 2013 conference order of finish), here goes nothing.
AUBURN (12-2, 7-1)
ALABAMA (11-2, 7-1)
LSU (10-3, 5-3)
TEXAS A & M (9-4, 4-4)
MISSISSIPPI (8-5, 3-5)
MISSISSIPPI STATE (7-6, 3-5)
ARKANSAS (3-9, 0-8)
MISSOURI (12-2, 7-1)
SOUTH CAROLINA (11-2, 6-2)
GEORGIA (8-5, 5-3)
VANDERBILT (9-4, 4-4)
FLORIDA (4-8, 3-5)
TENNESSEE (5-7, 2-6)
KENTUCKY (2-10, 0-8)
As optimism goes, this is fairly guarded talk from Damian Swann about the 2014 defense:
So when asked Tuesday if he thinks Georgia fans will see an improved defense, cornerback Damian Swann replied “Eventually.”
“I wouldn’t say it’ll be one right out the gate, but we’re going to get better,” Swann said. “The athleticism is not a problem. The communication won’t be a problem. I think our biggest challenge is going to be the inexperience. But I think once those guys get settled in and really figure out college football – the lights, the cameras, the crowd – then I think all my guys will be fine.”
They were inexperienced in 2013, and look how that turned out. You really do have to think, though, that if they can avoid last year’s weekly confuse-a-thon, there will be a learning curve that points upwards. It will be the thing by which we probably should measure Pruitt and Grantham.
“The communication is a lot better,” Swann said. “Guys knowing what to do is a lot better. Noticing formations, noticing small things, it’s gotten a lot better due to the coaching and preparation. I think Coach Pruitt has put us in a great spot to at least be able to go out and compete Saturday.”
We’ll know soon enough.
Bruce Feldman reports that Charlie Weis falls asleep in team meetings. And, yes, that’s “meetings” as in plural.
Heard this today: The week the SEC announced mandated non-con games against BCS (or big five) teams, KU received "about seven calls."—
Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) August 26, 2014
I wonder which AD is dumb enough to sign him to a deal after Kansas cuts him loose. Don’t forget those Super Bowl rings!
Georgia, where they settle on a depth chart before they actually, you know, decide on who’s going to play.