Couldn’t stand the weather

When you’re working on the the longest drought among the Power 5 conferences and Notre Dame without playing for a national championship, you grasp at whatever straws you can.

How tough has recruiting been in the Big Ten? Delany used weather as one selling point, saying it mimics NFL weather if a recruit wants to play at the next level. “Nobody has better weather than we do in August, September and October, and then you have NFL weather in November,” Delany said.

Boy, that ought to send kids flocking to the Big Ten banner, Jim.

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“Despite what Updyke did, Finebaum still had a soft spot for him.”

Honestly, between the two of them, it’s impossible to say for whom I have more contempt.  Gah.

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Number one, number one

Here’s what ESPN has to say about its top rated player in the SEC this season.

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
Coaches, players and sports writers can agree on at least one thing: Gurley is a beast. At SEC media days, nearly every player surveyed by ESPN called Georgia’s lead tailback the most intimidating player to tackle in the league. Reporters, meanwhile, made Gurley a first-team All-SEC choice, awarding him the second-most votes overall. If he can stay healthy, he’s the league’s best shot at winning the Heisman Trophy. With 2,374 yards in the past two seasons, only Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah has more career rushing yards entering 2014.

Man, I sure hope we get a full and healthy year out of him.  Go out with a bang, Todd.

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Honestly, I can live without this.

Let’s face it – would you rather have a ticket with a coupon you could trade for a burger after the game, or a ticket that smells like a burger before the game?

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“If we keep knocking, it’s going to be good for us.”

If you have to use one word to describe Mark Richt’s coaching tenure, consistent is a pretty good one.  Unfortunately, that encompasses this less than satisfactory trend.  If 2014 is going to be a year in which somebody answers the knock, that’s a trend Richt’s team is going to have to buck.

And considering that Georgia comes out of the gate playing two ranked opponents, we’ll know soon enough about that.

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“The buzz has naturally died down at Georgia Tech.”

CFN’s Georgia Tech preview is a real treat.

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the Yellow Jackets just might have peaked after all in 2009.

Georgia Tech won 11 games and the Atlantic Coast Conference five years ago, helping make head coach Paul Johnson the toast of Atlanta for a brief time. Since then, the school has gone 23-25 versus FBS opponents, making Johnson’s seat, well, toasty. The Jackets are clearly stuck in neutral, with no end to the mediocrity in plain sight. In a decision that was both symbolic and immediately impactful to the current squad, starting QB Vad Lee voluntarily decided in January that his career would benefit from a transfer to FCS James Madison.

The best part of that is Georgia Tech’s peak still included a loss to one of Richt’s weakest squads.  Simply Chantastic.

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Ah, geez.

Malcolm Mitchell, fragile flower.

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UPDATE:  Details.

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