So Mark Richt wants to get some “good, honest feedback” about a couple of calls last night?
Good luck with that, Mark.
It’s weird to say when you’ve got a quarterback completing over 70% of his passing attempts and who hasn’t thrown an interception yet, but something seems missing from Georgia’s passing offense.
It just feels anemic. Mason’s average pass attempt yields a paltry 6.7 yards. That’s considerably down from last season’s 8.9 ypa. And before you attribute that to Aaron Murray, Mason’s ypa last season was 8.8. And before you attribute that to the lack of a deep threat in the starting lineup, keep in mind that the bulk of Mason’s 2013 work came long after Mitchell and Scott-Wesley were lost for the season.
So, what’s going on this season?
A lot of this seems fixable over time. But a couple of things, maybe not so much.
Is it just me, or do you guys see it, too?
UPDATE: I forgot to mention this.
“We tried to run a little fake-boot,” said Mason, who passed for 191 yards and 2 TDs in his first SEC start. “We felt really good about it. Obviously everyone in the world knew we were probably going to give the ball to Todd. We had two more downs to try to punch it in. But they played it really well. The D-end got in my face and I couldn’t really get it to Quayvon with a wet ball. [Emphasis added.] So I just threw it at his feet. I didn’t think it was intentional grounding because he was right there.”
I’m not sure why Mason’s struggling so much with bad weather, but it’s a repeat of the bowl game performance. Two out of four games isn’t a small sample size. It’s a problem.
Damn, I hate mornings like this.
So, there it is late in the game. Georgia comes up with a big play and seemingly has a win within reach. As the offense comes out with the ball on the Gamecock four, I’m struck by an acute sense of déjà vu. It’s just like last year’s Auburn game after Murray completed the big pass to Bennett to set up the go-ahead score: how is this team in position to win this game? That thought was instantly succeeded by the obvious: Gurley, Gurley and more Gurley. You’ve got the best back in the country, who’s played the game with more heart than any other player on the field. If you pound away, the worst that could happen is that you go for it on fourth down, fail and leave the ‘Cocks with terrible field position. It’s a no-brainer.
Well, evidently, Mike Bobo’s definition of no-brainer and mine were different. Georgia didn’t win the game. In fact, Georgia couldn’t even convert the situation into a tie. As a result, Georgia is back in what seems like the SEC East version of Groundhog Day.
Damn, I hate mornings like this.
Okay, Georgia isn’t out of any of its goals. And the East is anything but settled. But from here, it’s hard to see how Georgia’s defense matches up with Auburn and maybe Missouri without some improvement. (I’m leaning towards the latter defending its division title now.)
Did I mention that I hate mornings like this?
I can’t say for sure that the Gamecocks deserved the win, but Georgia sure as hell deserved to lose.
I’m getting ready to head out to Columbia, rain gear in tow. It’s my first trip there since 1988, which may still rank as the hottest football game I’ve ever attended.
I’m hoping that “Sandstorm” doesn’t get burned into my brain.
Consider this your invite to a game day thread in the comments section.
Randomness, in no particular order:
If the Dawgs can avoid turnover problems, I like their chances. I do think there will be some scoring – both secondaries are going to give up yards and points – so I’m thinking something like Georgia 31 South Carolina 24.
in the Georgia-South Carolina series. It’s how well you run, too.
In the last nine meetings, Georgia averages 4.3 yards per carry in wins against South Carolina and just 3.8 yards per carry in losses. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, average 4.6 yards per carry in wins; 3.4 in losses. The team that cracks 4.0 yards per carry wins.
It’s worth noting that last year South Carolina averaged 6.3 yards per rush, but still lost. (Georgia averaged 4.3 ypc.) So it’s better just to say that the winning team averages over four yards a pop on the ground.
In any event, Georgia needs to run the ball well.