There’s nothing like heading up for a home opener. I’m getting ready to go.
For those of you planning on attending Hoppypalooza, remember the festivities start at 1:30. We’re in the Railroad Lot (#29). Look for a crudely lettered “GTP” sign and you’ll find us.
BYOB. And your bad selves.
Here’s an interesting factoid to digest.
Clemson’s defense may be better, but it’ll need to be.
Ellis Johnson has four rules to live by. I’ll be thinking about this one today in particular, watching Pruitt’s defense:
3. Teach defensive players to make calls on the fly.
Hurry-up teams snap the ball so fast that it’s impossible at times for a defensive coordinator to get the call from the sideline to the field and the players lined up before the snap. In response, a defensive coordinator has to simplify his calls and teach his players to make them on the field and get into position before the snap.
“Everything is a read; nothing is a set play,” Auburn linebacker Kris Frost said. “You get the play call, and you look at the offense, and you adjust to how the offense is lined up and adjust to the play. … Anything can change.”
That was not exactly what we saw last year.
Lo and behold.
“The Birth of Offense” drawing will stay up on Druid City Brewing Company’s wall until further notice, or “until we lose a game or do horribly on offense,” Hick joked.
“I’m kidding,” he said. “We’re going to let it ride. We really believe in having fun here at Druid City Brewing.”
At least until Junior leaves T-town.
Let’s face it – we’re excited about all areas of play today, but the part we’ve got the keenest interest in is the defense. So after the dust settles tonight, how do you hope this sentence is completed?
“That was Georgia’s best defensive effort since…”
The home run would be the first half of the 2011 SECCG, which was the high water mark of the Grantham era, but I’d be thrilled to say Florida 2012. That being said, as long as I could say better than any game from last season, I would consider that a good start.
What say you?
Honestly, have two parties fit together better since Tim Tebow played for Corch than Bruce Pearl and Auburn?
Some openers are easier to get a handle on than others. The Clemson game isn’t one of those, because of several key departures/suspensions on both sides of the ball for both schools.
- If last year was a battle of the offensive superstars – Boyd! Murray! Gurley! Watkins! – tomorrow’s game shapes up as a battle of the coordinators. No doubt Chad Morris would like to go TAMU all over the Georgia defense’s ass and no doubt we’d like to see Jeremy Pruitt prove that he’s not all about having superstar talent at FSU.
- That being said, Todd Gurley.
- One big reason the line has stayed over a touchdown is where the game is being played. It’s not just about the emotion of the crowd, either. Hopefully the noise will disrupt the Clemson offense and the Georgia offensive line can avoid the mistakes that bogged the offense down at times last year. Not to mention Mason should have more confidence getting his first start in a friendly stadium.
- Gurley may be the biggest name on the field – although Vic Beasley looks like a sure-fire first round NFL talent to me – but this game I think comes down to which offensive line manages to hold its own the best. I have no idea which line that is.
- Another big flip worth keeping in the back of your head is the kicking game. This year, it’s Clemson that has to replace a starting place kicker. Georgia gets to come out of the gate with Marshall Morgan.
- If there was a drinking game for tomorrow, it would have to include taking a shot every time an announcer describes one of the starting quarterbacks as waiting patiently for his turn, wouldn’t it?
- I’m not going to miss Tajh Boyd’s running one bit. But I hope the Georgia defense is prepared for Deshaun Watson’s.
- I know job one for the Tigers’ defense is Todd Gurley, but, barring a turnover fest, can Clemson win this game without being able to run the ball successfully? I don’t think so.
- It’s going to be humid and in the 90s, so I hope all that talk about improved conditioning and substitution wasn’t just talk. South Carolina wilted under the pressure of TAMU running 99 plays last night and you know Morris wouldn’t mind duplicating the experience.
- Boy, would I love for tomorrow night to be Isaiah McKenzie’s coming out party. I don’t think he’ll get a lot of touches, but he’s going to get a few shots in the return game and on offense, too.
- Let’s hope nobody gets hurt celebrating a touchdown this year.
- I don’t think this is going to be a low-scoring affair, because I don’t think Georgia will be able to protect its vulnerable secondary for the entire game and because Bobo worked Venables pretty good in last year’s game. But I’m not expecting a score in the mid-70s, either.
You guys have any other thoughts?