Category Archives: Media Punditry/Foibles

“I think past Alabama teams would have had just as much trouble as this Alabama team.”

Gary Danielson ain’t backing off his tempo talk.

“I think what was proven in this game right now is all this stuff about tempo is garbage…”

But he finally seems to be coming to terms with what spread, pass-first offenses bring to the table.

“There are a lot of factors here. The willingness of teams to go to the spread and throw the ball on early downs, not having to go toe-to-toe with superior athletes at Alabama at the line of scrimmage has an effect. The fact that the SEC has gotten all this publicity and has recruited so well, top to bottom, the games are just tougher.”  [Emphasis added.]

If he’s right, Saban’s got a few more tough games left to play.  Best brace yourself, Phyllis from Mulga.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Another day, another buffet.

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Filed under Georgia Football, College Football, BCS/Playoffs, SEC Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, ESPN Is The Devil, Crime and Punishment, It's Just Bidness, Stats Geek!, Political Wankery

Monday morning buffet

If your appetite is whetted, have you some.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, The Adventures of Zook, Strategery And Mechanics, Big Ten Football, Gators, Gators..., Big 12 Football

Trolling a troll

Bill Connelly provides a little context for the performance of the man Michael Cunningham is extremely impressed with.

S&P+ is typically quite volatile at this time of year (my own ratings are why Ole Miss is so damn high, too) and one team benefiting from that is Louisville, which has had, from a raw data standpoint, one of the most successful defenses in the country so far. The Cardinals rank fourth in Defensive S&P+, and while that wouldn’t be the biggest reach in the world — they ranked 10th in Defensive F/+ last year, after all, and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham did have some success at Georgia before a 2013 fade — they have gotten what are probably a couple of artificial boosts.

First, Louisville has played Wake Forest. As long as raw data plays any role, even a minor one, in the ratings, playing Wake Forest is going to be good for you. The Ville held the Deacs to 100 total yards (1.8 per play) last Saturday, and while that’s certainly not bad … well, UL-Monroe held Wake to 94 yards (1.9 per play) in the season opener.

Maybe that just means Richt should have hired UL-Monroe’s defensive coordinator instead of Pruitt.

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Filed under ACC Football, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Stats Geek!

Trolling, trolling, trolling

Shorter Michael Cunningham:  Georgia fans should be as impressed as I am with Todd Grantham coaching Charlie Strong’s players against the 122nd ranked strength of schedule as compared to Jeremy Pruitt coaching what’s left of Todd Grantham’s players against the 13th ranked strength of schedule.

Really, AJ-C, you’re not even trying anymore.

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This one’s for the pessimists.

Shorter Barrett Sallee:  True freshman wide receiver getting his first start will outplay fifth-year senior starting quarterback who hasn’t thrown an interception this season for the upset road win.

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Mike Bianchi works it.

Mike Bianchi’s hard on for Urban Meyer is something to marvel.  In his latest column, he manages to take Charlie Strong’s discipline story at Texas and mine it for a dig at Corch:

Much like Muschamp at Florida, Strong has had to come in at Texas and clean up a mess left behind by a former championship coach who left a broken program.

It would be interesting to see where Bianchi might take things writing about a future Florida-Ohio State matchup, but with the way things are looking right now, that’s probably a ways off.

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