What took you so long, Dabo?

In a move that comes as no surprise, Clemson names Deshaun Watson its starting quarterback.

He impressed the hell out of me when I saw him in the opener.

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Fabris Invitational results, Week 4

Another small logjam at the top this week.

Selection Name
Tie Breaker Game
1 carpie Adj 8-2 8   28-31**
1 Hobnail_Boot Adj 8-2 8   14-24
1 Valley Dawg Adj 8-2 8   10-17

Congrats to carpie for pulling out the tiebreaker.

And on the season…

Selection Name
1 Valley Dawg 28-12 28
1 Turfman25 28-12 28
3 Scubadawg 26-14 26
3 BR Dawg 26-14 26
3 Second String Secondary 26-14 26
3 Pistol Formation 26-14 26

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SEC Power Poll, Week 4

The West is pretty damned potent.  The East… not so much.

  1. Texas A & M.  Another week, another 58 points scored.
  2. Alabama.  Inspired by Junior, the Tide gets offensive.
  3. Auburn.  A road win against a gritty power conference opponent is nothing to sneeze at, but you can bet every SEC defensive coordinator will study that game closely to figure out how Kansas State slowed down Malzahn.
  4. Mississippi State.  You’ve established your team as a Western power with a big road win, Dan Mullen, if you can keep it.
  5. Ole Miss.  One more cupcake game, and then Ole Miss gets its chance to prove it belongs with the West’s élite.
  6. South Carolina.  The loss to TAMU doesn’t look any better, but the win over East Carolina does.
  7. Georgia.  Even with that maligned secondary, Georgia held Clemson to 116 fewer yards of offense than Florida State’s vaunted defense did.
  8. LSU.  Tell the truth – you thought Les had a real chance at the end, didn’t you?
  9. Arkansas.  Three in a row.  That’s both in wins and in upcoming ranked conference opponents on the schedule.
  10. Missouri.  Lose to Indiana?  At home?  You’re dead to me, Mizzou.
  11. Florida.  Meet the new offensive coordinator, same as the old offensive coordinator.
  12. Tennessee.  If you’re better than this, Vols, now’s the time to prove it.
  13. Kentucky.  Get excited, ‘Cats.  Vandy’s coming to town!
  14. Vanderbilt.  113th in offensive scoring, 115th in defensive scoring.  At least the ‘Dores are consistent.


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Big Urnge Number

Georgia opens as a 19-point favorite over Tennessee.  Too much?


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Fun with Week 4 numbers

Sure, the sample size could be bigger, but there’s still interesting stuff to glean out there.

Also interesting is that the power rating stats in several different places seem to put a higher value on Georgia than the pollsters do right now.

The computers don’t matter any more, of course, so you have to wonder how much the selection committee is going to rely on the human polls in making its calls.


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How do you know you’re on a hot seat?

When they’re writing stuff like this about you, Agent Muschamp.

For Florida, it was a 42-21 loss to Alabama on Saturday. For Gators Coach Will Muschamp, it was a missed opportunity to dig himself out of the Zook Zone.

That’s not a comparison you want to be hearing.


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Observations from the arm chair, Sacking of Troy edition

While the loss to FCS Abilene Christian gave me a hint that this year’s Troy team wasn’t very good, I wasn’t prepared for exactly how bad Troy is.  Even a mediocre squad manages to put something on the board with a first offensive series like we saw yesterday.  Instead, it wound up being nothing more than a third of Troy’s offensive yardage on the day wasted.  When that’s the high point of your game, it’s been a long day.

So just presume that the phrase “Yeah, I know it was against Troy, but…” prefaces every bullet point.

  • So much for working out the kinks in the passing game.  Georgia’s first drive of the game was all runs.  Mason only threw eleven passes before calling it a day.  Given how wretched Troy’s run defense is, can you blame Bobo for doing so?  I can’t.
  • Sony Michel for Heisman!
  • Does Greg Pyke get credit for a fat guy touchdown?
  • J.J. Green, we hardly knew ye’.
  • The secondary still has plenty of kinks to work out, although play seemed to tighten up as the game went along.  They did get timely stops when they needed them.  If Tennessee had a stout offensive line, I’d be really depressed about next week.
  • Nice pick, Tramel Terry.
  • Loved the Wildcat with Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie.  Kudos to Bobo for creating ways to get his speed players involved.  And that will give the Vols something to think about.
  • I am willing to concede at this point that true progress is being made with Georgia’s special teams.  ‘Bout damned time.
  • I’m sure Pruitt wanted the shut out, but he didn’t pull a Grantham and leave the starters in until the bitter end to get it.  I got lost trying to keep up with all the substituting taking place.
  • ‘Atta boy with the strip, Rico Johnson.  Good to see the renewed emphasis on creating turnovers on defense paying off.
  • Quarterbacks:  Hutson was his usual efficient self.  He threw a good ball to Shakenneth Williams for a big gain, along with a couple of touchdown passes (very nice one to Towns).  Oh, and no picks for the third straight game.  As long as he’s got a killer running game going, that’s good enough.  Ramsey’s got an arm, doesn’t he?  Although he still doesn’t always look like he knows what to do with it.  But that long completion to Conley was flat-out gorgeous.  Bauta looks comfortable running the offense, had some nice runs, but clearly doesn’t have Ramsey’s upside.  Overall, it was encouraging.
  • It was almost unfair to unleash Brendan Douglas against Troy’s backups.  But it was nice of Richt to keep Gurley on the sidelines for three and a half quarters.
  • Keith Marshall isn’t 100%.  I get that.  But would it kill the offensive linemen to block a little better for him?

Bottom line, they washed some of the bad taste out of their mouths from last week’s disappointing loss.  Yesterday was a good place to start beginning preparations for the Tennessee game.  Even though it was only Troy.


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