There’s always a stat of the day when you need one.

And before you jump in with a sample size caveat, think about it.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

It’s not going to be a normal bowl season. That should mean only one thing.

Two of college football’s preeminent bowl games will not allow fans to attend when they kick off early next year.

The Rose Bowl, one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games, and Fiesta Bowl made their announcements Thursday.

The Tournament of Roses said it requested special permission for a limited number of fans or select number of guests of both teams to be in attendance for the Rose Bowl, which will be played on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California, but was denied because of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state, county and city of Pasadena.

Let’s face it, this year’s bowl season will be unlike any other.  Either no fans in attendance at all, or in very limited numbers.  And no win requirement means… well, this.

Fans or no fans, ESPN is going to churn out its usual amount of broadcast product.  I think there are something like twelve slots in the postseason available for SEC teams right now.  Jeremy Pruitt lobbying for his 2-5 team to play in a bowl game isn’t as much of a joke as we’d like to think it is.

So, allow me to beat that dead horse again.  Greg McGarity will be spending the next three weeks taking his retirement victory lap.  Josh Brooks, you want that job?  Show me how much.  Throw out the rule book and lobby hard for Georgia to play Georgia Tech in a bowl game.  Might I mention that the Jackets have the same number of wins right now as do the Vols?  It’s not even that much of a stretch to make the argument.

I’d much rather get my annual dose of COFH than watch the Dawgs face the third or fourth best team from the Big Ten.  I suspect much of the Dawgnation feels the same.  Just do it, guys.


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

It’s a puzzle.

No doubt about it, that’s beautiful, fundamental, textbook defense played there.  Coaches coached and talented players executed.

I’ve only got one question:  why can’t they do the same thing defending the underneath pass?


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“The guys just want to play football here.”

“We’re either all in or all out, no matter what happens.”Tennessee wide receiver Josh Palmer

If generating empty phrases were a sport, the Urnge would be SEC champs.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

Worth every penny

Seriously, if you’re a Georgia fan, isn’t Malzahn exactly who you want coaching Auburn?  I mean, he’s a guy who’s trouble for Saban, but rarely beats the Dawgs.  That’s a formula that works for me.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands

Envy and jealousy, livin’ the dream edition

DavetheDawg is my hero.  He should be yours, too.

I can’t imagine anything more 2020 than that.  You listening, football gods?


Filed under Envy and Jealousy

“Sometimes you want to say something, but you just don’t.”

I really don’t want to post anything more about Greg McGarity.  I’ve written enough about him over the years, good, bad and indifferent, to last a lifetime.  And the reality is that I expect little to nothing in the way of change in the wake of his departure.

But these quotes

On the Auburn rescheduling controversy of 2012 that sent the Bulldogs to Plains two straight years without any reciprocal adjustment …

“People have no idea how hard I fought for us on that. I was furious when it first came up; I went (expletive) nuts. I’m in there advocating as hard as I can. But, at the end of the day, there are 14 other people in that room, and it always comes down to a show of hands. The SEC has to do what’s best for everybody involved, and that’s not always what’s best for Georgia. When it’s over, I can’t come out there and trash the league or rant about what other teams are doing. But to say that I’m not in there advocating on behalf of us as hard I can is just not true.”

On the infamous dual press conference with Mark Richt after firing him in 2015 …

“I regret that; I definitely regret that. Talk about do-overs. But here’s the thing, we didn’t think he was going to leave for another job. I had always been impressed with how well Mark interacted with alumni and good he was in fundraising situations. So, we had talked about him slowing down a little and helping us with that and overseeing the Paul Oliver Network. Based on the conversations I’d had with him, I thought he was worn out. We didn’t think he was going to go right back to coaching. I was stunned he did, to be honest.”

The best thing I can say about his retirement is that he won’t be speaking with the press anymore.


Filed under Georgia Football

Man down.

Something else for JT Daniels to adjust to:

Too bad for Hill, who rebounded and played perhaps his best game of the season last week.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

Oh, the weather outside is frightful.

How’s this ($$) for a random data point?

South Carolina has not kicked off a game with a temperature below 43 degrees since the 2010 Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. It was 27 degrees that day at kickoff. The forecast for Saturday night in Lexington is 28 degrees with the possibility of snow.

The article adds that Mike Bobo, who is used to freezing his ass off at a football game, doesn’t allow ball carriers to wear sleeves because those sleeves can get slick and affect ball security.

Sounds like a fun time is about to be had by all.


Filed under 'Cock Envy

We’re both part of the same hypocrisy, senator.

Greg Sankey is shocked, shocked to learn that conference commissioners are manipulating schedules to gain favor with the selection committee.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey made a strong College Football Playoff case for his conference on Wednesday, in part by citing that his conference plans to play all if its scheduled regular-season games. This after the ACC this week canceled games for its two best teams in order to make it easier for them to advance to the league title game, and by extension, earn playoff bids.

The ACC’s move Tuesday raised eyebrows around the sport when the conference eliminated Dec. 12 games for its CFP contenders, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson. The ACC said it made the move to “preserve the integrity” of the league’s championship on Dec. 19.

Sankey had another view.

“I was surprised to see the announcement [Tuesday],” the SEC commissioner told CBS Sports. “It begs one question: If their two most highly ranked teams were, for instance, [ranked] five and six in the CFP Rankings, would this decision have been made?”

Says the man who supports his members scheduling November cupcake games in the good times.

Wait ’til he finds out what the Big Ten’s gonna do to preserve Ohio State’s path to the CFP.


Filed under ACC Football, BCS/Playoffs, SEC Football