Turns out they put it out on the intertubes, for free!
… from 247Sports’ Brad Crawford:
Bold prediction: JT Daniels sets single-season record for passing yards. Georgia’s current program high is 3,893, set by Aaron Murray during the 2012 season. If Daniels stays healthy and the Bulldogs play 14 games (regular season, SEC Championship, bowl) this season, he only needs 279 yards per game average to eclipse that mark. Daniels as the Heisman winner could be another bold prediction as long as Georgia’s other top-end wideouts produce in the wake of George Pickens’ absence. Given his success last season in short order down the stretch, Daniels should be one of college football’s most prolific quarterbacks in 2021.
Bold prediction: Dan Mullen’s team is 4-3, outside of the Top 25 going into the Georgia game. Don’t shoot the messenger, Florida fans — this is a bold prediction after all. The Gators won’t be favored at home vs. Alabama or on the road against LSU prior to the open week pre-Georgia and we’ve already mentioned previously that Kentucky may take out two SEC titans in Lexington this season. But even if this doomsday scenario happens for the defending SEC East champions, the backend of the slate is soft enough for a strong finish after the rivalry showdown in Jacksonville.
Let me go out on a limb here and say that if he’s right, I’m gonna have one big ol’ shit eating grin on my face in Jacksonville this year.
There’s amateur trolling, and then there’s Finebaum, a pro’s pro.
“I don’t want to say anything blasphemous a week and a day after Easter Sunday, but Alabama-Auburn is no longer really the driving rivalry, I think, in the Southeastern Conference,” Finebaum said on the show. “Because everyone understands the reality of it. Nick Saban is going to win, maybe 92.3% of the games or whatever.”
If that’s your rivalry barometer, then Georgia-Florida stopped being a rivalry around 2000. But I digress.
Finebaum added that his show provides him a good barometer of how heated a rivalry can currently be based on his callers’ reactions.
“I don’t want to speak for you because you live there and I don’t anymore but, on my program, which you know, is a more of an SEC-centric show — if I want to just drop some blood into the water and see sharks circling, it’s about Georgia or Florida. And it’s vicious,” Finebaum added.
“They love nothing more than to remind Georgia fans they haven’t won a national championship in 40 years. It doesn’t matter what Kirby Smart has done, so yeah, I think this is a continuum of the SEC’s current-day great rivalry. And it is vicious.”
If reminding Georgia fans they haven’t won a national championship in 40 years is his definition of a heated rivalry, then we’ve got a heated rivalry with just about every fan base in the SEC, plus Georgia Tech, because that tired line is trotted out by plenty of folks other than Gators on a daily basis.
But that’s not whom Finebaum is really targeting with that, anyway.
The ESPN host went a step further and got in a dig at Auburn’s place in the Iron Bowl rivalry and its former coach.
“Even the most ardent Auburn fan has almost just waved the white flag when it comes to (Nick) Saban now,” he concluded. “Yeah, you know (Gus) Malzahn won three times, which is extraordinary, still got him fired, didn’t he?”
Glad we could be of service, Paul. By the way, if you’re looking for intense SEC rivalries, you might want to check out Ole Miss – Mississippi State. Talk about vicious…
From no spring practice at all to this ($$):
Overall, the fact there are 16 early enrollees has been huge. Georgia is only waiting on four signees, plus Tykee Smith and anyone else that’s added via the transfer portal. Otherwise, the Bulldogs are wrapping up five weeks of practice and scrimmages with what will basically be their 2021 team.
If you want to know why I’m decidedly optimistic about this team’s chances, that’s it in a nutshell.
C’mon, Gus. Have you really thought this through?
I’m not sure “fun” means what he thinks it means.
If a band ever deserved a better fate than it got, Badfinger surely qualifies. Their history is one of rock’s saddest, especially because they created some brilliant music. Here’s one of my favorites, their second big hit, “No Matter What”.
Amazingly enough, “the hierarchy at Apple reportedly was not inclined to release it in any format.” Go figure.
But, “something something I’m a redshirt freshman. I’m not playing…”
The NCAA is considering a change to the “Nick Saban rule,” which prohibits coaches from leaving campus to travel during the spring evaluation period in recruiting. First reported through sources by Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports, talks on altering the rule will continue at the Division I Council next week.
College football’s record-setting 13-month recruiting dead period ends on June 1, the first moment coaches are once again allowed to meet with recruits and evaluate talent in-person. The so-called “Saban rule” was passed in 2008, which at time, barred head coaches from speaking with recruits on the road but did allow for meetings with coaches and teachers who could share pertinent info on prospects.
… There were complaints around college football that Saban was arranging “coincidental” interactions with recruits, leading to the rule. However, since the rule was enacted, Saban has won six national championships and Alabama has been the nation’s most dominant recruiting entity.
I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. But Nick’s got more interns and analysts than the NCAA does.
Goodness, that Tennessee fan base is one beat down group. Not that they don’t have their reasons for it.
“I probably shouldn’t say this,” began the 59-year-old Miller as she and her husband Norman entered Neyland Stadium on Saturday morning for the Volunteers’ first public practice under new coach Josh Heupel. “But I’ve got four kids and a bunch of grandkids, and the night we won the national championship is the happiest day of my life.”
There haven’t been a lot of happy days for any member of the Big Orange Nation over the past decade or so. The arrival of Heupel in January after UT brass fired Jeremy Pruitt for alleged NCAA violations marked the fifth Vols head coach since Phillip Fulmer — who won that aforementioned natty to cap the 1998 season — was let go near the end of the 2008 season.
“I remember them all,” Angie said. “I got on that Lane (Kiffin) Train. That was a joke. Then (Derek) Dooley. Then the whole ‘Brick by Brick’ thing (Butch Jones). Then this last guy. The last couple of years you could just see the desire go out of the kids on the sideline. You need a leader, and they haven’t had one.”