“Because I’ve seen ’em do it.”

—  Head coach Kirby Smart, when belaboring the lack of big plays that could have changed momentum, mentioned Carter and cornerback Malkom Parrish.

“At the end of the day, the thing snowballed and we didn’t have anybody step up and make a play,” Smart said. “Lorenzo Carter, go make a play. Go make a tackle for a loss right there. Go make a play there on the perimeter there, Malkom, and it possibly changes the game. But we didn’t do that.”

I’ve noticed in the comments that some of you disapprove of the way Smart goes about calling out some of his players’ performances publicly, as he did after the Ole Miss game.  Honestly, I can’t get that worked up about it.

For one thing, Smart hasn’t used it as an excuse to hide behind the staff’s shortcomings.

Kirby Smart will be challenged for the first time as Georgia head coach to keep his team together and not split apart after a loss that had the Bulldogs tumbling 13 spots Sunday in the AP poll.

“We’re going to have to have guys step up and demand that players do it right and that every player buys in and practices right without ever pointing a finger,” he said. “The one thing I won’t stand for is somebody to point a finger at somebody else. ‘It was this guy’s fault, that guy’s fault.’ It all falls on all of us. It starts right here with me.”

You can argue that one man’s accountability is another’s unnecessary public calling out, and I will concede the point.  But the other reason I don’t find fault here is that if you listen to the entirety of that first quote, Smart’s coupled his criticism with support for those same players.

“Because I’ve seen them do it,” Smart said when asked why he has confident his UGA can turn the page and respond against Tennessee. “I’ve seen Jayson Stanley make that catch. I’ve seen Isaiah McKenzie make that catch. I’ve seen Malkom Parrish make those plays. He made one against a 6’5″ guy against North Carolina. I’ve seen them do it. We’ve just got to do it when we need to do it. We didn’t do it today. Like I said, it’s not all on them. We’ve got to do a better job as coaches to help them… “

When he’s right, he’s right.  I only hope the tough love starts paying dividends soon.

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SEC Power Poll, Week 4

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A little more clarity comes every week, right?  Geez, the SEC East is pretty much living down to expectations now.

  1. Alabama.  Ole Man River just keeps rolling on.
  2. Texas A&M.  Hey, these guys might be pretty good, y’all.
  3. Tennessee.  Give ’em credit; once the Vols got rolling, Florida had no answer.  And if they beat Georgia, that’ll probably be enough of a cushion to let them weather the storm of facing nos. one and two in the coming weeks.
  4. Ole Miss.  Remember the days when it was the other teams that called off the dogs after being up 45-0?
  5. Florida.  Fifth?  Eh, I guess so.
  6. Arkansas.  Back to earth, with a thud.
  7. Auburn.  Winning with defense and a field goal kicker… when did Gus morph into Tuberville?
  8. LSU.  Was there a more fitting way for Les Miles to go than mismanaging the clock in a loss?
  9. Mississippi State.  Really didn’t do anything special in beating UMass, but I figure they deserve the benefit of the doubt for being in the West.
  10. Georgia.  I wonder how many other P5 teams are 3-1 with a minus-20 in point differential.
  11. Missouri.  I bet the Tigers are feeling pretty bummed about that Georgia loss right now.
  12. Kentucky.  Look who climbed out of the cellar!
  13. South Carolina.  With that loss to Kentucky, the chances for bowl eligibility have been reduced to somewhere between slim and none.  And you know the old joke about slim.
  14. Vanderbilt.  Bowl eligibility?  What’s that?

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Observations from the armchair (and the car seat), Georgia-Ole Miss edition

(Takes deep breath and prepares to type… takes another deep breath…)

Aw, fuck it.  When your player of the game is the punter, it’s a bridge too far to waste a thousand words of analysis on.

If ever there were an exception to the rule of not scheduling weddings in the South in the fall, Saturday was it.  My only regret was that it didn’t start a couple of hours earlier, so I wouldn’t have been able to watch the first half.

Here’s hoping for a complete reset against Tennessee.

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UPDATE:  If you’re a glutton for punishment, Seth Emerson is there for you.

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If it’s true that Georgia plays better when it’s under the radar…

… then look out, Vols.

You know you’ll get their best shot.

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UPDATE:  Er, um… well, maybe not so much.

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Fabris Pool results, Week 4

Here you go:

STANDINGS for WEEK 4
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
28-38
1 Gravidy Picks Adj 8-2 8   28-20**
1 Geezus Adj 8-2 8   28-14

Congrats to GP, who squeaked it out on the tiebreaker.

And here’s how the seasonal race is shaping up after four weeks of games.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 4
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 reipar 26-14 26
2 Downtown Leroy Brown 25-15 25
2 zdawg15 25-15 25
2 LakeOconeeDawg 25-15 25

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Mark Richt has lost control over Les Miles’ contract.

National championships aren’t worth what they used to be, at least not if you’re coaching in Nick Saban’s neighborhood.

There’s only one reason to fire a coach in September, and that’s to beat the competition to the HOT NAME.

It’s always a good time to be Jimmy Sexton.

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UPDATE:  If this doesn’t describe college football circa 2016, I don’t know what does.

Yeah, wouldn’t it be terrible if somehow LSU came back to win the West this season? Think of the children!

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Is there something in the water at Toomer’s Corner?

Seriously, what is it with some people and those trees?

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