Monthly Archives: September 2008

Three yards and a cloud of dust don’t look too bad right now.

From today’s Department of Irony comes the SEC scoring stats:

1. Alabama 5 23 8 21 1 0 0 185 37.0
2. Florida 4 18 5 17 0 0 1 142 35.5
LSU 4 17 8 16 0 0 0 142 35.5
4. Georgia 5 22 6 20 1 0 0 172 34.4
5. Kentucky 4 15 7 15 0 0 0 126 31.5
6. Ole Miss 5 19 6 19 0 0 0 151 30.2
7. Vanderbilt 4 14 7 14 0 0 0 119 29.8
8. S. Carolina 5 11 10 11 0 0 0 107 21.4
9. Arkansas 4 11 1 9 1 0 0 80 20.0
10. Auburn 5 12 5 12 0 0 0 99 19.8
11. Tennessee 4 10 3 8 0 0 0 77 19.2
12. Miss. State 5 10 3 10 0 0 1 81 16.2

Yep, that’s Alabama, running a traditional power running/play action passing offense that’s currently leading the SEC in scoring at 37 point per game.

And that’s Auburn, which just ditched a traditional power running/play action passing offense in favor of the current flavor of the month spread option attack, showing up in tenth by scoring roughly half the amount of points per game that ‘Bama is currently racking up.

The offensive display put on in the second half of the Auburn-Tennessee game was one of the most putrid things I’ve seen since… well, since the Auburn-Mississippi State game.  I think you’d have to say at this point that the Tony Franklin experiment isn’t exactly going swimmingly so far.



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Dawg ’08 stat watch, Week Five status

Presumably you guys know the general drill for this.  I’m tracking seven statistical categories that the Dawgs excelled in during the seasons they appeared in the SECCG under Richt.  Those are as follows:

  1. Hold opponents under 17 points per game.
  2. Finish at least +8 in turnover margin.
  3. Average better than 380 yards per game on offense.
  4. Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage.
  5. Finish in the top three in first downs.
  6. Finish no worse than third in passing yardage.
  7. Finish at least third in sacks.

And here’s how things currently stack up for Georgia in the SEC statistical rankings.

  1. Defensive scoring:  19.2 ppg
  2. Turnover margin:  +2 (+0.40 pg)
  3. Total offense:  424.8 ypg
  4. Total defense:  8th (286.8 ypg)
  5. First downs:  2nd (20.8 pg)
  6. Passing offense:  1st (263.4 ypg)
  7. Sacks by:  2nd (11)

As you can see, its standings took a bit of a hit, which isn’t surprising considering what happened Saturday night.  Overall, though, there’s nothing developing that can’t be shored up at this point.

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Mumme Poll reminder #1

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Black is black.

First off, let’s get the easy part of this post out of the way:  congrats to Alabama fans.  Your team showed up prepared and ready to execute from the opening kick.  As a Georgia fan, it was both depressing and impressive to watch the domination that took place in the first half.

As for the rest of this sad story, let’s face it – this is a recurring pattern with these Dawgs under Richt.  There’s a game or two every season where for some inexplicable reason the team, coaches and players both, simply fails to show up for a half and looks completely out of its element.  That it was last night was unfortunate, both in terms of the timing (hello, GameDay!) and the quality of the opponent, but not unexpected.

And of course we’re offered the “they didn’t quit in the second half” story after the game, which strikes me as the functional equivalent of the game show host handing out the consolation prize of the terrific board game version of the TV show while we watch the winner cavort with the pretty female sidekick and the $100,000 check.  Nice, but hardly satisfying.

I’m not going to waste any time breaking down the ginormous sized egg that was laid last night.  I’ve no doubt that others will do a more than capable job of doing that.  I will simply say that if these Dawgs are consistent with what they’ve shown us in past years, at some point in time Richt will get them rebooted mentally and emotionally and they will play up to the level of their talent.  That being said, the catch is that it’s hard to say how long that may take; in both of the last two seasons, it didn’t happen overnight.

At least Florida lost, too.


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Really last, final tidbits before ‘Bama-Georgia game. I promise.

Here are a few last minute thoughts and quotes that may have fallen through the cracks, or haven’t gotten as much attention as perhaps they deserve:

  • Chris Low mentions the “glass half full” aspect to Georgia’s schedule“Georgia’s the SEC team that’s probably the strongest lock to make the BCS national championship game if the Bulldogs can win the SEC title with no more than one loss. Their brutal schedule would be what puts them over the top with the voters.”
  • We all like to knock Herbstreit – and there are certainly times when he deserves it – but he makes a very good point about Alabama that’s been overlooked this week in his Q & A with David Hale:  “They’re paper thin. That’s the difference between ‘Bama and Georgia, Florida and LSU. They don’t have the depth. Their margin of error is so slight. If John Parker Wilson gets hurt, they’re in big trouble. If Caldwell gets hurt, they’re in trouble. If any of these crucial ingredients go down, they don’t have anybody. So they have to stay healthy in order to have the kind of year they want to have.” In my mind, that’s not simply something to factor in over the course of the season, but also in the context of what should be a hotly contested, very physical game tonight.
  • Yeah, Saban’s gonna mix up his defenses tonight in an attempt to keep Stafford off his game.  But didn’t Saban try to do the same thing last year?
  • Alabama respects Moreno.  Don’t forget that last year, when he wasn’t the featured back, he still managed 96 yards on 19 touches.
  • While you’re looking at that box score, don’t forget that Coutu had the chance to win that game in regulation and couldn’t.  Yet the Dawgs survived.  Walsh, while a freshman, has been a pretty cool customer so far on field goals.
  • On a lighter note, this is great.  Demented, but great. (h/t Bama Sports Report)


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, The Blogosphere


Enough with this already:

… Alabama announced its presence with authority with a 34-10 season-opening victory over then-No. 9 Clemson and continued to impress in a 49-14 rout over Arkansas last week. [Emphasis added.]

Can someone explain to me exactly what is impressive about hammering Arky this year?  The NCAA tracks seventeen statistical categories.  The Razorbacks are in the bottom three in the SEC in ten of those categories, including last in rushing defense, scoring defense, turnover margin and sacks allowed.  They’ve barely beaten 1-AA Western Illinois and Sun Belt mediocrity Louisiana-Monroe.

In short, they suck.  This isn’t said to knock ‘Bama, which is clearly the best team that Georgia has faced this year, but I don’t get what the big deal is about beating what may wind up being the worst team in the SEC this season.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football


No, I’m not talking about your tailgating plans for tomorrow.  There are a couple of excellent posts up worth your attention:

By the way, check out this little factoid, courtesy of

• Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno has been exceptional in the second half. Thanks to a national-best seven second-half runs of 20 yards or more, he’s averaging more than 10 yards per carry after halftime. He also has 20 rushing touchdowns in his past 10 games.


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