It’s contract negotiating time with Jacksonville again. And it looks like Georgia is going back to its role of being the coy date.
“Every year the questions arise: Do we move back to a home-and-home series or move it back to Jacksonville,” said Frank Crumley, Georgia’s executive associate athletic director for finance and administration. “We address that every time and it’s not totally decided by us. We have discussions with (Florida officials] and the city of Jacksonville and have to present that back to our athletic board for review and approval.
“It’s still too early to tell what the sentiment is.”
Well, I’ve got some sentiment right here for you, Frank: don’t screw this up. As long as this is nothing but a negotiating ploy to squeeze the city, fine. It’s certainly worked before, quite successfully as a matter of fact. But, please, please, please, don’t take the game out of J’ville. It just won’t have the same luster if you do.
Fewer voters, fewer schools receiving votes. That’s the main story this week. As always, top five votes in parenthesis.
MUMME POLL – WEEK 9 RANKINGS
1. Texas (50)
2. Alabama (48)
3. Penn State (46)
4. Florida (35)
5. Oklahoma (32)
6. Georgia (21)
7. Texas Tech (10)
8. Southern Cal
9. Oklahoma State
11. Boise State
14. Ohio State
15. Florida State
- For the third week in a row, Texas remains the only school that was a unanimous top five selection.
- Look, Ma, no ties!
- Southern Cal took a noticeable hit for its close game with Arizona.
- Teams receiving top five votes that didn’t appear on all of the ballots: Southern Cal, Oklahoma State and Boise State.
- There’s a very clear consensus on the top ten teams in the country. Utah appeared on all but six of the ballots.
- I received a lot of comments this week to the effect that this has been fun, that it’s been a good exercise to keep up with college football on a more involved level than before and that it’s forced many to hold their Bulldog favoritism in check (especially with those top five votes for the Gators).
- Most people have stopped holding their noses over Texas Tech. If the Longhorns don’t blow out the Red Raiders this week, it will be interesting to see how the voting is affected by the result.
- Voters do seem somewhat conflicted about the mid-majors, even as they cast votes for them. Utah and TCU face off, so some of that will clear up.
- Again, the time spent on this remains very consistent from week to week, with most of you putting your ballots together in less than 45 minutes.
- Blogs mentioning the Mumme Poll: Hunker Down Dawg; Picture Me Rollin; The Connecticut Yankee; A Bulldog In Exile.
Finally, a public service announcement. I thought I made this clear at the beginning, but in light of some of the e-mails I’ve received, I guess I need to reiterate something: once you fail to vote, that’s it. You can’t get back in the voting the next week. I want to have a consistent, core group of folks casting ballots over the entire season. So please don’t take a week off and expect to jump in again the following week.
Give Mark Bradley credit for nailing the sucker:
… Georgia’s celebration, which didn’t go according to Richt’s script and for which it was penalized twice and for which he keeps apologizing, is the single smartest thing he has done as a coach. It changed the dynamics of a series that, from the Bulldog perspective, was past due for a change. It served its purpose leading into last season’s game, turning his team’s focus from the usual Jacksonville gloom and doom to something brighter — how are we going to celebrate? — and it has become the gift that keeps on giving.
Not quite complying with his coach’s gag order, the famous Tim Tebow admitted to the Orlando Sentinel that the Gators have a photo of the dancing Dogs in their locker room. Think about that: A team that won the 2006 BCS title is concerned with the team that, until 2007, was its personal doormat. And the run-up to this year’s game will be dominated by one line of discussion:
How will the Gators respond? Have they planned something themselves? What if Georgia springs a new “spontaneous” display? Does Urban Meyer have a counter-counter-celebration in his famous playbook? And will Tebow and Co. be so bent on vengeance that they forget to execute those famous plays?
Of course, Meyer is on record as saying the Celebration has no bearing on this Saturday’s game, so there’s that…
Steele has a post up showing the NCAA rankings for teams based on opponents’ won-loss totals. The NCAA doesn’t account for schedule strength in these calculations, so they should be taken with a grain of salt, but, still, ranked at #1, projected to play more teams with winning records (10) than any other school in the country, ladies and gentlemen, your Georgia Bulldogs.
In case you haven’t noticed, Michigan isn’t enjoying a very good season in the first year of Rich Rodriguez’ regime. In response to a reader’s query about how to deal with certain failings of the Wolverine offense, MGoBlog’s Brian Cook offers some succinct advice:
Bet on Michigan’s opponent. This is called a “hedge,” and works great in the financial industry!
That made me laugh. I mean, I’m not floating in the same emotional boat right now, but if that ever were to come to pass, I’ll wish I had said that.
Let me just say that every once in a blue moon, I approve of the AJ-C’s pot stirring.
Jorts would be an improvement. (Photo courtesy Frederick Gibson)
I beg you, please give me your captions in the comments.
Mark Weiszer has the first of what will no doubt be many articles illustrating how the Celebration really isn’t on the collective minds of Gator Nation, but what caught my eye was a quote from Urban Meyer that seems to equate the place where his team plays with, um, Earth.
The whole Earth.
But [Meyer] said on Sunday: “If someone says this was the focus of the offseason, then they’re from a different planet than Gainesville, Fla.”
Hokay, dude, consider me a blogger from another planet.