Daily Archives: April 10, 2010

So it’s G-Day.

Sorry, but it’s hard to have any profound thoughts about today’s scrimmage when the head coach sets the day up like this:

“I know the fans are probably waiting for a lot of this, that and the other,” Richt said. “We may do this and that and not the other. We’ll do some things, but we definitely won’t show too much…”

Not that I blame him.

Rather than getting into any breakdown (Hale’s as good a place for that as you need, anyway), let me say that I’ll settle for good weather, nobody getting hurt and general signs of competency breaking out on the defense and at quarterback.  The rest will be gravy.



Filed under Georgia Football

The Montana Unified Theory of College Football

Something nagged at me when I wrote my Mandel post yesterday and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what it was.  This morning it dawned on me, and I’m kicking myself for not having posted this a long time ago.

Go back and take a look at his infamous “Montana” post and check out his list of college football’s royalty.


Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee*, Texas and USC.

* Tennessee is the lone school in the group that caused any hesitation. The Vols would have been a no-brainer 10 years ago, but they have fallen off the map a bit lately. In the end, I figured those 100 fans in Montana still know “Rocky Top,” the checkered end zones and that Peyton Manning went there.

Now take a look at where those schools appear on Stassen’s Cumulative Overrated/Underrated Teams from 1989 to the present.  That’s some correlation, no?  There’s exactly one of Mandel’s Kings that finishes in the black over that time period – Alabama – and rest of the teams on his list are among the most overrated programs in college football during that twenty year period.

In essence, isn’t this at the heart of what we find most frustrating about the game today?  Because this thinking is hardly limited to Stewart Mandel – Stassen uses the AP Poll to track over and under rating, keep in mind – and it obviously impacts what goes into the BCS rankings as each season plays out.

And before some of you say it, a playoff doesn’t fix this.  Or at least a playoff that relies upon subjective rankings to determine the class of postseason participants doesn’t.

So how do you address it?  An “objective” playoff – one comprised solely of conference champs, for example – works, obviously, but isn’t a realistic option at this moment.  How much would eliminating preseason polls help?  Or should we eliminate the human element totally?  Give me your thoughts in the comments about how you’d show the door to Mandel’s buddies.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

A few nuts and bolts links

If you’re bored, if you’re interested, if you’re tired of playoff talk, if you’re tired of Tebow-and-the-draft speculation, if you’re… well, you get the idea – if you just want to expand your knowledge of the wonky side of the game, I thought I’d list a few sites that you can visit.  Some you’re probably aware of, if for no other reason than that I’ve linked to them previously, but there are a couple of new ones I’ve come across that you might also want to peruse.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here you go:

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Filed under Strategery And Mechanics