Friday lunch buffet

You know you want it…

  • Call it zone read, midline option, whatever.  All I know is that I dread watching Georgia defend running quarterbacks.
  • Speaking of which, blitzing Cam Newton hasn’t been the world’s greatest strategy:  “… all five of his interceptions this season have come when teams have dropped back at least seven defenders into coverage. And when teams have blitzed, Newton has been lethal. He’s completing 70.8 percent of his passes to go along with seven touchdown passes and no interceptions when teams come after him with extra defenders.”
  • Here’s another look at the 3-4 defense in college football.
  • Mark Richt explains his signing philosophy.
  • Chris Marve, less than two weeks off of arthroscopic knee surgery, plans on playing tomorrow.
  • And Vanderbilt Sports Line has a musical question for you (and some weird speculation).
  • Talk about closing the barn door waaay after the horse is gone…
  • UT fan loses a bet on the Georgia game.
  • Instead of suggesting that Georgia’s loss to Colorado might wind up being worse that Ole Miss’ loss to 1-AA Jacksonville State, perhaps Brian Harbach ought to consider Georgia Tech’s loss to Kansas as a benchmark for 2010 suckitude.


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19 responses to “Friday lunch buffet

  1. NM

    Enjoyed that UT fan’s video. Opponents’ trash talk is always easier to listen a) when it’s sung over soothing music, and b) after a 27-point win.

    Serious question: how many of y’all sing “Glory” with the “G-E-O-R-G-I-A” line? I’ve always used the “And to hell with [the other team]” version and assumed that was dominant, but I guess I don’t know.

    Also–why DO we have a Union Civil War song as our fight song? Auburn does too. Makes no sense to me.


  2. JaxDawg

    In honor the Dixie Redcoat Marching Band…….


  3. Castleberry

    I liked the bet video, but can someone post a comment on there that Georgia won in 2008. He rattled off a lyric about winning the previous 4. Not so fast…


  4. Russ

    The funniest thing about the KU article is that they don’t even seem to consider the win over Tech as any thing special. Just that they sucked against every other team.


    • Dan

      And though I hate to rain on the parade here, Colorado’s 26-0 loss to Missouri didn’t do us any favors. Granted, Missouri is ranked, but their schedule includes a 10-point neutral site victory over Illinois, and a 3-point home win over San Diego St. (I just checked; honestly I had no idea who the hell they had played, I just knew it wasn’t anyone good).

      However, I disagree with this whole thing on principle anyway. J.State may be a good FCS team, but losing on the road to a team in a BCS conference, like both UGA and Tech did, will always be less of a disappointment than losing to a designed cupcake.

      Also: Tech is still in line to get their asses handed to them by FSU in the ACC Championship, and we are still statistically (if not realistically) in the SEC East race, while Ole Miss’ chances for a bowl — given their strong division, all they have left to play for — were severely hindered by that loss.

      Maybe I’m looking too deep into this, but c’mon.

      Senator, I saw your post the other day on the original Harbach article, so I know I’m a bit late on this, but it’s Friday afternoon at 4, and I’m checked out of work and ready for some football. Go Dawgs!


  5. The Original Cynical in Athens

    Anyone who still thinks UGA does not have a dearth of talent need only read that article.

    We basically have the roster of Alabama, 2003, and we are not and have not been on probation.

    There is no excuse for not building depth in the program with SEC talent. It’s nice that Coach Richt likes to take care of people, but he is not running a charity.


    • In other words, you’re in the Saban-Nutt oversigning camp, right? Otherwise, you’ve got to get CMR a good crystal ball so he knows exactly how much attrition he faces each year and can offer accordingly.


      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Maybe the answer is to bring Jamie Newberg in as recruiting coordinator…his record as a predictor of performance must be awesome.


      • W Cobb Dawg

        I don’t know about a crystal ball, but CMR needs to utilize the limited number of schollys more effectively. 19 recruits signed, 17 actually made it to campus, and one was dismissed before ever playing a game. So we have a class of 16 and most of our opponents have 24.

        And to make matters worse, giving schollys to kids like Bogotay, who we apparently have no intention of playing, further wastes limited roster spots.


  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    I could be wrong because I don’t do numbers well, but I don’t believe we have had 85 kids on scholarship for the last 10 seasons or so.

    Clearly Richt and co. have to take a few chances on kids. And sometimes kids work out well, see David Pollack, for instance. And sometimes they don’t.

    In Tuscaloosa, they take chances too, but the chances are much, much smaller and if they don’t work out…well they wind up somewhere else (see Troy) very quickly.

    At the end of the day Mark Richt’s apparent refusal to view the kids he signs as fodder could be his undoing.

    I certainly hope this is not the case, but the moral high ground can be awfully lonely at times…especially if you start out a season badly.

    Considering his obvious concern with not making promises he can’t keep and so forth is his record at Georgia not even more surprising?

    Since, by almost any count, Georgia has done more with less since he has been here?


  7. Normaltown Mike

    Over signing? Piff.

    I’m just glad we sign long snappers and kickers early and often.

    I’m gonna call the Bulldog hotline and tell Richt about my step-nephew-in-law Mike Fraser. He’s a Tight End at Pope HS and is AMAZING on the “hands team” for onside kicks. I’m talking 10 of 10 he’s getting airborne and grabbing that ball (assuming the kicker puts the right bounce on the ball).

    He hasn’t played this year on account of needing to make some money so he quit the team and is workin’ at Ryan’s Steakhouse, but he’s a Dawg born and bred.

    I’m guessing he’ll get a scholly offer in no time flat.


  8. Russ The Temporary Mascot

    You might find this interesting:

    The top six oversigning teams in the SEC (Auburn, Miss State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Alabama) have a combined record of 26-7 this year.

    The other six have a combined 19-16 record.



  9. AmpedDawg

    The article on the 3-4 defense was pretty good and pointed out, I think rather well, that you can be successful with less than Alabama-esque talent. I hadn’t thought about the difficulty of trying to teach D linemen who are used to immediately penetrating that their job in the 3-4 is to occupy an extra lineman.


  10. mike

    Will Cam Newton run for 300 yards on us?