Daily Archives: November 21, 2010

About last night

For two games that had identical results, it was fascinating to see how differently in one aspect the Arkansas games against Georgia and Mississippi played out.  Not on defense – the blitzing Bulldogs gave up the same number of points and slightly more yardage than did their “we’ve never seen a wheel route we could cover” counterparts in Athens despite racking up an even bigger advantage in time of possession, something Blackledge hammered on last night.

Nah, it was on the other side of the ball where I found the contrast between Mullen and Bobo worth comparing.  Mullen’s plus is his ruthlessness with his playbook.  You get the feeling there are few wasted plays.  Relf threw as much last night as Murray did, but Mullen did much of his pass play calling on first down to keep Arkansas’ defense honest playing the run (it worked, too, as MSU wound up with two 100-yard rushers on the night).  He stayed with the counter (again, as Blackledge reminded us repeatedly) because it worked in getting his offense the key yardage he needed to keep his team moving the sticks.  In the end, it was about control.

Bobo, however, attacked the Arkansas defense with success.  All three Georgia drives that lead to touchdowns involved at least one pass completion of more than 35 yards.  But when he didn’t get results being aggressive with the deep pass, the offense tended to stall.

I can’t say it’s all about talent driving the two approaches.  Bobo, remember, coached his game without his best player and didn’t get the line play that Mullen did.

I’m also not saying one approach was necessarily superior to the other.  After all, both wound up in the same place when the dust settled.  (And both tossed in a random Wildcat play call.)  But the different journeys to get there make for an interesting comparison.



Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

They should know something about wasting time.

Three members of the House vote against a resolution honoring Joe Paterno’s 400th win… on principle?


Filed under Political Wankery

Clarity that comes from an asskicking

After this week’s whipping at the hands of Boise State, Pat Hill has seen enough to proclaim

“This Boise State team is the real deal. … I hope they can make it to the big dance because they deserve it in my mind,” Hill said. “I feel I can say that. We’ve played against some pretty darn good football teams in my time. Never have we been manhandled like that.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s reminiscent of something Utah’s Kyle Whittingham said after his team was destroyed by TCU a couple of weeks ago.

“This TCU team is easily, hands down, the best team we’ve played since I’ve been here. That includes Alabama.”

Maybe it’s just a case of sticking together.  Maybe it’s simply that Boise and TCU do a better job of focusing on key mid-major opponents than the big boys do.  Or maybe they really are that good.  It would be interesting to see one of them crack the top two and make the title game against Oregon or Auburn, that’s for sure.


Filed under It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major