No, not the Finebaum listener having the heart attack. That’s just Alabama. It’s all the national writers who follow the show with regularity that stuns me.
Cecil Newton, the gift that keeps on giving:
dan (huntsville,al) [via mobile]
Why did miss state have such a weak recruiting class? Also, the big name decommits?
Chris Low(1:52 PM)
There are several theories. A lot of the Mississippi State people believe the Cam Newton stuff was used against them and that rival recruiters were pounding away on prospects and telling them that the Bulldogs might be facing some NCAA penalties of their own. Can you imagine that? Negative recruiting in the SEC?
Mike Slive has to be pleased.
I’ve received quite a few e-mails asking that I share this story on the blog. There really isn’t much to add, except that none of it’s surprising, given what we know about the kind of man Mark Richt is.
I can see this having big potential on the recruiting trail.
A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
Those plates would make for a terrific negative recruiting prop.
Strictly for yuks, I took a glance at this season’s conference scheduling (note: Auburn moved the Samford game to the week before the Iron Bowl after the link was posted) to see which schools might get an advantage/disadvantage over how the 2010 schedules laid out. Here’s my team-by-team, not-even-out-of-February best guesses about that:
The Sporting News’ Dave Curtis notes something that most of the top teams in college football had in common last season.
Almost all of college football’s championship teams in 2010 thrived on third down, according to a study of NCAA statistics from the season.
All five BCS bowl winners ranked among the nation’s top 13 teams in third-down differential. The differential statistic, not officially computed by the NCAA, takes a team’s third-down conversion rate on offense and subtracts its opponents’ third-down conversion rate…
… Of the 57 teams to finish with positive ratings, 51 reached bowl games, and nine went to BCS games…
As you may have guessed, Georgia wasn’t one of those 57 teams. Per the always invaluable cfbstats.com, the Dawgs finished last season with a conversion rate of minus-1.37.
The interesting thing about Georgia’s conversion rate comes in the breakdown of home/away games on the defensive side of the ball. At home, the defense held opponents’ third down conversions to 29.86%, which is outstanding. On the road, though, that ballooned to 51.58%. As the offense was much more consistent, the conversion rates broke down to +10.40 at home and minus-10.88 away.
Georgia was 5-1 in Sanford Stadium last year and 1-6 everywhere else.
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