Bobby Petrino didn’t think much of Les Miles’ decision to kick a field goal to go up 41-17.
Last week, Miles got grief for taking a knee with five minutes to go in the Ole Miss game. Now it’s for running up the score. Life in the SEC…
It’s almost here – the game on Georgia’s schedule that I hate most to lose. (On the flip side, there are few things in life more enjoyable than walking through the crowd outside Bobby Dodd Stadium after a Georgia win.)
Here come the statistical bullet points.
So after swirling that around, where does that leave us? Well, for one thing, I think it’s kind of silly to talk about matchups between Georgia’s defense and Tech’s offense, because the triple option is at its heart an anti-matchup scheme. I think what Grantham wants to do is take away the dive play and limit the big plays from Tech. That to me suggests clamping down on Hill and the option pitch to the A-backs. That’ll mean Washington will get some yards on the ground, but better him than Roddy Jones or Orwin Smith. (Plus, don’t forget the second axiom of defending the triple option: make the quarterback pay.)
On the other side of the ball, outside of T.J. Barnes, Tech’s front seven personnel is smallish. The Jackets have averaged giving up 220 yards rushing in each of their three losses. The Dawgs have a size advantage with their offensive line and I expect Bobo to try to repeat the power running game formula that Virginia and Virginia Tech used with success. I expect Groh to counter with tactics like Kentucky’s (63rd in total defense) decision to put eight in the box and run blitz to jam the rushing lanes which held Georgia to one of its lowest offensive yardage totals of the season. Will that work tomorrow? I’m not sure. For one thing, Tech doesn’t have a linebacker in the same class as Danny Trevathan. For another, Kentucky wore down in the second half and Brandon Harton still wound up rushing for more than 100 yards. If Bobo stays tough with his playcalling, he’s got plenty of mismatches to exploit, starting with his tight ends.
As I posted the other day, I like Georgia’s chances if the Dawgs win the double positive. And, riding a 9-1 wave against Tech, they shouldn’t feel tight approaching this game. Here’s to hoping for another enjoyable crowd outside BDS tomorrow afternoon.
It might be time to start taking those “a source close to Paterno” tales of woe with a grain of salt.
If Arkansas pulls off the upset today and it along with ‘Bama and LSU finish with one loss apiece – all to each other – the decision as to which of the three moves on to the SECCG involves a complicated shuffle involving the BCS standings. Part of the math for those, of course, involves the Coaches Poll rankings. No worries, mon. Bias or blatant self-interest never come into play here, right?
Guess which SEC West coach doesn’t have a vote in the Coaches Poll this season.
… except I’m afraid we’d all get alcohol poisoning just from all the tree and Cam Newton/comeback references we’re bound to hear.
On the other hand, this pretty much has me gobsmacked.
Four defensive coordinators have held Alabama to fewer than 100 rushing yards since 2008, when Alabama returned to national prominence: Utah’s Gary Andersen, South Carolina’s Ellis Johnson, LSU’s John Chavis and Roof. Only Roof has done it twice. [Emphasis added.]
Neither Mark Ingram nor Trent Richardson has a run of ten yards or more against Auburn in the last two seasons. As Verne says, “my goodness”.