Daily Archives: November 12, 2012

Nooner: Georgia-Georgia Tech

Per the official Georgia Tech Twitter feed:

That’s six or seven hours less to prepare for the genius.  Hope Grantham’s up to the task.



Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

Name that caption: these aren’t the good ol’ days.

Look who did a little catching up before Saturday night’s game.

Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com

Somebody haz his serious face on.  Maybe they were talking about Garner.

Your pithy observations are welcomed in the comments.


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This week in OMG!

Look, I get that TAMU’s win over Alabama is a big deal.  It established the Aggies as a legit player in the conference.  It has significant implications for this year’s BCS title game.  But as tempting as it may seem to some pundits, it’s not the apocalypse.

Here’s Stewart Mandel, who’s never shied away from reading dramatic, wide-scale trends into single game wins before (how’s that whole “Boise State’s win in the Fiesta Bowl changes college football as we know it forevah!” thing working out, by the way?):

However, one school’s decision to change conferences has had a direct hand in one of the most exciting stories of 2012. In fact, it led straight to the most impactful upset of the season, a game that may one day go down as a milestone moment that not only alters a national championship race, but one that ushers in far-reaching changes…

… Oh, they’ve proven themselves. And in doing so, they may well precipitate a sea change in the SEC. As many as four conference schools (Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee and Auburn) may soon change coaches, and you just know they’ll be seeking their own versions of Sumlin. Defense will remain a bedrock for schools like Alabama, Florida and LSU, but before you know it, nearly half the schools in the league could be running their own version of the Air Raid.

Oy vey, Stewart.  You have to go all the way back to two seasons ago to find a team that won the SEC without playing elite defense.  Since then, I bet half the teams in the conference have been looking for the next Cam Newton, too.

Meanwhile, like the sun rising in the east, it’s Gang of Six time.

Somebody’s gotta be the next Urban Meyer.


UPDATE:  Year2 has more rational thoughts about what implications to take away from Alabama’s loss.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football

A fish rots from the head down.

Brian VanGorder’s defense may have given up four touchdowns and 310 yards on Georgia’s first four possessions, but that doesn’t mean he’s doing a bad job.  Just ask him.

“We’re not built. The defense is not built with size, strength and power right now,” VanGorder said. “That becomes obvious against teams like Georgia, the first game with Clemson. It shows up. Players know. We talk about it.”

Asked whether guys have lost some of their edge since week one, VanGorder acknowledged it’s a plausible theory.

“I think that’s kind of natural when you’re having the kind of season that we’re having,” VanGorder said. “But not to a degree where it’s concerning to me. Bottom line is you work hard and you hope some good things happen and you hope players make a play here or there. We’ve not been able to do that this year…”

Shocking, I know.

Not too surprisingly, Gene Chizik is puzzled by the comments from a man whose defense is actually underperforming Ted Roof’s.

“I don’t really know how I interpret that,” Chizik said. “I think that there’s some obviously some positions that we feel like we need to upgrade in terms of productivity, but other than that, I’m not really sure exactly what all that means. We can always be bigger, we can always be stronger.”

Willie Martinez is simply grateful nobody is pointing a finger at him these days.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands

Spurrier tunes up his offseason fan club speech.

The OBC waxes philosophical:

“They were a good team that just had a bad night, a terrible night, and we played probably our top game of the year,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday. “Sometimes it can go like that, but they regrouped, so give Coach Richt, his staff and players some credit. They’ve won them all since they left here.

“Their schedule was favorable, but that’s the way it is sometimes. They beat Florida, which was a huge game, and they’re the Eastern Division champs again. It’s very similar to last year. We’re 6-2 two years in a row without winning the division, and we beat the winner.”

Cheer up, Coach.  You’ve got Georgia in September again next season, so the player suspension jokes get a new lease on life.


Filed under The Evil Genius

Egg on their faces

A.J. McCarron uncharacteristically threw a couple of picks in the TAMU game, which means the top passer rating in the SEC now belongs to…

Aaron Murray, at 170.66.

That number is good enough for third in the country, by the way.

That probably comes as a bit of a surprise to the Dawg fan sitting in front of me Saturday night, who was absolutely, positively certain that the redshirt was coming off Hutson Mason when Murray had to sit out a play.


Filed under Georgia Football

Fabris Invitational results and standings, Week 11


Standings for Week 11
Rank Selection Adj
W-L Pts Tie
1 Ridley’s picks 8-2 8 14-35 (*)
1 jtalbert2’s picks 8-2 8 10-35
1 EdWarren’s picks 8-2 8 20-34
1 Dawgfan0000’s picks 8-2 8 24-20

Way to go, Ridley.

Overall standings show a modest lead, but nothing insurmountable yet.

Overall Standings Through Week 11
Rank Selection W-L Pts Tie
1 4boysbrew’s picks 70-40 70
2 DawgRocker hates the spread 67-43 67
3 etdawgfan’s picks 65-45 65
4 UGA-DAWG-in-TN’s picks 64-46 64
4 EdWarren’s picks 64-46 64
4 Moore Determined 64-46 64
4 Runlindsey’s picks 64-46 64
8 Ross Oglesby 63-47 63
8 JonBenet Rams’s picks 63-47 63
8 weasom’s picks 63-47 63
8 mcrice’s picks 63-47 63

Another killer 6-4 week for me, which leaves me at 27th overall.  I’m going to have to make a serious move soon.  Or cheat.


Filed under GTP Stuff

My SEC Power Poll ballot, Week 11

You may have missed it, but the word is out that the SEC’s run in the national title game is on the rocks.  Evidently, it’s kind of a big deal.  Ironically, it’s all the result of conference teams beating up on each other.

  1. Alabama.  I can’t wait to hear Saban’s response to this week’s presser question about no-huddle spread offenses.  Assuming somebody in the media has the stones to ask him, that is.
  2. LSU.  At this point, 2A to Georgia’s 2B.
  3. Georgia.  Baby, you’ve come a long way from the South Carolina game.
  4. Texas A&M.  It looks like they’ve put those silly “can these guys play with the SEC?” questions to rest.
  5. Florida.  To paraphrase the UL-L coach, anytime you see the seventh-ranked team in the country storm the field like they won the Super Bowl to beat a 5-4 Sun Belt team, you know they’ve got some issues.
  6. South Carolina.  Exorcised the Arkansas demon, so I guess this year’s commemorative ring designs itself.
  7. Vanderbilt.  Bowl eligible with a real shot at eight regular season wins, and they’ve done it without post-game antics from the head coach.
  8. Mississippi State.  That 7-0 start is a fading memory now.
  9. Mississippi.  A crushing last-minute loss sets the stage for what could be a very interesting Egg Bowl.
  10. Missouri.  The Tigers had a friend in the Tennessee defense.
  11. Arkansas.  As badly as things have gone for John L. Smith, they could have been worse:  Weber State is 1-9.
  12. Tennessee.   It’s not just that the Vols have to beat Vanderbilt and Kentucky merely to become bowl eligible.  It’s that there’s a legitimate question whether they can pull that off.
  13. Kentucky.  What the hell, the Cats could use a bye week bounce as much as anyone.
  14. Auburn.  It’s bad when your own fans are making jokes about hoping to get by Alabama A&M.


Filed under SEC Football