Wednesday morning buffet

Another day of tasty bits…

  • Aaron Murray makes his 50th consecutive career start this Saturday.  As impressive as that is, it’s even more impressive when you realize that he’s the only quarterback in the SEC East to have started every game this season.
  • Gary Danielson explains the secret to beating Alabama.
  • Really bad call by the officials in last night’s Ohio-Buffalo game.  Even worse, it wasn’t reviewable.
  • Chris Brown does his usual great job with this piece about Baylor’s offense.  I love this quote from West Virginia’s defensive coordinator describing the loss to Baylor: “unlike anything I’ve ever been associated with in my entire life. It was just catastrophic in a lot of ways to our psyche.”
  • For the head coach of an 8-1 team, Gus Malzahn doesn’t seem to be having a fun week.
  • Dan Mullen’s understatement about defending Texas A&M:  “You say we’ll put two guys on Manziel and two guys on Evans, but then there are seven on the other nine and we’re two short. That could be a problem.”  Yeah, that could.
  • Boyd, as well as prosecutors, said that he incorrectly identified the person who helped move the woman, raising eyebrows since Boyd and Carta-Samuels had been Vanderbilt teammates for three seasons by that point, making the chance that he, as a receiver, might misidentify his own quarterback seem curious to some.”  Then again, maybe that explains why Vanderbilt’s offense struggles at times.
  • Shawn Williams is on the sidelines at the Georgia-Florida game and Corey Moore plays his best game of the season.  Coincidence?


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51 responses to “Wednesday morning buffet

  1. The only secret way to beat BAMA is to coach and play better than them.

  2. RE: Issue about Boyd and Carta Samuels—– I heard that before, LOL.

  3. Smitty

    The call in the Ohio vs Buff game was even worse considering the ref that threw the flag had the best view of the QB throwing the ball from the 4 yard line and not the endzone.

    • Heathbar09

      Adding insult to injury, it looks like he was way outside the tackle box. The ball was spotted on the left hash and he let go of the ball on the right hash. Unless I’m missing the something, that call appears to be even worse than we originally thought.

      • AusDawg85

        Since when is a scoring play not reviewable?

        • adam

          Since refs are infallible and penalties are not reviewable.

          There is 0 accountability in college officiating.

          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            Damn! How did Penn Wagers end up reffing a MAC game?

            • Mayor of Dawgtown

              All BS aside, the referee of that MAC game (he’s the one who threw the flag) should be banned from ever officiating a college football game again anywhere in the United States–for life! When will we start holding the officials accountable?

  4. Malzham truly may have not asked any player to fake injuries in his life, but any body in any coaching staff can. LOL

  5. I’m not sure what to think of the Pat Dye “coward” comments, but I sure did like Frazier’s father’s comment. Classy.

  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    Thought the whole Carta-Samuels thing had been put to rest…the DA must have absolutely no proof.

    I thought Aaron’s nasty talking was cool as hell…course it would have been difficult if he had gotten thrown out of the game….when’s the last time a QB got tossed? Ever?

    There is no secret to beating Bama, you just gotta be better…course that’s the essence of the problem.

  7. Ben

    That Danielson piece is interesting. I can think of another team that matched up well with them in those respects before that game up by the Tennessee River. It’s a shame, too. I know some Bama folks down here who don’t want to play Georgia again. They’re also close to the program, so maybe that’s saying something.

    There was another piece released sometime after last year’s SECCG that said the best way to beat Alabama is to keep it close and make Saban have to make decisions at the end of the game. He’s an excellent game planner and an excellent coach, but when things get crazy, he loses control (see Auburn 2010). That’s what happened last year in the SECCG, and it’s why I still don’t think we should have spiked the ball. That would have stopped the clock, and Saban would have had time to regroup his team and his thoughts.

    Chaos is how you beat a man who loves control, and Les Miles is the super agent of that chaos.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Agree,and I thought it wise to keep Saban from regrouping and use chaos to climb out of those last secs with a victory. “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder…”

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        AHD, Ben, all of you who think and say this: Look, UGA did what you said and LOST the freakin’ game! Can’t you bring yourselves to admit that maybe, just maybe, spiking the ball would have been another option that might have worked? Maybe even a better option, like the entire world said after the game? I don’t want to open up old wounds but, hell, we did the non-spike thing and It didn’t work yet you act like it did. Are you guys just in denial? I quit bitching about the non-spike because it does no good to cry over spilt milk and I recognize that just going to the line and running a play was/is a choice within the mainstream of choices, but it still was the WRONG choice under those circumstances (i.e. 30 seconds left and no timeouts). How do you expect our coaching staff to learn from their mistakes if you keep telling them that their mistakes were not mistakes? And I’m not even going to go into the squandering of the timeouts in that game that put UGA in that situation at the end of the game, which is a completely different subject for an entire thread.

    • Bryant Denny

      Prior to the season, I didn’t want to face Georgia again. There were too many weapons on offense and I figured the defense had to be a little better. Murray, Gurshall and the stable of wideouts tend to create mismatch problems. Plus, there’s always the payback angle.

      As far as the “he loses control” point of view, I dunno. The rest of the 2012 SECCG was kinda crazy and the team held together and pulled it out late. The 2010 AU game wasn’t so much about losing control as it was about 1) a once-in-a-lifetime type fumble by Ingram 2) a drop by Richardson and 3) injuries to McElroy and Julio and our only lineman that could block Fairley.

      I like Les Miles, but if he’s an agent of chaos, he’s a double-agent. He’s got a few more clock management blunders than Saban does.

      Have a good day,


      • Scorpio Jones, III

        “I like Les Miles, but if he’s an agent of chaos, he’s a double-agent.”

        Well said, BD, as per usual.

        I am of the opinion, having watched Bama a good bit (polishing my envy, don’t ya know?) that this is could be the best team Saban has had at Bama.

        Does not have the star power, possibly, although I think McCarron is sublime, but overall as near perfection as Nick is likely to get. And this team was not as good early as it is now.

        I spec we’ll find out Saturday night.

        • Bryant Denny

          I like this team, but the defense has me worried. Corners are weak and defensive line doesn’t really have a dominant player.

          We’ll see, I guess…

          • Scorpio Jones, III

            Yeah, BD…I have seen the corners working….if the Mettsiah has a game for the ages you could be in trouble…assuming he can get the ball out of his hands before the men arrive.

            • adam

              Bama does not have a great pass rush. They are tied with Ole Miss for 12th in the conference in sacks.

            • You guys need to be more concerned about the fact that the game is in Baton Rouge. Scorp, you more than anyone know about those karmic bitches, and voo doo hoo doo that goes on down there. I am telling you….Those Coon ASSES can be wicked evil at night. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil kinda Evil. Be well BD and very very careful.

        • AthensHomerDawg

          Alabama won’t be on top forever. Sooner or later everyone will drop their amateur mantle and embrace semi-pro ball. 😉

          “Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”

          • Scorpio Jones, III

            “Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”

            I don’t know AHD…them Bammers have sure been happy for a while, like, except for a few years of underperformance, a long, long time.

            I, and proly you too, on the other hand, (deep sigh) have been really happy, what? three years 33 years ago?

            The don’t have to be on top forever to get me.

            • Not making excuses but don’t you think it’s easier to win with the Alabama institutional fortitude than ours? Bama plays with our code book… or Spurrier… or the mad hatter? Really? We own them.
              just sayin’
              “all I want is a fair advantage.”😉

              • Ya know Hank Aaron never used performance enhancing drugs to do with what he had to get what he did done. Alabama is kinda on steroids. I know it’s awkward analogy. But I know you know what I’m trying to say. I don’t give them any envy for having a different playing field.

        • Will (the other one)

          I envy their schedule far more than than their play this season. One top 10 team (who has a D even worse than our own) and UT at home instead of at the cursed Knoxville “field”.
          That said our D, in game 2, at TAMU would have been ugly. That game would have looked like Baylor-WVA last year I think.

      • jollyrogerjay

        The second half of that game had more to do with Alabama not being able to steal the plays being signaled in from the sideline, like they did in the first half, and the fact AU had two starters on defense return for the second half after missing the first.

      • Macallanlover

        BD you are right, at the beginning of the season UGA was the best chance for anyone in the SEC to beat this Bama team because we were blessed with an offense with too many weapons/talent for anyone to shut down and that is dangerous for anyone to face. Sadly, that team doesn’t exist in Athens any longer and we are not a worthy contender should you make it to Atlanta. I do think we could be scary again in 2014 but it is too far out in time before I can be sure of that, we will see.

        I think LSU has a chance Saturday but with the game in Tusky it isn’t any better than a 30% chance. They don’t have as many weapons as UGA but the ones they have are pretty decent if Mett has enough time. Good luck, I always love watching this great SEC matchup.

  8. D.N. Nation

    Enough with this “hurr durr we couldn’t-a reviewed it, mistah!” bullsh*t with horrifically wrong/vaguely mob-influenced calls from dope refs. There should be an NCAA official at every single game with a phone who can immediately stop play if something like the Buffalo/Ohio call occurs, march down to the field, and demand that the call be reversed. Period.

    “No. Defensive stomping is NOT a thing. Put the ball five yards back again, you idiot.”

    This isn’t hard.

  9. AthensHomerDawg

    I wondered after viewing the pic of Murray getting sacked. Why is a hit above the neck to the back of the head with the face mask not as dangerous as the same hit from the front?

    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Thought the same, no explanation for it, except the stupid calls against us have got the officials second guessing they own selves.

      BTW, according Nick Saban, you can train yourself not to lead with your head.

  10. Watchman

    The refs from the Ohio-Buffalo game will no doubt be working in the SEC next year. That’s the kind of skill and knowledge of the rules that Steve Shaw is drooling over.

  11. Bulldog Joe

    UF loses another lineman for the season…on a scooter.

    Hire a UGA coach, get UGA’s luck.

    • Georgia Illuminatti

      Shhh! Secret agent Muschamp actually deflated the front tire of that scooter! Don’t bring any attention to him about this!

  12. AusDawg85

    “Then again, maybe that explains why Vanderbilt’s offense struggles at times.”

    Touche’! So, does the prosecutor use that line in closing arguments, or does the defense use it in opening arguments?

  13. JT

    “Shawn Williams is on the sidelines at the Georgia-Florida game”

    Coincidence in the defense’s backfield play?

    I think not!

  14. IveyLeaguer

    It certainly was a great piece on the Baylor offense. A very impressive system, indeed.

  15. Mayor of Dawgtown

    We can all only hope that Corey Moore is another Shawn williams.