I assume that means Auburn feels good about its quarterback situation.
What’s to stop him from declaring for the NFL draft next spring?
Now there’s an explanation I can’t wait to hear.
The Achilles heel for the much-maligned Georgia Bulldogs’ defense last year was its secondary. With seven different starting configurations of four freshmen, one sophomore and two juniors, the Bulldogs’ lacked consistency and experience. Now that four of those starters from last year are either no longer on the team or have switched to offense, Georgia fans have every right to be worried about a repeat performance this year.
Lucky for them, Shattle Fenteng enrolls at Georgia on Wednesday.
Obviously, I hope Fenteng turns out to be a major contributor this season, but, honestly, how many JUCO players have stepped in at Georgia and had a serious impact from day one? Bueller? Bueller?
Playoff selection committee, be forewarned. Matt Hayes will be yelling bloody murder about the SEC’s non-conference scheduling when crunch time comes.
I’m not really sure why the hard-on, though, based on his own compiled stats.
Keeping score (three of five Power 5 conferences analyzed):
Games against Power 5 teams: Big Ten (30 percent); ACC (30 percent); SEC (20 percent)
Games against Group of 5 teams: SEC (55 percent); Big Ten (52 percent), ACC (45 percent)
Games against FCS teams: ACC (25 percent), SEC (25 percent); Big Ten (18 percent)
That’s not the only puzzler.
Georgia, which recently signed a home-and-home series with Notre Dame (2017 and 2019), is the only SEC team to play two games against Power 5 teams. That distinction brings a brutal September: Clemson, at South Carolina, Troy, Tennessee — the same Tennessee that should have beaten Georgia last season.
Tennessee is the key to Georgia’s brutal September? I guess if the Dawgs are down their top five skill position players, maybe so.
Hayes makes the best argument against his argument when he cites Auburn.
For those thinking Auburn is a national title contender, consider this: The Tigers haven’t won a road non-con game against a BCS/Power 5 team since 1997, when Terry Bowden’s Auburn team went into Charlottesville and beat Virginia 28-17. Auburn hasn’t won a non-con game against a team west of the Mississippi since a victory over TCU in 1980.
And during that time, Auburn was in the national title conversation in 2004 – and, of course, would have played for a MNC had there not been two other major schools undefeated – won a national title in 2010 and played for another last season. That non-conference scheduling has really had an impact, Matt.
Don’t attract too much attention to yourself, Boom. We need you on that line for years to come.
I know Hutson Mason shuts out the Intertubes as he prepares for this season, but, damn, if a guy can’t get motivated by being ranked the ninth-best quarterback in the conference in an on-line piece (hardly a unique preseason opinion), behind Jeff Driskel and a couple of programs that haven’t even named a starter yet…
I’m gonna wrap up my R&B run with a cut from a guy with a rather interesting story.
Eddie Hinton was one of the top session musicians working out of Muscle Shoals and Memphis. Per Wikipedia, as a session guitarist, Hinton played on hit records recorded by Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Paul Kelly, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R.B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, Evie Sands, Looking Glass, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding. (He played guitar on the Toots in Memphis cuts I posted yesterday.)
Hinton was also a singer/songwriter who managed to cut a handful of albums. His voice is remarkable. Some of you may remember from my Frankie Miller post a few years back that I have an affinity for white guys who can channel Otis Redding. Well, in that regard, Eddie Hinton makes Frankie Miller sound like Frankie Valli. Check out what I think is his best, “Hard Luck Guy”.
He passed away a couple of decades ago. If you can find his first album, Very Extremely Dangerous, give it a listen.