Daily Archives: October 5, 2014

Fun with numbers: Georgia after five games

Seth Emerson thoughtfully saved me the trouble of pouring through cfbstats.com.  As you might expect, statistically, Georgia is something of a mixed bag.  But there are some numbers that should be grounds for some degree of optimism.

  • “On the strength of Gurley’s running, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation in scoring offense, at 45 points per game.”  That’s good for second in the conference and less than three points behind Texas A&M.
  • “While Hutson Mason’s passing yardage is anemic (he has yet to hit the 200-yard mark), he is 45th nationally, and sixth in the SEC, in pass efficiency rating.”  Some of that is a function of Mason not throwing too many interceptions.
  • “Georgia has committed the least turnovers in the SEC, with four. Well, that’s tied for the least in the SEC, with Missouri. Something to keep in mind for this weekend.”  See above, plus the running backs have been pretty sure handed.
  • “Here’s a surprisingly strong stat for Georgia’s defense: It ranks 12th in the nation (tied with Clemson) in third-down defense, stopping opponents 29.3 percent of the time.”  That’s a big change from last season.

And, in the first note about this week’s game, here are the key stats for Missouri:

Missouri’s vital numbers: 76th in total offense, at 400 yards per game; 76th in passing offense (222 ypg); 57th in rushing offense (179 ypg); 57th in run defense (144.6 ypg); 66th in pass defense (236.4 ypg).



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What does Mark Richt have against defensive backs?

How many defensive backs does Georgia need, anyway?



This was the kid that Pruitt flipped from Louisville, so maybe he’s not headed west.


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Denial is the first stage of grief.

Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

“I’ll say we did a decent job, but Gurley had way too many yards after contact,” Mason said. “We had guys wrapping him up, and I think we just need to continue to understand that we have got to bring our feet through contact. … We laid on running backs way too much. The long runs were stopped by the structure of the defense. We need to do a better job within the structure to get guys on the ground.”

Unlike Gurley’s hurdling run against Tennessee the week before, when he rushed for a career-high 208 yards, he lacked a big highlight against Vanderbilt — that is, except for the 50-yard pass, which was the longest by any player for Georgia this season.

Linebacker Nigel Bowden said Vanderbilt “did a good job of slowing him down” except for the pass.


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“We got into a bad play, and it resulted in a touchdown. That’s on us. … It’s all of our fault.”

As I mentioned the throw back screen Vandy ran that led to a pick six by Bowman was a terrible call… except it wasn’t called.

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said quarterback Stephen Rivers, who replaced starter Wade Freebeck, read a play-call upside-down on his wristband on a key fourth-and-2 play in the third quarter. A “60” call signaled to Rivers was interpreted as “90,” and it resulted in a 53-yard interception return by Georgia’s Devin Bowman to end Vanderbilt’s comeback hopes and seal the outcome.

“(Rivers) looked at the wristband wrong (because) 60 was the play call, but 90 is what he called. He sort of flipped it, got it confused,” Mason said. “In the end, it just wound up being a bad play.”

Oopsie!  Except that’s not the whole story.

Mason, a defensive-minded coach, said he realized the offense was lined up for the wrong play at the snap. He said offensive coaches, which would include offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, should have recognized it earlier.

And even that’s not the whole story.

Scheu said the play-call made no sense, but players did not object.

“We thought the play-call was funky once we heard it in the huddle,” Scheu said. “Guys were kind of looking around thinking that probably wasn’t the best call, but no one stood up and said anything about it unfortunately. It was obviously the wrong play-call against the defense they were running.”

That’s your epic team fail, right there.


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My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 6

[NOTE:  This week’s ballot is purely an exercise to make sure we’re all on the same page.  No Mumme Poll results will be published.  Don’t forget to go to the site and register.]

Picked a helluva week to start casting top eight ballots.  Still, it could be worse.  I could be trying to cobble together a top 25 ranking.

Here’s my cream of the crop:

  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Baylor
  • Mississippi
  • Mississippi State
  • Oklahoma
  • TCU
  • UCLA

Others considered:  FSU, Notre Dame, Texas A&M



  • Before anybody jumps my case about leaving FSU or Notre Dame out of my top eight, it’s still early.  Besides, one of ’em will cut the other from consideration in a couple of weeks.
  • I may be saying the same thing about the SEC West soon, too.


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Observations from the armchair, Homecoming edition

Two general points to start with:

Georgia flipped the script.  Instead of coming out slowly, especially on defense, and warming up as the game went on, the Dawgs came out and dominated on both sides of the ball to build a 21-point lead before the end of the first quarter.  From there, it seemed like everyone kind of farted around.  Except Todd Gurley, of course.  Vanderbilt is such a bad team, it didn’t matter, but it would be nice to see Georgia maintain its focus throughout a game as it moves to the meat of its conference schedule.

On the other side of the ball, Derek Mason may want to think about dialing back the bravado.  The Commodores, among their faults, are a poorly coached football team.  How poor?  I found myself nodding in agreement with Andre Ware’s criticism at points.  That’s how poor.  The quarterback substitution patterns were mystifying.  And the throw back screen on fourth-and-two that Bowman managed to turn into what will be the easiest pick-six of his life was one of the dumbest calls I’ve seen this season.

Combine the two, and that’s probably how you wind up feeling slightly dissatisfied about a 27-point win.  And now, some bullet points:

  • Maybe instead of substituting quarterbacks for a series, the coaches ought to consider doing it for each half.  For the second straight week, Mason played a solid first half (10-13, 122 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT), only to completely fall apart in the second half (1-4, 8 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT).  I don’t get it.  Aside from one serious mistake that Vanderbilt fortunately didn’t capitalize on, Mason did a lot of things right in the first two quarters. His two touchdown passes to Conley, in particular, were answers to much of the criticism he took the last week.  That second throw may have been his best of the season.  And then it looked like a totally different person was wearing his jersey after halftime.
  • At this point, it looks like the coaches are sold on getting Ramsey some quality playing time.  Based on what I saw, it’s a good move.  We all knew Ramsey had a live arm, and he showed that again.  What impressed me yesterday was how well he sold play action.  He also did a good job setting up a screen pass.  He’s still a little too amped up and he needs more experience reading defenses, but that’s what playing time is for.  I just hope the coaches pick his spots well.
  • The offensive line did what it’s done all season, played well in spots and not so well in others.  Pass protection was by and large decent, but run blocking was nothing special throughout the middle of the game.
  • I’m at a point now where when I have to say something about Gurley’s performance, I start giggling.  160+ yards and a couple of touchdowns seems almost ho-hum.  He hurdled another defender who tried to go low to chop him down.  Then there was this.  About all that’s left for him to do this season is play safety and return an interception for a touchdown.
  • That being said, was it really necessary for him to carry the ball 25 times against Vanderbilt?  And no carries for Brendan Douglas?
  • Nice to see Malcolm Mitchell’s return.  What’s the story with Scott-Wesley?
  • It looks like somebody got the memo about throwing the ball to Blazevich this week.
  • The defense continues to live and die with the pass rush.  It was dominant in the first quarter when they were pressuring the quarterback.  But the pressure disappeared when Rivers came in and that led to a scoring drive.  Still, overall, they did a good job defending Vanderbilt’s passing attack.  Remember, the last bit of damage, a 75-yard touchdown drive, came late in the fourth quarter after Pruitt began liberally substituting.
  • Another week of not-so-special special teams.  Morgan missed an extra point with what looked like a low trajectory kick.  McKenzie made a high school mistake with one punt return.  Punting was mediocre at best and contributed to Georgia not dominating field position again.  The one shining spot was kickoff coverage, which was truly excellent against a dangerous Darrius Sims.
  • If the holding penalty called on Kublanow was a baseline, then Vanderbilt’s offensive line got away with murder.  I saw several occasions when Drew and Jenkins were being held by offensive linemen.  Other than that, Wagers and his crew really didn’t leave much of a mark on the game.

I know it’s easy to get frustrated with this year’s edition of Georgia football.  What’s both tantalizing and disappointing is that it seems like almost every week there’s a stretch of sustained dominance – the fourth quarter against Clemson, most of the second quarter against Tennessee and yesterday’s first quarter – that isn’t maintained for an entire sixty minutes.  The Georgia team in that spot looks like it can play with anybody; the rest of the time, you can’t help but wonder how it manages to get out of its own way.  Still, Georgia sits 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference, with a chance to take control of its fate in the division this week.  A little more dominance wouldn’t hurt about now.


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