Talk about your decided schematic advantage.

No wonder that Auburn offense kicks ass.

Not sure why the refs think Gus needs any more help, though.  That rabbit’s foot is formidable.

 

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43 responses to “Talk about your decided schematic advantage.

  1. godawg

    That’s why Gus plays fast. Snap the ball faster than the refs can count.

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  2. Bulldawg165

    Gee whiz. I hope they didn’t score on this play or get a pivotal first down or anything.

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  3. Speaking of refs – was that a face mask on Chubb the first play from scrimage or not? I say it was & wasn’t called. Like I thought he was brought down by the face mask and then no call…
    Maybe this week we’ll go a whole game without a referee conference on whether or not a fg was good. There’s always hope.

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  4. Isn’t that also a 5 men in the back field issue?

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    • Gravidy

      Technically, no. The rule is that you need seven men on the line of scrimmage – which they have.

      Yeah, you’d think the refs could see the five in the backfield pretty easily.

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  5. “That rabbit’s foot is formidable.” and firmly implanted in Gus’ ass.

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  6. James Stephenson

    The interesting part is, someone in that formation has to know he is in the wrong. Instead of sprinting off to the side alerting the officials he just kept his cool.

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  7. Macallanlover

    But the real advantage of this offense is the run/pass blocking and issue of linemen down field. Malzahn has taken it beyond the limit in many cases and gets away with it but I have heard it popping up in other conferences. This issue, combined with lack of offensive holding and intentional grounding, has all led to the huge shift in balance between offenses and defenses and the change in scoring.

    I find it remarkable that there isn’t a more lively debate about scoring proliferation ruining the game. I admit to not being a fan of the 13-9 games of the past every single week but it is tiresome to watch 51-48 games every week as well. Not only is there no rule changes being contemplated, there isn’t even a discussion about what to do.

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    • MurphDawg

      I’d just be happy about enforcement of the current rules. As you mention, calling holding seems to have strictly disappeared, I see it from both teams every week with no calls.

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    • Mayor

      +1000. Absolutely on the money, Mac. The SEC (and from what I’ve seen all the Power Five conferences) game officials basically do not call holding any more. They also let offensive linemen go downfield to block on passing plays with impunity (remember that supposed penalty “Ineligible Receiver Downfield?”). That puts the safeties and LBs in a no win situation. The QB runs to the edge, the linemen hold the D-linemen until everyone is in position, they then run downfield, the safeties and LBs come up to tackle (it’s a running play, right, since the linemen are downfield–that’s their read), then the QB throws the ball to an uncovered, wide open receiver for a TD. If the safeties and LBs stay back, the QB runs for a minimum 10 yard gain–every time. I have seen this very thing happen dozens of times this season. Auburn is the biggest abuser.

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      • rusdawg

        Don’t call holding?

        Tell that to Todd Gurley in the USCe game.

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        • Mayor

          Let me rephrase: “SEC game officials basically don’t call holding unless it is called against a Georgia offensive player and negates a long TD run.” Better? At least more accurate.

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      • sUGArdaddy

        There is a lot of chatter about the linemen down field. Pollack mentions it almost every Thursday night. I think you’ll see it as a point of emphasis soon. Essentially, on these run/pass plays the linemen are already 5 yards downfield and the QB chunks it. It’s near impossible to stop if not called regularly.

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        • Macallanlover

          Agree, I think Davis is on a mission to return balance. As a much decorated defensive college player it cannot be fun for him to watch the scales get our of balance. As the mayor said above, it destroys every read a defensive player has, that extra second of reactions time is enough to cost 50+ yards of damage. The rule is being challenged and it should be protected to maintain some much needed balance.

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  8. Will Trane

    Plus there are 5 players in the backfield…LOS is important. Illegal formation. But UT did that a couple of times against the Dawgs and was not counted. The Old Ball Coach was innovative a few years back in the “fun and gun”. Look at those formations and see how he bent his LOS back toward the backfield, pocket of the passer in the shotgun.
    SEC officials have really walked in it back the past few years. Most of those guys are not in shape to keep pace with the plays and tempo. Hell UF had 12 on the field one time via an official. Never should an official get in the running and passing lanes. Makes you wonder how much these guys look at schemes prior to a game and the teams involved in recent games.

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    • Cousin Eddie

      I would be happy if they looked at the game they were calling. Most of the time they act like they are lost. The only people more incompetent than the SEC Refs are the people in Congress, Oh yeah Go Vote for somebody Today.

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  9. Go Dawgs!

    I’m a glass half-full guy. At least the 12 Auburn players were all wearing different jersey numbers.

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  10. Merk

    So 2 games in a row that Auburn has lucked into having penalties not called against them

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    • jollyrogerjay

      Yeah, its not like Auburn had about 150 yards in penalties called against them in that game. Did you even watch it? Damn.

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  11. Merk

    You can go ahead and count the UGA auburn game as a loss. They will want 6-1 Auburn vs 6-1 Bama and 6-1 Miss St vs 5-2 Ole Miss for that last week to set up a hopeful. 12-1 West champ and a 11-1 West runner up for the playoff spots.

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    • Mayor

      I hate to say it but that’s exactly what will be engineered. That means the Dawgs have to lose to Auburn. The East Champ will not have a snowball’s chance in Hell in the SECCG. The refs won’t let ’em win no matter what the team does. $$$$$. 2 teams, both from the West, in the 4 team playoff. Slive will be doing everything he can to make that happen.

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  12. Debby Balcer

    The refs this year have been a disgrace. There were two players where we were on defense that a ref kept getting in the way of our defender so he could not do his job. Of course since coaches can not talk about the refs we don’t know if that was addressed.

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    • Debby Balcer

      Two plays not players.

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      • sUGArdaddy

        That’s called smart football. The refs are part of the field. Always has been that way.

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        • BosnianDawg

          You’re absolutely right about the refs being part of the field. I just think the players should remember that as well and simply run through them. I’m sure the refs would think twice about staying in the way after they get the snot knocked out of them a few times by a linebacker.

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          • Macallanlover

            Spot on, it is why the NFL relocated that very official. Not to injure anyone but to let them know they cannot be statues they should be roughed up a little. Hell, push them in the way of the runner, let the defense use them to their advantage too.

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