Daily Archives: September 16, 2015

“I said, well, maybe we’ll sell a Mark Emmert T-shirt for $25 and he won’t see a cent off it.”

This is all kinds of awesome.  (h/t AmericusDawg)

Then there’s the shirt with a cartoon drawing of Emmert. On the shirt, a smiling Emmert – his hair just so – is standing in front of large stacks of cash, his hands extended as if to say, “Show me the money.” There’s a logo that looks like the NCAA logo, except it says, in the NCAA font, “Likeness.”

“I don’t know Mark Emmert on a personal basis,” Pressley said, “but I know him from afar and one thing that’s clear is that this guy is a huge proponent of making money off people’s likeness. So I was like, what can I do to pay this guy a tribute?

“Maybe I’ll make a T-shirt of him and make money off his likeness.”

The shirts Pressley and his site are selling go for $25. It costs $12.50 to make the shirts, he said, so each shirt nets $12.50 in profit. Profits from the Emmert shirt, Pressley said, “are going to myself.”

“Because I don’t want to disrespect” Emmert, he said. “I thought that’s what he would do.”

‘Murica, bitchez.  Even if Stacey Osburn has no comment.

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This one’s got Lexicon potential.

Gawd, this is good.

When you call out the defending national champion and No. 1 team in the country for a weak schedule, then turn around and lose to a three-touchdown underdog from the MAC three days later, yeah, people are going to notice. And unfortunately for Bret Bielema, that means people outside the world of college football too.

People like, say, Rex Ryan. Via 247Sports, the Buffalo Bills coach was asked Wednesday about the challenge of facing the Super Bowl champion Patriots twice a season (thanks to both playing in the AFC East) and had this to say:

“Do I wish the Patriots were in a different division? I mean yeah, probably. Could play somebody else. Not gonna mention any names. I’m not gonna pull [an] Arkansas coach.”

“Pulling a Bert” has a nice ring to it, no?

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Your concern is duly noted.

Somebody’s got Georgia on his mind.

Maybe that’s his explanation for his recent success – Richt’s too distracted with all those rivals.

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The second annual GTP tailgate is a thing.

The spirit of Hoppypalooza lives on, my friends.  We’re gonna take another shot at a GTP tailgate before Saturday night’s South Carolina game.

It’ll be in the same location as last year – the lot at the intersection of Baldwin and S. Thomas Streets, towards the end closest to the stadium.  Same tent and shitty signage to mark the spot, so look around.  (Being somewhat sober might help.)

Festivities begin at 11:30 and we’ll stick around until about 5:00.  Besides the tent, there will be music and limited seating provided.  You’re on your own for everything else.

If you’re in the neighborhood Saturday, please drop by to swap insults, or raise a beer in toast to Hoppy.  I’d love to see you then.  Don’t miss it!

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Hey, they’ve got tendencies, too.

From Jake Rowe’s South Carolina preview:

South Carolina’s Offense

Tendencies

1st Down: The Gamecocks are run-heavy on first down but not as much as they have been in the past under Spurrier. They have run it 63 percent of the time in that situation this season.

2nd Down: Looking at the overall second down tendency for South Carolina, it likes to run the ball more on second down than first down. The Gamecocks have gone to the ground 64 percent of the time when looking at all second down plays. Most of those runs have come in second and short and second and medium situations.

3rd Down: South Carolina has run it 75 percent of the time on third and short but it has been pretty balanced on third and medium. In situations of third down and seven yards or more, the Gamecocks have put it in the air 80 percent of the time.

South Carolina’s Defense

Tendencies

1st Down: The Gamecocks don’t waste much time trying to make something happen defensively. Expect a slant or stunt from the defensive line on this down. Especially when you consider how run-heavy UGA is on first down.

2nd Down: Whether it’s short yardage or a passing situation, South Carolina likes to come with an edge pressure of some sort on second down. It allows the Gamecocks to stunt up front and creatively fit in run lanes with the goal of creating negative plays.

3rd Down: South Carolina has shown the ability to go ultra conservative on third down or very aggressive. In medium yardage situations expect the Gamecocks to be a little more conservative. They’ll be more aggressive in third and long with overload pressures and delayed blitzes from the inside.

Sounds like there’s gonna be a passel of running Saturday night. This may turn out to be your daddy’s Georgia-South Carolina game.

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Loosen up a little, fellas. It won’t kill you.

Going back to Seth Emerson’s second glance piece about the Vanderbilt game, here’s something he tallied from Schottenheimer’s play calls:

Georgia ran the ball 26 times on first down at Vanderbilt, versus just five passes on first down. In Week 1, it was 22 runs on first down and four passes.

Damn.  Based on that, you’d think he had an allergy to throwing the ball on first down.

Now, again, I get why that happened.  But Tyler points out something interesting in this post that makes me question whether being that lopsided running the ball on first down makes as much sense this week.

So, that brings us to South Carolina. Poking around CFBStats.com, something about South Carolina’s pass defense really stood out:

Situation G Att Comp Pct. Yards TD Int Rating Long 1st 15+ 25+
1st Down 2 25 18 72.0 216 0 0 144.58 43 7 7 3
2nd Down 2 16 11 68.8 115 0 1 116.63 20 6 3 0
3rd Down 2 17 10 58.8 74 1 2 91.27 21 4 1 0
3rd Down, 1-3 To Go 2 2 1 50.0 21 1 0 303.20 21 1 1 0
3rd Down, 4-6 To Go 1 5 2 40.0 17 0 1 28.56 10 2 0 0
3rd Down, 7-9 To Go 1 5 3 60.0 15 0 1 45.20 6 0 0 0
3rd Down, 10+ To Go 2 5 4 80.0 21 0 0 115.28 14 1 0 0
4th Down 2 2 1 50.0 19 0 1 29.80 19 1 1 0

Teams are doing quite well throwing against them on first down. Now, first down is when the whole play book is open, but when you compare their rushing defense, it becomes apparent that first down ain’t their thing.

Situation G Att Yards Avg. TD Long 1st 10+ 20+
1st Down 2 32 241 7.53 1 44 6 6 5
2nd Down 2 27 115 4.26 2 20 8 2 1
3rd Down 2 10 58 5.80 0 29 5 4 1
3rd Down, 1-3 To Go 2 5 25 5.00 0 29 2 1 1
3rd Down, 4-6 To Go 2 3 22 7.33 0 17 2 2 0
3rd Down, 7-9 To Go 1 1 13 13.00 0 13 1 1 0
3rd Down, 10+ To Go 1 1 -2 -2.00 0 -2 0 0 0
4th Down 2 2 1 0.50 0 1 1 0 0

1/3 of all their first downs given up happen on first down plays. 22% of all first down plays result in a first down. For comparison sakes, UGA has only given up 3 first downs on first down plays.

That’s some relatively low hanging fruit ready for the plucking, it seems to me.  And best of all, it doesn’t really require a huge amount of risk taking on Schottenheimer’s part.  There are plenty of safe throws off of play action in Georgia’s playbook that can pick up a quick 5-7 yards on a first down play, for example.  And nothing about that requires the offense to go off script from being run-oriented.  As Tyler puts it,

Hey, if we’re only going to throw it 20 times, let’s make 13 of those times on first down, because it sure feels like first and ten is a good time if you are trying to soften a defense geared for run.

If they’re gonna give it to you, take it.

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“We can throw the ball, man.”

Is there angst over Georgia’s passing game in the wake of its anemic showing last Saturday?  I think it’s safe to say there is.

“We’re still getting it down,” Davis said of the passing game. “It’s not what we want it to be. …We’ve just got to better as a whole unit and receivers, we’ve got to catch the ball.”

“Honestly, I think we will get better,” Lambert said Saturday. “I will take it upon myself to make sure that happens, to make sure we’re getting in rhythm earlier and getting completions early on to kind of keep us going.”

Richt said he and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer also can help by not being overly reliant on a rushing attack that averages 262 yards per game behind Chubb.

“Just be free to call whatever we think is good,” Richt said. “Don’t feel like we have to run for x amount of yards or we have to get the ball to Chubb so many times. When I’ve called plays over the years, you certainly want to use your skill players the best that you can and use the talent that you have. Just feel free to attack the defense in the game the way we attacked it all week in the film room. Call what we believe in. Let’s go.”

Richt goes on to point out what should have been obvious, but evidently wasn’t.

“Now that we’ve decided who our quarterback is, who our starter is, I know that playing that position you don’t just become super proficient overnight,” Richt said. “I know he’s played a lot of college ball, but he hasn’t played a lot of college ball for Georgia in this league and quite frankly in this system. There’s a learning curve and things take time and you get better as you go. Sometimes you’ve just got to show a little patience and guys will catch on and really play well.”

So how concerned should we be about what happened against Vanderbilt?  Here’s Bill Connelly’s take:

First things first: it must be noted that Vanderbilt’s defense might be awesome. A week after holding Western Kentucky’s potent attack to 14 points, the Commodores held Georgia’s offense to just 17. Two return touchdowns (a 77-yard punt return by Isaiah McKenzie and an 88-yard interception return by Dominick Sanders) made the 31-14 final scoring margin more drastic than it should have been.

That said, I’ve been looking for answers regarding Georgia’s quarterback situation, and this wasn’t the most encouraging answer in the world.

My 2015 Georgia preview was a pretty funny one to write; the sentiment was basically “Georgia’s loaded! They’re easily the SEC East favorites! They just have two minor little questions … at quarterback and offensive coordinator. You know, those tiny, unimportant positions.”

That Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert won the starting quarterback job didn’t fill me with confidence since he was a bit error-prone in Charlottesville. He was fine against ULM, but this was his first real test. He went 11-for-21 for 116 yards and a sack. Average yards per attempt: a meager 5.0.

Granted, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined to rush 31 times for 245 yards and catch four passes for 43 yards. When you’ve got that running game in your back pocket, you don’t need much from the passing game. But you probably need better than 5 yards per attempt. This wasn’t a failed test, but it wasn’t really a pass, either.

Throw in Brice Ramsey’s series, and Georgia averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per attempt.  Do that against any other school besides Vanderbilt and it’s a recipe for losing, amirite?

Not so fast, bacon breath.

I scoured the last nine seasons of Georgia’s passing stats in cfbstats.com to see how the Dawgs fared in games when they averaged less than 6 yards per pass attempt.  The result?  A less than embarrassing 10-6.  And before you chalk those ten wins up to cupcake opponents, here are some of the games Richt managed to wins despite anemic passing:  Clemson, Tennessee and Missouri from last season; 2013 Tennessee; Florida in 2011; the “we run this state” win over Georgia Tech of 2009.

That being said, I wouldn’t want to make a living doing that.  And there’s little question that Georgia is off to an atypical start in that department, at 33rd in the country.  For context, over that same period I reviewed, the Dawgs have only finished lower than that once –  35th in Joe Cox’ pick-filled 2009 season.  (And in that time, Georgia’s managed to finish as high as first and fifth nationally.)  Given that Georgia hasn’t thrown an interception in its first two games of 2015, that should give you some indication of how things aren’t exactly clicking yet.  There is still plenty of time, though, to get the passing attack moving in the right direction, which is Mark Richt’s point.

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A big ass number

You may have noticed Georgia is a rather sizeable favorite this Saturday.  Historically speaking, that’s both good news and bad.

For South Carolina, being an underdog this large is relatively uncharted territory. Last season, the Gamecocks were two-touchdown underdogs at Auburn, but before that game, the last time they were catching double-digits on the road was 2009 against Alabama! Overall, Spurrier has been a double-digit road underdog eight times in his tenure at Columbia. He is 6-2 against the number… Georgia fans, lest you worry too much about a Gamecock win, while he is 6-2 versus the spread as a double-digit road underdog, Spurrier’s teams have won outright just once.

Like I said, I’ll be more than satisfied with a one-point win against the ‘Cocks.  ‘Course, if the Dawgs want to cover, it’s not like I’ll complain.

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