Monthly Archives: September 2015

It’s a legal matter, baby.

I didn’t blog about the Isaiah McKenzie story yesterday because I was swamped at work, but also because of this:

According to an Athens-Clarke County police incident report, McKenzie is accused of “making terroristic threats” to a female complainant at the Chili’s restaurant on Alps Road at 10:28 p.m. Monday night. A woman named Maya Labat claims McKenzie told her “he was going to call some friends and they were going to come out and he was going to kill her,” according to the report.

However, officers interviewed witnesses at the scene, saw no reason to arrest McKenzie and no charges were filed.

I mean, damn, if the A-CC PoPos can’t be moved to arrest a Georgia football player, how big a deal could it be?


Filed under Crime and Punishment

More Schotten-stats

Feel free to sneer at the level of opposition, if that’s what blows your skirt up, but the stats say Georgia’s offense ain’t missing a beat so far with its new offensive coordinator.

– Baylor, Georgia and Ole Miss have the most efficient offenses, averaging 1.3 plays per point scored. They’re followed by Texas Tech (1.4), USC (1.4), Memphis (1.5), Georgia Tech (1.6) and Arizona (1.6).

– Baylor has been the most explosive offense, with 13.3 percent of plays going for at least 20 yards. They’re followed by Ole Miss (11.6 percent), USC (11.4 percent), Georgia (11.3 percent), North Carolina (10.2 percent) and Kentucky (10.1 percent).

Efficient and explosive.  I can live with that.

Oh, and one more thing – Georgia’s first in the SEC in plays from scrimmage of ten yards or more.  And that’s despite running fewer plays per game than any other team in the conference.

About that opposition… yeah, it’s been subpar.  But isn’t this kind of statistical domination what we should expect to see from a very good offense against those defenses?


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

“It’s Bama week.”

Sure, you can focus on the running game, if you’d like.

Rocket science is not required for determining the most intriguing aspect to Saturday’s college football showdown between No. 8 Georgia and No. 13 Alabama inside Sanford Stadium.

The Bulldogs average 257.8 rushing yards a game and 6.87 yards per carry. The Crimson Tide allow 56.8 rushing yards per game and 2.0 yards per carry.

“It all starts up front, and they’ve got some big, strong guys,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “Their defense, as a whole, is a very veteran group. All their down linemen are returning starters, and they do a good job of freeing up the linebackers. They’re just very stout, strong people.”

Adding to the angle of the irresistible force vs. the immovable object is the fact Georgia super sophomore tailback Nick Chubb has 12 consecutive 100-yard rushing games and needs one more to tie the 13 straight Herschel Walker had during the 1980-81 seasons. Chubb rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries in last Saturday’s 48-6 defeat of Southern, including six rushes for 100 yards in the third quarter.

Alabama has allowed just 10 100-yard rushers in its 112 games under coach Nick Saban.

One of those was a freshman Todd Gurley in the SECCG.  But I digress.

For my money, though, this game comes down to one big issue – will Georgia be mentally prepared?  And on that front, your guess is as good as mine.

But it’s still Alabama, which carries a mystique matched by talent, making this one of the biggest games the Bulldogs have played in some time. It’s one that’s been circled since it was announced in the spring of 2014.

Now that it’s here, however, the Bulldogs are trying to keep an even keel.

“I don’t think we’ve gotta create motivation. I think we’ve gotta temper it,” head coach Mark Richt said on his radio show Monday night. “And when I say temper it, I mean make sure we channel it in the right way.”

Pyke’s comments were the furthest a Georgia player came to acknowledging the magnitude of the game. And even his comments above were a lead-in to discussing the challenge his offensive line has with Alabama’s defensive line.

Three years ago, when Georgia prepared to play South Carolina in a match-up of unbeaten, top-10 teams, players openly admitted it was the biggest game they’d been involved in. This time around more players are downplaying it.

“We’re gonna prepare the same way we prepare for all SEC schools,” senior receiver Malcolm Mitchell said. “I know everyone wants to see it as a big game but all games are big because anytime we lose it’s gonna be bad.”

True ‘dat.


Filed under Georgia Football

Turn the machines back on.

The computer formulas that once made up the backbone of the BCS calculations average out to rank Georgia ninth currently.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

“We both need a win; that’s what it is.”

I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

Two great stats for this game:

  • The 28-21 loss dropped the Razorbacks to 0-9 under Bielema in games decided by fewer than 10 points…

  • And Tennessee and Jones are feeling the pressure that comes after being outscored 49-24 in the fourth quarter and overtime this season — after outscoring opponents 141-50 through the first three quarters.

I’m thinking these guys deserve… oh, I dunno, say about six overtimes on Saturday.  Their heads might explode over it.


Filed under Arkansas Is Kind Of A Big Deal, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

It’s not just life with Saban.

Any way you want to shake this, it’s a pretty impressive consistency.

Again, it’s stuff like this that makes me chuckle over the “You know Saban’s gonna play the underdog card to motivate his team” talk.  He’s got bigger issues to focus on than what Vegas thinks.


Filed under Whoa oh Alabama

“Get it together!”

You don’t want to make Nick Chubb mad, do you?


Filed under Georgia Football

Still going strong

Georgia currently stands second nationally in yards per offensive play, at 8.26, behind only Baylor.

The Dawgs finished in the top ten in the county in two of Bobo’s last three seasons, so Schottenheimer is holding up his end of the deal there so far.


UPDATE:  The Dawgs look pretty good in Dave Bartoo’s scoring efficiency rankings, too.


Filed under Georgia Football

In the SEC, officiating is always a work in progress.

Steve Shaw wants you to know that when it comes to the ineligible linemen downfield penalty, he’s on the mother.


Filed under SEC Football

“The term we use is RPO, but it’s run-pass option and people are doing it all across the country.”

The POP pass – it’s not just for option offenses anymore.

That’s where Georgia’s offense is different under coordinator Brian Schottenheimer this year than it was in previous years under Mike Bobo. Before, the Bulldogs’ always came to the line with the ability to audible to a run from a pass and vice-versa. They still do now.

But they also have a package of plays in which they actually call a run and block for it but have the option of passing on the same play.

Alabama, as we all know, has famously struggled with the play, most noticeably in the game tying play in the 2013 Iron Bowl.  But one big difference with Georgia is that Lambert doesn’t present a running threat.

So a lot of Saturday’s game will be about whether Lambert has time to make the reads he needs to make, and whether Alabama’s defense can disrupt Georgia’s receivers enough to wreck the timing of these plays.  We’ll see who wins.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics