The weirdest stat from yesterday

Things that make you go “wait, wut?”:

Georgia was a mere 18 percent on third down, going 3 of 17, but they were still better than the Crimson Tide in that respect, who went 1 of 12.

Like I said, this is a game that should have finished with a combined score of under forty points.

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  1. To me, the game seemed to turn on the two UGA drives following our first score. First drive, I think there were two passes and second drive had a false start penalty and then y’all were throwing from behind the chains.

    It seemed like your play calling got a little pressed at that point. After Henry scored, I was expecting y’all to follow up by pounding Chubb to make a point.

    The blocked punt that followed seemed to suck the energy out for just long enough for things to get out of hand.

    Hang in there,

    BD

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    • Normaltown Mike

      the drive after the fumble was the small opportunity we had to take any momentum. It was a three and out.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        Aggressive decision-making to make a team immediately pay for their mistake on the scoreboard is coaching 101.

        We’ve seen Spurrier and others do this to us often.

        We call an inside run, two short passes, and a punt inside their 40 yard line.

        That’s a huge vote of no-confidence in your QB and your offense and it set the tone for the game.

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    • B-D, good luck the rest of the year. You guys played a whale of a game and deserved to win.

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    • AusDawg85

      Spot on, BD. Thank you. In a 5 minute stretch, Henry busts loose, punt blocked, we let Kiffen call his favorite dagger play. Boom…down 21.

      We absolutely needed to grind Chubb like we used to with Gurley and number #34. Sony was getting a few yards after contact. Trying to go quickly with a clearly rattled Lambert was just a huge mistake. Switching to Ramsey to start slinging it was worse. Our best players are in the running game…RB’s, FB’s, TE’s and yes, the overmatched OL, plus #26’s downfield blocking. I would have tossed sweeped until everyone was dead or we were back in it.

      If Schotty will let him, I think Chubb/Sony goes for 200 and 4 td’s against the Vols. It’s likely going to be a slugfest and very chippy.

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      • AusDawg85

        To clarify, expecting GL to throw more to get us caught-up was foolish. We needed to stay patient and let the D make a play, but seemed our whole sideline panicked.

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    • Dave

      BD, no one is pounding that front seven for anything. No point could be made there. That said, that was a particularly ugly stretch for us in all three phases of the game. We heard before the game about how we would be tested, and our response was not focused to say the least. The most disappointing was by far the blocked punt. Blame for that lies with everyone I think, including Bama using starting safeties on special teams…..well done, but I can’t wish you good luck in case we win out, I would rather play any team but yours.

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      • Well, that 83 yarder wasn’t a gimme… 🙂

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        • Russ

          According to CBS, it was.

          Of course, when you’re up 38-3 in a pouring rain, it’s easy to lose focus for a second. Cold comfort that Chubb got his 100. I’m very happy for him, but you could almost see how pissed he was running down the field.

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        • Dave

          Yeah, BD, it kinda was…..I know your team was still playing to break the streak, but even Saban minions lose focus when it is that lopsided.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      It was the first time we trailed this season. The team has yet to learn how to counterpunch in a football sense.

      Faced with adversity, you block out the externals and beat the man in front of you the next play. There are no 14-point plays out there, but in this case, there was plenty of time to assert yourself.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        This is a good thing to remember next week.

        Only six FBS teams have been good enough to lead by 13 or more in every game this season.

        Combined, they are 22-3. The Vols are 2-3.

        Now THAT’S a weird stat.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      Yep. That middle- and tail-end of the 2nd quarter was up there with the first quarter vs. Scar in 2012 for “worst possible 15 minutes against a top 10 team” this decade. The defense and Murray got better after that, Lambert and this defense need to as well.

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  2. Oyster Roaster

    For a defense that didn’t bother to show up, that’s one hell of a stat.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Bingo…winner!!!!!!!

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    • Bulldog Joe

      They were also 0 for 2 on 4th down.

      However, the lack of pressure on 1st and 2nd down did us in defensively.

      Great job by their OL, but this was an area we were expected to excel this season. It hasn’t worked out that way so far.

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  3. Looking at all of the Stats for the game the only truly awful Stat was the
    Interceptions. Otherwise StatWise It was a close game (Except for the score).
    Am I Wrong?. Tell me about it.

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  4. Macallanlover

    Yes, it should have been under 40 total points for sure. Our rush defense was much better than I expected, but our pass coverage and rush was much worse than I expected. Our offense was completely neutered by their defensive front and we found that our OL problems with Vandy were just the tip of the iceberg. Any good front 7 will give us major issues, but there isn’t another one that good any where in CFB. We had no answer, and frankly, I couldn’t think of anything that would have worked either with that trench mismatch. When you lose 3, 4, or 5 of those battles at the LOS, your offense is going no where, and it doesn’t matter what you call, or who runs it. Add to that our gift of 14 points, and the surprising Chubb burst when they got caught sleeping on the wrong guy and, kind of, gave us 7.

    We felt their offense was suspect, but we made Coker look like Joe Montana. We felt we had too many weapons for anyone to totally shut is down, we were wrong….nothing works unless the OL can block someone. I said last week that while we were weak at pass defense at least we at least getting in the picture frame this season. We didn’t yesterday, we looked confused before the snap and lost a group of average receivers until Coker showed us where they were hiding.

    And we need to see if we get Floyd back into the pass rush because he is better at playing the edge than playing behind the line covering receivers. Remember when we thought our pass rush would cover up the youth in the secondary? Well forget that, we aren’t getting near a QB in recent games, whether they are passing, or running outside our contain men on keepers and bootlegs. Even TN can figure that out next week if we don’t do things differently.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Glad to see I’m not the only one Vandy scared…and they are not even in the same hemisphere as Bammer. Butch Jones is beginning to have to coach for his job…the wolves are loose in Obknoxicator, TN. Seems like we always go up there when one coach or another is coaching for his job. Lately, anyway.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Agree on Floyd.

      He is much better moving upfield than laterally.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      Largely agree, though I think the OLine did pretty well in pass blocking early — Lambert just either refused to test the secondary or made the wrong read (there was one early 3rd down where Chubb was wide open).

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  5. Oyster Roaster

    “Our offense was completely neutered by their defensive front…”

    And that was the ballgame. If we played them again this Saturday we’d lose by at least 2 touchdowns.

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    • Macallanlover

      Yes, and that is why I hope we don’t see them if we get to Atlanta. If they play their A game again, 2 TDs is about as close as we can do simply because of that match up. I will say the turf in the Dome would be much more favorable for us than them but still….you have to block for any offense to work.

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  6. Will Trane

    Who gives a damn about stats.
    Another CMR ranked team gets the dog breath kicked out of them.
    CMR is just milking the program now.
    What about 5-6 years to retire
    And Dawg faithful, alums, financial supporters, fans, and probably players are sick and tired of his record the past few years.
    MIzzou comes in and their first 2 years they win the SECEC.
    It is just another long list of poorly prepared, poorly coached teams by CMR.
    Even if CMR had the Tide players yesterday, and Saban had the Dawgs. Saban would have won.
    CMR can not get it done. Recent history proves it.
    Why keep putting up with his program, if you want to call it that.
    Think yesterday’s lose is the beginning of the end for CMR.

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    • No, Mizzou did not win the east their first two years in the SEC. If you are going to rant be accurate.

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      • doiknowu

        Depends on how you read his statement: if he meant that they won the East twice in their first two years, he’s wrong, If he meant that in their first two years they won the East at least once, he’s right. Regardless, they’ve won it twice in their first 3 years in the conference.

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  7. Will Trane

    Think you were upset and mad after the game Saturday.
    Wait until you watch the replay.
    It is unbearable to watch.
    CMR spent his time his time this week keeping another high maintenance player out of jail while his players were out on the town. The playboy life style of UGA coaches and players.
    How many times have we seen the collapse of special teams. Bama player comes in untouched. Barber must lead the nation in blocked kicks. Plus you never know what the outcome of his kicks are going to be.
    But Barber and Lambert have to be clocked as the slowest players ever at UGA.

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    • D.N. Nation

      This has been a long, long time coming:

      You’re a senile horse’s ass, Will. And everyone should remember when you were spouting a few years ago that Muschamp was going to win a natty in Gainesville. You dope.

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      • Macallanlover

        He and his friends, but they stick with it. Being a horse’s ass is easy for these simpletons, and it is all they get any attention for. Just ignore them, they aren’t hear for discussion anyway, one trick ponies with a vendetta, God only knows why they want everyone to be miserable. Funny thing is, they don’t influence anyone with their childish rants.

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  8. Will Trane

    The big stat in the state of Georgia on Sunday.
    Thousands of UGA alums are pissed about another humiliating loss by a CMR and staff coached team.
    Millions of UGA fans are ticked off about another embarrassing performance by a CMR and staff coached team.
    Highly paid NFL OC Shotty got a lesson from Kirby Smart and assistants yesterday. Bama’s coaches and players wanted to embarrass the Dawgs and CMR. They did that in spades.

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  9. Will Trane

    Coker, recruited by Pruitt.
    Henry, recruited by Pruitt.
    CMR after meeting with the wine and cheese crowd had a glass of warm milk and cookies last evening before dozing off.
    Who recruited those QBs for UGA. CMR, tried Ramsey in second half because he can throw wet balls. Are you kidding me. This is our head coach. Hell neither can throw a dry one with consistency.
    Bet there are 6 QBs in class 6A GHS that could have suited up and did better than those 2 yesterday, even without game prep and a plan.
    Someday CMR will find a QB like the ones OU, playing at
    UF, A&M, MSU, or Clemson have. Even if CMR had them they would regress.
    Drop this game at UT this weekend, and see what the Dawg fans say then.
    The last time CMR visited the state of Tennessee, he struggled to get past perennial power Vandy…a game that caused a lot of concern among Dawg faithful about his starting QB.
    Check the stats of Lambert in 3 of his starts against SEC teams. Two of those three are not very good. Five games into the season, and October is the month for UGA to get the ball down field and create some separation.

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  10. Will Trane

    Here are some stats for you. Sit down and pour a couple of shots of JD on the rock, or better yet, just straight up.
    Kick off return. 128th. That be last freaking place.
    Kick off coverage. 85th.
    3rd down offense conversion. 122nd
    Time of possession. 115
    Possession offense. 84
    Throw to TEs yesterday. 0. Do we have any any more. Even Arkansas does better.
    Now who is coaching those special teams and offense. Or better yet who is in charge of the whole thing.
    Yesterday was bad, but this team contrary to what many think is not that good, just the record against some pretty poor teams.

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  11. Will Trane

    While trolling for comfort from Bama fans check out the number of sacks lately.
    When you get your ass kicked, even a yard dog will feel sorry for you.

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  12. Big 'Ol Cup of STFU

    Look at stats all day, but it comes down to coaching

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    • Derek

      That’s it man. Saban told his players not to fumble and they didn’t. He forgot before the ole miss game so they didn’t know not to fumble. That’s coaching right there.

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      • Big 'Ol Cup of STFU

        yup, thanks man, it takes a keen eye to pick up on the UGA coaching excellence like putting your backup in so he can throw three completions; one to our team and two to Bama and take one to the house. That’s what I call icing a team, if I ever saw it.

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        • Derek

          Yup. Stick with 11 and victory was in hand. You’re a damn genius! Hell I blame schotty for Greyson missing 26 on that first play. I mean don’t you tell your qb to be accurate? I mean that’s just coaching. I mean you could say that the coaches called a play that had 26 three steps free for a big gain but really whose to blame when he throws it short and outside? Bobo. I blame Bobo.

          And the coaches force a fumble but then can’t coach up a first down. Just miserable coaching. I wish they’d quit having hall of fames for players and heismans and all-American teams and five stars and all that. The players are irrelevant. It’s all coaching. Herschel walker had the best rb coach that ever lived. Don’t know his damn name and that is quite a shame don’t you think? You coach up the best player in college football history and no one knows who you are.

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          • Bulldog Joe

            Derek,

            That’s an A+ rant. I love it.

            What makes it great is the RB coach for the both 1980 and 1982 Heisman winners was Ray Goff.

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            • Derek

              Yep ole Ray just kept trying to get Herschel to play buttah and buttah. I bet he told Herschel: get that ball, hold on to it and go fast. Anything gets in your way, run it over.

              That’s just good coaching right there.

              I have to say that Ray should have told George to hold on to the ball buttah. George doesn’t fumble vs. Georgia in 1980 with good coaching. Never thought Ray told George to run as fast as Herschel. He probably should have coached George to run as fast as Herschel if he was doing the job right.

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            • Mad Dawg

              Mike Cavan was the RB coach,Goff was at South Carolina at that time

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  13. thank you for clearing all of that up for me. i agree.
    Still my biggest concern is the job the Assistant Coaches are doing.
    I do wish Bobo was around to right the ship. QB Play & Play Calling.

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  14. DawgTyme

    That is a weird stat.

    The other weird stat is the UGA QB’s:
    Lambert, 10 for 24, 3.6 average, 2.0 QBR
    Ramsey, 1 for 6, 3.3 average, 0.0 QBR
    Jake Coker, 11 for 16, 11.9 average, 86.7 QBR

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=400603879

    NEVER seen anything NEAR that bad. Not even Joe Cox or Joe Terishinski Jr.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      What?!?!?

      JT2 has some of the best QB #’s in the history of the game. Zero interceptions!… His completion % is better than any QB, living or dead, that played in as many games.

      I appreciate that you met Bauta during orientation, but that doesn’t mean he should be QB.

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      • DawgTyme

        You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

        I saw Bauta and Ramsey go head to head in the Spring game in 2014

        Bauta went 16 for 28 for 240 yards, also ran for 35 on 6 carries.

        Note 5.8 ypc rushing LED THE GAME.

        Ramsey went 1 for 7 for 46 yards.

        Bauta looked even better in 2015 Spring game, 16 for 25, 171 yards, never threw a single bad ball.

        Richt picked Ramsey over Bauta.

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        • Okay, you’ve had your fun. Move on from spring game hard-ons and ESPN-created stats, or I’ll move you on.

          Christ, repeating something 20 times doesn’t make you more convincing.

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          • DawgTyme

            Here are some new points for you.

            1- No one should be surprised Lambert didn’t work out, he lost the starting job at Virginia and he’s only been working out with the team since summer. Hard to develop chemistry and leadership in 3 months.
            2- Sony & Godwin, and likely the tight ends were the matchup problem for Alabama. Seems obvious.
            3- Ramsey is an interception risk oriented Qb and cannot be trusted to win big games. This was known.
            4- There are a lot of UGA assistant coaches in either their 1st or 2nd year, maybe 2 that aren’t. This leads to scheme misunderstandings and less than ideal role players.
            5- Pruitt’s pass defense is only #25, this is going against 4 unranked teams and Coker. Perplexing.
            6- Pruitt’s rush defense is ranked #31 despite facing no rush offense ranked higher than 38. Odd.

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  15. Bright Idea

    We may or may not have an OC, but I fear we don’t have a QB coach for sure.

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    • Dawgwalker07

      I’m willing to give Schott some time before I say he can’t coach. We don’t know what psychological mess Lambert is really in from his Virginia days and how easily that can get coached out of him, nor do we know how to fix Ramsey’s seeming lack of motivation to win the job. He hasn’t had enough time to work to show what he can do for me.

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    • Derek

      I knew that when Greyson had those two incompletions over two games. I mean his position coach has to be a damn retard.

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  16. DawgFaithful

    I noticed that in the stats immediately after the game. It’s mind boggling. The combined score would definitley have been under 40 with competent QB play and without the special teams TD.

    I guess we see now why Ramsey didn’t win the job. All my offseason fears about our QB situation have come true. When we courted Golson and everybody doubted it, I said that maybe the coaches aren’t very pleased with our current QB’s and aren’t sure if they’re sufficient. You replied with “but they are” or something like that and you and many others referred to Golson as a “turn over machine.” Yeah well… guess what… they weren’t and still aren’t.

    Our QB play limits us. We’re very young and our Special Teams continue to be a problem. The lunatic fringe has been texting me all weekend about “firing Richt” and our “gameplan” or “adjustments” that we should or could have made. All of these people are friends but none know a Goddamn thing about “Gameplans” or “Adjustments”. I told one friend that i’m gonna start calling him “gameplan” because he wouldnt know one if it bit him on the ass. He not talking to me now. Fuck him. I don’t care. Believe me, I told them all that they don’t know shit. Can’t reason with them.

    Did the lunatic fringe really think we were winning the National Title with this team? I didn’t. Especially after we signed a graduate transfer QB from Virginia that sucked there and lost his job in spring practice. It was obvious we had problems then. It was even more obvious when he was named the starter.

    All our goals are still attainable. Special teams can be fixed. I just don’t see the QB play getting much better this year. It’s gonna be a roller coaster ride. I see our defense improving steadily and us going as far as the Qb will take us. We’ll beat the teams that we can overpower offensively with the rub and the games against the teams that stop the run will be a crap shoot.

    Go Dawgs!

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    • Big 'Ol Cup of STFU

      yes, the lunatic fringe must be delusional….don’t forget to take your thorazine and lithium cocktail before bedtime.

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  17. walter geiger

    a mark richt team, obviously poorly prepared, shit the bed. nothing new. are any of you really surprised?

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  18. ASEF

    Speaking of stats: anyone see Gutley’s NFL debut? 21 touches, 161 yards.

    The game Sat was basically pick’em for a reason. No one knew how the QBs would respond. And in hindsight, Coker’s reps against Wisconsin and Ole Miss made a difference, IMO.

    Bama clearly learned from their mistakes. That’s what wrll-coached teams do. In retrospect, I wish SCar had been s sterner test.

    Damn you, Steve.

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  19. DawgTyme

    The rankings of the teams we have beaten so far:
    South Carolina 56
    Vanderbilt 60
    Lo Monroe 105
    Southern (Div 2) Unranked

    It could get ugly.

    Upcoming teams rankings:
    UF 14
    TN 15
    GT 22
    Aub 35

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/teamratings

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    • Will (The Other One)

      Those same rankings had us top 5 a week ago. (And if that didn’t dissuade you from thinking they’re BS, placing GT in the top 25 at 2-3 and Aub anywhere in the top 50 should.)

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      • DawgTyme

        Maybe you’re right and UGA wins the National Championship this year. Don’t think too many share your belief.

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  20. 96 Law Dawg

    I heard an interesting thing on the Bulldog Brunch this morning and it caused me to do a little digging. The discussion was about being mentally tough and handling adversity. The stat was that Georgia has suffered at least one “blow out” type of loss in each season since the 2005 season SEC Championship season. The benchmark for “blow out” was 15 or more points.

    Beginning with the 2006 season, Georgia has taken a total of 36 losses and indeed suffered a blow out loss (“BLO”) each season by the 15 or more point benchmark. In fact, Georgia has withstood a BLO 11 times starting with the 2006 season as there were two in the 2009 season (Tennessee and Florida by 26 and 24 respectively). Only 4 of the 11 BLOs were 18 or less points and 3 of the BLOs were to unranked opponents (2007 Tennessee by 21, 2009 Tennessee by 26, and 2014 Florida by 18). Frankly, I was a little shocked that of 11 BLOs 7 of them were by 19 or more points. Overall, of the 36 losses 12 were to unranked opponents including gems like 2006 Vandy, 2006 Kentucky, 2009 Tennessee, 2009 Kentucky, 2010 Colorado, 2010 Florida, 2013 Vandy, 2013 Nebraska, and 2014 Florida.

    By contrast, in looking at Alabama beginning with the 2008 season there have been 12 losses. None have been by more than 14 points. Only 4 losses were by double digits and two of those were meaningless bowl games in 2008 season vs. Utah and 2013 season vs. Oklahoma (in fairness, Georgia had three meaningless bowl game losses to UCF in 2010 season, Michigan State in 2011 season, and Nebraska in 2013 season). What surprised and stood out to me were three things. First, of their four double digit losses by between 10 and 14 points, only two were in the regular season and one was in 2008 to #2 ranked Florida and the other in 2010 on the road at #19 South Carolina. Second, other than the 2013 Sugar Bowl (2013 season played in 2014) loss to Oklahoma, Bama hasn’t lost by more than 6 points in any game since the 2010 loss to South Carolina. Third, of the 12 losses beginning with the 2008 season, none have been to an unranked opponent. Not a single one. Only 5 of the 12 were to opponents ranked tenth or higher (2010 #19 South Carolina, 2012 #15 Texas A&M, 2013 #11 Oklahoma [Sugar Bowl], 2014 #11 Ole Miss, and 2015 #15 Ole Miss).

    The conclusion on the radio show was that Georgia isn’t a mentally tough team that handles adversity and that by contrast Bama is. The numbers seem to prove that out. When things go sideways for Georgia it really falls apart whereas for Bama it is rare that things get out of hand to the point that Bama is more than one score from a tie or lead. This year’s game against Ole Miss is a clear example. With a -5 turnover margin and Ole Miss making crazy plays, Bama hung in and hung in and at the end of the day lost by 6 points. Perhaps this is what frustrates me about Georgia the most. We don’t just lose games. We play games where we aren’t even competitive. We find ways to not only shoot ourselves in the foot but we add cutting off the other good foot for good measure.

    In all fairness we have to remember that Bama lost 6 games in the 2007 season that was Saban’s first after fleeing from Miami. While I remembered that Bama was 7-6 in that season, what I didn’t recall – and was shocked by – was that none of Bama’s losses in that season were by more than 7 points. Sure, there was the 7 point head scratcher loss to ULM. But there was also the 3 point loss in OT to #22 Georgia, the 7 point loss to #3 LSU, and the 7 point loss to #25 Auburn.

    The question is whether this ability to handle adversity and be tough when things seem to be going badly comes from the head coach (and the assistant coaches). I can’t speak as to the mental toughness of Richt in comparison to Saban as I’ve never met either man. I can however look at the numbers and say that for whatever reason teams from Georgia that should have talent to play competitively in almost every one of their games somehow find ways to not only lose but get beaten about the head, neck and shoulders. And somehow the team from Athens seems to have little ability to right the ship when things get off track unless the other team falls apart while the team from Tuscaloosa seems to have all the confidence in the world that no matter what happens they are never out of a game.

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    • I don’t like this information…

      😦

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      • JCDAWG83

        Most of the coach lovers don’t like this type information and also choose to ignore it in order to feel better about their infatuation with a coach they have convinced themselves is great. They find it much easier to attack the messengers and blame everything but the coach than to accept that Richt is a so-so coach surrounded by talented players who make his work look better than it really is.

        We have a 14 1/2 season sample size of Richt’s work. We know what we have and, apparently, a good portion of the fan base is very happy with it. Georgia will continue to be the football program that is “one or two years away from winning it all” from now on.

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        • Welcome back, JC. We’ve all been waiting for you to come back and crow about how you’ve been proven right all along.

          Amazing how you haven’t posted anything the first month of the season and now you’re back on the Monday after the season’s first loss?

          Was anyone happy about Saturday? No, but sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail. Saturday we were the nail.

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          • By the way, the stat mentioned above is pretty damning.

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            • gastr1

              It’s why I can never get my own head straight about Richt. If we had lost to Bama by as much as even 10 points we’re probably still in legit contention for the playoff of we win the rest of our games and the SEC title. But you can’t get blown out like that and win a title. Just can’t.

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              • Chuck

                Wrong. You can get blown out like that and still win a title. If we go undefeated the rest of the way and play Bama, Ole Miss or LSU in the SECC and win (a title), we will be in the playoff and could win (a title).

                There is nothing about the Dawgs’ performance on Saturday to suggest that we’re a team that will do that — and I don’t think we will — but it’s possible.

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                • Good post, Chuck. Exactly how I feel today. The problem is we can’t look and see a QB that can put the team on his back after a bad loss and will them to win. Think about 2012 … we get beaten badly by USCe and then AM plays one of his best games in Lexington to make up for the fact that Grantham’s defense decided to pull a no show. He then does it again with Jarvis Jones and TG3II in Jacksonville to derail the Gators’ championship hopes. We don’t have that type of talent at QB right now …

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              • Will (The Other One)

                In the age where you can make the playoffs after losing at home to a team that couldn’t score on Wake Forrest in regulation, I disagree. (Though I think it would take the very-long shot of playing Bama in the SeCCG and somehow beating them to do it.)

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              • JCDAWG83

                You can, but you probably won’t.

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          • JCDAWG83

            I’ve been here, posted a few times, sorry if I didn’t get all lovey dovey over beating four God awful teams. I said last week, this game was a big one in showing if Georgia and Richt really were any more than a pretender. I didn’t think we absolutely had to win to be legit, but we had to show up and look good. I really hoped we would look good and really thought we would. We got our ass handed to us by a team and a coaching staff that many around here had been claiming were “has beens”…again.

            If we have to face Bama again in the SEC championship game, the result will be about the same. I’m not too worried about it. Richt still has his full compliment of crap the bed games left. This one really doesn’t count, Bama was simply better than us on both sides of the ball and on the sideline. A couple more losses to Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, AU or Florida and we won’t have to put up with another whipping in the SEC championship game.

            I guess maybe we should take some pride from the fact that Bama beat us worse than they had ever beaten a top 10 team in an away game. Another “BULLDOG POINT OF PRIDE!”.

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    • Dawgfan Will

      I can’t argue with this. Good post. I wonder how many blow out losses teams that aren’t Alabama suffer?

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      • Will (The Other One)

        Every other SEC West contender had at least one big blow out last year (TAMU 59-0 to Bama, LSU 41-7 to Auburn, Ole Miss getting shut out by Arkansas). Auburn even had a double-digit loss to LSU in their SEC championship season. Urban’s AnOSU teams are about the only team that match Bama in the “doesn’t lose much, and even more rare losing by a lot” stat, though it’s less impressive schedule-wise.

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    • I am usually very wary of stats as they can be cherry picked to support any agenda, however these stats cover many years and appear to be very damning to CMR. I am a CMR supporter but this is some good stuff for the CMR haters. I wonder how other elite programs (LSU, OSU, Oregon, etc ) would look like in this comparison.

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  21. Will Trane

    How often has HC and OC split the tight ends out on line of scrimmage.
    Set seems counter to running game.

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  22. j4k372

    I’m preparing to leave my home this morning, heading for my office located in the heart of Lizard Town. I pause to ponder the verbal barbs that will be thrown my way over the big disappointment this weekend. That’s not a big deal. The unbearable part will be the smug joy of all the Gator fans that are sitting atop the SEC East with a new coach. Here they are with a team that was expected to finish near the bottom of the heap. They destroy the #3 team in the nation and all of a sudden they look like a real football team after a couple of mediocre years.

    I guess the shocking thing for me is how a new coach can take a team like that and make them play that well. They are a consistent football team that is getting better every week. Sure they had some luck on their side, but just damn. I dreaded McElwain getting the job, but I thought it would take him a couple of years to turn them around. I officially hate this time of year again.

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