Moar bowl game thoughts

Just some idle, random perusing…

  • I always hate reading stories about players who get injured before the end of their senior seasons.  This time, it’s Kenneth Towns who sees his career end prematurely.  It’s pretty strange to reflect that his biggest play of the year wasn’t a catch, but a tackle.  That’s the kind of year it’s been for Georgia, I suppose.
  • I get the whole the more things change, the more they stay the same aspect of John Lilly, bowl game offensive coordinator.  But what do you think the reaction will be if Georgia comes out Saturday firing on all cylinders offensively?

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23 responses to “Moar bowl game thoughts

  1. Jared S.

    “….what do you think the reaction will be if Georgia comes out Saturday firing on all cylinders offensively?”

    I don’t think anyone will be surprised. We’ll all just shrug and say, “That’s Georgia football.”

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    • I thought Richt should have given the job to Lilly or tried to keep Friend like he did with Bobo and then coach the QBs himself. Lilly did a good job in the bowl game last year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us come out and light them up.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      As much as the decisions made in the two weeks leading up to the Florida game get analyzed in terms of how they led to Richt getting fired, I think he sealed his fate with a single decision: Brian Schottenheimer. It was a critical mistake and it was one from which Richt’s program could not recover. Maybe Lilly should have gotten the job. Maybe someone else should have. But Schottenheimer never should have been brought to Athens. It cost Richt his job.

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      • @gatriguy

        Schotty made no sense from the beginning, especially after we had just seen what happened with Grantham not being a great fit for college after all that time in the NFL. If Richt had gotten either a proven college OC, or for the love of God taken it and QBs back over himself and hired a special teams coach, he’s almost certainly still be here.

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      • Atticus

        And recruiting the wrong QBs several years in a row (Hutson Mason, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park) didn’t help either.

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  2. Will Trane

    If Coach Lily turns in win 40 forthe seniors alotof us are going to question what wasgoing on with the AD, Richt, and money boosters.
    Frankly I would not put it past former coaches to turn playbook over to PSU.
    What I want to see from the north Georgia elite media is an article saying Dabo has lost control of the Clemson players and program. Three players sent home for fsiled drug test is very serious stuff. Hello Gatos and Mc

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    • Jared S.

      Dabo is totally out of control and his program has had a lot of luck this season. I think those predicting a huge lop-sided Oklahoma victory are spot-on.

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      • Go Dawgs!

        I don’t like Clemson either, but I think you’re dreaming here. College kids do drugs sometime. One of the three players we’re talking about here is a backup kicker for crying out loud. Two players who actually play football for Clemson were sent home. Perhaps people will start looking into whether Dabo has lost control of his program when the suspensions/arrests start approaching or surpassing double digits as they did in that one magical UGA offseason heading into … what was that, 2008? 2009? They don’t ask if you’ve lost control of your program after one or two incidents. Nick Saban has had players arrested. The “media elite” weren’t picking on poor Georgia, they were reporting a real issue that was taking place in our program and I think it spurred Richt to change his tactics and get things back in line, frankly. Clemson has Deshaun Watson, who they beat Georgia in order to recruit. I don’t see them getting waxed by anyone as long as he’s playing there. And Clemson beat down Oklahoma the last time they played. Maybe OU wins. Predicting a blowout? Not realistic.

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        • ……I wouldn’t predict a blowout, but I can see how this one could get away from Dabo. Clemson isn’t exactly peaking. They’ve turned the ball over eleven times in their last four games. Deshaun Watson, while a great player, has a YPA of 6.44 vs the superfecta of Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida State, and North Carolina (who nobody would confuse with a defensive juggernaut). That is a full 2 yards less than his YPA for the 2015 season. In those four games, he averaged 217 yards passing, 2 TDs and 1 INT. Oklahoma plays against Clemson’s style of offense regularly. They beat Baylor who destroyed North Carolina yesterday without a passing threat. They beat TCU and Oklahoma State… all who run this same type of offense. Those are the last three games Oklahoma has played, while Clemson has scuttled around with the likes of Wake Forest, South Carolina, and Syracuse over the last month of the season.

          Who is the best team Clemson has beaten? Florida State with a backup making his first road start? Notre Dame who turned it over four times in the second half and still mounted a 19-point fourth quarter and was a failed two point conversion from tying the game… also in Death Valley? North Carolina, who is all offense and no defense?

          Oklahoma can beat you in a myriad of ways. They have rushed for 400+ in a game once and passed for 400+ in a game 4 times. In terms of YPP on defense, Oklahoma and Clemson are tied at 10th in the country. On offense, Oklahoma is a half-yard per play better.

          If Clemson turns it over (11 times in last four vs. 3 in last four for Oklahoma), has a special teams mistake (Clemson ranks 108th in Opponents’ kickoff returns, and Oklahoma can pick up yards in 20+ chunks… I could see how it might become a 45-28 type of game. I think a lopsided win for Oklahoma is more likely than a lopsided win for Clemson, but I wouldn’t say it is more likely than a Clemson win.

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    • The Dawg abides

      I blame Tarkenton.

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  3. Spike

    I really wish they would keep Coach Lilly. But, alas, doesn’t seem to be the case.

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  4. MGW

    He did good last year. Wouldn’t be surprised if we scored a bunch this year except Franklin always had our number but now he has better players than at Vandy.

    If we do look good on offense though, I think the reaction would be relief that it probably was in fact Shottenheimer and not the players. And then a lot of optimism going forward based on that.

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    • Do you remember what we did to them in 2012? We embarrassed Franklin in what was possibly the best atmosphere in Sanford for a game against Vandy. He won one game against us with a team down multiple players, assistance from us on special teams, and possibly 2 of the worst targeting calls made in a single game.

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  5. Theotherdoug

    Maybe Schottenheimer wasn’t allowed to call the plays for the bowl game.

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  6. Yard Dawg

    Taking my family to the game, 4 things-1) can’t stand J Franklin, such a crybaby. 2) payback for Natty loss. 3)Can not bear to listen to all the pro Richt praise from networks, I mean give me a break already–we’ve moved on. 4) This will be a bloody one–always is with the Big 10 & there is nothing I love more than wiping that superior sh_ _ -eating grin off their faces. Go Dawgs! Hunker Down Just One More Time–Dream Team!!

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  7. 92 grad

    Well, bowl games are usually high scoring offensive games because there is so much time to prepare it gives an edge to the offense. I also expect us to score a lot simply because of the irony there. They’ll prob win 45-9 and all the people that think the changes were a mistake will have some finger pointing to do. The drama will continue….

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  8. Russ

    With no Douglas and a gimpy Marshall, I don’t know how we’re going to move the ball. Michel is very good, but I can’t see him carrying the load himself. I’d love to beat State Penn, but I just can’t see where we get our points.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. Seems the bowl game has been one of the last things on every Dawg’s mind since the day after beating gtu. I expect a slog-fest.

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  9. Yard Dawg

    Sony Michel in Space 14 pt, Joy Stick 7 pt, MM 7pt. Marshall Mgn 6pt, No 10 rated D-Holds PS to 13 pt.

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  10. I was hoping to Quayvon at tailback but I guess his year Georgia career is over too.

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  11. Semper Fi Dawg

    Surely you jest!

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  12. 69Dawg

    Let’s see if I get this straight, we have no head coach, no real offensive coordinator, no QB coach, no offensive line coach, no defensive coordinator, no defensive back coach, and no middle linebacker coach but we still think we can beat anybody with a pulse. If this team is so damn talented that they can win this game then Penn State better fire James Franklin because he would have been beat by the first do-it yourself college football team ever. It’s going to be brutal.

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