You know who else loves to point?
But I digress. On to Nashville.
- I get the whole Kyle Shurmur, “best pure passing quarterback that we have played against”, thing, but he threw the ball 40 times against Florida (45% completion rate, to boot). Does anybody really think Vanderbilt wins today throwing the ball that much?
- Ralph Webb is having a subpar season, but it’s not because he’s lost a step or forgotten how to run. The team as a whole is averaging 2.87 ypc this season. There’s no blocking.
- Weirdly enough, though, Vandy is tied for first in the conference in sacks allowed.
- Combined, I don’t know what that says about what Georgia’s defense up the middle, where it’s missing Thompson, Carter and Patrick, has in store for itself today. The line didn’t miss a beat in Thompson’s absence last week and I expect that to continue, but it’ll be interesting to see what Georgia’s pass coverage in the flats is like. This may be a day when Lorenzo Carter is called on to cover a little more than usual.
- Then again, maybe it’ll be Monty Rice’s coming out party.
- Remembering the tone set at the start of last year’s game, my ideal beginning today is for Georgia to win the toss, defer and have Blankenship blast the kickoff out of the end zone.
- In conference play, Georgia, with 36.0 points per game, is fifth in scoring offense; Vanderbilt is eleventh, at 12.0 ppg. In scoring defense, Georgia in only yielding a point and a half a game, tied with Alabama for first. Vanderbilt is twelfth, at 48.5 ppg.
- In plays of 20+ yards, Georgia is second in the SEC, with 28. Vandy is twelfth, with 17. In opponent plays of 10+ yards, Georgia’s defense ranks first in the conference, with 34. Vanderbilt’s has yielded 70. Nice to see, if you’re a Nick Chubb fan.
- I think Eason is still too nicked up to start, but not so nicked up that Georgia won’t be reluctant to run Fromm on the read option again this week.
- Terry Godwin, man.
- When conventional wisdom works in your favor…
- My idea of buying in: this is the first time in I don’t know how long that I’ve picked Georgia to cover the spread as the favorite in back-to-back conference games. I’m not even nervous about it.
As always, you’re invited to contribute your game day insights in the comments. (Bullet points are optional.)