Daily Archives: October 23, 2017

Today, in Kirby gets it

Geez, this is good.

Kirby Smart stood before his Georgia football team, as he usually does at team meetings, and took a poll: Everyone in here who has beaten Florida, Smart asked them, please stand up.

There were a few awkward moments.

Nobody stood.

“It was sobering,” senior tight end Jeb Blazevich said. “With so much praise going on, on the outside, it’s like, Guys this is where we’re at. Nobody has beaten these guys.”

Take the field with the heat of a thousand suns, boys.  No prisoners.

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Aannnd… hate week is off and running.

Holy crap!  Smack talk from Gainesville. (h/t)

Bless your little blue and orange hearts, fellas.

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UPDATE:  Gardner’s full quote is even more enjoyable.

“You say they have a great quarterback – I get it. He’s throwing simple passes – I get it. Anybody can throw a slant – I get it,” Gardner said. “But I mean, we’re just playing football. If you call him the best quarterback, so be it, but he has to play Saturday. We’re going to see what his best attribute is.

“If he can beat us with his arm, whoopty do.”

I swear, he sounds like Reggie Ball.

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UPDATE #2:  I had to check to make sure I wasn’t missing something.  Florida is seventh in the conference in defensive passer rating, behind the likes of Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

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No more nooners

The Georgia-South Carolina game is set for 3:30PM, on CBS.

I’m guessing that’s a doubleheader day for the network, as I strongly doubt it would pass up Alabama-LSU.

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It’s always something at a UT presser.

Booch has now gone third person.  Awesome.

And that was the moment when everything changed for Tennessee football.

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Today, in long snappahs

Kirby, bringing the inner Vince Dooley:

The Gators are currently eleventh in the conference in passing offense.

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If somebody asks you why the SEC is down, just say…

… it’s the coaching, stupid.

Three SEC coaches out of seven on that list, and Stoops is the lowest paid of the three at just under $4 million a year.

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It’s not the journey, but the destination that matters.

Jim Delany asks, “what’s your point?”.

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Name that caption, two finger salute edition

I know I’ve already posted something about this moment, but really, this shot is perfection.

I guess it really does mean more.

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Notre Dame and the emerging CFP narrative

As my post proved, you didn’t have to be a genius to see this kind of analysis coming.

And now, as the Bulldogs head into their closing stretch of the season, they now have the best win in all of college football. And they can thank themselves and Notre Dame for that.

Problem for Georgia is that win is a two-edged sword.  Yes, it’s a big deal for the Dawgs, but it’s also evidence for Notre Dame’s quality in light of the run Brian Kelly’s team has been on since that night.  The media is starting to notice that in a big way and that way may have consequences none of us saw coming while we were celebrating the win in South Bend.

Selection committee, how’s it going?

I joked a little about this scenario last week, but as you can see, it’s inching its way slowly towards not being a laughing matter.  It goes without saying that there’s still a lot of football left to be played, but what happens if both Notre Dame and Georgia run the rest of their regular season tables?

Notre Dame’s done both schools a favor with its decisive win over Southern Cal, as that’s likely crippled the Pac-12’s chances to make the CFP field for good.  But that’s also opened the door for this kind of talk:

1. It’s time to take Notre Dame seriously as a CFP contender. Few, if any, were talking about the Irish this past summer as a Top 25 team — they weren’t even ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll. Now? After drubbing USC, Notre Dame is one of the hottest one-loss teams in the country with a legitimate chance to ultimately earn a top-four ranking from the selection committee. So far, Notre Dame’s only loss was by one point to SEC East favorite Georgia. While the Sept. 23 win at Michigan State continues to look good (the Spartans are still undefeated in league play), Notre Dame’s win over USC was its first true statement win of the season. Beating USC was the first step in what ESPN’s Football Power Index considers to be the 11th-toughest remaining schedule, as Notre Dame still has to face No. 14 NC State at home and go on the road to play No. 8 Miami and No. 20 Stanford. On Saturday, though, Notre Dame proved it’s a far different and better team than it was a year ago, and it has the potential to win out. If Notre Dame finishes 11-1 against what the FPI projects to be the No. 8 overall schedule in the country, it will have a great case for a top-four finish.

Note that there is no similar entry about Georgia’s chances.  It’s not just FPI that’s swinging Notre Dame’s way.  Sagarin ranks the Irish ahead of the Dawgs.  And here’s Bill Connelly’s backhanded praise for Notre Dame:

Even their lone loss burnishes their bona fides. The Irish fell 20-19 to a Georgia that has otherwise beaten every other opponent by at least three touchdowns. They’re the only team to hold the Dawgs under 31 points, and they’re one of two to score more than 14.

At least Georgia’s got that going for it.

That being said, there are two complications facing the Dawgs.  One, quite simply, is named Alabama.  If the pupil does indeed face off against the teacher in Atlanta, it will be with the general expectation that he won’t be the one to carry the day.  (The irony here that, if in fact Georgia does pull off the upset, a one-loss Alabama is still a lock to go to the semi-finals isn’t lost on me.)

If Georgia loses the SECCG, as most would expect, the second may be even more obvious.  Mickey is already peeing in his pants in anticipation of the growing possibility that Notre Dame, the national program, makes the playoff field.  If it’s a choice between the Irish and one-loss Georgia, that is going to be one tough narrative to overcome.  For one thing, the “Notre Dame didn’t win a conference title game” argument goes straight in the trash under that scenario.

It’ll make for one helluva debate in any event, as Wolken acknowledges.  It would likely wind up being the impetus for bringing the eight-team playoff into reality, Bill Hancock’s pious postulations notwithstanding.  If the Dawgs aren’t invited, though, that’ll be small consolation for us.  (Actually, for me, none at all.)

Bottom line here?  Alabama looks like a lock.  So does the eventual Big Ten champ.  If you’re Georgia, either hope for a second ND loss — but not a bad one! — or a helluva lot of chaos descending on the ACC and the Big 12.  Anything to make the selection committee’s job easier…

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UPDATE:  One thing to keep tucked in the back of your mind for now is that Georgia sits on top of the current CPI ratings (h/t).  Again, the usual caveat about a lot of football left to be played applies.

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Monday morning buffet

I’m already thinking about my Friday morning breakfast at T-Ray’s… er, focus, Blutarsky.

  • Need to get your mind right for Florida?  Here’s one suggestion(h/t Three Year Letterman)
  • Jerry Palm explores the possibility of two teams from the same conference getting into the CFP.
  • Georgia’s five-year cycle.
  • One thing I appreciate about Bill Connelly is that he never stops thinking of new ways to look at stats.  Here’s a piece about the question “At what point does play-calling begin to shift?”
  • “One of the weird things about figuring out how to judge teams throughout a season is that being too dominant can sometimes work against a team.”  Some people would call that Dawgrading.  Just sayin’.
  • Jake Fromm now has a burger named for him.
  • Will Dell McGee be a candidate for the open Georgia Southern job?

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