Goose egg

For what it’s worth, per Seth Emerson ($$), Kirby Smart has never tasted defeat at the hands of Dan Mullen.

They have matched up in eight of the past nine seasons, and each time Smart’s team has won. The first seven times Smart was Alabama’s defensive coordinator and Mullen was Mississippi State’s head coach. Last year, it was Smart as Georgia’s head coach. The 8-0 record is one thing.

Mississippi State, in eight games against Smart’s defenses at Alabama and Georgia, has averaged just 7.9 points and 274.6 yards.

If they want to keep that going, I’m okay with it.

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28 responses to “Goose egg

  1. Bulldog Joe

    After last night’s offensive performance, MSU fans would take Mullen back tomorrow, no questions asked.

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  2. Legatedawg

    …and the Dawgs are 2-0 against the Todd Graham D since 2013. Hopefully 3-0 within the week.

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  3. Granthams replacement

    My inner Munson is screaming Seth just jinxed us.

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  4. RangerRuss

    Kirby needs to get his emotions under control and Fromm needs to get his shit together or it’s gonna be a miserable weekend.

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  5. We are going to have to do something early to knock the wind out of them. If there was ever a time to unleash the receiving corps we’ve been so hyped to have, it is now. I’d love to see two quick hitters to go up 14 and then begin the “impose our will” on a long scoring drive to just kill their will.

    I’m sadly not expecting it, though.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Prepare to play a four quarter (or longer) game. Haven’t played many of those this season. Impatience helped get us beat last week.

      I expect this one to play out like the Notre Dame game last season. It’s the season-defining game for both teams.

      It’s the game you want as a player.

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      • Macallanlover

        Give me that MSU front 7 and we will waltz the rest of the way to Atlanta. They stuffed LSU’s run game and put it on Burrow’s shoulders, that didn’t work. LSU’s offense had one touchdown, and that was on a 5 yard drive after a turnover. Man do I miss having a stout defense.

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    • Doyle Hargraves

      We unleashed it last week and Jake overthrew him by 5 yds. We connect there and it changes the entire game. Jake has not been accurate throwing down the field all year. Those are throws that can’t be missed in the type of offense UGA wants to run. Think Phil Simms with those 80’s Giants teams. He was always efficient and that’s basically the offense CKS wants to run. And it can still be run and run with success in CF due to the talent gaps. If Jake isn’t efficient, he needs to be replaced. I know. I know. But someone with Fields’ talent can extend a lot of drives. We’re not gonna win Natty this year, but we could next and the year after with Fields. Watch Alabama. His ability to run, along with a helluva an arm scares the shit out of every team they face. But he never has anyone in his face or around his feet. They’re scared to blitz. Our overall level of talent on offense is right there with them. Offensive line included. I’m pulling for Jake. I was born, raised and still live in WR, but Bellichick didn’t give Bledsoe (a guy working on a HOF resume at the time) his job back in ‘01 and the rest is history. That took balls and could’ve upset a lot of people if had not have turned out like how we know it turned out. I suspect CKS is wrestling daily with a similar decision these days. Replacing an SEC championship QB, especially at UGA, is a tough predicament to be in. But if you wanna beat the master, you gotta be willing to be as ruthless.

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  6. ASEF

    Even Mullen’s high water mark offenses couldn’t get it going against Kirby’s defenses. But Kirby’s defenses always sported better linebacker and interior DL play than this year’s crew.

    This is the kind of”identity” game Kirby wants his team to win – tons of rushes in between the tackles, imposing your will, out-executing your opponent and making them quit.

    I think Georgia pulls away in the second half.

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  7. J.G.

    May I revisit the LSU game to ask a Dumb About Football question? If Aranda was confusing Jake all game long by disguising coverage downfield, why didn’t the coaches 1) tell Jake to throw to the RBs and TEs (caveat: he was mostly terrible at it the few times he attempted it), and 2) call more quick, short passes and WR screens to Mecole & Co.? Oh, yeah: and 3) run the dang ball?

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    • Bulldog Joe

      LSU was winning the one-on-one battles with man coverage. Not much disguising going on except for a few line stunts and blitzes.

      Kindley and Thomas playing hurt may have discouraged the staff from going more with the run game or releasing the TEs and backs in the pass game after Thomas re-aggravated his injury. With Cleveland unavailable, it appeared the staff was not confident in subbing in second team lineman against LSU’s front.

      Best explanation I can offer.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        Quicker passes to the sticks made more sense. We had fallen in love with those long back-shoulder throws against lesser competition, such that we often lost sight of where the sticks were. I suspect the extra safety for run support discouraged Fromm from calling the run, even though Holyfield and Swift were fully capable of running him over.

        No doubt the pre snap reads were reviewed and adjusted last week, but solving the line issues are the key to success. Glad we have two weeks.

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        • J.G.

          Thanks, Joe. Good answer(s).

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        • Skeptic Dawg

          I stated this earlier in the week, but it is worth mentioning again give your line about the OL and two weeks. Matt Stinchcomb was on the radio a few weeks ago and said that an O-line that struggles with pass protection will not improve during the season. He reasoning was that to improve pass pro linemen have to improve their footwork and technique and that takes far too long to fix during the season. So, I am afraid that we will continue to see poor pass protection, which will lead to seeing a rattled Fromm and poor throws, for the remainder of the season. The one expection to this would be Cleveland’s return and a healthy Thomas. It’s kinda funny if think about it. 2018 Fromm looks a hell of a lot like 2016 Eason…sloppy footwork, locking on to WR’s, throwing into double coverage, holding on the the ball too longand poorly throw balls. Just goes to show what a difference an O-line can make.

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          • J.G.

            That’s a scary comparison. Here’s hoping Cleveland gets back for UK. Why we played Thomas against Vandy, I have no idea.

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  8. Uglydawg

    Watched KY/Vandy (between OSU/Perdue and LSU/Mst..
    Kentucky didn’t look like a top twenty team…But we see what happens week to week with these games. You never can tell.
    But if Georgia CAN get on track (that’s what is needed because Georgia has a better team than Florida ), Kentucky should be more than doable.
    Georgia last week, and Ohio St. last night, showed us what happens when the better team is “off the tracks”.
    This is all on the coaches..preparing this team to do what it is designed and capable of doing. This game is huge. Win the East, get to ATL and the opportunity expected is awaiting.

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  9. Macallanlover

    Agree about Kentucky looking more vulnerable last night than I had assessed them for. A good part of that is Snell not being 100% and he is the obvious key to that offense. Their QB should allow us to be more aggressive in the secondary to allow run support and use man coverage.
    Still going to be a tough game on the road but as you said, more doable than I thought a week ago.

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  10. DCBasham

    College Game Day is coming to Jax, and tgat’s bad news for Georgia. UGA has the lowest win percentage of any program that has appeared on Game Day at least 15 times. This will be their 20th appearance. The Bulldogs are 5-14 all time when Game Day is there, a sparkling .263 win percentage. Florida, on the other hand, is 24-13 in 37 Game Day appearances, with a .649 win percentage (which is higher than Alabama’s .643). Short, sharp take: Florida tends to show up in this kind of big-time game. Georgia typically does not.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Previous coaching staffs’ record. A TV show will have no effect on the outcome of this one.

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      • Agree . I’m hopeful we can chalk that up to “ old Georgia”.
        We win Saturday and that’s further evidence we’re in a better era.
        Lose and ,well, I don’t really want to think about that now.

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  11. MDDawg

    I couldn’t read the article because of the pay wall. Is there a reason Seth only went back 9 seasons? Mullen was still OC at Florida in 2008 when they beat Bama in the SEC CG. I’m guessing they’re just counting from when Mullen became a head coach for purposes of this article.

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