Daily Archives: November 7, 2018

Georgia on his mind

Impressive work, Gus.

A Malzahn offense hasn’t scored beyond the first quarter against Georgia in the Bulldogs’ home state since 2009. That’s a stretch of four games and during that time Malzahn’s offense has been downright befuddling to watch against the Bulldogs in Samford Stadium and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Georgia has held Malzahn’s offense to three of the 10 worst offensive outputs in his 13 years as a college coach.

Really?  Tell us more.

Gus Malzahn’s worst offensive outputs
1. 117 yards vs. Clemson (Sept. 9, 2017)
2. 140 yards vs. Alabama (Nov. 26, 2011)
3. 164 yards vs. Georgia (Nov. 12, 2016)
4. 182 yards vs. Alabama (Nov. 26, 2016)
5. 193 yards vs. LSU (Oct. 24, 2009)
6. 195 yards vs. Georgia (Nov. 12, 2011)
7. 225 yards vs. Arkansas (Sept. 23, 2018)
8. 248 yards vs. LSU (Oct. 22, 2011)
9. 256 yards vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 18, 2015)
10. 259 yards vs. Georgia (Dec. 2, 2017)

Have no fear.  Gus is a first-rate mechanic.  He knows exactly what needs to be done to fix things.

“We’ve got to correct that,” Malzahn said. “We’ve got to do a better job, no doubt. They’re always a talented team. They’re always going to be one of the most talent-based teams in our league. When you go there, that’s a tough place to play, but we need to switch that up and we need to play well.”

Sounds like a plan, buster.



Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Georgia Football

Moar pesky stats

Kirby is doing good work, considering the effort made to develop the young talent.  What’s the opposite of a throwaway season?

Too bad Georgia’s being measured against the Death Star in Tuscaloosa.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Your 11.7.18 Playpen

I’m not even going to try to pretend y’all want to talk about anything other than the midterms.

Instead, I’m gonna let this dude lead things off today.

Go Dawgs!


Filed under GTP Stuff

One other random Georgia-Auburn observation

If there’s one thing that surprised me about Georgia’s wins over Florida and Kentucky, it’s that neither team tried to exploit the Dawgs’ defense with pace the way LSU did so successfully.

I don’t expect Auburn to make that three in a row.  Hope Smart and Tucker are ready for that.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Some random Georgia-Auburn stats

A few advanced stat snapshots about the next game…

First, note that Mel and Kirby coaxed four sacks out of the defense in the Kentucky game.  It seems the timing may be fortuitous.

Auburn’s offensive line hasn’t played well this season.  Aside from pass protection issues as noted by Chad, the Tigers are also twelfth in the SEC in yards per rushing attempt against conference opponents.

One area where Auburn has excelled — it was mentioned during the broadcast of the game with TAMU — is in red zone defense.

I’m guessing this would not be a good week to go power formation on their one-yard line, but, then again, I’d rather score than impose will.  Of course, the real solution to the Tigers’ red zone defensive prowess is simply to go around it.

Coincidentally, Georgia’s doing that 10+ yards and 20+ yards thing pretty damned well this season.

The Dawgs also have that bend, but don’t break thing down pretty well, too.

Making an Auburn offense with a creaky line work its way down the field for every point it gets seems like a wise strategy.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Okay, maybe it’s been a strange year.

Common theme here has been that Georgia is one of the most talented teams in the country, but it’s had difficulty playing consistently up to its potential.  Some, especially after the loss to LSU, have found that profoundly disappointing.

Take a look at Brian Fremeau’s advanced stats for an analytical take on Georgia’s 8-1 start.

Georgia claims two of the top four performances of the season — and was the victim in the third.

The reality is that the team has performed at an elite level most of the season.  That the perception is different is due to some extent because of the inconsistent showing in Baton Rouge, and to some extent because Alabama has been performing at an other-worldly level all season long.

For a team still getting its proverbial shit together, that ain’t half-bad.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Damn, Mel, I thought you had more sense than that.

I get having the ambition of wanting to be a head coach… but MarylandMaryland?  Why in Gawd’s name would you want to tackle Maryland?


Filed under Big Ten Football

Ixnay on the ackblay.

Kirby ain’t havin’ none of that blackout talk.

In other words, that fake juice cocktail won’t be served Saturday.


Filed under Georgia Football