Daily Archives: November 19, 2019

They’ll follow you anywhere.

Neutral site games — they’re not just for college football anymore!

The NFL has also talked internally about playing games in other cities in the U.S. which do not have pro teams, with some buzz about playing a game at Notre Dame or Alabama, as well as Hawaii and cities in Canada. It is viewed as a unique and profound way to grow the game globally and extend the reach of sales, merchandising and broadcast rights around the globe, with there only so much more room for growth within America.

Well, if I’m an NFL player with a choice of a game in Hawaii or Tuscaloosa, I know where I’d prefer to go.

Honestly, I can’t really imagine ‘Bama fans are going to be as taken with the Dolphins coming to town as they are with Nick’s team.  Can you?

(h/t)

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“I understand that people want a quick and easy fix.”

Well, that’s one thing you’ll never get at Vanderbilt.

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Today, in totally unrelated matters

Yeah, uhh hunh.

LSU linebacker Michael Divinity returned to practice on Monday, two weeks after leaving the team for what coach Ed Orgeron described at the time as personal reasons…

Divinity’s return comes on the heels of an LSU win over Ole Miss in which the defense gave up some 600 yards of offense, including more than 200 yards and four touchdowns from quarterback John Rhys Plumlee.

At the time Divinity left the team, before the Alabama game, he had 23 tackles in eight games and led the team with three sacks.

Man, what are the odds on that happening?  Must be astronomical…

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TFW the work comes first

This is impressive.

You go, girl.

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Believe your lying eyes.

In yesterday’s comments, Bill Glennon brought up this quote from Smart at his Auburn post-game presser:

On what Auburn was able to do differently in the fourth quarter…

“They just got hot, got on a rhythm. It’s not like we went conservative. We didn’t call different calls. We were ‘bend-but-don’t-break.’ They hit some plays. They went tempo. I thought Bo (Nix) got a little more confident. We had a couple of busts and when you combine those things, guys get hot. It wasn’t like they didn’t move it earlier, because they moved it earlier, we just had some really big stops. We didn’t have really big stops on the later drives. We didn’t get behind the sticks. They did a good job of personelling, Gus did a good job of searching till he found something. We didn’t have enough answers to what they were doing. Earlier in the game, we did and we kind of didn’t have enough answers when we needed it most. But I’ll say this, they went out there the last time and came up with some big stops.”  [Emphasis added.]

Now, wait a minute.  I’m no coaching genius — I’m no coach, period — but I can recognize a soft zone when I see one.  And I’m not the only one.  I watched the replay last night and Gary Danielson made the same observation.

You know who else did?  Seth Williams, Auburn’s leading receiver in the game ($$).

There are two sides to every football game, and Auburn’s offensive surge in the fourth quarter can’t be fully explained without pointing out what Georgia was doing on defense.

According to Williams, Georgia ran a lot of man coverage in the first three quarters of the game. That resulted in a heavier diet of slants and other man-beating routes for Williams, who finished with 13 catches on 20 targets.

That changed in the fourth quarter, when the Bulldogs decided to drop into more zone coverage — trying to prevent one mistake from turning into a huge play. Auburn’s second touchdown drive featured back-to-back first-down completions to Williams against zone coverage.

Pretty obvious, in other words.  But I guess Mr. Impose Your Will would rather have people criticize his choice of language than question his fourth quarter defensive strategy.

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Here’s a comparison I didn’t see coming.

First of all, because it’s coming from Kirk Herbstreit.

“I think Georgia’s a team that’s not going to win any style points, but because of the way they’re playing defense, it’s hard not to recognize them as a team that deserves to be up where they are,” Herbstreit said. “I think, in this era of flash and dash and scoring 45 and where’s the big-play ability, Georgia … they do it in an old-school way.”

Herbstreit compared Georgia to the 2002 national championship team at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes went 14-0 and 7-0 in Big Ten play with narrow wins over Cincinnati (23-19, Sept. 21), Northwestern (27-16, Oct. 5), Wisconsin (19-14, Oct. 19), Penn State (13-7, Oct. 26), Purdue (10-6, Nov. 9), Illinois (23-16, Nov. 16) and Michigan (14-9, Nov. 23).

Jan. 3, 2003, culminated the Buckeyes’ close calls with Ohio State’s 31-24 win over Miami in the national championship game — the point being, according to Herbstreit, that Georgia can get the job done despite the lack of the Bulldogs’ firepower.

“I remember when Ohio State — in 2002, they had a team that they would win every game by a touchdown or three points,” Herbstreit said. “It was close, wasn’t pretty and they ended up getting all the way to the national championship against Miami and they ended up playing well. You could argue at the end there whether that (was a) pass interference or not, but the point is they went toe to toe with the Miami Hurricanes in that national championship, ended up winning it. But if you looked at their regular season, there’s so many people that rolled their eyes and said, ‘Ah, they’re not that good. What are we doing here?’

“Georgia’s kind of that team. And if you look at the wins, they’ve got a couple wins to offset that embarrassing loss to South Carolina. And at the end of the day, for Georgia, it’s really not a subjective analysis to break them down. What they’ve done at this point — knocking off Notre Dame (23-17, Sept. 21), knocking off Florida — now they knock off Auburn on the road in a good game. They still have a chance to go to the SEC championship and play LSU. And if they beat LSU, there’s no arguing with Georgia, right?

“It might not be pretty, but it’s effective with the way they play defense, control the ball got a great back in (junior running back D’Andre) Swift, got a veteran quarterback in (junior Jake)Fromm and the receivers are making just enough plays. So … that to me is — they’re an interesting team, but I just love that they’re not going to get caught up in a ‘do they deserve it or not’ discussion because they’ve got, more than likely, LSU in that SEC Championship Game.”

Secondly, because I’m not sure that’s a particularly relevant comparison, given how much the world of college football offense has changed since 2002.  One quick example:  Boise State’s nationally leading 6.9 ypp that season would only rank eleventh currently, almost two yards per play behind Oklahoma.

Still, considering the source, it’s a nice thought.

(h/t)

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My Week 12 Mumme Poll ballot

Screenshot_2019-09-30 (1) Senator Blutarsky ( MummePoll) Twitter Last week, I pondered Alabama’s place in the college football world.  This week, my navel gazing centered on Georgia.  Again, I couldn’t quite pull the trigger.  Yes, the Dawgs’ defense is elite, but so are Clemson’s and Ohio State’s, and they’ve both got offenses more productive than Georgia’s.

End result is the same ballot I posted the prior two weeks.  All in all, it took about ten minutes to get there.

  • Clemson
  • LSU
  • Ohio State

Maybe next week.  How ’bout y’all?

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