Daily Archives: November 2, 2020

Add another nooner to the stack

Your weekly reminder that most of the SEC East is hot garbage.

Fifth-ranked Georgia will wrap up a four-game stretch of games away from Athens with an early start time at Missouri on Nov. 14.

Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT) on ESPN.

Missouri is tied with South Carolina and Tennessee for third in the SEC East at 2-3.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the quarterback situation in a nutshell

What more can he say?

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UPDATE:  Well, this.

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UPDATE #2:  Oh, this, too.

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Have to admit it’s getting better

It’s easy to wallow in the feeling that Georgia’s offense is as lacking as it was last year, but that’s not really the case, at least as far as it goes with the change in offensive coordinators.  Take this factoid, for example:

Lawrence Cager’s long touchdown catch to make the game 24-10 against the Gators last year was Georgia’s first pass over 15 yards in SEC play. Fromm simply did not have primary receivers open. This year Georgia has 19 receptions of 15+ yards through five games of an all-SEC schedule.

That should tell us that Todd Monken is doing a great job designing and calling plays. They aren’t getting executed properly at all times, but Bennett is what we’ve got for now. Either way, if you’re blaming Todd Monken for the problems with this offense you are missing the mark.

Truth.  Frustrating, but truth nonetheless.

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Today, in ah, shit

I think the best word to describe Georgia’s injury situation is precarious.

Georgia will be without nose guard Jordan Davis and defensive tackle Julian Rochester for an undetermined amount of time following their respective injuries in Saturday’s 14-3 win at Kentucky.

According to sources, Davis fractured his elbow in the first half of the game, and will be out indefinitely. Rochester has an injury to his ACL.

As for cornerback Lewis Cine (ankle), linebacker Quay Walker, offensive lineman Ben Cleveland (neck), defensive back Tyrique Stevenson, running back Kenny McIntosh (knee) and wide receiver George Pickens (pec muscle),
their situations should become clearer as the week progresses ahead of Saturday’s game in Jacksonville against Florida.

Safety Richard LeCounte, who was injured Saturday night in a motorcycle accident, is expected to be out for an undetermined amount of time.

We’re about to find out how good all that ballyhooed recruiting really has been.  Buckle up, peeps.

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UPDATE:

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Honestly, that’s way more optimistic than I expected.

Or he could just be playing mind games with the Portal Master™. Either way works for me.

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Observations from the armchair, Bluegrass edition

If you had “Georgia will score fewer points against Kentucky than it did in last year’s downpour” in the pool, congrats.  If you doubled down on that after the Dawgs opened the game with a 12-play, all-run, scoring drive, congrats again.

Granted, it really shouldn’t have wound up that way.  Bennett’s first pick blew up a sure scoring drive, special teams screwed up a long field goal attempt and LeCounte blew a pick-six opportunity that hit him right in the bread basket.

That being said, UK never threatened after Georgia grabbed an early lead.  And after the lead went to eleven after the half, it almost seemed like it never intended to try.  The ‘Cats ran 31 plays in the second half and gained a total of 80 yards.  They only crossed midfield once.

After Stetson’s second pick, it seemed the coaches settled on the strategy that the only way to win was not to let Stetson play.  It worked, too.

On to this week’s bullet points…

  • If you’re gonna manball, you’d better have a running game.  Fortunately, the offensive line saw to that.  They turned in their best effort of the season run blocking.  They also didn’t allow a sack, although Ericson made me a little nervous there after he came it to play right guard.
  • I think at this point it’s pretty obvious that Zamir White is one of those backs who plays better once he gets a lather up.  Fortunately, they decided to feed the beast.  He ran hard, and, more importantly, he ran smart.  The touchdown run was pretty amusing, if only because it almost seemed like he stumbled as he realized how clear he was.
  • Another good game for Cook, doubters.  I loved how hard he ran on his first carry and his long reception was a real beauty as he cleared out of the backfield and gave Bennett an easy target.
  • When you only have nine total receptions on the day, there probably aren’t going to be a lot of things to say about the receivers.  The tight ends had a good day… blocking.  Washington’s catch was terrific, but he and McKitty should have had a few more, as they were frequently open.
  • I’ve written enough about Stetson already, except to state the obvious:  manball or no manball, Georgia won’t beat good teams if he remains turnover-prone.
  • The d-line took a hit when Davis left the game, but you could see it stabilize during that ridiculous 19-play drive that culminated in Kentucky’s only score of the day.  The young ‘uns forced to play more than expected did okay.
  • Which leads me to mention I like Kentucky’s offensive line, especially in the run game.  They’re feisty, well-coached and know how to hold (that’s a compliment, really).
  • One reason I know the replacements for Davis and Rochester did alright was because Nokobe Dean had a lot of tackles on the day, which is how that defense is supposed to work.
  • And one reason Kentucky had the success it did in the ground game — and to the extent it kept Georgia’s offense off the field, it was successful — was because I saw a lot of missed tackles out there.  Richard LeCounte having a lot of tackles on the day isn’t how that defense is supposed to work.
  • One thing I like about Lanning is that he stays aggressive, even when the other offense isn’t so much.  Four sacks on a day when I think Gatewood only attempted one relatively deep throw (that was, in fact, blown up by the pass rush).
  • Special teams did alright except for the poor snap on the long field goal attempt.  Not that there was much for them to do in a game with no returns.  Camarda outplayed last year’s Ray Guy award winner, for what that’s worth.
  • Between Kirby’s wishes and Bennett’s carelessness, Todd Monken walked a helluva tightrope.  And did well.  The running game gets better every week.  There are still open receivers running all over the place.  The game planning is solid; if only personnel could capitalize a little better on it.
  • Kirby’s post-game comments seemed almost happy, and I have the feeling he’d take games like this for the rest of his coaching career, even if they don’t suit the fan base.  I do give him credit for keeping things on an even keel as players started dropping as the game progressed.  On the other hand, calling for a very conservative game plan on offense played right into Stoops’ hand and could have made for a shakier day with another Georgia turnover or two.
  • That being said, it was an excellent occasion to avoid getting called for penalties.
  • My biggest disappointment of the game?  Only hearing Kavosiey Smoke’s name called once.

It wasn’t a game where we learned anything new about this team.  Given that Georgia was coming off a bye week, that’s a bit disappointing.  But not as disappointing as we’re likely to feel if Bennett can’t get his act together this week, turnover-wise.  Stay tuned.

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“Not named Alabama”

Before anybody jumps my case for leaving Georgia second in this week’s Power Poll, note a few stats:

This defense has done a very good job of keeping opposing teams from reaching the end zone.  Except for one, and I don’t see another SEC defense capable of doing any better.

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SEC Power Poll, Week 6

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One and fourteen are clear as day.  The rest?  Not so much.

  1. Alabama.  Funny how all that “are there cracks in the ‘Bama dynasty?” talk has died down.
  2. Georgia.  Manball 14 – Manball 3.
  3. Texas A&M.  The Aggies still have a decent chance of winning out.
  4. Florida.  If the Power Poll ranked dipshittery, the Gators would be first by a wide margin.
  5. Auburn.  Bo (Nix) bests Bo (Pellini).
  6. Kentucky.  Big gap between five and six this week, but UK’s story is being 2-4 with a +9 point differential.
  7. LSU.  Jesus, that was embarrassing.
  8. Arkansas.  The final score made things look closer than they really were.
  9. Ole Miss.  Junior’s team beat up on an FCS cupcake a Sun Belt cupcake Vanderbilt.
  10. South Carolina. Gets a chance to right itself this week against **checks notes** Texas A&M.
  11. Missouri.  Totally outclassed by a Florida team that was unable to practice for a couple of weeks.
  12. Tennessee.  I can’t believe I’m giving the Vols a bye week bounce.  Then again, it is November.
  13. Mississippi State.  Prior to 2020, a Mike Leach offense had never been held scoreless in a game.  Six weeks in, that’s happened twice in the SEC.
  14. Vanderbilt.  The saddest five words I can type are:  a historically bad Vanderbilt team.

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“The incident is being reviewed and the status of those involved is still unclear at this point.”

So, what do you think the over/under is on the number of Florida players who are suspended for the first half of the Cocktail Party by the SEC office?

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UPDATE:  And the answer is

Florida head coach Dan Mullen has been issued a reprimand by the Southeastern Conference and fined $25,000 for violating SEC Bylaws governing sportsmanship following Saturday’s football game between the University of Missouri and University of Florida.

Fines levied against schools and individuals in the Conference are directed into a fund supporting the SEC’s post-graduate scholarship program. Immediately following the altercation on Saturday, Florida defensive lineman Zach Carter and linebacker Antwuan Powell were ejected for the remainder of the game for fighting and Missouri outside linebacker Tre Williams was ejected for a flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct foul.

According to NCAA Football Playing Rule 9.5.1.b., ejections for fighting carry an automatic half-game suspension for the succeeding game which will result in Carter and Powell serving suspensions for the first half of Florida’s game against Georgia in Jacksonville on Saturday.

In addition, following video review of the incident, the SEC Office has issued a half-game suspension for Missouri linebacker Chad Bailey, offensive lineman Dylan Spencer and defensive lineman Markell Utsey for fighting action during the altercation. Each will miss the first half of Missouri’s game vs. Georgia on November 14 which follows a Missouri open date on November 7.

Nice double dip for the Dawgs.

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SEC net ypp, Week 6

We’re six weeks in, and here’s the conference order by net yards per play, with the offensive ypp and defensive ypp, respectively, in parenthesis.

As I’ve been doing, I also show the week-to-week change in the net figure (stats via cfbstats.com.)

  1. Alabama:  2.54 (7.95; 5.41) [net change:  +.15]
  2. Florida:  1.68 (7.50; 5.82) [net change:  +.39]
  3. Georgia:  0.99 (5.52; 4.53) [net change: +.33]
  4. TAMU:  0.54 (6.56; 6.02) [net change:  +.07]
  5. Auburn:  0.51 (5.81; 5.30) [net change:  +.41]
  6. Arkansas:  -0.18 (5.13; 5.35) [net change:  -.02]
  7. Kentucky:  -0.20 (4.83; 5.03) [net change:  -.43]
  8. Mississippi State: -0.31 (4.75; 5.06) [net change:  -.83]
  9. Ole Miss:  -0.31 (6.76; 7.07) [net change:  +.54]
  10. South Carolina:  -0.39 (5.60; 5.99) [net change:  DNP]
  11. Missouri:  -0.86 (5.37; 6.23) [net change: -.60]
  12. Tennessee:  -0.93 (4.88; 5.81) [net change:  DNP]
  13. LSU:  -1.02 (6.17; 7.19) [net change:  -.41]
  14. Vanderbilt:  -3.09 (4.41; 7.50) [net change:  +.21]

Here’s the current order for turnover margin.

  • +6:  Arkansas
  • +5:  Alabama
  • +4:  Auburn, Kentucky, LSU
  • +2:  South Carolina
  •  0:  Georgia
  • -1:  Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M
  • -3:  Ole Miss, Vanderbilt
  • -4:  Missouri
  • -12:  Mississippi State

And, observations:

  • Surprising story this week is the fairly significant swings in net ypp.  Only two of the twelve teams that played had changes of under one-tenth of a yard.
  • Does anybody think Mississippi State is done falling?
  • Alabama is first in net ypp by a decent margin and second in turnover margin, which seems like an excellent formula for outpacing the rest of the conference.
  • Man, LSU is turning out to be a not so good team.

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It’s **that** week, y’all.

So, this happened yesterday.

I gotta admit punching a helmet is about as dumb as it gets, but kudos to Wims for getting Hate Week going early.

Also, there is no truth to the rumor that McGarity is planning on suspending a player for the Cocktail Party in response.  (I keed, I keed… I think.)

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