Daily Archives: November 16, 2020

A bright future in sales

This is such good coachspeak that it would make Kirby jealous he hadn’t thought of it first.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Georgia Football

The hire, fire blues, B-M edition

A sixty percent success rate on coaching hires?  Shit, where do we sign up?


Filed under Georgia Football

And the hits just keep on coming.

What are the odds that’s this week’s sole postponement?



Filed under SEC Football, The Body Is A Temple

Is LSU the Baylor of the SEC?

Sure is a lot of denial going on in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s failure to adequately address sexual misconduct goes beyond one star running back, a USA TODAY investigation found. Officials in the university’s athletic department and broader administration repeatedly have ignored complaints against abusers, denied victims’ requests for protections and subjected them to further harm by known perpetrators.

At least seven LSU officials had direct knowledge that wide receiver Drake Davis was physically abusing his girlfriend, a different LSU women’s tennis player, but they sat on the information for months, while Davis continued to assault and strangle her. In another case, the school determined that a fraternity member had sexually assaulted two women, but it refused to move him out of classes he shared with one of them and altogether ignored an allegation against him by a third female student.

USA TODAY also found three cases in which, rather than expelling or suspending male students found responsible for sexual assault, LSU allowed them to stay on campus. The men, non-athletes, received “deferred suspensions,” a probationary period during which they must stay out of trouble.

In a fourth case, LSU deferred the suspension of a man who stalked and sexually harassed a fellow student, even after he’d pleaded no contest in court to telephonic harassment.

The article is pretty damning and so is the school’s reluctance to provide information about the incidents.

Sadly, the NCAA has already indicated with Baylor that it’s not willing to go very far in confronting its member institutions over this, so that leaves things up to Greg Sankey.  One wonders if he’s prepared to be as stern with LSU as he was with, say, Hugh Freeze.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, SEC Football

He’s not the Messiah!

This week’s burning question:  JT Daniels, will he or won’t he?

If the answer is yes, Graham notes that it’s kind of a big deal.

No matter what theory you subscribe to, the fact is that Georgia is about to rollout a guy who is one of the highest-rated quarterback recruits of all-time. He was the future of USC football until a torn ACL knocked him out after playing only one half of football in the 2019 season. If you are one of folks who insist USC wouldn’t have let him go if he was that good, I sincerely hope you haven’t been posting about Justin Fields and Jacob Eason for the last two years. Stuff happens in football, and sometimes a new player asserts himself. That doesn’t mean the injured quarterback is bad.

Rivals rated Daniels as the #2 quarterback in the country, behind only Trevor Lawerence, as a sixteen year-old. As a seventeen year-old he played a full season of Power 5 football on a bad team that would have been way worse without him. The guy is a tremendous talent, and he possesses all of the physical tools that Stetson Bennett IV lacks while having a lot of the experience and coverage reading abilities that Dwan Mathis lacks.

Yeah, but what has he done for us lately?  (I keed, I keed.)

That all being said, while it’s true that Daniels brings things to the table that the offense surely needs, it’s probably not wise to get too invested in the ability of a quarterback who hasn’t faced live action in more than a year, who’s recovering from a serious knee injury and is learning an entirely new offense with new teammates almost on the fly.

Even if he’s past the injury bug, he’s not going to turn Georgia into an offensive powerhouse overnight.  The good thing is that the bar for success is much lower than that.  If Daniels manages to hit open receivers with any degree of consistency, he’ll be chicken soup for Todd Monken’s soul.  I’d take that; so would you.


UPDATE:  More and more, it’s looking like…


Filed under Georgia Football

Same as it ever was.

Every once in a while, I find little surprises when I check the blog’s data.  There’s one this morning, in that right now, this is the most read post on the blog today.  Talk about your golden oldie!

The question, is why, of course.  And the answer can be found here.

♦ Oregon State was driving to take a fourth-quarter lead when it ran a third down and 1 play inside the Huskies’ 5-yard line. The Beavers appeared to make the first down. The spot looked short and bad. OSU then ran a fourth and 1 play, and again appeared to make the first down. The spot again looked bad (See: Jon Wilner tweet with photos). UW took over on downs. It was a game-changing sequence.

♦ The Beavers’ game vs. Washington kicked off at 8 p.m. on FS1. It was apparent in watching the game that the television crew had a limited number of camera angles. I’ve been in the Centralized Command Center in San Francisco on game day. It’s an impressive set-up. But what surprised me was learning how inconsistent the number of cameras was from Pac-12 game to game.

Mike Ortiz, the conference’s senior director of video operations, showed me a dozen angles in one Pac-12 stadium that day and only six on another, for example. Six is the minimum number of cameras for any conference game.

Guess how many were at Husky Stadium on Saturday night?

Answer: six.

Here’s Wilner’s tweet:

It’s a bad call, and it had an impact on the game.

Give Larry Scott credit for this, at least — he’s upholding the Pac-12’s long tradition of being the shittiest officiated P5 conference.  (That’s saying a lot, too.)  It’s your Pac-12 point of pride.


Filed under Pac-12 Football

This is what you get instead of an Observations post this week.

So, after watching the three conference games this weekend, and seeing these bits of data ($$)

  • Florida quarterback Kyle Trask threw six touchdowns in a 63-35 win against Arkansas, giving him 28 TD passes through six games, which is an SEC record.

  • Vanderbilt scored 35 points against Kentucky. The Wildcats had allowed 41 offensive points in the previous four games combined.

  • Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore became the first player in SEC history with at least 225 receiving yards in consecutive games.  Moore finished with 13 catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-42 win against South Carolina and had 14 catches for 238 yards and three TDs in the previous game against Vanderbilt.  Matt Corral became the first Ole Miss quarterback to throw for 500 yards in a game, finishing 28-for-32 for 513 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

… a question popped into my mind for which there was no easy answer:  who is Georgia’s best offensive player this season?  You know, someone whom a defensive coordinator has to account for in drawing up a game plan.  Someone who’s good enough to give his offense an identity.  Someone whose level of play is high enough that fans from other schools recognize it.

Before the season, I would have said George Pickens, but he’s had a quiet year.  Zeus?  Eh, I’m not even sure I’d say he was Georgia’s best running back right now.  Kearis Jackson’s having a nice year, but not a dominant one.

Hell, if you put a gun to my head, I might wind up with Ben Cleveland.  He hasn’t missed a game and has been consistent.  That’s not exactly Kyle Trask material, though.

Who do you have?  And is it a problem in a year dominated by offense that Georgia doesn’t have a dominant skill position player?  (That’s a rhetorical question, in case you’re wondering.)


Filed under Georgia Football

SEC net ypp, Week 8

Again, lots of cancellations make for little updated data.

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:  DNP]
  2. Florida:  1.30 (7.36; 6.06) [net change:  -.47]
  3. TAMU:  1.15 (6.71; 5.56) [net change:  DNP]
  4. Auburn:  0.51 (5.81; 5.30) [net change:  DNP]
  5. Georgia:  0.39 (5.42; 5.03) [net change: DNP]
  6. Kentucky:  0.25 (5.29; 5.04) [net change:  +.45]
  7. Arkansas:  0.19 (5.65; 5.46) [net change:  +.09]
  8. Ole Miss:  -0.14 (7.06; 7.20) [net change:  +.20]
  9. Mississippi State: -0.62 (4.59; 5.21) [net change:  DNP]
  10. Missouri:  -0.86 (5.37; 6.23) [net change: DNP]
  11. LSU:  -1.02 (6.17; 7.19) [net change:  DNP]
  12. Tennessee:  -1.09 (4.74; 5.83) [net change:  DNP]
  13. South Carolina:  -1.12 (5.54; 6.66) [net change:  -.12]
  14. Vanderbilt:  -2.22 (4.81; 7.03) [net change:  -.15]

Here’s the current order for turnover margin.

  • +8:  Arkansas
  • +5:  Alabama
  • +4:  Auburn, Kentucky, LSU
  • +1:  Florida, TAMU
  •  0:  South Carolina
  • -2:  Georgia
  • -3:  Ole Miss, Tennessee
  • -4:  Missouri
  • -7:  Mississippi State
  • -8:  Vanderbilt

And, observations:

  • Granted, there were only three games played, but there were no changes in turnover margin this week.  Weird.
  • Todd Grantham may not be the best defensive coordinator in the country, but he’s certainly the most fortunate.  It’s a damned shame Georgia didn’t get better quarterback play against that defense.
  • Ordinarily, I’d say South Carolina’s shoddy defensive play this season would be a black mark on Muschamp’s future hiring chances, but who am I kidding here?
  • For the first time all season, exactly half the conference is in the black on net ypp.

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Filed under SEC Football, Stats Geek!

SEC Power Poll, Week 8


When less than half of the conference manages to get in a game, it feels kinda silly to run a power poll, but I’ll carry on.

  1. Alabama.  You know if the Tide looks the slightest bit rusty this week, Saban’s gonna bitch about having that double bye, right?
  2. Texas A&M.  Don’t even think about a bye week bounce for the Aggies.
  3. Florida.  I hate to say it, but Dan Mullen is now the leading candidate for SEC Coach of the Year.
  4. Georgia.  Is JT Daniels all that’s standing in the way of 2020 becoming a throwaway season?
  5. Auburn.  The only thing better than a bye week is getting to play a reeling Tennessee squad.
  6. Arkansas.  Didn’t get the turnovers they needed to win, the Hogs still managed 13.2 yards per pass attempt, 6.5 yards per rush — and lost by four touchdowns.
  7. LSU.  The Tigers get the coveted bye week bounce.
  8. Kentucky.  You want proof there’s no defense in the SEC this year?  The ‘Cats gave up 35 points to Vanderbilt.  Sheesh.
  9. Ole Miss.  This is easily the most entertaining team in the conference.  It would almost be a shame if Junior ever gets a defense.
  10. Missouri.  The Tigers get to play South Carolina, post-Boom, this week.
  11. Tennessee.  Currently 2-4, with three ranked teams left on the schedule, the Vols’ chances for a winning season look slim.
  12. South Carolina.  Let’s welcome the Mike Bobo era in Columbia!
  13. Mississippi State.  Who would have thought before the season that a Leach-coached offense would be last in the conference in scoring?
  14. Vanderbilt.  Don’t look now, but the ‘Dores are showing signs of life on offense.


Filed under SEC Football

Fabris Pool results, Week 11

With only a half slate this week, there was no tiebreaker, so we’ve got a logjam at the top, with a bunch of lossless finishers.

Screenshot_2020-11-16 Fun Office Pools

You’re all winners in my book.  Congrats!

The seasonal race remains very tight.

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On to Week 12, as I wonder if I can make the number of cancelled games the tiebreaker…

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