Daily Archives: December 7, 2020

Today, in fine for thee but not for me

The next time you hear a coach talk about commitment, you might want to have him define what he means first.

It’s amazing how these guys expect their bullshit to be taken seriously.

(h/t)

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What the hell has happened to Jeff Sagarin’s computer?

The machine that has routinely underrated Georgia for years has this season’s bunch currently ranked… fifth?

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UPDATE:

I think this says more about the 2020 season than it does about Sagarin’s computer.

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Another point of Bulldog pride

Shot.

Chaser.

Leave the damned bottle on the bar and go away.

That one made me laugh out loud.

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Where’s the fire, ‘Cocks?

Sure, I get that there’s no live contact allowed with recruits and that Shane Beamer can Zoom just as effectively from Norman as he can from Columbia, but can somebody tell me what the hurry was on South Carolina’s end to hire somebody who has no experience as a coordinator, let alone as a head coach?  I mean, were there any schools other than SC that were knocking down Beamer’s door to hire him?

I don’t really need to tell you who Beamer’s agent is, do I?

Here’s an awesome rationale for the pick ($$):

Because he won’t require a buyout to hire, he’s also an economic choice for the Gamecocks, who are trying to budget paying off Muschamp’s buyout.

Most schools get the head coach they deserve.  We’ll see what that means in this case.

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The road to hell is sometimes paved with bad intentions.

This is what cheapening the regular season looks like.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has already done the deed. Last week the league gamed its own system to alleviate stress on its best football programs, declaring the regular season over on Saturday for Notre Dame (1) and Clemson (2). The phrase used in the release announcing the decision said the league’s athletic directors voted “to preserve the integrity of the ACC football championship game.”

Orwell would be proud of that phrase.  And they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Now we’ll see whether the Big Ten is ready to pull its own legislative switcharoo to enhance the playoff chances of its big dog, Ohio State (3). The undefeated Buckeyes have played just five games, and the Saturday matchup with hated rival Michigan (4) is in doubt as the Wolverines grapple with COVID-19 issues. If they don’t play and another Big Ten team does not materialize as a fill-in opponent, Ohio State won’t have played enough games to qualify for the Big Ten East championship and a spot in the conference title game. The CFP Committee selection criteria does include conference champions as a factor, and chairman Gary Barta has said number of games played has been a major discussion point.

Which leads us to the Big Ten’s potential gaming of its system. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who chaired the league’s return-to-play committee and swings a big stick in the conference, said “that’s something we’ve got to revisit,” regarding Ohio State’s tenuous status and the six-game minimum rule to win a division.

Yeah, Barry, you guys got to.

I know this is all being done under cover of a pandemic, but the message being sent is an old one, or at least one going back to the Big 12 tearing up its round robin scheduling to graft on an unnecessary championship game.  That message is CFP über alles.  And ultimately, it’s an approach that will ruin a unique American sport.  Not that they care as long as the checks keep rolling in.

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Move over, boys, there’s a new 3-18 sheriff in town.

I knew things were lopsided in the Meteor Game rivalry, but I have to admit I didn’t realize they were this lopsided.

Florida’s win over the Vols was its 15th in the last 16 years.

In other words, Tennessee is going to have to split the next four games to better Georgia’s futility streak against the Gators.  And most of those Georgia losses came against Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer.  UT has managed this against the likes of Boom and McElwain.

Helluva run, guys.

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Well played, Corch.

Gotta admit, leaking the news you’re not taking a job offer from Texas may be an even more effective way of kneecapping Tom Herman than taking the job outright.  Now Urban can sit back and enjoy the sound Herman makes twisting in the wind for the next couple of weeks until the end mercifully comes.

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SEC net ypp, Week 11

By now, you know the drill, right?

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:  3.08 (8.09; 5.01) [net change:  +.15]
  2. Florida:  1.76 (7.35; 5.59) [net change:  +.11]
  3. TAMU:  1.02 (6.39; 5.37) [net change:  +.01]
  4. Georgia:  0.83 (5.81; 4.98) [net change: DNP]
  5. Arkansas:  0.43 (6.03; 5.60) [net change:  -.15]
  6. Missouri:  0.18 (5.88; 5.70) [net change: +.07]
  7. Ole Miss:  -0.04 (7.02; 7.06) [net change:  DNP]
  8. Auburn:  -0.20 (5.68; 5.88) [net change:  -.12]
  9. Kentucky:  -0.44 (5.10; 5.54) [net change:  +.23]
  10. Mississippi State: -0.70 (4.90; 5.60) [net change:  DNP]
  11. Tennessee:  -1.07 (4.90; 5.97) [net change:  -.20]
  12. South Carolina:  -1.21 (5.35; 6.56) [net change:  -.01]
  13. LSU:  -1.60 (5.49; 7.09) [net change:  -.11]
  14. Vanderbilt:  -2.44 (4.78; 7.22) [net change:  DNP]

Here’s the current order for turnover margin.

  • +8:  Arkansas
  • +7:  Kentucky
  • +6:  Alabama
  • +4:  TAMU
  • +3:  Auburn
  • +2:  Florida
  • +1:  LSU
  • -2:  Georgia, Ole Miss
  • -3:  Missouri, Tennessee
  • -4:  South Carolina
  • -8:  Mississippi State
  • -9:  Vanderbilt

And, observations:

  • This is the first week of the season that the team order did not change, for what that’s worth.
  • There is a legitimate chance that LSU finishes the season with the worst defensive ypp in the conference.
  • Is it fair to say, based on net ypp and turnover margin, that Arkansas’ record should be better than 3-6?  I think so.
  • “Alabama is ridiculous” is an evergreen comment at this point.

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TFW you **really** want to be a head coach

Gotta admit I didn’t see this one coming.

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SEC Power Poll, Week 11

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Welp, the SECCG is lined up.

  1. Alabama.  That 55-17 win was the Tide’s largest margin of victory against LSU since 1925.
  2. Florida.  The Gators kind of farted around with Tennessee all day.
  3. Texas A&M.  Kellen Mond isn’t elite, the Aggies have no deep passing game to speak of, but, oh, that offensive line.
  4. Georgia.  No SEC East title for you this year, Dawgs.
  5. Missouri.  The Tigers are 5-3, despite being underwater in net scoring.  It’s been that kind of year for the SEC.
  6. Auburn.  Honestly, I wish I could drop them further, but the rest of the conference is that mediocre, or worse.
  7. Ole Miss.  Eh, why not.
  8. Kentucky.  Basically wound up beating the teams they were supposed to beat, and lost to everyone else.
  9. Arkansas.  Can’t blame that loss on the officials.  And the Hogs’ reward is being Alabama’s tuneup for the championship game.
  10. LSU.  If your program’s gonna fall off the table for a season, 2020 is a good time for that.
  11. Mississippi State.  If they get somewhat healthy, the Bulldogs finish with Auburn and Missouri.  So I’m saying there’s a chance.
  12. Tennessee.  Six straight losses by double digits, but at least there’s Vanderbilt this week.  At least, the Vols hope there’s Vanderbilt this week.
  13. South Carolina.  Mercifully, the Gamecocks’ season is over.
  14. Vanderbilt.  The ‘Dores are having a December to remember, which they’d like to forget.

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