Daily Archives: September 24, 2021

Herbie ❤ the Portal Master™.

At some point, we’re going to have to ask if Florida’s loss last week to Alabama was merely the greatest loss of the season, or the greatest loss in SEC history evahKirk Herbstreit’s on board with that shit, baby.

“Florida’s not into having moral victories but Florida’s got to feel really good about that game,” Herbstreit said on the ESPN College Football Podcast. “They had some missed opportunities, or maybe the win the game. My personal feeling is Dan Mullen is a hell of a coach. He works like a magician when it comes to quarterback play. I’m excited to see not just where Florida goes but the entire SEC.”

The magician.  At least we get a new nickname out of the slobbery, so there’s that.  But wait — there’s a warning!

“I walked away thinking ‘Ok Georgia, Ok Georgia. We were already putting you in Atlanta, that was a mistake,’” Herbstreit said, insinuating that he thinks Dan Mullen’s Florida team can beat Georgia this season. “We just always get reminders in this sport. Just when you think ‘I know,’ you don’t know.”

He’s certainly living proof of that.  Be afraid, Dawgs.  Be very, very afraid.

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A man’s gotta know his limitations.

If you haven’t read Bruce Feldman’s piece ($$) on how Southern Cal’s football program has fallen so far, you really should.  There are memorable quotes throughout, but the one that really got me came from a former assistant of Clay Helton, who had this to say about his former boss:

“Looking back on it,” the coach said, “he didn’t hire the right people, and maybe I am one of them. That sounds bad.”

Only because it is, brother.  I wonder what his current employer thinks about that.

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Life after losing

Say what you will about Boom, his former guys clearly like him.  And vice versa.

That exchange with Josh Vann is classic:  “They finally give me the ball!”

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First thoughts on the Vanderbilt game

I have to admit I find it a little hard getting up for this week’s game.  Avenging last year’s cancellation has more than a whiff of fake juice for me.  Saturday’s more of a git ‘er done kind of game.

Anyway, here are Jake Rowe’s key matchups:

Georgia’s secondary vs. Vanderbilt’s wide receivers: We can almost copy and paste this one for the rest of the season after the game Josh Vann had against the Bulldogs last week. Teams aren’t going to ram their head against the wall when it comes to trying to run the football against Georgia. Opponents are going to rest out the run game and they may have some success but what they’ll focus on is trying to create one-on-one opportunities like South Carolina did and attack the Bulldogs down the field. Vanderbilt has a solid group of receivers and it will certainly give it a shot, but the Bulldogs defensive backs will also have to tackle well as the Commodores like to get the ball out quickly.

Dawgs247’s take: Vandy doesn’t really have anyone of Vann’s caliber when it comes to taking the top off a defense. Their receivers, for the most part, are big, physical guys. Cam Johnson is a really good player but he is more of a possession guy. Still, the Bulldogs are going to have to play the ball in the air at some point because that’s the Commodores’ best chance of biting off chunks of yardage. It’s not just on the cornerbacks. When the Bulldogs leave the safeties back, those guys have to play with discipline and stay on top of vertical routes.

Georgia’s return game vs. Vanderbilt’s kicking game: Georgia is in the top half of the league in both punt and kickoff returns. Vanderbilt is near the bottom when it comes to opponent punt and kickoff returns. The Bulldogs are heavily favored in this game and one of the keys to making it go the way it should on paper is taking advantage in this area.

Dawgs247’s take: Georgia’s primary punt returning, Kearis Jackson, is getting healthier each week. He should have a chance to set the Bulldogs up with a short field or two in this game. The same goes for Kenny McIntosh in the kickoff return game. Vanderbilt has only had a couple of returns against it this season, but teams have been able to exploit the coverage.

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels vs. Vanderbilt’s defense on third down: Georgia is second in the SEC in third down conversions while Vanderbilt is fifth at preventing them. From a numbers standpoints, it has been a bright spot for the Commodores. Daniels excellent on third down a week ago as he returned to the starting lineup, and this is another area where the Bulldogs need to be effective in order to control this game.

Dawgs247’s take: The key here is getting in manageable situations. Daniels converted quite a few third-and-long opportunities against South Carolina but it’s tough to make a living that way. Keeping the offense on the field will go a long way toward wearing Vandy down and creating explosive plays in both the run and passing games. The Commodores are allowing over six yards per carry on the season, so UGA should be able to consistently stay in front of the chains.

One thing he doesn’t mention in his analysis is that running back Re’Mahn Davis is gone for the season after an injury in their last game.  For Vandy, it’s a pretty big deal, as Davis is their leading rusher, with 44 rushes for 211 yards.

Remember, at the moment, the ‘Dores are the only team in the conference with a negative net ypp.  They’re also next to last in turnover margin, at minus-4.  In other words, if both teams simply play up to average, this isn’t going to be close, even if Vandy is decent on defensive third down conversions.  I don’t expect much blowing from the Admiral.

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Donald Remy may be gone, but his spirit lives on.

The NCAA gets smacked in court.  Again.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Wednesday denied the NCAA’s request for dismissal of a lawsuit that seeks to have Division I athletes classified as employees of their schools who are entitled to hourly wages.

The ruling was the second in four weeks in which U.S. District Judge John R. Padova refused to dismiss the NCAA from the case. In the first, Padova ruled that lawyers for the plaintiffs had met the basic standard of plausibly alleging that athletes “are employees … for purposes of the” Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Ominously,

… under an amended complaint that Padova is allowing the plaintiffs to file, a new set of schools will be added to the case, including the University of Oregon, the University of Arizona, Notre Dame, Duke and Purdue.

Plaintiff’s counsel does a good job of boiling down his clients’ position to this:

And he contends that the evidence will show that “anytime a student does non-academic work that benefits the university,” the student gets paid. “If the student showing you to your seat or selling you popcorn meets the standard” of being an employee, then “the students who are at the heart of the enterprise” do, as well.

Cue the NCAA’s patented whistling in the dark.

The NCAA said in a statement Wednesday night: “The ruling is based on a preliminary view of the plaintiffs’ allegations, and we are confident that when the court has a chance to see the actual evidence, it will agree with the many previous courts who have held that student-athletes are not employees.”

It’s as if Alston never made it to the Supreme Court.  Oh well, as long as they keep paying the lawyers’ bills…

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TFW time isn’t on your side

With the meteor game approaching for a coach in his inaugural season in Knoxville, this probably isn’t what you want to hear from him as he’s about to face college football’s top rushing team.

… That Florida became so good so quickly at running the option is certainly a concern for all Gators foes given that they likely didn’t prepare for it back in the spring or even in preseason camp.

Heupel already has admitted as much.

“For the most part, it’s been this week,” Heupel said. “In year one of a program and certainly the time when we took over, the majority of reps were just getting your work installed as far as what you do and getting the kids up to speed.”

To be fair, UT’s actually been very good defending the run so far this season, ranking second in the conference.  Doubtful that’s gonna be enough Saturday, though.

It is a meteor game, so I don’t care which team turns out to be the winner.  What I am hoping for is that Florida jumps out to an early lead, Tennessee claws its way back into the game and then can’t finish the job.  Transitive moral victories, for the win!

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They must be doing something right.

We fret over the o-line’s performance, but here’s something that suggests things aren’t as bad as they might feel like they are.

Daniels is 14th on that list, with a pressure rate about 1/3 under the league average.  In other words, he’s getting more than decent pass protection.

If Luke can get the kinks worked out in run blocking, this offense has a chance to be hell on wheels.

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“This is going to provide the coaches with some relief.”

The Nick Saban Additional Support Act of 2021 is one step closer to reality.

The NCAA football oversight committee has moved forward a recommendation to increase the 2022 signing class limit by up to seven additional spots, as a way to offset transfer departures. The Division I Council will vote on final approval for the proposal on Oct. 5 or 6.

The move comes amid a push from coaches for the ability to more fully restock their rosters in the age of one-time transfers with no penalty, which began this year. Transfers have also increased since the implementation of the transfer portal in 2018. Current NCAA rules only allow for up to 25 players in a new football signing class and 85 total scholarship players. If this proposal passes, teams could replace up to seven departing transfers above that 25-player limit.

It’s for the lazy, but it will benefit the diligent roster manager the most.  And it a year’s time, when they have to come up with something to replace it, they’ll all be scratching their asses, wondering why it played out the way it did and how they can fix the new problem they’ve created.

Lather, rinse, repeat, in other words.  Good work, fellas.

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