As if you didn’t know.
Which defenses are doing the best job of getting stops? Here's a midseason update.
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— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 20, 2021
As if you didn’t know.
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As you can probably guess, we’re already starting to see some shrinkage in schools receiving votes, down this week to 60 from last week’s 74. Here’s the top 25:
And here are the AP and Coaches Polls for this week:
Again, the level of correlation there is fairly high. It’s just that we get there more quickly.
Voting was slightly more Georgia-centric this week, at 63.3%.
We continue to give the Big Ten its fair share of credit.
Thoughts and observations:
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Okay, now that we’ve all taken our little snips at Mark Stoops for that time out at the end of the game, allow me to offer some words of praise. Kentucky is the best coached team that Georgia faced this season. Unlike, say, Arkansas, they came into a hostile environment — it was loud, peeps — and maintained their composure throughout the game. (I think their o-line was penalized for only one false start, which was impressive.)
They had a terrific game plan, which, unlike some of the other teams Georgia played, took into account the reality that Georgia’s offense is effective at scoring. The Dawgs only ran 47 plays on offense and were dominated in time of possession, allowing UK to run twenty more plays. That would have worked better if it weren’t for the fact that Georgia kept busting explosive plays when it had the ball. The Dawgs made those 47 plays count, well, except in the first quarter, when they weren’t particularly sharp.
And that’s the bottom line here. Georgia didn’t bring its A game against an undefeated opponent that was motivated, focused and had a good plan… and still dominated the game, winning by seventeen after that now infamous drive in garbage time. All the rest is commentary.
Speaking of commentary, on to the bullet points.
And so, the midseason run against ranked teams comes to an end. Oh, you didn’t realize Georgia heads to Jacksonville to face the unranked Florida Gators, after playing the nos. 8, 18 and 11 teams in the country? Yeah, well, I doubt many people saw that coming before the start of the season. In any event, I’m sure the Dawgs are about to get Dan Mullen’s best shot. I can’t wait.
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Dan is tearing it up on the recruiting trail. Just tearing it up.
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I’m not sure what’s behind the antagonism from the Cox publishing empire, but apparently Chip Towers shares his colleague Mike Griffith’s disdain for the Cocktail Party.
On Tuesday, Kirby Smart was asked about weighing out the positives and negatives of the annual rivalry being played at a neutral site, which has been done every year since 1996, with campuses only hosting the game twice since 1933.
“I haven’t even thought about it, Chip, to be honest with you,” Smart said. “I don’t concern myself with things I don’t control. All I’ll ever say is the home atmosphere we have is incredible and the ability to bring recruits in is big. If I knew every year, we’d have home games like we’ve had this year, it probably would be less of an issue, but it’s an issue when you don’t have what might be your biggest rivalry and you don’t have the ability to bring official visits in and recruits in every other year because you wouldn’t have it every year anyway. It certainly is valuable in the time when kids are deciding on the early signing date in December and enrolling in January. Those are the most critical weekends you can have to get kids on campus. I stand by the fact that we miss out on one of those opportunities every other year and everybody else in the country doesn’t.”
To reiterate why this question is tiresome:
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When it comes to any future in college football coaching, clearly Jeremy Pruitt’s run out of fucks to give.
The lawyer representing former Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt gave UT an ultimatum this month: Either reach a settlement with Pruitt by Oct. 29, or face a lawsuit that the lawyer claims has the potential to “cripple UT’s athletic programs for years.”
The university intends to stand its ground, with no plans to settle, promising a “vigorous defense” if Pruitt chooses to go to court. A lawsuit is a certainty if there’s no settlement, said Michael Lyons, Pruitt’s Texas-based lawyer, in an interview Tuesday with the USA TODAY Network.
“On behalf of my client, I can tell you that he’s not happy that this is the only choice they’ve left him with,” Lyons said, “but he’s not going to walk away without getting his day in court.”
“He’s going to file a lawsuit,” Lyons added. “They’re not leaving him much choice.”
Here’s the zero fucks part:
Lyons’ letter made no attempt to defend Pruitt, but instead threatened a lawsuit that would aim to embarrass the university and unmask widespread rule-breaking behavior Lyons alleges extends above and beyond Pruitt’s football staff…
Lyons made several broad assertions in his letter to UT that are not supported with details in his letter, writing that his law firm unearthed “startling information” that points toward NCAA rule-breaking conduct dating back several years and across multiple sports.
Lyons alleges that university administrators ignored or covered up NCAA violations occurring before and during the Pruitt era, and he wrote that UT’s administration was involved in or encouraged impermissible recruiting tactics. Lyons wrote that his firm has learned of impermissible booster involvement in recruiting across multiple sports.
“If Coach Pruitt is forced to file a lawsuit,” Lyons wrote, “it is inevitable that this information will become public, embarrass UT and those associated with it, including its largest donors, and result in debilitating NCAA sanctions.”
A potential lawsuit, Lyons wrote, is a “no-win situation” for Tennessee. [Emphasis added.]
Ummm… is it possible to bring anything new to the table that would embarrass UT? We’re going from a meteor game to a meteor lawsuit, except that, unlike the game, both sides can lose in discovery. And I’m all here for it.
Pruitt’s lawyer is the same dude who helped David Beaty prevail against Kansas. The problems he’s got here are that he doesn’t have Jeff Long on the other side and he’s already admitting his client’s hands aren’t exactly pristine.
Speaking of less than pristine, Pruitt’s former boss is having a sad.
“The days I interviewed each candidate for the head football coaching position at the University of Tennessee, including Jeremy Pruitt, I emphasized that you did not have to cheat to win at the University of Tennessee and that cheating would not be tolerated,” Fulmer told ESPN. “Jeremy has no one to blame but himself for his firing from UT. He had a great opportunity at a great university, and he simply screwed it up.”
He wasn’t the only person at UT who simply screwed up. I hope Jeremy’s attorney has a little dirt to share on Phil. Unleash the popcorn bags!
Georgia’s defense, in two bites. One:
Halfway through the regular season, no single UGA defender ranks among the top 10 in the SEC in any major statistical category, including sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions, and passes defended, or in the top 50 in total tackles.
I’m not gonna even ask my sarcastic “is that good?” here, it’s that obvious.
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