December 6, 2021 · 9:33 AM
It could be worse. You could be a Clemson fan today.
Dabo’s gotta replace both coordinators. His AD is about to bolt for greener pastures in Miami. He’s got a quarterback problem that makes Smart’s look simple.
All that’s before you get to that hideous purple/orange jersey configuration. Just sayin’.
December 6, 2021 · 8:45 AM
One of the more puzzling decisions on Saturday was giving William Poole his first career start. As Graham points out, it wasn’t a success.
‘Bama feasted on the STAR position all night, and, no, it wasn’t just because of Metchie and Williams. I know Brini’s play slid as of late, but he was still one of Georgia’s best end zone coverage guys and I can think of an Alabama touchdown or two where he might have been useful.
December 6, 2021 · 8:35 AM
I didn’t think I could laugh about Saturday night, but I was wrong.
That last line slays.
December 6, 2021 · 8:15 AM
Man, the folks in Montana have to be going nuts over the helmet vs. helmet scene coming to the Orange Bowl:
Suppose we went to, say, Montana. And suppose we found 100 “average” college football fans (not necessarily message-board crazies, but not twice-a-year viewers, either) and put them in a room. If I held up a Michigan helmet, my guess is all 100 would know exactly what it was…
But if I held up a Georgia “G” helmet, how many of them do you think would be able to identify it off the top of their head?
I hope the announcers will help with that.
December 6, 2021 · 8:00 AM
Amidst everything else that went on this weekend, you may have missed this:
Leach faces the school he still insists cheated him out of $2.4 million when they fired him?
That first presser is gonna be lit. It might be better than the game itself.
December 6, 2021 · 7:45 AM
Over/under on the number of times Smart and Harbaugh are reminded about this quote in their next pressers?
December 6, 2021 · 7:30 AM
“We didn’t finish on the quarterback, meaning he outran the guy,” Smart said. “We got pressure, we didn’t finish and we didn’t cover at a premium. And a lot of it has to do with him. Him being a good athlete and their skill guys outside beating us one-on-one. Against other teams when we didn’t pressure, we didn’t get exposed. When you don’t pressure this guy and you don’t put a body on a body, he’s so accurate. And they’re dynamic against zone. Their numbers are just staggering when you play zone against them. They do a great job of that. You have to find ways to get him on the ground and pressure him.” [Emphasis added.]
And yet, Georgia came out playing zone! Funny how ‘Bama anticipated Lanning and Smart would stick with what they’d done all season and made them pay for it.
But, sure, something, something, Stetson Bennett.
December 6, 2021 · 7:00 AM
Look what that sweet federal money is buying Miami!
Plus, reportedly upwards of $3 million a year to hire their next AD.
College football administration is drunk these days. Just shit faced drunk.
December 6, 2021 · 6:30 AM
… isn’t really a dilemma in the mind of Kirby Smart. For him, Stetson was just placed in the wrong setting Saturday.
“I think he did some really nice things [Saturday night]. We go and reevaluate everything all the time, but he played well. It’s a tough environment we put him in defensively, and we have to be able to run the ball and have a little bit of semblance of balance. I felt like there were times [Saturday night] where we were getting into a scoring contest because our defense didn’t get stops, and you don’t want to have to do that.”
The reason you don’t want to have to do that, in part, is because Bennett doesn’t process the field well enough when he’s under pressure. Just ask him; he’ll tell you ($$).
Bennett referred to “mental lapses” by the offense.
“When you do that, they make you pay,” he said.
Asked if he felt “off” at times in the game, he said, “No, I felt fine. The first (interception) was a bad decision. The second one, I didn’t see the safety driving. Like I said, you can’t have those two plays against players like this. They made us pay for it.”
Bottom line for Kirby is, if the defense plays better, Stetson Bennett is more than serviceable for Georgia’s needs. And it’s quite likely he’s right about that. Michigan’s passing game is respectable, but they’re 31st in yards per attempt versus Alabama’s sixth. (In passer rating, it’s 40th versus 4th.) They’re not built to stress Georgia’s secondary the way the Tide did. But even if Smart is right about the next game, he’s still going to have to guess which way things go in the ‘Bama rematch.
December 6, 2021 · 6:00 AM
Bad officiating in an Alabama-Georgia championship game? Why, Miz Scarlett, I nevah.
I’m not playing the sour grapes card here. ‘Bama was the better team and deserved the win.
But, damn, Sankey, this is your conference’s crown jewel and you can’t find eight competent refs to call a clean game? Watch the ref in the middle of the field there — he stops watching the line play to admire the pass and catch. Dude, if that’s where your head is at, go buy a ticket.
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