A penny for your thoughts here, Mark Richt.
Daily Archives: August 16, 2022
Bill Connelly ($$):
… Winston became the second straight redshirt freshman to win the Heisman and gave the Noles a dynamite offense to pair with its elite defense. FSU charged to 14-0, with no opponent able to stay within 14 points until Auburn in the BCS championship game.
That was the last time a team began the season lower than sixth and won it all. It’s happened only three times in the last 18 seasons, and in one of those three (Florida in 2006), the champ started out seventh.
… But since Saban arrived at Alabama in 2007 and redefined what being a title team requires, the sport has become a bit more predictable. And we can say with confidence that one of this year’s top six teams — No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 Notre Dame or No. 6 Texas A&M — will take the crown.
Of course, if you’ve been paying attention this offseason, you already knew this. The sports books don’t think you even need six guesses to find the champion — three will do. Caesars Sportsbook has been listing an “Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State versus the field” prop bet, and the odds for that trio of teams is down to -380, equivalent to a 79% chance. (A Bama-and-Georgia-only prop is now at -115, equivalent to 53%.)
Expanding from the BCS to the CFP hasn’t affected this, but a sixteen-team playoff field will for sure change all that, amirite?
Big, if true ($$):
“Kenny (McIntosh) has had a great camp,” Smart said. “He’s picked up pressures, played really physical, caught the ball out of the backfield. Everything that he wants to do at the next level in our offense, we have asked him to do, and he’s done a great job at that. Kenny would be the first to tell you he has to work hard and maintain his weight, take really good care of his body. I think coach Dell McGee has done a great job of taking care of Kenny. He’s done a good job.” [Emphasis added.]
I don’t think your football expertise has to be particularly high to recognize that the weakest part of McIntosh’s game has been pass protection. If he’s really made significant strides in that department, it would be one of those little things that turns out to play a big role in making Georgia’s offense click.
Kirby Smart on Stetson Bennett:
Yesterday, I had a request for a Cocktail Party reader poll. So, here goes nothing…
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