Daily Archives: December 2, 2022

It’s a team sport.

By the way, one more snippet from that Matt Hinton post worth sharing…

For example, I’m beginning to wonder how many years Kirby can go and how many championships he can win without producing a single plausible Heisman candidate.

Your thoughts?  Mine would be simple:  as long as he wants to.

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“What’s up with Jayden Daniels’ ankle?”

That’s a question Matt Hinton asks in his SECCG preview piece.  It’s a good question.

Daniels’ mobility has been so central to the offense that it’s unclear how it would function if he’s not. He’s the only quarterback nationally with more than 1,000 yards rushing this season (excluding sacks), with his 1,003 more than doubling the output of any LSU running back. He ranks among the top 6 rushers in the SEC at any position in yards per carry (7.2), rushing touchdowns (11) and missed tackles forced (51), per Pro Football Focus, and he leads the conference in runs of 10-plus yards. Daniels is not a breakaway threat, but he’s slippery in the pocket — nearly two-thirds of his rushing yards come via scrambles — and when the Tigers break out the read-option package at close range, he has a reliable nose for the end zone.

He’s middle of the SEC pack in passer rating — largely because his yards per attempt number is pretty mediocre — but he’s only thrown two picks this season.  So, yeah, it would seem that if he can’t pose much of a running threat, that’s gonna be a problem for the Tigers.

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Filed under SEC Football, Stats Geek!

Brave Sir Drinkwitz

Missouri is too scared to play Kansas in a bowl game?  Kansas?

I haven’t been this embarrassed about an SEC football program since Tuberville bailed out of playing FSU about five minutes after he stepped foot on Auburn’s campus.

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Tuscaloosa cringe

Damn, guys.

Look on the bright side — once the 12-team playoff is in place, ‘Bama will never have to beg the selection committee again.

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Filed under Alabama, BCS/Playoffs

Mano a mano

Bill Connelly thinks a lot of things would have to come together for LSU to have a shot at the upset tomorrow.  This one is worth watching:

Most teams don’t have the defensive backfield quality to play a ton of man coverage, but LSU may be an exception, with the caveat that Bernard-Converse missed the TAMU game, as he was in concussion protocol and his status for the SECCG isn’t clear yet.

Speaking of injuries, do the Tigers have a chance if Daniels’s ankle isn’t fully healthy?  I’m having a hard time seeing it.

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Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!

What’s the rush?

My Gawd, Greg Sankey’s kicked the football schedule format can down the road to next year now ($$).

“We wanted several pieces of information, one of which was what would happen with the College Football Playoff,” Sankey said on Thursday. “At this point, we would look to the first months of 2023 as the opportunity to re-focus. I learned during that COVID-19 summer of 2020 not to set hard and fast deadlines, because we want some flexibility in setting a specific finish point for our conversation. We have a need to move forward though, and I would anticipate that in a general sense those decisions will sooner rather than later reach a conclusion.”

Every day that goes by without a resolution makes me think the likelihood of the SEC sticking with the eight-game format is greater.

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TFW somebody tells you hope is the best of things

Sigh.

At least there’s more time between the SECCG and the CFP semis for hope.

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Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

The SECCG preview you probably weren’t expecting.

It’s from Erik Evans and it’s about as all in on Georgia as you could get.

From start…

Yawn. Georgia doing Georgia things to one of the biggest frauds in recent SEC history.

Georgia gets to eviscerate another also-ran, claiming Kirby’s second SEC title, and most probably another CFP Title. They’re the best team in the country, have been most of the year, and the only thing that has hindered them is their own inattention and/or boredom. Admittedly, they do play a bit ragged away from Athens, but it’s not as though Atlanta is exactly a true road trip.

… to finish.

Georgia is going to drown LSU in the bathtub, in an outcome that is not apt to be remotely as close as the final score. Have fun in the Outback Bowl, coonasses.

I could be wrong, but I don’t get the impression this has been a fun year for Erik.

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Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football, The Blogosphere

Money and ego

Roy Kramer explains playoff expansion.

“I think more than revenue, it’s a need for access,” Kramer said. “You (currently) have four teams, so you automatically leave out one of the (power) five or Notre Dame.

“To have access to that playoff is a status symbol for a conference and their programs, and I think that’s largely where this comes from,” he said.

“There’s certainly additional revenue, but I think it was more about access to the stature of being in the playoff, so to speak.”

Bingo, baby.  And there’s no reason that won’t be what’s behind the expansion after the expansion.

Also, this.

“As you move it to 12, it becomes more like the basketball championship, and that is certainly a fine event,” Kramer said. “But you really are the tournament champion. Are you the best team in the country? Not necessarily.

“I thought with four, we narrowed it to a game that determined the national champion. Now that we’ve broadened it, we will have a national champion, but it will be the champion of that playoff.”

Yeah, but brackets are cool.

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Tradition? Pffft…

This one blows my mind a little.

All this supposedly because the Buckeye fan base is jaded about traveling to Pasadena again.  Boy, I guess for some, playoff expansion can’t come soon enough.

College football doesn’t deserve the assholes running it.  Unfortunately, as Clint Eastwood once said, deserve’s got nothing to do with it.

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