But in a good way…
He didn’t win the Broyles Award, by the way. And after this joke, he should’ve.
Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics
13-0, baby. For the first time in program history. Not even last year’s generational defense can make that claim. And they took care of business Saturday night like they have so many other times this season — jump out to a big lead and then reduce the other side to scrambling to catch up. The wrinkle, if you want to call it that, against LSU was, instead of sitting on the lead and letting the defense take the air out of the ball as the offense ran clock, Georgia kept scoring as the Tigers went into YOLO mode and hit a few big passes to notch some points of their own.
For those of you wringing your hands over LSU putting up more points and yards than any other team the Dawgs have faced this season, deep breaths. While I’m not letting certain players off the hook (more on that momentarily), it was clear the defense was in prevent mode most of the second half, mainly because the offense made it clear they could have put up 70, if needed.
Besides — and here’s what the fretters are ignoring — when it mattered in the first half, when LSU momentarily knotted the score at 7-7, here’s what Georgia’s D proceeded to turn in:
By the time the dust settled after that, it was 35-7 and Brian Kelly looked like he’d just been told his dog died.
LSU, which had rushed the week before for 187 yards and had five games this season in which they had rushed for over 200 yards, managed a whopping total of 47 yards on the ground. That also happened to be the same number of yards gained on their best rushing play of the game, so I’ll leave you to do the math on the rest of it.
Lots of empty yards and points, in other words.
That’s not to say Georgia didn’t leave Atlanta without things to fix (this is a Kirby Smart team, after all). But it’s a team that has shown time and time again it can turn it on and dominate an opponent in different ways. In my book, that makes for a difficult team to face.
Let’s do some bullet points, okay? Okay.
They’ve got a month to heal and to figure out how to play Ohio State. It won’t be easy, but with the way this season’s gone so far, there’s no reason to doubt this team will be up to the task.
Filed under Georgia Football
Auburn hired Hugh Freeze so the rest of us can be punished with pseudo-inspirational garbage like this during his tenure there?
Gag me with a spoon.
Football gods, I hope you know what to do.
Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Freeze!
Boy, talk about different futures from a year ago…
Hope JT finds a good landing spot. He was nothing but class during his time in Athens.
Filed under Georgia Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.
Oh, for Christ’s sake…
Relevant obviously doesn’t mean what I think it means.
Filed under Coach Prime
Well, it’s been a couple of days since the CFP field was selected. Maybe I should check in on the crowd at Roll Bama Roll to see if they’ve come to grips with reality…
Despite two of the top four teams losing their conference championship games, the CFP Committee bent to the will of the Twitter rage mob. In the first seven years of the playoff, the committee would thumb their nose at the critics. Now, we have a bunch of weak-willed wimps who are more concerned about handing out participation trophies over what is supposed to be “the four best teams”.
Uh, never mind.
Filed under Alabama, The Blogosphere
Georgia’s everything-by-committee philosophy makes it notoriously difficult to single out individual stars at the skill positions, but it’s perfect for the o-line, where toiling in obscurity is almost always better than the alternative. Among the starting five — LT Broderick Jones, LG Xavier Truss, C Sedrick Van Pran, RG Tate Ratledge and RT Warren McClendon — there are at least 3 future pros and no weak links: PFF hasn’t singled out an individual o-lineman for allowing a sack all season. Stetson Bennett IV has faced pressure on just 18.1% of his dropbacks, the lowest rate in the Power 5, and hasn’t been sacked since mid-October. Combine that with a ground attack averaging an SEC-best 5.6 yards per carry, and you have a portrait of a unit imposing its will nearly every time out.
Matt could have also mentioned that Georgia is seventh nationally in tackles for loss allowed, which ain’t too shabby.
I’m not saying Searels deserved to be nominated for the Broyles Award, but those of you who were ready to run him out of town on a rail earlier this year ought to slow your roll down for a while.
UPDATE: Guess who posted this?
Stacey Searels has created a monster factory in Central Georgia, and I am deeply jealous.
Georgia was 6th in the nation in TFL allowed, surrendering just 3.54 per game. Against Conference teams they were about 50% better in TFL allowed (4) versus Michigan’s B1G games. The Bulldogs were second in the country in sacks allowed, with a paltry 7, and only allowed 5 sacks in SEC play all year.
They keyed an offense that was 2nd in opponent-adjusted efficiency, 6th in the country in 3rd down %, 2nd in 4th down conversion %, 2nd in rushing scores, 2nd in sack-rate (and tops among all non-option teams), 7th in YPA by the backs — and they had just 28 penalties in 13 games.
It’s hard to find a better offensive line than this one. For my part, I don’t think it’s even particularly close.
Filed under Georgia Football
Before I get to my ballot, here’s Bill Connelly’s last regular season Résumé SP+ rankings:
Which is why I feel pretty good about my last ballot.
Filed under Mumme Poll
Boy, this is gonna take a while to settle down.
Filed under SEC Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.
Say what you will about Junior, but he doesn’t quit.
Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Georgia Football
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