Category Archives: Stats Geek!

Is Mark Richt a chronic underachiever?

Over the last ten years, Bill Connelly’s not seeing it.  In fact, his numbers suggest very slight overachievement on Richt’s part.

Am I trolling some of you here?  Nah… okay, maybe a little.


UPDATE:  A little context from Mr. Connelly…


Filed under Stats Geek!

Tuesday morning buffet

There’s always something.

  • Phil Steele updates his returning starters list here.  And here’s the list broken down by the P5 conferences.  Got to wonder what 2015 holds in store for Mississippi State and Florida.
  • In case you were wondering if offenses were better than ever last season, you’re right.
  • Bleacher Report using Michael Carvell’s click bait to ask the musical question “Is Georgia’s 2015 Recruiting Class in Danger of Collapsing?” = troll squared.  At least there’s no slideshow.
  • Hey, there’s a Twitterfest bitch slapping contest!
  • Georgia Tech is looking for donor support to provide cost-of-attendance stipends that will be given to scholarship athletes starting in the fall.  No doubt Greg McGarity is watching this with a keen eye.
  • Best recruit troll of the year.
  • Jeff Long will serve as the chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee again in 2015, based on “Long’s ability to communicate the thinking of the committee to the fans”, per Bill Hancock.  I swear, you can’t make this stuff up.
  • Gentry Estes has ten questions for Georgia’s upcoming preseason.  (And wouldn’t it be refreshing if the answer to the last one was “yes”?)


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, The Blogosphere

Mark Richt’s to-do list

I don’t know there is a list, of course, but every year I peek at the final stats to see if I can get an inkling of what Georgia needs to work on in the offseason.  From what I see in the 2014 numbers, that would be red zone work on offense and third down conversion improvement on defense.  The former surprises me a little, given how solid Georgia’s offense was running the ball and converting on third and fourth downs.  The latter doesn’t, though.

Oh, and net punting could definitely use some attention.

In the pleasant surprise department, I’m not sure Pruitt’s gotten enough credit for the job he did in the secondary.  A lot of people – including Pruitt – have brushed off Georgia’s numbers on defensive passing yardage based on the number of run-based offenses the Dawgs faced.  But take note of that defensive passing efficiency ranking.  Considering what he had to work with, that’s a helluva coaching job.

(By the way, congrats to Todd Gurley, Georgia’s 2014 passing efficiency leader.)


UPDATE:  A big reason that defensive passing efficiency was so good…

It’s not so much that everybody dinked and dunked on Georgia’s pass defense as it is that there weren’t a lot of big plays given up.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Friday morning buffet

Hungry?  The chafing dishes have plenty of recruiting stuff.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, SEC Football, Stats Geek!

Thursday morning buffet

Food for thought…


Filed under Big Ten Football, Georgia Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, The Honorable Craig James, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Monday brunch buffet

Dig in.  Big night ahead.

  • Due to health concerns, Archie Manning isn’t sure he’ll be back on the selection committee.
  • And Bill Hancock says the selection committee may meet less in 2015.  Has he run that by ESPN?
  • Leading the search for LSU’s next defensive coordinator are Les Miles, assistant director of football operations Dean Dingman… and Miles’ agent, George Bass.
  • Don’t know if this is an outlier, an indication of how offenses have changed college football or something to do with a four-team playoff format, but stopping the run doesn’t look like it’s been a key to winning a national title this season.
  • Jon Wilner estimates that the CFP has resulted in another $18.4 million for the Pac-12/$1.53 million for each of its member schools over what the BCS generated.  It’s profitable to settle things on the field!
  • “I played at the FBS (level), and I can honestly say the only difference between FBS and FCS is depth.”
  • Chad Kelly has his second chance.  SEC need, baby!


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, Wit And Wisdom From The Hat

Friday morning buffet

Outside, it’s cold.  Inside, the buffet is warm.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics, Whoa, oh, Alabama