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Bodied language

ACC commissioner Jim Phillips, in discussing his reasons for opposing expansion of the CFP field beyond its current four-team makeup, made a point I’d like to hear addressed by Georgia players:

“We’ve tried to get feedback from [our athletes] and for us, it’s been Clemson,” he said. “They don’t want to play any more games. They don’t. I don’t know what Georgia and Alabama felt like after Monday night, but Clemson student-athletes that have participated, they don’t.”

Somebody ask that at the next player presser, okay?

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TFW you don’t take the game as seriously as the fans do

Jordan, Jordan, Jordan…

That mulligan sure came in handy, didn’t it?

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Natty injury report

Per Jake Rowe:

Injury situations: Both teams are a little more banged up in certain areas and healthy in others. We’ll start with Alabama, which lost star wideout John Metchie at the end of the first half in the SEC Championship game. He suffered a heart-breaking ACL injury after catching six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.

The Bulldogs gave up 24 points in the first half and Metchie was a huge part of that. It’s no coincidence that UGA’s defense held Alabama to 10 second half points (17 overall due to a Bama pick-six) with Metchie no longer in the fold. The Crimson Tide are also dealing with a number of other ailments.

“Outside of the obvious, like John Metchie (ACL), Alabama’s biggest injury concerns are at cornerback and on the offensive line,” BamaOnline’s Charlie Potter tells Dawgs247. “Josh Jobe could miss another game because of a terf toe injury, and Jalyn Armour-Davis is dealing with a nagging hip issue. The latter started the Cotton Bowl but only played a couple of series. If neither player can go, The Crimson Tide will turn to true freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry and junior college transfer Khyree Jackson. As for the offensive line, two starters exited the Cincinnati game and didn’t return — right guard Emil Ekiyor and right tackle Chris Owens. At this moment I would lean towards both guys being able to go, but we will see how the week progresses.”

It’s also worth noting that Alabama running back Brian Robinson is a lot healthier than he was in the SEC Championship game. He didn’t practice much at all leading up to that game but he certainly looks good now. He lit Cincinnati up for 204 yards on 26 carries in the Cotton Bowl on Friday.

Georgia, overall, is much healthier. Senior left tackle Jamaree Salyer entered the Orange Bowl in better physical shape than he has been all season. He played a huge part in thwarting Michigan’s vaunted pass rush in the Bulldogs 34-11 win. Senior safety Chris Smith is also in a much better spot after sustaining a bone bruise in his knee late in the regular season. He was nowhere near 100 percent in the SEC Championship game and didn’t get the start. It showed, too, as Smith was laboring at times in coverage.

The Bulldogs leading receiver on the season and in the SEC Championship game, Brock Bowers, is a little dinged up. He sustained a shoulder injury in the Bama game but played quite well against Michigan.

Metchie’s absence is critical, no doubt.  He’s still fourth in the conference in receiving yards per game and third in receptions.  It’s worth noting that ‘Bama got a good game out of freshman Ja’Corey Brooks in his absence, though.  That’s what teams loaded with talent tend to do when a key injury occurs.

I am more interested in tracking the status of the two ‘Bama linemen who had to leave the semifinal game early.  I assume they’ll play in a week, but how close they’ll be to 100% is something I doubt we’ll know until the game starts.

Of course, left unsaid is what havoc COVID might wreak between now and then.  I assume both coaches have their teams in virtual bubbles this week.  One good thing is that the weather in Indianapolis isn’t conducive to public events.

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Under the weather

I guess I’m supposed to feel reassured by this:

“Most” is doing some heavy lifting there, Kirbs.

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UPDATE:  Also, this.

“Healthy enough” doesn’t sound like “we prefer Stetson’s mobility”, does it?

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Strength in numbers

This comes as something of a relief.

I have my doubts JT will play (I don’t have those about George), but in any event, his presence means the coaches don’t have to restrict Stetson’s run threat.

Also, on a related note:

After the Centers for Disease Control announced updated guidelines for quarantine and isolation recommendations for those who test positive for COVID-19, the SEC is expected to follow a similar path for its virus protocols, sources tell Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde.

The CDC’s updated guidelines recommend a shortened isolation period from 10 days to five for those who test positive and are asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask around others.

“The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after,” the CDC update reads. “Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for five days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for five days to minimize the risk of infecting others.”

We’re probably too close to game time for this change to have much impact for the semis, but it could be a bigger deal down the road for the national championship game.

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Sick watch

Over the holiday break, there’s been a fair amount of background chatter about the team’s health, specifically that there are a significant number of kids who are under the weather as the team travels to Miami.  What I can’t get a good handle on is whether that’s due to COVID, good ol’ fashioned flu, or something else.

In any event, where there’s smoke, there’s head counting to see who stepped off the planes/buses upon arrival.

Hard to say how serious this is — I would assume since it sounds like a significant majority of the team showed up that it’s not anywhere near the point of cancelling the game, which has happened now to something like four bowls already — but it’s worth keeping an eye on.  No doubt Ron Courson’s got his hands full this week.  Hell, he may be the most important person on Smart’s staff right now.

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College football’s dilemma: pandemic, or endemic?

Ross Dellenger has a good piece about how college sports are struggling to deal with the real, but very different, issues presented by the omicron variant of COVID.

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Moar COVID news

First,

Shit, COVID is undefeated, even against the GOAT.  Seriously, if the program you’d have to think has taken the most serious approach to protocols can’t stop the spread, you’ve got to start worrying about the possibility that the CFP field as a whole is going to be impacted.  Hope that’s not the case, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

This ain’t the CFP, but still, it ain’t good, either.

Next, Graham shares some good news.

As good as that is for Pickens, I hope it’s even better news with regard to team spread.  All we can do is wait and see.

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UPDATE:  Yikes.

I wonder what that does to Jimbo’s bowl game bonus.

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UPDATE #2:  In case you were wondering…

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Hello, COVID.

While I was out and about last night, Graham dropped this little bomb on us.

My first thought upon seeing that was to hope that if JT has any symptoms, they’re mild at worst.

My second thought?  Welp, that was answered pretty quickly.

Jake Rowe:

Mike Griffith:

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels and receiver George Pickens are among UGA players who have been placed in COVID protocol, per sources. Daniels is vaccinated but Pickens’ vaccination status is unknown.

The Georgia football medical staff will be offering its players booster shots on Wednesday amid the recent surge in COVID-related cases across the sports landscape. Coach Kirby Smart is not expected to be made available to the media to update player statuses until the team arrives in South Florida on Sunday.

So, it’s spread among the team and staff and we won’t get any definitive answers on the health front until next week.  Oh, and everyone gets to go home for a couple of days for the Christmas holiday before heading down to Florida.  Needless to say, the timing on how long players who test positive have to sit before being allowed to hit the field gets pretty tricky from here.

At least that will take our minds off fretting about whether JT or Stetson should start at quarterback against Michigan, right?

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UPDATE:  One side note from Anthony Dasher

Georgia only tests athletes if they are symptomatic or unvaccinated.

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Back to the protocols

Nick Saban isn’t going to let COVID derail another national title run without a fight.

With COVID-19 cases surging nationally and games in the NFL being impacted by the pandemic again, Alabama is returning to its safety protocols from a year ago as it prepares to take part in the College Football Playoff.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday that the team is back to wearing masks in the facility and social distancing during meetings. He noted that more than 90% of players are vaccinated and have received their booster shots.

“Am I concerned?” Saban said. “I’m always concerned when there’s an issue out there, and we want to do the best we can to help our players be concerned about the issue and respect it so they have the best opportunity to stay safe.”

Are the other three teams in the CFP field are following suit?  I would assume so, but who knows?

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