The Golden Nugget isn’t seeing a golden season for UGA.

The casino’s sports book posted odds on its 2017 games of the year and Georgia makes the list five times.  Unfortunately, the Dawgs are dogs in four of the five:

  • UGA vs. ND (-3)
  • UGA vs. UT (-1)
  • UGA vs. UF (-1)
  • UGA vs. Auburn (-10)
  • UGA (-2.5) vs. GT

Granted, that’s four road games, plus the Cocktail Party, and the majority are close enough to qualify as tossups, but 1-4 is still 1-4.

That being said, given recent history, the Auburn spread looks too big, methinks.

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Musical palate cleanser, big band blast edition

This one popped up on the music player yesterday and it’s a real kick.  It’s from a 2008 album of Tom Waits’ covers that Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes horn player Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg put together called Grapefruit Moon.  Entitled “Down, Down, Down”, with Southside Johnny handling vocal and harmonica duties, this sucker just flat out sizzles from the get-go.

That ought to get you going this morning.

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It’s getting harder to tell the haves from the have-nots.

Kansas has plans for a $300 million stadium renovation and Arkansas State is going with the waterfall look; meanwhile, Missouri is renting out dorm rooms to visiting football fans in order to make ends meet.

College football, I don’t know you anymore.

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Head games

Here’s a dilemma that only college football could love.

Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations.

The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a statement. Now, the NCAA wants to determine whether style is coming at the expense of safety.

The governing body’s football oversight committee will meet this week in Indianapolis and is to begin studying whether multiple helmets could lead to more concussions and serious head and neck injuries…

“Style and who looks cool and who’s matching with all these different uniforms combinations each week on the helmets and the shoes, that is big-time concern when you talk about recruiting, marketing and buzz and aesthetics on game day and other times,” Anderson said. “But at the end of the day, if we’re not protecting these players at the highest degree then we’re faltering.”

Stylin’ for recruiting versus safety.  Tough call, NCAA.

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In search of fullbacks

It used to be the way people threw the word “spread” around, applying it conceptually to things that maybe weren’t appropriate, drove me a little crazy.  Now I wonder if we’re hitting a time when the same thing goes for “pro-style”.

What does “pro-style” mean these days? Check out these numbers.

Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz recently tweeted some formation numbers. The use of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE) increased to 60.4 percent of all plays in the NFL this season, and it was the most common personnel grouping for all 32 teams.

Schatz added that the second-most common packages for any team included the Jets 10 personnel (33 percent), the Colts 12 personnel (31 percent) and the Eagles and Panthers 12 personnel (27 percent).

If you wanted any more proof the fullback is dead, there you go. The next time you hear college coaches talking about styles that translate to the NFL, keep these numbers in mind.

If all “pro-style” means these days is deploying a fullback, then I guess that makes sense.  Since it doesn’t…

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More wisdom from Fearless Leader

From part two of Mark Bradley’s hard-hitting interview with Greg McGarity:

I wanted someone who knew kind of what it looked like to be at the highest levels of college football. A lot of those things we needed to learn from Kirby. Because we had been operating under one way of operation for 15 years, so there was one perspective on how to approach things. So there was a different perspective coming in on “What do we need to do?” We listened when it made sense, and 99 percent of the time it made sense and we went ahead and helped make it all happen administratively. So the passion, the ability to recruit, the way he treats these student-athletes, the people he surrounds himself with and his attention to detail is outstanding. Those are the things that coming in I knew were important. If you have that solid foundation, then you can build upon that. I knew that the foundation had to be set. I think he did a wonderful job in executing that plan.

Even Bradley can’t pass up the obvious retort.

Still: 8-5.

8-5 and two great comeback wins and two tough last-minute losses. It’s such a game of inches, like everything else is. A yard here or there. What you can’t do is play the could’ve and should’ve game.

Nah.  Too many other variables to worry about.

I always judge programs by a lot of measurables. Wins and losses are extremely important, but also: Does the coach lose the team? Is the team still hustling? Are they giving their best effort? The body language – all these things come into play.

“Does the coach lose the team boosters?”  FIFY, Greg.

Who keeps telling him these interviews are a good idea?

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This is fun to watch.

That is all.

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