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November 21, 2014

3 Questions: Charleston Southern

  1. How much stuff offensive stuff will we 'try out'? It wouldn't be unlike Bobo to throw some looks out, legitimate or otherwise, that is designed to give Tech and whatever post season DC's we might face some extra things to think about.
  2. Can we get some reps to guys that'll likely have to play some next week? Tech's offense is predicated on wearing you out, then exploiting your exhaustion late. Last year, Georgia was the stronger team as the game wore on, in large part to the very fresh legs of young guys due to Todd Grantham's Magical non substitution plan and hair tonic™ . We don't have that depth right now, so any reps played by younger guys serve dual purposes of game experience for them, and letting our starting rotation relax.
  3. Can we give Mason and his deep threat receivers plenty of chances to work out their kinks? I asked that before Troy, but it became obvious after two deep throws, it wasn't happening. I'd love to see Richt give it a half or so before bailing on that plan.
The Buccaneers are a competent football team, but unless we put together a performance that is worse than we played in the second and third quarter against Florida, and give up at least two turnovers for TDs, we'll not lose. So operating on that premise, if we are to get better as an offensive football team, we need to get better at the deep pass. We need to bottle what happened against Auburn defensively, too.

Barkley singing 'Glory, Glory'

Florida isn't an elite job

We all know there'll be an indoor practice facility in Athens sooner or later. But I have to ask, does it really matter?

Blutarsky mentioned something about Florida's coaching job and the facilities, which got me thinking: is it really chicken and egg? The article he's referencing is a USA Today piece about what Florida faces in their search.
USA TODAY Sports posed that question to several agents and others tied to the coaching search industry, who agreed to give their opinion on the condition of anonymity to protect any potential dealings with Florida during the search.
They go on to rate Florida's job as just below elite. The reason?
Did you know that Florida doesn't have a standalone football operations building? In an era where practically every major school has a top-of-the-line indoor facility or is building one, Florida is still at the mercy of having practices altered by weather (which is certainly a concern in the spring and late summer when thunderstorms tend to roll through the area).
The folks interviewed go on to mention that Florida already has talent on their roster to compete. This leads me to the inevitable question: Are programs building these facilities to get better or as pecker measuring opportunity?  I ask that question in all sincerity.

I get the argument that an indoor practice facility allows you to practice during the three times a year it is too rainy or cold to do so in Gainesville, and know that same argument extend to Athens. Honestly, does anyone that matters think an IPF or walnut paneled, marble floored offices are what is holding Florida back?

Friday Morning Meltdown: Charleston Southern

  • All the knees and ankles.
That about covers it. Here's hoping no one gets hurt and we get better.

November 19, 2014

SEC Power Poll, Week 13

The full poll is in and the Dawgs are tied with the prettiest two loss team in the nation. The full poll is here, with voter comments.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 140 points (10 first-place votes)
2. Mississippi St. Bulldogs 129
3. Georgia Bulldogs, 115
3. Ole Miss Rebels, 115
5. Auburn Tigers, 99
6. Missouri Tigers, 86
7. LSU Tigers, 77
8. Arkansas Razorbacks, 66
9. Texas A&M Aggies, 64
10. Tennessee Volunteers, 54
11. South Carolina Gamecocks, 39
12. Florida Gators, 33
13. Kentucky Wildcats, 23
14. Vanderbilt Commodores, 10

Hoop Dawgs beat Stony Brook

Other than playing dicey defense against this one guy in the first half, I though we looked pretty good. Fox made some nice adjustment to the zone to hold Puriefoy to just five second half points (he led all scorers with 26). The Dawgs had five guys with double figure scoring, including F Yante Maten's 11 on 17 minutes.

More impressive for Maten, he also four rebounds and four blocks. Hopefully, he can become the disruptive force under the basket we've needed. He needs to put on another 15 or so pounds, and continue to work in the weight room, but he is already up 15 or so pounds from when he was signed. He is a reason to be hopeful about this season.

SEC won't allow A&M to play Texas in a bowl game?

In what is the craziest bit of conjecture reporting I've seen in a while, CFT on NBC Sports is reporting the SEC won't allow a Texas A&M vs. Texas matchup in a bowl game. Actually, they are basically rehashing what Chip Brown of Orange Bloods Horns Digest is conjuring up.
Two sources close to the situation told SEC officials have indicated to bowls with SEC and Big 12 tie-ins that the SEC won’t support a Texas vs Texas A&M postseason matchup. In short, A&M has too much to lose from a potential loss.
Two sources, y'all! And they are close to the situation.

Maybe this is true, but it would represent the first time in modern history anyone from the SEC office would be 'afraid' of matching up teams purely based on the fear of loss of face. In fact, the SEC has always been most strategic about big picture bowl match ups.

This accusation might sell well in Austin, but it makes no logical sense otherwise, especially considering Texas' very public stance about not playing A&M ever again. The SEC would never tell a bowl to not consider A&M, IMHO, since they have the power to select teams for bowls working with bowl partners. If the conference didn't want A&M against Texas in Houston, they'd simply not put them there, not need for comment.

On top of that, I don't think the conference would be that worried about A&M playing Texas over recruiting advantage. The reasons A&M currently has that advantage don't change with a bowl loss.


Us, too

Bill Connelly sums up my feelings pretty well:
The Dawgs allowing Florida to just completely run all over them (before stopping Auburn from doing the same two weeks later) is just nonsense. It isn't going to make sense no matter how much I try to make it. And because of that loss, a) Georgia isn't a national title contender (think about the résumé if the Dawgs are 9-1 with a romp over Auburn!), and b) Georgia needs Missouri to lose again to even win the SEC East.
Try being a Georgia fan for a season, Bill.

November 18, 2014

Shanahan for Florida?

Mark Bradley thinks so.

I'd love seeing him there. I mean, he's done wonders handling young talent in Washington.

The Ref agrees

Georgia creeping back up the board in Vegas


Odds to win the 2014-2015 College Football FBS Championship (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         
Odds on 11/11/14         Current Odds   
Alabama                                   4/1                    5/2
Oregon                                     4/1                    15/4
Florida State                             6/1                    6/1
Ohio State                                8/1                    6/1
TCU                                          6/1                    7/1
Baylor                                       16/1                  17/2
Mississippi State                       15/2                  17/2
Georgia                                    33/1                  25/1
Ole Miss                                   25/1                  33/1
UCLA                                        100/1                50/1
Arizona State                            25/1                  Off the Board
Nebraska                                  25/1                  Off the Board
Auburn                                      33/1                  Off the Board

Other interesting tidbit is Vegas doesn't think much of the human polls.

Gundy for Florida?

Vegas thinks so:

Mike Gundy 4/1
Jim McElwain 9/2
Bob Stoops 11/2
Dan Mullen 11/2
Rich Rodriguez 7/1
Mike Shanahan 7/1
Steve Spurrier 8/1
Hugh Freeze 8/1
Gary Patterson 12/1
Gus Malzahn 12/1

The only name on the list that is a head scratcher is Shanahan, unless Florida is not now into taking Redskin sloppy seconds. If that is the case, wouldn't Spurrier be a candidate, too?

Richt and a Tech blackout?

I don't care what we wear, as long as we aren't using it as a motivational tactic. I think most of us agree, including coach Richt. From the AJC::
Richt has said to people inside UGA football that he doesn’t mind an occasional change in uniform, but he’s just done with using it as a surprise motivational tactic.
I can definitely live with that. 90%+ of the UGA fans had on black/gray Saturday night. It didn't seem to harm UGA's performance on the field. And this one guy....
(photo: Jim Hipple)
That's not red. Like I said, I don't care what color jerseys we wear as long as we are using them as a motivational ploy or thinking it give us luck (or conversely hurts us because we are wearing them). We could all wear white As long as it isn't all white, since that is a Tech ploy.

Richt loves to do stuff for his team, so if the seniors want to wear black against Tech, it wouldn't surprise me to see us in black jerseys, as long as it isn't 85 degrees.

Auburn photo of the game

Gurley on the move. Thanks for the memories TG3.
Damn Good Dawg.
Photo courtesy of Jim Hipple.

Auburn Game Photos: Defense

All photos courtesy of Jim Hipple.

November 17, 2014

SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week 12

  1. Alabama - That loss in Oxford sure feels like a long, long time ago.
  2. Mississippi State - You can't make up a whole game of crappy play in one quarter against a team like Alabama.
  3. Ole Miss - Nothing new to see here.
  4. Georgia - How in the world did the Dawgs lose to Florida and South Carolina?
  5. Auburn - Karma can't score enough points for you when you spend more time looking at the rear end of Georgia's running backs.
  6. Missouri - I'll give Missouri credit, they keep winning games they should win, which is something Georgia can't say.
  7. Texas A&M - You had one job Aggies....
  8. LSU - Arkansas grass isn't tasty.
  9. Tennessee - Tennessee is patient zero in the SEC East's crazy season.
  10. Arkansas - Arkansas finally got due enough.
  11. South Carolina - I don't know what is more satisfying: Florida losing or smug Spurrier being smug over beating a bad Florida team.
  12. Florida - Fired Agent Muschamp is my least favorite Agent Muschamp.
  13. Kentucky - Mike Stoops' team cost him a lot of money with this losing streak.
  14. Vandy - I'm not real sure Vandy is playing football anymore.
Now it gets hard. I'm willing to admit even the Georgia-Auburn thing is hard. The distinction I made is all the teams fifth and up are capable of beating the other five if both teams play their best games. The next group consists of teams that could beat those five if the top five if they played their best game and those in the top five were named Georgia. And the game were played in Columbia or Jacksonville. The last group consists of teams Georgia has lost to. Then there is Kentucky and Vandy.


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