- Alabama - What a great second half. Let's see how that works when they are down by 21 to Texas A&M.
- LSU - Fournette for Heisman. There, I said it.
- Texas A&M - Aggies will get to find out what they are made of this weekend.
- Florida - I would have ranked the Gators higher, but my rankings stopped taking PEDs way earlier in the summer.
- Mississippi - [fill in the blank] was no match for the landsharks.
- Mississippi State - Several times later this season, MSU will look back on this past weekend and get wistful.
- Tennessee - Now I have to hope Josh Dobbs finishes second to Fournette in SEC POY balloting.
- Kentucky - The Wildcats are second in the East. It's true. I looked it up.
- Georgia - The defense is not nearly good enough to make up for special teams play that is borderline comic.
- Missouri - Yeah, so maybe Drew Lock wasn't the answer.
- Arkansas - I'd say something about Arkansas tough season, but I'm afraid Bret Beliema might call my boss and make up something to get me fired.
- Vandy - Still not going to rate them higher until they beat someone.
- Auburn - Hey, the Tigers didn't look terrible this past weekend.
- South Carolina - The season of horrors becomes pure pain with Spurrier's retirement.
October 12, 2015
I mean, today hasn't been crazy enough, right?South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is retiring per source.— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) October 13, 2015
Steve Spurrier informed his team tonight that he is retiring and that an interim coach will be named Tuesday, according to a source— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 13, 2015
Florida QB Will Grier suspended for season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, source told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015
ULM 2nd L25 02:06 Kickoff G00 00:20 *TOUCHDOWN 8-75 1:46
VANDY 2nd V11 01:50 Punt G25 00:05 Missed FG 12-64 1:45
00:00 SC - Elliott Fry 51 yd field goal 1 play, 0 yards, TOP 0:07, SC 13 - UGA 24
UA 2nd G01 04:48 Punt G01 04:48 *TOUCHDOWN 0-0 0:00
UT 2nd T47 03:16 Kickoff G00 00:55 *TOUCHDOWN 8-53 2:21
Not a pretty look. UGA has given up 5 of their 16 TDs given up in the last five minutes of the 2nd quarter.
The common factor in the last three games? Special teams:
South Carolina got a 51 yard kickoff return and was aided by a 15 yard face mask penalty.
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Don't use atrocious.
Don't use embarrassing.
For heaven's sake, please don't use mediocrity.
No amount of selective parsing of statistics will change the total wins, winning seasons, SEC championships, SEC championship appearances, or wins over Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, and even Florida.
And I'm not making the we can't chance being another Tennessee argument. To me, discussions like Westerdawg's yesterday are more about us as Georgia fans than about Mark Richt (or more accurately what Mark Richt has done as a coach for Georgia's program).
And if you read Westerdawg's post, that is what he's saying:
I'm bummed to say it, but if the program moves on without him. Then I'm fine with it. If he wins the SEC East this year, and stays around. I'm fine with that too. But my patience has worn beyond thin.But if we are going to have the discussion, we have to call it what it is: We as a fanbase are not satisfied with good. We demand something we've only had twice in our existence. Once with The Gold Standard in college running backs. Once with our current coach.
And we demand it now.
So let's call it what it is and stop using terms that'll somehow justify our approach. Be forward and say we no longer accept just winning. We have to win titles or else.
October 11, 2015
And in 3 of the last 5 losses since he arrived, the loss was heavily and squared only Jeremy Pruitt's defense. It was Pruitt who refused to adjust in the Florida game and allowed an incompetent Florida offense to run for over 400 yards while running the same exact play 20+ times.
It was Pruitt's defense who gave up yard after yard after yard to Georgia Tech.
And it was Pruitt's defense who gave up a 21 point lead, allowed 38 points to an incompetent offense and made their QB look like a Heisman winner on Saturday.
If that's your best idea in years, then maybe it's time to look for another source of ideas.
Now...in the category of bad ideas. Brian Schottenheimer is completely underwhelming. He basically has Grantham's resume. He's a middle of the pack at best, nondescript NFL cast off without a single moment on his resume where you look and say "Wow, look at what that guy did with that team." If his last name was Jenkins, he wouldn't be here.
I don't want Mark Richt to leave. I want him to win championships and stay here forever. But he isn't doing that. With a Vol program in shambles and the Gators crumbling, what have we done to make hay?
I don't want to replace Richt because the odds are 80-90% that our first hire to replace him will not be as good as Richt. There have probably been 150-200 coaches hired and fired at BCS schools since Mark arrived. UGA has been in the top 10-15 in terms of winning percentage over that time span. He isn't terrible. He's just not good enough to win SEC or National titles on any kind of regular or quasi regular basis.
It's going to suck replacing him. But at what point do we just say...this isn't enough? I'm pretty much at that point. The only thing slowing my anger is the belief that Greg McGarity is in no way shape or form equipped to hire a great coach.
It's been a fun run with Mark, and he has profited handsomely from our patience. He will have made in excess of $40-45 million by the time his contract ends. 15 years and $40 million is enough time to know what we're dealing with.
I'm bummed to say it, but if the program moves on without him. Then I'm fine with it. If he wins the SEC East this year, and stays around. I'm fine with that too. But my patience has worn beyond thin.
Is at some point, you have to deliver on them.
Nick Chubb's injury was a ball buster. Georgia rallied back thanks to the huge defensive play to get their mojo back. But then the same old things happen again: special teams, defensive lapses, and offensive play that still isn't, and likely won't get, there.
The hard part about trying to build young talent is that you literally can be one play away from greatness or one play away from tire fire. That is especially true when you have poor recruiting for four years.
There will be lots of time for going over stats, but the ones I find the hardest to comprehend is what Tennessee did offensively. Pruitt's team was on the field a lot, but we have to seriously evaluate our love for what he is doing until there is more shown out of his defenses.
October 9, 2015
The key this weekend is this:
Don't set yourself on fire Dawgs.
October 8, 2015
His evidence, using the spread:
|Game||Spread||Georgia's losing margin||Delta|
|2014 Georgia Tech||-10.5||6||16.5|
|2012 South Carolina||+1.5||28||26.5|
|2003 LSU (SEC Championship)||+3||21||18|
|2014 Georgia Tech||10||7||+3|
|2012 South Carolina||10||7||-3|
|2004 Tennessee||16-Coaches; 13-AP||6-coaches; 7-AP|
|2003 LSU (SEC Championship)||1 (won BCS champ)||6 -coaches; 7-AP|
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It was sobering to hear that. For me, my first SEC game was an edifying, thrilling experience. But for these very lucky players and the fans who adore them, it was just another Saturday, and they get to do it all over again week after week.This past Saturday, I had three former students come into town for the game. One is an Alabama fan. He gets it. One is a Texas fan that now lives in Chicago. The other is a Southern Cal fan that lives in LA. While both of them understand the passion, the Longhorn and the Trojan wanted to experience a live and up close SEC game day.
Think about that. Both of those programs have won national titles in the Mark Richt era. Both have seen their teams win national championships as students. Both have lived through a season without suffering a loss. Both felt like they were missing something if they didn't experience a game day done right at Georgia.
I've been lucky to get to do some cool stuff in my life. I've ridden in a limo with one of the Baldwin brothers. I've hung out with rock bands. I've chatted foreign policy with Edmund Muskie and Václav Havel. I have three awesome children and the love of a woman who loves sports and drinks good bourbon on the rocks. I am blessed beyond compare.
Outside of my wedding day and the day each my children were born, there is nothing that compares to how I feel when the University of Georgia takes the field (the same is true for all sports, actually). Words hardly describe it.
So that is why I stay until the end of games. Even blowouts in the rain. It is my thing. If you want to leave, that's cool. Don't expect me to understand. I don't expect you to understand why I stay.
October 7, 2015
Butch Jones: Pig Howard has been dismissed from the team and it is completely unrelated to his injuries.— Cory Gunkel (@CoryGunkel) October 7, 2015
October 5, 2015
- Alabama - I'm a believer. But their game against Ole Miss remains as a reminder that football happens.
- LSU - Not doing anything fancy except winning.
- Texas A&M - Doing lots of fancy stuff to keep winning.
- Florida - I know I'll catch grief for this, but I can't ignore needing two scores in the 4th quarter to beat Tennessee. And the Kentucky game. And the East Carolina game.
- Mississippi - They've been on both sides of the four+ turnover game. It sucks being on the losing side.
- Georgia - Still not man enough.
- Mississippi State - Holding Texas A&M to 30 points is kind of a big deal.
- Kentucky - Go home, Kentucky. You are drukj.
- Missouri - Hey, an SEC win is an SEC win.
- Arkansas - In the battle of someone has to, by rule, win, Arkansas manages to do less wrong and get a win in Knoxville.
- Vandy - Spoils Middle Tennessee's homecoming. Wait, Middle Tennessee scheduling you for homecoming should be automatic grounds for expulsion from the SEC.
- Tennessee - Good news, Tennessee fans, Butch Jones didn't coach you out of a win this week.
- Auburn - With only one gimme left on the schedule, it is starting to look like Auburn might be home for the holidays.
- South Carolina - UGA fans, if you want to see what it really looks like when you have fallen off the stage, look at South Carolina.