364 Days Of Pain
For 364 days I have been waiting for this game. I watched as Chris Davis returned the short kick 108 yards for a game winning touchdown, and I have still not been able to fully cope with it.
When I saw Chris Davis run back to have a chance to return the kick, I leaned over to my Dad and told him that he might return this if it is short. I wish I was wrong. When he slipped by the last Bama defender I lost it. I took off the shirt I wore that day and threw it in the trash. I even tried taking a shower to get the loss off of me, but nothing I did could get the feeling of having my heart ripped out taken away. Even to this day, when I am listening to sports radio there is a commercial that replays the radio call from that day. I deal with it EVERY SINGLE DAY. But saturday, my pain can finally go away.
They seemed to have misplaced the horseshoe from last season, and it could not have come at a worse time for the Tigers. Auburn lost AT HOME to an A&M team that Alabama beat AT HOME by 59 points. You can state that it was a “fluke” if you want, but then Auburn goes to UGA and gets embarrassed by a count of 34-7. Remember when Gus Malzahn said that Nick Marshall would “start in the NFL at QB” one day? Clearly, he is not the best judge of QB talent because Nick Marshall seems to have gotten more and more inaccurate as the year has gone on. If Auburn is going to pull the upset, they will have to see improved QB play from Marshall.
Alabama has improved week to week. After the WVU game the first week, I was not sure Alabama would win 9 games with Blake Sims at QB. Sims has proved to me (and college football) that he is a great leader, who keeps the defense honest with his legs. The Tide defense is just as improved ranking number 1 in total defense this season, and only allowing teams 63 rush yards per game. Alabama also has the best punter in the NCAA on their side with J.K Scott. Scott is the MVP for the Tide this season with his ability to flip the field. If Alabama can not turn the ball over, and play assignment football, they should have no problem winning this game.
For those thinking this will be a blow out, I am sorry that just wont happen. Just like GA/FL game (aside from this season) it does not matter how good either team is, it is typically a tough game. Auburn has the tools to keep this close, but they do not have the late game heroics on their side like last season. The worst pass defense in the SEC should see a heavy dose of Amari Cooper, and just like other teams, Cooper will have his way with the Tigers secondary. With the assistance of Amari Cooper and the Tide defense, my heart will finally be put back in my chest after last season’s disaster in the pasture.
Roll Damn Tide
MVP For Chubb
Nick Chubb is the best freshman running back in the whole country. Is he the SEC’s MVP? No, not yet. As great as Nick Chubb is, he has yet to play an entire season as the starting running back. Chubb could surpass Gurley as the best running back in the Mark Richt era, but this season the SEC’s MVP is Amari Cooper or Dak Prescott. Here are the chance Chubb gets MVP.
Iron Bowl Friends
It is no secret that there is a lot of hatred in the Iron Bowl, but even amidst all the hate we can find a bright spot. Two women diagnosed with cancer have found a beautiful friendship that gets stronger with each Iron Bowl. If you read anything today, read this touching story. The full story here.
Non Conference Rivalries
I love the out of conference rivalries that SC, UGA, and Florida have. UGA basically has two with Georgia Tech and Clemson, and those are some of the most hyped up games of the year. I would love for Alabama and Ohio State to play each and every year. Imagine Urban and Saban on opposite sidelines once again. It would be magical. Here are the must have out of conference rivalries.
Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
Jonathan Ledbetter – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
Natrez Patrick – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
Jackson Harris – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
Michael Barnett – ☆☆☆☆
Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.) SDE
Rashad Roundtree – ☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
Quincy Vasser – ☆☆☆
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX) SDE
Johnathan Abram – ☆☆☆
East Marion (Columbia, MS) S
Chidi Valentine-Okeke – ☆☆☆☆
Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA) OT
Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
Javarius Davis – ☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
Good Shot At:
Josh Sweat – ☆☆☆☆☆
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
Justin Martin – ☆☆☆
Overton (Nashville, TN) CB
Albert Huggins – ☆☆☆☆
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, SC) DT
Montavious Atkinson – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) ILB/S
Adonis Thomas – ☆☆☆☆
Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) ILB/ATH
Ronnie Harrison – ☆☆☆☆
Florida State University School (Tallahassee, FL) S
***Harrison, an Alabama commit, visited the Classic City for the Auburn game, and he loved it. He immediately moved the Dawgs up there with Alabama, and he’s strongly considering signing a financial aid agreement with UGA which would bind the school to him, but not the other way around. Harrison also tweeted out that he was going to visit for the Charleston Southern game as well. That’s big when a kid from Florida will visit a school two weeks in a row, especially when it’s not that great of a game. Harrison also visited Bama this weekend, so I’m not positive if he made it to Athens, but even so, you can tell he is very interested in the Dawgs.
Will Not Get, But Dawgs Will Be Close:
Chuma Edoga – ☆☆☆☆☆
McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) OT
Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
***I really thought the Dawgs had a great shot at landing McFadden, even once he committed to FSU, but after he canceled his official visit for the Auburn game, I’m calling this one over. Georgia will certainly continue to come after him hard, but I don’t see him flipping at this point.
Antonio Callaway – ☆☆☆
Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OT
Micah Abernathy – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) CB
**Rankings from 247 Sports Composite
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Jonathan Follow @johnnysanders
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College Football Playoff Rankings Announced
Last night, the fifth installment of the College Football Playoff rankings were announced, and Georgia came in at #9.
Here are the complete rankings:
|College Football Playoff Rankings|
Georgia has to love where it sits right now, considering how abysmal its two losses are. UCLA could easily lose another game with Stanford and possibly a Pac-12 Championship still remaining on the schedule. Ohio State will likely win out in the regular season, but there’s a decent chance that Baylor and TCU could still lose another game. Mississippi State is an interesting team, and if you’re a Georgia fan, you’re hoping they lose to Ole Miss, but I still don’t know that they’d make it to the playoffs over Georgia if they’re not even able to represent the West in the SEC Championship game. I don’t think Georgia will move up a ton if they’re able to beat Tech, but if Missouri loses to Arkansas on Friday and Georgia wins out and wins the SEC Championship, they’ll certainly have a strong case to be included in the four-team playoff.
Players’ Thoughts on Tech
Yesterday, a few seniors met with the media, and here’s what they had to say about the North Avenue Trade School:
If you can’t hear the questions, the full article is here.
Videos courtesy of Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com
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Jonathan Follow @johnnysanders
After dipping into some light SEC trolling last week (seriously, the three SEC network games had an AVERAGE spread of 43.3 points), we’re back to ranking the SEC’s teams for one last regular season hurrah. Since we last did this, Arkansas has beaten the brakes off of two SEC West foes, Missouri has continued to B.S. its way into ‘do we take them seriously’ mode, the West has continued to eat itself, and the East has remained a joke outside of Athens and the Midwestern regional office.
1) Alabama: I have to admit: it’s been fun watching this Tide team evolve, but that view has made it difficult to envision them as the invincible foe they have represented the past six years. Their D has returned as the class of the SEC with Ole Miss’ fall, and their O will be just fine as long as Amari Cooper can play in the Iron Bowl this weekend.
2) Mississippi State: I don’t think the Bulldogs deserve to be in the playoff, as their best wins all happened to come at the peak of their opponents’ ranking. If they win the natty, they will do so with me picking them to lose each game from here on out. As such, I expect this trend to correct itself in Oxford this week.
3) Georgia: It’s going to be a real shame to watch this team come so far, chokeslam a ton of adversity, and miss out on a shot at the SEC because of two ill-timed and inexplicable losses to inferior rivals. Sigh.
4) Auburn: There was a time earlier in the season where it was genuinely tough to separate the top five or six teams, but that time is gone. Auburn is officially on the next tier down thanks to getting throttled by Georgia and their “God really does love Auburn” streak of good luck seeming to be over– which sets up perfectly for an upset in Tuscaloosa this week, right? Nah, but maybe.
5) Missouri: Hats off to Gary Pinkel. Coming into the season, all I really knew about the Tigers was that Shane Ray and Markus Golden would be able to come close to replicating the production of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam. I didn’t think they would exceed it and carry this team. I am now prepared for an inevitable invasion of Midwesterners to Atlanta next weekend…
6) Arkansas: …UNLESS MY HOGS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS! Good gracious, I expected them to break the seal and win an SEC game, but what they’ve done in the past two weeks indicates they could be a problem as soon as 2015. Let’s get them one more regular season win and push them to a meaningful bowl game. Also, Bret Bieliema is quickly moving up the ranks of candid and fun SEC coach interviews. I’d put him on the tier right behind the OBC and the Mad Hatter. (Can we call him the Mad Fatter?)
7) Ole Miss: Daniel and I eulogized Bad Dr. Bo on the podcast about a month ago, when I thought the Black Bears were going to win the SEC. Oops. Bad Dr. Bo is really, REALLY bad still.
8) LSU: Weird coach, weird people, weird year. They need a QB. Also, with Zach Mettenberger, Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham, and Alfred Blue all showing out in the NFL, can we now start to wonder if they’re underachieving under Les Miles?
9) Texas A&M: Their in-conference point differential is -64, yet one is led to believe that they’d be nipping at Georgia and Missouri’s heels in the East. Football is strange.
10) Florida: I said it last week and I’ll say it again:
– Muschamp beats FSU.
– Jeremy Foley realizes that there aren’t many great candidates fitting his publicly-outlined parameters.
– Muschamp is re-hired.
This is a world in which I want to live.
11-13) South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky: As high as we were on Kentucky going into their game against Georgia, they’ve really underwhelmed. Tennessee is probably playing the best of these three teams, but got fat on … South Carolina and Kentucky. And I have nothing to say about South Carolina except that I love seeing them regress back towards historical South Carolina.
14) Vanderbilt: Opponents 259, Commodores 85. That is what the SEC has done to them. Yes, the average SEC opponent is beating these guys 37-12. So much for riding James Franklin’s success, Derek Mason.