Georgia Football: Know Your New Dawgs’ Jersey Numbers


Sony Michel – 1

Lorenzo Carter – 7

Jacob Park – 7

Keyon Brown – 11

Malkom Parrish – 14

Isaiah McKenzie – 16

Rico Johnson – 19

Shakenneth Williams – 23

Dominick Sanders – 24

Shaq Jones – 25

Nick Chubb – 27

Shattle Fenteng – 31

Detric Bing-Dukes – 33

Lamont Gaillard – 53

Dyshon Sims – 55

Jake Edwards – 64

Kendall Baker – 65

Isaiah Wynn – 77

Jeb Blazevich – 83

 

Georgia vs. Ohio State: A Schedule Comparison, and Is Ohio State Really a National Title Contender?


 

Admittedly, I tweet that somewhat jokingly.  But there’s some truth wrapped in.

The Buckeyes breezed through a joke of a schedule in 2013 before hitting noticeable hurdles against Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship and Discover Orange Bowl respectively.

Sure, the same could be said about a team like Alabama.  The Crimson Tide opened 2013 with 11 straight wins before closing with two-straight losses to good teams.

But saying that would be unfounded.

Alabama played more teams who were ranked in the final BCS Poll during its 11-game winning streak than Ohio State did during its 12-game run.  And, Alabama won those games by a more sizable margin.

Week in and week out Alabama was tested by a strong conference, despite a relatively weak schedule within that conference (Ole Miss and LSU at home, Arkansas and Tennessee down, Kentucky as a rotating non-division foe).

Week in and week out, Ohio State managed unimpressive victories.  A 10 point win over a Northwestern team that lost seven games in a row in the middle of the season.  An ugly overtime win over Michigan—a team that lost six of its last eight.

The Buckeyes lost—in fairly convincing fashion—to the two best teams they played.  Against Michigan State, Ohio State nursed a lead for all of eight minutes and 55 seconds before losing by 10 points.  Clemson led Ohio State at the end of the first, third and fourth quarters.  The game was back-and-forth, but a four turnover effort and giving up 576 yards on defense own’t win you many contests.

So what does that mean for 2014?  Well, if the pattern holds, the Buckeyes will beat up on inferior competition.  If you believe in Phil Steele, which I do, Ohio State won’t face a single Top 25 team until November 8th against Michigan State.  That will be their first and last game against a team in Phil’s Top 25.

Contrast that with the Georgia Bulldogs (purely for comparison’s sake and for the familiar audience).  Georgia will play four Top 25 opponents – #23 Clemson, # 10 South Carolina, #24 Florida, #9 Auburn.  And the Dawgs dodge SEC West powers like LSU and Alabama.

Don’t be shocked to see Ohio State open the season on a long winning streak.  Don’t be surprised to see them struggle (and even lose) against Michigan State.

But even if they do advance to the Big Ten Championship and make it to the playoff, don’t expect success against the nation’s best in back-to-back games.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

 

Georgia Football: Bulldog Personalities Weigh in on Twitter as Josh Murray Claims Bachelorette Victory


Josh Murray won The Bachelorette, and while it seems very primal to refer to an engagement specifically as a prize that’s the name of the game.  And the game, as Josh pointed out in the post-game, works.

Here’s what you may have missed on Twitter.

 

Georgia Football: Dawgs in the NFL – Checking in on the Rookies


Training camp is underway, so here’s a quick look at a few former Bulldogs trying to make rosters.

Aaron Murray, Kansas City Chiefs

In college you “burn” a redshirt by playing.  In the NFL you become ineligible for the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.  Murray is ineligible – in a good way.

Murray is now in a three-way battle with Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray for two spots backing up Alex Smith on the final 53-man roster.  According to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, it’s Bray and Daniel who could be on the chopping block:

…the Chiefs might be forced to make a decision between Bray and Daniel, because Smith and Murray are likely locks to make the roster.

Murray is healthy and fully recovered from ACL surgery that ended his college career two games early.

 

Arthur Lynch, Miami Dolphins

Artie is still working to bust into a rotation that features star tight end Charles Clay and a slew of reserves including Dion Sims, Michael Egnew and Kyle Miller.  Alain Poupart of Dolphins.com reported that Lynch put in extra work and was the last player to leave the field on Sunday.

 

Rantavious Wooten, Miami Dolphins

The receiver position is extremely crowded in Miami as pointed out here, but it sounds like Wooten is getting some looks as a punt returner too (per the Miami Herald).  According to sports-reference, Wooten never returned a kick at Georgia.  Though he did play in games in three or more games in five seasons, register multiple catches in five seasons and attempt a pass.

 

For what it’s worth, Isaiah Crowell is looking good at Browns training camp.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

2014 Texas A&M Football Preview: Who are the Aggies?


DudeYouCrazy Preseason SEC Ranking: 9

 

The 2014 Texas A&M Aggies in One Question

How much was Johnny Manziel worth?

 

Last Season

A&M followed a stellar 11-2 SEC debut in 2012 with a perfectly respectably 9-4 campaign last season.

The offense, led by the arm, legs and magic wand of Manziel, put up 40 or more points in each of its first ten games (11 total) and surpassed 50 points on six occasions.  Not to be outdone, the defense allowed 35+ points in five games.

Manziel was a statistical marvel, once again.  He trew for 4,114 yards, 37 TDs and 13 INTs while completing 69.9% of his passes.  On the ground he accounted for 759 yards and nine touchdowns.  If not for voter fatigue an utter lack of a defense, he might have walked away with a second-consecutive Heisman Trophy.  His pre-Heisman ceremony statistics certainly merited that degree of consideration.

  • Manziel 2012: 4,600 Yards of Offense, 43 TDs (Won Heisman)
  • Manziel 2013: 4,418 Yards of Offense, 41 TDs
  • Jameis Winston 2013: 4,013 Yards of Offense, 42 TDs (Won Heisman)

 

Manziel, however, is gone.  And so are his two most prolific weapons:

  • Mike Evans: 2,499 receiving yards on 151 catches and 17 TDs over the past two years.
  • Ben Malena: 1,660 yards of offense, 19 TDs over past two years.

 

This Season

The Manziel questions may have been less frequent at SEC Media Days, but the ghost of Johnny Football will be a factor in 2014.  With an incredibly mediocre (read: worse than mediocre) defense being plagued by an inordinate amount of arrests, this offense will have to provide answers.  And even with Manziel—the most electrifying, ridiculous, inexplicable college football player I’ve ever seen—the defense was still hard to overcome.  Even with a Calvin Johnson-like  safety valve in Evans, the defense was still hard to overcome.  Even with some of the best offensive linemen in the game, the defense was hard to overcome.

Now, thanks to Johnny there’s a lot of buzz around the program.  Stellar recruiting classes, stadium expansions and the only $5 million per year head coach in football without a national (or major conference) championship define the program.  Noticeably absent from that list: an on-field identity or reputation.

This is only A&M’s third season in the SEC, but it’s easy to see how the 2012 campaign could very soon prove an outlier.  Or maybe it was just a periodic blip on the Aggie radar.  Consider the team’s conference win tallies dating back to 2004 (note: 2004-2011 represent Big 12 conference competition.):

  • 2004: 5
  • 2005: 3
  • 2006: 5
  • 2007: 4
  • 2008: 2
  • 2009: 3
  • 2010: 6
  • 2011: 4 (nine game conference schedule)
  • 2012: 6
  • 2013: 4

 

I like head coach Kevin Sumlin a lot.  He’s a media master, a true professional and one of the best young head coaches in college football.  This is a year for him to earn his huge (possibly premature) paycheck.  Consider this schedule, and my guesstimated results:

  • August 28: At South Carolina – LOSS
  • September 6: Lamar – WIN
  • September 13: Rice – WIN
  • September 20: At SMU – WIN
  • September 27: Arkansas – WIN
  • October 4: At Mississippi State – TOSS-UP
  • October 11: Ole Miss – TOSS-UP
  • October 18: At Alabama – LOSS
  • November 1: Lousiana-Monroe – WIN
  • November 8: At Auburn – LOSS
  • November 15: Missouri – WIN
  • November 27: LSU – LOSS

Those South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn and LSU games look mighty scary for a team trying to replace a lot on offense and develop some semblance of a defense.  Mississippi State and Ole Miss could hand the Aggies a fifth or even sixth loss on the season.

Let’s assume the Aggies split with the schools from Mississippi.  How good is a 7-5 season with wins over Lamar, Rice, SMU, Louisiana-Monroe, either Ole Miss or Mississippi State and down Arkansas and Missouri programs?  It’s not that great.  Sumlin needs nine wins out of this schedule to impress.

Game on, Aggies.  You proved us wrong in 2012.  Can you do it again?

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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