A summary of my thoughts from this article.
Georgia’s offense faces four unique challenges in the Belk Bowl:
- Unrest: As of this moment the Bobo situation is looming large. That may have no impact on the game itself, but it could have a huge impact. If Bobo takes the gig before then, things could look very different on the field on Dec. 30.
- Rest: Georgia hasn’t played well coming off bye weeks. I shouldn’t have to rehash Georgia’s two post-off week losses this year.
- Familiar Faces: Grantham knows a lot of Georgia’s offensive personnel. That could become a factor.
- Unfamiliar Faces: No one figured Gerod Holliman out all year. Will Georgia be any different?
That’s all I got/
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Remember that ham-fisted sandwich analogy we laughed about weeks ago? No? Well, I likened an NFL season to a well made sandwich, one that you enjoy more with every bite. But now, we’re staring at crust people, CRUST. All we’ve got left is this week, next week, and the whirlwind that is the NFL Playoffs.
Before we move forward, I wanted to thank everyone here at the DYC team for another great year, but especially all our new and old readers. This has been a great year for the site and podcast, and it’s only going to get better from here.
Now, on to the PICKS.
As always, home teams in BOLD
Jaguars (-3.5) over Titans
This is it. The final argument against Thursday night football. Good. Grief. If you’re gambling on this game, close this webpage and seek help immediately. In July, when I’m ignoring baseball, I’ll point to this to remind myself that more football isn’t always the answer. Ugh.
Eagles (-7.5) over Washington Professional Football Team
Jay Gruden has moved to the ‘openly trying to get fired’ phase of his Washington tenure, at a near record pace. A Jim Zorn-esque tour de force that continues to find new lows for the Dan Snyder era.
Chargers (+1) over Niners
Ladies and gentlemen, the newest coach of the Michigan Wolverines*…
*I mean, if he says yes. He probably won’t, so brace yourselves for THAT Michigan fans.
Falcons (+6) over Saints
I need this. Plus, LOOK AT ALL DEM POINTS. I don’t know who wins this game, but I do know I’m looking forward to betting against the
Big 10 NFC South representative in the playoffs.
Dolphins (-6.5) over Vikings
Miami throwing it’s hat in the ring for ‘team that gets frisky late, engendering irrational offseason confidence in fans and pundits”.
Ravens (-6) over Texans
Can JJ Watt play quarterback? Aren’t we as a nation ready to find out?
Lions (-8.5) over Bears
The Bears are starting Jimmy Clausen Sunday. So, how was the Marc Trestman era for you?
Panthers (PICK) over Browns
I’m not out on JFF yet, but that was NOT an encouraging start to what may yet be a promising career. Small sample size and all but this…this was not good.
Packers (-10.5) over Buccaneers
Related to the last pick, are we sure Mike Evans wasn’t making JFF look good down in Aggieland? Cause he’s the only watchable thing in Tampa these days.
Steelers (-3) over Chiefs
Be less dependable Steelers. I swear, every week is a coin flip with this team. At least they show you early who they have chosen to be.
Patriots (-10) over Jets
That’s a WHOLE bunch of points for a division game. Then again, it’s the Jets.
Rams (-5) over Giants
Odell Beckham is the only reason to watch any part of this game.
Bills (-6) over Raiders
Do me a quick favor. Close your eyes, and think about every Bills fan you knew at the start of the season. Shouldn’t take long. Now, open your eyes and search twitter for #BillsMafia, particularly those time stamped for last Sunday. Crazy, right?
Cowboys (-3) over Colts
Jinxing like you read about.
Seahawks (-7.5) over Cardinals
Bruce Arians is hands down Coach of the Year, but I gotta think this whole “next guy who can physically throw a football” quarterbacking system has problems against this Seattle team, which has turned it on down the stretch like the Spurs.
Broncos (-3) over Bengals
Go ahead and bet against Peyton Manning at night. Really good way to lose money.
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Our crew at DudeYouCrazy (sans Jason Smith) has spent much of the past three weeks vehemently defending Mark Richt and his program at the University of Georgia. When you’re consistently an upper-echelon contender in the best conference in America in said conference’s golden era, you don’t look for the ‘grass is greener’ alternative. Any objective observer knows Georgia has been a couple of breaks in a couple of years away from the promised land.
The same theory applies, and holds even more water, with oft-unfairly-maligned offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
If Bobo is offered the Colorado State head coaching job, he would be a fool not to accept. Andrew and Daniel both covered this very well. New Florida coach Jim McElwain left a stable of versatile offensive talent in Fort Collins, allowing a new coach to step in and replicate McElwain’s juggernaut, balanced, multiple, get-your-hands-to-the-playmakers offense. A couple years of sustained success, and Bobo is a top head coaching candidate in his early 40’s. Perhaps even a sure-fire winner as a Mark Richt replacement.
For the #FireBobo crew, here is what you stand to lose:
- An offense that has spent just two years out of the top four among SEC teams in scoring over the past eight years: Those two years were the 2009 Joe Cox abomination, where output slipped to a still-respectable 28.9 points a game (7th in the conference), and 2013, where all SEC offenses scored at record clips and Georgia finished 5th. You may recall injuries to Todd Gurley, Aaron Murray, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, Justin Scott-Wesley, and Chris Conley in 2013, and that may have had a downwards effect on pulling the Dawgs all the way down to a paltry 36.7 points a game.
– Continuity with an underclassman quarterback taking over next year: Brice Ramsey has looked great in spot duty this year. With the losses of Gurley, Conley, and Bennett, do you want a young QB to lose two years’ education in a system tailored to allow him to make easy throws to open targets? Especially when those targets lack the experience of the past two years’ receiving corps?
– Recruits. I try not to buy into recruiting too much, but you have the next ‘can’t miss blue chipper’ in Washington QB Jacob Eason set to arrive on campus in the spring of 2016. Do you want him to reevaluate if he wants to move 3,000 miles to play ball when Pac-12 offenses are putting more QB’s in the league than anyone right now?
I’ll stick with the guy whose offense has finished in the top four in SEC total offense every year since 2011, even through the proliferation of the no huddle hurry up in the league, thank you very much.
- He’s under-appreciated at Georgia. Look at fan sentiment and look at his compensation. Now contrast that with records he continues to set. Does he have a lot of talent at his disposal? Yes. But he gets that talent. Further, as this year showed, he adapts to that talent. He may get a raise out of this interview with Colorado State and he may decide to stay, but shouldn’t he get a raise without this song and dance? He orchestrated the SEC’s best offense in a year following the departure of the best QB (statistically) the league had ever seen and while going without the best player in the country for most of the year.
- Colorado State is a great first gig. They’ve got enough momentum to benefit in recruiting, but expectations remain reasonably low. He would have success there.
- He’s a big name there. Period. Jim McElwain was a big hire for them. Mike Bobo would be as well.
- It is a stepping-stone job. See: McElwain. But seriously, do well at Colorado State and other schools will call within a few years. Is Georgia Southern (who had interest in Bobo previously) that type of job? Maybe, maybe not. But Colorado State definitely is.
- Bobo needs a stepping stone. The danger for Bobo is getting hotter and hotter and jumping to a job that’s too big (at least right off the bat). Ask Muschamp what that’s like. Who was the last coordinator to jump to a HC role at a major, major program and have success? I’m not being a smart-ass. I’m actually asking. The only ones that come to mind are folks who wait forever and then move in (Jimbo). Bobo isn’t Richt’s successor if the Dawgs hire from within in the future; Pruitt would be. Just look at the paycheck.
To be clear: no part of me wants Bobo to leave. Not even an ounce. I think he would be incredibly hard to replace. He was born in Augusta, played four years at Georgia served as a G.A. for two years, went a away for one and came back in 2001. Further, he’s forty years old and has been the offensive coordinator at a national power for eight seasons. That’s a hard resume to top. And the on-field performance will be equally difficult to replicate.
That’s all I got/