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Georgia plays Clemson in 13 Weeks: Here’s what Happened the Last Time These Two Powerhouse Played


  • Georgia racked up 411 yards of offense.  Clemson Managed 199.
  • Clemson turned the ball over three times.  Georgia did not turn the ball over.
  • Georgia held the ball for 33:45.  Clemson had possession for 26:15
  • Georgia score 30 points.  Clemson scored 30   29   28   27   26   25   24   23   22   21   20   19   18   17   16   15   14   13   12   11   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1 0 points.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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100 Days of SEC Dominance: Day 90 – The Big Ten is Bad at Math and at Reading and at Writing and at Football and Ohio State President Gordon Gee is an idiot


“You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing wrong.”

That was Ohio State President Gordon Gee’s response to half-hearted (but true) accusations that the Big 10 (a conference with 14 member institutions) can’t count.  You’re all adults and I’m sure with a little effort you can track down the audio recording in which he also blasts Catholics.

Oh how I love Ohio State.  I’m so giddy over this quotation that I’m going to skip over making jokes about Gordon Gee’s appearance (I would have commented on how he looks like a more feminine version of the Six Flags dancing man) and Ohio State football as a whole.  I’m just going to talk academics.

For starters, there is conclusive evidence that the Big 10 has 14 schools and there isn’t conclusive evidence that the SEC can’t read or write.

So I had to dig a little deeper.  Upon further examination I offer this: Ohio State would be the SEC East’s fourth best institution at reading and writing. Using those two testing areas (and the SAT as the measure), here’s how Ohio State stacks up within reported data for “admitted students” and their SAT results.

School Reading 25th Percentile Reading 75th Percentile Writing 25th Percentile Writing 75th Percentile
Ohio State 540 650 550 650
Florida 580 670 570 670
Georgia 560 650 560 650
Vanderbilt 690 770 670 770

*Bold = as good as Ohio State or better than Ohio State

For giggles, I did some math on the entire SEC East and added Ohio State.  Now, keep in mind I’m allowed to do math because I know 14 does not equal 10.  Here’s what I did: I combined all of the figures above and found a happy middle-point for students admitted.  Example: Ohio State’s Reading and Writing Score = (540+650+550+650)/2. So, Ohio State scored 1195.  Practically speaking, a student with an 1195 on the Reading and Writing portions of the SAT likely was accepted into the Ohio State University.

Here’s how it worked out for the rest of the field…

Ohio State is soooooo good at reading and writing.

Ohio State is soooooo good at reading and writing.

You keep doing you, Gordon Gee.  We’ll be counting, reading and writing down here.

And winning National Championships.

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

For the rest of the SEC Domination Countdown, go here.

Three Keys to Each Game of Georgia’s September Gauntlet, or ‘No Offense to you, North Texas’


You may have heard by now that Georgia has a completely brutal first month of the season in 2013.  According to PhilSteele.com, the Dawgs will play three of the top 12 teams** in the country in the first four games of the season. As the alternate title indicates, I will not be providing way-too-early keys to the North Texas showdown on the fall equinox, but I will tell you that Mean Joe Greene played there. And he ain’t walking through that door.

(**- The most comprehensive rankings he has up are his projections of the preseason AP poll (predicting projected predictions…that’s perfectly clinically reasonable insane), but that is a pretty good indication of where these guys will be ranked when we play them. For what it’s worth, he has UGA at #6, SC at #9, Clemson at #11, and LSU at #12.)

Clemson

Sammy Potkins

The Tigers are riding high after closing out their 11-2 2012 campaign with a Chick-Fil-A Bowl win over LSU (hey, we’re talking about them later in this post!)  As of right now, it is May so Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins still has three months to get himself suspended before this game.  TO THE KEYS!

1) Overcoming the first-game jitters: High-profile non-home openers haven’t treated the Dawgs well in recent years (Oklahoma State, Boise) and the common theme in those games was a seeming lack of early-season confidence.  It is my opinion that this will be the toughest road game of the season, so a strong start and an early defensive stop against this Tiger offense are going to be vital.

2) Controlling tempo: More than any team the Dawgs will play in the regular season, Clemson likes to push the pace on offense.  This video indicates the type of pace the offense likes to play, getting the formation set within 10 seconds and the play started within 15. With a young defense lacking in depth, it is vital that UGA ride Gurshall early and hold off on Aaron Murray’s Heisman campaign for a week.  While Clemson’s rush D improved as the season went along (176 yards per game in September, 121 in November), they still finished 60th in the country against some pedestrian (linebacker playing quarterback for Maryland, didn’t even mention BC, Duke, or Wake, ALL OF WHOM THEY PLAYED!!!) ACC offenses. Run it downhill with Todd and Keith, throw in some nice intermediate routes, and get into the upper 30′s in time of possession.

3) The kicking game: Marshall Morgan was short of spectacular as a freshman, missing 6 of 14 field goals and 4 extra points. Clemson opened a 2-point favorite in Vegas. Vegas people tend to be pretty good at these predictions, and the home team in college football generally gets a three-point boost. Morgan needs to make up that difference, or at least not BE the difference.  Against an offense like Clemson’s, the Dawgs can’t afford to get into the red zone and not come away with points.

After Morgan kicks us off (see what I did there?) with a close victory, we’re on to…

South Carolina

1) Attack, attack, attack: This is gonna hurt a little. Take yourself back to October 6 of last year, with the undefeated Dawgs meeting the undefeated Cocks in a game that would surely define the season and determine the fate of the SEC East. The Cocks marched into the endzone in three plays on their first drive, a Devonte Holloman pick led to a second score, and Ace Sanders set Georgia special teams back 60 years after three more failed Georgia plays.

/takes deep breath.

/holds back vomit.

/promises better reading below.

Now imagine doing that to them. After rushing for 280 yards against Clemson and winning the toss Between the Hedges (and receiving), Murray fakes an off tackle run at Clowney, where Gurley chips him long enough for Mitchell, Bennett, Conley, or whoever else to get past South Carolina’s inexperienced secondary and open Sanford Stadium in style. After a South Carolina three-and-out (Marcus Lattimore’s 156 yards per game vs. the Dawgs are gone too), we let Murray take the top off the D again, and again, and again.

2) Harness the Clowneyraptor (and friends): My colleague Johnathan Barnes keeps posting articles with the same picture of Jadeveon Clowney jumping over a hapless Georgia O-line in Columbia. It’s getting annoying. (Dude’s note: In JB’s defense the Dude has been doing the photo uploads for his pieces).

While Clowney’s freakish play was a major factor in last year’s game, it was nothing compared to Melvin Ingram’s impact in the 2011 game (Dude’s note: Great point.  If you don’t remember that game the recap in newspaper formatting from my old site is here.). The point is that you can’t let one defensive player disrupt the rhythm of your entire offense. The South Carolina D plays at another level when Clowney is making plays, and a quick passing game (against a SC defense that lost 8 starters) and running right at the freak himself could slow him down in the early September Georgia heat.

3) Play smart: Position by position, man for man, Georgia has more talent than South Carolina.  Neither Connor Shaw nor Dylan Thompson are going to lead an incredibly explosive offense, so the D needs to keep the receivers in front of them and the offense needs to hold on to the ball. Minimize mistakes, avoid third-and-longs, don’t extend their drives with stupid penalties, and execute, and we are looking at 2-0.

After a bye week blowout bloodletting nice, friendly, exhibition where we give up some inexcusable number of points to North Texas, make it 3-0 with the following team coming to town:

LSU

Stache-tastic. Via.

Stache-tastic. Via.

1) Defensive line depth: LSU has established its reputation as a big, mean, fast, physical team in the Nick Saban and Les Miles eras.  With powerful backs Jeremy Hill, Alfred Blue, and Kenny Hilliard running at a young Georgia defense, it is critical that the three calendar weeks between South Carolina and LSU (bye, UNT, practice) be used to find 8-10 capable bodies to neutralize the running attack.  Barring an 0-2 Georgia start, this will be the 3:30 CBS game that day, and staying fresh into the 4th quarter (see point #3) is critical.

This means that Chris Mayes or John Taylor (or both) need to establish themselves as space-eating threats in early games, or Mike Thornton prove himself as a penetrator at the nose, and that there be no significant dropoff between the 1′s and 2′s (and even 3′s), because they will all see significant action.

2) Special teams play: I’m not going to rehash 2011 SEC Championship memories on this column after causing PTSD with the S.C. breakdown, but LSU is always strong in special teams. While there is no established Patrick Peterson or Tyrann Mathieu returning kicks for the Tigers yet, it does not mean one will not emerge.

Also (again, see point #3), Les Miles is not afraid to allow special teams to determine the outcome of the game.  Punter Brad Wing (the only punter I’ve ever known to declare for the NFL early) is gone, but you can count on at least one crazy fake field goal or punt on this big stage.  If you’re not familiar with Wing, he’s in some ways punting’s equivalent to Sebastian Janikowski. Strong leg, trouble child, suspended for a bowl game, and famously scoring a 52-yard touchdown against Florida that was called back for excessive celebration.

3) Don’t let them stay in striking distance: While modern-day LSU is characterized by the Mad Hatter being the luckiest man in sports, I think there is something to be said in the theory that preparation can create luck.  Expecting the unexpected against the Tigers is a must.  If the game is within 10 points in the final 7-10 minutes, there is really no telling what could happen.

QB Zach Mettenberger is famously (more likely infamously) making his return to Sanford Stadium, and adding to the intrigue is the fact that he’ll likely want to make his presence known to Bulldog fans.  While an overly-hyped Mettenberger could be a blessing for the Dawgs, the combination of him and Les Miles’ uncanny ability to pull wins from where the sun don’t shine would make for a very nervous crowd of 92,000 in the closing minutes of this game.

In my first ‘Go Dawgs’ post for DudeYouCrazy, giving you the business,

Chad

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100 Days of SEC Domination: Day 91 – I’m Still Not Impressed By Ohio State


Yesterday I mentioned Ohio State’s shortcomings in 2012.  Well, if Ohio State played in the Southeastern Conference and  suffered the same embarrassing close-calls against other SEC teams, here’s what those six close wins would look like:

  • 35-28 Win at home over Auburn (same record as California).
  • 17-16 win over Ole Miss (same record as Michigan State).
  • 52-49 win over Tennessee (one game better than Indiana).
  • 29-22 overtime victory at home over Missouri (one game worse than Purdue).
  • 21-14 win over Mississippi State (half a game better than Wisconsin).
  • 26-21 win over Ole Miss (one game worse than Michigan).

If that was one half of an SEC’s team’s schedule, they’d be subject to ridicule.  Why?  Because if that’s how a team fared week after week against the bottom portion of the league, things would get ugly against Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M and even Vanderbilt.

Click to enlarge.

Click to enlarge.

Oh, and also, the SEC is better top-to-bottom than the Big 10.  So this comparison doesn’t begin to do the situation justice.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

For the rest of the SEC Domination Countdown, go here.

100 Days of SEC Domination: Day 92 – The SEC’s Competition is laughable


Apparently Ohio State is the biggest threat to the SEC’s current run of dominance.  I don’t know if I believe that nearly as much as I have been told that, but it is by most expectations the case.  And that makes good sense.  After all Ohio State is the team that breezed through their 2012 schedule, except for the following games:

  • A 35-28 home victory against California.  California finished the season 3-9.
  • A 17-16 win over Michigan State.  Michigan State finished the season with an impressive 7-6 overall record.
  • A 52-49 win over Indiana. Indiana finished 4-8 overall.
  • A 29-22 overtime victory at home against Purdue.  Purdue finished 6-7 overall.
  • A 21-14 win over Wisconsin.  Wisconsin finished 8-6.
  • A 26-21 win over Michigan at home. Michigan finished the season 8-5.

Hitting the Buckeyes where it hurts.

Hitting the Buckeyes where it hurts.

So that’s the big threat to the SEC?  Last year’s “impressive” Ohio State team won six games by a total of 30 points against six opponents who combined for 41 losses.  So, in exactly half of Ohio State’s games in 2012, the Buckeyes won by seven or fewer points to teams that finished with five or more losses.  Impressive.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

For the rest of the SEC Domination Countdown, go here.

 
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