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This Georgia Fan Thinks Georgia Fans Are The Worst


Football is a game of inches.  It’s also a game of plays.  One less-than-desirable play call can negate years of good performance—especially if fans refuse to recognize that prior performance as good.  Accordingly, it makes good and reasonable sense that #FireBobo has become a rallying cry of the vocal minority of Georgia fans.  Here are those fine folks’ highlights from Saturday.

 

The Historian

This bro has so much wisdom on hand that he needs serially numbered Tweets to share it all:

 

The formatting on those years is stellar.  For a while I thought Tatman was going with the possessive form of 2002, 2005 and 2006 and forgetting the S.  Apparently he had already #FiredDateFormatting.  

It’s also worth noting that Bobo was named offensive coordinator just before the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl matchup with Virginia Tech.  So no matter how you slice it, he hasn’t been the offensive coordinator at Georgia for eight years.  If we’re talking eight calendar years, we’ll hit that mark in December of 2014.  If we’re talking seasons, Bobo is just beginning his eighth season.  I’m probably alone in this, but I have a hard time blaming Bobo for failing to win the 2014 SEC Championship Game because that game hasn’t happened.  

But in all seriousness, if Georgia lists one more SEC Championship Game, then Bobo has to go.  Am I right?          

 

 

The Beggar and the Name Dropper

 

Some people just can’t be pleased.  If you’ve been begging for Mike Bobo (or whoever “Hey Boo Boo” is) to be fired since 2004, you’re probably one of those people.  In 2004 (10 years ago), Bobo was coaching quarterbacks at the University of Georgia.  That year, David Greene set all kinds of SEC records and finished his career as (at the time) the winningest starting quarterback in Division I history.  Why would you want to fire that guy’s position coach?   So maybe Bobo is worth keeping around—especially if firing him would tick off alumni.  

 

A few points of note (which may or may not matter in the enlightened debate):

  • I’m sure there’s an important Dooley somewhere whose alma mater is the University of Georgia, but it’s not Vince (the most famous Dooley relative to Georgia athletics).  Vince Dooley graduated from Auburn.
  • “They” is spelled incorrectly, but more importantly, so is “Herschel.”
  • Why the hell would Georgia hire Herschel Walker as its offensive coordinator?  What am I missing?  #FireMe

 

The Bad Counter

Georgia was on the four.  I feel like that’s something we should all be able to agree upon with regards to that fateful play.  Apparently not.

 

Your kidding me, right?

 

 

The Guy Who Sees Big Picture

 

 

When put within the context of Georgia’s defensive performance—which was one for the ages—it’s clear to see how bad Bobo’s called play really was.  The defense was stellar all day long.  That unit didn’t bend, break or even budge.  If Georgia scores a touchdown on this series, there’s no way the Gamecocks could have driven the field for another long touchdown drive the same way they’d already done five times.

Actually this guy gets it perfectly right.  The D did make one hell of a play.  Maybe even two.  But not much more than that.

 

 

    The Dude Who Sees What Others Don’t  

Wait.  Maybe this was a terrible play call.  Georgia had a Heisman Trophy winner in the backfield?  Was he playing quarterback or running back?  Or was he a fullback?  Was Alan Ameche, the 1954 winner and a fullback from Wisconsin, wearing the red and black back there?  I didn’t happen to see him, but I must have missed it.  Ah, I bet Gino Torretta was under-center.  No?  Chris Weinke?  Tim Tebow?  Mark Ingram?  Ricky Williams?  This is going to drive me mad!  What Heisman winner was back there????  

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Georgia Football: Here’s the SEC’s Surprising Explanation of the Atrocious Officiating in the Georgia/South Carolina Game on Saturday


 

The word from the SEC’s higher-ups:

We have received several responses of concern regarding officiating during the Georgia/South Carolina game on Saturday, September 13.  After further booth review, we believe that many of the errors were a direct result of a meal consumed by the officiating crew.  Prior to the game, the crew decided to grab a quick bite at El [redacted] Mexican Restaurant in Columbia, SC.  The results were explosive.  Well, not explosive.  But electric.  The after effects of the meal at El [redacted] caused thunder in the bellies of the officiating crew.  As you may know from elementary school science classes or any of a number of country music songs, when there’s thunder…there’s lightning.  That lightning delayed the game, but the gaseous nature of the disaster of a meal served at El [redacted] did not subside until well after the game.  As a result, several scenarios on the field were impacted.  We apologize for the inconvenience that our incompetence caused both teams and their fans.  Lo siento.

 

The scene before the game...and after El [redacted].

The scene before the game…and after El [redacted].

"Curse you, El [redacted]!!!"

“Curse you, El [redacted]!!!”

I don't know why this call was so hard.

I don’t know why this call was so hard.

 

So there you have it, folks.  If at some point before the game you said something along the lines of, “Yeah.  South Carolina will win this game about the same time lightning flies out of the refs’ butts,” then you called it.  If at any point you thought, “Mike Davis will only be the third-leading rusher in this contest if the game is delayed because of gassy officials,” then you were doubly right.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Georgia vs. South Carolina: A Few Misconceptions


Who remembers the Clemson game last year?  I’m not talking about the score, I’m talking about the game itself.

Against Clemson last year, Georgia went on the road and showed a lot of promise.  Unfortunately, penalties on offense, struggles in the defensive secondary and a botched short field cost Georgia a close game on the road against a good football team.  The home team was better that day.  Does that sound familiar at all?

We could spend all day dwelling on the rashes that flared up against South Carolina on Saturday, or we could move on.  Last year, Georgia took notable steps forward after the loss to Clemson.  And though the loss to South Carolina may hurt more because it’s a divisional rival and Steve Spurrier is on the opposite sideline, it’s still likely that the Bulldogs take steps forward.

So, who remembers what last season could have been if ACLs hadn’t exploded left and right?  Things were looking pretty darn good four games into the year, despite a loss to Clemson.  We could be feeling pretty good about this Georgia team in a few weeks as well, but remember who this team is.

 

Todd Gurley is Still Todd Gurley and You Can’t Reasonably Convince Me Otherwise

South Carolina fans—who spent the better part of three seasons washing the feet of Jadeveon Clowney, defending him to an extent that no man of his stature could ever physically need and otherwise being fanatical (which is what fans do) about the stud defensive end—took great offense to Georgia fans being proud of Todd Gurley.  When I said comparing Mike Davis to Gurley was insulting to the Georgia running back, they didn’t like it.  That’s OK.  They’re not supposed to like it.  If they did, they wouldn’t be fans.  I pick no bones there.

 

  But I do think it’s a bit narrow-minded to pretend Gurley was anything less than Gurley last night.  How many tackles did he break?  He ran for 131 yards and 150 of them were after contact.  He had a 54-yard touchdown called back by a ghost hold that no one really saw.  He got away with a headbutt, and nobody’s proud of that.  But the refs kept seven points off the board and robbed him of 54 yards.  Even without that, it’s interesting that Gurley’s final statistical line (20 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown) is so easily dismissed by the fans who thought Davis (who finished with 17 carries for 66 yards and no scores) was just as capable.  

South Carolina won the game despite a good game from Gurley, not because he had a bad showing.  South Carolina didn’t shut him down.

 

Georgia’s Defense is Still Georgia’s Defense

As I feared heading into the season, Dylan Thompson was able to pick apart Georgia’s secondary and that was the difference in this football game.  My fear of Thompson subsided after two relatively pedestrian performances against Texas A&M and ECU, but he’s a big QB with a big arm.  He did work when Georgia’s defense struggled.

I’m going to touch on this later, but the defense—not special teams or offensive play-calling—cost Georgia the game.

Let’s remember some things again.  Remember how bad the defense was last year?  Well, that defensive coaching staff was replaced in its entirety.  It’s OK to feel good about those changes, but they still take time to yield consistent results.  This was only Jeremy Pruitt’s second game.  Also, remember how bad the secondary was last year?  Well, you should also remember that four multi-game starters from a year ago don’t play in that secondary any more.  This is still a work in progress.  That showed up big time against the Gamecocks.

But all is not lost.

For the second game of the year, the defense was noticeably better in the second half, but you may not have noticed.  To be clear, South Carolina went into conservative clock mode, but a few notes on the passing game (that obliterated Georgia in the first half):

  • Thompson threw for 240 yards in the first half and just 31 in the second half.
  • On five pass attempts in the second half, Thompson completed two, threw one interception and was sacked once.

So that was better.  But again, Wilds hurt Georgia’s defense late.

 

Special Teams

This.

All.  Of.  This.

 

 

The Lunacy of #FireBobo

No one agrees with Bobo’s play-call on first-and-goal.  No one.

With that out of the way, Bobo didn’t lose this game for Georgia.  If you take that much offense to the play-call which resulted in a (questionable) intentional grounding call and put the Dawgs behind the chains, you should remember a few more game-changing mishaps:

  • Georgia allowed 10 plays of 15+ yards in the first half.  That wasn’t on Bobo.
  • Brandon Wilds, South Carolina’s no. 2 running back, torched Georgia for 93 yards—the bulk of which came in obvious running situations.  Bobo wasn’t doing that.
  • Bobo didn’t miss that field goal.  Or the one before.

Did feeding Gurley make sense there?  Hell yes it did.  Did thinking South Carolina might stack the bock and lay in wait seem reasonable?  Yeah, it kind of did.  Would the air have gone out of the stadium if a Thompson INT led to a passing TD from Mason?  You bet.

 

 

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

There’s Still Good News, You Guys! I Promise!


I got nothing.  There were good things, there were bad things and there were special teams things.

Season’s not over, but man does Columbia have a way of making it feel that way time and time again or what?  Woof.

Some thoughts here.  Some pain everywhere. More hot takes coming soon.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Why Do We Compare Mike Davis to Todd Gurley? Will Bret Bielema Eat Kliff Kingsbury? Can UCF Upset Mizzou? SEC Questions Answered and Predictions Made


Chad Floyd’s got your Weekly Viewing Guide right here and we’ve all made predictions already, but here are my thoughts on some of this weekend’s games.

 

UMass at Vanderbilt: 12 p.m. – ESPN 3

There’s no way Derek Mason starts his career at Vandy 0-3.  I’m not saying that out of jest, shock, awe or any other feigned emotion.  UMass is that bad.  Sure, Mason brought Vanderbilt back (to what Vanderbilt should be) more quickly than anyone could have anticipated with 10 combined points scored over two weeks against Temple and Ole Miss (not to mention 78 points allowed), but UMass is even worse.  The Minutemen’s relevancy lasted less than 60 seconds (not literally) and embarrassing losses to Boston College (30-7) and a terrible Buffalo team will give way to the Commodores’ first win of the year.

Enjoy it Vandy.  These sweet, victorious moments may be few and far between for some time (read: forever).

 

UCF at #20 Missouri: 12 p.m. – SEC Network

Is anybody sold out on this Missouri team?  Has any team in the country done less to answer major personnel questions over the season’s first two weeks and maintained a Top 20 ranking?  I don’t think so.

A 38-18 win over South Dakota State saw the Tigers clinging to a 3-point lead halfway into the third quarter.  Mizzou forced three turnovers, but still allowed 365 yards to an FCS squad while racking up 393 yards on their end.  Missouri handled Toledo comfortably, but still allowed 410 yards of offense to the Rockets.

This UCF team has some talent—how much, we may not definitively know.  But more than S. Dak St. and Toledo combined.

I try to pick a senseless upset every week, so this is it.  UCF DON’T NEED NO BORTLES! DON’T NOBODY NEED NO BORTLES.

 

Arkansas at Texas Tech: 3 p.m. – ABC

If there’s one thing we know about these Texas Tech Red Raiders and their Hollywood Head Coach, it’s that they put up tons and tons of points.  Except when they play UTEP and only score 30.

And if there’s one thing we know about the Arkansas Razorbacks and their behemoth of a Bielema, it’s that they don’t score points.  Except when they put up 73 points and 684 yards on just 54 offensive plays against Nicholls State.

This game has disaster written all over it for one team, and I kind of think it’s Texas Tech.  I don’t like to use the word “out-physical” because it’s a stupid non-word reserved for pundits who don’t speak well, but Arkansas could completely, utterly out-physical Texas Tech.  Arkansas has three running backs capable of torching the Raiders and one head coach capable of eating the finely-kempt gent across the field on the other sideline.  That means victory for the ‘Backs.

 

Kentucky at Florida: 7:30 p.m. – SEC Network

It’s really easy to talk about how far Kentucky has come when you create an alternate universe in which Tennessee-Martin and Ohio University are the University of Tennessee and Ohio State.  In that altered state, Kentucky has defeated two traditional powers by a combined score of 79-17.  But we don’t live in that magical place.  So to date, Kentucky has defeated the Bobcats from Ohio University and the Whatever-They-Ares from UT-M.

And while it’s fun (and always will be) to laugh at shortcomings that may or may not define Florida football under head coach Will Muschamp, the “Champ” (my new favorite ironic nickname) has never had trouble beating the Wildcats.  The Champ is 3-0 against the ‘Cats and boasts an average margin of victory of 31 points per game.

Why would we think that these two programs have swung that drastically in opposite directions from the norm in just one year?  Florida wins—comfortably.

 

Tennessee at #4 Oklahoma: 8:00 p.m. – ABC

Writing about Tennessee football is like a Power 5 Conference Team playing an FCS Opponent.  If I’m wrong, I’m an idiot for incorrectly siding with all conventional logic.  It’s like Michigan losing to App State.  If I’m right, I’ve done nothing but predict the obvious.  It’s like Georgia beating up on Charleston Southern.  It’s a lose/lose for me.  So let’s move on: Oklahoma wins.

 

The Game You Care About

I remain cautious in my optimism, but damn it my optimism is optimistic.  I’ve watched every offensive and defensive snap of South Carolina’s first two games multiple times and I don’t see how the Gamecocks can beat Georgia.  And I don’t know that it takes an inspired Bulldog effort, either.

Mike Davis is a nice running back.  He’s a good running back.  He torched Georgia last year.  He’ll have to be a new version of Mike Davis to make a difference in the final outcome today.  I can’t justifiably expect that.

In Davis’s defense, he’s been banged up for the better part of the last eight South Carolina games.  But he may have peaked against a mediocre Georgia defense in Week 2 last year.  Nobody else is saying that, but I’m not going to exalt a guy who’s accounted for 600 yards of offense over South Carolina’s last eight games as a game-changer.  Not yet.

I get that he was injured; so was Todd Gurley.  Comparisons between the two seem downright insulting to the Heisman candidate wearing Red (not garnet).  Gurley missed time over the course of Georgia’s last eight games too.  Over that stretch he’s accounted for 1,131 yards of offense.  He’s turned 26 more total offensive touches into 531 more yards.  Run the numbers on that.

Gurley’s going to make a difference; I don’t think Davis will.  And Georgia’s defense—for the first time in years—may be better than South Carolina’s.

Georgia wins by at least a touchdown.  The game is never in doubt.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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