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Happy last Friday before football starts!
A few updates from the SEC quarterback races, no real surprises.
South Carolina: Connor Mitch, of six career pass attempts, has been named the starter for next Thursday’s bout with UNC. Also, someone in COLA is pretending to be him at bars.
Texas A&M: Sophomore Kyle Allen, unsurprisingly, has been named the starter. True freshman Kyler Murray will definitely see action, though.
LSU: No real news, but I heard on XM that Brandon Harris is ‘trending slightly ahead’ of Anthony Jennings. Harris looked good in mop-up duty in the near-comeback against Mississippi State last year, but the rest of his freshman season was pretty much a wash.
Florida: No real news, but both Will Grier and Treon Harris will see snaps against New Mexico State.
Alabama, Ole Miss, and Georgia: All quiet on the Western (and Eastern) fronts.
In other news…
Speaking of Florida, who broke spring ball with SIX scholarship offensive linemen, freshman stud tackle Martez Ivey is getting his knee scoped and is expected to miss about half of the season. Definitely hurts their chance to gain early momentum early in SEC play, where their longstanding winning streaks against Kentucky (28 games) and Tennessee (10) are on the line.
And really, that’s it. I’m ready for some damn football.
Yesterday, we hit on some of the key questions surrounding Georgia football, and allowed our panel of
experts people who write for this site the chance to sound off on them.
Today, we go meta.
Eight. Days. Until. Football.
This survey is an absolute travesty, and WordPress is not being very helpful in the formatting department. Apologies for both in advance. Many thanks to the staff for taking the time to save you from it being just me talking about the season, yet again.
Today is Georgia questions, tomorrow is on the national scale.
Comment with your own answers below!
Chad Floyd: 11 regular season wins and (obviously) win the SEC East. The crossover opponents are tough, but this team is head and shoulders above the rest of the division. Split with the Alabama schools, beat everyone else, and go to Atlanta with a playoff bid on the line.
Daniel Palmer: Success for Georgia to me is less a reflection on wins and losses, and more what we see out of this team week to week. A hallmark of the 2014 season was marked improvement week to week in each phase of the game, but there were monumental setbacks (Florida, GT). What I want this year is consistent growth as a team; they keep from backsliding and making the same mistakes, and wins and losses will take care of themselves.
Jason Smith: Beating Florida.
Andrew Hall: A loss to Bama is all but expected. Beyond that missing out on winning the East is outright failure.Chad Floyd: Anything short of a playoff/’Group of Six’ bowl appearance.
Daniel Palmer: If the narrative for this season devolves into “if they only found a quarterback”, then you’ll know we are in trouble. There’s too much optimism around this team for the man under center to define 2015 in a negative light. Once we fall back to quarterback excuses, then EVERYTHING has fallen off the rails and we’re in full rebuild mode.
Jason Smith: Losing to Tech.
Andrew Hall: 10-2 regular season. SECCG Loss, Bowl Win…so 11-3 depending on how you do this.
Chad Floyd: 11-1. Everything postseason is a toss-up.
Daniel Palmer: 10-2
Jason Smith: 10-2
Andrew Hall: Missouri. It always inexplicable to lose to Mizzou. After Tennessee and Bama comes the let down game
Chad Floyd: (I don’t find Tennessee inexplicable). South Carolina. An easy September slate means we have to stub our toe somewhere, right?
Daniel Palmer: God help me, Tennessee.
Jason Smith: The answer to this question is ALWAYS South Carolina.
Andrew Hall: On offense let’s look at Jay Rome to have a big year. I love Blaze as much as the next guy (assuming the next guy isn’t Daniel Palmer), but Rome is getting lots of 1st Team reps for a reason and is more athletic. (Editor’s note: There was no pick for the defense.)
Chad Floyd: Offense: Brice Ramsey. Defense: Jake Ganus (the UAB transfer LB).
Daniel Palmer: Offense: Jeb Blaze. Defense: Pick a DB every week.
Jason Smith: Offense: Terry Godwin. Defense: Trenton Thompson.
What’s the stupidest thing Special Teams will do?
Andrew Hall: Beyond at least one missed extra point and several chip shot field goals (which will happen), look for Georgia to attempt an onside kick early in a game in an attempt to capitalize on momentum and miss out. Then, a mediocre opponent offense gets the ball at mid-field and scores shortly before the half before receiving a 2nd half kickoff and scoring again.
Chad Floyd: Botched punt snap in the 4th quarter of a close game in one of our SEC on CBS appearances.
Daniel Palmer: Yes.
Jason Smith: Miss a seemingly chip shot field goal that means absolutely nothing at the moment but will end up costing us a game because our offense is having an off night.
What’s the game you will have to be most intoxicated to watch?
Andrew Hall: South Carolina. That’s always my answer. You can’t not be drunk for Georgia/South Carolina. Win was the last time Georgia won one of these games with any semblance of ease? 2014 was a loss, 2013 was close late, 2012/2011/2010 were losses, 2009 was a 4-pt win, 2008 was 14-7, 2007 was a loss, 2006 was an 18-0 win with unsteady freshman Matt Stafford, 2005 was a 2-point win, 2004 was a 4-point win. We’re talking 2003. Damn.
Chad Floyd: South Carolina/Auburn. I have too much local/social hate invested in both of them.
Daniel Palmer: As has become tradition, I will be watching the Florida game by myself in silence surrounded by whiskey and moonshine.
Jason Smith: The answer to this question is ALWAYS Florida.
Quiet offseason and a clean bill of health?
Of course not.
Bad news on the Justin Scott-Wesley front, as when reading between the lines on Mark Richt’s comments, has played his last snaps in a Georgia uniform.
Previous reports were that it was just a sprain, but having ominous news come straight from the head coach’s mouth isn’t promising.
As I’m sure you’re well aware, Georgia checked in at #9 in the AP poll, consistent with their ranking in the Coaches’. The SEC was unsurprisingly well-represented: Alabama at 3, Auburn at 6, LSU at 14, Ole Miss comically underrated at 17, Arkansas at 18, and Mizzou and Tennessee repping the East and closing the rankings at 24 and 25.
That’s…about it. Not much going on in the world of Georgia football, and with 12 days to go before the opener…that’s perfectly fine. Time for some shameless plugs!
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Even though he says stupid things like, oh I don’t know, that he feels he’s the best quarterback in the NFL, you are a monster if you don’t feel at least somewhat bad for Washington QB Robert Griffin III.
He came to Washington in 2012 as the #2 overall pick, a pick for which the Redskins gave up three first-rounders and a second-rounder– some Ditka-level desperation, folks– and he did the unthinkable and led them to the playoffs!
As rich d-bag Dan Snyder should know, you gotta protect your investments. I don’t need to rehash Mike Shanahan running Griffin’s right leg into a bag of Pixy Stix in the 2012 playoffs, but last night was just something else.
(NOTE: this is a preseason game. And this is the beating your quarterback took).
That dude, 75, who got ridden like a middle school blocking sled into Griffin? #5 overall pick Brandon Scherff (don’t draft Iowa linemen).
And…the coup de grace (though not the hit that knocked Griffin out of the game):
Oh, and you wanna know the crazy thing? It could’ve been SO MUCH WORSE. The Detroit Lions are a team that let Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley walk in the offseason. Meaning, THEY DIDN’T TAKE PLACE IN THIS BLOODLETTING. So take what you see above, and add at least one of these:
Starting to see red? Me too.
Or in Suh’s case…
So, yeah. Now that I’ve inspired a little more Auburn-related hate (the original intent was not meant to be college football related at all), I’ll say it again: RGIII had a bad night.