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Georgia Football: If The Dawgs Win The SEC Title, Should They Have A Spot In The Playoff?


Do They Have A Case? 

Georgia could make a very interesting case for the fourth playoff spot if they were to win the SEC Title. The real question is, would the Playoff committee put the Dawgs in there? I will be the first to tell you that Georgia has two of the worst losses in the SEC this year, but that does not excuse the fact that they will have to beat either Alabama or Miss State to have a shot at a playoff spot.

 

Bring Back The BCS

My biggest issue with the playoff committee is how they use the “eye test”. Just because Baylor didn’t play particularly well one week, they put TCU (who lost to Baylor) ahead of them in the polls. With all else equal I believe that head to head should matter the most. If South Carolina had one loss and Georgia had one loss, then South Carolina should have the nod over Georgia because they own the head to head win. If you are really trying to prove who is best, isn’t the most simple way to judge by seeing who wins on the field?

 

Georgia is sitting pretty at number 10 right now, and for the Dawgs to have a shot in Atlanta they will need Mizzou to lose one of their next two games. It is very possible that Georgia will head to Atlanta, but even if they win the Title I do not see the committee putting a two loss Georgia over any one-loss power five team. It would be one thing if Georgia lost to a couple of teams who were not so bad this season, but instead they decided to play their worst two games against teams they should have beaten with ease.

Should They Have A Shot?

Do I think Georgia should be in the playoff if they win the SEC Title? Yes. There is not a tougher conference than the SEC, and you can tell that to a one loss Ohio State who lost to a middle of the road ACC team. Georgia will still need some help, but a victory over a ranked Tech should help their case for the committee. Just think: We would not have to ask this question if it weren’t for a bad holding call, and the team not showing up in Jacksonville.

 

-Alex

SEC Football: Florida Coaching Search


Will Muschamp is going to be enjoying that sweet buyout life in a mere two weeks, but the question on everyone’s mind is who will be replacing him in the Swamp. Names have been floated, but nothing concrete has leaked yet.

(If they hire Shanahan, I don’t need any Christmas gifts from anyone ever again)

After the Muschamp patented “Rock Fight” offense, it’s safe to assume that the next hire will possess a prodigious offensive mind, but Foley’s search has to be more considered than that. They need a name that will energize a dilapidated fan base, loosen the purse strings of boosters, and make a splash in recruiting to return the program to prominence. But, the problem is who fits the profile?

Who could?

Who would?

Who else?

 

#FloridaTrolling

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SEC Football: Auburn Is Irrelevant And I Could Not Be Happier


2013 Didn’t Happen

The 2013 season has been wiped completely from my memory. I only vaguely remember Auburn winning on two last second plays on their way to the SEC Title game. I do not recall Alabama showing up to the Sugar Bowl (because they really didn’t), and I most certainly do no remember seeing Auburn almost win the National Title. Like I said, that season never happened.

 

If what people are telling me is true, then Auburn is the luckiest team I have ever heard about in recent memory. People say they won back to back games on a tipped Hail Mary on 4th and long, and again on a kick that went one yard too short so they could return it for the game wining touchdown. These things do not just happen! Just because you have two of the luckiest plays in the history of college football,  does not make you a good football team.

 

New Season

This season has been a very exciting one to watch. Not just because of the College Football Playoff, but the way the SEC races have unfolded. Auburn has NO SHOT of repeating as SEC Champions, and that is music to my ears. Auburn lost to Texas A&M, who had a freshman QB making his first road start, and Alabama beat A&M by 59 POINTS. One loss is okay. Alabama has one loss, but Auburn now has three SEC losses to A&M, Georgia, and Miss State. Just to put things in perspective, Florida has just as many SEC wins as Auburn.

 

Status Quo

Auburn travels to Tuscaloosa in two weeks, and nothing will make me happier than seeing Alabama impose their will on this irrelevant SEC team like in years past. It will be very interesting to see what bowl bid the War Eagle Tigers get, but I am hoping for the Birmingham Bowl so they do not have to travel very far. Finally, we can stop hearing the talk about “the Team of Destiny”, and how “Gus Malzahn is the best coach in the SEC”. Instead we can go back to Alabama being ranked number one in the country, and Georgia preparing for another dominate victory over the Yellow Jackets.

 

-Alex

Nick Chubb For Heisman, Florida Losing Their Best Player To The NFL Draft, And More


Heisman 

Nick Chubb has catapulted onto the scene these past 6 weeks, and that includes the National scene as well. ESPN even has him on the top 15 Heisman contenders! Chubb has not even started half the season, and he is already over 1000 yards for the year with 3 games to play. I do not think Chubb will win many post season awards this year, but the future sure does look bright for this young Bulldog. Here is the full list of SEC Heisman contenders.

 

Blackout 

Mark Richt hinted at the possibility of Georgia bringing the black jerseys out sometime next season. I personally love the black jerseys, but if they decide to bring them out against the Tide next season, it might not bode well once again. My dream is to see Georgia blackout Georgia Tech. Just imagine how rowdy Sanford Stadium would get, and how intimidated the Yellow Jackets would be in that environment. Here is the full quote, with a new design concept.

 

Going Pro

Florida’s best defensive player is going pro at the end of this season. Dante Fowler Jr. is without a doubt one of the best interior linemen in the entire country, and should have no problem being drafted in the first round. Fowler took to Twitter to announce his departure, and included a nod to Will Muschamp. Here is the full story.

 

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-Alex

Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Auburn Edition


It was all bad just two weeks ago.

We were all there commiserating, just as we’re all here now partying. The small sample size of college football lends itself mightily to the overreactions that fan bases are known for, but if you’re looking for someone to rain on the parade after beating Auburn…

Sorry, I’m not that guy.

This wasn’t just a home win against a top 10 opponent. It was domination, pure and simple, to the point that the #BEATEMDOWN feels reductive to the point of being insulting. Offense. Defense. Even (gasp) Special Teams. Everyone in the red and black stepped up, and if the on-the-scene texts from the rest of the Dude You Crazy crew are to believed, the celebration of this win was one to behold.

In a rivalry game against the mighty SEC West, on a national stage, for any shot at a spot in the SEC Title game, this team delivered. One of those weeks where I’m more than happy to re-watch the game. In the name of research, you see.

The Good:

- The run defense. Barring that first drive, this was hands down the best defensive performance I’ve seen out of Georgia this season. The front seven did a great job of gang tackling, operating as one cohesive unit versus the disjointed individuals we’ve seen at times. Even more impressive was the ability of the defensive backs to not only get off blocks, but deliver hits when they did.

- The pass defense. Hey, remember when Georgia fans were worried about this teams ability to stop these SEC spread offenses as Clemson picked apart the middle of the field? Yeah, feels like a lifetime ago; and in the terms of the defense on this team, it really was. I said it last week on the podcast, and I’d like to double down here: this has been a master class of a defense learning on the job, and altering scheme to match talent. Nick Marshall moved around okay, but it seemed like when the pass rush missed him, he just couldn’t find anything downfield and had to eat a coverage sack. Bravo Coach Pruitt. Well done.

- The running game. The staple of this Georgia offense all year, it delivered yet again on the biggest stage yet. Todd looked like a man who hadn’t taken live snaps in a month, but there were more than a few flashes of Godd Turley that I was more than satisfied with his production. Nick Chubb and the offensive line picked up where they left off against Kentucky, securing the first level, beating up the second level and flat-out running over the third level of the defense.

- The passing game. Gotta clean up the drops (and there were drops Mr. Conley), but Hutson Mason was throwing darts out there all night. And if you can’t celebrate that, then you might be Jason Smith.

The Bad:

- I’m still mad the game ended.

- Less holding on kickoff returns.

The Ugly

- I’m not ready to talk even semi-intelligently as someone who already hates the NCAA and everything it stands for. Check out tomorrow’s Dude You Podcast where I will attempt to parse out how I feel without getting fired from this site. I hated the NCAA before this, and the tone-deaf and injurious way they behaved in this matter only serve to strengthen that hate. More of this will be coming to your earholes tomorrow. Promise.

A huge blowout win, a statement game, a complete and total vanquishing of a rival. It should feel better than this, but even in the light of Gurley’s injury, let’s not forget to celebrate the whole team. Each young man who took that field in the red and black deserve to have this game not remembered as Todd’s Last Stand, but as the night the 2014 Georgia Football Team defined how they would be remembered: a dominant running team with a suffocating defense that will beat you from the first kick off until the final whistle. And that’s a pretty good thing to be.

Go Dawgs.

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