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Week 6 SEC Preview

Great week for the Dude last week. Never a doubt. Strong showing. I’m the best.

Week 5 Game Score Result
Missouri -3.5 Mizzou 24, S. Car 10 WIN
Alabama +2 Alabama Too Much, Georgia Too Little WIN
Auburn -20 Auburn 35, SJSU 21 Loss
Ole Miss -7 LOLOL Loss
Arkansas +6.5 Arkansas 24, Tennessee 20 WIN
Eastern Michigan +44.5 LSU 44, EMU 22 WIN
Vanderbilt +4.5 Vandy 17, MTSU 13 WIN
Texas A&M -7 Texas A&M 30, Miss St. 17 WIN


Week 5: 6-2

Season: 24-17

Now let’s keep the magic magic-ing. All lines as of Thursday early morning. All lines via Caesars Palace accessed Via All games on Saturday.


New Mexico State at #14 Ole Miss, 12 p.m., SEC Network

I think New Mexico State has gotten better each game this year. I don’t know that for a fact because I haven’t seen them play a down, but I think they’re hungry. A lot hungrier, perhaps, than they were in the season-opener against Florida. Close losses to Georgia State (34-32) and UTEP (50-47) and a loss to in-state rival New Mexico (38-29) in a game that was tied in the fourth quarter has these Aggies ready to eat. And by “ready to eat” I mean “ready to lose by fewer than 43.5 points. Also on NMSU’s side: the transitive property. Florida beat NMSU by 48 points but Florida was 28 points better than Ole Miss last week, which means Ole Miss should just be 20 points better than New Mexico State.

My Pick: New Mexico State +43.5


#7 LSU at South Carolina at LSU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

I’m too lazy to do the research on who’s actually attending this game now that it’s been moved to Baton Rouge as a result of the flooding in Columbia. But emotional implications aside, this can’t help South Carolina. And the movement on the line has been nuts. It opened at 13 and is now 18.5. I think South Carolina can cover 18.5. Thirteen was a stretch for sure. But let’s see some inspired play. Let’s hear Sandstorm at Death Valley.

My Pick: South Carolina +18.5


#19 Georgia at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Do some of this please.


I know players aren’t supposed to pay attention to things like gambling, but I hope Georgia players are insulted by this line. To cover a 2.5 point spread, Georgia could be trailing by 12 points late in the game. I’m struggling to see what Tennessee does better than Georgia. Say what you want about Greyson Lambert but he’s thrown for 40 more yards this season than Josh Dobbs and he’s done that with nearly 30% fewer passes. Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara form a talented backfield, but would you take those guys over Nick Chubb and Sony Michel? Georgia is 25th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, Tennessee is 89th. Georgia’s allowing 123.6 rushing yards per contest; Tennessee’s giving up 171.6. The only way Georgia loses this game is special teams mishaps (all but guaranteed) and issues defending a mobile QB (a possibility). But I can think of 100 ways Tennessee could lose this game.

My Pick: Georgia -2.5


Troy at Mississippi State, 4 p.m., SEC Network

My Pick: Troy +30.5


Arkansas at #8 Alabama, 7 p.m., ESPN

Arkansas is gonna keep this thing tight yall. I’m telling you. That’s all I’m saying because I don’t know if I really believe that. But let’s do this. Road underdogs gonna cover.

My Pick: Arkansas +17.5


#11 Florida at Missouri

Man. This is just what Missouri does. Florida’s cruising along, biggest win in the SEC East (and one of the biggest in the nation, period) so far this year: check. Undefeated record: check. Red-faced prick as a coach: check. Then BOOM. Enter mediocre Missouri to make things interesting. I think Florida’s safe. And I want the Gators safe so as to make the impending Bulldog victory in Jacksonville as meaningful as possible and so as to all but remove the Tigers from contention. But this could be scary.

My Pick: Florida -3.5



That’s all I got/


The DudeYouCrazy College Football Viewing Guide, Week 6

In case you were wondering, YES I absolutely went into hiding in the aftermath of the Alabama game. I have words drafted that I still don’t believe (because they still don’t fully make sense to me), but we’ll get those on the site before the week is out.

In the meantime, it’s almost the time of week where one can stomach the idea of another grueling Saturday of college football. By stomach, the assumption is that everyone drank away last weekend’s sorrows to a ‘body doesn’t quite forgive you before Wednesday morning’ extent.

Weeknight Warmups

There are three games somewhat worth looking into, with the Group of Five matchup being the most intriguing.

On Thursday, SMU visits Houston (ESPN2, 8) in a matchup of first-year head coaching offensive savants (Chad Morris and Tom Hermann, respectively). I will be SHAMELESSLY tuning in to this and seeing who can hang 90 points first. For a nightcap, #17 USC hosts Washington (ESPN, 9). Washington is a really bad football team. Maybe JUST MAYBE we get a drunk Steve Sarkisian playing host to his former team.

Friday night, a Lane Stadium-sized asteroid is more than welcome to hit Lane Stadium, as N.C. State visits Virginia Tech (ESPN, 8). Don’t watch this game. Unless an asteroid hits.

The Noon Bloody Mary Action

Road games in October mean this guy is smoking a pork shoulder starting Friday night, and hopefully pulling it off right as Lee Corso puts on a mascot head. So by the second quarter of these games, I’ll be in an Eastern N.C. BBQ and bloody mary food coma, making this slate unreasonably enjoyable:

#7 LSU at South Carolina (…at LSU) (ESPN, noon) yeah, so this game is all sorts of weird. Flooding in South Cack moves it to LSU, who is now the de facto ‘home’ team but still technically the road team. However, LSU wears white at home anyway, so nothing is going to look amiss. All it means is South Carolina somehow pulls the upset.

Actually, that’s all a pretty solid hook for this game.

Indiana at Penn State (ESPN2) at the same time is the only other non-bloodletting on the noon slate, unless of course you count Christian Hackenburg playing behind the Nittanies’ O-line. #3 Baylor at Kansas (FS1) and the Red River Shootout (ABC) will just be fun ass-whoopings.

3:30, CBS, Dawgs, and what to do if it goes awry again

Let’s hope this timeslot goes better for UGA than it did last week, because otherwise your options are as follows:

  • 3-loss(!) Georgia Tech at #6 Clemson, ABC/ESPN2 and opposite Wisconsin/Nebraska, for some reason, which is fun if you hate the ACC or Georgia Tech, because one of the two entities’ seasons will be over after this game;
  • #13 Northwestern at #18 Michigan, BTN: I don’t get Big Ten Network, and for once, I say: “thank you, Comcast”.
  • Navy at #15 Notre Dame, NBC, for which I say, as always: if this is your choice, please stop following this blog.

Early Evening Something or Anothers

The evening slate is full of hilarious upset potential games, one actually GOOD game, and #11 Florida at Mizzou (SECN, 7:30) where we are fully invested in a Tiger victory that could easily happen.

The good game referenced is, of course, #21 Oklahoma State traveling to West Virginia (7, ESPN2). Bear with me here: Holgo is a Mike Gundy disciple, which I didn’t know was a thing. West Virginia at night means batteries thrown at opposing players. Both teams are TERRIBLY capable of beating someone from the Baylor/TCU/Oklahoma triumvirate, or losing to anyone not named Kansas. If you’re in our Pick’Em, put this as a ‘1’ in your confidence scale and get as drunk as every WVU fan you see.

Hilarious upset potential games, ranked:

  1. #2 TCU at Kansas State, 7:30 FOX
  2. Miami at #12 Florida State, 8 ABC
  3. Arkansas at #8 Alabama, 7 ESPN
  4. #4 Michigan State at Rutgers, 7:30 BTN

Despite K-State’s injuries, they’re totally capable of springing an upset. Florida State’s offense is nonsense and Dalvin Cook is questionable. I can think of two occasions where Rutgers (who has never been good) has beaten top-5 opponents at home in the last seven years.

Then…there’s #3 on the list. Plausible? Kinda.

We’re Up All Night to Get Lucky (With the Best Game of the Week)

#23 Cal at #5 Utah (10, ESPN) is said game. We were all stupid enough to get drunk in Athens’ torrential downpour last week that we missed an excellent slate of games. Turns out, the ones who stayed home last week were the lucky ones.


SEC Stock Report, Week 6: EVERYBODY PANIC!

This is not the blog post in which we tell you everything is okay.

Let’s just jump right in.


Florida, Texas A&M, Alabama, Mizzou with a new QB


This stings.

Florida beating Ole Miss 38-10 makes it twice as bad. In the “begrudging self props” category, I wrote this before the season:

With some offensive tweaks, you could squint and see a 10-2 team in blue and orange (still a gross color combination) in 2015. (And on the Ole Miss game) If they’re 4-0 (2-0) coming into this, they’ll already be ranked. The Swamp will be electric for the ESPN 7:00 kickoff (not CBS because of the matter of Alabama/Georgia). Two teams that struggled on offense last year, and one that four games into a new system should be much improved.

Yep. Full ‘buy’ at this point. Your SEC East champs.

Alabama: I don’t wanna talk about it.

Texas A&M: Not convinced they’re great yet, but they more or less shut down Dak Prescott with the still-suspect defense, and showed offensive balance for once. They’re a classic ‘you don’t want to play them, but they could lose to anybody’ team for the rest of the season. That makes them scary in the SEC West.

Missouri: For two years of previews, Andrew and I harped on Maty Mauk’s mindnumbingly low completion percentage for what amounts to a dink-and-dunk offense. New guy Drew Lock started 13/16 in Mizzou’s win over South Carolina.



That’s it. This is what a Brian Schottenheimer offense gets you (short incompletions, killed momentum, negative field position), and this is the price we pay for being Georgia fans.

I wrote the following subhead in a post entitled “Three Reasons Alabama Will Win” last week, mostly to troll you, the reader. Now I kinda believe it:

S**t, it Georgia the new Clemson?

Whoo buddy.


Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State

Why hold Tennessee? Three close losses in games they should’ve won. Verne and Gary curse this weekend. GRAY UNIFORMS! The ‘overdue’ factor. See also: “SELL” column.

Kentucky: I don’t know what to make of them, as this is their second pedestrian performance against a barely-FBS program. ‘Up-or-down-to-your-competition’ team from 2013 and 2014? Your two-time East champ Missouri Tigers.

LSU: Will fall off in November when Leonard Fournette’s legs do.

Ole Miss: Not fair to have them as a ‘hold’ when I sell on Georgia, but they have a tiebreaker in place over their biggest division competition.

Arkansas: HEY NOW, BERT!

Mississippi State: SO close to putting them in the following category, invented JUST THIS WEEK!


Allow me to introduce the category in which I exercise extreme schadenfreude in burying teams. Please note, Georgia fans that haven’t stopped reading yet, that I did not ‘bury’ the Dawgs (though I totally just edited out the phrase ‘bury the Dawgs’).

Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Auburn: Outgained by San Jose State, but 4 turnovers buried the Spartans. They then dismissed Duke Williams this week.

South Carolina: Lost the game I hope nobody watched, 24-10. At least they can go into full ‘groom Lorenzo Nunez’ mode now.

Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt. They actually BEAT MTSU for their second win of the season. PROGRESS!


Shelved for this week because I want one more week of sample size (namely, I want to see Georgia bounce back so I can keep them in the top tier).

DudeYouPodcast 135: UGA Week Five Recap

Turns out, being on the receiving end of a mollywopping? Not nearly as much fun as handing them out. Three man weave as we figure out what went wrong in Athens and around the country.

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Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Alabama Edition

We’re just under 48 hours removed from the events of October 3rd, and I’m pleased to announced that the patented DPalm Spinzone © is in full effect. The work is not done, but by tonight’s recording of the not-yet-award winning DudeYouPodcast, I’m confident that I’ll be able to find every imaginable positive from the mollywopping received Saturday. Hell, Andrew already did a good bit of the heavy lifting with his blog from yesterday morning (HERE!), but I can’t do that yet. I made a promise (?) to an impartial viewing of the facts of the matter, giving an honest account of what happeend. But let’s be clear, this is less an accounting, more an autopsy.

The Good:

– Ah, brevity. My old friend. Nick Chubb took down a UGA record that I thought I would never see fall. As Georgia secured it’s legacy as tailback U (shout out to the domination by Todd Gurley yesterday), I thought that the sheer number of great backs would keep one from breaking this mark. Hell, even if one stood out from the pack, injury bugs seem to congregate in the Georgia running back meeting room, but Nick Chubb laughed at my doubts and reeled off a record number of 100 yard rushing games. Good for him, good for Georgia, good for the line.

The Bad:

– HOPE YOU BROUGHT A LUNCH. Look, we knew coming into the season that the quarterback situation was…less than ideal. Anytime you have to bring in a transfer, that means that things have gone sideways in recruiting. For Georgia, it’s was a good problem, as established starters did not look to be disrupted from under center, but bad because it is harder to bring guys in just to sit behind a Stafford or a Murray. The offense did a great job the past two weeks of accentuating the strengths of Lambert, but those were for naught in a rainy, windy day. Weak arm exposed and the best way to attack Bama rendered moot (stretch the safeties, challenge downfield; see the two early throws to Mitchell), the wheels came of the passing attack, and the foundation for our entire offensive gameplan Saturday.

– My biggest quarterbacking issue? Feeding the controversy by ever turning to Ramsey. There’s a very good reason that this young man has not succeeded in taking this job the past two summers. Now it’s on film. I’m as anti-recruiting news as you get, but the quarterback play across the board was so bad, I looked to see how Eason did in the rain. He did awesome, since I know you’re wondering.

– Passing game wasn’t working, but neither was the running game. We established that this was the best front 7 that UGA will play all year, and hoped that a balanced attack would open things up. While there were some good runs (no defense can be right 100% of the time), I would have liked to see more consistency and variety in the play calling. It has to be more than “Chubb inside, Michel outside” to catch a defense that good off guard.


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– I know intellectually he’s not wrong, but man oh man was that hard to watch. In conditions like that, Bama played the PERFECT game against this defense, taking advantage of tendencies and knowing this signal caller inside and out. Kiffin (who should have TWO jobs in Miami to choose from) did a masterful job of exploiting the cover 3 behind the zone blitzes, and making the secondary pay when they started to cheat based on those throws.

– Derrick Henry had the exact game that Alabama needed him to; own the clock, no negative plays and keep the pressure off Jacob Coker. Check, check, and by god check. Henry’s running from the second quarter on set the tempo, and the offensive line was MASTERFUL in handling the youth up front for Georgia.

The Ugly:

– I’m legitimately not emotionally ready to talk about it. Special teams play is LITERALLY a weekly punchline on the podcast, and the turning point from Saturday was the blocked punt. Turning point on AND off the field, to be honest. Please note the misspelling of PUNT.

– I mean, can we lump from the 2nd quarter on into the ugly column? It’s my blog and I get to choose? TO THE UGLY COLUMN YOU GO GAME.

I’m not as sky as falling as Jason, but I’m certainly not as confident as Andrew. The line I’ve quoted ad nauseam since coming here rings true: winning hides the problems, losing magnifies them, but the problems are always there.

And boy, does this team have problems. Am I glad we had them exposed in October and not November? Sure, I guess. All the goals for this team are still on the table, and there’s a lot of football to play and blah blah blah. I know these things, I know this sport. I know that these players and coaches will keep fighting just as I know the other shoe is going to drop on my Falcons some time soon. But there’s a wide gulf between what I know and how I feel, and I can think of just one way to bridge the two.

Go Dawgs.

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