Monthly Archives: December 2012
Mike Bobo’s offense has been on fire this season. The really, intentionally awesome, explosive kind of fire.
Here are Georgia’s single season records in several categories accompanied by what Georgia has already accomplished and what an average game from the Dawgs today would yield as a final total.
|Total Yards||5,719 (set in 2011)||5,958||6,416|
|First Downs||296 (set in 2011)||274||295|
|Most Points Scored||450 (set in 2002)||484||521|
|Points Per Game||37.2 (set in 1946)||37.2||37.2|
Say what you want about Honey Bobo Child, and I’ll probably continue to moan begrudgingly when he calls a draw play on third-and-long, but that’s mighty fine output.
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Here are a few completely random notes (wth audio at the end) from the Capital One Bowl Kickoff Luncheon Press Conference:
- In attendance: Jeff Schultz from the AJC, Seth Emerson (one of my favorite beat writers), Chuck Dowdle – the legend, Greg McGarity and many others. A laid back room.
- Richt opened by saying that he thought Jarvis Jones’ got things right regarding the Dawgs’ need to prepare in the midst of all the outside activities going on. In general he felt Georgia did a good job of practicing when they needed to practice and having fun when they needed to have fun, but ended with, “We’ll see if we did enough.”
- Richt identified the need to end a bowl leasing streak as a major motivator.
- Despite the 70-point allowance to Wisconsin Richt feels Nebraska has a solid defense and is aware of what a Bo Pellini defense can be (Pellini was the man at LSU in 2005).
- Richt says, “A good back can’t be knocked down,” in reference to wrapping up.
- He stressed, “We’re not losing everybody,” on defense and alluded to the athleticism and speed of the returning talent on that side of the ball. Also mentioned that Georgia has similar questions regarding the offensive line this year, and that worked out fine.
- Richt is very concerned with the 37 minute period between the pregame warmup and the actual kick-off. Typically that period is 20 minutes. He says it’s hard to gety hyped up and maintain that energy without fatigue setting in. The alternative is coming out flat.
- Also of note: the Special Teams coach topic was talked about at length, but Richt didn’t allude to any major changes in philosophy.
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Just before the Capital One Bowl Kickoff Luncheon today, the head coaches of Georgia and Nebraska held a press conference. Here are some photos with quotes and audio to follow later this afternoon.
Before things begin…
A group of 50-60 people hang around and wait for the coaches to take the stage. Mark Richt was up first and the pressure was more than this distressed gentleman could handle…
Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity was there enjoying a Diet Coke while DudeYouCrazy got everything settled.
I number of other gentlemen were there trying to intimidate me with the size of their cameras. I wasn’t intimidated.
Mark Richt was the first coach to speak. He wore a suite and fielded questions for about 20 minutes.
When he was done Bo Pellini came out and the few met for about 90 seconds to tell secrets.
They then made their way onto the stage…
For a photo op. I took advantage.
After the Richt-ing…
Mark Richt then left the stage. As he did so, he walked hard.
After he was done, Bo Pellini fielded questions for no more than three minutes (not his fault – nobody asked him anything) before I got a chance to take a photo of the trophy.
Check back in a few minutes for more details on the press conference itself.
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Happy Fiscal Cliff Eve everybody! Be sure to watch 6% more football while everybody in Washington tries to figure out how much of your money they want and how much more they want to pretend to have. And in the odd event that everything has sorted itself out (I’m writing this on Saturday night from beautiful Brooklet, GA home of WifeYouCrazy’s sister and her husband, EricYouCrazy), then just move on to the game previews. They actually matter this time. They involve SEC teams.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
There is nothing more traditionally American than Benjamin Franklin and there is nothing more American today than bad mortgages. So the name of this bad bowl kind of makes sense. This is basically a home game for Vanderbilt, which I absolutely love. I hate Vanderbilt’s coach James Franklin and his mission to un-Vanderbilt Vanderbilt. And seeing as Vandy is supposed to be perennially poor at football, I’m glad the Commies are going to the least bowl-like bowl in the world – the one in their backyard. I dig it.
That being said, the Commodores had a respectable season and should be able to dismantle NC State. Hell, even Tennessee dismantled NC State and the Vols were probably the third best team in the state of Tennessee this year (behind Vandy and MTSU – joking!).
I’d expect Vanderbilt to win this game and I‘d expect them to cover the five point spread. I’d expect James Franklin to use a bowl game victory to proclaim something along the lines of, “This isn’t Vanderbilt anymore baby! This is Vanderbilt! There is a difference! And if you can’t see the difference and you can find somebody to hold my librarian spectacles we’ll take this outside!”
Hyundai Sun Bowl
They should have abbreviated this game title to the Sundai Bowl and made everyone crave ice-cream filled cars. But they didn’t.
This game is hilarious to me. On. Every. Possible. Level. But I’ll just explain two of those levels:
- Remember when a bunch of members of the media with more “credibility” than yours truly thought that Southern Cal would be good even though Lane Kiffin was still the Trojans’ coach? That was funnier than the first Hangover movie.
- Georgia Tech makes me giggle. So adorkable!
Of all the teams in the world with a losing record to make a Bowl game it would be Georgia Tech that we have to suffer through on NYE. Southern Cal is favored by 10.5 but based on the way things have been this week (USC showed up 90-some-odd minutes late to a dinner and GT got up and left), I kind of hope Southern Cal shows up and just plays backups the whole game in an effort to further disrespect the Bumble-Bees. That would infuriate Paul Johnson and his “coaching” staff to the point of desperation. He’d then send in third team and things would go down hill from there.
I actually think that is more likely to happen than USC covering, but I think both of those options are highly possible.
Autozone Liberty Bowl
Iowa State vs. Tulsa: pass.
I heart this game. The ACC/SEC matchups in this game are usually pretty solid. This game pits offense vs. defense. Deep, right? Doesn’t every game? Yes, but that is all this game is. It’s Clemson’s good offense vs. LSU’s good defense. When LSU has the ball you should refill your snack plates or start picking out who you’re going to smooch at midnight. Heck, maybe even turn on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – but don’t expect too much out of him.
The math says to roll with Clemson on this game but I refuse to side with the ACC in anything. So I won’t.
Happy New Year!
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Aaron Murray could have a big day tomorrow. A very big day. Here are some Georgia records he can chase and the likelihood that he’ll catch (or, should I say, pass…) them:
- Completions in a Season: The all-time mark belongs to Mike Bobo at 269. Murray is sitting at 231 and likely won’t throw enough passes to match that total (that would be an oddity), but he should pass his own mark of 238 which ranks fourth in school history.
- Murray is cemented as third in the all-time record book in career completions. He’s need 80 or so to pass Eric Zeier, so I’m thinking he’ll stay third.
- Aaron Murray has a very realistic pass of setting the Georgia record for passing yards in a game (of course he was aided by an extra outing in the SECCG). Currently he has thrown for 3,466 yards and the record sits at 3,525. I’d expect that to topple in the first half.
- Less likely to fall: David Green and Eric Zeier’s spots atop the career passing list. I don’t see Murray throwing for 1500-2000 yards – even against Nebraska.
- The Murr-man has connected on 65.439% of his passes this season, which is a single-season Georgia record – if it holds. He can’t drop much though, as Honey Bobo Child is the current leader at 65.03%.
- His 61.748 career completion percentage also ranks first, but I’m hoping he has another year to build on that.
- Four touchdown passes by Murray tomorrow would tie his own single-season record of 35. He has thrown four or more TD passes seven times during his career.
- Murray has already smashed the Georgia career TD mark of 72 – he’s sitting at 90.
- Barring a disaster of a game, Murray will finish with the best single-season passer rating in Georgia history. His 172.4 pace is comfortably ahead of the school’s record set by Mike Bobo in 1997 (155.80). In fact, Murray’s career rating of 157.27 is better than any individual season in Georgia history. That’s beyond impressive.
A few odds and ends:
It should be noted that if Murray can pass the 3,525 mark he would hold the Georgia records for passing yards by a freshman, passing yards by a sophomore and passing yards by a junior.
Again, if Aaron Murray were to return for his senior year he’d be a lock to shatter all of these records.
Murray only needs to throw 25 touchdown passes in the Capital One Bowl to set the SEC All-Time Career record. If he can’t do that, he has to come back.
That’s all I got/